Guias Brown (c1800-1851), Queens, New Brunswick, Canada

Today, I’m sharing the second of what will now be three June posts about the Colwell and Brown families, who settled in Queens County, New Brunswick, Canada in the 1820s, and both of whom were Irish immigrant families.

These two families are collateral lines in my family tree and I am not related to any of these people.

However, there are many descendants live today, including some of my close relatives and I’ve found quite a bit of misinformation or incomplete details online so I’ve done a bit of online research myself to present a more accurate account of these two families.

Guias Brown, or Guy as he was known, is the patriarch of the Brown family that settled in and around Cumberland Bay, Queens, New Brunswick, Canada.

He was born c1800, reportedly in Ireland, as in 1891, his son James indicated both his parents were of Irish birth, and, according to a “Chipman government record” (which I have not found), he died on 14 February 1851 in Chipman, Queens County.

The 1851 census for Queens County is lost and neither he nor his wife is found in 1861.

FamilySearch family tree for Guias Brown includes a memory document, which is a transcription of a news article published in 1893 about a family reunion that was held by the descendants of Guy Brown.

Because his children apparently supplied much of the family information, including their spouses’ names, I believe that the family data is likely accurate. This is in the absence of marriage and death records in that era.

Guias Brown married a Miss Fleming, possibly the daughter of andrew Fleming, whose property bordered that of Guias Brown, probably around 1827, and most likely in Queens County. Her first name is unproven, but is said to be Martha. [No documentation found.]

Guy and his wife were the parents of twelve children, six sons and six daughters.

Using the reunion article as a family template, supplemented by census records and online databases at the Provincial Archives of New Brunswick (one of my very favorite websites), I’ve been able to piece together what I believe to be a more complete and accurate representation of the Guias Brown family.


1. Mary Jane, born 7 April 1828; died after 1901, probably Queens, New Brunswick, Canada; married Henry Hasson, c1850
2. Andrew, born 2 July 1829; died 5 June 1902; Queens, New Brunswick, Canada; married Isabella Smith
3. John Daniel, born 31 December 1831; died 31 January 1913, Queens, New Brunswick, Canada
4. Guias, born c1833; died after 1861; married Catherine A. (MNU). This family disappears after the 1861 census.
5. William Henry, born 6 December 1837; died 12 December 1923, Queens, New Brunswick, Canada; married (1) Anna Smith?, c1860 (2) Christina (MNU), c1873 (3) Phoebe (MNU)
6. James, born c1838; died after 1893, probably Queens, New Brunswick, Canada; married Jane Leckey, c1863.
7. Martha A., born c1840; died after 1871; married Guy McCollum, c1861
8. George, born c1841; died between 1893-1900, probably Neligh, Anelope, Nebraska; married Eleanor Leckey, c1866
9. Elizabeth, born c1843; died after 1901; married Joseph Crawford, c1859
10. Catherine, born c1845; married James McCutchen, c1867
11. Charlotte, born 2 June 1846; died after 1901, probably Queens, New Brunswick, Canada; married Andrew Crawford, c1869
12. Sarah, born c1848; died before 1893; married James Ackerman

You’ll notice that information is a bit spotty for several of the daughters.

“Guias” McCollum is enumerated in Chipman, Queens County in 1861. This particular census only names head of household and there was one female at home, but no children. They were probably newlyweds.

Guy and Martha were enumerated with children in Chipman in 1871, but the entire family was gone by 1881.

Sarah is not a proven child in this family. If she is a daughter, she died before the 1893 reunion. She has not been found in a census with James Ackerman and he is only found as a boarder in a house in 1871. If she did marry him, she may have not had any surviving children.

Catherine is also an unproven child in this family. Thomas William McCutchen was born March 1868 in St. John, New Brunswick, Canada. He is not found in any census before 1901. His marriage record names his parents as James McCutchen and Katherine Brown. It appears both died before 1871 or else James died, Catherine remarried and Thomas is enumerated under the name of a stepfather.

If you are a descendant of Guias Brown, please leave a comment. I would love to hear from you.

The last post about this family will publish on 29 June 2023. It will cover the family of James Brown, as two of his children married into the Colwell family.

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