Davia - Jacob was my husband's great-great grandfather. We have an original copy of Jacob's autobiography that you quoted. According to it, he arrived in Quebec in June of 1845 (when he was 33 years old). Jacob completed his autobiography and wrote the introduction to it on 30 July 1901. Since he was born in 1812, he would have been 89 years old; he died the following January of 1902. Please feel free to contact me through his memorial on findagrave.com, which I manage. Jacob's arrival in Quebec right after the fire certainly shaped his life and instead sent him further downriver to seek his future, later surviving the sinking of the boat he traveled on as well as later walking from Indiana to Illinois in seek of a shoemaker's job. Thus, that Quebec fire also shaped our lives. If Jacob hadn't been forced to move on, we wouldn't be where we are today.
From my ancestor Jacob Fickling's journal: "We landed in Quebec without shipwreck or other catastrophe, being just nine weeks and three days out of London. I was then thirty-four years old. Prior to my embarkation for America, James Fickling a cousin had written for me a letter of introduction and recommendation to a shoemaker at Quebec, with whom he was acquainted. Wright was the man's name and immediately upon landing I found my way to his home. One week (ed.note - it must have actually been a month) before my arrival fifteen hundred homes had burned in Quebec and on the night of my landing all that remained of upper Quebec was swept by flames, Mr. Wright's establishment included. The fire got its start not far from where I was lodging, and could easily have been prevented from spreading but for a disagreement among the firemen. Before this difficulty was finally adjusted the flames got beyond all control and swept the entire district. I carried my few belongings to the Plains of Abraham and stood guard over them until morning. A cap and a pipe which Uncle Zenas had given me were burned. As a result of the fire Mr. Wright was unable to fulfill his promise to give me work, and the general conditions in the city were such that I concluded to sail for some point further up the St. Lawrence River. " Jacob was about 78 years old when he wrote this.
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