“Loyalist Trails” 2005-27 August 4, 2005

In this issue:
The online Public Register of Arms, Flags and Badges of Canada
William Secord Servos: another tidbit
“Adventures of a paper sleuth” by Hugh P. Macmillan, UE
Rose Museum, Waupoos
History Detectives – Daniel Dunham
      + Response re Loyalist Charles Church


The online Public Register of Arms, Flags and Badges of Canada

We are pleased to announce the launch of the online Public Register of Arms, Flags and Badges of Canada. The online Register is currently composed of all grants, registrations, confirmations and approvals of heraldic emblems made through the Canadian Heraldic Authority in Volume IV since 1999, encompassing pages 2 to 420 of this volume. At least another 100 pages will likely be made in volume IV, and in the future we shall be adding the entries from Volume I (about 50 pages), Volume II (about 360 pages) and Volume III (about 400 pages). The material that you can now see is, therefore, about one-third of the total Public Register to date.

There are several ways to investigate the contents of the register. You can browse by the name or title listed alphabetically, or you could search by any number of criteria (including names, locations, symbol categories, and terms of blazonry) in the simple or advanced search categories. The images can be enlarged, and the blazon and grant information (including the names of the creator and the artists) is also available. We are also gradually adding information on the symbolism of the emblems.

We hope that this new feature will be of interest to both general enquirers and heraldic researchers. It will certainly assist us in our work, eliminating the need we once had for distributing colour photocopies.

A press release announcing the online Register is online here. The site itself can be found here.

We shall continue to add material to our site, and we will be grateful for any corrections or comments you may have. I hope you will enjoying this online Register.

…Bruce Patterson, Saguenay Herald / Héraut Saguenay, Canadian Heraldic Authority / Autorité héraldique du Canada, Rideau Hall

[submitted by George Anderson, UE]

William Secord Servos: another tidbit

Loyalist Trails has presented two items recently about Servos, and the restoration of his gravesite, aided by Col. John Butler branch, is noted at our projects page – see “Restoration of William Secord Servos’s Grave”.

An article on page 7 of the Aug/Sept issue of The Beaver, includes a picture of “possibly the only pre-1922 Indian Department jacket in Canada.” A 1911 catalogue of artifacts of the Niagara Historical Society lists this red wool coat as belonging to “Capt. Daniel Servos, of Butler’s Rangers, donated by Mrs. D. Servos”.

Daniel never served in Butler’s Rangers, but in 1779 was commissioned as a lieutenant of the Indian Dept. and served in the war including the 1777 battle at Oriskany.

There were many Servos who settled in Niagara, and other then the surname, we have no identified relationship of William and Daniel.

“Adventures of a paper sleuth” by Hugh P. Macmillan, UE

This well researched book was recently published by Penumbra Press, Manotick, Ontario. The author, Hugh MacMillan is of Scottish, Loyalist and Nor’Wester descent and is a member of St. Lawrence Branch. This book describes his experiences travelling around North America and Europe searching for artifacts, manuscripts,genealogies, etc for the Ontario Archives. This publication is easy to read, well organized, interesting and meaningful. It documents all the acquisitions which Hugh acquired for the Ontario Archives in an appendix to this book. The appendix alone is worthwhile reviewing since it informs the reader of various Loyalists and Nor’Wester documents which he found and are now in the Ontario Archives. These documents will help many descendants with their family research.

…submitted by George Anderson UE

Rose Museum, Waupoos

I don’t recall anyone replying to my question/concern about the Rose Museum in Waupoos, Prince Edward County. My son-in-law, who is as involved in Rev War history as myself, visited the museum last week and was assured that there was no threat to the museum, as it is self-financing and in excellent shape. I can’t imagine where the rumour came from that I has picked up. Sorry to have been an alarmist.

…Gavin Watt, Honorary Vice President, UELAC

History Detectives – Daniel Dunham

A nice, positive program. My heartbeat jumped when they mentioned Daniel Dunham, because one of my UEL ancestors had that name. But too quickly, he was identified as the New York Daniel, not my New Jersey Daniel who settled in New Brunswick.

…Bill Smy

[I found it interesting that the initial parts of the program seemed to have Daniel going to Nova Scotia/New Brunswick, but then suddenly switched to the North Shore of the St. Lawrence in Brockville. It would have added a bit of colour to note that there had been two Daniel Dunham’s. — Doug]


Response re Loyalist Charles Church

This is what I have on Charles Church.

From Sabine’s Biographical Sketches of Loyalists of the American Revolution.

Church, Charles. Of Massachusetts. At the peace, Accompanied by a family of eleven persons, and by three servants, he went from New York to Shelburne, Nova Scotia, where the crown granted him one town and one water lot. His losses in consequence of his loyalty was estimates at 250 pounds.

From Marion Gilroy’s Loyalists and Land settlements in Nova Scotia lists Charles Church being granted 1 town lot and 1 warehouse lot in Shelburne in 1784.

Marion Robertson’s King’s Bounty, A History of Early Shelburne In 1784 Charles Church was appointed surveyors of highways and in 1786 he was appointed Surveyor and weigher of hay.

And from John V. Duncanson’s Falmouth, A New England Township in Nova Scotia. The Nova Scotia Branch of the Church family was founded by Charles Church (1740 – ) He was the son of Charles 4 Church (Charles 3, Nathaniel 2, Richard 1) of Fall River, Mass. Unlike other Church families in New England, Charles aligned himself with the Tories during the Revolution and thus resulted in his properties being confiscated. He is reputed to have appealed to General Washington claiming unjust treatment “to a man who has not fired a shot against the Americans.” “On which side would you have fought if you had been there? Washington is supposed to have asked. ” I am British to the backbone and would have fought for my king,” was Church’s answer. In 1783 Charles Church set out from New York with a family of 11 and 3 servants for Shelburne, NS where he received a grant from the Crown. Sometime later he moved to Dover, N.S. and carried on a fishing business. He died there and was buried on an island which is known to this day as Church’s Island.

His family include:

1. John b. 1764

2. Patience b. 1769

3. Charles Lot b. 13 Mar. 1777

4. Elizabeth b. 1789

5. Fanny m. Joseph Hardy of Chester, NS

6. Susan returned to USA m. 1801

7 Richard returned to USA

8 Joseph m. Bulman settled on Tancook Island

9. Nancy m. John Reilly.

Charles was member of the Port Roseway Associates.

In Duncanson’s book it lists the 13 children of his son Charles Lot

…Lewis Perry, UE, President Halifax/Dartmouth Branch