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Digby, Grand Manan, Kings Co., NB and Ontario
Posted by: Thomas A. Murray (ID *****5502) Date: June 05, 2002 at 21:21:03
In Reply to: OUTHOUSE/MORSE - Grand Manan, New Brunswick, Canada. by David Paterson of 193

Grand Manan seems to be one of those nexus points where the same families appear. You have noted Alexander Flewelling, and his father, William. You are also aware that the Outhouse family in Digby Co. (and their cousins the Cosabooms)appear on Grand Manan. Add to this the Crafts who marry Flewellings in Kings Co., and James Milton Flewelling who m. a Letteney from Digby. An aside to this is an Alexander Haines of Digby, related to the Haines in the Keswick area of NB; also to the Haines in Richibucto, Kent Co., NB. (Simondson Outhouse m. Cecelia Haines in Tiverton.) This is similar to the relationship between families (Purdys, Wrights, Murrays, Andersons, Stymiests, Strangs, Robertsons, Heirlihys, etc.) in Tabusintac, Northumberland Co., NB and Bedeque, PEI; and even involves some of the same families. (The Purdys and Strangs, for example, are connected with the Haines in Rye, NY through the Budds; the Wrights, Prices, Murrays and Schurmans are connected with the Strangs and Purdys through marriages in Bedeque; and the Flewellings, Wetmores and Merritts with the Strangs and Purdys through Kings Co. and Westchester Co. marriages.)
While Maritimers are aware that distances are not great in the Maritimes, they are also aware that in the 19th century, most settled areas were fairly parochial, and family alliances usually occured within limited distances. To find the same families not only uniting in separate areas (and this includes Ontario, as in the case of the Outhouse family in Norfolk Co. where Benjamin Gilbert, grandson of Nicholas and Elizabeth (Flewelling) Outhouse marries Amy O. Fluelling, granddaughter of Elizabeth's brother, although their families arrived there for different reasons by different routes) may seem surprising. The underlying reason for these far-flung simultanieties is likely due to the fact that many of these families originate from early Long Island families, Westchester Co., NY families, and Connecticut families near the New York border. After the Revolution, some went to Nova Scotia, thence to PEI with William Schurman; some to what was to be New Brunswick, and some (especially from NS and NB, apparently at the behest of Simcoe who knew many Westchester Co. and Long Island people) to Upper Canada.
The real surprise, however, is that even after several generations, these different groups appear to still know of each other, and to be in touch. I suspect that the reason for this is that (at least in Kings Co. where ship-building, and river navigation were important; and in Digby, Grand Manan, Bedeque, Richibucto, Tabusintac and Richibucto; where the fisheries and marine related occupations were important) contact was maintained frequently by sailing vessels making visits; and by those involved in these trades making the acquaintance of cousins. This supposition can be extended to New York and New England; and might explain the southerly drift of individuals from these families. (Hannah (Outhouse) Caldwell (Cauldwell?) d/o Nicholas and Elizabeth (Flewelling) Outhouse, of Tiverton, d. 24JAN1858 age 90 years and is buried in (apparently) the Reformed Dutch Church Cem., Fishkill, Dutchess Co., NY. Whom was she visiting? Her uncle, Francis Flewelling?)
In the particular case of Geneva Outhouse, the logical conclusion is that her family came from Digby, NS. There is another option, concerning which, unfortunately, I have little information. That is that apparently Simon Outhouse, s/o Nicholas and Elizabeth, seems to have settled in Sackville, NB near the mouth of the Petitcodiac River, at the head of the Bay of Fundy.

R11. SIMON OUTHOUSE b. Westchester Co., NY ca. 1748, d. young (or 1812.) On the other hand: in the quarterly of the New Brunswick Genealogical Society, “Generations”, No. 29, p. 55, is the records of the town of Sackville, NB (across the Bay of Fundy from Digby, sort of.) According to these records, a Simon Outhouse married there 8MAR1785 ELISABETH LAWRENCE (b. 3FEB1769, if she is the “Betsey” Lawrence b. at that time), d/o William and Huldy (Seamour) Lawrence of that town. (“Huldy Seamour” is probably better written as Huldah Seymour.) This Simon is also said to have been b. ca. 1748. One Simon Outhouse who this might have been is the son of Robert Outhouse [R126]; however, for this Simon to be married in 1785 is unlikely. Another Simon Outhouse is said to have been a son of Simon and Antje (Willemse) Outhouse, brother to Nicholas [R1A], although it seems such a son would be born before 1748. It seems Simon accompanied his brother to Nova Scotia, and then moved to Sackville, where he had at least one child:
WILLIAM OUTHOUSE b. Sackville, NB 29APR1787, m. Westmoreland Co., NB JUL1809 MARY ANN CHARTER. They had a son:
Capt. TIMOTHY OUTHOUSE b. 20NOV1831, m. Sackville, NB 24JAN1850 JANE McQUINN (b. 2JAN1831)

I would assume that Timothy Outhouse's title of captain refers to his having been a master mariner, and therefore had the opportunity to visit Digby; and may have been interested in the fishing industry on Grand Manan.
The moral of this prolonged exposition is that these inter-related colonial families are liable to appear in conjunction almost anywhere; and not to make the error which I have often made (although the incorrect supposition has been useful in most cases) that a member of a particular family necessarily comes from the area in which that family is most often found.
By the way, congratulations and many thanks for taking on the administration of the Flewelling/Flewwelling archives. I doubt if I am subscribed, as my e-mail address has changed; but you have at least one of the current ones. I do check the forums on a regular basis, but if you receive enquiries, I would be pleased to learn of them. Also, is there a way of posting somewhat incomplete, extremely long, pieces on the Flewellings for corrections, amendments and additions?


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