In the 1851 census of Upham Parish, Kings County, New Brunswick we find the household of Robert and Sarah Howe with their son Edwin, Robert's grandmother Esther, Robert's mother Hannah, and Robert's siblings including an absent William, age 23 years, native born (that is, born in New Brunswick), a blacksmith.
William Small Howe is known to be still alive in 1853 due to the deed between the Heirs and widow of Charles Howe and Robert Howe that was found in the New Brunswick Deed Registry Books for Kings County
|New Brunswick, Kings County Registry Records 1785-1914, K2: 355, Heirs and widow of Charles Howe to Robert Howe, 1 Jul 1853; Provincial Archives of New Brunswick, Fredericton; RS 89 F6237, item 12200.|
However, after 1853 he seems to disappear from the records in what later became Canada.
The question that always arises is did William Small Howe die between 1853 and the date of the 1861 census? If the answer was yes, is there any evidence such as a grave marker, a few lines in the newspaper, or a will? If the answer is no, where did he disappear to?
Once again, those often overlooked land records come to the rescue.
The 1885 there is a deed made between William S. Howe and William Franklin Howe.
|Kings, New Brunswick, County Deed Registry Books, 1780-1941, K-4: 173, William S. Howe and wife Grace E. to William Franklin Howe, deed, 8 Jul 1885; digital images, FamilySearch.org, FamilySearch.org (https://familysearch.org/ : accessed 5 Feb 2012).|
- is residing in Lewiston, Maine, USA
- is a Doctor of Medicine
- is married to "Grace E."
Can I find a William S. Howe married to Grace E. in the 1880 census of the USA somewhere in the State of Maine (warning, rhetorical question)?
So a William S. Howe, born in New Brunswick, father born in New Brunswick, mother born in Massachusetts, a homeophic [sic] physician, married to Grace E. was found in Pittsfield, Maine, USA. But is this my William Small Howe since I know his mother was born in New Brunswick? His age is out by a few years in this census based on what was recorded in the 1851 census. His son's name of "Charles" is the same name as William's father. That might be a clue or just a red-herring.
We need to keep working back in time in the hopes of finding a clue...
As a side note, the occupation of "C.B." in the 1860 census in Maine is curious. It isn't blacksmith or physician and all the other occupations on the page were written in full. Yet another mystery.
If this is my William Small Howe then finding him in the 1860 census of the USA would explain why I couldn't find him in the 1861 census of New Brunswick.
To be continued...