|A great-great-grandson of Andrew Sherwood and Martha Curry is held in the arms of his mother.
Once the play was over the fun part began. The unmarried ladies had brought trimmed boxes, filled with lots of goodies. Prizes were given for the best decorated in different categories. Frank S. would auction them off and this was called a Pie Social. Rivalry often prevailed in the bidding - some in jest and others of a more serious nature.
the pie, which actually was a box, had the privilege of eating with the
donor. It really was a way for a guy who had his eye on a girl to have a
supervised date with her. Since no names were allowed on the outside
of the box, quite often he ended up with a dinner date not of his intention.
As we drove home, Mum and Dad discussed the bidding and who bought whose box. I had a hard job following the conversation as they went on talking about who was related to whom. It seemed the auctioneer was a brother-in-law to Mrs. Artie and the grandfather of Donnie. Ronnie had bought Myrene's box but he wasn't a grandson of Frank's. The more I listened the more bewildered I became, as it seemed everyone at the gathering was related in some way.
As the years progressed, I have been able to figure out some of the family relationships that seemed so confusing to me in years gone by. If they weren't connected through the Reids, Fowlers, Drumonds, Kilpatricks or Uphams it was sure to be from a Sherwood line.
By the way, those tracking the Sherwood family now have another source, with the publication of "The Sherwood Family of New Brunswick - The Descendants of Andrew Sherwood and Martha Curry" edited by Daniel F. Johnson. The compilation of the book began in the Spring of 1998. Dan wrote: "The objective of this work is to consolidate the information gathered by researchers concerning the various lines of the Sherwood family, providing documentation from primary and secondary sources."
According to this publication: " Andrew Sherwood came with the Loyalist on the vessel ‘Sally' in 1783. He was accompanied by one adult female and nine children. Although he drew Carleton lot 404 located on the western side of the Saint John Harbor, he immediately proceeded to the French Village. He remained here the remainder of his life. His will was dated 5th day October, 1802."
This 608 page book includes an 80 page index and at the present is out of print but you will find a copy in several research institutions.
Cairns - Kearns - Boyle: Patrick Cairns (Kearns) came from Ireland about 1827. His wife's name is unknown. They had children: Margaret, age 22; John 21; Thomas 18; Lawrence 16 and Susan 14 all in the 1851 census and listed as being born in New Brunswick. Patrick had a second wife, Catherine Boyle. She came from Ireland in 1840 and from this marriage the children were listed in the 1861 Census of the Western Division of Sussex Parish, N.B. as Timothy 18; Patrick 15; Barnard 11 and George 9 (this being my Great-grandfather); Mary A. 6; James 4 and Catherine 1 month. The family surname was listed as Cairns in this census and listed as Roman Catholic. I have found information on Land Grants for two, Timothy and Lawrence and they were listed as in Seeley's Mill. Where is this located? Is it in or near the Waterford area since grants state Shepody Road and Dutch Valley Road ? Any information on this family would be appreciated.
-Betty Millett Ellis, 1960 Monterey Ave., Merritt Island, FL. USA., 32952. Or E-mail Bellis6@aol.com.
Tufts Lydon - Ladon: I am looking for information on the families of brothers, William H. Tufts (1847) and J. Charles Tufts (1849). Charles married Mary Lydon (Ladon) and after his death, William of Saint John, a widower, married his brother's widow. Charles was living in Simonds Parish, Saint John when he died in 1886. Who were the children of these marriages?
-Bill Tufts, 1500 Lassiter Terrace, Gloucester, ON., K1J 8N4. Telephone (613)-745-0200. Or Efirstname.lastname@example.org.
Godsoe - Jamieson - Smith - Keleher - Kent - Harbell - Sandall: I am trying to confirm the parentage of William Godsoe who married Jane Jamieson on Oct. 30,1849 in Saint John. Accprding to the 1881 Brooks Ward Census, their children were: Lydia; William; George married Hanna Smith from Fredericton; Charles; Sarah married Patrick Keleher and Mary married William Kent. William may possibly be the son of Nathan Godsoe and Mary Ann Harbell if so he may have had a sister Harriet married to Thomas Sandall. Any information would be appreciated.
-Blair E.Bartlett, 87 Shillington Road, Saint John, N.B., E2J 4K7. E-mail email@example.com.
Creighton - McKeon: I am searching for information on my great-grandfather Michael Creighton and his wife Margaret McKeon and their son, my grandfather Silas Creighton who was born May 12,1882 in Sussex, New Brunswick..
-Albert S Creighton, PO Box 284, Tazewell, TN., USA., 37879. E-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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