I am looking for information on my husband's ancestor, William Secord, born in the 1740s. He came to what is now New Brunswick, Canada as a Loyalist in the 1780s. According to his Loyalist claim, he had come from New York. "He lived in Orange Co. Joined the Brit. in 1777. ... Lost grain in the ground and farming utensils at Newboro. In the year 1766 went to Newboro. Sowed some grain there; left it. Came down to New York; left farming utensils & 1 Cow at Newboro. Moses Hunt took them of whom he had hired ye ground. Lost Household goods. Moses Hunt took some. 2 horses, one at his Fathers, taken by one Ticker after Claimt. went within the lines. One horse left at Cownkas after, taken by one Smith after Claimt. went within the Lines. Yoke of Steers, 2 Cows & Heifer left at his Fathers, taken by one Sicker & his Co. Sicker belonged to Militia."
We don't know the name of William's father. William is said to have married Ruth Hunt, apparently about 1774 in NY. Is or was Newboro a place in Orange County? What about Cownkas? Is Ticker/Sicker a county surname?
William and Ruth named two of their sons Gilead and Carmen. Are these local surnames or first names or place names?
Thank you for any help at all on this mystery.