Here I am three decades later still stuck in the same place. Mary Martin daughter of George Martin and Olive Rafford, married Samuel Nevers Prosser in Dalton on 16 October 1871. Samuel took Mary off to Manitoba when he joined the Northwest Mounted Police and most of their children where born there, including my grandfather George Edward Prosser born 1881. I think Samuel and Mary may have travelled back and forth to Ashland. Mary's younger sister Laura and her husband Routh along with a brother Charles B. Martin settled in Kent, Washington. Olive came to stay with Laura and died in Kent,10 June 1905.
Samuel Nevers Prosser died in Custer, Montana in 1911 while living with his daughter LIllian Lantis. I have no idea where he was born in 1847, perhaps New Brunswick. I have no idea where Mary Prosser, nee Martin died.
My grandfather George Edward Prosser and grandmother Dora Virgina Manson lived in Lillooet, BC. and traveled to Kent, WA several times to visit his family. My mother Maxine Alice Prosser and I traveled twice to visit our cousin Barbara Martin living in one of the old family homes in Kent. Barbara's brother Robert was an engineer for Boeing and designed the engine configurations for the 747 and he liked to build barns.
If anyone has any information I would love to hear from you.Thank you for taking the time to read my post.
This is only an educated guess, but Samuel may have been the son of Benjamin and Elizabeth (Shaw) Prosser of Carleton County, New Brunswick.
Samuel appears to have been living in Dalton in 1870 with Henry A. Shaw. (Henry was a blacksmith and Samuel his apprentice. George's marriage record would later give his father's occupation as blacksmith.) Henry A. Shaw was (according to an unsourced online tree) the grandson of Ammi and Hannah (Dean) Shaw, whose daughter Elizabeth married Benjamin Prosser. If Samuel were their son, that would make him the first cousin of Henry A. Shaw, and might explain how he ended up in Dalton/Ashland.
A Samuel Prosser of the right age lived in Brighton, Carleton County, New Brunswick, in 1851 in the Jacob Cray household. Other Prossers lived in that town as well, including Benjamin. Given his wife's absence and the fact that there were Prosser children boarding with various families around town, it's likely that she had died. The lack of online records for Carleton County makes it difficult to find evidence for this theory.
Thank you Chris! I've tracked all the of, what I think, Samuel's siblings in the Canadian Census, but I keep bumping up against, George Edward's death certificate (just released) saying he was born in Quebec (now a lot of people probably saw New Brunswick as part of Quebec because they do still speak French in parts of the province) and on Samuel's information I keep seeing his mother as being German. Do you know if the Shaw's were German.
I made the discovery of Samuel in Jacob Cray's household yesterday. I tried to trace Jacob and his family, but had no success. I will get back to them when I have access to Ancestry at our local library.
Thank you so much for your information, it means a great deal to me!
Based on that FamilySearch tree, the Shaws came from England by way of Massachusetts.