The family of William Shepherd Estey

Estey

This lot contains three tombstones and four footstones, enclosed by a low rail with chain and tassels supported by stone posts.

William Shepherd Estey b. Oct. 4, 1797, d July 20, 1881 and his wife Lucretia Estabrooks b. Nov. 21, 1796 d Feb. 26, 1870.

Footstones: "W.S.E." and "L.E."

William Shepherd Estey was born at Queensbury. Eastey, Easty, and Esty are other spellings of this name.

William S. Estey was a blacksmith when young, and was later described as a general dealer, census enumerator, and lumber surveyor. He was a prominent member of the New Brunswick Baptist Education Society. On 29 October 1819 he was married in Fredericton to Lucretia Estabrooks, a daughter of Joseph Estabrooks and Lucretia Handy, and a granddaughter of Elijah Estabrooks. The family lived on the southwest corner of Northumberland and Charlotte Streets.

In 1836, William Estey and his brother Theophilus Ring Estey entered into a partnership as general dealers. William continued in business after the death of Theophilus, who is buried here in another plot.

Advertisement, 1836:

NOTICE: The subscribers, having entered into partnership, will constantly keep on hand, broad and narrow axes and all other kinds of blacksmith work, horse shoeing done with neatness and dispatch, and orders from the country will be punctually attended to in the shop, Queen St., formerly occupied by William S. Estey. — William S. Estey, Theophilus R. Estey, Fredericton, July 4th 1836.

The children of William and Lucretia Estey were Mary Jane, Harris Shepherd, Elizabeth Ann, Caroline Lucretia, Luantia, Joseph Nehemiah, Isabel Maria, Julie Sophia, William Ludlow, and Frederick William Estey. Most of them seem to have been born in Lincoln, downriver of Fredericton.

Mary Jane (1819-1897) married George William Turner (1816-1857) in 1839, and they had four sons. Nathaniel L. Price, a lodger in the home, married Caroline Lucretia in 1846. She died at the age of 26 years and is buried in the Price lot.

In 1871, William and two of his daughters, Isabel Maria and Elizabeth Ann, were living with his son, Harris S. Estey.

In memory of Harris S. Estey, died Dec. 16, 1882, ae 61 years. Also his wife Ellen A., died April 19, 1867, ae 41 years. "Make them to be numbered with Thy Saints in glory everlasting."

Footstones: "H.S.E." and "E.A.E."

Morning News, Saint John, NB, 17 September 1848:

Married, at Wakefield, on Sept. 3, 1848, by the Rev. Samuel Elder of Fredericton, Mr. Harris Spencer [Shepherd] Estey of the same city to Miss Ellen Amanda, second daughter of Mr. Thomas Sutherland, of Wakefield.

Harris Shepherd Estey was born on 23 February 1821. He and his wife Eleanor Amanda Sutherland, had seven children: Ida Caroline (born 1851), Helen M., Henry G., Frank A., William J., G. Frederick, and Bella L.M. Estey.

Harris S. Estey was first a grocer, his shop on the corner of Queen and Westmorland Streets, and then for years was Secretary of the Fredericton Boom Company, a very responsible position.

In memory of Joseph N. Estey born 22nd Dec., 1828, died 28th Jan., 1861. Also Mary M. Huestis, daughter of Joseph and Jane T. Estey, Nov. 1, 1860, ae 16 days.

Jane T. Huestis, wife of J. Alfred Smith, died at Boston, Mass., May 16, 1885, ae 50 years. She made home happy.

Joseph Nehemiah Estey, the younger son of William Shepherd Estey, married Jane T. Huestis. They had a son and a daughter, and within weeks of the birth of the second child, the father and child were dead. The widow, only 27 years of age, took her two-year-old son, Spencer J. Estey, to live in the United States with her widowed mother, Deborah D. Huestis. Like the rest of this connection, Deborah was a Baptist. Jane later married J. Alfred Smith, a brother of John Thomas Smith, grocer, who lived on Waterloo Row in Fredericton. She is buried here with her first husband and her daughter.

Theophilus Ring Estey and family

Estey

Theophilus R. Estey, died 23rd May, 1857. Aged 43 years.

Also his wife Clarissa J. died 23rd Feb. 1860. Aged 34[?] years.

Theophilus Ring Estey, born 1813, was the son of Nehemiah Brown Estey (1771-1855) and Mary J. Ring. His paternal grandparents were Zebulon Estey and Mary Brown. In 1839 he married Clarissa Jane, eldest daughter of Philo Seely of St. George, Charlotte County.

Morning News, Saint John, NB, 23 January 1854:

At Fredericton on the 17th inst. Helen Augusta, daughter of Mr. Theophilus Estey of that city, aged 3 years and 2 months.

Helen Augusta Estey died in the year of the cholera plague and is undoubtedly buried here in an unmarked grave. Her sister, Annie Maria, aged 8, died in 1850 and may be buried here also.

New Brunswick Reporter and Fredericton Advertiser, Fredericton, NB, 2 March 1860:

d. East Cambridge, Mass. 23rd Feb., of typhoid fever, age 38, Clarissa J. Estey relict of Theophilus R. Estey of Fredericton city (York Co.) who died 23 May 1857, left five daughters. Her remains will be brought to Fredericton in April to be laid beside her husband.

The first Esty (Estey, Easty) in New Brunswick was Richard who came from Rowley, Massachusetts, one of the early Maugerville settlers. Theophilus Estey and his brother William Shepherd Estey entered into partnership in July 1836. They were general dealers and William S. Estey continued in business after the death of his partner. In 1865 the business was in Queen Street on the corner of Westmorland Street. The Dominion Directory of 1871 described William Esty as a surveyor of lumber at that address. He resided in Charlotte Street.