“Loyalist Trails” 2006-04 January 23, 2006

In this issue:
GENE-O-RAMA in Ottawa on March 17 to 18, 2006
Died This Day, January 11, 1700: Margeurite Bourgeoys (The Globe and Mail 11 Jan 2006)
Assistance Required for New Loyalist Display
      + John Chisholm, Loyalist, Settled in Niagara Township
      + Land Grants: Were they part of compensation for claims?


GENE-O-RAMA in Ottawa on March 17 to 18, 2006

The Ottawa Branch, Ontario Genealogical Society, presents its 24th annual genealogy and family history conference, GENE-O-RAMA on March 17 to 18, 2006. The new location is Orleans United Church, 1111 Orleans Blvd., (Orleans) Ottawa, Ontario.

Speakers include Richard M. Doherty, Sharon Murphy, Louise St. Denis, and Diana Hall presenting lectures on analyzing information, protecting your documents, Public Library and Irish resources, and cost effective research.

This genealogy conference will also include a Marketplace and a computer/research room with demonstrations of software and mini presentations on related topics.

The conference brochure, contact information and a registration form can be found on the Ottawa Branch web site: www.ogsottawa.on.ca/ or E-mail: {conference AT ogsottawa DOT on DOT ca}

…Ed Kipp UE

Died This Day, January 11, 1700: Margeurite Bourgeoys (The Globe and Mail 11 Jan 2006)

Nun and teacher born on April 17, 1620 at Troyes, France.

The youngest in a family of 12 children, her father was a wealthy merchant. In 1653, she sailed for Canada and settled in Montreal, a frontier garrison in New France founded twelve years earlier. In 1658, she opened the first school in Montreal. Next year, she went back to France, then returned with three young women to help her with her work. This was the beginning of the Congregation do Notre-Dame de Montreal, the first religious order founded in Canada. She refused endowments and gifts of money, and her followers supported themselves by sewing and doing menial jobs. In 1982, the Pope proclaimed her a saint.

Assistance Required for New Loyalist Display

I am curating the new “Arriving in Upper Canada” module in the Canada Hall at the Canadian Museum of Civilization. I am considering focusing on 1784 and the Loyalist settlement in western Quebec (Upper Canada). I would very much like to talk with someone in your organization to explain my plans, and to see if you might suggest some post-grad student or independent researcher who could conduct some research for me on this theme. I look forward to your reply by email or phone.

…Tina (Christina) Bates, Ontario Historian, phone 819-776-8362 / fax 819 776-8300, {christina DOT bates AT civilization dOT ca}

Canadian Museum of Civilization, 100 Laurier Street (courier address) P.O. Box 3100, Station B, Gatineau, Quebec, Canada, J8X 4H2, www.civilization.ca

[submitted by Sylvia Powers]


John Chisholm, Loyalist, Settled in Niagara Township

I am researching Lot #’s 1 through 7 in Niagara Township for the Niagara River Project of Loyalists and Settlers who received Crown Grants along the Niagara River. This project is being undertaken by the Colonel John Butler Branch.

I am wondering if any of your readers may have information about John Chisholm who received the Crown Grant for Lot #2 in Niagara Township. John was born in Scotland and served in the Revolutionary War under Joseph Brant. In July 1795, John Chisholm along with Daniel Rose, Archibald Thompson and James Park petitioned to His Excellency John Graves Simcoe for land. All four men subsequently received land on the Niagara escarpment – Rose and Chisholm in Niagara Township,Thompson and Park in Stamford Township. John Chisholm is buried In Stamford Presbyterian Church Cemetery along with other members of his family.

…Betty Lou Bellows {nor DOT bet AT sympatico DOT ca}

Land Grants: Were they part of compensation for claims?

Were land grants considered part of reimbursement for property/possessions lost?

I understand land was granted based on military rank, but were there other considerations?

Three military ancestors were given land grants based on their military contributions during the Revolutionary War. They had left property/possessions behind to follow their allegiance to the Crown. the fourth had been a pilot in New York. All four received land grants.

Britain has a history of providing restitution to those who had lost their possessions to follow and fight for the Crown. Was any portion of the land grant considered restitution? I realize the acreage was given based on the degree or rank the military member had attained.

…Joyce Stevens {foundhostetter AT yahoo DOT com}