An American Family History

Aaron Estey


Various spellings of Estey
Easte, Este, Estee, Estes, Estey, Esty

New Hampshire was first settled by Europeans in 1623. It was separated from Massachusetts in 1679.

The American Revolution was ended in 1783 when the Treaty of Paris was signed.

Aaron Estey was born on January 18, 1745/46 in Topsfield, Essex County, Massachusetts. His parents were Aaron Estey and Esther Richards.

He married Molly Hooper of Lynn on October 23, 1765. Molly was born on January 18,1745/46. She was an orphan who was raised by Zaccheus Gould and Rebecca Symonds.

Their children included:
Joseph Estey (1767),
Hannah Estey (1769),
William Estey (1771, married Ann Powers and settled in Seneca County, New York), and
John Estey (1773, married Sally Desper and had 12 children).

They moved to Rindge, New Hampshire about 1770 and a few years later to Shrewbury, Vermont and finally to Leicester, Addison County, Vermont.

They lived near the Leicester River bridge, and ran a ferry. He built a boat from two pine logs and transported horses across the stream on it. He built another for people on foot.

About 1814 or 1815, he sold his property and went to live with his son in Western New York. He came back when he was over 90 years and lived with his son, John.

He died July 31, 1844, aged ninety-eight years and six months, in Leicester, Addison County, Vermont.

First printed in Boston 1745
Children of Aaron Estey
& Esther Richards
  • Isaac Estey
  • Aaron Estey
  • Hannah Estey Towne
  • Mary Estey Dwinnell
  • Isaac Estey
  • Abigail Estey
  • Esther Estey
  • William Estey
  • Daniel Estey
  • Esther Estey Balch
  • Aaron Estey
  • William Estey
  • Old Style Calendar
    Before 1752 the year began on Lady Day, March 25th,. Dates between January 1st and March 24th were at the end of the year. Old Style (O.S.) and New Style (N.S.) are used to indicate whether the year has been adjusted. Often both dates are used.

    The settlement of New Meadows was incorporated as the Town of Topsfield in 1650. The church "gathered" on November 4, 1663. The third Meeting House was built in 1703 with Rev. Joseph Capen as pastor.




    from History of the Town of Leicester

    Aaron Esty located on the site of the house now occupied by Luther Barker, near the Leicester River bridge, and ran a ferry there. The old highway was on the west side of Otter Creek to this point. Esty wrought two pine logs into a boat which would transport horses across the stream, and another for the accommodation of foot passengers. About the year 1814 or 1815 he sold out and made a visit to a son in Western New York, remaining until he had passed his ninetieth year. He then came back and lived with another son, John Esty. He died July 31, 1844, aged ninety-eight years and six months.

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