Descendents of John Cockburn (1783 - 15 Jun 1858)
and Elizabeth "Betsy" Leslie (1788 - 11 Apr 1869)

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Descendents of John Cockburn (1783 - 15 Jun 1858)
and Elizabeth "Betsy" Leslie (1788 - 11 Apr 1869)

FIRST Immigrant Generation

1. John Cockburn (Coburn) & Elizabeth "Betsy" Leslie

Born 1783 in Coldstream, Roxburghshire Co., Scot. Died 15 Jun 1858 in Harvey. Buried in Harvey Settlement Cemetery. Occupation Farmer. Religion Presbyterian.

  

The spelling of "Cockburn" was changed to "Coburn" in the 1870s.

   

John Cockburn and his wife Elizabeth Lesley and nine children ranging in age from 3 years to 22 years, left Berwick-upon-Tweed on 28 May 1837 on the Brig Cornelius of Sunderland, and arrived in Saint John, NB, 12 Jul 1937.   They travelled to Fredericton on the steamer, Water Witch.   They received Land Grant Lot #8w, 100 acres, in Harvey Settlement, and were among the first settlers of Harvey.

   

According to oral history handed down through the generations, two daughters, Margaret and Dorothy, stayed in England when the rest of the family came to Canada.   Margaret's birth was found in the IGI, but Dorothy's birth date was not found.   According to Elizabeth's obituary she was the mother of 11 children, and from our records just nine came to NB.

   

The Cockburns had a small inn, which was the stagecoach stop.   In the book, "Notes on North America, Agricultural, Economical and Social" by James F. W. Johnston, Vol II, published by William Blackwood and Sons, Edinburgh and London in 1851, on page 170, Dr. Johnston makes reference to having stayed at the Inn on a visit to the Harvey Settlement area in 1848:   "I stayed over night at this settlement, in a comfortable little inn kept by a Mr. Cockburn, who had several sons grown up, all of whom but one had already left him, and settled on farms of their own."

   
Inscription on gravestone in Harvey Settlement Cemetery:   "In Memory of John Cockburn Died 15th June 1858 Aged 73 years.   Native of Coldstream, County of Roxburghshire, Scotland."

   

He married Elizabeth "Betsy" Lesley, 26 May 1806 in Eccles, Berwick Co., Scotland. Born 1788 in Eng. Died 11 Apr 1869 in Harvey. Buried in Harvey Settlement Cemetery. Religion Presbyterian.

 

   

From Morning Telegraph, 20 Apr 1869:

   

Died Harvey Settlement, 11th ult., Elizabeth relict of John Cockburn, age 81, left 11 children, 86 grandchildren and a number of great grandchildren.

 

   

They had the following children:

  2   i.   Margaret Cockburn (Coburn)

  3   ii.   John Cockburn (Coburn)

  4   iii.   Dorothy Cockburn (Coburn)

  5   iv.   Isabella Cockburn (Coburn)

  6   v.   James Cockburn (Coburn)

  7   vi.   George Cockburn (Coburn)

  8   vii.   Elizabeth Cockburn (Coburn)

  9   viii.   William Cockburn (Coburn)

  10   ix.   Charlotte Cockburn (Coburn)

  11   x.   Andrew Wood Cockburn (Coburn)

  12   xi.   Thomas Cockburn (Coburn)

  13   xii.   Ralph Cockburn (Coburn)

 

Descendents of John Cockburn (1783 - 15 Jun 1858)
and Elizabeth "Betsy" Leslie (1788 - 11 Apr 1869)

Second Immigrant Generation

2. Margaret Cockburn (Coburn) 

Daughter of John Cockburn (Coburn) & Elizabeth "Betsy" Lesley. Born 13 Aug 1807 in Lutholm, Berwick, Scotland. Christen 22 Aug 1807 in Eccles, Berwick, Scotland.

   

No further information.   Possibly stayed in England when the family emigrated to Canada in 1837.

 

Descendents of John Cockburn (1783 - 15 Jun 1858)
and Elizabeth "Betsy" Leslie (1788 - 11 Apr 1869)

Second Immigrant Generation

3. John Cockburn (Coburn)

Son of John Cockburn (Coburn) & Elizabeth "Betsy" Lesley. Born 3 May 1808 in Eccles, Berwick, Scotland. Christen 8 May 1808 in Eccles, Berwick, Scotland.

   

No further information.   Possibly stayed in England when the rest of the family emigrated to Canada in 1837.

 

Descendents of John Cockburn (1783 - 15 Jun 1858)
and Elizabeth "Betsy" Leslie (1788 - 11 Apr 1869)

Second Immigrant Generation

4. Dorothy Cockburn (Coburn)

Daughter of John Cockburn (Coburn) & Elizabeth "Betsy" Lesley.

 

Descendents of John Cockburn (1783 - 15 Jun 1858)
and Elizabeth "Betsy" Leslie (1788 - 11 Apr 1869)

Second Immigrant Generation

5. Isabella Cockburn (Coburn) 

Daughter of John Cockburn (Coburn) & Elizabeth "Betsy" Lesley. Born Approx 1813 in Eng. Died 15 May 1884 in Harvey. Buried in Harvey Settlement Cemetery.

   

Inscription on gravestone in Harvey Settlement Cemetery:   "In memory of Mother, wife of Thomas Nesbitt, died May 15, 1884 aged 71 years.   Have faith in God"

   

She married Thomas Nesbitt, son of John Nesbitt & Ann, 27 Apr 1839 in St. Paul's Church, Fredericton By John Birkmyre . Born Approx 1817 in Eng. Christen 28 Sep 1817 in Wooler, United Presbyterian Cheviot Street--NC. Died 20 May 1882 in Harvey. Buried in Harvey Settlement Cemetery. Occupation Farmer, Carpenter. Religion Presbyterian.

   

Thomas came to NB in 1837 with his parents and siblings, and were among the pioneer settlers of Harvey Settlement.

   

From NB Royal Gazette, 1 May 1839:   "Married 27th ult. by Rev. J. Birkmyre, Thomas Nesbit and Miss Isabella Cockburn, both of Fredericton parish, York Co."

   

From York Co NB Marriage Register B 1837-1850 (PANB):   Witnesses to marriage were George Roberts and Susanna Nesbit.

   

According to 1851 Census, Thomas was a carpenter, and living in Fredericton.   The 1861 Census has the family living in Manners Sutton parish, and Thomas was a farmer and carpenter.   In 1861 they owned or occupied 30 acres improved land and 220 acres unimproved land; cash value of farm 120 pounds; value of implements and machinery, 6 pounds.   They had 2 horses, 3 milch cows, 3 other neat cattle, 9 sheep, 2 swine, and slaughtered 150 lb. pork.   Produced 150 lb. butter; 34 lb. wool; 14 tons hay; 100 bu. oats; 50 bu. buckwheat; 3 bu. peas, 20 bu. timothy; 50 bu. turnips and 100 bu. potatoes.

   

Inscription on gravestone in Harvey Settlement Cemetery:   "God is Love, Asleep in Jesus.   Sacred to the memory of Thomas Nesbitt, died May 20, 1882 aged 63 years, also Charlotte Nesbitt, died June 21, 1861 aged 7 years."

   

They had the following children:

  14   i.    Elizabeth Nesbitt

  15   ii.   Anne Isabella Nesbitt

  16   iii.  Margaret Jane Nesbitt

  17   iv.  Isabella P. Nesbitt

  18   v.   Susan Nesbitt

  19   vi.  Charlotte Nesbitt

 

Descendents of John Cockburn (1783 - 15 Jun 1858)
and Elizabeth "Betsy" Leslie (1788 - 11 Apr 1869)

Second Immigrant Generation

6. James Cockburn (Coburn)

Son of John Cockburn (Coburn) & Elizabeth "Betsy" Lesley. Born Approx 1815 in Eng. Occupation Tailor.

  

From New Brunswick Courier, 3 August 1839: "Married Fredericton, 23rd ult., by Rev. J. Birkmyre, James Cockburn and Miss Ann Nesbit, both of that parish."

   

From York Co NB Marriage Register B 1837-1850 (PANB):   Witnesses to marriage were George Cockburn and Susanna Nesbit.

   

No further information on James and his wife Ann.

   

He married Ann Nesbitt, daughter of John Nesbitt & Ann, 23 Jul 1839 in St. Paul's Church, Fredericton By John Birkmyre. Born Approx 1820 in Eng.

 

Descendents of John Cockburn (1783 - 15 Jun 1858)
and Elizabeth "Betsy" Leslie (1788 - 11 Apr 1869)

Second Immigrant Generation

7. George Cockburn (Coburn) 

 

Son of John Cockburn (Coburn) & Elizabeth "Betsy" Lesley. Born 1817 in Eng. Died 28 Dec 1884 in Harvey Station. Buried in Harvey Settlement Cemetery. Occupation Farmer. Religion Presbyterian.

   

George came to NB with his parents and eight siblings in 1837 with the first settlers of Harvey.  

   

From New Brunswick Royal Gazette, 1 Dec 1841:   "Married 13th inst., by Rev. D. McCurdy, George Cockburn and Miss Mary Piercy both of Harvey Settlement, York Co."

   

From York Co NB Marriage Register B 1837-1980 (PANB):   Witnesses to marriage were Wm Cockburn, Isabella Piercy and Jas Cockburn.

   

From the 1861 Census, They owned or occupied 45 acres of improved land and 55 acres unimproved; cash value of farm   was 150 pounds, value of implements and machinery, 15 pounds.   They had 2 horses, 3 milch cows, 2 working oxen, 6 other neat cattle, 15 sheep, 4 swine, and slaughtered 400 lb. pork.   Produced 150 lb. butter: 45 lb. wool; 18 tons hay; 4 bu. barley; 200 bu. oats; 140 bu. buckwheat; 6 bu. peas; 12 bu. timothy; 50 lb. clover seed; 100 bu. turnips; 150 bu. potatoes; and 50 bu. carrots.

   

George died at age of 66 years and 11 months.

   

He married Mary Piercy, daughter of Thomas Piercy & Mary Henderson, 13 Nov 1841 in Harvey Settlement By Rev. Daniel McCurdy, Presbyterian. Born 30 Sep 1819 in Northumberland, Eng. Died 6 Mar 1892 in Harvey Station. Buried in Harvey Settlement Cemetery. Religion Presbyterian.

  

Mary came to NB in 1837 with her parents and siblings, and were among the pioneer settlers of Harvey Settlement.

   

They had the following children:

  20   i.   Mary Ann Coburn

  21   ii.   John G. Coburn

  22   iii.   Thomas Coburn

  23   iv.   James "Jim" Coburn

  24   v.   Elizabeth Ann "Betsy Ann" Coburn

  25   vi.   George Henry Coburn

  26   vii.   Isabella "Belle" Coburn

  27   viii.   Mary Coburn

  28   ix.   Margaret "Maggie" Coburn

  29   x.   Walter Henderson Coburn

 

Descendents of John Cockburn (1783 - 15 Jun 1858)
and Elizabeth "Betsy" Leslie (1788 - 11 Apr 1869)

Second Immigrant Generation

8. Elizabeth Cockburn (Coburn) 

 

Daughter of John Cockburn (Coburn) & Elizabeth "Betsy" Lesley. Born 18 Mar 1820 in Eng. Died 4 Mar 1870 in Harvey. Buried in Harvey Settlement Cemetery.

   

From The Loyalist, 26 October 1843:   "Married Harvey Settlement, York Co., 13th inst., by Rev. John M. Brooke, William Robinson and Elizabeth, daughter of John Cockburn, all of said settlement and lately from Northumberland, England."

   

From Thursday, Daily Telegraph, 10 March 1870:   "Died Harvey, Mrs Elizabeth Robison, age 49, left husband, six children."

   

She married William Robison, son of Marshall Robison I & Jane Dickson, 13 Oct 1843 in St. Paul's Church, Fredericton. Born 6 Sep 1811 in Eng. Died 16 Apr 1889 in Harvey. Buried in Harvey Settlement Cemetery. Occupation Farmer. Religion Presbyterian.

  

William Robison came to Harvey with the first settlers in 1837, as a single man.   He settled on Lot #11, second tier, 100 acres, between the lots of George Nesbitt and Thomas Wilson, southeast of the road from Saint Andrews to Fredericton.   William was the first in his family to come to NB, and he was followed in 1842 by his parents and siblings.

   

In the 1861 Census for Manners Sutton, he owned or occupied 40 acres of improved land and 60 acres of unimproved land; cash value of farm was 150 pounds; value of implements and machinery, 2 pounds.   Had 3 milch cows, 2 working oxen, 2 other neat cattle, 7 sheep, 4 swine, and slaughtered 300 lb. pork.   Produced 200 lb. butter; 20 lb. cheese; 25 lb. wool; 9 tons hay; 130 bu. oats; 80 bu. buckwheat; 60 bu. turnips; 80 bu. potatoes and 30 bu. carrots.

   

William, Elizabeth and family are not listed in the 1851 Census for the Harvey area, and in the 1871 Census it is noted that their son Marshall Taylor Robison (who was born 20 Jun 1850) was born in U.S.A., so perhaps the family were in U.S.A. for a period of time and some of the older children may have been born there also.

   

It is believed that William is buried in Harvey Settlement Cemetery beside his wife and oldest son William, but his name is not on the gravestone.   Unsure if there was a son, David, in this family--unable to confirm. David does not appear in any of the Census reports, the church death records, or on a gravestone in the Harvey Settlement Cemetery.   Only information is from notes written by the late Mary Coburn, with the notation that he died young.

   

They had the following children:

  30   i.   William Robison

  31   ii.   John Robison

  32   iii.   Marshall Taylor Robison

  33   iv.   Thomas James Robison

  34   v.   Stephen Robison

  35   vi.   Elizabeth Robison

  36   vii.   William Robison II

 

Descendents of John Cockburn (1783 - 15 Jun 1858)
and Elizabeth "Betsy" Leslie (1788 - 11 Apr 1869)

Second Immigrant Generation