Gram and Tillie spent many hours discussing
family connections. They had no problem remembering the names of all their
relatives but it certainly sounded confusing to me. To add to my memory burden,
they told me that each step back in generations, the number of grandparents
doubled. Since I had four grandparents, I would have eight great grandparents
and sixteen great great grandparents. WOW! This meant I needed to know the
surnames of sixteen families for that generation.
'Fathers and Mothers' by Paul Dayton Kilburn
In compiling the book, “Fathers and Mothers”, Paul Kilburn spent
twenty-five years researching his ancestry, starting with his grandparents
and tracing the families back as far as possible.
The first Kilburn to reach New Brunswick was Francis, a very young boy
who came with his widowed mother, Mary, in the Loyalist Fleet of 1783, to
the present day New Brunswick. Upon their arrival in this country, they
made their home with a Mr. Prosser at Nerepis. His father, Isaac Francis
Kilburn, a member of the First Battalion of Pennsylvania Loyalists had been
killed on the 8 May 1781 at Pensacola. Probably all Kilburns in New Brunswick
come from this Francis
About 1804, Francis Kilburn married Mary McKeen. They lived in York County
and were the parents of eleven children.
The author traced Mary McKeen’s ancestry back to the MacIain clan who lived
near the town of Kilchoan, Scotland.
Mr. Kilburn’s other ancestors include:
Ralph Dayton, who was born circa 1588 in England and came to America in
1640 and first settled near New Haven. His descendants came to Kingsclear,
York County and Samuel Dayton began a general store in St. Mary's, across
the river from the Town Hall, and it is still being used.
Archelaus Hammond, a Planter from Nova Scotia, came to Kingsclear in 1799
with two of his sons, Simon and Lothrop.
Philip Hanselpacker, a soldier in the New Jersey Volunteers, obtained a
grant of land of 200 acres near Grand Lake.
David McGibbon, a British Soldier in the Revolution, received his grant
west of Douglas in 1784. He had come from Stirling, Scotland to conduct business
in West Florida and got swept up in the war.
Andrew Joslin, a Loyalist with French, English and American roots settled
in Prince William where he purchased several lots. His son's house
was moved when the dam was built and is now part of King's Landing.
Captain Andrew Newcomb, a mariner from England, arrived in New England
in the 1630s. His connection to New Brunswick is through a descendant, Jerusha
Newcomb of Cornwallis, Nova Scotia who married Archelaus Hammond in 1762.
Information is also given on the families of Lothropp, Bulkeley, Cooke,
Clarke, Graham, Herrmeyer and Kutzer.
“Fathers and Mothers” by Paul Dayton Kilburn holds more
than 300 pages of rich details on the author’s family heritage, combining
genealogy with history as well as correlating with the events of the time.
It is illustrated with many hand-drawn maps, descendant charts, family crests,
letters and photographs, not only of the people but also their castles,
mansions, houses, farmhouses and other features. Important also is the meticulous
documentation through the many endnotes. This publication is a masterpiece
“Fathers and Mothers” is available at the Gift Shop of the New Brunswick
Museum in Saint John, the Kings Landing Bookstore, and the UNB Bookstore
in Fredericton. The book is also on CD.
Both the book and CD can be ordered from Kilburn Press, 6695 Terry
Court, Arvada, CO, USA, 80007-7693. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.