Charles Titus Ledger
Titus Mill - Upham
No table was ready for the hungry
family unless the molasses dish, which was actually a glass pitcher
with a slide opening in the cover, was given its place of honour at
every meal. The molasses was generously spread on buckwheat pancakes as
well as on thick slices of homemade bread.
It appears molasses was also used generously back in the1880's as the
entries in the Charles Titus Ledger recorded the regular purchasing of
gallons of molasses by many households.
Some other entries gave the information that:
Willard Carson paid 16 cents for two figs of tobacco.
Hugh McLaren purchased a lamp chimney, wick and matches for 18
William Clancy needed new braces that cost him 22 cents.
John Sullivan Jr. bought a tea pot and 1/2 pound of tea for 77
Ruffus Peters purchased a bottle of penecca for 15 cents
and a halter for 90 cents as well as two barrels of Star flour for
During the month of August, 1889, Michael Cusack paid 10 cents
for three slates and another three cents for a bottle of ink.
On Dec. 21, 1891, William Reid purchased pepper, cream of
tartar, mustard, flannel and a Royal Reader that cost 45 cents and a
Canadian History book for 45 cents.
The buying of yards of linen, glaze cotton, fine cotton, print,
elastic, overall, ticking, flannel and buttons by the dozen, probably
kept the lady of the house extremely busy in the never ending task to
clothe the family.
During October, 1889, the echo of the hammer could probably be heard as
Gilbert Tays used his purchase of 30 pounds of shingle nails and 6,000
shingles. High on another hill, Sandy Steele was busy with 24 pounds of
shingle nails and 6,000 shingles.
The Charles Titus, Titus Mill - Upham, 500-page ledger of December 10,
1888 to February 10, 1892 can be viewed at the Kings County Museum,
New Brunswick, Canada.
A key to a missing piece of someone's family puzzle could be on the
back cover of this ledger as the names, Hugh Crowe, Instantru, Elk
Co., Box 44, Pa. and Joseph Maxwell, c/o Glen Hazel, Elk Co.,
Pa., were written there.
While reading the ledger, one realizes the general store provided
families for miles around with the necessities of survival. Ledgers
the family researcher another window to peek through to gain glimpses
the everyday life of ancestors.
Another interesting 1880's ledger at the Kings County Museum is of
Thomas Linton's Blacksmith Shop at Milkish Bridge.
When visiting a research institution, inquire about the ledgers in
By the way on August 24, 2003 at 2:00 p.m. Faye Pearson will be
conducting a scavenger hunt for information at Trinity Cemetery,
Springfield, Kings County, NB. She will focus on the Kellier and
Stanley families in her presentation.
Hayes - Walsh:
Edward Hayes (1806) and his wife Margaret Walsh (1818) lived in Saint
John, in Portland Ward. Any information would be appreciated.
DOREEN HAYES, 14604 93 Ave., Edmonton, Alta., T5R
E-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Baxter - Mulligan:
I am looking for the family and descendants of John J. Baxter and
Jennie (Jane) Mulligan of Saint John. Their sons William and George
Otto, born in the 1880's, were brought up by Baxter relatives in
the Saint John area.
DAVID SOULE, 10 Churchill Road, South Portland,
Maine, 04106, USA
Kincaid - Crawford:
James Kincaid (1856) and his wife Agnes (1858)
were both born in Saint John. Their children were, Earle, Ethel, Roy,
Clarence. I am a descendant of Ethel who married Charles Crawford. Can
provide information on the Kincaid family?
<>Contact JACK WALLER
Suite 203 15 Langbrae drive
Taylor - Fields:
David Taylor was born in Hampstead, Queens, New Brunswick, circa 1877.
In Falmouth, Maine, a child, Marshall Taylor, was born to him and Grace
Fields. David Taylor died in a train accident, as an employee,
in the early 1900's. He may possibly be the son of James and Margaret
Taylor. Any information would be greatly appreciated.
CLARANCE W. TAYLOR JR., 314 Suncrest Blvd.,
Savannah, Ga., 31410, USA.
Jenkins: My Dad
(William Jenkins) and two siblings came to Canada
as home children. His sister, Minnie Katherine Jenkins, came in July of
1905. Her last known address was, Evansdale, Kings County, New
during the First World War when she was listed as next of kin on my
military pay records. We are trying to find out if she married,
or died in New Brunswick.
UPDATE: Minnie married a man named D. A. Stetson
in 1933 was living in Orleans, VT., USA. We can find no trace of
after that. Now we are seeking information on whether or not she had
children and, if so, where they are.
LORRAINE JENKINS BISNER, 6809 Gregory Drive,
Biloxi, MS, 39532, USA.