In the course of my research into my wife's Heustis ancestry (William Heustis -- spelled thus -- b. 1770, NY is known to be a 4g-Grandfather) several families recurred that could not be linked to the Robert Husted tree. One of these was the prominent US Army surgeon, Jabez Wiggins Heustis.
According to the book, "Appleton's Cyclopedia of American Biography, edited by James Grant Wilson and John Fiske. 6 vols. New York: D. Appleton and Company, 1887-1889." found at:
Dr. Heustis was "born probably in St. John, N. B., in 1784;" and "He received his medical education in the New York college of physicians and surgeons, and in 1806-'7 was assistant surgeon in the United States navy."
It is suggested elsewhere that Jabez served with Andrew Jackson's forces in Louisiana. Certainly he served there under Gen. Wilkinson:
The NB birth place and timing suggests that Jabez was the son of a newly migrated Loyalist.The NY education implies that he returned to the United States, and the timing of his military service shows that the return was probably around or before 1800.
His son, named James Fountain Heustis, "was assistant-surgeon in the United States navy in 1850-'7, and afterward practised his profession in Mobile. He was elected professor of anatomy in the Alabama medical college in 1859, served as surgeon in the Confederate army throughout the civil war" per Appleton.The University of Alabama site shows J.F. Heustis as a founding trustee.
The name James Fountain also suggests Westchester County, NY roots. A Dr. James Fountain was a doctor of prominence in Westchester County (see http://www.wcms.org/webpages/history4.asphttp://www.wcms.org/webpages/history4.asp) in the early 1800s, and is said to have named Jefferson Valley, NY(http://www.yorktownhistory.org/ncn/places/jefferson_valley/jefferson_valley_heritage.htm).Apparently his ancestors were residents of Bedford, Westchester County, NY (http://server3001.freeyellow.com/jaine/thefamily/pafg599.htm) where Matthew Fountain had sons James and Ezra in the mid-1700s.
I posted a query re "Jabez Husted, Loyalist" on these pages at the end of 2001, seeking more information on Jabez Wiggins Heustis.I received replies from Vern Bevcar, suggesting research into John Heustis, who married Mary Wiggins. This seemed like an extremely fruitful line of research, especially when it was found that she had a brother, John, in the UEL ranks. (Sadly this family was split, as she also had a brother who died in Revoultionary service.)
I focused on Mary's sister's Charlotte's marriage to Stephen Heustis, since he was a Loyalist surgeon known to have migrated to New Brunswick, while Mary and John's history was unknown.However, further research in that direction was ended by the data that Charlotte and Stephen had one child before his death, a daughter Elizabeth. (http://worldconnect.rootsweb.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=ksheehan&id=I0098 for Wiggins tree.)
I also received a reply from Curt Mainville.He posted information on Husted/Hustis/Huestis/Hustice Loyalists, from Esther Clark Wright's book, including a history of Jabez Husted.There we learn that "Jabez Husted, and perhaps some of his family, returned to Bedford, New York sometime between 1795 and 1814, where he died on December 31 of that year."
After some discussion, I examined the US Census for Bedford in 1810.There we see Jabez Hustead (sic) returned from New Brunswick.Thirteen entries later we find James and Ezra Fountain.
From all this data I infer that Jabez Wiggins Heustis was the son of Jabez Hustead of Bedford.He was born in New Brunswick but returned with his father after 1795.He entered into studies with James Fountain as a classmate and friend, and named his son after him.
For the record, the famed illustration artist Rachel Lyons Heustis is James' daughter.Also, son Robert Liston Heustis was a director of the Bank of Honduras.From some of these sources I expected that he removed there, but the California Death index shows that he returned to California before his death in December 1952.
A surprising part of this is the preferred spelling of the surname.Curt's reference suggests that Jabez (Sr.) was son of Moses Husted and Susannah Mead.If this is true, I have his heritage as: Moses, Angell (Rebecca Reynolds), Angell, Robert Husted the Immigrant.I understand that line to use "d" endings for the surname. However, perhaps Wright is incorrect as to his parents, or perhaps Jabez the son used the more common "s" ending of the Westchester descendants of Samuel.