Middlemore Home Reunion
by Ruby M. Cusack
The aroma of spices brought memories to Aunt Annie of the days of her youth in England. Her voice quivered as she mentioned the family she hadn’t seen since coming to New Brunswick as a Home Child.
In 1923, Nellie Winifred Platt made a trip to find her two brothers and a sister, who had been sent to Canada in 1911 from the Middlemore Home in England.
Her grandson, Michael Staples, a well known New Brunswick journalist, used her search as the focus of his book “Ups and Downs”. At present, he is writing a second Middlemore related book which will feature other home children and their descendants.
On Saturday, September 7, Mr. Staples will be the guest speaker at the Middlemore Home Reunion that will be held at the Lions Den Hall in Sussex. The doors will open at 11:30 a.m. and the meeting will commence at 1:00 p.m.
Marion Crawford, in conjunction with the British Isles Family History Society of Greater Ottawa has compiled an indexed list of more than five thousand names of children admitted into the Middlemore Home. She will also provide suggestions on how to attain information.
An opportunity will be given to those attending to give a brief talk on their family Home Child.
Noddin: Where did Michael Noddin, the 1774 Yorkshire settler come from in Yorkshire?
-John Noddin, 809 Manawagonish Raod, Saint John, NB, Canada. E-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Duplisea - Currie Cemetery: I am trying to find the information on the tombstone of my Great-grandfather, Joseph Duplisea, who is buried in Currie Cemetery, Tilley, Victoria County, New Brunswick. I believe he was born about 1854 in N.B. and died about 1912 in N.B.
-Joe Baker, 35 via Amistosa #A, Rancho Santa Margarita, California, USA, 92688-1914. E-mail to Joebaker831@aol.com.
Wesley - Miller: Written in the Wesley Family Bible is: Father - Theon Alfred Zino Wesley - born in Mill Village, Western part of Nova Scotia on the 12th day of October, 1838. Mother: Mary Matilda Miller - born in Cocaigne, Province of New Brunswick, on the 25th day of April 1841. They were married in Trinity Church, Saint John by the Rev. Dr. Gray, Episcopal Minister, on the 21st day of May, A.D. 1861. I am seeking information on this family.
-John L. Shrum, 2680 Wildhorse Lane, Minden, NV, USA, 89423. E-mail to email@example.com.
Tisdale: Does anyone have a photo of Thomas E. Gilbert Tisdale, who was the Dutch vice-consul 1872-1875 and was also consul for Panama. He was a well known merchant in Saint John and was also involved with insurance and was for some time Deputy Water Sheriff and Secretary of the Saint John Agricultural Society.
-Karen Green., Box 361, 1917 West 4th Avenue, Vancouver, BC, Canada, V6J 1M7. E-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mitton - Beaman: I am seeking information on William Ezra Mitton who was listed in the 1871 Elgin, Albert County census as a 15 year old farm laborer living with the Beaman family.
-Gary R. Mitton, RR#2 Harriston, Ontario, Canada, N0G 1Z0. E-mail to email@example.com.
Fraser - Aubin: John Fraser was born circa 1822 in East River, Pictou County, Nova Scotia. His parents were from Scotland. He married Josephine Aubin in Grand Falls, New Brunswick on May 12, 1879. He may have been a Reverend with the Episcopalian - Anglican Church. He died in Grand Falls on November 16, 1894. I am searching for any information on John and his parents.
-Lily Fraser, 42 Glen Eyre Court, Fredericton, NB, Canada, E3C 2P7. E-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Saint John Branch of the New Brunswick Genealogical Society is holding their Second Annual Genealogical Fair on Sept. 21, 2002 from 10 AM to 4 PM at Millidgeville North High School, Woodward Ave, Saint John, New Brunswick.
Admission is Free!
No Registration is required
Visit the website of the Saint John Branch of the New Brunswick Genealogical Society at www.nbgssj.ca for more information.
If you wish to reserve a table or to volunteer your help on that day,
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