I just couldn't wait to get to school this morning. The teacher had gone to a Teacher's Institute meeting yesterday afternoon and she had told us she would be getting a book on Scotland for our library. I was hoping it would have lots of pictures in it.
I hurried through my page of Math and then asked if I could look at the new book. I opened the book ever so carefully, wondering if I would see windmills and children in wooden shoes as I had seen in the book on Holland. I sure was in for a surprise. There were men dressed in plaid skirts.
I kept thinking all day about that picture and my first question to Mum as I rushed into the kitchen was, "Why do men in Scotland wear women's clothing?"
She laughed and put her arm around my shoulder and replied, "The skirts that men in Scotland wear are called kilts."
I wonder if the Loyalist David Good, Loyalist, who was baptized on April 23, 1749 at Ferry Port on Craig in Fifeshire, across the Tay River from Dundee, in Scotland brought a kilt to New Brunswick in 1783.
He had emigrated to America before the Revolutionary War and in its final stages served with the New Jersey Volunteers as a Yeoman. He with his wife Jane and infant daughter Elizabeth were evacuated to the Saint John River from New York with the Spring Fleet.
His obituary in the New Brunswick Courier of the January 09, 1842 issue was filled with genealogical and biographical information as it stated: "At Kingsclear, County of York, on the 30th ult, Mr. David Good, in the 95th year of his age. He was a native of Dundee, Scotland, and was one of the loyalists who emigrated to this country at the close of the American rebellion in 1783. An aged widow survives. They had lived together for sixty years. He has left 111 living descendants, of whom five were his children, 60 grand children, and 46 great grandchildren. Educated in his native country in the doctrines of the Presbyterian faith, he continued till the last to cherish its principles, and his long life afforded many solid evidences of a heart devoted to God."
Russel and Leota (Good) Janzen have traced David's ancestry back another four generations to Thomas Guid (Good) who was born about 1610 in the Parish of Balmerino, Fifeshire, Scotland.
Following disembarkation at Saint John on May 18, 1783, David Good,
his pregnant wife Jane and daughter Elizabeth made their way to Burton, across
the Saint John River from Maugerville, where he hoped to employ his carpentry
skills. Most original residents of the Maugerville area had arrived in 1762
and were amenable to employing new arrivals with these skills. He also joined
them in their hunts for wildlife food and in the spring shared the newly found
delicacy of fiddleheads. However, disaster struck David on a moose hunting
trip during the winter of 1784 / 1785 when he froze his feet. Six of his
toes became so infected that a Doctor decided they must be removed. Dave's
great grand daughter Elsie Wray retells Grandpa Solomon Good's story of the
toe removal procedure. The Doctor is reported to have tried to remove the
first toe with a saw - but David opted to have the toes removed using a chisel
Early frontier life, minus six toes, created some family distress and support problems for David. On March 15,1785 he petitioned Governor Thomas Carleton for land in Burton so that he could at least plant a garden to help feed his family. This request, despite his frozen toe notoriety, was denied but he was granted 82 acres two years later on January13, 1787 in Burton. Twelve years later and shortly after his ninth and last child Solomon was born, he was granted lot 73 at Kingsclear on October 04, 1799. A permanent family home was built at Kingsclear where David and Jane, and their nine children struggled to develop and expand their horizons.
When David Good Sr. was 91 and spouse Jane was 75 years old, he handed over the home farm to grandson Benjamin Good, who accepted responsibility for the care of his grandparents.
His sons James, Francis and Solomon established the Good Corner Settlement in 1837 five miles southwest of Centreville and in 1962 descendants were still living here.
Fifty-seven years ago Leota Good of Good Corner and Russel Janzen were married. For several years they have been tracking down Leota's ancestors and relatives. The final product is a hardcovered 300 page book titled ‘GOOD' 1610 - 1997 "A Family History and Genealogy of Thomas and Euphan (Goslen) Guid (Good) and their descendants". About 4000 descendants have been identified and are in the book. The inclusion of pictures of many family members has enhanced the story.
The ‘GOOD' book can be purchased from Russel Janzen, #37 - 3351 Horn Road, Abbotsford, British Columbia, Canada, V2S 7J9 or contact through email at email@example.com
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Cawley - Mawhinney: Harvey Cawley was a schoolteacher and justice of the peace in the Pennfield area of Charlotte County. He may possibly have also taught school in the Fredericton area. A family lore is that he lost an arm at the shoulder while working in a saw mill. His wife was Jennie Mawhinney from Maces Bay. Willard Eugene Cawley was born in 1892, one of their seven children and as a young man delivered the mail between Pennfield and St. George. Hazen, Everett, Harvey, Myrtle, Zena and Ethel were his siblings. I am most anxious to find information on my father's family and will be very appreciative of any help that I am given.
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Poore - Forsey - Nicolle: Mark and Mary Poore were Inn Keepers at Kingsclear, New Brunswick after they moved there from Grand Bank. Mark later became a postal worker and upon his death, Mary Poore became a postmistress for almost 40 years in Kingsclear. She was the daughter of Robert Forsey and Anne Nicolle. If anyone has information on the Inn at Kingsclear or the above mentioned families, I would appreciate hearing from them.
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Ward: I am trying to locate the family of my grandfather John Ward who was buried in Saint John, New Brunswick. He died in approximately 1948 in Charlestown, Massachusetts when I was very young. My mother always told me that his family was prominent in Saint John. One of his relatives was a minister.
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