Frances Elizabeth Myers1

(16 October 1873 - 14 April 1959)
     Frances Elizabeth Myers was born on October 16, 1873 in Halifax County, Nova Scotia, Canada,1, the daughter of Agnes Blakeney and John Myers.1 Francis married first Elijah Blakeney, who died 1905.1
     Frances married second Charles Duncan Slade, son of Charles Alexander Slade and Mary Jane Crawford, on October 16, 1915 in Nova Scotia.1 Frances was widowed when her husband, Charles, died on April 17, 1921 at age 53 died of tuberculosis.2,3 Frances died on April 14, 1959 at age 851 and was buried in Riverside Cemetery, Musquodoboit Harbor, Halifax Co., Nova Scotia, Canada.1

Census, Tax, Voter Records, & City Directories

YearLocationHead of Household
1921Musquodoboit Harbor, Halifax County, Nova Scotia, CanadaFrances Elizabeth Myers4

Citations

  1. [S9] https://www.findagrave.com/,, Frances Elizabeth Myers Slade, Riverside Cemetery, Musquodoboit Harbor, Nova Scotia, Canada.
  2. [S2215] Nova Scotia Historical Vital Statistics https://www.novascotiagenealogy.com, Year 1921 book 83 page 236.
  3. [S9] https://www.findagrave.com/, Memorial # 186943743.
  4. [S2337] 1921 Census of Nova Scotia Province, Canada, Halifax Co, Musquodoboit Harbor, p6, dwl 56, fam 57, Frances Elizabeth Slade & 2 step-sons.

James Duncan Slade1

(April 1908 - )
     James Duncan Slade was born in April, 1908 in Musquodoboit Harbor, Halifax County, Nova Scotia, Canada.2 He was the son of Charles Duncan Slade and Sarah Agnes Day.2
     James married Lois Jessie Siteman on August 2, 1940 in Lower Ships Harbor, Cumberland Co., Nova Scotia, Canada.3, the daughter of Lewis Ervin and Anna Myrtle Siteman.

Census, Tax, Voter Records, & City Directories

YearLocationHead of Household
1911Musquodoboit Harbor, Halifax County, Nova Scotia, CanadaCharles Duncan Slade2
1921Musquodoboit Harbor, Halifax County, Nova Scotia, CanadaFrances Elizabeth Myers4

Citations

  1. [S9] https://www.findagrave.com/,, Memorial # 186943743.
  2. [S8407] 1911 Canadia Census of Nova Scotia Province, Halifax Co, Musquodoboit Harbor, img 12/18, p12, lines 20-25, dwl 122, fam 128, Duncan Slade family.
  3. [S2215] Nova Scotia Historical Vital Statistics https://www.novascotiagenealogy.com, yr: 1940 bk: 101 p. 777.
  4. [S2337] 1921 Census of Nova Scotia Province, Canada, Halifax Co, Musquodoboit Harbor, p6, dwl 56, fam 57, Frances Elizabeth Slade & 2 step-sons.

William Slade1

     William Slade was born in Halifax County, Nova Scotia, Canada.1
     William married Alexandria Eliza [?] circa 1871.1

Child of William Slade and Alexandria Eliza [?]

  • Charles Milan Slade 1 b. 1872, d. September 16, 1876

Citations

  1. [S2215] Nova Scotia Historical Vital Statistics https://www.novascotiagenealogy.com, Year: 1876 book 1808 p. 614 #931.

John Slade1

(circa 1881 - 31 January 1958)
     John Slade was born circa 1881 in Newfoundland.2 He was Roman Catholic.3
     John married Julia Ann King on January 26, 1911 in Northern Bay, Newfoundland,2, the daughter of Mary Dunne & John King.2 John Slade was a fisherman & Roman Catholic.2 John died on January 31, 1958 in Glace Bay, Cape Breton County, Nova Scotia, Canada.4

Child of John Slade and Julia Ann King

Citations

  1. [S2215] Nova Scotia Historical Vital Statistics https://www.novascotiagenealogy.com, Yr:1935 Bk: 78 p. 7.
  2. [S8434] Newfoundland Vital Records, 1840-1949, FamilySearch.org, Register of Marriages, Bay de Verdi, p182, Northern Bay, Jan 26, 1911, John Slade 30 & Julia Ann King 31.
  3. [S8435] Newfoundland Vital Statistics, 1753-1893, FamilySearch.org, POST 1891 REGISTRATION RECORDS
    Bay de Verde District

    Volume 6
    Pages 173 - 189

    BAY DE VERDE
    Marriages
    1909 - 1912

    Source: LDS Microfilm Reels.
  4. [S8541] Nova Scotia, Canada, Deaths, 1864-1877, 1890-1960 Ancestry.com, John Slade, b Dec 12, 1884, d Jan 31, 1958, Glace Bay, Nova Scotia.

John Lewis Slade1

(13 October 1911 - 29 August 1944)
     John Lewis Slade was born on October 13, 1911 in Truro, Colchester Co., Nova Scotia, Canada.1 He was the son of Hugh Slade and Henrietta Nolan.2
     John married Julienne Edith Comeau on January 27, 1941 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.1 He signed attestation paper March 8, 1943 while living at 57 3rd Ave, Noranda, Quebec. His wife Mrs Edith Julian Slade's residence was listed as 727 Ajax, Ontario. He was a plumber, pipe fitter and religion was Church of England.1 He was a Corporal in the Royal Hamilton Light Infantry.3 John died on August 29, 1944 at age 32.3 He was buried in Bretteville-Sur-Laize Canadian War Cemetery, Cintheaux, France.3

Citations

  1. [S8536] Canada, WWII Service Files of War Dead, 1939-1947, Ancestry.com, Attestation paper: 1943 John Lewis Slade, b Oct 13, 1911, Truro, NS, currently living Quebec, wife Edith Julian Slade.
  2. [S2215] Nova Scotia Historical Vital Statistics https://www.novascotiagenealogy.com, 1911 book 57800630.
  3. [S8542] Canada, Virtual War Memorial Index, 1900-2014, Ancestry.com,, Corporal John Lewis Slade, d Aug 29, 1944, Royal Hamilton Light Infantry, RCIC, bur Bretteville-Sur-Laize Canadian War Cemetery, Calvados, France.

Ronald Mitchell Brown Slade1

(January 1904 - 21 April 1990)
     Ronald Mitchell Brown Slade was born in January, 1904 in Musquodoboit Harbor, Halifax County, Nova Scotia, Canada.2 He was the son of Alexander Crawford Slade and Hattie Florence Gaetz.2
     Ronald married Annie May Murley on December 15, 1936 in Halifax, Halifax County, Nova Scotia, Canada.3 Ronald died on April 21, 1990 at age 86.3

Census, Tax, Voter Records, & City Directories

YearLocationHead of Household
1911Musquodoboit Harbor, Halifax County, Nova Scotia, CanadaAlexander Crawford Slade2

Children of Ronald Mitchell Brown Slade and Annie May Murley

  • Norma Slade 3
  • Diane Slade 3
  • Ronald Slade 3

Citations

  1. [S8407] 1911 Canadia Census of Nova Scotia Province, "Recensement du Canada de 1911," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QV9R-CXQP : 16 March 2018), Alex Slade, 1911; citing Census, Halifax Sub-Districts 1-28, Nova Scotia, Canada, Library and Archives of Canada, Ottawa, Ontario; FHL microfilm 2,417,684.
  2. [S8407] 1911 Canadia Census of Nova Scotia Province, Halifax Co, Musquodoboit Harbor, img 12/18, p12, lines 6-10, dwl 117, fam 123, Alex Slade family.
  3. [S8546] Newfoundland's Grand Banks http://ngb.chebucto.org/, http://ngb.chebucto.org/Newspaper-Obits/…

Isadore Ella Hurley1

(20 May 1897 - 2 November 1929)
     Isadore Ella Hurley was known as Dora. She was born on May 20, 1897 in Nova Scotia2, the daughter of Peter Hurley & Jennie Nanele.3
     Isadore married Charles Edward Slade, son of Charles Duncan Slade and Sarah Agnes Day, on April 15, 1918 in Dartmouth, Halifax County, Nova Scotia, Canada.4 Isadore died on November 2, 1929 at age 32.3 She was buried in Union Cemetery, Musquodoboit Harbor, Halifax County, Nova Scotia, Canada.3

Census, Tax, Voter Records, & City Directories

YearLocationHead of Household
1921Musquodoboit Harbor, Halifax County, Nova Scotia, CanadaCharles Edward Slade1

Children of Isadore Ella Hurley and Charles Edward Slade

Citations

  1. [S2337] 1921 Census of Nova Scotia Province, Canada, ED 39, p1501, lines 31-34, dwl 51, fam 50, Charles Edward Slade family.
  2. [S1956] Vital Records of Nova Scotia, Canada, 1763-1957 on FamilySearch.org, Digital File: 004094601, Image: 01602 on https://familysearch.com
  3. [S8540] Province of Nova Scotia Registration of Death , Mrs Edward Slade, b May 20, 1897, d Nov 2, 1929, d/o Peter Hurley & Jennie Nannele.
  4. [S1956] Vital Records of Nova Scotia, Canada, 1763-1957 on FamilySearch.org, Nova Scotia Marriages 1907-1932, Mar Certificate: 6188, Charles Edward Slade 25 & Dora Hurley 21, both Methodist.
  5. [S2092] Billion Graves https://billiongraves.com,, Brendon E Slade, grave marker Dartmough Memorial Gardens, Dartmouth, Halifax Nova Scotia, Canada.

Ruby B. Smalley1

(9 May 1911 - 14 December 1991)
     Ruby B. Smalley was born on May 9, 1911.2
     Ruby married Arthur Roy Slade, son of William Henry Slade and Minnie May McGraw, on April 10, 1927.1 Ruby died on December 14, 1991 at age 80.2 She was buried in East Lawn Cemetery, Urbana, Champaign County, Illinois.3

Children of Ruby B. Smalley and Arthur Roy Slade

  • Barbara Slade 1
  • Naomi Slade 1
  • Arthur Roy Slade Jr. 1

Citations

  1. [S8] Obituary, , Arthur R Slade, 64, published in The News-Gazette, Champaign, IL, Feb 5, 1975.
  2. [S9] https://www.findagrave.com/,, memorial# 84597236, Ruby B Slade, tombstone, East Lawn Cemetery, Urbana, Champaign County, Illinois.
  3. [S9] https://www.findagrave.com/, memorial # 84597236, Ruby B Slade, East Lawn Cemetery, Champaign County, Illinois.

Anne Sergaent1,2

(circa 1680 - 1725)
     Anne Sergaent was born circa 1680 in Wareham Parish, Purbeck District, Dorset, England.1
     Anne married John Slade, son of David Slade and Deborah [?], on December 27, 1711 in Piddleton Village, Dorset, England.3 Anne died in 1725 in Winfirth Newburg, Dorset, England,4 and was buried in Winfirth Newburg, Dorset.4

Children of Anne Sergaent and John Slade

Citations

  1. [S8445] Gordon Handcock W, Dictionary of Canadian Biography University of Toronto, 1979), http://www.biographi.ca/en/bio/slade_john_4E.html
  2. [S8418] England, Select Dorset Parish Registers, 1538-2001 Ancestry.com , Dorset, Dec 7, 1711, married John Slade and Ann Sergeant.
  3. [S8418] England, Select Dorset Parish Registers, 1538-2001 Ancestry.com, Piddleton Village, Dec 27, 1711, marriage John Slade and Ann Sergeant.
  4. [S8418] England, Select Dorset Parish Registers, 1538-2001 Ancestry.com, Anne Slade, buried Mar 9, 1777, East Lulworth, Dorset.
  5. [S8445] Gordon Handcock W, Dictionary of Canadian Biography, Thomas Slade, ships captain, agent, businessman, s/o Robert Slade & Elizabeth, d 1816 Poole http://www.biographi.ca/en/bio/slade_thomas_5E.html

John Slade1

(19 April 1719 - 17 February 1792)
     John Slade was born on October 20, 1704 in Poole, Dorset, England.2 He was christened on April 19, 1719.1,2 He was the son of John Slade and Anne Sergaent.1 John, orphaned at the age of 8, probably received some basic education in the Free School and an early mariner apprenticeship, for seafaring was the backbone of Poole’s economic life. Soon, John was captaining Poole merchant ships on voyages to the Channel Islands, the Mediterranean and Ireland. His first recorded visit to Newfoundland was in 1748 as the captain of the Molly, a trader owned by Joseph White. John made many trans-Atlantic voyages at the helm of Molly, records show three roundtrips in 1750. He remained at the helm of Molly until 1751 when he became captain of James Kittier’s Dolphin. He continued sailing between Poole, the Mediterranean and Newfoundland. Usually, he spent winter months in Poole and spring and summer months in Newfoundland. Occasionally, he would over-winter in Newfoundland.1 Usually spent winter in Poole and spring and summer months in Newfoundland. Occasionally, he would over-winter in Newfoundland.3
     John married Martha Hayter on February 16, 1752 in Wareham Parish, Dorset, England, at Holy Trinity Church.4,5, the daughter of John Hayter, a prosperous merchant in Poole & Newfoundland of a slightly earlier era.4,6 Shortly after the wedding, John purchased his first ship, the 90 ton Little John and headed to Newfoundland to begin his own trading company. His previous experience had given him first-hand knowledge of the expanding fishing trade in northern Newfoundland.
     The fishing trade between Poole and Newfoundland had been active for 200 years and was well established by the time John arrived. Most of the fishing was from small boats or ships brought from Poole. John saw the advantages of Newfoundland residents fishing year-round from the shores. Not only would the fishing season be longer, he would not have the expense of providing all of the fishing boats. In the winter, employees could harvest seal skins and oils, and other furs for sale in Europe. John encouraged settlement in Fogo and Twillingate bringing fishermen, tradesmen and laborers from western England and Ireland. Life was difficult in England at the time and the settlers found themselves nearly self-sufficient in Newfoundland with their small gardens, farm animals, all the fish, game and berries they could eat. The Slade employees soon brought their families.
     John used and improved an existing Truck system with the residents in his employ. He would supply everything they would need to survive that was not available on the island – food, clothing, prayer books, building materials, guns and ammunition, rum, tobacco, etc. In return, he bought everything the residents produced – salted cod, cod liver oil, furs, lumber, train oil, smoked/salted salmon and berries. An elaborate system of credit was established allowing purchases before the end of the season against their pay. As the season closed, each employee “settled up” with their purchases subtracted from their wages. They were paid the remaining amounts. During the 1760’s Slade also began trading on the Labrador coast. He exported various goods to Newfoundland and imported cod oil, and furs of beaver, otter, fox and marten, as well as seal skins. The diversification from fish to furs and employing year-round workers set Slade apart from other mariners who dealt in the trade of fish only.
     Slade & Co. vessels continued to make regular trips between Fogo and Waterford, Ireland. Regular trips were also made to Spain and Portugal for salt and cork and to Italy for wine and fruit.
     By the outbreak of the American Revolutionary War, the Slade & Co. was firmly established at Twillingate, the main base, with a supply and staple collection system that served settlements and exploitation outposts throughout Notre Dame Bay and along the Labrador coast. The revolutionary years were difficult for Slade. American privateers plagued his ships and establishments. In the fall of 1775 he lost several vessels and ten fishing boats in a storm. His wharves in Fogo were destroyed in the fall of 1782 by a gale that also washed away his stages at Twillingate with some 800 quintals of cured fish. Wartime conditions in Poole made it difficult to recruit seamen and servants. He decided to stay in Poole permanently, leaving the issues in Newfoundland to younger relatives.7,8,9,10

     John Slade died on February 17, 1792 in Poole, Dorset, at age 72.1 John Slade's estate was estimated, perhaps conservatively, at £70,000, a millionaire in his time. Upon his death, his business was shared equally between his five nephews: John Slade Jr., Robert Slade, Thomas Slade, David Slade and George Allen. John Slade Jr. took over operations in Poole, Thomas took over the Fogo branch and Robert took Twillingate operations. Through his heirs his firm continued to be a major economic and social force in northeastern Newfoundland and Labrador until the 1860s, when it was sold out of the family.7

A more detailed Biography of John Slade can be found by clicking on the source citation below.7

Child of John Slade and Martha Hayter

Citations

  1. [S8445] Gordon Handcock W, Dictionary of Canadian Biography University of Toronto, 1979), http://www.biographi.ca/en/bio/slade_john_4E.html
  2. [S8528] Dorset History Centre https://www.dorsetcouncil.gov.uk/libraries-history-culture/…,, Reference: PE/PL:RE1/4.
  3. [S8445] Gordon Handcock W, Dictionary of Canadian Biography.
  4. [S2434] England Marriages, 1538–1973 , index, FamilySearch .org, Holy Trinity, Wareham, Dorset, 1752, Martha Heyter & John Slade, FHL film 1239252.
  5. [S8527] University of Newfoundland Digital Archives http://collections.mun.ca/, unknown publish date.
  6. [S8527] University of Newfoundland Digital Archives http://collections.mun.ca/, John Hayter.
  7. [S8445] Gordon Handcock W, Dictionary of Canadian Biography, vol 4: John Slade http://www.biographi.ca/en/bio/slade_john_4E.html
  8. [S8581] Newfoundland GenWeb http://sites.rootsweb.com/~cannf/, Notre Dame Bay Region~ Fogo/Twillingate District http://sites.rootsweb.com/~cannf/ndfogo.htm
  9. [S8456] Canada, Seafarers of the Atlantic Provinces, 1789-1935, Ancestry.com.
  10. [S8548] Chafe's sealing book : a history of the Newfoundland sealfishery from the earliest available records down to and including the voyage of 1923.

Robert Slade1

(19 October 1720 - April 1816)
     Robert Slade was born circa 1720 in Poole, Dorset, England.2 He was the son of John Slade and Anne Sergaent.1
     Robert married Elizabeth Dunning on January 9, 1744 in Winfirth Newburg, Dorset, England.3 Robert died in April, 1816 at age 95.4 He was buried in Poole, Dorset.4

Children of Robert Slade and Elizabeth Dunning

Citations

  1. [S8445] Gordon Handcock W, Dictionary of Canadian Biography University of Toronto, 1979), http://www.biographi.ca/en/bio/slade_john_4E.html
  2. [S8445] Gordon Handcock W, Dictionary of Canadian Biography, Slade, Thomas, W. Gordon Handcock Vol. 4, 1979.
  3. [S2434] England Marriages, 1538–1973 , index, FamilySearch .org, Robert Slade and Elizabeth Dunning, mar Jan 9, 1744; Winfrith Newburgh, Dorset, England.
  4. [S3046] England & Wales, Non-Conformist Record Indexes, (RG4-8) 1588-1977, FamilySearch.org, Poole, Dorset, Robert Slade burial May 1, 1816.
  5. [S2466] England Births and Christenings,1538-1975, FamilySearch.org, Winfirth Newburg, Dorset, Mary Slade, b Aug 7, 1745; FHL microfilm 1,239,259.
  6. [S2466] England Births and Christenings,1538-1975, FamilySearch.org, Winfrith-Newburgh, Dorset, John Slade, bapt Apr 26, 1747, s/o Elizabeth & Robert Slade.
  7. [S2466] England Births and Christenings,1538-1975, FamilySearch.org, Winfrith-Newburgh, Dorset, England, bapt Oct 10, 1749, Robert Slade, s/o Elizabeth & Robert Slade, FHL microfilm 2,427,600.
  8. [S2466] England Births and Christenings,1538-1975, FamilySearch.org, Winfrith Newburgh, Dorset, chr Apr 9, 1751, Jane Slade d/o Elizabeth & Robert Slade, GS Film number 1239259.
  9. [S8418] England, Select Dorset Parish Registers, 1538-2001 Ancestry.com , Winfirth Newburg, Dorset, bapt Jun 12, 1753, Thomas Slade s/o Elizabeth & Robert Slade.
  10. [S8418] England, Select Dorset Parish Registers, 1538-2001 Ancestry.com, Winfirth Newburg, Dorset, bapt Oct 10, 1756, James Slade s/o Elizabeth & Robert Slade.
  11. [S8546] Newfoundland's Grand Banks http://ngb.chebucto.org/, Willof Thomas Slade, Newfoundland will books volume 1 pages 304 to 318 probate year 1832. (There is some doubt as to the year of probate.).
  12. [S21] 1921 Canada Census of Newfoundland.

Martha Hayter1

(circa 1720 - )
     Martha Hayter was born circa 1720 in Wareham Parish, Dorset, England,1, the daughter of John Hayter, a prosperous merchant in Poole & Newfoundland of a slightly earlier era.2,3
     Martha married John Slade, son of John Slade and Anne Sergaent, on February 16, 1752 in Wareham Parish, Dorset, at Holy Trinity Church.2,4

Child of Martha Hayter and John Slade

Citations

  1. [S504] London, England, Church of England Parish Registers, 1754-1921, Ancestry.com,, Index Project # M16064-1, Syst Orig Eng_VR, GS Film # 1239252, Reference ID 2:3CN735F on http://FamilySearch.com
  2. [S2434] England Marriages, 1538–1973 , index, FamilySearch .org, Holy Trinity, Wareham, Dorset, 1752, Martha Heyter & John Slade, FHL film 1239252.
  3. [S8527] University of Newfoundland Digital Archives http://collections.mun.ca/, unknown publish date, John Hayter.
  4. [S8527] University of Newfoundland Digital Archives http://collections.mun.ca/
  5. [S8445] Gordon Handcock W, Dictionary of Canadian Biography University of Toronto, 1979).

John Hayter Slade1

(10 February 1753 - 1783)
     John Hayter Slade was the son of John Slade and Martha Hayter.2 In 1768, John began accompanying his father on the annual trip to Newfoundland for trading and in a few years was acting as chief agent in Twillingate, Newfoundland.2 John died in 1783 died of smallpox.2

Note: The names of John Hayter Slade, died 1783, and Robert Standley Slade, died 1846,
both appear on an iron headstone at Fogo. [It is not known if either man is buried here]3

Citations

  1. [S8549] Dorset, England, Church of England Baptisms, Marriages and Burials,1538-1812, Ancestry.com , img 1061/1508, Poole, Baptisms 1853 Feb 10, John Haiter s/o John Slade & Martha, his wife.
  2. [S8445] Gordon Handcock W, Dictionary of Canadian Biography University of Toronto, 1979).
  3. [S8527] University of Newfoundland Digital Archives http://collections.mun.ca/, unknown publish date, Article: The Newfoundland Quartery, vol 062, #3 (Fall 1963), page 35.

John Slade1

(26 April 1747 - 7 December 1812)
     John Slade was born on April 26, 1747 in Winfirth Newburg, Dorset, England.2 He was the son of Robert Slade and Elizabeth Dunning.2
     John married Sarah White on June 2, 1767.3 Was taken into the household of his uncle John Slade and taught the business of Slade & Co. Uncle John thought about adopting him, though there is no evidence this happened. He was known as John Jr.1 In 1777, John became the principal agent of John Slade & Co. in Newfoundland.1 Was promoted to the principal at headquarters of John Slade & Co in Poole, Dorset, England.1 John died on December 7, 1812 in Dorset, England, at age 65.4

Child of John Slade and Sarah White

Citations

  1. [S8445] Gordon Handcock W, Dictionary of Canadian Biography University of Toronto, 1979), John Slade, nephew of the original John Slade http://www.biographi.ca/en/bio/slade_john_4E.html
  2. [S2466] England Births and Christenings,1538-1975, FamilySearch.org, Winfrith-Newburgh, Dorset, John Slade, bapt Apr 26, 1747, s/o Elizabeth & Robert Slade.
  3. [S8587] Research by Tom Slade, Salmon Cove, Newfoundland.
  4. [S6710] England and Wales Death Registration Index 1837-2007, FamilySearch.org, John Slade, burial Dec 7, 1812; FHL microfilm 1,279,480.

Thomas Slade1,2,3

(12 June 1753 - 1816)
     Thomas Slade was born on June 12, 1753 in Winfirth Newburg, Dorset, England.2 He was the son of Robert Slade and Elizabeth Dunning.2 He began working for his uncle, John Slade, in 1873 and soon became a ship's captain, commanding transatlantic voyages from 1780-1790's.4 Upon the death of his Uncle John in 1812, Thomas was one of the nephews named as an heir, inheriting a significant fishing and fur trading business.3 About 1813, Thomas broke away from the original firm and formed the new firm of Thomas Slade & Company with his brother-in-law, William Cox. They were merchant traders, mainly in Bonavista Vay, trading goods from England for fish and furs from Newfoundland.4 [P fell ill and] died in 1816 in Poole, Dorset, England, at the age of 63.5,6

Thomas Slade, who evidently had never married, left a considerable fortune in stocks, money, property, and trade assets to be divided in a complex manner among his kinfolk. He distributed £53,100 to his immediate relatives, the largest sums going to his brother John and nephew Robert. He also bequeathed a total of £11,000 to some other members of the family and smaller amounts to sundry relations. His lands in the parishes of East and West Morden in Dorset, England, he left to his brother David, and a storehouse in Poole to David?s son Thomas. Half of his Newfoundland trade and all plantations, rooms, storehouses, flakes, land and estates . . . and also ships, brigs, sloops, schooners, boats, craft, fishing implements and other effects belonging to the said trade went to his nephew and partner William Cox. The other half was placed in trust with his cousin Robert for his son Thomas and for the son of his brother David, also named Thomas. It was further enjoined that at the age of 24 the two Thomases were to become partners in Thomas Slade?s company, which would take the name of Thomas Slade and Thomas Slade.5 In 1836, there were six Slade family firms operating in Newfoundland. They were one of the last merchant families to conduct trade directly from Poole.4

Citations

  1. [S8445] Gordon Handcock W, Dictionary of Canadian Biography University of Toronto, 1979), Thomas Slade http://www.biographi.ca/en/bio/slade_thomas_5E.html
  2. [S8418] England, Select Dorset Parish Registers, 1538-2001 Ancestry.com , Winfirth Newburg, Dorset, bapt Jun 12, 1753, Thomas Slade s/o Elizabeth & Robert Slade.
  3. [S8446] Trinity Historical Society Slade Biographical Sketch http://www.trinitymerchants.com/biographical_sketch.htm , Thomas Slade ( ? - 1816) b Dorset, s/o Robert & Elizabeth Slade.
  4. [S8445] Gordon Handcock W, Dictionary of Canadian Biography, Thomas Slade http://www.biographi.ca/en/bio/slade_thomas_5E.html
  5. [S8446] Trinity Historical Society Slade Biographical Sketch http://www.trinitymerchants.com/biographical_sketch.htm.
  6. [S21] 1921 Canada Census of Newfoundland, Will of Thomas Slade.

Robert Slade1,2

(2 March 1768 - 17 March 1833)
     Robert Slade was the son of James Slade and Mary Card.3 Robert apprenticed with his uncle John as a clerk in the counting house at Poole and later worked in Twillingate, Newfoundland and in 1793 became manager of the business at Battle Harbour. In 1804 he left John Slade & Company to establish his own business at Trinity on property that he purchased three years later for £600. Some time later he acquired additional property at Maggoty Cove and Southwest Arm.2
     Robert married Elizabeth Leer on December 28, 1818 in St. James Parish, Poole, Dorset, England.4 Robert had expanded the firm in 1813 to Catalina, in 1817 to Heart’s Content and in 1835 to Hant’s Harbour. He ran the business from Poole and relied on local managers to handle the affairs of the day-to-day operations.2 Robert died on March 17, 1833 in Poole, Dorset, England, at age 65 having developed paralysis of his left side.2,5

News of his death reached Trinity on April 15th, 1833 by Capt. Thomas Biel of the brig Louisa Hannah. Slade’s diarist recorded the following:
“Died at his house in Poole in 11 o’clock on the morning of the 17th March last, having been but a short time previously attacked with paralytic in the left side, Mr. Robert Slade Sr. To commemorate the melancholy event, the Colors were hoisted half mast on The Room, onboard the schooners Sally and Thomas and Sarah Messrs. Garland and Co’s Establishment, and the Church and Meeting House flag staffs."

Later that year, a church bell was brought to Trinity and donated to St. Paul’s Anglican Church in Slade’s memory. This bell still stands today in the belfry of the church. The image is of the current church, built between 1892-1894, which still uses the church bell donated in Robert's memory in 1833.2
St. Paul's Anglican Church, Trinity
He left a will in 1838 in Poole, Dorset; Will of Robert Slade
from Newfoundland will books volume 1 pages 264 to 268 probate year 1838

This is the last will and testament of me Robert Slade of the Town and County of Poole Merchant which I make in manner and form following that is to say First I direct my just debts funeral expenses and the charges of the Probate hereof to be paid and discharged I give and bequeath unto Mr. William Kelson my agent in Newfoundland One hundred pounds to my clerk Edward Squires one hundred pounds and to Nelson Collingwood Simmonds son of my late brother Samuel Slade's Widow who intermarried with Captain Simmonds One hundred pounds I give and bequeath unto Miss Mary Bishop who has had the care of my children since the death of their mother for her kindness to them an annuity or yearly sum of twenty pounds to be paid to her quarterly and to commence from my decease and I direct my executors hereinafter named to set apart and invest a certain sum to answer the due and regular payment of the said annuity And as to all the rest residue and remainder of my estate and effects whatsoever and of what nature tenure of kind soever whether real personal or otherwise I give devise and bequeath the same unto my sons in law Robert Slade and Thomas Arnold and to my sons Robert Slade Thomas Slade and James Slade to hold to them the said Robert Slade Thomas Arnold Robert Slade Thomas Slade and James Slade their heirs executors administrators and assigns upon the trusts nevertheless and for the intents and purposes and subject to the powers provisoes and conditions hereinafter mentioned and declared of and concerning the same (that is to say) Upon trust to divide all my said residuary estate and effects into as many parts or shares as I shall have children at the time of my decease And I direct that my said Trustees shall stand seized and possessed of such respective parts and shares of my said residuary estate and effects In trust for my said children who shall respectively be living at the time of my decease to and for the only proper use and behoof of such of my said children who shall have attained the age of twenty one years at the time of my decease (except my son John Slade) and to their respective heirs executors administrators and assigns absolutely and the share of each of such children who shall be under the age of twenty one years at the time of my decease to be a vested interest or interests in him or them respectively when and as soon as he she or they shall respectively attain the age of twenty one years or marry with the consent of my said Trustees whichever shall first happen and to their respective heirs executors administrators and assigns And in case any or either of such my said children shall depart this life under the age of twenty one years without having been so married then I direct that the share or shares of him her or them so dying shall go and belong unto the survivor or survivors and other or others of such children if more than one in equal shares to his her or their heirs executors administrators and assigns absolutely
And as to the part or share of my said son John of and in my said residuary estate and effects I direct that my Trustee shall stand seized and possessed thereof in Trust as to the rents and profits interest and income thereof to appropriate the same to and for the use and benefit of my said son John Slade for and during the term of his natural life in such sum and sums of money and manner and form as they my said Trustees or the majority of them shall in their discretion think proper And from and immediately after the decease of my said son John Slade as to as well the principal of the share of my said son John Slade of and in my residuary estate and effects as also as to the rents and profits interest and income of such share which shall be then due in trust for the child if only one or all the children if more than one of my said son John Slade such children if more than one to take in equal shares and proportions as tenants in common and not as joint tenants his her and their heirs executors administrators and assigns absolutely And in case any or either of such children shall depart this life under the age of twenty one years without leaving issue then I direct that the share or shares of such child or children so dying as well original as accruing under this clause shall go and belong to the survivor or survivors and other or others of such children if more than one in equal shares But in case my said son John Slade shall depart this life without leaving any issue living at his death or leaving such they shall all die under the age of twenty one years and without leaving issue Then I direct that as well the principal of the share of my said son John of and in my said residuary estate and effects as also the rents interest dividends and income of such share which shall be then due shall go and belong to my then children in such and the like shares and proportions manner and form as is hereinbefore mentioned with respect to their original shares of my said residuary estate and effects
And it is my will and I do hereby declare that such sum or sums of money as shall be advanced by me in my lifetime to my said son in law Robert Slade or to my late daughter Elizabeth Slade his wife or to any other of my children shall be deducted from and taken by such children or child as a part of the shares or portions which such children would respectively have taken under this my will in case no such advances had been made
And I do further order and direct that it shall be lawful for my said Trustees to continue the Trades in which I shall be engaged at the time of my death until my youngest child shall have attained the age of twenty one years or to discontinue the same or any of them or any part thereof in the meantime at their discretion and that such Trustees shall be indemnified from all losses which may happen to my estate by reason of the continuance or discontinuance thereof
And I further order and direct that it shall be lawful for my said Trustees if they shall think proper and at such time or times and in such manner and form as they in their discretion shall think fit (but this authority I do not mean to be compulsory on them) to sell and dispose of all or any of my Messuages storehouses quays lands tenements and hereditaments or parts or shares thereof whether in England or Newfoundland and either by public auction or private contract and together or in lots And I direct that the purchaser or purchasers shall not be obliged to see to the application of the purchase money or be answerable or accountable for the misapplication or non-application thereof And I further direct that the money arising from such sales shall go in the same manner as the residue of the personal estate hereby given will go under this my will and lastly revoking all former wills by me made I declare this only to be my last will and testament. And do appoint my said sons in law Robert Slade and Thomas Arnold and my said sons Robert Slade Thomas Slade and James Slade executors hereof And I declare that my said Trustees and executors shall have power to lay out all such sums of money as they shall receive under this my will upon the stocks or funds or on Government public or real securities and to vary the same or any which I may have at my decease as they shall think fit. And that it shall be lawful for them to reimburse themselves and himself all expenses which they shall incur or be put unto in the execution of this my will or the trusts herein contained and that they or either of them shall not be answerable or accountable for any banker broker or other person in whose hands any part of my estate and effects may have been placed for safe custody nor for any other loss except the same shall arise from his or their own wilful default And that it shall be lawful for them to compound with any debtors to my estate. And I devise and bequeath all the estates and property which I hold as mortgaged in fee or as a Trustee unto my said sons in law the said Robert Slade and Thomas Arnold and my said sons Robert Slade Thomas Slade and James Slade and to the survivor or survivors of them and to the heirs and assigns of the survivor of them Upon the trusts nevertheless and subject to the powers of redemption under which I hold the same.
In witness whereof I the said Robert Slade the testator have to this my last will and testament contained in four sheets of paper affixed together set my hand and seal (that is to say) to the first three sheets I have subscribed my name and to this fourth and last sheet I have subscribed my name and affixed my seal this fourteenth day of February in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and twenty nine. Robert Slade (LS)
Signed sealed published and declared by the said Robert Slade the testator as and for his last will and testament in the presence of us who in his presence and in the presence of each other at his request have subscribed our names as witnesses hereto as we have likewise done to a duplicate of the above written will at the same time. John Snelgar Junr of Poole. William Meering Shipwright Poole. Ambrose Cobb Cooper Poole.

Certified Correct,
D. M. Browning
Registrar.6

Epilogue: By 1851, at least three of Robert’s sons had also died. James appears to have been the family member chiefly involved in the operation of the business after his father’s death. In 1842, John (1819-1847) became the manager at the main branch of his great uncle’s firm, John Slade & Company in Twillingate. He was involved in church and community affairs and was also elected as the representative of the Twillingate district. Robert, a younger brother, also worked for John Slade & Co as manager of the Fogo branch. The death of the three brothers within the span of three years however, between 1846-1849, all at a young age probably contributed towards the decline of both Robert Slade & Co. and John Slade & Co. Robert Slade & Co. went out of business in 1861. Alexander Bremner acquired the Catalina premises of Robert Slade & Co. while his son, Alexander W., bought the Trinity trade. In 1871, Thomas and David Slade sold the Battle Harbour trade of John Slade & Company – the last vestige of the Slade mercantile empire in Newfoundland to – Baine, Johnston and Company.

One of Robert’s children- John Slade established his own firm in Fogo and Twillingate, whereas sons Robert, Thomas and James inherited after 1838 the establishment in Trinity Bay. Although Robert Slade Sr. died in 1833, until 1838 the firm, under the name “Slade and Kelson,” was managed by Slade’s sons-in-law, Robert Slade and Thomas Arnold, but then his three sons gained control and changed the firm to the “Executors of the late Robert Slade Sr.”.2

Children of Robert Slade and Elizabeth Leer

  • John Slade 7 b. 1819, d. January 9, 1847
  • James Slade 7 b. circa 1822, d. circa 1851
  • Robert Studley Slade 7 b. circa 1823, d. 1846
  • Fanny Harriet Elizabeth Slade 8 b. 1824

Citations

  1. [S8549] Dorset, England, Church of England Baptisms, Marriages and Burials,1538-1812, Ancestry.com , Wareham, baptisms 1768, Mar 2, Robert, son of James & Mary Slade.
  2. [S8446] Trinity Historical Society Slade Biographical Sketch http://www.trinitymerchants.com/biographical_sketch.htm , Robert Slade 1768-1833.
  3. [S8528] Dorset History Centre https://www.dorsetcouncil.gov.uk/libraries-history-culture/…,, Reference: PE/WA:RE1/3.
  4. [S8501] England & Wales, Civil Registration Marriage Index, 1837-1915, Ancestry.com, FHL Film Number 1239221.
  5. [S8071] Dorset, England, Church of England Deaths and Burials, 1813-2010, Ancestry.com, Poole 1813-1932, pg 77, #616, Robert Slade, 66, March 23.
  6. [S8586] Newfoundland's Grand Banks , 1838 Will of Robert Slade of Poole, Dorset, England http://ngb.chebucto.org/Wills/slade-robert-1-264.shtml
  7. [S8446] Trinity Historical Society Slade Biographical Sketch http://www.trinitymerchants.com/biographical_sketch.htm.
  8. [S2466] England Births and Christenings,1538-1975, FamilySearch.org, FHL Film Number:     1239221.

John Slade1

(1819 - 9 January 1847)
     John Slade was born in 1819 in Wareham Parish, Dorset, England.1 He was the son of Robert Slade and Elizabeth Leer.1
     He was the manager of his great-uncle, John Slade's prime Newfoundland operation in Twillingate. Although he was only 24, that same year he was elected the Newfoundland House Assembly representing Twillingate and Fogo. He was the youngest representative ever elected.1
     John started his own trading companies at Fogo and Twillingate in 1845.1 Residing in Twillingate, Newfoundland, he registered a Schooner that he built in 1840 and owned, with access to all ports in Newfoundland.2 He was a liberal benefactor of the Church of England and the Methodist Church being built in Twillingate. He secured chandelliers and gas lights from St. James' Church in Poole to used in the new St. Peter's Churcin in Twillingate.1 The local newspaper ran letters to & from John Slade on it's front page Nov 11, 1846.3 John died on January 9, 1847 in Poole, Dorset, England, at age 28.1 He was buried in St. Andrew's Anglican Church Yard, Fogo, Notre Dame Bay, Newfoundland, Memorial plaque at church in Fogo, however it is believed that John is buried in Poole.1

Citations

  1. [S8446] Trinity Historical Society Slade Biographical Sketch http://www.trinitymerchants.com/biographical_sketch.htm.
  2. [S8456] Canada, Seafarers of the Atlantic Provinces, 1789-1935, Ancestry.com.
  3. [S8527] University of Newfoundland Digital Archives http://collections.mun.ca/, unknown publish date, The Weekly Herald And Conception-Bay General Advertiser, Wed, Nov 11, 1846, vol 5, #210, p1.

Robert Studley Slade1

(circa 1823 - 1846)
     Robert Studley Slade was born circa 1823 in Wareham Parish, Dorset, England.1 He was the son of Robert Slade and Elizabeth Leer.1 Robert became the manager of his great-Uncle John Slade's Fogo operations of John Slade Company. His older brother, John was the manager of the Twillingate operations of the company.1 Robert died in 1846 in Poole, Dorset, England.1 Robert Standley Slade has an iron marker in the churchyard at Fogo, but he was likely buried in Poole, England.2

Citations

  1. [S8446] Trinity Historical Society Slade Biographical Sketch http://www.trinitymerchants.com/biographical_sketch.htm.
  2. [S8527] University of Newfoundland Digital Archives http://collections.mun.ca/, unknown publish date, Article: The Newfoundland Quartery, vol 062, #3 (Fall 1963), page 35.