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Article Published August 24, 2001

Sandra Devlin EAST COAST KIN (Canada)
By: Sandra Devlin, Biography & Archived Articles

BOOK REVIEW - Early Carroll Families of the Bartibog River (New Brunswick)

The proliferation of family histories going to print continues to astound me. The 21st Century may go down in history as an unrivaled era in genealogy, solely on the strength of the quantity of published family trees.

Quality of research varies from work to work, but quantity is staggering and shows no signs of letting up.

Joseph E. Carroll of Minnesota happily marries quality with his contribution to the quantity outbreak.

In his 73-page, self-published edition entitled Early Carroll Families of the Bartibog River (New Brunswick), released in mid-June, he extensively documents his findings and is crystal clear when he hypothesizes.

The bottom of each page of the work begun in 1997 is clearly marked “Draft” and he unequivocaly states “this document will always remain in draft form.”

The author, a retired research engineer, has amazingly never yet set foot in the Miramich region of New Brunswick where his Irish-born, great-grandparents Thomas Carroll and Annastasia Fahey of Chatham began their married life in 1834, before later moving to Chelsea, Quebec with the first five of their 11 children.

A query in Missing Links in the Miramichi Leader “brought me to the attention of the Chatham people,” he credits, but the geographic concentration of the 8.5 x 11inch, plastic coil bound publication is Alnwick and Newcastle parishes in Northumberland County -- the eventual home of the Faheys and for lots and lots of Carrolls, largely descending from Thomas Carrol () and unknow wife, not the same as above ,and James Carroll and Mary Callaghan.

Initially, Joseph hoped that a comprehensive study of the Carrolls of the Bartibog would eventually turn up an ancestral link to his great-grandfather.

Ironically, the heritage questions for Thomas have yet to be answered, but the Carrolls of the Bartibog are nevertheless documented.

All of this hard work should not be wasted, decided the author. “Others might be helped in their search ... and, some yet unknown peice of evidence may surface which, when combined with the data (in the book), will indeed provide the clue to Thomas’ ancestry.”

Other surnames: Ahearn/O’Hearn, Barron, Bergin, Black, Blackney, Cain/Kain, Caulford/Colford, Connell, Creamer, Daley, Delahunty, Doyle, Dunn/Dunne, Egan, Fahey, Finn, Fitzpatrick, Fox, Gidney, Hacket, Hanna, Hay, Howlett, Ivory, Keoughan, Lawler, Lynch, Maddock, Maher, Mahoney, McCarthy, McCullum, McCormick, McDonald, McGee, McGillicudy, McGinnis, McMahon, Mealey, Mullins, Murphy, Nelligan, Nolan/Nowlan, Nugent, O’Reilley, Otto, Parent, Quigley, Redmond, Regan, Riley, Rowan, Ryan, Sauntry, Savage, Sirois, Smith, Steele, Sutton, Taylor, Tims, Tucker, Wallace, Walsh, Whalen, Whitten, Wilson and Woods.

Some significant geographic references outside Northumberland County, N.B.: Bathurst, N.B.; Belledune, N.B.; British Columbia; California.; Chelsea, Que.; Eel River, N.B.; Gaspe; Halifax, N.S.; Grand Fall, N.B.; Kenora, Ont.; Maine; Manitoba; Minnesota, Newfoundland; Prince Edward Island; Restigouche County, N.B.; Saint John, N.B.; Sioux Lookout, Ont.; Westmorland County, N.B.; Wisconsin and Weldford Parish, Kent County, N.B.

Cost: $15 (US) includes shipping: Order from author: 4261 Queens Way, Minnetonka, Minnesota, 55345; e-mail:

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