“Loyalist Trails” 2005-17 May 8, 2005

In this issue:
Pick up Your UELAC Promotions at Conference in Regina
Loyalist Pictures: Thanks from Suzanne Richiardone
Lady Loyalists
Interest in Loyalists is Broader than we Realize
Louisa Plays On, and Helps the Hyatt School House
      + Cryderman Family
      + Loyalist Food in the Campaign
      + Information on Captain Henry Ruiter family
      + What is a “Treasury Loyalist”?
      + Re: Are These People Loyalists
      + Re: Pictures of Loyalists along the St. Lawrence


Pick up Your UELAC Promotions at Conference in Regina

Please note that UELAC PROMOTIONS will NOT have a display/sales table at the Conference in Regina. We are, however, willing to take pre-ordered in-stock items to Regina. This will save on shipping costs.

Ties, ladies’ scarves, car decals, leather coasters, pins, license plate frames and sticky notes are available.

A selection of golf shirts, jackets, fleece vests, Men’s EZ Care long sleeved shirts and Ladies’ EZ Care long sleeved and short sleeved shirts, ball caps and a new washed stone (new colour) bucket hat are in stock.

(Please note: Glassware is NOT included in this offer.)

For more information on colours and sizes available, please contact me.

…Noreen Stapley {gdandy AT iaw DOT on DOT ca}

Loyalist Pictures: Thanks from Suzanne Richiardone

Thanks very much for including my inquiry in your newsletter. It has been tremendously helpful, as I received quite a few responses today. All of the responses have been very helpful and I think that we now have the images we need to complete the show.

Thanks again for your kind assistance . . . . Yes, the show will air on PBS starting late June 2005. Do you get PBS in Canada? Would you like me to send you a tape of our show? (Suzanne will send copies of the tape to Fred Hayward and we will announce its availability to branches when it arrives, so Branches may borrow it)

…Suzanne Richiardone, LionTV

Lady Loyalists

A few issues back you had some discussion about Loyalist descendancy from a female ancestor. I did not comment at the time because I had an application for certificate pending for Rachel Babcock UE. That certificate has now been granted. Central to my proof was not only lineage, but the fact that Rachel herself had established herself as a Loyalist by having her petition to the governing council accepted, on the grounds that she be accorded the same privileges as her husband Samuel would have had he survived the war.

I don’t know whether this helps or not, and I regret to say I did not retain the issues in which the discussion took place.

Keep up the good work!

…Bill McReynolds UE

Interest in Loyalists is Broader than we Realize

I would like to subscribe to the Loyalist Trails. I am British graduate student at Northwestern University. I writing my dissertation on Loyalism during the American Revolution. As such, I am keen make contact with others who share my interests and make further connections in the Loyalist community.

…Christopher Sparshott, Ph.D. Candidate, Department of History, Northwestern University

Louisa Plays On, and Helps the Hyatt School House

The musical Louisa is the story of George and Eliza Stacey, a young couple from England who settled in Drighlington, now Ascot Corner, in the Eastern Townships of Quebec in1836. Sadly, the Staceys were only able to bring their infant son, Alfred, to Canada, leaving their two eldest children, Frederick, age 7, and Louisa age 3, with their grandparents an ocean away.

George and Eliza farmed and operated both a saw mill and grist mill and their story is one of trial and tribulation. Eliza bore 8 children and suffered 5 miscarriages. She was, however, reunited with her eldest children, Frederick and Louisa, who moved to Canada in their teens. Tragically, Louisa made the move only 8 months prior to her Mother’s death, leaving this young girl with the responsibility of mothering her numerous younger siblings.

This delightful musical is based on a true story and was inspired by the book Lifelines, a collection of extraordinary letters written by members of the family both in the Townships and in England and speaks to the hardships that our ancestors endured.

The Stacey family is well known in the region. They supplied lumber used in the construction of Bishop’s University and Rev. Lucius Doolittle’s house, now known as the Elmwood. The Staceys also worked to educate neighborhood children to read and write.

Many descendants of the Stacey family are living in the Eastern Townships to this day, and the extended Stacey family stretches across Canada and in the United States.

…Bev Loomis, UE, Little Forks Branch President

A note following the first Bus Excursion to the Musical, announcing a second bus

Did you miss your chance to hop on the Louisa bus April 24? If so, have no fear! A second bus trip is being organized for the matinee of Sunday, May 8!

“Every one of the 56 seats of the first Louisa Bus filled up fast. So fast that we ended up with a waiting list,” explained Bev Loomis, the bus trip organizer. “People really appreciated the opportunity. Many wouldn’t have had the opportunity to make the trip otherwise. We all had so much fun and so many people thought we should do it again before the production ends.”

Sunshine Theatre’s original musical production Louisa tells the story of the Stacey family, who settled in the Ascot Corner area of the Townships in the 19th century. The cast and crew for this premiere are mostly Townshippers. The musical was written and directed by Sunil Mahtani and the music is by acclaimed Townships composer Donald Patriquin.

This unique Townships musical is inspired by an extraordinarily complete set of letters between Edward Stacey, Ordnance Clerk in the Tower of London, and his son George, daughter-in-law Eliza, and granddaughter Louisa trying to build a life in 19th-century Quebec. This pioneer farming family faces great hardship and sorrow before finding success and happiness. The musical illustrates the lives of these early Townships settlers after they had left their homes in England for an uncertain life in Canada. Much of what transpires is seen through the eyes of Louisa Stacey as she evolves from a schoolgirl into womanhood.

“It’s a musical about Townshippers created by Townshippers for Townshippers,” said Loomis. “I wanted to give as many Townshippers a chance to see it and I’m happy to organize these bus trips. I’ve seen Lousia twice already and it really is a must-see. I think it would make a lovely Mother’s Day gift.”

The bus is set to leave from Townshippers’ Association’s head office in Lennoxville (257 Queen) Sunday, May 8 at noon. Parking is available behind the building. The cost, which includes the price of the ticket for the show, is $30.

…Tanya Bolduc, Communications Coordinator, Townshippers’ Association, Lennoxville QC

Life has been pretty hectic with the filling of not one, but two buses to go over to the Sunshine Theatre in Knowlton. These efforts are a big help, for we are making about $500.00 for our Little Hyatt One-Room Schoolhouse.

…Bev Loomis


Cryderman Family

There are a number of CRYDERMAN descendants in Canada, and it is believed that we all have one known common ancestor. Valentine (I have also seen him called George or George Valentine) CRYDERMAN of Johnstown, N.Y. born about 1725 is the ancestor. He actually died in N.Y. so it is his wife and sons who came to Canada as Loyalists, and indeed, most Loyalist lists do have a CRYDERMAN or two. My branch settled in the area of Baldwin, Ontario (other location names: East Gwillumbury / East Gwillimbury, a township in York County, not too far from Newmarket, relatively speaking).

The problem is, I have not met anyone named CRYDERMAN who has received the right to use the UE designation, even though the story of Loyalist roots does seem to have a factual foundation.

Does anyone know of any CRYDERMAN with a proven UE lineage? And, where is the evidence upon which they relied?

…Jill Browne, Calgary {jillcalgary AT yahoo DOT ca}

Loyalist Food in the Campaign

As a Canadian culinary historian I have been feeling one-downed by my American colleagues who have been busy reconstructing what the Continental armies ate during their campaigns, and how they cooked their food. The latest newsletter received from south of the border provides a great deal of information about the travelling bread ovens that accompanied the French and “American” regiments. What I detect in all these stories is an assumption that the other side was entirely British, forgetting that the patriots were fighting against other Americans. And all – except perhaps the French – would have eaten the same food and used the same cooking equipment.

My experience of published research into the loyalist side of the War is that most of it has been focused on the actual battles but little devoted to domestic aspects. Does anyone know of publications that deal with what the loyalist forces ate or how they cooked their food?

Many thanks for any leads.

…Mary F. Williamson, UE {mfw AT yorku DOT ca}

Information on Captain Henry Ruiter family

On July 9,2005, at the Burritt/Hurd/Merrick Reunion reunion, I will be marring the 4th great grandson of Captain Henry Ruiter. He settled in Potten Quebec as UEL. Do you know of anyone in the organization who might have some family history on him. Charles Ruiter Hunter, descends down through his son Lt. John Ruiter. It would be so nice to have some family history. Charles’ father, Winfield Ruiter Hunter was a member of the UEL and we have his card dated 1971.

…Edwina Mullen {edwina AT trytel DOT com}

What is a “Treasury Loyalist”?

Cheri Ross has an ancestor who was a Loyalist, then removed from Loyalist eligibility as the person was deemed a Treasury Loyalist and finally reinstated as a real Loyalist. Can someone provide a [clear] definition of what a Treasury Loyalist is?

Doug Grant, UELAC President

Re: Are These People Loyalists?

The Carter/Lisson family. Email Address – splisson@nbnet.nb.ca

Selected from their page…..

1000 Andrew HAMM Sr. Born 5 Mar 1755 in Pennsylvania. Died 8 Jul 1816 in Grand Bay, Kings Co., NB, Canada. Buried in Hardings Pt. Loyalist Cem., Kings Co., NB. Occupation Captain NCV- United Empire Loyalist; miller. Information from Rowan Co.,NC as Loyalist on AMITY’S PRODUCTION. Religion Baptist.

He married Marie Barbara BERRIER (BERGER), 18 Nov 1775 in Beck’s Lutheran, Lexington, Rowan Co., NC.

1001 Marie Barbara BERRIER (BERGER). Born 16 May 1755 in prob. Rowan Co., NC. Died 25 Jan 1824 in Grand Bay, Kings Co., NB, Canada. Buried in Hardings Pt. Loyalist Cem., Kings Co., NB. Information Loyalist from North Carolina.

Religion Baptist.

1002 Charles THEALL. Information Loyalist.

1004 William BRITTAIN. Born 15 Oct 1754 in Middleton, Monmouth Co., New Jersey. Died 30 Mar 1813 in Westfield, Greenwich Parish, Kings Co., NB. Buried in Westfield, Greenwich Parish, Kings Co., NB. He married Christianna MOODY.

1005 Christianna MOODY. Died 30 Mar 1813 in Westfield, Greenwich Parish, Kings Co., NB. Buried in Westfield, Greenwich Parish, Kings Co., NB.

1006 Robert THORNE. Born 1734 in Westchester Co., NY, USA. Died 1819 in Gagetown, NB. He married Sophia PELS.

1007 Sophia PELS. Born in Dutchess Co., NY, USA.

Re: Pictures of Loyalists along the St. Lawrence

I was one of the drowned rats that rowed the bateau while your crew was in Ontario. Mika Publishing no longer exists and has not for some time.

Some of the images that you request are held by the National Archives of Canada and may not have copyright restrictions on them.

There are specific images that you should consider: At this site there is a contemporary image of the Loyalists camped at Johnstown (Cornwall). The painter was James Peachey.

There is a sketch (1930s) of the drawing of lots at Adolphustown. The artist is C.W. Jeffrey. The Archives does have other images.

…Brandt Zätterberg, U.E., Bay of Quinte Branch