Our Genealogy - Person Sheet
Our Genealogy - Person Sheet
NameCaptain Henry Peel Givan , GG Grandfather, M
Birth3 Mar 1837, Givan Wharf (now Harbourville), Nova Scotia18
MemoCornwallis, Anapolis County, Nova Scotia according to Canadian Heritage Web site
Death22 Sep 1918, Shediac Cape, New Brunswick42
Burial23 Sep 1918, Elmwood Cemetery, Moncton, New Brunswick3,42
OccupationSea Captain, Hotel Proprietor
FatherJohn Givan , M (1793-1865)
MotherFrances (Fanny) Hamilton , F (1800-1870)
1Anna Adelia Jones , GG Grandmother, F
Birth22 Apr 1857, Moncton, New Brunswick18
Death5 Feb 1927, Malden, MA
BurialElmwood Cemetery, Moncton, New Brunswick3
FatherAbner Jones , M (1812-1886)
MotherDelilah (Adelia) Colpitts , F (1815-1862)
Marriage16 Nov 1875, Lewisville, New Brunswick, Canada18,43
Marr Memoat home of Bride’s father
ChildrenFrances Lulu , F (1877-1971)
 Edna Adelia (first Edna) (Died as Child), F (1879-1881)
 Mabel (Died as Infant), F (1881-1881)
 Edna Adelia , F (1883-1970)
 Nina May , F (1885-1953)
 Harry Edward , M (1890-1951)
 Myrtle Gertrude , F (1892-1957)
Notes for Captain Henry Peel Givan
1891 census data lists his age as 42 which would make his year of birth ca 1849 which is clearly wrong.6 The Jones bible and Elmwood cemetery records both state 1837 which we consider to be the true year of birth.18,3 The 1901 census states 1839.5
- He and his younger brother William Roger moved to St. John, New Brunswick around 1860. A 20 ton schooner named “Mary” was registered jointly in their names in Indiantown (part of modern day St. John) in 1860. Their occupations are listed as Trader/Dealer and Mariner respectively.
- in 1871 he’s listed in Lovell’s “Province of Nova Scotia Directory” as “Givan captain Henry P.” in Harbourville.
- ship’s captain of various vessels (e.g. Hawthorn, Lulu, Algeria and Syringa) from 1874 to 189044,45
- moved to Moncton, NB. His brother William and his sister Mary moved there as well.
- listed with his wife Anna and 2 first daughters, Frances and Edna in the 1881 census in Shediac. Here, although Anna is Baptist, the kids are listed as Presbyterian like their father. (Henry’s name is misspelled Giboon but the rest of the family are listed as Givan)9 Later that year they lost Edna and new baby Mabel to diphtheria and perhaps this prompted their move back to Moncton.
- lived at 9 St. George St. in Moncton according to McAlpine’s Directory 1889-96.32
- listed in 1891 census in Moncton with wife Annie and kids Lulu, Edna, Nina and Harry. By this time all the kids are listed as Baptists.6
- moved to Fall River, MA around 1892 and lived at 22 Coral St and became an American citizen in 189712
- Lizzy Borden lived less than a mile away from Henry. Ham Givan wonders if they may have known each other as the famous Borden murders took place on August 4, 1892.12
- “The family soon after moved [back] to Shediac since arthritis had forced Captain Givan to retire. They lived in a large house called "Idlewild", situated on the shore. In the summertime it operated as a boarding house for young men who came from Boston.”4
(Sadly, Idlewylde, a large and stately residence, was demolished in the 1970’s.)
- was living with his wife and 6 children in Shediac Cape in 1901 by census data (last name mispelled Givian).5
- listed as still in Shediac Cape in McAlpine’s Directory 190332
- Henry, his brother William and his sister Mary are buried with members of their families in Elmwood Cemetery, Moncton, N.B.
Obituaries notes for Captain Henry Peel Givan
from the Moncton Transcript, Tuesday, Sept 24, 1918:

“The Funeral of Capt. Henry P. Givan

The remains of the late Captain Henry P. Givan were brought to Moncton from Shediac Cape Monday morning and the funeral was held in the afternoon from the residence of deceased’s nephew, Mr. E. W. Givan, 68 King street, interment taking place in Elmwood cemetery. Rev. T. Porter Drumm, minister of St. John’s Church, conducted the services at the house and grave. Members of the Presbyterian choir assisted in the service at the house.
The pallbearers were: Geo. B. Willett, Capt. J. E. Masters, Fred M. Tenant, Geo. A. Robertson, F. C. Jones and E. W. Givan.
The casket was adorned by a number of handsome floral tributes, testifying to the esteem in which the deceased was held.”
Newspaper clipping notes for Captain Henry Peel Givan
from Daily News, Nov. 24, 1877:
“Report of Henry Peel Givan, Master of Brigantine “Lulu” of St. John, NB, 299 tons from St. John, NB, Sept 29 for Portrush with deals. loss of Mate, W. J. Sayre morn. 6th. - Coleraine, Oct. 7 (see original)”43 [Portrush is in County Antrim, northern Ireland and Coleraine is right beside it in County Londonderry]

from the Chignecto Post, Sackville, Nov 22, 1877:
“A despatch from Portrush, 26th Oct. says: Capt. GIVAN of brigt. "Lulu" from St. John, N.B. for this port reports the loss of his first mate, W.J. SAYRE of New Brunswick, when 9 days out at sea, in lat.43 lon. 59 W. A heavy sea was running at the time wind N.W.; threw him a life buoy and hove ship to, but were unable to save him. - Capt. Sayre was a s/o late Otho SAYRE, Dorchester (West. Co.), left wife, two young children at Amherst, N.S.”
Notes for Henry Peel & Anna Adelia (Family)
Both Henry and Anna are buried in Elmwood Cemetery, Moncton at site A1209 along with Edna Adelia, Mabel, Myrtle, Harry Edward and his wife Frances Cecil Givan (née Burt).
Marriage Announcements notes for Henry Peel & Anna Adelia (Family)
from The Watchman and also the Daily News (both in St. John, Nova Scotia) from Nov. 20, 1875:
“m. 16th inst. at residence of bride’s father, by Rev. Thomas Todd, Capt. Henry P. Givan, Cornwallis, N.S. / Annie Jones second d/o Abner Jones, Esq., Lewisville, N.B.”43
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