Grand Manan Island (GMI) in New Brunswick (NB), Canada is usually found in the genealogical history of most Guptill descendants. It is a small island of about 2,000 residents in the Bay of Fundy. If you want to go there, here are some resources.

By Sea

ferry route to GMI Route of ferry

There are no scheduled flights, so a ferry ride is available only from Blacks Harbour, Canada, despite GMI being very close to the Maine coast. A fee is charged only on the return leg to the mainland. The ferry is operated by Coastal Transport Ltd, whose schedule is here:

During 20 June to 10 September, there are three additional sailings to GMI.

There is a marriage notice from 1871, recorded by one Waldo Heap:


Russell, Hokianga, Waimate, Whangarei, Awhitu, Mahurangi, Auckland

Seward B. Guptill, 30, R.7, M. 1871, Harriet Ann Selina Shepherd, 16.

This was several years before Simon Guptill arrived in 1882, so who was Seward and what happened to his descendants? He would have been born around 1841. Why did he marry a 16-year-old?

He was the son of Thomas Holland Guptill and Emily Dinsmore, who were married in 1830 and whose son Seward was born in 1840 in Cherryfield, Washington County, Maine. He was a cousin of Stillman, Simon’s dad.

He died a few months later on 16 January 1872 in Auckland.

His ancestors were:

Seward > Thomas Holland > William > John > Nathaniel > Thomas

Does anyone have further information about him?

The Guptill family crest

If you go to a shopping mall you might find a shop that sells “family crests”. Well, there is no such thing and they are not “coats of arms”. Note that in British heraldry, a crest is presented to a specific individual. All and sundry people bearing the same name are not entitled to a […]

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England, Wales or Scotland?

Thomas (born 1675) and Nathaniel (born 1685) Gubtail (and some say two more brothers whose names are lost) arrived in Portsmouth, NH. Some say they came from Wales*; one says they came from the Isle of Man, which is off the coast of Wales. Rev. Sinnett’s genealogy says they came from England; some family crests […]

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Gubtail to Guptill

The first Guptills who landed in America were named Gubtail. By 1830 (US Census) and 1851 (Grand Manan Island, Canada, census), some branches had been spelling it as “Guptill”. In 1852 Hilliard M. Sowle, Town Clerk of Gouldsboro, ME, changed the spelling of the name from “Gubtail” to “Guptill” in the town records and it […]

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New platform

The previous platform used here was Joomla 1.0 which had been long unsupported. A script named TNG was used to display the genealogical records. Unfortunately, a data corruption or a possible failed hack attempt led to names being linked to the wrong people. Apologies to the 2-3 people who had requested access to their own […]

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