Sunday, August 3, 2014

52 Ancestors: #31 Stanley Bustin (1891-1974)

Stanley Bustin, my second cousin 2x removed, was born on this date in 1891, in Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada, the second of four children born to William Henry Bustin and Catherine "Kate" Austin Butt, and their second son.

Stanley grew up and lived most of his life in Saint John, New Brunswick. Roughly between 1914 and 1917, he lived in the States, in Watertown, Massachusetts, where, on January 26, 1916. he married Johanna Wilhelmina Klinge, the daughter of German immigrants.

He also registered for the World War II draft, in Belmont, Massachusetts, although there is no evidence he served under either flag.

In February of 1918, Stanley moved his young family back to Saint John. His uncle Charles owned and operated a retail furniture business there, and Stanley also wanted "to start a business."

Stanley and Johanna's family soon grew to four children:

Muriel Ruth, b. 1916 (in Watertown)
Eleanor Gertrude, b. 1919
Jean Gloria, b. 1922
Stanley Carl, b. 1925

Following his uncle's death in 1927, Stanley took over the proprietorship of Bustin's Fine Furniture Ltd, on Germain Street, in Saint John.

Two more children followed:

William Russell, b. 1932
Joanne Elizabeth, b. 1934

In 1948, Stanley Carl Bustin bought the business from his father. A hard worker who valued honesty, son Stanley Carl Bustin made the name Bustin’s a household name throughout Atlantic Canada.

Stanley lost his wife Johanna in 1973. She lived into her early 80's. He followed her in death on October 28, 1974. They are probably buried in Saint John, but it will take some further digging to find their graves.

Sidenote: During the summer of 2000, with my children and my parents, I visited Bustin's Fine Furniture, and wrote about it last year.


1901 Census of Canada; Census Place: Saint John (City/Cité) Queen's (Ward/Quartier), Saint John (city/cité), New Brunswick; Page: 24; Family No: 261, Stanley Bustin.

1911 Census of Canada; Census Place: Saint John, Saint John City and County, New Brunswick; Page: 22; Family No: 252, Stanley Bustin.

1921 Census of Canada; Census Place: Saint John (City) - Queens Ward, St John and Albert, New Brunswick; Page Number: 28, Stanley Bustin. Border Crossings: From Canada to U.S., 1895-1956 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2010. Border Crossings: From U.S. to Canada, 1908-1935 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations Inc, 2008. Massachusetts, Town and Vital Records, 1620-1988 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2011, Stanley Bustin and Johanna Wilhelmenia Klinge. U.S., World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations Inc, 2005.

Bustin’s Fine Furniture Ltd., Our Story (

New Brunswick. Index to Late Registration of Births (RS141C4). Code 1891-B-139, Microfilm F18780. Provincial Archives of New Brunswick, Fredericton, NB, Canada. Accessed  and downloaded 3 August 2014.


This is the 31st in a series, “52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks,” coordinated by Amy Johnson Crow at No Story Too Small.

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