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Some Summer Events of 2006

Finally 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 nearby.

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
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

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 or by telephoning (506) 652-1551. Tables are free and are on a first come, first served basis.

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

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

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.


Query 1485
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, New
Brunswick, who married William Kindred of Saint John on 2 Oct 1834?
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Saskatoon, SK 
Canada, S7N 3Z1

Query 1486
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) in 1783.

Query 1487
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.
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Chase, BC
Canada, V0E 1M0
Phone (250) 679-3032
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New Brunswick for sale.

Ruby M. Cusack is a genealogy buff living in New Brunswick, Canada. Send your New Brunswick genealogical queries to her at:  Include your name and mailing address for the benefit of the readers of the newspaper who do not have access to E-mail but could have information to share with you. Please put "Query" followed by the surnames in your query. For more information on submitting queries, visit
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