on the Kings County Communities of:
Titusville, Upham, Barnesville,
Primrose, Ryan Settlement, Salina, Salt Springs, Passekeag Ridge, Mt.
Prospect and Smithtown
Each season brought its own set of tasks
to farmers. The end of March signified the arrival of the annual wood cutting
time for the sawing of hardwood logs into firewood.
As daylight was breaking, Len’s dapple gray team hauled the woodcutter
and the one-lunger gasoline engine that powered it, from farm to farm throughout
When the barn chores were completed, the men gathered to assist their neighbours
in the wood cutting. It was a case of "I'll help you and you can help
me" and in so doing exchanged a day’s work.
The lady of the house arose early to prepare a hearty meal. At times it
appeared to be a hidden contest of which lady in the community supplied the
Although each noon hour brought a different kitchen table for the hungry
mem to eat at, the conversation always seemed to get around to things that
had happened in past years. Thus they not only shared a helping hand to
their neighbour but also many stories and memories; as well they probably
had a glimpse at some of the photos kept in the households.
For quite some time, in order to preserve the rich history of the area,
I have been gathering genealogical and historical information on the families
and the communities of Titusville, Upham, Barnesville, Primrose, Ryan
Settlement, Salina, Salt Springs, Passekeag Ridge, Mt. Prospect, Smithtown
and surrounding areas. I am interested in getting copies of any
type of memorabilia, readers might have on the above communities, such as
photographs of houses, farming life, lumbering, mills, transportation, church
gatherings, school classes, buildings, St. Martins Train as well as family
photographs, newspaper clippings, scrapbooks, school registers, diaries, genealogies,
family stories and the memories of events in the days of yesteryear. All
originals will be returned. Losing ones treasured items is often a concern,
thus if you live in the Saint John area of New Brunswick, I can arrange to
come to your home to make copies.
Ruby M. Cusack. E-mail to email@example.com.
On Thursday, April 15, 2004 at 1:00 p.m. the New Brunswick Museum,
277 Douglas Avenue, Saint John, New Brunswick is offering a free genealogical
information session which introduces researchers to the resources that
are available at their Archives and Research Library for genealogical research.
The bonuses are that a tour of the archival storage area is included and researchers
can stay after the session, if they wish, to do research and will have the
help of the staff there. Pre-registration is required. Phone (506) 643-2300.
Helping our neighbour certainly plays a major role in genealogy. The website
of the New Brunswick Genealogical Society at http://www.bitheads.com/nbgs/ has
a section titled ‘Members Surname Interests’ - a list of family names
being researched, by their members. Another topic of interest is the Genealogical
Fairs that are to be held in 2004.
The website of the Saint John Branch of the New Brunswick Genealogical
Society at http://www.nbgssj.ca/ has
information on their meetings and programs, some ship passenger lists, an
index to cemeteries published in Generations - the publication of the New
Brunswick Genealogical Society, content index of Generations since Summer
2001 issue and the 1840 record of Lunatics in the Temporary Asylum in the
City and Parish of Saint John giving information as to age and place of nativity.
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Clarke - Goodwin - Pierce: Robert Douglas Clarke (1857-1952) married
Mary Alice Goodwin. Their children: Alan Douglas, Lewis Harper (1897), Edward
Fillis (1898) married Grace Opal Pierce, Gordon Robert (1900) and Russel
DeMolitor (1902) were born in Saint John. I am looking for living descendants
of these people to whom I am related.
152 Wedgewood Dr.,
Appleby - Morrell - Figg: John Appleby and Elizabeth Morrell’s, daughter,
Lillian, married William Henry Figg. I am interested in finding information
on the Appleby and Morrell families.
Deborah M. Dyer
26 Hancock St.
Bar Harbor, Maine
Kirk: I am interested in any information on the family of Thomas Kirk,
born in 1838, son of John and Martha Kirk (both from Ireland). In 1881 Thomas
lived with wife Sarah and seven children in Westfield, Kings, New Brunswick.
Thomas’ siblings lived in Westfield and Saint John.
9446 Kempergrove Ln.