Epitaphs On The Web
Gordon Miller's Web site contains information from 25
of the Kingston Peninsula with 3,000 names on 1,586 tombstones
By Ruby M. Cusack
|Samuel Holder was the son of Jacob and Mary (Sharp) Holder. His wife Lucretia Bulyea was the daughter of Abraham and Catherine (Tabilet) Bulyea. They are buried in the Holderville Cemetery near their home.|
Ordinarily the whole family was invited to Gram's house for a meal but late in the afternoon Aunt Sadie phoned and asked if Cliff and I wanted to come for supper by ourselves. She had baked spare ribs in the oven and was cooking buckwheat pancakes and to top it off, she said she had just finished sugaring three dozen doughnuts. It didn't take us long to pull on the woolen snow pants, jacket, scarf, mitts, hat and overshoes for the walk to Gram's house.
We could smell supper cooking before we opened the door. Aunt Sadie was standing by the stove in her white apron flipping pancakes on the cast iron griddles while Gram and Tillie were setting the table.
Supper sure tasted delicious and the sugared doughnuts really topped off the meal. As we were eating, the three ladies were having quite a discussion on the flu that had hit the area but the conversation appeared to be headed for an argument. Gram said that the four children of James and Sarah Anne Aiton died of diphtheria in 1877 and Tillie maintained it was 1878. It seemed that once the snow was off the ground Cliff and I were going to be sent to the cemetery to check the date.
Now if Gram were alive today and her distant cousins had been buried on the Kingston Peninsula, the answer could be quickly found on Gordon Miller's website of 25 cemeteries with 3000 names on 1586 tombstones.
Gordon has placed the epitaphs of All Saint's Anglican Church Cemetery, Clifton Royal. Bayswater Church Cemetery, Bayswater. Carter's Point Cemetery, Carter's Point. Day's Landing Cemetery, Crystal Beach. Erb's Cove Baptist Church Cemetery, Erb's Cove. Gibbons Cemetery, Bayswater. Greys Mills Church Cemetery, Greys Mills. Hardings Point Loyalist Cemetery, Hardings Point. Holder Cemetery on the Kirk Property at Holderville. Holderville Cemetery near the Holderville House. Hutchings Private Cemetery, Kennebecasis Island. Keith Private Cemetery, Kennebecasis Island. Kingston Baptist Cemetery, Kingston. Laskie Private Cemetery, Holderville. Long Reach United Church Cemetery, Long Reach. Lyon Private Cemetery, Shampers Bluff. McBay Private Cemetery, Carters Pt - Crystal Beach. Scott Family Plot, Milkish. St Bridgets Catholic Church Cemetery, Chapel Grove. St James Anglican Church Cemetery, Long Reach. St. Pauls Anglican Church Cemetery, Whitehead. Summerville United Church Cemetery, Summerville. Trinity Anglican Cemetery. Kingston.Waters Private Plot, Crystal Beach. Wightman-Worden Private Cemetery, Bayswater. Burials at St Paul's not recorded on gravestones, Whitehead as well as a listing of cemeteries with no tombstones on the Kingston Peninsula on his website. He has even included a full name index to assist in the searching. All of this information can be found at http://gkmiller.tripod.com.
Gordon saw a need for an accurate data base of cemetery epitaphs that could be accessed free of charge by anyone who was surfing the net and thus he set out with pen in hand to transcribe and then input the data. There is still more to do as many of those buried do not have a marker, and he hopes someday to look at individual Church burial records and list these people.
Being retired from teaching has also given him time to spend on tracing and preparing family trees, to transcribe the Kingston Parish Census for 1891 and 1901, to delve into shipbuilding on the Peninsula and to collect information from private sources to make available at the Carter House in Kingston.
Lots of Loyalist blood runs through his veins from his Holder, Sharp, Crawford, Elston, Belyea, White, Cronk and Moore ancestors. On the Miller side, he was fortunate to have copies of letters written between 1857 and 1879 that were sent to his great grandfather George Miller of the Kingston Peninsula from his family in Yorkshire, England which has opened doors in that ancestral line. Gordon has posted information on the Holders, Hendersons, Fullertons, Yorkshire Millers, Whites and McKiels on his website at http://personal.nbnet.nb.ca/gordmill/index.html.
He states that the best thing he has done regarding genealogy has been the recording and ordering of the work that others have researched and written in notebooks, pages of paper, scraps of paper, but reached a stage in their life when they could do no more, and passed it on to him.
He feels that it is the authors of this information who are to be praised. He wonders how much more information is in drawers, bookshelves, envelopes, undisturbed since the researcher last saw it and will it ever be found and recorded for the benefit of others?
Gordon holds dear all the information that he has gathered on his home village of Holderville and surrounding areas of the Kingston Peninsula and he willingly shares it with others.
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Henderson: Nelson Henderson is listed in the Hutchinson's Directories 1865-1866 and 1867-1868 as well as in Lovell's 1871 Directory as being a farmer at Long Reach, Kingston in Kings County. His wife was Elizabeth and they had a son Hollie Samuel Henderson. Does anyone have information on this family?
-Mrs. Marie F. Walpole, 1175 Taylor Ave., Unit #3, Fort Erie, Ont., L2A 6B3. E-mail email@example.com.
Corcoran - Murphy - McLaughlin: Edward Corcoran was born in Ireland in 1824 and came to Canada as a young boy with his parents, James & Mary (Murphy) Corcoran. On Sep. 20, 1852 he married Hannah McLaughlin, who was born in 1834 in Derry, Ireland. They had three children in Canada before emigrating to the United States: James (1853); Mary (1855) and John (1857). In United States censuses, Edward listed his occupation as a ship's carpenter. I am seeking information about Edward's and Hannah's parents and relatives. They may possibly have lived in Newfoundland as well as different parts of New Brunswick.
-Margaret Corcoran Vishnevsky, 15633 W ridge Rd., New Berlin, WI., 53151, USA. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hovey - Cronkhite: I am looking for information regarding Allan (Henry?) Hovey born about 1805-1808, possibly in New Brunswick to Stephen and Harriet Hovey. Allan's wife's name was Ann, possibly Lydia Ann Weade. We believe they were married Nov. 11, 1833 in St. Mary's Parish in York County. They are listed in the 1851 census of Wicklow Parish, Carleton County with children: Susannah, William, Allan and Aaron who is my direct line. Aaron married Maria U. Cronkhite on May 8,1875 in Wicklow Parish. I am looking for birth, marriage, death information for Allan and Lydia. Also is this the right Allan Hovey father of Aaron born Jul 09, 1845 in New Brunswick? We are anxious to find this information and end the speculation for good. Aaron in later years moved to Vancouver, British Columbia and he died there in 1921. If anyone has information that can help in our search please contact me.
-Sherry Bonneau, Box 898, Crofton, British Columbia, Canada, V0R 1R0. E-mail email@example.com.
Wiggins - Briggs - Keys: I am looking for information concerning Jacob Wiggins, who was born in 1797 at Grand Lake, New Brunswick and married in1815 to Permassa Briggs at Queens, New Brunswick. Their son, William Jacob Wiggins was born in1818 at Waterborough and was married in 1844 to Isabella Keys or Kays at Queens.
-Ralph "Buzz" Buzzell, 4124 N. Noble Place, Oak Harbor, WA., 98277, USA. E-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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