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Re: Seeking Charles Miles Burns b 1 June 1854 St John, New Brunswick
Posted by: Thomas Murray (ID *****5502) Date: July 18, 2010 at 09:55:07
In Reply to: Re: Seeking Charles Miles Burns b 1 June 1854 St John, New Brunswick by Carol Shiels of 4937

I am descended from both John Brundish and Francis Purdy by the marriage you mention. In my ahentafel, the couple are:

2500. FRANCIS PURDY b. Brundall, Norfolkshire, ENG 17APR1587 or Doncaster, Yorkshire, ENG ca. 1616 (or Brundall, Norfolkshire, ENG 30NOV1616 or 1595 or 1620), d. Fairfield, CT 20(or 14)OCT1658 (14OCT1658 appears to be the date of his will), m. Wethersfield, CT 5AUG1642. (Concord, MA 1632?, to Fairfield, CT 1653.)
2501. MARY ELIZABETH BRUNDAGE b. St. Mary’s Elm, Ipswich, Suffolkshire, ENG 10DEC1628, bpt. 1629, d. Fairfield, CT 15SEP1684 or Rye, Westchester Co., NY 29AUG1684 (date of will?); m. 2nd JOHN HOYT

about 11 generations back. This means the Purdy's and Brundage's are, by one means or another, related. But it is more complicated than that. That's on my father's side. Members of both families married my mother's distant cousins. The Jordan's (except for the Brundage connection) I think are not my relatives, perhaps at best sort of distant in-laws.

Although my ancestors and cousins, I have never attempted to work on the Brundage family; that is far beyond my competence. I am also disappointed to find very little seems to have been done with them. I guess that James Jordan'd wife, Judith Brundage, was Nathaniel Brundage's daughter as she was b. 1767, therefore age 16 in 1783 and would be listed as an adult female; it would seem that she and James were married very early, say 1784-5; of the Brundage families noted in Bell, only two had adult daughters, Josiah and Nathaniel's; she is not listed on the Cyrus, therefore was not Joshua's daughter; therefore she most likely is Nathaniel Brundage's daughter. That is, of course, only my guess but it seems worth pursuing. Some rather speculative stuff on Nathaniel is:

DANIEL BRUNDAGE (possibly a s/o Benjamin and Elizabeth (Brush) Brundage) d. 9NOV1783.
Nathaniel Brundage is granted half of 200 acres and Daniel a lot of 200 acres in Conway Twp. 15JUL1784.
Andrew, Daniel, Joshua, Nathaniel and Josiah Brundage granted lots in Parr Town 2JAN1785. Nathaniel is given as being in Lot 850 on the south side of Morris St., and Daniel Lot 856 in the same block.
"Centennial Prize Essay on the History of the City and County of St. John", David Russell Jack, J. & A. MacMillan, Saint John, NB, 1883, p. 168 places Daniel's lot 856 in Parr Town in 1784 on the south side of Morris St. as was Nathaniel's lot 850.
Daniel is thought to be the same who was in Fredericksburgh (Pawling), Dutchess Co., NY (probably in the tax list of 1777) arrested in 1776 as a Loyalist. He is also said to have served with the Queen's Rangers. He appears in the muster roll of Capt. Robt. McRea's company 25DEC1779-23FEB1780. Samuel 'Pierce' (also on the "Cyrus") was in the same company. See:
9OCT1780 Daniel Brundage of Fredericksburgh Precinct was taxed for having a son with the Loyalists (so much for 'no taxation without representation'.) 20OCT1776, the 'First Commission for Detecting and Defeating Conspiracies in the State of New York' ordered Daniel Brundage to be disarmed and apprehended.
A daughter is said to have been Margaret Brundage b. 29DEC1770, m. 20AUG1786 British William Miller. She is said to have had a brother, William Brundage, and a sister, Mary Brundage m. Joseph Gregory. Margaret Brundage Miller returns to NY ca. 1793 to settle in Hunter, Greene Co., NY. About 1835 she and her family go to Bruce, Macomb Co., Michigan.
It has been suggested that Daniel was the same Daniel Brundage on the "Cyrus". Certainly Daniel on the "Cyrus' is listed as an adult male and this is quite feasible. If this were true, then it would seem reasonable to assume that Joshua was his son.
1. NATHANIEL BRUNDAGE b. ca. 1750±.
Arrived on the "Jason" in 1783 with a wife, four children over 10 and one under.
Nathaniel Brundage petitions for land in Saint John Co., NB in 1785.
Daniel and Nathaniel 'Brundridge' petition for land in Kings Co., NB in 1787. (See below.)
Nathaniel Brundage is granted half of 200 acres and Daniel a lot of 200 acres in Conway Twp. 15JUL1784.
Andrew, Daniel, Joshua, Nathaniel and Josiah Brundage granted lots in Parr Town 2JAN1785. Nathaniel is given as being in Lot 850 on the south side of Morris St., and Daniel Lot 856 in the same block.
Nathaniel Brundage is granted 200 acres in Westfield Parish, Kings Co., NB 1FEB1788.
Nathaniel is said to have been the son of Daniel Brundage (d. 9NOV1783.) Daniel was said to have served with the Queen's Rangers, gone to Saint John and to have been a son of Benjamin and Elizabeth (Brush) Brundage. This is partially based on a petition:

New Brunswick Provincial Archives, Microfilm F-1032:

To His Excellency Thomas Carleton Esq. Lieut. Governor and Commander in Chief of the Province of New Brunswick &c &c &c 

The Memorial of Nathaniel Brundige 
Most Humbly Sheweth
That he arrived here with the Last Division of Loyalists in the Year 1783 and has never Drawn no Land
Your Memorialist is in possession of Lott No. 5 on the West side of the Grand Bay and has made considerable improvements thereon. The said lot came out in a Grant to your Memorialist' Father Daniel Brundige after his Decease.

Your Memorialist having an Elder Brother in the States who never emigrated to this province is apprehensive of his Laying claim to it as there was no will Left
Therefore Your Memorialist humbly craves that His Excellency in his Humanity will Be Pleased to like his case into consideration and grant him this said Lott or give Lands Power as he may not be Dispossessed of it and in Duty Bound will Ever Pray

City of St. John 28th Feby. 1787

Nathaniel Brundige

This may Certify all whome it may concern that Daniel Brundage Father to Nath Brundage departed this Life about Ninth Day Nov. 1783.

J. Nathan Smith, attending physician

This is to Certify that I am well acquainted with Nathaniel Brundige and that he is the Eldest son of Daniel Brundige Deceased in the Province [illegible?]

John Yeomans

Nathaniel Brundage

In Council 20 Feby. 1787. To have a Grant of the Lot No. 5 Grand Bay which had been allotted to his Father after his death. 

Return made for the Grant from the Crown? 16th March 1787

19 Feb 1787

The land referred to appears to have been the grants in Conway Twp 15JUL1784. Note the contradiction where he states he has an older brother but John Yeomans states Nathaniel was the eldest son. The elder brother is thought to be the Daniel Brundage, Jr. in the 1777 tax list of Fredericksburgh.
If Nathaniel had 5 children, one under 10, in 1783; then we might surmise the ages of those children at that time to be approximately 9, 11, 13, 15 and 17. That is, the eldest would have been b. very roughly ca. 1766. In fact since the eldest child was likely 16 or under in 1783 then ca. 1767 is more likely. As it happens there is a candidate for this eldest child.
According to Jordan family History, James Jordan b. Long Island, NY 8FEB1761 was the s/o John and Mary Ann (Daniels) Jordan and came to NB with his parents in 1783. Indeed, James and his brother, Francis, are listed in Bell as single men on the "Cyrus", along with their parents and siblings. This would suggest that James' future wife, Judith Brundage b. 11DEC1767 would have been a d/o Joshua Brundage on the same ship. Judith is said to have had a sister, Ann (m. _____ Stone), and 2 or 3 brothers. If Judith was Joshua's daughter (and Joshua did have a daughter, Ann) then she would have to be the daughter, Mary; and would have more than 2 or 3 brothers. Nathaniel Brundage, however, does have 5 children to Joshua's 9 children.
There are similar questions. For example, there was the Rachel Brundage who m. 20JUL1788 Isaac Birdsell (ca. 1772-1827), s/o Benjamin and Rachel (Carpenter) Birdsell. Isaac and Rachel are said to have moved to Wentworth Co., Upper Canada by 1826. Here Rachel appears to have died before 1852, as in that census an apparent son, Isaac Birdsall b. NB ca. 1798, lives in Charlotteville Twp., Norfolk Co., Canada West. On 8AUG1827, Rachel Birdsell of Woodhouse Twp., Norfolk Co., ONT and her oldest son, James Birdsell, of Charlotteville Twp., Norfolk Co., ONT, ask for administration of the estate of the late Isaac Birdsell. It seems that Woodhouse Twp was actually where they settled and in addition to James, children were John, Samuel, Ephraim, Isaac and William; all b. Waterborough Parish, Queens Co., NB. Isaac was from Long Island, NY; which is where the Birdsall's originated in colonial times.
Since Rachel is not amongst Joshua's children, one might assume she also was one of the five children of Nathaniel Brundage. If the anecdote of Judith, sister Ann and 2 or 3 brothers is correct, then Rachel was not one of Nathaniel's children if there were 3 brothers; but may have been if there were only 2 brothers. How many brothers Judith had in 1783 becomes an issue.
In this particular case, it seems more likely that Rachel (and consequently her sister, Ann) was a daughter of Nathaniel Brundage; perhaps even the eldest child. That a sister was Ann, m. ____ Stone makes Ann Stone Jordan, d/o James Jordan, of interest. Ann Stone Jordan m.
St. Andrew's Church, Saint John, Saint John Co., NB by the Rev. Dr. Burns MAR1825 Lewis Burns, a merchant. Her father, James, is given as living in Portland Parish. This could be a different James Jordan, as James Jordan, Loyalist, d. Saint John MAR1846 age 85 years. This would appear to be the same James Jordan b. 1761 and his daughter's name suggests he is Rachel's husband. Judith Jordan, widow of James Jordan, d. Saint John 9JUN1852 age 84 years.
According to Dr. Esther Clark Wright (letter to Peter Andrew Divine) Nathaniel had a son, Nathaniel Brundage (1786-1821), who m. Eleanor Clarke (d. 1845.) Mr. Divine questions the conclusions. Elsewhere, he mentions two sons of Nathaniel and Eleanor: Dudley Wells Brundage (b. 29APR1815) and Levi Brundage (b. ca. 1811.) He also suggests the family moved to Chatham, Quebec, that Eleanor m. 2nd Daniel Cass and they moved to Waterman, Illinois. Levi moved to LaFox, Kane Co., Illinois. Mr. Divine refers to a family Bible in the possession of his aunt.
11. JUDITH BRUNDAGE (possible daughter) b. 11DEC1767, d. Saint John 9JUN1852 age 84 years, m. JAMES JORDAN (b. Long Island, NY 8FEB1761, d. Saint John MAR1846 age 85 years), s/o John and Mary Ann (Daniels) Jordan.
Judith is given as b. on the Hudson River in NY. This would suggest Westchester County, but probably more likely Dutchess (Putnam) County.
12. ANN BRUNDAGE (possible daughter), m. _____ STONE.
Possibly the Anna Brundige baptized at Gagetown, Queens Co., NB 28APR1793 as an adult.
13. RACHEL BRUNDAGE (assumed daughter), m. Waterborough Parish, Queens Co., NB 20JUL1788 ISAAC BIRDSELL (BIRDSALL) (b. ca. 1772, d. Woodhouse Twp., Norfolk Co., ONT 1827.)

It is possible that Joshua and Nathaniel Brundage were brothers, and seem to have at least been acquainted. We can see how James Jordan might have met Judith Brundage.


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