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Neil MCCURDY

Neil MCCURDY

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  • Name Neil MCCURDY 
    Born [1746]  Antrim, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • See petition 1827
    Gender Male 
    Residence 1776-1783  Halifax, NS Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Petition 1820
    Residence 10 Jun 1784  Passamaquoddy, St Andrews, Charlotte, NB Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • http://members.shaw.ca/caren.secord/locations/NewBrunswick/Lists/PenobscotGroupSorted.html
      From Library and Archives Canada, Ward Chipman Papers, Muster Master General's Office - Loyalists Musters, 1776-1785
      (M.G. 23, D 1, Series I, Volume 24, pages 172-177) Microfilm C-9818
      Return of Men, Women and Children of the Penobscot Loyalists Settled in the District of Passamaquoddy the 10th of June 1784
      Men: Lauchn McCurdy
      Women: Ann McCurdy
      Children under 10: Polly McCurdy

      Men: Neil McCurdy
      Women: Ruth McCurdy
      Children under 10: Ruth McCurdy, Neil NcCurdy, Polly McCurdy
    Petition 1786  Campobello, Charlotte, NB Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Residence 26 Jan 1792  St Andrews, Charlotte, NB Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Lot 40 deed. See Joseph Smith
    Petition 1807  for Pleasant Ridge Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • RS108 :: Index to Land Petitions: Original Series, 1783-1918
      Name JOHNSON, Nicholas
      Year 1807
      County Charlotte
      Microfilm F4171
      See petition of JOHNSON, NICHOLAS
      BERRY, JAMES
      CARLON, JACOB
      CARLON, MARTIN
      CARPENTER, ANTHONY W.
      COOKSON, WILLIAM
      FOULERTON, ALEXANDER
      GILCHRIST, GORDON
      GOODELL, EBEN
      GRANT, DANIEL
      GREENLAW, ALEXANDER
      GREENLAW, EBENZER
      GREENLAW, JONATHAN
      GREENLAW, SOLOMON
      GREENLAW, THOMAS
      HARVEY, WILLIAM
      HITCHINGS, AMOS
      HITCHINGS, GEORGE
      HITCHINGS, JAMES
      HITCHINGS, WILLIAM
      JOHNSON, BENJAMIN
      JOHNSON, NICHOLAS
      JOICE, JOHN
      MACCULLOCH, DONALD
      MANSFIELD, J.
      MCCURDY, ALEXANDER
      MCCURDY, JAMES
      MCCURDY, LACHLAN
      MCCURDY, NEAL
      MCGEAR, WILLIAM
      RIDEOUT, BENJAMIN
      RYAN, JOHN
      SMITH, JOSEPH
      STINSON, CHARLES
      STINSON, DAVID
      STINSON, JOSEPH
      THOMSON, DOUGALD
      TRADWELL, REUBEN
      TURNER, EPHRAIM

      To His Honour Gabriel D Ludlow, Esquire President of the Province of New Brunswick &c &c

      The Memorial of Nichs Johnson and other Inhabitants of the parish of St. Andrews, and its vicinity, in the County of Charlotte. ---

      Humbly Seweth

      That your Memorialist in general are of the number of those Loyalist, who emigrated into this country at the peace with America in 1783, or their sons now of age, and were mostly comprised among those Loyalist denominated the Penobscot Association, who settled in and about Passamaquoddy bay, and were promised One hundred acres of lands for themselves, and Fifty for their wives, and for each child. ---

      That from various intervening impediments your Memorialist never received their full allotments of land which Government had at first given them good reason to expect would not have been delayed.

      That during this long lapse of time your Memorialist have laboured under great difficulties to maintain themselves, and bring up large families of children, who, by the divine blessing have increased to a pleasing degree, as Your Honor will perceive by the annexed list of them. ---

      That your Memorialist, stimulated by parental affection to provide for their offspring have anxiously sought for unoccupied lands whereon to form a settlement for themselves and families so that by their united endeavours they may be enabled to surmount their present hardships ---

      That your Memorialist are informed of a Tract of Land lying between this county and the Oromocto river commonly called Pleasant Ridge, being in a wilderness ungranted, which if secured to your Memorialist by a Grant, might answer all their claims as to quality, and they believe is a good quality, and calculated for a large settlement. ---

      Your Memorialist therefore humbly pray Your Honor will be pleased to Grant them such a portion of the above Tract of Land as may be sufficient for their accommodation and also reserve and lay out such portions of the same, as Your Honor may deem expedient for public purposes, as they with satisfaction look forward to a large and flourishing settlement there if their Memorial is compiled with, and Your Memorialist as in duty bound will ever pray ---

      St. Andrews 21st August 1807

      The following is a list of the families of the Subscribers attested to in the Memorial hereto subjoined ...

      Nichs Johnson wife 5 sons 1 daughter
      Neal McCurdy wife 2 sons 4 daughters
      James McCurdy
      Somo Greenlaw wife
      Laughlan McCurdy wife 2 sons 4 daughters
      John Ryan & his mother
      Willm Cookson wife 2 sons 1 daughter w 2s 1d
      Anthy W Carpenter wife 5 sons 4 daughters
      Thos Greenlaw wife 3 sons 1 daughter
      Martin Carlow wife 2 sons 3 daughters
      Jacob Carlow
      Joseph Stinson wife 4 sons 2 daughters
      Alex. McCurdy wife 2 daughters
      Donald McCullich wife 4 sons 2 daughters
      Alex Fullerton
      Ephrm Turner
      Eben Goodel wife 4 sons 1 daughter
      Danl Grant wife 5 sons 4 daughters
      Jona Greenlaw Senr wife 1 son 5 daughters
      Josh Smith wife 2 sons 2 daughter
      Reuben Tredwel wife
      John Joice wife 6 sons 1 daughter
      Bena Rideout
      Javin Manser wife 4 sons 4 daughters
      Amos Hichens wife 3 sons 3 daughters
      James Hichens
      Geoe Hichens wife 1 son
      Willm Hichens
      Gordon Gilchrist wife 1 son 2 daughters
      Benja Johnson wife 1 son 3 daughters
      Willm Harvey wife 2 sons 4 daughter
      Chas Stinson wife 3 daughters
      Willm McGear wife 1 son 4 daughters
      James Berry wife 5 sons 3 daughters
      Dougal Thompson wife 5 sons 4 daughters
      Alex Greenlaw Senr wife 2 sons 6 daughters
      Alex Greenlaw Jr
      Ebenr Greenlaw wife 3 sons 3 daughters
      Total: 33 Men 27 women 61 boys 67 girls

      We certify that we are acquainted with the foregoing Memorialist in general --- That they are Loyal Subjects, and useful Settlers --- And we most Respectfully beg leave to Request that the prayer of their Memorial may be compiled with.

      Hugh MacKay, JP
      Robt Pagan
      Thos Wyer
      Danl Mc[Inaiter]
      Don McLachland

      13th Jul 1808 The Lands are Vacant in the Situation applied for in this Memorial and have been frequently reported to me to be of a very good quality - A settlement in that situation will completely open the inland communication between Fredericton and Charlotte County ---

      Geo Sproule S Genl
    Petition 24 Jan 1820 
    • Index to Land Petitions: Original Series, 1783-1918 (RS108)
      Name MCCURDY, NIEL
      Year 1821
      County Charlotte
      Microfilm F4190
      4 other Petitioner(s) were on this Petition
      MCCURDY, ALEXANDER
      MCCURDY, GEORGE
      MCCURDY, JAMES
      MCCURDY, WILLIAM

      https://www.familysearch.org/search/catalog/78954?availability=Family%20History%20Library
      Land petitions, 1783-1857
      Authors: New Brunswick. Crown Land Office
      1821 Garcelon, William - 1821 Nevers, George
      Family History Library
      United States & Canada Film
      1288486
      8130797
      https://www.familysearch.org/search/film/008130797?cat=78954
      [675/843]
      Neil McCurdy b Ireland r US 1780 oc Foreman Artificers in the Garrison at Halifax from 1776-1783
      at the close of the war went to Charlotte County ae 73 [1747] married 8 children
      Alexander McCurdy his son ae 39 [1781] married 4 children
      James McCurdy his son ae 34 [1786] married 1 child
      George McCurdy son unmarried 27 [1793]
      William McCurdy son unmarried 25 [1795]
      and 2 other sons are unmarried
      petition for reserve land
      24 January 1820
      Saint Andrews
      ...
      Neil McCurdy drew a Town Lot in St Andrews 80 feet by 160 but being in a Swamp & of little value, has never thought it an Object to Look after it
      Alexander and James McCurdy are now about on a voyage at Sea, but will forward their Affidavits on their Return the Subscriber Knows what is stated in this Memorial be true
      Colin Campbell
      Depy Survr

      ...more
    Petition 8 Feb 1827 
    • Index to Land Petitions: Original Series, 1783-1918 (RS108)
      Name MCCURDY, NEIL
      Year 1827
      County Charlotte
      Microfilm F4210
      2 other Petitioner(s) were on this Petition
      MCCURDY, GEORGE
      MCCURDY, WILLIAM

      https://www.familysearch.org/search/catalog/78954?availability=Family%20History%20Library
      Land petitions, 1783-1857
      Authors: New Brunswick. Crown Land Office
      1827 Mentin, Matthew - 1827 Smith, Abraham
      Family History Library
      United States & Canada Film
      1289006
      8130799
      https://www.familysearch.org/search/film/008130799?cat=78954
      [134/817]
      8 February 1827
      To His Excellency Major General Sir Howard Douglas Baronet Lieutenant Governor and Commander in Chief of the Province of New Brunswick etc etc etc
      The Memorial of Neil McCurdy Shipwright, George McCurdy Yeoman and William McCurdy yeoman all of the Parish of Saint Andrews in the County of Charlotte
      Most Humbly Sheweth
      That Your Memorialist Neil McCurdy is eighty one years of age [1746] was born in the County of Antrim in Ireland and left Ireland when he was about nineteen years [1765] of age and came to Halifax in the Province of Nova Scotia and entered in the Dock Yard in the year one thousand seven hundred and seventy six as Foreman of Artificers and continued in that situation seven years, came to the County of Charlotte, in the year one thousand seven hundred and eighty three, is married and has seven children and has never received any grant of land. And begs leave to refer your Excellency to the annexed certificate of the Surveyor General of Nova Scotia for Your Excellency's consideration.
      That Your Memorialist George H McCurdy is a Son of the said Neil McCurdy, was born on Campo Bello in the County of Charlotte aforesaid, is thirty five years old [1792], not married and never had any land from the government.
      That Your Memorialist William McCurdy was born in the Parish of Saint Andrews aforesaid and is also a Son of the said Neil McCurdy is thirty ? years of age mrried and has three chilcren and in the year one thousand eight hundred and twenty Your Memorialist together with Alexander McCurdy and James McCurdy who are now absent at sea made application for a portion of unused land situate on Oak Hill now in the parish of Saint James and were assured of receiving the land when the reserves were taken off and have paid the fees of office on the said Memorials to the amount of fifteen dollars; That Your Memorialists wish a grant agreeable to the former memorial now on file; That Your Memorialists understand there are other applications for the same land but conceive they should have a preference on account of their being former applicants.
      Therefore, Your Memorialists pray that Your Excellency would be pleased to grant them the land as applied for in the former Memorials.
      And in duty bound will ever pray etc
      Neil McCurdy
      George M McCurdy
      William McCurdy
      Saint Andrews
      February 6th 1827

      Sworn to in presence of Thomas Wyer


      Surveyor Genl Office Halifax
      14 June 1825
      I do Certify to whom it may concern that I have known Mr Niel McCurdy now Residing at or near St Andrews in the Province of New Brunswick upwards of Forty Years that during the whole time of his Residence in this Province he sustained the Character of an honest worthy member of the Community and from the very favorable accounts I have received of his upright Character I would respectfully beg leave to recommen him to the favorable considerations of His Excellency Lieut General Sir Howard Douglas Lieut Governor and Commander in Chief of the Province of New Brunswick for a Portion of the Crown Lands in that Province
      Charles Morris
      S Genl
    Died 30 Jul 1832  Bayside, St Andrews, Charlotte, NB Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Daniel F Johnson's New Brunswick Newspaper Vital Statistics
      Daniel F. Johnson : Volume 5 Number 353
      Date August 7 1832
      County Saint John
      Place Saint John
      Newspaper The Weekly Observer
      d. At his farm, St. Andrews parish, 30th ult. Neil McCURDY, age 86, native of Co. Antrim, Ireland.(see original) C.G.
    Administration 10 Nov 1832 
    • Wallace Hale's Early New Brunswick Probate, 1785-1835
      Reference 8596
      Family Name MCCURDY
      Given Names Neil
      Was there a Will? No
      Was an inventory completed? No
      Date administration granted 1832-11-10
      County Charlotte
      Parish St. Andrews
      Probate is for a woman? No
      Abstract references a vessel? No
      Abstract Parish of St. Andrews, Charlotte County. Intestate. Administration granted 10 November 1832 to Alexander McCURDY. Fellow bondsmen James BOYD and Samuel GETTY, all of St. Andrews. Joseph WALTON, John GRANT and George WALKER directed to appraise the estate.
      RS number 63
    • Daniel F Johnson's New Brunswick Newspaper Vital Statistics
      Daniel F. Johnson : Volume 5 Number 643
      Date January 22 1833
      County Charlotte
      Place Saint Andrews
      Newspaper Saint Andrews Herald
      Est.: Neil McCURDY, late St. Andrews parish, Charlotte Co.; Admin.: Alex. McCURDY
    Residence [1778]  Halifax, NS Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Residence [1792]  Campobello, Charlotte, NB Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Residence Lot 41 Penobscot, St Andrews, Charlotte, NB Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • See Maurice Hanley
    Person ID I12595  4 February 2018
    Last Modified 11 Nov 2019 

    Father Daniel MCCURDY,   b. Bef 1726 
    Mother Mary BUTLER 
    Family ID F14939  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Abigail,   d. BY 1783 
    Married C 1775?  Ireland? Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Alexander MCCURDY,   b. [1778], NB Find all individuals with events at this location,   bur. 7 Jan 1865, All Saints Anglican, St Andrews, Charlotte, NB Find all individuals with events at this location
     2. Mary MCCURDY,   b. [1778], Halifax, NS Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 Jul 1856, Calais, Washington, ME Find all individuals with events at this location
    Family ID F14940  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Ruth AVERY,   b. [1758],   d. 5 Jul 1836 
    Married 21 Jan 1783?  St Paul's, Halifax? Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Susan MCCURDY,   b. 24 Mar 1784,   d. 28 Feb 1870, Whiting, Washington, ME Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 85 years)
     2. James MCCURDY,   b. 31 May 1786?,   d. 1820?
     3. Sarah MCCURDY,   b. 9 May 1789?,   d. 24 Sep 1850?
     4. George MCCURDY,   b. [1792], Campobello, Charlotte, NB Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Jul 1835, St Andrews, Charlotte, NB Find all individuals with events at this location
     5. William Andrews MCCURDY,   b. [1794], St Andrews, Charlotte, NB Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 Oct 1878, Watertown, Middlesex, MA Find all individuals with events at this location
     6. Dorothy MCCURDY,   b. [1805], NB Find all individuals with events at this location
    Family ID F14942  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Documents
    St Andrews Rural 1805
    St Andrews Rural 1805
    A look at the families living on the Penobscot Association Grant in the rural part of St Andrews, New Brunswick, around 1805.

  • Notes 
    • St Andrews Assessment 1822: Wm McQurdy [P]
      Penobscot Carver: Checked
      Artificers: Nil
      Petition 1807: wife 2 sons 4 daughter
      Petition 1821: 8 children
      Petition 1827: 7 children
      Evidence for Children
      George: Petition 1827
      William: Petition 1827
      Alexander: implied by petition 1827
      James: implied by petition 1827

      See Maurice Hanley for Lot 41
    • Lot 40

      Volume D Page 436
      [440/473]
      No 491
      Neal McCurdy yeoman St Andrews
      son William McCurdy
      the whole of the present farm that I now occupy and caused a deed of said farm to be executed 18 August last of the said farm being Lot No 40 on the Penobscot Association
      9 June 1814
      Neal McCurdy
      Wit: Jas A McCurdy, George H McCurdy

      Volume E Page 238
      [242/511]
      No 239
      Neal McCurdy St Andrews
      William McCurdy St Andrews
      145 pounds
      Farm Lot 40
      11 May 1813
      Neal McCurdy
      Wit: Dond McDonald
    • The Old St Andrews Road Volume 1
      By Carle A Rigby
      p 13
      Neil McCurdy was one of the thousand[s] of loyal Americans who refused to fight against the British when the War of Independence broke out. Some simply did not fight at all, and some joined the loyal British forces who fought against what were then the rebels....
      Neil McCurdy was a well-to-do farmer on Long Island in New York Harbour but with his family was force to join the throng of loyalists who were departing that hostile country as rapidly as possible. Neil and his family found passage aboard a vessel which landed them at the then thriving Port of St Andrews. He was eventually granted farm land along the St Croix River, opposite the present village of Red Beach (on the American side) and about five miles by road from the town of St Andrews. In time the original log houses were replaced by more modern structures. Neil had three sons, named John, James, and neil. John and James took to the sea, in good time becoming sea captains. Neil stayed with the land and eventually inherited his father's property. He also becamethe author's great-great-uncle through his sister Mary Ann who married Henry Rigby, sons of John Rigby who lost his eldest son under the ice of Chamcook Lake at the rear of the Bayside properties.
    • Index to Land Petitions: Original Series, 1783-1918 (RS108)
      Name MCCURDY, NEIL
      Year 1786
      County Charlotte
      Microfilm F1030
      See petition of BLISS, SAMUEL
      Researchers should note that when a 'Name' has been drawn from a petition submitted by someone else or by a group, the 'See Petition of:' column directs them to the name under which the document is filed and microfilmed.
      18 other Petitioner(s) were on this Petition
      BARTON, DENNIS
      BLISS, SAMUEL
      BRENNAN, JAMES
      CRAIGE, JOHN
      CREW, JOHN
      FORDE, JOHN
      FOY, CHRISTIAN
      GOSS, JOHN
      LANE, JOHN
      MALOY, JOHN
      MALOY, PETER
      MCCULLOCH, DONALD
      MCLEOD, JOHN
      SIMPSON, DRUMMOND
      STOVER, HENRY
      STOVER, JONATHAN
      VERNON, GIDEON
      WALSH, JOHN
      [362/842]
      L'Etang Island

      https://www.familysearch.org/search/catalog/78954?availability=Family%20History%20Library
      Land petitions, 1783-1857
      Authors: New Brunswick. Crown Land Office
      1785 Wilkins, Thomas - 1786 Ford, John
      Family History Library
      United States & Canada Film
      1288452
      8130844
      https://www.familysearch.org/search/film/008130844?cat=78954
      [368/842]
      Letter from Peter Clinch and Hugh Mackay regarding the petition of Samuel Bliss on behalf of several.
      Neil McCurdy a Ship Builder residing in Campobello has no intentions of Settling on the Maguaguadavick; it cannot be supposed that he would live at such a distance from the Salt Water.
    • First Families

      MCCURDY: Neil McCurdy b c 1755 Rathlin Island, County Antrim, Ireland, d. 20 Jul 1832, s/o Daniel McCurdy and Mary Butler: Neil came to America about 1770: first settled in Maine, then moved to Halifax, NS: he m. (1st) Mrs. Abigail Crane, a widow who was buried 9 Jul 1782 in Halifax, NS: m. (2nd) 21 Jan 1783 Ruth Avery born 6 Mar 1756 at Lebanon, CT, died 5 Jul 1836 in Whiting, ME, youngest d/o Robert Avery and Anna Cushman of Lebanon, CT and Horton, NS: came to NB and settled in St. Andrews, Charlotte County:

      Children of first wife:
      1) Alexander/Sandy McCurdy (Capt.) b. 1780, d. 3 Jan 1865 in St. Andrews, NB, m. 3 Jun 1804 Charlotte Hayes d/o Dr. John Cook Hayes and Dorothy Baxter: settled in St. Andrews, NB and had issue:

      Children of second wife:
      2) Susan McCurdy b. 24 Mar 1784, died 28 Feb 1881, married 20 Jul 1807 at Eastport, ME, Isaac Crane born 3 Sep 1777, d. 11 Sep 1845, s/o John Crane and Mehitable Wheeler: settled in Whiting, ME:
      3) George Haliburton McCurdy b. - , d. unmarried:
      4) James Avery McCurdy:
      5) possibly, Anna McCurdy b. - , m. Mr. Robinson: settled in Whiting, ME:
      6) William Augustus McCurdy b. 10 Mar 1792 at St. Andrews, NB, died 13 Oct 1878 at Watertown, MA, m. 12 Sep 1820 in St. Andrews, Harriet Hayes b. 17 Sep 1798, d. 15 May 1886 at Watertown, MA, d/o Dr. John Cook Hayes and Dorothy Baxter: first settled in St. Andrews, NB and had nine children:
      7) possibly, Benjamin McCurdy:
      8) John George Neil McCurdy:
      9) Dorothy McCurdy m. William Hill.

      Source: MC80/2882 H.W. McCurdy?s Genealogical history of James Winslow McCurdy and Neil Barclay McCurdy, 100 pages: Neil?s brother Laughlin McCurdy also settled in NB.