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Kennebecasis Island - where is it?

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Re: Kennebecasis Island - where is it?

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GEORGE WILLIAM (WILLIAM GEORGE) MATTATTALL b. NS (Woodstock, Carleton Co., NB?) 8FEB1849 (ca. 1845, 16FEB1849 in 1901), d. Musquash Parish, Saint John Co., NB 19FEB1922 age 73 years and 11 days, m. 1st _____; m. 2nd 2nd MARY ANN TAYLOR (b. ca. 1838), d/o John and Emily Taylor.

George W. Mattattall, the father on the death registration of Winnifred E. Shephard (30MAY1880-8JUN1953) was also known as William George Mattattall. He is found with his parents and siblings in the 1851 census of Woodstock Parish, Carleton Co., NB as:

Mattetaw Levy M Father 30 N.S. labourer 1838
Mattetaw Mrs F Wife 28 N.S.
Mattetaw G W M Son 6 N.S.
Mattetaw Ann F Daughter Infant N.S
Hays Margary F 47 N.S.

There is a bit of contradiction here that follows George in the various instances where he appears in records. If Levi Mattattall arrived in NB in 1838 should not his children have been born in NB? In some instances George is said to have been b. in NS and in others he is b. in Woodstock. The name is usually given as French, and at least on one occasion as Swiss. The family appears to originate in the area of Tatamagouche, Colchester Co., NS. See also:
In 1861, in Wicklow Parish, Carleton Co., NB, Levi 'Mattitall' was b. NS ca. 1820. His wife is Mary (b. NS ca. 1821). The children were b. NB and were George (16), Anna (10), Mary (7) and Margaret (10 months).
In 1871, Levi (50) and his daughter, Margaret E. (11) 'Matatale' are in Woodstock Parish.
Levi might be taken to have been Levi Mattattal b. Tatamagouche ca. 1795, m. Mary Fisher (b. ca. 1810), and as the son of John Peter and Catherine (Bigney) Mattattall. He is said to have had a son, George William Mattattall Carvil (29MAY1845-22APR1927), but there are so many discrepancies that I sense that this was another Levi. That George William Mattattall Carvil is a different person, for example, is given by his death registration. This has him b. Woodstock (probably right) 8FEB1849. So far census returns have George b. ca. 1845 (which is likely closer). His son-in-law, William Shephard, gave the information and did not know the name of George's mother.
In Lancaster Parish, Saint John Co., NB in 1871, George 'Matattall was b. NS ca. 1848. He is a widower and has a daughter, Mary E. b. DEC1870. He lives with a shoemaker, George Flewelling (28), George's wife, Ann (21) and daughter, also Ann (DEC1870). I think this is the same George mattattall as was in Carleton Co., earlier. George Flewelling is of particular interest to me. I suspect that he may have been George H. Flewelling b. ca. 1841, s/o Elisha and Prudence Catherine (Laskey) Flewelling. George's wife was Anna Elizabeth Davis (b. 28JUL1849). He had a brother, Arthur Edward Reud D. Flewelling (b. 11MAY1864) who married Mary Agnes Taylor, d/o John W. and Susannah (Cole) Taylor. This raises the question as to whether Mary Ann Taylor (George W. Mattattall's 2nd (?) wife) was not related. George H. Flewelling did not, as far as I know, have a daughter, Ann, but he did have a son, Charles W. Flewelling b. 2DEC1870. The matter is complicated by 'another' George Flewelling who may, in fact, be the same person and certainly appears to be the same in the 1871 census of Saint John Co.

"The concept that George may have been b. ca. 1847 is reminiscent of another (or possibly the same) George Flewelling. In, "1851 Census For Kings County, New Brunswick", Julia M. Walker and Margaret G. Duplisea, Provincial Archives of New Brunswick, Fredericton, NB, 1979; in Volume 1 is Greenwich Parish. A George Flewelling, age 7, was apprenticed to John Orr, cordwainer (shoemaker). He is still there in 1861 (NA film C-1003) as an apprentice, age 17. In spite of the Greenwich Parish connection, I have not been able to connect this George Flewelling to the Oak Point family. Considering that George's father, Elisha, was married the second time in 1853, it is conceivable that in 1851, a widower, with several children, Elisha might have fostered George out through the still-used method of apprenticeship. The deal would be that John Orr clothed, fed, housed and trained George and had an assistant in return. Sometimes the system worked quite well. Sometimes the arrangement was less than perfect."

The matter is complex but, as I say, of some interest to me. George Flewelling's brother, usually called Edward Reud, and his wife, usually Agnes, lived at Pleasant Point in Lancaster Parish. When married in 1890, Mary Agnes Taylor (b. Canaan, Queens Co., NB ca. 1871) was the d/o John and Susan Taylor.
In 1881, still in Woodstock Parish, Levi Mattattall (63) is described as Swiss. With him is a daughter, Anna M. (30) and possibly a son, David A. (19). Also with them is a married woman, 'Margrett' A. Blizzard (21) and her son, Alexander (b. JUN1880). Levi 'Matattall' died in Woodstock 6JUL1899 age 86 years.
George Mattattall (33) in the 1881 census of Musquash Parish is difficult to find as the name is indexed as 'M…TALL'. His wife is Mary Ann (43), b. NB and Irish. Children are Levi Outon? (4) and Eliza W. (MAY1880). I think, rather than connected to the Queens Co. Taylor's, Mary may be the Mary Taylor (30) in the 1871 census of Lepreau Parish, Charlotte Co., NB, daughter of John (54) and Emily (50) Taylor. Siblings were John (21), Daniel (20), Julia (18), Emily (15) and George (12). Other children are buried in the Lepreau Community Cemetery as:

TAYLOR, Emily died Dec.18 1847 age 8 years
William J. died Dec.15 1847 age 5 years
Charles died Dec.14 1847 age 11? months
above children of John and Emily Taylor

Lepreau Parish was part of Pennfield Parish until 1859. Emily Taylor apparently died in Musquash Parish, Saint John Co., NB 12MAR1894 age 86 years, leaving two sons and two daughters. That this was Mary Ann's mother is evidenced by the 1891 census of Musquash Parish where Emily Taylor (age 79, b. Ireland ca. 1812), is a widow living with George (39) and Mary (53) Mattattall. Mary was b. NB but her parents were b. Ireland. George and Mary's children were Burton (14) and 'Winford' (11). Also in the household were John (30) and Clara (22) Harrington with their children, Arthur (2) and Clara (0). An interesting note is that the census was copied 13JUN1938 by A. E. Welsh.This suggests that the censuses available to us are not always originals. Arthur Harrington (b. 24JUL1889) was the s/o John and Clara (Braillie) Harrington, so there does not appear to be a relationship. Clara Elizabeth (2NOV1890) was a d/o John and Clara Ann (Brayley) Harrington.
In Kings Ward, Saint John in 1901, William Shephard and Winnie had children George (19MAY1899) and Walter (27JUL1900; Walter Colin), as well as lodgers, Elizabeth 'Govan' (Gauvin?) (7MAR1901?, but age 29 years) and Mary F. 'Govan' (25DEC1900). Also with them were William's father-in-law, Geo Mattattall and his brother-in-law, Burton Mattattall, as well as a brother, Herbert Shephard (20DEC1880). A daughter of William and 'Winifred' was Dora Grace Shephard b. Saint John 28OCT1901. A son, William Edgar, was b. Musquash Parish 22JUN1911. Roy Burton 'Sheppard' was b. Saint John 24FEB1905. Erenest D. Shephard was b. 4OCT1913 and d. 2MAR1931.

'Mable' Ellen Cook (Brown written and crossed out) was ten years older than her sister, Eliza Winifred Mattattall, when she attested, 7JUN1949, to Winnifred's birth. From this I assume that she was a daughter, Mary E., in 1871. She gave their father as William George Mattattall of Musquash.
2. LEVI BURTON MATTATTALL b. 14MAY1877 (ca. 1877).
3. WINNIFRED ELIZA (ELIZA WINNIFRED) MATTATTALL b. LePreau, Charlotte Co., NB 30MAY1880, d. 8JUN1953, m. Saint John Co., NB 21DEC1898 WILLIAM HENRY SHEPHARD (b. Musquash Parish, Saint John Co., NB 19OCT1873 (25OCT1874 in 1901), d. 10JUL1938 age 64 years, 8 months and 21 days), s/o William Henry and Jennie Leticia (Keith (Keif)) Shephard.
When Winnifred was married, witnesses were David Taylor and Helen Elizabeth Smith. David may have been the David Taylor b. Lepreau Parish ca. 1870, d. Musquash Parish 19JUN1917 age 47 years.
It was William's mother, Jennie Keif (Keith, Keefe?) who was born on Kennebecasis Island. According to the 1881 census of Musquash Parish she was Jane 'Shepherd' b. NB ca. 1850. In 1901 she appears to have been Elizabeth J. Shephard b. 16AUG1849. She is also given as Jennie Letisia or Leticia Jane. In her daughter's (Mabel J. Parks) death registration she is Matilda Keith. When her son, Andrew Frederick Shephard, died she was Jane Morrow. When James Edward Shephard died she was Letitia Jane Keith. Letitia Jane Shephard (b. Kings Co., NB ca. 1849, d. 20DEC1920), was the d/o John Keith. this would make her Letitia Keefe, d/o John and Letitia Keefe, in Westfield Parish, Kings Co., NB in 1851 at:
The presence of the Theall's and Logan's suggests the mainland side of Westfield Parish, but I cannot be sure. William Theall would be:

WILLIAM OLIVE THEALL b. Saint John, Saint John Co., NB 3OCT1820, d. Saint John, Saint John Co., NB 18OCT1900 age 82 years, m. 1st Carleton Twp. Saint John Co., NB by the Rev. Michael Pickles 25JAN1844 MARIA AUSTIN GARDINER (b. 1821); m. 2nd by the Rev. R. French 14NOV1859 MARIA KATHERINE FENWICK (b. 16NOV1824), 3rd d/o Thomas and Elizabeth (Barlow) Fenwick.

In 1865 and 1867, William O. Theall lived at the Mouth of the Nerepsis River, Kings Co., NB, and was a farmer. The Nerepsis enters the River Saint John in Westfield Parish on the mainland side just across from Harding Point on the Kingston Peninsula. John Keef and Letitia Kerr, both of Hampton Parish (this seems very doubtful to me), Kings Co., NB, were married 5OCT1846. According to the 1851 census, Letitia arrived in NB in JUN1839. Likely this makes her a sister of John Kerr, living next to William Theall, and also possibly a daughter of Patrick and 'Secily' Kerr (arrived JUL1836) at:
That they gave different arrival dates is not all that unusual. John appears to have a brother, William, at:
A Daniel Keefe, apparently with some military experience, petitioned for land in Kings Co., NB in 1785 and in 1808. He had been granted a town lot in Parr Town (Saint John) in 1784, as had a James Keefe. He was a sergeant in the New Brunswick militia. He apparently acted as a constable in Saint John in 1784. He appears to have been amongst the earliest Freemasons in Saint John.

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