When Ellen was 15, on July 31, 1841, her mother remarried. Ellen's father presumably died prior to this date, but that is to be confirmed. In 1851, Ellen was living in Chatham, New Brunswick, with her mother and step-father Joseph Tweedie, and her three half-siblings. Ellen's half-brother was Lemuel J. Tweedie, who would go on to become the Premier of New Brunswick, and later, the Lieutenant-Governor of New Brunswick.
On November 2, 1854, Ellen married John W. Kirkland in Chatham, New Brunswick. They settled in Kingston (now Rexton), Kent, New Brunswick, where they lived for almost 40 years and raised 4 children.
Following the death of her husband in 1892, Ellen lived with her daughter Williamina Prowse and her family in Murray Harbour, PEI, where she remained until her death on 7 January, 1912
↑ Earlier sources say "Ellen". Later sources say "Helen"
↑ As per 1901 Census. Her age varied in each census, putting her birth year as late 1836, but as 1826 is consistent with 1851 and 1861 census, along with information on her death certificate, this seems most likely.
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It may be possible to confirm family relationships with Ellen by comparing test results with other carriers of her mitochondrial DNA.
However, there are no known mtDNA test-takers in her direct maternal line.
It is likely that these autosomal DNA test-takers will share some percentage (beta) of DNA with Ellen: