Amos Estey

Amos ESTEY (1759 – 1833)  was Alex’s 5th Great Grandfather; one of 64 in this generation of the Miller line.

Amos Estey was born  28 Aug 1759  in Rowley, Mass.  Amos’s parents were Richard Estey II and Hannah HAZEN. He resided in Rowley, Mass until 1764 when his parents and grandparents relocated to a settlement on the St John’s River in New Brunswick Canada called Maugerville.  Three generations of our Estey ancestors immigrated, Richard – age 58, Richard Jr. – age 36 and Amos – age 5.   See my post New England Planters in New Brunswick for the historical story.

Amos married his first cousin, Mary (Molly) ESTEY on 25 Nov 1787 in New Brunswick.   Amos died on 13 Nov 1833 in Kingsclear, York, New Brunswick.

Mary (Molly) Estey was born 5 Jul 1767 in Sheffield, Sunbury County, New Brunswick. Her parents were Zebulon ESTEY and Mary BROWN. Mary died 5 Jun 1844 in Kingsclear, York County, New Brunswick.

Children of Amos and Mary

Name Born Married Departed
1. Solomon Estey 31 Aug 1788 Kingsclear, York, New Brunswick Marium Amelia (Salome) McNally
28 Jul 1812 Queensbury, York, New Brunswick,
2. Abraham ESTEY 6 May 1790 Kingsclear, York, New Brunswick Ruth DOW
17 Nov 1812 Woodstock
18 Mar 1876
3. David Estey 13 Jul 1792New Brunswick Anna Knapp (Often published as Knoop)
30 Sep 1813 New Brunswick
20 Nov 1874
Troy, Miami, OH 
4. Sarah Estey 22 Mar 1794 Kingsclear Parish, York, New Brunswick 1797
5. James Estey 20 Mar 1796New Brunswick Abigail Knapp (Often published as Knoop)
16 Nov 1820 New Brunwick
Staunton, Miami, Ohio
6. Ruth Fiske Estey 31 Mar 1800 Kingsclear, York, New Brunswick John S. Barker
20 Jul 1820
5 Jun 1831 York, New Brunswick
7. Simon Hammond Estey 5 Jan 1802 Kingsclear Parish, York, New Brunswick 22 Mar 1840 Drowned
8. Hannah Hazen Estey 13 May 1804 Kingsclear, York, New Brunswick Nicholas Barker 1883
9. Rhoda Phoebe Estey 26 Jan 1807 York, New Brunswick, Horatio Nelson Cliff
28 Feb 1832 Fredericton, York, New Brunswick
11 Mar 1893
10. Elizabeth Estey c 1809 23 Mar 1832

CMcGehee, RSchaffer, TJEstey, FIBrewer, JCHatt The TJEstey account has Amos’ death as 05 Jan 1844 in Kingsclear

In this record Marked No797 dated March 4 1798 Amos and his wife Molley Estey are recorded as having sold some property known as Lot#73 to Joseph Burt. They had purchased this Lot earlier from Samuel Loldell marked No421 dated April 4 1789

This record shows Amos Estey and Mary his wife sell Lot #75 in Kingsclear Parish which they had bought Oct 4 1799 from Peter Campbell marked No683 to John Vance and his wife Lucy.  This land transaction is dated May 13 1822.

At least they made a profit on the land as they purchased Lot #75 for 42 pounds 6 shillings, 8 pence and sold it for 100 pounds; however I am sure they would have made improvements on the land and most likely had building and things of that nature. It would have most likely been a fair trade for their efforts in the improvements of the property.

It seems as though Amos and Mary Estey of the Parish of Kingsclear, farmer, were liquidating thier property as we find another sale of land to William Estey marked No2658, Dated May 29 1822. William Estey bought Lot #47 in St. Mary’s, York County, NB., containing 200 acres for 35 pounds.

So where did Amos and Molley  live after 1822? Perhaps they lived with one of their children.  They had reached the age of retirement and may have decided to help out their grandchildren by spending time with them.  We do see that some of the Grandchildren are mentioned in the Will even though not by name but by their parent’s name.

The Brewer book “A Dutch-English Odyssey” pg 116 states that Richard & Hannah’s 5th child was named James and he insists that this is correct as it is entered in a family bible of that time. Entered as James not Amos. All other accounts have the name to be Amos.

Researcher George Estey has since been provided a copy of that Bible page and have been able to use a program to clean up noise from the copy. This clears up the mystery for him as the person who scribed the names of that generation used a swirl or loop in front of each name. This swirl looks much like a capitol “J” and the name Amos being placed very close behind makes the name look like James.It is really J Amos. The “J” being just a form of decoration in front of each name. (George Warren Estey 12 Nov 2002)

“The River St. John” by Rev. Wm. Raymond published in 1910, pages 334-5:

“On 15 January 1765 on Captain Francis Peabody’s schooner, came Zebulon Estey to Maugerville. He paid 12 shillings passage money from Newburyport to St. John and 13s 6d for `his club of Cyder’ on the voyage. Richard Estey and Thomas Barker built a saw-mill on a small creek near Middle Island. (After 1765.) They sold it in 1779 – near Maugerville. Richard Estey signed a church covenant for a distinct church society. Many moved from Maugerville due to the annoyance of the spring freshets. [A sudden overflow of a stream resulting from a heavy rain or a thaw]  Zebulon Estey moved to Gagetown. Some went across the river to the township of Burton. These included Israel Estey, Moses Estey and Amos Estey.”

Excerpt from a report written about Sunbury County to Major George Studholm, Commander at Fort Howe  St John River, June 30 1783

” Amos Esty, a single man has improved about 4 or 5 acres of land which is partly cleared, and provided some materials for building.”

Amos Estey was recorded in a Book called Early Probate Wills of New Brunswick by Wallace Hale

Estey, Amos – Parish of Kingsclear, York Co. Will dated 17 June 1833, Proved 9th of December 1833

The will goes on to mention his wife Mary she has the use of all his dwelling for life, all stock, furniture and farming utensils.

Mentioned also is his son-Solomon: 5 shillings,  son-David: 10 pounds.  Heirs of daughter Ruth Barker: 3 pounds each Daughters Hannah Barker andRhoda Cliff each 50 pounds

Sons- James and Simon residue of estate.

Wife Mary and son James are executors.

Witnesses: William Estey, John Brewer, John Allen


1. Solomon Estey

Solomon’s wife Marium Amelia (Salome) McNally was born in 1791 – Sunbury, New Brunswick, Canada.   Her parents were Michael M McNally and Sarah Ruth Bradley (Prince?).

Michael McNally, a native of Epsom, Surrey, England was the first of the McNally line to settle in New Brunswick. He came to the United States with his father, Richard Henry McNally who died Oct. 10, 1780 in Flushing, NY. Research done by various McNally family members shows that he was listed as a volunteer in Captain David Kinlock’s Troop of the British Legion Cavalry on Oct. 27, 1778. He was approximately 15 years of age when he volunteered. He was later promoted to Adjutant, February 1779. By the end of the Revolutionary War he was an Ensign in the Prince of Wales Royal American Regiment. He was mustered out of the Prince of Wales Regiment Oct. 14, 1783 in Saint John, New Brunswick and first settled in Maugerville. A few years later he moved to Lower Queensbury in York County. The area he settled in was later to become known as McNally’s Ferry.

Michael McNally’s Sword now in the hands of Rev. John Hugh McNally, his 4th great grandson.

Michael was born in 1764 and died at his home January 13, 1848. His obituary stated that he was a professor of Religion. There are petitions on file at the Provincial Archives that reveal he was the master of a school about 1820. The book, Fredericton, New Brunswick, British North America by Isabel Louise Hill, includes the following about Michael McNally: ” In October, 1824 the Rev. Dr. James Somerville, missionary of the Society for the Propagation of the Gospel in Foreign Parts, wrote to London that he could ‘recommend Mr. McNally, a teacher in the Parish of Queensbury, for the Society’s allowance.'” He married Sarah Ruth Bradley and had at least 15 children. These children and their descendants have scattered to many parts of the world.

McNally’s Ferry

McNally’s Ferry is a place and a way of life no longer in existence. It was located above Mactaquac on the St. John River. With the building of the Mactaquac Power Generating Station and Dam in the mid-1960′s this general area that had been the home of 5 generations of McNally’s was completely flooded.0

2. Abraham ESTEY (See his page)

3. David Estey

David and James married sisters.  The Esteys and Knapps found making a living hard in New Brunswick. They immigrated from New Brunswick to Miami, Ohio between 2 Dec 1821 when George was born and 24 Jan 1824 when Simon was born.

David and James Estey immigrated to Miami, Ohio in the 1820’s.

David’s wife Anna Knapp (Often published as Knoop) was born 19 Mar 1792 in New Brunswick, Canada. Her parents were Michael Knoop and Rebecca Mooers. Anna died 21 Aug 1873 in Lostcreek Township, Miami, Ohio.

Anna Knoop

In the 1850 census, David and Anna were farming in Lostcreek, Miami, Ohio.

David Estey Gravestone — Lost Creek Cemetery, Casstown, Miami County, Ohio,

Children of David and Anna:

i. James Estey b. 17 Sep 1814 New Brunswick; d. 1898 Greenville, Darke, Ohio; m1. 1 Jan 1842 to Jane McDowell; m2. Ann Dye

In the 1850 census, James and Jane were farming in Staunton, Miami, Ohio.

ii. Michael Estey b. 13 Apr 1816 New Brunswick, Canada; d. 17 Feb 1902 Jasper, Missouri; m. 5 Jul 1838 in Miami, Ohio to Mary Swindler (b. 1815 in Fayette, Pennsylvania – d. 1852); m2. 1873 to Mary A [__?__] (b. 1 Jun 1834 Indiana – d. 11 Jun 1902 Jasper, Jasper County, Missouri)

In the 1860 census, Michael was a butcher in Township 10, Calaveras, California he was living with John DuFebrve (age 62), a physician from France.

In the 1880 census, Michael and Mary were farming in Sheridan, Jasper, Missouri.

iii. Eunice Estey b. 24 Feb 1818 New Brunswick; d. 22 Nov 1855 in Delphos, Allen, Ohio; m. 11 Aug 1838 to Abraham Diffenbaugh (b. 22 Mar 1817 in Lancaster, Lancaster, Pennsylvania – d. 20 Jun 1908 in Salem Center, Steuben, Indiana) After Eunice died, he married Aug 1856 to Lucy Stevens (b. 28 Dec 1833 in Delphos, Allen, Ohio – d. 2 Apr 1879 in Hutchinson, Reno, Kansas) Next he married 4 Aug 1881 Allen Indiana to Alvoretta V. Christy (b. 30 Oct 1856 in Roanoke, Huntington, Indiana – d. 11 Jul 1887 in Hudson, Steuben, Indiana). Finally, he married 3 Mar 1889 Steuben County, Indiana to Amy Slick (b. 12 Feb 1818 in New York – d. 17 Jul 1911 in ? Salem Center, Steuben, Indiana)

In the 1850 census, Abraham and Eunice were farming in Section Ten, Van Wert, Ohio.

Abraham Diffenbaugh Portrait

iv. Charles William Estey b. 05 Apr 1820 New Brunswick; d. 3 Apr 1891 Plymouth, Amador, California; m. 4 Apr 1844 in Miami, Ohio to Martha Matilda Garrard (b. 1821 in Ohio – d. 23 May 1886 Plymoth, Amador CO, California)

In the 1860 census, Charles was a farmer in Fiddletown, Amador, California. The town was first settled by Missourians in 1849 and in the 1850s served as a trading center for a number of mining camps in the area. The town also had one of the largest Chinese communities in the state (over 2,000 in the 1860 census).

At the time of its founding, placer mining was the most popular mining technique, which is heavily dependent on water. The local water source, Dry Creek, ran dry during the summer months, during which time the miners were said to be “fiddling around,” thus the name. However, one local citizen was embarrassed to be known as the “Man from Fiddletown” and successfully lobbied to have the name changed to Oleta (after his daughter) in 1878. After his death in 1932, town residents petitioned to have it restored to Fiddletown.

v. George Estey b. 02 Dec 1821 New Brunswick; d. 1891 Kansas; m. 12 Jan 1843 in Miami, Ohio to Sarah A Inskeep (b. 13 Mar 1825 in Virginia – d. Oct 1898 in Plymouth, Amador, California) Her parents were Samuel M Inskeep and Anna Spencer.

In the 1875 census, George was living alone in Union Center, Howard Kansas.

The Estey family settled in Amador County in the mid-1850’s from Ohio. Sarah Inskeep Estey divorced George Estey (Amador Dispatch 13 March 1869).

In the 1870 census, Sarah was living in Fiddletown with three teenage sons, miner Joshua Freeman (28 years old, 12 years younger than Sarah) and four Chinese miners.

Sarah Inskip, divorced, living in the same household as Joshua Freestone in the 1880 Census, so they must have married after that time

Amador County, CA – Index to Federal Land Records in 1883 lists “Inskeep Sarah I; Freestone Sarah I.” leading me to believe Sarah probably married Joshua Freestone.

Children of George and Sarah(Inskeep)Estey:-

1. David Samuel Estey b. 4 Nov 1845 Knox, Marshall, Indiana m1. Catherine Holland m2. Mary A. Snow. m3. Georgianna Davis.

2. Ann Maria Estey b. 2 Jul 1849 Ohio m. Robert Frazer.

3. Eliza Frances Estey b. 14 Dec 1851 Ohio md. ?

4. George Estey b. 2 Apr 1854 Illinois d. 1877 unmd.

5. Frank Estey b. 27 Dec 1856 California d. 1877 unmd.

6. Jerome Addison Estey b. 9 Sep 1858 Jenny Lind, Calaveras, California m. Helen Florence Ball.

vi. Simon Estey b. 24 Jan 1824 New Brunswick; d. 7 Oct 1892; m. Sep 1844 to Sarah DeWeese (b. 27 Apr 1822 in Miami, Ohio – d. 3 May 1898)

History of Miami County, Ohio Published by: W. H. Beers and Co.Chicago 1880

SIMON ESTEY, farmer; P. O. Troy; was born in Miami Co. January, 1824, and is the son of David and Ann Estey, who were born in New Brunswick, but came to this county, about 1823, and located in Lost Creek Township; the grandfather was also a native of New Brunswick; David and Ann were parents of eleven children, of whom ten are now living, viz., James, Michael, Charles, George, Simon, William, Mary, Lucy, Jotham and Maria; Mr. Estey remained with his father till 1844. In September of that year, he was united in marriage with Sarah M. Deweese, daughter of Joshua and Mary Deweese; he was born in Virginia; his wife was the first female white child born in this county, as mentioned in sketch of H. G. Deweese in this work, her father being one of the earliest settlers in the county, and her ancestors coming from Wales at a very early day; Mr. Estey, after his marriage, located on one of his father’s farms in Lost Creek Township, where he lived about four years; then bought a farm in Staunton Township, where he remained for nineteen years; sold out and bought the farm upon which he now resides; he owns 130 acres of excellent land on the Miami Bottoms with fine buildings all in good condition.

vii. Mary Jane Estey b. 09 Mar 1826 Miami, Ohio; d. 1894 Dayton, Ohio; m. 4 Aug 1847 to John W Eyer

In the 1860 census, John and Mary were living in Rockford, Winnebago, Illinois.

viii. William Estey b. 06 Apr 1828 Miami, Ohio; d. 10 Jul 1893 Graceland Cemetery, Shelby, Ohio; m1. 12 Sep 1850 in Miami, Ohio to Elizabeth Kerr (b. 13 Feb 1829 in Miami, Ohio – d. 3 Jun 1854 in Muscatine, Iowa); m2. Nancy A Dill (b. 1836 Ohio – d. 6 Sep 1927 Shelby, Ohio)

In the 1880 census, William and Nancy were farming in Franklin, Shelby, Ohio.

ix. Lucy Ann Estey b. 27 Feb 1830 Miami, Ohio; d. 26 Feb 1900 Miami, Ohio; m. 26 Aug 1848 to Henry Gerard DeWeese (b. 8 Jan 1826 in Miami, Ohio – d. 29 May 1904 in Miami, Ohio)

In the 1870 census, Henry and Lucy were farming in Staunton, Miami, Ohio.

x. Jotham S. Estey b. 05 Oct 1832 Troy, Miami, Ohio; d. 23 Jan 1910 Casstown Cemetery, Casstown, Miami County, Ohio; m. 28 Jan 1858 Miami, Ohio to Mary Hosier (b. 1841 Ohio -d. 23 Feb 1908)

In the 1880 census, Jotham was a farm laborer in Lost Creek, Miami, Ohio.

xi. Mariah Estey b. 07 Feb 1834 Troy, Miami, Ohio; d. 16 Feb 1909 Oakaloosa, Mahaska, Iowa; m. James Dickson (b. 1831 Ohio – d. 8 Jul 1908 Sigoruney, Keokuk County, Iowa)

In the 1880 census Mariah and James were living in Warren, Keokuk, Iowa where James was a Farmer and Cheese Manufacturer.

5. James Estey

James and David married sisters.  The Esteys and Knapps found making a living hard in New Brunswick.  During the 1830s they moved back to the USA, settling in frontier Ohio

James’ wife Abigail Knapp (Often published as Knoop) was born 29 May 1802 in New Brunswick, Canada. Her parents were Michael Knoop and Rebecca Mooers.  Her family was Tory exiles of Pennsylvania Dutch descent. Abigail’s father, Michael, had fought for the British Empire against the Americans in a Loyalist regiment, The Prince of Wales’s Loyal American Volunteers. Michael only stayed in Canada a short time, dying 21 May 1834 in Lostcreek, Miami, Ohio. Abigail died 13 Sep 1841 in Miami, Ohio.

James and Abigail may have moved to Ohio a little later than their siblings David and Anna so their daughter Rhoda was born 3 Jul 1829 in New Brunswick.

In the 1850 census and here , James was living in Elizabeth, Miami, Ohio / Staunton, Miami, Ohio.

Children of James and Abigail

i. Frances C Estey b. 1824 New Brunswick; d. aft. 1850 census

ii. Rebecca A. Estey b. 27 Mar 1826 New Brunswick; d. 24 Sep 1903 in Miami, Ohio; m. 1845 Miami, Ohio to Jacob Cromer (b. 1823 in Miami, Ohio – d. 17 Feb 1884 in Miami, Ohio)

Rebecca Estey Cromer

In the 1870 census Jacob and Rebecca were farming in Lostcreek, Miami, Ohio.

iii. Abner Estey b. 1828 New Brunswick; d. aft. 1850 census

iv. Rhoda Estey b. 3 Jul 1829 New Brunswick; d. 1895; m. 19 Aug 1849 in Miami, Ohio to Silas Wilson (b. 16 Sep 1828 in Ohio – d. 9 Mar 1898 in Arkansas)

In the 1870 census, Silas and Rhoda were living in Jackson, Monroe, Missouri where Silas was working on the railroad.

v. Thankful M. Estey b. 1831 New Brunswick; d. aft. 1850 census

vi. Amos E. Estey b. 24 Feb 1833 New Brunswick; d. aft. 1850 census; m. 26 Feb 1871 Todds Valley, Placer, California to Anna Elizabeth Bayles (b. Dec 1854 in Iowa – d. 1936 Exeter, Tulare, California) Her parents were David A “Smith” Bayles (1831 – 1906) and Sarah M Mendenhall (1837 – 1925)

In the 1880 census, Amos and Anna were living in Placerville, El Dorado, California where Amos was a gold miner.

vii. Ruth Estey b. 1835 New Brunswick; d. 1915 in Lincoln, Washington, Kansas

viii. James Estey?; b. Abt 1840.

ix. Richard Estey? b. Abt 1842.

x. George Estey? b. 30 Oct 1849; m. Elizabeth Sutherland

6. Ruth Fiske Estey

Ruth’s husband John Spafford Barker was born 25 Oct 1792 in New Brunswick, Canada. He was Nicholas’ brother and his parents were John Barker and Mary Woodbury. John died 22 Apr 1895 in York, New Brunswick, Canada, age 103.

Children of Ruth and John

i. Mary Elizabeth Barker b. 07 Aug 1821 in New Brunswick; d. 12 Oct 1899 in Ludlow, Maine; m. Alexander Brown Atherton (b. 13 Nov 1819 in St. Mary, New Brunswick – d. 19 Sep 1891 in Ludlow, Maine) His parents were Benjamin Atherton (1782 – 1823) and Elizabeth Manzer (1787 – 1867)

In the 1880 census, A. B. and Mary E were farming in Ludlow, Aroostook, Maine. They were living in Houlton, Aroostook, Maine in 1860.

ii. George Barker b. 15 Jan 1823 New Brunswick; d. 18 Nov 1900 Prince William, York, New Brunswick; m. 31 Oct 1850 in Burton, New Brunswick to Cynthia Abigail Jewett (b. 3 Oct 1820 in Sheffield, New Brunswick – d. 9 Dec 1898 in Prince William Parish, York, New Brunswick)

iii. Margaret Anne Barker b. 07 Aug 1821 in New Brunswick; d. 22 Mar 1840

iv. Richard Barker b. 02 Apr 1827 in New Brunswick; d. 02 Dec 1827

v. Walter Britt Barker b. 29 Nov 1828 in New Brunswick; d. Aft. 1901 York, New Brunswick

vi. Ruth Fiske Estey Barker b. 05 Jun 1831 in New Brunswick; d. 24 May 1905; m. 1857 to George W. Dunphy (b. 1829 New Brunswick – d. aft 1901 Canada Census York, NB)

8. Hannah Hazen Estey

Hannah’s husband Nicholas Wheeler Barker was born 12 Nov 1802 in Kingsclear, New Brunswick. He was John’s brother and his parents were John Barker and Mary Woodbury. Nicholas died 4 Nov 1873

Children of Hannah and Nicholas:

i. Martha Barker

ii. Oscar Barker

iii. Melvina Barker b. 11 Sep 1828 in New Brunswick; d. 1914 Fredericton Rural Cemetery Extension – Section 3a, Woodstock Road, Fredericton, York Co, NB;  m. Parker Burden (1812 – 1875)

iv. Rhoda Barker b. 13 Dec 1829 in New Brunswick; d. Aft 1901 census, York, NB; m1. 21 Dec 1848 in York, New Brunswick, to Charles Sloot (1827-25 Dec 1855 York, New Brunswick) His parents were Benjamin Sloat and Sarah Jane McKeen. m2. Malcom Ross (b. 1831 New Brunswick – d. Aft 1891 Canada Census);

v. Hannah Barker b. 26 Jun 1835 in New Brunswick

9. Rhoda Phoebe Estey

Rhoda’s husband Horatio Nelson Allan Cliff was born 1 Mar 1805 in Queensbury, York, New Brunswick, Canada. His parents were William Cliff and Margaret Price. )Horatio Nelson died 16 Aug 1895 in Kingsclear, New Brunswick, Canada.

William Cliff was Quartermaster in King’s American Dragoons – a cavalry corps raised by Sir Benjamin Thompson in New York (1781). According to Ann Mae Sangster, William (her great grandfather) later became a colonel in the British Army [unlikely]. In 1783, he moved with the loyalists to New Brunswick and he was granted land with his regiment in Prince Williams Parish (1786). He married Margaret Price (Woodbridge, New Jersey?)

Genealogy written on Canadian Pacific Hotel stationary (author unknown) lists Nelson as son of William, younger brother of John. Genealogical notes of C. Barbour leave an unclear relation between Nelson and John, and between Nelson and John’s father, William. The notes of A. A. Cliff indicate that William was the father of Nelson.

Possibly born on March 1st. Lived in Fredericton, N.B. He did tow-boating in his early life and then became a river pilot. He was the first pilot to guide a steamer (the “Reindeer”) from the mouth of the St. John’s River to Grand Falls. He, and his sons George and Nelson, Jr., were on board the steamer “Sunbury” when it blew up on November 16, 1863. He owned a large farm in Kingsclear. Alfred Cliff describes him as “a tall (6 ft. 1 in.), dark, spare man. Quiet, kindly, keen minded and good. A successful man.” He married Rhoda Phoebe Estey (1807 – 1893) on February 28, 1830 (performed by Jas. Summerville, rector of Fredericton and president of the Academy of Learning). They had ten children. He died on August 16, 1895 and is buried in the private burial ground in Queensbury, N.B. A monument in his memory was erected in October 1899 by L. A. Cliff.

The letter of Ann Mae Sangster lists eight children of Nelson H. Cliff (William, George, Griscilda, Edward, Nelson, Mary, James, Leander) and states that two children died in infancy. The record written by a child(?) of Mary Cliff Risteen lists nine children (Charles William, George, Mary, Nelson or David Wellington, Nelson Allen, Grecilda, James, Addington Edwin, Leander) and states that Nelson Wellington died in infancy. The genealogy on Canadian Pacific stationary lists eight children (William, Griscilda, George, James, Leander, Nelson, Edwin, Mary). It seems likely that Addington Edwin, Edwin, and Edward are the same person. The names of Nelson Cliff’s tenth child who died in infancy has not been determined.

Children of Rhoda and Horatio

i. Charles William Cliff b. 11 Jul 1831 in Kingsclear Parish, York, New Brunswick; d. 13 Apr 1864 – Fort Kent, Aroostook, Maine in lumber woods.

ii. Mary Margaret Cliff b. 29 Dec 1832 in Kingsclear Parish, York, New Brunswick; d. 19 Jun 1881 Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada; m. 2 Aug 1854 Fredericton, N.B. to George N. Ristein (b. 2 Feb 1828 in Fredricton, New Brunswick – d. 28 Oct 1888 in Winnipeg, Manitoba)

iii. George Amos (Ames) Cliff b. 7 Dec 1834 in Queensbury, Kingsclear Parish, York, New Brunswick; d. 1913 San Diego, California; m. 11 Feb 1864 Fredericton, N.B. to Elizabeth Atherton (b. 21 Jan 1839 – d. 1924 in San Diego, CA)

In 1901, George and Elizabeth moved to San Diego, CA and were living there in the 1910 census. In 1919, Elizabeth was a widow living at 1280 12th San Diego, If 12th St, today the parking lot for Petco Park, if 12th Ave, across the street from City College

iv. David Wellington Cliff b. 1836 in Kingsclear, York, New Brunswick; Died of bronchitis at 10 days old.

v. Nelson Allen Cliff b. 5 Aug 1838 in Kingsclear, York, New Brunswick; d. 29 Aug 1917 – Saint John, New Brunswick; He never married.

vi. Griselda (Grecilda) Jane Cliff b. 3 Aug 1840 in Kingsclear Parish, York, New Brunswick; d. 6 Jan 1918 – Saint John, New Brunswick; m. 13 Jul 1870 to George Rix Price (b. 22 Jun 1822 in Havelock, Kings, New Brunswick – d. 1913)

vii. Addington Edwin Cliff b. 9 Jun 1841 in Kingsclear Parish, York, New Brunswick; d; 24 May 1906 – Kingsclear, York, New Brunswick; m. 29 Dec 1887 McNally’s Ferry to Martha McNally (b. 1874 Lower Queensbury, New Brunswick, Canada – d. 1909) Her parents were Alanson McNally and Annie J Colter.

McNally’s Ferry

McNally’s Ferry is a place and a way of life no longer in existence. It was located above Mactaquac on the St. John River. With the building of the Mactaquac Power Generating Station and Dam in the mid-1960’s this general area that had been the home of 5 generations of McNally’s was completely flooded.

He owned a large farm in New Brunswick that had been inherited by his mother from the Esteys. He and Martha McNally had five children (4 girls and a boy), but Ann Mae Sangster could only remember the names of two of them.

viii. James Simon Cliff b. 20 Aug 1842 in Kingsclear, York, New Brunswick; m. Jane (Jennie) Dykeman (b. 1854 New Brunswick) In the 1920 census, James and Jennie were living with their son-in-law Newton C Kennedy in Framingham, Middlesex, Mass.

James hunted for gold in Nova Scotia during the gold rush of 1861. Later in life, he moved to Framingham, Mass. He died in his eighties, trying to beat a train across the tracks.

ix. Dr. Leander Albert Cliff b. 4 Aug 1847 in Kingsclear, New Brunswick; d. 1 Dec 1929 in Boston, Suffolk, Mass; m. 1873 to Marybell “Maribel” Yerka (b. 6 Dec 1852 in Fredericton, New Brunswick – d. 25 Jan 1911 in Boston, Mass); Her parents were Abraham H. Yerxa and Catherine Miles,

According to Nancy Bartlett’s family scrapbook, Mary Bell is said to have been quite a beauty. She received a degree from the Baptist Seminary of Fredericton, N.B. in 1864. She was an asthmatic and in later life became addicted to morphine. She apparently died of an overdose and there is some question of suicide.

Leander graduated in 1870 from the University of New Brunswick and in 1874 from Harvard Medical School and accepted an appointment in 1873 as house surgeon in the Boston City Hospital. He practiced medicine for more than fifty-five years and, for most of his career, he was a general practitioner out of his home: 427 Shawmut Avenue, Boston. He became a naturalized citizen on 26 Oct 1889. He was a member of the Massachusetts Medical Society and the American Medical Society. Photographs of him in his later years match the description of him as having “… a bald head, a large bulbous nose – which he was forever blowing vigorously until it was as red as Santa Clause – and white side whiskers that prickled…” from Nancy Bartlett’s novel Then Pity, Then Embrace.

In the 1880 census, Leander was a physician in Boston, Mass.


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