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Re: Asa Tapley & Mary Drake of New Brunswick
Posted by: Carroll Kimball (ID *****5876) Date: August 30, 2009 at 08:59:40
In Reply to: Re: Asa Tapley & Mary Drake of New Brunswick by Thomas Murray of 732

There is a book " The History of the County of Brant, Ontario" written in 1883 and published by Warner and Beers in Toronto. It can be found on-line by doing a simple search and if one goes to page 570 or look for a write-up of one Peter J Griffin, it lists his family and children.
It states for one son- "Peter J Griffin by name on October 24, 1868 married Mary J Tapley, daughter of Samuel and grandaughter of Nathaniel Tapley, a native of New Brunswick. He came to Canada [known as Ontario] and settled in Tapleytown after whom the place was named. Samuel Tapley was born in New Brunswick in 1798 and came to Canada [Ontario] with his father and to this Country about 40 years ago. He had a family of 4 children by his first wife, 3 of whom are dead. Sarah is still living. He married for his second wife, Mary Hubble, widow of Asa Tapley, by whom he had 10 children viz Drusilla, Mary J, Elizabeth, Chester, Caroline, Virogna, Wellington, Josiah, Palmer and Nettie.
The subject of the sketch [ Peter Griffin] had 4 children--end of quotation. not all copied.
From a reliable source, as I've not seen the record of his death, there was an Asa Tapley that died in Brant on 30 June, 1836 at age 28. He and his wife Mary appeared to have one son Asa b 15 May, 1836 who is 15 years old living with his mother and step-father Samuel Tapley in the 1851 census. This Asa is in the 1891 census still single and living with Palmer Tapley.
Samuel Tapley's first wife would have been Mary Tapley 1803- died 26 Sept 1841 in Brant and married in New Brunswick on 1 January 1817.[probably the daughter of Asa Tapley and Mary Drake who married in 1800. She may have died in childbirth. The 2nd marriage of Samuel Tapley indicated he married a widow, Mrs Mary Tapley on Nov 20, 1841, both from Brantford Township.
The New York passenger and Immigration lists of 1820-1850 has Mary Hubble, age 9 years arriving in New York on 22 August 1825 from Saint John, New Brunswick enroute to Upper Canada. Her father was William Hubble.
Mary Hubble Tapley was listed as head of household in the 1871 census in Brant at age 54 and born in New Brunswick. The 1881 census states Mary was born in New Brunswick and her tombstone states she was the wife of Samuel Tapley. Mary is buried in the Mount Vernon United Church Cemetery in Brantford, Brant Township, Ontario. There is a very strong possibility that her first husband Asa [1808-30 June,1836] was a brother to Samuel Tapley [1796-19 Jan 1870]. After all their grandfather Alexander Tapley married his sister in law, the widow of Isreal Kinney.
Samuel Tapley went from Saint John to Boston enroute to Ontario on June 20, 1831 at age 35 years. The other Tapley passenger was Joseph Tapley age 25 years.
The reading of old tombstones in Cemeteries is very difficult and the user should appreciate what is copied to establish who is buried in a particular Cemetery. The user should establish a time-line to check the dates against other records for a secondary source of information.
I trust this may help.

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