Benjamin Thomas (Richard4, Joshua3, Richard2, Evan1) was born Bet. 1797 - 1798 in Canada (Lincoln, Sunbury, New Brunswick), and died 28 Jul 1885 in Carleton County, New Brunswick. His grandparents were Joshua and Martha Thomas, loyalists from the Blue Mountains of Pennsylvania, who settled in Burton, Sunbury, NB in 1783. His parents were Richard and Hannah Glasier Thomas.
Benjamin's maternal grandfather, Lieutenant Benjamin Glasier, fought in the French and Indian Wars, having been held captive at Fort William Henry, NY for an extended length of time. He arrived on the River St. Johns prior to the loyalists. He was a lumberman, cordwainer, soldier and a blackmith. At Gouldsborough, Maine he was one of the petitioners against the embargo of July 1 1775.
Benjamin Thomas married Mary Ann Hayward 24 Jul 1819 in Lincoln, Sunbury, New Brunswick, daughter of George Hayward and Mary Smith. She was born 1799 in Canada (Lincoln, Sunbury, New Brunswick), and died Bef. 1851 in Brighton, Carleton, NB. Her maternal grandparents were Connecticut loyalists, Daniel Smith and Ruth Fitch. The Daniel Smiths (Burton--1783) and the George Haywards (Lincoln--1763) were early settlers in Sunbury County. Her parental grandparent's George and Ann Derley Hayward came from England to from was then Nova Scotia in 1763. Today the area they settled is in Lincoln, Sunbury, NB.
Benjamin's siblings were Elizabeth Thomas Dickinson (Darius), Rebecca Thomas Sewell (Nicholas) (removed to Maine), Ann Thomas Sewell (William), Sarah Thomas Robinson Dickinson (John Duncan), Hannah Thomas Stone (Stillman)(removed to Maine), Stephen and James, both early settlers in Carleton County. George Thomas who married Mary Crandlemire (removed to Michigan) is also quite likely a brother. All were born in Sunbury County, NB. Some of them returned to the United States in the 1800's, as did many of his children.
In 1821 & 1827, Benjamin petitioned for land in Carleton County. He located there about 1821. In 1821 he described himself as married with a female child. In 1827 his petition stated he had three children. The family lived in what was to become Rockland, near his brothers, Stephen and James. He was a farmer and a Free Will Baptist.
In 1837 he sold the property that he acquired in 1827 to brother-in-law, Samuel Estabrooks, removing to land that was originally Stephen Thomas'. Stephen appears to have died by this time. He lived with his daughter, Caroline Noble, in 1861. By 1871 he had returned to Stephen's land and lived near his brother, James. He will die on this property.
WOODSTOCK SENTINEL 1885: Hartland (Carleton Co.) 28th Aug., Benjamin THOMAS, age 88. Deceased was one of the first settlers of Becaguimec Settlement, having lived at the above place nearly 60 years, raising a large family of whom 4 sons and 4 daughters survive him. D.R. THOMAS and J.H. THOMAS, two of the above, reside in California.
September 14, 1885 Saint John The Daily Telegraph d. Hartland (Carleton Co.) 28th ult., Benjamin THOMAS, age 88. Deceased was one of the first settlers of Becaguimec Settlement having lived in the above place nearly 60 years.
Children of Benjamin Thomas and Mary Hayward were:
Ruth Thomas, born 1834 in Brighton, Carleton, New Brunswick. Died in Boston, MA
John Hiram Thomas, born 1838 in Brighton, Carleton, New Brunswick; died Aft. 1921 in Oakland, CA.
Mary Ann Thomas, born 1824 in Brighton, Carleton, New Brunswick.
George Hayward Thomas, born 1827 in Brighton, Carleton, New Brunswick. Died in probably Maine.
Emmaline Isabella Thomas, born 1837 in Brighton, Carleton, New Brunswick.
Frederick Thomas, born 1842 in Brighton, Carleton, New Brunswick.
Jane Thomas, born 1830 in Brighton, Carleton, New Brunswick.
William Henry Thomas, born 1830 in Canada (Brighton, Carleton, New Brunswick); died 1914 in Chicago, IL.
David R Thomas, born 1833 in Brighton, Carleton, New Brunswick; died 1897 in Martinez, CA.
From John Noble: Carolyn married Issachar Currier Noble. I have the date of their marriage as 18 Nov 1851 in Carleton County. Issachar Noble is listed in the 1851 census as living in Brighton, Carleton County with his father. He and his wife Carolyn are listed in the 1861 census as living in Brighton, Carleton County with six children and Benjamin Thomas aged 60 and George H. Thomas (Benjamin's son) are also listed as living with them. He and Carolyn and their six children are listed as living in Hogdon, Aroostook County Maine in the 1870 US Federal census.
Issachar Currier Noble died in Hogdon, Maine 30 Sept 1872. I don't have Carolyn's death date but she removed from Maine to Boston by 1880 when she was listed in the US Federal Census as living there, working as a domestic. . She was also listed in the 1900 U.S. Federal Census as living in Boston aged 75, with her daughter Ida M (Noble) Hall. Ida married David F. Hall on 18 May 1886, but he is not listed in the 1900 U.S. Federal census.
Adeline Thomas, born 1843 in Brighton, Carleton, New Brunswick.