Some Summer Events of 2006
the school year was ending and we were celebrating with a June Closing
program and a picnic. Many former grown-up scholars of the school
returned for this yearly event and even joined the younger generation
in games. I enjoyed watching the women do the relay with an uncooked
egg on a spoon.
One of the older ladies, who had taught school in her day, asked me
what my plans were for the summer. When I replied, “Nothing!” she
started to lecture me on all the possible things I could do to improve
my marks for next year.
Few Family Tree hunters think “doing nothing” for the summer is an
option. They will be spending days visiting museums, hours tramping
through cemeteries, searching for the tombstone of that elusive
relative and more hours trying to locate the remains of a cellar of the
first house the family built, which has now been overgrown by bushes,
with the only reminder being some orange lilies or wild roses growing
For those with roots in Kings County, particularly in the parishes of
Upham and Hampton, the Kings County Historical & Archival Society
will hold a Genealogical Workshop and Ghost Walk on Thursday, July
6. The Workshop will be held from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. at the "Green
Barn" located at Janet Kilpatrick's at 266 Titusville Road, Titusville.
The Ghost Walk will start at 7:30 p.m. at St. Peter’s Anglican Church,
2168 Route 820, Upham, with musical entertainment by Harry and Lois
Beyea. For information and directions, phone (506) 832-7740 or
(506) 832-6009 or E-mail email@example.com.
Furthermore for those with the Kings County connections, I suggest you
plan a day’s visit to the Kings County Museum in Hampton. The main
display area has a collection of beautiful crystal, pictures,
furniture, guns, a 150 piece bell collection, a broad assortment of
textiles ranging from clothing to quilts and many other items.
One of the Museum's greatest treasures is the "Confederation
Quilt" made from the cuttings of dresses worn by the ladies to
the balls and galas of the Confederation Conference, Prince Edward
Island. There are three other rooms, including the vault where
historical records, more than 586 partial genealogies, 107 community
histories, 142 cemeteries lists, microfilm of many Kings County
records, the 1862 Walling Map of Kings and Saint John Counties, and
other valuable artifacts are kept. A special exhibit "Nineteenth
Century Transfer Printed Wares" will run from June 15 to September
29. The museum website is http://personal.nbnet.nb.ca/kingscm.
The Saint John Branch of the New Brunswick Genealogical Society will be
holding a Genealogical Fair on Sept. 16, 2006 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00
p.m. at Millidgeville North School, Boar's Head Road, Saint John.
Anyone interested in participating in the fair may reserve a table by
contacting Joan Pearce by email firstname.lastname@example.org. or by telephoning
(506) 652-1551. Tables are free and are on a first come, first served
For those with Acadian roots or if you are seeking to learn about the
lives of the Acadians between 1770 to 1890, the Acadian Historic
Village at Caraquet is an interesting place to visit. Website is www.villagehistoriqueacadien.com.
You will find over 70 historic buildings, complete with artifacts,
furniture, tools and equipment at Kings Landing. The history is real,
and the stories you hear are true. On July 15 and 16, the “Paupers
Auction” will be presented. It is the story of how a New
Brunswick community came up with a controversial solution to the
problem of caring for its poor and disadvantaged citizens. They would
auction them off to those who would accept the least amount of tax
money. George Francis Train, a Yankee moral crusader, attacked the
auctions as immoral and cruel. Join in his crusade to save the
disadvantaged at the Paupers Auction, recreated with startling realism.
The Kings Landing website is http://www.kingslanding.nb.ca/.
I hope you enjoy the opportunities this summer to take a ‘look back’ to
learn about the way of life of your ancestors in New Brunswick.
Reid - Scribner - Kindred:
Are there any descendants of the marriage between Olive Reid, born 02
Oct 1815 (daughter of James Reid and Olive Scribner Reid) of Westfield,
Brunswick, who married William Kindred of Saint John on 2 Oct 1834?
608-611 University Drive
Canada, S7N 3Z1
Ship Thetis - Stults: I
am looking for information on the ship ‘Thetis’on which my ancestor
Henry Stults and wife Elizabeth arrived at Fort Cumberland (Beausejour)
Spragg - Drake: Elijah
Spragg, son of Capt. Thomas Spragg, married Elizabeth Drake (1771-1821)
and they had 5 sons and 3 daughters. She is buried in Bayview Cemetery,
Hatfield's Point. I would like information on her antecedents.
ELIZABETH DRAKE McDONALD
PO Box 857 / 313 Shuswap Ave.
Canada, V0E 1M0
Phone (250) 679-3032