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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.


DAVID6 COBURN (David5, Moses4, Moses3, Joseph2, Edward1) b. 17 Sept. 1809 d. 8 Dec. 1850 son of David5 and Elizabeth (Tyler) Coburn m. Sarah Sloot b. 29 June 1811 d. 1850 dau. of Benjamin and Jane Sloot. Davidí and Sarah, both born at Keswick Ridge as were their children, lived in the house now owned by David10 and Karen (Grass) Coburn.

David6 never had complete title to his land as his father had died without a will. His farm consisted of the mid sections of lot #27 and half the width of lots 25 and 26, bounded on the east by Abraham Pickard, north by Abraham Yerxa, west by Van Buskirk or lot 25 and south by the Keswick Ridge road being 90 rods centred on the present line between my farm and that of David10 Coburn.

As the adjoining lots 25 and 26 had been granted to one man, John MacFarland, that land, regardless of division, is referred to in deeds as lots 25 and 26.

David6 improved his title by paying £5 in 1832 for one half the claim of one eighthpart of his fatherís estate to his brother Abraham T. and in 1836 David6 also paid him £60 for the other half of that claim. I should state here that David6 was one of the eight heirs to his fatherís estate.

In 1832 £50 also went to Nathaniel and Deborah (Coburn) Perley; Deborah was his fatherís sister.

My father, Fred Coburn, said his grandparents, David6 and Sarah, when they knew they were about to die, got their affairs in order. Their children were all minors. On 13 November 1850 David6 deeded his land for £50 to his sons, dividing from the east lots 27 and 26, in total ninety rods wide as follows: Abraham Tyler 22 1/2 rods, William 22 1/2 rods, Benjamin 22 1/2 rods and Charles 22 1/2 rods. Apparently Sarah died first as her name is not on the will dated 25 November 1850 in which David attempted to make provision for his young family who were to be completely orphaned. His five children ranged in age from William at 16 to three-year-old Hetty. His two executors named in the will appear to have been a wise choice: David Pickard, who lived in Scotch Settlement, was his brother-in-law, married to Phoebe; and Thomas Pickard a mill owner at Lake George was Sarahís brother-in-law married to her sister Hetty Caroline Sloot.

Will of David Coburn dated 25 November 1850

A notice in the New Brunswick Courier of 14 Dec. 1850 reads: Died 5th inst. David Coburn 41 left 5 orphaned children to deplore their loss. No one now knows the exact location of David and Sarahís graves. They were probably in the cemetery now gone beside the old Macnaquac Baptist Church, as the land for that cemetery was donated by Sarahís father Benjamin Sloot. Before the Mactaquac Dam was built, a new cemetery was established behind the present Mactaquac Baptist Church