Want information on Grand Manan genealogy? Go to Alaska.
Ruby M. Cusack
|Ken Carrico of Alaska has set up a Web site on Grand Manan genealogy. His connection to New Brunswick is through his great-great-grandfather, William Leonard Small, shown above. William was born on Grand Manan, but left at 9 years old. He is shown here with his wife Louisa Adaline McClelland and children (oldest to youngest) Martha, William Jr., Cora and Ernest.|
For the past 22 years Ken Carrico in Alaska has also been waiting for something from Grand Manan - not dulse but genealogical information.
He started his genealogy work the old fashioned paper way. Then he purchased his first computer with genealogy software. It changed every thing about the way he did research. It was so much easier to keep track of ancestors and all their descendants.
He found one of his ancestors came from an island called Grand Manan. He then discovered where this island was, and the search was on.
The lack of microfilms for Grand Manan records was very frustrating, but he copied everything he found to build a skeleton of a tree for the Cronk, Griffin, Green, Small and Sprague families.
After getting connected to the internet, he decided to check to see if anything was there on Grand Manan. Although little information was gained, he found Karen Small who lived on the island. She willing shared her information. Ken says this was like hanging a baited hook in front of a fish. He wanted more information.
One day a brilliant idea popped into his head. He decided to create the Grand Manan Island Genealogy site and put his data on the web and set it up as a clearing house for anybody who had Grand Manan ancestors. Once Karen Small saw what he was doing, she jumped in with both feet and started helping to co-ordinate data for the site. As more information was being added on a regular basis, more people started to visit and send their data to be loaded on the site.
The Purpose of the site is to make available the Genealogies of the original settlers and their descendants readily available to those doing family research. Ken says it gives him a great deal of satisfaction to provide information about all of the Grand Manan ancestors and their descendants for absolutely no cost to the person needing it.
The Grand Manan site is growing in leaps and bounds with material being added on a regular basis.
Since creating this site, Ken's Grand Manan ancestral family tree has grown many new branches and leaves. He comments, "The more material you give away the more you get returned." He is anxious to find more information and pictures of his ancestors as well as of other families and their descendants.
The Grand Manan Island Genealogies web site now has the following
sections: Ancestor Photograph page; cemetery records; census records;
files; map of Grand Manan; marriage records; researcher lists and
list. (To subscribe to the mailing list send the word "subscribe"
the quotes) as the only text in the body of a message to
Ken's possible future goal for the site would be to combine all the data files people have sent into one big data base that shows how everyone links to each other.
If you have any connections to Grand Manan Island, sail into the Grand Manan Island Genealogies Website at http://www.members.tripod.com/KenCarrico
You can reach, Ken Carrico, the Skipper of this site at email@example.com.
As the little fishing boats return home to find a safe harbour
so do the descendants of Grand Mananers return - seeking information on
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Dorsey - Moran: John Dorsey was born Jan of 1828 in Co. Clare, Ireland, and migrated to Canada about 1850. It is believed he married after he arrived in Canada to Mary Moran, born Dec. 19, 1826 or 1828 in Co. Kildare, Ireland. They had a daughter Margaret, born Nov. 15, 1854 in Canada. They moved to Boston, Mass., sometime after the birth of Margaret, but before the birth of Patrick Robert in 1857. After that James William and John H., were born. I am looking for any information on them, their parents, siblings or anything about them while they were in Canada.
-Joseph C. Dorsey
Query 98-596 - Revised
Coxetter - Mitchell - Whitney - Thompson: In our family archives I have the marriage certificate of Bartholomew Coxetter and Elizabeth Mitchell, signed by Bartholomew's brother William, dated Mar.10, 1804. A hand-written note on the certificate says that William was Bartholmew's brother, and never married. My great-great grandfather John Angier Whitney married Sarah Elizabeth [Lizzie] Thompson who was a native of Saint John. Two of their sons had Coxetter for a middle name and another one was named Louis Mitchell Whitney, which makes me think Louis Mitchell Coxetter [the Confederate privateer and blockade runner] is somehow connected. The only information we have on Sarah Elizabeth's family is that her mother's married name was Emily Thompson. The mystery is we have no idea how Bartholomew and Elizabeth are connected. and no idea why we have their marriage certificate amongst the Whitney papers. My best guess is that the mother of Sarah, Emily Thompson, was the daughter of Bartholomew Coxetter and Elizabeth Mitchell, and possibly the sister of Louis Mitchell Coxetter, but I have no real proof. If anyone has any information which might shed light on the mystery, I'd be forever grateful! I also have a transcription of my great-grandfather's letter recounting a trip to Saint John in 1877 which gives his description of a major fire and some names of contemporary residents.
-Marc Kelman, 222 Virgina Street, Westfield, NJ., USA., 07090. E-mail MarcKelman@worldnet.att.net.
Akerley - Toole - Shaw: I am looking for information on the descendants of John Akerley, (1844-1912) and Mary Ann Toole (1851-1901), the daughter of John and Susan (McNeil) Toole, married in Sunbury Co. and buried at Beulah Cemetery, Kars. Their children: Edna married Reuben Dick and lived in Cambridge, Mass.; Bernice married Thomas Milton Monteith; Sherman (1907- February 1910, Newton Heights, Mass.); John; Dawson; Susan A. m. ? Clark; Eldon (1884, Kars-1952) married Mary Bell Urquhart (1889-1980), buried Orange Cemetery, Kars; Tyson Harwood (born 1886, Kars) and Aubrey Cecil (born1893, Round Hill, Kars).
-George Shaw, 162 Bay St., Cobourg, Ontario, K9A 1P6. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
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