Kings County Death Records - 1888 to 1919
When Gram was in her late fifties she had fallen in the porch on her way to feed Gord's rabbit. Complications from the broken hip left her lame and unable to do many activities. It seemed to me that she spent most of her days sitting in her morris chair either crocheting or knitting.
This Saturday Sadie had gone to Saint John with Gramp to pay a visit to McArthur's store on Main Street to pick out wall paper for Gram's bedroom. As she was leaving, she suggested that I help Gram clean out her bureau drawers.
We made our way up the steep back stairs. Once we reached the bedroom, I pulled out the top drawer and placed it on the bed beside Gram. She commenced the job of sorting and discarding. Actually I think she just rearranged the stuff and threw out very little. The bottom drawer was very heavy, all I could lift, as I lugged it to the bed. It was filled with chocolate boxes. Gram carefully and slowly opened each box and examined the contents. One held a pendant and earrings that her mother wore on her Wedding Day in 1873.
Tucked at the bottom was a tiny notebook. As Gram read this she became very quiet with a sad faraway expression on her face. I snuggled close to her to see what she was reading. All I saw were names and dates. I couldn't understand why this made her so sad.
With a trace of tears in her eyes, she explained the names and dates were of the deaths of her family members. Father - 23 March 1916 aged 70. Mother - 25 May 1924 aged 75. Sisters: Barbey - 15 April 1878 aged 2 years; Etta - 19 July 1906 aged 22; Melissa - 3 June 1915 aged 32; Ada -12 April 1920 aged 30. Brother Fred - 29 June 1922 aged 46.
Kathy Cormier of Hampton found more than 2200 deaths between 1888 and 1919 recorded in the County Death Registers of Kings County. She spent countless hours transcribing this information from the microfilm and has placed an Index to this data at http://personal.nbnet.nb.ca/kingscm/deathrecords.html
From 1888 until 1919 the registering of deaths was the responsibility of each county in New Brunswick. Not all deaths were recorded. Mandatory registering by the province commenced in 1920.
The Kings County Registers of Deaths on microfilm F13640 and F16255 gives the name of the deceased, age, place of residence, place of death, cause of death may be given, date of death, length of illness and the name of the person who provided the facts.
Occasionally a death of a former Kings County resident was recorded such as Jennie M. Henderson of Hammond died in Boston of Blood Poisoning on July 20, 1907 at age 30.
From Kathy's compilation, I found that Edith Saunders lived at Foresters Cove, Rothesay and died at age 3 on February 01, 1889. Ann Burnside was a resident of St. Martins and died April 04, 1899 at the age of 96. Frederick Burton Bissett was six months old and a resident of Kingston when he died on October 05, 1902. Mrs. Sarah Ann Baird died at Upham on January 01, 1907 of old age at age 90. Henry J. Long of Plumsweep was killed by a train at Sussex and died Dec 01, 1907 at age 53. Matthew Thompson died at the Alms House Norton on January 08, 1905 of old age at the age of 85. John Arthurs of Lands End was murdered at the age of 37 in New York on February 04, 1906. Weldon Sylvester Folkins died in Sussex at age 14 on November 16, 1891 of Typhoid Fever. Charles T. Hicks died in Hampton at age 35 of Meningitis on October 12, 1915.
Scrolling through the index to the 2200 registered deaths in Kings County during this thirty year period of time gives facts for a family tree but it also may bring a tear to the eye.
Caldow - Marter: I am seeking information on Mary Caldow who had four sons before her marriage to Thomas Peter Marter in London, England in 1816. Information found gives her martial status as a widow as well as a spinster. She and her fours sons, who took the name Marter, arrived with Thomas Peter Marter - on orders from the British Army - in Saint John in 1818. She died and was buried in Saint John in 1849. I would appreciate any help or leads that can be found on Mary Caldow.
-Beverly Martorano, P.O. Box 1598, Sutter Creek, CA., 95685, USA. E-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cassidy - Millican: I am seeking information the family of Thomas Cassidy born 1843 in Saint John, New Brunswick and died about 1875. He was married in 1863 to Henrietta Millican, daughter of William Millican. Their children were Herbert (1864), William (1867), Annie (1868), Sarah (1871), Lottie(1875) and Richard. Some of the children moved to Quincy, Mass. A brother of Thomas was Rev. John Cassidy a Wesleyan minister, who was born in 1831 in Bandon Ireland and died in 1899 and is buried in Bridgetown. Possibly another brother was Jonathan. Henrietta had a brother William John Millican born 1841, died 1911, buried in Quincy, Massachusetts.
-K Konek, PO Box 382, Ponderay, ID., 83852, USA. E-mail email@example.com.
Kelly - Dacey: I am seeking any information on James and Catherine Kelly who came to Saint John in 1885. They had three children: Florence, Kathleen and Raymond. Florence married a James Dacey. Any information would be appreciated.
-Catherine Witter, Box 51, 580 Paton Drive, Limestone, NY., 14753, USA. E-mail Kado@froggernet.com.
Leak: I am looking for information on the Alms House Burials from St. Mary's Church Register 1884 - 1923. A listing was published in the Summer 2000 "Generations" that gave a John Wesley Leah who died January 19, 1920 aged 56. I think he may have been John Wesley Leak, my husband's Great-great grandfather. Does anyone know where these people were buried? Was there a pauper's cemetery in Saint John? Any help will be greatly appreciated.
-Kathy Upton, P.O. Box 122, Cherryfield, Maine, 04622, USA. E-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Clark - Stonehouse: I'm a direct descendent of the Clark family who came from Hull, Yorkshire, England on the "Jenny" in April 1775; specifically William Clark, wife Dorothy Stonehouse, and four children; Mary, William, Richard, and Rachael. I have heard that Dorothy Stonehouse died either before or during the trip on the "Jenny." As for their children, I am through Richard. I don't have any information on the others. If anyone can help me with additional information, please contact:
- Joe King, 478 Prentice Drive, St. Peters, MO., 63376, USA. E-mail to email@example.com.
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