My Brick Walls

Listed below, in alphabetical order, are a few of my own brick walls. In some cases, I have hit major dead-ends: in others, I simply need a little guidance or direction to get back up-and-running on my own again. If you can assist me with any of these individuals and families, it will be gratefully appreciated.

BAILEY, Horatio Nelson and Elizabeth S. (?)

This family is found at LaGrange, Penobscot County, Maine, in the 1880 US Census. Horatio, a farmer, was born at Maine circa 1840 (aged 39 years). His wife, Elizabeth, is not listed and is therefore presumed to have died sometime between the birth of her last child, ca. 1875, and 1880. They had four known children:

  1. Jane M., born 13 July 1869, LaGrange, ME, and died 9 Dec 1938, Old Town, ME. Married (1) Unknown CROSBY, by whom she had two sons. Married (2) Hugh MORRISON by whom she had one daughter.
  2. Arthur H., born ca. 1870. No further information.
  3. Lulu May, b. 28 Sep 1872, LaGrange, ME, and died 9 Apr 1920, Summerside, PEI. Married Daniel Roland MORRISON (a brother to Hugh, who married her sister, Jane).
  4. Effie M., born ca. 1875. No further information.

Lulu May Bailey was my great-great-grandmother. Information on her and her sister, Jane, are included in Clinton Morrison's book "Robert W. Morrison Sr., Emigrant from the Highlands, and his Descendants: The Genealogy of a P.E.I. Family, 1831-1978". However, I know nothing about her siblings, Arthur and Effie, their parents, or their ancestors.


Helen Emma Layton (ca Apr 1824 to 28 Jan 1871) married James Gourlie (30 Jan 1816 to 30 Jan 1897) at Chatham, NB, on 4 July 1842. She was said to be the "second daughter of Henry Layton." However, I have not found any record of this Henry Layton or any of his other children.

MURRAY, John and Sarah (?)

John and Sarah (?) MURRAY are believed to have had 5 children:

  1. Emeline, b. ca. 1875, Salmon River, NS, m. 1895 to Santo GUALTIERI. No further information.
  2. Joseph, b. ca. 1877, Antigonish, NS, m. 1905 to Sadie DANIELS. No further information.
  3. Christina, b. ca. 1878, Antigonish, NS, m. 1899 to James BONNELL. Raised family in the Truro-Debert area.
  4. Rosa, b. ca. 1885, Maine, USA, m. 1906 to William ARMOUR (son of George ARMOUR and Margaret CLAYBORN). Lived in Pugwash, NS. One son, Clayton, b. ca. 1908, d. ca. 1972, m. Eliza Helen AGNEW.
  5. John Vincent, b. ca 1887, Saint John, NB, m. 1910 to Margaret Sarah DANERY. No further information.

From the above family, I can only confirm two of the children - my great-grandmother, Christina, and my great-great-aunt, Rosa, both of whom my father knew. The remaining children have been picked up from a variety of sources. Unfortunately, this family has been difficult to track due to my lack of access to Nova Scotia records, as well as their many apparent relocations. John, may have been employed with the railroads, explaining not only the relocations but also the areas to which he moved. The 1901 census does list his occupation as "Railway."

This family does not appear in the 1880 US census or the 1881 Canadian census. Nor can I find them in Cumberland or Colchester counties (NS) in 1891. They were enumerated in Upper Londonderry, Colchester County, NS, in 1901. Marriage records have been obtained from the Don Lewis collection.

THOMAS, Martha (Rogers)

According to the Presbyterian Witness newspaper of Saturday, 13 January 1855 (Vol. VIII, No. 2, page 7) - Martha ROGERS, the 3rd daughter of David ROGERS of Pugwash, was married to David S. THOMAS by the Rev. A.S. Hunt, at Cornwallis, NS, on 30 December 1854.

Was Martha the daughter of David ROGERS and Elizabeth RICHARDS of Pugwash?