“Loyalist Trails” 2006-32 August 7, 2006

In this issue:
Hamilton’s United Empire Loyalist Monument Gets a Cleaning
Loyalist Ditectory: Richard Cartwright added
      + Charlton Sword Cutler and Lacemaker
      + Response re John Mcnab (not)
      + Response re Loyalist ancestors at Queenston Heights


Hamilton’s United Empire Loyalist Monument Gets a Cleaning

On 8 August 2006, a crane will remove the United Empire Loyalist figures from its base in Hamilton. Earlier, Therese Charbonneau, Conservator Civic Museums and Public Art & Monument Collection reported in May that the City of Hamilton will be carrying out a conservation treatment of the UEL monument during the month of August. The bronze figures will be transported to a treatment centre in Toronto for removal of loose corrosion products and accumulated dirt before it is repatinated. The granite base will also receive some attention, with the removal of sealants and replacement with approved mortar. It is estimated that the process for everything will take about three weeks. The City of Hamilton will also receive a full treatment report with photo-documentation of the whole process for its records.

For further information on the monument in Hamilton, click here.

…Fred H. Hayward UE, Archivist, Hamilton Branch UELAC

Loyalist Ditectory: Richard Cartwright added

A little more about Richard Cartwright was added this week to the Loyalist Directory.


Charlton Sword Cutler and Lacemaker

George Jr’s sword, which he was supposed to have carried at Queenston, has been passed down through the generations as has the musket which he carried at Montgomery’s Tavern during the 1837 Rebellion. Can anyone give me any information on the maker of the sword which is engraved “Charlton Sword Cutler and Lacemaker, 53 Strand, London”?

…George Chisholm, CD, UE, Hamilton Br., {georgechisholm AT sympatico DOT ca}

Response re John Mcnab (not)

To help reduce unnecessary research, there was a Dr. John McNabb (b 1874, Scotland) in Barnet, Vermont. He emigrated from Scotland ca 1785 with his father John McNabb (Sr.) and family. They first settled in New Hampshire then moved to Barnet the next year. This McNabb family appears in the 1790, 1800, 1810 and 1820. The Sr. McNabb moved to Upper Canada (Ontario) ca 1821. Several members of the family moved as early as ca 1810, while others “visited” Upper Canada before the final move and settling in Esquesing, Halton Co, Ontario.

Dr. John McNabb remained in Barnet, VT, but moved around quite a bit between Vermont and New Hampshire, and other states for short periods, before passing away in 1878 in New Hampshire. He can be found in Vermont and New Hampshire census records from 1820 to the 1870. As far as I know, this McNabb family didn’t move to Quebec, although one of the children of John McNabb Sr. did marry a Quebecer. This McNabb family arrived too late to participate in the American Revolution. I am not aware of any other McNabb/McNab/MacNab/MacNabb families in Barnet, Vermont.

Their story is detailed in History of Barnet, Vermont : from the outbreak of the French and Indian War to present time : with genealogical records of many families, Wells, Frederic P. (Frederic Palmer) , b. 1850, available on ancestry.com (pay site.)

Since your Dr. McNabb died in 1780, there should be no overlap in records.

…William (Bill) Bienia, Cobblestone Legacies, Genealogical Research Services, www.cobblestonelegacies.com

Response re Loyalist ancestors at Queenston Heights

I, too, have been in touch with Robin Waite and am expecting a phone call some time this week. My g.g grandfather, George Chisholm, served at Queenston as an Ensign with the York Militia as did his brothers John and William. Their father, also George Chisholm, UE, got as far as Queenston from Burlington Bay but was sent home as he was too old. He was born in 1752. Much of the battle was fought on the property of George Sr’s brother, John, who had been granted Lot #2, Niagara Township.

…George Chisholm, CD, UE