Ruby M. Cusack
|Charles Clark Flemming was mentioned in the will of his
father, John Flemming, who died before he was born. Two of his descendants, Judy Buss and Steve Fleming, found one another through queries.
Photo courtesy - Judy Buss
As Cliff and I were leaving for school, Dad told us that Mother-Do had given birth to a batch of kittens. The hours of the day at school certainly dragged forever. Finally dismissal time came and we ran all the way home.
Cliff rushed into the house and grabbed the flashlight and off we scurried to the hay mow in the cow barn. I thought the kittens would be safely hidden in one of the little tunnels in the hay but after searching and searching no luck. Next we hunted in the wood shed but that proved fruitless also.
I was ready to give up the search but Cliff thought we should check the manger in the empty horse stall. Sure enough, there we found Mother-Do with her two little kittens.
Kathy Cormier was searching for Clarks not kittens when she made her discovery. This family had lived on Darlings Island and Kathy had searched every nook and cranny for information on them.
She happened to be visiting this site when she noticed in column 108, I had mentioned Judy Buss and the letters written by her great-grandmother, Agnes May Cushing, the wife of Charles Clark Flemming who was born on Darlings Island. This rang a bell with her as she remembered reading another query concerning the Flemming family.
With a little searching she found query 98-467 from Steve Fleming who was looking for information on John Flemming who had died in Hampton in 1832.
Kathy phoned me to see if I had any other information on Charles Clark Flemming. Luckily Judy Buss had sent me not only copies of her great-grandmother's letters but in her query 98-623 she had mentioned there was a connection to Salt Springs and listed the siblings of Charles as well as his mother being Eleanor Clark McNurn.
You might say that Kathy grabbed the flashlight and went searching. The records of St. Paul's Anglican Church at Lakeside listed a funeral on January 6, 1832 for 33-year-old John Flemming, a shoemaker of Salt Springs Settlement. The baptisms of John and Eleanor's children matched the names of the siblings that Judy had given in her query. The Crown Land Grant Index listed John Flemming as receiving Lot 4 Salt Springs in Upham Parish of 194 acres on August 22, 1831.
Early New Brunswick Probate Records by R. Wallace Hale had the will of John Flemming, Parish of Hampton, Shoemaker dated Nov. 10, 1831 and proved on July 10, 1832. His wife Eleanor was bequeathed all personal estate and the use of the property in Salt Springs Settlement near the North Stream of the Hammond River until son John reached the age of 21. At this time sons George and John were to divide the property and pay their sister Sarah 15 pounds and 15 pounds to the son or daughter which his wife, being in a state of pregnancy, expects to be delivered of. The land near Hampton Lake was to be sold for support of his wife and children. Wife Eleanor Flemming and James Stackhouse were appointed executors. The witnesses were William Tweedale, Robert Lang Sr. and Robert Lang Jr.
Eleanor Clark Flemming is believed to be the daughter of Charles Leach
Clarke of Darlings
Although John Flemming left his earthly home in 1832, thanks to the time, patience and the diligent searching by Kathy Cormier of Hampton, two of his descendants- Judy Buss of Washington and Steve Fleming of North Carolina - have found one another.
If you are related to or have information on the Clark and Fleming families, contact - Judy Buss, 6712 156th Ave. SE, Bellevue, WA, USA, 98006. E-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or Steve Fleming, 55 Grove Street #28, Asheville, NC, USA, 28801. E-mail to email@example.com.
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McAuley - Reed - Rose - Catherwood - Musquash Parish: I have been doing research on the McAuley Family who settled first in Musquash Parish, Saint John County. In the probate of William McAuley of 1868, property is left to his unmarried daughter, Sarah. I have been unable to locate any documents to her selling this property so I assume she married and the transfer is listed under her married name. Also of interest to me are the families of George Reed / Reid and George Rose. The Catherwood, Reid and Gamble families came together on the Lord Maidstone to Saint John in 1848. If anyone can provide me with information on the above mentioned families as well as William, James or George McAuley of Saint John County and their descendants, it would be much appreciated.
-John Stevens,3 East Avenue, Lisbon Falls, Maine, USA, 04252. E-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Clarke: My grandfather Charles LeBaron Clarke was born on Jul. 08,1841 in Saint John and he died at Fredericton Junction on Dec.15,1924. In our family bible there is a clipping which states that James Clarke died at the home of his son Charles in Fredericton Junction. I am assuming that this James Clarke is possibly my great-grandfather. In a few of the clippings in the Bible, mention is made of Darling's Island. Does anyone have information on James or Charles Clarke?
- Charles L. Clarke, 69 Purpledusk Trail, Scarborough, Ontario, M1E 4C6. E-mail to email@example.com.
Disbrow - Hickman - Hoyt - Schofield: We are compiling a history of St. Thomas Anglican Church at Black River in the Parish of Simonds, Saint John County. At this time we have not been successful in finding photos of four of the ministers who served the parish: The Rev. James W. Disbrow - 1846 to 1858; Rev. George Schofield - 1859 to 1893; Rev. Leopold Hoyt - 1893 to 1912 and Rev. R. G. Hickman - 1934 to 1936. Does anyone have a photo of any of these ministers?
-John Graves, 21 Wishart Rd., Black River, N.B., E2S 2A4. Telephone 696-3950 or Rosalie Ferris at 696-5271. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ruby M. Cusack is a genealogy buff living in Saint John. Send your queries to her at email@example.com. (Please put Yesteryear Families in the subject line.) Include your name and mailing address for the benefit of those who do not have access to E-mail. Queries should be 45 words or less.