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Index to Vital Statistics from New Brunswick Newspapers - Dan Johnson

The teacher rolled up the map, and there listed on the blackboard under the map were five words, - “information, easier, hunt, newspapers, index”. From this I knew what the assignment would be -we were to look up the words in the dictionary,  write out their meanings and then we were to use these words correctly in a sentence.

My sentence today could read, “The hunt for information has been made easier with an Index to Vital Statistics from New Brunswick Newspapers.

In 1982, Daniel F. Johnson chaired the Vital Statistics committee of the New Brunswick Genealogical Society. The objective of the committee was to extract genealogical items from the New Brunswick newspapers that had been microfilmed and publish the results. After the committee disbanded, Dan continued the project privately. Since that time, 102 volumes have been printed covering the period 1784 to 1895 and cross referenced by names.

In 2004, Dan compiled on CD a full name index to the first 100 volumes of ‘Vital Statistics from New Brunswick Newspapers’. A copy has been placed on the database computers at the Saint John Free Public Library and at the St. Croix Public Library in St. Stephen.

So now instead of thumbing through the one hundred volumes on the shelf to locate a name, the Index will quickly give the reference number, volume and the year the newspaper was published.

While searching for Cusack, I found in the September 2, 1893 edition of the Globe: Died Sept 1st, of congestion of the brain, William Cusack, a native of Tipperary, Ireland, age 77, resident of St. John for the last 59 years. Funeral from the Cathedral, 8 o’clock Sunday morn. 3rd inst.

The Daily Telegraph of February 10, 1894: President Cleveland has appointed Wm. C. Cusick postmaster of Newburyport, Mass. Mr. Cusick was born in Hardingville, St. John in 1843 but his parents moved to the States many years ago.

A sample of some other informative entries:
New Brunswick Courier of September 21, 1844: Died at Grand Lake, 10th inst., Walter Provan, native of Glagow, Scotland, age 59, left wife, ten children, inhabitant of this province since 1820.

The Daily Telegraph March 1, 1881: Died Portland 27th ult., LeBaron N. Secord, twin son of Captain Ambrose Secord and Emma Secord, age 8 months.

New Brunswick Courier March 11, 1843: On Tuesday last, a dwelling house at Belleisle owned by the widow of Charles Hughson (who was unfortunately drowned last year) and J. Pickle was consumed by fire. [Note to see original newspaper for more information]

New Brunswick Courier October 26, 1850: Died 10th inst., of Nervous Fever, while on a visit to her relatives at Granville, N. S., Mrs. Phebe J. Knowles, age 30, wife of Edward Knowles, merchant of St. John and youngest daughter of Samuel Chesley, Esq. of former place.

City Gazette, May 20, 1824: Died St. Martins, Friday last, Reuben Vail, shipwright, age 52, left large family.

New Brunswick Courier, July 27, 1827: Died Saturday last, age 15, Miss Rebecca Golding. Death occasioned by falling stone from Heights in Narrows above Falls.

The Daily Telegraph of October 26, 1877: Mrs. B. Moore of Oak Bay and family of seven left for Eureka, California on 22nd. Inst. Walter R. Gilley, son of post master of Oak Bay and two sons of Warren Powers left the same morning for British Columbia.

On the shelves of several research institutions you will find volumes of ‘Vital Statistics from New Brunswick Newspapers’ by Daniel F. Johnson.

The genealogical community was saddened by the sudden death of Dan on February 22, 2005. His memory will live on through his many publications that give great assistance to the family researcher.

Query 1285
Matthews: Archibald Matthews born 1787 and Alexander Matthews born circa 1808 were in the area of Chatham New Brunswick during the census of 1851. Both came from  Elmsdale / Malpeque, Prince Edward Island. What is the relationship between these two men? 

Query 1286
Hendrickson: I am trying to find information regarding the Hendrickson families who may have come to New Brunswick in 1783. As far as I know their names were Thomas, Hendrick, Stephen and Daniel. Looking to see if there might be a Uriah there as well or the possible birth of other Hendricksons during their stay.  Any information would be appreciated.
90 Sequoia Dr.
Coram, NY
11727, USA 

Query 1287
Kavanghs - Cavanaughs: I would like to get copies of pictures of 19th century of Brussells Street in Saint John and of Kavanaghs from New Brunswick. Also looking for any information on Kavanghs / Cavanaughs from Saint John. 
1189 Post Road,
Sussex Corner, N.B.
Canada, E4E 2X7

Query 1288
Shannon - Cormier:  Michael Shannon, the son of Patrick Shannon, was born in 1796 in Dunbrody, Wexford County, Ireland, married Marie Cormier in Jacquet River, New Brunswick.  He was responsible for building St. Gabrielle's Catholic Church in Jacquet River.  Any information would be appreciated.
90 Woodbury Ave.
Hyannis, MA
02601, USA

Query 1289
Long - Parlee:  Who were the parents of William Long, born 20 Nov. 1850?  He was of Kings County when he married Mary Jane Parlee on 07 Jul. 1875.  William's siblings were Rachel, Thomas, Robert, Calvin, Henry, Mary Jane, David, Alexander, John, Margaret, Mary Ann, Luther, Joseph and Wickcliffe.  Also looking for vital statistics on the spouses and descendants.  KELLY ELLS
145 Zack Road, Lutes Mountain
NB, Canada, E1G 2V1   

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