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The story below was taken
from the Times Globe, Friday, June 5/98
Fleeing the United States during the
American Revolution, Conradt Hendricks wound up in Saint John, where he remains
to this day ... in Loyalist Burial Ground.
by RUBY M. CUSACK
As you drive past or walk through the Loyalist
Burial Ground, have you ever found yourself wondering about the people buried
there? Who were they? What were they like? What did they go through those many
I can't tell
you about everyone buried at the scenic cemetery, but thanks to. Dr. Andrew A.
Hendricks of Lumberton, N.C., I can tell you a bit about the first person
buried there of whom there is still a reminder.
written by the late Dr. C. McN. Steeves in number 16 of Collections of the New
Brunswick Historical Society states: "The first burial of which there is a
reminder today was that of Conradt Hendricks, who died July 13th, 1784, a
little over a year after his arrival here ... His tombstone was probably
erected when two other members of the family were placed beside him."
Based on Dr.
Hendricks' research, we know that Conradt Hendricks was born in Middletown,
N.J., and baptized at the Reformed Dutch Church (Old Brick Church) in Marlboro,
N.J., on Aug.27, 1738. His parents were Johannes Hendricks and Sarah Mesier who
owned large tracts of land and mills in Monmouth County, N.J. Johannes was the
son of William Hendricks and Wilhelmptje Laen van Pelt who settled in Monmouth
County, N.J., as early as 1693 after moving from Albany, New York to Flatbush,
Long Island, N.Y., and then to Middletown, N.J. His great-grandparents were
Hendrick Willemsz and Gisseltje Bradt of Rensselaerwyck, now Albany,
Conradt Hendricks was a captain of the New
Jersey Volunteers for the Loyalist cause and was forced to flee to Canada in
1783. He died on July 13, 1784.
wife was Mary English, who he married at Tennent Church, Tennent, N.J., on June
18, 1759. They had one child, Elizabeth Hendricks, baptized Nov. 22, 1761, at
Tennent Church. She died the following year and is buried at old Tennent
Church. His second marriage was to Mary Knott on June 17, 1763, also at Tennent
Church. He married a third time probably after 1770 to Ann (Nancy?). His third
wife later married John Sinnott, a gentleman of Saint John. She recovered
damages as Ann (Nancy) Sinnott from the U.S. government for Conradt Hendricks'
confiscated property near Whale Creek, Matawan, N.J.
Hendricks had three sons, John, James and David, probably by his second wife.
His son David stayed in New Jersey but his other two boys moved to Saint John
where James Hendricks was a prominent merchant (his papers are in the New
Brunswick Museum). He also had another daughter, Sarah Hendricks probably by
his second wife. Sarah died on July 29, 1795, at age 19. She is buried at the
Old Burial Ground in Saint John.
James is thought to have married Lana or Lenah Stillwell in 1807. He was a
merchant in Saint John. They had at least one son, Conrad John Hendricks, who
married Charlotte M. (?), He was a farmer in the Parish Norton, Kings County.
Their possible children were George N. Hendricks, Charles J. Hendricks and
Hendricks and Sarah Meiser, the parents of Conradt Hendricks, inherited the
Messier farm and mill in 1784. This is the present site of the World Trade
Center in New York City.
interesting fact is that the 1750s Dutch farm house of Conradt Hendricks' first
cousin, Hendrick Hendricks, in Holmdel, N.J., is open to the public for tours.
It is run by the Monmouth County Historical Association.
is an example of how the American Revolution divided families. At least one of
his brothers, Abraham, and many of his cousins fought on the American side in
the American Revolution.
A. Hendricks is descended from Conradt's brother, William Hendricks. He would
appreciate any information that is available on Conradt Hendricks and his
If you have
any additional information on Conradt Hendricks, you can write him at 102 West
27th St., Lumberton, N.C., 28358. Or reach him by phone at 1-800-245-7154(work)
or (910) 738-1911 (home). Or E-mail to DrH@carolina.net.
I would like
to express my appreciation to Dr. Hendricks for sharing this story with
By the way,
plan a stroll through the Loyalist Burial Grounds. Stop and take time to read
the inscriptions on the tombstones. We are fortunate to have such a place of
beauty in the centre of the city.
Oram - Gardiner:I am searching for information on the
Oram and Gardiner families. My great-grandfather, John Oram, died Dec.17, 1895.
He was married to Bridgett Fitzgerald and she died June 7, 1881. They had eight
children: Ellen, married John Roberts; William Edward; Edward; Lena; Agnes;
Esther; Grace; and John Leo. My grandfather, William Edward, married Katherine
Elizabeth Craig and they had nine children: Mary Eleanor; Thomas; William E.;
George Henry; Ellen Agnes; Joseph Leo; Grace; Herman Joseph; and Margaret
Eleanor, who married Roy Gardiner. The Orams lived in or around Saint John. The
Gardiners lived on a farm near Enniskillen, where Camp Gagetown now is, and in
Massachusetts. If anyone has any information on the Oram or Gardiner families,
please contact me:
- John Gardiner, 3930 Eliston
Place, Colorado Springs, CO, 80907. Or E mail to
Elliott - Smyth - Brown: I am looking for information on
my ancestor, Thomas Smyth, born circa 1815 in Northern Ireland. He lived in
Alma Parish, Albert County, and married Rebecca Elliott. She was born circa
1831 in Ireland, but is listed as a spinster from Saint John on her marriage
bond dated Oct 1, 1860. Thomas's son, Hugh Smyth, was born circa 1836. He
married Martha Brown, who was born circa 1848 in Saint John. She was the
daughter of Joseph (or George) Brown and Ann Elliott. These Smyths may be
related to another family named Smyth who lived in Waterborough Parish of
Queen's County. Any information on the Smyth (commonly spelled Smith), Elliott
or Brown families mentioned above would be greatly appreciated.
-Nancy Pfaff, 4 Jennifer Lane, Wallingford, CT,
06492-5704. Or E-mail to ppfaff@snet. net.
Wills: I am searching for the descendants of William
Wills. He was born Nov. 24; 1836, and died July 22, 1907, in Saint John, N.B.
He was married on Nov. 29, 1858. My grandfather was David Wills born Nov. 9,
1859, and died March 3, 1942, in Saint John, N.B. I am looking for information
on his brother George Frederick, who was born April 9, 1876, in Saint John, and
died sometime before 1923. His wife remarried in 1923 to Capt. Daniel F. Grady
in the Assumption Church in West Saint John. William Jr. was not living in
Saint John when his father passed away in 1907. He was born about 1864 and
married Laura Almeda Akerley on July 29, 1884, in West Saint John. Henrietta
Wills and Frank Day lived in Lower Lincoln and Hampstead and had seven
children. Some of the children moved to Brooklyn, N.Y., and some settled in
Saint John. Temple H. Day, Lawrence Grenville Day and Harvey Day were three of
their sons. Any information provided would be appreciated.
- Gordon C. Cameron, 145 Coldbrook Cres., Apt. 5, Saint
John, N. B., E2J 3Z3.
Cassista: I am looking for relations of Alphee Alfred
(Brass) Cassista. I am a Cassista and he was my father's greataunt's brother. I
would like information on his family.
Cassista, 30 Cormier St., Grand Falls, N. B., E3Y 1B1. Or telephone (506)
Barnes - Westray: My research has given me quite a clear
path back to George Barnes and his wife, Elisabeth Westray. They arrived from
Carlisle, England, in 1813, probably with his brother, Richard C Barnes. George
Barnes petitioned and was granted property in Barnesville. I am now trying to
establish the paths of the siblings along the way. Any information would be
greatly appreciated. I am more than happy to share what I have gleaned.
- Judith Baxter, 1326 Route #845, Clifton Royal, Kings Co., N. B., E5S 2B9.
Or E-mail to gbaxter@nb. sympatico. ca.
Blair - O'Neill - Russel - Johnson: Michael Joseph Blair
was born in Belledune, N. B. He was the son of Michael Blair and Catherine
Russel. He married Isabelle O'Neill, daughter of Daniel O'Neill and Catherine
Johnson, in Saint John on June 19, 1918. The witnesses were Frank McGinnis of
335 City Line, Saint John, and May McDermott of 15 Drury Lane. Michael and
Isabelle had a baby girl, about three months be fore he died. Her name was
Josephine Florence, born May 16, 1919. This is the person I am trying to
-Frances (Blair) Adams, 40 Lackie Road, Saint
John, N.B., E2N 1XS.
Ruby M. Cusack is a genealogy buff living in Saint John.
Readers are invited to send their genealogical queries to:
Ruby M. Cusack,
47 Jean St., Saint John, N. B., E2J 1J8. Or E-mail her at email@example.com.
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