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[ca. 1952] (Creation)
- Darling (family)
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Benjamin Darling (1730-1810) came to New Brunswick some time prior to the American Revolution to trade with the Indians who were settled on what became Darlings' Island (Hampton), New Brunswick. He purchased the island from the Indians and built a log house, but never settled there nor remained in the winter months.
Benjamin's eldest son, Henry (b. 1760), appears to have spent time in New Brunswick, as his first wife died there. He and his second wife Hannah Doolittle had one child, Olive (1799-1874). Another of Benjamin's sons, also named Benjamin (b. 1769), was a Loyalist who went directly to Darling's Island when he left the United States in 1783 and took up residence in the house his father had built. His descendants, Benjamin and Frances, were living in Hammond River between 1869 and 1885.
Olive Doolittle Darling married Ziba Hayden of Killingworth, Connecticut, in 1818 and they had 12 children. By 1885, only 5 were living. The children were: Henry, who suffered from inflammatory arthritis and died around 1885; Mary Holloway, widow; Minerva, a teacher; Celestia and Phebe, both unmarried; Helen Francis (Mrs. Edgar), a teacher; Jennie, married George Chamberlain and died around 1885; Esther, Seth, and Anna died, each leaving a child behind; Alpheus was unmarried and had also died, as well as a child who died in infancy.
Wood-Holt, B., Early Marriage Records of New Brunswick
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