Various spellings of Estey
Easte, Este, Estee, Estes, Estey, Esty
The town of Ipswich was established on August 5, 1634, from common land called Agawam. On October 18, 1648, that portion called the "Village" at the New Meadows was set off as Topsfield. The boundary line between Ipswich and Topsfield was established, February 28, 1694.
The New England Meetinghouse was the only municipal building in a town. Both worship and civil meetings were held there. It was customary for men and women to sit separately and the town chose a committee once a year to assign seats according to what was paid, age, and dignity.
He married Ruth Fiske on May 7, 1728. Ruth was born on October 18, 1709 in Ipswich. Ruth may have been the daughter of William and Mary Fiske of Ipswich or she could have been the daughter of Joseph and Susannah (Warner) Fiske of Ipswich. When Joseph died in 1745 his daughter was called Ruth Estey.
Richard and Ruth's children included:
Richard Estey (1727/28, married Hannah Hazen),
Zebulon Estey (1730, died age 6),
Susanna Estey (1732, died age 4),
Sarah Estey (1733/34, died age 2),
Sarah Estey (1736, died at birth),
John Estey (1742, married Molly Hartt),
Zebulon Estey (1742, married Mary Brown),
and Ruth Estey (1745/46).
They lived in Rowley until 1764 and then moved to a settlement in New Brunswick, Canada called Maugerville. Richard was one of the signers of the original covenant of the Congregational church founded there.
Richard died on March 26, 1791 in New Brunswick.
First printed in Boston 1745
Old Style Calendar
Before 1752 the year began on Lady Day, March 25th,. Dates between January 1st and March 24th were at the end of the year. Old Style (O.S.) and New Style (N.S.) are used to indicate whether the year has been adjusted. Often both dates are used.
The settlement of New Meadows was incorporated as the Town of Topsfield in 1650. The church "gathered" on November 4, 1663. The third Meeting House was built in 1703 with Rev. Joseph Capen as pastor.
Lush forests in Colonial America allowed settlers to build wooden homes.
from The New York Genealogical and Biographical Record, Volume 49
Richard Estey, b. April ... 1706, probably (bap. April 7, 1706, at Topsfield, Mass.), at Topsfield, Mass.;
d. March .., 1791, about (will probated 1791), at Sheffield, Province of New Brunswick, Canada;
m. May 7, 1728, at Ipswich, Mass., to Ruth Fiske (possibly dau. of William and Mary ( )
Fiske, of Ipswich, Mass., or of Joseph and Susannah (Warner) Fiske, of Ipswich, Mass.), b. Oct. 18, 1709, at Wenham, Mass.; d at Res. Topsfield, Mass.; removed to Rowley. Mass., and remained there until 1764 when he removed to the Province of New Brunswick to a settlement on the St. John's River called Maugerville, where he was one of the signers of the original covenant of the Congregational Church.
Children, 5 (Estey), 3 sons and 2 daus.: Richard, Sarah, Zebulon, John, Ruth.
Abstract of Richard Estey's Will
Sheffield, Sunbury County, Yeoman Will dated 20 April 1787, proved 17 March 1791. Wife Ruth her maintenance.
Heirs of deceased son
Richard, 5 shillings, having given land in New England to Richard and
half a lot of land in Sheffield to his son Israel.
Son John my wearing apparel and my Great Bible.
Son Zebulon half the land in Sheffield and a half-acre lot on Middle Island.
Daughter Sarah the other half of the land in Sheffield.
Son Zebulon Estey sole executor.
Witnesses: John Wason, Conradt [Stennick], David Burpe.