in New Brunswick
Ruby M. Cusack
Since Gramp had promised to take us to Markhamville on July 12 to an Orange Parade, I asked Mum if everybody carried oranges or if the paraders were dressed in orange.
Little did I know then that the earliest record of an Orange Lodge in the British North American colonies was in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1783. Its charter was brought to Parrtown (Saint John) from the United States by Lieutenant Andrew Hunter Stockton.
The site at New Brunswick Orange Reports at http://members.tripod.com/~Roughian/index-304.html gives the names of members attending the proceedings of the Grand Lodge of New Brunswick in 1847. The Grand Master was W. H. Needham and other oficers were, Robert Pickthall, James McNicholl, Stephen J. Daley, Richard Seely, John Brown, R. C. Minnette and R. P. Smyth. The District Masters were Joseph L. Mullin, John McCready, William Kelly and William Allingham. A list of the members of the Grand Committee with vistors is also given.
The Grand Lodge Officers of New Brunswick for 1891 and a list of the members attending, for 1910 and 1920, as well as a list of New Brunswick Orange Lodges in 1891 have been included on the site. It is interesting to read the 150 Lodge Masters of 1891 with their lodge number and location. A sampling is as follows. W. E. Cairns - Musquash, David McBrine - Golden Grove, William DeLong - St. Martins, Scott W. McLeod - Newcastle Bridge, Samuel Ferguson - Pisarinco, A. M. Kirkpatrick - Enniskillen, W. F. Matthews - Point Wolfe, G. W. Foster - Fredericton Jct. and W. F. Frazer - Lower Poquiock.
An Orange Lodge Museum has been established at Gagetown and is open on Saturday from June 29 until the end of August from 1 to 5 p.m.
The Kings County Museum, Hampton has a display of badges from former members of the Orange Lodge.
At the New Brunswick Museum in Saint John you will find the Ladies Orange Benevolent Association - Rules and Regulations of 1929, Wellington Orange Lodge - Minute book 1844 -1867, some newspaper clippings, circulars, certificates and a few letters concerning disputes between Orangemen and Irish Catholics.
The Provincial Archives of New Brunswick, in Fredericton also has information on the Orange Lodge.
If you have information on a Lodge or one of its members or wish to ask a question, I suggest you contact Chris Greer at firstname.lastname@example.org or write to Jackie D Phillips, Grand Orange Lodge of New Brunswick, 429 Rusagonis Road, Rusagonis, NB, Canada, E3B 8Z1.
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Pierce: George and Mary Pierce of Ireland and nine children emigrated to Saint John. They were George, Hugh, Henry, Alexander, Mary Jane, Margaret, Robert, Catherine and John. The children married into the families of Owens, Todd, Hart and Andrews. Does anyone have information to share on these families?
-Patricia Pierce Underhill, 11 Mercer Lane, Lower Woodstock, NB, Canada, E7M 4H3. E-mail to email@example.com.
Hannay - Hannah: My genealogy has led me to Weldford Parish in Kent County. William Hannay and his wife Mary Murray with 6 of their off spring left Kirdudbrightshire, Scotland and settled on a farm in Weldford Parish. One of their sons William C. married Elizabeth Richard around 1840 and their son John C. M. born in 1841 is my great grandfather. I would like to find information on any of the children of William Hannay / Hannah and his second wife Mary Mundle to whom he was wed in 1852. I am also interested in finding the cemeteries where the members of the family are buried.
-Bruce Hannah, 1384 Rock Springs Rd., San Marcos, CA, USA, 92069. E-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ruby M. Cusack is a genealogy buff living in Saint John. Send your queries to her at: 47 Jean St., Saint John, N.B., Canada, E2J 1J8. Or E-mail her at email@example.com. Include your name and mailing address for the benefit of those who do not have access to E-mail. Please put Family Surname followed by the word 'Query' in the subject line. That is Smith & Jones - Query.
Ruby has a "Family History" column in the Telegraph-Journal on Tuesdays