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Maternal Branches on the Family Tree: Rebecca Jones (1809-1897)

Rebecca Jones, my 3X great grandmother, is one of the few ancestors that really delivered surprises when I researched her life story.

Although her death certificate gives her birth date and place as 19 March 1809 in Fredericton, York, New Brunswick, Canada, her family lived in the nearby village of Keswick. It’s much more likely she was born there rather than in Fredericton. Rebecca may have told a family member that she was born in a little town near Fredericton, so the city is what was put down on her death record.

Rebecca was the 11th of 12 children (5 sons and 7 daughters) born to Richard Jones and Mary Boone. The first surprise encountered as I researched her parents was learning, after 37 years of researching, that I finally had a Mayflower ancestor – George Soule – through Mary Boone.

The Jones household would have been extremely busy. Her father was a small farmer and her mother would have worked daily at household chores. What was very unusual for the time is that all twelve of the Jones children lived to adulthood and married. They had some strong survival genes!

With Rebecca’s oldest brother, James, born in 1787,  not marrying until the youngest children had been born, Richard and Mary would have had many hands to help with daily life.

Rebecca married Peter Crouse around 1826. The Crouses were another large family (17 children) that lived in Keswick. Peter was born 2 February 1800, the 7th child of Philip Crouse and Sarah Burt.

Peter was apparently also a small farmer. Little is known about him as he died a young husband and father in his 30s, around 1835, in New Brunswick, Canada.

Peter Crouse and Rebecca Jones were the parents of four children, all born in Keswick:

  1. Elias, born 1828; died before 15 February 1866, probably Calais, Washington, Maine; married Cyrene A. Cook, 18 January 1858, Calais, Washington, Maine. It appears they had no children.
  2. Dean, born 1829; died between 1861-1870, probably Calais, Washington, Maine. It appears he didn’t marry.
  3. Samuel, born 1831; died between 1865-1880; married (1) Matilda Jane Carlow, 24 February 1855, Calais, Washington, Maine (2) Eliza Smith, c1860
  4. Sarah Moriah, born 7 May 1833; died 18 October 1930, Calais, Washington, Maine; married William Coleman, 6 February 1855, Calais, Washington, Maine

With Peter gone and Rebecca having four young children, she not only decided to marry again, but uprooted her family and moved to Red Beach, Washington, Maine, which today is part of the city of Calais.

She married Benjamin Blyther, as his second wife, about 1835, but how they met is a mystery since he was born in Maine and died there.

Benjamin Blyther and Rebecca Jones were the parents of six children, all born in Calais, Washington, Maine:

1. Mary Elizabeth, born 10 February 1836; died 2 June 1893, Alameda County, California; married (1) Albert J. Hannah, 23 November 1859, Calais, Washington, Maine (2) James Elbridge Hannah, 31 December 1864, Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts. She had no known children.
2. Martha, born November 1838; died after 1930, probably Watertown, Middlesex, Massachusetts; married Joseph S. Smith, between 1860-1870, probably Calais, Washington, Maine. They raised several nieces and nephews, but had no known children of their own.
3. Helen Marr, born 16 June 1842; died 16 January 1930, Berkeley, Alameda, California; married Charles Henry Wright, 31 May 1875, Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada. They had two daughters.
4. Ruth, born c1844; died 10 October 1939, Alameda County, California; married Robert A. Campbell, 21 February 1867, Charlestown, Suffolk, Massachusetts. They had two sons and one daughter.
5. Henrietta L., born 1 April 1847; died 22 January 1944, Sonoma, Sonoma, California; married (1) Philip Roemmele, 29 July 1875, Sacramento, Sacramento, California (2) Edward S. Rusing, 7 August 1878, Alameda County, California. Helen and Edward had two daughters.
6. Albert F., born March 1851; died 26 July 1858, Calais, Washington, Maine

Benjamin Blyther was quite a bit older than Rebecca – about 16 years – and he died in 1878 in Calais, Washington, Maine.

Now for the second surprise in this family! I never thought much about it, but Rebecca wasn’t readily found in the 1880 census. However, she is buried with Benjamin in Red Beach Cemetery with the death date of 1897.

As I researched the Blyther children, and discovered that the girls had married and gone to California, via Massachusetts, look what popped up in Placer County, California in the 1880 census:

This is the family of Robert and Ruth (Blyther) Campbell, living in Cisco, Placer, California – and look who is living with them (3rd line from the bottom) – R. BLYTHER, MOTHER!

I had thought that Rebecca lived out her days as a widow, living next door to daughter Sarah (Crouse) Coleman and her family in Red Beach.

There was yet another surprise when I searched for Blyther records in Massachusetts. Rebecca’s grandson, Dean Samuel Blyther, was living in Hubbardston, Worcester, Massachusetts at the turn of the 20th century.

Among the Hubbardston records was a death certificate for. . . .Rebecca Blyther!

Rebecca may have only lived in the villages of Keswick and Red Beach for most of her life, but she lived a wild life traveling as a widow in her senior years! Perhaps even more surprising is that her body was sent back to Calais and buried in Red Beach Cemetery.

Our 1980 visit to Red Beach Cemetery

Although Benjamin’s gravestone is in good condition, Rebecca’s stone is said to have broken and is lying on the ground.



Peter Crouse and Rebecca Jones, Burtts Corner, N.B., Canada

Peter Crouse and Rebecca Jones were another of my ancestral families that lived in tiny Burtts Corner in York County, New Brunswick, Canada.

Peter the son of Loyalist Phillip Crouse and his wife, Sarah Burt, and Rebecca, daughter of Loyalist Richard Jones and Mary Boone, were both from large families. Peter was the 7th of 18 children and Mary was the 11th of a dozen. They appeared well on their way to having a large family of their own when Peter died.

Peter was born on 2 February 1800 in Keswick, another little town near Burtts Corner. Rebecca was born on 19 March 1809, in Fredericton, also in York County.

Peter and Rebecca married about 1827, most likely in York County, but no marriage record has been found for them. Their family grew quickly, with Rebecca giving birth to four children in five years:

  1. Elias, born c1828, probably Keswick, York, New Brunswick, Canada; died between the 180 Maine census and 15 February 1866, when his wife remarried; married Cyrene A. Cook, 18 January 1858, Calais, Washington, Maine. Cyrene was born April 1837, New Brunswick, Canada; died 13 May 1920, Calais, Washington, Maine. She married (2) Captain Joshua Pettigrove, 15 February 1866, Calais, Washington, Maine. Joshua was born 11 July 1818, St. Andrews, Charlotte, New Brunswick, Canada; died 19 February 1896, Red Beach, Calais, Washington, Maine. It appears Cyrene had no children with Elias or Joshua.
  2. Dean, born about 1829, probably Keswick, York, New Brunswick, Canada; died between the 1860 and 1870 Maine censuses; no marriage record or evidence that Dean ever married has been found.
  3. Samuel, born about 1831, probably Keswick, York, New Brunswick, Canada; died between 1865 and 1880; married (1) Matilda Jane Carlow, 24 February 1855, Calais, Washington, Maine. Matilda was born about 1836 and died about 1858, both likely in Calais, Washington, Maine (2) Eliza Smith, about 1860. Eliza was born about 1840 and died before 1880. Samuel’s family adopted the Blyther surname, as his mother had married Benjamin Blyther after his father died. Benjamin was the only father he had ever known.
  4. Sarah Moriah, born 7 May 1833, Keswick, York, New Brunswick, Canada; died 18 October 1930, Calais, Washington, Maine; married William Coleman, 6 February 1855, Calais, Washington, Maine. William was born 10 June 1834, Nelson, Northumberland, New Brunswick, Canada; died 30 May 1905, Calais, Washington, Maine.

Peter seems to have died unexpectedly, as there is no will for him. No land deeds have been found in his name, nor in that of his widow, Rebecca.

Peter died sometime after August 1832, when Sarah would have been conceived and before Mary Elizabeth Blyther, Rebecca’s next born child, arrived on 10 February 1836.

From the timing of these births, I’d say Peter probably died in 1834 or early 1835.

Peter and Rebecca have but a handful of descendants living today.

Neither Elias nor Dean Blyther had any children.

Samuel had two children with second wife, Eliza Smith:

  1. Sarah Maria, born about 1860, Maine; died after 1930; married George Frank Ford, 2 January 1881, Calais, Washington, Maine. They had two children, Evelyn Gertrude, born 1883, and Elmer Leo, born 1886, both in Boston, Massachusetts.
  2. Dean Samuel, born 2 October 1865, Maine; died 11 June 1944, Arlington, Bennington County, Vermont; married Eunice B. Parker, 8 January 1900, Gardner, Worcester County, Massachusetts. Eunice was born about 1882, Massachusetts; died 24 May 1914, Arlington, Bennington County, Vermont. Four of the six children born to Dean and Eunice lived to adulthood: Walter Parker, Mary Ella, Effie Evelyn and Royal Raymond Blyther, but Effie never married. The other three children have descendants.

The youngest child of Peter and Rebecca Crouse was Sarah Moriah. I have written quite a bit about Sarah Moriah Crouse Coleman, my 2X great grandmother and her son, William Coleman, and have previously written quite a bit on the Blyther clan when I became curious about what had happened to Sarah’s half siblings. You can read several other Blyther posts found by scrolling down the topic list on the left side of this blog.