“Loyalist Trails” 2006-42 November 5, 2006

In this issue:
Conference 2007 Update: “At The End Of The Trail”
New Online Database for Canadian New Brunswick Research
Successful Conference on Charles Wesley
Gideon Glidden Descendants
Joseph Brant and The Valiants
Loyal She Remains
Novels about the American Revolution Times
Last Post: Keith McIntosh Cassleman, UE
      + Requests for Documentation or Pointers
      + Response re Cyrenius Parke


Conference 2007 Update: “At The End Of The Trail”

The Bicentennial Branch looks forward to seeing you “At The End Of The Trail” May 31st-June 3rd 2007. A special Reception has been planned for you at the Art Gallery of Windsor http://www.artgalleryofwindsor.com Come and experience the magnificent view of the Detroit River, the Detroit Skyline and the City of Windsor after your tour of the Gallery. The City of Windsor will bring greetings to you and the entertainment is sure to please everyone. The Bamboo Restaurant will cater our event with Chef Anthony Dalupan at the helm. Enjoy a relaxing evening of mixing and mingling among old and new friends as we prepare to kick off the weekends events.

The Holiday Inn Select is taking reservations now for your stay with us: click here.

Rooms have been reserved for the Conference at reduced rates so take advantage and book early.

Visit our branch web site for your Registration Form and Itinerary.

We look forward to seeing you in 2007.

…Kimberly Hurst, UE {Gypsygirl2002 AT aol DOT com} how do I email her?

New Online Database for Canadian New Brunswick Research

A new database recently available for those researching their Canadian ancestors. Both are available free of charge.

Daniel F. Johnson’s New Brunswick Newspaper Vital Statistics database is based on almost a quarter-century of work by the late Danny Johnson. As chair of a group of members of the New Brunswick Genealogical Society, Dan began work on the vital statistics project in 1982 that led to the publication of a small volume titled New Brunswick Vital Statistics from Newspapers 1784-1815. They went on to produce four more similar volumes covering the years up to 1834; in effect, the first fifty years of newspapers in New Brunswick. The group wound up its work in 1985 but over the course of the next 20 years, Danny single-handedly continued this project extending the project to the year 1896 and producing a total of 102 volumes.

The database is browsable by surname, and keyword searchable. Results are listed by name, with the name of the newspaper and date the article appeared. Clicking on the name brings up an abstraction of the announcement.

Click here to search the database!

[submitted by Nancy Conn, from from the NEHGS newsletter, eNews Vol. 8, No. 42, November 1, 2006]

Successful Conference on Charles Wesley

We had a great conference at Emmanuel College, Toronto, October 13-15, to celebrate the 300th birthday of Charles Wesley (1707-1788), one of the greatest of English hymn writers. He wrote such well known hymns as “Hark, the herald angels sing,” “Love divine, all loves excelling,” “O for a thousand tongues to sing,” etc.. Yes, we jumped the gun a year — he was born 18 December 1707 — hoping to set a trend for churches to mark this significant man’s birth in the next year. Scholars from England, U.S.A., and Canada presented their studies, and we concluded with a great Wesley Hymn Festival on the Sunday afternoon with several hundred in attendance.

A priest of the Church of England, and an Oxford graduate, Wesley also wrote much secular as well as religious poetry. With his brother John Wesley, he was a key figure in the launching of Methodism. He lived through the American Revolution, and could not be restrained from using his skills to promote the Tory side. In great epic poems he described some of the battles in America, and the plight of the Loyalists. This is an unknown side of Charles Wesley. In recent years, scholars have unearthed and published “The Unpublished Poetry of Charles Wesley” in three volumes.

On November 15th I will be speaking at the Toronto Branch UELAC on “The Loyalist Poetry of Charles Wesley.” This is one of the many neglected aspects of Loyalist history.

..Bill Lamb.

Gideon Glidden Descendants

Made contact with Michael Bath of Quebec, Quebec. Thank you.

Mr. Bath and I have had several interesting messages back and forth. Found a new branch of the Glidden family. The Glidden family, an old protestant New England family, has a branch that is French Canadien and Roman Catholic. The name has changed somewhat in spelling to Gleeton, comparing a little closer to Irish names in the Maritimes. They can trace their ancestry back to a Gideon Glidden of Maine in the late 18th century. Gideon’s son moved to New Brunswick and his son married a French Canadien in the Gaspe region. Over time they lost the English language.

Genealogical ancestry can be traced back to Devon and Cornwall in the 16th century and believe the spelling originally was Gleodden, possibly from the old Icelandic language. There is a point of land in Christenson, Norway, with the name still on it.

…Bill Glidden

Joseph Brant and The Valiants

Re The Valiants Memorial: have many people written to say that Joseph Brant did not die on the Grand River? I believe he died at Wellington Square (now Burlington, Ontario) where he had a home.

…Brenda Dougall Merriman

Loyal She Remains

In agreement with Joyce Stevens, UE. Co; John Butler Branch – the same theme of both groups – Patriots and Tories – “achieving something remarkable in the New World “- is carried on in the Compact Disk: “The Palatine Immigration of 1710” – which covers the reasons why so many emigrants left Europe and settled along the Hudson and then the Mohawk River Valley, aided by Queen Anne of England. The story extends to the – 1990’s as it shows how descendants of both helped to create two remarkable countries, and how both countries rallied to the challenge of keeping Hitler from taking over England in the 1940s. Addresses the issues of “Immigration” and – “Governmental policies” – just as viable today. Valuable educational gift for grandchildren as well. Available in either Canadian or American funds. For details, contact {dorisward AT aol DOT com} how do I email her?

Novels about the American Revolution Times

JACK ABSOLUTE Officer, Mohawk, Lover, Spy. “It’s 1777 and the British gather in Canada to crush the American Revolution — but a traitor betrays their every move! From romance and intrigue to honour duels and battle, this is historical fiction at its finest.” 310 pp. 6×9″ Available from Hampstead House @ $7.99. Phone 1-800-361-1576.

…Bill Lamb

Last Post: Keith McIntosh Cassleman, UE

A resident of the Wellington Nursing Home, Prescott, for the past year, Keith McIntosh Casselman, U.E., passed away on Thursday, September 14, 2006, following a lengthy illness. He was 95.

Keith was born in Osnabruck Centre, Stormont County, Ontario on June 9th, 1911, the son of the late Grant Casselman and his wife, the late Emma McIntosh. He was the oldest child and had three brothers, Ralph, Carl, and Lloyd, one sister Hilda. In 1927, the family moved to the farm in Williamsburg.

Keith served his country as an armourer with the Air Force during WWII. After the war he worked as a proof reader for over 30 years for the government in Ottawa, where he made many friends.

He was a Charter member of the St. Lawrence Branch of the United Empire Loyalists, and was the first treasurer when the Branch received its Charter in 1977. A position he held for many years, as well as Archivist for the Branch. He joined Sir Guy Carleton Branch in Ottawa in 1967 when the application fee was $3.00 and annual dues, $2.00 per year.

He enjoyed working on family trees, and helped with the transcription in many cemeteries around the area. He attended ball games of the Williamsburg Pioneers and the hockey games at the local arena. He was the 1st treasurer of the Casselman Ancestral Society and enjoyed the big 1984 reunion in Morrisburg and going to Germany with the family a few years later. He kept a daily journal for years, recording everything from weather, birthdays or special events, even to the cost of batteries, of people who shared his birth year. He clipped many articles from local newspapers and amassed over 75 scrapbooks which were given to Lynne Cook and is at the Loyalist Resource Centre.

[submitted by Lynne Cook UE, St. Lawrence Branch]


Requests for Documentation or Pointers

I need the following pieces of information to complete several Loyalist lines. If you might have any of these documents or can point me to some help or sources, can you please help.

Hugh Willson LP and OC I am told his mother Anna Willson has LP and OC as well. FYI, Hugh Willson, was born in New Jersey in 1774, and died 1858, buried Church at The Fifty Saltfleet Township, Canada.

– Birth or Baptism record proving Steven/Stephen McGuire is the son of Patrick McGuire. FYI- born 1797 in Nova Scotia, died 1872 Salmon River, Guysborough, Nova Scotia, Canada I have been told in 18/171818, Stephen was deeded land at Salmon River Lakes. In those documents, his father’s name was recorded as Patrick. I have not been able to locate that document.

Levi Lewis Sr LP and OC. FYI, Levi Lewis Sr., was born in 1735 in New Jersey, and died in 1799, Grimsby, Canada. He settled on Lot 29, Concs. I and II, Grimsby township.

– Birth or Baptism record stating that Bryant is the son of Joseph Rogers. Born abt 1770 Virginia, USA died between 1842-1849 Gut of Canso, Guysborough, Nova Scotia, Canada. The last will and testament of Bryant Rogers of the Gut of Canso, Guysborough County is dated 28 October 1842, registered 30 April 1849 and proved 8 May 1849. I have been told both Bryant’s and Jennet’s birthplaces are recorded on his son William Madison’s death record. I have not been able to locate such information. Also I have been told that a land map shows 500 acres, Charles James Austin, Capt. R.N. escheated #222 to Bryant Rogers.

– Marriage record showing Bryant Rogers marriage to Jennet Hunt, Jan 5, 1791 Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada

– Birth or Baptism record stating that daughter Jennet (Hunt) Rogers is the daughter of Madison Hunt. Born abt 1772 South Carolina, USA died before 1826 Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada

– I have 1785 certified land grant Joseph Rogers and Madderson Hunt Manchester Township, Halifax Co. NSARM MFM# 13041 book 14 old – 126 I don’t believe that includes OC and LP so need them.

…Jill Sybalsky, California {sybalsky.com/genealogy} {jms AT top2bottom DOT net} how do I email her?

Response re Cyrenius Parke

Reference – Family Bible, Lennox & Addington Historical Society, Napanee, Ontario, written in his own hand.

Cyrenius was born 22 Dec 1754. He was first married to Elizabeth? They had eight children beginning with Nathaniel/Nathan 21 April 1776 and ending with Elizabeth 10 Jan 1788. Second wife Elizabeth Huffman – 12 children, beginning with Clarenda 22 Oct 1790 and ending with Mylo 2 Oct 1812. I am a descendent of his 17th child Hannah born on his 50th birthday, 22 Dec 1804.

…Karen Borden UE {bordenmerc AT shaw DOT ca} how do I email her?