2024 Sabo Family Tree History Mysteries: Still Searching!

It’s been quite a while – several years – since I last shared my family tree brick walls, so it’s time for an update. This list will only cover the maternal side of the family, given that my Rusyn paternal tree is a true brick wall. Unless church books predating the c1820s are found, there are absolutely no records in existence that will shed further light on those ancestors.

In previous years, I’ve picked brick wall ancestors more or less randomly, but for 2024, I’m going to go strictly back in time, in order, beginning with the most recent mysterious ancestors (3X great grandparents) to those furthest back in time.

  1. Robert Carlisle (c1758-1834) – Robert’s birthplace is unknown, but he died in 1834 in Charlotte, Washington, Maine. He isn’t strictly a Loyalist because while he defended Fort Cumberland in 1776, there is no evidence that he ever lived in the American colonies prior to the 1820s. Who were his parents? Possibly James Carlisle who died in Halifax, Nova Scotia in the 1760s???
  2. Catherine (MNU) (c1761-after 1843), wife of Robert Carlisle – Was she from a Loyalist family or a pre-Loyalist? The few clues that have presented themselves, e.g. land deed witnesses, have led nowhere. Was she born in New Brunswick? Who were her parents and/or siblings. Catherine received a widow’s pension from the government in place of her deceased husband “an old Revolutionary War soldier” in New Brunswick, Canada.
  3. Walter Stewart, Loyalist from Dutchess County, New York (c1750-after 1820, probably Sussex, Kings, New Brunswick, Canada). Who were his parents? Was he born in New York or did he emigrate, likely from Scotland? Are James Stewart and William Stewart his brothers? Walter married (1) Elizabeth Briggs, 3 March 1774, Poughkeepsie, Dutchess, New York, but she died young leaving no children (2) Sarah (MNU), c1784, probably in New Brunswick, Canada (3) Althea Wetmore, c1802
  4. Sarah (MNU) (c1752-c1800) – Sarah is my 3X great grandmother and, aside from a land deed with her given name, little else is known about her. What is her maiden name? Who were her parents? Again, was hers a Loyalist family or pre-Loyalists? Did she have siblings?
  5. Benjamin Brawn (c1763-after 1798) is the son of Benjamin Brawn, a pre-Loyalist, reportedly, but unproven, from Massachusetts, who settled in Maugerville, Sunbury, New Brunswick, Canada. Little is known about him except that he married (1) Mary (MNU), c1785 and (2) Elizabeth Eveson, 14 March 1798, Maugerville, Sunbury, New Brunswick, Canada. Mary had three children, Sarah, born c1786, who married Thomas Adams, Benjamin Bragg, born c1788 and Mary Hunnewell, born 27 March 1791.
  6. Mary (MNU) (1765-before 1798) – wife of Benjamin Brawn. Was Mary either a Bragg or Hunnewell? Benjamin’s father, Benjamin Sr., seems to have taken in Mary’s children after she died.
  7. Jane (MNU) (c1785-2 October 1854, Upper Nelson, Northumberland, New Brunswick, Canada), wife of Daniel Astle, son of Loyalist James Astle. Who was Jane? There are clues pointing to the possibility of Jane being a Parker, but no records have been found proving a blood connection.
  8. Unknown (MNU), wife of Loyalist Jonathan Parker (c1764-after 1811) of New Jersey, who settled on Campobello Island, New Brunswick, Canada. she is probably the toughest nut to crack, as not even a given name has been uncovered. The Parkers had daughters named Frances, Mary, Rebecca and Rachel so one of them may have been named after her mother.
  9. Philip Crouse (c1716, Zeeland, Netherlands- 21 February 1857, Keswick, York, New Brunswick, Canada) is called a Loyalist, but doesn’t appear in New Brunswick records in the 1780s. He previously lived in North Carolina, county uncertain, but possibly Lincoln County. Who were his parents? Siblings? He married Sarah Burt and they were the parents of 17 children, but nothing is known about his pre-married life.
  10. Anna Stina Berggren (c1743, Hackebarga (Genarp), Malmöhus, Sweden-about 15 June 1800, Genarp, Sweden) was the wife of shoemaker Johan Caspersson Sandberg. “Mr.” Berggren was a sponsor at one of their children’s baptisms, but who were her parents and siblings? So far, no baptismal record has been found for Anna Stina, nor have any potential siblings been identified.

That’s it for my 2024 brick wall ancestor list! I hadn’t noticed that so many of my most current ancestors that have put up brick walls were Loyalists or pre-Loyalists and the remaining ancestor of the ten is from Sweden. It’s interesting looking at information from different points of view.

2 thoughts on “2024 Sabo Family Tree History Mysteries: Still Searching!”

  1. Hi Linda,
    I am half Carpatho-Rusyn and was raised in eastern Ohio’s Belmont County. We have a large Eastern European population due to the immigrants who came here prior to WWI to work in the coal mines and steel mills.
    I was hoping to find something on your Sabo family. I knew Helen Sabo, 1928-2004, who married Robert Poch. Her father Steve Sabo was born about 1886 in Romania where my grandfather Ladislaus “Louis” Magyar was born in 1888. His son, my Uncle Lou, was confirmed in Chicago in 1924 by Father Eugene Volkay, the Greek Catholic priest who brought the Eastern Rite mass to so many Rusyn communities.
    Do you have a tree anywhere online that I can view?
    Thanks and my best regards,

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