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Mary Wood from Coles Island

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Re: Mary Wood from Coles Island

Posted: 1520649109000
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JOSEPH WOOD b. Black River, NB 16MAR1841 (ca. 1843-5), m. MARGARET (MAGGIE) A. LEWIS (b. 26DEC1849 (ca. 1848-50, NOV1849 in 1911)).
Joseph (38) and Margaret A. (31) Wood were in Johnston Parish, Queens Co., NB in 1881 with children, Ellen E. (7), Mary (4), Jane (3) and Thos. H. (DEC1880). All were b. in NB, Joseph was Church of England and the rest of the family were Methodists.
In Johnston Parish, in 1871, Joseph Wood (27) was a labourer working for Robert and Ruth Campbell.
In Johnston Parish, in 1891, Joseph (46) and Margaret (43) Wood had Ellen E. (17), Mary A. (15), Margaret J. (13), Walter (5) and Joseph M. (3). Joseph, Sr.’s parents were from Scotland and Margaret’s parents were from Ireland.
In Johnston Parish in 1901, there were:

Wood Joseph M Head M Mar 16 1841 60
Wood Margert F Wife M Dec 26 1849 51
Wood Walter M Son S Oct 10 1885 15
Wood Medley M Son S Apr 9 1888 13
Wood Charles M Son S Apr 1 1892 9

Two households away was the family:

Lewis Caleb A M Head M Mar 30 1862 39
Lewis Alice F Wife S Jun 26 1871 29
Lewis Martha F Daughter S Sep 3 1895 5
Lewis Edna F Daughter S Sep 3 1895 5
Lewis Mary F Daughter S Sep 9 1896 4
Lewis Henry E M Son S Aug 31 1899 1
Lewis Daniel M Father M Oct 24 1830 70
Lewis Lyda F Mother M Apr 18 1835 65

Edna’s birth record gives her as Edna Florence Lewis b. Coles Island, Queens Co., NB 3SEP1895, so the birth-dates seem accurate. She was the daughter of Caleb A. and Alice M. (Lewis) Lewis, so either the Lewis family was larger than is evident or Lydia’s maiden name is incorrect. However, Mary Agnes’ birth record (9SEP1896) gave her parents as Caleb Ainsley and Alice Martha (Lewis) Lewis. Caleb may have been married before, as Caleb Ensly Lewis and Elizabeth Miller had a son, Murray Isaiah Lewis, b. Coles Island 7SEP1887. This does not make much sense (considering the 1871 census). When Murray registered his birth, in 1958, his older sister, Rebecca L. Gilbert, attested to his birth. When Henry Edward Lewis married, he gave his parents as Caleb A. and Alice Martha (Lewis) Lewis. Murray Isaiah (b. Coles Island ca. 1888) married in 1916, and, again, his parents were Caleb and Elizabeth Lewis. When he married in 1908, his parents were ‘Kaleb’ A. and Elizabeth Lewis. Rebecca (b. Johnston Parish ca. 1876) married William Gilbert in 1897, and also gave her parents as Caleb and Elizabeth Lewis.
The suggestion is that Daniel and Lydia Lewis may have been Margaret’s parents. They are, however, given as English and born in NB where Margaret, in the same census, was Irish. In Johnston Parish, in 1871, Daniel (38) and Lydia (31) Lewis were born in NB, but in that case were ‘Scotch’. Children were Caleb (12) and Lydia (2). With them was presumably Daniel’s mother, Elizabeth Lewis (82, b. NB) and a James Lewis (14) whose relationship is unclear. In 1861, Elizabeth (72) was the wife of Thomas Lewis (77), both b. in NB, and with them was Daniel (30) and Lydia (25) with their children George (7) and James (5). Lydia is given as a daughter but would seem to have been a daughter-in-law. Daniel Lewis m. Johnston Parish 18FEB1860 Lydia Cole.
Caleb Ainsley Lewis (30MAR1862-18JAN1939) was the son of Daniel and Lydia (Cole) Lewis. Could he gave been named for an uncle? Daniel Lewis (24OCT1831-17JUL1921) was the son of Thomas and Betsey (Secord) Lewis. Thomas was from Ontario (?), and Betsey from Long Creek, Queens Co., NB. The Secord’s were Loyalists from Westchester Co., NY (usually around Rye or New Rochelle), who came to NB in 1783. “First Families”, has:

SECORD: Elias Secord born 30 Oct 1748 in NY, d. 11 Nov 1838, m. 12 Sep 1779 in New York City, Abigail Babcock born 14 Nov 1757, d. 6 Nov 1839: came from Long Island, NY to NB in 1783 as Loyalists and settled at Long Creek, Wickham Parish, Queens County:
1) Sarah Secord b. 21 Feb 1783 in New York City, d. 1783 in New York City:
2) Elias William Secord b. 3 May 1783 in New York City:
3) James Secord born 18 Jul 1785 in NB, d. c1877 in Ontario, married 25 Aug 1808 at Gagetown, Queens County, Phoebe Peck b. c1788, bp. 21 Mar 1788 d/o James and Catherine Peck: had four children before moving to Ontario:
4) Henry Secord b. 26 Jul 1787, d. c1869, married 17 Aug 1808 at Gagetown, Elizabeth Corey d/o Thomas Corey and Catherine Vail had one child before moving to Ontario:
5) Elizabeth Secord b. 18 Jun 1789 in Wickham, NB, married 30 Mar 1812 at Hampstead, NB, Thomas Lewis born c1784: settled at Coles Island, Johnston Parish, Queens County: had seven children:
6) John Secord b. 11 Sep 1791, d. 29 Apr 1889, m. 26 Oct 1815 at Wickham, NB, Sibyl Green born 3 May 1797, died 28 Oct 1881, d/o James Green and Elizabeth Carpenter: they settled at Long Creek and had eleven children:
7) Hannah Secord b. 11 Sep 1798, m. 21 Nov 1822 George Cole b. 1802 at Coles Island, Queens County, s/o David and Elizabeth Cole: settled at Coles Island and had five children:
8) Samuel Secord b. c1802, m. 13 Aug 1830, Elizabeth Vincent or McCurdy born 1804: settled at Long Creek and had eleven children:
9) William Secord.
Sources: MC80/1285 Loyalist lineages of Canada 1783-1983, pages 586-587: see MC80/1397 Daniel F. Johnson’s New Brunswick lineages, pages 198-200: see also MC445 George Secord collection which contains George W. Secord’s Descendants of Elias Secord, Loyalist and his wife Abigail Babcock, 170 pgs: dates differ among sources.

If Thomas and Elizabeth (Secord) Lewis had seven children, I would expect a larger family. A problem I that most of the 1851 census for Queens Co. is ‘missing’. I rather suspect that, instead of being from Ontario, Thomas Lewis was the adult son of Thomas and Rachel Lewis of Waterborough Parish, Queens Co., who was baptized with several siblings 13OCT1798. When Thomas m. Elizabeth ‘Seacord’ 30MAR1812, he lived in Hampstead Parish.

The other Caleb Lewis appears in 1881 in Johnston Parish as ‘Calip’ Lewis (28) with a wife, Elizabeth (35) and children Mary Ann (11), George E. (9), Thos. W. (8), ‘Wilsmin?’ (daughter, 6), Rebecca L. (4) and Robert C. (1). He lived two households from Daniel and Lydia. Apparently, then, ‘Calip’ was a nephew rather than an uncle of Caleb Ainsley Lewis. There is supposed to be a ‘Calefont’ Lewis (19) on the same page, but I do not see him, or anyone of that age. Perhaps there are pages missing?
Other sons of Thomas and Elizabeth (Secord) Lewis include Henry Lewis who m. Matilda Crumble. These come from genealogical sites of a dubious nature. This one, for example, states that Elizabeth died in 1812, which is tricky as she married that year and supposedly had seven children. Another son was Caleb Lewis, or a third one. At:
is a muster list of a miltia company under Capt. John Secord in 1832 that included Thomas Lewis and George Lewis. Presumably at least George was another son. However, in 1802, Thomas, George and John Lewis petitioned for land with others in Queens Co., so they could be brothers. Thomas Lewis who petitioned in Queens Co. in 1823 with others, including Elias, John and Samuel Secord, was likely the same who m. Elizabeth Secord. Thomas also petitioned in 1828 with many others, including the Cole family for whom the island was named.
Thomas Lewis, Sr. (500 acres) and Thomas Lewis, Jr. (290 acres) received grants at the head of Lewis Cove, off of the Washademoak Lake 3OCT1809 in Wickham Parish, near the Johnston Parish boundary.

1. ELLEN E. WOOD b. ca. 1874.
2. MARY A. WOOD b. Coles Island, Queens Co., NB 1JUL1876 (ca. 1876-7), m. Saint John, Saint John Co., NB 13DEC1897 JAMES NAVES (b. 69 Sheriff St., Saint John, Saint John Co., NB 4JAN1876, d. Lancaster Parish, Saint John Co., NB 27MAR1959 age 83 years, 2 months and 23 days, buried Cedar Hill Cemetery, Saint John, Saint John Co., NB; m. 2nd 26FEB1907 Mrs. Alberta (Bertha) A. (Reicker) Wheaton (b. ca. 1865, d. 27DEC1942); m. 3rd 25AUG1950 Mrs. Maude Mary (Moore) William/Williams), s/o Samuel and Sarah J. (Clarke (or Irvine?)) Naves.
James’ parents still apparently lived with him at 69 Sheriff St. when he registered his birth in 1927. At least his father, who signed the registration, did.
When he died, James’ residence was 66 Edith St., Saint John. His father, according to his death record, was also from Black River, NB, so the Wood’s and Nave’s may have known each other. The information on his death record was given by his daughter, Sarah J. Rapsher of Pine St., Philadelphia, PA. This would be Sarah Jane Naves b. 14MAR1909, d/o James and Abbie Alberta (Reicker) Naves. She 1st married 20JAN1927 Alonzo Joseph Calvin.
James’ 3rd wife died as Alberta Abbie Naves (b. Kings Co., NB 9JAN1865, d. 69 Sheriff St. 27DEC1942). She was the d/o Joseph and Sarah (Morrell) Reicker from Queens Co., NB. 27 Sheriff St. also seems a residence for other members of the Naves family; including, amongst others, John Naves, possibly James’ brother. Also living at 69 Sheriff St., in 1920, was a Samuel Naves and his wife, Lena Morrell.
James’ mother, Sarah (Clark/Clarke) Naves, was b. ca. 1855 and d. Saint John 19APR1915 age 60-years. According to a death record of Frederick Naves (27JUN1892-22FEB1952), Samuel Naves was from England and Sarah Clarke was from Ireland. On the other hand, Samuel Naves’ death record (21APR1854-26NOV1931) was born in Black River, the s/o Joseph and Mary Jane (Slack) Naves, and was born in Black River, Saint John Co., NB. Samuel’s wife, when he died, was Lillian. Joseph was from England. According to the 1851 census of Simonds Parish, Saint John Co., NB, where, at:
the surname is transcribed as ‘Nabes’, Samuel Naves (b. Ireland ca. 1801) lived next to Joseph Naves (b. Ireland ca. 1827), and both arrived in 1834 and are likely father and son. Mary Jane Slack is, in 1851, Mary Ann, and likely yje daughter of William and Mary Slack listed ‘next door’. The New Brunswick Genealogical compilation, “First Families”, had an entry:

“NAVES: Samuel Naves or Neaves b. 1801 in Bristol, England, d. 1884: came to NB in 1834 and settled in Saint John: married (1st) Ann - b. 1802, m. (2nd) 7 Jul 1846 in Saint John, Annie Slack b. 1828 Saint John, d. 22 Jun 1905, d/o William and Mary Slack: the only child mentioned was child of the first wife, Joseph Henry Naves b. 5 Nov 1826 in NB, d. 16 Mar 1905 in Saint John, m. 10 Dec 1849 in Saint John, Mary Jane Slack born 15 Jan 1830 in NB, died 20 Feb 1916 in Saint John. Source: MC80/2354 Saint John Branch, NBGS: Arrivals 99: our first families in New Brunswick, page 200.”

There were also, in 1851, in Simonds Parish, the family of William D. and Olivia Wood at:
and, on the next page at:
Possibly a newlywed couple, Charles W. and Susan Wood. This couple are in, “First Families”, as:

WOOD: William D. Wood born 1794 near Cornwallis, NS, d. 29 May 1866, m. 23 Oct 1817 at Rawdon, NS, Olivia Williams b. 1791 in NS, d. 1872, d/o Joseph Williams and Hannah Hovey: came to NB in 1826: settled at Gardner Creek, Simonds Parish, Saint John County:
1) Rebecca Wood b. 1819 at Cornwallis, NS, d. 29 Mar 1889 at Saint John, m. 28 Mar 1840 in Simonds Parish, Nathan McLellan born NS?, d. 22 Mar 1891 at Saint John:
2) Charles William Wood b. 1822 at Cornwallis, NS, d. 28 Apr 1896 at Saint John, m. (1st) 21 Jun 1848 in Saint John, Susan Cole b. 1829: married (2nd) 21 Mar 1883 at Saint John, Esther McDonald b. - , died 29 May 1944:
3) Elizabeth Wood b. 1823 in Cornwallis, NS, d. 20 Apr 1895 in Saint John, married 30 Dec 1841 in Saint John, William Henry Benjamin born in 1823:
4) Ann Wood possibly born in Cornwallis, NS, d. before 1851, m. 2 Oct 1844 in Simonds Parish, Walter Osborne:
5) Joseph William Wood born c1826 in Cornwallis, NS, died 23 Sep 1910 at Gagetown, Queens County, m. 4 Apr 1855 in St. Martins in Saint John County, Elizabeth Brown Howard born 26 Jul 1826 at St. Martins, died 4 Jun 1904 in Saint John:
6) Olivia Wood born c1829 at Gardner Creek, died 29 Aug 1896 at Saint John, m. (1st) 9 Oct 1856 in Saint John, Archibald Hunter: m. (2nd) 25 May 1880 in Saint John, John Jackson b. 1812 in England, d. c1905:
7) Hannah Wood b. 29 Apr 1832 at Gardner Creek, d. 23 Nov 1897 in Kings County, NS, m. (1st) 20 Dec 1855 Edward McLean of Saint John, born 1832 in NS, d. 16 Jan 1860 at Cornwallis, NS: m. (2nd) after 1860 Charles Edward Loomer born 1829, d. 7 Jul 1887 at Aylesford, NS:
8) Sarah Maria Wood b. 20 Apr 1836, d. 19 Dec 1905, married 11 Jul 1855 in Saint John, George T. Bartlett of Saint John, b. 1827 England, died 1903: settled at Little Ridge, Albert County.
Sources: MC80/1803 Rex Grady’s The Wood families of the St. John River 1784 to 1900: a genealogical guide, page 48: also see the York County census returns: see also MC80/2354 Saint John Branch, NBGS: Arrivals 99: our first families in New Brunswick, page 295.

If, as it seems, Joseph Wood was born in Black River (the Garnett Settlement area), Simonds Parish, Saint John Co., NB ca. 1843-4, this would seem to be his family but I do not see him in 1851 or 1861. There were two other Black Rivers in NB, but they seem unlikely.

Mary’s mother may have been:

Margaret Wood d. Garden St., Saint John 27OC1903 age 68-years.
Margaret Woods d. Youngs Cove, Queens Co., NB 19MAR1916 age 82-years.

but neither seem likely. Her father may have been:

Joseph W. Wood d. 24SEP1910 age 85-years.

This appears to be the Joseph William Wood in the extract from, “First Families”, and, again, unlikely.

In Lansdowne Ward, Saint John in 1901, James and Mary Naves lived next to (or with) his parents and are transcribed as:

Naves Samuel M Head M Apr 7 1853 47
Naves Sarrah F Wife M Apr 10 1855 45
Naves William M Son S Jun 29 1883 17
Naves Fredrick M Son S Jun 27 1892 8

Naves James M Head M Jan 4 1876 25
Naves Mary A. F Wife M Jul 1 1876 24
Naves Jennie E. F Daughter S Feb 23 1898 3
Naves James A. M Son S Jun 24 1900 10/12

21. JENNIE ELIZABETH NAVES b. Brook St., Saint John, Saint John Co., NB 25FEB1898 (23Feb1898 in 1901), m. BERNARD MacKENZIE.
21. ALBERT JOSEPH (JAMES ALBERT in birth record and in 1901) NAVES b. 76 Sheriff St., Saint John, Saint John Co., NB 24JUN1900, m. 286 Prince Edward St., Saint John, Saint John Co., NB 17SEP1923 REBECCA JEAN SCOTT (b. Saint John, Saint John Co., NB ca. 1898), d/o Thomas and Elizabeth (Clark) Scott.
3. MARGARET JANE WOOD b. ca. 1878.
This may be Jane/Annie Wood/Woods who m. John Corbett. In 1901, Jane was b. 11JAN1871 but she and John (b. 1852) lived two households in Lansdowne Ward, Saint John from James (8SEP1863) and Cristena Naves, with a couple of other Naves’ households in the vicinity, including Joseph (5NOV1826) and Mary J. (15JAN1831) Naves. In another part of Lansdowne Ward, in 1901, were James and Mary Naves next to his parents as above. The birth-dates for 1901 are suspect so this may have been Mary’s sister.
4. THOMAS H. WOOD b. DEC1880.
5. WALTER WOOD b. 10OCT1885 (ca. 1886), m. EDNA F. _____ (b. MAY1885).
Of special interest is the 1911 census of Coles Island, Johnston Parish, Queens Co., NB. This includes several households next to each other:

Lewis Caleb A M Head M Mar 1862 49
Lewis Alice m F Wife M Jun 1872 39
Lewis Daniel M Father W Oct 1830 80
Lewis Martha J F Daughter S Sep 1895 15
Lewis Edna F F Daughter S Sep 1895 15
Lewis Mary F Daughter S Sep 1896 14
Lewis Edward H M Son S Aug 1899 11

Wood Walter M Head M Oct 1885 26
Wood Edna F F Wife M May 1885 26
Wood Willie M Son S Mar 1904 7
Wood John M Son S Apr 1908 3
Wood Flora F Daughter S Dec 1910

Wood Charles M Head M Apr 1892 19
Wood Edna F Wife M May 1889 22
Wood Clarence H M Son S Apr 1910 1

Wood Medley M Head M Apr 1888 23
Wood Mary F Wife M Apr 1888 23
Wood Olive F Daughter S Mar 1909 2
Wood Ella F Daughter S Jul 1910 1
Wood Maggie F Mother W Nov 1849 62

I rather think that, in light of the above, this fairly establishes Margaret A. Lewis as very likely a granddaughter of Thomas and Elizabeth (Secord) Lewis; but I have not time to explore this further just now.
6. JOSEPH MEDLEY WOOD b. 9APR1888 (ca. 1888), m. MARY _____ (b. APR1888).
7. CHARLES WOOD b. 1APR1892, m. EDNA _____ (b. MAY1889).
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