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Nicholas Amey (b. December 01, 1748, d. February 10, 1836)Nicholas Amey (son of Johannes Eighmy and Annette (Hannah) DeLange) was born December 01, 1748 in Buckway, Dutchess County, New York, U.S.A., and died February 10, 1836 in Ernestown, Addington, Ontario, Canada.He married Margaret Stover on 1769, daughter of Jacob Stover and Anna Eve (?).
Notes for Nicholas Amey:
Nicholas Amey (Emigh) was born the 1st December 1748 in Dutchess County, New York.It is most likely he was born near Poughkeepsie, probably at Buckway.He was the fourth child of Johannes Emigh (born. 7 April 1717) and Anne De Lange (Chr. 12 April 1724).His grandparents on the paternal side were Johan Nicholas Eighmy and Anna Catharine Mueller.His grandparents on the maternal side were Jonas De Lange and Blandina Pearson.(See pedigree and family group sheets).As one can see from Nicholas' older brothers and sisters, they were named after their grandparents.Nicholas was named after his paternal grandfather.Not a great deal is known about his pre-married life.He had other brothers and sisters born in Dutchess County so we can surmise that he grew up there.It is my concerted opinion that he grew up in a tightly knit German family and German community because in later years we see evidence that he preferred German to English and still cherished his ancestor's native tongue.
In 1769, he married Margaret Stover (born. 2 July 1749) of Dutchess County, New York.No record of marriage has been found at this time. We are quite certain as to the year of marriage as this is recorded in a family bible and in other legal documents, which were made at the time of his flight to Canada.Margaret, his wife, was also of Palatine German decent and it appears that she was the fourth or fifth child of Jacob Stover and his wife Anna Eva.We suspect a close and long previous association between the Emigh's and the Stover's even before the marriages of their children.We see that siblings Blendina and Jonas Amey (Emigh) married Margaret's brother and sister, Martin and Eva.Christina Emigh, Nicholas' cousin, married Valentine Stover, another brother to Margaret.
Both the Stover and the Emighs' had Loyalist tendencies in their children.The Stover's must have had the greater Loyalist leanings as so many of the children ended up in Canada.We can see here a little of the background for Nicholas' wife, Margaret Stover.They were married in 1769.The year of marriage is given in the Upper Canada Land Petitions (Series A, bundle 12, "A" #50) and in his family bible record, which was placed with the petition.
In a summary called The Amey Family in Upper Canada, written by Dr. H.G. Burleigh, a prominent Ontario historian and genealogist, we can gain some more insights into the life of Nicholas Amey while he was still living in New York.Dr. Burleigh's sources for his information are as follows:
1. The Haldimand Papers - Archives of Canada
2. Researches - Dr. H.G. Burleigh, Bath, Ontario
3. F.J. French Papers - Ontario Archives
4. Jessup Papers - Ontario
(This information in its entirety is in the document titled "The Amey Brothers of Ernesttown also included in collection of documents.)
Dr. Burleigh says:
Nicholas Amey was born in 1748 (his wife, Margaret, 1749) near Poughkeepsie, New York.Nicholas and Jonas, his brothers were tenant farmers (Nicholas 300 acres, Jonas 190 acres).Their landlord, Jessup, held land in Dutchess County, N.Y. since 1744 on property know as the manor of Renselaerwyck - a large grant of land to a patron under the Dutch system which the English continued after taking over New York from the Dutch about 1698.The area which included the Mohawk and Schoharie Valleys was settle by immediate descendants of English settlers in America as well as some 3000 immigrants from the Rhenish Palatinate, Germany.By December 1767, the Jessup's apparently controlled 350,000 acres.The Jessups established a mill and a ferry service at the town of Lucerne and were possibly the first lumber barons of the area.Jessup's landing was known as the strongest center of loyalist activity in the upper part of New York.It is only natural to assume that the Amey's along with other tenants of the Jessup lands supported the Loyalist cause and after the Revolution came with the Jessups to Canada.The Muster Roll of the King's Loyal Americans of the Province of New York at Point Clair, New York, Jan. 24, 1777, showed among the members of the original Jessup Party who enlisted at Lake Champlain, Crown Point, New York, November 4, 1766 in Captain Jonathan Jones' company, Privates Nicholas and Jonas Amey
The Amey Family in Upper Canada
More About Nicholas Amey:
Date born 2: December 01, 1748, Dutchess Country, New York, U.S.A..
Died 2: February 10, 1836, Ernestown Cemetery, Lot 16, Con. #2.
More About Nicholas Amey and Margaret Stover:
Children of Nicholas Amey and Margaret Stover are:
- Elizabeth Amey, b. September 16, 1770, Albany County,Albany, New York, U.S.A., d. May 09, 1846.
- John Amey, b. October 18, 1772, Ernestown, Addington County, Ontario, Canada, d. date unknown.
- Eva Amey, b. 1774, Saratoga, Albany, New York, U.S.A., d. date unknown.
- Adam Amey, b. September 28, 1776, d. date unknown.
- Abraham Amey, b. November 22, 1778, Ernestown, Addington County, Ontario, Canada, d. date unknown.
- Sarah Amey, b. January 05, 1781, Machiche, Three Rivers, Quebec, Canada, d. date unknown.
- Joseph Amey, b. January 15, 1783, Machiche, Three Rivers, Quebec, Canada, d. 1867.
- +David Amey, U.E., b. August 08, 1785, Ernestown, Addington County, Ontario, Canada, d. 1847.
- Peter Amey, b. July 21, 1787, d. December 16, 1878.
- Mary Amey, b. June 17, 1789, d. date unknown.
- Nicholas Amey, b. October 24, 1791, Ernestown, Addington County, Ontario, Canada, d. August 26, 1854.