The family of William Shepherd 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.

John L. Haines and family


This burial lot is shared by the Haines and Nason families and contains two stones.

In memory of Marianne, only daughter of John L. and Phoebe Haines, died 13th Sept. 1868, aged 15 years. Also their only son, James, died 24th March, 1856, aged 4 years.

In memory of William Haines, died July l0th, 1876, aged 49 years.

The Haines stone is four-sided but inscribed on the east side only.

Joseph and Peter Haines of the New York Volunteers had land grants in the Upper Keswick area.

The Saint John Morning News of 7 January 1852 notes that John L. Haines and Miss Phoebe Nason were married "on the 18th ult." by Rev. S. Elder, all residents of Fredericton. According to the New Brunswick Directory for 1865-66, John L. Haines, carpenter and builder, lived on St. John Street near George. He was the contractor who built the Free Baptist Church, dedicated on 29 December 1861. At the time of his daughter’s death, John L. Haines was an alderman in Queen’s Ward, Fredericton.

The relationship of William Haines to John L. Haines is not certain. The census of 1871 shows a William Haines, farm labourer, lodging with William Day and his wife Elizabeth.

In memory of Florence B. Nason, died Oct. 14, 1876, aged 17 years.

The present stone, of coral marble, retains the old base and the top inscribed with the name Nason.

John and Lemuel Nason were the original grantees of Nasonworth, York County. The Morning News of 25 June 1851 announced the marriage of Mr. Lemuel Nason on 14 June 1851 to Martha, second daughter of Mr. James Bailey of Sheffield. According to the census of 1861, Lemuel Nason was born in 1826. He was a joiner, George St. near Church Street. Lemuel Nason and his wife had three sons, Pembroke, Frederick and Herbert, and one daughter, Florence. His sister Ann married Israel Phillips of Blissville in December 1851. He was 58 when he died on 22 April 1885. He was a Methodist.  John and Lemuel Nason are not known to be buried in the Old Burying Ground.

Caroline Estey Price


In Memory of Caroline, wife of Nathaniel L. Price, third daughter of William S. Estey, died 12th June 1851, aged 26 years

Caroline was a daughter of William Shepherd Estey and his wife Lucretia Estabrooks. She was married to Nathaniel Price in Fredericton on 2 September 1846 by the Reverend Samuel Elder. Nathaniel Price is shown in the 1851 census as 32 years old and a lodger, with H.S. Price, aged 4, at the home of his father-in-law.

The Estabrooks, Price, and Estey families were early settlers in New Brunswick. Benjamin Price and family were on the lower St. John River in 1765. A man named Nathaniel Price lived in Maugerville in 1776 and was a known sympathiser of the Americans.