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Looking in all the wrong places!

As far as Dad was concerned, the Farmer’s Almanac governed the planting time for vegetables.

Saturday would definitely be the right day for the pumpkin seeds to be put in the ground.

Last Fall Mum had carefully dried the seeds from the pumpkins and put them in a can. She went to the outside pantry to get the container but it wasn’t where she thought it should be. She searched the bottom shelf and the second shelf without any luck. Next she climbed on a chair and worked her way around the top shelf but to no avail.

After supper, she was putting the cup towels in a drawer in the buffet, when a look of surprise came over her face - she had spotted the can that held the seeds.

So many times when searching for information on an ancestor, we look where we think the information should be found and are totally surprised when we find it in some obscure place.

One example of this, concerns Diana's seven year hunt in Maine and Massachusetts as her great great-grandfather Sederquest, who lived in Massachusetts, gave the place of the birth of his father as Maine - whose birth she now knows occurred during the time his mother resided in her home village during the Civil War. Two postings on the internet led her to take a look in New Brunswick, where she found the connection. Next came the need to find documentation to prove the parents and siblings of James Sederquest of Lakeside, New Brunswick. The answer was in a 1911 publication “Sketch of the Life and Evangelistic Labors of G. W. Sederquist”, who was born in Lower Granville, Nova Scotia on 10 Sep. 1838, the grandson of the Loyalist John Sederquest and a nephew of James Sederquest. Fortunately, in writing his autobiography George included details of his ancestry. If you have information to share contact Diana by email

At times we go in the wrong direction because of some bit of family mythology, some other researcher's erroneous work, or perhaps mere wishful thinking. And again, too often, we forget just how mobile our ancestors were.  Even though they lacked automobiles, trains, highways, etc., they were still willing and capable to travel some great distances, even afoot. 
During the proceedings of Loyalist Commissioners in Halifax in 1786, evidence was given before Commissioner Dundas in the claim by Peter Stout, late of Middleton, in Monmouth County, New Jersey that  he walked from Beaver Harbour to New York last fall for his father's will. His children were at Beaver Harbour. John Horner had charge of one of them.

Mr. Kirkwood of England spent several years searching for information on the birthplace, siblings and parents of Charlotte Provan, the wife of Captain Peter Lithgow, who in 1856 was living in Liverpool, England. A letter of that year from her brother, gave his residence as Kingston, which was assumed was to be Kingston, Jamaica. But it was Kingston, New Brunswick. Never assume when doing genealogy.

The Rev. George Rogers, an Anglican Church minister, born circa 1830, was enumerated with his family in the 1871 census of Springfield Parish, Kings County. His first wife died in 1869 and he remarried in 1870. In 1876, he returned to England with his family. Pat Alnes of Norway spent many hours searching for his date of death but continually met a brick wall until she discovered he lived to be 98 and died  28 Feb.1928 at Weston-super-Mare, England.

A gentleman in France needed documentation as to the father of Peter Hamilton who lived in New Brunswick. It seemed all tracks had been swept away until the 1821 Power of Attorney from John Hamilton to his son Peter Hamilton was located in the Land Registry Office in Saint John which also gave the interesting information that, John Hamilton, late of the city of Saint John, Shipwright, was now residing at Portsea, County of Southampton, England.

For years, my husband has been on the trail of Joseph Cusack, who covered his footprints well. The Fall Issue of Generations, the publication of the New Brunswick Genealogical Society, published an article by Don MacGowan on Shipbuilding in Clifton which mentioned the Hornet being built there in 1834 by Joseph Cuack and James Oram.
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Ruby M. Cusack is a genealogy buff living in New Brunswick, Canada. Send your New Brunswick genealogical queries to her at:  Please put "Query" followed by the surnames in your query. For more information on submitting queries, visit
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