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Ellen (Easton) Kirkland (1826 - 1912)

Ellen "Helen" Kirkland formerly Easton
Born in Prince Edward Islandmap
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Wife of — married 2 Nov 1854 in Chatham, New Brunswickmap
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Died at age 85 in Murray Harbour, Prince Edward Island, Canadamap
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Ellen[1] Easton was born on March 27, 1826[2] in Prince Edward Island. She was the daughter of William Easton and Catherine McGary.

When Ellen was 15, on July 31, 1841, her mother remarried.[3] 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.[4] 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.[5]

On November 2, 1854, Ellen married John W. Kirkland in Chatham, New Brunswick.[6] 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[7]


  1. Earlier sources say "Ellen". Later sources say "Helen"
  2. 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.
  3. Daniel F Johnson's New Brunswick Newspaper Vital Statistics, PANB, Volume 9 Number 981; Date: August 3, 1841; County: Northumberland; Place: Chatham; Newspaper: The Gleaner and Northumberland Schediasma – Marriage of Joseph Tweedie, Jr and Mrs. Catherine Easton
  4. 1851 Census, Library and Archives Canada, Northumberland, Chatham (47), Pg 10 - Joseph & Catherine Tweedy and 4 children
  5. The Charlottetown Guardian, January 9, 1912, Pg 5 – Death of Mrs. J.W. Kirkland
  6. "New Brunswick, Marriage Registers, 1789-1889," images, FamilySearch, Northumberland > 1808, 1806, 1809, 1811-1864 > image 542 of 615; citing Provincial Archives, Fredericton – Marriage of John W. Kirkland and Ellen Easton
  7. Provincial Archives of New Brunswick, Registration of Death, Kent County, Code 1954A, Reference C4/1912, Microfilm F18728 – Death of Mrs. John Kirkland, 1912.

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