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.

The Holden Turner family

Turner

In Memory of John, son of John and Agnes Turner, who died May 12, 1860, aged 9 years and 7 mo’s

Agnes, the first child of John and Agnes Turner died in infancy. She also is buried here, her grave unmarked.

John Turner was a son of George Hutchinson Turner and his wife, Catherine Russell. He was a grandson of Holden Turner and Jennet Hutchinson, and of Jacob and Elizabeth Russell, Loyalists who settled in Kingsclear.

Holden Turner was born about 1761 in Ayr, Scotland, and came to New Brunswick in 1784. He was a member of St. Paul’s Church in 1843. Holden and Jennet had ten children. Uncles of John Turner operated the Turner American Express out of Saint John and were prosperous. John Turner drove the stage coach from Fredericton to St. Andrews and later the Woodstock stage.

Agnes was a daughter of Ebenezer Nicholson, who came to New Brunswick with his wife and children from Dumfries and settled in the parish of Douglas. The family attended the old Kirk. Another daughter, Sarah, married Robert Irwin, whose sister Margaret married Robert Colwell. Hugh Irwin, brother of Robert, married Matilda, the sister of William Grieves. This explains the proximity of the graves of the Turner, Irwin, Colwell, and Grieves families.

Buried here are Agnes and John, the first two children of John and Agnes Turner. The eldest six of John’s ten children were born in Fredericton. After 1860, the family apparently moved about and in 1865 were in Rivière-du-Loup. Agnes Turner died there in 1896, and John died in Winnipeg in 1911.

Margery Elizabeth, 1851-1854, child of J.S. and Susan Turner.

This inscription is on the reverse of the large Sampson stone.

Joshua S. Turner, a grandson of Holden Turner, had married Susan Johnson in 1851. She was a daughter of Margery Elizabeth Johnson, as was Jane, wife of Thomas Sampson, whose son Charles was the Fredericton agent for the Turner Express. Margery Johnson’s will in 1873 mentions a widowed Jane Sampson. She kept a grocery store in Fredericton, as did Joshua Turner in Saint John. He was also listed as a Commission Merchant and a ship owner/broker. The Saint John Directory lists him living at 130 Charlotte Street.

Wilmot Church records, Fredericton, NB:

Turner, Henry, son of Susan and Joshua Turner, merchant of Fredericton, b. 27 Oct. 1851, bapt. 14 March 1852.

Turner, Margery Elizabeth b. July 13, 1853, bapt. 16 Aug. 1854. Daughter of Joshua and Susan.

Joshua Sylvester, b. 14 May 1867 bapt. 15 Sept 1867, son of Joshua and Susan, green grocer of St. John.