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Charlotte Taylor -  Tabusintac

Cliff and I listened to the stories of yesteryear that Dad and George hashed over. They ranged from working in the lumber camps to ploughing a straight furrow for the fields of buckwheat.

George told of incidents in the life of his grandmother who as a young woman had been left a widow with several children. She took over running the farm and kept the family together.

Twice in the 1780s, and again in 1804, circumstances forced Charlotte Taylor to assume full responsibility for the support of her family.

I found out about Carlotte by reading, Kimberley A. Branch’s essay, “Charlotte: Mother of Tabusintac” and from Mary Lynn Smith’s website “Charlotte Taylor - Her Life and Times” at

Taking charge of her life was not a new venture for this lady who was born in England, fell in love with a fellow who did not meet her family’s approval, took off for the West Indies, coped with the death of her lover, made land at Miscou Island in New Brunswick - possibly with a babe in arms, married Captain John Blake by 1777 and  relocated to Black Brook on the Miramichi River, where three children were born.

Captain Blake’s death occurred before March of 1785 as at that date, a group of Pre-Loyalist 'old settlers' sent John Mark Crank Delesdernier to Fredericton to present a case for them in requesting that their names be kept in the Land Register. The 'old settlers' who signed this petition were: Alexander Henderson, John Murdoch, Martin Lyons, John Toshen and John Fishgerral, John Malcolm, and Widdow Blake. The Petition stated that Charlotte had 4 children and 1 servant living with her, for a total of six in the household

The 1785 Daniel Micheau Survey clearly showed that the Widow Blake had possession of Lots 8 and 9. Due to the creation of the Province of New Brunswick in 1784 these lands that were originally licensed in Halifax, Nova Scotia had to be registered under the new governing body in New Brunswick.

It is widely believed that she married William Wishart soon after the death of John Blake, but for reasons unknown, did not legally take his name. A child, William Wishart, was born of their union.

On September 11, 1787, Charlotte married Philip Hierlihy and they had five children. In 1798 the Hierlihy family settled further north on the Tabusintac River.

By 1804, Charlotte was once again a widow, with young children. She lived in Tabusintac, surrounded by her family, until her death, 37 years later, on April 25, 1841.

The essay,  “Charlotte: Mother of Tabusintac” by Kimberley A. Branch can be viewed at the Legislative Library, Fredericton and at the Newcastle Library.

Mary Lynn Smith, a descendant of Charlotte compiled a comprehensive history, titled “Charlotte Taylor Her Life and Times” from her birth in England to her death in Tabusintac and placed it on her website at

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Query 1338
Gorman: In the Census for 1901, Mrs. Mary (Joseph) Gorman is listed with her two sons in Milltown, New Brunswick  David was born in Prince Edward Island in 1872, and Frederick P. was born in New Brunswick in 1878.  Is there any record of Joseph’s death in 1893 and his burial in the Milltown cemetery?  Is there a church there associated with the cemetery? Are there any descendants who can share information?
43 Charles St.,
Amherst, NS
Canada, B4H 3P9

Query 1339
Ketch - Keech: Seeking documentation on the name of the wife of John Ketch, a Loyalist.
35 South Margaretta Street
Schuylkill Haven, PA.
17972, USA

Query 1340
Tilton - White: Was Deborah Tilton, who was born in 1752, and married to William White,  the daughter of Clayton Tilton?
14 Isiah Drive
Miramichi, NB
Canada, E1N 3Y5

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