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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.


JERUSHA6 COBURN (David5, Moses4, Moses3, Joseph2, Edward1) b. Keswick Ridge 1808 d. 17 Jan. 1881 dau. of David5 and Elizabeth (Tyler) Coburn m. 1834 Joseph Dunphy b. 1801 d. Aug. 1875, son of Joseph and Mehitabel (Wheeler) Dunphy.

Jerusha was fourth among her siblings. She was doubtless sonamed to honour her father’s aunt Jerusha who was second wife to Abraham Tyler of Boxford Massachusetts, Elizabeth Tyler’s father. Jerusha was 27 when she married widower Joseph Dunphy who already had two sons, Thomas B. and George W., and one baby daughter, Jerusha named after her mother, his first wife, Jerusha Burden whom he married 11 Nov. 1824. The infant must have been raised by her grandparents as 18-year-old granddaughter Jerusha Dunphy appears with Thomas Burden, her grandfather’s family, in the 1851 Queensbury census. Jerusha Coburn, who was about two years older than her brother David6, played a key role in nurturing and caring for three of her brother’s orphaned children. David6 died 5 Dec. 1850. He was 41. His wife Sarah Sloot had predeceased him as her name does not appear in his will.

The 1851 Douglas census gives an interesting snapshot of the Joseph Dunphyhousehold. Information listed follows:

DUNPHY Joseph M H 52 Native Farm/Proprietor
 Jerusha F W 44  
 George M S 22  
 Rosella F D 17  
 Sarah C. F D 15  
 Mary E. F D 6  
Blackmore William M L 31 Schoolteacher at Andrew Lawrence’s
Lawrence Thomas M L 28  Lumberman at A. McKeen’s
Ring John M L 24  Labourer at S.B. Smith’s
West Mary Ann F L 21   at Nat’l Perley’s
Coburn William M Brother 17  at B. Sloot’s
Coburn Charles J. M Brother 9   
Coburn Hetty C. F Sister 4   

Apparently Jerusha’s place was home for a mixed group including three of the orphaned children of her brother David. It probably was a country hotel, which were quite common at that time.

Jerusha’s lodger, Mary West, was that census day at Jerusha’s sister Deborah Perley’s home and her brother’s son William was at his grandfather Ben Sloot’s home.

A marble tablet reinforced with aluminum angle bars marks the last resting place of Joseph and Jerusha Dunphy in the Hawkins Cemetery on Grand Pass St., Douglas, N.B. That tombstone repair along with many others was done by Leigh Dunphy who was descended from Joseph’s father Joseph Dunphy.