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"Unsettled Times: Connections Between Home & Overseas"
Queens County Museum, Gagetown, New Brunswick

hen we arrived at Grampy’s, we found him in the kitchen, talking to Uncle Charlie, who a few minutes earlier had stepped off the bus at the foot of the driveway.  Although he now lived in town, he brought lots of news of his home village of Gagetown and the surrounding area. Gradually the conversation turned to the days of years gone by - the friends who had left this earth, the doctors who attended the medical needs, the river boats and the boys who went to war.

    Speaking of the boys who went to war, they are being remembered this summer at the Queens County Courthouse Museum at 16 Court House Road in Gagetown, with an exhibition called "Unsettled Times: Connections Between Home & Overseas".

    War in the history books is about politics and land hunger, ambition and economics, generals, battles, victories and defeats. War in Queens County is a Story of People: of valor, service, adventure, hardships, and personal loss. They came from farms, and from villages and towns, young men mostly, and they came for several different reasons.  Some came for the excitement of change, some for love of King and Country, and some to escape poverty.
    Initially they came proudly and left in high spirits, while mothers sighed, flags flew, bands played and the girls cried.  They went from Welsford and Chipman, from Hampstead and Coles Island, and everywhere in between. It was not the glorious adventure they anticipated. Sadly, some failed to come back, and for those who did, life was never the same again.
    Those left behind at home - mothers, wives, sweethearts, children - thought of their soldiers, sailors and airmen everyday.  They sent letters and parcels, prayers, cards and good wishes. And those at Home also contributed to the War Effort in thousands of ways. These are the stories of those who went and of those left behind, and of the many connections between them. The stories are being told now while there are some who still remember.
    This exhibition about both World Wars will be running until September 18,  2005.
    The Queens County Courthouse Museum is an 1836 Provincial Historic Site and has been the seat of County Justice and Administration for over 125 years. It is also a research center for those researching Queens County history and genealogy.

    In Gagetown you will also find the Tilley House Museum on 69 Front Street, a 1786
National Historic Site and the birthplace of Sir Samuel Leonard Tilley, a New Brunswick Father. of Confederation. Here you will find, many pieces of Tilley memorabilia, Loyalist and Victorian furniture, glass, china, art, textiles, agricultural equipment, children's articles, a schoolroom, and an early doctor's office.

    If you have roots in Queens County or are just interested in history, I suggest you plan a visit to this picturesque village on the bank of the St. John River, where the two museums are open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. until September 18.

    The Museum website is at


Query 1319
Sherwod: Researching Adaiah Sherwood (1768-1851) of New York and Washington County, VA.  No mention of father or mother in Bible record. He is possibly the son of New York Loyalist, Adiah Sherwood (brother of Andrew, Justus and Jonathan) who came to Saint John in 1783.
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Query 1320
Phillips - Ryder - Rider - Goldsmith: I am seeking information on David Phillips of Dungiven, Ireland, immigrated  to Queens County, became a teacher. Phillipstown was named for him.  His tombstone in the Coles Island Baptist Church Cemetery notes he was born in 1794 and died 6 Feb.1873. He married Elizabeth Ryder / Rider, born 19 Mar. 1804 died 27 Dec.1888, the daughter of Ann Goldsmith (I know little about her) and Ebenezer Rider who immigrated from Cape Cod to Queens County.

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