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.
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?