“John Sullivan (The Moncton Tragedy)”


Sullivan kills a widow and her son, takes her cash, and sets the house afire. A daughter survives and blames Sullivan. He flees to Calais, is caught, brought back, tried, convicted and condemned to hang on Friday, March 12.

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John Sullivan (The Moncton Tragedy)
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The Moncton Tragedy

From Louise Manny and James Reginald Wilson, Songs of Miramichi,
#35, pp. 152-155. From the singing of Arthur MacDonald of Black
River Bridge.

Ye men all over Westmorland,
  I pray you will attend,
And listen on attention
  To these few lines I penned;
For I will sing you of a song
  I just made up today
Concerning John E. Sullivan
  Ye Moncton Trageday.

(13 additional stanzas)


Manny/Wilson: "This sordid crime took place in mid-September, 1896, at Meadow Brook, eight miles from Moncton, New Brunswick."

Manny/Wilson note to "The Moncton Tragedy" has more details about the murder and trial, including further references. - BS


  1. Dibblee/Dibblee, pp. 57-58, "John Sullivan" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. Manny/Wilson 35, "The Moncton Tragedy" (1 text, 1 tune)
  3. ST Dib057 (Partial)
  4. Roud #9267
  5. BI, Dib057


Alternate titles: “The Sullivan Murder”; “The Meadow Brook Tragedy”; “The Dutcher Murder”
Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1948 (Manny/Wilson)
Found in: Canada(Mar)