Heather Leighton Waddingham is seeking information about
including family histories and folklore
Another name for teachers could be Quizzers as it seemed they were always quizzing us on the lessons we had been taught. I hated dates and I couldn't figure out what difference it made if I knew that Columbus sailed the Ocean Blue in 1492 or that New Brunswick was called Sunbury County and was a part of Nova Scotia until 1784. If it happened before I was born, it was a long time ago to me. I knew, Sir John A. MacDonald was the first prime minister of Canada, Abe Lincoln studied by lamp light and George Washington cut down a special tree.
Today we were going to hear about another president of the United States. I really wasn't very interested. The old wood stove had really heated up the school room and I was getting very sleepy, when suddenly I realized that all eyes were on me. My stall time was to answer with, "Pardon?"
Ken snickered and whispered, "Campobello."
Since he was older than I, he certainly must know the answer, therefore I blurted, "Campobello!" Surprisingly the teacher smiled, thus I knew my answer was correct although I didn't have a clue as to her question.
The lesson went on to explain that as a boy, Franklin D. Roosevelt spent his summers on Campobello Island, swimming yachting, horse back riding and cliff-climbing. In 1933, after becoming president he returned and celebrated his victory by inviting half the island to a glorious picnic.
As the years passed, I became aware that politically, the island is a part of New Brunswick and is separated from the state of Maine only by a narrow tide-rip. It is the largest and outermost of a nest of small islands in Passamaquoddy Bay, which flows into the Bay of Fundy. Since1962 Campobello has been linked with Lubec, Maine by the Roosevelt International Bridge, named in honour of the United States President to whom the island was a second home.
I must admit that I knew little of the history of Campobello and its early settlers until I read the book, "Campobello - The outer island" by Alden Nowlan.
On September 30, 1767, Captain William Owen was named Principal Proprietary of the Great Outer Island of Passamaquoddy. In 1770 he acquired thirty-eight Lancashire settlers and upon arriving on his island found three families, one of them being Robert Wilson and his wife Mary - established there. Years later there was still problems over land titles between these two families.
In 1882, the Saint John Daily Sun reported, "American capital, American enterprise and American culture have laid hold of the little island of Campobello, and with a quickness savouring the days of Aladdin have transformed the old possessions of Admiral Owens into the most charming watering-place in the world." Between 1881 and 1883 three hotels were built and prospered until about 1910.
In this century one might say that the internet has laid hold of Campobello Island and still with the quickness of Aladdin's lamp is providing information to the world on its families. The Proprietary of the Campobello Parish site is Heather Leighton Waddingham and you can sail into her port at http://www.rootsweb.com/~nbcampob/. Captain Owen advertised for settlers to accompany him but Heather is seeking as much information as possible, whether it be transcriptions of church records, photographs, obituaries, cemetery records, vital statistics of any kind, as well as family histories and folk lore of Campobello Island to make accessible to others with roots on this island.
When Captain Owen arrived on the Island in 1770, he found Robert Wilson had settled there ahead of him and when you dock at Heather's site you will find the1889 probate of Simon Wilson, Robert's grandson, already there ahead of you, holding information that will show relationship to the families of Adams, Basset, Brown, Calder, Cook, Dumphy, Fitzgerald, Langmaid, Lank, Leonard, Ludlow, Matthews, McNeil, Newman, Parker, Read, Reynolds, Tinker, Whalen, Wiggins and Young who by this time were scattered along the eastern seaboard of United States as well as along the coast of the Bay of Fundy.
For more information on
purchasing a copy of Campobello - The outer island
by Alden Nowlan visit http://www.rubycusack.com/Book-Campobello.html
|A copy of Campobello
- The outer island" by Alden Nowlan is available at http://www.rubycusack.com/Bookshelf.html
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Barton: Roger Barton, Loyalist, settled in Queens County in 1783. His son William Barton (1765-1828) had a son Hosea Barton, born about 1850. Any available information regarding the publication and family vital statistics, dates of births, deaths, marriages, siblings would be greatly appreciated.
-Judith C. O'Neil, 89 Kennedy Rd., Stoughton, MA., 2072, USA. E-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pike - French - Myers - Dunham: I am trying to locate any descendants of John and Harriet (French) Pike who live variously at 116 and 133 Broad St. Harriet Pike died in 1934 and John Pike died Oct. 26, 1941. John was survived by Bessie, Mrs. J.B. Myers of Montreal and Alma, Mrs. Fred Dunham of Saint John as well as a grand daughter, Mary Dunham. I would particularly like to contract Mary Dunham or any descendants of Mary Dunham or anyone who has any knowledge of members of this family.
- Richard Thorne 69 Norton Shore Road, Hampton, NB., E5N 6J5. E-mail email@example.com.
McManus - Montgomery: I am seeking information about the McManus family who are descendants of Michael McManus and Dorothy Montgomery, both of County Fermanaugh who arrived in Kings County in 1819. They are buried near Penobsquis. I am their great-great grandson.
-Robert Madden Lenneville, 5926 Royal Ridge Drive, San Antonio, Texas, 78239, USA. Phone: 210-653-5125. Fax: 210-653-7434.E-mail Lenneville@aol.com.
Whitman - Richardson: Avard Whitman was born on Feb. 29,1877 at Harmony, Queens County, Nova Scotia and died Aug. 26,1947 at Perth, Victoria County, New Brunswick and is buried in the United Church Cemetery at Andover. He married Belle Richardson, born Nov. 21, 1868 at Port l'Hebert, Shelburne County who died Oct.18, 1948 at Perth. Avard's obituary states: "he spent most of his life in lumbering in Newfoundland, Victoria and Carleton County and until a few months before his death operated a sawmill at Birch Ridge, Victoria County. For the last 41 years they have lived in Stickney, Wapske, Kintorn, Licford and Perth. He was some years ago, president of the Wapskehegan Lumber Company." Belle's obituary in 1948 says "she leaves to mourn, one son Donald and one grandson, Donnie of Perth." I would like to find out information on the descendants of Avard and Belle Whitman.
-Leslie Richardson, 5150 Kelly Street, St. Hubert, Quebec, J3Y 6M3. 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.