Dunbar (John) Hung in NB Canada

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Do you know of any (John?) Dunbars who left the US & moved to New Brunswick, Canada because of being a loyalist?  According to a local legend there was a Dunbar who moved to Campobello Island & lived at Millcove. He was hung for murdering his wife (dismembered her & placed her in a pork barrel), but escaped to Boston until caught, brought back & hanged? He supposedly built the gallows in St Andrews, NB & was later hanged from it. The story may be embellished but I believe it is based on truth. There is more to the story but hoping someone here might know something. The dates of this John Dunbar might be in the right time period??
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John Edgar Dunbar born 24 Apr 1849, Rockport, Knox, Maine             father: Adam Dunbar  mother: Olive

"Maine Briths and Christenings, 1739-1900," database, FamilySearch

Didn't most loyalists go to Canada during the revolutionary war?
by Frank Gill G2G Astronaut (2m points)
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There are two John Dunbars here. I sourced the one here, his wife, parents and in-laws. When I wanted to create a profile for one of his daughters there popped up a match, and that profile already had parents.
by Jelena Eckstädt G2G6 Pilot (372k points)

Thank you for answering I imagine most did come to Canada & there are loyalist grave yards in several places about 1-3 hours away but never heard where he was buried, etc,, There was a Moses Dunbar that stayed in the US & was hung by revolutionists (If I remember the story correctly). He was in his 30’s & left behind a wife & children. The Dunbar of the Campobello legend may have been here earlier …. I need to talk to someone here who can give me a better time line. There are not too many elderly people who are still living to give me info but I’ll try.

 

Although the story of John Dunbar may have received its share of embellishments over the 200 + years of history and folklore, however various early documents and research substantiate the murder, the escapes and recapture, and his eventual hanging in St. Andrews. He was a carpenter, whether or not he built the gallows he would eventually be the 1st to swing from...who knows.

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