Peter Stoneburgh, UE, Murray Township

Peter Stoneburgh UE 1750 - 1844

Murray Township

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As a kid, I used to row my small boat in Stoneburgh Cove at the north end of Wellers Bay. Knowing the land well gives me a special interest in Peter Stoneburgh. There is work to do to tell the story of how he came to Upper Canada from the USA via NB and settled in Murray and to connect his children into other known families, particulaily the Nix family.

I want to thank Allen Stoneberg, Mark Davenport and Peter Johnson for sharing their work.

Peter was born in 1750 (petition) or 1742 (Church record) or somewhere in between. The lineage below comes from an old family chart emailed to me by descendant Allen Stoneberg.

Peter Stoneburgh settled in Murray Township on the west side of a small cove that is today called Stoneburgh Cove  in the north west corner of Wellers Bay.

Peter STONEBURGH UE b 1750s NY (I suspect Ulster Co) d 1844 Murray Tp and Hannah NIX  b c1770  d 1869 Murray Tp.   I think they settled in Murray Tp c1805 (Census records would narrow the date down a bit). Came from NB where Peter had been disbanded with the Loyalist Reg't  The New York Volunteers.  I suspect he married Hannah in NB
Source: email Peter Johnson

Use these links to quickly see the information below.
  1. Peter Stoneburgh 1750 - 1844
  2. Descendant Chart - of Peter Stoneburgh and Hannah Nix
  3. Hannah Nix - his wife 
  4. Harriet Stoneburgh - their daughter
  5. John Stoneburgh - a son?
  6. People yet to connect in

Steenbarrick?? Stotenburg?? I like the Stotenburg name a little more. I don't know in what context the Steenbarrick name was read, but it looks to me like it was a phonetic bastardization of the Stoneburg name.
[Note: Steenburgh is also a local name.]
Source: email Mark Davenport

Children of Peter Stoneburg and his wife Hannah Nix, Ameliasburg.
1. Harriot Born 15 Oct 1807
2. Sarah Ann Born 7 Jul 1811
3. Sarah Born 14 Aug 1820, Murray. [Hannah would have been 50 years of age!]
Source: Church Records of the Rev John Langhorn and the Rev Robert McDowel of Fredricksburg, Sophiasburg, Camden areas. Now located at Queen's University, Kingston, Ont, email Mark Davenport

[Note: only 9 children are listed above.]
"Peter Stoneburgh-born 1750, New York State, died 25 Nov 1844, Canada. Came to Canada in 1804 to Murray Township, Northumberland County, to the present site of the Murray Canal area, between Trenton and Brighton. He married Hannah Nix who was born in 1770 and died 1 April 1869. Issue 12 Children."
Source: Letter from Velma Rinn Beyette in poss of Betty L. Block, Grants Pass, OR, email Mark Davenport

Oath of a neighbor, Peter Vail, attached to this petition of Peter Stoneburgh, says that he knew Peter at Congeice, near Charleston, South Carolina, a private Soldier in the New York Volunteers in the year 1779 and that he knew him in Nova Scotia as a settler after the war. Photocopy in poss of Betty L. Block, Grants Pass OR.
Source: MILITARY-RESIDENCES: Land Board of Upper Canada (Ontario) - Land Petitions #189:  email Mark Davenport

Peter Stoneburg received his grant of land as a Loyalist on the Keswick River where several of the New York Volunteers settled.
Source: Book "The Loyalists of New Brunswick" by Esther Clarke Wright: Records, Photocopy in poss of Betty L. Block, Grants Pass OR, email Mark Davenport

We are pretty sure the STONEBURGHS arrived c1805 in this area, (in 1816 petition Peter said he had been here 11 years). Therefore they were not part of the 1784 migration to Adolphustown.
Source: email Peter Johnson

Peter is earliest seen in the 1814 census.
Source: This site.

To his Excellency Sir Peregrine Maitland
H B[?] Lieutenant governor of the province of
Upper Canada and Major General commanding the forces in North America etc. etc. etc.
     The Petition and Memorial of Peter Stoneburg Sr.
      Humbly sheweth That your petitioner aged 76 has been for several years settled and resident on Lot 11 broken concession C on the canal reserve in the Township of Murray for which lot it was the wish of Gov’r Gore I should be entered and I accordingly paid the fees of entry at York, at Major Smalls and General Ridouts offices.  Your petitioner who has suffered much by sickness, and is the parent of a numerous family, humbly implores that the land on which he has so long laboured, may now be finally granted him, and for which a petition, with certificates and oaths of allegiance, were delivered at York, at the close of the last war.
     Your memorialist also begs leave to add that he served his Majesty for seven years during the American war, as a soldier in the New york volunteers, or third regiment; and was at the taking of Long island; at the battles of White plains; of Bryar-Creek; of Fort Montgomery; of Fort Clinton; of Savannah; and under the command of Col. John Maitland of the 71st. at the battle of Blueford in South Carolina; also at the sieges of Savannah, and Charlestown; at the battle of Monks corner; at the battle of Camden; the defeat of Col’n Sumpter at the battle of Rocky mount; at Guilford Court house; also at the battle of Camden; and the Eulaw springs; etc. and was finally disbanded under Lt Col George Turnbull.  And that during the last war was inspector of Provisions etc.  [signed] Peter Stoneburgh
Murray March 14th 1826
      Peter Stoneburgh Sen. states "Your memorialist also begs leave to add that he served his Majesty for seven years during the American War, as a soldier in the New York Volunteers, or third regiment; and was at the taking of Long island; at the battles of Whiteplains; of Bryar Creek; of Fort Montgomery; of Fort Clinton; of Savannah; and under the command of Col. John Maittand of the 71st at the battle of Blueford in South Carolina, also at the sieges of Savannah, and Charlestown; at the battle of Monks corner; at the battle of Camden; the Defeat of Col. Sumpter at the battle of Rocky mount; at Guilford Court house; also at the battle of Camden; and the Eulaw springs; He was finally disbanded under Lt Col George Turnbull. And that during the last war was inspector of Provisions. Signed Peter Stoneburgh.
[Note by Mark Davenport: This made me curious about why Peter "never received a cent...for his services".  His first petition in 1816 failed because the Lot was on Canal Reserve and under the control of the Military.  After 10 years he seems to have got a bit petulant when he re-stated his case... ]
Source: Upper Canada Land Petitions, 1826, S14/281, AO, C-2815, emailed by Mark Davenport

May 4, 1826:
S281  Peter Stoneburgh Sen. Stating that he is 76 Years of age and has been for Several Years Settled on Lot No. 11 Broken Concession C on the Canal Reserve in the Township of Murray that it was the wish of Governor Gore that he should Settle on this Lot and that he accordingly paid the customary fees, that he Served in many Battles during the American War and praying that the Said Lot may be granted to him.
Source: Upper Canada Land Book, Land Book "M" p. 621, C-104

Peter Stoneburgh, aged approximately 102, buried 28 NOV 1844 at Carrying Place
Elizabeth Stoneburgh and Andrew Snider, married 27 JAN 1847, both of Ameliasburgh


Stoneburgh families from the Ameliasburgh Parish during the 1840's:
John and Eve Stoneburgh
William and Clarissa Stoneburgh
Abraham and Lydia Stoneburgh
Source: email from Mark Davenport,
"notes from the Anglican Parish of Ameliasburgh"

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2. Descendants of Peter Stoneburgh and Hannah Nix

1. PETER1 STONEBURGH was born 1750 in NY, and died 25 Nov 1844 in Upper Canada. He married HANNAH NIX. She was born 1770, and died 01 Apr 1869 in Upper Canada. Children of PETER STONEBURGH and HANNAH NIX are:
i. JOHN2 STONEBURGH, b. 1788; d. 1871; m. EVA MIKEL.
ii. PETER STONEBURGH, b. 1795.
iii. ABRAHAM STONEBURGH, b. 1796; d. 1875; m. E HARMES.
iv. WILLIAM STONEBURGH, b. 1798; d. 1873.

Generation No. 2
2. WILLIAM2 STONEBURGH (PETER1) was born 1798, and died 1873. He married CLARISSA CHASE. She was born 1807, and died 1870.
iii. JOSEPH STONEBURGH, b. 1833, Upper Canada; m. ELIZA MAYBEE, 1865.
v. ALMIRA STONEBURGH, b. 22 Oct 1836.
vi. CATHERINE STONEBURGH, b. 29 Oct 1839.
vii. SARAH STONEBURGH, b. 1840.
viii. MARY E STONEBURGH, b. 1843.

Olden Times

For the Intelligencer
The celebration of the U. E. L. centenary, brings to my recollection many conversations that I have had with my wife's grandmother, the late Mrs. Stoneburg, of Stoneburg's Cove Weller's Bay, who died about 10 years ago, at the great age of 110 years, retaining her faculties to the last, being able to do her 8 miles on foot a year or so before her death. She must have been in reality "the oldest inhabitant" in this vicinity.

People are apt to question the authenticity of such great ages, but there could be no mistake in this instance, as I well remember her telling me when on a visit to my house, here in town, the occasion being her 100th anniversary. She was married at 18 years, and her eldest son (the late John Stoneburg, whose son William, the ship carpenter, now lives in this city) was born 2 years after and he died aged 80 years, she surviving 1 year. Now add these figures up and the question answered, and besides that, if more proof is wanting, I have heard her say that she “sold strawberries in New York when it belonged to de British, before de revolution" she being 13 years old at that time, and I am told that the old Dutch Bible her father brought out from Holland, containing the family record, is now to be found somewhere in Sidney, and by-the-bye, ought to have been exhibited at Adolphustown as a relic, her family being one of those who landed at that place I believe in1784. Here I may say that during my visit at the above mentioned place on one of the days of the celebration, I was much astonished at the almost total absence of relics that might have been shown there if a little trouble had been taken to collect them.

Mrs. Stoneburg (1 forget, her Christian name) was born in Amsterdam, Holland, and her father and family emigrated to the Island of New York, or Manhattan as she called it, took up land there, and got on first rate until the revolution broke out, when her father, being on the Loyalist side, went as a volunteer in the British army and served all through the war, being present at many a well fought battle; but when the Americans finally triumphed the Provincials who fought on the British side were, by some oversight, not provided for at the capitulation.

The consequence was that they were driven from their homes, their lands sequestered, and they were robbed of everything they possessed; indeed, barely escaping with their lives. Poor Grannie, as we used to call her, gave us a heart-rending account of how they were awakened in the middle of a cold winter's night by a howling mob, who broke down, the doors and plundered the house, carrying everything away they could get their hands on, and shouting at the same time, "Kill the Tories," ''Burn them up," “Don't let man, woman or child escape.'' But by the help of some friends they did manage to get away, with nothing but what clothes they could catch up in the confusion, and made their way to a British ship that happened to be in port at the time, and with many others were carried to Halifax, where they were kindly received and taken care of till the next spring, when they and a number of other refugees were furnished with means and sent up to the Bay of Quinte country by government.

"Grannie" used to tell us of the trouble they had to encounter, in their new possessions. How the second year after their arrival was the most remarkable one that ever she had seen in her life; it was one succession of terrible storms and there was literally no summer that year. She said there was hard frost every month, and the ground was covered with snow in July, so that the little crop they had been able to put in the ground was all killed, and had it not been for the wild animals they were able to capture with traps and snares (for they had no powder or shot, it being all used up) they would have starved to death that winter, and some she heard of who were far from neighbors did die of want before help could reach them.

They used to give us a graphic description of the Bay of Quinte country when, they first came here. It was a howling wilderness, there were no roads except the Indian trails, and of course there were no bridges across the various streams; the Bay was the only highway. Bark and log canoes furnished the only means of transport from one place to another in the summer, and they took advantage of the ice in the winter. There were no mills nearer than Kingston. When they were able to raise some grain they had no means to grind it properly, except in a mortar, made out of a hard wood stump with an iron pestle. The grain being first well dried over a slow fire, was pounded in the mortar till reduced to powder, then sifted through muslin, the result being a coarse flour, out of which they made cakes and pies, for festive occasions. But their usual method of preparing the grain for food was by boiling it until it was soft, and when cool, rolling it into a dough and baking in the ashes. On one occasion the old lady said, her people being anxious to have real flour to make "fixings “ for Christmas and New Year's, persuaded her father, who, accompanied by a neighbor, to go down to Kingston mills with a small grist in a dug out or log canoe. But as she said with a sly twinkle of her eye, they were detained so long on the way back by being wind-bound, that they had eaten it nearly all up to keep themselves from starving before they got home. Another attempt, however, proved more successful, and going from the head of the bay to Kingston in a canoe with a grist became quite a common affair, and they often went down the bay on skates drawing a hand sled loaded with grain in the winter. It was a great boon to the settlers of the upper end of the bay, when for some years a mill was built at Napanee, as it reduced the distance one half, and they were no longer without plenty of flour and meal in their houses. Being so far away from any market and having no market for their produce, the early settlers were reduced to great straits for clothing, when what they had brought with them were worn out, and until they could rear a few sheep they had to clothe themselves with 10 skins of wild animals,and Grannie used say that the warmest dress she ever wore in the winter was made of bear skin with hair inside.
Source: Weekly Intelligencer, Belleville, ON, 3 July 1884, AO, N219, reel 45, author not named

1. Don't believe she was 110. She was around 100 when she died give or take a year.
2. Most interesting comment is a reference to her father being a Loyalist. We think he is Harmanus NIX Sr and we know a Harmanus was in the NJV.  Do not believe he ever came to Canada, and there is some who think he died before the end of the War.
3. Might also add that I am certain she was NOT born in Holland. Try NJ.
4. Wouldn't we love to see the Bible.
Source: email Peter Johnson

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Apparently Hannah the younger married her cousin Peter NIX who was likely son of Harmon NIX whom we believe to be brother of Hannah (NIX) STONEBURGH.
Source: email Peter Johnson

NIX, Harriet, Charles NIX of Welman's Corners, Rawdon, under the date of March 31st says:  "My mother is in her 86th year.  Her maiden name was STOTENBERG,  They were called here STONEBURG.  She was born in Northumberland County, 3 miles west of the Carrying Place.  At the age of eighteen she married Peter NIX of Prince Edward County, and lived in Ameliasburgh until 1879 when they moved to my place, my father dying on 31st December last in his 91st year.  My Mother's father, Peter STOTENBERG, was engaged in the British service throughout the revolutionary war and fought at the battle of Bunker's Hill in 1775 and again in the war of 1812-14 and helped drive the Yankees in their big bath tub at the battle of Lundy's Lane under the command of Gen. BROCK.  He never received a cent from the British Crown for his services, not enough to bury him with when he died at the age of 99 years, and six months.  His wife Hannah died at the age of 105 years, six months.  [Harriet may have reversed the ages of her parents at death]
Source: Belleville Intelligencer: March 31, 1893 or 1894, emailed Mark Davenport. Note: this account was not found in 1893 or 1894, N219
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Lists Private John Stoneburg 35
Source: 2nd Regiment Prince Edward Militia 1822; Muster Roll is a "Nominal Return of the 2nd Regiment, Prince Edward Militia under Command of Lt. Col. Owen Richards" which was dated at Hallowell in that County May 15,1822. The return is preserved in the Public Archives of Canada at Ottawa. Record Group 9, I, B2, V.29-31.

Elizabeth Stoneburgh, born 12th Aug 1829
Mary Ann Stoneburgh, born 24th Feby 1831,
Nancy Jane Stoneburgh, born 28th June 1833,
William Alva Stoneburgh born 6th Jany 1837,
Charles Mikal Stoneburgh born 9 May 1839; children of John Stoneburgh of Ameliasburgh & Eve his wife, were baptized 19th May 1840 by me John Grier, Minsiter St John's Ch, Murray.
Baptisms 922-926, image 154
Source: Register, St John's Anglican Church, Ameliasburgh, 1833 - 1848, held at Anglican Archives, Kingston, 2-A-1, in file AA Ameliasburgh 781-1043

John Stoneburgh, age 64, His religion is shown as Presbyterian. His occupation was carpenter
Prince Edward County Land Property records index, Ameliasburgh Township. Film: 198141 Family History Library Salt Lake City, Utah.

John Stoneburgh, Age:73: Occupation-Farmer; Religion: Episcopalian. NOTE: Rhoda? Bennigan, Age 13 living with family.
Source: 1861 Canada;Ameliasburg, Prince Edward, Ontario, CAN Pg 28-35; SLC-FHL 349-316 email Mark Davenport

John Stoneburgh  died 1 July 1871 Age 83 yrs. 1 mo. 16 days, born 14 June 1788.
Source: Carrying Place, Prince Edward, Ontario, Canada-Cemetery Records, Viewed by Betty L. Block, Grants Pass OR. 25 Oct 1983; email Mark Davenport

6. PEOPLE yet to be connected
  1. Isaac Terry born abt 1788, USA married Sophia Stoneburgh. Mary Blair has been researching this early couple and has posted her work. Sophia could be an undocumented child of Peter Stoneburgh and Hannah Nix. The Terry's had a nearby farm.
  2. Archibald Marsh b1786 m Sarah Nix - related to Hannah Nix above?
  3. Edmund Marsh son of above Archibald and his 2nd wife Sarah Billeau m Elmira Nix.
  4. Samuel Shear of township of Ameliasburgh, bachelor, & Sarah Stoneburgh of the same place, spinster, were married after publication of the banns, on 13th day of May, 1840, by me, John Grier, Minsiter, St John's Ch, Murray. In the presence of: James Shear, Elizabeth Dempsey & Alfred Brown.
    Source: Register, St John's Anglican Church, Ameliasburgh, 1833 - 1848, Marriage 342, image 153, held at Anglican Archives, Kingston, 2-A-1, in file AA Ameliasburgh 781-1043
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