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For the FINNAMOREs descended from Isaac and Susan of New Brunswick circa 1831-1901
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Here's a summary of the data I've collected so far, presented genealogically, with commentary. For data without commentary, organized alphabetically by individual, see the Alphabetical List. Think of the Alphabetical List as the master list of sourced data, while this page presents some of that data in their chronological and genealogical context.

Remember that some parts are more certain than others. Some of these people may be part of another line which became confused in the records. There were many FINNAMOREs in New Brunswick from the late 1700's on, and many of them shared first names. There were Charles, Isaac, William, Richard, and James, Sarah and Elizabeth FINNAMOREs in abundance. It seems almost that there was an unwritten code in that place and time requiring everyone to name at least one daughter Elizabeth! That makes for a very confusing job of sorting through the data. Adding to the confusion is that, from this time on back, our branch of the family often spelled the surname with an e in the first syllable, an e or an i in the middle; and occasionally with a single n. Also, while most appear to be cousins of Irish descent, at least one branch was of Scottish descent, and the FINNAMOREs of neighboring Victoria county reported themselves to be Methodists of English descent, while our Fredericton FINNAMOREs seem to have been Anglicans and/or Presbyterians of Irish descent.

Our ancestors almost certainly came to New Brunswick from New Jersey in 1783 as Loyalist soldiers. Most likely, they had come to New Jersey from (Northern) Ireland, apparently less than one full generation earlier. Edith, great-granddaughter of Charles and Elizabeth, says we came from a place in the North of Ireland called Finamore Crossing, for which she also offers the spelling Fenamore Crossing. Unfortunately, the only thing like it that a Google search turned up was Fenimore Crossing in Pennsylvania, which appears to be far too new to have anything to do with our line.

According to the recollection of Edith Jane FINNAMORE in the mid 20th century, there were three FINNAMORE brothers in the vicinity of the St. John River in New Brunswick around the turn of the 19th century: Charles, Abraham, and James. This James may have been the one who married Col. Isaac ALLEN's oldest daughter Elizabeth, farmed a part of his North Fredericton estate, and died childless, for Edith says that James died (in Prince William) leaving no family. However, she also said the same of Abraham; while there is an Abraham who died in Pr. Wm., no childless Abraham has come to light. Perhaps Edith blended the two stories into one? It's possible that these three brothers were sons of Isaac FINNAMORE, early settler in New Jersey. However, it currently seems more likely that there was another generation between, perhaps the Charles who fought as a Loyalist soldier in Daniel Cozen's company 1781-1783.

The furthest back that anyone has been able to certify is the Charles who married Elizabeth WHITE in 1829. There are at least three candidates for Charles' father's identity, in order of descending likelihood: 1) Charles FINNAMORE of Kingsclear, formerly of the New Jersey Volunteers Loyalist Army, who moved to New Brunswick in 1783 and received 150 acres near Fredericton in the grant to Isaac ALLEN's companies; his father was Isaac of Finemore Crossing, Northern Ireland; 2) Richard FINNAMORE of Kings County, formerly an ensign in the West New Jersey Volunteers, came to N. B. in 1783, wife Ann; 3) David D. (or P.) FINNAMORE whose name is listed with Richard's on a request for land in 1786, also came to N. B. in 1783 in the evacuation of Loyalists from New York, little else known about him.

Charles William & Elizabeth "Betsy" (WHITE) FINNEMORE lived in Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada by the very early 1830s at the latest. Their son Isaac is said to have been "the first born in Fredericton" (1831), indicating that they moved to Fredericton after the birth of Richard, apparently from Maine, USA. Charles worked as a carpenter, apparently all his life.

Elizabeth was born 12 July 1812 to Isaac and Susanna WHITE, the ninth of ten children, probably in eastern Maine. map Charles married Elizabeth on 29 September 1829 in Houlton, Aroostook, Maine, USA. In the filing of intention to marry, Elizabeth filed as Betsy WHITE. Houlton is less than 20 miles from Woodstock, N. B., and less than 75 miles from Fredericton. In 1824, a Charles FINNEMORE of Houlton, carpenter by trade, sold land in Hodgdon, ME. That was probably our Charles. Betsy had kin in Hodgdon.

They apparently attended [Anglican] Christ Church, Fredericton. A small painting of what I take to be that building, labeled "Old Christ's Church," may be seen on the web site of the Christ Church Cathedral. They are listed as having baptized infants James, b. 22 July 1843 and baptized next day; and Edwin, baptized Nov., 1847. I have no other documentation on those children. They must both have died in infancy. Two FINNAMORE girls are also recorded as having been baptized in Christ Church, both on 22 June 1817: Mary, b. 23 Dec. 1794; and Anne, b. 04 Oct. 1796. Their parents' names were not given in the info I have; they may well have been daughters of the Loyalist soldier Charles, possibly sisters of this Charles.

Confusingly, Wiley Waugh found birth dates for George, Elizabeth, Mary Ann & Alexander, spanning 1836 to 1849, in the records of Wilmot United Church in Fredericton. According to that church's website, the Methodist, Congregationalist and Presbyterian (but NOT Anglican) churches united in 1925, so historical records from all those were probably combined. So Charles and Elizabeth could have been any of those three denominations, too. But those dates overlap on both sides (and in the middle!) the records of the baptisms of James and Edwin at Christ Church.

There was also a Charles and Margaret (DAVIDSON) FINNEMORE married in Woodstock on 17 May 1826. That could be the source of some of the confusion, although Woodstock is a ways from Fredericton.

Charles and Elizabeth are my great-great-great grandparents. While only four of their children survived to adulthood, they seem to have had ten in all: Richard, Isaac, William, George, Elizabeth, Julia, James, Mary Ann, Edwin, Alexander. (Hyperlinked names in bold known by me to have had children.) 

Those are the children of Charles and Elizabeth FINNAMORE. They have at least 117 living descendants. I would guess that they have at least 150, likely far more. Let's have a reunion! 8-)

An odd and sad note is that Charles and Elizabeth seem to have died in obscurity. The last I know of them is at the birth of Alexander in 1849--and really, only Elizabeth must be assumed still living at that point. Theoretically, Charles could have died as early as late September, 1848. But Alexander's birth record is kept at the Wilmot Church, and surely it would have been noted therein if his father was deceased. By the 1861 Census, about twelve years later, the youngest living child (Mary Ann) was residing with Roderick and Elizabeth ROSS and their three very young children, which indicates to me that Charles and Elizabeth FINNAMORE were probably both dead by then. If they died in the Fredericton vicinity, they should be buried there, but they apparently are not. It seems highly unlikely that they would have moved away from all their children, including a daughter not yet grown. Yet no one has found any record of when and where either of them died, or where they are buried. It just doesn't figure.

*SSDI is the Social Security Death Index.

Page updated 13 Aug 2005.

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