Hanson Family of New Brunswick
Note: This study of Hansons in New Brunswick does not cover all the Hanson families of New Brunswick, only the ones I am able to connect as descendants of John5 Hanson and Betty Clark. There was evidently also in early New Brunswick at least one other branch of Hansons that might be related, but I am not able to pinpoint that relationship at this time, those of Christopher and Charlotte (Morehouse) Hanson, of York County. It is a work in progress and it is far from completion.
(V.25) John5 Hanson, second son of Isaac4 Hanson, John3, Thomas2 (Jr.), Thomas1; born in Dover, NH, in 1739, married Elizabeth “Betty” Clark, daughter of William and Ruth (Goodwin) Clark (Jr.), of Berwick, ME, in say ca. 1761. She was born in 1746 in Berwick, possibly the one baptized as “Deliverance” Clark on 5 Oct. 1748 at Berwick First Church, a granddaughter of William and Joyce (Potts) Clark, and of Moses and Amy (Goodwin) Goodwin, of Berwick, ME. As Betty Hanson, she signed a quitclaim to the estate of her father, William Clark, of Berwick, ME.
John Hanson served in the British Provincial Army of New Hampshire as a private under General Wolfe against Quebec in 1757 during the French & Indian War. They lived in Gouldsboro, Hancock Co., ME, until the Revolutionary War. John Hanson was a Loyalist, and moved first to Chamcook Island, New Brunswick, in ca. 1778, settling eventually in Bocabec, St. Patrick’s Parish, Charlotte Co., NB, on the Penobscot Association Grant.
Supposedly John Hanson and Ephraim Young were the first settlers on Chamcook Island, near St. Andrews, NB, under Location Tickets issued by Nova Scotia, which were not recognized by the new Provence of New Brunswick in 1784. In 1785 the new Government of New Brunswick granted Chamcook Island to Capt. Samuel Osborne for the protection of Loyalists arriving in St. Andrews from Maine. John Hanson and Ephraim Young petitioned the Governor, Thomas Carleton, on 3 Mar. 1785, stating that they had been living on Chamcook Island for 6 years, and had cleared land and built homesteads upon the Island, but the government decided against Hanson and Young in favor of Capt. Osborne, who had no intention of settling upon the island, and sold the land to Rev. Samuel Andrews of St. Andrews, on 26 Aug. 1785. Forced to give up his homestead on Chamcook Island, John Hanson purchased Lot #3 of the Farms of the Penobscot Association in Charlotte Co., NB, on the north side of Passamaquoddy Bay from John Andrews Tower on 11 Feb. 1786, in what was later to become Bocabec, in St. Patrick’s Parish, NB. John Hanson transferred title to this land to his son William Hanson on 5 Mar. 1802.
There is an old story of how John Hanson was cheated out of his land on Chamcook Island by the Rev. Samuel Andrews, who desired the Hanson land, which Hanson refused to sell. Supposedly one night while dining on board the ship of Capt. Samuel Osborne in the harbor of St. Andrews, NB, while Hanson was drunk, Capt. Osborne managed to get Hanson to deed his land over to him for a miserly Ł20, which he promptly deeded over to Rev. Andrews at a nice profit, but Hanson denied it when he sobered up the next morning. At first refusing to vacate the land, Hanson was finally forced to move when Capt. Osborne bombarded his house with cannon fire. The island became known as “Minister’s Island” when Rev. Andrews moved in and built his own home there about 1790. John Hanson evidently remained bitter over the incident for the rest of his life.
In 1793 John Hanson, William Hanson, Stephen Hanson and Ephraim Young, along with several other residents of Charlotte Co., NB, petitioned for additional land in Charlotte County.
Joel Bonny and John Hanson signed a petition on 2 Nov. 1816 asking for 550 acres of land be regranted to each of them for their service with the British Provincial Army from 1757 to 1763. Hanson stated in the petition that he was 78 years of age, has 11 married sons and daughters, 105 grandchildren, and 38 great-grandchildren, making a family of 156, and claimed that he and his descendants had cleared and improved more wilderness land than any family in the County. The land was granted on 8 Mar. 1817 on the Digdeguash River opposite Falls River Brook.
On 5 Mar. 1802 John Hanson Sr. purchased Lot #10 of the Penobscot Association Grants from William Hanson and wife Dorcas on the north side of Passamaquoddy Bay, and in Nov. 1817 John Hanson Sr. and wife Elizabeth sold to John Hanson Jr. 50 acres of land, half of Lot #10 of the Penobscot Association Grants, to John Hanson Jr. Then after his wife died, on 14 Feb. 1818, John Hanson Sr. sold another 5 acres of Lot #10 of the Penobscot Association Grants to John Hanson Jr.
Betty (Clark) Hanson died on 13 Nov. 1817 in Bocabec, NB, and John Hanson died in 1820 in Bocabec, and they were both probably buried in Farm Lot #5 of the Penobscot Association Grants, but a large memorial to John Hanson was later placed in the Bocabec Baptist Cemetery. No probate records were found for either of them in New Brunswick.
John Hanson and Elizabeth Clark supposedly had children, order uncertain:
A. Isaac Hanson, born say ca. 1761 in ME, probably never went to Canada, and died young in Maine. He was not a head of household in Maine in the 1790 or 1800 federal censuses, and he does not appear in early land records in New Brunswick.
B.26 John6 Hanson (Jr.), born say ca. 1763 in ME, married Abigail Libby, daughter of Jacob and Unity (Parker) Libby, of St. Stephen Parish, Charlotte Co., NB, in ca. 1792, and they lived in St. Patrick, Charlotte Co., NB. (Continued in Generation #6.)
C.27 William6 Hanson, born on 20 Aug. 1766 in ME, married 1.) Dorcas Milliken, daughter of Benjamin and Phebe (Jordan) Milliken, on 10 Oct. 1792 in St. Andrews, NB, and 2.) Mary Simpson Libby on 10 Oct. 1811 in St. Stephen, NB, and they lived in St. Andrews, Charlotte Co., NB. (Continued in Generation #6.)
D.28 Clark6 Hanson, born supposedly in 1768 in Gouldsboro, ME, married 1.) Mary Clark on 15 Sept. 1792 in St. Andrews, Charlotte Co., NB, and 2.) Esther (___) before 1818, and he lived in St. Andrews, Charlotte Co., NB. (Continued in Generation #6.)
E.29 Stephen6 Hanson, born say ca. 1773, probably in Gouldsboro, ME, married 1.) Sarah Libby, daughter of Jacob and Unity (Parker) Libby, of St. Stephen Parish, Charlotte Co., NB, in ca. 1796, and 2.) Sarah Ann Travers on 1 Jan. 1819 in St. Andrews, NB. (Continued in Generation #6.)
F.30 Daniel6 Hanson, born ca. 1775, supposedly on Chamcook Island, NB, married Mary Haley, daughter of Thomas and Sarah (Smith) Haley, in 1798 in St. Patrick’s Parish, Charlotte Co., NB. (Continued in Generation #6.)
G. Elizabeth6 “Betty” Hanson, born on 2 Feb. 1777 in ME, married 1.) Mark Turner, son of James and Rachel (Sylvester) Turner, of Bocabec, St. Patrick Parish, Charlotte Co., NB. He was a grandson of Richard and Eleanor Turner. Mark Turner and Isaac Young were bondsmen to William Hanson and Pheby Scott for the administration of the estate of John Thomson Scott, of St. George, NB, in 1806. Mark Turner died testate in 1818. His will was dated 17 Mar. 1818, and proved on 27 June 1818. It named his wife, Betty, and gave to son Jeremiah a lot of land when of age, son Joseph a lot of land when of age, son John 5 shillings when of age, son Isaac having already been given a lot of land, son Jacob two lots of land when of age, son Mark two lots of land when of age, daughters Joanna and Rachel Turner when of age, and made wife Betty Turner sole executrix. His estate was directed to be appraised by Robert Vardon, Thomas Olivant and William Hanson, of St. Patrick Parish, but since William Hanson had left the parish, the widow chose James Haley in his stead. Betty (Hanson) Turner supposedly remarried to 2.) John Haycock on 19 Mar. 1819, and died on 24 Feb. 1855 in Oxford Co., ON. She had 9 children by Mark Turner, and supposedly 1 more son by John Haycock:
1. Isaac Turner, born on 4 May 1795 in NB, probably the eldest son, had already been given land before 1818, married Ann Vardon, daughter of Robert and Phebe (Milliken) Vardon, in ca. 1820. He died on 14 May 1868 in Pickering, ON.
3. Rachel Turner, born on 13 July 1801 in NB, died before 1808.
4. Joanna Turner, born on 19 Nov. 1803 in NB, supposedly married William7 Clark Hanson, her first cousin, daughter of John6 and Abigail (Libby) Hanson (Jr.), of St. Patrick’s Parish, Charlotte Co., NB, on 28 Sept. 1820 in St. Patrick’s, NB. (Continued in Generation #7.)
5. Jacob Turner, born on 25 Feb. 1805 in NB, supposedly married Martha7 “Patty” Hanson, his first cousin, daughter of John6 and Abigail (Libby) Hanson (Jr.), of St. Patrick’s Parish, Charlotte Co., NB, on 3 Jan. 1830 in St. Patrick’s, NB. (See her family in Generation #6.)
6. Rachel Turner, born on 12 Jan. 1808 in NB, married Robert Buffington Vardon, son of Robert and Phoebe (Milliken) Vardon, on 31 Mar. 1824 in St. Patrick’s, NB. He was born ca. 1802. She died on 13 Sept. 1845 in Pickering, ON, and he died in 1856.
7. Jeremiah Turner, born on 6 May 1810 in NB, married 1.) Barbara Craig on 21 Oct. 1830 in St. Patrick’s, NB. She died in 1841, and he remarried to 2.) Margaret Horsburgh on 27 June 1844 in Pickering, ON. She died in 1855, and he remarried again to 3.) Jane Eastley on 3 June 1856 in Oxford Co., ON. He died in Dec. 1875 in Oxford Co., ON.
9. Mark Turner (Jr.), born on 18 Aug. 1815 in NB, married Mary Ann Haley, daughter of John and Mary (Kelly) Haley, on 25 May 1837 in St. Patrick’s, NB. She was born ca. 1814. He died on 8 Oct. 1888 in Oxford Co., ON.
10. Abraham Haycock, born ca. 1820 in NB.
H.31 Eliphalette6 Hanson, born on 3 May 1781, probably on Chamcook Island, NB, married Ellenor “Nellie” Turner, daughter of James and Rachel (Sylvester) Turner, of Bocabec, St. Patrick’s Parish, Charlotte Co., NB, on 8 Dec. 1806 in St. Andrews Parish, Charlotte Co., NB, and they settled in Bocabec, St. Patrick’s Parish, NB. (Continued in Generation #6.)
I. Ephraim6 Hanson, born say ca. 1783, probably on Chamcook Island, NB, married Sarah Kelly. She apparently died by 1851, and he was still living in St. Patrick’s Parish, Charlotte Co., NB, in the 1851 Canadian Census. He died on 12 Mar. 1854 in Bocabec, NB. They may have been the parents of the following unplaced Hansons in Charlotte County, and probably others:
1. Capt. John7 Hanson, born say ca. 1805 in NB, married Mary Jane Farish, of St. George, NB, on 26 Dec. 1827 in Charlotte Co. They were not found in the 1851 Canadian Census in Charlotte Co., NB, nor were they found in New Brunswick in the 1881 Canadian Census. They supposedly had 2 children:
a. Edward Hanson
b. Mary8 Jane Hanson, born ca. 1832, married John Stuart Fisher. She died in 1899 in Calais, ME.
2. Nehemiah7 Hanson, born say ca. 1810 in NB, married Sarah Haley, daughter of John and Mary (Kelly) Haley, of St. Patrick, NB, on 25 July 1837 in Charlotte Co. She died in 1839 in St. Patrick’s Parish, Charlotte Co., NB, leaving no surviving children. He was not found in the 1851 Canadian Census in Charlotte Co., NB.
J. Phebe6 Hanson, baptized on 20 July 1786 in NB, married John Thomson Scott, of St. George Parish, Charlotte Co., NB, on 22 July 1801 in St. Andrews Parish, Charlotte Co., NB. He died intestate in ca. 1805, and administration of his estate was granted to Pheby Scott and William Hanson on 6 Jan. 1806, with Mark Turner and Isaac Young as bondsmen. Children not found. Phebe (Hanson) Scott may have remarried.
K. Sarah6 Hanson, born say ca. 1787 in Charlotte Co., NB, possibly married Isaac Young, son of Ephraim Young. Isaac Young and Mark Turner were bondsmen to Pheby Scott and William Hanson for the administration of the estate of John Thompson Scott, of St. George, NB, in 1806. They supposedly had children:
1. Mary Ann Young, born on 6 Mar. 1821 in NB, married Hiram7 Hanson, her first cousin, son of Eliphalette6 and Nellie (Turner) Hanson, on 31 Jan. 1839 in Penfield, Charlotte Co., NB. He was born on 15 Dec. 1815, and died on 21 Aug. 1890 in Bocabec, Charlotte Co., NB. She died on 16 Nov. 1902. (Continued in Generation #7.)
2. Angus Young
3. David Young
4. John Young
L.32 James6 Hanson, born ca. 1789 in Charlotte Co., NB, presumably the James Hanson who married Mehitable Hanson, daughter of (___) Hanson, on 7 May 1816 in St. Patrick Parish, Charlotte Co., NB. (Continued in Generation #6.)
© 2003 John A. Maltby, Redwood City, California
 Records of First Berwick Church, Berwick ME. This identification is by Mary Hawker, but I suspect that they were two different daughters. Another daughter of William Clark, Mary, was baptized in Berwick on 30 Dec. 1746, but the baptism of Elizabeth or Betty Clark was not found in the records of Berwick First Church.
 Noyes, Libby, Davis, Genealogical Dictionary of Maine and New Hampshire, p. 149, which misidentifies the wife of William Clark as Joyce Roberts, p. 564, which correctly identifies the wife of William Clark as Joyce Potts, daughter of Thomas and Joanna (Roberts) Potts.
 Information from the gravestone marker for John Hanson in the Bocabec Baptist Cemetery, Bocabec, NB, including association with Gen. Wolfe’s Army, settlement in Gouldsboro, ME, Chamcook Island, and Penobscot Association Grant, per Mary Hawker.
 RS108 Land Petitions: Original Series, 1783-1918, Charlotte County, 1793, from microfilm #F1038. Other petitioners were John Dowling, Lachlan McCurdy, Norman Millegan, Benjamin Pomeroy, Orange Sealy, and James Stewart.
1739 – 1820
Native of Dover, N.H.
With Gen. Wolfe’s Army
At Québec 1859
1746 – 1817
Native of Berwick, Ma.
Settled on Chamcook Island
1779 – 1785
Settled on Farm Lot No 3
Pemobscot Association Grant 1786
 Her parents from the LDS Ancestral File of Benjamin Milliken and Phebe Jordan, submitted by Robert W. Nydegger, of Salt Lake City, UT, William L. Rackliffe, of Murray, UT, Barry Earl Hall, of Victoria, BC, and others.
 Barnett, Cleadie B., and Sewell, Elizabeth S., Loyalist Families, Fredericton Branch of the United Empire Loyalists’ Association of Canada, n.d., pp. 48-49, under James Turner, [hereinafter Loyalist Families.]
Hanson, Ephraim, male, husband, 68, native, living in a log house. (No occupation or other family listed with him.)
 June Ferguson’s FamilySearch Pedigree Resource File gives Sarah Hanson as the wife of Ephraim Young, and mother of Isaac Young, but Sarah was not old enough to have been the mother of Isaac Young, whom she gives a birth year of 1777, unless there were two different Isaac Youngs, one who married Sarah Hanson, and the other who married Mary Turner.