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Picture - Haying on the Bustard Farm in Mechanic Settlement or Portage Vale about 1939 with a team of horses and a Cockshutt 2 Hay Loader. Contributed by Barbara Pearson.

Generations is published quarterly
and is distributed to all members

of the New Brunswick Genealogical Society

I had no idea what a Rummage Sale was when Aunt Ethel told us she was helping to organize one.

Best of all, she would have a surprise or two for me when she came out to visit next weekend. I was hoping it would be some books.

Mum told her to be on the look out for bottles with the wire hold down tops as preserving time was fast approaching.

Gram said she could use some cotton material for quilt blocks.

The more I thought about a Rummage Sale, the more confused I became.

On the following Saturday we heard a car horn tooting. Upon looking out the pantry window we saw Aunt Ethel’s car.

She explained that the Rummage Sale had been cancelled due to a leaking pipe.

She understood my love to read and had stopped at a Book Store and bought a book for me, titled “The Adventures of Paddy the Beaver”.

Family researchers are fascinated with books that are filled with genealogical information. In fact they are always looking for ones they don’t have.

Generations - the Journal of the New Brunswick Genealogical Society for Summer 2018 has listed more than one hundred publications by the NBGS and Branch Members which can be purchased from the authors.

By the way, Generations is published quarterly and is distributed to all members of the New Brunswick Genealogical Society.

is made up almost entirely of articles contributed by members and the Society encourages submissions that deal with genealogy and family history.

If you are wondering what else is in this issue of Generations of 66 pages, I’ll pull back the curtain and let you peak through the window.

Who were Catherine (Dee) Hitchcock’s Parents?  A Fresh Look by Mori Hillman. Same Facts for Richard’s, William’s, and Anna/Hannah’s parents, but Richard’s and Anna/Hannah’s parents are known to be Nicholas and Rebecca Yeomans. What was said about Catherine’s parents can be said about the parents of three  other individuals who are strong candidates to be her siblings.

Whatever became of Josephine Kelley of Bull Lake?  Submitted by Franklin Luke Lawson.
According to the 1901 Census of Canada, Josephine Kelley was the daughter of Benjamin and Alice Kelley and had been born 24 December 1890. At the time of the Census she was living with her parents and an older brother, Otis Kelley, at Bull Lake, Southampton Parish, York County, New Brunswick. Various Teachers’ Records and Trustees’ Reports document her attendance at the school at Bull Lake from 1895-1903. Extensive research found no additional information on the life of Josephine Kelley beyond age 13; no record of her marriage, no record of her death, no gravestone inscription. So, whatever became of Josephine Kelley of Bull Lake?    

 Diaries of Tredway Thomas Odber Miles (part 12)  July 5th, 1852 - Stephen Carman & wife to breakfast - they go on to town with my horse & waggon. Ann goes to Betsy’s with Odber, who goes to the Courthouse  on a charge of beating Geo. T. Hardings son John.

Will of Rev. John Urquhart contributed by David Fraser. This will was found in the Northumberland County Deed Registry Books, Book. No. 12.

Descendants of Thomas and Elizabeth Green, Part 4 by Stanley Corey of Green Valley, AZ, 1991 - Edited and contributed by George H. Hayward.

Salt Springs Community Cemetery, Kings Co, NB, Part 7 by Barbara Pearson and Art DeWolfe
has articles in seven issues with more to come.

The Brothers D'Amours  - The First Settlers on the Saint John River. From “The New Brunswick Magazine” - Contributed by George H. Hayward.

Bull Lake Settlers: Children of George Alexander Lawson and Annie J. (Hoyt) Lawson.
Submitted by Franklin Luke Lawson.

Some Early New Brunswick Marriage Records contributed by David Fraser. These records are from volume 10 of the Northumberland  County  Deed  Registry books. (The  (X)  denotes  that  the  bride,  groom,  and  witnesses  signed with their mark).

Christmas As It Was - From “The New Brunswick Magazine”  - Saint John, NB, Vol. 1, 1898, pg. 351 By Clarence Ward. Contributed by George H. Hayward.

The Inquest into the Death of Mary (Lawson) Jones submitted by Franklin Luke Lawson.
Mary Jones (c. 1827-1877) was the only daughter of Alexander Lawson (c.1795-1863)  of  Dumfriesshire,  Scotland  and Deborah Kelly (c. 1796-1874) of Prince William.

The New Brunswick Genealogical Society is pleased to make the Summer 2018 issue of Generations, their quarterly magazine, available to visitors until the middle of September 2018.  This will provide a sense of the wealth of genealogical information contained in each issue of our magazine.  Click  to view the magazine.

A membership in the New Brunswick Genealogical Society will give you access to Generations from 1979 until 2018 - as well as several databases. Membership Enrolment Form is available at or

P.S. - I have been a member of the
New Brunswick Genealogical Society for many years and have looked forward to the arrival of Generations with great anticipation.  I have learned much from the publications. I hope you will take the time to read the Summer 2018 issue of Generations that is available online until the middle of September of 2018. Take a look at the databases that are free to the public at .

Hopefully you will be so impressed you will take a membership in the NBGS.

Since 1979 many members have volunteered hours of their time to make this such a successful project

Ruby M Cusack

Column-Ruby Cusack-Escapade-Saturday, July 21, 2018

Subject - Finding Information on Tombstones by doing a word search on “Vital Statistics from New Brunswick Newspapers” by Daniel Johnson on the Provincial Archives of New Brunswick website.

Column Date - July 21, 2018

Picture - A tombstone in a New Brunswick Burial Ground that looks to be granite but is made of metal.


By the amount of food that had been packed into the ice chest in the trunk, one would think Aunt Ethel was taking us on a trip to the States instead of having a picnic lunch while taking Gram to visit cemeteries where some of her relatives and friends were buried.

I was to sit in the front seat in the middle which wasn’t very comfortable. Poor Cliff was squeezed into the back seat with the three adult ladies.

Since Gram was lame and needed to use a cane while walking over the rough terrain and through the bushes, I was to hold on to her. This was in the days before the gasoline lawn mowers so cleaning up the cemetery meant using a bush scythe and leaving about five inches of sharp bushes sticking up.

We had visited six cemeteries before it was decided we should find a shady spot to spread a tablecloth on the ground and eat the picnic lunch.

When we pulled into the cemetery, I noticed a truck parked at the other side. Once I had finished some sandwiches, I picked up three of Aunt Sadie’s freshly made and sugared doughnuts and went to see what the men were doing.

The truck was from a Monument Company and a beautiful black granite tombstone was being installed. It was like no other one that I had ever seen.

Just as the men were getting ready to get it on the base, I heard a horn tooting and knew I was being summoned.

At the supper table, I was telling all about this beautiful tombstone which did not seem to be interesting anyone. Finally Dad looked at me and said, “Maybe you could get a newspaper to make it part of the news.” This caused a snicker to go around the table.

Little did he know that items about tombstones were published in the newspapers in the past.

Too bad, Dad wasn’t still around to watch me do a word search on “Vital Statistics from New Brunswick Newspapers” by Daniel Johnson on the Provincial Archives of New Brunswick website and see the many references to tombstones.

September 15, 1894 - Saint John - The Daily Sun: At St. Andrews on Sept. 12 - A monument consisting of a grey granite base and a black granite pedestal and shaft, altogether 12 feet high, made from stone quarried at Gibson Stuart and Hanson's quarry, Bocabec, has been erected in the Rural Cemetery in memory of Claude M. Lamb and his wife Annie Stevenson. The monument was manufactured and polished by Douglass Bros. of St. Stephen and is the first made from Bocabec granite.

November 29, 1895 - Saint John - The Daily Telegraph: A monument was erected in the Rural (Fernhill) Cemetery a day or two ago. It is of Italian marble with a granite base and about 11 feet high and contains some six tons of stone. The base is 4 feet 9 inches square. The body of the monument is surmounted by a heavily carved cap and urn. The stone marks the grave of the late Wm. S. Green of the firm Dearborn & Co. The design is by H.H. Mott and the carving and workmanship are by John S. Seaton.

April 2, 1896 - Fredericton - The Gleaner: John Moore, the marble worker, has imported to this city the most handsome monument ever seen here. It was purchased in Aberdeen, Scotland and is known as pearl black granite. The monument stands about ten feet high from the top of the base. On the base rests the plinth which supports the polished dye. This tapers off to a cup on which is an urn. The word Grieves is cut into the plinth while on the dye or column is the masonic emblem.

August 16, 1895 - Sussex - Kings County Record: A handsome monument is to be placed in position in the cemetery at Upper Corner on the grave of the late William A. Stockton. The monument is gray granite from Spoon island, Charlotte Co. and weighs some 20,000 pounds

August 25, 1893 - Sussex - Kings County Record: At Hampton on Saturday a fine Italian marble monument was set up in the cemetery by Mr. Kinsailer for John Morrel of Darling's Island, in memory of his wife.

May 28, 1881 - Saint John - The Daily Telegraph: The Rev. Canon Harrison monument of Spoon Island granite, ten feet high, has been erected on the Forget-me-not path in the Rural Cemetery (Fernhill Cemetery, Saint John).

Like other family researchers, I enjoy roaming through cemeteries. I was quite surprised to find a tombstone that looked liked granite but upon touching it, realized it was made of metal.

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