Sean Benjamin

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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Sean is a Wiki Genealogy Volunteer following these tags:
I'm from the Maritime Provinces in Canada but have a branch of the family in Maine, so I've got ancestors on both sides of the Revolution, including Loyalists: Joseph Denton, Lt. Francis Fraser, Capt. John Slocomb, Jesse Tabor. Pro-Independence: Cpl. Samuel Davis Bryant, Cpl. Robert Cates, Sgt. Jabez Huntley, Hatevil Leighton.
My own family name. I'm descended from Obediah Benjamin, a New England Planter who settled in Nova Scotia in the 1760s. Obed was descended from John Benjamin, a Puritan settler who was the first Benjamin in the New World.
I'm a librarian/archivist, so maybe categorization comes naturally to me. I've been finding the geographic and immigration categories very useful, and would be interested in helping develop them.
My mother's maiden name. She is descended from Joseph Denton, a Loyalist from New York who settled in Digby County, Nova Scotia in the 1780s.
Elizabeth Jane Gow is a major family mystery, who's unknown before her 1848 marriage to Jacob Lockhart in Diligent River near Parrsboro, Nova Scotia.
I've started a One Place Study documenting the fishing communities of Hermitage Bay on the southern coast of Newfoundland. I'm new to one place studies, and so I'd love advice and collaborators!
Ann Ingram is another Newfoundland brick wall, who first appears in an 1848 marriage to James Wilson Lilly in Piccaire, Hermitage Bay
Jasper Knowlton is a major Newfoundland family mystery, who first appears in Carbonear baptismal records in 1852 then disappears after 1864.
My maternal grandmother is a Lilly from Newfoundland. Her Lilly ancestors were from Pushthrough and the Hermitage Bay area, but I've hit a brick wall at John Lilly, who first appears in baptismal records in the 1820s.
Several ancestors were from Washington County Maine - the Machias and Cutler area in particular. Surnames include Ackley, Bryant, Dennison, Huntley, Leighton, and Randall. I'm also investigating possible connections to the Stanleys of Mount Desert and smaller nearby islands.
I've started a One Place Study documenting the fishing communities of Hermitage Bay. I'd be also be interested in working on either one-name projects for one/any of these Newfoundland surnames - Lilly, Priddle, Knowlton, Nurse, Ingram - or a one-place study for Carbonear. Ideally I'd like to get past the mid-nineteenth century to points of origin in England.
I'm from New Brunswick, and have a large portion of my family history based there. Particular interests: Grand Manan (Cronk, Denton, Laffoley, Stanley) and Albert/Westmorland Counties (Collicutt, Colpitts, Crandall, Jones/Schantz, Steeves, Tabor.)
A large portion of my ancestors are from colonial-era New England, from Mayflower passengers all the way to new arrivals in 1760s Maine.
More of my ancestors are from Nova Scotia than anywhere else, they include: New England Planters, Loyalists, Lunenburg Germans, Scots, and Irish.
Another Newfoundland brick wall, Moses Nurse first appears in his children's baptismal records in Pushthrough, Hermitage Bay in the 1820s.
I've started a One Place Study documenting the fishing communities of Hermitage Bay as part of the Newfoundland Project and would love to work with others interested in this region or folks with experience in other place study projects.
Somewhere between a quarter and a third of my ancestors are either Nova Scotia planters or Loyalists who originated with the New England Puritans, and I'll be very interested in researching what they were up to between about 1620 and 1785. Known PGM ancestors include John Benjamin, Moses Cleveland, Richard Collicott, Rev. Richard Denton, William and Mary (Barrett) Dyer, and Philip Tabor.
I'm starting to dig deeper into my colonial New England, New York, and New Jersey ancestors, and so I figure following this tag will help me keep up with what other folks are up to.
A Newfoundland family in 19th century Carbonear. I can't trace them further than Esau Priddle who first appears in his son's Carbonear baptismal record in 1860.
My Grand Manan family also descends from the Randalls of Washington County, Maine. I can't trace them any further back than Charles Randall of early 19th century Cutler.
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On 7 Jul 2019 at 21:40 GMT Karen (Finnerty) Butler wrote:

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

On 23 Jun 2019 at 00:01 GMT Karen (Finnerty) Butler wrote:

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

On 20 Jun 2019 at 18:24 GMT Janet (Langridge) Wild wrote:

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

On 19 Jun 2019 at 17:59 GMT Shannon (Seigfreid) Thomas wrote:

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

On 5 Jun 2019 at 19:33 GMT Marie Chantigny wrote:

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.

On 2 Jun 2019 at 20:21 GMT Janet (Langridge) Wild wrote:

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

On 8 Nov 2018 at 17:13 GMT Anonymous Wasson wrote:

Thank you for the reply, Sean I'll try to keep that in mind. :)

On 7 Nov 2018 at 13:57 GMT Anonymous Wasson wrote:

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?

On 22 Sep 2018 at 14:28 GMT Stu Ward wrote:

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.

On 7 Aug 2018 at 17:05 GMT Natalie (Durbin) Trott wrote:

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

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