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More than 1,000 members of Nunn families living in the United States, Ontario and Western Canada are linked to descendants of Thomas and Elizabeth Nunn who settled at Schooley's Mountain, New Jersey around 1750.

Among several New Jersey Nunns who came to Canada after the US Revolutionary War, this research originally focused on Joshua Edward Nunn, a grandson of Thomas Nunn Sr. of Schooley's Mountain, Hunterdon, New Jersey. Joshua's father, Thomas Nunn Jr. "went to Canada" after the US Revolution and died in 1788 in New Brunswick. (See "Outline of the New Jersey Nunn family" below)

Already living in Canada, Joshua inherited and sold his grandfather's original New Jersey property after his own father's death, before moving to the Niagara Peninsula (Upper Canada-Ontario) in 1797 with his stepfather, William Dunmead, and other family members (A link to Joshua's land petition is below).

In 1797, Joshua received a 200-acre land grant in Pelham Township. His brothers Benjamin and Samuel, as well as his stepfather William Dunmead, applied for and received land grants at the same time.

Nine years later, in 1806, Joshua married Elizabeth "Betsy" Cline, who was born in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, just across the Delaware River from Joshua's native Hunterdon County, NJ. They married in Lincoln County, Upper Canada, where Elizabeth's father Peter had moved his own family as well.

Joshua, his brother Benjamin and father-in-law Peter Cline and many other friends and relatives fought in the War of 1812, on the Canadian side in the Lincoln militia. (See muster roll below)

Shortly after the War of 1812, Joshua and Elizabeth moved further west from the Niagara Peninsula and settled on a 200-acre land grant from Col. Thomas Talbot in Middleton Township, Norfolk County. More than 150 years later, our own family lived just several miles south of their original Middleton homestead. Across the road from Joshua and Elizabeth's original farm is the Jackson Cemetery, where members from five generations of this family are buried.

Joshua and Elizabeth remained close to his brother Benjamin (m. Elizabeth Fretz) and his extended family, particularly those who also moved West from Lincoln County after the War of 1812.

Family outlines found here are based on various sources, including my own research since the mid-1970s of census, land, church, archival, government, newspapers, and other records, plus help from many relatives in the United States and Canada.

A wealth of information on Joshua's uncle, Benjamin Nunn (who married Ann Carpenter), also is available in the St. Catharines Public Library, where several Nunn genealogies have been placed. Much other information is also available on the Internet.

Links appear below to several web sites of particular interest: Sandy Cline's wealth of information on the Nunns and Clines; a site by Larry Stitt that lists a range of Nunn family wills, obituaries, stories and other documents; wonderful lists of Nunn family members from New Jersey created by Jim Markle and Pamela Lee Sliker Miller; plus Jim Markle's Rootsweb site that covers many descendants of the Thomas Nunn family of New Jersey.

A Rootsweb site (7,000+ individuals) including the 1,200 or so names listed here is also online and easily searchable by surname. It covers many more families, including other relatives from the Schott, Maxwell, Taylor, Smith families, and more.

Thanks to many other researchers who've explored these Nunn family roots in Canada and the U.S. over the decades, in particular: Cora Beach, Winifred Edith Labian (Nunn), Marilyn Rowe, Sandy Cline, Larry Stitt, Christopher Thompson, Gary and Linda Nunn, Laura Nunn, Berneice Walston, Don Anger, Lois Nunn-Romo, Shirley Wardle, Mary Taylor-Smith, Pamela Lee Sliker Miller, Helen Bingleman, Bob Thompson, Helen Nunn-Tillotson, Edie Retell, Robert and Yvonne Nunn, Holly Nunn-Killop, plus many more who provided information.
Joshua Nunn and Elizabeth Cline of PA/New Jersey/Canada
Updated June 6, 2012

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Thomas L Nunn
tnunn@sympatico.ca


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