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Dictionary of Miramichi Biography

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PRICE, JAMES LECHMERE (1810-1869)

PRICE, JAMES LECHMERE, teacher, land surveyor, and JP; b. Ludlow parish, c1810, s/o Richard Price and Abigail Hovey; m. 1834, his first cousin Grace Hovey, d/o Aaron Hovey and Helen MacLaggan; d. Ludlow, 4 Feb 1869.

James L. Price was a school trustee for Ludlow parish in 1829, and in 1831 he was successful in obtaining a teacher's license for himself. He taught locally for several years, while also serving as a catechist for the Society for the Propagation of the Gospel. Like a number of other male teachers of that period he left the classroom to become a land surveyor. He was made a deputy provincial surveyor in 1843 and a commissioner for the sale of crown lands in 1850. He was also a seizing officer of lumber cut illegally on these lands.

Price was appointed a justice of the peace in 1839. In 1851 he was one of five magistrates in the county who were authorized to solemnize marriages. His appointment as a justice was renewed in 1855. In 1847 he was made a coroner. In 1849 he became captain and paymaster of the 3rd Battalion of militia. In the same year, he wrote a letter to Moses H. Perley concerning the state of the fishery on the Miramichi in which he demonstrated a broad knowledge of the industry and an unusually high level of literacy for a resident of rural New Brunswick at that time. He displayed his literary accomplishments again in 1851 as census enumerator for Ludlow parish. The most striking feature of his return, however, is his use of "esquire," "yeoman," and "peasant" as terms of classification for himself and his neighbors.

Price was secretary of the Ludlow Agricultural Society in the 1850s. He was still a land surveyor and coroner in the 1860s, as well as an issuer of marriage licenses. He and his wife, Grace Hovey, who predeceased him by many years, had one child, Ellen Price, who married and raised a family.

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[m] Price Genealogy [d] Carleton Sentinel 20 Feb 1869 / Arbuckle; Barnes's; Facey-Crowther; Gleaner 12 Mar 1839, 2 Mar 1847, 27 May 1850, 11 Aug 1855; NB Almanac & Reg.; JHA 1853 (re. agriculture); PANB (Executive council minutes, re. appointment as deputy land surveyor); Perley


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