“Loyalist Trails” 2005-42 December 10, 2005

In this issue:
Query from Response to Query from Manitoba Branch: Pickel-Sherwood, Riselay-Sipes
Died This Day, December 9, 1839: James Kavanagh and James Henderson (Globe & Mail)
Died This Day, December 8, 1838: Peter Matthews and Samuel Lount (Globe & Mail)
Loyalist Directory Additions
Stamp: United Empire Loyalists, 1776-1784
      + Nicholas Mosher
      + Responses re Van Koughnet


Query from Response to Query from Manitoba Branch: Pickel-Sherwood, Riselay-Sipes

I had read that Catherine Sipes was buried in St. Paul’s cemetery with her husband Christian Riselay. I found Christian’s plot but I could not find Catherine’s. I checked with the church and they checked their records. She was not buried there.

Wesleyan Caledonia cemetery. I have the O.G.S. #2185 reference list. Catherine is not listed in the book. I have been to the cemetery. Her son, Peter Young and her granddaughter Charlotte Young is buried beside her father, Peter. I would like Catherine’s plot number if she is buried there.

I am related to Peter Young. Charlotte Young married her sister’s Elizabeth, son, William. Charlotte’s daughter was Barbara Young. There is confusion quite often as researchers get Barbara Young b. 1843 and her aunt Barbara Young mixed up.

Peter Young – Charlotte Young – Barbara Young – Cicero Degear – Jacob DeGear – Ruth Morgan – Harold Morgan UE, Victoria and Thompson Okanagan Branches.

Pat Kelderman UE would also like to know where Catherine is buried.

…[Harold Morgan {haroldmorgan AT shaw DOT ca}

Died This Day, December 9, 1839: James Kavanagh and James Henderson (Globe & Mail)

Members of the Children of Peace movement, they were among 800 rebels under the leadership of William Lyon Mackenzie who briefly defended Montgomery’s Tavern on Yonge Street against the militia in what is now Toronto. A Quaker sect from the village of Hope (now Sharon, Ont.), the Children of Peace was led by the charismatic Davidson Willson, whose concern for the poor caused him to become radically involved in the politics of Upper Canada. Accordingly, many of his followers joined the rebellion even though they were pacifists. In the brief conflict at the tavern, James Kavanagh and James Henderson were shot and killed. (dates may not exactly coincide.)

Died This Day, December 8, 1838: Peter Matthews and Samuel Lount (Globe & Mail)

Two leaders of the 1837 rebellions and the armed uprising at Montgomery’s Tavern were executed in public in the yard of the Toronto courthouse as an example to other aspiring rebels. Of the several hundred people arrested during the winter of 1837-38, 10 others were hanged on the same day but behind closed doors. About 60 rebels from Upper and Lower Canada were also deported to penal colonies in Australia. Most never returned. (Dates may not exactly coincide)

[One of these two men may have been of Loyalist stock, and perhaps both have Loyalist connections. Can anyone provide details.]

Loyalist Directory Additions

Our initial phase of the Loyalist Directory is now online: click here. Two most helpful people have provided much more information on their Loyalist Connections. Have a look at George Anderson’s contributions for his ancestors Samuel Anderson and Jeremiah French, and also Richard Shaw’s contributions for Aeneas Shaw.

If you would like to add new Loyalist (proved or unproved) names and/or provide more details on your Loyalist ancestor, please send me a note. Due to workload, I will restrict the number of people working on additions to about a dozen at any one time – thank you for your understanding.


Stamp: United Empire Loyalists, 1776-1784

Issued 1 July 1934, denomination 10 cents. Picture and details.

In 1934 Canada commemorated the 150th anniversary of the completion of the United Empire Loyalists’ immigration to Canada by issuing a special 10-cent postage stamp. Dominion Day, 1st July, 1934, was a suitable day for its release. At the close of the American War of Independence, many persons residing in the newly created United States of America remained loyal to the British Crown. They accordingly emigrated to Canada, commencing about the time of the evacuation of Boston by General Howe in March, 1776. The full tide of Loyalist immigration to Canada, however, did not take place until the evacuation of New York by the British in 1783. In the spring and summer of 1784 the great majority of the Loyalists within the limits of what is now the Province of Quebec moved to Upper Canada, now the Province of Ontario. Many settled along the Bay of Quinte and as far as Niagara. The influx into what is now New Brunswick resulted in the settlement of that province, and its separation from Nova Scotia. Against a background of cross-hatchings, the central vignette shows a sculpture of a family group of father, mother, and two children dressed in the costumes of the Revolutionary period. The March Brothers of Teddington, England, created this work of art known as the United Empire Loyalists’ Monument. Flanked by the trees of Prince’s Square, it stands in front of the Court House in Hamilton, Ontario. On either side of the centre design are depicted the figures of Britannia and a Mohawk Indian, both surmounted by a crown and the Union Jack. Britannia is intended to personify the British Empire and to illustrate further the allegiance to the Empire of the Loyalists of British ancestry; the Mohawk Indian commemorates the part played in the Loyalist migrations by those Indians who elected to remain loyal to the British.

…submitted by Don Flowers UE, Toronto Branch


Nicholas Mosher

I read with interest the posting by Lewis Kreger in a past newsletter regarding the Mosher family. My ancestor was Nicholas Mosher, a brother to Lewis (the senior) mentioned in that posting. Nicholas was a Corporal in the Loyal Rangers and received his land grants on the first concession of Augusta Township, Grenville County. He was married to Sarah Allen. He had several daughters and later moved to the Port Hope area. His daughter Ruth married Thomas Gage of Hope who later moved to Hamilton township, Northumberland County. I have read that Nicholas was referred to as Uncle Nick and that he was quite the character in the area. I would love to hear from anyone who knows more about the Mosher family, especially Nicholas. I understand there is a Mosher Cemetery in Augusta.

…Debbie Oxby {oxby AT wightman DOT ca}

Responses re Van Koughnet

There was a family of Van Koughnets, connected with St. James’ Cathedral, Toronto, from about 1840. Although the name is separated into two parts, would you think it is the same family. Prime member was Philip Michael Van Koughnet and probably a son by the same name. Let me know if you think this is same family and, if so, I’ll look up what we have in the St. James’ Archives for them and/or ancestors and advise you accordingly. I’ll be there this Wed morning. So, if you could let me know by tomorrow night, I’ll see to it Wed.

…Johan Draper

It would be very helpful if you had a given name for this colonel. Is that possible?

In any event, no Putnam/Putman settled in Upper Canada before 1796 with the rank of colonel. Of course, a Putnam/Putman may have held this rank long after the Rev War.

The four Koughnetts who served in the King’s Royal Regiment of New York all first settled at Cataraqui Township No.3 – Fredericksburg.

Ephraim/Ephron Putnam of the KRR NY settled far to the east of CT3 in Royal Township No.4 – Williamsburgh. His brother Francis, also of the KRR, was too ill to settle on his land and stayed in lower Quebec for some time. I have no record of this, but Francis may have settled CT3 later. Both Putnams had been private soldiers, not commissioned officers.

…Gavin Watt, Honorary Vice President, UELAC