I hurried through the kitchen door and announced to Mum that I needed three little corncob holders for my Loyalist project.

She looked puzzled and asked, “Why?”

I replied, “I am making a Loyalist man's hat. I need to put three cobs of corn on it, as it is called a tricorn .”

My answer brought hoots of laughter from Ken and tears from me.

Over the years, members of the United Empire Loyalists' Association of Canada have been busy compiling and documenting family lines of  Loyalist ancestors.

In 1984, the first volume of “Loyalist Lineages of Canada 1783-1983" was published by the Toronto Branch of The United Empire Loyalists' Association of Canada to commemorate the bicentennial of the settlement of Loyalists in Canada. This was followed by a second volume.
Some New Brunswick connections:

    * Nicholas Humphrey was born in 1756 in Enniskillen, Fermanagh County, Ireland. He married Elizabeth Marks in Carleton County on 23 Nov 1787. A descendant, Frank Humphrey was born in 1872 in Mosquito Creek, Pennsylvania in 1872.

    * Captain Ebenezer Slocum was born in North Kings Town, Rhode Island in 1750 and was buried in the Wiggins Loyalist Cemetery, Waterborough, New Brunswick.

    * John Lyon married Hepzibeth Betts in 1759. One of their descendants, Thomas Reginald Lyon was born in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia and was buried in Holy Cross Cemetery, Thornhill, Ontario.
    * Nicholas Pickle was born in 1745 and died in 1843 and is buried in St. Peter’s Church Cemetery, Upham.. His first wife was Rachel Inscoe.

    * Joseph Sunderland Palmer Sr. was born in 1800 in Central Hampstead and resided in Lower Kars, Kings County.

The “Loyalist Lineages of Canada” books hold more than one thousand pages of family lines that were submitted by members of the United Empire Loyalists' Association of Canada and can be viewed in the Reference Departments of the Saint John and Moncton Libraries.

Loyalist Day will be celebrated in Saint John on May 18 with a 10:30 a.m. service at Trinity Church.  Fort Howe will have a 21 Gun Salute at noon. Flag Raising ceremonies will begin at 12:30 at the City Hall Plaza - Loyalist Rock and the cutting of Saint John’s birthday cake will be held in the Atrium of Market Square at 1:45 p.m.

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Query 1078
Ewing - Hall - Melvin:
Annie Hall Ewing, the daughter of Thomas Ewing and Annie Gamblin, was born in 1883. She grew up in Millstream, Kings County. Her siblings were: William Maggs, Elizabeth Jane, Margaret Catherine, and Leonard Ervine. She married Ross Melvin of Saint John in 1907. Can anyone provide information on this family?  
    - Carolyn Cameron, P O Box 169,  Sherbrooke, NS, Canada, B0J 3C0. E-mail cam1@ns.sympatico.ca.

Query 1079
Peaslee - Johnston -Beckwith - Athearn
: Wilbert Nicholas Peaslee was born in new Brunswick in 1824 and married Caroline Prudence Johnston, born 25 Apr 1825 in Maine. Her parents were Martha A. Beckwith, b. 02 March 1803 in Miramichi, N. B. and William Johnston, born in N. B.  She had two brothers, James b.13 Feb 1827, and Nathan b.29 Dec 1828, in Starks, Maine.  The first known source of Wilbert is the 1850 census for Calais where they are listed as visiting from Wisconsin.  Martha Beckwith Johnston was married a second time to a Robert Athearn from the Starks area and went on to have a total of twelve children.  Robert died sometime after 1847 and by 1865 Martha and most of  the children and the husbands/wives moved to in Oshkosh, WI.  And yet....what happened to Wilbert Nicholas Peaslee and where did he come from.  He disappears as he arrived.  No obits, death certificates....and no mentions of him by other family!  Sometime between the 1800 census and the 1885 census in WI, he has disappeared from the records that I have searched.  As of today we cannot find him.
    - A Diehm, P.O. Box 1809, Ocean Shores, WA, 98569, USA. E-mail adiehm@techline.com.

Query 1080
Christian and Johanna Steiper came from Denmark and settled in Saint John in the mid 1800s. Their daughters, Sarah, Emma, Elizabeth and Ada went to Massachusetts. Their son, Walter Steiper remained in Saint John. Can anyone provide me with information on the New Brunswick line?
    -Beth Haley, 19 Dean Road, Reading, MA,  01867, USA. E-mail tinlizzie32@attbi.com.

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