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NOTE: This page has been adapted for the Website from Donald Coburn’s My Line. Use of the first person is in relation to Donald and not the webmaster/author of the site. Subscript index numbers (ex. Moses4) refer to generations after the family’s arrival in North America. Edward Colborne being generation 1.


ELIZABETH6 COBURN (David5, Moses5, Moses3, Joseph2, Edward1) b. Keswick Ridge or Sheffield 1798 d. 10 Nov. 1834 dau. of David5 and Elizabeth (Tyler) Coburn m. 15 Oct. 1823 Joseph Pickard b. 28 Mar. 1798 d. 2 Oct. 1876 son of Moses and Eleanor (Brill) Pickard.

Elizabeth and Joseph were married by a local Justice of the Peace David McGibbon whose descendant Lloyd McGibbon is also a J.P. The marriage was witnessed by Joseph’s cousin James Pickard and Moses Pickard, his brother. Joseph, James, and Moses were all grandsons of Moses and Jane (Saunders) Pickard. The newlyweds, Joseph and Elizabeth, had a new house built. It is now the old part of the house now belonging to Charles and Catherine Pickard.

David5 Coburn (Elizabeth’s father) died without a will, so one-eighth share of his estate devolved on Elizabeth’s heirs when she died. Joseph Pickard was a J.P., whose signature appears on many documents. Two of Elizabeth’s children exercised their claims against the heirs of her brother David6 Coburn. In 1851 Moses C. and Abbie (Yerxa)Pickard got £60 and in 1853 daughter Phoebe and husband David I. Currie got £10. However, this was long after Elizabeth was gone. She had died in 1834 and her husbandJoseph married his second wife Mary and moved to Fredericton in 1860.

Elizabeth and Joseph are buried in the Pickard-Merrithew Cemetery in that portion of his father’s farm set aside for a burial ground. The white marble tablet reads Joseph Pickard 10 October 1876, 79 yrs. Wife Elizabeth 10 November 1834, 36 yrs. A foot note reads Erected by son Moses C. Pickard. This note is the only memorial to Moses C.Pickard, who is buried in the Keswick Cemetery. His sons failed him. He had married asecond time and there was dissension in the family.

Apparently Joseph and Elizabeth liked the name Hannah as the second Hannah was born before the first died.