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“What do you want for Christmas?” was the question of the month.

But no one ever listened to me when I kept saying the only presents I really wanted were books. I was certain that my request didn’t matter as the adults thought mittens, scarves, sweaters and warm clothes were far more practical choices.

Even Aunt Ethel paid little attention when I told her how much I wanted H. A. Cody’s “Jess of the Rebel Trail” and Lucy Montgomery’s, “Rilla of Ingleside”. 

With today’s technologies, I am able to read many books online without even having a copy of the book. This was but a dream when I was young.

On Project Gutenberg at, I can read not only “Jess of the Rebel Trail” but five other Cody books as well as several of the Montgomery books.

When I searched for “New Brunswick”, I came across

Lady Rosamond's Secret” -  A Romance of Fredericton and “Marguerite Verne” by Rebecca Agatha Armour (1878), 

Sketches and Tales Illustrative of Life in the Backwoods of New Brunswick”, and

Chignecto Isthmus - First Settlers” by Howard Trueman (1902),

When I went to  and clicked on New Brunswick on the map of Canada for local histories, I certainly burnt the midnight oil, in fact, days went by while the dishes stayed in the sink and the dust collected.

I found 48 interesting books such as:

An Account of the River St. John, with its Tributary Rivers and Lakes” (1841) by Edmund Ward,

The Black River Road Tragedy with full reports of the coroner's inquest and the trial of John A. Munro for the murder of Sarah Margaret Vail and Ella May Munroe (1869),

Centennial prize essay on the history of the city and county of St. John” (1883) by D. R. Jack,

Foot-prints or Incidents in early history of New Brunswick” (1883) by Joseph Wilson Lawrence,

History of the Islands and Islets in the Bay of Fundy, Charlotte County, New Brunswick” (1876) by John Gordon Lorimer,

The immigration and settlement of the black refugees of the War of 1812 in Nova Scotia and New Brunswick” (1990) by John N. Grant,

 “Kingston and the Loyalists of the Spring Fleet of 1783"  by Walter Bates,

The Life and Times of Sir Leonard Tilley” (1897) by James Hannay,

 “The Old Meductic Fort and the Indian Chapel of Saint Jean Baptiste” (1897) by W. O. Raymond,

Prospectus of New Kincardineshire Colony of New Brunswick” (1872) by William Brown, and lots of other titles.

At Early Canadiana Online  you will find more books to read such as “Nine years a captive - the experience of John Gyles among the Malicite Indians, from 1689 to 1698" by James Hannay published in 1875 and “A Narrative of the Life and Christian Experience of Mrs. Mary Bradley of Saint John, New Brunswick” (1849) by Mary Bradley.

By the way, on Wednesday, November 29, 2006 the Saint John Branch of the New Brunswick Genealogical Society will be holding a meeting at 7:30 p.m. in the Lion’s Den, Loch Lomond Villa with the annual book sale and Christmas Party.

Query 1522
McLeod - Hovey - Pond: John McLeod was born in Scotland, died 1821 in Ludlow, New Brunswick, married in1801 to Susannah Hovey, who was born in1793 in Gagetown. Susannah remarried 1823 to Able Pond. I'm looking for information that would document where John was born and the names of his parents. He was granted land for his service in the 42nd Royal Regiment of Foot.
30 Titan Lane, Greenville
New Hampshire, USA, 03048

Query 1523
Cotton Mill - Geary: I am seeking information on the owners, years of operation, stories, names of employees and documents on the first cotton mill in New Brunswick which was on the Rockwell Stream in Geary.
62 Hawkwood Blvd., N.W.
Calgary, AB  
Canada, T3G 2R9

Query 1524
McAllister - Matchett: I am researching the McAllister and Matchett families from the Northwest Miramichi of Northumberland County, New Brunswick. I am willing to share and compare with others who are researching names in this area.
10 Wildwood Street
St. Stephen, NB
Canada, E3L 2Z7

Query 1525
Price - Ryder: Mordecai Price born circa 1830 married Rachel Charlotte Ryder in Havelock on 16 Nov 1857. I am interested in finding out Mordecai's birthdate, date of death, and place of burial.

Query 1526
Missing Tombstones: In 1956 my family moved to  Fawcett Hill, Westmorland County. The previous owners had plowed over a cemetery, placing the tombstones in a neighbour’s barn. The farm was made of  up of 4 smaller farms with possible surnames of Fawcett, Gordon or Murray. Any information appreciated. 
153 Berkley Drive, New Maryland
NB, Canada, E3C 1C2 

Query 1527
Green - Mathews. Who was the father of Lucy Green who married Joseph Mathews at Saint John on 15 Jan 1861 at the Roman Catholic Cathedral?
8340 Meadow Lakes Drive
Charlotte, NC

Query 1528
Brown - McLean: George W. Brown married Almina McLean and they resided in Ashland, Carleton County and in Houlton, Maine. The names of three of their children were, Josephine Brown, born 1894, died 30 Jun 1936 buried in Brighton, Carleton County, Clarabelle Brown born 1901 and Benjamin Franklin Brown, who was born 10 Mar 1898. What are the names of the other children. Who were the parents of George and Almina?
529 Lakeside Road
Smithtown, NB
Canada, E5N 8A5

Telegraph Journal Has Made Changes

I have been advised by the Editor of the “Magazine” section of the Telegraph Journal that Nov. 28 , 2006 (today's column) will be the last weekly column and in future the column will be published only once a month, commencing on Saturday,  Dec. 16, 2006

I would like to thank all the readers for the support given to me over the last nine years with the contribution of more than fifteen hundred queries for the weekly columns.

All your kind words have been much appreciated.

New and Used Genealogical and Historical books of
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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