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Francis Jackson Garrison, William Lloyd Garrison, 1805-1879; the story of his life told by his children: volume 1, Chapter 1: Ancestry.—1764-1805. (search)
g, which at every spring freshet is covered by the swollen waters of the St. John. It is not unlikely that its shores were curiously visited by Joseph Garrison, and that he was the first to notice its very obvious superficial bituminous coal Johnston's Report on Agr. Capabilities of New Brunswick, p. 41. deposits. But the mining there, as late as 1850, was carried on in a small and rude manner, and as late as 1830 only by strippings or open diggings; so that skill could hardly be ascribed to him where so little was required. Joseph Garrison's occupation was that of a farmer, which then, as now, must have been one of comparative ease, because of the exceptional facility for growing hay Johnston's Report on Agr. Capabilities of New Brunswick, p. 8. and raising stock, and not conducive to progressive agriculture. Life was fairly amphibious: fences had (as they still have) to be taken down and corralled in the fall, to prevent their being floated off in the spring; and when at