This table was owned by George Leek of Kingsclear. Leek was a black who was the illegitimate son of Col. Isaac Allen and an East Indian slave woman, according to family history. He was given the name of Leek by Isaac Allen. George married a native, Jane Hector, and bought land from Allen to start a farm around the turn of the nineteenth century. George and Jane had several children (George, William, Isaac, and Rex. George jr.). George Leek’s son, William, was a carpenter who built St. Peter’s Anglican church in Kingsclear in 1838 where the Leek family were members of the church’s noted African-Canadian choir. William may have made this table.

The donor got the table from the home of Fredericka Taylor. According to Fredericka Taylor’s daughter, Mary Taylor, this table was always owned by the Taylor family, who had been farming on that land since they arrived as loyalists. A letter from Ethel Burgess, (December 17, 1998), stated that Jane Hector was married to George Leek. Their son William married Frances Williams, and they raised Ethel Burgess’ father. She also stated that Julia Munro married Thomas Taylor, her father’s grandparents. Read More
This table was owned by George Leek of Kingsclear. Leek was a black who was the illegitimate son of Col. Isaac Allen and an East Indian slave woman, according to family history. He was given the name of Leek by Isaac Allen. George married a native, Jane Hector, and bought land from Allen to start a farm around the turn of the nineteenth century. George and Jane had several children (George, William, Isaac, and Rex. George jr.). George Leek’s son, William, was a carpenter who built St. Peter’s Anglican church in Kingsclear in 1838 where the Leek family were members of the church’s noted African-Canadian choir. William may have made this table.

The donor got the table from the home of Fredericka Taylor. According to Fredericka Taylor’s daughter, Mary Taylor, this table was always owned by the Taylor family, who had been farming on that land since they arrived as loyalists. A letter from Ethel Burgess, (December 17, 1998), stated that Jane Hector was married to George Leek. Their son William married Frances Williams, and they raised Ethel Burgess’ father. She also stated that Julia Munro married Thomas Taylor, her father’s grandparents.

This is a grain painted stand or table which belonged to George Leek.

Table description: a side table with 2 drawers and a 12 cm high gallery around three sides. The table is made of pine with mahogany grain painting. The legs are made from 4 cm square pine and begin with a 9.7 cm long section into which the drawer supports are set, then there are 2 ring turnings, a cluster of 7 ring turnings, 2 turned rings, a double vase turning, 2 turned rings, a cluster of 7 turned rings, 2 turned rings and finally a square tapered foot, 9 cm high.


- Information supplied by Darrell Butler, Manager, Heritage Resources, Kings Landing Historical Settlement

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This is a grain painted stand or table which belonged to George Leek of Springhill, Kingsclear Parish, York County, New Bruns

Table description: a side table with 2 drawers and a 12 cm high gallery around three sides. The table is made of pine with mahogany grain painting. The legs are made from 4 cm square pine and begin with a 9.7 cm long section into which the drawer supports are set, then there are 2 ring turnings, a cluster of 7 ring turnings, 2 turned rings, a double vase turning, 2 turned rings, a cluster of 7 turned rings, 2 turned rings and finally a square tapered foot, 9 cm high.

George Leek
Darrell Butler, Manager, Heritage resources, Kings Landing Historical Settlement
c. 1800
Kings Landing Historical Settlement, New Brunswick, CANADA
Kings Landing Historical Settlement, New Brunswick, CANADA
M97.17.2
© Province of New Brunswick. All Rights Reserved.


Learning Objectives

Learners will become aware of contributions that blacks made in colonial New Brunswick society.


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