John Lund and Family
 

My greatgreatgrandfather John Lund had a fascinating life: he was brought to
Canada on a sailing ship as an infant, reclaimed farmland from the marshes in
New Brunswick, fathered 12 children and spent his last 20 years homesteading on
the Canadian prairies. Born in Yorkshire in 1819, by the 1830s his family were
among the first to farm the Tantramar River marshes in Cookville, near Sackville
New Brunswick.  The settlers depended on their own resources and their
neighbours.  The nearest was John Towse from Yorkshire: his daughter Mary Ann
became the wife of John Lund.
 

My greatgrandfather Daniel was the eldest of John and Mary Ann's children.   He
worked and lived on the campus of  Mount Allison Academy (now a university) with
his wife Charlotte, where all their children were born.  In 1882 Wesley, Dan's
brother, rode the CPR to Brandon Manitoba as far as the line had been built by
then. Wes walked 14 miles southwest and homesteaded on the Pipestone River.  He
wrote back that the land was good, and by 1892 John and Mary Ann (who were over
70 by then), and 8 of their children with their spouses and children were
pioneer homesteaders in the Lippentott district. When the Manitoba/Saskatchewan
boundary was established in 1905, some Lund homesteads were on one side, near
Elkhorn, and some on the other near Maryfield.  John Lund's land was right on
the border, on the Saskatchewan side.
 

Daniel's family was the last to arrive, in 1892.  Their belongings arrived in a
train carload, but were destroyed in a fire soon after.  Within a year Daniel
had died, but Charlotte persevered with the help of her young family.  She lived
on for 50 years, her July birthday parties becoming the occasion for family
reunions for many years.  Dan had been buried in the little Lippentott cemetery
with his parents: when Charlotte died in 1943 his remains were moved to the
Woodville cemetery beside Charlotte (all that remained were some shirt buttons
and the coffin handles - $50 was charged because they had crossed the line into
Manitoba).
 

In the year 2000, Lunds from the west joined their eastern kin at a family
gathering in Sackville, where the Cookville farm remains in Lund hands.  A year
later, 75 Lunds from the 4 western provinces gathered near Elkhorn to celebrate
their heritage.  About half of these live in the area, and Daniel's
greatgrandson Garth still farms on the homestead lands.  We Lunds are proud of
our heritage, and our story will continue.
 

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