James Secord, son of William and Ruth (Hunt) Secord

I have a copy of a transcription of William's will. It lists his daughters all by name, and his son William who predeceased him. The will mentions four other sons, still living, including James, who was executor. The other early Secord family in what is now New Brunswick was headed by Elias and Abigail (Babcock) Secord. Both Secord families had a son named James. Fortunately for genealogy purposes, Elias's son James moved to what is now Ontario, and William's son James stayed in New Brunswick.

In the 1851 census for New Brunswick, James and family were living in Studholm Parish, Kings County [page 26]. James was 55 and his wife Ann was 51. Their sons and daughters living with them were: Robert N., 26; Isabella, 22; John, 21; Mary, 18; Sarah E., 16; Betsy A., 14; Julia, 12; and Harriet E., 8. All were born in New Brunswick. I have not yet seen a marriage record for James and Ann, but the obituary for their daughter E. Ruth Pearson names her mother as "Anne Sharp of Millstream." Millstream is in Studholm Parish. This obituary appeared in the Saint John Daily Telegraph on March 17, 1894, and can be found on the Provincial Archives of New Brunswick website at http://archives.gnb.ca/APPS/NewspaperVitalStats/?culture=en-CA.

The notice of James's death appeared in the June 26, 1882 issue of the Saint John Daily Telegraph:

d. Studholm (Kings Co.) 17th inst., James Secord, 87th year.

Ann's notice of death appeared in the December 20, 1869 issue of the Saint John Morning Telegraph:

m. [sic - should be d.] Apohaqui (Kings Co.) Wednesday morn., Mrs. James Secord, age 70.

James and Ann were buried with other family members in the Church of the Ascension cemetery in Apohaqui, New Brunswick:


SECORD -  106: James Secord  d. Jun 1882 ae 87
                     107: Ann w/o James Secord  d. Dec 1869 ae 70

The 1851 census suggests a year of birth of about 1796 for James. His notice of death says he was in his 87th year when he died in June 1882, indicating that he was born in 1795 or 1796.