Families of "The Mackadavy"
Firewood and frolic seemed to go
together like a horse and carriage. Dad and Gramp, with the help of a
neighbour and a hired man, had worked together to cut several loads of
hardwood and hauled it home on bobsleds. Now the time had arrived to
get it cut into lengths for
the kitchen stove as well as longer sticks for the furnace.
Len and his dapple grey team of horses arrived on Friday
afternoon with the woodcutter and the one-cylinder gas engine that
powered it. In
no time it was set up and ready to start work early on Saturday
In the meantime, Aunt Sadie and Greta helped Mum to prepare all the
food that would be needed the next day to feed the crew, which was
going to be a large one as some friends and relatives had volunteered
to help, plus
the exchange of hands among neighbours that always took place for the
Calvin Craig of Bonny River had a different kind of frolic in preparing
his book, Early Families of “The Mackadavy”.
Sixty people researched, compiled and submitted genealogies of
thirty-eight local families for thirty-six chapters of his
five-hundred page book. Primary names include, Ash, Beney, Bliss,
Bonney, Brockway, Campbell, Clinch, Corning, Cox, Craig, Davidson;
Dawson, Dillman, Essensa, Frost, Garnett, Gillmor, Goss,
Grearson/Grierson, Harmon, Lee, Moreland, MacKay, Milne/Mylne, Munson,
Nash, Neal/Neil, Nichols, O'Neill, Pratt, Radley, Sherwood, Spinney,
Stewart, Sunderland, Waltman, and Williamson.
The “Selected Chronology” chapter provides some very interesting facts.
Joseph Sherwood was born circa 1688 in Rye, New York. Joel Bonney was
born 14 Aug. 1740 in Pembroke, Massachusetts. On 15 May 1776, Peter
Clinch was promoted to Lieutenant and appointed adjutant, Royal
Fencible Americans at Amherst, Nova Scotia. In London in 1787, Dr.
William Paine was given permission and moved back to Massachusetts. The
Piskahegan Military Blockhouse was planned in 1800. In 1803, the
Edward Winslow census statistics shows Charlotte County had 2622
More than five hundred grants were made to the Settlers of the
Mackadavy and they are listed from North boundary of the parish of St.
George, South to Passamaquoddy Bay. First listed are those on the West
side of the Magaguadavic River followed by those on the East side of
the river which includes L’tang.
To assist in locating information on a particular person, the book has
a full name index.
The history of the settlements and their settlers of the Magaguadavic
Valley includes St. George, Bonny River, Second Falls, Lee
Settlement and Piskehegan.
Early Families of “The Mackadavy” by Calvin
Lee Craig is available for viewing at the libraries in Saint John and
Stephen as well as at other research institutions.
Copies can be purchased from C. L. Craig, 1104 Rte. 770, Bonny River,
NB., Canada, E5C 1E1. Phone 506-755-6800. E-mail to
Seeley: Austin Seeley
(1803 – 1858), (son of Ebenezer and possibly grandson of James D.
of Inverness County, River Denys Basin, Nova Scotia married circa
to Lucy Vaughan, the daughter of a ship building family. Children were
W., Hiram H., John Byron, Ann, Jane, Walter and Benjamin Franklin. In
early 1850s, they moved to Renfrew, Ontario and later to Illinois.
Searching for Jane Harrison, born 13 Nov 1904, emigrated to Saint John,
New Brunswick from Co. Antrim, Northern Ireland in April 1928 with her
sister MARY, born 17 Feb 1907. Any information gratefully received.
40 Broad Oak
Morton: Who were the
parents of Francis Morton, born circa 1802 in Hammondvale, New
Brunswick or in Nova Scotia? He married Margaret Ann Tabor,
daughter of Noah Tabor, in December of 1829 at the Anglican Church in
Hampton. They moved to Kent County in 1855 and to the Moncton area
circa 1859. Margaret Ann's father was Noah Tabor.
The mother of Francis Morton may have remarried to a Mr. Handrigan.
history claims that we are direct descendants of Elkana Morton who came
Cornwallis in 1760.
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