I liked to go with Mum to the quilting bees of the WMS for two reasons. Most importantly I got to eat some really great sandwiches and sweets and secondly as the ladies quilted, I listened to the news of the past and the present. They spoke of the occupations of the members of the community, who was related to whom and the spouses who had been chosen over the years with their lineage. Great discussions were held on the kin who had left to seek work in greener fields.
These gals were really giving biographies but they probably didn't know what the word meant.
In 1922, the book ‘Prominent People of the Maritime Provinces in Business and Professional Life' was designed by the publishers to provide a record of the men and women who, in one capacity or another, contributed to and made possible the growth and development of the Maritime Provinces. This publisher must have been keen on genealogy as a great deal of genealogical information was included.
Miles Eward Agar, Wholesale Hardware Merchant was the son of John and Mary (Lewis) Agar. He was born June 13, 1858. His marriage to Margaret Allan was on June 13, 1858. They have two sons and four daughters.
Charles Hazen Bonnell, Manager of Harris Abattoir, Saint John was born in Apohaqui on September 14, 1880, the son of Rev. H. A. and Rebecca A. Bonnell.
Gordon Stuart Brown, Manager of F. W. Woolworth & Co. Ltd. was born on August 1, 1886 in Saint John to David James and Lillian M. (Gough) Brown.
Henry Hazelwood Burton was born in St. Andrews. His parents were William John and Maria Burton. In 1922, he was the Manager of the Bank of Nova Scotia in St. George.
Leonard Stanley Coleman was a member of the firm of Coleman & McElwaine of Saint John. He was born in Kings County and married Eunice Pattison in 1916. At one time he was recognized as one of Saint John's leading skaters. His address was 35 Golding St.
Miss M. Muriel Corkery, Attorney-at-law, Notary Public, Cashier at the Eastern Trust Co., Saint John was born on January 24, 1894 to Joseph W. Corkery and Margaret C. Lloyd.
Burpee Bloomfield Jordan, Barrister-at-Law was born at Sunnyside, Saint John County on February 11, 1880 to John and Mary Alice Jordan.
Isaac Hanford Northrup, Wholesale Grocer was born in Kingston on October 27, 1861 to Daniel D. and Hannah S. Northrup. On November 14, 1900, he married Janet Lauder Lyman.
Fletcher Peacock, the Director of Vocational Education for the Province of New Brunswick was born in Bayfield, Westmorland County in September of 1884 to Job Seaman Peacock and Jessie Ann Welch. He worked on a farm until he was nineteen years of age and attended school only in the winter months.
William Wentworth Titus was the Provincial Manager of the National Life Assurance Co. of Canada. He was born in Saint John on May 8, 1889 and was the son of Theodore Edwin Titus.
Mrs. Katherine St. Clair Wilson was the daughter of Thomas and Annie (Brett) Buckley. She married Alfred Charles Daunt Wilson on July 16, 1906. After her marriage, she remained in public life and has directed amateur theatricals. She was appointed to the Board of Censors for moving pictures in 1921.
Public memories, sometimes, are short-lived, and history records only the names of those who stand out most prominently in the great events of times. The aim of this 215-page book, ‘Prominent People' published in 1922 was to create a lasting memorial not only for the great men, but also for those lesser personages in all walks of life who, by their toil and sacrifices, labored for the advancement of the Maritime Provinces, and are the real molders of their destinies.
It was hoped this publication would do its part in making all the sons and daughters of the three Maritime Provinces better known to each other, and to give a bird's eye view of their usefulness and contribution.
Although this was probably not the intention of the publisher, family researchers view Prominent People of the Maritime Provinces in Business and Professional Life as a trove of genealogical information even though no photos were included.
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Hopey: I am seeking information on Joseph R. Hopey who was born in St. Martins, New Brunswick on Nov. 6, 1883 and died May 17, 1910 at the age of 27.
-Dorothy Bulmer, 47 MacLean Crossroad, Irishtown, N.B., E1H 1R7. Telephone (506) 382-8320. E-mail to email@example.com.
Fielding - Robinson: I am writing a book on the Fielding family surname as my maternal Great-grandmother was a Fielding. I have some loose connections in Saint John on the Robinson family which I am starting to search. Although the Robinson and Fielding families were of central Nova Scotia, this family moved to Saint John before 1834. There seem to be other Fielding families living in and around the Saint John area. I am seeking information on following: Mary Ann Fielden born about 1803 in Kings Co, N.S. She was baptized on Sep. 11, 1813 aged 10 years at St. Paul's Anglican Church, Halifax and married on Mar. 20, 1826 to William Robinson of Rawdon, Hants Co, N.S. William Robinson died intestate in Saint John on Jul. 7, 1842 leaving a wife and 6 children. John Fielding, a Windsor carpenter, was appointed as one of the administrators of the estate in Nova Scotia. The estate referred to John Fielding as a family connection to the widow Mary Ann [John Fielding was the brother of Mary Ann Fielding]. Information is known on one son, James Robinson who was born in 1834 in Saint John and died Mar. 15, 1901 in Oregon, U.S. He was married in 1871 in Canyon City, OR. to Elizabeth Abrams, the daughter of Thomas and Jane (Blake) Abrams.
-Jerry Byers, 25 Burnyeat Street, Truro, Nova Scotia, B2N 4P9. E-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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