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Jane FLINN

Jane FLINN

Female Bef 1788 - 1826  (> 38 years)

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  • Name Jane FLINN 
    Born Bef 1788 
    Gender Female 
    Birth NB Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Death Ann
      Death William
    Birth NS Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Census 1891: Ann
    Death [1823-1831] 
    Died C 1826 
    Residence 21 Jun 1829  St Andrews, Charlotte, NB Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I37806  4 February 2018
    Last Modified 9 Feb 2020 

    Father St Andrews FLINN 
    Family ID F19429  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family William COOKSON,   b. [1784-C1787],   d. [1845-1851] 
    Married 4 Feb 1808  All Saints Anglican, St Andrews, Charlotte, NB Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    • to Eliza? ?
      one transcription says Jane Collins
      Possibly Davis

      Samuel Andrews Anglican
      04 Feb 1807 Cookson William [ Allen] Jane 49

      http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~aek740/Anglican%20Church%20Records/mam03.jpg
      Mr Wm Cookson Married to Elisa ? ['Married' crossed out] Febry? 4th 1807

      https://registers.nbgstwo.ca/display_record/MC223-S2-6D-48_marriage_0300
      Data Source
      Record Key MC223-S2-6D-48_marriage_0300
      Register MC223-S2-6D
      Spreadsheet Id MC223-S2-6D_1
      Image Id/Sheet Name MC223-S2-6D-48
      Record Number 0300
      Event Type Marriage
      Event Date 1808-02-04
      Record Data Fields
      Recordid 30
      Groom given name Wil'm
      Groom surname Cookson
      Bride given name Jane
      Bride surname Alin?
      Event location St Andrews Parish, Charlotte Co
      Event day 4
      Event month Feb
      Event year 1808
      Officiant Samuel Andrews
      Date created 2019-11-21 16:18:22

      Willm Cookson Married to Jane Aline? [Jane Eliza?] Feby 4th 1808
    Children 
     1. Ralph COOKSON,   b. [1809], NB Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Nov 1889, Bayside, St Croix, Charlotte, NB Find all individuals with events at this location
     2. William Henry COOKSON,   b. [4 Sep 1818], NB Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 Apr 1901, Calais, Washington, ME Find all individuals with events at this location
     3. Anna COOKSON,   b. [8 Aug 1825], NB Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Feb 1892, Calais, Washington, ME Find all individuals with events at this location
    Family ID F10961  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • It has been suggested that Jane who married William Cookson is the same woman as the Jane who married Alexander Greenlaw. It is clear that this is not the case. However, Cookson and Greenlaw both had wives named Jane, and Cookson may have married the widow of Greenlaw after the death of his own wife.

      The clearest demonstration that the wives Jane are not the same comes with the examination of the couple Ralph Cookson m Ann Greenlaw. Ralph was the son of William and Jane Cookson, and Ann the daughter of Alexander and Jane Greenlaw. If both Janes were the same person, then Ralph and Ann would be half siblings, which is certainly not the case.

      William Cookson and Jane Flinn were married in the Anglican Church in St Andrews in 1808. They are known to have had at least 2 children, Ralph born 1809 and William born 1818. Two others are supposed: Ann m George Greenlaw and Mary m Benjamin Bradford. Considering William Cookson was the only Cookson in the area at the time with a family, he is most likely their father. But was Jane Flinn their mother?

      Alexander Greenlaw married his wife Jane some time between 1807 and 1815, but probably about 1810. He name is said to have been Allen, but we have no evidence of that. (The name Allen may have arisen from confusion about William Cookson's wife's name. The Anglican Church register where the marriage was recorded is difficult to read. The bride's first name is clearly Jane, while her last name has been interpreted as "Aline" and "Allen." Considering the death record of William their son, "Fline" or "Flinn" is probably correct.) Harris, Ann, Hiram, and Alexander are considered children of Alexander and Jane. Harris, Ann and Hiram were living in the same household in 1851. Alexander and Harris owned land together on Deer Island.

      Alexander Greenlaw Sr died some time between 1819, when he sold a parcel of land, and 1823, when his widow sold her right to land. We cannot trace his widow Jane after 1823.

      In August 1832, William Cookson and his wife, with 3 Greenlaw couples bought a tract of land on Deer Island. The same month they mortgaged the lot to to original sellers, and sold it back to them the following year. It is unclear what the purpose of this endeavour was, as none of the parties appear to have ever lived on the land.

      These Greenlaw couples were all closely related, with one spouse in each pair being the child or grandchild of Alexander Greenlaw m Hannah Nason. Were William Cookson and his wife Jane connected closely to the Alexander Greenlaws? If Jane was Alexander Jr's widow, the answer would be "yes." Since we can't trace Jane wid Greenlaw after Alexander's death this is a possibility. If that was the case, Jane Cookson would have died some time between, say, 1823 and 1831.

      There are a couple more points that suggest a closer relationship between William Cookson and the descendants of Alexander Greenlaw. First, there is another deed from 1829. William and his wife Jane sold 1/2 of Lot 43. The lot was located north of Lot 42 granted to Honor David m William Cookson, and Lots 44 granted to Jonathan Greenlaw and Lot 45 granted to Alexander Greenlaw. How the Cooksons came into this parcel is unknown. It was originally granted to John Nason, who may be the brother Alexander Greenlaw Sr's wife Hannah. When the Cooksons sold the lot, one of the buyers was Ralph Cookson, whose wife was the daughter of Alexander Jr. Also, Cookson's youngest daughter Mary may have been the daughter of Jane wid Greenlaw. Mary married Benjamin Bradford, and one of her children was said to have been named Harris Greenlaw Bradford, Harris Greenlaw being the son of Jane and Alexander Greenlaw.

      Finally, and most clearly, was a deed not regestered until 1855. "Jane Cookson r St Andrews formerly wife of Alexander Greenlaw deceased" sold her right to Lot 45 in 1834. So she and Cookson were married by then, and Cookson's wife Jane dead.

      Although Jane Flinn who married William Cookson may not be the same Jane who married Alexander Greenlaw, the confusion may have arisen because William Cookson and Alexander Greenlaw both had wives named Jane, and that Cookson may have married Greenlaw's widow. Ralph Cookson married Ann Greenlaw, making the co-mingling of the two families even closer. The mis-reading of Jane Flinn's name in her marriage record to William Cookson may have introduced the idea that Alexander's wife was named "Allen."

      So this timeline is consistent and simplifies that Cookson/Greenlaw story:

      1808: William Cookson m Jane Flinn
      1809: Ralph Cookson born.
      c 1810: Alexander Greenlaw m Jane ?
      1811: Harris Greenlaw born.
      1813: Ann Greenlaw born.
      1816: Alexander Greenlaw born.
      1818: Hiram Greenlaw born.
      1818: William Henry Cookson born.
      c 1822: Alexander Greenlaw dies.
      1823: Jane wid Greenlaw sells land in St Andrews
      1825: Ann Cookson born.
      c 1826: Jane Flinn m William Cookson dies. As a result of childbirth?
      c 1826: William Cookson m Jane wid Alexander Greenlaw
      1827: Mary Cookson born.
      1828: Ralph Cookson m Ann Greenlaw
      1829: William Cookson and wife Jane sell part of Lot 43.
      1832: Cookson and Greenlaws buy land on Deer Island.
      1833: Cookson and Greenlaws sell land on Deer Island.
      1834: "Jane Cookson r St Andrews formerly wife of Alexander Greenlaw deceased" sells a portion of Lot 45.
      1841: William Cookson, Ralph Cookson, William Cookson Junr, Harris Greenlaw and Hiram Greenlaw assessed in St Croix District
      1845: William Cookson, Ralph Cookson, William Cookson Junr, Harris Greenlaw and Hiram Greenlaw assessed in St Croix District
      1851: William and Jane Cookson are not enumerated, probably dead by this time.

      * * *
      Lot 43

      Who is this William Greenlaw?
      William Greenlaw m Mary Smith s James Greenlaw [s Jonathan] m Abigail Greenlaw [d Alexander]
      William Greenlaw m Elizabeth Knight s Ebenezer Greenlaw m Ann [s Ebenezer]
      *William Greenlaw m Sarah Dick s Thomas Greenlaw m Elizabeth Davis [s Jonathan]

      Volume K Page 278
      [282/548]
      No 263
      William Cookson yeoman St Andrews and wife Jane
      William Greenlaw, Ralph Cookson yeomen St Andrews
      25 pounds
      1/2 of a certain tract, piece or portion of land situate and lying and being in the rear of the Penobscot Association Grant
      beginning at William McCurdy's south line
      extending 100 rods back
      thence in a northerly direction running the same course on the aforesaid Penobscot Grant until it comes as far north as Jonathan D Greenlaw's north line [Lot 44]
      thence in a westerly direction until it join said line being land now in possession by the aforesaid William Cookson and confirmed by the Supreme Court in Saint Andrews in August 1828
      21 June 1829
      William Cookson
      Wit: George Greenlaw, James Muirhead

      * * *
      Deer Island Lot

      Volume M Page 423 [427/549]
      No 357
      16 August 1832
      Sophia F Farrell spinster Connaught Terrace, Paddington, London
      Isabella Maria Fitzherbert widow Perry Fitzherbert gentleman same
      Sarah Farrell same widow of Thomas Farrell of Deer Island
      and
      William L Greenlaw farmer St Andrews
      George T Greenlaw farmer St Andrews
      57 pounds
      57 acres Deer Island
      Sophia F Farrell [SS] by her Atty F A Kinnear
      Isabella M Fitzherbert [SS] by her Atty F A Kinnear
      Sarah Farrell [SS] by her Atty F A Kinnear
      Wit: C F Jouett, Gilbert Ruggle Jr

      * * *
      Deer Island

      Joint ownership by
      William Cookson m Jane
      Ralph Cookson s William m Ann Greenlaw d Alexander d Alexander m Hannah Nason
      James Greenlaw s James Greenlaw m Abigail Greenlaw d Alexander m Hannah Nason
      James N Greenlaw s Alexander Greenlaw m Hannah Nason

      Volume M Page 421 [425/549]
      No 356
      4 August 1832
      Sophia F Farrell spinster Connaught Terrace, Paddington, London
      Isabella Maria Fitzherbert widow of Perry Fitzherbert gentleman same
      Sarah Farrell same widow Thomas Farrell of Deer Island
      to
      William Cookson farmer St Andrews [s William Cookson m Honor Rhodda]
      Ralph Cookson farmer St Andrews [m Ann Greenlaw d Alexander d Alexander m Hannah Nason]
      James Greenlaw farmer St Andrews [s James Greenlaw m Abigail Greenlaw d Alexander m Hannah Nason]
      James N Greenlaw farmer St Andrews [s Alexander Greenlaw m Hannah Nason]
      169 pounds
      169 acres Deer Island
      Sophia F Farrell [SS] by her Atty F A Kinnear
      Isabella M Fitzherbert [SS] by her Atty F A Kinnear
      Sarah Farrell [SS] by her Atty F A Kinnear
      Wit: James T Hanford, James N Hanford

      Volume M Page 424 [428/549]
      No 358 Mortgage
      17 August 1832
      William Cookson farmer St Andrews and wife Jane
      Ralph Cookson farmer St Andrews and wife Ann [Ann Greenlaw d Alexander Greenlaw m Jane]
      James N Greenlaw farmer St Andrews and wife Harriet [d Jonathan Greenlaw m Mary Card]
      James Greenlaw farmer St Andrews and wife Mary Ann [Mary Ann Greenlaw d Solomon]
      to
      Sophia F Farrelle spinster Paddington, London
      Isabella M Fitzherbert widow Paddington, London
      Perry Fitzherbert gentleman Paddington, London
      112 pounds
      169 acres Deer Island
      Wm Cookson [SS]
      Jane Cookson [Her mark]
      Ralph Cookson [SS]
      Ann Cookson [SS]
      James N Greenlaw [SS]
      Harriet Greenlaw [Her mark]
      James Greenlaw [SS]
      Mary Ann Greenlaw [Her mark]
      Wit" W B Kinnear, C H Jouett

      Volume N Page 120 [123/553]
      No 93 Deed
      William Cookson farmer St Andrews and wife Jane
      Ralph Cookson farmer St Andrews and wife Ann
      James N Greenlaw farmer St Andrews and wife Harriet
      to
      Sophia F Farrell spinster Connaught Terrace, Paddington, London
      Isabella Maria widow Perry Fitzherbert gentleman same
      Sarah Farrell wif Thomas Farrell Deer Island
      169 pounds
      169 acres Deer Island
      7 October 1833
      Wm Cookson [SS]
      Jane Cookson [Her mark]
      Ralph Cookson [SS]
      Ann Cookson [SS]
      James N Greenlaw [SS]
      Harriet Greenlaw [Her mark]
    • Marriages: Jane Flinn?/Aline?
      Death daughter Ann: Ann Greenlaw d Thomas Davis m Ann Cookson
      Death William: Jane Flynn
      All Saints Anglican: Nil Alline
      Censuses Washington County: Nil Alline
      Johnson's Vitals: Checked
      Early NB Probate: Nil
      Eastport Sentinel: John Lowell Alline in Addison in 1820s s Benjamin Alline m Ann Lowell
      Petitions: Nil
      Grants: Nil
      Charlotte County Registry Books: Nil
      First Families: Nil
      NBGS Anglican 1 February 2020: Nil

      It has been said that Jane the wife of William Cookson and Jane the wife of Alexander Greenlaw are the same woman. This doesn't hold up when you consider Ralph Cookson s William married Ann Greenlaw d Alexander.

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