Joseph Tweedie Jr. was in 1813 in Leitrim, Ireland. His parents may have been Scottish. He emigrated to New Brunswick, likely in 1826. Joseph had three brothers, who were all Methodist clergymen.
Joseph married Catherine (McGary) Easton on July 31, 1841 in Chatham, New Brunswick. They had three children, the youngest of whom, Lemuel J. Tweedie, eventually became Premier of New Brunswick, and later, Lieutenant-Governor of New Brunswick. As well, Catherine had a daughter from a previous marriage, who was living with the family in 1851.
Following Catherine's death in 1877, Joseph married Margaret Gray on November 24, 1882 in Campbellton, New Brunswick.
Joseph TWEEDIE, one of our oldest citizens, died at his home in Chatham (North. Co.) Tuesday morn., age 79 years 6 mos. He was an Irishman by birth and came to this county 66 years ago For many years he had been engaged in the work of colporteur for the American Tract Society and in that connection was known all over North Shore and in adjacent parts of Quebec. He was the brother of three Methodist clergyman: Rev. Wm TWEEDIE, now supernumerary at Hampton (Kings Co.) N.B.; Rev. Jas. TWEEDIE, now stationed at Port Hood, N.S. and Rev. Robert TWEEDIE who died a few years ago. He leaves one son and two daughters, Hon. L.J. TWEEDIE, Q.C., Surveyor General, Mrs. BARNETT, Toronto and Miss M.R. TWEEDIE, Chatham. His second wife, who survives him, is a d/o Wm GRAY, Bonaventure, Quebec. The funeral will take place this afternoon at 3 o'clock from his residence, Sheriff street, near St. Andrew's church.
↑ Could be anywhere from 1813 to 1815, but most sources point to 1813.
↑ Son Lemuel's biography says he was of Irish and Scottish descents. The 1891 census gives parents birth places. Joseph's entry says that his parents were born in Ireland, but brother William's entry says he was born in Ireland and his parents were both born in Scotland.
↑ Obituary says he emigrated 66 years ago, which would be 1826. 1851 Census says 1819. However, youngest brother James (b. 1826) appears to have been born in New Brunswick, whereas brother William (b. 1823) appears to have been born in Ireland, so 1826 seems more likely.
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It may be possible to confirm family relationships with Joseph by comparing test results with other carriers of his Y-chromosome or his mother's mitochondrial DNA.
However, there are no known yDNA test-takers in his direct paternal line.
Mitochondrial DNA test-takers in the direct maternal line: