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South Shore Genealogical Society
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Lunenburg NS B0J 2C0
Phone : 1-902-634-4794 Ext. 26
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Whalen: I am looking for information on Kirk Whalen: his birth, death, family, etc. He married Alvina *Carrie* Lowe. She was born in 1918, and died in 1984. His parents were Clifford Whalen 1886-1947 and Eva May 1883-1971. Send information to Juanita McCready, 23 Oak Dr., Truro, N.S. B2N 5M3
For the benefit of members who have joined the society since 1982, here is an article that was published in a newsletter in 1983:
Zwicker - This is an abstract of the original certified records of the Reformed Church of Zelskam obtained from the Landesarchiv of Speyer, West Germany, on October 1982, by Howard H. Zwicker, Sr., of Millville, New Jersey, USA.Husband Johann (Hans) Peter Zwicker
Birth....................Zelskam, Germersheim, Germany
Christened...........21 Dec 1710, Reformed Church of Zelskam
Death...................26 May 1789, Mahone Bay, Nova Scotia
Burial..................28 May 1789, Bay View Cemetery, Mahone Bay
Father - Samuel Zwicker Mother - Susanna Barbara
Married................9 Aug 1735, Reformed Church of Zelskam
Wife Maria Magdalena Haffner
Death....................11 Oct 1787, Mahone Bay, Nova Scotia
Burial....................Bay View Cemetery, Mahone Bay, N.S.
1) Johann Peter - chr. 21 May 1736, Zelskam, died 26 Sep 1813,
m. (1) 8 Jun 1759, Catherine Schmidt. She died 27 Oct or 27 Nov 1780 m. (2) 13 Feb 1781, Gertrude Ernst 2) Magdalena - chr. 4 Aug 1739, died after 1781.
m. 4 Mar 1759, John Phillip Heison
3) George Melchoir - b. 9 Nov 1743, chr. 11 Nov 1743, d. 11 Jul 1807
m. 4 Aug 1772, Judith Rosina Blaysteiner
4) Johann Georg - b. 27 Jun 1747, d. WP 7 Apr 1815
m. (1) 13 Dec 1772, Anna Catherine Kaulback. She died 29 Jul or 1 Aug 1789
m. (2) 27 Jun 1790, Mary Catherine Bleysteiner
5) Maria Barbara - b. 23 Oct 1750, chr. 25 Oct 1750, died 14 May 1836
m. 24 Mar 1772, John Henry Lantz
Note: All 5 children were born and christened in Zelskam, Germany.
The Bleysteiner spelling was taken from the last will of Johann Georg.
More Historical Notes on Queens County
Thomas Shay, now an aged man, is the son of Robert Shay, of Ireland, who married Eunice Godfrey, of Brooklyn, and died soon after. His widow married James Annis, mentioned elsewhere in this paper. Mr. Shay married Lucy, a daughter of Wheeler Minard, and Sarah Slocomb his wife, and reared a large family and several are living.
James More, a son of John More and Martha Cobb his wife, and grandson of Alexander More, of Scotland, married Eliza Atkins, daughter of Joseph and his wife, a daughter of Stephen Collins and Ruth Cheever his wife. Mr. More was a well known magistrate and land surveyor, and long resided near Caledonia Corner. In his later years he wrote and compiled a brief history of Queens County.
Robert Bryden, a son of James, of Brookfield, married Margaret Freeman, a daughter of James and Hannah Freeman of Brookfield, and settled at Whiteburn, where he reared a family, and died about 1896. His children are in the United States.
Zenas Smith, son of Capt. Nathaniel Smith before mentioned, married Ascenith, daughter of James and Hannah Freeman, of Brookfield, settled on his father's homestead near the beginning of the Whiteburn road. He died in 1898, an old man, and left sons and daughters.
Capt. Robert Smith, son of Nathaniel Smith also, married Agnes Middlemas, daughter of David and Mary Freeman, his wife. He settled on a farm adjoining that of his brother Zenas, and died in old age about 1890. His widow and son and daughters survive.
Mr. Joseph Allison married Sophia Barss, of Liverpool, and settled in Kempt, where he had a large family, some of whom are living in Kempt, and elsewhere.
Enock Dexter, son of Samuel Dexter and Hannah Godfrey his wife, and grandson of Ebenezer and Lydia Dexter, of Liverpool. Enoch married Hannah Burke, daughter of William and Mary Burke, and settled in Harmony. Four or five of their children are living.
Richard Telfer, a nephew of Richard, of Caledonia, and a native of Scotland, married Isabel Middlemas, daughter of George and Margaret Douglas, his wife, of Caledonia. Mr. Telfer settled in Caledonia, where several of his family reside. He passed away about 1885.
John Middlemas, son of George and Margaret, just mentioned, married a daughter of Charles Cushing and Jane his wife, and settled on the old homestead. He died at no very advanced age, and four daughters are living, all his family.
James Douglas, son of John and Abigail, of Caledonia Corner, married Miss Parker, of Annapolis County, and settled in Caledonia, where he died early, children survived him.
Jonathan Kempton, brother of Thomas, and son of Curtis, married Susan Christopher, of Brookfield, and settled on the hill between Caledonia Corner and the lower lake toward Brookfield, where he had quite a numerous family, and some of them are alive.
John Beach was early settled in the vicinity of Westfield. He was a sailor who had served under Nelson, an Englishman by birth. He married Jenny Daley, of Brookfield, and a large family was born to them in the locality he called Rosette, after the name of the old home across the sea.
James McGowan came from Port Medway, where he married a daughter of Gamaliel Dolliver and Lucy Briggs his wife, and settled in Westfield. They had quite a numerous family, and lived to an old age. He was a son of Michael McGowan of Scotland.
William Devaney, a native of Ireland, settled in Westfield. His wife was the daughter of Cormac Carten and Margaret his wife, of Newton, Limavady, Ireland. Their numerous family are some dead, and others live abroad.
Uriah Johnson, son of John Johnson and his wife, a daughter of Mr. Robinson, an Englishman, who resided a few years in this district. Mr. Johnson settled in Westfield, where he was an exemplary farmer. He married an adopted daughter of Col. Joseph Freeman, by whom there were several children, but most of them have passed on.
Thomas Christopher, son of Captain Thomas, of Brookfield, married Margaret Kempton, daughter of Curtis, of Milton, and resided near the turn of the Westfield road, where he lived to an old age, and left a numerous family, and several are living.
William Christopher, son of Capt. Thomas, married Ann Burke, daughter of William and Mary, and lived between South and North Brookfield Corner, where his family was reared, but none of them resides hereabouts.
George P. Christopher, son of Capt. Thomas, married Elizabeth Kempton, a daughter of Curtis, of Milton, and settled on the homestead in South Brookfield where their family of several sons and daughters were reared, four of whom are living.
Benjamin P. Christopher married Matilda (?) Parker, of Annapolis County, and after various moves and removes finished his ninety years near Brookfield Corner, where he had long resided. Several children are living.
Edward Burke, son of William and Mary Burke, the pioneers, married Ann Coville, of Barrington, and lived on the old homestead at North Brookfield until old age. I think but two of his children are living in this district.
His eldest son Benjamin, died within this year (1902) at an advanced age. He married a daughter of Gerhardt Wilde, and a widow and children survive him.
William Burke, son of William and Mary, married Deborah Gardner, of Barrington, and lived near North Brookfield Corner. One son, Jabez, alone survives him. There were but two children.
James McLennan married Lucy Chadsey, daughter of Abe and Mahetable Chadsey, of Liverpool. Their son James married a daughter of Elisha Freeman, of Pleasant River, and is now an aged man, and resides with his sons.
John Morely, of Ireland, married Elvira Martin, daughter of John Martin and his wife Elizabeth Morine, of Port Medway, and settled in Pleasant River, where some members of his family reside.
Matthew Park, a son of James Park and his wife Nancy Park, before marriage came to Pleasant River , and made a farm and reared a family, and ended his long span many years ago. He married a daughter of Elkanah Freeman, son of Jabez, son of Simeon, son of Elisha, and married secondly Lydia Freeman, widow of Benjamin Freeman, and daughter of Isaac Dexter, of Liverpool. There were children by both wives and three are still living.
James Smith, commonly known as Scotch Smith, settled in Pleasant River. His wife came with him from Scotland. They lived to old age and died many years ago, and some members of his family are in the vicinity.
John Waterman, son of Zenas and Eunice, married Lydia, a daughter of Capt. Josiah Smith, of Brookfield, and settled on the homestead and died in middle life. His wife went before him. Three children are living.
Robert Randall, son of Nathan Randall, of Liverpool, married Roxanna Smith, daughter of Josiah Smith, of Brookfield, and lived there during several years. In 1852 he moved to the vicinity of Niagara Falls, where he died in 1853, leaving several children, and four of them are living in various parts of the United States.
Smith Freeman, son of James and Hannah, of Brookfield, married Nancy Slocomb, daughter of Robert Slocomb, and Ann Millard his wife, daughter of Robert Millard and Ann Crowell, daughter of Jonathan Crowell, Senior. Mr. Freeman made a farm in South Brookfield, reared a large family, and died rather early in life.
Francis Martin, son of John Martin, an English soldier, who married a daughter of Mr. Robertson, an English settler, whose other daughter married John Johnson.
Francis Martin married Sophia Fisher, daughter of --- Fisher, by his wife Sophia Smith, a daughter of Jonathan Smith and Elizabeth Harrington his wife, and settled across the Christopher Lake, where he lived a long time, and reared a large family. His widow is living at a very advanced age (1902).
Gerhart Wilde married a daughter of Zenas and Eunice Waterman, of Pleasant River, and settled near them, where several children were reared, and two of them are living at North Brookfield Corner, viz. Mr. Avard Wilde, and the widow of the late Benjamin Burke.
Eldridge, or Eldred, (it should be Eldridge, the maiden name in the family) Burnaby, son of Thoms Burnaby and Bethiah Harrington, his wife, the daughter of Benjamin Harrington and Bethiah Smith, made a farm in Pleasant River, and married a daughter of Jacob Whitman. Several children were born to them, and some are living. The parents did not reach very old age.
Israel Hendry, son of William and Desire, married Priscilla Freeman, daughter of David and Desire, of Pleasant River, by whom there were a son and daughter. The latter, Mrs. Annie Brown, has passed on, and the brother resides in Liverpool.
William Hendry, son of William and Desire, married Abigail Harlow, a daughter of Silas and Cynthia Harlow, of North Brookfield, and has long resided in South Brookfield. Of their four children, three are living.
Charles Cameron, son of John and Hannah, of Brookfield, married Margaret Letney, of Digby County, and resided on the homestead where he reared a large family, and lived to more than fourscore years, and his wife survived until recently.
William Freeman, son of James and Hannah, of Brookfield, married Caroline Cook, and settled on the homestead. Five children were born to them, and all are living out of the Province but one son, Joseph, of Springfield. Mrs. Freeman has long outlived her husband. Of her father I know but little. Her mother was Lucy Cameron, a sister of John Cameron, send., of Brookfield, and her brother is Joseph Cook, Esq., of Milton.
Josiah Freeman, son of James and Hannah, of Brookfield, married Susan McGowan, of Westfield, settled in Kempt, reared a large family, lived a long while, and children survive among us.
James Daley, son of James, the pioneer, married first Sarah Robinson, and second Eliza Minard. There were children by both wives. Perhaps but one by the first wife, (William). Mr. Daley settled in North Brookfield, and died there while not yet an old man, and several children are living.
Amasa Fiske, of Barrington, whose mother was a Coville, married Abigail, daughter of Josiah and Elizabeth Smith, of Brookfield. Of his numerous family no one of them is settled here. Mr. Fiske lived to a ripe old age.
Stephen Smith, son of Josiah and Elizabeth, married Abigail Park, daughter of Matthew and Lydia, of Pleasant River, and made a farm in South Brookfield, where he reared a large family. Mr. Smith died on September 2, 1910, in his 87th year.
Lewis Smith, son of Josiah and Elizabeth, married Adelia, daughter of Elisha Freeman, of Pleasant River, and settled in South Brookfield. He died many years ago in middle life. Two children survive.
Samuel Smith, son of Capt. Josiah of Brookfield, married Ceretha, daughter of Matthew and Lydia Park, of Pleasant River, and lived to three score and ten, and over, always on the old homestead where his widow and children are living.
Wheeler Minard, son of Wheeler and Sarah, married Lydia Collins, daughter of Capt. George Collins, and his wife Lydia Barss, and settled in harmony where he lived to old age. Several children survive.
Lewis Minard, son of Wheeler and Sarah, married ------ Saunders, of Annapolis county, and settled in Kempt, where he reared a large family, most of whom live in the United States.
James Minard, brother of the above married Malinda Lewis, of Port Medway, and settled in Harmony, where he lived to be an old man, and some of his children live thereabouts.
George Minard, another brother, married Susan Darrow, of Liverpool, and settled in Harmony. Several of his children died within a few days of each other. Mr. Minard died a few years ago.
James Waterman, son of Zenas and Eunice, married a Miss Wylde, of Lunenburg County. Of this family I know nothing more than it is represented by grandchildren at least.
Uriah Waterman, son of Zenas and Eunice, married Polly Horton, an American woman, and settled in Pleasant River, and died many years ago. His two sons are living.
James Lohnes married Eunice Waterman, daughter of Zenas and Eunice, and made a farm in Pleasant River, and reared a family.
Augustus Patterson, son of Norwegian mariner, and his wife Eunice Smith, of Barrington, married a daughter of James McGowan, of Westfield, and settled in Caledonia where he reared a family, and died about 1899.
Richard Bryden, son of James and Mary of Brookfield, married Elizabeth Park, daughter of Matthew and Elizabeth, and lived many years in Brookfield, but the latter portion of his life was passed in the United States. He died in Chicago about 1897, leaving one daughter, Mrs. John Street, of Medford, and two sons.
Here I close this rather tame list of births and deaths, and farm-makings. I have been at some pains to enquire into the family connections of most of these people, although I know that there are some of them who can give me the pedigrees of a half dozen horses, who do not know who was their mother's mother, and didn't care either. But after all, let us bear in mind that the nations and the people who have made the deepest impression on the world have kept records, and long pedigrees that tell who they were and from whence they sprung. This list is not complete, but it takes in the principal settlers of the earlier years, and most of the oldest now living. In some cases individuals have slipped my mind, and in others I have not the information at hand.
A few more words about how these people lived fifty years ago, and my task will be done.
The farm was the principal source of maintenance. The first thing to do after securing a shelter was to chop down the great trees, and burn them, a process very easy to write down but difficult to accomplish. The newly cleared land covered with ashes was sure to yield well. To get it later under the plough was always a tedious and heavy job, for all the small stones were not in the Southern District. They were finally dug out, or sunk in a pit beside them, till the furrows could be run with reasonable freedom. Beyond all question it was 'plain living', whether there was 'high thinking' to go with it or not. There was no great danger of indigestion from dainties that tickled the palate. Hunger was an excellent sauce, and bread and molasses was just as good for growing boys and girls as bread and butter, and quite a bit cheaper. Much of the flour was ground from home raised grain. There was a loom in every house, and sheep on every farm. Many times have I filled the elder quills on the small wheel for the shuttles of my little mother, who wove her love for us into the web she made from her high bench, before the reed and harness. Boys and girls were as healthy and happy as their homespun, homemade suits as they are today in the daintiest product of the factories. There were no cook stoves, and the baking was done over the fireplace in Dutch iron ovens, hung on the crane, and sometimes in brick ovens built into the chimney.
So said RR McLeod to the members of the Nova Scotia Historical Society on March 11, 1902.
This is my last edition of the S.S.G.S. News. It has been a pleasure to serve you for some six or seven years, but age and health take their toll, and it will be a relief not to have meet the deadline every two months. I want to thank all of those who contributed material from time to time, and those who have helped in the stuffing of the envelopes, etc. My wife has been a great help over the years. All the best to everyone. Murray Jodrie, editor.