The Chignecto Isthmus and Its First Settlers

by Howard Trueman

Cliff and I listened as Mum and her sisters talked of the tragic death of their Uncle Theodore. He had been killed, more than forty years ago, while driving a team of horses across the railway tracks, above Saint John. His widow and three young daughters moved to the States.

Within a few days, these cousins, along with their mother, their families and other relatives would be arriving for a visit.

Letters had been exchanged and much planning had taken place to arrange to get everybody together to have a picnic. Mum’s concern was having enough food prepared.

On 14 July, 1875, the Trueman family of the Chignecto Isthmus held an all-day picnic at Prospect Farm, Point de Bute with about 500 in attendance. They started their planning with a meeting at Prospect, the family homestead, on 4 January 1875. They wanted to celebrate in some fitting way the arrival of the first Trueman family in Nova Scotia, which took place a hundred years previously. 

It was decided to number the descendants and have a written out short history or genealogy of the family and also to place a marble monument to mark the last resting place of those who first came to America.

Since family correspondence of the early 1800's from Snillsworth and Bilsdale, Yorkshire, England had been preserved, the 500 friends, relatives and descendants who attended, probably had an opportunity to read some of the lines that were penned and thus caught a glimpse of life as it was in years past as well as the news of births, marriages and deaths that had happened across the ocean.

Howard Trueman and others felt that all letters of interest and accessible facts in connection with the early history of the Truemans should be collected and put in permanent form in order that the knowledge they had of the early history, might not pass forever out of the reach of later generations with the death of those whose memory carried them back to the original settlers.

The 1902, 206-page book, “Chignecto Isthmus and Its First Settlers” by Howard Trueman gives us an in depth look into the events that influenced the history of Chignecto as well providing details on the Trueman family and others who were connected by marriage or were among the first settlers of Cumberland with surnames such as, Allan, Allison, Atkinson, Bent, Betts, Bowser, Brownell, Bulmer, Burns, Cahill, Carey, Carter, Chandler, Chappell, Coates, Colpitts, Coy, Davidson, Dickson, Dobson, Doherty, Doyle, Doyle, Embree, Etter, Evans, Fawcett, Fillimore, Finlay, Forster, Fullerton, Gallagher, Hamilton, Harper, Harris, Harrison, Hewson, Hicks, Higgins, Irvin, Jewett, Jones, Keillor, King, Knapp, Logan, Lowerison, Lowther, Main, McCready, McMonagles, Miner, Mitchell,  Monro, Ogden, Oulton, Page, Palmer, Patterson, Phalen, Pugsley, Read, Ripley, Roach, Robinson, Ryan, Scott, Sharp, Siddall, Silliker, Smith, Smith, Smith, Snowdon, Sutherland, Tingley,Townsend, Trenholm, Turner and Ward.

Chignecto Isthmus and Its First Settlers” is available at several research institutions in New Brunswick.


Query 1201
Turner - I am trying to locate pictures of William H. Turner's Clothing Store which was located first at 440 Main Street on the corner of Sheriff Street in Saint John circa 1922 and later at 149 Union Street.   
2106 Route 845
Bayswater, NB
Canada,  E5S 1K2

Query 1202
Willigar - Wilson: I am trying to find the siblings and parents of George Willigar, born Belleisle, Kings County, New Brunswick in 1857, died 1935 in Saint John and also for his first wife, Mary Anne Wilson who died in Saint John in 1895.
#1811, 19200 Space Center Blvd.
Houston, TX
77058, USA. 

Query 1203
LeBriton - McLaughlin: Eme LeBriton married Charles McLaughlin at Tracadie, New Brunswick in 1789. I am interested in finding the names of their siblings and parents. Charles died in 1842 and is buried somewhere in New Brunswick.
4777 Clarence Road
Quesnel, BC
Canada, V2J 6X3

Query 1204
Fuller - Alexander: Isaac Fuller settled in New Brunswick in probably 1783 and possibly as a Loyalist. In 1812, he married Mercy, the daughter of  Gershom Alexander and they moved to Grantham, in the Niagara area of Ontario. Any information would be appreciated.
Box 908, Crossfield
AB, Canada
T0M 0S0

Query 1205
Collrin - Colleran - Perkins:  My great grandparents were James Collrin born in Ireland about 1844 and Mary Ann Perkins born 08 Jan. 1843 in Portland, New Brunswick. After their marriage, they lived in Saint John. I would be most grateful for any information or help, especially on  Mary Ann's family as she was born in New Brunswick.
3358 Cummings
Royal Oak, MI
48073, USA
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