Seeking Information about Samuel Yorke and Family of Sunbury County

The Fredericton Region Museum office is seeking assistance with a research enquiry received yesterday.

Dear York Sunbury Historical Society,
I am researching my ancestors who settled in Sunbury, New Brunswick in the mid to late 1700’s.  My 4th Great Grandfather is James Yorke who married Lucy Nevers.  She was born in Feb 15, 1766 in Sunbury and is the first child of Samuel and Ann Nevers.  I am trying to find birth or baptism records, marriage records, land records, etc. for my 4th Great Grandmother and their children.  More specifically, their son Samuel Yorke who is my 3rd Great Grandfather.  Does your museum have any of these names in their archives?  If not, could you direct me to someone who could help me with my research?

Kindest regards,

Any help with Patricia’s questions would be greatly appreciated.  Please leave your answers in the comments below!

References found in the York Sunbury Historical Society MC300 Finding Aid
These records belong to the York Sunbury Historical Society and are stored in the Provincial Archives storage facility. Copies of records can be obtained by contacting the New Brunswick Provincial Archives.

References to “Nevers”
MC300 MS5 Burpee Family Papers #46, Letter from Samuel Nevers to Charles Burpee asking to have the lighthouse position occasioned by the death of James K. Hazen; Burton, February 16, 1878.

MC300 MS12 Benjamin Atherton Records #5, Invoice of goods sent to Benjamin Atherton via Jabez Nevers from Simonds & White; October 21, 1774.

No references to “Yorke” were found.

York Sunbury Historical Society Annual General Meeting

City Hall0001 small

Please join us for the Annual General Meeting of the York-Sunbury Historical Society at 7:30pm on Thursday, April 17, 2014 at Government House. The meeting will begin with guest speaker Alex Cummings who will give a brief history of City Hall, the story of the Tower Clock and why one was suggested in the first place. He will describe how the clock maker was selected, the original location of the clock, the 2008-09 refurbishment and the relocation to the 2nd floor for public view.

The Annual General Meeting and a reception will follow.

Learning About the Past from our Future!

Coming soon!  The student edition of the Officers' Quarters!

Coming soon! The student edition of the Officers’ Quarters!

The YSHS Publishes Another Issue of the Officers’ Quarter!

Fredericton, New Brunswick (March 25, 2013) – The York Sunbury Historical Society Publication Committee is releasing their latest Officers’ Quarters at the beginning of April.

Edited by Alexandra Fox, with Fin Mackay-Boyce as her co-editor, this issue of the local history publication features articles written by students who have either worked, interned or volunteered at the Fredericton Region Museum during the past couple of years.  Ms. Fox is a St. Thomas University student and has worked at the Fredericton Region Museum for two summers.  She has previously edited the St. Thomas history student journal and has volunteered at the museum periodically during the off-season.

Each year, the museum is fortunate to receive several summer- student employment grants and internships as well as chosen by several students looking for volunteer opportunities. Without the hard work and dedication of students, many of our projects would not get completed. This edition of the Officers’ Quarters is intended to be a thank you to those students and the granting agencies that make it possible to hire them as well as provide an opportunity for contributors to have their work published.

The contributors are past summer students, former volunteers and interns. They attend either St. Thomas University or the University of New Brunswick and represent several departments from undergraduate, graduate and education. The articles explore personal experiences from working at the museum as well as research papers that examine artefacts and topics from New Brunswick’s past.

Copies of the Officers’ Quarters are available for purchase at the Fredericton Region Museum for $10 each.  Funds raised from the sale of the publication support the York Sunbury Historical Society research and publishing program.

About the Fredericton Region Museum: The York Sunbury Historical Society founded the Fredericton Region Museum in 1934.  In 1959, the museum found permanent headquarters in the Officers’ Quarters (571 Queen Street) in the heart of downtown Fredericton.  The society and museum remain a non-profit enterprise with a small paid staff and numerous volunteers.  Spring hours (April – June) are Tuesday to Saturday 1pm-4pm.

York Sunbury Historical Society March Program

Join us at Government House, Thursday March 20 @ 7:30pm for our monthly program.  Our speaker is Koral LaVorgna, who will be reading love letters of New Brunswick from times past and telling their stories.  These have been gleaned from the New Brunswick Provincial Archives and the York Sunbury Historical Society’s collection, and their stories reflect a completely different and interesting attitude than presently seems to exist.

This is from the week-long series she did for CBC radio in Saint John and Fredericton; and for a Daily Gleaner feature during the Valentine celebration period this year.

Ms. LaVorgna is a PHD candidate in history, lecturer at St. Thomas University, Executive Director of the Scottish Portal Project, past Fredericton Region Museum Manager, Curator, Researcher and Writer for the City of Fredericton Built Heritage History Projects, a Step-On Tour Bus History Travel Guide, with a broad and thorough knowledge of New Brunswick and Fredericton’s history.

A reception will follow the presentation.  Non-members are cordially invited.

Please note, there is a snow storm forecast with freezing rain for March 20th.  If Fredericton schools are closed on this date, then the program will be cancelled.

York Sunbury Historical Society February Program

Ashes and Rebirth: St. Mary’s Ferry/North Devon

1878 Map of St. Mary’s

Based on the Community Memories exhibition, Bob McNeil will tell the story of St. Mary’s Ferry/North Devon.  This community was first called St. Mary’s Ferry and in 1917, it became North Devon.  Finally, in 1945 it became part of Fredericton.  Through photos and stories of the time, this exhibit follows the beginnings of a community from 1831, through to its inclusion in the greater city of Fredericton in the mid-20th century.

Join us at Government House, Thursday February 20 @ 7:30 PM when curator Bob McNeil will tell us more about this community.

A reception will follow the presentation.  Non-members are cordially invited.

York Sunbury Historical Society January Program

Aroostook War of 1839 by Gary Campbell

Aroostook War of 1839 by Gary Campbell

A little-known episode in North America’s history, the Aroostook War of 1839 was an undeclared war with no actual fighting.  It had its roots in the 1793 Treaty of Paris, which ended the American Revolutionary War but left the border of Maine (then part of Massachusetts) and British North America unsettled.  Efforts to locate the border based on the treaty failed.  The area between the competing British and American claims became known as the Disputed Territory.  Fearing a negotiated border would negatively affect its claim for the disputed territory, Maine occupied the Aroostook River valley in early 1839.  British regulars, New Brunswick militia, and Maine militia were then deployed in the dead of winter, as the kindling was laid for a third major Anglo-American conflagration.  Eventually, cooler heads prevailed, although they did not deter a number of skirmishes between the Maine Land Agent posses and a loosely organized group of New Brunswick lumbermen.  A complex story of friction, greed, land grabs, and the Ashburton-Webster Treaty of 1842 eventually settled rivalry, this border dispute that nearly resulted in war.  If you want to learn more about this fascinating period in New Brunswick history, join us at Government House, Thursday January 16 @ 7:30 PM when author Gary Campbell will tell us more about this story.

A reception will follow the presentation.  Non-members are cordially invited.

Looking For Volunteer Writers for Local History Journal

Just released, the Fire edition of the Officers' Quarters!

Just released, the Fire edition of the Officers’ Quarters!

The York Sunbury Historical Society’s Publication Committee invites submissions of full and short papers reporting on the history of entertainment and entertainers in central New Brunswick.  The Publication Committee and Editor will review all papers and accepted papers will be published in the Officers’ Quarters.

The York Sunbury Historical Society is a volunteer organization and, at this time, does not offer monetary compensation for articles.

Articles must include sources and a good quality digital image or two to for illustration.  The submission deadline is February 1, 2014.

Contact the Fredericton Region Museum office for more information.

About our Publication: The Officers’ Quarters
Past Issues of the Officers’ Quarters