A Marriage in New Brunswick

The Provincial Archives of New Brunswick, Canada have posted an index to a large number of vital records, and some of those records are linked to images of the original documents.  I searched for the marriage record of William McGinn and Lea Poirier who were the in-laws of my aunt, Bertha (Danko) McGinn.  As yet, the Provincial Archives have not linked the image to the index entry for this marriage, so I searched for this record while I was at the Family History Library (FHL) in Salt Lake City.

I found the image on FHL US/CAN Film 2024682 (you can click on the image below to enlarge it or you can view, download, and print a PDF Copy of the Marriage Record of William McGinn and Lea Poirier).

The Marriage Record of William McGinn and Lea Poirier

The Marriage Record of William McGinn and Lea Poirier

In addition, I looked through a series of films of the New Brunswick vital statistics from newspapers and found a entry for the marriage in FHL US/CAN Book 971.5 V2nb V. 99, which appears to be a transcription form The Daily Telegraph, Saint John, New Brunswick on 16 MAY 1895:

W.H. McGINN and bride passed through the city yesterday en route to Fredericton.  Mr. McGinn was married yesterday morn. to Miss L.A. POIRIER.  The ceremony was performed by Rev. Fathe Ouellett.  Mr. McGinn is superintendent of the electrical works at the Celestial City.

I also looked up the biographical entry for Pascal Poirier, who is related to Lea Poirier, although I’m not sure how (I’ll have to check with my McGinn cousins to find out about this).  I found the entry in Appleton’s Cyclopaedia of American Biography FHL US/CAN Book 973 D36ap 1887-89 v. 5.  You may recall from a previous post that Appleton’s contains at least 200 entries of fictitious individuals.  Pascal Poirier’s biography appears to be accurate, however:

     POIRIER, Pascal, Canadian senator, b. in Shediac, New Brunswick, 14 Feb., 1852.  He is of Acadian descent.  He completed his course of studies at St. Joseph’s college, Memramcook, studied law, and was admitted to the bar of Quebec in 1876.  In 1872 Mr. Poirier was appointed postmaster of the Dominion parliament, which post he held till his appointment to the senate, 9 March, 1885.  At an early age he contributed to the press, both French and English, and he has published “L’Origine des Acadiens” (Montreal, 1874).

Copyright © 2006 by Stephen J. Danko

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2 Responses to A Marriage in New Brunswick

  1. Cheryl Palmer says:

    Steve, you have been busy, and so exciting. I love your website! I have been enjoying the blogs and wanted you to know that you are doing an awesome job! I like the links you have and the overall looks, very interesting and fun to follow. Sounds like you had a great time in Salt Lake. One day I will get there, for genealogy purposes!

  2. Donna says:

    Hello: I have just found this page and find it very interesting you have done a lot of work I wonder if you or anyone else might know that they would list the people on the 1851 Canadian census as Inmates would that be because it is the census for a poor house in Canada?

    Thank you


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