1964.55 | Bed
David Stewart (1803 - 1860)
1834-1840, 19th century
72 x 164.5 x 33 cm
This artefact belongs to: © New Brunswick Museum
Keys to History
David Stewart (about 1803-1860) a Presbyterian native of Crevy, County Down, emigrated to New Brunswick, via the port of Newry, with his wife, Ann, and children Joseph and Sarah. The family arrived in Saint John on the Neptune in late May 1834. Dr. G. J. Harding examined the passengers of the Neptune on May 24 on Partridge Island.
This pine settle bed was probably made by Stewart soon after his arrival and settlement in Nerepis, Kings County.
Source : Out of Ireland [Web tour], by New Brunswick Museum (see Links)
While the piece looks like a bench, the hinged seat folds out to make a box bed.
Nerepis, Kings County, is located approximately 25 kilometres north of Saint John.
On March 21, 1860, David Stewart drowned while attempting to cross the Nerepis Stream, which was swollen by the spring rains.
It was a common practice for farmers such as Stewart to build simple furniture in the 19th century.