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Nathaniel Abner Abbey was born 1797 in Dutchess County, Province of New York, and died March, 1849, in Clarke Twp., Newcastle Dist., Durham Co., Canada West, at about age 52. Buried in the old cemetery near where he resided. He is the son of Nathaniel Abbey of Dutchess County, Province of New York, and Mary (Unknown) of Dutchess County, Province of New York.

Mary Louisa "Polly" Nugent was born about 1810 in County Cavan, Ireland, and died August 28, 1887, in Haldimand Twp., Northumberland and Haldimand Co., Ontario, Canada, due to Pneumonia at about age 78. Buried in Saint Paul's Anglican Church Cemetery, Cavan Twp., Ontario, Canada. She is the daughter of Francis Nugent of Mullingar, County Westmeath, Ireland, and Mary Louisa Barrett of County Cavan, Ireland.

Nathaniel Abner Abbey and Mary Louisa "Polly" Nugent were married August 5, 1833, in St. John's Anglican Church, Port Hope, Durham Co., Upper Canada.

Nathaniel Abner Abbey and Mary Louisa "Polly" (Nugent) Abbey had seven children: Leigh Larson Note: The exact place of birth of the children is unknown, since in the 1842 census, both "Abner Abby" and his brother "Oran Abby" were head of household Farmers and were living in Clarke Twp., Newcastle Dist., Durham Co., Canada West.

  1. Isaac Abbey: Born 1838 in Clarke Twp., Newcastle Dist., Durham Co., Upper Canada; Died October 9, 1865, in Mobile, Mobile Co., AL (about age 27). Buried in Section 2, Grave 303, Mobile National Cemetery, Mobile, Mobile Co., AL. Never married.
  2. Wellington Abbey: Born April 22, 1840, in Clarke Twp., Newcastle Dist., Durham Co., Upper Canada; Died September 23, 1901, in Fond du Lac, Fond du Lac, WI (age 61). Buried in Byron Cemetery, Byron Twp., Fond du Lac Co., WI. Married March 28, 1866, in Byron Twp., Fond du Lac Co., WI, to Laura Estella "Stella" Watrous: Born November 5, 1845, in Genesee Junction, Monroe Co., NY; Died July 9, 1921, in Byron Twp., Fond du Lac, WI (age 75). Buried in Byron Cemetery, Byron Twp., Fond du Lac Co., WI.
  3. Elizabeth Abbey: Born 1842 in Clarke Twp., Newcastle Dist., Durham Co., Canada West; Died February 17, 1873, in Welcome, Hope Twp., Durham Co., Ontario, Canada (about age 31). Buried in Saint John's Anglican Cemetery, Hope Twp., Northumberland Co., Ontario, Canada. Married about 1865 in Canada to James Deyell: Born February 23, 1831, in Cavan Twp., Peterborough Co., Upper Canada; Died October 4, 1905, in Bluevale, Turnberry Street, Huron Co., Ontario, Canada (age 78). It appears he was never charged in connection with the death of his wife, Elizabeth. He moved on to Peterborough and married a widow.
  4. Sarah Ann Abbey: Born February 22, 1843, in Clarke Twp., Newcastle Dist., Durham Co., Canada West; Died October 15, 1927, in Paynesville, Stearns Co., MN (age 84). Buried in Paynesville Cemetery, Paynesville, Stearns Co., MN. Married October 7, 1859, in Byron Twp., Fond du Lac Co., WI, to John Benjamin Harris: Born December 20, 1830, in New York; Died May 21, 1899, in Regal, Roseville Twp., Kandiyohi Co., MN (age 68). Buried in Paynesville Cemetery, Paynesville, Stearns Co., MN.
  5. Orrin Abner Abbey: Born April 22, 1846, in Clarke Twp., Newcastle Dist., Durham Co., Canada West; Died October 4, 1905, in Artesia, Eddy Co., NM (age 59). Buried in Woodbine Cemetery, Artesia, Eddy Co., NM. Married (1) February 22, 1872, in Kekoskee, Dodge Co., WI, to Adella "Della" Corey: Born about 1845 in Randolph Twp., Crawford Co., PA; Died November 20, 1892, in San Diego, San Diego Co., CA (age 47). Buried in La Vista Memorial Park, National City, San Diego Co., CA. Married (2) January 25, 1894, to Margaret Ann Kneale: Born February 12, 1857, in Kirk Andreas, Isle of Man; Died February 10, 1947, in San Diego, San Diego Co., CA (age 89). Buried in Greenwood Memorial Park, San Diego, San Diego Co., CA.
  6. Francis Abbey: Born January 1, 1848, in Clarke Twp., Newcastle Dist., Durham Co., Canada West; Died March 6, 1929, in Fairbury, Fairbury Twp., Jefferson Co., NE (age 81). Buried in Fairbury Cemetery, Fairbury, Fairbury Twp., Jefferson Co., NE. Married September 23, 1877, in Clay Co., NE, to Mary Jane Murphy: Born October 27, 1857, in Jerseyville, Jersey Co., IL; Died July 12, 1934, at the home of her daughter, Fairbury, Fairbury Twp., Jefferson Co., NE (age 76). Buried in Fairbury Cemetery, Fairbury, Fairbury Twp., Jefferson Co., NE.
  7. Abner Nathaniel Abbey: Born August 15, 1849, in Clarke Twp., Newcastle Dist., Durham Co., Canada West; Died September 26, 1929, in Gilby, Gilby Twp., Grand Forks Co., ND (age 80). Buried in Prairie Home Cemetery, City of Gilby, Gilby Twp., Grand Forks Co., ND. Married  July 29, 1884, in Grand Forks, Grand Forks Co., ND, to Emma Gilby: Born January 10, 1848, in St. John Parish, City of York, Micklegate, County Yorkshire, England; Died July 19, 1928, in Gilby, Grand Forks Co., ND (age 80). Buried in Prairie Home Cemetery, City of Gilby, Gilby Twp., Grand Forks Co., ND.

After Nathaniel Abner Abbey died, Mary Louisa "Polly" (Nugent) Abbey married Barnabas "Barney" Etcher.

Barnabas "Barney" Etcher was born February 19, 1807, in Felmingham, County Norfok, England, baptized February 25, 1807, in Felmingham, County Norfok, England, and died September 29, 1886, in the Village of Millbrook, Cavan Twp., Durham Co., Ontario, Canada, at age 79. Buried in St. Johns Anglican Cemetery, Cavan Twp., Durham Co., Ontario, Canada. He is the son of Barnard Eacher of Booton, County Norfolk, England, and Mary Hane of Saxthorpe, County Norfolk, England.

Barnabas "Barney" Etcher was first married to Mary Ann "Anne" Bayse.

Mary Ann "Anne" Bayse was born January 22, 1809, in Hunworth, County Norfolk, England, and died 1852 in Hamilton Twp., Canada West, at age 53. She is the daughter of Samuel Bayes of Thornage, County Norfolk, England, and Elizabeth Saunders of Unknown.

Barnabas "Barney" Etcher and Mary Ann "Anne" Bayse were married July 4, 1826, in Saxthorpe, County Norfolk, England.

Barnabas "Barney" Etcher and Mary Ann "Anne" (Bayse) Etcher had eleven children:

  1. John Etcher: Born 1826 in Corpusty, County Norfok, England; Died June 8, 1889, in Turnberry, Huron Co., Ontario, Canada (age 63). Married about 1858 in Ontario, Canada, to Lavinia Hollenboch: Born about 1833 in England; Died October 21, 1898, in Bluevale, Turnberry, Huron Co., Ontario, Canada (age 65).
  2. Deborah Etcher: Born 1828 in County Norfok, England; Died April 23, 1836, in Hamilton Twp,  Upper Canada (about age 8).
  3. Robert Etcher: Born 1829 in Corpusty, County Norfok, England; Died Unknown.
  4. Barnabus "Barney" Etcher Jr.: Born March 5, 1830, in County Norfok, England; Died August 21, 1918, in South Arm Twp., Charlevoix Co., MI (age 88). Buried in Sunset Cemetery, Jordan, MI. Married about 1855 in Haldimand Twp., Canada West, to Flora Anna Arkless: Born June 20, 1834, in Ireland; Died May 16, 1908, in Wilson Twp., Charlevoix Co., MI (age 73). Emigrated to Michigan in 1893. Buried in Sunset Cemetery, Jordan, MI. Her father was Joseph Arkless of England.
  5. James Etcher: Born 1833 in Saxthorp, County Norfolk, England; Died Unknown.
  6. Elizabeth Daughter Etcher: Born 1835 in Hamilton Twp., Northumberland Co., Upper Canada; Died Unknown.
  7. William Etcher: Born November 2, 1838, in Cobourg, Northumberland Co., Upper Canada; Died June 29, 1928, in Port Hope, Durham Co., Ontario, Canada (age 89). Married (1) 1860 in Hamilton Twp., Canada West, to Louisa Drinkwater: Born 1840 in Upper Canada; Died October 4, 1874, in Canada (about age 34). Buried in Academy Hill Cemetery/Massey Cemetery, Haldimand Twp., Northumberland Co., Ontario, Canada (about age 34). Married (2) January 23, 1878, in Haldimand, Ontario, Canada, to Cassandra (Deplacy) Blodgett: Born May 22, 1852, in Haldimand Twp., Canada West; Died August 30, 1934, in Port Hope, Durham Co., Ontario, Canada (age 82). Buried in Union Cemetery, Port Hope, Ontario, Canada.
  8. Rebecca Etcher: Born June, 1843, in Hamilton Twp., Canada West; Died October 27, 1906, in Port Hope, Hope Twp., Durham Co., Ontario, Canada (age 63). Buried in Welcome Cemetery, Hope Twp., Durham Co., Ontario, Canada. Married about 1869 in Ontario, Canada, to John Thomas Jeffery: Born May 24, 1850, in England; Died March 22, 1915, in Port Hope, Durham Co., Ontario, Canada (age 64). Buried in Welcome Cemetery, Hope Twp., Durham Co., Ontario, Canada.
  9. Mary Ann Etcher: Born November 10, 1843, in Hamilton, Northumberland Co., Canada West; Died Unknown. Married to Charles Henry Henderson: Born Unknown in Unknown; Died Unknown.  Married (2) November 2, 1881, in Cobourg, Ontario, Canada, to John Woods: Born about 1841 in Unknown; Died Unknown.
  10. Martha Etcher: Born October 14, 1849, in Hamilton, Northumberland Co., Canada West; Died about 1930 in Port Hope, Durham Co., Ontario, Canada (about age 81). Married (1) March 11, 1868, in Wesleyan Methodist Church, Hope Twp., Durham Co., Ontario, Canada, to Johnathan "John" Brown: Born 1836 in Canada West; Died January 20, 1882, in Hope Twp., Durham Co., Ontario, Canada (about age 46). Married (2) July 3, 1894, in Canton, Hope Twp., Durham Co., Ontario, Canada, to Phillip Strongman: Born August 20, 1832, in England; Died March 8, 1911, in Lot 12 Concession 4 Hope Twp., Durham Co., Ontario, Canada (age 79). Emigrated to Canada in 1884. Buried in Welcome Cemetery, Hope Twp., Durham Co., Ontario, Canada.
  11. Esther Etcher: Born January 1, 1852, in Hamilton Twp., Northumberland Co., Ontario, Canada, Canada West; Died September 14, 1942, in Port Hope, Durham Co., Ontario, Canada (age 90). Buried in Union Cemetery, Port Hope, Durham Co., Ontario, Canada. Married (1) about 1874 in Cobourg, Ontario, Canada, to Henry Jones: Born Unknown; Died before 1881 in Ontario, Canada. Married (2) November 2, 1881, in Cobourg, Northumberland Co., Ontario, Canada, to John Woods: Born January 1, 1838, in England; Died December 27, 1908, in Ontario, Canada (age 70). Buried in Union Cemetery, Port Hope, Durham Co., Ontario, Canada.

After Mary Ann "Anne" (Bayse) Etcher died, Barnabas "Barney" Etcher married Mary Louisa "Polly" (Nugent) Abbey.

Barnabas "Barney" Etcher and Mary Louisa "Polly" (Nugent) Abbey were married 1855 in Canada West.

Barnabas "Barney" Etcher and Mary Louisa "Polly" (Nugent) (Abbey) Etcher had no children.




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Ontario was known as: "Upper Canada" from December 26, 1791, to February 10, 1841; "Canada West" from February 10, 1841, to July 1, 1867; and "Ontario" after July 1, 1867.

Nathaniel Abner Abbey was born 1797 in Dutchess County, Province of New York.

Barnabas "Barney" Etcher was born February 19, 1807, in Felmingham, County Norfok, England, baptized February 25, 1807, in Felmingham, County Norfok, England.

Mary Ann "Anne" Bayse was born January 22, 1809, in Hunworth, County Norfolk, England.

Mary Louisa "Polly"  Nugent was born about 1810 in County Cavan, Ireland.

Hamilton 23 June 1819

Barnabas "Barney" Etcher and Mary Ann "Anne" Bayse were married July 4, 1826, in Saxthorpe, County Norfolk, England.

Nathaniel Abner Abbey and Mary Louisa "Polly" Nugent were married August 5, 1833, in St. John's Anglican Church, Port Hope, Durham Co., Upper Canada.


Abner Abbee made a Land Petition in Durham County in 1840.

all Known by these presents that I Abner Abbey, resides in the township of Smith in the Newcastle District, Province of Upper Canada, Yeoman is hereby authorize appoint elect & confirm Elijah Zeliham of the Cramahe, My true and Lawful allowing for him to all things .... in order to "obtain" Locate or sell the Militia Right of Lands Due me for Nathaniel Abbey services During the Late American War, he being a Private in Capt. John Burns Company, and for him the Hon Elijah Peter to Make


.... Canada of the Newcastle District To Wit

Abner Abbey of the Township of Clark in sued DerDept, yeoman - being duly Sworn, saith, on Oath, that he this deponent, is the older Son and Heir at Law of the late Nathaniel Abbey of Hope who Died intestate, after having Seloest a private, in the Late Capt. John Burn's Company of York Militia, the first Durham Militia, in the Late War with the United States of America; that the Late Nathaniel Abbey Never Received any Land for his Service in the above Named War.

Abner Abbey

Came before me the 6th Day of May 1840

....


In the 1842 census, both "Abner Abby" and his brother "Oran Abby" were head of household Farmers and were living in Clarke Twp., Newcastle Dist., Durham Co., Canada West.

   


The 1842 Census for Clarke Twp., Durham Co., Upper Canada, shows Abner Abby is the head of Household. The 5 people in the household are all natives of English Canada. There are: 1 male ages 6 - 13; 2 single males ages 14 - 17; 1 married male ages 30 - 59; and 1 married female ages 14 - 44. a total of 3 have Church of England affiliation. There are 100 acres owned, and 40 acres are cultivated in Wheat, Oats, Pease, Indian Corn, and Potatoes. Leigh Larson note: These two Abby farms are adjacent to each other.

The 1842 Census for Clarke Twp., Durham Co., Upper Canada, shows Oran Abby is the head of Household. The 2 people in the household are all natives of English Canada. There are: 1 married male ages 30 - 59; and 1 married female ages 14 - 44. No religious affiliation is listed. There are 30 acres owned, and 20 acres are cultivated in Oats, Indian Corn, and Potatoes. Leigh Larson note: These two Abby farms are adjacent to each other.

In 1844 Barney Etcher is living at Lot 31 3rd Concession, Hamilton Twp.

In 1848 Abner Abbey was living in Concession 5 Lot 2 in Clarke Twp., Durham Co., Ontario, Canada.

Nathaniel Abner Abbey died March, 1849, in Clarke Twp., Newcastle Dist., Durham Co., Canada West, at about age 52. Buried in the old cemetery near where he resided.


The following passages are from the "Descendants of John Abbe" publication by Cleveland Abbey, found under disconnected lines:

Nathaniel Abbey, born in Canada, whither his parents, whose names are not known had removed from Dutchess Co., NY shortly after the Revolution. He died in Port Hope, Ontario, Canada, March, 1849, and is buried in the old cemetery near where he resided. He was a carpenter by trade, but also followed the occupation of farming. He was a man of quiet and retiring disposition, but won the respect and confidence of all who knew him. He is said to have had a brother, Orrin.

Married in Canada, Mary Nugent, a native of County Cavan, Ireland, who in early life migrated to Canada. After her husband's death, she became a resident of Wisconsin, locating in Sheboygan Co., where she purchased a claim. For two years she made her home on the farm, then sold her interests and returned to Canada, where she spent the remainder of her days. She died at her home in Millbrook, Ontario, in 1888, and is buried beside her husband. She was a devoted member of the Baptist Church and a woman greatly beloved.


The land claim by Lewis Grant which was subsequently purchased by Polly Abbey and then Polly's brother-in-law, Orrin Abbey.


The 1851 Canadian Census shows Sarah Nugent (age 23) born in Canada, is living in Hope Twp., Ontario, Canada. Leigh Larson note: Sarah is the youngest sister of Mary (Nugent) Abbey.

Mary Ann "Anne" (Bayse) Etcher died 1852 in Hamilton Twp., Canada West, at age 53.

Barnabas "Barney" Etcher and Mary Louisa "Polly" (Nugent) Abbey were married 1855 in Canada West.

The 1861 Canadian Census shows Barney Etcher (age 51) born in England is a married Farmer and is living in a single story frame house in Hamilton Twp., Northumberland Co., Ontario, Canada. Living with him is a married woman, Mary Etcher (age 45) born in Ireland. Also living there are two unmarried people, both born in Upper Canada: Martha Etcher (age 12); and Wellington Abbey (age 21).

The 1871 Canadian Census shows Barnibes Eatcher (age 60) born in England with Church of England Anglican religion is the Head of Household and is a Carter (Someone who worked with Horses and delivered goods by means of a Horse and cart.) and is living in Cavan Twp., Durham East, Ontario, Canada. Living with him are: a married woman, Mary Eatcher (age 57) born in England; and John Devine (age 12) born in Ontario, Canada.

The 1881 Canadian Census shows Barney Edger (age 83) born in England is a Carpenter and is living in Millbrook, Durham Co., Ontario, Canada. Living with him is Mary Edger (age 76) born in Ireland. Also living there is Mary A. Edger (age 30) born in Ontario, a Spinster.

Barnabas "Barney" Etcher died September 29, 1886, in the Village of Millbrook, Durham Co., Ontario, Canada, at age 91. Information provided by the Mail Carrier.

Mary "Polly" (Nugent) (Abbey) Etcher died August 28, 1887, in the Village of Millbrook, Durham Co., Ontario, Canada, at age about 78. Buried in Saint Paul's Anglican Church Cemetery, Cavan Twp., Ontario, Canada. Her death was registered May 16, 1888, with vague personal information.


Mary Louisa "Polly" (Nugent) (Abbey) Etcher Registration of Death. Cause of death was pneumonia.


The 1900 U. S. Census taken on June 1, 1900, shows Barnard Etcher (age 63) born December, 1836, in England to English Canadian-born parents and having immigrated in 1893 and Applied for Citizenship is a Teamster owning his home free of a mortgage and is living in the Village of East Jordan, South Arm Twp., Charlevoix Co., MI. Living with him is wife of 41 years, Etcher Etcher (age 63) born in English Canada to English-Canadian-born parents, with 6 of the 10 children born to her still alive.

Elizabeth Jemima NUGENT. Not much is known from our parts of the family about the Nugent history. Descendants of Elizabeth's siblings provide the following combination of the research of many of them. There are still many 'maybes' &/or unknowns. If you can verify anything or contribute anything in the way of corrections, photos, stories, etc. be sure to let me know.

Francis NUGENT was born in 1780, probably in No. Ireland. He died 18 October 1835 in Hope Township, Ontario, Canada & is buried at St. Mark's in Port Hope (known then as St. John's Anglican). His obituary from the Christian Guardian Paper states "Francis Nugent of the township of Hope, while assisting at the raising of a barn for John Heaton, was struck in his side by a falling log and died the next morning."

His wife Mary BARRETT was born about 1780, possibly also in Ireland or No. Ireland. They came to Ontario about 1826-27. Francis & Mary had 8 children & there are varying stories about how many & which ones were born before leaving for Canada. It is likely that the first 7 children were born in North Ireland. My own family notes say Elizabeth was born in Londonderry, North Ireland, but also say she was born in Ontario near Millbrook. Mary died February 1865 in Cavan Township, Ontario, Canada.

After Orrin's father's death in 1849 in Canada, Orrin's mother, Mary (Nugent) Abbey, became a resident of Wisconsin, locating in Sheboygan Co. with her children, where she purchased a claim. For two years she made her home on the farm, then in 1851 his mother sold her interests and returned to Canada with all of her children except Wellington, where she spent the remainder of her days. She died at her home in Millbrook, Durham Co., Ontario, Canada in 1888, and is buried beside her husband.

Leigh Larson note: Charles Nugent (born 1800 in Ireland) owned land adjacent to the Mary (Nugent) Abbey land in Sheboygan Co., WI, in 1850.


WELLINGTON ABBY, Sec. 20, P.O. Byron; born in Canada West in 1840; son of Mary and Abner Abby, a carpenter and joiner and farmer; he was educated in the public schools; in the year 1850, went to Sheboygan Co., Wis., and, in 1852, came to Fond du Lac Co.; from that time he lived part of the time in Canada and part in this country, until 1861, when he joined Co. A, 14th W. V. I., and went to war and served through the entire war; was mustered out in 1865. Married in Byron, in the spring of 1866, to Estella L., daughter of Louisa and Russell Watrous, a carpenter and joiner living in Oakfield. He owns 120 acres of land, valued at $50 per acre. They have three children---George W., Burt and Edith M. Mr. A. is politically a Greenbacker. 

Nathaniel Abbey, the father of the family, was a carpenter by trade, but in connection with that business followed the occupation of farming. His death occurred in the month of March, 1849, and he was buried in the old cemetery near where he resided. He was a man of a quiet and retiring disposition, but received the respect of all who knew him. His wife survived him for many years. After the death of her husband she became a resident of Wisconsin, locating in Sheboygan County, where she purchased a claim, which had been entered by a Mr. Grant.

For two years Polly Abbey made her home upon that farm, when, selling her interest to Orrin Abbey, her deceased husband's brother, with her remaining family except for Wellington Abbey she returned to Canada, where the remainder of her days were passed. She was a devoted member of the Baptist Church, and was beloved by all who knew her. She died in 1888 at her home in Millbrook, Ontario, Canada and was laid to rest in the burying ground in that city.

Wellington Abbey spent his early life in his native land. His father dying when he was but nine years old, and there being five younger children in the family, he was early thrown upon his own resources, and is truly a self-made man. When but fifteen years of age he began earning his own livelihood, and from that time has been dependent upon his own efforts. Of a hopeful and energetic disposition, he never gave way to the trials and difficulties with which he was surrounded, but pressed steadily forward to the end. His educational advantages were necessarily very limited, but possessing a retentive memory and an observing eye, he has largely supplemented the knowledge acquired from text books in his early years. Much of his leisure time has been spent in study, and in his home will be found a good library, together with many of the leading periodicals and papers. Few men are better informed on the issues of the day, or have a more extensive knowledge of the general affairs of the country. With the family Mr. Abbey left his native land, and in 1849 removed to Sheboygan County, Wis., where he resided until becoming a resident of Fond du Lac County in 1851. The greater part of his life has here since been passed, and he has been prominently identified with the history and progress of the community.


The following nine pages of recollections and thoughts were compiled by Rowena Jane Bragg, who died in the early 1990s at age 103. Some mention is made of the Abbey branch. This information was forwarded by Eleanor Whyley, a descendant of Lucinda Bradley.