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Josiah TRUE

Josiah TRUE

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  • Name Josiah TRUE 
    Born 8 Feb 1775 
    Gender Male 
    Birth [1756-1774] 
    Birth [1766-1784] 
    Birth [1776] 
    • Petition 1827
    Birth US Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Petition 1819
    Residence 1800  Thompsonborough [Lisbon], Lincoln, ME Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Josiah True
      in the 1800 United States Federal Census
      Name: Josiah True
      Home in 1800 (City, County, State): Thompsonborough, Lincoln, Maine
      Free White Persons - Males - 26 thru 44: 1 [1756-1774]
      Free White Persons - Females - 16 thru 25: 1
      Number of Household Members Over 25: 1
      Number of Household Members: 2
      Year: 1800; Census Place: Thompsonborough, Lincoln, Maine; Series: M32; Roll: 6; Page: 333; Image: 322; Family History Library Film: 218676
    Residence 1810  Lisbon, Lincoln, ME Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Josiah True
      in the 1810 United States Federal Census
      Name: Josiah True
      Home in 1810 (City, County, State): Lisbon, Lincoln, Maine
      Free White Persons - Males - Under 10: 1 [Josiah]
      Free White Persons - Males - 10 thru 15: 1 [William]
      Free White Persons - Males - 26 thru 44 : 1 [1766-1784] [Josiah]
      Free White Persons - Females - Under 10: 4 [Sarah, Sophronia, Hannah Eveline]
      Free White Persons - Females - 10 thru 15: 2 [Dorcas, Abigail]
      Free White Persons - Females - 45 and over : 1 [Mary]
      Numbers of Slaves: 1
      Number of Household Members Under 16: 8
      Number of Household Members Over 25: 2
      Number of Household Members: 11
      Year: 1810; Census Place: Lisbon, Lincoln, Maine; Roll: 12; Page: 29; Image: 00037; Family History Library Film: 0218683
    Residence 25 May 1810  Charlotte, NB? Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Residence October 1818  Piskahagan, St George, Charlotte, NB Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Residence 4 Feb 1819  Charlotte, NB Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Grant 3 Oct 1825 
    Grant 22 Oct 1834 
    Grant 2 Aug 1838 
    Grant 28 Dec 1838 
    Living 20 Apr 1844 
    Person ID I58556  4 February 2018
    Last Modified 31 Jul 2019 

    Father William TRUE 
    Mother Abigail WHITTEN 
    Family ID F18786  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Mary BLITHEN,   b. [1774], ME Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 Apr 1854 
    Married 13 Jun 1794  Lewiston, Lincoln, ME Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Name: Josiah True
      Spouse's Name: Mary Blethen
      Event Date: 13 Jun 1794
      Event Place: Lewiston, Androscoggin, Maine
      Indexing Project (Batch) Number: M52051-4
      System Origin: Maine-ODM
      GS Film number: 223931
      Citing this Record
      "Maine Marriages, 1771-1907," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:F4FF-K5S : 10 February 2018), Josiah True and Mary Blethen, 13 Jun 1794; citing Lewiston, Androscoggin, Maine, reference ; FHL microfilm 223,931.
    Children 
     1. Dorcas TRUE,   b. 28 Oct 1794,   d. Bef 1850 CENSUS
     2. William TRUE,   b. 27 Aug 1796,   d. 12 Oct 1838  (Age 42 years)
     3. Abigail TRUE,   b. 13 Jul 1798,   d. 13 Jul 1883  (Age 85 years)
     4. Sarah TRUE,   b. 24 Mar 1800
     5. Josiah TRUE,   b. 10 Mar 1802
     6. Sophronia TRUE,   b. 29 Dec 1803,   d. 28 Jun 1877  (Age 73 years)
     7. Hannah TRUE,   b. 4 Dec 1805,   d. 20 Jun 1873  (Age 67 years)
     8. Eveline TRUE,   b. 20 Feb 1808,   d. 14 Apr 1891  (Age 83 years)
     9. Mary TRUE,   b. 9 Oct 1810,   d. 1886  (Age 75 years)
     10. Eliza TRUE,   b. 9 Oct 1810,   d. 2 Feb 1887, Boston, Suffolk, MA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 76 years)
     11. Constant TRUE,   b. 20 Mar 1813
    Family ID F18785  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • Smugglers of Quoddy: Nil
      Johnson's Vitals: Nil
      Early NB Probate: Nil
      St Mark's Anglican -1850 : Nil
      Petition 1827: 7 children married ae 52
      First Families: Nil
      Charlotte County Probate: Nil
      St Andrews Assessment 1822: William True
      Saint Patrick Assessment 1833: Nil
      St Andrews Assessment 1831: Nil
      St George Assessment 1831: Nil
      Lincoln County Registry Books: Grantors checked 1810-1850
    • https://www.familysearch.org/search/catalog/588692?availability=Family%20History%20Library
      Lisbon, Maine vital records
      Statement of Responsibility: copied by Carmeta J. Appleby, Lisbon Falls, Maine, for Governor James Bowdoin Chapter, D.A.R., West Bowdoin, Me., 1937
      Authors: Appleby, Carmeta J.
      Lisbon, Maine vital records
      Family History Library
      United States & Canada Film
      1753679
      Item 2
      7856957
      https://www.familysearch.org/search/film/007856957?cat=588692
      [137/1065]
      p 46
      Children of Josiah Sr and Mary True
      Dorcas b Oct 28 1794
      William b Aug 27 1796
      Abigail b July 13 1798
      Sarah b Mar 24 1800
      Josiah Jr b Mar 10 1802
      Sophronia b Dec 29 1803
      Hannah b Dec 4 1805
      Eveline b Feb 20 1808
      Mary b Oct 9 1810 twin
      Eliza b Oct 9 1810 twin
      Constant b Mar 2 1813
    • https://archives.gnb.ca/Search/RS108/Details.aspx?culture=en-CA&Key=62460
      Index to Land Petitions: Original Series, 1783-1918 (RS108)
      Name RILEY, CHARLES
      Year 1819
      County Charlotte
      Microfilm F4185
      See petition of TRUE, JOSIAH
      All names on this petition : 2
      . RILEY, CHARLES
      . TRUE, JOSIAH

      https://www.familysearch.org/search/catalog/78954?availability=Family%20History%20Library
      Land petitions, 1783-1857
      Authors: New Brunswick. Crown Land Office
      1819 Paton, William Sr. - 1820 Avery, Richard
      Family History Library
      United States & Canada Film
      1288481
      8191267
      https://www.familysearch.org/search/film/008191267?cat=78954
      [503/836]
      We Certify that Establishing of a Saw Mill and grist Mill as proposed by Josiah True, and Stated in the annexed Memorial will be of Important Pub Benefit, and greatly promote the Settlement of the Neighborhood. And we beg Leave to Recommend the Petitioner to the favourable Nottice of His Majesty's Government
      Robt Pagan
      Hugh Mackay
      Joseph Porter

      H Hatch Esq Certificate of True, Provincial Settlers Establishments

      To His Excellency Major General George Strang Smyth Lieut Governor and Commander in Chief of the Province of New Brunswick etc etc etc
      The Petition of Charles Ryley and Josiah Trye
      Humbly Sheweth
      That Your Petitioner Charles Ryley was born in this Province and Josiah True in the States of America, that they are both British Subjects and at present reside in the County of Charlotte. That Your Petitioners are both married and have families. That finding the New Settlement lately former by order of Government on the Road from Saint Andrews would be greatly accomadated by the building of a Grist and Saw mill near the Bridge on the Piskahagen or Little Maguagadavic River, propose to erect one provided Your Excellency in HIs Wisdon shall think fit to grant Your Petitioners Six Hundred Acres of Land as Tenants in Common in the above Situation

      The Land applied for is altogether unfit for Cultivation & that part of it which comes within the Military Survey is so Reported by Mrs Campbell who surveyed the land & which contains about 340 Acres, the remainder of the land that Petitioners wish is adjoining the 340 Acre and in rear of the lots laid out for the Military Letters on the North side of the Road, and on the West side of the River Piskahagen.

      That Petitioners are of Ability and intend to commence their Building as soon as they obtain Permission for the Land to be granted to them, that the land being so totally unfavourable to cultivation they cannot bind themselves to improve it, but require it merely for the Timber to supply the Mill. That Petitioners have not directly or indirectly bargained or agreed for the sale or transfer of the same to any Person or Persons whatsoever. And Your Petitioners as in duty bound will ever pray
      Josiah True
      Charles Riley [His mark]

      [4 February 1819]

      Certififed before Daniel Cloppen Justice Peace

      Land vacant

      [Another Petition for the same]

      [Certified by Colin Campbell]
    • Charlotte County Registry of Deeds

      Numerous grantee deeds, extracted the earliest.

      Volume I Page 282
      [285/553]
      No 215
      Samuel North Lieutenant in His Majesty's hundredth Regiment of Foot by my lawful Attorney Colin Campbell
      Josiah True St George
      25 pounds
      200 acres on the southeastern side of the Great Road from Saint Andrews to Frederiton near the thirty seven mile tree being the southwesterly part of a tract of 500 acres granted to me the said Samuel North
      29 november 1826
      Samuel North by his Attorney Colin Campbell
      Wit: William Rodgers, John Campbell

      Volume K Page 339
      [343/548]
      No 304
      Josiah True yeoman St George
      John Fish St George
      25 pounds
      100 acres
      land on southeastern side of the Great Road from Saint Andrews to Fredericton
      described
      1/5 part of the north lot so called
      3 March 1828
      Josiah True
      Wit: H Hatch, S H Whitlock

      Volume P Page 442
      [445/550]
      No 400
      Josiah True yeoman Saint George
      John Gillman yeoman Saint George
      Lot 21 St George 3rd Tract in the late Military Grant
      100 acres purchsaed from William McHenry 19 March 1830
      also
      Lot 22 3rd Tract purchased from Robert Shaw 21 April 1830
      12 October 1836
      Josiah True
      Wit: William B Chandler

      Volume S Page 712
      [714/909]
      No 1068 Mortgage
      Josiah True yeoman St George
      Hannah Whitney West Isles
      25 pounds
      2 lots Saint George described
      11 July 1842
      Josiah True
      Wit: C R Hatheway

      Volume T Page 132
      [135/803]
      No 194
      1 August 1843
      Thomas Jones Esqr High Sheriff of the County of Charlotte
      John Rhodes merchant City of Saint John
      ...goods and chattels of Josiah True...

      Volume U Page 427
      [430/819]
      No 343
      20 April 1844
      Thomas Jones Esq Sheriff
      John Irvin merchant St Andrews
      ...goods and chattels of Josiah True
      ...
    • https://archives.gnb.ca/Search/RS108/Details.aspx?culture=en-CA&Key=62459
      Index to Land Petitions: Original Series, 1783-1918 (RS108)
      Name TRUE, JOSIAH
      Year 1818
      County Charlotte
      Microfilm F4255
      See petition of CAMPBELL, JOHN
      5 other Petitioner(s) were on this Petition
      CAMPBELL, JOHN
      DEVEBER, GABRIEL
      HATCH, CHRISTOPHER
      MCDOUGAL, -----
      SKIDGELL, OBADIAH

      https://www.familysearch.org/search/catalog/78954?availability=Family%20History%20Library
      Land petitions, 1783-1857
      Authors: New Brunswick. Crown Land Office

      Cannot find this in 1818. There are John Campbell petitions in 1817 and 1819. Not filed under any of the other names in 1818.
    • https://archives.gnb.ca/Search/RS108/Details.aspx?culture=en-CA&Key=62461
      Index to Land Petitions: Original Series, 1783-1918 (RS108)
      Name TRUE, JOSIAH
      Year 1820
      County Charlotte
      Microfilm F4188
      2 other Petitioner(s) were on this Petition
      CAMPBELL, JOHN
      DEVEBER, GABRIEL

      https://www.familysearch.org/search/catalog/78954?availability=Family%20History%20Library
      Land petitions, 1783-1857
      Authors: New Brunswick. Crown Land Office
      1820 Nevers, Samuel Sr. - 1820 Wilson, John
      Family History Library
      United States & Canada Film
      1288484
      8191270
      https://www.familysearch.org/search/film/008191270?cat=78954
      [646/839]
      Petition of John Campbell and Gabriel Deveber Supervisors of the Great Road leading from St Andrews to Fredericton
      ...
      That Your Petitioners in Octr 1818 settled Josiah True on the said Road near the Piskahagan as a Provincial Settler conformably to an Act of the General Assembly made for that Purpose
      That the said Josiah True has made all the improvements and complied with the terms in every respect required by the Act of Assembly aforesaid
      Your Petitioners therefor pray that a Grant of three hundred acres may pass to the said Josiah True between the 36 and 37 mile trees being the situation above described

      ...
      Febry 19th 1820
    • https://archives.gnb.ca/Search/RS108/Details.aspx?culture=en-CA&Key=62462
      Index to Land Petitions: Original Series, 1783-1918 (RS108)
      Name TRUE, JOSIAH
      Year 1823
      County Charlotte
      Microfilm F4196
      See petition of STONE, SOLOMON

      1823 Shearerd, Matthew - 1824 Cummings, Michael
      Family History Library
      United States & Canada Film
      1288492
      8191276
      https://www.familysearch.org/search/film/008191276?cat=78954
      [125/882]
      ...
      Your Memorialist begs leave to state that He reoved with his Family last September to the Farm occupied and improved by Josiah True on the Road from Fredericton to Saint Andrews, and wishes to form a Settlement in that Quarter - that HE has since that period built a Grist Mill near the Saw Mill of said True which He conveives will be essential Service to the public
      ...
      Saint George 3 March 1823
      Solomon Stone
    • https://archives.gnb.ca/Search/RS108/Details.aspx?culture=en-CA&Key=62463
      Index to Land Petitions: Original Series, 1783-1918 (RS108)
      Name RILEY, CHARLES
      Year 1827
      County Charlotte
      Microfilm F4211
      See petition of TRUE, JOSIAH
      All names on this petition : 2
      . RILEY, CHARLES
      . TRUE, JOSIAH

      https://www.familysearch.org/search/catalog/78954?availability=Family%20History%20Library
      Land petitions, 1783-1857
      Authors: New Brunswick. Crown Land Office
      1827 Smith, Hugh - 1828 McRae, John
      Family History Library
      United States & Canada Film
      1289007
      8191300
      https://www.familysearch.org/search/film/008191300?cat=78954
      [177/816]
      Petition of Josiah True r St George ae 52 [1776] 7 children married
      ...
      That the said Riley was unable and still continues so to undertake any part of the Work, and soon after removed from his Military Lots in the Neighborhood of the Piskahagen to Saint Andrews where he now resides.
      ...
      1 March 1827
    • https://sites.rootsweb.com/~nbpstgeo/stge5n.htm
      PISKAHEGAN AND JOSIAH TRUE by Rev. Charles M. Smith
      Found in edition December 12, 1974 of Saint Croix Courier
      ...
      The earliest official mention of his name came on May 25, 1810 when, as an aspiring immigrant, True made (what must have been) his first appeal to governmental authority for a lot of land in New Brunswick. His petition apparently came before the Provincial Assembly and was met with approval , as the following judicial instructions show: "Josiah True , at the last April General Sessions of the Peace, in open court, became bound to our Sovereign Lord the King in (the amount of) 100 pounds. And Christopher Hatch and John Campbell, each (for) 25 pounds. (That he must) reside upon the land for five years from the time of entry, --to be allotted him upon the Fredericton Road, to clear five thereon.

      Signed, Hatch, Clerk".

      https://sites.rootsweb.com/~nbpstgeo/stge5o.htm
    • http://sites.rootsweb.com/~nbpstgeo/stge8z.html
      The Stagecoach Roads of Charlotte County
      by Doug Dougherty
      Published in the October 4, 2011 edition of the Saint Croix Courier
      ...
      On the On the "Old St. Andrews-Fredericton Road" (Great Road, Stagecoach Road), a popular stop was "True's Post House and Tavern", not far from the blockhouse, built in 1812 at Piskahegan. The story of the "Old Road" would not be complete without the life of Josiah True.

      Josiah True came to the area about 1810 from the United States; became a Canadian citizen on May 25, 1810. He petitioned the New Brunswick government for a lot of land and received a grant of 200 acres. Robert Pagan, Hugh McKay and Joseph Porter, men of influence at the time, were witnesses to his success. He cleared the land and erected a home and enjoyed a prosperous life as a farmer, lumberman and proprietor of True's Inn and Tavern.

      There are many tales of piracy, theft, and highway murder that passed down through time of the ill-gained wealth he acquired. No evidence was ever found to support such criminal behavior. Josiah True was an intriguing figure in the early history of Charlotte County and his presumed hidden wealth "True's Gold".Gold bars were supposed to have hidden wealth under a rock or in the basement of the True home. To this day no gold has been found. He is buried in the St. George Cemetery but his resting place and the burial places of his wife and son are unidentified.
    • Gristmills of Charlotte County
      Written by Harry W. Martin, March 1968
      Report was printed in the St. Croix Courier in 1970s a three part series Mills Influence Early Settlement?
      Charlotte County Historical Society Collection, Vol. 4, No. 44 Gristmills of Charlotte County
      Transcribed by Janice Scott (Heritage Charlotte), 18 June 2008

      24. True Gristmill
      This mill was located on the Piskehagan River, near the bridge on the old Fredericton Road. Arthur Gillmor of Bonny River stated that his father, Arthur Hill Gillmor, operator of the Bonny River gristmill, had mentioned that the True Gristmill had evidently begun operations between 1800 and 1805, and had continued operations until about 1830. Sometime after that the mill was swept away by the floods andice in the river. However, the millstones were broken free and hadslid into the deep water below thefalls, and laid there until they were found yearslater.
      This mill was owned and operated by a Mr. True who also owned tract of land, and an "exchange" for the use of travelers going to and from Fredericton. The millstones were cut from native granite. One of them from a large boulder located at Millstone Hill, on the road to St. George, about four miles below the Pomeroy Bridge; the flat top of the remainder of the boulder maystill be seen there. The grist of this mill seems to have been mainly oats and buckwheat.
    • https://www.familysearch.org/search/catalog/1000376?availability=Family%20History%20Library
      The family True : the family of Henry True (Trew) & Israel Pike, the True family from New England
      Statement of Responsibility: by James J. Jackson and Catherine Mary Murphy Murray
      Authors: Jackson, James J. (Main Author) Murray, Catherine Mary Murphy
      https://dcms.lds.org/delivery/DeliveryManagerServlet?from=fhd&dps_pid=IE928773
      p 62
      Josiah True b 8 February 1775 m Mary Bliffin
      Children:
      William True
      Josiah True

      son of William True m Abigail Whitton m 28 September 1766

      p 53
      Wiliam True b 20 January 1729/30 Salibury, Essex, MA d 8 March 1825 North Yarmouth, Cumberland, ME



    • History of Androscoggin County, Maine ...
      edited by Georgia Drew Merrill
      p 443
      The First Town Meeting of Thompsonborough was held at the house of Samuel Tebbetts, Esq 17 March 1800
      ...
      Josiah True...surveyors of highway

      p 444
      1807 ...Josiah True...

      p 448
      Civil List Lisbon
      1807
      ...Josiah True
      1808
      ...Josiah True
      1809
      ...Josiah True
    • http://files.usgwarchives.net/me/androscoggin/sabattus/families/hifiles.txt
      HEATH William - Born ??, d ??, s/o ?? William Heath of Thompsonborough, ME sold 50 acres of part of Lot two in Thompsonboro (Lisbon) to Josiah True on 18 Nov 1799, recorded 3 June 1800.
    • Lincoln County Registry Books

      Grantor Books beginning 1810-1820

      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. 63-64 1807-1810
      Family History Library
      United States & Canada Film
      11390
      8202830
      https://www.familysearch.org/search/film/008202830?cat=352440
      [518/545]
      Volume 64 Page 216
      Josiah True gentleman Lisbon
      John Macmanners gentleman Lisbon
      $800
      land in Wales described
      19 October 1802
      Josiah True
      Wit: Josiah True, Noah Jordan
    • 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. 108-109 1819-1821
      Family History Library
      United States & Canada Film
      11412
      8296836
      https://www.familysearch.org/search/film/008296836?cat=352440
      Volume 108 Page 3
      [27/513]
      To the Sheriff of our County of Linstoln
      ...
      August 1819
      against Josiah True yeoman Lisbon

      Volume 108 Page 5
      [28/513]
      To the Sheriff of our County of Lincoln
      ...
      August 1819
      against Josiah True yeoman Lincoln

      Volume 108 Page 56
      [80/513]
      To the Sheriff of our County of Linstoln
      ...
      August 1819
      against Josiah True yeoman Lisbon