Saturday Night Genealogy Fun: 100 Word Genealogy Challenge – An Ancestor I’d Like to Meet

This week’s Saturday Night Genealogy Fun challenge issued by Randy Seaver on Genea-Musings is a good one:

Your mission this week, should you decide to accept it, is to:

1)  This SNGF is based on the 100 Word Challenge ( that school children are participating in around the world.  They are given a word or phrase to write a story about in one hundred words.

2)  Write a short 100 word story using the phrase “,,,an ancestor I would like to meet…” in 100 words. Why would you like to meet him/her? [Hint:  If you write it in a word processor, you can use Tools > Word Count (or similar) to count words]

It took me less than a minute to choose the ancestor I’d like to meet – Catherine, (MNU), who married Robert Carlisle probably in the summer of 1785 in Parrtown (now St. John), New Brunswick, Canada. I’ve hunted for clues to her maiden name multiple times with no luck!

FYIPlanters in my 100 words below refer to settlers enticed to leave New England and settle in then Nova Scotia in the 1760s.

So, here she is in 100 words  and WHY I’d like to meet her-

An ancestor I’d like to meet is Catherine (MNU), who married Robert Carlisle, c1785, probably in St. John, New Brunswick, Canada. They were the parents of 8 children. I’d love to ask Catherine her maiden name, parents’ and siblings’ names, if they were Loyalists or Planters, along with birth, marriage and death dates and places. Robert served in the American Revolution in the defense of Fort Cumberland, Canada. Why did the family move to Maine c1830? Did she know her in-laws and extended family? Why does it seem that they have no FAN club to help identify family and friends?

So many questions, so few answers!

Thanks, Randy, for this week’s challenge.

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