Place:Maces Bay, Charlotte, New Brunswick, Canada

NameMaces Bay
Alt namesThe Ridgesource: part of community
Salkeldsource: part of community
Coordinates45.099°N 66.471°W
Located inCharlotte, New Brunswick, Canada
See alsoLepreau, Charlotte, New Brunswick, Canadaparish in which it was located
source: Family History Library Catalog

Maces Bay is located on the Bay of Fundy, 7.53 km S of Lepreau, on the road to Dipper Harbour West (redirected to Lepreau. It was named for Benjamin Mace, who was a surgeon with the 22nd Regiment in the 1770's. It included Old Ridge or The Ridge. In 1866 The Ridge was a farming settlement with 3 resident families. In 1871 it had a population of 30. The post office was Maces Bay from 1855 to 1918. In 1866 Maces Bay was a farming, fishing and lumbering community with approximately 56 resident families. In 1871 it had a population of 100. By 1898 it had 1 post office, 1 store, 1 church and a population of 150, including the community of Salkeld, which was named for John Salkeld, a Loyalist from Florida, who settled in the area in 1784. Salkeld had a separate post office from 1895 until 1918. (Source:Place Names of New Brunswick)

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  • New Brunswick Provincial Archives. This is the introductory page. The tabs will lead you to more precise material.
  • The FamilySearch wiki. This lists the availability of vital statistics indexes for New Brunswick.
  • New Brunswick GenWeb. A round-up of a lot of genealogical information at the province, county and parish level. Lists of cemeteries and monumental inscriptions can be found here.
  • The Provincial Archives website titled The Placenames of New Brunswick has maps of all of its parishes and descriptions of some communities within them. This site contains "cadastral" maps for each parish illustrating the grantee’s name for land granted by the province. These maps are cumulative, showing all grants regardless of date.
  • Microfilm images of all Canadian censuses 1851-1911 are online at Library and Archives Canada, as well as at FamilySearch and Ancestry. The 1921 census appears to be available only at Ancestry.
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