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Immigration to Grand Manan

Immigration to Grand Manan

Posted: 13 Nov 2012 11:04PM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: Morse, Tenan, Dorrs, Tibbett
Some of my ancestors from the Morse family moved from the Cherryfield area to Grand Manan Island in the early 1800's. Most of the family eventually moved back.I have no idea why they moved. Does anyone have any information on this time period to know if there was a large group that went?

Re: Immigration to Grand Manan

Posted: 4 Feb 2013 5:38PM GMT
Classification: Query
Hi Janet,
The Morse family left the Stoughton, Ma area to go to Grand Manan. They settled on Frankland Island [now Whitehead] just off Grand Manan. They along with several other families including Sprague, Quinn,and Quigley came to Cherryfield mid 1840's.

Kathy Upton

Re: Immigration to Grand Manan

Posted: 23 Apr 2013 12:33AM GMT
Classification: Query
You need to check the years close. After the American Revolutionary War many loyalist moved to New Brunswick. In fact, my husband's family has many roots in MASS. From Boston, there were many ships that would go north along the coast looking for supplies. People were transplanted in Maine (which was part of MASS)to log and fish. These raw materials would be returned to Boston for the "king".

So you need to look at the years and look into local historical society to see if they have any information. There was a small a muesuem on Grand Manan with all kinds of shipping history and other items that have been documented.

I also believe if my mind is remembering correctly. At one time Grand Manan there was a border dispute and some people thought it should have belong to the USA. Grand Manan is beautiful and you can still see whales from some locations on the island.

In St. John, NB, there is an excellent martime musuem which really gave you a feel of that area and the people that lived near the sea.

You might want to check if any of your ancestors fought in the war and which side they were on. You might be surprised. We have an ancestors on both sides. :)

Hope this give you something to think about and some ideas...Revolutionary War Transplants, Seeking fortune, Whaling, or perhaps they had a relationship with a local family and with a death they moved back home.

It amazed me in the 1850's in Maine for our family, that a spouse died and within a short time they were remained. Sometimes they had his and her children...and then theirs. I think a family need both a wife and a husband especially if there were any type of trade like fishing or shipping where the husband would be gone for awhile.

Good Luck..

Re: Immigration to Grand Manan

Posted: 13 Aug 2013 5:36PM GMT
Classification: Query
Thank you for your thoughtful answer to my query. while i already knew much of what you shared, I hadn't thought to see if any ancestors from the Morse family fought in the Revolution.I will try pursue that angle as my Coffin ancestors were all Loyalists. I did visit Grand Manan about 4 years ago. It is indeed very beautiful. I also met with the ladies at the local genealogical society and they were very helpful They even located the lot that my family owned while there. Thank you again. Janet
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