Settling in Millstream
A Publication with information on Millstream and surrounding communities
Mum was ahead of her time as she believed in recycling way back in the 1940s. Tonight Cliff and I were glad that she had kept those empty tomato cans as we needed them to use as containers for our sap gathering. With hammer and a nail, Cliff made two nail holes near the top of each can and then I threaded rabbit wire through the openings to fashion a handle.
Luckily we awoke on Saturday morning
to sunshine. Off we headed to the pasture with Dad's brace and bits,
hammer and tomato cans to start our yearly venture into the world of
maple trees. Cliff bored the holes and I hammered the spiles into the
trunk. We hoped the weatherman would co-operate with chilly nights and
days so the sap would run. Maple syrup tasted some good on Mum's hot
I wonder if the Keirstead children, who lived on Keirstead Mountain hurried to the woods each March to tap the maple trees and then carried the birch bark buckets of sap home to their mother.
Benjamin Keirstead was their ancestor. He came to New Brunswick with the Loyalists in 1783.
In 1984 the New Brunswick Bicentennial Commission sponsored the publishing of "Echoes of the Past - From the Millstream and Surrounding Areas" a joint project of: Berwick-Mt. Middleton Women's Institute, Millstream Regional Recreational Council Inc., and the Millstream Senior Citizens Club with contributions from several individuals on the history of the communities of Berwick and Millstream Road, Centreville, Carsonville, Collina, Gibbons and Head of Millstream, Keirstead Mountain, Marrtown, Lower Millstream, Manitoba Road, Mount Hebron, Mount Middleton, Pearsonville, Perry Settlement, Pleasant Ridge, Snider Mountain and Summerfield.
Matthew Fenwick left his home in England and came to Nova Scotia in the 1770s and in 1801 he came up the Kennebecasis River and settled on the Millstream where he received an eight hundred acre grant.
Samuel and Jane Carson were the first land grantees of Carsonville. In 1850, William Gaunce was born in this community and he overcame many hardships to obtain an education from Normal School and the University of New Brunswick. In 1933, two years before his death, he addressed the United Empire Loyalist Society of Victoria, British Columbia and spoke of his early life with a description of preparing food for to last the winter.
Thomas Musgrove came from Durham, England in 1795 and was one of the pioneers who settled along the Lower Millstram Valley. In 1854, two days of heavy rain caused this area to be hit by a great freshet which caused loss of livestock and buildings.
Three Sharp brothers were granted a parcel of land that included most of what is now known as Mount Middleton but in earlier times it was referred to as Sharp's Settlement. In 1886 ‘A Sons of Temperance league' was initiated in this community.
The first settlers of Perry Settlement were brothers, Robert and William Perry, who came from Ireland in the early 1830s. Robert Perry married Mary Gailey from Letterkenny County, Ireland and they had eight children.
In 1824, the first white baby, Lester Snyder, was born on Snider Mountain and in 1847 he was married to Margaret Long.
Tragedy struck the John and Elizabeth Long family of Snider Mountain in January of 1886 when they lost three of their children within a week to Black Diphtheria and then again in July of 1888, three other children died of the dreaded disease.
"Echoes of the Past - From the
Millstream and Surrounding Areas" is a journey to a valley in Kings
County. The book
is filled with memories of the early settlers, the struggle to survive,
schools, industries and land ownership and can be found in several
institutions in New Brunswick.
purchase a copy of this out of print book, go to
Wade - Turner: I am looking for a Benjamin Wade, possibly a doctor, who was born in England on Aug. 28, 1773. He moved to Canada at some point and married Sarah Turner who was born in Saint John. We do not know when they were married or where. He died on Feb. 27, 1833 in Nova Scotia. They had 7 children: Jane (1818); Ann (1819); Marg (1822); Benjamin Jr. (1824); Joseph W. (1826) -our branch of the family; Lidey (1828) and Hanah (1831). If there is anyone who can help us locate the places of residence of Benjamin Sr. Wade, we would like to hear from you.
-Colleen Wade, 12418 Pacific Hwy #2, Long Beach, WA., 98631, USA. E-mail email@example.com.
Palmer - Gooden: I am looking for the first name of Miss Palmer from Dorchester, New Brunswick who married Daniel Gooden Jr. who was born in 1764. Any information on this Palmer family would be appreciated.
-Pat Logan, Box 332, Atlin, BC., Canada, V0W 1A0. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Craig: Hugh Craig came to Canada about 1836 from the Orkneys Islands, Scotland. He was listed in the Restigouche County 1851 census as being age 27. His wife was Jane Farrell. Any information on this family would be greatly appreciated.
-Jean Thomas, 4987 Gertrude St., Port Alberni, B.C., V9Y 6K8. E-mail email@example.com.
McBride - Griffin - Cogger - Curran: James McBride was born in Ireland in 1816 and his wife Lydia Curran was born there in 1823. A son Richard McBride (1875) married Agnes D. Griffin on Nov. 21, 1901 at St. Joachim's Church, Silver Falls. For many years he farmed on the Ashburn Lake Road, Saint John. Their son William Patrick McBride was born in 1902 (my father). I am trying to determine the parents of Agnes D. Griffin. Was she related to Thomas Cogger of Haymarket Square or to the Griffin family in Norton? Any help in leading us to determine the place of origin of the family will be appreciated.
-James Richard McBride, 18 Orchard Drive, Bedford, N.S., B4A 1R9, E-Mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Telephone (902)835-5229.
Leetch: I am searching for documentation on the birth in Saint John in the early 1860s of Minnie Ella Leetch. Her cousins include members of the Wassen, Broadbent and McGarvey families. She married Joseph E. Heath in1889 in New Jersey. Their daughters, Mabel Pollard (Fleet) and Ella Schoals (Abberley) were born in Brooklyn, New York. Later, the family moved to East Orange, New Jersey. Minnie died in Demarest, New Jersey in 1951. Any information about Minnie, her parents and her brother would be sincerely appreciated.
-Carole Dilley, 20 Caiger Lane, Portsmouth, Rhode Island, 02871, USA. E-mail email@example.com.
Travis - Merritt - Hodgkins: I am a descendant of Caleb Travis who originated in Weschester, New York and who I believe may have moved to Nova Scotia - New Brunswick following the Revolutionary War. He may have been the son of Jeremiah Travis of the same place. He was married first to Susan Merritt daughter of Joseph Merritt and secondly to Sarah Hodgkins, both in Lincoln County, Ontario. He may also have married a Priscilla (Pruella), last name unknown in or near Granville Nova Scotia. It appears he may have come to Ontario along with the Merritt family but I cannot determine if they came directly from New York or from New York via the Maritimes. Thanks for any guidance given.
-Jack Peltier, 824 Woodpark Way S.W., Calgary, Alberta, T2W 2V8. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
McKenney - Hartford: I am searching for the parents of Clarence McKenney. I believe he was born in Nova Scotia in1869 of parents, Nicholas and Sarah McKenney. He migrated to Columbia, Washington County, Maine as a young man and is listed as being married with two children in 1900. He married Alzena Hartford of Columbia. He was buried in Columbia in1925. Does anyone have information on Clarence McKenney and the family origin?
-Isobel McKenney Brown, 255 East Pearl Blvd #322, Burlington, New Jersey, 08016, USA. E-mail email@example.com.
Tracy - Hopey - Godsoe - Wilmot - Macleod: Daniel Tracy and Sarah Hopey had ten children. They were living in Quaco, Saint John County when their first three sons, Charles, Harris and Jacob, were born as their baptism were recorded in St. Peter's Anglican Church at Upham, Kings County. In 1878 the family was living in Sommerville (Mass). I am interested in finding church records for the other members of the family and I am also interested in the families of Godsoe, Hopey, Wilmot and Macleod of New Brunswick.
-Harris A.Tracy, 273 Central St., Stoughton, MA., 02072-1940, USA. E-mail 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.