“Loyalist Trails” 2018-06: February 11, 2018
In this issue:
– UELAC Conference 2018, Mark your Calendar, Book Your Room and Flight
– The Claimants of February 1788 (Part Two of Four), by Stephen Davidson
– Elijah Wallbridge: A Forgotten Late Loyalist
– Canada’s History: Behind The Book of Negroes
– Eighteenth-Century Time, and Two Tall Clocks That Told It, c1796
– JAR: Moravians in the Middle: The Gnadenhutten Massacre
– The Junto: Survey on American History in the UK
– Ben Franklin’s World: Spies, Patriots, and Traitors
– The Palatines to America German Genealogy Society 2018 National Conference
– Where in the World?
– Region and Branch Bits
– From the Twittersphere and Beyond
– Additions to the Loyalist Directory
– Last Post
+ Alec Zealand Beasley
+ Robert Smith Morrow, UE
“LOYALIST TIES UNDER LIVING SKIES” – June 7-10, 2018 – Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan – Temple Garden Hotel and Spa
You might want to check out the Westjet Valentines seat sale open until Feb 14 and with flights good until June 27th. Registration will open Wednesday, June 6th evening to accommodate those who arrive early to attend the Thursday Genealogy and Membership meetings.
Thursday morning closed Genealogy meeting will start at 9 AM and the closed Membership meeting will start at 1 PM. Thursday starting at 6:30 PM, the bus will load to take attendees to CFB 15 Wing for our opening ceremonies to start at 7 PM, Of course the Hospitality suite will be opened when we arrive back at the Hotel.
Friday June 8th, starting at 9 AM, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police will be featured in “The Trek West” presentation. After a short break, Dominion Genealogists, Peter and Angels Johnson will host an “Open Forum” Q & A seminar on Loyalist research. The afternoon will have you choosing one of two tours, Tour 1 will highlight a country trip to a working farm and upon return to the city tour guides will join us to check out the downtown murals, Tour 2 will feature the Western Development Museum of travel, a Burrowing Owl Display and travel to the Wakamow Conservation area, Friday evening supper will showcase a Saskatchewan Feast and once again you can unwind in the Hospitality suite.
Saturday June 9th the UELAC AGM will fill the morning and the afternoon will give you free time to enjoy the soothing waters of Temple Garden Spa or Explore the history and wonders of Moose Jaw. The Gala Banquet will round out the day in usual elegance. For Sunday’s service we will be welcomed by St. Andrew’s United Church congregation.
Continue to watch for new information which will added to the conference webpages and published in Loyalist Trails.
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During the first week of February in 1788, fourteen loyalists are known to have sought compensation while the Royal Commission on the Losses and Services of American Loyalists (RCLSAL) held its hearings in Montreal. That number would balloon to twenty-nine in the following week. Here are their stories.
Daniel Foyke, confined to bed since 1785, had his son Francis speak on his behalf on Friday, February eighth. The Foykes were German immigrants who initially settled in New York’s Johnstown. Daniel fled to Canada in 1780, served with the Second Battalion at Cataraqui (near Kingston, Ontario), and settled in Long Sault. Two of his sons enlisted with the British. Witnesses descried the senior Foyke as “a loyal man” and ” a person in a good way”.
Another German loyalist who appeared before the RCLSAL that day was Jacob Stanburner. He settled at Schoharie where he was imprisoned by rebels for having four sons who joined the British army in 1776. After being incarcerated for a year, Stanburner watched rebels seize and plunder “all his effects”. After going into hiding for years and enduring “great difficulties” in getting to Canada, the loyalist found sanctuary in New York city before 1783.
The last loyalist we will hear from for the first week of RCLSAL hearings in February is Dr. James Stuart, a surgeon’s mate in Sir John Johnson’s First Battalion. This Scot came to American in July of 1774 and settled in the Delaware River valley as a farmer/doctor. Three years later, Stuart and 52 other loyalists went to Oswego to serve with Johnson. Jacob Stanburner testified that his former neighbour had five sons who were useful in improving his 25 acre farm — and that he had influence “with those he brought in” to serve the British.
The five loyalists who sought compensation on Saturday, February 9th, served as character witnesses for one another. Andrew Summers had immigrated to America from a German municipality in 1749 and settled at Schoharie, New York. Never taking part with the rebels, Summers’ worldly possessions were described with the bitter phrase, “all was lost and destroyed”. He served in the King’s Regiment throughout the revolution and settled in New Johnstown (Cornwall, Ontario).
His character witness, Henry Barker/Beaker/Baker, was an American born neighbour in Schoharie. Baker appeared before the RCLSAL to seek compensation for the 50 acre farm that his father Bostine Baker lost during the revolution. Bostine and two of his sons joined the British army at Carleton Island; the former died in the king’s service.
James Forsyth had been living on the Susquehanna River in 1775. Due to his loyalist principles, local rebels had him put in jail. By 1778, he was in Canada as a member of the Batteaux Company at Couteau de Lac. At the time of the RCLSAL hearings, Forsyth had settled in the Second Township. His witness, James McNairn, had journeyed to Canada with him. Born in Scotland, McNairn settled on the Susquehanna in 1773. Rebels imprisoned him twice before he was able to escape to Canada in 1778. In addition to testimony from his friend Forsyth, McNairn also had an affidavit of his loyalty from Captain John McDonald of the New York Regiment.
Israel Tompkins had to rely on a certificate from Major Jessup to verify his wartime service. Tompkins, American born, joined General Burgoyne’s forces and remained with the British “all the war”. By the fall of 1783, he had settled at Isle au Noix.
On Monday, February 11th, three loyalists appeared before the RCLSAL to seek compensation. Joseph Morden and Catherine Cyrderman have had their stories told in earlier Loyalist Trails‘ articles. Alexander McIntosh was a Scottish immigrant who had lived in Tryon County since 1773. Five years later, he joined the British, enlisting wth Major Jessup’s Corps in 1780. After his regiment was disbanded, McIntosh made his home in Oswegatchie. The commissioners considered the veteran “a fair man”.
The RCLSAL records for Tuesday show that five loyalists appeared before the board. James Crowder had joined Butler’s Rangers in 1777 and after four years of service, joined Sir John Johnson’s Regiment. Settling in New Johnstown, the loyalist had both a character witness and the positive assessment of the commissioners (“a very good man”).
Jane Glasford was one of the few women to stand before the RCLSAL during its February hearings in Montreal. She represented her husband John Glasford who was “near eighty years of age and very infirm and could not come”. John had immigrated to America from Scotland when he was a boy and had settled on the Susquehana when the revolution began. Always declaring his loyalty, John sent his two sons off to serve the crown. In 1779, rebels “plundered them and stript them of everything”. Jane was “almost starved in her own house”. “Obliged” to leave, the family later learned that their house had been burned down as soon as they had departed. After seeking refuge in Niagara, the Glasford family settled in Oswegatchie. James Crowder testified that the elderly Glasford was “one of the ablest men in the place”.
Sarah Glasford represented her husband, John Glasford Jr (perhaps the son of the loyalist mentioned above). He died a year earlier in New Johnstown after settling there with Sarah and their six children. A Susquehanna farmer, Glasford joined Captain Brant’s Indigenous corps, following them to Canada where he enlisted with Sir John Johnson’s Regiment for the rest of the revolution. The witness for Sarah’s petition noted that Glasford had “lost everything” and “came almost naked into Niagara”.
John Staring, an apprentice when the war broke out, has had his story told elsewhere, but not so John Annable. The latter, an Englishman who had immigrated to America before the Battle of Bunker Hill, settled on the Mohawk River along with James Massie. Rebels took both men prisoner in May 1776 and kept them in an Albany jail for three weeks. “They made their escape and got into Canada. Never returned to their place again”. Annable served with the crown for the rest of the war. Massie returned to England after serving with Johnson’s Regiment for a number of years. After losing 200 acres and a great deal of livestock, Annable settled in New Johnstown.
Four loyalists stood before the RCLSAL on February 13th. John Morcelis lived in Turlock, near Schoharie, New York at the outbreak of the war. A veteran of the First Battalion, he served from 1777 to 1783 and then settled in New Johnstown.
On that same day Tobias Ryckman appealed to the board on behalf of his mother Susannah, the widow of John Ryckman. The latter served the British as a guide before settling in Canada in 1780/81. He died four years before the RCLSAL hearings, leaving seven children in the care of his wife. Ryckman had been a tanner and shoemaker in Tappan, New York and — before the war– had been prosperous enough to own a stone house and a framed barn.
Dayle Selick of Manchester, Vermont also petitioned the RCLSAL that Wednesday. After joining the British in 1777, he served “all the way in different regiments”, being discharged from Jessup’s Rangers and then settling in Oswegatchie.
John Fraser was a Scottish immigrant who settled in the Mohawk River Valley before joining in the fight against the rebels in 1777. He once raised a group of 30 men to go to Canada, but “they were obliged to disperse”. Rebels seized the 100 acres Fraser had worked for the past ten years. The commissioners noted that he was “a good man. Very strong certificates”.
Thursday was Valentine’s Day. Eight of those who appeared before the RCLSAL at that time have been featured in earlier Loyalist Trails articles (those being: Martin Algier, William Brown, Philip Eamer, John Farlinger, Michael Warner, Michael Gallinger, Christian Schtick (sic), and Jacob Waggems/Waggoner). Luke Bready is unique among the Montreal claimants for having been a sailor. Immigrating to the colonies from Ireland in 1763, Bready settled at Crown Point four years later, staying there until his loyalist principles forced him to leave in 1775. He went to Canada the following year and served in the engineers’ department and on board armed vessels (one of which was the Morany) for the rest of the war. He settled in #13, Second Township in the Third Concession near New Johnstown.
Discover the stories of those who sought compensation in Montreal during the third week of February in 1788 in next week’s Loyalist Trails.
To secure permission to reprint this article, email Stephen Davidson.
In 1802, at the age of 50, Elijah Wallbridge moved from southern NY state, where he was prosperous and owned land, to join his brother Asa, an early fur trader in Belleville. What drove Elijah, a well established ‘American’ to leave it all behind and travel to a new country? Was my ancestor an “American” to begin with, really? The answer lies in our family history.
During the early days of the Revolutionary War, Elijah’s father Zebulon Wallbridge, also a loyalist, sold his land before it could be confiscated by the newly formed colonial government and moved his family, including Elijah, to southern New York state to be in close proximity to British held territory. (Zebulon must have been an active loyalist; his civil rights were deprived by an Act of the NY Legislature in 1784, a year after the Treaty of Paris was signed ending the War.) During the war, despite that Elijah was listed as a militia member (all ‘of-age’ men in NY were required to enroll (the equivalent to the “draft” of its day) we have no direct record that links Elijah to active militia service. We do have information that Elijah helped British sympathizers or prisoners escape from a prison in Dutchess County, and we know there were several military prisons and a large Continental Army supply depot near where he lived. Elijah was following in his father’s loyalist footsteps.
After the war, Elijah stayed in southern NY and tried to make a life for himself and his family, but his loyalties did not change. Dr. William Canniff, in his History of the Settlement of Upper Canada, describes Elijah’s move to Canada. “At the close of the war, he desired, like many other loyalists, to remain in the States, and indeed did for a time, but the spirit of intolerance was manifested toward him, so that he determined to settle in Canada.” Elijah bought more than 1200 acres of land in Canada from the owner who received the Crown Patent for the land, and he lived on those parcels for the remainder of his life. The Wallbridge Tract in Prince Edward County remained in the Wallbridge family for generations. Elijah lived a long life, died on the 3rd of October 1842, and was buried at St. Thomas Anglican Church in Belleville.
When Elijah was buried more than 175 years ago, the church had already been in continuous use at its present location for about 20 years. Since its humble beginnings, four structures stood at the same site, with each building replacing the prior one due to fire or other circumstances. In the 1930’s, when Elijah’s descendant, Margaret Ruth Wallbridge, would walk down Bridge Street passing by St. Thomas Church on her way to school, she would see her great, great, great grandfather Elijah’s headstone as it stood, as it had for over one hundred years.
In 2015, Margaret, then 94 years old (and still an avid genealogist) and her husband Roy Jaynes told me of the story of Elijah’s missing gravestone and took me to see the location of the gravesite. During the church’s latest renovation that added a parish hall building, many of the stones and graves were moved, and despite their assistance of an archaeological group being in charge of moving graves and stones, a review of the records determined that Elijah’s stone was nowhere to be found: it had not been moved during renovations; but it had been lost to time. Thus began the culmination to Margaret’s longstanding quest to bring a stone back to Elijah’s gravesite. With Margaret’s sharp memories, the exact location of the gravesite was identified. With the help of wonderful St. Thomas Church personnel who combed through church records and a 94 year old parishioner and former church caretaker confirming Elijah’s headstone and location, we obtained church permission to replace the stone. With Margaret’s design decisions, a replacement stone was ordered. Elijah’s replacement stone now lies above his grave, 176 years after his death, and this late loyalist is again remembered by his loving descendants.
By Lawrence Hill who tells the story of The Book of Negroes, the original book that inspired his best-selling book and popular mini-series.
It is not easy to find original documents about the history of blacks in Canada. Indeed, many high-school or university students would come back empty-handed if you sent them to the library in search of material about blacks in the eighteenth century. A few enterprising students might unearth newspaper advertisements for runaway slaves.
For example, the July 3, 1792, issue of the Royal Gazette and the Nova Scotia Advertiser carries a crude sketch of runaway slaves with the advertisement: “Run Away, Joseph Odel and Peter Lawrence (Negroes) from their Masters, and left Digby last evening … Whoever will secure said Negroes so that their Masters may have them again, shall receive TEN DOLLARS Reward, and all reasonable Charges paid. Daniel Odel, Phillip Earl.”
The truly motivated student might dig up one of the memoirs written centuries ago by blacks who had come to Canada. One, for example, would be the Memoirs of the Life of Boston King, a Black Preacher. Written by Himself, which begins, like most slave narratives, with the circumstances of his birth: “I was born in the Province of South Carolina, 28 miles from Charlestown. My father was stolen from Africa when he was young …”
Monday, February 5, 2018
Today, we’re all accustomed to lives that are driven and measured by time. Watches, clocks, and cell phones are synchronized in precise unison, and each day we work and play, attend meetings, movies, games, and performances, catch trains and eat meals, rise and sleep, by a clock’s measurements.
But it wasn’t that way in late 18thc America. Precise measurement of time was an elite luxury. The majority of people didn’t own watches or clocks. Even for those with sufficient wealth to possess a watched tucked into a fob pocket or clipped to a chatelaine at the waist, accuracy was variable, and being punctual was subjective. Instead people relied upon more general ways of determining time based on the sun and moon in the sky, or the cries of a watchman, or the still-rare public clock in the tower of a church or other public building. The average workday wasn’t nine-to-five; it was from sunrise to sunset, and varied with the seasons.
by Eric Sterner 6 Feb 2018
In 1782, six months after Cornwallis’ surrender at Yorktown, Patriot militiamen committed one of the most heinous war crimes of the Revolutionary War. On March 8, between 100 and 200 militia and frontiersmen from western Pennsylvania slaughtered nearly 100 peaceful Indians at the small village of Gnadenhutten, on the Tuscarawas River in present day Ohio. The Indians, largely Delaware and Munsey who adopted the pacifist Christianity preached by Moravian missionaries, had struggled to navigate the political currents of violence on the American frontier for years. To the west, British authorities at Detroit sought to mobilize the Ohio tribes (Miami, Shawnee, Huron, Wyandot, Delaware, and Mingo) to raid across the Ohio River into the American settlements in Kentucky, western Virginia, and western Pennsylvania. To the east, Continental, state, and local officials based at Fort Pitt struggled to resist the Indian raids by building frontier forts and conducting punitive raids against Indian settlements. The Moravian Indians were stuck squarely in the middle, trying to appease both sides. Ultimately, their attempt at neutrality led both sides to resent their presence in the no-man’s land of eastern Ohio. Both sides resolved to do something about it, destroying the Moravian community on the Tuscarawas in the process.
by Rachel Herrmann, Feb. 5 , 2018
BGEAH (British Group of Early American Historians), BrANCH (British American Nineteenth Century Historians) and HOTCUS (Historians of the Twentieth Century United States) are pleased to invite participation in a new survey exploring the conditions of study, recruitment and employment within the field of American history as practiced in the UK.
The survey is open to anyone who is teaching or conducting research in American history, from the pre-colonial period onwards, at a British higher education institution, or who has recently done so.
Over the course of the past twenty years, the community of American historians in the UK, in terms of both faculty and postgraduate students, has grown very significantly, through its constituent organizations and under the umbrella of BAAS.
Kenneth Daigler facilitates our exploration of the origins of American spycraft. Ken is an intelligence professional with 33 years experience managing human sources and collection, and he’s the author of Spies, Patriots, and Traitors: American Intelligence in the Revolutionary War.
During our investigation, Ken reveals the basic concepts of intelligence gathering and the origins of the American foreign intelligence service; How revolutionary groups like the Sons of Liberty developed intelligence gathering capabilities; And, information about the intelligence gathering efforts of both the British and Continental Armies during the American War for Independence.
Willkommen to Buffalo: Gateway to a New Heimat [home], June 13-16, 2018, Adams Mark Hotel & Conference Center, Buffalo, NY
Speakers include John Colletta, Ph.D.; Baerbel K. Johnson, AG and many others
The Palatines to America Conference booklet contains conference details and registration
Garry Finkell, President, New York Chapter, Palatines to America will be giving the talk regarding the Hudson Valley Palatine Loyalists.
Also take note of the talk, “Who are the Irish Palatines?” by Carolyn Heald. Carolyn lives in Ottawa, and she is the author of The Irish Palatines in Ontario. The very first Irish Palatines to come to America settled in New York City and then in the Camden Valley of New York near Saratoga. They became Loyalists as well. Subsequent to that, many Irish Palatines immigrated to Ontario in the 1800s.
Palatines to America German Genealogy Society (PalAm) is a national organization dedicated to finding German-speakingGerman Village ancestors and their place of origin. Whether your ancestors are from Germany, Austria, Alsace, Switzerland, Luxembourg, Lichtenstein, Poland, Russia, Denmark, Netherlands, East Prussian, Pomerania, Brandenberg, Silesia, Galicia, Bohemia or other German-speaking areas, PALAM can help you find that elusive ancestor.
Our membership consists of persons at all levels of research beginners to professionals. Members are happy to help you and share information with you. Pay-for research is available also.
Where is Gov. Simcoe Branch member Doug Grant?
To participate, submit a photo of yourself in UELAC promotional gear at a place of some note and tell us where it is (if you are a member of a branch, please indicate that as well). Send your submission to the editor at email@example.com.
From the UELAC branches, news and events of interest to others.
- National Trust for Canada. In the spotlight: Uncle Tom’s Cabin Historic Site (Dresden, ON). In honour of Black History Month, we chose to feature a Canadian place that highlights the unique heritage of Ontario’s Black community. Uncle Tom’s Cabin is built on the site of the Black settlement that Rev. Josiah Henson helped found in 1841. The site takes its name from Harriet Beecher Stowe’s successful 1852 anti-slavery novel, Uncle Tom’s Cabin, featuring a character named Tom (loosely based on Josiah Henson). Josiah Henson was born into slavery; but in 1830, along with his wife and four children, he escaped using the Underground Railroad, eventually crossing the Niagara River into Upper Canada. Henson purchased 200 acres in Dawn Township to build a self-sufficient community for fugitives from slavery. Visit this Ontario Heritage Trust site for free as a National Trust for Canada member.
- Current Past-President Bobbie Schepers notes an article about her daughter Laura and her husband Daniel Brandes (in Victoria BC) and their music series – A Place To Listen, in MusicWorks
- Attractive old postcard of historic United Empire Loyalist Monument in Belleville, Ontario
- Today in History: Lars D.H. Hedbor @LarsDHHedbor (see his page for associated photos):
- 10 Feb 1779 Americans outfight Loyalists at Carr’s Fort, GA, turning away to rout enemy at Battle of Kettle Creek.
- 9 Feb 1776 Gen. Lee asks Congress to send a battalion to NYC to build fortifications against newly-arrived British.
- 8 Feb 1776 New-Hampshire Provincial Legislature asks Continental Congress’ help in defending seacoast.
- 7 Feb 1775 Franklin tweaks British, remarking in part on Colonies’ higher birth rate.
- 6 Feb 1778 France formally allies with the Americans in their war against the British.
- 5 Feb 1783 Sweden formally recognizes the United States; first nation not directly involved in war to do so.
- 4 Feb 1789 Washington elected first President under the Constitution, succeeding Cyrus Griffin as US head of state.
- 10 Feb 1763. England, France and Spain signed the Treaty of Paris, which effectively ended the French and Indian War. The French and Indian War was actually part of the Seven Years’ War, which was essentially a world land war between England and Prussia and France, Spain, Russia, Austria and Sweden, with conflicts in Asia, Europe and North America. The French and Indian War is the name given for the North American Theater of the greater war. This is the earliest authenticated portrait of George Washington. It shows him in the Virginia Regiment colonel’s uniform he wore during the French and Indian War. The painting hangs in the Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Virginia.
- From the Massachusetts Historical Society – Fashioning the New England Family
- An exquisite length of gold lace from the mid-18th century, used as trim for just about any type of clothing or accessory for men, women, and children.
- Lt. Gov. William Tailer’s stunning embroidered waistcoat with metallic thread and spangles, c. 1720-1730. ( He was a relative of the Byles family (his daughter Rebecca m. Mather Byles in 1747), known in Boston for their loyalism; more family garments & a large collection of Byles family papers are also in our holdings
- this necklace of nacre medallions set in silver with paste brilliants
- A vibrant crewel pocketbook was made for Benjamin Stuart of Boston and is dated 1753.
- A wedding shoe features a delicate ribbon and lace rosette; a dancing shoe is accented with a cheerful pink silk bow. Wedding slippers worn by Elizabeth Dennison in 1859.
- Townsends: Candy in Early America. Candied Line Peel: A simple and delicious sweet meat from the 18th Century.
- All Things Georgian: The humble apron of the 18th century. Many of us have at least one apron, how often it’s worn will vary greatly. Today they are usually colourful with motifs, some plastic, some cotton. Protection for clothing has been used for centuries so we thought we would take a look at some other uses for the humble apron back in the Georgian Era. We were quite surprised to see just how many accounts there were of aprons being stolen, for example, a report in The News of January 23rd, 1738 when Elizabeth Swann was committed to gaol for stealing a basket and an apron. Gruesome accounts sadly exist where an apron was used to stifle the screams when a woman was being raped. Others told of how aprons caught fire with disastrous consequences or to help extinguish a fire, but we thought we would look at some more unusual ones. Read more…
- Detail of 18th Century dress, Robe à la Française c1755-1760
- 18th Century men’s suits, court & casual wear via Manchester Galleries
- Believed to be the earliest identified sampler by an African American, this work is rare & carries a beautiful message.
- The Next Page: One historian embraces the past. I’m fine with relocating the Stephen Foster statue, but overall, history needs to be understood, not sanitized, writes Charles McCollester. A number of historical figures are used in this post, including Simon Girty. Read more…
As time permits, we add information to the Loyalist Directory. The latest additions and updates are as follows:
- Van Allen, Jacob – from Cynthia Young
- Young, John (Sgt) – from volunteer Jo Ann Tuskin
November 21, 1921 – January 28, 2018 In his 97th year, a World War II Veteran and a fifth generation resident of the City of Hamilton, being great-great-great-grandson of Colonel Richard Beasley, a first settler who died in 1842, and a great-great-grandson of Captain Edward Zealand, a mariner who sailed with Lord Nelson and who died in 1869, killed by a runaway heifer on James Street North. He practiced law in Hamilton as a sole practitioner from 1947 to 2012, having attended Hillfield private boy’s school, Stinson Street public school, Central Collegiate, McMaster University and Osgood Hall.
Predeceased by his wife, Anne, nee Williamson, to whom he was constantly devoted, from their marriage on September 5, 1952 to her death on November 5, 1997. Loving father of Fred (Brenda) in Calgary, Alberta, Peter (Melody) in Oakville and Barbara (Gerry) in Ucluelet, B.C. Predeceased by his brother, Jim, and sister Ann Clements, and sister-in-law, Jane Brown and her sons, David and Michael, and her daughter, Susan Stuart. Survived by his brother, David, in Simcoe, and nephew, Warren Clements and niece Rebecca Clements, in Toronto and Jane Brown’s daughter, Janeanne Cumming in West Australia and many distant relatives and friends including his faithful bookkeeper, Marylou Donald. Greatly missed by his beloved friend, Kay Woods.
A life member of the Upper Canada Law Society and the Hamilton Law Association, and a member of Christ’s Church Cathedral, The Zeta Psi Fraternity (Theta Xi ’47), the United Empire Loyalists, St. George’s Benevolent Society, the Tamahaac Club, Thistle Club and the Hamilton Tennis Club. Special thank you to the caregivers at Chartwell Lakeshore Place for looking after our Dad for the past few years. At his request a private family service and burial have taken place. Flowers, gifts, and letters are gratefully declined. On-line condolences may be made at www.marlattfhhamilton.com.
Alec received his loyalist certificate in 2013 as a descendant of Richard Beasley UEL.
…Pat Blackburn, Hamilton Branch
June 7, 1923 – January 25, 2014
Passed away peacefully at Extendicare Nursing Home on January 25th at the age of 90 years. Robert is survived by his loving wife, Gladys of 64 years, his adored girls, daughters Rena and Sandra, sons-in-law and friends, Rick and Stan. Cherished grandfather of Chris, Cheryl, Terri and Jennifer and newly great grandson, Connor. Predeceased by brothers James and Willie and survived by brother Andrew and sisters-in-law Anne, Jean and Cathie and by his nieces and nephews. Robert was an employee of Stelco’s Machine Shop for 31 years. A heartfelt thank you to all the staff at Extendicare with a special thank you to Dr. Tuttle and staff in Aberdeen House.
His family will receive friends at the Cresmount Funeral Home, 322 Fennell Ave. E. on Tuesday from 2-4 & 7-9pm. A celebration of his life will be held on Wednesday January 29th at 11am in the chapel followed by interment in White Chapel Memorial Gardens. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Alzheimer’s Society would be appreciated by the family.
Bob Morrow’s political career spanned the years 1968 – 2000, as mayor of Hamilton from 1982 – 2000 and then as a Citizen Judge from 2004 – 2010.
A member of Hamilton Branch UELAC, Robert received his Loyalist certificate in 1984 as a descendant of Henry Buchner UEL.