Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Court Proceedings--Early Colonial Court Matters

court proceedings -- early colonial court matters

In going throughout some of our old correspondence, I came across the following from the Connecticut Society of Genealogists Inc of Glastonbury, Conn 06033 which was part of a article in the Nutmegger of March 1982 V-14 #4  [AWF]

One must be always mindful that the court proceedings are public records; therefore, available to us as researchers. The challenges to the genealogist are to discover the location of these records and then to search the pertinent documents for references to our people. Unfortunately we cannot identify a standard for all states as to the exact cases for which each court shall be responsible, or even, for that matter what the court shall be called. Each state possesses its own criteria for court jurisdiction; our job as a serious researcher is to become familiar with the state in which our research is centered. 

We can, however, list some of the matters dealt with in most early courts: 
Being a Vagabond 
Calling the Deacon Bad Words 
Change of Names 
Corrupting Tar 
Cow, Hog, or Horse Killing 
Infamous Writing 
Failure to Assist Marshall 
Lascivious Carriage Personal 
Property Disputes 
Refusing Court/Jury Duty 
Singing in the Tavern 
Affronting of an Officer 
Breach of Peace 
Card Playing 
Church Attendance 
Cursing and Swearing 
Dishonest Behavior 
Failure to Take Oath of Allegiance 
Killing Deer 
Profaning the Lord's Day 
Real Estate Disputes 
Sale of Guns or Liquor to Indians 
Speaking Evil of Him That Dispenses the Word of God 

An interesting aside when discussing early colonial court matters is a study of the most frequent crimes brought to court in the Plymouth Colony and later Plymouth County, Massachusetts: 
I. 1660-1669 
Drunkeness and Fornication (tie) 

II. 1686-1774 

It is imperative that the serious researcher has a general knowledge of the basic procedures of a civil court case from a genealogical point of view: 

1.  Counsel retained - PLAINTIFF employs 
2. Declaration of Complaint - Document describing complaint; filed by PLAINTIFF'S counsel 
p. 556A  Nutmegger

Take care and God Bless
Alex W Fraser
Courtenay, BC

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Magic Tom Auburn -- Do You Remember Him!!

Just received this interesting e mail concerning Magic Tom Auburn

Do you have a  story to  tell Ro about Magic Tom?


My name is Rohinton Ghandhi, Ro for short, I'm a local historical researcher/writer doing a story on our own Magic Tom Auburn of Montreal (NDG), and I was hoping you may have some details of him or know of anyone who still may be able to provide some first-hand accounts! That would be so very cool to capture, before some of these stories all simply fade away...

Many of Mr. Auburn's information indicates that he came from Aultsville, Ontario. I have been in contact with Byron Auburn at the CTV News desk in Toronto, and unfortunately he could not confirm if his dad/family did in fact come from that town in Ontario.

Magic Tom and his wife are buried in the Cornwall region at the St. Lawrence Valley Cemetary near Long Sault/Cornwall yet they also could not confirm his birthplace as Aultsville, Ontario. They must have had some roots in the Aultsville stories validities, somewhere in the Auburn family history.
- Do you know of any existing Aultsville town registries or directories that could contain this information?
Magic Tom Auburn Gravestone. photo from Cornwall Roots

The Montreal Lovell Directory records Tom's father, William George auburn as first living at 162 Ethel St, here in Verdun, Montreal. He was listed as a toolmaker in 1915. 

From the internet, Wikipedia here http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aultsville,_Ontario, I understand that the town was flooded over in the building of the St. Lawrence Seaway, is that true? ...would be my very first question.
- And if so, is there anyway that I may validate or disclude that Tom Rochon Auburn was born in Aultsville, Ontario? As I truly hate conjecture, preferring to rely on existing factual information for my story on this once great man! We owe it to him to "get it right".

I’m hoping that you will be able to steer me in the right direction, as I've looked at the many Aultsville, Ontario sites that cover the St. Lawrence region like here http://www.ghosttownpix.com/lostvillages/aultsvilImg.html and your great site herehttp://www.glengarrycounty.com/gpssvfor.html specifically, yet there is no information at all on his father  William George Auburn nor any other Auburns in the region.

Do you remember Magic Tom, yourself as a Canadian? I had to ask as each bit of information is like a puzzle piece that could only add to the larger than life Magic Tom that we all still envision in our minds. Funny what we can clearly recall from our childhood, isn't it? 

Magic Tom is as Montreal as you can get. He was a great man and a perfect representative of our once world-class city. I would love to accurately write a story on this one local gentleman who was my childhood TV icon (on CFCF 12), to most of us in those great days that once completed each of our own Montreal experiences. I hope you are able to help in getting his story straight....

I have found so many photos and story write-ups of Tom Auburn the local Magician, the troops entertainer, the places he played in from 1931 to 1942 through the original pages of the Verdun Guardian Newspaper, digitizing them before they turn to dust. I also have the story and pick of “local Magician enlists” from 1942, with photo, and many more that I have catalogued and kept as Jpegs.

In fact, this Sunday, I have visited the archivist at St. Willibrord’s Church to see Tom Auburns’ graduation year’s records for 1936 and for years beyond, as the church ran Willibrord’s High school then! Will also look for photos of Delores Arlene Edwards his high school sweetheart as most accounts, included on the tomauburn website. 

Here's his Feb 20th, 1942 wedding announcement to Delores, I found in the pages of the Verdun Guardian. They were married on Feb 14, 1942, Valentine’s day the article states (attached). Also, a pic of the day he enlisted here in Montreal in 1941.

Thanks so much,  I hope you  will be able to provide many more details on this Montreal great.

I'm sure this ride will simply be just that...magical!


Rohinton Ghandhi
Crawford ParkVerdunMontreal


home 514-767-8978
office 514-877-9443 

http://www.Glengarry county.com/gpssvfor.html

What do you remember about Magic Tom Auburn? Do you have a  story to  tell Ro?

the above photos sent by Ro with e mail, except as noted

take care and God Bless
Alex W Fraser
Courtenay, BC

Sunday, December 1, 2013

MacDonald Burying Cemetery UPDATE

Update on Some Glengarry Connections in the

MacDonald Burying Cemetery Westmeath Township discovery brings history to life

William MacDonald grave marker. photo from Ottawa Citizen

Bio of John McDonald

John MacDonald, photo by Stephen Cameron

Bio of Walter McDonald

Walter MacDonald, photo by Stephen Cameron

see original article here

Some additional links, references to this MacDonald Burying Ground

McDonald Burying Ground Unveiling


McDonald Burying Ground Westmeath Township

McDonald Burying Ground

War of 1812 Veterans in the Upper Ottawa Valley


War of 1812 Veterans Graveside Project

take care and God Bless
Alex W Fraser
Courtenay, BC
866 517 2113