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NOTE: This page has been adapted for the Website from Donald Coburn’s My Line. Use of the first person is in relation to Donald and not the webmaster/author of the site. Subscript index numbers (ex. Moses4) refer to generations after the family’s arrival in North America. Edward Colborne being generation 1.


ANNIE7 COBURN (Thomas6 David5, Moses4, Moses3, Joseph2, Edward1) b. Upper Keswick Ridge 1867 d. 1951 daughter of Thomas and Elizabeth A.(Burpee) Coburn m. Moses Mitchell b. Scotch Settlement, York Co. 1866 d. 1939 son of Lewis and Martha (Pickard) Mitchell.

Annie and Moses Mitchell lived most of their married lives in Fredericton. Moses was a master builder and a successful building contractor. He built the second steeple on Christchurch Cathedral after the first was burned. He also built the last Macnaquac Church that stood on the present site of the Mactaquac Dam and was burned by N.B.Power.

Moses had a tenor voice and enjoyed singing. He was involved in civic politics in Fredericton and was mayor from 1914 to 1917.

Marion (McKeen) Dykeman contributed the following about the spinster sisters Lillian and Jenny. They both lived in their parents former home on Brunswick Street inFredericton. Lillian occupied the first floor and Jenny, who was afflicted with glaucoma, lived on the floor above. Lillian did the cooking and would deliver Jennyís food upstairs.Jenny was hospitalized for her final illness. Then a friend asked Lillian why she didnít have someone stay in the house with her for company. Lillian replied: Jenny owns the house and doesnít approve of my choice of friends.