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Settlers of New Hampshire, North America

David Horney
of Galway, Ireland

During the 1700s, several families with the surname Horney settled in New Hampshire in North America. David Horney of Galway, Ireland married Elizabeth Broughton (Bratten) November 1720 in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. Elizabeth was the daughter of John Broughton (aka Bradden or Bratten) and Prudence Mitchell. David and Elizabeth Horney had at least one child, a daughter named Betty. David Horney married secondly to Hannah Buss, daughter of Joseph Buss. David and Hannah were Innholders in Portsmouth. Their Inn was used at times for auctions and estate sales. More on this family can be found in the History of the Town of Durham New Hampshire (Oyster River Plantation). Probate Records can be found for David Horney in 1757, Portsmouth, New Hampshire Probate Court. Probate records can be found for Hannah Buss Horney in 1764, Plymouth, New Hampshire Probate Court.

[Dee's note: I found more information on David and Hannah Horney by reading information gleaned from old newspapers which I have transcribed below. To view online scanned images of the original newspapers, see the Early American Newspapers collection at the Godfrey Memorial Library website at:]

The Boston Gazette
Monday, December 30 1728 to Monday January 6, 1729
Page 2
Portsmouth, January 3.
Port of New-Hampshire.
Entered Inwards, Horney, from Rhode-Island.

The New England Weekly Journal
Monday, May 12, 1729
Page 2, column 2
Custom-House Boston, May 10.
Entered Inwards, David Horney from New-London [Connecticut].

The Boston Gazette
Monday August, 1729
Custom-House Boston, August 2.
Entered Inwards, Horney, from New-London.

The New England Weekly Journal
Monday, October 27, 1729
Page 2, column 2
Custom-House Boston, Octob. 25. Entered Inwards,
David Horney, & Charles Treat from New-London.

The Boston Gazette
August 1738
New Hampshire, August 18, Cleared Out, Horney for Barbados.

The Pennsylvania Gazette
August 15, 1745
Custom House Philadelphia,
Entered Out: The sloop Endeavour, David Horney, for Boston.

The New-Hamsphire Gazette
Friday, February 17, 1758
page 3, column 2
To be Sold by Publick Venue
to the Highest Bidder, on Thursday the Ninth of March next, at
Four of the Clock in the Afternoon; at the House of Mrs. Hannah
Horney, Innholder in Portsmouth, the Excise on LIQUORS, for
the Province of New Hampshire; for Eight Months from the
First Day of January 1758 inclusive.
Portsmouth, Feb 16th, 1758
Sampson Sheafe, Eleazer Russel, Committee.

The New-Hampshire Gazette
January 25, 1760
Page 2, column 3
To Be Sold At Public Venue,
At the house of the Widow Horney's, Innholder in
Portsmouth, on Tuesday the Twelfth Day of February next,
at Six of the Clock in the Evening, by John Griffith
and George Hun__, who are impowered by an Act of
the General Assembly to make Sale thereof;
A House of one Story, 20 Feet wide,
40 long, together with the land thereto belonging,
70 in length and 40 breadth, at Frame Point,
so called, butting on the High Way and Water Side,
being the Estate of Robert Lang, late of Portsmouth,
deceased. Also to be SOLD at the same Time and
Place, by Eleazer Russel, Esq; and John Griffith, some
valuable Wearing Apparrel, viz. Broad Cloth Coats,
Velvet Jackets and Breeches, and sundry at said Horney's.
Conditions of Sale to be seen at Time and Place aforesaid.
Portsmouth, Jan. 24, 1760.

The New-Hampshire Gazette and Historical Chronicle
February 22, 1765
Page 2
To Be Sold At Public Venue,
By Virtue of a License from the Hon. Richard
Wibird, Esq; Judge of the Probates, for the
Payment of Debts of Hannah Horney, late of
Portsmouth, Widow, deceased, - the 8th of March next,
One half of a Dwelling House
and Land, together with a small Store,
Privilege of a Pump, &c. in Daniels Street,
opposite the Hon. Mark H. Wentworth, Esq;-
The Title to the said House and Land, and the
Conditions of Sale, may be known of John Shackford, Esq;
Administrator to said Estate. The Sale will
be on the Premises.
N.B. Those Persons who have not sent in
their Claims to said Estate, are desired to exhibit
them to the Administrator by the 10th of April,
for speedy adjustment.

The New-Hampshire Gazette
June 19, 1767
Page 3
Peter Curtis, From Paris;
Hereby informs the Public,
That he proposes to open a Dancing
School, at the House where the
late Mr. David Horney kept a Tavern, and
opposite Mr. John Stavers, on Thursday
next; where he will be ready to wait upon
any Gentlemen or Ladies - He will also be
ready to attend at any Gentlemen's House
within Twenty Miles of this Town, to teach
young Masters and Misses, privately -
twice a week in this Town, on Thursday and
Friday, Forenoon and Afternoon. -Said Curtis
has resided fifteen Years in France; he will
teach them in the most polite and genteel
Manner.   Portsmouth, June 18.


Captain Gilbert Horney
of Poole, England

Captain Gilbert Horney of Poole, England was born in 1750. He became a Merchant Captain and settled in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. In the autumn of 1786, when he was 36 years old, Captain Gilbert Horney was Master of the brig Pomona. On the 13th of September 1786, the brig was cleared from the Port of Piscataqua, Portsmouth, New Hampshire bound for Liverpool, England. Eleven days later, on Sunday the 24th of September 1786, a heavy gale of wind caused the Pomona to loose her main mast. Five men were washed overboard along with everything on deck. Two of the men were saved and the other three men drowned. It took almost three weeks for Captain Horney to get his battered brig safely to port. Finally, on Friday the 13th of October 1786, Captain Gilbert Horney, his brig Pomona in distress, put into Casco-Bay [Maine].

Six years after his brush with death on the Pomona, Captain Gilbert Horney married Theodora Heacock of County Cork, Ireland on March 28, 1792 in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. At the time of their marriage, Gilbert was 42 and Theodora was 21. For three consecutive years, from 1794 - 1796, Gilbert Horney (with several others) was elected at the annual town meeting in Portsmouth as "Overseer of the Poor".   Captain Gilbert Horney died by September 14, 1802 at the age of 52 in Portsmouth, Rockingham County, New Hampshire.   Theodora Horney died almost six years after her husband on May 28, 1808. She was buried in Old North Cemetery, Portsmouth, New Hampshire.   Gilbert and Theodora had at least four children, three of whom died young or unmarried. Their deaths were mentioned in the New Hampshire Gazette.   One of their sons, Gilbert Horney II, married Rebecca and left many descendants in New Hampshire. They had at least six sons and one daughter. Gilbert II became a trader and moved his family to Rochester. Most of his sons would become shoemakers and/or shoe manufacturers in Rochester, Strafford County, New Hampshire.

[Dee's note: I wrote this short biography about Captain Gilbert Horney by reading information gleaned from old newspapers which I have transcribed below. To view online scanned images of the original newspapers, see the Early American Newspapers collection at the Godfrey Memorial Library website at:]

The New Hampshire Gazette and General Advertiser
Thursday, September 14, 1786
Page 3, column 3
Port of Piscataqua, September 13, 1786
Brig Pomona, Horney, for Great Britain

The Massachusetts Gazette
Friday, October 20, 1786
Page 3
Boston, October 20
Capt. Horney, in the brig Pomona, bound from
Portsmouth to Liverpool, put into Casco-Bay, on
the 13th instant, in distress. She was dismasted,
in a heavy gale of wind, on the 24th ult, and had
five men washed over-board, two of whom were
recovered, but the other three drowned.

State Gazette of South Carolina
November 9, 1786
Page 3
On the 13th of October, the brig Pomena,
G. Horney, master, from Liverpool,
put into the Caseo-Bay in distress,
having, in the gale of the 24th of
September, lost his main-mast, with
everything from his deck, and 5 men washed
overboard, two of whom were saved,
and the other three lost.

The Daily Universal Register
London, Middlesex, England
August 3, 1787
Ship News
Ships Arrived
At Dunkirk, Asalanta, Horney, from Poole

The New Hampshire Gazette
March 31, 1794
Portsmouth, April 12,
At the annual Town-meeting held on Tuesday
the 25th ult, the following persons were chosen
to their respective offices, for the ensuing year, viz.
Gilbert Horney

The New Hampshire Gazette
March 31, 1795
Town Officers for the Year 1795
Gilbert Horney

The New Hampshire Gazette
April 2, 1796
Town Officers for the Year 1796
Gilbert Horney

The New Hampshire Gazette
September 14, 1802
Bill of Mortality
In this town, Capt. Gilbert Horney, merchant, aged 52.

Boston Gazette
September 16, 1802
At Portsmouth, capt Gilbert Horney

The New Hampshire Gazette
May 31, 1808
In this town, Mrs. Theodora Horney, aged 37,
late consort of Capt. Gilbert Horney, deceased.

New Hampshire Gazette
January 27, 1818
In New-Orleans, Oct 18, Mr. Charles Horney, of this town, aged 18.

New Hampshire Gazette
January 25, 1820
Miss Ann Horney, aged 22, daughter of the late Capt. Gilbert Horney.

New-Hampshire Gazette
May 17, 1825
In Cambridge-Port, suddenly, Miss Sarah P. Horney, of this town.

[Dee's note: There was a Cambridge-Port in Cambridge, Massachusetts and also in Vermont. More research needs to be done to determine whether Sarah P. Horney of New Hampshire died in Massachusetts or Vermont.]



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