Corporal Tristan Roger Lawrence Anderson1

M, b. 5 February 1983
Corporal Tristan Roger Lawrence Anderson|b. 5 Feb 1983|p1.htm#i1|Captain Philip Edward Dean Nicholson|b. 21 Nov 1962|p1.htm#i2|Major Nancy Alexis Cunningham , CD, RN, BScN, BA|b. 26 Aug 1957|p1.htm#i3|John E. Nicholson||p1.htm#i11|Kathleen Dean|b. 23 Aug 1937|p1.htm#i12|Colonel Roger A. Cunningham , OMM, CD|b. 6 Oct 1926|p1.htm#i4|Kathleen D. V. Cass|b. 30 Nov 1924\nd. 18 Apr 1975|p1.htm#i5|

Tristan Roger Lawrence Anderson, 2003


  • Anecdote*: He stands 6'5" tall, around 205 lbs, with brown hair and blue eyes. He graduated from St. Peters Catholic High School in Orleans (Ottawa) ON, and took some courses at Algonquin College. He initially joined the Regular Force as an Infantryman with the Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry, but due to a knee injury, took his release to rehabilitate. On 2 Feb 2005 he rejoined the Regular Force as an Infantryman and served with C Company, 1st Royal Canadian Regiment, in Petawawa ON. From Aug 2006 to Feb 2007 he served with Task Force 3/06 on Operation Archer in the Kandahar, Afghanistan region, fighting Taliban insurgents. On 4 Sep 2006 he and a platoon mate had just recovered the body of their Warrant Officer, when their light armoured vehicle (LAV) became immobilized, damaged, and under fire by rocket propelled grenades. His platoon, after abandoning the vehicle and running under fire for cover, was hit by mortar fire. His best friend and three others were killed, while he was knocked to the ground. In mid September 2006 his LAV was behind a bulldozer providing cover for engineers, when the dozer hit a mine and his Sergeant was wounded. Tristan provided first aid. The next day his LAV hit another mine and was destroyed. He suffered concussive hearing loss and minor knee injury in what he described as being "like a really bad car accident". He later endured two more improvised explosive device detonations under his LAV; then in late Feb 2007, about two weeks before coming home to Canada, his LAV was hit by a suicide bomber while parked. The pieces of the car flew past his head and he breathed in flame and smoke and was hit in the head by what he describes as chunks of rubber. He was knocked out of the turret he had been standing in and landed on his platoon mates below, who briefly thought him dead. He was awarded the General Campaign Star on 26 Apr 2007. In 2008 he transferred to Echo Company, earned his jump wings, and completed a reconnaissance course. Repeated concussion injuries to his back while in Afghanistan were eventually diagnosed after he lost partial use of one leg following his return to Canada. Because of his injuries, he was transferred to the Simulation Centre, where he instructs other soldiers.
  • BirthIlleg*: Corporal Tristan Roger Lawrence Anderson was born illegitimate on 5 February 1983 at Grace Maternity Hospital, Ottawa, ON; 10 lb 13 oz.
  • He is the son of Captain Philip Edward Dean Nicholson and Major Nancy Alexis Cunningham , CD, RN, BScN, BA.1
  • Engagement*: Corporal Tristan Roger Lawrence Anderson and Lauren Elizabeth Soloski were engaged on 23 June 2007 at Ottawa, ON.
  • Marriage: Corporal Tristan Roger Lawrence Anderson married Lauren Elizabeth Soloski, daughter of Michael Anthony Soloski and Susan *Louise* Zeijdel, on 5 July 2008 at Trinity Anglican Church, Bank St, Ottawa, ON.

Family: Lauren Elizabeth Soloski b. 16 Feb 1984

Citations:

  1. [S1] Personal knowledge of Corporal Tristan Roger Lawrence Anderson, 19 Aug 2010.

Captain Philip Edward Dean Nicholson1

M, b. 21 November 1962
Captain Philip Edward Dean Nicholson|b. 21 Nov 1962|p1.htm#i2|John Edward Nicholson||p1.htm#i11|Kathleen Dean|b. 23 Aug 1937|p1.htm#i12|||||||Fred Dean||p950.htm#i28990|Edith Duckworth||p950.htm#i28989|
  • Anecdote*: He was employed by the Canadian Forces as an Infantryman, then an Intelligence Operator, then an Intelligence Officer. After retirement he became a security supervisor at Bruce Nuclear.
  • Birth*: Captain Philip Edward Dean Nicholson was born on 21 November 1962 at Cardiff, Wales; twin to Susan.1
  • He is the son of John Edward Nicholson and Kathleen Dean.
  • Did Not Marry*: Captain Philip Edward Dean Nicholson and Major Nancy Alexis Cunningham , CD, RN, BScN, BA were in a non-marital relationship between 1981 and 1982 at Ottawa, ON, CA.
  • Did Not Marry*: Captain Philip Edward Dean Nicholson and (?) NN were in a non-marital relationship circa 1986.
  • Marriage*: Captain Philip Edward Dean Nicholson married NN (?) circa 1988.
  • Divorce*: Captain Philip Edward Dean Nicholson and NN (?) were divorced in 2004.
  • Marriage*: Captain Philip Edward Dean Nicholson married Anna Christofor in 2004 at Kingston, ON, CA.

Family 1: Major Nancy Alexis Cunningham , CD, RN, BScN, BA b. 26 Aug 1957

Family 2: (?) NN

  • Did Not Marry*: Captain Philip Edward Dean Nicholson and (?) NN were in a non-marital relationship circa 1986.

Family 3: NN (?)

  • Marriage*: Captain Philip Edward Dean Nicholson married NN (?) circa 1988.
  • Divorce*: Captain Philip Edward Dean Nicholson and NN (?) were divorced in 2004.

Family 4: Anna Christofor

  • Marriage*: Captain Philip Edward Dean Nicholson married Anna Christofor in 2004 at Kingston, ON, CA.

Citations:

  1. [S1] Personal knowledge of Corporal Tristan Roger Lawrence Anderson, 19 Aug 2010.

Major Nancy Alexis Cunningham , CD, RN, BScN, BA1

F, b. 26 August 1957
Major Nancy Alexis Cunningham , CD, RN, BScN, BA|b. 26 Aug 1957|p1.htm#i3|Colonel Roger Almond Cunningham , OMM, CD|b. 6 Oct 1926|p1.htm#i4|Kathleen Daphne Violet Cass|b. 30 Nov 1924\nd. 18 Apr 1975|p1.htm#i5|Almond D. Cunningham|b. 31 Oct 1896\nd. 21 Jul 1974|p1.htm#i16|Rita P. Selig|b. 19 Sep 1906\nd. 16 Aug 2009|p1.htm#i17|Arthur Cass|b. 3 Jul 1889\nd. Apr 1984|p1.htm#i13|Mabel E. Lawson|b. 5 Jul 1893\nd. 24 May 1967|p1.htm#i14|
  • Christening: Major Nancy Alexis Cunningham , CD, RN, BScN, BA was christened at Anglican Church, Detroit, MI.3
  • Anecdote*: Her registration of live birth shows her born 8 lbs, 4 oz, at 38 weeks gestation, delivered by Dr. M.L. McMillan (or McMullan). From 24 Jun 1975 to 11 Mar 1984 she served with the 763 (Ottawa) Communication Regiment (Primary Reserve), attaining the rank of Sergeant. She transferred to the Regular Force on 12 Mar 1984 as a Private, and in 1989 was selected for officer training. She was promoted to Officer Cadet that year and after completing her degree was commissioned. She served as a Communications and Electronics Engineering (CELE) officer (Air Force) in the Regular Force until 7 Sep 2004, when she retired and went back to school to get her nursing degree. She continued to serve as a CELE officer in the Supplementary Reserve and then the Primary Reserve in the rank of Major until Sep 2006 (on the ADM(IM) PRL). At that time she transferred to 28 Field Ambulance to serve as a nursing officer, relinquishing the rank of Major and reverting to Captain in order to do so. From Nov 2003 to Apr 2004 she served as a Military Oberserver with the United Nations (MONUC) in Democratic Republic of Congo. In 2009 she transferred to the Supplementary Reserve. From April 2008 to Feb 2009 she was a nurse in acute medicine in Ottawa, and from Feb 2009 to Dec 2009 as an emergency nurse in Ottawa. From Dec 2009 to Apr 2011 she was an emergency and intensive care nurse in Pembroke. In Apr 2011 she accepted the position of Director of Nursing in Cobden.2
  • Birth*: She was born on 26 August 1957 at RCAF Station Hospital, Cold Lake, AB.1,2
  • She is the daughter of Colonel Roger Almond Cunningham , OMM, CD and Kathleen Daphne Violet Cass.2
  • Married Name: As of 1 October 1977,her married name was Captain Anderson.4
  • Marriage*: Major Nancy Alexis Cunningham , CD, RN, BScN, BA married Frederick *Mark* Anderson on 1 October 1977 at Ottawa, ON, CA.4
  • Divorce*: Major Nancy Alexis Cunningham , CD, RN, BScN, BA and Frederick *Mark* Anderson were divorced in 1981 at Ottawa, ON, CA.
  • Did Not Marry*: Major Nancy Alexis Cunningham , CD, RN, BScN, BA and Captain Philip Edward Dean Nicholson were in a non-marital relationship between 1981 and 1982 at Ottawa, ON, CA.
  • Education*: She graduated in April 1992 at Carleton University, Ottawa, ON; BA (Political Science).
  • Education: She graduated in April 2008 at University of Ottawa, Ottawa, ON; BScN (Magna Cum Laude), Dean's Honour List 2005/06, 2006/07, and 2007/08.

Family 1: Frederick *Mark* Anderson b. 23 Sep 1953

  • Marriage*: Major Nancy Alexis Cunningham , CD, RN, BScN, BA married Frederick *Mark* Anderson on 1 October 1977 at Ottawa, ON, CA.4
  • Divorce*: Major Nancy Alexis Cunningham , CD, RN, BScN, BA and Frederick *Mark* Anderson were divorced in 1981 at Ottawa, ON, CA.

Family 2: Captain Philip Edward Dean Nicholson b. 21 Nov 1962

  • Did Not Marry*: Major Nancy Alexis Cunningham , CD, RN, BScN, BA and Captain Philip Edward Dean Nicholson were in a non-marital relationship between 1981 and 1982 at Ottawa, ON, CA.

Citations:

  1. [S1] Personal knowledge of Corporal Tristan Roger Lawrence Anderson, 19 Aug 2010.
  2. [S144] Nancy Alexis Cunningham, unknown record type 025280 1957 (31 Aug 1957).
  3. [S49] PAF 5, 17 Jul 06.
  4. [S3] Ward Cunningham, "Cunningham Descendents".

Colonel Roger Almond Cunningham , OMM, CD

M, b. 6 October 1926
Colonel Roger Almond Cunningham , OMM, CD|b. 6 Oct 1926|p1.htm#i4|Almond Dexter Cunningham|b. 31 Oct 1896\nd. 21 Jul 1974|p1.htm#i16|Rita Paige Selig|b. 19 Sep 1906\nd. 16 Aug 2009|p1.htm#i17|Daniel E. Cunningham|b. 28 May 1868\nd. 8 Apr 1942|p1.htm#i22|Eusebia A. Smith|b. 5 Sep 1875\nd. 3 Apr 1977|p1.htm#i23|Captain Thomas B. Selig|b. 29 Apr 1863\nd. 24 Sep 1951|p1.htm#i20|Martha E. Fancy|b. 30 Nov 1867\nd. 27 Nov 1947|p1.htm#i21|

Roger Almond Cunningham, c 1950


  • Anecdote*: On 31 Aug 1957 he was living at MPO 503 Grand Centre AB. At that time he is shown on daughter Nancy's birth registration as 30 years old, employed by the Royal Canadian Air Force as a T.A.Med. and Aero.Med. He has written an autobiography detailing his life, but as of Dec 2006 it is incomplete and unavailable save for his draft copy. He had a 40 year career in the military and retired as Director of Medical Administration and Resources in the rank of Colonel. He is mentioned in Harold M. Wright's book "Salute to the Air Force Medical Branch on the 75th Anniversary Royal Canadian Air Force" (pp. 251-253). In addition to his other honours, he was appointed an Officer of the Order of St. John of Jerusalem for his significant contributions to the field of medicine, was made an Officer of the Order of Military Merit, and is an honorary member of the Association of Military Surgeons of the United States. He lives in Windsor ON in the summer and Naples FL in the winter.2,3
  • Birth*: Colonel Roger Almond Cunningham , OMM, CD was born on 6 October 1926 at Pubnico, Yarmouth Co, NS, CA.1
  • He is the son of Almond Dexter Cunningham and Rita Paige Selig.1
  • Marriage*: Colonel Roger Almond Cunningham , OMM, CD married Kathleen Daphne Violet Cass, daughter of Arthur Cass and Mabel Elizabeth Lawson, on 2 June 1951 at Sunnybrook Hospital Chapel, Toronto, ON; 1st m. for Roger, he her widower.1,4
  • Marriage*: Colonel Roger Almond Cunningham , OMM, CD married Violet *Patricia* Swalwell, daughter of James Swalwell and Violet Gladys Marguerite Ince, on 7 May 1977 at Windsor Western Hospital, Windsor, ON, CA; 2nd m. for both.5,1,4

Family 1: Kathleen Daphne Violet Cass b. 30 Nov 1924, d. 18 Apr 1975

Family 2: Violet *Patricia* Swalwell b. 23 Sep 1927

Citations:

  1. [S45] Hegerich, online http://worldconnect.rootsweb.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi+John+Henry.
  2. [S49] PAF 5, 17 Jul 06.
  3. [S144] Nancy Alexis Cunningham, unknown record type 025280 1957 (31 Aug 1957).
  4. [S19] Interview, Roger Cunningham, 20 Feb 2006.
  5. [S3] Ward Cunningham, "Cunningham Descendents".

Kathleen Daphne Violet Cass

F, b. 30 November 1924, d. 18 April 1975
Kathleen Daphne Violet Cass|b. 30 Nov 1924\nd. 18 Apr 1975|p1.htm#i5|Arthur Cass|b. 3 Jul 1889\nd. Apr 1984|p1.htm#i13|Mabel Elizabeth Lawson|b. 5 Jul 1893\nd. 24 May 1967|p1.htm#i14||||Jane Cass||p999.htm#i30472|John E. Lawson|b. c 1855\nd. 1 Jan 1942|p560.htm#i17030|Rose A. Starr|b. 27 Jan 1869\nd. 26 Apr 1942|p1.htm#i15|

Left to right: Kathleen Daphne Violet (Cass) Cunningham & Roger Almond Cunningham, Detroit, circa 1951


  • Married Name: Her married name was Cunningham.
  • Anecdote*: She appears on the S.S. SONOMA passenger list (departed Sydney, NSW 27 Mar 1926) as aged 1 year, 4 months, single, infant, citizen of A/IA, born Angaston S. A/IA, Immigrant Visa Number E.Q. 104 issued 9 Jan 1926 at Adelaide and charged to quota for Great Britain, last permanent address Collingrove, A/IA. The 1930 U.S. Census shows her living at 17437 Omira Dr, Detroit, MI with her parents Arthur Cass (#13) and Mamie Cass (#14). I knew her mother, and her name was actually Mabel, not Mamie. This is the first reference I have ever seen or heard to the nickname Mamie. Also listed in the house were her Uncle David Bevan (#14009), head of household, her Aunt Kate Bevan (#14008), and her cousin Gwendolyn R. Bevan (#14010). Some time after this census the Bevans moved to a different house. She is shown as a single, white 5 year old female, attending school. She is listed as being born in Australia to a father born in England and a mother born in Australia. She spoke English, immigrated to the U.S. in 1926, and has what appears to be "Al" under the Naturalization column. She held various secretarial positions during her lifetime, including one for Prime Minister Pierre Elliot Trudeau. Mr. Trudeau sent a huge spray of flowers when she died. On 31 Aug 1957 she was living at MPO 503 Grand Centre AB. At that time she is shown on daughter Nancy's birth registration as 32 years old, a naturalized Canadian, and a housewife.1,2,3
  • Birth*: Kathleen Daphne Violet Cass was born on 30 November 1924 at Angaston, South Australia, Australia.4
  • She was the daughter of Arthur Cass and Mabel Elizabeth Lawson.
  • Marriage*: Kathleen Daphne Violet Cass married Colonel Roger Almond Cunningham , OMM, CD, son of Almond Dexter Cunningham and Rita Paige Selig, on 2 June 1951 at Sunnybrook Hospital Chapel, Toronto, ON; 1st m. for Roger, he her widower.4,5
  • Death*: Kathleen Daphne Violet Cass died on 18 April 1975 at National Defence Medical Centre, Ottawa, ON, CA, at age 50; cancer.4
  • Burial*: She was buried on 21 April 1975 at Beechwood Cemetery, Ottawa, ON, CA; Cremated and interred.4

Family: Colonel Roger Almond Cunningham , OMM, CD b. 6 Oct 1926

Citations:

  1. [S96] Unknown name of person, S.S. Sonoma List 2, 27 Mar 1926.
  2. [S43] 1930 unknown record type, unknown repository address, File C-4.
  3. [S144] Nancy Alexis Cunningham, unknown record type 025280 1957 (31 Aug 1957).
  4. [S45] Hegerich, online http://worldconnect.rootsweb.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi+John+Henry.
  5. [S19] Interview, Roger Cunningham, 20 Feb 2006.

NN Cunningham

F
NN Cunningham||p1.htm#i6|Colonel Roger Almond Cunningham , OMM, CD|b. 6 Oct 1926|p1.htm#i4|Kathleen Daphne Violet Cass|b. 30 Nov 1924\nd. 18 Apr 1975|p1.htm#i5|Almond D. Cunningham|b. 31 Oct 1896\nd. 21 Jul 1974|p1.htm#i16|Rita P. Selig|b. 19 Sep 1906\nd. 16 Aug 2009|p1.htm#i17|Arthur Cass|b. 3 Jul 1889\nd. Apr 1984|p1.htm#i13|Mabel E. Lawson|b. 5 Jul 1893\nd. 24 May 1967|p1.htm#i14|

Martha Hope Cunningham

F, b. 25 September 1958
Martha Hope Cunningham|b. 25 Sep 1958|p1.htm#i7|Colonel Roger Almond Cunningham , OMM, CD|b. 6 Oct 1926|p1.htm#i4|Kathleen Daphne Violet Cass|b. 30 Nov 1924\nd. 18 Apr 1975|p1.htm#i5|Almond D. Cunningham|b. 31 Oct 1896\nd. 21 Jul 1974|p1.htm#i16|Rita P. Selig|b. 19 Sep 1906\nd. 16 Aug 2009|p1.htm#i17|Arthur Cass|b. 3 Jul 1889\nd. Apr 1984|p1.htm#i13|Mabel E. Lawson|b. 5 Jul 1893\nd. 24 May 1967|p1.htm#i14|
  • Anecdote*: Her wedding reception was held at the RCMP Curling Club in Ottawa.1
  • Birth*: Martha Hope Cunningham was born on 25 September 1958 at Cold Lake, AB, CA.
  • She is the daughter of Colonel Roger Almond Cunningham , OMM, CD and Kathleen Daphne Violet Cass.
  • Married Name: As of 9 May 1980,her married name was Turmaine.1
  • Marriage*: Martha Hope Cunningham married Clarence Allan Turmaine on 9 May 1980 at Ottawa, ON, CA; 2nd m. for Clarence.1
  • Marr Var: Alternatively, they married on 9 May 1981.2

Family: Clarence Allan Turmaine b. 15 Nov 1948, d. 10 Oct 2010

Citations:

  1. [S19] Interview, Roger Cunningham, 20 Feb 2006.
  2. [S226] Ward Cunningham, "Ward Files", Ancestral File.

Clarence Allan Turmaine1

M, b. 15 November 1948, d. 10 October 2010

Family: Martha Hope Cunningham b. 25 Sep 1958

Citations:

  1. [S553] Martha Cunningham, "Turmaine," e-mail to N. Alexis Andreson, 21 Oct 2010.
  2. [S19] Interview, Roger Cunningham, 20 Feb 2006.
  3. [S226] Ward Cunningham, "Ward Files", Ancestral File.

Laurel Ashley Turmaine

F, b. 23 November 1982
Laurel Ashley Turmaine|b. 23 Nov 1982|p1.htm#i9|Clarence Allan Turmaine|b. 15 Nov 1948\nd. 10 Oct 2010|p1.htm#i8|Martha Hope Cunningham|b. 25 Sep 1958|p1.htm#i7|||||||Colonel Roger A. Cunningham , OMM, CD|b. 6 Oct 1926|p1.htm#i4|Kathleen D. V. Cass|b. 30 Nov 1924\nd. 18 Apr 1975|p1.htm#i5|
  • Birth*: Laurel Ashley Turmaine was born on 23 November 1982 at Ottawa, ON, CA.
  • She is the daughter of Clarence Allan Turmaine and Martha Hope Cunningham.
  • Married Name: As of 23 May 2009,her married name was Gallant.
  • Marriage*: Laurel Ashley Turmaine married Garrett Gallant on 23 May 2009 at Calgary, AB.

Family: Garrett Gallant b. 12 Dec 1973

Allan Sterling Turmaine

M, b. 11 June 1988
Allan Sterling Turmaine|b. 11 Jun 1988|p1.htm#i10|Clarence Allan Turmaine|b. 15 Nov 1948\nd. 10 Oct 2010|p1.htm#i8|Martha Hope Cunningham|b. 25 Sep 1958|p1.htm#i7|||||||Colonel Roger A. Cunningham , OMM, CD|b. 6 Oct 1926|p1.htm#i4|Kathleen D. V. Cass|b. 30 Nov 1924\nd. 18 Apr 1975|p1.htm#i5|

Citations:

  1. [S3] Ward Cunningham, "Cunningham Descendents".

John Edward Nicholson

M
  • Birth*: John Edward Nicholson was born at Eng.
  • Marriage*: He married Kathleen Dean, daughter of Fred Dean and Edith Duckworth, between July 1961 and September 1961 at Exeter, Devon, England.1

Citations:

  1. [S56] FreeBMD, Vol 7a Pg 915 of the England & Wales Marriage Index 1916-2005.
  2. [S1] Personal knowledge of Corporal Tristan Roger Lawrence Anderson, 19 Aug 2010.

Kathleen Dean

F, b. 23 August 1937
Kathleen Dean|b. 23 Aug 1937|p1.htm#i12|Fred Dean||p950.htm#i28990|Edith Duckworth||p950.htm#i28989|||||||||||||
  • Married Name: Her married name was Nicholson.
  • Anecdote*: As a child she adopted the name Pansy because she liked how it sounded, and in her later years after her marriage ended, she began using it as a middle name, and reverted to her maiden name of Dean. She appears on the England & Wales Birth Index 1916-2005 in the year 1937, 3rd quarter (Jul-Aug-Sep), born Burnley, Lancashire (Vol 8e Pg 178), mother's maiden name Duckworth.1
  • Birth*: Kathleen Dean was born on 23 August 1937 at Eng.
  • She is the daughter of Fred Dean and Edith Duckworth.
  • Marriage*: Kathleen Dean married John Edward Nicholson between July 1961 and September 1961 at Exeter, Devon, England.2

Citations:

  1. [S56] FreeBMD.
  2. [S56] FreeBMD, Vol 7a Pg 915 of the England & Wales Marriage Index 1916-2005.
  3. [S1] Personal knowledge of Corporal Tristan Roger Lawrence Anderson, 19 Aug 2010.

Arthur Cass

M, b. 3 July 1889, d. April 1984
Arthur Cass|b. 3 Jul 1889\nd. Apr 1984|p1.htm#i13||||Jane Cass||p999.htm#i30472|||||||||||||



  • Burial*: Arthur Cass was buried at Beechwood Cemetery, Ottawa, ON, CA; Cremated and interred.
  • SSN*: His Social Security Number was 375 09 0761 issued at MI.2
  • Anecdote*: As a boy he was sent to different farms to work for his living. During WWI he was in the Royal Army Medical Corps and sailed on ships bringing wounded home from the war and taking replacement soldiers back. The coin is now lost, but when I was a child I recall being shown a coin that had been in his pocket and had stopped a bullet from entering his body. His medal card is available here as an exhibit. He met Mabel at a dance while in the army. After the war, he worked with horses on a farm until he married. Mabel's sister (Kate) said they married on Thursday, visited Vi and Fred on Friday, attended Lillian's wedding on Saturday, and on Monday sailed for Australia. She said he did poorly in Australia and that she and her husband brought them to Detroit. He appears on the S.S. SONOMA 1926 passenger list as a 25 year old horse trainer, citizen of A/IA, born in Yorkshire England, Immigrant Number E.Q. 3256 issued 31 Dec 1925 at Adelaide and charged to quota for Great Britain, last permanent address Collingrove, A/IA. Sheila Rogers (my sister) believes he was also involved in sheep farming and opal mining while in Australia, but it is verbal history only. The 1891 census shows him as aged 2, born Whitby, Yorkshire, pauper in a workhouse run by John Lawson. There is nobody else of that surname listed at the institution, though there is a 56 year old William Cassop. It is likely that Arthur's parents were dead or that they abandoned him. The 1901 census shows him as aged 11, born Whitby, Yorkshire, inmate in a workhouse run by a John Lawson. The 1930 U.S. Census shows him living at 17437 Omira Dr, Detroit, MI with his wife Mamie Cass (#13) and daughter Kathleen Cass (#5). I knew his wife, and her name was actually Mabel, not Mamie. This is the first reference I have ever seen or heard to the nickname Mamie. Also listed in the house were his brother-in-law David Bevan (#14009), head of household, his sister-in-law Kate Bevan (#14008), and his neice Gwendolyn R. Bevan (#14010). Some time after this census the Bevans moved to a different house. He is shown as a married, white 39 year old male [he would actually have been 41, according to his original birth registration], who had married at age 28 and was able to read and write. He is listed as being born in England to parents born in England. He spoke English, immigrated to the U.S. in 1926, and has what appears to be "8a" under the Naturalization column. He is shown as a drill press operator at an auto factory. [Note that the census shows 11 years between marriage and census for him, but only 9 for his wife, therefore some error has occurred]. He was a medic in WW I. His U.S. naturalization certificate describes him as 51 years old, male, white, ruddy complexion, blue eyes, light brown hair, 5 feet 6 1/2 inches tall, 154 pounds, tattoo on left forearm, married, formerly British. At the time the certificate was issued he was living at 17437 Omira Ave, Detroit, MI.
    He is shown at http://www.findmypast.com/passengerListPersonSearchStart.action as born in 1890, departing London in 1922 for Melbourne, Australia, with wife Mabel Elizabeth; and he apparently travelled to Australia aboard BENDIGO, landing in Melbourne on 27 Oct 1922. The BENDIGO had one funnel, two masts, and a top speed of 13 knots up until 1929, when it was re-engined and converted from coal to oil. It began service from the UK to Australia via the Cape in Aug 1922. It was owned by the P&O LIne.
    His US naturalization record from Michigan reads:
    "200 128781 DEC
    163341 PET
    Cass, Arthur

    1-28-42

    7-3-1890 BD". Interestingly, there is a similar card that reads,
    "200 68 VOL 298 P

    Caisse, Arthur

    1-12-23

    10-6-1890 BD", also from Detroit Michigan.3,4,5,6,7,8,1,9,10
  • Birth*: He was born on 3 July 1889 at Baxtergate, Whitby, North Yorkshire, England.1,2,11
  • He was the son of Jane Cass.1
  • Marriage*: Arthur Cass married Mabel Elizabeth Lawson, daughter of John Edwin Lawson and Rose Ann Starr, in September 1922 at Nottingham, England.5,12,13
  • Address*: As of 1939, Arthur Cass lived at 17437 Omira Ave, Detroit, MI; shown as a factory worker.14
  • Death*: He died in April 1984 at Ottawa, ON, at age 94.2

Family: Mabel Elizabeth Lawson b. 5 Jul 1893, d. 24 May 1967

Citations:

  1. [S145] Arthur Cass, unknown record type BXCC 193733; Application No. COL834614 (16 Sep 1889).
  2. [S50] SSN Index.
  3. [S19] Interview, Roger Cunningham, 20 Feb 2006.
  4. [S96] Unknown name of person, S.S. Sonoma List 2, 27 Mar 1926.
  5. [S43] 1930 unknown record type, unknown repository address, File C-4.
  6. [S100] 1901 unknown record type, unknown repository address, hard and soft copies in my files.
  7. [S101] 1891 unknown record type, unknown repository address, hard and soft copies in my files.
  8. [S143] Unknown repository certificate (2 Mar 1942), unknown repository address.
  9. [S538] N/a microfilm (digitized), by US Govt.
  10. [S539] N/a from PROV, VPRS 7666, Inward Overseas Passenger Lists (British Ports) [Microfiche Copy of VPRS 947], by n/a.
  11. [S56] FreeBMD, vol 9a, p 476 (Jul - Sep births).
  12. [S49] PAF 5, 17 Jul 06.
  13. [S56] FreeBMD, Nottingham Vol 7b Pg 48.
  14. [S564] Directory of residents and businesses scanned, by unknown photographer.

Mabel Elizabeth Lawson

F, b. 5 July 1893, d. 24 May 1967
Mabel Elizabeth Lawson|b. 5 Jul 1893\nd. 24 May 1967|p1.htm#i14|John Edwin Lawson|b. c 1855\nd. 1 Jan 1942|p560.htm#i17030|Rose Ann Starr|b. 27 Jan 1869\nd. 26 Apr 1942|p1.htm#i15|Charles Lawson|b. c 1835\nd. 3 Nov 1905|p999.htm#i30475|Matilda (?)|b. 1831\nd. 8 May 1912|p1829.htm#i55645|Thomas Starr|b. c 1826\nd. bt 1880 - 1891|p891.htm#i27193|Jane Chapman|b. c 1837|p891.htm#i27194|
  • Anecdote: She appears on the 1926 S.S. SONOMA passenger list a aged 22, married, H.D. [not employed?], citizen of A/IA, born Melborune A/IA, Immigrant Visa Number E.Q. 103 issued 9 Jan 1926 at Adelaide and charged to quota for Great Britain. Last permanent address Collingrove, A/IA. She is shown at http://www.findmypast.com/passengerListPersonSearchStart.action as born in 1893, departing London in 1922 for Melbourne, Australia, with husband Arthur.3
  • Burial*: Mabel Elizabeth Lawson was buried at Beechwood Cemetery, Ottawa, ON, CA; Cremated and interred.
  • Anecdote*: The 1901 census shows here as Household 126, 18 Compton Rd, Sheffield, England, daughter, single, aged 7, born Melbourne, Australia. The 1930 U.S. Census shows her living at 17437 Omira Dr, Detroit, MI with her husband Arthur Cass (#13) and daughter Kathleen Cass (#5). I knew her, and her name was actually Mabel, not Mamie. This is the first reference I have ever seen or heard to the nickname Mamie. Also listed in the house were her brother-in-law David Bevan (#14009), head of household, her sister Kate Bevan (#14008), and her neice Gwendolyn R. Bevan (#14010). Some time after this census the Bevans moved to a different house. She is shown as a married, white 36 year old female, who had married at age 28 and was able to read and write. She is listed as being born in Australia to a parents born in England. She spoke English, immigrated to the U.S. in 1926, and has what appears to be "Pa" under the Naturalization column. She had no occupation. [Note that the census shows 11 years between marriage and census for her husband, but only 9 for her, therefore some error has occurred].4,1
  • Married Name: Her married name was Cass.
  • Name Variation: Mabel Elizabeth Lawson was also known as Mamie Lawson.4
  • Birth*: She was born on 5 July 1893 at Cliff, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia; registered Victoria, Australia, number 21157.4,1,5
  • She was the daughter of John Edwin Lawson and Rose Ann Starr.1,2
  • Marriage*: Mabel Elizabeth Lawson married Arthur Cass, son of Jane Cass, in September 1922 at Nottingham, England.4,6,7
  • Address*: As of 1939, Mabel Elizabeth Lawson lived at Detroit, MI.8
  • Death*: She died on 24 May 1967 at Detroit, MI, US, at age 73.6

Family: Arthur Cass b. 3 Jul 1889, d. Apr 1984

  • Marriage*: She married Arthur Cass, son of Jane Cass, in September 1922 at Nottingham, England.4,6,7

Citations:

  1. [S99] 1901 unknown record type, unknown repository address, hard and soft copies in my files.
  2. [S563] Unknown name of person, indexed through ancestry.com (unknown file date).
  3. [S96] Unknown name of person, S.S. Sonoma List 2, 27 Mar 1926.
  4. [S43] 1930 unknown record type, unknown repository address, File C-4.
  5. [S563] Unknown name of person, indexed through ancestry.com, no day or month given (unknown file date).
  6. [S49] PAF 5, 17 Jul 06.
  7. [S56] FreeBMD, Nottingham Vol 7b Pg 48.
  8. [S564] Directory of residents and businesses scanned, by unknown photographer.

Rose Ann Starr1

F, b. 27 January 1869, d. 26 April 1942
Rose Ann Starr|b. 27 Jan 1869\nd. 26 Apr 1942|p1.htm#i15|Thomas Starr|b. c 1826\nd. bt 1880 - 1891|p891.htm#i27193|Jane Chapman|b. c 1837|p891.htm#i27194|Thomas Starr|b. c 1802\nd. 19 Aug 1873|p891.htm#i27208|Elizabeth (?)|b. c 1806\nd. bt 1862 - 18 Aug 1873|p891.htm#i27209|Joseph Chapman|b. c 1811|p891.htm#i27206|Ellen (?)|b. c 1814|p971.htm#i29618|
  • Married Name: Her married name was Lawson.1
  • Anecdote*: The 1901 census shows her as household 126, 18 Comton St, wife, married, aged 33, born Brighton, Sussex. The 1881 census shows her as Household 91, 1 1/2 Hove Street, daughter, single, aged 11, scholar, born Hove, Sussex. The 1871 census shows her as Household 284, 16 Upper Market Street, daughter, aged 2, born Hove, Sussex. She received money from brother George, who died just before WWI.2,3,5,1
  • Birth-Var: Alternatively, Rose Ann Starr was born circa 1868 at Brighton, Sussex, Eng.5
  • Birth-Var*: Alternatively, Rose Ann Starr was born on 27 January 1869 at Hove, Sussex, England.6
  • She was the daughter of Thomas Starr and Jane Chapman.2,3,4
  • Christening: Rose Ann Starr was christened on 21 February 1869 at Hove, Sussex, England.4
  • Birth: She was born circa 1870 at Hove, Sussex, Eng.2,3
  • Marriage*: She married John Edwin Lawson, son of Charles Lawson and Matilda (?), in 1890 ; Easter.5,6
  • Death*: Rose Ann Starr died on 26 April 1942 at Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, England, at age 73.6

Family: John Edwin Lawson b. c 1855, d. 1 Jan 1942

Citations:

  1. [S19] Interview, Roger Cunningham, 20 Feb 2006.
  2. [S92] 1881 unknown record type, unknown repository address, soft and hard copies in my files.
  3. [S93] 1871 unknown record type, unknown repository address, hard and soft copies in my files.
  4. [S511] N/a, MA Vital Records, Batch No C01387-2 Date Range 1858-1881 Record Gp England-VR Film No 1067211.
  5. [S99] 1901 unknown record type, unknown repository address, hard and soft copies in my files.
  6. [S49] PAF 5, 17 Jul 06.
  7. [S563] Unknown name of person, indexed through ancestry.com (unknown file date).
  8. [S43] 1930 unknown record type, unknown repository address, File C-4.

Almond Dexter Cunningham

M, b. 31 October 1896, d. 21 July 1974
Almond Dexter Cunningham|b. 31 Oct 1896\nd. 21 Jul 1974|p1.htm#i16|Daniel Ellersby Cunningham|b. 28 May 1868\nd. 8 Apr 1942|p1.htm#i22|Eusebia Ann Smith|b. 5 Sep 1875\nd. 3 Apr 1977|p1.htm#i23|Israel D. Cunningham|b. 1836\nd. 1 Jan 1922|p1.htm#i24|Sophronia Nickerson|b. 27 Nov 1835\nd. 27 Mar 1929|p1.htm#i25|George W. Smith|b. 15 May 1855\nd. 26 Apr 1936|p1.htm#i30|Elizabeth Cunningham|b. 24 May 1858\nd. 17 Jul 1943|p2.htm#i31|



  • Anecdote: The 1910 Canada census shows him as Household 229 Family 254, son, aged 5, born NS, of Scotch descent, Free Baptist. He moved to Pubnico NS in 1925 where he bought a general store and barber shop. He later became a pioneer in the Irish Moss business in NS, manufactured aluminum windows and doors, and imported rope and twines for the Maritime fisheries. He was active in politics for many years and was regarded as one of the most successful businessmen in Southwest NS. The road to "the shore" in Pubnico is named after him.
    He was drafted in World War I and went to Aldershot NS for his medical as ordered, but on seeing that he required a crutch to walk (one leg was shorter as a result of childhood polio) they classified him as medically unfit (attestation papers shown as exhibit herein). His papers shows Regt No 3187770, Rank Pte, Corps 1st Depot Bn NS Regt C at E. His induction medical papers dated 5 Jun 1918 show him living at Clarks Harbor, Shelburne Co, NS. The medical was held in Aldershot NS, and shows him 21 years 8 months old, apparent age 21 years 8 months, height 5' 6 3/4", weight 122 lbs, fair complexion, blue eyes, brown hair brushed to the right, no smallpox marks, one vaccination mark on his right arm. His sight was classified 20/80 in both eyes, hearing normal, and his history identifies paralysis of the left leg following "infantile paralysis". He was given medical category "E". His paperwork shows him likely to visit Cape Roseway, Shelburne Co, NS to see family. His next of kin is listed as Uceba (Mrs Daniel) Cunningham, mother, living at Cape Roseway, McNutts Island, Shelburne Co, NS. This is curious, since his son Roger has no recollection of ever hearing that his grandmother lived at Cape Roseway. She lived on The Hawk, on Cape Sable Island. He is shown as being employed as a clerk. He was officially discharged 7 Jun 1918.1,4,5
  • Occupation*: Almond Dexter Cunningham was employed as an entrepeneur.
  • Religion*: He was Baptist.3
  • Occupation: He was employed as a fish merchant.3
  • Nickname: Almond Dexter Cunningham also went by the name of Al Cunningham.
  • Anecdote*: Their marriage announcement read, "1 Dec 1924, marriage, Almond D. Cunningham, Clarks Harbour, and Reta Selig, at Liverpool, by Rev. J. D. S. Spidell, at the Baptist parsonage."6
  • Birth*: He was born on 31 October 1896 at The Hawk, Cape Sable Island, Shelburne Co, NS.7,1,2
  • He was the son of Daniel Ellersby Cunningham and Eusebia Ann Smith.1,2,3
  • Marriage*: Almond Dexter Cunningham married Rita Paige Selig, daughter of Captain Thomas Benjamin Selig and Martha Elizabeth Fancy, on 1 December 1924 at Baptist Parsonage, Liverpool, Queens Co, NS; by Rev. J.D.S. Spidell, by licence, witnesses John Millard, Liverpool NS, and Delbert Moriss[?], Port Medway NS.7,4,8,6,9,3
  • Address*: As of 31 January 1945, Almond Dexter Cunningham lived at Pubnico, Yarmouth Co, NS.2
  • Burial*: He was buried in July 1974 at Mountain View Cemetery, Yarmouth, Yarmouth Co, NS; beside his wife.4
  • Death*: He died on 21 July 1974 at Yarmouth Regional Hospital, Yarmouth, Yarmouth Co, NS, at age 77.7

Family: Rita Paige Selig b. 19 Sep 1906, d. 16 Aug 2009

Citations:

  1. [S102] 1901 unknown record type, unknown repository address, hard and soft copies in my files.
  2. [S339] NS VS (published), Births Registry, Year 1896, Page 99000031 (Almond Dexter Cunningham).
  3. [S339] NS VS (published), Marriages Registry, Year 1924, Book 20, Page 969 (Rita Selig and Almond D. Cunningham).
  4. [S49] PAF 5, 17 Jul 06.
  5. [S268] "Almond Cunningham".
  6. [S245] Advance, various, N/A, 24 Dec 1924 edition.
  7. [S45] Hegerich, online http://worldconnect.rootsweb.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi+John+Henry.
  8. [S60] Chronicle, 25 Sep 1951, Page 10, Col 4.
  9. [S543] NS Obits, online http://www.nsobits.ca, no date or location given.

Rita Paige Selig

F, b. 19 September 1906, d. 16 August 2009
Rita Paige Selig|b. 19 Sep 1906\nd. 16 Aug 2009|p1.htm#i17|Captain Thomas Benjamin Selig|b. 29 Apr 1863\nd. 24 Sep 1951|p1.htm#i20|Martha Elizabeth Fancy|b. 30 Nov 1867\nd. 27 Nov 1947|p1.htm#i21|John *. Selig|b. 9 Feb 1818\nd. 19 Nov 1882|p2.htm#i37|Mary *. Tanner|b. May 1818\nd. 9 Jul 1913|p2.htm#i36|Jonas J. Fancy|b. 8 Dec 1818\nd. 16 Jul 1910|p2.htm#i40|Elizabeth E. Slauenwhite|b. 13 Apr 1831\nd. 9 Dec 1906|p2.htm#i41|

Rita Paige (Selig) Cunningham & Roger Almond Cunningham, Sep 1996


  • Anecdote*: Their marriage announcement read, "1 Dec 1924, marriage, Almond D. Cunningham, Clarks Harbour, and Reta Selig, at Liverpool, by Rev. J. D. S. Spidell, at the Baptist parsonage."5
  • Anecdote*: She was born at Southwest Cove, which was part of Port Medway, in a home built on Selig's Point, and then about 1910 moved to the actual village of Port Medway to a home built by Eldred Cohoon. It is now overgrown with shrubs and trees. Roger Cunningham (#4) tried with partial success to locate the barn and home sites. One sibling, stillborn, is buried on the property. She remembers being afraid of the streets, sidewalks, etc., since her early home was on a point of land, with the nearest neighbour on the next point maybe half a mile away. She went to three different schools. The first burned, and the last was a "new, modern" school. In the summer of 1924 Kate Morine took her to Everett Smith's to get buttermilk, and Everett's nephew Almond Cunningham was visiting him that afternoon. He stayed for a few days, then came back again the same summer, and they met again. About October he returned again, they went to Cohoon's Island to pick strawberries, and she took him home to meet her mother. They were married 1 Dec of that year and moved to Cape Sable Island to live with his parents. In 1925 he found a home and barber shop/store for sale in Pubnico NS and bought it from Osborn Goodwin. They moved up there by boat and began a long and happy new life. At one point they owned their house, a large garage, a store, the church across the road, and the schoolhouse next door, as well as an island off the coast.6,7
  • Nickname: Rita Paige Selig also went by the name of Reet Selig.8
  • Religion*: She was Methodist.4
  • Married Name: Her married name was Cunningham.
  • Birth-Var: Alternatively, Rita Paige Selig was born on 19 September 1906 at Southwest Cove, Queens Co, NS.8
  • Birth*: She was born on 19 September 1906 at Port Medway, Queens Co, NS, CA.1,4
  • She was the daughter of Captain Thomas Benjamin Selig and Martha Elizabeth Fancy.1,2,3,4
  • Christening: Rita Paige Selig was christened on 10 September 1908; information came originally from Ward Cunningham (#18).7
  • Marriage*: She married Almond Dexter Cunningham, son of Daniel Ellersby Cunningham and Eusebia Ann Smith, on 1 December 1924 at Baptist Parsonage, Liverpool, Queens Co, NS; by Rev. J.D.S. Spidell, by licence, witnesses John Millard, Liverpool NS, and Delbert Moriss[?], Port Medway NS.1,6,2,5,9,4
  • Address*: As of 24 September 1951, Rita Paige Selig lived at Pubnico, Yarmouth Co, NS.3
  • Death*: She died on 16 August 2009 at Nakile Home, Argyle, Yarmouth Co, NS, at age 102; aged 102.
  • Burial*: She was buried on 18 August 2009 at Mountain View Cemetery, Yarmouth, Yarmouth Co, NS; beside her husband.

Family: Almond Dexter Cunningham b. 31 Oct 1896, d. 21 Jul 1974

Citations:

  1. [S45] Hegerich, online http://worldconnect.rootsweb.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi+John+Henry.
  2. [S60] Chronicle, 25 Sep 1951, Page 10, Col 4.
  3. [S543] NS Obits, online http://www.nsobits.ca
  4. [S339] NS VS (published), Marriages Registry, Year 1924, Book 20, Page 969 (Rita Selig and Almond D. Cunningham).
  5. [S245] Advance, various, N/A, 24 Dec 1924 edition.
  6. [S49] PAF 5, 17 Jul 06.
  7. [S19] Interview, Roger Cunningham, 20 Feb 2006.
  8. [S57] http://www.searsr.com/richard1/pafg01.htm, "Richard Sears", Ancestral File.
  9. [S543] NS Obits, online http://www.nsobits.ca, no date or location given.

Ward Wendell Cunningham

M, b. 21 April 1928
Ward Wendell Cunningham|b. 21 Apr 1928|p1.htm#i18|Almond Dexter Cunningham|b. 31 Oct 1896\nd. 21 Jul 1974|p1.htm#i16|Rita Paige Selig|b. 19 Sep 1906\nd. 16 Aug 2009|p1.htm#i17|Daniel E. Cunningham|b. 28 May 1868\nd. 8 Apr 1942|p1.htm#i22|Eusebia A. Smith|b. 5 Sep 1875\nd. 3 Apr 1977|p1.htm#i23|Captain Thomas B. Selig|b. 29 Apr 1863\nd. 24 Sep 1951|p1.htm#i20|Martha E. Fancy|b. 30 Nov 1867\nd. 27 Nov 1947|p1.htm#i21|
  • Name Variation: Ward Wendell Cunningham was also known as Ward Wendel Cunningham his father spelled it with only one "L" and he never legally changed it, although he uses "LL" consistently.2
  • Anecdote*: He told me the story about how his mother insisted it had been snowing on the day he was born. He looked up an old paper, and found it had been a fine day on the 21st, but had snowed the next day. When he told his mother, she replied that he must have been born after midnight, then.2
  • Birth*: He was born on 21 April 1928 at at his grandparents' home, The Hawk, Cape Sable Island, Shelburne Co, NS.3,4,1,5
  • He is the son of Almond Dexter Cunningham and Rita Paige Selig.1
  • Marriage*: Ward Wendell Cunningham married Joyce Isabell Ogilvie, daughter of Herbert Douglas Ogilvie and Helen Grace Donald, on 18 September 1953.3,4
  • Address*: As of 1 January 2011, Ward Wendell Cunningham lived at Pubnico, Yarmouth Co, NS.6

Family: Joyce Isabell Ogilvie b. 28 Jul 1932

Citations:

  1. [S45] Hegerich, online http://worldconnect.rootsweb.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi+John+Henry.
  2. [S210] Interview, Roger Cunningham, others as noted in individual's anecdotes, and direct observations by myself Ward Cunningham, 3 Jul-13 Jul 2007.
  3. [S3] Ward Cunningham, "Cunningham Descendents".
  4. [S49] PAF 5, 17 Jul 06.
  5. [S226] Ward Cunningham, "Ward Files", Ancestral File.
  6. [S541] Chronicle Herald, various, various, 3 Jan 2011 (Andre d'Eon).

Sterling Fancy Thomas Cunningham1

M, b. 27 December 1929
Sterling Fancy Thomas Cunningham|b. 27 Dec 1929|p1.htm#i19|Almond Dexter Cunningham|b. 31 Oct 1896\nd. 21 Jul 1974|p1.htm#i16|Rita Paige Selig|b. 19 Sep 1906\nd. 16 Aug 2009|p1.htm#i17|Daniel E. Cunningham|b. 28 May 1868\nd. 8 Apr 1942|p1.htm#i22|Eusebia A. Smith|b. 5 Sep 1875\nd. 3 Apr 1977|p1.htm#i23|Captain Thomas B. Selig|b. 29 Apr 1863\nd. 24 Sep 1951|p1.htm#i20|Martha E. Fancy|b. 30 Nov 1867\nd. 27 Nov 1947|p1.htm#i21|
  • Anecdote*: His name was originally Randall Sterling, but his mother changed her mind and switched it to Sterling Fancy when he was a young child. He later changed it again himself to have a Anglican Church wedding, adding Thomas.1
  • Birth*: Sterling Fancy Thomas Cunningham was born on 27 December 1929 at at home, Pubnico Head (now Pubnico), Yarmouth Co, NS.3,2,4
  • He is the son of Almond Dexter Cunningham and Rita Paige Selig.2
  • Marriage*: Sterling Fancy Thomas Cunningham married Jean Victoria Church, daughter of Cyrill Church and Lilly (?), on 6 October 1956 at Jolimore, Halifax, Halifax Co, NS.3,4

Family: Jean Victoria Church

Citations:

  1. [S19] Interview, Roger Cunningham, 20 Feb 2006.
  2. [S45] Hegerich, online http://worldconnect.rootsweb.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi+John+Henry.
  3. [S3] Ward Cunningham, "Cunningham Descendents".
  4. [S226] Ward Cunningham, "Ward Files", Ancestral File.

Captain Thomas Benjamin Selig1,2

M, b. 29 April 1863, d. 24 September 1951
Captain Thomas Benjamin Selig|b. 29 Apr 1863\nd. 24 Sep 1951|p1.htm#i20|John *Henry* Selig|b. 9 Feb 1818\nd. 19 Nov 1882|p2.htm#i37|Mary *Ann* Tanner|b. May 1818\nd. 9 Jul 1913|p2.htm#i36|John *. Selig|b. 15 Apr 1785\nd. 23 Apr 1832|p2.htm#i38|Hannah J. Tanner|b. 1 Dec 1783\nd. 1825|p2.htm#i39|John L. Tanner|b. 12 Jan 1779\nd. 1858|p650.htm#i19768|Maria C. Koch||p650.htm#i19769|

  • Anecdote: Freeman J. Selig wrote a poem about him 23 Aug 1978, entitled "Capt. Tom's Point". The property to which it refers was bought by Wilma Schields and Elizabeth Lawrence in 1965. Wilma died in 2007 and the property went up for sale in Jul of that year. "Old Capt. Tom was a man of steel, his ships were made of wood. An honest and God-fearing man, who did no harm, but good. He was a salty seadog, who sailed the seven seas, A master to be proud of, his crews he sure did please. Returning from a voyage one day, and making the Medway shore, He said as he gazed at Southwest Cove, "I'd like that place for sure. There's a gem of a spot I can see from here, that surely the Lord did anoint. I'll buy that place to settle down, and call it Capt. Tom's Point." When he settled there he thanked the Lord, for all his wishes came true, He and Martha had a family there, and here's where the family grew. Many a year has passed since then, but I know what the Capt. would say, "Thank God for Wilma and Elizabeth, they saved my precious bay." (copy of poem in my files). The story of his exploits when his ship HILDA MAUDE ran aground is told in the book "Sagas of the Sea" (author unknown).1
  • Anecdote*: He is mentioned in his father's will, which urged him to look after his mother. He honoured the request, with his mother later passing at his home in Port Medway. Thomas was born on Great Island, Port Medway (part of Vogler's Cove) and his birth recorded at St. Michael's Anglican Church, Petite Riviere NS. His wife was a Methodist. The 1881 census for Petite Riviere Div. 1, p. 26, gives him as 18 years old, Church of England. The 1901 Canada census shows him in Port Medway as Household 109 Family 114, head of household, married, aged 41, born NS, German descent, nationality American [he sailed out of the U.S. for a while and held American citizenship], Methodist, fisherman. His obituary reads: Thomas Selig, Port Medway, Sept 24 - The death occurred at Port Medway on September 24 of Thomas Selig. He is survived by seven sons, Harry, Russell, Earl, Parker, and Roger, of the United States; and Ronald and Marshall of Port Medway. Four daughters also survive, Hilda (Mrs Percy Mosher), Lola (Mrs MacIntyre), both of the United States; Mrs A Cunningham of Pubnico; and Blanche (Mrs Rhodenizer). Funeral arrangements have not yet been completed. (Hfx Chronicle Herald of Tue, Sep 25 1951, pg 10, col 4).1,2,4,5
  • Birth-Var: Alternatively, Captain Thomas Benjamin Selig was born at Lunenburg, Lunenburg Co, NS.6
  • Birth-Var: Alternatively, Captain Thomas Benjamin Selig was born on 28 April 1859 at NS.4
  • Birth-Var: Alternatively, Captain Thomas Benjamin Selig was born on 28 April 1863 at Vogler's Cove, Lunenburg Co, NS.1,2,7,8,9
  • Birth*: He was born on 29 April 1863 at Vogler's Cove, NS.10,11
  • He was the son of John *Henry* Selig and Mary *Ann* Tanner.3
  • Baptism: Captain Thomas Benjamin Selig was baptized on 6 July 1863 at Vogler's Cove, Lunenburg Co, NS.1,2
  • Marriage*: He married Martha Elizabeth Fancy, daughter of Jonas James Fancy and Elizabeth E. Slauenwhite, on 27 February 1886 at Methodist Church, Mill Village, Queens Co, NS; licence No. 4937 (image attached) dated 18 Feb 1886, issued Port Medway, authorizing marriage in the Mill Village (Queens Co) Methodist Church; marriage slip (image attached) shows him as 23 year old fisherman and her as 19 year old spinster.1,10,2,4,3,12,13
  • Address*: As of 18 February 1947, Captain Thomas Benjamin Selig lived at Port Medway, Queens Co, NS.14
  • Death*: He died on 24 September 1951 at Port Medway, Queens Co, NS, at age 88; his 25 Sep 1951 Halifax Herald obituary read, "Port Medway, September 24- The death occurred at Port Medway on September 24 of Thomas Selig. He is survived by seven sons, Harry, Russel, Earl, Parker, and Roger, of the United States; Ronald and Marshal of Port Medway. Four daughters also survive, Hilda (Mrs. Percy Mosher); Lola (Mrs. MacIntyre), both of the United States; Mrs. A. Cunningham of Pubnico and Blanche (Mrs. Rhodenizer). Funeral arrangements have not yet been completed."10,2,7,5,8,9,14
  • Burial*: He was buried on 26 September 1951 at Holy Redeemer Anglican Cemetery, Port Medway, Queens Co, NS; with son Thomas.1,10,7,2,15,16

Family: Martha Elizabeth Fancy b. 30 Nov 1867, d. 27 Nov 1947

  • Marriage*: He married Martha Elizabeth Fancy, daughter of Jonas James Fancy and Elizabeth E. Slauenwhite, on 27 February 1886 at Methodist Church, Mill Village, Queens Co, NS; licence No. 4937 (image attached) dated 18 Feb 1886, issued Port Medway, authorizing marriage in the Mill Village (Queens Co) Methodist Church; marriage slip (image attached) shows him as 23 year old fisherman and her as 19 year old spinster.1,10,2,4,3,12,13

Citations:

  1. [S19] Interview, Roger Cunningham, 20 Feb 2006.
  2. [S49] PAF 5, 17 Jul 06.
  3. [S204] Certificate, Thomas Benjamin Selig & Martha Elizabeth Fancy marriage of 27 feb 1886.
  4. [S105] 1901 unknown record type, unknown repository address, hard and soft copies in my files.
  5. [S60] Chronicle, 25 Sep 1951, Page 10, Col 4.
  6. [S339] NS VS (published), Marriages Registry, Year 1924, Book 20, Page 969 (Rita Selig and Almond D. Cunningham).
  7. [S54] Unknown name of person unknown record type, unknown repository, unknown repository address.
  8. [S238] Unknown name of person unknown record type, unknown repository, unknown repository address, no location given.
  9. [S276] Mixed complied records, unknown repository, unknown repository address, no location given.
  10. [S45] Hegerich, online http://worldconnect.rootsweb.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi+John+Henry.
  11. [S204] Certificate, Thomas Benjamin Selig & Martha Elizabeth Fancy marriage of 27 feb 1886, gives year and location only.
  12. [S205] Licence.
  13. [S339] NS VS (published), Reg Yr 1886 Book 1834 Pg 117 No 13.
  14. [S543] NS Obits, online http://www.nsobits.ca
  15. [S238] Unknown name of person unknown record type, unknown repository, unknown repository address.
  16. [S276] Mixed complied records, unknown repository, unknown repository address, shown as Port Medway Anglican Church.

Martha Elizabeth Fancy

F, b. 30 November 1867, d. 27 November 1947
Martha Elizabeth Fancy|b. 30 Nov 1867\nd. 27 Nov 1947|p1.htm#i21|Jonas James Fancy|b. 8 Dec 1818\nd. 16 Jul 1910|p2.htm#i40|Elizabeth E. Slauenwhite|b. 13 Apr 1831\nd. 9 Dec 1906|p2.htm#i41|John Fancy|b. 1793\nd. 29 Sep 1862|p2.htm#i44|Anna B. Hebb|b. 1797\nd. 29 Apr 1862|p2.htm#i45|Johann G. Schlagentweit|b. 2 Sep 1804\nd. 22 Dec 1864|p2.htm#i42|Johanna E. Mosher|b. 25 Nov 1806\nd. a 1891|p2.htm#i43|

  • Anecdote*: Middlewood used to be called Bull's Run, which is what her birth records say. Her birth was registered 30 Mar 1868 by Reuben McFarlane. She lived at Southwest Cove until they bought a home in Port Medway, where she spent the rest of her life. The 1901 Canada census shows her in Port Medway as Household 109 Family 114, wife, married, aged 33, born NS, English descent, Methodist.4,5,6,7
  • Married Name: Her married name was Selig.
  • Birth-Var: Alternatively, Martha Elizabeth Fancy was born circa 1867 at Middleton, Lunenburg Co, NS.3
  • Birth*: She was born on 30 November 1867 at Middlewood, Lunenburg Co, NS, CA.4,8,5,9,2
  • She was the daughter of Jonas James Fancy and Elizabeth E. Slauenwhite.1,2,3
  • Baptism: Martha Elizabeth Fancy was baptized on 6 January 1868 at New Dublin, Lunenburg Co, NS; where her grandfather was living.4
  • Birth-Var: Alternatively, Martha Elizabeth Fancy was born on 26 January 1868.10
  • Birth-Var: Alternatively, Martha Elizabeth Fancy was born on 26 June 1868 at NS.7
  • Marriage*: She married Captain Thomas Benjamin Selig, son of John *Henry* Selig and Mary *Ann* Tanner, on 27 February 1886 at Methodist Church, Mill Village, Queens Co, NS; licence No. 4937 (image attached) dated 18 Feb 1886, issued Port Medway, authorizing marriage in the Mill Village (Queens Co) Methodist Church; marriage slip (image attached) shows him as 23 year old fisherman and her as 19 year old spinster.4,8,5,7,3,11,12
  • Death*: Martha Elizabeth Fancy died on 27 November 1947 at Port Medway, Queens Co, NS, at age 79.4,8,5
  • Burial*: She was buried on 2 December 1947 at Hillside Cemetery, Springfield, Hampden Co, MA, US; mausoleum.4,5

Family: Captain Thomas Benjamin Selig b. 29 Apr 1863, d. 24 Sep 1951

  • Marriage*: She married Captain Thomas Benjamin Selig, son of John *Henry* Selig and Mary *Ann* Tanner, on 27 February 1886 at Methodist Church, Mill Village, Queens Co, NS; licence No. 4937 (image attached) dated 18 Feb 1886, issued Port Medway, authorizing marriage in the Mill Village (Queens Co) Methodist Church; marriage slip (image attached) shows him as 23 year old fisherman and her as 19 year old spinster.4,8,5,7,3,11,12

Citations:

  1. [S199] Denise J. Rice, "George Fancy", Ancestral File.
  2. [S106] Lunenburg County Births, Marriages and Deaths (published).
  3. [S204] Certificate, Thomas Benjamin Selig & Martha Elizabeth Fancy marriage of 27 feb 1886.
  4. [S19] Interview, Roger Cunningham, 20 Feb 2006.
  5. [S49] PAF 5, 17 Jul 06.
  6. [S81] Roger Cunningham, "Fancys".
  7. [S105] 1901 unknown record type, unknown repository address, hard and soft copies in my files.
  8. [S45] Hegerich, online http://worldconnect.rootsweb.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi+John+Henry.
  9. [S199] Denise J. Rice, "George Fancy", Ancestral File, no location given.
  10. [S39] 1901 unknown record type, unknown repository address.
  11. [S205] Licence.
  12. [S339] NS VS (published), Reg Yr 1886 Book 1834 Pg 117 No 13.
  13. [S238] Unknown name of person unknown record type, unknown repository, unknown repository address.
  14. [S339] NS VS (published), Marriages Registry, Year 1924, Book 20, Page 969 (Rita Selig and Almond D. Cunningham).

Daniel Ellersby Cunningham

M, b. 28 May 1868, d. 8 April 1942
Daniel Ellersby Cunningham|b. 28 May 1868\nd. 8 Apr 1942|p1.htm#i22|Israel Duncan Cunningham|b. 1836\nd. 1 Jan 1922|p1.htm#i24|Sophronia Nickerson|b. 27 Nov 1835\nd. 27 Mar 1929|p1.htm#i25|Duncan M. Cunningham|b. 28 Sep 1799|p1.htm#i28|Kezia Smith|b. 10 Aug 1799|p1.htm#i29|Phineas Nickerson|b. 10 Jul 1806\nd. 12 May 1898|p1.htm#i26|Jane V. Smith|b. 7 Oct 1808\nd. 13 Aug 1890|p1.htm#i27|
  • Occupation*: Daniel Ellersby Cunningham was employed as a fish merchant, last worked at it Dec 1939.3
  • Anecdote*: He was a leading citizen, well known along the South Shore. For several years he was a member of the Barrington Municipal Council and took a keen interest in public affairs. He was a clerk and a lifelong member of the United Baptist Church of Clark's Harbour, and a deacon for many years, as well as a superintendent of the Sunday School. He was a Past District Deputy Grand Master of the masonic Order and a prominent member of the I.O.O.F. and the Sea Breeze Rebekah Lodge (a charter member of the Rebekah lodge). For several years he was a member of the Barrington Municipal Council. For many years he conducted a fish busijness, retiring two years before his death. In 1898 he took over running the post office at The Hawk. Daniel's niece Caroline Cunningham (#8221) told Earl Smith the story of how Daniel had a fish factory near the shore where he used to buy fish. His son Walton (#615) used to take the key from home, unlock the building, and young people would go in and have a dance. One evening George Atwood heard them and reported ghosts in the factory. When Daniel's mother heard, she had a talk with Caroline, saying she didn't approve of dances, but knew young people needed recreation, and suggested afternoon dances. Caroline protested that it wasn't fun in the afteroon, and Sophronia shut her eyes, tapped her foot, and said, "Men love the darkness rather than the light because their deeds are evil." The 1881 census shows him on CSI as a 12 year old student, Free Baptist, living with his father Israel (#24) and mother Sophronia (#25), brothers Israel (8209), John (#8211), Arther (#8210, more properly spelled Arthur), and Otis (#8308), and sisters Addeline (#8212, more properly spelled Adeline), Grace (#8214), Augusta (#8196), and Elmina (#8216). The 1901 Canada census shows him as Household 229 Family 254, head of household, married, aged 32, born NS, Scotch descent, Free Baptist, fisherman.5,6,2,7,1,8
  • Occupation: He was employed as a mariner.4
  • Anecdote: On son Almond's birth registration he is shown as a fisherman, but also as deceased. This is because the registration on file is dated Feb 1945.9
  • Occupation: He was employed as a fisherman.9
  • Birth*: He was born on 28 May 1868 at The Hawk, Cape Sable Island, Shelburne Co, NS.10,6,1,8,2,11,3,12
  • He was the son of Israel Duncan Cunningham and Sophronia Nickerson.1,2,3,4
  • Birth-Var: Alternatively, Daniel Ellersby Cunningham was born in 1870.13
  • Marriage*: He married Eusebia Ann Smith, daughter of George Washington Smith and Elizabeth Cunningham, on 31 May 1892 at Free Baptist Church, Clark's Harbour, Shelburne Co, NS; by licence, witnesses Arthur Cunningham and [?] Nickerson, they were 2nd cousins once removed.10,6,8,14,15,16
  • Residence*: Daniel Ellersby Cunningham and Eusebia Ann Smith lived on 31 May 1892 at The Hawk, CSI, NS; near his parents.5
  • Event-Misc*: Daniel Ellersby Cunningham was one of three who carried the pulpit in a procession to the new church in Clark's Harbour (the Stone Church). on 11 September 1927.5
  • Death-Var: Alternatively, Daniel Ellersby Cunningham died coronary thrombosis secondary to arteriosclerotic heart disease, physician Dr Baldwin (Clarks Harbour), underaker JW Kenney (Barrington) on 7 April 1942 at The Hawk, CSI, Shelburne Co, NS.6,3
  • Death*: He died on 8 April 1942 at The Hawk, Cape Sable Island, Shelburne Co, NS, at age 73; at home.10,6,2,11
  • Burial*: He was buried on 10 April 1942 at Evergeen Cemetery, Lower Clarks Harbour, Cape Sable Island, Shelburne Co, NS.6,15,17

Family: Eusebia Ann Smith b. 5 Sep 1875, d. 3 Apr 1977

Citations:

  1. [S38] 1881 unknown record type, unknown repository address, p. 26.
  2. [S207] Margaret Messenger, Cape Sable.
  3. [S339] NS VS (published), Deaths Registry, Year 1942, Book 191, Page 514 (Daniel E. Cunningham).
  4. [S339] NS VS (published), Marriages Registry, Year 1892, Book 1836, Page 208, No 41 (Daniel Cunningham).
  5. [S21] Archelaus Smith Historical Society, Island.
  6. [S49] PAF 5, 17 Jul 06.
  7. [S24] Margaret E. Messenger, Bygone Days.
  8. [S102] 1901 unknown record type, unknown repository address, hard and soft copies in my files.
  9. [S339] NS VS (published), Births Registry, Year 1896, Page 99000031 (Almond Dexter Cunningham).
  10. [S3] Ward Cunningham, "Cunningham Descendents".
  11. [S435] Unknown name of person photo attached, unknown repository, unknown repository address, gives year only.
  12. [S339] NS VS (published), Marriages Registry, Year 1892, Book 1836, Page 208, No 41 (Daniel Cunningham), no date given, but age shown as 24.
  13. [S16] Unknown subject, 27 Feb 1996 unknown repository.
  14. [S207] Margaret Messenger, Cape Sable, no location given.
  15. [S435] Unknown name of person photo attached, unknown repository, unknown repository address.
  16. [S339] NS VS (published), Marriages Registry, Year 1892, Book 1836, Page 208, No 41 (Daniel Cunningham), age appears to read 16.
  17. [S339] NS VS (published), Deaths Registry, Year 1942, Book 191, Page 514 (Daniel E. Cunningham) - place given as The Hawk.
  18. [S339] NS VS (published), Marriages Registry, Year 1924, Book 20, Page 969 (Rita Selig and Almond D. Cunningham).

Eusebia Ann Smith

F, b. 5 September 1875, d. 3 April 1977
Eusebia Ann Smith|b. 5 Sep 1875\nd. 3 Apr 1977|p1.htm#i23|George Washington Smith|b. 15 May 1855\nd. 26 Apr 1936|p1.htm#i30|Elizabeth Cunningham|b. 24 May 1858\nd. 17 Jul 1943|p2.htm#i31|George Smith|b. 17 Nov 1807\nd. Mar 1871|p2.htm#i34|Mercy J. Nickerson|b. 9 Jun 1808\nd. 25 Aug 1889|p2.htm#i35|Joseph Cunningham (of Stoney Island NS)|b. 12 Sep 1819\nd. 7 Feb 1887|p2.htm#i32|Elizabeth Wilson|b. 17 May 1816\nd. 1910|p2.htm#i33|

Euseba Ann (Smith) Cunningham

  • Name Variation: Eusebia Ann Smith was also known as Euseba Smith.3
  • Married Name: Her married name was Cunningham.
  • Anecdote*: The 1881 census shows her as a 6 year old student, Free Baptist, living with her father George (#30) and mother Eliza Ann (#31), sisters Maggie (#17032) and Emma (#17031), and grandmother Mercy (#35). The census spells Eusebia "Irseby", which is pretty much a phonetic guess at the spelling. Her correct name, however, was Eusebia, and she was known to me. The 1901 Canada census shows her as Household 229 Family, 254, wife, married, aged 25, born NS, Scotch descent, Free Baptist.
    She grew up on the short road just north of the Evergreen cemetery. In later life she described herself as having been a quiet, sickly child, with a younger sister who did most of the talking. She once told her grandson Ward that she was surprised when her husband asked her to marry him.
    She cooked on a wood stove in the kitchen. Laundry was done in a wooden tub with a washboard, having carried water from the well and heated it on the stove. There was a board walk to the well to avoid the mud, with short spaces between the boards for drainage. A windlass raised the bucket from the well. She milked the cow, looked after the milk, churned the sour cream and printed the butter. In summer she spent early afternoons helping to spread the hay to dry, then helped stack it at night. She wore a sun bonnet for protection. Sometimes her husband received a telephone call while he was at the shore, so she would hang a black coat out an upstairs window as a signal to him to return home.
    She experienced a great deal of sadness in her life. Her husband died two months before their 50th wedding anniversary, and in the years that followed all five of her children died, one by drowning, and another in a tragic accident on the Cape Sable Island Causeway. On her 100th birthday she received a certificate in honour of the event which was framed and hung in her room at the Surf Lodge Nursing Home. When a visitor exclaimed, "A hundred years! That's a long time.", she replied without hesitating that "It doesn't seem long."
    She always found time to help neighbours, often accompanying the doctor when babies were born. She sewed for the newly born, providing diapers and dresses. She baked for those who were ill or in need. she earned high praise from her neighbour Mrs. Cora Nickerson, who described her as "a lovely woman who always led a Christian life". She regularly attended the United Baptist Church at Clark's Harbour. She joined the Sea Breeze Rebekah Lodge shortly after her husband, and in 1981 was the only person ever awarded a 70-year jewel from the lodge. A photo and description of her life are found in Margaret Messenger's "The Islands Look Back".
    Anne (Morton) Chase, great-grandniece of Eusebia's husband Daniel and a 3rd cousin twice removed of Eusebia herself, wrote of her, "When I was about 14, I was a candy striper at Roseway Manor. Seebie was a resident there. The first day I went in to see her, she grabbed my hand, wouldn't let go, and we talked and talked. She always called me Ruth, which was my Mom's name, so I guess I brought old memories back for her. She was the sweetest thing. She was over 100 years old at the time, a tiny woman. She always reminded me of a little bird."5,6,1,7,8,9,10
  • Birth-Var: Alternatively, Eusebia Ann Smith was born on 5 September 1874.2
  • Birth-Var: Alternatively, Eusebia Ann Smith was born on 5 August 1875 at Cape Sable Island, Shelburne Co, NS.3,11
  • Birth*: She was born on 5 September 1875 at Lower Clark's Harbour, Cape Sable, Shelburne Co, NS; Roger Cunningham (#4) confirmed via 21 Aug 2006 email to me that birth year should be 1875 vice 1874 as shown by some people.9,12,6,13
  • She was the daughter of George Washington Smith and Elizabeth Cunningham.1,2,3,4
  • Marriage*: Eusebia Ann Smith married Daniel Ellersby Cunningham, son of Israel Duncan Cunningham and Sophronia Nickerson, on 31 May 1892 at Free Baptist Church, Clark's Harbour, Shelburne Co, NS; by licence, witnesses Arthur Cunningham and [?] Nickerson, they were 2nd cousins once removed.14,9,6,15,16,17
  • Residence*: Eusebia Ann Smith and Daniel Ellersby Cunningham lived on 31 May 1892 at The Hawk, CSI, NS; near his parents.7
  • Burial*: Eusebia Ann Smith was buried in April 1977 at Evergreen Cemetery, Lower Clarks Harbour, Cape Sable Island, Shelburne Co, NS; her gravestone has the wrong date.9,16
  • Death*: She died on 3 April 1977 at Surf Lodge Nursing Home, Lockeport, Shelburne Co, NS, at age 101.9,2,13

Family: Daniel Ellersby Cunningham b. 28 May 1868, d. 8 Apr 1942

Citations:

  1. [S38] 1881 unknown record type, unknown repository address, p. 41.
  2. [S207] Margaret Messenger, Cape Sable.
  3. [S339] NS VS (published), Births Registry, Year 1875, Book 1821, Page 154, No 210 (Euseba Smith).
  4. [S339] NS VS (published), Marriages Registry, Year 1892, Book 1836, Page 208, No 41 (Daniel Cunningham).
  5. [S50] SSN Index.
  6. [S102] 1901 unknown record type, unknown repository address, hard and soft copies in my files.
  7. [S21] Archelaus Smith Historical Society, Island.
  8. [S210] Interview, Roger Cunningham, others as noted in individual's anecdotes, and direct observations by myself Ward Cunningham, 3 Jul-13 Jul 2007.
  9. [S49] PAF 5, 17 Jul 06.
  10. [S609] Anne Morton Chase, "Cunningham," e-mail to N. Alexis Anderson, 19 Mar 2011.
  11. [S339] NS VS (published), Marriages Registry, Year 1892, Book 1836, Page 208, No 41 (Daniel Cunningham), no date given.
  12. [S19] Interview, Roger Cunningham, 20 Feb 2006.
  13. [S435] Unknown name of person photo attached, unknown repository, unknown repository address, gives year only.
  14. [S3] Ward Cunningham, "Cunningham Descendents".
  15. [S207] Margaret Messenger, Cape Sable, no location given.
  16. [S435] Unknown name of person photo attached, unknown repository, unknown repository address.
  17. [S339] NS VS (published), Marriages Registry, Year 1892, Book 1836, Page 208, No 41 (Daniel Cunningham), age appears to read 16.
  18. [S339] NS VS (published), Births Registry, Year 1896, Page 99000031 (Almond Dexter Cunningham).
  19. [S339] NS VS (published), Marriages Registry, Year 1924, Book 20, Page 969 (Rita Selig and Almond D. Cunningham).

Israel Duncan Cunningham1,2

M, b. 1836, d. 1 January 1922
Israel Duncan Cunningham|b. 1836\nd. 1 Jan 1922|p1.htm#i24|Duncan McCallum Cunningham|b. 28 Sep 1799|p1.htm#i28|Kezia Smith|b. 10 Aug 1799|p1.htm#i29|John E. Cunningham|b. 1755\nd. 25 Sep 1845|p2.htm#i46|Mercy Smith|b. 12 Sep 1758\nd. 1845|p2.htm#i47|Hezekiah Smith|b. 1754\nd. 16 Feb 1834|p2.htm#i52|Abigail Doane|b. 18 Apr 1758\nd. c 1837|p2.htm#i53|


  • Anecdote*: His obituary noted that in his younger days he had trained with the militia at the time of the Fenian Raid. It also said that he reported to municipal council in Jan 1908 that he had carried 687 passengers across Hawk Inlet on his ferry in 1907. The ferry was a rowboat in the form of a big skiff, specially built as a ferry. In his last three years ferrying is about all he did, so he was available at any time.4,3
  • Occupation: Israel Duncan Cunningham was employed as a mariner.5
  • Anecdote: The 1881 census shows him on CSI as a 45 year old fisherman, Free Baptist, living with his wife Sophronia (#25), sons Otis (#8208), Israel (8209), John (#8211), Arther (#8210, more properly spelled Arthur), and Daniel (#22), and daughters Addeline (#8212, more properly spelled Adeline), Grace (#8214), Augusta (#8196), and Elmina (#8216). The 1901 census shows him in Clark's Harbour with wife and daughter Augusta, head of household, aged 65, born 7 Oct 1835. The 1911 Canada census shows him as Household 101 Family 116, head of household, married, aged 75, born NS, Baptist, fisherman. In his latter days he was postmaster at Hawk Point, holding the position for the last 18 years of his life.6,7,2,3
  • Anecdote: Hirtle Smith described Israel as the "best kind of a man." He was large and raw boned, about 6 feet tall. He liked duck hunting, and sometimes if he came home late and too tired to do anything else, he would knock some of the rails off his fence to use as kindling the next morning. He easily replaced them in the spring because there were plenty of trees near his house at the time. He built a home on his father's property where there was an old cellar, using material from shipwrecks. One of the ships was the PR HAZELTON from Parrsboro NS to Scotland with a deckload of lumber that was thrown overboard when she struck at Black Point on CSI. The lumber was piled on CSI and sold by the receiver of wrecks to Israel and Osborne Smith, among others. He is mentioned in Margaret Messenger's "Our Island's Bygone Days" and "Island Memories"; and the Shelburne Genealogical Society has pictures of the family and the home.4,8
  • Num Child*: He and Sophronia Nickerson had 9 children.4
  • Anecdote*: They were a talented family who could provide music, art, and poetry. Their house stood on the hill at the most southerly point of CSI, commanding a wide view of the ocean. Israel lived at first in his father's house just below the one he later built on the hill, and all his children were born there. When he decided to build he chose the spot where there was already a cellar. "Aunt Sophronia" stated it was the oldest cellar on The Hawk. The house was a long time being built because Israel made it of material from shipwrecks. It was started about 1874 and finished 3 years later. It was the "house at the end of the road". When his family moved into it, his mother went with them, making a household of 12. She and Israel raised Herbert Cunningham, a grandson, after their son John died when Herbert was eight years old. Herbert (Herb) went on to become the light keeper at Cape Forchu and was well known.4,8
  • Birth-Var: Alternatively, Israel Duncan Cunningham was born on 7 October 1835 at NS.8,7,2,9
  • Birth*: He was born in 1836 at Cape Sable Island, NS.6
  • He was the son of Duncan McCallum Cunningham and Kezia Smith.3
  • Marriage*: Israel Duncan Cunningham married Sophronia Nickerson, daughter of Phineas Nickerson and Jane Vincent Smith, on 25 October 1854 ; they were 1st cousins once removed.8,7,6,3
  • Occupation*: Israel Duncan Cunningham was employed between 1904 and 1922 as postmaster (till his death).4
  • Death*: He died on 1 January 1922 at The Hawk, CSI, Shelburne Co, NS; of cancer; Source 24 (p. 42) quotes an obituary as saying his age was 86 at the time of his death.4,8,9

Family: Sophronia Nickerson b. 27 Nov 1835, d. 27 Mar 1929

Citations:

  1. [S34] Rhonda Chetwynd, "Rhonda," e-mail to Alexis Cunningham, 16 May 06.
  2. [S146] 1901 unknown record type, unknown repository address.
  3. [S207] Margaret Messenger, Cape Sable.
  4. [S24] Margaret E. Messenger, Bygone Days.
  5. [S339] NS VS (published), Marriages Registry, Year 1892, Book 1836, Page 208, No 41 (Daniel Cunningham).
  6. [S38] 1881 unknown record type, unknown repository address, p. 26.
  7. [S103] 1911 unknown record type, unknown repository address, soft and hard copies in my files.
  8. [S49] PAF 5, 17 Jul 06.
  9. [S207] Margaret Messenger, Cape Sable, no location given.
  10. [S609] Anne Morton Chase, "Cunningham," e-mail to N. Alexis Anderson, 19 Mar 2011.
  11. [S435] Unknown name of person photo attached, unknown repository, unknown repository address.
  12. [S339] NS VS (published), Deaths Registry, Year 1942, Book 191, Page 514 (Daniel E. Cunningham).
  13. [S485] Yarmouth Times, 16 Mar 1900 - 6 Jan 1903, n/a, 7 Jul 1900 edition.

Sophronia Nickerson1

F, b. 27 November 1835, d. 27 March 1929
Sophronia Nickerson|b. 27 Nov 1835\nd. 27 Mar 1929|p1.htm#i25|Phineas Nickerson|b. 10 Jul 1806\nd. 12 May 1898|p1.htm#i26|Jane Vincent Smith|b. 7 Oct 1808\nd. 13 Aug 1890|p1.htm#i27|John Nickerson III|b. 1772\nd. 1820|p2.htm#i56|Dorothy James|b. c 1776\nd. 5 Oct 1870|p2.htm#i57|John O. Smith|b. 6 Jul 1777\nd. 16 Aug 1823|p3.htm#i62|Elizabeth Nickerson|b. 13 Jul 1783\nd. 6 Feb 1866|p3.htm#i63|
  • Anecdote*: They were a talented family who could provide music, art, and poetry. Their house stood on the hill at the most southerly point of CSI, commanding a wide view of the ocean. Israel lived at first in his father's house just below the one he later built on the hill, and all his children were born there. When he decided to build he chose the spot where there was already a cellar. "Aunt Sophronia" stated it was the oldest cellar on The Hawk. The house was a long time being built because Israel made it of material from shipwrecks. It was started about 1874 and finished 3 years later. It was the "house at the end of the road". When his family moved into it, his mother went with them, making a household of 12. She and Israel raised Herbert Cunningham, a grandson, after their son John died when Herbert was eight years old. Herbert (Herb) went on to become the light keeper at Cape Forchu and was well known.4,5
  • Num Child*: Sophronia Nickerson and Israel Duncan Cunningham had 9 children.4
  • Anecdote: The 1881 census shows her on CSI as a 45 year old Free Baptist, living with her husband Israel (#24), sons Otis (#8208), Israel (8209), John (#8211), Arther (#8210, more properly spelled Arthur), and Daniel (#22), and daughters Addeline (#8212, more properly spelled Adeline), Grace (#8214), Augusta (#8196), and Elmina (#8216). The 1901 census shows her with husband and daughter Augusta, in Clark's Harbour, household 265, wife, aged 65, born 27 Nov 1835. The 1911 Canada census shows her as Household 101 Family 116, wife, married, aged 75, born NS, Baptist. She made quilts, and many island homes had at least one. She was a rather small woman with red hair that she didn't like and always covered with a sunbonnet.6,7,8,9,4
  • Married Name: Her married name was Cunningham.
  • Name Variation: Sophronia Nickerson was also known as Sophrona Nickerson.3
  • Birth*: She was born on 27 November 1835 at Newellton, CSI, Shelburne Co, NS.8,5,7,9,10,11
  • She was the daughter of Phineas Nickerson and Jane Vincent Smith.2,3
  • Marriage*: Sophronia Nickerson married Israel Duncan Cunningham, son of Duncan McCallum Cunningham and Kezia Smith, on 25 October 1854 ; they were 1st cousins once removed.5,7,8,2
  • Death*: Sophronia Nickerson died on 27 March 1929 at The Hawk, CSI, Shelburne Co, NS, at age 93.5,12

Family: Israel Duncan Cunningham b. 1836, d. 1 Jan 1922

Citations:

  1. [S228] Patricia A. Terry (transcriber), Barrington Records.
  2. [S207] Margaret Messenger, Cape Sable.
  3. [S228] Patricia A. Terry (transcriber), Barrington Records, p. 88.
  4. [S24] Margaret E. Messenger, Bygone Days.
  5. [S49] PAF 5, 17 Jul 06.
  6. [S50] SSN Index.
  7. [S103] 1911 unknown record type, unknown repository address, soft and hard copies in my files.
  8. [S38] 1881 unknown record type, unknown repository address, p. 26.
  9. [S146] 1901 unknown record type, unknown repository address.
  10. [S207] Margaret Messenger, Cape Sable, no location given.
  11. [S228] Patricia A. Terry (transcriber), Barrington Records, p. 88, no location given.
  12. [S207] Margaret Messenger, Cape Sable, gives year only.
  13. [S609] Anne Morton Chase, "Cunningham," e-mail to N. Alexis Anderson, 19 Mar 2011.
  14. [S435] Unknown name of person photo attached, unknown repository, unknown repository address.
  15. [S339] NS VS (published), Deaths Registry, Year 1942, Book 191, Page 514 (Daniel E. Cunningham).
  16. [S339] NS VS (published), Marriages Registry, Year 1892, Book 1836, Page 208, No 41 (Daniel Cunningham).
  17. [S485] Yarmouth Times, 16 Mar 1900 - 6 Jan 1903, n/a, 7 Jul 1900 edition.

Phineas Nickerson

M, b. 10 July 1806, d. 12 May 1898
Phineas Nickerson|b. 10 Jul 1806\nd. 12 May 1898|p1.htm#i26|John Nickerson III|b. 1772\nd. 1820|p2.htm#i56|Dorothy James|b. c 1776\nd. 5 Oct 1870|p2.htm#i57|John Nickerson II|b. 12 Jun 1730\nd. a 1772|p2.htm#i60|Jerusha Knowles|b. 1730|p3.htm#i61|Colonel Thomas James|b. c 1750\nd. 6 Mar 1782|p2.htm#i58|Janet De Poyster|b. c 1754|p2.htm#i59|
  • Name Variation: Phineas Nickerson was also known as Phinehas Nickerson.1
  • Anecdote*: He lived for a while in a house not far from the site of Douglas Symonds' home (Newellton?). He may have stayed in his parents' home until he and his family moved to Fish Island around the middle of the 19th century (1844? 1847? 1854?). He was a clerk of the Free Will Baptist church organized by Reverend Asa McGray.2,3
  • Birth*: He was born on 10 July 1806 at Woods Harbour, NS.4
  • He was the son of John Nickerson III and Dorothy James.
  • Marriage*: Phineas Nickerson married Jane Vincent Smith, daughter of John Osborn Smith and Elizabeth Nickerson, on 3 January 1828 at Newellton, Shelburne Co, NS; by Revd Asa McGray, they were 4th cousins.3,5
  • Death*: Phineas Nickerson died on 12 May 1898 at age 91.3
  • Death-Var: Alternatively, Phineas Nickerson died A newspaper clipping read, "He pased away without any previous sickness, the oldest resident of Cape Sable Island. He was suddenly stricken with what appeared to be paralysis, and expired in a few hours, without regaining consciousness. Thus closed a long and unassuming but exemplary life, noted for honesty and truthfulness, faithful to every obligation in its humble sphere. Nearly 70 years ago, when Rev. Asa McGray came to these shores and in the midst of great difficulties established the first Free Baptist Church here, in what was then truly a wildnerness, the deceased was one of the first converts. And of that church, in whose work he was always active and in earnest, he remained a worthy communicant till his latest day. For many years he was clerk of that church and much of its old records are in his handwriting. In those days there were no schools, and with scant opportunity for learning, for he followed thelowly occupation of a fisherman, deceased acquired by his own effort considerable information, was a good penman, and quite proficient in accounts, teaching school himself for a period under the old system. In politics he was a lifelong Liberal, and though a man of few words, would often speak with unabated interest of the days of Joseph Howe and responsible government." in November 1898.2

Family: Jane Vincent Smith b. 7 Oct 1808, d. 13 Aug 1890

Citations:

  1. [S228] Patricia A. Terry (transcriber), Barrington Records, p. 88.
  2. [S23] Margaret E. Messenger, Echoes.
  3. [S49] PAF 5, 17 Jul 06.
  4. [S57] http://www.searsr.com/richard1/pafg01.htm, "Richard Sears", Ancestral File.
  5. [S228] Patricia A. Terry (transcriber), Barrington Records, p. 88, no location given.
  6. [S22] Margaret E Messenger, Our Island.
  7. [S26] Margaret E. Messenger, People.
  8. [S226] Ward Cunningham, "Ward Files", Ancestral File.
  9. [S207] Margaret Messenger, Cape Sable.

Jane Vincent Smith

F, b. 7 October 1808, d. 13 August 1890
Jane Vincent Smith|b. 7 Oct 1808\nd. 13 Aug 1890|p1.htm#i27|John Osborn Smith|b. 6 Jul 1777\nd. 16 Aug 1823|p3.htm#i62|Elizabeth Nickerson|b. 13 Jul 1783\nd. 6 Feb 1866|p3.htm#i63|Hezekiah Smith|b. 1754\nd. 16 Feb 1834|p2.htm#i52|Abigail Doane|b. 18 Apr 1758\nd. c 1837|p2.htm#i53|Stephen Nickerson|b. 1 Oct 1726\nd. Jun 1801|p3.htm#i64|Martha Hallett|d. 1830|p3.htm#i65|
  • Name Variation: Jane Vincent Smith was also known as Jane Vinson Smith.1
  • Married Name: Her married name was Nickerson.
  • Birth*: She was born on 7 October 1808 at Cape Sable Island, Shelburne Co, NS.3,4
  • She was the daughter of John Osborn Smith and Elizabeth Nickerson.1,2
  • Marriage*: Jane Vincent Smith married Phineas Nickerson, son of John Nickerson III and Dorothy James, on 3 January 1828 at Newellton, Shelburne Co, NS; by Revd Asa McGray, they were 4th cousins.3,5
  • Death*: Jane Vincent Smith died on 13 August 1890 at age 81.3

Family: Phineas Nickerson b. 10 Jul 1806, d. 12 May 1898

Citations:

  1. [S228] Patricia A. Terry (transcriber), Barrington Records, p. 64.
  2. [S228] Patricia A. Terry (transcriber), Barrington Records, p. 64, no maiden name given.
  3. [S49] PAF 5, 17 Jul 06.
  4. [S228] Patricia A. Terry (transcriber), Barrington Records, p. 64, no location given.
  5. [S228] Patricia A. Terry (transcriber), Barrington Records, p. 88, no location given.
  6. [S22] Margaret E Messenger, Our Island.
  7. [S23] Margaret E. Messenger, Echoes.
  8. [S26] Margaret E. Messenger, People.
  9. [S226] Ward Cunningham, "Ward Files", Ancestral File.
  10. [S228] Patricia A. Terry (transcriber), Barrington Records, p. 88.
  11. [S207] Margaret Messenger, Cape Sable.

Duncan McCallum Cunningham

M, b. 28 September 1799
Duncan McCallum Cunningham|b. 28 Sep 1799|p1.htm#i28|John E. Cunningham|b. 1755\nd. 25 Sep 1845|p2.htm#i46|Mercy Smith|b. 12 Sep 1758\nd. 1845|p2.htm#i47|Daniel Cunningham|b. 1729\nd. Sep 1793|p2.htm#i50|Mary (?) (of Inverary)||p2.htm#i51|Archelaus Smith , Esquire|b. 23 Apr 1734\nd. 3 Apr 1821|p2.htm#i48|Elizabeth Nickerson|b. 15 May 1735\nd. 2 Apr 1828|p2.htm#i49|
  • Anecdote*: He was the first Cunningham to live at The Hawk. His house was at the right of the lane leading to Danny Maxwell's home.4
  • Name Variation: Duncan McCallum Cunningham was also known as Dunkan Cunningham.3
  • Num Child*: He and Kezia Smith had 9 children.5
  • Birth*: Duncan McCallum Cunningham was born on 28 September 1799 at Cape Sable Island, Shelburne Co, NS.6,1,2,7
  • He was the son of John E. Cunningham and Mercy Smith.1,2,3
  • Marriage*: Duncan McCallum Cunningham married Kezia Smith, daughter of Hezekiah Smith and Abigail Doane, on 25 February 1821 at Cape Sable Island, Shelburne Co, NS; by S.O. Doane, they were 1st cousins.5,6,1,2,8

Family: Kezia Smith b. 10 Aug 1799

Citations:

  1. [S87] Unknown compiler.
  2. [S207] Margaret Messenger, Cape Sable.
  3. [S228] Patricia A. Terry (transcriber), Barrington Records, p. 27.
  4. [S20] Archelaus Smith Historical Society, Island Memories.
  5. [S19] Interview, Roger Cunningham, 20 Feb 2006.
  6. [S49] PAF 5, 17 Jul 06.
  7. [S228] Patricia A. Terry (transcriber), Barrington Records, p. 27, no location given.
  8. [S228] Patricia A. Terry (transcriber), Barrington Records, p. 61.
  9. [S226] Ward Cunningham, "Ward Files", Ancestral File.

Kezia Smith

F, b. 10 August 1799
Kezia Smith|b. 10 Aug 1799|p1.htm#i29|Hezekiah Smith|b. 1754\nd. 16 Feb 1834|p2.htm#i52|Abigail Doane|b. 18 Apr 1758\nd. c 1837|p2.htm#i53|Archelaus Smith , Esquire|b. 23 Apr 1734\nd. 3 Apr 1821|p2.htm#i48|Elizabeth Nickerson|b. 15 May 1735\nd. 2 Apr 1828|p2.htm#i49|Edmund Doane|b. 20 Apr 1718\nd. 20 Nov 1806|p2.htm#i54|Elizabeth Osborne|b. 1717\nd. 24 May 1798|p2.htm#i55|
  • Num Child*: Kezia Smith and Duncan McCallum Cunningham had 9 children.3
  • Name Variation: Kezia Smith was also known as Keziah Smith.4,1,5
  • Married Name: Her married name was Cunningham.
  • Birth-Var: Alternatively, Kezia Smith was born on 19 April 1798 at Cape Sable Island, Shelburne Co, NS.4
  • Birth*: She was born on 10 August 1799 at Cape Sable Island, Shelburne Co, NS.6,7,8
  • She was the daughter of Hezekiah Smith and Abigail Doane.1,2
  • Marriage*: Kezia Smith married Duncan McCallum Cunningham, son of John E. Cunningham and Mercy Smith, on 25 February 1821 at Cape Sable Island, Shelburne Co, NS; by S.O. Doane, they were 1st cousins.3,6,4,1,5

Family: Duncan McCallum Cunningham b. 28 Sep 1799

Citations:

  1. [S207] Margaret Messenger, Cape Sable.
  2. [S228] Patricia A. Terry (transcriber), Barrington Records, p. 2.
  3. [S19] Interview, Roger Cunningham, 20 Feb 2006.
  4. [S87] Unknown compiler.
  5. [S228] Patricia A. Terry (transcriber), Barrington Records, p. 61.
  6. [S49] PAF 5, 17 Jul 06.
  7. [S207] Margaret Messenger, Cape Sable, no location given.
  8. [S228] Patricia A. Terry (transcriber), Barrington Records, p. 2, no location given.
  9. [S20] Archelaus Smith Historical Society, Island Memories.
  10. [S226] Ward Cunningham, "Ward Files", Ancestral File.

George Washington Smith

M, b. 15 May 1855, d. 26 April 1936
George Washington Smith|b. 15 May 1855\nd. 26 Apr 1936|p1.htm#i30|George Smith|b. 17 Nov 1807\nd. Mar 1871|p2.htm#i34|Mercy Jane Nickerson|b. 9 Jun 1808\nd. 25 Aug 1889|p2.htm#i35|James Smith|b. 6 Oct 1762\nd. 29 May 1842|p3.htm#i66|Tabitha Kendrick|b. 29 Jul 1766\nd. 1844|p3.htm#i67|Absalom Nickerson (of South Side)|b. 27 Sep 1767\nd. 3 Mar 1817|p3.htm#i70|Susan Nickerson|b. 1769|p3.htm#i71|
  • Anecdote*: The 1881 census shows him as a 26 year old seaman, Free Baptist, living with his wife Eliza Ann (#31) and daughters Eusebia (#23), Maggie (#13072) and Emma (#13071), as well as his mother Mercy (#35). The census spells Eusebia "Irseby", which is pretty much a phonetic guess at the spelling. Her correct name, however, was Eusebia, and she was known to me.1
  • Occupation*: George Washington Smith was employed as a fisherman at Cape Sable Island, Shelburne Co, NS.2
  • Occupation: He was employed as a mariner.3
  • Birth*: He was born on 15 May 1855 at Cape Sable Island, Shelburne Co, NS.4,1,5
  • He was the son of George Smith and Mercy Jane Nickerson.
  • Marriage*: George Washington Smith married Elizabeth Cunningham, daughter of Joseph Cunningham (of Stoney Island NS) and Elizabeth Wilson, on 23 March 1875 at Cape Sable Island, Shelburne Co, NS; by D. McGray, they were 1st cousins once removed.4,6,1,7,2
  • Burial*: George Washington Smith was buried in 1936 at Evergreen Cemetery, Lower Clark's Harbour, CSI, Shelburne Co, NS.4,7
  • Death*: He died on 26 April 1936 at Lower Clarks Harbour, Shelburne Co, NS, at age 80.8,5
  • Death-Var: Alternatively, George Washington Smith died on 26 April 1937 at Lower Clark's Harbour, CSI, Shelburne Co, NS.4

Family: Elizabeth Cunningham b. 24 May 1858, d. 17 Jul 1943

Citations:

  1. [S38] 1881 unknown record type, unknown repository address, p. 41.
  2. [S339] NS VS (published), Births Registry, Year 1875, Book 1821, Page 154, No 210 (Euseba Smith).
  3. [S339] NS VS (published), Marriages Registry, Year 1892, Book 1836, Page 208, No 41 (Daniel Cunningham).
  4. [S49] PAF 5, 17 Jul 06.
  5. [S435] Unknown name of person photo attached, unknown repository, unknown repository address, gives year only.
  6. [S87] Unknown compiler.
  7. [S435] Unknown name of person photo attached, unknown repository, unknown repository address.
  8. [S226] Ward Cunningham, "Ward Files", Ancestral File.
  9. [S207] Margaret Messenger, Cape Sable.