Letter to W H Thomas 1885

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Son of loyalists in Carleton County, NB

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New Brunswick Property, at location of original grant 1821
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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.

  • Carleton county, NB, CA
  • 1800's

Pre-Loyalist George Hayward

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Lower Lincoln Cemetery, Lincon, Sunbury, NB. Their grave is the in the very back. They are believed to have lived on this land.
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 He probably was induced to cross the Atlantic with his young family by offer of land from the British government, who was very anxious to populate this previously French occupied territory with English speaking settlers. His petition for land states that he came from Great Britain with his family in 1763. He settled on lot #70. In 1770, he moved across the river to Lincoln. The Lower Lincoln Cemetry in Lincoln, NB, is situated on land where George Hayward’s grandson once lived. It is possible that this was where he and Ann also lived.   He was engaged in lumbering and owned several pieces of property in Sunbury County.  The inventory of his estate at the time of his death was £314.

He and Ann Derley were married in St. Mary's, Marylebone, in Middlesex, which is now London.  Ann may have been the daughter of Edward Dearle of Datchet, Buckinghamshire.  







  • New Brunswick, Canada
  • 1763

Benjamin Glasier at Fort William Henry

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Location of Glasier land on the River St. John, Sunbury, New Brunswick

From  The History of Central New Brunswick by L.M B. Maxwell
 "There was Capt. Benjamin Glasier that was in New Brunswick which at one time Maine was part of that territory. Capt Benjamin Glasier this is what it saids in a book (from Reminiscences of Thomas Glasier) Thomas Glasier was a grandson of Capt. Benj. Glasier and Benjamin was stationed at fort william nry when it was besieged by the French and Indians. They held out for weeks but hunger drove them to surrender at last, the supplies they expectd from Halifax did not come. the French commander let them go safely to their homes, so they laid down there arms and marched out accompanied by the women and children who were in the fort for protection. The Indians attacked them as they were making their way to safety and brutally murdering them they dashed the children against the trees and ill treated and sclaped the men and women. Grandfather went off by himself and was near safety when a savage jumped from behind a tree and grabbed him. Grandfather who was a strong man, wrestled with the Indian and wrenched the Tommy hawk from his belt and jerked it up to kill the Indian , another Indian seized him from behind and overpowered him bound him and led him to their canoes. He found a gread many others from the fort also prisoners , amongst them was the old commander of the fort also prisoners . They scapled Grandfather. Grandfather said the indians killed others at houses they would come to kiling men and women and children, and burning there houses. 

They held him prisoner for 9 months In Quebec they hand him over to a prison there. He was there some months and he was redeemed by his brother Capt. Beamsley glasier who had come to make a exchange of prisoners. He made his way home to Newbury Port and then to St. John, N.B. He and his other brother Steven (steven Glasier's house is still standing) In the lower Lincoln. helped Hazen & white and Peabody fill a contract with the English Goverment for masts and then they started ship building. Benjamins sons, Senator John and Stephen became the first great lumbermaen on the St. John River an at one time employed 600 men. They were the first to bring lumber over the Grand Falls.

Capt Glasier was a lumberman, cordwainer, soldier and a Blackmith. At Gouldsborough, Maine was one of the petitioners against the embargo of July 1 1775. In 1779 he Removed to Nova Scotia, now New Brunswick.   In 1782 he Purchased 1000 acres of land 8 miles below St. Anne's Point, now Lincoln, from Benjamin Bubar (Bubier) for 200 Pounds.

He was omitted from the Studholme Report. In 1793 he was a resident of Maugerville, NB
His will dated April 11th 1806, proved April 16, 1814. No. 39. He was an Anglican.

Marriage Notes for Benjamin 4Glasier, Lt and Marcy/Massa Downs: Married in the home of John Hanson in Gouldsborough.

Father: Stephen Glasier b: ABT 1687 in Massachusetts (Newberry)
Mother: Sarah Pike b: 1706 in New Hampshire (Salisbury)

Marriage 1 MarcyMercy Downs b: 1750 in Maine

  • Married: 1770 in Goldsbourgh, ME
  • New York
  • 2017

Daniel Smith, Connecticut Tory or Loyalist

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Joshua and Richard Thomas property at red dot--Blissville, NB
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Daniel Smith c 1736 in Norwalk Connecticut and died 1816 in Burton, Sunbury.  He was the youngest son of Nehemiah and Elizabeth Clapham Smith. He married Ruth Fitch, 22 May 1760 in New Canaan, CT, daughter of Theophilus Fitch and Lydia Kellogg. She was born 1739 in Norwalk and died in Burton. 

Royal Gazette 1816:  SMITH, Daniel  Parish of Burton, Sunbury County. Intestate. Administration granted 29 June to Clapman SMITH, Orlo SMITH and Daniel SMITH.

There were two Daniel Smiths in Norwalk during the mid 18th century. Several researchers report the Daniel, son Eliakim and Abigail Hoyt, as the Daniel who was a loyalist.  However, I have not found any documentary evidence to support this. Vol 25 issue 2 of The American Genealogist states his lineage as that of Nehemiah Smith, son of Samuel, and Elizabeth Clapham, daughter of Peter Clapham and Rebecca.    Daniel's son named Clapman is so similar to Clapham that it gives confirmation to this lineage.

In the marriage record for Daniel Smith and Ruth Fitch, Daniel is referred to as of Norwalk. Later he owned property in New Milford and ran a public house there at the start of the American Revolution. See his claim for land in NB that is attached.  His daughter Lydia was baptised in 1766 in New Preston by the Rev. Roger Viets, St. andrews Chruch, Simsbury, CT.See attached from Rev. Viets records. This indicates Daniel was an Episcopalian and that could be the source of his loyalty to the crown.

 Josiah  Starr petitioned that Daniel's property in New Milford be seized to pay wages of the men under his command.  By a court decision of June 1781 this was done.  Daniel Smith was captured, escaped and helped bring other Tory families through the lines. He sailed on the Union from New York in the spring of 1783 to what is now New Brunswick, Canada in 1783. He brought two slaves with him and granted them their freedom, but they stayed with his family for the rest of their lives. His claim for compensation of his losses in New Milford was accepted by the British Commission of Inquiry and he and his sons, Orlo, Clapman and Daniel Jr. were granted land along the South West Branch of the Oromocto River in New Brunswick near the town of Blissville.

The Union was part of the "Spring Fleet" and departed from Huntington Bay on April 16th 1783 with the "Kingston Loyalists" and proceeded to New York, where forty-three of the passengers disembarked on April 23rd. The Union sailed for New Brunswick on April 24th with the remaining one hundred and sixty-four passengers. The Union arrived at Partridge Island, NB on May 10th, and was moored at St. John on May 11th. The passengers did not land immediately, but "remained comfortable on board ship" until June 4th 1783.

Return of the Famelies, &c., Embark'd on board the Union Transport, Consett Wilson, Master, began Huntington Bay April 11th, & Compleated April 16th, 1783: Daniel Smith, Nw. Milford, Connecticut, Farmer .  Daniel appears alone on the return, so his family must have come later.  Robert A East, in Connecticut's Loyalists  describes the Spring Fleet arrivals as being very similar to the Pilgrims on the Mayflower.

From New Brunswick Land records: Smith, Daniel 1789 Daniel Smith, asks for 500 acres on Oromocto. (HIS PROPERTY WAS JUST WEST OF THOMAS PROPERTY ON ACCOMPANNYING MAP)

Child of Daniel Smith and Ruth Fitch is: Mary Smith, born in Connecticut (New Milford); died 1811 in Lincoln, Sunbury, New Brunswick.

Daniel's daughter, Mary Smith,  was born in Connecticut (New Milford), and died 1811 in Lincoln, Sunbury, New Brunswick. She married George Hayward, son of George Hayward and Ann Durley. He was born 1768 in Sunbury County New Brunswick, and died 05 Dec 1828 in Lincoln, Sunbury, New Brunswick.

From Some Descendants of George Hayward and Ann Durley by George H. Hayward:  George  may have left NB in 1823, some of his land was sold at that time. He probably returned before his death as his estate was inventoried and probated in NB. He owned 1 stove and pipe, 1 bedstead and carpet, 1 tender, 1 pr. stillery, 1 pr. tongs, slae harness, 1 bed, s blankets, 1 sheet, 2 pillows, 1 coverlet, coat, vest, coat, trousers, cloake, 2 window curtains, 1 pr bed curtains, 2 tea boards, dishes trunk, 1 pr. candlesticks, 1 hat, 1 axe, 1 shovel, 1 sled, old iron metal chest, 1 pr. andirons, 1 table, 1 slae, seventeen harrow teeth, 1 chair, 1 bake pan, 1 tea cannister, 2 pewter dishes, 1 sheet, quilt, 1 pr. hames, brass chains, 1 decanter, 1 watch, and seals 1 lot lands, house barns, 10 acres, 1 horse. The value was 288 pounds.

George attended the Anglican Church in Maugerville,   probably livimg in Lincoln most of his adult life. Child of Mary Smith and George Hayward is: Mary Ann Hayward, born 1799 in Lincoln, Sunbury, New Brunswick; died Bef. 1851 in Brighton, Carleton, NB. She married Benjamin Thomas 24 Jul 1819 in Lincoln, Sunbury, New Brunswick; born Bet. 1797 - 1798 in  Sunbury, New Brunswick; died 28 Jul 1885 in Carleton County, New Brunswick


  • Connecticut and New Brunswick
  • 1783

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Created: June 29, 2007 · Modified: September 30, 2016

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