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Every year as Christmas approached it caused the same stir in our household - something that had been ordered from the catalogue would not arrive. This year Mum was all upset about the blue cashmere sweater she ordered for Gram. It had been substituted for a bright red one. To add to her worries, Cliff had asked for a windup bulldozer and the card had come in today's mail advising it was a sold-out item.

Things have not changed much over the years. I still get into a stew about a gift I cannot find.

For those who have family history researchers on their list, finding the right present can be a real challenge as the countdown gets into full swing. If this is the case with you, give some thought to giving a membership in the New Brunswick Genealogical Society (, It includes four issues of their publication called Generations. Or buy a membership in one of the historical societies within New Brunswick. Each sends out an interesting newsletter.

If the researcher has connections to the United States, a membership in the New England Historic Genealogical Society ( will give access to many databases.

If you visit the website ( of the Saint John Branch of the New Brunswick Genealogical Society, you will find some interesting current publications compiled by the society and a list of books for sale by the members.

Anthony Flower 1792-1875 by Laurie Glenn Norris & Ann Catherine Lowe can be purchased from the Lord Beaverbrook Art Gallery Gift Shop in Fredericton and the New Brunswick Museum Gift Shop in Saint John.

A book on the Thorne Family by Richard Thorne is hot off the press. Essentially, it is a six-generation family history of the ancestors and descendants of Melancthon and Hannah (Butler) Thorne who were Loyalist refugees to New Brunswick in 1783. Melancthon Thorne with his wife Hannah, their two infant sons, Richard and Thomas, and his father-in-law, Michael Butler, brought with them the Bible the young married couple had purchased in New York.

They settled in New Jerusalem, in back of Westfield, but never got title to their land. They brought their seven children and this Bible with them further into the wilderness and had the faith to join with their fellow colonists and called the next settlement New Canaan. Later, seeking better land for all of their sons, they moved back down the Canaan River to Codys or what was then called Thornetown.

This book is a study of their descendants primarily in the areas of the Washademoak Lake, New Canaan, Havelock, Moncton, Sussex and Saint John.

There are as many from the Perry family in the book as there are Thornes. Other names covered extensively include Worden, Patterson, Hetherington, Keith, Keirstead, Kincade, Clark, Alward, Dunham and Noddin.

There are numerous photographs and anecdotal stories of several of the more colourful family characters who got talked about around the kitchen stove or on the "liar's bench" at the village store. The early ancestors also have a small biography attached to them.

The Ancestors and Descendents of Melancthon and Hannah Thorne can be ordered from Richard Thorne at

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By the way, there are several New Brunswick Historical and Genealogical books available at

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Query 1586: Carmichael: John Carmichael immigrated from Little Dunkeld, Perthshire, Scotland in 1817. Living in Waterborough, Queens County at time of marriage to Janet McIntosh in 1819. Received land grant in Springfield, Kings County. By 1851, living in Carleton County. Interested in others who may have immigrated with John and any children who did not move to Carleton County.
Sandra Bourque
NSW Australia

Query 1587: Rankin - MacMillan - Robertson - Raymond - Sweezey - Harding: Looking for anyone who may have knowledge of Donald Rankin who arrived on the Kouchibouquac River, circa 1820, with his brother Colin and their families. They were born in Scotland and came, I believe, to Nova Scotia with their father John in 1803. From oral history I have been told Donald's wife was Catherine MacMillan. Colin married Mary Robertson, a sister to Nancy Robertson who was Washington Raymond's wife. Donald and Catherine had three children who survived to be adults, Jessie (married Aaron Sweezey), Mary (have not been able to find) and Alexander (born 1820, married Lydia Louise Harding) and came to Prince Edward Island.
Dick Rankin

Query 1588: Underwood - Field: All family records tell me that Ann Underwood, born 1797, married George Field in Kingston, N.B., circa 1818. Her mother was a Canadian and her father from the United States. Seeking to find the name of their parents.
Jean Brooks
Maine, USA

Query 1589: Tilley - Gove - Fairweather - Hallett - Townsend - Jackson - Treadwell - Peck: I am looking for any descriptive information on the families of 1) Elizabeth Tilley, 1789-1866, married to Jeremiah Gove, 1786-1869, of Queens County. 2) Samuel Fairweather, 1765-1829, married Lydia Hallett, 1783-1864, of Kings County. 3) John Townsend, 1781-1846, married Elizabeth Jackson, 1786-1848, of Charlotte County. 4) Reuben Treadwell, 1782-1819, married Alpha Peck, 1795-1875, of Queens County.
James Gove Oborne
Winnipeg, MB,

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Ruby M. Cusack is a genealogy buff living in New Brunswick, Canada. Send your New Brunswick genealogical queries to her at:  Please put "Query" followed by the surnames in your query as the subject. For more information on submitting queries, visit

Ruby contributes a "Family History" column to the Telegraph-Journal on the third Saturday of the month.
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