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Published Material by Charles M. Smith

This subseries contains published material that was written by Reverend Charles M. Smith as a result of his research into local Charlotte County history. It contains many St. Croix Courier articles on topics such as local history, church history, etymology, Charlotte County Schools, and Biblical History. Also included are essays by Charles Smith on Charlotte County Schools and the Ninth Maine Regiment of Volunteers.

Primary Sources

This subseries contains primary documents that were used as part of Reverend Charles M. Smith’s Research into local Charlotte County history. It includes a school register containing notes on the annual meetings for the Dumbarton and St. David schools for 1880 as well as tax information and invoices for these schools from 1882 to 1883, and other financial information from 1885 to 1886. This subseries also includes inspector’s reports for school district no. 7 for 1906, and the 1906 trustee’s reports for schools in the Charlotte County region. There are also some printed copies of original letters, which include accounts of payments for labor performed on the road between St. Andrews and Fredericton for 1816 to 1820, a list of Penobscot Loyalists who settled in the district of Passamaquoddy in 1789, and military correspondence related to the St. Andrews Block House from 1814.

Church History

This subseries contains notes on Reverend Charles M. Smith’s research into the history of Charlotte County churches, as well as some transcriptions of useful documents on the subject. Topics of these notes include the histories of local Baptist and Presbyterian churches and their organizations, census data, and early Pastors and other notable church figures. Also included is a transcription of an 1871 St. Croix Courier article on the opening of a Presbyterian church in Rollingdam, and a booklet containing notes on Pastors at Bartlett Mills Church from 1888 to 1968.

Roadwork and Travel

This subseries contains notes on Reverend Charles M. Smith’s research into travel and roadwork in Charlotte County’s history, as well as some transcriptions of useful documents on the subject. Topics of these notes include old Charlotte County Roads, some of the persons or families who lived along them, the development, maintenance, and surveying of these roads, and notes on the commissioners of highways. Also included are copies of orders from the commissioners of highways to the surveyors of highways listing citizens who are required to perform road labor, notes from the 1828 “Journal of House of Assembly” on expenditures put towards road work, as well as road grants from 1852 to 1853, Dr. Gesner’s reports on roads, and a document titled “Rollingdam Area Roads”.

Local History

This subseries contains notes on Reverend Charles M. Smith’s research into local Charlotte County History, as well as some transcriptions of useful documents on the subject. Topics of these notes include Block Houses, cemeteries, Charlotte County communities, Charlotte County in World War I and the American Civil War, local businesses, notable buildings, family estates, land deals and grants, lumbering, census data, emigration, and notable persons. Also included are news items transcribed from the St. Croix Courier and other publications from 1817 to 1914, notes from the diary of John Boyd for 1873 to 1895, notes on settlements from the “Journal of House of Assembly” for 1817, and the prices of groceries and other local store supplies for 1913 and 1914.

Charlotte County Schools

This subseries contains notes on Reverend Charles M. Smith’s research into the schools of Charlotte County, as well as some transcriptions of useful documents on the subject. Topics of these notes include the names of school teachers and principals, history of the school buildings, lists of students, the formation of school districts, financial information, statistics, and how these schools were run. The schools examined in these notes are located in St. Andrews, St. Stephen, Dumbarton, Rollingdam, St. George and many other places in Charlotte County. Also included are notes from the 1906 inspector’s reports for Charlotte County Schools.

Genealogical Data

This subseries contains Reverend Charles M. Smith’s notes on his genealogical research into the families of Charlotte County, covering the years 1752 to 1979. The types of notes in this subseries include lists of family members and their descendants, their history and origins, land transactions, deaths, births, marriages, census data, interviews, old stories and poems, and transcriptions of sections from letters, memoirs, family Bibles, and relevant St. Croix Courier articles.

Effie Gibson Correspondence

This subseries contains letters addressed to Effie Gibson of St. Andrews, New Brunswick. Most of the letters in this subseries concern her son Joe Gibson, a pilot with the Royal Canadian Air Force during the Second World War. These include letters home from Joe Gibson and letters of sympathy from friends after his death. There are also many letters from Kathleen Waters from Vancouver, British Columbia, who was the mother of a member of Joe Gibson’s crew named Ken Waters. These letters often contain details of daily life in Canada during the Second World War, as well as first-hand accounts of notable events. These include an account of British prisoners of war from Japan arriving in Vancouver, and the stories they told about being in the Nagasaki Shipyards when the United States of America dropped the second atomic bomb on Japan, and an account of the Greenhill Park Explosion, a disaster involving a ship with improperly stored ammunition in Vancouver’s harbor. There are also correspondences with the Tierney family of Nova Scotia concerning the loss of Ralph Tierney, another member of Joe Gibson’s crew, and some correspondences with the Department of National Defense and the R. C. A. F. concerning Joe Gibson’s estate and legal affairs.

Gibson Family Daughters Correspondence

This subseries contains letters addressed to three of Effie Gibson and Joseph V. Gibson’s daughters. They are Charlotte Gibson, Phyllis Gibson, and Elsie Gibson. Quite a few of the letters in this collection are from friends of the three daughters offering sympathy for the loss of their brother Joe Gibson. There are also many letters addressed to Phyllis and Charlotte Gibson from Kathleen Waters of Vancouver, British Columbia. She was the mother of Ken Waters, a member of Joe Gibson’s crew. Her letters often concern life in Canada during the Second World War and personal events.

Joseph Gibson Correspondence

This subseries contains letters addressed to Joseph V. Gibson of St. Andrews, New Brunswick. Most of the letters concern his son Joe Gibson, a pilot with the Royal Canadian Air Force. After he went missing during a flight and was presumed dead, many friends of the family or of Joe Gibson would write to express their sympathy. This subseries also contains the official report from the Minister of National Defense for the Air announcing that Joe Gibson is missing, as well as letters of sympathy from various members and branches of the Canadian military.

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