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        This section of the Queens County site will contain misc. items pertaining to land records for the county. Over time, it may include such items as brief excerpts from Memorials for Land (Land Petitions), as well as surveys of conditions for the the large tracts of land that were given to certain individuals as rewards for services rendered, or who were granted the lands for purposes of settlement of numerous tenants.

        Additional papers re the Col. Spry grant, on the Saint John River, can be found in the University of New Brunswick Law Library, so Andrew Gunter has told me.


COLONEL WILLIAM SPRAY'S GRANT

Account of the Settlers, Improvements and Stock on Colonel Spray's Land on the River St. John - taken in April 1786.

(This article was published in We Lived, a Genealogical Newsletter of New Brunswick Sources, 1979-1983, Cleadie B. Barnett, Editor & Publisher)

KEY: (for all tables / totals at end)
1: Lot numbers                    2: Settlers names
3: Number of Acres Improved       4: Dwelling Houses
   17.195 = 17 acres .195 acres)  5: Out Houses
6: Number of Neat Cattle          7: Horses
8: Sheep                          9: Hogs
1. 2. 3. 4.  5.  6. 7. 8. 9.
1 Capt. Thomas Lester 17.195 2 1 2 -- -- --
   (inclu'd improvements on Isld.)              
2 Richard Finnemore  (ditto) 18.89 -- 10 -- --
3 George Pitfield 10.14 2 2 2 1 -- --
4 & 5 Joshua Gidney Esq, & 30.210 2 2 2 1 -- --
  Asa Walbridge, (includ'g Island)              
6 Mary Garrison  6.5 1 -- 2 -- -- --
7 Moses Miller 10.0 1 1 5 -- -- --
8 Thos. Hanford [ _r] B. Gilbert *  3.67 1 1 5 -- -- --
      * (occupied by John Williams)              
9 Samuel Dickinson, Esq. *  1. -- -- -- -- -- --
      * (occupied by Negro Family)              
10 Isaac Foshay 10. 1 -- 2 -- 2 --
11 Josiah Burgess   8.44 1 1 5 -- -- --
12 Jesse Merritt  8.82 -- -- -- -- -- --
13 John Ogden  6.66 1 1 4 -- -- --
14 Nathaniel Merritt Esq 13.78 3 2 11* -- -- --
  (includ'g an out piece) * and his sons              
15 Bradford Gilbert * 12.82 1 2 9 -- 12 --
     * (J. Slawson & William Peck tennants)              
16 Reuben Williams 13.71 1 -- 8 -- 5 --
17 William Caldwell, William Clark * 27.2 3 3 8 2 3 --
      * & Jonathan Mott              
These settlers below Jemseg Creek

On reserved Ground adjoining Capt. Lester  * (On Jemseg Creek written vertically beside first three names / no numbers)
Thomas Creighton *   4.4 -- 1* -- -- -- --
       *(a blacksmith shop)              
Anthony Baker ** (Includes Island) > 42.1 -- 1 1 --  --
John Emmons ** (includes Island)   >              
 ** and on No.1 above reserved ground              
2 Simon Loorey  1 -- -- 2 -- -- --
3 Henry Sharp  1.5 1 -- 1 -- -- 1
4 David Wier    .5  -- -- -- -- -- --
5 Emanuel Oysterman    .4 1 -- -- -- -- --
6 Samuel Mason    .75  1 -- 5 -- -- --
7 Proprietor unknown to me   2.25 -- -- -- -- -- --
8 Garret Dykeman, *  7.73 1 -- 6 -- -- --
     * lately bought of Gunter              
9 & 10 Coonrod Gunter  1.94 1 -- 6 -- -- --
12 & 14  Henry Cunningham *  -- -- -- -- -- -- --
     * & John Emmons               
15 Davidson or William Black  1.25 -- -- -- -- -- --
16 Abithar Camp, Junr  4.313 1 -- 2 -- -- --
23 Thomas Jenkins   2.5 -- -- -- -- -- --
24 Wheeler's as is said  5. 1 -- -- -- -- --
25 Proprietor unknown to me    .75 --  --  --  --  -- 
28  Samuel Mason                     >       1 -- -- --
29 John & Henry Cunningham > 10. 2 -- -- -- -- --
On the Tongue of Interval   ( > = on same section of land)


  Nehemiah Beckett *  4.4 1 3 -- -- -- --
                * on reserved ground              
1 Walter Chase 42.1 -- 1 1 --  --
2 Ephraim Tisdale        >
3 Thomas Morrell          >
4 George William Price >  1. -- -- 2 -- -- --
5 John Lard                     >
6, 7, 8, 9 Amasa Coy * 33.95  2 2 18* 1 19 --
        * (his and his sons)              
10 Marmanduke Hutchinson  8. 1 1 3 -- -- 2
11 Lot Strange *  2.21 1 -- 1 -- 1 --
          * (James Smith Tenant)              
12 William Smith  1.86 1 -- 1 -- 1 --
13 Nehemiah Becket *  5.69 1 -- 2 -- -- --
          * (Caleb Wood in possession)              
14 Joshua Curry   .92 -- -- -- -- -- --
15 William Merrill  3.5 1 -- 3 -- -- 3
16 Isaac Gilbert  5.79 1 2 2 -- 7 3
17 Lot Strange*  1.6 1 1 2 -- -- --
           * (occupied by William Smith)              
18 Proprietor unknown   >
19 James McDonald       >
20 Whitehead Skidmore >   6.63 1 -- -- -- -- --
21 Benjamin Yeomans   >
22 Samuel H. Smith         > 
23 Patrick McCall   1.06 -- -- -- -- -- --
24 Joseph Sheldon  1.59 1 -- -- -- -- --
25 Morris Haycock  2. 1 -- -- -- -- --
26 Elias Clark *   .25 -- -- -- -- -- --
        * (Danl. McNeal, Mr. Street)              
27 Mathew Gallant  5.25 1 1 -- -- -- --
28 Christopher Cross  1.4 1 -- -- -- -- --
29 Hazekiah Witmore  3. 1 -- -- -- -- --
30 Ester Brooks  1.5 1 -- 1 -- -- --
31 John Knox   .5 -- -- -- -- -- --
32 Elijah Esterbrook  5.39 1 -- 1 -- -- 2
 
Amount
429.511 52 28 128 5 70 9
Between Lot 32 and Becket's Point 3 Improvements
made by Persons to us unknown, containing 4.1 - - - - - -    -----------------------------------------

From information and Observation I am of Opinion that fifty Acres of Wild Meadow on the aforesaid Tract has been mowed for several Years which being under water could not be Surveyed with the above Improvements.
   St. John 7th. June 1786 -
    Timothy Wetmore

Timothy Wetmore Account of the Improvements made on Col. Spry's Land on the East side of the River Saint John exhibited with a Petition of James Spray (Wheaton) in behalf of Co. Spray  30th June 1786.

{This is found in the Surveyor General's papers at PANB.}

There are two additional pages relating to these people. One is a list of people who have not taken out leases with Col. Spray, recorded 29th July 1786 and contains four data columns for no. of acres before and after the survey that are cleared, and the number of years and months on the property. The other sheet contains a list of names for persons who have taken out a lease. No date. This sheet only records land that has been cleared pre and after the survey.



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