Formerly of New Brunswick, Now of Nova Scotia
to New Brunswickers in Nova Scotia Vital Statistic Records 1864-1877
hands were never idle. She always had some task that had to be
done. Tonight was no different. She took her sewing basket into the
livingroom and commenced doing the week’s mending. A button was needed
on Cliff’s white shirt. The hem had come out of my skirt. A patch had
to be placed on the knee of Ken’s pants. Finally she took out the sock
darner and darned the work socks.
When Dad came in from doing the barn chores, the dog came rushing
through the kitchen door, ran over to the couch, and jumped up on Mum’s
knee, sending her sewing basket flying across the floor with thread,
needles, straight pins and balls of yarn going in every direction.
We were down on our hands and knees trying to locate all the needles
when Gramp arrived and inquired, “Are you looking for a needle in the
Searching for vital statistics of ancestors is often a hunt for the
needle in the haystack. If your relatives happened to have been from
New Brunswick and were married or died or gave birth in Nova Scotia
from 1864 to 1877, the search has been made easier by Heather Long, who
compiled “Formerly of New Brunswick,
Now of Nova Scotia: An Index to
New Brunswickers in Nova Scotia Vital Statistic Records 1864-1877".
The 74-page publication gives information on 987 births, 1197
marriages, and 381 deaths. The alphabetized birth tables, for example,
show Father’s Name, Mother’s Name, Date of Marriage, Place of Marriage,
Date of Birth (of the child), Place of Birth, County, Page, and Entry
Number. Marriages give Name, Age, Birthplace, Residence at time of
Marriage, Father’s Name, Mother’s Christian Name, County, Page, Date of
Marriage, and Entry Number. In the Deaths, Name is given, Age,
Birthplace, Place of Death, Father’s Name, Mother’s Christian Name,
County, Page, Date of Death and Entry Number.
The Nova Scotia government began keeping birth, marriage and death
records in 1864, each county maintaining their own record. In 1877
birth and death records were discontinued and not re-established until
the twentieth century. They kept on recording marriages.
Some examples of New Brunswick connections:
Ewan Cameron and Nancy Passmore
were married on 27 Oct. 1847 in Harvey,
New Brunswick. A child was born to them on 15 Jun. 1870 in Goose River,
George Hunter and Barbara McMorris
were married 13 Nov. 1867 in
Shemogue and had five children born to them in Goose River.
William Oxley and Frances Howard were married in 1865 in Saint John and
had six children born to them in River Philip.
Gordon and Anna DeWolf’s 32
year-old son, John M, was born in St.
Stephen and was residing in Halifax when he married on 22 Nov. 1865.
Eliphalet R. Fowler, son of
George and Elizabeth, was born in Sackville
and was aged 25 and residing in Sackville when he was married in
Cumberland County on 18 Sep. 1869.
The parents of Ann Martha Dickey,
who was born in Saint John, were William
and Lavenia Harper.
She died at age 69 in Cornwallis on 5 Apr.
Hannah Matilda Woodman, the
daughter of John and Sophronia Nice
born in Saint John and died at age 38 on 17 Jul. 1872 at Greenwich,
Heather Long extracted more than twenty-five hundred names with New
Brunswick connections that were recorded within a thirteen-year period
in the Vital Statistics Records of the Counties in Nova Scotia. Her
compilation, “Formerly of New
Brunswick, Now of Nova Scotia: An Index
to New Brunswickers in Nova Scotia Vital Statistic Records 1864-1877"
can be viewed at a number of larger New Brunswick libraries.
Robinson: In June
of 1862, the Boston Journal announced the death of Qtr. Master Ivory B.
Maine Regiment, on board the Daniel Webster from Fortress Monroe to
It states that a few years ago, he was a member of the late firm E.B.
& Co., Carleton (Saint John). Does anyone know what kind of work
company did? Ivory was born in Northampton, N.B. in 1815.
parents are in the Sebec, Maine census in 1820. In 1838, he married a
from Cherryville, Maine. He was living in Whitneyville, Maine in the
3919 SW 69th Ave.
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