That is intriguing. It is that sort of snippet that makes it obvious that these people are closely related. Also, with, for example, census returns placing their origins in New Brunswick, there is little doubt which family is involved. What is frustrating is the inconsistencies. for example, after I last wrote, coming to the conclusion that Asa and Samuel, in 1852, were uncle and nephew; probably father-in-law and son-in-law; I noted that the children I had assigned to Samuel from the cemetery inscriptions were born too early. Also, that if Mary A. Tapley who Samuel married in 1817 was, as the headstone suggests, b. ca. 1805; then she was too young to marry let alone have children as early as 1808. Some of the headstones specify that the children belonged to Samuel and Mary Tapley. I begin to suspect that someone misread the inscriptions and they should be Asael and Mary. That Asael and Mary (Drake) Tapley went to Upper Canada, lost several children in infancy, that Mary returned to Nb with the younger children and Asa stayed in (or returned to) Upper Canada. And did Samuel have more than two wives? I do not think I have seen a family create so much perplexity.
There is some speculative stuff on the Springstead's at:
in case you have not seen it.
My difficulty, which is of no real interest to you, is my great great grandmother, Ann (Nancy) Tapley in NB. For years I assumed she was one of the pre-Loyalist family, but could not connect her. Timing and location, however, suggest she was a member of the Loyalist family; but I still cannot connect her. There is no question but that her maiden name was Tapley, basically (even with the two branches) there was only one Tapley family in NB at the time, so I must assume she was connected somehow.
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