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Descendents of Unknown Johnston
and Christina Heughan (ca 1803 - 22 Feb 1875)

Second Immigrant Generation
Entry last updated 10 Feb 2008

3. Nancy Johnston. Daughter of Mr Johnston & Christina A. Heughan. Born 15 Jan 1833. Died 18 Mar 1916 in Harvey. Buried in Harvey Settlement Cemetery.

   Copied from newspaper obituary - d. 18 Mar 1916:


    Mrs Nancy Coburn

    Harvey Station, March 20 -- Mrs Nancy Coburn, an old resident of this parish, died on Saturday morning at the home of her daughter, Mrs Walter Piercy, at Manners Sutton.   She was in the eighty-third year of her age, and has been very infirm for some time past.   She is survived by one son, John E. Coburn, who carried on a general store at Manners Sutton, and three daughters--Mrs Robert Little and Mrs Walter Piercy, of Manners Sutton, and Mrs F. Currie, of Boston.   She is also survived by one brother, Christopher Johnston of Coburn.   She was a lady possessed of many good qualities and had a wide circle of friends.   The funeral will take place this afternoon.

    She first married Thomas Cockburn (Coburn), son of John Cockburn (Coburn) & Elizabeth "Betsy" Lesley, 20 Jan 1854 in St. Paul's Church, Fredericton . Born Approx 1830 in Eng. Died 14 Mar 1863 in Harvey. Buried in Harvey Settlement Cemetery. Religion Presbyterian.


    Thomas came to NB with his parents and siblings in 1837 who were among the pioneer settlers of Harvey Settlement.

    From Headquarters, 25 Jan 1854:   "Married 20th inst., by Rev J. M. Brooke, Thomas Cockburn and Miss Nancy Johnstone both of Harvey Settlement, Kingsclear parish".


    From York Co NB Marriage Register C 1850-1866 (PANB), witnesses to the marriage were Ralph Cockburn and Jane Wilson.


    Thomas lived in Harvey.   Inscription on gravestone in Harvey Settlement Cemetery:   "In Memory of Thomas Cockburn Died 14th March 1863, Aged 33 years.   Native of the County of Northumberland, England."

    The 1861 Census for Manners Sutton shows that Thomas owned or occupied 32 acres improved land and 55 acres unimproved land.   Cash value of farm was 70 pounds; value of implements and machinery, 18 pounds.   Had 1 horse, 3 milch cows, 2 working oxen, 1 other neat cattle, 8 sheep, 2 swine, and slaughtered 300 lb. pork.   Produced 250 lb. butter; 40 lb. cheese; 28 lb. wool; 10 tons hay; 250 bu. oats; 20 bu. buckwheat, 15 bu. turnips and 60 bu. potatoes.


    They had the following children:

  7   i.   Christina Coburn

  8   ii.   Elizabeth Coburn

  9   iii.   Mary Ann Coburn

  10   iv.   John Ervin Coburn

  11   v.   Thomasina Lesley "Mina" Coburn

  12   vi.   Tressa Bertina Coburn

    She second married John Dorcas, son of Andrew Dorcas & Isobella Wishart, 12 Oct 1864 in Harvey York Co., By Rev. Samuel Johnson . Born 9 Sep 1840 in Fredericton. Christen 4 Jul 1841 in Cathedral, Fredericton.

     Birthdate from family bible: 6   Sep 1840.

    From Cathedral records, Fredericton:    "John Dorcas b. Sept 9, 1840, baptized July 4, 1841, residence Fredericton, s/o Andrew and Isabella Darcas by J. M. Stirling."   (PANB F1114, Cathedral, Fredericton)    

     NBFA, 1851-55, #F15552, p. 566:   "John Dorcas to Mrs Nancy Cockburn on Oct 12, 1864, witnesses Aaron Hay and Catherine Dorcas."

    From Religious Intelligencer, 18 Nov 1864: "Married Harvey by Rev Samuel Johnson, John Dorcas and Mrs Nancy Cockburn."