While Dad was seeing him to the door, Cliff asked Mum, "Why does Mr. Reid want to know all about the family and the farm?"
She replied, "It is the information needed for the Census."
I still wasn't any wiser as I didn't know what ‘census' meant.
Little did I realize then, that in the future when I became involved in tracing the family tree, census would become a much used word.
The facts in the census records provide details not only on family units but on the residents of institutions.
In the 1901 Census of Saint John County in Wellington Ward, page 34 to 37, there are listings for Waterloo St. and Cliff St. which include the Sisters of Charity, teachers, domestics and the names of 60 orphans.
Sydney Ward, page 36 to 38 lists the names of: 13 boarders at the Home for Aged Females; 21 patients in the Home for Incurables; 21 inmates in the P. O. Asylum (Protestant Orphanage) and 41 inmates of the Evangeline Rescue Home of the Salvation Army - aged 1 month to 27 years
Duke's Ward, District 2, page 25 gives the names of 23 inmates of the Wiggins Male Orphan Institution.
May O'Lean aged 102 who entered New Brunswick in1830 was one of the 75 boarders in Queen's Ward, page 41- 43. All are Roman Catholic therefore I assume it is the Mater Misericordie Home on Sydney Street.
The 1901 City Directory listed 294 Brussels Street as a Home for Little Girls. Prince Ward, District 3 gives the names of 7 girls aged 6 to 14 at this address.
The listing for the patients in the Provincial Lunatic Asylum are found in Lancaster Parish, District 3, page 50 to 61.
The inmates of the Reformatory, St. Patrick's Industrial School and the County Alms House are found in Simonds Parish, District 3, page 23 to 27.
One cannot help but feel a tinge of sadness for all those who through no fault of their own, but due to illness or the lack of family made it necessary for them to take up residence in an institution.
Baxter: Augustus Baxter, Jr. (sometimes known as Augustine), a Loyalist, arrived at River St. John in the fall of 1784. He may have traveled with uncles named Augustus, Frederick, Lockwood and an aunt named Phoebe, but probably he was with Augustine, Sr. who was born in 1756 in Westchester, New York. Augustus Baxter, Jr., settled in the Amherst area of Nova Scotia and with Deborah - possibly of Mic Mac descent - whose last name is unknown, he had five children named George, Jacob, Willis, Joseph and Phillip. His second marriage to Sara Wilson in 1826, produced three more children, Adolphus, Charlotte and Ann. My hope is to be able to document the parents of Augustus Baxter, Jr. and find his place of birth if it is other than Westchester, NY. Any information received will be greatly appreciated and will be shared with others doing Baxter genealogy.
-Richard Baxter, Lincoln Cove Road, Perry, Maine, 04667. E-mail to email@example.com.
McGovern - Quinn: I am seeking information on the McGovern family of New Brunswick. Philip and Ellen McGovern arrived from Liverpool in the Bay of Chaleur area on Jun. 29,1847 with their 6 children: Mary 1832; Thomas 1834; Peter 1835; Alice 1837; Michael 1839 and Patrick born in 1841. The latter being my Great-grandfather. The years of birth come from the 1851 Dalhousie census. Ellen the mother died in the 1860s and I think Philip moved to Wisconsin with his son Patrick. Patrick McGovern married Marie Quinn. I believe Ellen is buried in New Brunswick. I would like to hear from anyone with any information on this family or might know where they lived or where in Ireland they came from.
-Patricia (Mc Govern) Fifarek, N1453 Keller Road, Marinette, Wisconsin, 54143. E-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fielding - Perry - Sweet: I was born in the old General Hospital in Saint John in 1934. My father was Arthur Alford Fielding, the General Manager for F.G. Spenser for many years. I am trying to trace the Fielding Family genealogy. My father's parents were Alfred Steiner Fielding (1860-1929) and Bessie Perry (1869-1941). I have no trouble tracing Bessie Perry's lineage, however I have run into a roadblock with Alfred Steiner Fielding's parents. I have a photo taken of them by Climo Studios, but that is all. Their names were: Robert A. Fielding and Aileen Sweet. If anyone can provide me with information on Robert and Aileen's parents and other children they had, it would be greatly appreciated.
-Raymond R. Fielding, R.R.#1 Pleasantville, N.S., BOR IGO. E-mail to email@example.com. Telephone (902) 543-2286. Nov 24, 2005 E-mail address changed to firstname.lastname@example.org
Goff: I am searching for information on my ancestor William Francis Goff. He may have been born in New Brunswick in 1782. He was married in Maine to Rebeccah Bates and they settled in Sidney, Maine. I would appreciate any leads on this elusive fellow.
-Marilyn Armstrong Otterson, 10 Lane Drive, Bedford, New Hampshire, 03110. E-mail to email@example.com.
Roberts - Smith: I am searching for information about my Great-grandfather, James Frederick Roberts. I believe he was married twice and had as many as 21 children. My great grandmother's name was Emma Elizabeth Smith and she was his second wife. My Grandfather James Frederick Roberts, Jr., was born on Dec. 5.1891 in Cody, Queens County and moved to Princeton, Massachusetts when he was 17. He lived with his half-sister Belle and her husband Remington Hamilton. His birth was never recorded according to the Provincial Archives of New Brunswick. Two siblings were listed on the Late Registrations of Births: Emerson Farris Roberts born Aug 19, 1898 and Lottie Forbes Roberts born Jan.23,1890. If you have any information about either James Frederick Roberts or Emma Elizabeth Smith, I would appreciate hearing from you. Sandy Balboni, 249 Joslin Street, Leominster, MA, 01453. E-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ruby is a genealogy buff. Readers are invited to send their New Brunswick genealogical queries to her at email@example.com. When E-Mailing please put Yesteryear Families in the Subject line. Please include in the query, your name and postal address as someone reading the newspaper, may have information to share with you but not have access to E-mail. Queries should be no more than 45 words in length.