William Hubbard was born at Stamford, Connecticut, the son of Dr. Nathaniel Hubbard (1712-1772), a physician who originally came from Braentree, Massachusetts, but who practiced medicine in Stamford. Dr. Hubbard's three sons, Nathaniel, Isaac and William, were all Loyalists, and Margaret, one of his four daughters, married Colonel Gabriel DeVeber, a Loyalist, who settled at Burton, Sunbury County, later moving to Gagetown. William Hubbard was educated as a lawyer, but settled at Burton where he cleared a farm and built a large house and farm buildings. When New Brunswick was set off as a separate jurisdiction from Nova Scotia, he was elected as a member for Sunbury County to the first House of Assembly, became the first registrar of deeds and wills for Sunbury County, and deputy surrogate and chief justice of the Court of Common Pleas. In 1790 he married Benjamina Woodbridge Clarke (1770-1856), the daughter of Loyalist, Dr. Joseph Clarke, and his wife, Isabella Elizabeth (Alleyne) Clarke. His son Nathaniel also became registrar of deeds and wills and held that office for 50 years. William Hubbard died at Burton in 1813 and is buried across the St. John River in the Anglican Church cemetery in Maugerville, New Brunswick. He was survived by his wife and ten children, two of whom married descendants of the Loyalist, Lt. Samuel Denny Street of the Royal Fencible Americans, and another married a son of Capt. Peter Clements of the King's American Regiment.
The members of the Floyd family are descended from Richard, an emigrant from Brecon, Wales, to Setauket in Brookhaven, New York, in 1656. Richard II married Margaret, daughter of Col. Matthias Nicolls, secretary of the colony of New York. He was for many years a judge and colonel of the Suffolk County Militia.
His two sons were Nicoll and Richard III. Richard III, the eldest child, inherited the paternal estate at Setauket and, like his father, was a judge and colonel of the militia. His wife was Elizabeth (Hutchinson) and their sons were Richard IV, John, Benjamin, Gilbert, William and Samuel. The eldest son Richard IV settled on his father's estate at Mastic, which he forfeited by his adherence to the British cause in the American Revolution. Eventually, he settled at Maugerville and married Arabella, the daughter of Hon. David Jones.
This collection consists of the following:
Reel 1: Estate deeds, 1786-1827; papers relating to the Floyd family of New York, including the wills of Richard Floyd II and III, deeds, family correspondence, powers of attorney, correspondence from Colin Campbell concerning compensation and miscellaneous receipts, 1718-1890; and deeds and mortgages in Sunbury County, 1786-1809.
Reel 2: Sunbury County deeds and mortgages, continued . . . 1810-1877.