About 50 pages of this 700-page book are devoted to the descendants of Thomas Carleton Ganong and James Ganong who are connected to new Brunswick
by Ruby M. Cusack
As Cliff and I were walking home from school, Gramp came along and asked us if we wanted a drive. We were in the car before he had finished the sentence. His next comment was even better as he told us he was going to McAllister's store to get some brown sugar for Gram and invited us to come along. Gramp was a man of few words around us but his lack of words was made up by his generosity at the candy counter. We followed him into the store and once the brown sugar was scooped and put in a brown bag and weighed, he asked us what kind of a chocolate bar we wanted. We replied in unison, "A Ganong Pal-O-Mine" as they were our favourite.
Little did I know then that the first five cent chocolate nut bar in North America was made in 1910 by Arthur Ganong of St. Stephen to take along on a fishing trip. Although Mary Josephine Genung Nichols and Leon Nelson Nichols mention in their Ganong Genealogical publication that Gilbert White Ganong was born on May 22, 1851 in Springfield, Kings County and was a candy manufacturer at St. Stephen, they tell nothing of the nut bar story because they published this history in 1906, four years previous to Arthur Ganong's fishing trip.
Their "A History of the Descendants of Jean Guenon of Flushing, Long Island" has 710 pages filled with genealogical information as well as 40 portraits. Jean Guenon was probably born in France and as a Huguenot, left France with others of the faith and went to Holland. He was on board the ‘Draetvat' when it left the port of Amsterdam on April 2, 1657 for New Amsterdam - later named New York. In 1675 he was living in Flushing, Long Island and was credited with having 3 acres, 2 horse, 2 cows and 3 swine. By 1683, he owned 6 upland acres, 2 horses, 3 cows, 3 swine and 10 sheep.
The years passed and the spelling of the name changed for some branches of the family. In 1783 after the close of the Revolutionary War, a descendant, Thomas Ganong a Loyalist came to Kings County, New Brunswick. He died in1810 and is buried in the church yard at Kingston. A copy of his will names his sons as: John, Isaac Robertson, James and Thomas Carlton.
His daughter Mary or Polly married a sea captain named Roane, they were never heard from after they started on their first voyage. The sons John and Issac Robertson came to New Brunswick with their parents but returned to the United States. James Ganong was born in 1781 and in 1802 was married at Kingston to Margaret Cox. In1812, he received a grant of land near Belleisle. He died at Springfield and is buried at Hatfield Point. Thomas Carleton Ganong was born in Kingston in 1785 and married Elizabeth Cox in 1807 and lived on his father's homestead until 1854 when he moved to Saint John. He is buried in the Methodist Cemetery there.
Approximately 50 pages of the book are devoted to the descendants of Thomas Carleton Ganong and James Ganong with marriages into the Erb, Hatfield, Asbell, Johnston, Law, Davis, Cox, Bates, Douglas, Piers, Gillies, Lake, Gillen, Jones, Crawford, Burgess, Fowler, Gray, Secord, Scribner, Keirstead, Kelly, Sharp, Handron, Gamblin, Flower and other families.
Mary Josephine Genung Nichols was born in 1876 at Snyder Hill near Ithaca, Tompkins County, New York and won a State Scholarship to Cornell University and received a Ph. B. in 1897 and in that year married Leon Nelson Nichols. In the introduction to the book, she states, "We have traced the family into nearly every state and territory of the United States, the provinces of Canada, into the South American republics, and back to the old world, where they have studied in Jean Guenon's native country of France and also in Germany".
It is almost impossible to comprehend the hours of research that she
and her husband spent in compiling this 700-page book that was published in
1906. One wonders how they were able to gather so much information on
so many Ganong connections.
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Nolan - Knowlan - Nylon - Neilan: I have been researching my great-grandmother, Margaret Nolan, for several years and really have not find much information on her family. She married at Saint John in 1863 to James McLaughlin at the Cathedral of Immaculate Conception and listed parents to be Thomas Michael Nolan and Mary Birmingham Nolan. I am seeking information on her parents as to their place of birth in Ireland as they arrived in Saint John in 1847, her siblings and the date of death of Thomas and Mary. The Nolan name is spelled several ways so this adds more confusion to my search. Betty L. McLaughlin, Box 770, Haynesville, Maine, 04497, USA. Telephone (207) 448-7269. E-mail to email@example.com.
Burgess - McCumber - Ray - Bissett: I am looking for information on Ella Jane Burgess who was born at Salmon River, St John County on June 22, 1873 . Her Christening on September 26, 1874 is in the records of St, Peter's Anglican Church, Upham, Kings County. Her parents were John and Rebecca Margaret (Ray) Burgess. They were a logging family who followed the cuttings to Michigan by the 1880s. Ella may have died young as there is no mention of her in the 1894 Michigan Census, but then she may have been married by then. Siblings also born at Salmon River were: Elizabeth (Feb.15,1876) and Willam John (Apr. 27,1879). A fourth child. Isabella was born about 1881 but I have no place of birth. According to Church records John's parents were Benjamin Burgess and Lydia McCumber, Rebecca's parents were John Gilbert Ray and Margaret Elizabeth Bissett.
-Dan Fetters, 6563 Sandy Ridge, Hope, MI., 48628, USA. E-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Clarke - Duffy: I am looking for any information on James Clarke, who was born in 1812 in England. He came to North America with British Army 65th Regiment and transferred to 43rd Regiment. In approximately 1840 to1846, he was married in a Roman Catholic Parish to Bridget Duffy, who was born in 1817 in Donegal, Ireland. Their first child was born in Saint John in October of 1846. Any information would be appreciated.
-Eileen Truesdell. E-mail to email@example.com.
Lamb - Lee: I have recently located the names of my grandmother's parents - Walter James Lamb and Ethel Eliza Lee. They were married in September of 1904. After the death of Ethel Eliza in 1915, my grandmother Ethel Audrey Lamb was adopted by her mother's sister Bertha Augusta. I am trying to locate births, marriages, deaths and other information for the siblings of Walter James Lamb and Ethel Eliza Lee.
-LorieAnn Dickson,11 Eldon Drive, Franklin, MA., 02038, USA. 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.