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Loyalist Directory: Issachar Currier

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Surname : Currier
Given name : Issachar
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Where Resettled : Upper Gagetown NB
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Settled before war : Amesbury, Mass
Date & Place of Death : 1807 at Kingsclear NB
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Children : Susannah Currier (d.1841) m. Benjamin Noble on March 29, 1810
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Family History : A Loyalist in the New Brunswick Rebel Noble Family Line

Stephen Davidson's article in Loyalist Trails 2015-#02 (January 11, 2015) about Loyalist descendants marrying descendants of supporters of the American Revolution who lived on the Saint John River coincided with the culmination of my research concerning such a union. I was always aware that my mother's ancestors Daniel Smith Sr. and Ruth Fitch from New Milford, CT were Loyalists. I always knew my father's ancestors Rev Seth Noble and his wife Hannah Barker, from Westfield and Rowley, Mass were rebels. But my grandfather Harry Gordon Noble never mentioned to me that his grandmother, Susannah Currier, who died long before he was born, was the daughter of a Loyalist, Issachar Currier from Amesbury, Mass. He only mentioned Rev Seth's rebel connections!

My 3 x gr grandfather, the Rev Seth Noble, was the first settled Minister of the Congregational Church at Maugerville (1774-77) which was the centre of support for the American rebels along the Saint John River. He was forced to flee to Maine in 1777 with a price on his head. He was joined two years later by his wife Hannah Barker whom he had married in Maugerville in 1775 and their son Seth Jr. The Barker family in Maugerville were also rebels, but were granted a pardon by the British authorities along with most of the other rebel supporters, as outlined in Stephen Davidson's article. Hannah Barker Noble died in Bangor, Maine in 1790 and the following year, Rev Seth brought his two youngest sons, Joseph and Benjamin back to Sheffield to be brought up with their uncles also named Joseph and Benjamin Barker. They never saw their father again and in 1801 he was granted two half sections of land in Franklinton, Ohio (now downtown Columbus) for his services to the Revolution. Seth moved there in 1805 and died there in 1807.

Benjamin Noble married Susannah Currier, daughter of Loyalist Issachar Currier on March 29, 1810. Issachar had died in 1807 at Kingsclear, but he still owned his lot in Gagetown in addition to the two lots in Kingsclear. Issachar arrived in N.B. in late 1783 or early 1784 and according to his July 1785 petition for Lot No 75 at Upper Gagetown, immediately started to work “building Mr. Beckwith's ship.” Nehemiah Beckwith was a Loyalist who built the first sloop on the Saint John River for General Benedict Arnold. Issachar Currier said he wanted to build a shipyard on Lot 75 and thus continue the tradition of several generations of Curriers in Amesbury, Mass. He was granted Lot 75 in 1786 and received Lots 69 and 71 at Kingsclear in 1799. He is listed as a Loyalist in Esther Clark Wright's book The Loyalists of New Brunswick as having received land in Block 2. Block 2 at Kingsclear was originally granted to Lt. Colonel Isaac Allen and the 2nd New Jersey Volunteers in 1784. The grant was made collectively and the grantees asked the Crown to make a re-grant on an individual basis which was done on December 31, 1799. Issachar Currier's name was not on the 1784 grant but he received 2 lots in the 1799 re-grant.

The union between the daughter of a Loyalist and the son of a rebel lasted until Susannah's death in 1841, by which time there were nine children including three with Barker as their middle name honouring Benjamin's rebel mother and his uncle who raised him, and a son named Issachar Currier and daughter Rebecca named after Susannah's Loyalist parents. When Benjamin died in 1860 his obituary claimed he was born in Nova Scotia where his father had been a Presbyterian Minister. No mention of the Maugerville Congregational Church and the rebels there. In fact Benjamin was born in what is now Bangor, Maine. This blurring of his origins clearly was deliberate and reflected the tensions between Loyalists and rebel descendants 70 years on. But it was the rebel aspect which continued in Noble family folklore not the Loyalist one.

The Currier family continued building boats at Gagetown for at least two more generations. Captain David Currier, grandson of Issachar, began active life in charge of a passenger sloop and afterwards as that of the first river steamer. In a February 17, 1883 interview in the Saint John Daily Sun Captain Currier recalled “his family moved from Upper Gagetown to St. John in 1805 and in 1810 to Kingsclear, thence to Maugerville in 1811, where my father (also named David) engaged in shipbuilding for different parties building the Eliza Ann, a brig of 350 tons for Capt. MacDonald; the Mary Ann, 200 tons for Nelson Deveber and several schooners for William Taylor and Benjamin Taylor. In 1813 we removed to Gagetown where my father continued shipbuilding and was assisted by an elder brother of mine, Daniel Currier.”

Captain David Currier's second wife was Margery Upton Barker, a granddaughter of Joseph Barker one of the rebels at Maugerville. One of Margery's brothers was Sir Frederic Eustache Barker who was knighted in 1913, elected an M.P. for Saint John in 1885 and who served as Chief Justice of the N.B. Supreme Court from 1908 to 1914. Quite a stretch from a family of rebels two generations earlier!The marriage of the Loyalist Currier family into the rebel Noble and Barker families is part of a wider history and I look forward to reading Stephen Davidson's second article.

— John Noble, UE, Ottawa (who is about to submit his application for descent from Issachar Currier, Loyalist)
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Sources : Information submitted by John Noble U.E. of Ottawa, a descendant of Issachar
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