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William COOKSON

William COOKSON

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  • Name William COOKSON 
    Born [1744]  [1
    Gender Male 
    Death Bef 1822 ASSESS 
    Residence 16 Dec 1766  Weeton with Preese, Lancashire, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Residence 21 Apr 1771  Wesham, Lancashire, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Residence 1775-1777  Balltown, Lincoln, ME Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • See Plan Lincoln County Registry Books Vollume 25 Page 260

      Ballstown-West 1768-1809: An Introduction to the History of the Town of Whitefield, Maine
      Linwood H Lowden 1984
      p 17
      In 1775 a lot of 300 acres was surveyed by Blodgett for William Cookson. This lot was on the western side of the Sheepscot River above Richard Turner. Cookson was married to Richard Turner's daughter Betsey. Betsey died leaving several small children. Cookson went to Canada, apparently leaving his children in Whitefield. He did not return. His lot was resurveyed in 1789 by Carr Barker for John Duley who was living there as early as 1777. Cookson's lot included the Stanley Tibbets farm. Duley's lot was larger and took in the Don Tibbets farm also. Duley lived on the part that is now Don Tibbets farm.

      [Cookson Lane in Whitefield runs east from Rte 218 towards Jefferson. On the Scammon Plan, it lays between No 10 Abraham Heath and No 11 Levi B Erksine, back to No 5A? Chas Glidden & others. This road name probably doesn't refer to the Richard Cookson who lived in Whitefield after the Revolution, since Cookson apparently lived on his father's lot. Judging by the David and John Terry deeds, the Scammon Plan, the Plan for Ralph Cheney and John Duley in "Ballstown-West", Richard Cookson lived on Lot 21, which belonged to John Terry and was directly south of his father David Terry's Lot, on the west side of Sheepscot. Richard Cookson did not live on the lot that his father had possessed before the War, which was resurveyed for John Duley.]

      p 18
      [Plan for Ralph Cheney's and John Duley's Lots]
      North line of Cheney: Southeast to the River to certain bend in the River called the Ox Bow
      100 poles in width

      South line of Duley: to the sharp bend and "trout brook"
      176 poles in width

      * * *
      Scammon Map
      Ralph Cheney's lot would be Lots No 16 Wm Hopkin 118 acres & Lot 17 Richard Finn 119 acres
      Duley's Lot would be Lots 18 Harriman 208 acres & Lot 19 J Bates 167 acres
    Residence 30 Jun 1777  [Balltown] Lincoln, ME Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Court records, 1761-1989
      Authors: Maine. Court of General Sessions (Lincoln County)
      [360/1111]
      At a Court of General Sessions of the Peace held at Pownalborough within and for the County of Lincoln, on the last Tuesday of September being the 30th day of said Monty Anno Domini 1777
      Thomas Turner [r Balltown] recognized in L50 and with him and with him [sic] Jonn Bartlett [r Balltown] & William Cookson as Sureties in L25 each, conditioned that the said Thomas appear next Term to answer a presentment of the Grand Jury against him
      [361/111]
      James Turner recognized in L50 and with him Thomas Turner & William Cookson as Sureties, in L25 each, conditioned that the said James appear next Term to answer to a presentment of the Grand Jury against him
    Residence 2 Jun 1778  Lincoln, ME Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • https://www.familysearch.org/search/catalog/581614?availability=Family%20History%20Library
      Court records, 1761-1989
      Authors: Maine. Court of General Sessions (Lincoln County)
      Court dockets 1834-1842 Court records v. 1-4 1761-1816
      Family History Library
      United States & Canada Film
      1765424
      7856980
      https://www.familysearch.org/search/film/007856980?cat=581614
      [365/1111]
      Volume 1 Page 162
      At a Court of General Sessions of the Peace held at Pownalborough within and for the County of Lincoln on the first Tuesday of June, being the Second Day of said Month, Anno Domini 1778
      [366/1111]
      Volume 1 Page 163
      Thomas Turner being solemnly called to come into Court to Serve? his Bail, did not appear but made Default.

      James Turner, Jonn Bartlet & William Cookson who were bound for the Appearance of Thomas Turner at this Court, were called to bring in the Body of the said Thomas Turner but did not appear but made Default.

      James Turner who stands bound over to this Court by Way of Recognizance, being solemly called to come into County to save himself & Bail, did not appear, but made Default.

      Jonathan Bartlet & William Cookson who were bound for the Appearance of James Turner at this Court were called to bring the Body of the said John but did not appear, but made Default.
    Military 31 Jul 1778 
    American 
    • Capt Thomas Robbins 5th Lincoln Co Regt

      Index [2720/2843] Capt Thomas Robbins begins

      Volume 36 Page 224 [287/354]
      Volume 37 Page 166 [224/628]
      Volume 37 Page 86 [See Deer Isle Militia] 1st Lieut
      Volume 36 Page 125 [170/628]

      https://www.familysearch.org/search/catalog/729681?availability=Family%20History%20Library
      Muster/payrolls, and various papers (1763-1808) of the Revolutionary War [Massachusetts and Rhode Island]
      Authors: Massachusetts. Secretary of State
      Vol. 36, Sea coast defense rolls 1775-1780
      Family History Library
      United States & Canada Film
      1906760
      8092197
      https://www.familysearch.org/search/film/008092197?cat=729681
      [275/354]
      Volume 36 Page 215
      An Abstract or Pay Role for Captain Thomas Robbins Company under the Command of Cols John Allan Raised for the defence of Machias

      Mens Names. Rank. Pay pr month. Date of inlistment. Date of Discharge. Distance from Home in miles. Days allowed to Return home at 20 miles pr day. Time of Service including time to Return home. Due ? officers Ration from 31 July at 60/ pr month. Total amount of Wages & Rations Money.
      ...
      John Carlow. Private. 2 - -. May 20. Deserted.
      James Turner. Private. 2 - -. May 20. Deserted.
      Wm Cuckson. Private. 2 - -. May 20. Deserted.
      Martin Carlow. Private. 2 - -. May 20. Deserted.

      Thos Robbins Captain
      Machias Decr 1 1778

      Lincoln Ss Then Personally appeared Captain Thomas Robbins and made Solemn oath that the above Pay Role by him Subscribed is Just and true in all its Parts to the Best of his knowledge.

      Before me Benja Foster Jus Peace

      Decr 1st 1778
      Copy
      To the Honble Treasurer of State of Massachustt Bay Pleas to pay Major George Stillman the amouth of the above Role and you will Oblige your Very Humble Servt
      Thos Robbins
    Residence 1779  Penobscot, Lincoln, ME Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • British and Tory marauders on the Penobscot
      British and Tory Marauders on the Penobscot
      p 20
      Belfast
      Belfast was just across Penobscot Bay from Castine, and after the American defeat there in 1779, immediate preparations for departure were made...
      Soon after the evacuation of Belfast, a party of twelve men commanded by Sergeant David Jenks, ventured from Camden to drive away some of the cattle that had been abandoned, and which Richard Stimson, who had been left behind, probably with his father Ephraim Stimson, at Mount Ephraim, was to assist in finding. They made the deserted house of Samuel Houston in the eastern part of the town their place of rendezvous, and passed the night there.

      In the morning Jenks went to the shore to shoot wild fowl, and a dense fog prevailing, he was surprised and taken prisoner by three men named Armstrong, Cookson and Turner who had landed from Castine on an expedition of plunder. The better to deceive the men remaining at the house they marched Jenks towards it with his musket on his shoulder.

      Supposing them to be friends, Stimson and others came out to meet them. A struggle at once ensued. Stimson, although a small sized man, was brave and strong. Being summoned by Armstrong to surrender, he dropped his musket, and seizing Armstrong by the legs threw him upon the ground, calling to Jenks, "Blow him through." The latter immediately fired, the bullet going through Armstrong's brain, producing instant death. In the affray, Cookson stabbed Stimson in the arm with a bayonet. As soon as Jenks discharged his musket, he turned and struck Cookson down; but the latter recovered himself, and with Turner escaped to their boat.

      The thick fog rendered pursuit useless. Stimson always imputed cowardice to the remainder of the party, as from the house they witnessed the affair and rendered no assistance.
      ...
      A romantic incident in this connection has been handed down. A beautifuyl sister of Stimson was compelled by the British to hold a lantern at the grave, it being dark before the disinterment was completed. Attracted by her appearance, one Turner, who was of the number, continued the acquaintance, and after the war closed married her.
    Residence 25 May 1779  Lincoln, ME Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Residence 21 Jun 1779  Halifax, NS Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Residence January 1780  Penobscot, Lincoln, ME Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • William COOKSON
      Maine Genealogist, The
      RECORD: 2004.
      VOLUME: 26
      PAGE: 55
      The Artificers and Inhabitants Who Built Fort George, Penobscot, 1779-1780
      In April 1780 William Swain was replaced by John Bulpit and John Chaytor was added as a second Foreman. Carpenters George Hows and William Innis departed at the end of September, replaced by Thomas Hailey and Martin Carlow. James Turner and William Cookson were added in January 1780. The latter four received and 4/- perdiem. Samuel Mathews Jr (1766-1841) became Carpenters' Boy after the siege, but departed with his brother with his brother in law William Swain in April 1780. Carpenter Thomas Armstrong joined in May 1780.

      The last large Artificers' payroll found was that for the month of April 1783 at which time the organization was
      Master Carpenter @ 10/- per diem John Chaytor
      Foreman @ 7/6 per diem John Rigby
      Carpenters @ 5/- per diem
      Lauchlan McCurdy
      John Lilley
      William Munro
      Michael Leonard
      Nineon Linsey
      John McKinley
      Michael Ryan
      John Evans
      @ 4/- per diem
      William Cookson
      Maurice Henley
      ...
    Residence 1782  Penobscot, Lincoln, ME Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~aek740/penobscot_loyalists.htm
      Penobscot Loyalists: A Bicentennial Tribute
      Robert C Brooks
      December 1983 issue of Downeast Ancestry (vol 7, no 4)
      p 130
      The Penobscot Journal 1782
      a day book kept by a now unidentifiable merchant at Fort George, Penobscot 3 January 1782-16 October 1782
      Dugal Callum Serj 74 Reg
      John Carlow
      Amos Hitchens
      John Collins
      John Cookson
      William Cookson
      John Limeburner
      Matthew Limeburner and son
      Capt David Eastman
      Mrs Eastman
      Donnald McClain
      Liuet Arch McLean
      Ensign David McLean
      Ensign Donaldn McLean
      Ebenezer Greenlaw
    Residence April 1783  Penobscot, Lincoln, ME Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • William COOKSON
      Maine Genealogist, The
      RECORD: 2004.
      VOLUME: 26
      PAGE: 55
      The Artificers and Inhabitants Who Built Fort George, Penobscot, 1779-1780
      In April 1780 William Swain was replaced by John Bulpit and John Chaytor was added as a second Foreman. Carpenters George Hows and William Innis departed at the end of September, replaced by Thomas Hailey and Martin Carlow. James Turner and William Cookson were added in January 1780. The latter four received and 4/- perdiem. Samuel Mathews Jr (1766-1841) became Carpenters' Boy after the siege, but departed with his brother with his brother in law William Swain in April 1780. Carpenter Thomas Armstrong joined in May 1780.

      The last large Artificers' payroll found was that for the month of April 1783 at which time the organization was
      Master Carpenter @ 10/- per diem John Chaytor
      Foreman @ 7/6 per diem John Rigby
      Carpenters @ 5/- per diem
      Lauchlan McCurdy
      John Lilley
      William Munro
      Michael Leonard
      Nineon Linsey
      John McKinley
      Michael Ryan
      John Evans
      @ 4/- per diem
      William Cookson
      Maurice Henley
      ...
    Residence 27 May 1783  Fort George, Penobscot, Lincoln, ME Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • https://www.familysearch.org/search/catalog/352440?availability=Family%20History%20Library
      Land records, 1761-1912; indexes to land records, 1761-1901
      Authors: Lincoln County (Maine). Register of Deeds
      Land records v. 16-17 1782-1785 (the first titleboard on this film is incorrectly labeled "v. 15")
      Family History Library
      United States & Canada Film
      11366
      8181957
      https://www.familysearch.org/search/film/008181957?cat=352440
      [142/]
      Volume 16 Page 179
      Esther Rion of Penobscot spinster late widow and relict to Thomas Goodale late of Penobscot yeoman deceased

      2 pounds...for the support and maintenance of orphan children of said Thomas by William Lawrence of Penobscot gentleman
      land in Penobscot 100 acres good measure
      beginning at the southwest corner of a lot of land called and known by the name Stanards lot fronting and bounding west on Penobscot River and lying on an Island called and know by the name of the Great Island
      thence running down stream 55 rods bounding on said River
      thence east bounding on the wild land so far as with a line 55 rods north
      thence west to the first mentioned bounded
      ...
      and I Michael Rion now husband to the said Esther do fully allow and approve that said Esther may fill and convey all said land and premises
      27 May 1783
      Esther Ryon [Her mark]
      Michael Ryon
      Wit: Ed Lewis, Wm Cookson [His mark]
      Fort George Penobscot
    Residence 4 Jul 1783  Penobscot, Lincoln, ME Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~aek740/PL-132.jpg
      Penobscot Inhabitants Certified Loyal: 1783
      The copy from which this transcript was made is at the Public Archives of Nova Scotia (PANS] in Halifax (Reference: MG 100, vol 26, no 15) and is presented here with PANS's permission.
      2 August 1783

      + do not stand in need of clothing
      Name +10 -10 Total
      Penobscot Loyalists Certified Loyal 1783
      4 July 1783
      William Cookson
      +10: 4 [William, Elizabeth, Mary, Richard]
      -10: 1 [Elizabeth]
      Total: 5
    Residence 25 May 1784  St Andrews, Charlotte, NB Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Nathan Phillips deed Lot 94
    Residence 10 Jun 1784  Passamaquoddy, St Andrews, Charlotte, NB Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    • 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
      The list below has been sorted in alphabetical order by surname, in order to isolate possible family groups.
      Return of Men, Women and Children of the Penobscot Loyalists Settled in the District of Passamaquoddy the 10th of June 1784
      Men: William Cookson
      Children over 10: Richard Cookson, Mary Cookson
      Children over 10: Betsey Cookson
    Residence 20 Jun 1784  St Andrews, Charlotte, NB Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~aek740/PL-139.jpg
      December 1983 issue of Downeast Ancestry (vol 7, no 4)
      Robert C Brooks
      Penobscot Loyalists: A Bicentennial Tribute

      List of Cattle Brought Down in the Sloop from Penobscot
      20 June 1784
      W F Ganong compiled the following list from an old account book (author unknown, so not found). In the original, against each name was a mention of the number of cattle & other livestock carried.
      Ebenezer Greenlaw
      Matthew Limburner
      Jonethean Greenlaw
      Alex Greenlaw
      John Nason
      James Rusel
      Mr Thomson [James?/Dugal?]
      Daniel Brown
      Mr [William] Cookson
      Mr William Sween [Swain]
      New Brunswick Museum MS F61, Book IV, p 370
    Grant 1785  St Andrews, Charlotte, NB Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Grant 1785  St Andrews, Charlotte, NB Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Immigration [1774] 
    • The year Richard Turner and his family came to Maine.
    Residence 12 Mar 1785  St Andrews, Charlotte, NB Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Deed Lot 94 granted to Nathan Phillips
    Residence 14 Jul 1798  St Andrews, Charlotte, NB Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Lot St George
    Residence 23 Mar 1800  [St Andrews, Charlotte, NB] Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Wallace Hale's Early New Brunswick Probate, 1785-1835
      Reference 9096
      Family Name RUSSELL
      Given Names James
      Was there a Will? Yes
      Date of Will 1800-03-23
      Date Will was proved 1801-03-30
      Was an inventory completed? No
      County Charlotte
      Parish St. Andrews
      Probate is for a woman? No
      Abstract references a vessel? No
      Abstract Parish of Saint Andrews, Charlotte County, Yeoman. Will dated 23 March 1800, proved 30 March 1801. Wife Lydia her maintenance for life. Children James, Lucy, Jane, John and Phoebe maintenance until sons reach age 21 and daughters age 18. Son James land at Sandy Point, daughters each ?40 at age 18, son John Lots 55, 69, two town lots and ?40. Wife Lydia, Dougal THOMSON, shipwright, John McINTOSH, yeoman, executors. Witnesses: Henry Barlow BROWN, William COOKSON, Honor COOKSON (wife of William COOKSON).
      RS number 63
    Residence 27 Mar 1815 
    • https://archives.gnb.ca/Search/MC3706/Details.aspx?culture=en-CA&abstract=9178§ion=NameIndex
      Wallace Hale's Early New Brunswick Probate, 1785-1835
      Reference 9178
      Family Name SIMONS
      Given Names Samuel
      Was there a Will? No
      Was an inventory completed? No
      Date administration granted 1815-03-27
      County Charlotte
      Parish St. Andrews
      Probate is for a woman? No
      Abstract references a vessel? No
      Abstract Parish of St. Andrews, Charlotte County, Mariner. Intestate. Administration granted 27 March 1815 to William COOKSON. Fellow bondsmen Stephen FORD and Stephen LAWRENCE, all of Parish of St. Andrews. Alexander McCURDY, George McCURDY and John GRANT directed to appraise the estate.
      RS number 63
    Will [Existed] Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • See Lot 42 deed 1831
    Died [JULY 1817]  [1
    Buried July 1817  [1
    • 07/1817 Cookson St Andrews 73 SA
    Person ID I37799  4 February 2018
    Last Modified 8 Mar 2020 

    Family 1 Elizabeth TURNER,   b. 1747,   d. 1776, Balltown, Lincoln, ME Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 29 years) 
    Married 16 Dec 1766  Kirkham, Lancashire, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • William Cookson
      in the Lancashire, England, Marriages and Banns, 1754-1936
      Name: William Cookson
      Gender: Male
      Event Type: Marriage
      Event Date: 16 Dec 1766
      Parish: Kirkham, Lancashire, England
      Search Photos: Search for 'Kirkham' in the UK City, Town and Village Photos collection
      Phillimore Ecclesiastical Parish Map:
      Spouse: Elizabeth Turner
      Register Type: Parish Register
      Ancestry.com. Lancashire, England, Marriages and Banns, 1754-1936 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2012.
      Banns of Marriage were published between William Cookson of Weeton and Elizabeth Turner of Thistleton November 30 December 7 14
      William Cookson husbandman of this Parish and Township of Weeton with Preese
      and
      Elizabeth Turner spinster of this Parish and town of Thisleton
      Married in this Church by Banns
      this sixteenth Day of December in the Year One Thousand Seven Hundred and sixty six by me Charles Buck Vicar
      This Marriage was solemnized between US
      The mark of William Cookson
      The mark of Elizabeth Turner
      In the Presence of George Hornly, Dorothy Lomes
    Children 
     1. Mary COOKSON,   b. [1767], Wesham, Lancashire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 1820 CENSUS?
     2. Richard COOKSON,   b. [1769], Wesham, Lancashire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 1840 CENSUS?
     3. Ralph COOKSON,   b. Wesham, Lancashire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 1783?
     4. Ellen COOKSON,   b. *[1775],   d. Bef 1851 CENSUS
     5. Elizabeth COOKSON,   b. Whitefield, Lincoln, ME Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 1850 CENSUS
    Family ID F11419  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Honor RHODDA,   b. 1740S,   d. Bef HUS 1817? 
    Married Between [10 JN 1784 and 12 Mar 1785] 
    • Married by Henry Goldsmith Esq?

      Saint John County Registry of Deeds

      Volume A3 Page 319
      [322/377]
      12 March 1785
      William Cookson St Andrews
      William Gallop Esq St Andrews
      15 pounds
      quit claim
      Land on Oak Point Bay Passamaquoddy
      Farm Lot 94 granted to Nathan Phillips and purchased by William Cookson from Phillips by a quit claim deed 29 May 1784
      100 acres
      William Cookson [His mark]
      Honor Cookson [Her mark]
      Wit Francis Welch, W B Brown
      Registered 16th May 1785

      Volume A Page 242 [245/485]
      No 94
      William Cookson and wife Honor yeoman St Andrews
      John Bentley St Andrew
      2 pounds
      Town Lot 8 Block O Parr's Division
      Carleton Street on the Northeast
      Provincial Royal Street on the South
      William Cookson [SS]
      Honor Cookson [SS]
      14 July 1786
      Wit: John Cury, Hugh Stuart
    Children 
     1. Margaret COOKSON,   b. [1785], St Andrews, Charlotte, NB Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Apr 1861, Calais, Washington, ME Find all individuals with events at this location
     2. William COOKSON,   b. [1784-C1787],   d. [1845-1851]
     3. James COOKSON,   b. [1789], NB Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. C 1852
    Family ID F10958  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Photos
    Balltown Loyalists Map Schematic
    Balltown Loyalists Map Schematic

    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.
    The Adventure of Thomas Turner, James Turner, William Cookson, John Carlow and Martin Carlow
    The Adventure of Thomas Turner, James Turner, William Cookson, John Carlow and Martin Carlow
    Stephen Grover in New Brunswick
    Stephen Grover in New Brunswick

  • Notes 
    • Loyalists in Pownalborough [See Richard Turner]: Nil
      Return of Men at Balltown 1777: Nil
      Newcastle Census 1783: Nil
      Penobscot Certified Loyal 1783: Nil
      Petition 1807 Willm. Cookson w [Honor] 2s [William, Samuel] 1d [Margaret]. Rev James Cookson petitions in Kings County b England.
      Sabine: Nil
      Early NB Probate: Nil
      Old Soldiers: Nil
      Eastport Sentinel: Nil
      Lincoln County Registry of Deeds: Extracted all Cookson 1760-1790. Perhaps more. For some reason I don't have good notes
      Loyalist Claims: Nil

      http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~cannbfam/CH.pdf
      RETURN OF THE BACK LANDS OF THE PENOBSCOTT LOYALIST - 1784
      Cleadie Barnett
      William Cookson 1 woman 3 children 150 acres

      All Saints Anglican
      Baptisms
      21 Aug 1803 Carpenter William Cookson s of Mr Carpenter 16
      [William Cookson Carpenter s Anthony Carpenter m Mary Davis d Honor]

      Children by Elizabeth Turner
      Mary: Baptism
      Richard: Baptism. r Balltown. Quits claim on father's lot in Balltown
      Ralph: Baptism
      Ellen:
      Elizabeth:
      Martha: No evidence.

      Children by Honor Rhodda
      Margaret:
      William:
      James:
    • Petition for Land Allowance for Children

      RS108 :: Index to Land Petitions: Original Series, 1783-1918
      Name GREENLAW, JONATHAN
      Year 1796
      County Charlotte
      Microfilm F1040
      See petition of TURNER, JAMES
      . BALDWIN, JOHN
      . BRADFORD, BEN
      . COOKSON, WILLIAM
      . DALEY, DAVID
      . DOUGHERTY, EDMOND
      . EASTMAN, DAVID
      . GREENLAW, JONATHAN
      . HALEY, JOHN
      . HITCHINGS, AMOS
      . JOYCE, JOHN
      . LINNEKIN, ZEBEDEE
      . MCCURDY, LACHLAN
      . MCINTOSH, JOHN
      . MILLEKIN, DOMINICUS
      . PENOBSCOT ASSOCIATION, -----
      . RIGBY, JOHN
      . SIM, ROBERT
      . THOMSON, DUGALD
      . TURNER, JAMES

      https://www.familysearch.org/search/catalog/78954?availability=Family%20History%20Library
      Land petitions, 1783-1857
      Authors: New Brunswick. Crown Land Office
      1796 Leonard, George Jr. - 1798 Raymond, Samuel
      Family History Library
      United States & Canada Film
      1288462
      8191399
      https://www.familysearch.org/search/film/008191399?cat=78954
      [215/829]

      To His Excellency Thomas Carleton Esquire Lieutenant Governor of the Province of New Brunswick etc etc

      The memorial of James Turner, David Eastman, Jonathan Greenlaw, Lachlan McCudy and others...

      Humbly sheweth

      That your Memorialists were of the number of those persons who during the war between Great Britain and her Colonies, left their possessions on account of their attachment to the British Government, and sheltered themselves and families from the rage of their enemies in His Majesty's Garrison then established at Penobscot...

      That previous to the Garrison's evacuation Penobscot the General there commanding agreeable to his instructions, directed to be made known to your Memorialists, that besides the Land allowed indiscriminately to all Loyalists desirous to settle in the bay of Passamaquaddie, those of the Penobscot association who had families should be allowed a certain proportion of Land for each woman and child to be laid out in the rear of the Land given to the Loyalists...

      That accordingly directions were given to the Surveyors who actually did lay out land for each woman and child belonging to the families of the Penobscot association and the Lots were drawn and assigned to each one.

      That numbers of those children now come to maturity and others concerned in the said Land have been and are still desirous to occupy and improve but have been much discouraged therefrom, as hitherto no Grant could be obtained to confirm the Possession- as also it having been represented to your Memorialists that certain persons now of the Association have applied for and allowed License to occupy a large portion of the Lands allotted to the families of your Memorialists

      Your Memorialists therefore beseech your Excellency a Grant of the Land agreeable to the original Survey...

      And as in Duty bound etc

      St Andrews, County of Charlotte
      1st February 1796

      [Signed]
      James Turner
      David Eastman
      Jonathan Greenlaw
      Lachlan McCurdy
      Amos Hitching
      William Cookson
      David Daley
      Dominicus Millekin
      John Hurley
      John Joyce
      Dugald Thomson
      John McIntosh
      Robert Sim
      John Baldwin
      Ben Bradford
      Zebedee Linnekin
      Edmod Dougherty
      John Rigby

      James Turner & others of Penobscot Association for their Family lots
      Saint Patricks
      The Family lots fall mostly within the reserve the Survey of them is therefore Anulled
      Filed 12th March 1793 [sic]
    • Farm Lot 42 St Andrews Honor Davis Grant

      Volume B Page 739 [742/753]
      No 1034 Mortgage
      William Cookson yeoman St Andrews
      Daniel McMaster merchant St Andrews
      10 February 1802
      19 pounds 3 shillings 6 pence
      northernmost half part farm Lot 42
      the moiety on which the said William Cookson now dwelleth
      50 acres
      William Cookson [His mark]
      Wit: Donald McDonald

      Volume M Page 75 [78/549]
      No 63
      Anthony Carpenter tailor Eastport and wife Mary; Thomas Greenlaw yeoman St Andrews and wife Elizabeth; Solomon Greenlaw yeoman St Andrews and wife Margaret; heirs to the estate of Honor Cookson formerly Honor Davis late of St Andrews deceased
      William Cookson yeoman St Andrew
      2 pounds
      northernmost half part of Farm Lot 42
      the moiety on which the said William Cookson now dwelleth
      and adjoining to the the southernmost half part of said lot now in the possession of Thomas Greenlaw & Elizabeth his wife, held by virtue of a will from William Cookson late of St Andrews deceased
      11 August 1831
      Mary Carpenter [Her mark]
      Thomas Greenlaw [SS]
      Elizabeth D Greenlaw [SS]
      Solomon Greenlaw [SS]
      Margaret Greenlaw [SS]
      Wit: J D Greenlaw, William Simpson

      Volume L Page 278
      [300/552]
      No 234
      William Cookson yeoman St Andrews
      Elias Greenlaw yeoman St Andrews
      30 pounds
      part of Lot 42
      commencing on the lower side of the highway leading from Saint Andrews to Schoodiac at the southerly line of Nicholas Johnsons land and on the northerly line of said Lot 42
      thence running westerly on said dividing line to high water mark on the River Saint Croix
      thence southerly along the several courses of the said River, at high Water mark, aforesaid for enough to contain 6 acres be a line running parallel with the side lines from the bank of the said river to the highway
      thence northerly along the said highway to the bounds first mentioned
      10 December 1831
      Wm Cookson
      Wit: Samuel H Whitlock, Thos Whitlock

      Volume M Page 77 [80/549]
      No 64
      William Cookson yeoman St Andrews
      John Wilson Esquire St Andrews
      3 August 1832
      The northern half or moeity of Farm Lot 42 on which the said William Cookson now lives
      and adjoining to the southern half part of the said lot now in the possession of Thomas Greenlaw
      50 acres
      excepting a piece of land containing 6 acres on the lower side of the public road leading from St Andrews to St Stephen deeded to Elias Greenlaw [Granted to Honor Davis]
      Wm Cookson
      Wit: S H Whitlock, H Hatch
    • Lot St George

      Volume B Page 705 [708/753]
      No 995
      William Cookson yeoman St Andrews and wife Honor
      Orange Seelye St George yeoman
      5 pounds
      St George eastern side of Maguaguadavick
      Lot 4 Letter B
      14 July 1798
      William Cookson [His mark]
      Honor Cookson [SS]
      Wit: James Stewart, Anthy W Carpenter
    • 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

      https://www.familysearch.org/search/catalog/78954?availability=Family%20History%20Library
      Land petitions, 1783-1857
      Authors: New Brunswick. Crown Land Office
      1806 Arnold, Oliver - 1808 Connors, Nathaniel
      Family History Library
      United States & Canada Film
      1288467
      8191404
      https://www.familysearch.org/search/film/008191404?cat=78954
      [623/846]

      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
    • Town Lot St Andrews [Lot 7 Block I Parr's granted to William Cookson] [Lot 8 Block O Parr's granted to Honor Davis]

      Index to New Brunswick Land Grants, 1784 - 1997 (RS686)
      Name COOKSON, William
      Volume NS-A
      Page 165
      Grant number 95
      Place Saint Andrews
      County Sunbury
      Date 1785-05-21
      Accompanying plan No
      Acres 0
      Microfilm F16302
      Comment Re-registered NS Grant of 1784/06/01: Town Lot
      Other names on this grant (354)

      Volume A Page 440
      [443/485]
      No 256
      George Wisley Town of St Andrews
      Alexander Linkleter merchant Town of St Andrews
      my house and 63 feet extending from High Water Mark 17 feet nine inches broad on which the house stands
      formerly the property of William Cookson but now the said William Cookson resigns all right and title to his lot adjoining Water Street next to high water mark to George Wisley
      70 pounds
      8 March 1784
      George Wisley
      William Cookson [His mark]
      Wit: Mark Lunisden, William Troop, James Hannah

      Volume A Page 242 [245/485]
      No 94
      William Cookson and wife Honor yeoman St Andrews
      John Bentley St Andrews
      2 pounds
      Town Lot 8 Block O Parr's Division
      Carleton Street on the Northeast
      Provincial Royal Street on the South
      William Cookson [SS]
      Honor Cookson [SS]
      14 July 1786
      Wit: John Cury, Hugh Stuart
    • Farm Lot 91 Penobscot Oak Bay

      Index to New Brunswick Land Grants, 1784 - 1997 (RS686)
      Name COOKSON, William
      Volume NS-A
      Page 176
      Grant number 96
      Place Passamaquoddy
      County Sunbury
      Date 1785-05-21
      Accompanying plan No
      Acres 100
      Microfilm F16302
      Comment Re-registered NS Grant of 1784/08/03: Penobscot Association
      Other names on this grant (188)

      No disposal by Cookson to 1838

      Volume C Page 414
      [419/560]
      No 317
      Colin Campbell Esq St John
      Josiah Stiles yeoman St David
      100 pounds
      Lot 92 granted to William Stewart & Lot 91 granted to William Cookson
      10 January 1803
      Colin Campbell
      Wit: H B Brown, Jesse Cristy

      Volume C Page 414
      [419/560]
      No 318
      Josiah Stiles yeoman St David
      James Nicholson shipwright St Stephen
      50 pounds
      Lot 91
      eastern side of Oak Bay, St David
      Lot 91 granted to William Cookson
      sold to Colin Campbell
      sold to Josiah Stiles
      100 acres
      13 May 1807
      Josiah Stiles
      Wit: H French, Sergent Tole
    • First Families

      COOKSON: William Cookson m. Feb 1807 Jane Flynn: family settled at St. Andrews, Charlotte County:

      Children:
      1) Richard Cookson:
      2) Ralph Cookson, born 1809, m. Ann Greenlaw:
      3) Mary Cookson:
      4) Elizabeth Cookson:
      5) William Cookson b. 1818, d. 17 Apr 1901, m. 18 Feb 1841 Sarah Anne Anderson:
      6) Ann Cookson m. George Greenlaw.

      Source: MC1/Cookson, 8 pages.
    • Eastport and Passamaquoddy : a collection of historical and biographical sketches. Eastport, Me.: E.E. Shead & Co., 1992.
      p 124
      He on the 7th day of this instant July [1797] went to said Doceas [Doucett's] Island accompanied by William Cookson, Thomas Greenlaw, Nehemiah Gilman and John Rigby for the purpose of making further discoveries there.
    • JOHN COOKSON: John Cookson married Elizabeth Beal on Jul 30, 1785 in Cumberland County, Maine.
      Gender: Male
      Town: Gorham
      Record of this marriage can be found at the Family History Library under town records. Reference # 0010928 & 0010930.
      [s John Cookson m Abigail Cavendar]

      JOSEPH COOKSON: Joseph Cookson married Jenny Lagben on Dec 5, 1795 in Cumberland County, Maine.
      Gender: Male
      Town: Gorham
      Record of this marriage can be found at the Family History Library under town records. Reference # 0010928 & 0010930.
      [s Reuben Cookson m Mary York]

      REUBEN COOKSON: Reuben Cookson married Mary York on Jan 1, 1769 in Cumberland County, Maine.
      Gender: Male
      Town: Gorham
      Record of this marriage can be found at the Family History Library under town records. Reference # 0010928 & 0010930.
      [s John Cookson m Mary Baker]
    • https://www.familysearch.org/search/catalog/352440?availability=Family%20History%20Library
      Land records, 1761-1912; indexes to land records, 1761-1901
      Authors: Lincoln County (Maine). Register of Deeds
      Land records v. 16-17 1782-1785 (the first titleboard on this film is incorrectly labeled "v. 15")
      Family History Library
      United States & Canada Film
      11366
      8181957
      https://www.familysearch.org/search/film/008181957?cat=352440
      Book 16 [158/] 1782-1784 also [160/]
      William Cookson his plan 320
      [Microfilmed to p 317]
    • Lincoln County Registry Books 1769-1800

      William Cookson to Thomas Turner Volume 17 Page 191

      Book 16 [158/] 1782-1784 also [160/]
      *William Cookson his plan 320
      [See also p 12a "Ballstown-West" for lot surveyed for William Cookson 1775. Lots 18 & 19]

      Book 23 1789 [160]
      *Peter King to John Cockson 142 [436/] merchant Boston
      *James Keaton to John Cockson 144

      Book 35 [168/] 1795
      *Richard Cookson to John Duley 269

      Book 44 1799-1800 [173]
      *Richard Cookson to James Finn et al 226

      [323/463]
      Book 76 1810-1811
      John Terry to Richard Cookson 79
    • https://www.familysearch.org/search/catalog/581614?availability=Family%20History%20Library
      Court records, 1761-1989
      Authors: Maine. Court of General Sessions
      Court dockets 1834-1842 Court records v. 1-4 1761-1816
      Family History Library
      United States & Canada Film
      1765424
      7856980
      https://www.familysearch.org/search/film/007856980?cat=581614

      [359/1111]
      Lincoln Ss Anno Reipublican Americana Secondo
      At a Court of General Sessions of the Peace held at Pownalborough within and for the County of Lincoln, on the last Tuesday of Septr being the 30th day of said onth Anno Domini 1777
      [360/1111]
      Thomas Turner recoginized in L50 and with him and with him Jona Bartlet & William Cookson as Sureties in L25 each, conditioned that the said Thomas appear next Term to answer a presentment of the Grand Jury against him
      [361/1111]
      p 157
      James Turner recognized in L50 and with him Thomas Turner & William Cookson as Sureties, in L25 each, conditioned that the said James appear next Term to answer to a presentment of the Grand Jury against him.
    • https://www.familysearch.org/search/catalog/581614?availability=Family%20History%20Library
      Court records, 1761-1989
      Authors: Maine. Court of General Sessions
      Court dockets 1834-1842 Court records v. 1-4 1761-1816
      Family History Library
      United States & Canada Film
      1765424
      7856980
      https://www.familysearch.org/search/film/007856980?cat=581614

      [365/1111]
      p 162
      Lincoln Ss Anno Reipublicae Americanae Secundo
      At a Court of General Sessions of the Peace held at Pownalborough with in and for the County of Lincoln on the first Tuesday of June, being the Second Day of said Month, Anno Domini 1778.
      ...
      [366/1111]
      p 163
      James Turner Jona Bartlett & William Cookson who were bound for the Appearance of Thomas Turner at this Court, were called to bring in the Body of said Thomas Turner but did not appear but made Default.

      James Turner who stands bound over to this Court by Way of Recognizance, being solemnly called to come into Court to save himself & Bail, did not appear, but made Default.

      Jonathan Bartlet & William Cookson who were bound for the Appearance of James Turner at this Court were called to bring in the Body of the said James but did not appear, but made Default
    • https://www.familysearch.org/search/catalog/352440?availability=Family%20History%20Library
      Land records, 1761-1912; indexes to land records, 1761-1901
      Authors: Lincoln County (Maine). Register of Deeds
      Land records v. 16-17 1782-1785 (the first titleboard on this film is incorrectly labeled "v. 15")
      Family History Library
      United States & Canada Film
      11366
      8181957
      https://www.familysearch.org/search/film/008181957?cat=352440
      [492/567]
      Volume 17 Page 191
      25 May 1779
      William Cookson Lincoln County
      Thomas Turner Lincoln County
      100 pound
      300 acres on the Sheepscutt
      with house, buildings, gardens, orchards, lands, woods, ways, waters, easments and advantages whatsoever
      William Cookson [His mark]
      Wit: John Chaylor, William Towers
      SS St Andrews 16 November 1784 Robert Pagan Justice of the Peace
    • Lot 94 Oak Point Bay

      Saint John County Registry of Deeds

      Saint John County Registry of Deeds

      Volume A3 Page 318
      [321/377]
      Nathan Phillips merchant St Andrews
      William Cookson yeoman St Andrews
      8 pounds
      Lot 94 Oak Point Schoodic River
      25 May 1784
      Nathan Phillips
      Wit: Richard Brown, David Shields
      That the said Cookson further binds himself his Heirs and Assigns for ever in the sum of two hundred pounds of the above Currency to the above Phillips his Heirs and Assigns that the said Cookson is fully & sufficiently satisfied and runs all rishs he the said Cookson his Heirs and Assigns & nver looks to the said Philips his heirs or assigns for any satisfaction in witness whereof I the said Cookson set my hands and Seal this twenty fifth day of May AD 178four
      William Cookson [His mark]
      Wit: Richard Brown, David Shields
      Registered 16th May 1785

      Volume A3 Page 319
      [322/377]
      12 March 1785
      William Cookson St Andrews
      William Gallop Esq St Andrews
      15 pounds
      quit claim
      Land on Oak Point Bay Passamaquoddy
      Farm Lot 94 granted to Nathan Phillips and purchased by William Cookson from Phillips by a quit claim deed 29 May 1784
      100 acres
      William Cookson [His mark]
      Honor Cookson [Her mark]
      Wit Francis Welch, W B Brown
      Registered 16th May 1785

  • Sources 
    1. [S3913] All Saints Angilcan Church Records, St Andrews, NB, Transcribed by Shirley O'Neill.

    2. [S3977] Return of Men, Women and Children of the Penobscot Loyalists Settled in the District of Passamaquoddy the 10th of June 1, (http://members.shaw.ca/caren.secord/locations/NewBrunswick/Lists/PenobscotGroupSorted.html).