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Jerusha SEELEY

Jerusha SEELEY

Female *[1779] - 1860

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  • Name Jerusha SEELEY 
    Born *[1779]  [NY] Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Petition 5 July 1785: 3 children dead since settlement. 1 child born
      Return 5 August 1785: 1 child under 10
      1794: 6 children baptized at Gagetown [Jerusha, Gideon, Isaac, Jemima, Mary, Joseph]
      Petition 28 January 1797: 7 children [Jerusha, Gideon, Isaac, Jemima, Mary, Joseph, ?]
      Petition 3 March 1797: 6 children [Jerusha, Gideon, Isaac, Jemima, Mary, Joseph]

      Jerusha [1771-1778]
      2 or 3
      Gideon [1773-1781]
      Isaac [1788] [1785-1790]
      Jemima 1790
      Mary [1791-1794]
      3
      Abraham [1800]
      Rebecca [1800-1812]
      1

      It wasn't until March 1779 that Ephraim Seeley ended his stint with the Continental Army and took up with Emerich's Chasseurs. Given that his wife was from New York, and the Chasseurs were stationed there, there's no good reason to believe he was married long before this time. In fact, his wife's family may have been New York Loyalist, which may have played a role in his change of loyalty. It wouldn't be unreasonable to conclude that he was married about this time.

      Ephraim Seeley may have had as many as 15 children, most likely born after 1779. According to a petition that he made in July 1785 he had 3 children who died since he settled, and 1 child was born. The next month a return of the settlement was taken, this only showing 1 child. Nine years later he baptized 6 children at th Anglican Church at Gagetown. A petition in January 1797 indicated he had 7 children at the time, another in March records 6.

      It is tempting to say that Jerusha was the the one child first born in New Brunswick, but all records giving her age put her birth at much earlier, a range from 1771 to 1778. So let's say Ephraim and Anna were married about 1779 and Jerusha born not too long after. As for the discrepency with the number of children given in the petitions, I imagine it is just that: a discrepency. Jerusha was born before coming to New Brunswick, along with two other children. The other two died after settlement, and another was born. The first child born in New Brunswick was probably Gideon, likely after the August 1785 return.

      The next 4 children are known and are the remaining part of the 6 baptized in the Anglican records in 1794. Another child was born between then and another petition in 1797, but that child apparently died in 1797. Judging from the census of 1800, two more children were born between 1797 and 1800. Three more children were born between 1800 and 1810.
    Gender Female 
    Baptism 18 Feb 1794  Anglican, Gagetown, Queens, NB Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • http://vre.lib.unb.ca/motty/
      Marianne Grey Otty Database

      On this site you will find transcribed Anglican Church records from the Gagetown, New Brunswick area. The original nine record books were kept by a series of travelling ministers and covered the years 1786 to 1841, containing lists of marriages, baptisms, and deaths. The records centre geographically on Gagetown, Queen?s County and particularly focus on the New Brunswick communities of Fredericton, Saint Marys, Lincoln, Grand Lake, Waterborough, Long Island, Wickham, Hampstead, Maugherville, Petersville, Sheffield, Kingston, Springfield, Greenwich, and Saint John. The communities are mainly located in King?s, Sunbury, and York Counties of New Brunswick, but entries as far flung as Nova Scotia, Ontario, Maine, Connecticut, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, and New York are included.

      Anglican, Gagetown, Queens, NB
      February 18, 1794 Seelye Polly Olmsted Dau Baptism Grand Lake Ephraim & Anna
      February 18, 1794 Seelye Joseph Gidney Son Baptism Grand Lake Ephraim & Anna
      February 18, 1794 Seelye Jerusia Baptism Grand Lake Ephraim & Anna
      February 18, 1794 Seelye Gideon Son Baptism Grand Lake Ephraim & Anna
      February 18, 1794 Seelye Isaac Son Baptism Grand Lake Ephraim & Anna
      February 18, 1794 Seelye Jemima Dau Baptism Grand Lake Ephraim & Anna

      The children were baptised by Rev Richard Samuel Clarke who was the minister at New Milford for many years before coming toe Gagetown and later settling in St Stephen.
    • http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~nbqueens/gageangbapt-ns.htm#S
      Seelye Gideon 18 Feb 1794 Grand Lake Seelye Ephraim and Anna By Rev. Richard Clarke
      Seelye Isaac 18 Feb 1794 Grand Lake Seelye Ephraim and Anna By Rev. Richard Clarke
      Seelye Jemima 18 Feb 1794 Grand Lake Seelye Ephraim and Anna By Rev. Richard Clarke
      Seelye Jerusia 18 Feb 1794 Grand Lake Seelye Ephraim and Anna By Rev. Richard Clarke
      Seelye Joseph Gidney 18 Feb 1794 Grand Lake Seelye Ephraim and Anna By Rev. Richard Clarke
      Seelye Polly Olmstead 18 Feb 1794 Grand Lake Seelye Ephraim and Anna By Rev. Richard Clarke
    Birth [1775-1784] 
    Birth [1771]  [1, 2
    Birth [1771]  NB Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Birth [1778]  [4
    Birth [1777]  [5
    Birth NB Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Census 1880: Dugald, Jane, Catherine
    Birth ME Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Census 1880: Eliza
      Census 1900: Eliza
    Birth St Andrews, Charlotte, NB Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Birth [1783-1785]  [Keswick, York, NB] Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • If Jerusha was born in New Brunswick, then she would have been born some time between the family's arrival in 1783 and a return of people taken in 1785 at Keswick River.
    Residence 1800  Township 1 East of Machias [Perry], Washington, ME Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • John Black
      in the 1800 United States Federal Census
      Name: John Black
      Home in 1800 (City, County, State): Township East of Machias, Washington, Maine
      Free White Persons - Males - 26 thru 44: 1 [1756-1774]
      Free White Persons - Females - 16 thru 25: 1 [1775-1784]
      Number of Household Members Over 25: 2
      Number of Household Members: 2
      Year: 1800; Census Place: Machias, Washington, Maine; Series: M32; Roll: 8; Page: 636; Image: 55; Family History Library Film: 218678
    Residence WAR OF 1812  Deer Island, West Isles, Charlotte, NB Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    • Eliza at that time was living on Deer island with her grandmother, and she would often accompany the men folks on their fishing trips to Grand Menan [sic] and other islands.
    Residence 8 Jan 1828  Saint Patrick, Charlotte, NB Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Volume J page 19 [22/553]
      No 18
      John Black yeoman Saint Patrick and Jerusha his wife
      Samuel Deane Jr yeoman Saint Patrick
      5 pounds
      beginning at a birch tree near the coal pit so called joining on land heretofore sold by the said John Black and his wife Jerusha to George Spurrier and running along the line of said land east and by north fifty rods
      thence north and by west forty four rods
      thence west by south and parallel with the first mentioned line to the shore
      thence along the bank of the shore to the first mentioned bounds
      13 acres
      being part and parcel of Lot number 2 granted to the said John Black in a grant to George Fisher and others
      8 January 1828 John Black [His mark]
      Jerusha Black [Her mark]
      Wit: Peter McCallum, George Spurrier
    Residence 22 Mar 1830  Saint Patrick, Charlotte, NB Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Volume K page 396
      No 354
      John Black yeoman Saint Patrick and Jerusha his wife
      Samuel Deane Jr yeoman Saint Patrick
      11 pounds 5 shillings
      beginning at Walter Flinn's boundary line within 24 rods of the Main Road
      thence running a South course to William Carson's line
      thence West till the Parish Road
      145 acres
      part and parcel of Lot 7 granted to the said John Black in a grant to George Fisher and others
      22 March 1830
      John Black [His mark]
      Jerusha Black [Her mark]
      Wit: James Allenshaw, George Spurrier
    Residence January 1848  St George, Charlotte, NB Find all individuals with events at this location  [8
    Aged 15 Jan 1849  78 years Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Residence 15 Jan 1849  St David, Charlotte, NB Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Aged 28 Jan 1850  72 years Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Residence 28 Jan 1850  St George, Charlotte, NB Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Residence 5 Aug 1850  Lubec, Washington, ME Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    • Jerusha Black
      in the 1850 United States Federal Census
      Name: Jerusha Black
      Age: 79
      Birth Year: abt 1771
      Birthplace: New Brunswick
      Home in 1850: Lubec, Washington, Maine, USA
      Gender: Female
      Family Number: 387
      Thomas Francis 65 Laborer England
      Eliza Francis 45 NB
      John Francis 21 Seaman NB
      Mary J Francis 17 NB
      Elizabeth Francis 11
      Catharine Francis 8
      Joseph Francis 3
      Jerusha Black 79 NB
      Year: 1850; Census Place: Lubec, Washington, Maine; Roll: M432_272; Page: 187A; Image: 372
      5 August 1850
    Aged 8 Nov 1851  80 years Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Residence 8 Nov 1851  Campobello, Charlotte, NB Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Living 12 Feb 1852 
    Died Between 1857 and 1860 
    Aged 9 Feb 1857  80 years Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Residence 9 Feb 1857  Lubec, Washington, ME Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Person ID I42010  4 February 2018
    Last Modified 30 Dec 2017 

    Father Ephraim SEELEY,   b. [1757], [Fairfield, CT] Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Between 30 July 1823 and 14 Jan 1824, [Digdeguash, Saint Patrick, Charlotte, NB] Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mother Anna PARKER,   b. Bef C 1759,   d. Aft 28 Aug 1816  (Age > 57 years) 
    Married C 1779  [NY] Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Petition 5 July 1785: 3 children dead since settlement. 1 child born
      Return 5 August 1785: 1 child under 10
      1794: 6 children baptized at Gagetown [Jerusha, Gideon, Isaac, Jemima, Mary, Joseph]
      Petition 28 January 1797: 7 children [Jerusha, Gideon, Isaac, Jemima, Mary, Joseph, ?]
      Petition 3 March 1797: 6 children [Jerusha, Gideon, Isaac, Jemima, Mary, Joseph]

      Jerusha [1771-1778]
      2 or 3
      Gideon [1773-1781]
      Isaac [1788] [1785-1790]
      Jemima 1790
      Mary [1791-1794]
      3
      Abraham [1800]
      Rebecca [1800-1812]
      1

      It wasn't until March 1779 that Ephraim Seeley ended his stint with the Continental Army and took up with Emerich's Chasseurs. Given that his wife was from New York, and the Chasseurs were stationed there, there's no good reason to believe he was married long before this time. In fact, his wife's family may have been New York Loyalist, which may have played a role in his change of loyalty. It wouldn't be unreasonable to conclude that he was married about this time.

      Ephraim Seeley may have had as many as 15 children, most likely born after 1779. According to a petition that he made in July 1785 he had 3 children who died since he settled, and 1 child was born. The next month a return of the settlement was taken, this only showing 1 child. Nine years later he baptized 6 children at th Anglican Church at Gagetown. A petition in January 1797 indicated he had 7 children at the time, another in March records 6.

      It is tempting to say that Jerusha was the the one child first born in New Brunswick, but all records giving her age put her birth at much earlier, a range from 1771 to 1778. So let's say Ephraim and Anna were married about 1779 and Jerusha born not too long after. As for the discrepency with the number of children given in the petitions, I imagine it is just that-a discrepency. Jerusha was born before coming to New Brunswick, along with two other children. The other two died after settlement, and another was born. The first child born in New Brunswick was probably Gideon, likely after the August 1785 return.

      The next 4 children are known and are the remaining part of the 6 baptized at Gagetown in 1794. Another child was born between then and another petition in 1797, but that child apparently died in 1797. Judging from the census of 1800, two more children were born between 1797 and 1800. Three more children were born between 1800 and 1810.
    Family ID F12562  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family John BLACK,   b. [1761],   d. 3 Feb 1846, Pennfield, Charlotte, NB Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married *[2 Feb 1794 - 1794] 
    • Married by Henry Goldsmith Esq? David Owen?
    Married [1794]  [8
    • You Petitioner was married to the said John Black fifty two years [d 1846 so m? 1794]
    Married 1793  Campobello, Charlotte, NB Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Children 
     1. John BLACK,   b. [1800], [Perry, Washington, ME] Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 1891 CENSUS
     2. Dugald BLACK,   b. [Adam's Island, West Isles, Charlotte, NB] Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 Sep 1893, Pembroke, Washington, ME Find all individuals with events at this location
     3. Eliza Ann BLACK,   b. [1805], NB Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 Dec 1901, Milbridge, Washington, ME Find all individuals with events at this location
     4. Catherine BLACK,   b. [1811], NB Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 1900 CENSUS?
     5. Malcolm S BLACK,   b. *[1813],   d. Bef 1870 CENSUS?
     6. Jane BLACK,   b. *[1815],   d. 3 Aug 1892, Eastport, Washington, ME Find all individuals with events at this location
     7. Lucinda BLACK,   b. Letete, St George, Charlotte, NB Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Nov 1875, Deer Island, West Isles, Charlotte, NB Find all individuals with events at this location
    Family ID F12449  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Documents
    John Black Pension File
    John Black Pension File

  • Notes 
    • Petition 1847: Jarushy
      Petition 1849: Jerushy
      Washington County Probate: Nil
      Death daughter Eliza: Abigail
      St Ann's Anglican Campobello: Nil Marriages, Baptisms, Burials

      Peter McCallum apparently had a daughter Jerusha born before 1791.

      Claim: Jerusha wife of John Black is Jerusha Seeley daughter of Ephraim Seeley.

      1. Direct evidence
      shw1218 (Susan Hicks) is a John Black descendant and a DNA match to Gram. I haven't been able to examine the match in detail.

      2. Circumstantial evidence
      Ephraim Seeley occupied a piece of the grant of John Black. The others on that property were also related to Black: George Spurrier's daughter married a son of John Black, Samuel Dean married a daughter of John Black.
      The Seeleys, Blacks and Greers were all Anglicans.
      John Black and Ephraim Seeley are both coopers.
      Ephrain Seeley lived at Perry, Maine, 1800. It appears John Black did as well.

      3. Consistency
      Mary Seeley would be about the right age to have married Andrew Greer around 1820, and no evidence of her marrying or having a family is known.

      4. Inconsistency
      Jerusha's ages given in records make her too old by several years to be the daughter of Ephraim Seeley, unless she was one of the children born before the Seeleys came to New Brunswick.
      A petition by Ephraim Seeley dated 5 July 1785 claims that he had 3 children when he settled, 1 born since he settled, and children dead since he settled. The language of the petition suggests that all his children died since his arrival, but it is not clear. One solution is that Jerusha is one of the children born before the family's arrival in New Brunswick, and Gideon was the one born since the arrival in NB. However, a return of Guides and Pinoeers dated 5 August 1785 says that there was only 1 child in the family at the time. These innacuracies seem to wash out by 1794, when 6 children of Ephraim and Anna Seeley (including Jerusha) were baptized in Gagetown.
    • Acadiensis, Vol. 18, No. 2 (SPRING/PRINTEMPS 1989)
      contains: Disfranchised but not Quiescent: Women Petitioners in New Brunswick in the Mid-19th Century
      GAIL G. CAMPBELL
      pp. 22-54 (33 pages)

      p 29
      Seven women who applied for the pension received at least one rejection by the Legislature. Jerusha Black, who was living in Pennfield Parish, Charlotte County at the time of her husband's death in 1846, left that parish after his death and her first petition was filed from St George Parish in 1848. She was granted her pension that year, but the following year, when she applied from St David Parish, she was denied support. Back in St George in 1850, she received her pension once more. The following year, at age 79, she returned to her childhood home, Campobello Island, where she and John Black had married in 1793. There is no record of her application that year, but in the following year, 1852, she was receiving her pension in Campobello.

      RG4, RS24, 1848/Pe 152; 1849/Pe 13; 1850/Pe 56; 1852/Pe 67, PANB
    • Potential relative, considering that the S in the middle name of Malcolm represents the maiden name of Jerusha:
      1. Elijah Stearns [1811 militia list Campobello]
      2. Robert Stevens [1811 militia list Campobello]
      2. Robert Sim [1784 Penobscot Loyalist]
      3. William Spencer [1784 Penobscot Loyalist]
      4. Moses Sprague [1784 Penobscot Loyalist]
      5. John Stevens [1784 Penobscot Loyalist]
      6. James Stout [1784 Penobscot Loyalist]
      7. Several Stewarts.
      8. Peter Sutherland [1784 Penobscot Loyalist]
      9. John Symond [1784 Penobscot Loyalist]
      10. Robert Sellars [1784 Penobscot Loyalist]
      11. Maurice Salts [Nehemiah Marks]
      12. Orange Seelye [Beaver Harbor]
      [Probably from Massachusetts. See 1900 census.]

      13. John Shaw [Royal Fencible Americans]
      14. Michael Shea [Royal Fencible Americans]
      15. John/David Shields [Penobscot]
      16. Ephraim Shulea [Beaver Harbor]
      17. James Simington [Penobscot]
      18. James Simmonds [Penobscot]
      19. Drummond Simmonds [Beaver Harbor]
      20. Michael Simpson [Nehemiah Marks]
      21.

      more:
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  • Sources 
    1. [S3968] Petition of Jerushy Black 15 January 1849, Provincial Archives of New Brunswick, (15 January 1849).

    2. [S3970] Petition of Jerusha Black 8 November 1851, Provincial Archives of New Brunswick, (8 November 1851).

    3. [S543] Census, US Federal, 1850, Department of Commerce.

    4. [S3969] Petition of Jerusha Black 28 January 1850, Provincial Archives of New Brunswick, (28 January 1850).

    5. [S3965] Petition of Jerusha Black 9 February 1857, Provincial Archives of New Brunswick, (9 February 1857).

    6. [S3971] Death Certificate of Eliza Pinkham, State of Maine, (d 19 December 1901).

    7. [S21] Obituary of Eliza Black Francis Pinkham, Boston Globe, ([December 1901]).

    8. [S3960] Petition of Jerushy Black January 1847 [1848], Provincial Archives of New Brunswick, (January 1847 [1848]).