Nov 222011
 
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300 years ago this week (November 25, 1711) John Kilborn, one of the founders of Glastonbury, CT died.

Here lieth the body of Mr. Jn Kilborn, who died November y 25th 1711 in ye 60th year of His age.

According to a family history [1], John was instrumental in providing the land and building the parsonage for the first pastor, a requisite for establishing a new town.   His father and grandfather arrived in Connecticut in 1635 and were active leaders in Wethersfield, just across the Connecticut River.  John Kilbourn is buried at the Glastonbury Green Cemetery.

What makes this story special to our family is that my wife, Ruth, grew up just 10 miles southwest of Glastonbury in Middletown.   Until recently, however, she had no idea that one of her ancestors (her 7th great grandfather) had lived so near.  As we have traced her family history, her line goes to Greenville, Maine where Fred Templeton and Angie Stiles were married.  Angie was born in Amherst, Nova Scotia, where our story ended until the last few years.

What we discovered in 2004 was that the Stiles family, along with several of Angie’s other ancestors, were New England Planters, a group of 8,000 people from Connecticut, Massachusetts and Rhode Island who moved to Nova Scotia before the Revolution to claim offers of free land from the British.   After expelling the French-speaking Acadians, they were desperate for farmers to settle the lands.

A large group of these New England Planters came from the area around Hebron and Lebanon, Connecticut,  just 15-20 miles east of Glastonbury.  Among these were Nathan Stiles, Jr. and Kesiah Kilbourne, the great granddaughter of John.

The map outlines the chapters in this 300 year story.  As we learn more and more about the stories of vision, courage and struggles of our ancestors, I appreciate how deeply indebted we are to them in so many ways.

Click here for a larger view of the map.

 

1)  Kilbourn, Payne Kenyon, The Family Memorial: a History and Genealogy of the Kilbourn family in the United States and Canada from the Year 1635 to the Present Time, Hartford, Connecticut, Brown and Parsons, 1845 as accessed on Google Books.

The New England Planters

 

This year marks the 250th anniversary of a courageous group of people who left Connecticut, Rhode Island and Massachusetts to seek a new home in Nova Scotia and what is now eastern New Brunswick.   Called the “New England Planters”, more than 8,000 people responded to an invitation of Governor Lawrence to come to Nova Scotia to accept free land grants.   Farmers were desperately needed to till the fertile soil left untended after the English expelled the French-speaking Acadians a few years earlier.

These settlers predated the loyalists of the American Revolutionary period by more than a decade.

In 2004 Ruth and I visited south western Nova Scotia and the nearby eastern part of New Brunswick to see where some of her ancestors made their new home.   Both parents of Ruth’s grandmother, Angie Stiles, came from these “Planter” families.   In Kentville, Kings County, Nova Scotia we visited the Kings County Museum, where there is an exhibit on these immigrants.

More information about the New England Planters can be found at these websites:


Sep 132011
 
Kineo

 

Mt Kineo on Mooshead Lake, Maine

Today the weather was perfect as we took Ruth’s mother, Ruth Templeton Rollason, back to Kineo, an  island on Moosehead Lake in Maine where she lived all of her childhood summers.  The shuttle captain loaned us his golf cart so that we could see the island.  We had the best guide – Ruth’s mom – who reminisced about her 17 summers here.

Kineo was a destination resort from the 1850’s until the 1930’s.  In 1903 young Angie Stiles and her sister Martha came from Amherst, Nova Scotia to work at the Kineo Resort.   Fred Templeton was a guide for the guests who wanted to hunt and fish.  He also looked after the boats for families who summered here.

A year later Fred and Angie married in Greenville where they made their winter home.  When school was out, Fred and Angie took their family to Kineo for the summer.

Fred leased land on a small island where he built a modest summer cabin for his family.

Island in Kineo Cove where the Templeton family lived during the summer

The resort is long gone.  Today there is a public golf course, a state park, and many beautiful summer homes.

Stiles Family

 

Anginetta (Angie) Stiles

Anginetta “Angie” Stiles was born in Amherst, Cumberland, Nova Scotia, CA on 19 Sep 1882 to David M Stiles and Matilda Jane Estabrooks.

Angie and her sister, Martha Stiles, came to Maine in about 1903 to work at the Kineo Resort on Moosehead Lake in Maine.   Angie married Fred Frank Templeton on 9 Nov 1904 in Greenville, Piscataquis, Maine.

Angie died on 18 April 1927 in Greenvlle at the age of 44.

More on Anginetta Stiles:

 

Tracing Angie’s Roots” – the story of our trip to Nova Scotia and New Brunswick in 2004.

Notes of Interest in Angie’s family (to be developed)

  • Both of her parents were descendants of New England Planters, a group of American colonists who left Connecticut, Rhode Island and Massachusetts to settle Nova Scotia and what is now eastern New Brunswick in 1761.
  • Angie was a descendant of Ann Pudeator, a victim of the Salem (MA) witch trials who was hanged on 22 Sep 1692.