New Brunswick Genealogical Society
Queries & Brick Walls
As a service to those who wish to exchange family history data with other researchers, NBGS publishes queries, free of charge, on this website and in its journal, Generations. The journal is published on a quarterly basis.
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Q24-5880-YORKE: I believe James Yorke & Lucy Nevers are William Yorke’s parents but am looking for documentation that proves or disproves this assumption. Based on information found on his gravestone I have calculated his birth date as 3 Sep 1784 in New Brunswick. He died 11 Sep 1870 in South Yarmouth Township, Elgin County, Ontario. A biographical sketch on William found in the 1877 Historical Atlas for Elgin County states “William Yorke was born in Victoria County, in the Province of New Brunswick, in the year 1784, came to this Province in 1806 - located first at Simcoe, in the County of Norfolk - moved to Talbot Street, in the Township of Yarmouth, in 1811, and in 1818 to South Yarmouth, Lot 7, 5th Con., where he lived until his death in 1870.” William’s death record indicates that he was a Baptist. William married Elizabeth Schoff and they had eleven or twelve children. The majority of their children remained in Ontario but two moved to the U.S.A.  Jehiel Mann Yorke died in Montrose County, Colorado and George Hiram Yorke died in Stanton County, Nebraska.  I have also seen Wakefield Parish, Carleton County NB as his birth place.
Thank you for any assistance you can provide.
(rec’d 4 Apr 2024)
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Q24-5879-BETTS: Looking for my GGGGrandmother, Mary Clark married Edward Betts 11-17-1851. 1861 Canadian Census shows Mary and Edward with several children.  No record of Mary after 1861.  Any documentation for where she was living, immigrated, divorce, remarriage, death would be helpful.
(rec’d 7 Mar 2024)
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Q24-5878-ESSENCY: I am looking for the birth certificate of my husband's half-aunt, Helen Marguerite Essency. She was supposedly born 29 Nov 1915 in Fredericton. Her mother was Lillian Kathleen Essency born 06 Oct 1897 in Fredericton.  Lillian was not married at that time. It was rumored that Helen's father was someone Lillian met when she was a nurse in Fredericton. Helen lived in a convent or an orphanage until she was 7 1/2, & then on 10 April 1923 she came to the US from Fredericton, via Vanceboro, Maine. At that time Helen was adopted by Lillian's then husband Ralph Webster Farris. They lived in Augusta, Maine. Around the time of Helen's birth, Lillian may have lived with a family named Riley. Not sure if this helps, Lillian was Catholic. The Essency name has also been spelled Essansa & Essensa.
Helen passed away in 1963 & never had any children, so there is no DNA to work with to figure out her father’s identity.  I’m hoping her birth certificate might help.
Thank you,
(rec’d 20 Feb 2024)
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Q24-5877-MOORE: Joseph Willliam Frederick Moore, Sr. 
DOB: 13 Nov 1837, DOD: 13 Dec 1876, at age 39, locations of both instances are Amherst, Cumberland, NS. He was a doctor. and a Mason. 
I have his burial details and citation (below, edited) in my tree, he died of drunkenness
(; cause of death=drunkenness.  Amherst. Cumberland County. Registration Year: 1876. Book 1805; Page132; number200. 1891)
I want to know:
1. Was he buried? Where was he buried? Is there a headstone or a plot?
2. Family lore, Doctor Joseph Moore, was providing medical assistance to the Mi'kmaq. Would like to know if true? 
Thank you for any information you might be able to provide.
(rec’d 28 Jan 2023)
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Q24-5876-CLARKE: Looking for parents of Elizabeth Ann Clarke b.1809 Gagetown, NB, d 23 Mar 1944 Queensbury, York Co, NB.
She married 3 Oct 1936 at Fredericton, NB, Daniel O’Leary b 1807 Ireland d 21 Jan 1893 Chipman NB.
(rec’d 28 Jan 2023)
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Q24-5875-WHITE: I am searching for the birthplace of my 4th Great Grandfather, Henry White. I know he was born around 1758 in the US, but could never find out where.  He served with the Maryland Loyalist and settle in St. Mary’s Parish NB around 1777. He married Elizabeth Rebecca Sewell and they had several children.  I am related through their son Nicholas.  Henry died 17 Nov 1834.  Lots of people on Ancestry have linked his father as being Alexander White and mother as Mary McMurtrie, but I have always been skeptical about this as there seems to be no real proof.  When I started tracing my family tree about 35 years ago, it was all done through census records and church records.  Seems nowadays everyone just attaches people without any proof.  I have just sent off my DNA so maybe that will help also.
I have lots of information after he arrived in NB, but nothing before beside for his military records.
Any help would be greatly appreciated.
(rec’d 28 Jan 2024)
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Q24-5874-GREEN: Looking for information on Daniel Green who emigrated from Ireland around 1840 (+/- a couple years) with wife (Catherine Ellen?) and 2 sons. Son James Francis was born shortly after arrival. Settled in St. John. I am ggg-granddaughter.
(rec’d 28 Jan 2024)
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Q24-5873-DRISCOLL: I have hit a brick wall in my search for the parents of (James) Dennis Driscoll of Kingsclear, NB (b. around 1830, d Oct 18, 1906 at Hanwell, NB), presumably born in 1830 in County Cork, Ireland. I believe Dennis migrated to Canada with his mother and father and suspect that the father's name might be Michael (and mother, Mary) but have no validating information on that. (That information appears to be from the 1861 Canada Census for York County). I have information on Dennis, his wife Lydia Ann Dunlap, and their families, but can go no further back on Dennis' branch of the family tree. 
Any help regarding where to look next would be greatly appreciated. I have already searched Ancestry, Family Search, church records and census records for New Brunswick.
Name: Dennis Driscoll
DOB: c.1830
M: Lydia Ann Dunlap -10 Nov 1876, St. Dunstan Parish, Fredericton, NB
D: 18 Oct 1906, Hanwell, NB
Thank you,
(rec’d 28 Jan 2024)
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Q24-5872-ELLIOT: I have been helping a friend look for some information on a relative and we have hit a brick wall with her.
Eliza Bell Elliot 1843 – 1895, born In Maine
Married: James Alexander Stewart 
                    17 Sept 1861 in Black River NB
Her ID number on FamilySearch is LCFS-H6V
They have been looking for her parents for years, to no avail.
Thank you
(rec'd 27 Jan 2024)
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Q24-5871-GREENLAW: I am looking for any facts concerning Ann Nancy Greenlaw, the second wife of Marvin Lord on Deer Island. She supposedly was born in Deer Isle Maine, but maybe it was Deer Island NB. 
Her father was Elijah D. Greenlaw. Her mother is believed to be “Sarah Smith.” Any info on that?
Elijah D. Greenlaw lived in Deer Isle Maine but removed to St. Andrews in the late 1700s. I would love to identify where he was buried. He died on 12 Aug 1852 in St. George, NB.
Thank you for any information or even theories.
Mary Offutt
(rec’d 26 Jan 2024)
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Q24-5870-MacNEILL: I have hit a brick wall with my MacNeill family research. I am trying to trace the MacNeill family back to Scotland. William MacNeill is the earliest of my MacNeill’s I can find. I am not sure if he and Elizabeth Roxborough met here in Canada, or in Ireland or Scotland and Immigrated together. I was hoping to find any record of them prior to 1850 when I believe they had their first child in Saint John, N.B.  
What I know about William MacNeill:
  • Born between 1825-1831 in Ireland but is Scottish
  • According to 1871 Census, has a son Daniel MacNeill born about 1850 in Milford, N.B. 
  • 1866 was working as a Millman on Spurr’s Cove Road
  • 1881 was living in Lancaster, Saint John N.B.
  • 1883 Listed as a Millman living in Milford in Saint John N.B.
  • I believe he died 24 July 1898, buried in Fernhill Cemetery. 
What I know about Elizabeth Roxborough: 
  • Born about 1828-1831.
  • May have died 23 Dec 1887 in Milford, N.B. Unable to verify and can’t find obituary or death certificate.
Members from believe Elizabeth’s father is William Roxborough, born 1802 from Aghadowey, Coleraine, Derry Co. Ireland.  Died 11 July 1865 Spurr’s Cove, Saint John Co. N.B. 
Members from believe Elizabeth’s mother is Mary Lyons, 31 Dec 1797 from West Ballylease, Derry Co, Ireland and Died 20 Dec 1885 Saint John, N.B. 
I have not been able to verify any of this information.
(rec’d 13 Jan 2024)
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Q24-5869-CORAM: I am researching my mother’s ancestry. Her 2x-great grandparents were George Fredrick Coram and his wife Ann Bond. They were married in 1845. Ann came to New Brunswick from Scotland and I am trying to find out if she came alone or did her parents also immigrate with her. I believe her father was James Bond and his wife was Margaret. I've been going thru the publicly available material on the NBGS site and found the Corams on the First Family list but there is no other information about them. 

I would appreciate any help or assistance you could provide to me and am happy to follow whatever is required to get this information.
(rec’d 27 Nov 2023)
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Q23-5868-SUTHERLAND: Searching for siblings/family of Hugh SUTHERLAND, born 1814 Scotland, not in Midlothian County.  Was an Edinburgh policeman 1837 - ?1848.  In 1839 married at Canongate, Edinburgh, Isabella MCCULLOCH, who was born in Lanark, Glasgow.   They had 3 children:  Jane 1840 - 1857; Andrew 1843 - 1848; James 1845 - 1919 (USA).  All christenings at Canongate.  Hugh SUTHERLAND died in Edinburgh in 1850 and is buried with his son, Andrew.  A great-uncle, Hugh McKIE/McCRIE, was the informant for Jane's death record in 1857.
(rec'd 20 Sep 2023)
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Q23-5867-LEGER: I'm seeking information about my Acadian ancestors. The earliest one I've found is Jacques Leger who lived in Port Royal, Acadie (Nova Scotia) in a 1693 census, until he later moved to the Shediac, New Brunswick area.

I'd love to find out more information about him, particularly where in France he came from.  I am told he was a soldier and later married and took up farming in Port Royal.  Is your organization a good source of information given that background?   Do you have other sources you might recommend?
Any information you can send me will be greatly appreciated.
Richard Leger 
(rec’d 14 Sep 2023)
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Q23-5866-BELL: The 33rd Regiment of Foot was garrisoned in New Brunswick from 1844-1848. Sgt. John Bell married Emily Christiana Wiley (Wyley) on 22 October 1844 probably as a military wedding conducted in Fredericton or Saint John city. Looking for documentation of this event but cannot locate the appropriate military records. 
(rec'd 2 Sep 2023)
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Q23-5865-ROY: I am trying to ascertain the parentage of Anselme Roy born in 1835 in Richibucto, Kent, New Brunswick, Canada. He is my great grandfather confirmed by DNA. However, Amand and Celeste (Leblanc) Roy do not have a DNA match to me. I find no other Roy family members with a DNA match to me. He was baptized at St Antoine de Padua in Richibucto but I contacted them and they had no information to impart to me. He married Domitille Richard October 23, 1865.  They had a daughter Henriette Roy May 23, 1867. I would appreciate any information you may have. Thank you for your help. I have been trying for the better part of 5 years to find out anything about my great-great Grandparents.
(rec’d 22 Aug 2023)
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