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Re: Elisha & Phebe Sparks Brown
Posted by: Thomas A. Murray (ID *****5502) Date: July 29, 2003 at 12:11:20
In Reply to: Elisha & Phebe Sparks Brown by Nancy Gill of 779

The Spark’s name was relatively rare, and I suspect that Nathan’s daughter was the one you seek, but I am at a loss on how to prove it, unless the marriage record named her parents. A possibility may be the 1891 census, and should Phoebe still be with Nathan at that time, it might be a fair indication she was still unmarried. Reconstructing Elisha’s family from the various postings, I get:

ELISHA BROWN, (s/o Elias Brown (b. PQ) and Elizabeth Porter) b. Presque Isle, ME ca. 1838, d. 1NOV1914 (or 31DEC1913?), bur. Woodland, Aroostook Co., ME. , m. 1st TALLY (STELLA (or ESTELLA?)) THIBODEAU; m. 2nd Woodland, Aroostook Co., ME 1JUL1896 PHOEBE SPARKS
1. ‘LOTHS’ BROWN (son) b. ME ca. 1862
2. ELIAS BROWN b. NB ca. 1865
3. ELISHA BROWN b. ME ca. 1869 (or ca. 1879?, either age 11 years or 11 months in 1880)
4. ALBERT BROWN b. NB ca. 1871
5. MARY JANE (MARIA) BROWN b. ME ca. 1873
6. HERMAN BROWN b. ME ca. 1877
9. ‘ESTELL’ (ESTELLA?) BROWN b. ME ca. 1879

Attempting to trace the Brown’s to New Brunswick and Quebec, I thought along these lines.
Coming from the Province of Quebec to New Brunswick, especially if to the Miramichi area, I would expect Elias Brown, Elisha’s father, to be from the Gaspé. The thought had crossed my mind that he may have been from Malbaie, as there were close contacts between the people living there and those living on the lower reaches of the Miramichi River. (There is some variation in the spelling of Malbaie. I have seen it: Mal Bay, Mal Baie, Malbaie, etc.) The area was on the mouth of the Baie De Chaleur, just across the bay for North Shore New Brunswick.
The IGI does mention an Elias James Brown, b. Malbaie 29SEP1865, s/o Benjamin and Jane (La Flemme) Brown. Benjamin and Jane were m. Sandy Beach, Gaspé-East, PQ 9DEC1840. George Benjamin Brown is said to have been b. US (one suggestion is Cleveland, Ohio, but his birth appears a bit too early for that) ca. 1800-1806, d. 10NOV1877 age 77 years. His wife was Francois Jane (Jeanne)Kemleur-dit-LaFlamme (b. PQ 4FEB1823), d/o Joseph and Genevieve (Robin) Kemleur-dit-LaFlamme. Their children included:
Mary Jane Brown
Caroline Brown
Andrew Brown
George Brown
Peter Brown
Henry Brown
Frederick Joseph Brown
Julia Lucie Brown
Isabella Brown
Charlotte Brown
Margaret Brown
Donald Benjamin Brown
Joseph John (or John Joseph) Brown
Margaret Brown
Elias James Brown
Hiram Brown
Elizabeth Brown
They are said to have had 16 children. Benjamin was a ship-builder, and the reference to his being b. in Cleveland (apart from that in Ohio, which may not have existed in 1806), may be to another Cleveland. Although, Moses Cleaveland did begin settlement there in 1796. There is a Cleveland in Yorkshire, England.
Of Genevieve Robin, the following at:
may be of interest:

“Charles Robin, a Jersey merchant, set up a fishing post at Paspebiac in 1767 after Canada passed to the English. However, Canadian fishing posts were targeted by American corsairs at the onset of the American Revolution and Robin was forced back to Jersey [island in the English Channel] when his store was destroyed and his ships captured in 1777. Six years later, the conflict between the English and the Americans was resolved and Robin returned to Paspebiac where the lack of competition allowed him to establish a cod fishing monopoly that extended to New Brunswick and Cape Breton. Other fishing posts were set up along the Gaspe coast and the Charles Robin Co. was instrumental in bringing Jersey families to settle at Paspebiac, Port Daniel, Grande-Riviere, Perce, Gaspe and Grande-Grave.
“Coinciding with Charles Robin's return to Gaspesie was the influx of Loyalists from the American colonies. Although some had fled at the beginning of the Revolutionary War, the greatest Loyalist immigration to Canada took place after the war ended in 1783. Loyalist groups established farming communities at New Carlisle, New Richmond and Douglastown. They were joined by waves of new immigrants in the 1840s when potato crops failed in Ireland and Scotland. Early Gaspesians were geographically and culturally isolated and up until the turn of the 20th century, a hodgepodge of accents, languages and customs characterized the peninsula.”

The IGI also mentions Elias Brown m. Bonaventure, Gaspé-East, PQ 25AUG1849 Bridget Morrisey.
In 1881, in St.-Pierre-de-Malbaie, Gaspé, PQ, was a widow, Jane Brown b. ca. 1831, with her children, Elias (b. ca. 1868), Hiram (b. ca. 1867), Marguerite (b. ca. 1860) and Daniel (b. ca. 1855.) While Jane is described as French, her children are Scottish. Also in the household was Daniel Girard (b. ca. 1863.) St. Pierre is precisely the place to which several families from the area of Tabusintac, Alnwick Parish, Northumberland Co., NB moved in the early 1800’s. Many of them my cousins. Most of these families were Scottish in origin, and many of Loyalist descent.
If Elisha Brown was b. Presque Isle, Aroostook Co., ME ca. 1838, then surely his father must have been there before then, and Elisha should be in the 1850 census with him. At:
it is indicated that two Brown’s were ‘Aroostook’, Washington Co. (?), in 1830: Elias Brown and William Brown.
Elias was in the Eaton Grant in 1837:
Elias also appears:
on the Eaton Grant in 1850, with his son, ‘Elesha’ b. ME ca. 1839.
3 22 22 Brown Elias 55 M Farmer 300 NB
4 22 22 Brown Betsy 50 F NB
5 22 22 Brown Solomon 22 M Laborer NB X
6 22 22 Brown Hannah B 17 F NB X
7 22 22 Brown William 18 M Laborer Maine
8 22 22 Brown Elizabeth 16 F Maine
9 22 22 Brown Elesha 11 M Maine
10 22 22 Brown Saloma 8 F Maine
Elias appears to have left New Brunswick ca. 1833. William may be the same b. NB ca. 1810 with wife, Elizabeth, on Township 11 in 1850 at:
Elias is mentioned at:
“Caribou (formerly Letters H and J, 2nd Range;Eaton's Grant; Lyndon; Maysville)
"In 1808 Captain William Eaton was deeded 10,000 acres of land in northern Maine, then part of Massachusetts, as a reward for his heroic victory over the Barbary Pirates [in North Africa]. This became known as the Eaton Grant, and now constitutes the southeast section of the town of Caribou, bounded on the north and west by the Aroostook River, and on the south and east by townships of Presque Isle and Fort Fairfield. .... In 1820 settlers began arriving from New Brunswick, taking up tracts of land on the north side of the Aroostook River (Eaton Grant). Among the first settlers were John Dorsey, Samuel Wark, Patrick Connolly, Patrick Kelly, George and David Parks. Jonah Whitnact settled in Eaton Grant on the north side of the Aroostook River. In 1826 George Parks settled in Eaton Grant on the south side of the Aroostook River. In 1827 David Parks settled in the same place. In 1828 Laurence Kelley settled in Eaton Grant on the north side of the Aroostook River. In 1829 Alexander Cochran, a Scotch-Irish Canadian, decided to throw his lot in with the settlers along the Aroostook River and built a grist mill for their convenience near the mouth of Caribou Stream." Other early settlers in Eaton Grant and dates of settlement: John Thompson and Michael Kean, 1831; John B. Wing, 1832; Dennis Sughrue, 1836; William Wark, John Bubar, William Bubar, Jesse Patridge, Collingwood Murphy, 1838; Dennis Hale, 1839; David Doodey and Elias Brown, 1840; James Walton, Stephen Sands, Nathaniel Bubar, 1841. From History of Presque Isle, Maine, "Star City of the Northeast" and Caribou Centennial Magazine of 1959.”

There were many Brown’s in Northumberland Co., NB, but looking at the name of Elias’ son, Solomon, I can’t help thinking that while Solomon was not a particularly unusual name, it might be of interest that a Solomon Brown, and about 60 others, were given grants of land, averaging roughly 200 acres each, in Newcastle in 1809. This might be the ‘Sollomon’ Brown, s/o William and Elizabeth Brown, which the IGI gives as b. ca. 1788, bpt. Woodstock Parish, York Co., NB 22JUL1792. I suspect that Woodstock Parish is the same town of Woodstock in Carleton Co., today. This would suggest that William Brown was one of the Loyalists settled in that area 1783-4. However, this rather precludes any connection with Quebec.

Perhaps not what you were looking for, but it may give you some ideas.


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