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128. Thomas HILLMAN [image] 1 was born 2 in 1792 in Ashurst, Sussex, England. He was christened on 8 Mar 1789 in West Grinstead, Sussex, England. He died in 1862 in West Grinstead, Sussex, England. He married Sarah Joy MITCHELL. [Parents]

"Thomas Hillman married Sarah Mitchell. Either her brother or father was there at sweethill farm and Thomas also worked there. We tried to sort out who owned the farm but were unable to do so. I think they managed or something like that, the estate." (E mail JHS to MH 6 July 07)

Thomas Hillman "died at Sweethill Farm Ashurst 1862 caused from injuries to the bowel by a broken medicine bottle that he fell upon." (Letter George Hillman to Frank Hillman 26 Dec 1936. Postmarked Milner (near Langley) British Columbia, Canada. Original JS)

The Goring family had acquired Sweethill Farm in 1830 as part of their accumulation of over 500 acres to the Wiston estate. ( British History accessed 7 July 2007). In Feb 2007 the Goring family claimed to have owned the Wiston estate for 250 years. They have an estate manager. However, also in 2007, the Fischel family were acknowledged as owners of Sweethill farm in discussions of the status of a nearby path proposed to become a roadway.(West Sussex Government website as accessed 8 July 07)

129. Sarah Joy MITCHELL 1 was born about 1796 in West Grinstead, Sussex, England. She was christened on 5 Jul 1789 in West Grinstead, Sussex, England. She died on 29 Aug 1862 in West Grinstead, Sussex, England. [Parents]

Middle name from E mail JHS to MH 6 July 07

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130. John HAMPER 1 was born 2 on 28 Mar 1788 in Sussex, England. He was christened on 13 Apr 1788 in Ovingdean, Sussex, England. He married Emma HURST on 7 Oct 1811 in Iford, Sussex, England. [Parents]

He was a shepherd.

131. Emma HURST 1 was born in 1791 in , Sussex, England.

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132. John NICHOLSON 1 was born 2 on 4 Apr 1769 in Warminghurst, Sussex, England. He died about 1854 in Worthing, Sussex, England. He married Mary NYE on 3 Mar 1795 in Shipley, Sussex, England. [Parents]

133. Mary NYE 1 was born in 1774 in <Warminghurst, Sussex, England>. She was christened on 14 Dec 1774 in Shipley, Sussex, England. [Parents]

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134. William HOTSTON 1 was born 2 on 3 Dec 1779 in Lyminster, Sussex, England. He died on 24 Mar 1850. He married Rhoda.

135. Rhoda 1 was born on 26 Nov 1787 in <Ford, Sussex, England>. She died on 16 Jul 1849.

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136. Giovannia (Joannes) NICOLA 1 was born 2 on 8 Feb 1759 in Colleretto Parella, Torino, Italy. He died on 25 Sep 1834 in Colleretto Parella, Torino, Italy. He was buried in Sep 1834 in Colleretto Parella, Torino, Italy. He married Anna Maria Catharina CAPRA on 20 Jul 1793 in Colleretto Parella, Torino, Italy. [Parents]

137. Anna Maria Catharina CAPRA 1 was born 2 on 25 Nov 1772 in San Martino, Torino, Italy. She was christened on 28 Nov 1772 in San Martino, Torino, Italy. She died on 17 Feb 1847 in Colleretto Parella, Torino, Italy. She was buried on 18 Feb 1847 in Colleretto Parella, Torino, Italy. [Parents]

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140. John MORGAN [image] 1 was born on 7 Feb 1800. He was christened on 23 Feb 1800 in Allhallows, Barking, England. [Parents]


“Parish records identify the dates of birth and baptism as February 7, 1800 and February 23, 1800 at Allhallows Barking by the Tower. His parents are identified as John and Hannah Morgan. There is also a sister Elizabeth on the records but no other siblings. That is as far back as I have been able to go on the Morgan line.

“A John Morgan apprenticed as a Lighterman from March 17, 1814 to July 26, 1821 under Joseph Jacobs in Rotherhithe. ([Lighterman apprenticeship records] Ref 2116, 13/21 as cited in e mail GPH to MABH 15 May 2004). "

He would have been an apprentice all of his teen years, from age 14 to 21, and was still a lighterman 25 years later:

“At the marriage of his son in 1846, John is identified as a Lighterman. His son was living at 21 Willow Street, Paul Street in the Shoreditch District. I would assume this is his address. There are no Morgans at that address on the 1841 or 1851 census.

“He may have been the sponser to Henry Morgan (1823-1845), born March 14, 1807. (This is too early for the Henry Morgan who is listed as his son) .“ (From: e mail GPH to MABH 15 May 2004)

His occupation described:
"Lightermen were workers who transferred goods between ships and quays, aboard flat-bottomed barges called lighters. They were one of the most characteristic groups of workers in London's docks during the heyday of The Port of London but their trade was eventually rendered largely obsolete by changes in shipping technology. They were closely associated with the watermen, who carried passengers, and had their own livery company called the Watermen's and Lightermen's Company.

"The lightermen were a vital component of the Port of London before the enclosed docks were built during the 19th and 20th centuries. Ships would moor in the middle of the River Thames and transfer their goods aboard lighters. Lightermen would then ride the river's currents - upstream when the tide was coming in, downstream when the tide was out - to transfer the goods to quaysides. They also transferred goods up and down the river from quays to riverside factories and vice-versa. This was an extremely skilled job, requiring an intimate knowledge of the river's currents and tides. It also demanded a lot of muscle power, as the lighters were unpowered; they relied on the current for motive force and on long oars, or "sweeps", for steering.

"The construction of the docks was bitterly opposed by the lightermen .... However, they did win a major concession; ... the "free-water clause" .... [T]here was to be no charge for "lighters or craft entering into the docks ... to convey, deliver, discharge or receive ballast or goods to or from on board any ship .. or vessel." This was intended to give lighters and barges the same freedom in docks that they enjoyed on the open river....

"The lightermen's trade was eventually largely swept away by the technological and economic changes that led to the closure of most of London's docks in the 1960s." (From: http://encyclopedia.thefreedictionary.com/Lightermen).

"Description [of photo]: Silhouette of a London lighterman. St. Paul's Cathedral can be seen in the distance. ... Date: 1910 Credit line: National Maritime Museum, London" (From: Portcities.org)

A 1970s or 60s view of Lightermen in London, England

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142. Joseph HAYWARD 1 was born 2 about 1801 in Ballingdon, Essex, England. He married Hannah HARTLEY on 12 Jun 1821 in All Saints, Sudbury, Suffolk, England.

Joseph Hayward's occupation was Weaver.

143. Hannah HARTLEY 1 was born on 13 Nov 1801 in Sudbury, Suffolk, England. [Parents]

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144. William BOURN 1 was born 2 about 1780 in Hartley Wintney, Hampshire, England. He died before 1846 in Hartley Wintney, Hampshire, England.

He was a labourer.

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146. John POND 1 was born on 27 May 1778 in Odiham, Hampshire, England. He was christened 2 on 27 May 1778 in Odiham, Hampshire, England. He died on 6 Aug 1844 in Odiham, Hampshire, England. He married Sarah JACOB on 13 Oct 1818 in Odiham, Hampshire, England. [Parents]

John Pond joined the 100th Foot on 25 Nov 1806 at age 27. He had previously been with the 5th and 8th Royal Veteran's Battalions from 25 January 1797 to 24 Nov 1806. He spent 21 years and 114 days in the British army, and retired at 38 years old, when he was discharged to a pension at Chatham on 18 May 1818 "on reduction of the regiment." His character was described as "Excellent" and his trade as "Labourer".

Because the Army feared that their soldiers would desert, they kept a physical description of each soldier. John is described as having black hair, black eyes, a fair complexion, and was 5 feet 3 inches tall. (From a letter Lt-Commander Godfrey (ret) to J.S 29 Mar 1971, citing in turn a Discharge Certificate found in Soldiers Documents, WO 97/1069. This certificate is probably now available on microfilm from the LDS family history centre). See also Pond's British National Archives on-line entry .

John Pond was probably in the War of 1812. His regiment, the 100th Foot, was "in the Canadas" as early as 1805 (War of 1812 - Land Operations, Appendix, p. 430). Four companies of the regiment were in 1812 stationed at Fort William Henry "at the junction of the Richilieau with the St. Lawrence." In May and June of 1813 the 100th was involved in unsuccessful attacks on Sackett's Harbour, a U.S. post on Lake Ontario. In December 1813 the 100th was part of a successful attack on Fort Niagara. In July 1814 the 100th regiment lost 67 men, and had 125 wounded in a conflict near the Chippewa River and Streets Creek, south of Niagara Falls. (History of the British Army, J.W. Fortescue, volume 9). We don't know for sure that Pond was present at any particular battle, though a search of muster records may help determine this.

It is ironic that today he has descendents who have unknowingly lived within a reasonable travelling distance of the sites where his regiment fought, yet he returned to England to marry and live out his days, leaving it to future generations to return to "the Canadas."

For more on the 100th Foot please see Regiments.org . For a description of army life in Canada, see Canadian Military Heritage

147. Sarah JACOB 1 was born on 16 Jun 1788 in Odiham, Hampshire, England. She was christened on 7 Jul 1788 in Odiham. She died after 1851 in Hartley Whitney, Hampshire, England. [Parents]

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148. Jacob COOPER 1 was born 2 about 1784 in Glispeth, Hampshire, England. He was christened on 3 Jun 1787 in Gosport?. He was buried on 5 Mar 1852 in Cliddesden, Hampshire, England. He married Elizabeth. [Parents]

Jacob was an agricultural labourer.

149. Elizabeth 1 was born about 1780 in <Glispeth, Hampshire, England>. She was buried on 8 Feb 1837 in Cliddesden, Hampshire, England.

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152. Henry SHARPE [image] 1 was born 2 about 1751 in New Jersey. He died about Nov 1826 in New Brunswick. He married Amy LOSSEE in 1783 in , Long Island, New York. [Parents]

"Henry Sharp ... removed to the province of New Brunswick in 1783, and the same year married Amy Lossee, daughter of Lewis Lossee of Long Island. ... Henry made his home on the bank of the river St. John, in the parish of Cambridge, Queens County, and lived there until his death .... He was a farmer, and had nine children, one of whom died young." (Sharpe Genealogy, p. 105).

In contrast to the above, Henry Sharp either came alone from the Island of New York to New Brunswick on the ship "John & Jane", probably landing on the River Saint John in September or October 1783, and was still by himself in May of 1784, or Henry Sharp arrived from the Island of New York with a wife and two children as part of the Spring (1783) Fleet. (Early Loyalist St. John, Appendix VIII, p.238). One of these was likely a cousin, son of his Uncle Samuel Sharp. In any event, Henry Sharpe was a United Empire Loyalist.

".... Henry Sharpe first settled in Waterborough, probably at Lower Jemseg." ("Information relative to the Sharpe/Sharp Family" no date, no author). Henry Sharp's grant of 150 acres in Waterborough was registered on 15 February 1787. (Prov Archives of NB, Volume B, page 30, Grant 105 as per PANB/UNB cadastral database at www.lib.unb.ca).

Two other grants are shown in 1785 ("land shared with William Thorn), and 1788 (Fredericton, York County). We don't know if either of these is for our Henry Sharp.

"In an old ledger kept by Joseph Gidney Inn keeper and general storekeeper at Lower Jemseg, it is recorded, 'September 24, 1815, Henry Sharp bought buter @3d. per pound, ... and June 3, 1815 Henry Sharp paid 1s. 9d. for one pound candles.'

".... William Peters petitioned that the Queens County election of 1816 for the legislative assembly was illegal. Signing the petition were, William Sharp, John Sharp, Henry Sharp and James Sharp." ("Information relative to the Sharpe/Sharp Family" no date, no author).

His will, written 8 March 1826, was proved 2 December 1826.

? see p. 63 on PANB 365? for more on this ancestor? (First name not given).

153. Amy LOSSEE 1 was born 2 calculated 1762 in , Long Island, New York. She was christened on 13 Mar 1793 in Waterborough, Queens, New Brunswick. She died in 1841 in , , New Brunswick. [Parents]

Her father was Lewis according to older family group sheets completed by members of the Hillman family, and Simon according to some information from the internet.

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154. Benjamin ELLSWORTH 1 was born 2 in 1777 in Waterborough, Queens, New Brunswick. He died on 5 Apr 1847 in Houghton, Norfolk, Ontario. He was buried on 5 Apr 1847 in Houghton, Norfolk, Ontario. He married Elizabeth SHARP. [Parents]

155. Elizabeth SHARP 1 was born in 1783 in , , New Brunswick. She died on 1 Nov 1848 in Houghton, Norfolk, Ontario.

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156. Archelous PURDY [image] 1 was born 2 on 18 Dec 1763 in White Plains, Westchester, New York. He died on 2 Apr 1842 in Gagetown, Queens, New Brunswick. He was buried on 4 Apr 1842 in Waterborough, Queens, New Brunswick. He married Hannah BIRDSILL about 1787 in Jemseg, Queens, New Brunswick. [Parents]

The house Archelous Purdy was born in still stands in 2007, and is known as the "Jacob Purdy house" after Archelous' uncle, who remained in the New York area after Archelous and his brother and sister had been driven out by the American Revolution and assumed ownership of the house. This house was a headquarters for General George Washington during the "Battle of White Plains." (GPH e mail January 23, 2001, and "The Jacob Purdy House" by Elaine Massena, as per White Plains Watch.com)

Archelous Purdy was a Loyalist. D.G Bell, writer of Early Loyalist St. John, writes that many were loyalists "by accident of geography." They lived in or near the area of southern New York State where enemy forces passed through often. They were forced to demonstrate allegience to one side or another. "Being a friend of the King's army often meant judiciously removing oneself to the King's New York." (The Island of New York remained a British stronghold and refuge.) (Early Loyalist St. John, p. 6).

"From the time in 1782 when future independence of the colonies became certain there was an impulse in the deeply - embittered country around New York to drive the remaining known loyalists into Government lines. Westchester County, especially, was the scene of much violence." (Early Loyalist St. John, p.12).

"Archilaus" Purdy appears on a ship's passenger list as a former farmer from Westchester County, New York, who arrived on the ship "Montague" as part of the July 1783 Fleet from the Island of New York to the Saint John River. He brought no family with him, and was still alone in May 1784. (Early Loyalist St. John, p. 232).

Archelous received 215 acres in Queens County, New Brunswick; which were registered to him on 15 April 1790. (Volume III, grant number 210, PANB/UNB Cadastral Database www.lib.unb.ca)

His will, dated or probated in 1842, is listed as being among those held at the Provincial Archives of New Brunswick. (Rootsweb).

"Archelaus Purdy was buried on his own land overlooking the outlet of Grand Lake into Jemseg Creek. Today the grave is in a small woods behind a motel on the Trans Canada Highway. He was buried with enormous, heavy fieldstones over his grave to protect it from wolves. In mid nineteen seventies, not wolves, but human vandals disturbed the grave, lifting the heavy stones to each side." (From "Purdy, Archelaus - U.E.L.", photocopy, provided to MH by LKHI 7 June 2004, author not cited, no date).

See p. 210 on microfilm F-365?

157. Hannah BIRDSILL 1 was born 2 on 14 Jan 1770 in New York, , New York. She died on 1 Apr 1833 in Waterborough, Queens, New Brunswick. [Parents]

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158. William ELSWORTH 1 was born about 1772 in Ofcumberland Bay, Queens, New Brunswick. He was christened in , Of Queens, New Brunswick. He married Rebecca about 1797 in Ofcumberland Bay, Queens, New Brunswick.

" ... at Young's Cove, where Alexander purchased a farm and land formerly owned by William Ellsworth, a U.E. Loyalist. " (From: islands.cc) Unknown if this is the same William Elsworth?

159. Rebecca 1 was born about 1777 in Ofcumberland Bay, Queens, New Brunswick. She was christened in , Of Queens, New Brunswick.

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160. Richard HITCHCOCK.Richard married 1 Mary KNOKE on 20 Jul 1783 in Stottesden and Farlow, Shropshire, England.

Was probably the father of Corporal Benjamin Hitchcock, but this is not yet proven.

He was probably either a quarry worker in the Clee Hills of Shropshire, or an agricultural labourer.

161. Mary KNOKE.

Was probably the mother of Corporal Benjamin Hitchcock, but this is not yet proven.

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164. John DEE [image] was born 1 in Of Waterford, Ireland. [Parents]

"... lived opposite the mountain of Slain-a-mon" [Slievenamon] in the county of Waterford," Ireland. He may have had five sons and one daughter and a brother Maurice who ran a public house at the crossroads. (From "Relatives of Nicholas Dee, Sr", no author, no date, as provided by James Dee of Hartland, NB 16 Sep 2005)

Birth record?
A John Southwell Dee was christened 8 July 1770 in Kill St. Nicholas, Waterford, Ireland, the only John Dee to be found in the IGI in this timeperiod in all of Ireland (IGI at familysearch.org which quotes FHL BRITISH Film 897365 Item 2 or 941.91/K1 V26k). He was the son of a John and Amelia Dee.

It is possible that John Dee was related to the family that built the O'Dea castle in 1480. See clan.odea.net which declares: "If your name is O'Dea, O'Day, Dee, or Day, then you are a member of Clan Uí Deághaidh and this is your Clan web page!"

Castle O'Dea,

built in the 13th century
, appears in the first 2&1/2 minutes of this Youtube video. The faces around the entry to a small chapel associated with the castle are also ancient. This is a longer and larger video.

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166. Elisha YEOMANS [image] was born in 1760. He married Mary. [Parents]

"To His Excellency, Thomas Carleton, Governor and Commander in Chief of the Province of New Brunswick &c &c

"The Memorial of John Darrington, William Darrington, John Yeomans, Eli Yeomans, and Benjamin Yeomans Humbly Sheweth that your Memorialists are the Sons of Good and Loyal subjects to his Majesty whose parents served His Majesty in the late American War and came to this Province from New York at the evacuation of that place and have lived with their parents till this time and as your Memorialists parents Drew no land for their Children, and their farms which they drew for themselves is Rather Small to divide with their Said Children, your Memorialists Beg that your Excellency in your Goodness may be Pleased to Grant your Memorialists Each of them a Lott of land on, on the north side of Simeon Baxters grant on Kenebecasis River as the[y] can find a Sufficient Quantity of land there to supply them and many more, which if your Excellency will be Pleased to Grant them your Memorialists as in Duty Bound will every Pray" (End of photocopy provided by Tom Laderoute of Saint John, NB). (Apparently from 1796 petition found on microfilm PANB F1039 as discussed at New Brunswick Archives)

Unfortunately only John Darrington is mentioned in a 1798 survey and the others presumabley did not receive their lands?

Wright's Loyalists of NB, p.345 notes both a Benjamin Yeomans who "served", and received a grant or first lived in Queens County. An Eli Yeomans is also mentioned "C327" and lived in Kings County.

See Yeomans family forum item .

The parental link between Rebecca Elizabeth Yeomans and Eli or Elisha Yeomans is very likely but not proven. Elisha must have been either father or brother or uncle.

167. Mary.

For this family group please see Laura Quartermain's website . Information also from Tom Laderoute email 24 Nov 2005, who suggests McCann or Darrington as Mary's family name.

Mary is not yet proven to be mother to Rebecca Elizabeth Yeomans.

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170. David ANDERSON [image] was born 1 calculated 1760. He died 2 before 3 May 1817 in North America. He married Sarah or Charlotte or Jane calculated 1802 in England.

David Anderson's family were among the earliest military settlers on the Saint John River between Fort Presque Isle and Grand Falls. He passed away shortly after being accepted as a military settler, and we do not know if he passed away in Quebec or actually settled on his granted land in New Brunswick.

He served with the 10th (later 4th) Royal Veteran's Battalion in the War of 1812. That unit came to North America in 1807. (War of 1812 - Land Operations, Stanley, p.430). For insights into daily life in this regiment including uniform and grooming please see 10 Royal Veterans' Battalion

Downriver to New Brunswick:
David and his wife and six children were one of six British military families from the same Battalion who were taken down the Saint John River in 1814 by Joseph Bouchette, the Surveyor General of Quebec. They are probably one of the two placed on some cleared land where the Salmon River entered the Saint John. This far down the river, the Andersons were on the British side of the boundary, even according to the 1783 treaty.

Shortly after May 31, 1814, the Surveyor General arrived at

'Salmon River, which place I found highly advantageous for the settlers with a tolerable large clearing, which happens to have fortunately fallen to the lot of two large families + the most helpless ...'.

Mr. Bouchette had sent a list of seven families to Sir George Prevost on 1 May, and the Anderson family was the largest on this list. Unoccupied cleared lands along this river valley may have been difficult to find. Bouchette explains that he found the land belonged to a Mr. King, who had bought the land from 'an old [French] Canadian'.

"Upon enquiry I found he held no kind of title from Government, however, I made it a point to write to Mr. Sproule, Surveyor General at Fredericton [New Brunswick] on the subject and received no answer, Therefore in obedience to Your Excellency's Instructions I have to report that those two last families are settled on Government lands within the Province of New Brunswick...."

Another list of families from this battalion, this time showing who was settled at which point along this route, is dated 3 May 1817. At the bottom of the list is 'Widow Anderson', who with her (now) seven children, is one of three families at Salmon River. David had apparently died since being chosen as one of the military settlers. He had been the second oldest at 54 when he first appeared in a list of prospective soldier-settlers in May 1814; still too young to be "old" in today's world, but perhaps not very young in 1814. He had served over 26 years in the British military.

An 1815 map by Joseph Bouchette is found at Bouchette 1815 map. The "RVB Settlers" were at where Salmon River joins the east bank of the Saint John River.

Military service: background reading:
For an overview of the 10th Royal Veteran's Battalion please see Regiments.org. For more of a description of the 10th Royal Veteran's battalion and their uniform and rules governing their daily life, 10th RVB. For winter conditions and inadequate "great coats", see Great Coats.

For a description of the successful attack on Fort Mackinac (David Anderson was in a different company and probably wasn't there) see Canadian Military Heritage

Re enactors in full uniform.

For a description of British army life (in a Canadian context) see army life

171. Sarah or Charlotte or Jane was born 1 calculated 1784. She died 2 after 3 May 1817 in New Brunswick.

"The soldiers of the Royal Veteran Battalion left Quebec in May [1814] and travelled with their families and belongings all the way to New Brunswick by canoe and on foot. For one of the settlers, Widow Anderson whose soldier husband died on the way or shortly after arriving in New Brunswick, the journey was particularly trying. Once in the Military Settlement she was required to build a house for her seven children before winter, collect rations from the Grand Falls Military Post, a difficult seven miles away, and then paddle forty miles down river to Presqu'Ile to collect her transportation pay. These circumstances combined with her large family indicate the ordeal endured and the capability possessed by this pioneer lady of the Upper Saint John River." (EA Clarke, The Weary, the Famished and the Cold, p.6)

As a widow immediately after the War of 1812, she lived with her family at the mouth of the Salmon River (a creek that empties into the Saint John) near present day Ortonville, Victoria Co, New Brunswick.

She was known by three different given names in colonial British North American records. It is a puzzle why in 1814 Mrs. Anderson is given the first name of "Sarah" and in 1817 she is "Charlotte." This happened to one of the two other women who settled at Salmon River: "Effie" Smith of the 1 May 1814 list becomes "Agnes" Smith, in a September 1816 christening of her baby boy in the records of the local Anglican parish.

To add to the puzzle, our ancestress is named "Widow Jane Anderson" in the Commissariat Record Book for Fort Presque Isle, which provided this family with rations from 25 October 1818 until 24 January 1819. There is no doubt this is the same family - "Henry Anderson - Eldest Son" - is named, and additionally we are told the family had "Six old children." [Two of the Anderson children were actually "young" children - under age seven, a perhaps deliberate oversight to allow larger rations to this struggling family]. Also, the heading to this entry is "... For the same Corps - period + authority as above." Immediately above is an entry for certain named "Settlers late 4th R Vet Batt." These included the neighbouring Smith family of Salmon River Settlement. [The 10th Royal Veterans Battalion had been renumbered in June 1815].

E.A. Clarke appears to acknowledge that her first name is ambiguous when he always refers to her simply as "Widow Anderson" in his publication on New Brunswick's military settlement. (He includes a sketch of the widow Anderson stoically rowing several miles alone to get army rations for her large fatherless family.)

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