An American Family History

Richard Estey


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.

Richard Estey was born April 7, 1706 in Topsfield, Essex County, Massachusetts. His parents were Isaac Estey, Jr. and Abigail Kimball.

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.

Three daughters of William Towne and Joanna Blessing were wrongly accused of practicing witchcraft in Salem. Rebecca Towne Nurse, Mary Towne Estey, and Sarah Towne Bridges Cloyes were persecuted in 1692. The children of people in the line below are all descendants of Mary Estey.

William Towne,
Mary Towne Estey,
Isaac Estey,
Aaron Estey
Mary Estey Dwinnell
Israel Dwinnell,
Isaac Davis Dwinnell, Sr.,
Isaac Davis Dwinnell, Jr.
Victoria Zellena Dwinnell
Robert Wilson Miller, Sr
Robert Wilson Miller, Jr.
Children of Isaac Estey
and Abigail Kimball
  • Mary Estey Perkins
  • Abigail Estey Cummings
  • Sarah Estey Cummings
  • Isaac Estey
  • Aaron Estey
  • Jacob Estey
  • Hannah Estey Cummings
  • Richard Estey
  • Rebecca Estey Tucker Puffer
  • Moses Estey
  • 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.

    Rowley, Essex County, Massachusetts was first settled in 1639.




    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.

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