Who was Martha Morrison, my 4th Great Grandmother?
|How Martha Morrison (1762 - 1829) is related to me.|
It is only recently that I was able to find a clue (other than online family trees) that indicated the maiden name of my 4th great grandmother, Martha who was married to Jacob "Whispering Jacob" Lynds (1751-1833). Thanks to FamilySearch, I was able to find a book titled "Historical and Genealogical Record of the First Settlers of Colchester County, Down to the Present Time, Compiled From the Most Authentic Sources" by Thomas Miller, published in 1873 in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
|Book Cover of "Historical and Genealogical Record of the First Settlers of Colchester County, Down to the Present Time, Compiled From the Most Authentic Sources"|
|Page 381, references Jacob Lynds marriage to Martha Morrison|
At the bottom of page 381, in a section regarding the family of Jacob Lynds Senior and Mary Guild, there is a reference to their son, Jacob Lynds and his marriage to Martha Morrison, November 13th, 1786.
With this information I went to the Nova Scotia Historical Vital Statistics site to search for their marriage record. Alas, even though their site states marriage records date back to 1763, I could find no record for Martha marrying a Lynds or vice versa.
From the web site: https://www.novascotiagenealogy.com/
" As of July 2013, the following Nova Scotia Historical Vital Statistics are available at www.novascotiagenealogy.comMartha is a brick wall. Who were her parents?
Records Date Coverage Total Records Online Births 1864-1877, 1908-1912
(delayed registrations 1830-1912)
Marriages Bonds 1763-1864
Deaths 1864-1877, 1908-1962
City of Halifax 1890-1908
Why is there no marriage record in Nova Scotia?
What was the source of information for the Colchester County book?
I will research her children and their marriages and historical references to determine if additional information exists.
There is a reference in this same book to a Captain John Morrison. He has a daughter Martha, but she marries a man named Williamson and no reference is made to a marriage to a Lynd or Lynds.
I performed this google search:
~genealogy "mary morrison lynds" nova scotia and there were two results:
One for the history of the McNutt clan which included this listing of the children of Mary Morrison and Jacob Lynds:
|Section of page from http://www.macnauchtan.com/saugus/Other_Direct_Families.html|
The 2nd result was from a website I had not heard of: The Network of Founding Families Genealogy, which is described as ". . . simply the group of families, and the researchers of those families, which have specifically been researched here, as amongst the founding families of America or Canada. They deserve to be recognized as such. There are many founding families who are not yet part of NFFG. Openings are available."
Unfortunately, there was no additional information regarding Martha.
I searched for Onslow, Colchester, Nova Scotia cemeteries and found this site for the Colchester Historeum. They offer a free newsletter, for which I entered a subscription request. They also have a Facebook page which I have 'liked'. They have a search on their site and I found a Robert Morrison in Onslow along with Jacob Lynds senior as a "Planters Family" (Selected Heads of Families known to have settled in Cobequid, 1761 to 1780).
I have sent a genealogy rersearch request to http://colchesterhistoreum.ca/contact-us/.
I have searched FindAGrave.com for Jacob Lynds and wife Martha. It is my understanding they died in Onslow, Nova Scotia, Canada. The only reference to Jacob Lynds is for his parents in Onslow Island Cemetery.
I also searched Nova Scotia CanadianHeadstones.com with no success.
There is a nice page on the Municipality of Colchester website that gives a short description and history of their cemeteries and churches. It mentions that Onslow had Presbyterian and Baptist churches. I should attempt to find church records for this family as well.
|Section of page from http://www.colchester.ca/churches-a-cemeteries-cc regarding churches in Onslow|
There was an article from August of 2013 about a funding approval for Onslow Cemetery celebrations honoring its 250th anniversary. Maybe they have published something about the original families for this anniversary celebration? http://www.trurodaily.com/News/Local/2013-08-19/article-3356929/Funding-approved-for-Onslow-Cemetery-anniversary-celebrations/1