Re: Bonnie Susan McAloney of Amherst

Title: Re: [nscumber] Re: Bonnie Susan McAloney of Amherst
Hi Stacey:

As one of the many subscribers on nscumber with an interest in genealogy, I take obits as they appear on this site and attempt to fit together the family. I’ve been at it for over 20 years now as a pre/post retirement hobby. There are numerous other genealogist out there who research all the McAloney/MacAloney’s with roots to Cumberland County; I only have some of them. We use birth announcements, marriage write-ups and obits published in newspapers which then makes them “public information”, not private information anymore. Ottawa House in Parrsboro sell a genealogy book “The McAloney Family of North America” by Margaret Tuttle for example. Many of your ancestors are listed in it.

Having been born in Cumberland County, my main interest are the Winter/Winters of Cumberland County which trace back to the early 1800’s between Parrsboro and Advocate. Over the years, through marriage, other Cumberland County surnames like Morris, Pettis, Hatfield, Cochrane, McAloney, MacAloney, Crossman, Brown just to name a few, mix into my lineage.

Sometimes one has to research outside the box to find out what’s inside the box; example, research another surname to find out something connected to your surname. That wasn’t the case here.

I have no direct connections to your family. It was just when your Mom’s obit was published listing a sister, Barbara and non of the other deceased family members referenced a Barbara, a “red light” came on from experience, so I asked the query awhile back. It was just how to fit Barbara correctly into the family. Why she was adopted wasn’t a concern.

In a few obits I have, names were purposely left out due to a “family quarrel” for example.

There are also more and more adopted children now searching for birth parents for medical reasons such as a history of a certain disease in the lineage.

Hope this helps.

Dave Winter

On 16-11-26 3:11 AM, "nscumber" <> wrote:


Yes it was quite the shock to us all. May I ask... why were you interested?

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On Fri, Nov 25, 2016 at 7:48 PM -0700, "David Winter davidwinter@... [nscumber]" <> wrote:

Hi Stacey.

It is so wonderful that a child put up for adoption for whatever reason back then is able to later learn of their birth parents and other siblings and make contact.

The “both” now makes sense as you have explained it.

Again, Thank you ever so much for sharing.


On 16-11-25 11:26 PM, "nscumber" <> wrote:


Barbara is the oldest daughter of Audrey and Reginald. She was put up for adoption at birth due to them not being married.
And she was married twice.  The both* in obituary is saying Me and barb both reside in Halifax.
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Sent: Friday, November 25, 1:46 PM
Subject: Re: [nscumber] Re: Bonnie Susan McAloney of Amherst
To: nscumber


Hi Stacey:

Thanks for the refresher to my original query a while back. I remember now.

I have a Barbara McAloney attached to Daniel Reginald “Reg” McAloney and Audrey Jean Hunter per your Mom’s obit:

Bonnie is survived by her cherished daughter, Stacey McAloney, loving sisters, **Barb "Sissy" (Mullen, Evans) McAloney, both of Halifax**, Vicky (Mike) Shipley, Oxford; brother, Terry, Ont.

The above says “both” [meaning two] but only appears to reference Barb “Sissy” (Mullen, Evans) of Dartmouth

Neither your grandfather, Reg or grandmother, Audrey, or your Aunt Linda reference Barbara in their obits as a daughter / sister respectively.

How does Barbara fit in? Was Barbara married twice?



On 16-11-25 4:34 PM, "nscumber" < <http:/> > wrote:


It was referring to barb mcaloney not being listed in Audrey mcaloney obit

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On Fri, Nov 25, 2016 at 12:02 PM -0700, "David Winter davidwinter@... <http:/davidwinter@...>  [nscumber]" < <http:/> > wrote:

Hi Stacey

I now forget what queries I had as I have your mother’s obit which I found on Google as dated 14 Jan 2015 in my program. That’s 18 months ago.

It was possibly the step-children mentioned in your Mom’s mother’s obit as to who belongs to whom.

Or, Uncle Robert Baker’s parent’s names?

Or, something connected to Alexander Fisher and Annie Mae MacDonald. They raised an adopted son, Arthur George Fisher (1939 Parrsboro - 1994 Amherst) whom I believe had birth parents from Parrsboro with a “Winter/s” connections – the line I research.

You can reply to this post or e-mail me directly off the list at <davidwinter@... <http:/davidwinter@...> > if any of the info is of a sensitive mature.


Dave Winter

On 16-11-25 1:47 PM, "nscumber" < <http:/> > wrote:


Hi David  I am Bonnie's daughter and would be happy to answer your questions  are you still active here?