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HISTORICAL & BIOGRAPHIES
Where is Charlotte County? See the map (Orange) above!
Charlotte County is located in the southwestern part of New Brunswick, Canada. The Bay of Fundy coast forms its southern boundary. Washington County, Maine lies to the west. Within New Brunswick, York County and Sunbury County are to the north of Charlotte County. Queens County is located at the north-eastern tip of Charlotte County. Kings County and St. John County form the county's eastern boundary. Charlotte County Boundaries.
Charlotte County's history and coastal geography have played a role in linking the county's families to those around the Bay of Fundy in Digby County and Annapolis County, Nova Scotia; and along the coast of Maine. Charlotte County was one of the original (1785) counties, settled by Loyalists and Quakers, in New Brunswick, when it became a province.Your search may also lead you to Nova Scotia as we originally belonged to that province. In 1867, New Brunswick was one of four founding provinces of the Dominion of Canada.
According to NB Place Names . . . "For years following the American Revolution, the boundary between New Brunswick and Maine was in dispute. In 1797 the Americans put forward the claim that the St. Croix River, mapped by Champlain, was in reality the Magaguadavic, while the British insisted that the river then called the Scoodic (now the St. Croix) constituted the boundary. The matter was settled when Thomas Wright (ca 1740-1812), later surveyor general for Prince Edward Island, discovered and excavated (with the aid of Champlain's map) the foundation of the ill-fated outpost on Dochet's Island, thus verifying the British claim. Sources: Places and Names of Atlantic Canada (1996).
From a personal point of view, although Calais Maine is part of the United States and St. Stephen New Brunswick is part of Canada, for those residents living there, there is no boundary. It's just one big town with a bridge in the middle. Families on both sides of the bridge still get married to each other. There's no such thing as them or us. What is unique is that old feelings are put aside. My 3rd great grandfather (James Maxwell) was a Loyalist and witnessed Cornwallis surrender. His wife was the daughter of a Patriot (Daniel Hill) who fought in the first naval battle of the Revolutionary War over in Machias, ME. These two men are part of the foundation of St. Stephen and Calais and the neighborly feelings they showed each other still exist today!
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