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Anastasie, épouse de feu Eustache Martin

When Brunswick farmer Eustache Eusebe Martin Sr died suddenly in early 1915, his widow Anastasie, who had never held a job outside the home and spoke little English, had to figure out how to care for her brood. She and … Continue reading

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Le Cultivateur

Québec As early as 1536, French pioneers harvested the natural bounty of Quebec’s dense forests. They transported their furs and timber via the rivers of New France to ports along the Atlantic Ocean and thence to France itself. Since even … Continue reading

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One Thing Leads to Another

In my research, one story often leads to another. I used the 1900 US Federal census to help me determine that Octave LeBel’s property was the burial place for baby Joseph Henri Deschenes. Several entries below the LeBel family was … Continue reading

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Jotham Varney, Father

What kind of man was Jotham Varney, the father of Viola (Varney) Phipps and Laura (Varney) Strout, two independent 19th century women described in a previous blog, The Unvarnished Truth About the Varney Sisters)? You be the judge. Jotham Varney (1803-1879) … Continue reading

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You’ve Got Questions; We’ve Got Answers

Brunswick’s African American History This week I’m answering two questions I’m asked whenever I share Brunswick’s 18th and 19th century African American history. How did African Americans get to Brunswick? The first African Americans who arrived in Brunswick in the 1700s … Continue reading

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The Forgotten Patriot

Luke Nickerson (1743-1829) married Hagar Cousins in Harpswell, Maine, in 1772. Three years later, the colonies were in an uproar, declaring civil war against England. On January 15, 1777, Nickerson enlisted in Reed’s Company, one of six men from Harpswell … Continue reading

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Killed in Defense of His Daughter

If you’ve ever been to New Meadows Cemetery on Purinton Rd. you’ve probably seen the red granite marker engraved “KILLED IN DEFENCE OF HIS DAU.” and wondered what exactly happened to Joseph Crockett. If you’re like me, you might have gone … Continue reading

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