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Kennebecasis Island - where is it?

Kennebecasis Island - where is it?

Posted: 13 Sep 2010 6:10PM GMT
Classification: Query
Kennebecasis Island is located in Westfield Parish, Kings Co.,NB just across the county line from Saint John. It is connected to the Kingston Peninsula by a cable ferry from Summerville and in many records the area is referred to as "The Milkish" for the channel that flows between the island and Summerville (and Bayswater).

It has no year round residents now but many old families lived there including the Loyalist KEEFE/KEITH family and the Ralph McCORMICK descendants who still summer there in the original homestead. The 2 graveyards have been documented by Gordon Gamble and I have the non-KEITH one on http://www.canadianheadstones.com/ (no pixs unfortunately).

I have been approached for help on the island families over the years so decided to ask to have this site created. So I hope people will use it to connect.
Cheers
Suzanne Carter

Re: Kennebecasis Island - where is it?

Posted: 17 Sep 2010 5:28PM GMT
Classification: Query
Suzanne, try Dan John's site at the PANB site. Go to 'Full-Text Search". Search for "Milkish" with the quotation marks. You get things like:

d. 21st inst., Wm CHARLTON, age 86, resident of Milkish (Kings Co.) for last 60 years, formerly a native of Tyrone, Ireland, left four daughters, one son, thirty grandchildren and twenty great-grandchildren. Funeral Thursday 2 o'clock from his son-in-law's, John HUTCHINGS, residence Milkish Island.

James TAYLOR, laborer of Pokiok, Portland (St. John) left Millidgeville Sunday morn, with the intention of crossing the Kennebecasis on the ice to Milkish Island. No one on Milkish Island has seen him and he has been missing from home ever since.

There are 27 pages of stuff.

Thomas

Re: Kennebecasis Island - where is it?

Posted: 18 Sep 2010 1:24AM GMT
Classification: Query
Hi Thomas,
Thank you for your reply. I guess I misled with my post title. I have tons of data on the island but was trying to lead people to this site so more could get it on it. You are right, using "Milkish" in Danny's database was a great discovery. I appreciate your reply.
Thanks again,
Suzanne

Re: Kennebecasis Island - where is it?

Posted: 6 Mar 2011 1:27AM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: Moriarty
Hi there,
I have family that I have found in the New Brunswick area. They are Moriartys and I have found to births in the the Golding Grove Mission. I'm wondering if you know anything about Golding Grove? They would have come from Ireland, probably Cork, in the 1850's and were in Maine by the mid 1860's. I have not been able to locate them or anyone in the Golding Grove Mission in either the 1851 or 61 census. Any insight you might have will be appreciated.
Colleen Moriarty Furnell colleenfurnell@gmail.com

Re: Kennebecasis Island - where is it?

Posted: 7 Mar 2011 3:04AM GMT
Classification: Query
Hi Colleen,
That would be "Golden Grove". It is on the eastern outskirts of the city of Saint John. I don't know what the "Mission" part is unless it is a baptism in a mission church which is a small branch of a bigger church sharing the same clergy.
If you give me their names I'll see what I can find for you.
Suzanne

Re: Kennebecasis Island - where is it?

Posted: 10 Mar 2011 11:47PM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: Moriarty, Duggan
That would be brilliant! Thanks!

I'm looking for John, Michael & Patrick Moriarty from Cork in the 1850's. I know for sure that John had two daughters born there Mary and Hannah. I'm looking for anything related to the Moriartys in that area. I suspect there may have been a sister, Ellen and there seems to have been a relationship with the Duggan family.
Colleen

Re: Kennebecasis Island - where is it?

Posted: 11 Mar 2011 3:09AM GMT
Classification: Query
Hi Colleen,
Without birth years and wives it's impossible to be sure if I have the right one, but here is one Michael MORIARTY that came to Saint John. I don't know if he dies in the alms house/hospital or not..
Record ID 2273
Surname Morarty
Given names Michael
Date of admission 1847.08.09
Age in years 32
Condition Fever
Date landed 1847.08.04
Nativity Kerry
Remarks Landed St. John
Page 37
Vessel Ward Chipman
Religion Roman Catholic
Departure Cork
Landed St. John - New Brunswick
__________________________________________________________

There is a John C. Moriarty (age 68)in the 1881 census with wife Hannah (60), but he stayed and died in Saint John in 1890. He was Methodist. Some of his children were Edward (24), Clarence (15)and Lena (17). If you think he's yours, there is more on him but I don't think he's yours. He was a furniture upholsterer. I presume yours were Catholic.
___________________________________________________________Newspaper Mentions of the surname MORIARTY in NB newspapers from 1850 - 1865 are below.

Date April 12 1861
County Saint John
Place Saint John
Newspaper Morning News

d. Portland (St. John) Tuesday, James Fergus Moriarty youngest s/o Edward Moriarty and Jane Moriarty, age 1 year 5 mos.
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Date August 29 1860
County Saint John
Place Saint John
Newspaper Morning News

d. Saturday morn., of scarletina, Ellen Moriarty d/o Cornelius Moriarty, age 6 mos.
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Date March 13 1852
County Saint John
Place Saint John
Newspaper New Brunswick Courier

d. Boston, Mass., 1st ult., age 65, Mary Cooper Moriarty widow of Daniel Moriarty, formerly Killarney, County Kerry, Ireland, many years resident of St. John, N.B. (cross reference: Mary COOPER)
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Date May 14 1861
County Saint John
Place Saint John
Newspaper The Morning Freeman

d. Sunday afternoon 12th inst., Mary Moriarty d/o John C. and Hannah Moriarty, age 2 years 11 mos.
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Date August 13 1864
County Saint John
Place Saint John
Newspaper New Brunswick Courier

d. Sunday, 7th inst., Wesley fifth s/o John C. and Hannah Moriarty, age 12 mos.
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If you haven't already you should search www.familysearch.org

Sorry,
Suzanne

Re: Kennebecasis Island - where is it?

Posted: 11 Mar 2011 3:27AM GMT
Classification: Query
On www.familysearch.org/ I found this family...
1870 Maine Census of Pittsfield,Somerset Co.,Maine.

Name: Patrick Moriarty
Estimated Birth Year: 1825
Gender: Male
Age in 1870: 45y
Color : White
Birthplace: Ireland
Home in 1870: Maine, United States
Household Gender Age
Patrick Moriarty M 45y b. Ireland
Ellen Moriarty F 38y b. Massachusetts
John Moriarty M 11y all ch. b. Maine
Michael Moriarty M 10y
Ellen Moriarty F 7y
Bridget Moriarty F 5y
James Moriarty M 2y
Patrick H Moriarty M 2m

This is the kind of info you can get on that site.
Good luck,
Suzanne

Re: Kennebecasis Island - where is it?

Posted: 18 Apr 2013 7:17PM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: KEEFE
Hi, Suzanne;
I have done a lot of research on the KEEFE family of Kenn. Island (my gg-grandmother was Elizabeth KEEFE d/o John KEEFE and Letitia KERR. I get back to Thomas KEEFE and Jane HAYTER, and know that Thomas' father was James KEEFE, the Loyalist - but there I am stuck. Do you have any info on James KEEFE (dates, wife's name, where he came from in the colonies)?
Thanks
Tony LeBlanc

Re: Kennebecasis Island - where is it?

Posted: 22 Apr 2013 1:52AM GMT
Classification: Query
Hi Tony,
I once asked Jimmy Keith ca 1979 if he knew where his Loyalist ancestors came from and he didn't know. We ahd a camp on the island and would visit with him and his wife Joy. Jimmy wrote a history of his family and it is online at http://www.parl.ns.ca/kisland/keithfamily.html Some of his sister Audrey's family still have camps over there i believe. By the way, the name changed from KEEFE to KEITH around 1860 Jimmy told me. Unfortunately I forget why.

The formost authority on the Loyalists was Sabine who had this note about James KEITH/KEEFE....Keith, James.

Of Newport, Rhode Island. In 1778 an Addresser of Lord Howe and of Sir Peter Parker.

[The 1774 Rhode Island Census lists James Keith, at Newport, with a household of two males over age sixteen, one male under that age, and three blacks. A James Keith was employed as a sawyer, by the Engineer's Department, in 1781, at Horns Hook, New York. Wright's 'Loyalists of New Brunswick,' includes a James Keef, or Keith, served with the Engineer's Department, and a grantee at Parrtown. Bell's 'Early Loyalist Saint John,' lists James Keef with a family, on arrival at Saint John, of a wife, one child above age ten and one child under that age.]

So that gives you a starting point in the states. If you find James' wife's name, I hope you will post it here. :)
Suzanne Carter
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