Zebulon ESTEY (1742 – 1806) was Alex’s 6th Great Grandfather; one of 128 in this generation of the Miller line.
Zebulon was born 14 Dec 1742 in Rowley, Mass. Zebulon was one of Jacob’s sons in the Bible. He had a twin brother, John who also grew to adulthood passing in 12 Oct 1824. Their parents were Richard ESTEY I and Ruth FISKE. He married Mary (Molly) BROWN on 8 Aug 1765 in Newburyport, Mass. Zebulon died on 10 Oct 1806 in Canning Parish, Queens County, New Brunswick, Canada.
The Esteys resided in Rowley, Mass until 1764 when they relocated to a settlement on the St John’s River in New Brunswick Canada called Maugerville. See my post New England Planters in New Brunswick for their history. Zebulon made the trip the next year with his new bride and was one of the signers of the original covenant of the Congressional Church. Zebulon’s daughter Molly ESTEY married her first cousin Amos ESTEY so many of our direct ancestors made the trip.
- Grandfather Richard ESTEY – age 58,
- son Richard ESTEY II age 36, wife Hannah HAZEN age 37 and his son Amos ESTEY age 5
- son Zebulon ESTEY age 22 and his new bride Molly BROWN
- Zeb’s twin brother John and sister Sarah who married Thomas Barker also made the trip.
Mary (Mollie) Brown was born 14 Feb 1743 in Newbury, Mass. Her parents were Francis BROWN II and Mercy LOWELL. Another possibility for Mollie’s parents is Nehemiah Brown and Mary [__?__] of Ipswich, Massachusetts. Mary died on 9 Aug 1835 in Upper Gagetown, NB
Aug 12 1835 Fredericton Newspaper The New Brunswick Royal Gazette T – d. Gagetown, Sunday 9th inst., age 93, Mary relict of late Zebulon Estey Esq. of Queens Co. NBC
Children of Zebulon and Mary:
|1.||Mary (Molly) ESTEY||3 Jul 1767 Sheffield, Sunbury Co. NB||Amos ESTEY (Mary’s first cousin)
25 Nov 1787 Maugerville, New Brunswick
|5 Jun 1844 in Kings Clear, York Co. NB|
|2.||Susanna Estey||2 Apr 1769 Sheffield, NB||Nathaniel Wright|
|3.||Nehemiah Brown Estey||11 Feb 1771 Sheffield, NB||Mary Jane (Polly) Ring
13 Jan 1796 Gagetown, Sunbury, New Brunswick
|11 Feb 1855 Douglas, York, NB|
|4.||Elizabeth Brown Estey||11 Nov 1772 Sheffield, NB||Samuel Upton
7 Oct 1790 in Maugerville, Nova Scotia
|5.||Dorothy (Dolly) Estey||23 Mar 1774 Sheffield, NB||David Currie (Joshua’s uncle)
9 Jan 1791 Gagetown Anglican Church By Rev. Richard Clarke.
|14 Aug 1843 Upper Gagetown, NB|
|6.||Ruth Fiske Estey||11 Aug 1775 Sheffield, NB||Abraham Brown
14 Jul 1795 Gagetown, NB
|9 Feb 1848|
|7.||Zebulon Estey||13 Jul 1778 Sheffield, NB||Sarah Bridges
3 Jun 1801 Sunbury, New Brunswick,
|8.||Lucy Estey||7 Nov 1780 Canning, NB||Richard Barker
12 Oct 1797 Gagetown, NB
6 Jul 1818
|9.||Thomas Estey||9 Feb 1784 Sheffield, NB||Elizabeth Ring
17 Oct 1805 Gagetown, NB
|7 Mar 1808 Lincoln, Sunbury, New Brunswick|
|10.||Phoebe Estey||3 Feb 1787 Lincoln, Sunbury, New Brunswick||Joshua Curry (David’s nephew)
14 Mar 1809 Gagetown, NB
|23 Aug 1879|
“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.”
About the year 1760, before the landing of the Loyalists, a settlement was ade at Majorville by a company of New Englanders. Zebulon Estey came five years later in 1765. He was one of the few magistrates of New Brunswick when the Loyalists arrived in 1783. He got this appointment in an interesting way. The story is that he had built a mill on a brook near Gagetown, when someone tried to wrest it from him on grounds that he had no claim to the land on which the mill stood. At that time, New Brunswick was not a separate province, but was a part of Nova Scotia. Acordingly Estey had to go to Halifax to gain redress. The governor kindly listened to his grievance and not only gave him a title to the land for which he asked, but added much more to it. He inquired of Estey if there were no magistrates on the St. John river. On being answered in the negative he then and there appointed him a justice of the peace.
The above plan of the river shows the locations of the early settlers of Maugerville; in order ascending the river.
The lower ten lots of the township and Mauger’s Island were granted to Joshua Mauger. Just above were the lots of Gervas Say, Nehemiah Hayward, John Russell, Samuel Upton, Zebulon ESTEY, John Estey, Richard ESTEY I and Edward Coy.
At the head of Mauger’s Island were the lots of Matthew Wason, Samuel Whitney and Samuel Tapley.
Between Mauger’s Island and Middle Island the lots were those of Jeremiah Burpee, Jonathan Burpee, Jacob Barker, Daniel Jewett, Ezekiel Saunders, Humphrey Pickard, Moses Pickard, Jacob Barker, jr., Isaac Stickney and Jonathan Smith.
Opposite Middle Island, in order ascending, were Thomas Barker [Richard ESTEY’s son-in-law], John Wason, Daniel Palmer, Richard Kimball, Joseph Garrison, Samuel Nevers, Peter Mooers, Richard ESTEY Jr., Jabez Nevers, Enoch DOW and Hugh Quinton.
Between Middle and Oromocto islands were Thomas Christie, Elisha Nevers, Jedediah Stickney, Stephen Peabody, Capt. Francis Peabody and William McKeen.
Opposite Oromocto Island were Israel Perley (at the foot of the island), Lt.-Col. Beamsley P. Glasier, John Whipple, Nathaniel Rideout, Capt. Francis Peabody, Alexander Tapley, Phineas Nevers, Joseph Dunphy, William Harris, Ammi Howlet, Samuel Peabody and Oliver Peabody.
Above Oromocto Island we find the lots of Asa Perley, Oliver Perley, George Munro, James Simonds, Joseph Buber, Joseph Shaw, Benjamin Brawn, Daniel Burbank, Thomas Hartt and the Widow Clark. Thence to the upper boundary of the township, a distance of two miles, there were at first no settlers, but in the course of time Richard Barlow, Nehemiah Beckwith, Benjamin Atherton, Jeremiah Howland and others took up lots.
By the time the LOYALISTS arrived in 1783, Grimross, as it was then known, had a population of some 200. It was laid out in grid pattern as a possible site for the provincial capital, but Governor Carleton chose St Anne’s [Fredericton] and Gagetown became the shire town of Queens County.
During the 19th century it was the most important centre between Fredericton and SAINT JOHN and a prosperous farming and lumbering community. The establishment of GAGETOWN CFB after WWII stripped the village of its hinterland, and the abolition of county government in the 1960s deprived it of its importance as the shire town. Today the village is undergoing a growth in tourism in addition to its apple industry. It is also a popular destination for boaters.
Excerpt from “The Studholme Report – 1783”
“Zebulon Esty has a wife and 8 children. Has been on about 5 years; built a house and grist milland has about 3 acres of cleared land. Went on in consequence of an agreement with Mr. John Crabtree acting as attorney for Capt Jades, and was promised a lease for ever on paymeny of a small acknowlegement yearly. Said Esty is a good man, his character very loyal and we beg leave to recommend him to be confirmed in his possessions”
Zebulon was a deacon in the Baptist Church, at Maugerville, York Co., New Brunswick
Zebulon signed a will on 8 Sep 1806 in Gagetown, Queens Co., NB. Proven 1 Nov 1806
Wife Molley use of two rooms in my house, all household furniture and the profits of one-third of my land and stock.
Son Nehemiah 10 shillings as I have given him” two hundred and fifty acres of land in Queen’s borough and part of a Lot of Land in Sheffield and the benefit of a trade and tools.”
Son Zebulon 50 pounds in a Sloop.
To his sons Samuel and Hollon Estey 5 pounds each or one cow when they reach age 14.
Son Thomas the other two-thirds of my land and stock, together with his mother’s third at her decease, and my blacksmith tools, he paying his sisters the sums I shall hereafter mention.
Each of my daughters 40 pounds including what they had a their marriage and since a true statement may be found of what they have had and what remains to be paid in a sheet annexed to this will.
Son Thomas Estey and David Currie executors. Witness John Clark, Silvanus Plumer, Elijah Estabrook. attachment to the will list balances to Molley Estey, who married AMOS Estey 7-12-6, Susannah Estey who married Nat WRIGHT, 4-5-0, Bettey Brown Estey who married Samuel Upton 16-3-6, Dolley Estey who married Abraham Brown nothing, Lucy Estey who married Richard Barker 8-14-10. Phebe Estey 40 pounds when she wants it or when she is married.”
Inventory of real and personal estate dated 11 Dec 1806, valued at 1, 107 pounds by Benjamin Newcomb and James Cowperthwaite.
1. Mary (Molly) ESTEY (See Amos ESTEY‘s page)
2. Susanna Estey
Susanna’s husband Nathaniel Wright was born after 1760. Since Nathaniel Wright came in 1783 as a single man on the “Two Sisters”, with Uriah Wright (with a wife and 7 children) I would suspect he was Uriah’s son. Uriah was granted Lot 790 in Parr Town, and land in Bellisle. Wright’s book claims that from there, he moved to Queen’s County. Uriah returned to the United States and died 21 Aug 1797 in Hollis, New Hampshire. Since they were from New York; I would suspect they were connected with the Westchester Co. Wright’s; especially around North Castle. Uriah, however, seems to have come from South East or Frederick Precincts, Fishkill, Dutchess Co., NY. However, in an indictment against him and others (20OCT1776), the others include names: Brundage, Merritt, Fowler, Theal and ‘Dickeson’, which I would associate with Westchester Co.
There is little information about Susannah and Nathaniel Wright’s marriage. Nathaniel petitioned for land in Sunbury Co (1785 twice) and in Queens Co. (1791, 1793, 1802.) In 1791, he petitioned with Nehemiah ‘Easty’, whom, was probably Susannah’s brother. It would seem that Nathaniel Wright at least knew the family of Zebulon Estey; and there is some opinion that he married Zebulon’s daughter; so it seems reasonable to suspect; if location and timing seem right, that Zebulon may have been named after his maternal grandfather.
In his claim filed from Bellisle Bay on 18th Jan., 1787, Uriah stated that he was the son of Dennis Wright. He was from Norwalk, Fairfield Co., Conn., and left there fourteen years ago. Went to Dutchess County, N.Y.
I am guessing that one of his children was Nathaniel, who also arrived on the Two Sisters with Company One, and was a single man. Both Nathaniel and Uriah signed a petition, along with other Kingston Inhabitants, seeking means of maintenance for a clergyman in 1786. (Dan Johnston’s newspaper vital stats)
I have noted that there were many Connecticut people living in Kingston at the time, as Uriah’s neighbours. I wonder if there are any family connections? I also see that there were Peters families close by, who would be parents/sibblings to Uriah’s wife, Elizabeth. I think that Elizabeth Peters MAY be a second marriage, but am still exploring that possibility.
I’m wondering if anyone could provide names of Uriah’s children, or make any connections to other Wright loyalists who came to New Brunswick?
I’m wondering, for instance, if the Phoebe Wright who recieved land in Bellisle, is connected? Or the Elizabeth Wright, who recieved land on the Kennebecasis,is a relative? Solomon Wright was a Loyalist from Greenwich, Conn., and was probably a close relative to a William Wright (m. Susannah Hunt)
3. Nehemiah Brown Estey
Nehemiah’s first wife Mary Jane (Polly) Ring was born 8 Aug 1776 in Salisbury, Essex, Mass. Polly’s sister Elizabeth married Nehemiah’s brother Thomas. Her parents were Zebedee Ring and Hannah Estabrooks. Polly died 12 Mar 1817 in Gagetown, Queens, New Brunswick, Canada
Nehemiah’s second wife Margaret MacAdam was born about 1791. Margaret died on 22 Oct 1853 in Douglas, NB.
Children of Nehemiah and Polly:
i. William Shepherd Estey b. 04 Oct 1797 Queensbury, York Co, NB.; d. 20 Jul 1881, at Fredericton, New Brunswick; m. 29 Oct 1818 in Fredericton to Lucretia Estabrooks (b. 21 Nov 1796 – d. 26 Feb 1870 Fredericton, New Brunswick) Her parents were Joseph Estabrooks and Lucretia Handy, and her grandfather was Elijah Estabrooks.
William was a blacksmith when younger and later a general dealer, census enumerator and lumber surveyor.
William and Lucretia’s children were: Mary Jane, Harris Shepherd, Elizabeth Ann, Caroline Lucretia, Luantia, Joseph Nehemiah, Isabel Maria, Julie Sophia, William Ludlow, and Frederick William Estey, mostly born in Lincoln, downriver of Fredericton.
ii. Hannah Estey b. 1799 Queensbury, York Co, NB.; m. 12 Nov 1817 to her first cousin once removed William T. Estey (b. 1 Jan 1787 Kingsclear, York, New Brunswick – d. 16 Jun 1870 in Kingsclear Parish, York, New Brunswick) William’s parents were John Estey (1742 – 1824) and Mary Hartt (1742 – 1825). His grandparents were Richard ESTEY I and Ruth FISKE.
iii. Mary Brown Estey b. 09 Jul 1800, d. 13 Aug 1866 McKinley Ferry, York, New Brunswick,; m. 1 Jan 1829 to Joel Everett (b. 27 Aug 1802 in Kings Clear, York Co. NB. – d. 31 Jan 1887 in Kings Clear, York Co. NB). Joel’s parents were Thomas Everett and Mary Wiggins. Mary and Joel had 7 children.
iv. Matilda Jane Estey b. 18 Sep 1803 Queensbury, York, New Brunswick; d. 1819 in Queensbury, York, New Brunswick
v. Zebedee Estey b. 10 Apr 1805 Queensbury, York Co, NB; d. 11 Dec 1879; m1. his second cousin Charlotte Estey (b. 29 May 1815 – d. 14 Jan 1850 in Douglas, NB) Charlotte’s parents were Endicott Estey (1777 – 1848) and Hannah Churchill, her grandparents were John Estey (1742 – 1824) and Mary Hartt (1742 – 1825) and her great grandparents were Richard ESTEY I and Ruth FISKE.; m2. Joanna McKeen (b. 16 Apr 1816 – d. 3 Jan 1900).
Jan 7 1880 Saint John Newspaper Christian Visitor – “At his residence Mactnaquack (York Co.) 11th Dec., Deacon Zebedee Estey, 73rd year, Deacon in Mactnaquack Church, left widow and children.”
The valley was flooded in 1968 when the Mactaquac Dam was completed.
vi. Thomas Estey b. 13 Feb 1808 New Brunswick; d. 4 Jun 1874; m. Matilda Ann Churchill (b. 17 Dec 1814 in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia – d. about 1897) Her parents were Nathaniel Churchill and Elizabeth Green. Thomas and Matilda had 6 children.
vii. Frances Maria Estey b. 22 Jul 1810 Mactaquac, New Brunswick; d. 2 Feb 1890 Coldstream, Carleton, New Brunswick; m. 24 Mar 1831 to James Everett (b. 3 Apr 1808 Kingsclear, York, New Brunswick – d. 5 Jul 1890 in Carleton Co, NB). James parents were Thomas Everett and Mary Wiggins. Frances and James had nine children.
viii. Theophilus Ring Estey b. 27 Oct 1813 Fredericton, York, New Brunswick,; d. 23 May 1857 Fredericton, York, New Brunswick,; m. 21 Feb 1839 in St. George, Charlotte Co. NB. to Clarissa Jane Seeley. (b. 30 Mar 1821 St George, Charlotte, New Brunswick – d. 23 Feb 1860 in E. Cambridge, Mass. of Typhoid Fever)
Children of Nehemiah and Margaret:
ix. Matilda Ann Estey b. 29 Dec 1819; d. 8 Jan 1903 in Lower Queensbury, NB.; m. 18 Jan 1838 to Joseph Hatfield Dykeman. Joseph was born in 1805. He died on 27 May 1873.
x. Elizabeth Jane Estey b. 31 Jan 1822; d. 27 Apr 1851 in Kings Clear, York Co. NB.; m. 30 Dec 1841 to Benjamin Kilburne (1818 – ) His parents were Francis Isaac Kilburn and Mehetable McKeen. Eliza and Benjamin had 2 children. After Eliza died, Benjamin married 5 Jan 1853 – York, NB to Margaret Price Cliff
Saint John Newspaper – New Brunswick Courier – d. Kingsclear(York Co.) Sunday 27th ult., Eliza Kilburn w/o Benjamin Kilburn and youngest d/o Nehemiah Estey, age 28, left husband, two children
xi. Daniel Allen Estey b. 21 Dec 1824 Queensbury, York, New Brunswick; d. 8 May 1897 New Brunswick; m. 22 Jul 1847 Queens, New Brunswick to Julia Ann Dykeman (b. 22 Jul 1827 Bright Parish, York, New Brunswick – d. 27 Sep 1887) Her sister Matilda married Daniel’s brother Nehemiah. Julia Ann’s parents were Jacob D Dykeman and Margaret Hanselpacker. Daniel and Julia Ann had 7 children; m2. Margaret J. Lee
xii. Nehemiah Paul Estey b. 26 May 1831; d. 5 Apr 1905; m. 31 Jan 1854 to Matilda Jane Dykeman (b. 30 Aug 1831 – d. Oct 1907) She was Julia Ann’s sister. Her parents were Jacob William Dykeman and Margaret Hanselpacker.
4. Elizabeth (Betsey) Brown Estey
Elizabeth’s husband Samuel Upton 8 Dec 1770 in Maugerville, New Brunswick, Canada. His parents were Samuel Upton and Rebecca Spinney. Samuel died 14 Aug 1834 in Sheffield, New Brunswick, Canada
Children of Elizabeth and Samuel:
The Samuel Upton (b. 1793) that married 31 Oct 1816 – Sheffield, New Brunswick to Mary Dwyer was the son of John Upton and Rebecca Smith
The Mary S. Upton (b. 27 Sep 1808) that married 9 Aug 1821 to Enoch Barker was the daughter of Asa Upton and Sarah Perley
i. Zebulon Upton b. 1792 in Maugerville, Sudbury, County, NB; d. 9 May 1868 French Lake, Sudbury, New Brunswick; m. 1810 to Elizabeth Stickney (b. 6 Jul 1792 – d. Feb 1869) Settled at French Lake, Burton Parish, Sunbury County.
ii. Asa Upton b. 1793 in Canning Parish, Newcastle, New Brunswick, Canada; d. Dec 1870 in Newcastle Bridge, New Brunswick, Canada; m. 13 Jan 1823 at Sheffield, NB to Olive Porter (1803 Sheffield, New Brunswick – 1885 French Lake, Sunbury County, NB) Asa and Olive had eight children born between 1822 and 1839.
iii. Anna Upton b. 1795/1801 in Sheffield, Sunbury, New Brunswick, Canada; d. 1880/88; m. ~1813 to her first cousin John Currie (b. 16 Dec 1798 in Upper Gagetown, Queens, New Brunswick – d. 26 Jan 1877 in Gagetown, Queens, New Brunswick), John’s parents were David Currie and Dolly Estey. (See his story below) John and Anna settled at Gagetown and had eight children
5. Dorothy (Dolly) Estey
Dorothy’s Aug 11, 1843 death was announced in the New Brunswick Courier Newspaper. The spelling of the Curry/Currey/Currie surname is of constant error. In this recording it is Correy
Dorothy’s husband David Currie was born 29 Apr 1767 in Peekskill, New York. Curry can be spelled Currie, Currey, Corey, or Corry. His parents were Joshua Currey and Eunice Travis. His nephew Joshua married Dolly’s sister Phoebe. He left Peekskill with his loyalist parents, sailing to Gagetown in 1783. David died 12 Aug 1827 in Upper Gagetown, New Brunswick, Canada.
When the American Revolution broke out, Joshua Curry took up arms for the British. His neighbors were on the side of independence, and he had to flee from home under cover of night. Three hundred miles lay between him and the nearest British camp; however, he reached there in safety, and enlisted as a soldier. Before long he was promoted to Lieutenant. His family supposed he was dead as they did not her from him till the war was over. In the fall of 1783, rather than be disloyal to England, he, with his family, left his beautiful home in Peekskill New York and went to New Brunswick, landing at the mouth of the St. John river, in November. They spent the winter there, and in the spring went up the river and purchased land in the parishes of Gagetown and Canning.”
David and Dorothy took up their abode in Canning, and God prospered them exceedingly. They owned nearly two thousand acres of land on both sides of the river. There were born to them ten sons and two daughters. The fifth son, whose name was John, and who was born in 1788, married Ann Upton and had nine children. He carried on a large tanning business and was quite wealthy. He died in 1876. His brother George is the only surviving member of the family (1897) and he has lived to see seven generations, both ancestors and descendants.
Aug. 12, 1827
Aged 60 Yrs.
ALSO HIS WIFE
Aug. 11, 1843
Aged 69 Yrs.
Children of Dolly and David
i. Stephen E. Currey b. 20 Oct 1791 in Upper Gagetown, Queens, New Brunswick; d. 31 Oct 1849 in Kent, Carlton County, New Brunswick; m. 2 Mar 1819 Waterborough, Gagetown, Queens County, New Brunswick to Jane Titus (b.1804 (1800) (1807) in Queens, New Brunswick – d. 1881 in Tobique, Victoria, New Brunswick) Jane’s parents were Jonathan Titus (1776 – 1856) and Deborah Springer (1781 – 1838) Stephen and Jane had nine children between 1822 and 1848
ii. Richard Estey Currie b. 9 Apr 1793 in Upper Gagetown, Queens, New Brunswick; d. 10 Apr 1831 in Upper Gagetown, Queens County, New Brunswick; m. Margaret Gidney (b. 1797 in New Brunswick -d. 5 June 1854 in Jemseq, Queens County, New Brunswick) Her parents were Joseph Gidney and Deborah Birdsill. Margaret was the sister of Sarah “Sallie” Gidney that married Richard’s brother Daniel. Richard and Margaret had two children Mary Ann (b. 1829) and Joseph David (b. 1830).
iii. Zebulon Currie b. 12 Feb 1795 New Brunswick – d. 1861, Fredericton, New Brunswick; m1. 8 Mar 1821 to Lavinia Turney (b. Burton, Sunbury County – d. 19 Feb 1856 Plot: 3, Old Burial Ground, Fredericton, New Brunswick) Zebulon and Lavinia had five children; m2. 30 Jul 1857 Kingsclear to Mary W. Barker. Her father was Thomas Barker. First settled in Fredericton and later at Prince William, York County
March 23 1861 Carleton Sentinel – Woodstock, Carleton County – We regret to announce the death of Zebulon Currie, father of Rev. D.D.[Duncan Dunbar] Currie which took place at Fredericton on Wednesday. He belonged to the Baptist denomination, age 66.
The following records of the Currie family have been copied from a copy of the Bible (Oxford, 1810) in the possession of the Nebraska State Historical Society. This Bible was found in a house in Lincoln, tucked away in the attic, where it had been left by some former owner. The family records are written on both sides of the title-page of the New Testament. On the flyleaves is written (signed Z. Currie) an ecclesiastical history of the Province of New Brunswick, in which are named the various ministers who preached there prior to 1841. On the title-page is written “Zebulon Currie, His Bible, March 1825 Fredericton, New Brunswick”.
Zebulon Currie born 12 February 1795, in Waterborough
Lavenia Currie born 6 Oct. 1798, in Burton
Margaret Ann Currie born 25 July 1822, in Gagetown died 17 Oct. 1825, buried in Fredericton.
Duncan Currie born 9 Nov 1824 in Fredericton.
Thomas Currie born 18 Aug 1826 in Fredericton.
Charles Zebulon Currie born 4 Apr 1829 in Fredericton [the “Charles” has been added in the same hand but at a later date]
Adelaide Currie born 5 Nov 1831 in Fredericton.
Elizabeth Anna Currie born 10 May 1834 in Fredericton.
Emer [Emma] Caroline Currie born 18 Jan 1837 in Fredericton, died 17 Jan 1900 in Fredericton.
iv. Rev. David Currie b. 19 Oct 1796 in Gagetown, Sunbury & Queens, New Brunswick, Canada; d. 15 Apr 1886 in Wolverton, Oxford, Ontario 89 years 5 months 27 days, New Brunswick, cause – old age 4 days, retired clergyman, infm – Charles K. Currey of Wolverton, Blenheim Twp ; m. 26 Feb 1824 Otnabog, NB to Hannah Slipp (b. 6 July 1797 in Otnabog, New Brunswick – d. 28 Feb 1874 in Wolverton, Oxford, Ontario) Hannah’s parents were Leonard Slipp and Elizabeth Ryson.
In the 1850 census, David and Hannah Curry were living in Porter, Niagara, New York with six children at home ages 13 to 23. David was a Baptist Minister.
v. John Currie b. 16 Dec 1798 in Upper Gagetown, Queens, New Brunswick; d. 26 Jan 1877 in Gagetown, Queens County, New Brunswick, m.his first cousin Anna Upton (b. 1801 in Sheffield, Sunbury, New Brunswick -d. 1888) Anna’s parents were Samuel Upton and Betsey Estey (See above). John and Anna settled at Gagetown and had eight children.
John carried on a large tanning business and was quite wealthy.
May 2 1826 – John Currey is appointed to Church Office of the Calvinist Baptist Church of Waterborough, to act as a “clerk” and Mr Hoben is voted to Office of Treasurer.
Jun 17 1830 – Elder Marsters preached on the Obstaining from every appearance of evil particularly the evil of intoxication after which was formed a Society as “Abstanance Society”. They chose the President to be Elder Marsters, John Currey as Secretary and David Currey as Treasurer.
Aug 7 1830 – Two months later Elder John C Marsters, John Currey, Jarvis Estabrooks and James Jones met the Branch of the Canning Church in Cumberland Bay. There they held a meeting concerning a grievance that Peter Day and Thomas Wasson were labouring for some time past.
Jan 28 1833 – The Members of the Calvinist Baptist Church of Waterborough, Queens County held a Church meeting. They chose “Brother” Jarvis Davis to act as a Moderator and then proceeded with the Church Business at hand. The first thing that was brought to attention in the meeting was that “Brother” John Currey had been in the “repeated habit of talking against Elder John Marsters” in a way not becoming a man of the word much more a Deacon of the Church to the great dishonour of himself and the cause of Christ which charge John Currey owned to be true. So the majority of the members decided by vote that his conduct was not justifiable and it was moved by the moderator whether or not they would considering the past conduct of Brother John Currey be for the Glory of God and good of the Church to hold him as a Deacon of Christ any longer. The vote was voiced unanimously against John Currey that he should no longer hold the office of Deacon and remain under the displeasure of the church till he gave satisfaction for his past conduct and then to be recieved as a private member.
Feb 4 1833 – Church meeting was held shortly after John is dismissed and after the opening of singing and prayer Elder Brother Coy was choosen to act as the Moderator. During the meeting it was moved to know whither the Church considered Elder John Marsters to be a member of this church or not and so a vote was taken, there were twelve nays and not one yea. Further it was agreed that Brother John Currey should be restored to his office of Deacon and a further agreement to request the assistance of the sister Church’s Elder Joseph Crandall, Titus Stone and the Church at Fredericton.
With the help of the new assistance John Currey was restored and a vote was taken to dismiss Elder Marsters on July 29 1832.
After this dispute which the cause is not clearly stated in the records the church is thrown into great difficulty and this is recorded in their records on March 27 1834.
March 15th 1855 (MF#F7833 Baptist Church, Waterborough, Page 88)
Recorded: Nothing of importance took place till March 15 1855. Rev W.D. Fitch, William Estabrook and Thomas Babbit came to the house of the writer requesting to know if I was willing that there might be a church organized in their places. I told them I was and if it was in a way that I could unite I should join it , that was upon these articles, which was examined and compared to the third chapter of Acts and acknowledged to be correct.
On the 20th met at our meeting house in Gagetown George Coy, John Curry, William Estabrooks and Thomas Babbit to arrange matters.
John and his wife Ann, Indenture on May 14 1856; land to their son Charles W Currie for the sum of 147 pounds 10 shillings paid in hand for Lot#79 in Upper Gagetown. After the death of her husband John, Ann is found living on this land in the 1881 census with her son Charles and his family.
vi. Daniel Currie b. 19 Jul 1801 in Upper Gagetown, Queens County, New Brunswick; d. 28 May 1880 in Columbia, Tuscola, Michigan; Burial Columbia Township Cemetery Plot: Blk 1 Lot 34; m1. Sarah “Sallie” Gidney( b. ~1803 in New Brunswick – d. 11 Oct 1845 in Seneca, Ontario) Sarah’s parents were James Gidney and Deborah Birdsall. Sallie was the sister of Margaret Gidney that married Daniel’s brother Richard. David and Sarah moved to Seneca, Ontario; Daniel and Sarah had ten children born between 1824 and 1845;
Sometime after Sarah’s death the family moved to New York. They can be found in the 1850 Census for Lewistown, Niagara, New York. Shortly after this they moved to Paris, Ontario, Canada.
m2. 1851 to Francis Elizabeth Townsend (b. 1820 New Brunswick – d. Aft 1880 census Bay City, Bay, Michigan) and had three more children
Daniel and Francis immigrated once again in 1860. In the 1870 census, Daniel and Francis Currey were retired in Columbia, Tuscola, Michigan with one son Samuel age 11 at school.
vii. Rev. Thomas Currey b. 10 Sep 1803 in Upper Gagetown, Queens, New Brunswick; d. 8 Jul 1854 in Alligan, Michigan; m. Ester [__?__] (b. 1808 in New Brunswick – d. Mar 1860 in Allegan, Allegan, Michigan) Thomas and Esther had six children born between 1831 and 1846.
In the 1850 census, Thomas was a Baptist Minister in Porter, Niagara, New York,
viii. Samuel Currie b. 12 Oct 1806 in Upper Gagetown, Queens, New Brunswick; d. 28 Feb 1878 in Providence, Providence, Rhode Island; Did not marry The Library of Samuel Currey was sold at auction, in Providence in 1878. It is said that he signed his name in his books on page 96, to show his ownership.
Historical Catalogue of Brown University 1764-1914
CURREY, SAMUEL, A. B. 1866;
Principal University Grammar School 1835-36;
admitted to bar 1837;
Lawyer. Providence, Rhode Island. 1837-1878
Member Rhode Island House of Representatives for two years;
Rhode Island: Senate – seven years
P B K [Phi Beta Kappa]
“Reminiscences of the Rhode Island Bar”, by Abraham Payne, 1885 pages 90 – 96
“…in 1836 he was a rather mature student in the office of Attorney General Greene, and might be seen on Westminster street, towards the close of a pleasant afternoon, resting himself after his morning studies in pleasant intercourse with the young ladies, …. At this time Mr. Currey was a bit of a dandy; he parted his hair in the middle, and wore a blue coat with brass buttons, with a buff vest and yellow kid gloves. He came out of college in 1835 without a degree, because he and his classmates were to conscientious to permit any distinction among their number in the assignment of parts at Commencement. He intended at one time to enter the ministry, and, in fact, was a licensed preacher and well grounded in the doctrines of his denomination. He was a Calvinistic Baptist……
Not long after he came to the bar, the movement in favor of an extension of suffrage was started in the State, and Mr. Currey early took a prominent position on the side of Law and Order. He was a native of New Brunswick and a naturalized citizen of the United States. He took great pride in his fidelity to the institutions of his adopted country and State. In what was known as the Dorr war, in 1842, he joined a military company and attained the rank of sergeant; but while most of the young lawyers of the Law and Order Party attained military rank which entitled them to ride about on horseback, I do not think that Sergeant Currey was ever mounted. He was for many years secretary of the T. R. I. A. O. E. A. O. F., a sort of debating society, …..
Mr. Currey acquired much distinction by his able defense of Nicholas Gordon, indicted as accessory to the murder of Amasa Sprague. He afterwards for many hears occupied a high position at the bar as counselor and advocate. He was engaged in much of the important litigation in the State during his active professional ife. He rendered valuable and important service as counsel of the Hartford, Providence and Fishkill Railroad Company. He was one of the counsel engaged in the contest over the will of the late Colonel Thomas Halsey. …..
Mr. Currey was not a popular orator, but he was an earnest, clear and powerful speaker. I often said of him during his life that he was the most ‘sure-footed’ member of the bar. Give him an opportunity for full examination of a question of law upon principle and authority, and he rarely, if ever, made a mistake. I doubt if his deliberate judgment was ever overruled by the tribunal of last resort. If it was, I should be inclined to say, so much the worse for the tribunal. In the examination of such questions, I think he derived much benefit from his early theological training. His mind worked with the logical force and precision of an old Puritan divine of the seventeenth century. Mr. Currey was a careful student of English constitutional history, and while he adhered to the opinions in the Church and State inherited by him and his Baptist brethren from Roger Williams, he was no believer in the doctrines commonly called democratic. He was of the Hamilton rather than of the Jeffersonian school of politics. As a man, Mr. Currey was amiable and generous to a fault. Like all the rest of us, he had some weaknesses, among them a morbid sensitiveness. He liked to say pleasant things, and he like to have pleasant thenigs said to him, and anything like ridicule or neglect stung him to the quick. But he was the most placable of men……
At length there came to Mr. Currey failing health, as the years drew nigh in which he could say, ‘I have no pleasure in them.’ He was rather a lonely old man; but kind friends were about him to the last, notably Henry C. Whitaker and William W. Hoppin. After his death, religious services were held in the vestry of the First Baptist church, and his pastor, the Rev. E. G. Taylor, D. D., spoke of his many good qualities, and especially of the confident faith which sustained him in the mortal hour. His friend, Governor Hopin, spoke in warm terms of eulogy, and commended his virtues to the imitation of his professional brethren who were present. His remains were taken to New Brunswick, and he sleeps among his kindred.”
In the 1870 census, Samuel Currey was a lawyer living in a lodging house in Providence Ward 2, Providence, Rhode Island.
ix. Eunice Currie b. 19 Apr 1807 in Upper Gagetown, Queens, New Brunswick; d. 24 Sep 1880; m. 9 Mar 1837 Waterborough to Charles Hoben. His parents were Reuben Hoben (b. 1 Aug 1769 in Cornwallis Township, NS 1 – d. 1850) and Elizabeth Ebbett (b. 1791, d. 1845) Eunice and Charles had three children
x. Mary Jane Currie b. 15 May 1810 in Upper Gagetown, Queens, New Brunswick; d. 5 Nov 1861; m. Samuel Coy (b. 25 Oct 1803 Gagetown, New Brunswick – d. 28 Jun 1882 Gagetown New Brunswick) Samuel’s parents were Rev. Benjamin Coy and Sarah Cottle. Mary Jane and Samuel had 5 children. He second married 7 Jan 1864 – Fredericton, York, New Brunswick to Ruth Amelia Estey (16 Dec 1824 – 30 Sep 1881.) Samuel had 9 more children with Ruth and died at the age of 78.
Ruth was Mary Jane’s second cousin. Her parents were Jonathan Estey (b. 12 Mar 1781 ) and Ruth Amelia Hartt. Ruth’s grandparents were John Endicott Estey(b: 14 Dec 1742 in Rowley, Mass) and Mary “Molly” Hartt (b: 6 Nov 1750 in Mass.) Ruth’s great grandparents were Richard ESTEY I and Ruth FISKE.
ix. George William Currie b.19 Apr 1813 in Gagetown, Queensbury, York Co., New Brunswick; d. 19 Nov 1890 in Welsford, Queens County, New Brunswick; m. 4 May 1840 Kingsclear, York County, New Brunswick to Susan Elizabeth Sutherland (b. 1815 in New Brunswick – d. 5 Aug 1886 in Springhill, Kingsclear, York County, New Brunswick) Her parents were George Sutherland (1784 – 1874) and Hannah Wasson (1786 – 1868) George and Susan had seven children born between 1841 and 1856.
George lived and worked with his father in law George Sutherland. The family sapped the trees for Maple syrup to sell at market along with wool, produce, dairy and meat. They also worked with tanning, carpentry, growing grain and in the 1871 Hutchenson Directory and 1871 census it shows George Currie owned and operated a Grist Mill in Springhill, Kingsclear Parish, York County, New Brunswick. By the end of his life he was considered an Esquire, noted by his daughter Clarinda Amelia who took care of her father in his last years at the home in Fredericton, New Brunswick. George would travel to Larchmont, New York where his son George Emery and son Duncan Currie were living.
The Local people of the Kingsclear Parish in York County, New Brunswick say that a Dam was built in the St John River which flooded a burial ground close to the Currie Land. Some of the stones were placed elsewhere in the area and those who did not claim their Ancestors were left under what is now called The Head Pond. The Memorial stone for the children of David and Dorothy Currie includes George W Currie. Perhaps this is where his body was moved however a record of this needs to verify this fact. George and Susan Currie’s daughter Clarinda Amelia married Jacob William Babbitt and after her father’s death the Babbitt family headed west to Alberta. From there Clarinda’s trail goes cold and she may have died and was buried in Alberta.
x. James Robert Currie b. 20 Dec 1815 in Upper Gagetown, Queens, New Brunswick; d. 8 May 1897 in Upper Gagetown, Queens, New Brunswick; m. 13 Oct 1850 at Canning, NB to Sarah Amelia Hoben (b. 25 Nov 1833 in New Brunswick – d. 1920) Sarah’s parents were Reuben Hoben and Rebecca Hawes/Humes. James and Sarah settled at Gagetown and had six children.
James was admitted as an Attorney June 11, 1846 and then admitted as a Barrister June 13, 1848. He practiced in Gagetown and was the registrar of probates, and clerk of the Queens county court. He was appointed Way Officer June 13, 1856.
The family can be found in the 1871 census for Gagetown Parish: Curry James R., 50, NB, Baptist, English, Lawyer; Curry Sarah A., 38, NB, Baptist, Irish; Curry Eliza, 19, NB, Baptist, English; Curry Lemuel A., 14, NB, Baptist, English; Curry Helen M., 12, NB, Baptist, English; Curry Sarah V., 10, NB, Baptist, English; Curry Augusta F, 10m, NB, Baptist, English, b May
James was instrumental in the founding of The Grand Orange Lodge in the Province of New Brunswick, which was organized, April 10, 1875.
Quoted from the Queen’s County Historical Society News Letter, Vol. 4, #3, pages 4 & 5: “It is an easy transition of thought from one of New Brunswick’s oldest schools, to the oldest university in the province, – the University of New Brunswick, which form many years has been preparing public leaders for their careers, here or in distant fields. A study of the “Register of Former Students and Graduates of U.N.B” issued in 1924, shows that a large proportion of Queens County students entered U.N.B. from the Gagetown Grammar School, and in many cases provided Canada with outstanding leaders in law, in the Church, the field of medicine, as teachers, and more recently as engineers.
First student from Gagetown ….. and James Robert Currey, who became an attorney in 1848. Law was a favorite field for Gagetown students. The J.R. Currey mentioned above, had a son, Lemuel Allan Currey, D.C.L., 1895. J.R. Currey’s grandson, Adrian B. Gilbert, B.A. 1916, M.A. 1919, was a Rhodes Scholar, and a B.C.L. of Oxfod University in 1922. He is a well-known Saint John lawyer. His brother, Lemuel Allan Gilbert, received his B.A. in 1914 and M.A. in 1918, and his B.C.L. from King’s College in 1922. He is a High School teacher in Vancouver.”
6. Ruth Fiske Estey
Ruth’s husband Abraham Brown was born in 1772. Abraham died 15 Jun 1853 in Andover, Victoria, New Brunswick
Children of Ruth and Abraham
i. Deborah Brown
ii. Jonathan Brown b. abt 1790 in Queensbury, York, New Brunswick, Canada; m. 30 Oct 1815 to Mary P. Cliff (b. 23 Nov 1794 in Queensbury, York, New Brunswick – d. 06 Aug 1852) Mary’s parents were John Cliff and Margaret Price.
7. Zebulon Estey
Zebulon’s wife Sarah Bridges was born 1780. Her parents were Samuel Bridges and Sarah Stickney. Sarah died 16 Oct 1847 in Sheffield, Sunbury, New Brunswick, Canada
Children of Zebulon and Sarah:
i. Samuel Bridges Estey b. Abt 1806; m. 04 Jan 1828 to Phoebe Cowperthwaite (b. 1800 – 1877) Her parents were James Cowperthwaite and Lydia Newcomb. Samuel and Phoebe had 12 children.
ii. John Hollan Estey b. 28 Nov 1804.; m1. Caroline Ring (b. 1807 Saint John, NB – d. 1828); Her parents were Rev. Jarvis Samuel Ring and Sarah Sarah Estabrooks Hart.
m2. 04 Jun 1834 to Mary Ann Raymond (b. 18 Nov 1815 in New Brunswick – d. 31 Dec 1887 in Woodstock Her parents were Jesse Raymond and Hannah Bostwick. John and Mary Ann had had 6 children born between 1836 and 1849 in Wicklow, NB.
8. Lucy Estey
Lucy’s first husband Richard Barker was born 26 Mar 1778. He was Lucy’s first cousin. His parents were Thomas Barker and Sarah Estey. His maternal grandparents were Richard ESTEY and Ruth FISKE.
Lucy’s second husband Israel Oakes was born about 1776. Ref RSchaffer, JCHatt J. Hatts records have Sarah Estey’s and Thomas Barker’s marriage as September 12, 1761. This record continues with Sarah having a second marriage to an Isreal Oakes on July 6th, 1816. This raises some questions about the marriage of an Isreal Oaks to a Lucy Esty on July 6th 1818 which is from R. Schaffer’s Estey data. I can’t find another reference to Israel Oaks.
9. Thomas Estey
Thomas’ wife Elizabeth Ring was born 1788 in New Brunswick, Canada. Elizabeth’s sister Polly married Thomas’s brother Nehemiah. Her parents were Zebedee Ring and Hannah Estabrooks.
Children of Thomas and Elizabeth:
i. Thomas W. Estey b. 17 Apr 1804 New Brunswick; m. Anna C. [__?__]
ii. Zebulon Estey b. Abt 1807, d. 20 Dec 1863; m. Maria [__?__]
10. Phoebe Estey
Phoebe’s husband Joshua Curry was born 24 Aug 1788. His parents were Richard Currie (1765 – 1857) and Rebecca Dykeman (1767 – 1816.) His grandparents were Joshua Curry and Eunice Travis. His uncle David married Phoebe’s sister Dolly. (See David’s section for the story of loyalist Joshua Curry Sr.) Joshua died 25 Dec 1867.
In 1833 Joshua was marked excluded from the Kingsclear Baptist Church, this could mean many several things. He may have disagreed with some policies or he may be attending another branch.
Children of Phoebe and Joshua:
i.Rebecca Ann Currie b. 28 Feb 1810 in Gagetown, York County, New Brunswick, Canada; d. 9 Dec 1891 in Gibson, York County, New Brunswick, Canada; m. 1830 to Alexander Howard (b. 1808 in York County, New Brunswick – d. 1886 in Gibson, York Co., New Brunswick) His parents were John Howard (1770 – 1854) and Rebecca [__?__] (1775 – ) Rebecca and Alexander had 13 children between 1832 and 1854.
ii. Thomas Gilbert Currie b. 10 May 1811 in Gagetown, New Brunswick, Canada; d. 26 Dec 1886 in Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada; m. Abt 1841 – New Brunswick, Canada to Patience Yerxa (b. Jul 1822 in Douglas Parish, York Co., New Brunswick – d. ~ 1906 in Cambridge Mass.) Her parents were Abraham Yerxa (1775 – 1857) and Barbara Green (1780 – 1857). Thomas and Patience had eight children born between 1844 and 1861. The Currie Book by Philip Horne states he is a grocer and contractor. Residence is in Keswick, NB. Thomas and Patience had ten children born between 1842 and 1868.
1871 Census of Fredericton, York County, NB.
Thomas G Currie age 58, Trader & Merchant & wife Patience age 47, John J. Currie,age 23, Medical Student, Isadore Currie, age 18, Herbert Currie, age 16, Willard Currie, age 10, are sharing a house with Israel E Smith.
iii. Richard Dudley Currie b. 10 Feb 1813 in Parish of Queensbury, York County, New Brunswick’ d. 06 May 1893 in McNally’s Ferry, Parish of Queenbury, York Co. New Brunswick; m. 8 April 1841 Parish of Douglas, York County, New Brunswick to Alice Sloat (b. 1816 in Macnaquac, Douglas, York County, New Brunswick – d. 13 Jan 1904 in McNally’s Ferry, Queenbury, New Brunswick)
iv. Nehemiah E Currie b. 7 May 1817 in Parish of Douglas, York County, New Brunswick, Canada; d. 9 Feb 1904 in Bright Parish, York County, New Brunswick, Canada; m. his first cousin Charlotte Augusta Currie (b. 14 March 1817 in Upper Jemseg, Queens County, New Brunswick – d. 1907 in Bright Parish, York County, New Brunswick) Charlotte’s parents were Gilbert Currie (1794 – 1879) and Mary Camp (1801 – 1863) and her grandparents were Richard Currie and Rebecca Dykeman. Nehemiah and Charlotte had eight children born between 1842 and 1859.
v. Mary Elizabeth Currie b. 30 Apr 1820 in Mactaquac, New Brunswick, Canada; d. 2 Apr 1895 in Lower Queensbury, New Brunswick, Canada; m. 19 Jan 1853 New Brunswick, Canada to James W Brown (b. 9 Oct 1818 in Lower Queensbury, New Brunswick – d. 2 Mar 1877 in Lower Queensbury, York County, New Brunswick) Mary and James had four children born between 1856 and 1863.
vi. Zebulon John Currie b. 6 May 1823 in Parish of Queensbury, York Co, New Brunswick, Canada; d. 13 Apr 1890 in Woodstock, New Brunswick; m. 9 Aug 1856 Queensbury, York, New Brunswick, Canada to Mary Ann Thompson (b. 11 Apr 1828 in Parish of Douglas, York County, New Brunswick – d. 29 May 1902 in Woodstock, Carlton County, New Brunswick) Zebulon and Mary had three children born between 1858 and 1865.
vii. Deacon George Currie b. 5 May 1824 in Parish of Queensbury, York Co, New Brunswick, Canada; d. 17 Jul 1896 in Wicklow Parish, Carleton County, New Brunswick, Canada; m1. 14 Aug 1875) – Centreville, Carleton, New Brunswick, Canada to Isabella Wright (b. 1827 in New Brunswick – d. 26 Nov 1874 in Centreville, Carleton, New Brunswick); George and Isabella had five children born between 1851 and 1870.
m2. 14 Aug 1875 Centreville, Carleton County, New Brunswick, Canada to Mrs. Nancy J Jones (b. 1845 New Brunswick) George and Nancy had one child George Miles Currie (b. 1879 – )
viii. David Currie b. 6 Mar 1826 in York County, New Brunswick, Canada; d. 1903 in MacTaquac, NewBrunswick
ix. Phoebe Ann Currie b. 26 Apr 1828 in York County, New Brunswick, Canada; d. 27 Sep 1896; m. 16 May 1867 to Abraham John L. Brown (b. 20 Jan 1816 in Lower Queensbury, New Brunswick – d. 23 Apr 1903 in Mactaquac, York, New Brunswick) Phoebe and Abraham had three children born between 1868 and 1875. Phoebe and David married late in life and dating by the age of the mother and father one can wonder if the children were biological or perhaps adopted
10 Dec 1879 Saint John Newspaper Christian Visitor – d. 4th Nov., Elmer BROWN, age 8 years 7 mos.; 10th, Alice Maud Mary BROWN, age 4 years 6 mos.; 12th, Ella Bertha BROWN, age 10 years 5 mos., children of Abraham BROWN and Phebe BROWN. Thus our sister had to part with all her children in eight days.
x. Judson Joshua Currie b. 11 Jan 1832 in Macnaquac, York County, New Brunswick, Canada; d. 26 Sep 1910 in Hartland, New Brunswick, Canada; m. 3 Nov 1864 – New Brunswick to Lydia Brown (b. 17 Jun 1843 in Prince William, York Co., New Brunswick) Judson and Lydia had eleven children born between 1865 and 1886.