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James Brown (c1838-1901+) & Jane Leckey (c1843-1885), Queens, New Brunswick, Canada

This is the final post covering the Colwell/Caldwell and Brown families who settled in Queens County, New Brunswick, Canada.

These families are collateral lines in my family tree – I am not related to any of them and do not have any additional information about these people.

James Brown’s family has not one, but three links, to the family of Robert and Sarah (MNU) Colwell, who arrived in New Brunswick in the 1820s, reportedly from County Londonderry, Ireland.

James Brown, although born in New Brunswick, Canada, c1838, was the son of Guias Brown and MIss Fleming, whose children also reported in Canadian censuses that their parents were born in Ireland.

While the senior Colwells and Browns may have been born in Ireland, both families are Protestant and, with Robert Colwell reportedly from Londonderry, Northern Ireland, I believe both these families might have Scots-Irish origins, having left Scotland in the early 1700s.

James Brown married Jane Leckey, c1863, probably in Queens, New Brunswick, Canada. She was the daughter of Hugh and Elizabeth (MNU) Leckey, who were also both born in Ireland and also settled in New Brunswick early on. However, the Leckeys reported being of Scots origin, which supports my theory that all three families were Scots-Irish.

James and Jane were parents of nine children:

1. Lorenzo Augustus, born c1864; died 3 February 1882 of consumption, Chipman, Queens, New Brunswick, Canada; unmarried
2. Violet M., born c1866; died 23 May 1890 from influenza, Queens, New Brunswick, Canada; unmarried
3. Moses Reuben, born 8 August 1866; died 12 August 1916, Queens, New Brunswick, Canada; married Delphine Colwell, 27 November 1894, Queens, New Brunswick, Canada. Delpine was the daughter of Robert Colwell and Annie Day.
4. John Albert, born c1869; died 16 August 1903 of inanition (exhaustion caused by lack of nourishment), Rollinsford, Strafford, New Hampshire; married (1) Charlotte J. Crawford, 22 September 1890, St. John, New Brunswick, Canada (2) Eliza M. Campbell, 28 November 1900, Lowell, Middlesex, Massachusetts
5. Rosilla J., born c1872; died 8 November 1893, Queens, New Brunswick, Canada; unmarried. Her death notice says she left a father, 3 brothers and 2 sisters.
6. James, born c1874; died after 1901, when he was unmarried and living with his father.
7. Florence Amelia, born December 1876; died 7 November 1939, Queens, New Brunswick, Canada; married James Walter Colwell, 27 November 1894, Queens, New Brunswick, Canada. James was also the son of Robert Colwell and Annie Day.
8. Alberta E., born November 1879; died after 1921; married Robert Porter Colwell, 28 February 1895. Robert was the third children of Robert Colwell and Annie Day to marry children of James and Jane Brown.
9. Laura A., born July 1881; died 25 March 1882, Queens, New Brunswick, Canada

Of the nine children of James and Jane (Leckey) Brown, four died young and unmarried and a fifth, James Jr., was unmarried as of 1901. What became of him is not known.

However, the other four siblings married, had children and have descendants today.

Please leave a comment if you are related!



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.

Robert Colwell (1821-1883), Cumberland Bay, Queens, New Brunswick, Canada

Today’s family sketch and another that will post on 19 June 2023 are part of my family tree only as collateral lines. I am not related to any of these people, but there is a lot of incomplete or wrong information out there pertaining to Robert Colwell of Cumberland Bay, Queens, New Brunswick, Canada and his family.

I’d like to correct and expand on the details so others have a better road map to follow.

Robert Colwell was born c1821 in New Brunswick, Canada and probably in Queens County, where he spent his adult life.

Queens County has one critical loss that would provide some proof of family relationships – the 1851 census is missing for this county.

Therefore, a theory is proposed that Robert Colwell was the son of Robert Colwell (1790-1871) and Sarah (1789-1881+) of Queens County, New Brunswick, Canada.

Both Robert Sr. and Sarah were born and married in Ireland.  Robert Colwell Jr.’s daughter Melissa married Robert W. Colwell, the son of Joseph Colwell, born c1815 in Ireland.

Sarah Colwell, aged 90 years, lived just four doors away from Robert Jr. in 1881.

If Robert and Sarah are the parents of both Robert Jr. and Joseph, then they arrived in Canada between 1815 and 1821.

Robert Colwell (born 1821) married (1) _________ Milroy (per the death certificate of their daughter Hannah Edith Wilson) about 1852. Miss Milroy was born in Grand Lake, Queens, New Brunswick, Canada and may have been a daughter of William and Hannah Milroy who lived in Grand Lake.

They were the parents of three children:

1. Hannah Edith, born 11 September 1853, Cumberland Bay, Queens County; died 16 May 1933, St. John, New Brunswick, Canada; married John R. Wilson, c1877 as his second wife. Their first child, Isabelle May, was born 28 March 1878, per a late registration birth certificate.
2. William, born 1854; died after 1871, when he was at home with  his father, stepmother and siblings. No further record, but his father’s obituary in 1883 said he was survived by 12 children, so William was living somewhere.
3. Willard James, born 25 December 1855; died 31 August 1930, Cumberland Bay, Queens, New Brunswick, Canada; married (1) Joanna Chapman (2) Lucinda Reid. Son Arthur F. Colwell lived in Fargo, North Dakota in 1930.

Robert’s first wife died sometime between Christmas 1855 and the 1861 census when Robert was enumerated with wife Annie (Day), 19, along with Hannah, William and James Willard, his children.

Robert and Annie were likely newlyweds, given that she was just 19 years old in 1861.

Robert and Annie were the parents of nine more Colwell children:

1. John Duncan, born 4 December 1861; died 13 January 1927, St. John, New Brunswick, Canada; married Melinda McAllister.
2. Melissa, born 14 April 1862; died 29 June 1955, St. John, New Brunswick, Canada; married (1) Robert W. Colwell, son of Joseph and Maryann Colwell, c1881 (2) George Robert Baxter, 9 October 1912, St. John, New Brunswick, Canada
3. Martha, born c1865; died after 1881 census, when she was living at home with her parents.
4. Mary Elizabeth, born 11 April 1867; died between 1901 census and August 1906; married George Zebulon McAllister, 9 February 1887, Chipman, Queens, New Brunswick, Canada. George married (2) Minnie Blanche Corey, 8 August 1906.
5. James Walter, born 19 April 1869; died 14 March 1951, Queens, New Brunswick, Canada; married Florence Amelia Brown, 27 November 1894, Queens, New Brunswick, Canada
6. Bertha M., born February 1871; died 4 April 1901, Orono, Penobscot, Maine of consumption; married James Alexander McKenzie, 2 October 1889, Queens, New Brunswick, Canada
7. Victoria Loretta, born 11 November 1873; died 4 May 1953, St. John, New Brunswick, Canada; married Adam Robert Phillips, 12 July 1888, Queens, New Brunswick, Canada
8. Robert Porter, born 12 October 1875; died 10 August 1965, St. John, New Brunswick, Canada; married Alberta E. Brown, 28 February 1895, Queens, New Brunswick, Canada
9. Delphine, born 1879; died before 27 April 1954, when husband Melvin died; married (1) Moses Reuben Brown, 27 November 1894 (2) Melvin Theodore O’Leary, 3 January 1922

Aside from losing the trail of William and Martha Colwell, the details for Robert Colwell’s children are quite complete. Most had children so there are quite a few descendants of Robert Colwell and both of his wives.