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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.


For want of more research, this is my view of the Sloat family. Sloat is the modern spelling of Sloot, a name of Dutch origin. Offi cial papers sometimes have it spelled Slote, which is the way it sounds.

Brothers Abraham, Ezekiel and Benjamin were Loyalists from Georgia. They became substantial land owners in New Brunswick. Here is a newspaper item from the New Brunswick Courier of September 1852

d. Andover (Vic. C.) Abraham Sloot 87. 17 children, 107 grandchildren, 27 great-grandchildren. Loyalist from U.S. 1783.

Ezekiel was granted land in Fredericton and with his wife Mary is buried in the Carleton St. Cemetery. He made his will in 1817. His grandson Henry lived in Keswick and had thirteen children, two of whom were Hanford Sloat and Ida May Sloat who married Wellington Yerxa.

Benjamin Sloot b. 1783 d. 1861 was also granted land but bought Lot #27 of the Guides and Pioneers grant. This lot, of 515 acres, extending between the Keswick stream and the Macnaquac stream, had been granted to Lt. Eli Benedict. Benjamin’s will of 10 October 1818 awards the following:

I give and bequeath to the Baptist Society on the top of the hill where the Burying Ground now is to be held by them their heirs and Assigns forever for a Burying place. I do hereby give and bequeath to my son Joseph Sloot all my Personal and Moveable Estate and one half of the lott I now live on To Him His Heirs and Assigns forever Share and Share only that Abraham to hold his own Buildings and I give to my Ezekiel and daughter Sarah Rachel the sum of Ten Shillings each and and I give the same twelve pound Ten shillings to be paid to my sons Abraham and Benjamin by my son Joseph after my death and do hereby appoint my sons Joseph and Benjamin to be my executors” etc.
Benjamin Sloot.

Benajmin’s bequest made with confi dence in 1818, was violated in 1964. The channel to the Mactaquac Power House passes through that particular location on that hill.

The will however is quite definite about the Macnaquac Cemetery. The share and share part probably made only for confusion. Clowes Sloat, the last Sloat owner, gained a clear title to his property after his uncle Fred Long purchased it for him at a delinquent tax sale. Clowes had gone away to work and earn money for that purpose.

The son Benjamin, in that will, is an ancestor of the Coburns. The census for the Parish of Douglas York County which was taken late in 1851 shows:

SLOTE Benjamin M H 67 Native Farmer/Prop. Sarah F W 53 Native William M S 37 Native Farmer/Prop. Benjamin M S 29 Native Farmer/Prop. Sharlot F D 19 Native

To fill out, but not necessarily complete, the family could be daughter Sarah d. 1850 age 38 who was married to David6 Coburn. After William could be Hetty Caroline 34 who on 26 November 1840 had married Thomas Pickard then of Andover Parish, Victoria County. Thomas was a son of Humphrey Jr. and Margaret (Hawkins) Pickard.

Next Robert 25 who on 8 November 1850 had married Mary Jane 23 daughter of Samuel and Mary Ann (McCarty) Smith. Robert and Mary Jane are grandparents of Edith (Sloat) Reed, Mildred (Sloat) Dunphy and Robert Sloat.

Next Charles J. 24 who died of fever 2 February 1856 leaving his wife with one child. The New Brunswick Courier account continues

...same house Jan. 21 d. of Scarlet Fever William Andrew Sloat age 4 yrs and Samuel Smith Sloat 19 months children of Robert Sloat.

Sharlot, the last named, was obviously Charlotte who became 1 June 1864 the wife of Fred Long. Fred and Charlotte (Sloat) Long had four children: Frank, Sarah, William and Charlotte.

Benjamin M S 29 married Marguerette (Margaret) Smith daughter of Thomas and Jane (Anderson) Smith. The 1881 census shows Ben and Margaret with four children: Sarah 22, Elizabeth 18, Bertha 16, Clowes 13. These were my father’s first cousins through his mother and second cousins through his father.

Albert Sloat was a younger brother in the above family.

The old Baptist graveyard was below but pre-dated the Macnaquac Church. It is interesting that the land willed by Benjamin Sloot for a burying ground is described as being on top of the hill. That indeed would be the view from the river in the heyday of the timber trade with its heavy river traffic.

At some time there was a tavern on a small fl at where the Macnaquac Stream joins the St. John River. The tavern was very close under that cemetery hill. The tavern must have operated under the sign of the hive (one of those dome-like creations of straw as shown on a familiar brand of corn syrup). Some wit who appreciated the contrast between the lively proceedings at hand and the solemnity of the hill immediately above must have composed these lines; Lincoln Jewett recited the following:

Beneath this hive we’re all alive
Good whiskey makes us funny
If you’re passing by
Step in and to,
The flavour of our honey.