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Catherine (McGary) Tweedie (1805 - 1877)

Catherine Tweedie formerly McGary aka Easton
Born in County Down, Irelandmap
Daughter of [father unknown] and [mother unknown]
[sibling(s) unknown]
Wife of — married 6 Apr 1825 in Newcastle, Northumberland, New Brunswickmap
Wife of — married 31 Jul 1841 in Chatham, Newcastle, New Brunswickmap
Descendants descendants
Died at about age 72 in Chatham, New Brunswick, Canadamap
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Catherine McGary[1] was born about 1805[2] in County Down, Ireland[3] or Prince Edward Island.[4] Parents unknown.[5] Catherine emigrated to New Brunswick or Prince Edward Island about 1817.[6] As she would have only been 12 at the time, she likely arrived with her parents.

Catherine married William Easton on April 6, 1825 in Newcastle, New Brunswick.[7] They moved to Prince Edward Island, where their daughter Ellen was born in March 1826.

She then married Joseph Tweedie on July 31, 1841 in Chatham, New Brunswick.[8] Catherine had three more children with Joseph, the youngest of whom, Lemuel J. Tweedie, eventually became Premier of New Brunswick, and later, Lieutenant-Governor of New Brunswick.

Catherine died on May 16, 1877 in Chatham, New Brunswick.[9] She was buried in the St. Luke's Methodist - St. John's Presbyterian Cemetery.[10]


  1. McGary is name used in biographies of her son, Hon. Lemuel J. Tweedie. Could also be McGeary (as seen on marriage record) or McGarry.
  2. As per 1851 Census. Later sources put her born in 1811, but since her first marriage was in 1825, 1805 is more likely.
  3. Daniel F Johnson's New Brunswick Newspaper Vital Statistics, PANB, Volume 85 Number 422; Date: June 11 1892; County: Saint John; Place: Saint John; Newspaper: The Daily Sun – Profile of Hon. L.J. Tweedie
  4. Dictionary of Miramichi Biography, Provincial Archives of New Brunswick - Pg 1023 of 1109, entry for Lemuel John Tweedie (1849-1917)
  5. Cemetery transcript says she was the daughter of Rev. John McCurdy, but this could be an error, as all other sources have a variation of McGary. To be confirmed.
  6. as per 1851 census
  7. "New Brunswick, Marriage Registers, 1789-1889," images, FamilySearch, Northumberland > 1808, 1806, 1809, 1811-1864 > image 151 of 615; citing Provincial Archives, Fredericton – Marriage of William Easton and Catherine McGeary
  8. 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
  9. Daniel F Johnson's New Brunswick Newspaper Vital Statistics, PANB, Volume 42 Number 131; Date: May 25, 1877; County: Saint John; Place: Saint John; Newspaper: Daily News – Death of Catherine Tweedie
  10. Provincial Archives of New Brunswick Cemeteries. Cemetery: St. Luke’s Methodist – St. John’s Presbyterian, Northumberland – Catherine Tweedie

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