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Re: Elisha & Phebe Sparks Brown
Posted by: Thomas A. Murray (ID *****5502) Date: July 31, 2003 at 09:17:26
In Reply to: Re: Elisha & Phebe Sparks Brown by Nancy Gill of 779

I agree that the Brown's I noted as being in Malbiae are unlikely as ancestors of Elias and Elisha. The reason I mentioned them was to show at least the early presence of the name in that area, with the possibility, for example, that Benjamin Brown may have had brothers? The reason I fixed on Malbaie was that a number of my ancestors and their in-laws, cousins, etc., come from the mouth of the Miramichi; and I was aware of a connection to the Gaspe. The McCallum's in particular had branches of their family in St.-Pierre. Many were seamen or fisherman, and movement across the Bay de Chaleur was relatively simple. The most rational route from Quebec to the Miramichi area was by sea. I would find it less easy to believe that someone would come from, for example, Montreal to the Miramichi; as in that case, the more logical route is by way of Trois Rivieres, overland to Edmunston and the River Saint John.
My theory may have no relevance at all, it's just that if someone came from Quebec to the Miramichi in the early 1800's, the Gaspe is the first place I would look as a point-of-origin.
I have been around most of New Brunswick, except Charlotte Co., and have some sense of location and appearance. It is hardly an infallible sense, as I assumed New Denmark was in Carleton Co. Imagine my surprise to find it is actually in Victoria Co., perhaps closer to Perth-Andover.

Thomas


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