Aunt Sadie was known in the neighbourhood and to the members of our family as being a great cook. She would stand at the kitchen table, holding the mixing bowl in one hand and with the other hand, she would beat the batter with a wooden spoon until not a lump was visible. According to her the longer you beat the lighter the cake. Her washington pie with boiled frosting was sure to be a hit at any shower or family gathering.
On her birthday, her sisters Ethel and Elsie presented her with a mix-master. This changed her way of mixing the batter and made baking easier for her.
The Library and Archives of the New Brunswick Museum on Douglas Avenue have made a change that will certainly be a help and of special interest to the genealogical researcher.
They have created 'Archival Guides' on various subjects.
The subject areas are: banks, churches, diaries, education, genealogy (specific families), counties, Loyalists, lumbering, medicine, military, railways and sports. For example, if you should be looking for information on a person and know the county they settled in, you can check in the counties guide and see what kind of information there is in the archival collections on that particular county.
The plain looking Archival Guide file folders are gems in disguise with the amount of information on different topics that are tucked inside them. You will be pleasantly surprised to find a guide to so many treasures all in one box.
While at the Museum, check on your ancestors who were either teachers or students, in the Annual Reports of the schools of New Brunswick, for lists of student teachers, students, teachers and teachers's licenses. For Saint John you will find: teachers's monthly returns (1877-1878); census and enumeration - includes name of school, name and age of student, name of teacher and remarks, name of parents or guardians (1906, 1911); work books; truancy reports (names of students and reasons for absenteeism); standards and the census after the fire of 1877.
City Directories are another great source for Saint John research. You will find them lined up on the shelf for the years 1863 to the present.
Using the Archival Guides may be the key to solving a long standing
mystery in your family tree.
Bolton: My great-grandfather, Winslow W. Bolton was born in New Brunswick in March of 1841. His mother was born in New Brunswick also and his father was born in England according to census records. I have not been able to identify his parents. Winslow W. Bolton married Amanda F. Green in June of 1864 - she was born Feb. 2, 1846 and died Dec. 26, 1898. She is buried with her husband at the Riverbank Cemetery, Norton, Kings County. Winslow is found on the 1867-68 Hutchinson Directory as living at Head of Millstream, Kings County. His son, my grandfather, George Percy Bolton was born in York County on Sep. 29, 1873 therefore Winslow was living there at that time. George Percy Bolton was a co-founder of Sussex Ginger Beer which became Sussex Pop. Family lore tells that Winslow W. Bolton's father ran away from home in England after the death of his mother and nurse from cholera, and stayed for a while with a Church of England Minister in London before emigrating at age 15 to Canada. In the 1891 Census Winslow's sister Susan Bolton is living with him. I would like to find information on the father of Winslow W. Bolton. Any help would be appreciated.
-Stephen Bolton, 190 Vincent Rd., Quispamsis, N.B., E2E 1P5. E-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Gorman - Davidson: I am searching for information on Joseph Gorman, who is listed in the 1871 Census of St. Stephen, New Brunswick, as a tobacconist. His wife was Mary Davidson, and they had three children born on Prince Edward Island and a daughter Ann, born in the 6 months before the census was taken in 1871 in New Brunswick Mary Davidson was born in New Brunswick. Joseph was born in Ireland. Thank you very much for any help you can give me.
-Mrs. Charles Gorman, 43 Charles Street, Amherst, N.S., B4H 3P9. E-mail to email@example.com.
McDonald - Francis - Monteith - Taylor - Woodrow: I am seeking information on Evelyn McDonald who was born Mar. 1, 1867 in Fredericton, New Brunswick. Her mother's name was Margaret (Maggie) Francis and her father was a sea captain who drowned at sea. Margaret remarried to John Monteith and lived in Maine. Evelyn married Joseph Taylor in Lewiston, Maine and had two children, Ruth and Ralph. Her second marriage was to William Woodrow in 1896 and she had three more children Marjorie, John Clark and William. She died on Jul. 7, 1950 in Orange, Mass.
-Jan Calichman, 24 Rainbow Road, Peabody, MA, 01960. E-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Anderson: I am seeking information on Robert Anderson of Hampton, son of William and Belle Anderson of Saint John. His wife was Margaret and I believe that his mother, Belle was my mother's cousin. He worked as a customs inspector at the Maine - New Brunswick border. Any information about this family would be truly appreciated.
-June MacDonald, 60 Forest Hill Dr., Halifax, N.S., B3M 1X5.E-mail Junemd@netcom.ca.
Dewolfe - Keddy - Parker - Ryan: My grandfather, William Henry Dewolfe was born on Jul.12, 1882 in Nova Scotia. His parents were Wm. Heenary DeWolfe, born in New Brunswick and Melinda Keddy born in Nova Scotia. He died Dec 18, 1950 at Peticodiac Road and is buried in Kinnear Settlement. His first wife was Olive Parker and his second wife was Queenie Ryan of the Havelock area. I am searching for information on the parents and siblings of William Heenary DeWolfe Sr.
-Arthur De Wolfe, 2363 Route 860, Salt Springs, N.B., E5N 4E7. E-mail to email@example.com.
Ruby M. Cusack is a genealogy buff living in Saint John. Send your queries to her at firstname.lastname@example.org. (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.