Loyalist Trails Newsletter 2020-44 (November 8, 2020)

In this issue:

  • Remembrance Day 11 November, and Veteran’s Week
  • New Brunswick Loyalists and their Runaway Slaves, Part 2 of 2 by Stephen Davidson
  • Podcast: Black Loyalists in New Brunswick, with Stephen Davidson
  • A Family Note on New Brunswick Loyalists and Their Run Away Slaves
  • Loyalist Samuel Williams’ Journey to Florida
  • JAR: Thomas Machin and His Chains
  • The Ties That Bind: My Scottish Loyalist Ancestor, Neil McRae by Carl Stymiest
  • Lacemakers and Handicraft: 1750-1775
  • Borealia: Are we there yet? On the Pandemic, Trumpism, and the History of Anticipation
  • Bay of Quinte Branch: Loyal Americans Hall of Honour
  • Book: Loyalist History of Nova Scotia
  • Region, Branch and Member Bits and Events
  • Available On-demand: Create Toronto
  • Additions to the Loyalist Directory
  • Where in the World are Your Photos?
  • From the Twittersphere and Beyond
  • Last Post: DARGATZ, Kenneth Robert

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Remembrance Day 11 November, and Veteran’s Week
The Canadian Government has designated November 5-11 as Veterans’ Week — a time when we honour those who have served Canada, past and present, in times of war, military conflict and peace. This year’s theme is the 75th anniversary of the end of the Second World War. Take some time to visit the Veteran’s Week website and read about the key milestones and battles that led to the conclusion of the major conflict, an important part of Canada’s rich military history. On November 11th please take time to reflect on the sacrifices made by all of our veterans.

At the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month —
we will remember them!

New Brunswick Loyalists and their Runaway Slaves, Part 2 of 2
copyright Stephen Davidson UE
Outside of purchasing their own freedom, enslaved Africans who sought emancipation during the American Revolution had but one option. They had to run away from their masters. Those who were enslaved by Patriots were given their freedom if they joined the British forces. The Blacks enslaved by Loyalists, however, had no such option. They had to follow their masters as the latter sought sanctuary within other parts of the British Empire. For the Blacks who were slaves in New Brunswick, their only hope for freedom was to run away from their Loyalist masters. Without any Underground Railway, they could only hope that they might find sanctuary somewhere where they need never fear being made slaves again.
The newspaper ads for the recapture of runaway slaves provide insight into those Blacks who risked everything to achieve freedom. The ads also show how determined New Brunswick’s Loyalist slave owners were to have their property returned to them.
In May of 1786, Captain John Whitlock of Grimross Neck in Queen’s County posted a detailed ad for the return of his 21 year-old slave, Pompey. Whitlock described Pompey as “about 5 feet 10 or 11 inches high, he is a stout well-made fellow, had on when he went a striped cotton jacket, a brown ditto, a linen shirt, Russia sheeting {plain weave hemp linen} trousers, white yarn stockings, tanned leather moccasins half-soled, and carried with him a grey homespun great coat, a sailor’s blue jacket, mixed rug, and a white blanket.” (Note how the escapee brought along a few “extras” either to sell for cash or to clothe himself during his flight.) Whoever captured Pompey on his flight to freedom would receive “two guineas reward and all reasonable charges”.
Like so many other runaway Blacks, Pompey’s fate is unknown. His master, John Whitlock, eventually acquired land near Montreal in Lower Canada. This may be where Pompey — if recaptured—spent the remainder of his days.
In July of 1787, three Blacks made their getaway from Thomas Lister in a birchbark canoe. A captain in DeLancey’s Third Battalion, Lister had settled in Waterborough, Queen’s County. An escape by boat allowed the runaways to follow the course of the St. John River to its mouth on the Bay of Fundy.
Lister’s fugitive slaves are interesting in that they included a brother and sister who were “raised in the family”. Familiarity had clearly not endeared the Lister family to Sam and Bella. Sam was about 18 years old, “middling tall and slim, quick spoken” and could play the violin. He had last been seen wearing a brown coat and trousers made of ticking — a striped material used to cover mattresses.
Like Sam, his sister Bella was described as being “between a black and a mulatto” in her complexion. She was also tall and slim, but was “slow in her speech”. She was “raw-boned” with a scar between her eye and temple. Her only notable attire was a black covered hat with white lining. The notice of reward for Bella’s capture also included the fact that she had once lived with Judge James Peters in Saint John. Perhaps Lister thought Bella’s familiarity with Saint John would make it the fugitives’ destination.
The third member of the fugitives who fled in a canoe “with sundry things” was Tony Smith. Also known as Joe, Smith was described as a “free fellow, but hired for a time”. This suggests that he was a Black Loyalist who had come to know Sam and Bella while working for Lister. Being free to move about the colony for the past four years, Smith would have had the knowledge necessary to help the siblings escape their Loyalist master. Smith’s English was “broken”, but otherwise his description was much like that of Sam: tall and slim, between a black and a mulatto, wearing a brown coat and ticking trousers. Lister accused Smith of being the one who carried away clothes from the Loyalist’s home.
The Loyalist slave owner asked that his fugitive slaves “may be confined in jail until called for”. Dire consequences were threatened if anyone harboured or concealed the runaways. This warning suggests that Lister was aware of those in the New Brunswick who would help Blacks to escape from slavery. Unfortunately such early abolitionists have never been identified.
Thomas Lister and his family eventually left New Brunswick and returned to the United States — presumably to New York where they had lived before the revolution. If Sam and Bella were captured, it is likely that they also ended their days in a society sustained by slavery.
Eighteen year-old London also escaped from his Loyalist master in the summer of 1787. Dr. Joseph Clarke was a Connecticut native who served as a surgeon with the British forces during the revolution.
When London was last seen in July of 1783, he was wearing a coloured jacket, ticking trousers, and a green shirt with white sleeves. His left foot would be the best means of identifying the fugitive. Its second toe was missing the first joint. The ad for London’s capture included the usual reward of one guinea and a warning to ship’s captains. It differed from other ads in that Clarke forbid anyone to “employ him as a servant or otherwise”.
This leads one to speculate that Loyalists in need of cheap labour might hire a runaway slave, turning a blind eye to the fact that the Black was –in the eyes of the law—someone else’s property. This 18th century form of “unregistered labourer” may have been the means by which runaways escaped slavery while living in a society that permitted human bondage.
The enslavement of Blacks was not limited to settlements along New Brunswick’s St. John River Valley.
A 1797 ad published for the capture of a runaway slave is interesting in that it involves a Loyalist master who lived along the New Brunswick/Nova Scotia border. Titus Knapp offered a five-pound reward for the capture of Nero. (This was more than four times the usual reward of one guinea offered in other notices.) Besides the fact that he was Black, the only descriptors for Nero were that he was about five feet eight inches high and was 27 years old.
The ad was placed in a Saint John newspaper, and the reward could be collected from its printer. This suggests that Knapp believed that Nero was headed for the port city and a sailing ship that would take him far from New Brunswick. Nothing more is known of Nero’s fate; Knapp would continue to buy and sell slaves for the next 13 years.
The historian Dr. W.A. Spray has identified the last advertisement for a runaway slave that appeared in a New Brunswick newspaper. On September 5, 1818, John Mount of Musquash posted a reward for a “Negro Boy named Samuel Hutchings“. However, it was not the last time that a newspaper referred to a Black as a runaway.
In 1847, three years after slavery was abolished within the British Empire, a New Brunswick Black man was accused of being a fugitive slave. The St. Andrew’s Standard quoted an American newspaper story that said William Richardson had been imprisoned in the States “as a runaway”. Born in Saint John in 1814, Richardson had moved to Deer Island in the Bay of Fundy to work for a farmer named Hatheway. Given that slavery was still legal in the United States, Richardson may have been captured with an eye to enslaving and selling him. As with so many other New Brunswick runaways, his fate is unknown.
These stories of enslaved Blacks who made a bold dash for freedom are just the “tip of the iceberg” of the many accounts that have been lost over time. Not only do they illustrate the pervasiveness of slavery within Loyalist New Brunswick, they demonstrate how often the Blacks enslaved by Loyalists tried to escape the ugly reality of human bondage. It was a time when slaves tried to flee what constitutes modern Canada –rather than heading north to Canada– to become free men and women.
To secure permission to reprint this article contact the author at stephendavids@gmail.com.

Podcast: Black Loyalists in New Brunswick, with Stephen Davidson
Historian and now author Stephen Davidson shares some of his research into Black Loyalists in New Brunswick. A ten-minute podcast of an interview with Stephen Davidson by CBC Radio Fredericton. The program “Shift” was broadcast across all of New Brunswick. Listen in…

A Family Note on New Brunswick Loyalists and Their Run Away Slaves
Regarding the above article in the November 1, 2020 newsletter, across the Bay of Fundy from New Brunswick, in Nova Scotia, similar stories of enslaved persons freeing themselves from Loyalist masters have come to light. One such story involves my ancestor, Daniel Odell, Loyalist farmer from Dutchess County, New York, and an enslaved man named Joseph.
The July 3, 1792, issue of The Royal Gazette and the Nova Scotia Advertiser included a rough sketch of two runaway slaves with an 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, Philip Earl.” A similar but more detailed advertisement describes Joseph as being about twenty four years of age, five feet six inches high with remarkable white teeth and notes he had on a light brown coat, red waistcoat and thickset breeches.
Daniel and Joseph had been recorded together in “The Book of Negroes” nine years earlier, as having traveled to Annapolis Royal, Nova Scotia from New York City on board the ship Caron captained by David Balmanne. The entry notes a negroe named “Joe”, who is described as a fine 14 year old boy, is in the possession of Daniel Odel.
Daniel Odell was born in 1733 and lived in Beekman, Dutchess County, New York, until his farm and other property was confiscated by New York State. His lost property is described in detail in his unsuccessful claims for compensation. He and his wife Mary Spalding Odell, who died in Nova Scotia shortly after her arrival in 1784, had five children. One son, Daniel Jr. appears to be the Private Daniel Odle who served under Captain Andrew Maxwell in General Montfort Brown’s Prince of Wales Regiment. Another son, Uriah, from whom I descend, joined the other side as a member of the Dutchess County Militia and received a military land grant in Delaware County New York. Daniel was a cousin of the Rev. Dr. Jonathan Odell, first Provincial Secretary of New Brunswick. He died in 1816 and is buried in the Thomas Cemetery, Smith’s Cove, Nova Scotia.
As for Joseph, I have no further information. It is likely he changed his name. I hope he was able to join a community of free Blacks, either in Nova Scotia or elsewhere and enjoy the remainder of his life as a free man and not as property.
Thanks again for including articles on this important topic.
Dan Odell, San Diego, California

Loyalist Samuel Williams’ Journey to Florida
By Phil Eschbach
In Florida during the changeover to the British in 1763, the outgoing Spanish governor and the new British governor, James Grant, gave Spanish residents the choice of remaining under British rule, (promising no retaliation), or leaving, perhaps for Spain or Cuba. The vast majority moved to Cuba, taking with them their possessions and leaving behind their homes and property. As many as 3,726 people evacuated St. Augustine in 1763 and 1764. Some even disassembled their houses and shipped them to Cuba by boat. Under the terms of the treaty, they were allowed eighteen months to dispose of their property. Only a few Hispanic families, some say as few as two, decided to remain behind and chance dealing with their former enemies, the British.
Under British rule, the new colony was exempted from most taxes and quit rents for ten years. The crown, intent on colonizing and making Florida a productive territory, gave land grants to many British citizens who discovered that indigo, as well as citrus, grew quite well in Florida. In the 1760s, indigo, on the London mercantile exchange, sold for more per ounce than an ounce of gold. Hence land speculators descended on Florida to seek their fortunes.
In 1775, King George III advised Florida Governor Tonyn to issue a proclamation to the residents of all the American colonies, inviting loyalists to move to Florida, “for the encouragement of such persons as may under these creul [sic] Circumstances be induced to seek a happy Asylum in the Province, to make out of them gratuitous Grants of Land exempt from Quit Rents for Ten Years.”
In 1776, Samuel Williams, along with his sons, William, Wilson and Abner, and his two daughters and sons-in-law, the Nathaniel Ashleys and the Drury Forts, moved to Florida and received a land grant from Governor Tonyn. They settled on 500 acres, managed by a French overseer named Joseph Terrio at Doctor’s Lake on the St. John’s River. Later Samuel’s son, Abner, decided to go back to North Carolina to retrieve his family who had remained behind. Abner’s wife, Hannah Blewett, stayed in NC with her parents during the revolution, when the rest of the Williams families had gone south.
After arriving in Florida, Samuel, along with his sons Wilson and William and sons-in-law Nathaniel Ashley and Drury Fort quickly joined the East Florida Rangers, also known as the Kings Rangers, a militia group formed by Governor Tonyn to aid the British cause. They were based in Florida and sent north to fight against the rebels in Georgia and the Carolinas. The group was made up mostly of recent members of loyalist families who had migrated to Florida to settle in the new colony. Samuel Williams was granted a commission in March of 1776 by Governor Tonyn as Captain under Colonel Thomas Brown, mentioned in the segment in the previous issue.
In his report on expenses for the Rangers for 1776, Governor Tonyn showed a payment to Samuel Williams of £141 for his “secret service distributing Acts of Parliament and Proclamations in the Back Countries of the Carolinas and Georgia.” In June, he was on a mission to capture cattle near the St. Marys River. In March of 1778, he was wounded during the capture of Fort Howe on the Altamaha River in Georgia, after swimming the river at night for a surprise attack. While based in Florida, Samuel fought in many skirmishes and battles in the colonies of Georgia and the Carolinas throughout the Revolution, during which he was wounded five times.
In some missions, he was joined by one or more of his sons and sons-in-law, who had also joined various loyalist militias. Samuel was captured several times and exchanged. He supplied his own slaves to help fortify Fort Cornwallis at Augusta, Georgia. In 1781, Under Colonel Thomas Brown, three of Samuel’s sons joined him in an effort to hold off the rebels in a siege but were defeated. The Williams were taken captive along with five of Samuel’s horses and four of his slaves. Some prisoners were murdered by the rebels, but Samuel and his sons were spared, although the patriots tried to murder his son, Henry, who was shot and severely wounded while in prison.
All Samuel’s property, valued at £700 to £800, including some 800 acres, a general store, a sawmill, and a grist mill, in North Carolina, had been confiscated in 1779.
After the war, East and West Florida were ceded back to Spain by the Treaty of Paris in 1783. However, the transition took almost two years to complete. During this time outgoing Governor Tonyn ordered the formation of a troop of militia in North Florida under Captain William Young, a loyalist from Pennsylvania. This group was also called the East Florida Rangers, whose purpose this time was to preserve the public tranquility during the time of transition to Spanish control, as there was little police protection in the area of Northeast Florida. Listed on the militia rolls were Samuel Williams, Wilson Williams, William Williams, Drury Fort, Nathaniel Ashley and his son William Ashley. This Samuel Williams could possibly have been the son of Henry and not the older patriarch, Samuel, his grandfather.
During this interim time, many British residents hoped that the treaty would be rescinded, and Florida would remain British. Some settlers realized that it would not happen but were undecided as to what to do.
The new incoming Spanish regime in Florida decreed that all residents who wished to remain in Florida must become Catholic and swear allegiance to the monarch in Spain. In the first Spanish census (1784), Samuel declared he was a widower and owned four slaves and two cows. But he and his son Jacob refused to stay and left with British governor Tonyn on the last ship out, the Two Sisters, sailing from Fernandina back to England in late 1785, arriving in early 1786. Samuel died shortly after his arrival in England in 1786. Unfortunately, he left no will that we know of. His children’s struggles will be discussed, one at a time, in a set of upcoming articles in the series.
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Williams, Eric. “Florida Historical Quarterly,” Vol. 54
Feldman, Lawrence H. The Last Days of British Saint Augustine, 1784-1785. Baltimore: Clearfield Co., 1998.
Mowat, Charles Loch. East Florida as a British Province 1763-1784. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1943.
Searcy, Martha Condray. The Georgia-Florida Contest in the American Revolution, 1776-1778. Tuscaloosa: University of Alabama Press, 1985.
Moss, Bobby Gilmer. Roster of the Loyalists in the Battle of Moores Creek Bridge. Blacksburg, South Carolina: Hibernia Press, 1992.
Hawk, Robert. Florida’s Army: Militia, State Troops, National Guard, 1565-1985. Englewood, Fla: Pineapple Press, 1986.
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Cashin, Edward J. The King’s Ranger, Thomas Brown and the American Revolution on the Southern Frontier. Athens & London: The University of Georgia Press, 1989.
Siebert, Wilbur H. East Florida as a Refuge of Southern Loyalists, 1774-1785. Worcester: American Antiquarian Society, 1927.

JAR: Thomas Machin and His Chains
by Bevis Longstreth 2 November 2020
Thomas Machin claimed to be a British-trained engineer. His record of achievements in the United States suggests the claim was true. Most of his past, however, remains largely unknown and what is known is both mysterious and controversial. And, yet, he was one on whom Gen. George Washington placed a huge wager in 1776 by summoning him to design, fashion and install across the mighty Hudson River between Fort Montgomery and Anthony’s Nose a chain to block the Royal Navy, soon to be assembling in New York Harbor with upstream intentions. And, then, when the Fort Montgomery chain was cut by the British, to repeat this astounding accomplishment with a new chain strung between West Point and Constitution Island.
While much is different in usage and development along its banks, the river, itself, has changed little since the late eighteenth century, when the struggle for control became an important element of the Revolutionary War. It is an arm of the sea—an estuary in which waters both fresh and salt mix in a four-foot tide extending 150 miles from its mouth in New York Bay north to Troy, New York. And, as a narrow arm of the sea formed by glacial erosion and bordered by steep cliffs, the Hudson may fairly be described as a fjord.
From Lake Tear in the Clouds near Mt. Marcy to New York Bay, the river flows a distance of 315 miles. For some sixteen miles from Newburgh Bay to Peekskill Bay, the Hudson Highlands rise high above a perilous channel known as “The Devil’s Horse Race.” The deepest sounding, at the southern end of Martyr’s Reach opposite West Point, is 216 feet; the river’s depth at Fort Montgomery is almost the same. Tides rise and fall in this stretch of river by one yard. Read more…

The Ties That Bind: My Scottish Loyalist Ancestor, Neil McRae
by Carl Stymiest. This was published in Kintail, the newsletter of the Clan MacRae Society of Canada, Issue 49, Fall 2020, pp. 5-7.
NOTE: In the Loyalist Directory, Neil McRae is filed under McGraw with McRae and McCraw being alternate spellings.
As a member of the United Empire Loyalists’ Association of Canada, and knowing that I have 18 loyalist ancestors, I ven-tured to prove my direct lineage to all of them. In my varied research on my MacRae/McRae family connections, it is not-ed that Neil MacRae UEL is my 3rdGreat-Grandfather. He was b. 1755, Argyllshire, Scotland, the son of Loyalist Pvt. Duncan/Donald MacRae b.1720, Scotland. Neil was a private in the 42nd Highland Regiment in the American Revolutionary War. His father and his brother, Duncan Jr. also served in the 42ndregiment.
Neil, while in the southern colonies migrated to North Carolina and fought in the Battle of Moore’s Bridge near the beginning of the American Revolution. From here, we find Neil joined the 42nd Royal Highland Black Watch and was mustered out after the Revolutionary War to Nova Scotia on Oct 24, 1783. The bulk of the discharged veterans from the 42nd who would settle in New Brunswick accompanied the final Loyalist fleet to leave New York. Fifty of these were on board the transport “Mercury“and 48 on the “Jason“. They arrived on the St John River on 17 Oct 1783.
Neil’s father, Loyalist Duncan MacRae settled on Lot # 53 on the south bank of the Miramichi River, (Loggieville), Northum-berland Co., Canada and later moved with his in-laws, the “Hierlihy’s” to Tabusintac, Alnwick Parish, Northumberland Co., New Brunswick in 1798. Read more….

Lacemakers and Handicraft: 1750-1775
— a Case Study of Traditions and Commerce
Laces had been a luxury item long before the mid-18th century, primarily visible today via artworks often focusing on clothing details showing off impressive craft skills of complex needle or bobbin-made examples. To work as a skilled lacemaker, with specialist knowledge in producing laces for sale was undoubtedly backbreaking work over many long hours. In contrast to when lacemaking was part of a leisure activity for young ladies of the elite strata of society, such textile craft was evidently depicted as a relaxing and enjoyable moment in a comfortable or even extravagant domestic sphere. At times a lady seems to have preferred other sorts of handicraft — like embroidery — but laces still being an important part of her fashionable silk gown. This essay will focus on a selection of artworks, sumptuary laws and preserved handmade laces from Sweden, Denmark and France, but similar traditions and fashions could also have been applied to several other European countries or in the North American colonies.
Linen or silk lacework of this kind was detachable, so the delicate handmade laces were possible to remove for washing, starching and ironing. Read more…

Borealia: Are we there yet? On the Pandemic, Trumpism, and the History of Anticipation
By Jerry Bannister 5 November 2020
Last spring, in response to Denis McKim’s thoughtful post about the potential impacts of the pandemic on the study of Canadian history, I started a short piece on how the larger social crises were shaping our historical perspectives. As spring turned into summer, and we took advantage of the Atlantic bubble, my notes stayed in the glove box of our car while we spent as much time outside as we could. Waiting for the results of the election in the U.S. reminded me of that aborted essay, as well as the post I wrote for Borealia when Trump was elected in 2016.
Unlike 2016, the crises of 2020 do not, at least for me, raise questions about how, or even whether, we should approach the writing of national history. What struck me most as we endured the early phases of the pandemic was how much of our public discussion focused on the future. Even as we struggled to understand the nature and extent of Covid-19 infections globally, the mainstream media seemed to be fixated more on how long the pandemic would last than what its near-term impact would be. While we were experiencing the immediate disruptions of the pandemic, we spent a surprising amount of time talking about what would come next.
This appeared similar to what psychologists have called prefeeling. Reading so many people talk about the end of something while it was just starting prompted me to think about whether historians should factor this into our study of other periods. To what degree did people experiencing plagues, famines, or revolutions spend their days imagining the future? Read more…

Bay of Quinte Branch: Loyal Americans Hall of Honour
The Legacy of Loyal Americans ~ Hall of Honour was created in 2003 by the Bay of Quinte Branch. It has the following purpose: to identify and celebrate those descendants of the United Empire Loyalists who have made significant achievements, either locally, nationally or internationally.
The most recent appointees were just added:

Brian Tackaberry UE

Book: Loyalist History of Nova Scotia
Blog by Gail Dever
In Canada, genealogists often pore over records, hoping to find ancestors who were Indigenous, early European settlers in New France, Filles du roi, or Loyalists.
The United Empire Loyalists (UEL) were those who had settled in the thirteen colonies at the outbreak of the American Revolution, remained loyal to the king, and settled in what is now Canada at the end of the war.
According to the United Empire Loyalists’ Association of Canada, one in ten Canadians may be descended from a Loyalist. Read more…

Region, Branch and Member Bits and Events

Available On-demand: Create Toronto
On Wed 4 Nov, we had an enthusiastic audience attend the “Create Toronto” webinar by Richard Fiennes-Clinton with many full-screen slides, quick presentation style and well-researched content. From the end of the last ice-age, arrival of First Nations, their evolution and growth across North America, languages, first arrival of the Europeans through Simcoe’s founding the Town of York and on through the renaming to City of Toronto in 1834. If you are interested, watch “Creating Toronto

Additions to the Loyalist Directory
As time permits, we add information to the Loyalist Directory. The latest additions and updates are as follows:

  • Joseph Aplin – contributed by Kevin Wisener (new one from NS and PEI)
  • William Graham – contributed from Branch records by Jo Ann Tuskin
  • James Hughes – contributed by Michael Umpherson
  • George Jakes – contributed by Kevin Wisener (new one from PEI)
  • Neil McGraw – contributed by Carl Stymiest

Please help us build the directory by contributing more information for it. Contact loyalist.trails@uelac.org for instructions and guidance.

Where in the World are Your Photos?

Missing Opportunities” … Where in the World will be back again when some Photos arrive?

Please submit a photo of a person or two (or more), preferably with a loyalist connection such as clothing (UELAC promotional gear or heritage attire) at a place or event with some loyalist or related historical aspect and tell us about it. If you are a member of a branch, please indicate that as well – send to the editor loyalist.trails@uelac.org

From the Twittersphere and Beyond

Last Post: DARGATZ, Kenneth Robert
September 16, 1933 – November 4, 2020
Kenny passed away in Chilliwack, at the age of 87 years, after a short but courageous battle of Esophageal cancer. He was born September 16, 1933, in Hay Lakes, Alberta, to Albert and Lydia Dargatz. Kenny is survived by his beloved wife, of 62 years, Shirley-Anne Dargatz, his many adored nieces and nephews, his many brothers/sisters- surviving sister Emma, and brothers Reg and Allan, predeceased by his brothers Harry, Lloyd, Harold, Albert, Leroy, and Elmer; survived by his brother-in-law Tim(Marge), and his best wingman Billy Bohn(Ina).
Kenny was a businessman and original founder of Chilliwack’s West End Auto body (1952). Alongside his brothers, he was an owner and operator of Dargatz Glass LTD. Kenny’s greatest hobby was gardening his beautiful dahlias, as well as, hunting and fishing with his buddies. Fishing trips at the Nootka float cabin brought Kenny so much joy. He told his nieces he wanted to be remembered by the giant rock in his front yard which provided lasting memories for the nieces and nephews who played on it during the many family gatherings.
Kenny’s short, but courageous battle of Esophageal cancer was fought in his home, with his family by his side.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to Shirley who has been a mainstay of the Chilliwack Branch of UELAC and who has made many major contributions in the Pacific Region and the UELAC across the country. She is in our hearts.
Marlene Dance, President, Chilliwack Branch


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