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DOW SETTLEMENT, CANTERBURY PARISH,
YORK COUNTY, NEW BRUNSWICK

BACKGROUND and LOCATION

        As indicated on the page up one level, when those of the bcdg line who remained in New Brunswick (many returned to the United States) left the Maugerville area, they moved further up the St. John River and settled, at least initially, in the area of Canterbury, York County, NB.  This area of Canterbury was, and still is, generally known by the name Dow Settlement.  This was not a town, per se, in the modern sense, but a specific area of farms and houses clustered together in Canterbury Parish of York County,  New Brunswick, between the St. John River and the town of Canterbury.

        Since this was not the area that any of our family settled in, I have done no further research about this Dow Settlement other than the maps shown below.

        The second edition (1972) of the Gazetteer of Canada for New Brunswick, published by the the Canadian Permanent Committee on Geographical Names [DN1105], lists both Dow Settlements and provides their latitude and longitude ("Position degrees and minutes"):

 

MAPS

 

    As points of reference, the red dots on the map below show the approximately locations of both Dow Settlements in New Brunswick, the top one in Carleton County and the bottom one in York County.

    Most modern maps do not even show the name of Dow Settlement.  For example, the 1989 road map below fails to identify location by name.  The actual location is noted by the red annotation to this map.

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        However, a search for older and more detailed maps has revealed this very good map which shows both the Dow Settlement of York County and the Dow Settlement of Carleton County, co-existing at the same time approximately 25 miles from each other ("as the crow flies").

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    An enlarged portion of the above map, in the immediate area of Dow Settlement in York County is shown below.

 

LAND GRANTS

 

        The Crown Lands Branch of the Department of Natural Resources and Energy maintains maps reflecting the names of the original grantees. These are updated over time to reflect the transfer of ownership.  Two such maps are shown below.

        Grant Reference Plan #124 (dated 1979) [DN1248], a portion of which is shown below, shows the grants around Dow Settlement in York County.  This area is to the east of that shown on the second map below.  Note that the long, narrow parcels near the top of the map extend all the way from Dow Settlement northward to the bank of the St. John River.

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        Grant Reference Plan #123 (dated 1979) [DN1247], a portion of which is shown below, also shows the grants around Dow Settlement in York County.  This area is to the west of that shown on the first map above.  Note that the long, narrow parcels near the top of the map extend all the way from Dow Settlement northward to the bank of the St. John River.

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