Sean Benjamin
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Sean Benjamin

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Sean C. Benjamin
Born 1970s.
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February update: I'm now based in southern New Brunswick, and I'm currently spending much more time on genealogical work than I've been able to do thus far. I've been focused on getting a genealogical research business, Maritime Roots, up and running, so I've had less time to contribute to WikiTree in recent weeks.

I've been experimenting recently with more formally laid-out genealogical writing with a couple of publications in the works, and I'll be interested to see how that will interact with my work on WikiTree. My current WikiTree goal is to continue working on geographic categorization for New Brunswick.

I've also begun work on two one place study projects focused on Grand Manan Island and Elgin Parish in New Brunswick, though they're mostly still in the pre-WikiTree stage. My Hermitage Bay, Newfoundland One Place Study, is still ongoing.



I grew up in the Canadian Maritime provinces, and all 8 of my great-grandparents grew up in either New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, or Newfoundland. My Newfoundland research has been particularly difficult, so I'd love to meet and collaborate with fellow Newfoundland genealogists.

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Brick Walls

Here's a list of my current brick walls.

Surnames I'm Researching

Here's a list of surnames from the Maritimes, Newfoundland, and Washington County, Maine that I'm currently researching. Roadblocks are capitalized in BOLD. If you have some surnames in common with me, please let me know - let's try to get them connected! I'll start with the Newfoundlanders, since they're the toughest:


  • INGRAM/ENGRAM - Ann Ingram first appears in an 1848 marriage in the Hermitage Bay area. Before that, nada.
  • KNOWLTON - Probably the biggest mystery I have. Jasper Knowlton appears in Carbonear by 1852 from parts unknown, has a few children, appears in the 1864 directory as a fisherman, then promptly disappears again.
  • LILLY - Two branches of the Lilly family, both in the Hermitage Bay area. One branch first appears with John Lilly in 1823, the other with James Wilson Lilly at mid-century.
  • NURSE - Moses Nurse appears in Hermitage Bay records by 1827.
  • PRIDDLE - Esau Priddle has his first child in Carbonear in 1860, but previous history is unknown.

Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, and Maine

  • Ackley - Benajah Ackley was a New England Planter who came from Connecticut to Cornwallis Township about 1761.
  • Annand - Edward Annand was a Scottish immigrant who arrived in the Musquodoboit area of Nova Scotia around 1795.
  • Barker - Capt. Edward Barker was an English soldier who moved to the Hantsport area of Nova Scotia about 1789.
  • Benjamin - Obadiah Benjamin was a New England Planter who came from Preston, Connecticut to Horton Township in 1760.
  • Bennett - Zadock Bennett was a New England Planter who came from Lyme, Connecticut to Horton Township in 1761.
  • Bigelow - Isaac Bigelow was a New England Planter who came from Colchester, Connecticut to Cornwallis Township.
  • Bryant - Revolutionary War soldier Samuel Davis Bryant moved from Scarborough, ME to Machias about 1766.
  • Buckman - Loyalist Samuel Buckman left Boston for Westport, Nova Scotia about 1783.
  • Campbell - James Campbell moved from Ulster to Londonderry Township near Truro about 1762.
  • Cates - Samuel Cates moved from Falmouth to Harrington, Maine about 1754-56.
  • Chase - Two branches of this family: Nancy (Chase) Bryant moved from New Hampshire to Machias, and Stephen Chase was a New England Planter and Quaker who moved from Swansea, MA to Cornwallis about 1764.
  • Chute - John Chute was a New England Planter who moved from Hampstead, New Hampshire to Annapolis County, NS about 1759.
  • Cleveland - Lemuel Cleveland was a New England Planter from Lebanon, Connecticut who moved to Annapolis County about 1760.
  • Coldwell/Caldwell - William Coldwell moved from Connecticut to Horton Township in 1759.
  • Collicutt - Thomas Collicutt moved from Dorchester, Massachusetts to Halifax then Lunenburg around 1752.
  • Colpitts - Robert Colpitts was an English settler from Durham who moved to the Moncton area about 1783-4.
  • Corkum / Gorkum - Johann Wilhelm Gorkum was a German from Westphalia who settled Lunenburg in 1752.
  • Crandall - Wilbur Crandall moved from Tiverton, Rhode Island to Chester, NS about 1775.
  • CRONK - Joseph Cronk appears in Digby County records in 1784, but his origins and arrival in Nova Scotia are still unknown.
  • Cummings - Robert Cummings was a land agent for Hillsborough Township on the Petitcodiac River who soon deserted and went home to Maryland about 1771-72.
  • Davis - Sgt. Ethiel Davis was a New York Loyalist who settled Westport, NS in 1783.
  • DAVISON - Rebecca Davison first appears in Londonderry Township (NS) records in 1817, but I'm uncertain where they were before that.
  • DENNISON John Dennison lived in Horton Township in the 1790s and moved to Whiting, Maine about 1798.
  • Denny - John Denny was an Irishman who settled Londonderry Township, NS about 1761.
  • Denton - Joseph Denton was a New York Loyalist from Long Island who settled Little River in Digby County.
  • DOLBIER - Elizabeth (Dolbier) Uhlman appears in Halifax records in 1803, previous whereabouts unknown.
  • DURFEE - Rachel (Durfee) Simpson apparently came from a Hants County family, but I don't know where they came from before 1813.
  • Ells - Joshua Ells was a New England Planter who moved from Milton, Massachusetts to Cornwallis Township in 1761.
  • Fales - Benjamin Fales was a New England Planter who moved from Walpole, Massachusetts to Wilmot Township, NS about 1769.
  • Farnsworth - Jonas Farnsworth was a New England Planter who moved from Groton, CT to Granville Township, NS about 1760.
  • Fillmore - Lt. John Fillmore was a Connecticut soldier who helped capture Fort Beausejour in 1755 and later settled that area about 1760.
  • Fraser - Lt. Francis Fraser was a New Jersey Loyalist who settled the Parrsboro area in 1784.
  • Fulton - Several branches of a Scotch-Irish surname - including Judge James Fulton of Bass River, and James Fulton of Truro - which may or may not be related.
  • Gerhardt - Johannes Phillip Gerhardt was a German who settled in Lunenburg by 1753.
  • GOW - A big mystery. Elizabeth Jane Gow married Jacob Lockhart in the Parrsboro area in 1841, but she's completely unknown before that.
  • Harrington - Ebenezer Harrington was a New England Planter who moved from Exeter, Rhode Island to Liverpool, NS about 1765.
  • Hatfield - Capt. John Hatfield was a British soldier who married a New Yorker and settled the Parrsboro shore after the American Revolution.
  • Hazel - John Hazel was an Irish immigrant to the Parrsboro area at an unknown date before 1805.
  • Hicks - John Hicks was a Quaker and New England Planter who moved from Charlestown, Rhode Island to Falmouth Township in 1759, then to the Annapolis Valley in 1765.
  • Holmes - Samuel Holmes moved from Scarborough ME to Machias about 1765 and served in the Revolutionary War.
  • Hubbard / Huber - Adam Hubbard was a New York Loyalist of possible Dutch/German background who settled in Shelburne, NS in 1784.
  • Huntley - Sgt. Jabez Huntley was a New England Planter who moved from Lyme, Connecticut to Horton Township in 1761, then crossed the Bay of Fundy to Machias about 1770 and served in the Revolutionary War.
  • Johnson - James Johnson was an Ulster Scot who moved from Londonderry, New Hampshire to Truro in 1761.
  • Jones / Schantz - Johann Carl Schantz was one of the Pennsylvania German settlers who settled the Petitcodiac in 1766, Anglicizing his name to Charles Jones.
  • Knowlton - Daniel Knowlton was a soldier in the 1745 capture of Louisbourg and a New England Planter who moved from Ashford, Connecticut to Onslow Township in 1760 before ending up in Cumberland County.
  • Laffoley - George Laffoley was a mariner from the Channel Island of Jersey who settled Westport in Digby County about 1811.
  • Leighton - Hatevil Leighton was a Revolutionary War soldier from New Hampshire who settled Pembroke, Maine about 1776.
  • Lockhart - James Lockhart was a New England Planter of Irish origin who settled in Horton Township in 1762.
  • Loomer - Stephen Loomer was a New England Planter who moved from Norwich/Bozrah, Connecticut to Cornwallis Township in 1761.
  • Mahar - Edmund Mahar was an Irishman who settled in Pembroke, Maine by 1780.
  • McDonald - Donald MacDonald was a Scottish doctor who settled Machias, Maine about 1770 and served on an American privateer in the Revolutionary War.
  • McDormand - William McDormand was an Ulster Scot who moved to Pennsylvania by 1733, then Annapolis Township in 1761.
  • McHeffey - Richard McHeffey was an Irish immigrant who settled in Windsor, NS.
  • McHUGH - Ruth Olivia (McHugh) Hatfield was born in the Minas Basin area in 1820s, but I can't conclusively trace her origins before that.
  • McKENZIE - Sarah (McKenzie) Southern married in Halifax in 1812, but her previous whereabouts are unknown.
  • MICHENER - Mercy (Michener) Dennison lived in Kings County NS before ending up in Cutler Maine. She may or may not be related to Abel Michener of Hants County.
  • MORRELL - Moses Morrell and Mary (Morrell) McDormand were from a family of early Digby County settlers, but I'm having difficulty tracing them before that.
  • Newcomb - Capt. Eddy Newcomb and his father Deacon John Newcomb were both New England Planters from Lebanon, Connecticut who settled Cornwallis Township in 1760-61.
  • O'Brien - Timothy O'Brien left Ulster in 1768 and settled at Noel in Hants County 1771.
  • Odell - Daniel Odell was a New York Loyalist who settled in Digby County in 1783-84.
  • RANDALL - Charles Randall was said to have been born in Addison, Maine and was a lifelong resident of nearby Cutler. He may be related to either Maine Randalls or Ramsdells, but I can't trace them before 1800.
  • REILLY - I can't locate Rebecca (Reilly) Mahar before 1776 in Pembroke, Maine.
  • Rice - Beriah Rice was a New England Planter who moved from Massachusetts to Annapolis County about 1760.
  • Sanford - Benjamin Sanford was a New England Planter who moved from Rhode Island to Newport Township in 1760 then ended up in Cornwallis Township.
  • Simpson - James Simpson was a Scottish immigrant to Nova Scotia, likely Hants County.
  • Sinton - William Sinton was a Yorkshire settler of Coverdale, New Brunswick in 1774.
  • Slocum / Slocomb - Capt. John Slocomb was a Massachusetts Loyalist who moved to Annapolis County about 1778.
  • Somers - Matthias Somers was a Pennsylvania German who settled the Petitcodiac River in 1766.
  • Spicer - Lt. Robert Spicer was an English soldier from Dorset who settled Parrsboro Township in about 1780; his wife Priscilla's noble roots are likely mythical.
  • Stanley - Job Stanley married Isabella Dyer and lived on Cape Cod in 1800. They settled in Mispec, New Brunswick by 1821, but may have lived in Maine and/or New Hampshire between those dates. Possible connections with the Stanleys of Mount Desert Island, Maine?
  • Steeves / Stief - Johann Heinrich Stief was a German settler who founded a very prolific family that populated the whole Petitcodiac River area with their descendants.
  • STINSON - Mary (Stinson) MacDonald lived in Washington County, Maine by about 1800, but her origins are unknown.
  • STORK - Margaret (Stork) Cronk appears in a Digby marriage in 1802, but is a mystery before that.
  • Suthern / Southern - John Southern was a British naval officer who settled Westport in Digby County about 1815.
  • Tabor - Jesse Tabor was a New Jersey Loyalist who settled Upham, New Brunswick in 1784.
  • Tingley - Josiah Tingley was a New England Planter and Seven Years War veteran who moved from Attleboro, Massachusetts to Sackville, New Brunswick about 1763.
  • Trites / Treitz - Jacob Trites was a Pennsylvania German who settled the Petitcodiac/Moncton area in 1766.
  • Tufts - Gershom Tufts was possibly my first ancestor to arrive in the Maritimes, moving from Medford, Massachusetts to Darmouth, Nova Scotia in 1749.
  • Uhlman - Melchior Uhlman was a Swiss German who arrived in Halifax in 1750.
  • Vaughan - John Vaughan and Daniel Vaughan were brothers who came from Rhode Island to Lunenburg County in the 1760s.
  • Welch - David Welch was a fisherman from York, Maine who was the first settler of Westport / Brier Island, NS.
  • Whitman - Deacon John Whitman was a New England Planter who moved from Stow, Connecticut to Annapolis Countyin 1760.
  • WILSON - The Wilsons were an early Hants County family, but I can't trace my branch before Jane (Wilson) Simpson in the mid nineteenth century.
  • WOOD - Mary Pauline Wood married Jacob Uhlman in Halifax in 1770, but her origin is unknown.

Generational Table of Known Ancestors

This wikitable is an example of a table of known ancestors. It shows how much of a person's ancestry is known for ten generations. The idea was introduced in the G2G forums by Peter Roberts in this discussion.

A new version was created with some small changes in the table entries, but mostly the width of the headings and text entries is adjusted so the table will always fit in the available space on a WikiTree profile (it shouldn't ever spill over the right margin of the column).

Gen. # Direct Relation to Self Dates of Birth Matches # # Identified in WikiTree % Identified in WikiTree Total # Total # Identified Total % Identified
2grandparent1920s1st Cousins44100.0%66100.0%
3great grandparent1883 to 18972nd Cousins88100.0%1414100.0%
42nd great grandparent1847 to 18773rd Cousins1616100.0%3030100.0%
53rd great grandparent1806 to 18574th Cousins323093.8%626096.8%
64th great grandparent1763 to 18285th Cousins644671.9%12610684.1%
75th great grandparent1728 to 18046th Cousins1288062.5%25418673.2%
86th great grandparent1690 to 17817th Cousins24911546.2%50330159.8%
97th great grandparentnot certain8th Cousins50211222.3%100541343.3%
108th great grandparentnot certain9th Cousins1024?????%2039?????%

An Excel spreadsheet that will generate this table from the WebAncestors report in the dbErrors project (see example), is available from Chris Hampson.

Ahnentafel Experiments

I'm a big fan of the Ahnentafel method of organizing pedigree research, and my main document is a big'ol Excel spreadsheet that's currently midway through the 11th generation, and I'd love to have a way to use that effectively on Wikitree beyond the Compact Tree that's limited to 8 generations. This is a very rudimentary stab at it, and I'd welcome any suggestions!

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I hope you got your badge back. I notice that you are a manager of Deborah (Unknown) Newcomb (Uknown-476023). I find this to be messed up by other well-meaning changes to this confusing Deborah Newcomb but appears to be identified in this as a wife of Simon Newcomb and a daughter of Samuel Lathrop per this link:

In this current Deborah Newcomb profile, she was born in 1664 as a daughter of Jabez Jacob Lathrop? Notice that her said father was born in 1706. This is not logical. It appears that Deborah's father should be Samuel Lothrop (Lothrop-29)

posted by Bruce Clement
I’ve not heard back from you regarding the check-in. The 1776 Project will remove your badge. We appreciate all of the contributions you have made.

Please remember at any time you are most welcome to reapply for membership on g2g by answering the post with an Answer Here.

Mary~ Project Coordinator, 1776 Project

posted by Mary Richardson
Hi Sean

I sent you a check-in message 9 days ago about the 1776 Project to ask you about your past and continued involvement but have not yet heard back from you. Do you still want to be in the project?

If I don’t hear from you by the same time next week I’ll assume that you’ve moved on to other things but you’re most welcome to re-join the project at any time.

Looking forward to hearing from you,

Best wishes,

Mary~ Project Coordinator, Membership, 1776 Project

posted by Mary Richardson
edited by Mary Richardson
Greetings from the

We're doing our semi-annual check-in with members to see if you have been active in the last six months? Please note that it is a requirement for membership in the 1776 Project that you respond to these check-ins.

Please post your reply as a reply to this message on your page, for convenience of the record keeping.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Mary Richardson ~ Project Coordinator,1776 Project

posted by Mary Richardson

I am checking in on behalf of the 1776 Project to announce the new project membership requirements and to verify that you are still interested in being a member of the project. All project members are being asked to join one of the project teams and also to make at least one project contribution every 6 months. We are also asking all project members to join the project's Google Group for project communications.

If you are interested in remaining with the Project, please reply to this comment or send me a message, request to join the Google Group, and let us know what team you would like to participate on.

We really appreciate your contributions on WikiTree, and thank you for all your hard work. If you have any questions, please ask. We would also love to hear any feedback you may have for the project.

I look forward to hearing from you soon!

SJ - 1776 Project Leader

posted by SJ Baty
Hi Sean

Thank you so much for responding to our check-in. We are delighted that you wish to continue contributing to the Categorization Project. Below is a quick checklist for active members. The project leaders would like you to make sure you have done the following:

1) Checked the]for ways to contribute.

2) Added Categories to the tags you follow.

3) PMed the project leaders with your email address to be added to the!forum/wikicategories.

Thank you!

Karen ~ Volunteer Coordinator

Hi Sean

On behalf of the Categorization Project Leaders, we are doing a six-month check-in with members. Please let me know if you are still active, and if so, in which ways you have contributed to the project, or a sub-project, within the last two months.

All of us at WikiTree would like to thank you for your contributions and hope that you are enjoying exploring your roots.

I look forward to hearing from you soon.

Karen ~ Volunteer Coordinator

Hi Sean

Thank you so much for responding to our check-in. We are delighted that you wish to continue contributing to the Canada project. Below is a quick checklist for active members. The project leaders would like you to make sure you have done the following:

1) Checked the Project Page for ways to contribute

2) Added CANADA to the tags you follow.

3) PM the project leaders with your email address to be added to the Google Group

4) Bookmarked the Activity Feed to monitor the project watchlist

Thank you

Janet~ Volunteer Coordinator

Seem to have lost a few emails in the ether

Congratulations on making more than 100 contributions to WikiTree for the Month of May!

We all appreciate your efforts to make our Shared Tree the best it can be.

Keep up the great work and THANK YOU!

Shannon Thomas

WikiTree Appreciation Team

Hi: Noticed you haven't been on the site lately. The Thankful Ward that we have was the daughter Joanna Mixer 1666-1720and Obadiah Ward 1663-1717. Their daughter Martha Thankful married twice . I haven't found references for the marriages. Jonas and Martha's daughter born 1752 married Nathaniel Beaman.

Thanks for getting in touch. Until later...M.

posted by Marie Chantigny
Hello Sean

On behalf of the Canada Project Leaders, we are doing a six-month check-in with members. Please let us know if you are still active in the Canada project. If you are active, please let us know in which ways you are currently contributing to the project.

All of us at WikiTree would like to thank you for your contributions and hope that you are enjoying exploring your roots.

I look forward to hearing from you soon.

Janet ~ Volunteer Coordinator


If you joined the project only to show your connection to an ancestor, please consider using a Canada Stickers on your profile instead of the project badge

Thank you for the reply, Sean I'll try to keep that in mind. :)
posted by Anonymous Wasson
I didn't know that there was going to be categories for each county in NB. Thank you. What's the tag that I should add to my profiles?
posted by Anonymous Wasson
Sean, I posted a question you may be able to help with. I tried to tag it but I think there's a problem with the tag.

posted by Stu Ward
It's been a week since we first contacted you about the Categorization project. If I don't hear from you by August 14, I will assume that you don't wish to be part of the project any longer and will remove the badge. I thank you and look forward to hearing from you.

Natalie, Categorization

posted by Natalie (Durbin) Trott

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