Excerpts from "Birth of a Village--A History of Hastings, Ontario", by Wilfred Lynch.


The SCRIVERS are longtime residents of Hastings and are one of the few families that still reside there. Some of the Srivers lived in the north eastern part of the village, that was called "Scriverville". They were not actually in the village , but in Asphodel Township, but their closeness made them recognized as belonging to the village.

When Daniel and Roland Scriver came to early Hastings, they were assumed to be brothers but it appears they were first cousins. Their ancestry was German as well as Loyalist. They were both born in Prince Edward County, Daniel in 1822 and Roland in1824. Daniel married Sarah Ann Norton in 1847 and came to Percy Township in around 1850, since he is registered in the Percy census of 1852. He moved to Healy Falls and then came to the northeastern part of Hastings , which was then Asphodel, about 1864 since his name appeared in the Asphodel census of 1871. Here he built a house and was engaged in carpentry. He worked on many of the new projects in the fast growing village. He had 6 sons and 2 daughters. Mary was born in 1848 and married Wm. Clapper, the father of Aubrey "Dit" Clapper, Hastings contribution to proffesional hockey (Dit played for 20 seasons as a star with the Boston Bruins and is in the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto, Canada. Margaret, the fourth oldest of the family became Mrs Woodcock.

Daniel's six sons were Robert, John, Henry, Cornelius (Con), Roland and Albert. Cornelius was the father of Albert, commonly known as Big Al, who was well known for his poetical contributions to the Hastings Star, entitled "What Al Says". Al had three boys Al, Jack and Gordon, and four girls Marie, Caroline, Verna and Wanetta. Only Marie resides in the village. Cornellius and his brother John were excellent swimmers and fishing guides. Their assistance and knowledge of fishing was always in demand by city visitors and American tourists who wanted advice as to where fishing was best. Americans then, as today, enjoyed fishing and entrusted their luck to these men. John bought the second island west of railway bridge on the Trent River, and it becme known as Scrivers Island.

Daniel's son Henry had four sons, Louis B. , Nelson, Fred and Solom. Louis B. was the father of Clifford "Moe" Scriver, a well known musician and band player. Nelson was the father of Pauline (Mrs. George Brooks) and Jean (Mrs. Sid Blackbourn). Fred had a family but the only one in the village now is Leslie. Solom had a son, Robert (Bob) who still resides in "Scriverville". Other members of the family are not known in the village.

Daniel's son Albert was a millwright, and had a son "Otter", who was in carpentry near Lang. Roland, Daniel's second youngest son, had a son Henry who operated a boat factory for many years. He was a great craftsman and the workmanship on his boats bears this out. He had one daughter, Marjorie, who lives near Campbellford and writes many features entitled ""Of Cabbages and Kings" for the Campellford Harald. Daniel Scriver was a Liberal in politics.

Contributed by: Stephen FOWLDS, at
Excerpts from "Birth of a Village--A History of Hastings, Ontario", by Wilfred Lynch.

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