Excitement in our little one-room school was mounting as we practiced for the Christmas Closing. One of my favourite action songs, had the words, Jolly old St. Nicholas, lean your ear this way. . . Johnny wants a pair of skates and Susie needs a sled .
As the festive season draws near, the folk who have sent in queries might be singing, All I want for Christmas is an answer soon, so please lean your ear this way to help me find great Gramma’s wedding day .
We hope some of our readers will be able to provide help with the following queries.
Gilliespie - McCluskey: Nathaniel Gilliespie married Annie McCluskey in 1870. Their three daughters were Eleanor, Emma and Eleta. In Lovell's 1871 directory he was listed as a millwright in Millidgeville. Any leads would be wonderful.
-Marion (Eccles) Ricker. Unit 10, 680 Commissioner's Rd.W., London, ON, Canada, N6K 4T8. E-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pendleton: I am seeking information on Sylvanus Roscoe Pendleton's siblings as well as information on The Pendleton Panacea Co. at 145 Mill Street in Saint John that was owned by William Roscoe Pendleton and his son Sylvanus. Any information on this family would be greatly appreciated.
-Marlee Willis, 3716 Logan Cr. SW, Calgary, AB, Canada, T3E5Z5. E-mail to email@example.com.
Towle - Collier: I am seeking information on Francis P. Towle, who gave his birth place as Maine. He was married in 1839 to Jane Collier whose family migrated to Maine from the Miramichi area of New Brunswick. They lived in Orient and Amity and moved to Wisconsin in the mid 1850s, then to South Dakota in 1870s where they died.
-Judy Huskey, 259 Kunze Rd., Venice, FL., 34292, USA. E-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
George - Anderson: Peter George and his wife - first name unknown - Anderson drowned in 1813 somewhere in the Maritime Provinces. They had four children - two of them being James and Peter. My interest lies in Peter who lived on the Saint John River. Any help would be most welcome.
-Moira Lawrence, 169 Sussex Ave, Riverview, NB, Canada, E1B 3A8. E-mail to email@example.com.
Matthews: The first child of John Matthews was William, who was born 16 June 1825 in Portland, New Brunswick. Three other children were Matilda, Nathaniel and John. All 4 were baptized 30 July 1830 at St. Andrews Anglican Church in Saint John. Does anyone have information on the parents of John or where he was living before coming to Portland?
-Norma Flude, 1843 Windswept Oak Lane, Fernandina Beach, FL, USA, 32034-8996. E-mail to NLFlude@aol.com.
Husson - Doherty - Meehan: I am looking for information on Jacob and Jane Davis Husson and their daughter Harriet Jane, who was born circa 1809, Kings County, New Brunswick. She married Patrick Doherty son of Patrick and Jane Meehan Doherty of County Donegal, Ireland who came to Saint John in 1818.
-Nancy Doherty-Perry, RD # 3 Box118-C, Lewis Road, Woming, PA, USA,18644. E-mail to
Leonards - Johnville. Dennis Leonard was born in1881. His father William and grandfather Dennis arrived from Ireland in about 1832. I am looking for family records prior to 1851, or any 1832 Irish passenger lists in Saint John or any living Leonard descendants.
-P.L. Markson, 4 Heritage Lane, Freeport, ME, 04032, USA. E-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
McCabe - Gibson - Cummings: Elizabeth Catherine McCabe was born in the late 1840s in Ireland, being the daughter of Frank McCabe and Catherine Gibson. After arriving in New Brunswick, she married James Cummings who was born in Prince Edwards Island. The family went to Boston a year after they were married. Some of their children were born in New Brunswick and others in Boston. Please contact me if you have any knowledge of this family.
-P. Desilets, P O Box 206, Sewell, NJ, 08080, USA. E-mail to email@example.com.
Flagg - Hunt: I am looking for information on Josiah Flagg and Sarah Hunt who were married on Campobello Island. I know that their parents were very early settlers on the island. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
-Paula Flagg, 2425 Garin Road, Watsonville, CA., 95076, USA. E-mail to
Gatchell - Getchell - Stinson: Seeking any knowledge of Abigail - Abbie E. Gatchell (1850-1935), the wife of William H. Stinson eventually of Webster Plantation or Springfield, Maine, where they are buried. Anything related to the Gatchell name will be most appreciated, especially cultural identity.
-Patricia Smith Ranzoni, HC 78 Box 173, Bucksport, Maine, USA. E-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
* Note received on Dec 17, 2002 from Patricia Smith Ranzoni:
Thank you for including my query in your column.
Since originally contacting you, we have discovered
from the census of 1860 that Abbie's name was Abenlena
(or something similar as the handwriting it is difficult
to decipher), not Abigail. And we now know that her parents
were Joseph Getchell and Anne Getchell, and that is the point
at which we are stuck, not finding their birth records. We have
also confirmed through oral tradition and photographs that
Abbie was part Native American. Any knowledge of this
line will be most gratefully received.
Clarke - Cahill: I am trying to find the birth date of William Henry Clarke born circa 1858 to Henry Herbert Clarke and Mary Cahill Clarke as well as their marriage record. Possibly lived in Shediac. Thank you for any help you can offer.
-Barbara King, 1119 Periwinkle Way, Box 120 Sanibel, Florida, USA, 33957. E-mail to PTMMPKING@aol.com.