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Sally Armstrong and Local History

Eleanor McCloskey, CND

On Saturday, June 25th the Miramichi Branch of the New Brunswick Genealogical Society welcomed author and journalist Sally Armstrong. Sally spoke mainly about her books: The Nine Lives of Charlotte Taylor, the story of her great-great-great grandmother; and Ascent of Women, with stories of her work in Afghanistan. Charlotte Taylor was a courageous early settler in the Miramichi area. Archival research shows she made the journey on foot (snowshoes, mostly) from Miramichi to Fredericton to lay claim to her late husband’s property. The book (Vintage Press: 2007) is a fascinating story of a strong woman who survived and thrived in hard times; she lived from 1755 to 1841. Her extended family continues to hold a reunion every five years. 

Sally’s presentation was at the Friendly Neighbor Senior Citizens Centre in Nelson-Miramichi, N.B. The building used to be what we called “the little white school,” a small elementary school where many of our CND sisters taught in decades past! 


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