“Meagher's Children”


Two girls, four and six years old, lose their way in the woods and die. It takes a hundred men a week to find their bodies.


Manny/Wilson: The initials of the author are disputed. Creighton refers to a copy with initials B.G.V. and Manny/Wilson refers to a copy with initials D.G.B. "An article in the Dartmouth Free Press, by Dr J P Martin, April 12, 1962, says decidedly that the author is Daniel G Blois, of The Gore, Hants County, Nova Scotia." - BS

Historical references

  • Apr 11, 1842 - "Two little girls from Preston Road into the woods did stray"


  1. Laws G25, "Meagher's Children"
  2. Creighton-NovaScotia 135, "Meagher's Children" (1 text, 1 tune)
  3. Creighton-Maritime, pp. 204-205, "Meagher's Children" (1 text, 1 tune)
  4. Ives-DullCare, pp. 75-77,248-249, "Lost Babes of Halifax" (1 text, 1 tune)
  5. Manny/Wilson 30, "The Lost Babes of Halifax (Meagher's Children)" (1 text, 1 tune)
  6. DT 347, MEAGCHLD
  7. Roud #1834
  8. BI, LG25


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1932 (Creighton-NovaScotia)
Keywords: children death
Found in: US(NE) Canada(Mar)