The Young Emigrants and Craigs of
Cliff and I made our way home, we kept chasing our shadow and chanting
lines from a Robert Louis Stevenson poem, that we had memorized in
class. “I have a little shadow that goes in and out with me, and
what can be the use of him is more than I can see. He is very, very
like me, from the heels up to my head.”
Calvin Craig spent several years chasing the shadow of the first Craig
to settle along the Magaguadavic River, Pvt. John CRAIG, who had
served as a loyalist in the Royal Highland Emigrants under command of
Lt. Col. John Small. Thus it was fitting, Calvin chose to place on the
cover of his publication, “The Young
Emigrants and Craigs of the Magaguadavic”, the image of a kilted
highlander with his shadow falling over a map of the land Pvt. John
CRAIG was granted.
The first part of the book is the story of the 84th Regiment of Foot,
“Royal Highland Emigrants”, their hardships, accomplishments,
disappointments and victories, and how they proudly maintained the
British Military tradition with dedicated Scottish tenacity. Their
values helped shape the early settlement of Canada’s Atlantic
Provinces, Quebec, and Ontario, and as Loyalists assured the
continuance of the slogan “For King and Country”. They helped ensure
the security and safety for those who wished to live under the British
Crown in North America. Following the American War of Independence,
many of these kilted ex-soldiers became settlers, farmers, lumbermen
The second part of the book deals with the Craigs, who along with many
others, settled in rugged terrain and amidst harsh conditions along the
Magaguadavic River in southern New Brunswick, creating the communities
of St. George, Bonny River and Second Falls.
John Craig and his wife Sarah were probably pleased with their land
grant which had a good spring for water, soil that was sandy loam and
was free of rocks plus rich interval land. In 1802, a son, who they
named John Smith Craig was born to them, followed by Elizabeth, Joseph,
Sarah and Lydia. Sarah died as a young woman in 1825 followed by the
death of John in 1833.
John Smith Craig married Jemina Bell Ash in 1835, whose family was
originally from the Pembroke area of Maine. Upon his death in 1866, he
was survived by his wife, eleven children and two grandchildren.
Joseph Craig married, in 1837, Elizabeth Mingo, of Red Beach, Maine,
the daughter of Sea Captain George Mingo, and Polly Langille, of Nova
Scotia. They became the parents of ten children.
Elizabeth, Sarah and Lydia’s children bore the surnames of Wingarn,
Moreland and Williams.
Fifty-four pages of the publication hold detailed information on seven
generations of descendants of John and Sarah Craig.
Calvin L. Craig is one of the sixth generation to live on the original
1797 Craig Land Grant under the shadow of the kilted forefather. His
2005, 251 page compilation of “The
Young Emigrants and Craigs of Magaguadavic” provides detailed
information on many of the descendants of the past and present.
The book can be viewed at several libraries and museums. It can be
purchased from C. L. Craig, 1104 Rte. 770, Bonny River, NB., Canada,
E5C 1E1. Phone 506-755-6800. Email email@example.com. Cost
including postage is $20.00
- Gillies - Price - McCready - Guiou: Martha Jane Freeze,
born 14 February 1858, daughter of George Allen Freeze and Almina
McCready of Belleisle Creek, Springfield Parish, Kings Co., New
Brunswick married on 11 October 1877 to Lemuel Gillies, a son of Jacob
Gillies and Susannah Guiou, of Springfield Parish. Lemuel died in 1890
leaving Martha Jane with two sons, George Freeze and Almon McCready
Gillies. On 18 May 1893, Martha Jane married Brunswick Price of
Springfield Parish. She died in 1934, he in 1938. Searching for
pictures of Martha Jane.
BARBARA F. PEARSON
476 Pearsonville Road
Seeking information on Stillman Hill, born 1874 in New Brunswick,
15285 Charmeran Ave
San Jose, CA
- Lordly - Palmer - Slocum - Lyman: Emma Ayling Doherty,
daughter of John Henry Doherty and Eliza Ann Lyman, married Oliver A.
Lordly. Their children were Murial Wenonah (1894) and Kenneth Ayling
(1897). Murial Wenonah Lordly married Otty Laurence Slocum in Saint
John on 8 March 1916. Also, can anyone provide information on John
Henry Doherty born 1828 in Donegal, Ireland and died at age 85 in 1913
in South Bay, New Brunswick and his siblings who may have been brought
up by the Palmer family of Queens County.
MAXINE PAUL DOHERTY
19 Beach Road
Ocean City, New Jersey
William Currie may have come from Wooler, Northumberland, England in
1836 to Stanley, New Brunswick. He died in 1872. I seek the name of the
ship he came on and his
place of birth.
14 Gables Court
Canada, R2C 4H2
- Day - O’Dea - Flynn: William Wallace and Elizabeth Day /
O'Dea married 5 November 1871, in possibly Carleton County, New
Brunswick, Canada. Elizabeth's parents were Timothy Day / O'Dea and
Mary Flynn from County Clare, Ireland, who married in Boston,
Mssachusetts circa 1842. Would like information on parents, siblings or
other relatives for all families.
A3 Grandview Drive
South Burlington, VT
- Wolhaupter: Catherine Phoebe Bremner was the widow
of Benjamin Wolhaupter who was the Sheriff of York County in New
Brunswick. Need information on his siblings and ancestors.
3313 - 42nd Avenue,
Red Deer, AB
Canada, T4N 2Y7
Fax: (403) 358 3610
Reuben and Mary Williams, Loyalists, came to Parrtown in 1783. Reunen
was from Westchester Co., New York and was a member of Col. Delancy's
Regiment of Voluntary Cavalry under Major Berrymore. He lost his right
hand by cannon fire. He died in Gagetown after 1805. His son William
was born circa 1783 in Parrtown (Saint John). Looking for dates of
death andtombstones of Reuben and Mary; also record of birth of son
William and other children who may have been Tammy and Reuben.
1728 Naudain St.
- Carson: I am seeking information and photos of Alan and
Hannah Sophia (Allaby) Carson and their children who lived in the Salt
Springs area of Kings County, New Brunswick in the early 1900s.
6 Raynes Lane
- Trueman. Seeking information on a Ladies Seminary in
Saint John in 1850s headed by William L. Trueman and wife Caroline.
They formerly had a school in Sackville area that my (elusive) great-
great-grandmother Maria Fowler attended.
EVA SPRAGUE HADDIX
PO Box 53
- Rider - Wilkins: Jerusha Churchill, daughter of
Nathaniel Churchill and Betsy Rider married Wilkins (First name
unknown). They had Bonita (1804), John (1806), Susan (1808) and
Lucinda (1810). I would like to get information on Mr. Wilkins who
possibly came from Fredericton.
#193 53222 RR 272
Spruce Grove, AB
Canada, T7X 3N7