The potholed paths of these farthest of farms in this most Northern County were hard on his horse and hard on his back. At least he did not have to travel the more remote jurisdictions of Longford and Digby. Verulam and Fenelon were challenging enough.
"How do I find him?" William asked the farmer.
"Jus be affer de bothaar."
"What...path...may that be?"
"S'Domas - be Domas by name. Do i'a follow, yer be affer bogger Herse."
One hour later, through mud, ice, and thick black spruce and sugar maple, he came to the place. The was no other way to describe it. Shanty. William made a note under acreage: Seventy Acres of land under Wood or Wild.
This 1851 census actually was taken in January of 1852. It was late - perhaps because of the difficulties of navigating the back woods of Canada. There was a Thomas Herse in Victoria County, married to Mary Ann Herse, who lived in a shanty working a small farm amongst 70 Acres Wood or Wild. And there now is, coincidentally, a Thomas Drive skirting the present Verulam Park. The Connection was pure conjecture. Please feel free to give me suggestions concerning Canadian-Irish accents of the 1850's.
Images with thanks from:
Stopping by the Woods on a Snowy Winter Evening by John MacFarlan
Old Farmer by A.B. Frost, 1887 from the Norman Rockwell Museum
Shanty on Lake Chaudière by Nathaniel Parker Willis from William Henry Bartlett's The Project Gutenberg EBook of Canadian Scenery, Volume II