Donald Edwin Flewelling's family is actually fairly closely related to mine. His parents were:
James Edwin Flewelling b. Salmon River, Queens Co., NB 8MAR1853 (8MAR1857 in 1901 census of Woodstock, Carleton Co., NB), d. Carleton Co., NB 22SEP1929, bur. Waterville Baptist Cem. (or Methodist Cem. Woodstock, Carleton Co., NB), m. Susan (“Susie”) Maria Simmonds (Simmons) (b. Allendale, NB 8JAN1863, d. Carleton Co., NB 30JUL1920, prob. bur. Methodist Cem. Woodstock, Carleton Co., NB3AUG1920 (The Press, p. 5).)
James' brother, George H. H. Flewelling (who also went to the Woodstock area) was my great grandfather.
For James and Susan's children, I have:
4252J1. LILLIAN (“LILY”) F. FLEWELLING b. Shogomoc, York Co., NB 18DEC1883, d. 1968 bur. Methodist Cem., Woodstock, Carleton Co., NB, m. Carleton Co., NB 3AUG1910 ISAIAH LAWSON FISHER (b. Saint John (or Golden Grove, Simonds Parish), Saint John Co., NB 16JAN1885, d. Carleton Co., NB 28OCT1939 bur. Methodist Cem., Woodstock, Carleton Co., NB), s/o Isaiah Wallace and Jane Isabelle (Lawson) Fisher
4252J2. HENRY (“HARRY”) FRANKLIN FLEWELLING b. Woodstock, Carleton Co., NB 5JUL1885 (3JUL1885 in 1901 census), d. 1968, m. Carleton Co., NB 30SEP1908 MAUDE MUNROE McDOUGALL (b. Perth, Victoria Co., NB 31MAR1888), d/o James and Elizabeth McDougall
4252J3. BURTON (“BERTON”) BRADFORD FLEWELLING b. 16DEC1889, d. Victoria Co., NB 4SEP1952, m. Maine 28DEC1908 STELLA MAY MacDOUGALL
4252J4. CALEB (or COLIAS) (“COLLIE”) PHILIP (or PHILLIPS) FLEWELLING b. Woodstock, Carleton Co., NB 30MAR1892, d. Maine General Hospital, Portland, Maine 23FEB1951, m. Houlton, Aroostook Co., Maine 25DEC1912 ESTEL G. DUGAN (possibly Estella Gertrude Dugan b. Woodstock, Carleton Co., NB 6APR1886 (or 1888 in a separate record), d/o Oscar Archless and Amanda Butterfield (Greene) Dugan.)
I suspect that he was named after the Rev. Caleb T. Phillips, a Free Christian Baptist minister in the Town of Woodstock in 1891. A death record for Caleb P. Flewelling in Maine gives his residence at death as Portland, Me; his parents as James Edwin and Susan M. (Simmons) Flewelling; and his occupation as clerk. It also confirms his date-of-birth. Apparently, there was also a marriage record which gave Estel’s maiden name as ‘Durgan’. She was from Woodstock at the time of their marriage. His birth records give him as a Colias Phillips Flewelling and Colie Phillips Flewelling.
4252J5. DONALD EDWIN FLEWELLING b. Woodstock, Carleton Co., NB 5SEP1904
You will note certain discrepancies. For example, I have Lily as married; but this may have been another Lillian. Donald I have as b. 1904 (from a birth record.) In the 1911 census he is given as b. SEP1905; but I think the birth record is more likely correct.
'Colby' is a new variation of several. Possibly a nick-name. In 1911, he was 'Colley'. I have not followed Donald's family further; mostly as, since it is relatively recent, the records would remain confidential. If you want to contact me through my e-mail address (click on my name, above) and offer more information I can enter it in my files; but it will be some time before I can do that. I would not recommend posting information on living persons here, as those details might be used in identity theft.
I would also, if time allows, be interested in your aunt's researches. Sometimes immediate family members have access to information (i.e, the Family Bible you mentioned) not otherwise accessible. I would question the connection to Wales. I do not question that it existed; Flewelling comes from Llewelyn, and is obviously Welsh; but I suspect that our family has not been in Wales for more than 400 years (except to visit); and certainly have been in North America for 340-350 years, at least. You also forgot to mention the red hair and the male balding. Also, the temper. Interestingly, these physical characteristics seem even further extended than with the Woodstock family. The few descriptions or photos of very distant cousins (the Ontario Flewwelling's, for example) tend to suggest similar features (red hair, tall males, fair skin and a largish, round head.) Thomas Flewelling, our common ancestor, is described as short, possibly dark; but this appears to have been an occasional abberation; including myself and an uncle.
The religious aspect seems remarkable, as you noted. While the denominations differ, Flewelling's appear very often called to religious service; and there are a large number of ministers, priests, deacons, lay preachers, vestrymen, etc. amongst them.
The plates and mouldings to which you refer do suggest a carpentry background. There was our distant cousin, Stephen Albert Flewelling, who founded Flewelling's Funeral Home. His son, Frederick Roy Flewelling, married my great aunt, Robena Merrila Flewelling. The Bishop's, who also went into the funeral business, are also cousins. The relationship goes back to James and Nancy (Tapley) Flewelling, parents of James Edwin and George H. H. James and Nancy lived in the Chipman area of Queens Co., and I suspect that James may have been involved in ship-building at one time.
James Flewelling was the son of Adam and Annis (Clarke) Flewelling. Both Adam and Annis were of Loyalist families. Adam was the s/o Thomas and Elizabeth (Griffin) Flewelling who arrived with their family in 1783. Thomas, I believe, was the s/o John and Elizabeth ("Blue" Smith) Flewelling who ended in Newburgh, NY. They were from Hempstead, Long Island, NY; and John was the son of Thomas and Hannah (Smith) Flewelling; who were there in 1698. Thomas' parents, Thomas and Hannah (Ashman) Flewelling were likely residents of Jamaica, Long Island, NY when they met. This appears to have been roughly 1660. Where Thomas, Sr. came from, I am uncertain; but Hannah Ashman was the daughter of Catherine (Catern) Jeacockes who came from Stratford-upon-Avon; and was born there about 1613. Catern's family appear to have been involved with William Shakespeare's family; and both families with a Fluellin/Llewellyn family about 1600. The relationship was not of intermarriage, but that all three families appear in the church court for similar offences (i.e., not attending church) about the same time. In fact, William Fluellin and John Shakespeare are listed together. I suspect, but cannot show, that Thomas Flewelling may have come to Long Island as he knew people (like the Jeacockes) there.