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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.


DAVID8 EZEKIEL COBURN (William7, David6, David5, Moses4, Moses3, Joseph2, Edward1) b. 13 June 1870 d. 20 Nov. 1958 son of William and Margaret Jane (Jewett) Coburn m. 4 Nov. 1903 Catherine Edith Kirk b. 26 Jan. 1876 daughter of John A. and Sarah S. (McLean) Kirk.

David E. Coburn
David8 E. Coburn

Uncle David, as he was affectionately known by his younger relatives, was born in the old Coburn home. He finished his local education at the Superior School across the road and went from there to U.N.B. and Dalhousie Universities for a BA and MA degrees and from there went to Princeton University in New Jersey, preparing himself for the Christian Ministry in Maine and all three Maritime Provinces. He preached first in Presbyterian Churches, one of which was at Middle Musquodoboit, N.S. After church union David was Minister to the Sheffield Church of which his ancestor Moses4 died a deacon. David also preached at Long Reach N.B. David was a lifetime student of Christianity devoting himself to the worship of God. He wrote numerous poems, many of which had a religious theme or were about Bible personalities. He bound the pages of poems into small books which he gave to his friends. One booklet of poems titled KESWICK RIDGE in 1880 is quite valuable historically. Here is one from another booklet titled Life Songs
The Finger Bowl.

This poem is about the grandparents of Mary Ann Jewett, brother Williamís first wife.

Maryís parents were David and Ann (Donaldson) Jewett of Macnaquac. Ann Donaldsonís parents were William Moore and Harriet (Wallace) Donaldson. Charles Pickard told me this story. The tale goes thusly: Harriet Wallace was brought up as a lady/with servants.She had developed none of the skills that were necessary in a pioneer household. William was a fine handsome young man. Love triumphed! The coachman eloped with the Lairdís daughter. There is a large pine growing in the centre front of the Pickard-Merrithew Cemetery. That tree and a large granite head stone mark the last resting place of William Moore Donaldson and Harriet (Wallace) Donaldson.

ď Uncle David8 told me about catching trout with a bent pin on a string in Coburn Brook. He said fishing was no good after a cloudburst sent so much water down that all the fishing holes were washed out.

That destruction of fishing holes was probably after the woods burned across the road. Davidís uncle, John T. Jewett, a farmer who lived in what is now the Lum Plyhouse, accidentally got the woods on fire. He was clearing land to grow beans. My father, Fred, said the household effects were taken out of his parentís home for fear that thehouse would burn. It is the house wherein I sit writing, but the Coburns were lucky and the danger passed.

David was a rapid walker. While visiting at his brother Williamís place, when he was quite old, he would walk to the Pickard Farm, a distance of two miles. There he would visit with his nephews, Frank and Benny, and niece Katie.

On a boat trip to Saint John in September, 1990, I met Shirley and Isabel Fullerton of Long Reach. They had very fond memories of David Coburnís help to them when they were young and needed assistance. David spent his last years at Long Reach with his daughter Margaret and her husband Fred Long.

Davidís grave and those of his wife Catherine and son Kirk are in the Pickard-Merrithew Cemetery.

Children of David Coburn and Catherine (Kirk) Coburn are:

William Kirk9
b. 12 Nov. 1904 d. 23 Mar. 1982 u.m.
Sarah Margaret9
b. 8 Mar. 1906 d. 19 June 1975 m. Fred Long
David9 Gerald
b. 10 July 1911 d. 12 Sept. 1912
Edith Catherine9 Elizabeth
b. 4 Feb. 1914 d. 2 July 1919

Fred and Margaret9 (Coburn) Long had one daughter Catherine10 Long b. 9 Mar.1944 m. David Harold Parfitt b. 2 Oct. 1938. They have one daughter Linda Dianne11 Parfitt b. 30 June 1963.