A Titus History
David G. Keirstead

On the walk home from school, Cliff and I wondered what Mum would be having for supper. The cool weather of November not only gave us red cheeks but an appetite.

As soon as we approached the back door, I got a whiff of the most delicious aroma in the whole wide world, apples smothered in brown sugar with a touch of cinnamon and cloves, baking in the oven.

Probably the children of Warrie and Grace Titus of Bloomfield also found baked apples waiting for them when they arrived home from school on a cold afternoon. By the way, their home had been built in 1901, at the time of the marriage of their parents, at a cost of two thousand dollars and had included a concrete cellar and a furnace.

Frederick Warren Titus, known as Warrie, the second son of Gilbert William Titus and Fannie Matilda Dickson was born in Upham on March 11, 1872. By the time he was twenty-nine, he was part owner and treasurer of the G. and G. Flewelling Manufacturing Company in Hampton. Later he established a large dairy herd and raised foxes in Bloomfield.

His grandson, David G. Keirstead has compiled, “A Titus History” that follows the direct-line approach of the Titus ancestry for fourteen generations from the arrival of Robert, the first Titus in North America to the present day.

Robert Titus, of England, came to America with his wife and two sons on the “Hopewell” in 1635. He was granted land in Brookline, Massachusetts and later settled on Long Island, New York.

John Titus, a great grandson of Robert, arrived in New Brunswick with the Loyalists and settled in Jemseg, Queens County. Several of John’s grandsons, the sons of Jonathan, took up land in Kings County, particularly in the Titusville area that was named for them.

Through marriage many other families such as Coates, Dickson, Dykeman, Fairweather, Humbert, Keirstead, Sharp, Springer and Upham have become entwined into the Titus family.

The text in the book, has been written in 14 sections dealing with each generation and with each one starting at page one. This allows the reader to insert new material in the three ring binder. Information on the other lines in the Titus family, related families and interesting connections has been included. A 15 page full name index simplifies the task of finding an individual.

David states, “Although this genealogy was written as a project to give to my near-relatives a record of their Titus line, I trust that others, interested in the Titus family or the related families connected to it, may benefit from the research in this work.

A Titus History” by David G. Keirstead is available for viewing at the Kings County Museum, Hampton.  For more information E-mail  kingscm@nbnet.nb.ca.


Query 1121
Sederquest - Pickle - Keen:
John Sederquist, a Loyalist, first shows up in Saint John in 1785 and by 1790, he is in Granville, Nova Scotia where three of his children were baptized. I am particularly interested in his son, James Sederquest, who resided at Lakeside near Hampton, Kings County, New Brunswick until his death in 1870. He first was married to Elizabeth Pickle in 1812 and after her death, to Mary Wiggins. One son, John Harvey Sederquest married Amanda Keen of Maine and served in the Civil War in the United States. After the close of the war, John Harvey Sederquest and his family lived in Kings County at Cassidy Lake on the farm where Camp Tulakadik is now located. My direct line comes from their son Albert, who was born in Princeton, Maine in 1862, raised on the farm at Cassidy Lake and lived most of his adult years in Massachusetts. Any information on anyone connected to the Sederquest name, would be most appreciated. I would also like to find photos of the Sederquest home at Cassidy Lake, Clover Hill which in later years was owned by John Harvey’s son, Cassius Sederquest.
    -Diana  at  dnat@ledger.cc

Query 1122
My grandmother’s brother, George Ambrose Gritty, born 1892 in England, was in the 26th Battalion CEF 69357 and was killed on 06 November 1917 at Passcendaele. He gave his address as Saint John when he enlisted in 1914. He probably came to Canada from England between 1906 and 1914.  I am trying to get some background to when George arrived in Canada, where he lived, whether he married and if there were offspring. Any help would be appreciated.
    -Tony Hellard, 146 Foldcroft, Harlow, Essex, CM201SJ, UK. E-mail Tony.Hellard@essexcc.gov.uk.
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