A Miscellany of Book Titles
Willie McAllister with boys on a horse drawn hay rake
at Salina, Kings County, NB circa 1920
The way Gram
was going on, you would think Gramp was going to die of thirst while he
was mowing the field along the brook on this very hot summer day.
Cliff and I put the glass gallon jug that was filled to the brim with an
oatmeal drink, a wooden stirring spoon and a tin cup wrapped in brown
paper in the pail that we would use to get the horses a drink.
Gram gave her usual warning to not go near the sickle mowing machine with its six-foot cutting bar while the horses were moving.
Once we reached the brook, we filled the pail with water and sat down
under some bushes to wait as Gramp was at the far end of the meadow.
As he was just about to us, he stopped the horses and got off the mower
and seemed to be looking at something small in the grass. Then he
beckoned for us to come to him.
To our surprise we saw a turtle.
Since this was our first close up look at one, we had lots of questions.
Gramp thought it was probably a Wood Turtle that hung around brooks. If
it were taken away, it would find its way back as it had great homing
Since they don’t start a family until they are about ten years old, he
was careful to give the turtles a chance to reach maturity.
When I asked if I could put it in the pail and take it home, I received
quite a lecture about letting this turtle live in its own habitat.
We watched as it slowly made its way across the field, safe from the cutter bar of the mower.
Gramp grumbled, he had wasted enough time teaching us a miscellany of things and needed to get back to mowing.
I asked Cliff, “Is a miscellany a kind of a reptile?” He just shrugged his shoulders.
Looking at a bookshelf, one can see a miscellany of topics to read
about. In fact one book I found had a very interesting title - “A Maritimer’s Miscellany”
fascinating Facts About Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward
Island. I was interested in finding out that in 2006, Shirley Cameron of
Sherbrooke, Nova Scotia donated a thirty-nine hectare section of
watershed land along the St. Mary’s River to the Nova Scotia Nature
Trust as home to wood turtles.
Canadian Blood, American Soil
- The story of Canada's contribution to the American Civil War by Jim
Cougle tells of the approximately 50,000 Canadian men (400 women) who
served in the ACW, their reasons for enlisting, and a discussion of
public opinion concerning the war. In accordance with British foreign
policy regarding the war, Canada was officially neutral. However, this
did not prevent individual Canadians from supporting one side or the
Aurora Borealis - A History of the Reformed Presbyterian Church in Canada (Covenanter) 1820 - 1967
by Robert M. More, Jr. was compiled October 7, 1967. It lists the 106
congregations, mission stations, and resident groups. It contains very
detailed information on the Covenanter History and the entire movement
in Canada, such as Mr. Clarke's first sermon in Shemoque was delivered
in the barn of William Anderson in 1828. Rev. James Reid Lawson was born
May 23, 1820 in Rathfriland, Ireland.
Heritage Headlines -A 200 Year News History From Saint John (New Brunswick, Canada)
by Jim Freeman and Gene Sullivan (1984) has pages reprinted from newspapers.
Thursday, September 23, 1784, Thomas Mullin advertises he has opened a Tavern.
Monday, May 20, 1805, Stephen Humbert selling cargo of the schooner Sally.
Saturday, December 14, 1901, Rockwood Park, including a General Plan.
The Evening Times Globe September 26, 1975, Bricklin Plant Door Locked.
There are only 8 pages in the 1967 booklet, The Dorchester Keillors by Lloyd A. Machum with those pages being filled with genealogical information.
Central Blissville - A Brief Historical Sketch
compiled by Herbert Richardson in 1984 is a real find for the person
researching this area as it is filled with lots of names and
descriptions and ownership of buildings and property. It includes a
Train Tragedy as told by Stephen Shaw a Brakeman on that train in 1885.
The Battle of the Restigouche.
The Last Naval Engagement between France and Britain for the Possession
of Canada has a copy of the letter from the Captain, the Hon John
Byron, R.N., on board H. M. S. Bay of Chaleurs, 11 July, 1760
Wilsons of Upper Miramichi
- Descendants of John Wilson of Scotland by James R Wilson (1994). The
story of John Wilson, who settled on the Miramichi River in New
Brunswick around 1800, and his descendants. Narrated by descendant James
R. Wilson, an internationally-known harpsichordist and professor
emeritus of Rutgers University.
A search online of the catalogue of the New Brunswick Public Library Service using New Brunswick Genealogy in the subject box at http://vision.bibliocommons.com/ gave me more than 900 titles of books.
Some books about New Brunswick are big and thick while others are very
small. They cover many topics but all hold pages filled with fascinating
information for the researcher.
Symes - Brown - Brooks:
Robert Symes came to Australia, and his brother James Grant Symes
travelled to Kent Co., New Brunswick, Canada – the remaining siblings
remained in Scotland. I would like to make contact with the compiler
of "Symes & Brown: A little of the past" who lives in Saint
John, as her publication may give me more information on my Canadian
relatives. Any information on the Symes family of Kent County, NB would
Contact Penelope Symes, Australia by email email@example.com
Kitchen - Estey:
Can anyone give me the exact location in Jacksontown, New Brunswick of
the Henry and William Spurr Kitchen farms, as well as the one of William