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Loyalist Directory: Abraham Marston (Marsten, Masten, Mastin)
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|Surname :||Marston (Marsten, Masten, Mastin)|
|Given name :||Abraham|
|Where Resettled :||Meductic, York County, New Brunswick|
|Status as Loyalist :||Proven|
|Proof of Loyalty :||NYGBS; V38 N1 Jan 1907|
|Notes (Expunged, Suspended, Reinstated) :||Freeman St. John 1785.|
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|Settled before war :||From the Loyalist Collection at the Harriet Irving Library/UNB|
Call # MIC-Loyalist FC LMR.G7W3M8K5
Great Britain War Office
Title: Muster Books and Pay Lists (WO 12/10821) King's American Regiment: 1782-1783
His Majesty's the Kings American Regiment of Foot commanded by Colonel Edmund Fanning
Major John Coffin's Company 25 Dec 1782-25 June 1783:
Stephen Hustice - Lt.
Swinton ? Grant - Ens.
Sgt. Jeremiah Masten
Cpl Mark Freeman
Pvt. Abraham Masten
In camp Long Island 9 August and 2 Sept 1783.
The other Marston (Jeremiah) may be related as that was Abraham's son's name.
(I listed the officers from the muster roll, I added Mark Freeman because he is another of my ancestors in that unit. - Steve Bolton)
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|Children :||Jeremiah b. 1789 (Only one child known)|
|Biography :||He, and son Jeremiah also provided a memorial in hope of a land grant:|
Public Archives of New Brunswick
RS108 :: Index to Land Petitions: Original Series, 1783-1918
Name: MARSTON, ABRAHAM
See petition of MARSTON, ABRAHAM
Abraham and Jeremiah Marsten applied for a Memorial on July 17, 1819- stating, “That your Memorialist Abraham Marston is one of those Loyalist who came to the Province at the end of the revolutionary war, in which war he served his Majesty faithfully for seven years in the late Kings American Regiment, until discharge here - and has remained in the Province ever since. He is a married man and has received from the government 200 acres of land on which he is settled and has improved largely. He now asks for an additional 200 acres, Lot No. 36 in the vacant tract in the Parish of Northampton, nearly opposite to River. Jeremiah Marston, his son who was born and has always resided in the Province, and who is likewise a married man, asks for 300 acres adjoining to his father above, Lot #35 and the one half of #34 are wilderness land he has had not grant of land from government-and your Memorialist further states that they are of sufficient ability to cultivate and improve land and are prepared to do so by themselves and that they have not directly or indirectly bargained or agreed for the transfer or sale of such land to any person or persons whatever. And you Memorialist are duty bound ____.”
|Proven Descendants :||Fredericton 1999.01.18;|
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|Sources :||Reference letters B|
A “Complete” Genealogy of the United Empire Loyalist Abraham Marston
Researched and Compiled by Stephen Bolton, UE
Abraham Marston served in the Kings American Regiment during almost the complete duration of the Revolutionary War, and, on the close of that conflict, settled with his Regiment near what is present day Meductic, York County, New Brunswick.
Nothing is known of his colonial origins or of his marriage but he is known to have had one son, Jeremiah, born in 1789 in New Brunswick. Through Jeremiah, Abraham has left many descendants who have spread out over the world. It should be mentioned that while the Marston name is spelled variously as Marsten, Mastin, Masten, and Madsen, only the Marston spelling is used in the tree. To do otherwise would partially defeat the utility of search engines.
Current day Marston descendants approached the author, who is also a descendant, and provided many genealogical materials for safekeeping as well as their own partial family trees. The decision was finally made to construct, as fully as possible, a complete Abraham Marston Family Tree on Ancestry.ca. That site could act as a permanent repository for images of many of the family records, photos, and memorabilia where they can be accessed by all researchers. That work is now fairly complete, but of course as with all genealogical works, it will never be actually complete. The discovery of Jeremiah’s bible (in a pile of garbage in a shed) and its family member page has provided the names of daughters who were previously unknown, and whose marriage or death records have yet to be discovered.
The “Abraham Marston Family Tree” as it is titled on Ancestry, is a Public Member Tree and as such is accessible to all with an Ancestry account. The URL for the tree on Ancestry is http://trees.ancestry.ca/tree/82840687/family. If searching by author's name, the Ancestry name is Dr Stephen E Bolton. The author has entered many currently living descendants but those names will not be publically displayed as Ancestry policy. The Tree contains almost 2400 people, however not all individuals are blood descendants as also recorded are spouses, in-laws, and the path back to passengers aboard the Mayflower provided by several Marston marriages. Every attempt has been made to fully reference the individuals in the tree. The author invites additions, correction, and general comments which may be forwarded as messaging in Ancestry.