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HAVILAND, JOHN (1833-1897)

HAVILAND, JOHN, saddler and hotel operator; b. York Co., N.B., 29 Jun 1833, s/o Barnett Haviland and Martha Thompson; brother of Thomas Haviland; m. 1st, 1856, Eliza Griffiths Richards, sister of William D. Richards; 2nd, 1875, Jane Archibald, d/o Burke Archibald and Jacobina C. Porter, and 3rd, 1894, Barbara E. Irvine, of Saint John; d. Chatham, 16 Apr 1897.

John Haviland, who had taken first prize for a horse collar at the Mechanics' Fair in New York in 1849 and 1850, as well as a number of prizes in New Brunswick exhibitions, began a harness business in Chatham in 1863. In 1868 he was also conducting the Dominion House hotel. This establishment was offered for sale in 1877, and in 1878 he sold the harness business to Alfred H. Pallen. He moved to Doaktown and lived there for upwards of two years but returned to Chatham in 1881 and reestablished himself as a saddler. He was still in business in 1894.

Haviland was serving as a trustee of the Methodist church in 1885. There were ten children born of his marriage to Eliza G. Richards and five of his marriage to Jane Archibald. Two daughters of the first union, Mary R. Haviland, the wife of Alexander J. Loggie, and Ida I. Haviland were teachers for some years at the grammar school in Chatham. The children of the second marriage included J. Archibald Haviland, who was manager of the Miramichi Steam Navigation Co. at the turn of the century. He later graduated in law at Dalhousie University and was the partner of the Hon. Lemuel J. Tweedie while the latter was premier and lieutenant governor of New Brunswick. In 1910 he and his wife, Alice Burchill, relocated in Vancouver, where he had a lengthy career in the legal profession.


[b] Haviland family data [m] NB Reporter 29 Aug 1856; Advocate 4 Aug 1875; official records [d] Advance 22 Apr 1897 / Advance 13 Feb 1879, 7 Apr 1881; 4 Oct 1898; Fraser (C); Gleaner 15 Aug 1863 (ad); Leader 4 Feb 1910; World 13 Jun 1885