Referring back to the exchange of messages under the heading of “Alexander Tapley and Eleanor Stairs” in 2005, here are a few primary sources that relate to Asa (Asael) Tapley and Mary Drake who were mentioned there:
Anglican Church Records, Woodstock, N.B. – Baptized, 23 Mar 1816, Osmond, son of Asael and Mary Tapley of Prince William, b. 9 Dec 1813.
Anglican Church Records, Woodstock, N.B. – Baptized, 4 Aug 1816, Francis Dashwood, son of Asael and Mary Tapley of Prince William, born 15 Dec 1815.
When Frederick Tapley died in Presque Isle, Maine, in 1907, his parents were recorded on his death certificate as Asa Tapley and Mary Drake.
Provincial Archives of N.B., RS157, Marriage Licences, Sunbury County, N.B.: Sunbury, June 11th 1800, Be it remembered that Asa Tapley of Maugerville in said County is this day married to Mary Drake of Burton in the same County by virtue of licence from the Lieutenant Governor of this Province of New Brunswick there being at this time no Parson Vicar or Curate or other person in holy orders of the Church of England in said Town of Burton where said marriage was celebrated by me, Dan'l Bliss, one of His Majesty's Justices of the Peace of & for said County & of the quorum.
On the 1851 Census of the Parish of Andover, Victoria Co., N.B., Mary Tapley, widow, age 66, and Frederick, son, age 26, were listed; also Francis Tapley, age 36, his wife Alice and three children. These were the only Tapleys on the 1851 Victoria Co. Census.
Provincial Archives of N.B., Carleton Co., N.B., marriage records, Book A, p. 116: John Watson of the Parish of Andover (Victoria Co.) and Hannah Tapley of the same place were married 18 May 1840 by L.R. Coombes, J.P., in presence of John H. Ryan & Daniel Sheahan.
Daniel F. Johnson, Vital Statistics from New Brunswick Newspapers, Vol. 8, #1466: married, Grand Falls (Victoria Co.), Monday, 18th inst., at residence of John H. Ryan, by L.R. Coombes, Esq., Bombardier John Watson, Royal Artillery, and Miss Hannah Tapley, late of Queensbury. (Woodstock Times, 16 Jun 1840.)
John and Hannah (Tapley) Watson were not listed on the Victoria County census of 1851, but Hannah, of Andover, late of Queensbury in 1840, may have been a daughter of Asahel Tapley and Mary Drake, but a primary source to support that relationship has not been located.
In conclusion, the baptismal records for Osmond and Francis Tapley, and the marriage licence of June 11, 1800, make it reasonably clear that it was Asa [or Asael] Tapley who married Mary Drake. Frederick Tapley’s death certificate supports this too.
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