In this issue:

  • Last call for UELAC Conference 2021 Hosted by Bridge Annex , May 27-31
  • The Most Notorious Malefactor Imaginable – Part 2 by Stephen Davidson UE
  • Hatfield Grant and Lieut. Col. Isaac Hatfield by Brian McConnell UE
  • UELAC Scholarship Recipient – Dr. Tim Compeau – Earns Teaching Award
  • JAR: In the Footsteps Hessian Jäger Capt. Johann Ewald – at Yorktown
  • Battle of Alamance 16 May 1771
  • JAR: A Reconsideration of Continental Army Numerical Strength at Valley Forge
  • Checking out a Wampanoag Wampum Exhibit
  • Victoria Day, May 24th. History and Trivia
  • Washington’s Quill: “Vous Stinkin Cur”
  • Powder and Patches: Porcelain for the Boudoir in 18thC Europe
  • Women’s Accessories in the 1700s
  • Query: Martin Oltz Family from New York 1783 to New Brunswick, by Jay Hammond
  • Events:
    • David Centre: Uncovering the Virginia Loyalists: on demand
    • David Centre: Loyalist Claims of Virginia’s Feme Soles: Wed. May 26 @3:00-5:00 pm EST.
    • Gov. Simcoe Branch “Remembering Dieppe, Timothy Munro UE and Rebellion Boxes” Wed 2 June @7:30
  • From the Twittersphere and Beyond


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Last call for UELAC Conference 2021 Hosted by Bridge Annex , May 27-31
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The Most Notorious Malefactor Imaginable – Part Two of Two
copyright Stephen Davidson UE
Ann Nevil, a Loyalist woman from Sussex County, New Jersey, had successfully guided British and German prisoners of war to safety in New York. Members of General Burgoyne’s convention army, the men owed their freedom to a woman who would eventually be imprisoned for her guiding them over 90 kilometers to sanctuary. By February of 1779, Nevil had been thrown into the Sussex County prison along with other Loyalists and was “confined in chains”.
Finally, in April of 1779 after two months of incarceration, Nevil was “enlarged out of her confinement” (in other words, she escaped) thanks to the “contrivance of her fellow sufferers”. But the Loyalist woman had no place of refuge in Sussex County — and her fever still lingered. Nevil was “obliged to expose herself to the inclemency of the weather in the fields for her better safety”.
Untold is the story of how Nevil made her way along the 90 kilometer route south to sanctuary within the British lines. Despite the dangers of being exposed to the elements and her ongoing fever, she got as far as Staten Island where the New Jersey Volunteers, a Loyalist corps, were stationed. On Sunday, June 6, 1779, Nevil sat down and wrote her petition to the British commander in chief in New York City. She concluded her letter by saying that she “suffered bitterly by her disorder in a most deplorable condition {and was} not able to assist herself.”
Despite the fact that General Clinton was just across New York harbor from Staten Island, his response to this brave woman was not immediate. A month and a day after Ann Nevil sent off her petition, Lt. Colonel Joseph Barton, a commander with the First Battalion of the New Jersey Volunteers sent Clinton a certificate verifying Nevil’s story and recommended that she receive rations from the British commissary. A native of Sussex County, Barton may have known Nevil in the days before the revolution.
Ann Nevil’s name does not appear again in the British Headquarters’ papers until November of 1782. She is among those listed as receiving an allowance from the British government, something that –presumably- she had been receiving ever since Barton recommended that she receive assistance from the crown. This places Nevil within the occupied territory of British army — Staten Island, Manhattan Island and Long Island—for the three years after she fled Sussex County.
Nevil once again appears in the list of “allowances for Loyalists” on March 31, 1783. By this time, the British commander in chief had changed. Sir Guy Carleton was charged with supervising the removal of the British troops and Loyalist refugees from the port of New York City. It is interesting to note that after four years of living within the British lines, Ann Nevil had not married a Loyalist or British soldier. This was the most common course of action for a woman without independent means during a time of war. Her length of stay within the lines also indicates that she felt it was impossible to return to Patriot-controlled Sussex County.
Nevil’s name appears on the allowance list again on June 30, 1783. By this time two fleets of evacuation vessels had taken Loyalists to Nova Scotia and modern day New Brunswick. Reports of violence against Loyalists were common, and thousands of loyal Americans had come to the sad realization that they could no longer remain in the land of their birth. It simply was not safe for them to remain in the United States of America — especially those — like Ann Nevil—who were known to have actively aided and abetted the British war effort.
The last documentary reference to Ann Nevil is found in the September 30, 1783 list of those who received allowances from the crown between July 1st and the end of September. By this point in time, the New Jersey Volunteers had boarded evacuation vessels for the mouth of the St. John River. Members of the 1st Battalion (the corps whose commander had helped Ann Nevil in the summer of 1779) left New York City aboard the Duke of Richmond on September 13th.
In total 232 officers, men, women, children, and servants connected to the New Jersey Volunteers had travelled to the St. John River Valley, joining 38 others from the provincial regiment who were waiting for them. Later 205 people connected to the 2nd Battalion and 356 connected to the 3rd Battalion settled in what would become New Brunswick. As of October 10, 1783 the New Jersey Volunteers were officially disbanded.
It can only be a matter of conjecture as to what happened to Ann Nevil once the British left New York City. Loyalists from Sussex County, New Jersey established homes in both New Brunswick and Nova Scotia. Did Nevil settle down next to neighbours she had once known before General Burgoyne’s men marched through her county? William Melick, born on a Sussex County farm, was among Loyalists who settled in Saint John, New Brunswick. Another Sussex County native was Joseph Barton, the officer who had helped Ann Nevil receive an allowance from the crown. He settled across the Bay of Fundy in the Loyalist settlement of Digby, Nova Scotia.
Ann Nevil’s last days — like her days before she rescued members of the convention army—remain a mystery. How sad it is that we know so little of this spunky Loyalist who was once considered “the Most Notorious Malefactor Imaginable”.
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Hatfield Grant and Lieut. Col. Isaac Hatfield by Brian McConnell UE
I have been researching the challenges in obtaining title to lands which the Loyalists who settled Digby encountered. This article discusses the grant of lands to them and who was responsible. One of the main Loyalists was Lieut. Col, Isaac Hatfield from Westchester County, New York.
Although United Empire Loyalists arrived in June, 1783 on the shore of the Annapolis Basin in Nova Scotia as refugees at the close of the American Revolution to form a settlement to be called Digby, it was not until over twenty — seven years later some received good title to land. When the lands were first distributed in 1784 by the Botsford Grant under the administration of Amos Botsford, a Connecticut lawyer appointed by Sir Guy Carleton, there were errors with descriptions. It required a new survey to be done. On February 22, 1800, fifteen Loyalists petitioned for assistance by signing a document that was presented to the House of Representatives of Nova Scotia in Halifax. Read more…

UELAC Scholarship Recipient – Dr. Tim Compeau – Earns Teaching Award
The HUCSC Teaching Award is presented to a faculty member who goes above and beyond for their students to create an exceptional learning experience. Read more…
Tim was awarded a three year scholarship in 2007. Read more, including his thesis abstract for — “Dishonoured Americans: Loyalist Manhood and Political Death in Revolutionary America

JAR: In the Footsteps Hessian Jäger Capt. Johann Ewald – at Yorktown
by Jason Glasser 20 May 2021
As night slowly gives into morning the salty breeze brings a mist across the suffocating sulphury air filled with fireballs. The fireballs pass each other in the sky like defined lanes of a road. Crashing into mounds of dirt. Ripping through structures of the small town. Igniting infernos and filling the air with choking smoke, that some risk breathing for the safety of its cover. Welcome to Yorktown, Virginia, October 16, 1781.
Now the British guns fall silent, while the Allied cannon continue to roar without answer. Emerging from the massive redoubt known as “The Hornwork,” soldiers steadily move to their objective just across the field, where the machines sponsoring their suffering and death for the last few days sit idle and only slightly warm. The defenders not taking part in the sortie are peeking over and between the long earthen walls as this dramatic moment unfolds. An officer with years of experience in North America, Col. Robert Abercrombie, rushes his confident soldiers over freshly dug but unfinished works connecting American and French lines, bayoneting their way to the guns. Discovering they have brought along the wrong tools for the job, which is to spike the cannons and render them useless, they proceed to thrust their bayonets into the touch holes and shatter them off. The American and French forces quickly gather themselves to a response, the British are forced to retire; Hessian Jäger Capt. Johann Ewald listens to accounts from those returning, and scribbles a few lines into his journal.
Several weeks before these events the British and their Hessian auxiliaries poured into the port city of Yorktown, Virginia, after a long campaign, to await evacuation. Read more…

Battle of Alamance 16 May 1771
The Regulator Movement, also known as the War of the Regulation, involved the violent actions of discontented North Carolinians from several western counties who were fighting what they viewed as corrupt and unfair practices of the colonial government. The uprising culminated in a battle three miles south of the town of Alamance in present-day Alamance County. In January 1771, responding to Regulator violence, the Assembly passed Johnston’s Riot Act, which, among other stipulations, empowered royal governor William Tryon to call out the militia to maintain order and enforce the law. In March 1771 judges of the superior court at Hillsborough informed Tryon that they would be unable to hold court without protection from the provincial militia. In response, Tryon called out the militia to undertake an expedition against the Regulators. Read more…

JAR: A Reconsideration of Continental Army Numerical Strength at Valley Forge
by Michael C. Harris and Gary Ecelbarger 18 May 2021
On December 23, 1777, a mere four days after his Continental army entered Valley Forge, George Washington wrote to the Continental Congress expressing the dire needs of his army. He specified that due to catastrophic shortages of shoes and clothes he had “no less than 2898 Men now in Camp unfit for duty.” He went on to explain that this left him with “no more than 8200—in Camp fit for duty.” Although Washington neither combined those numbers nor ever wrote about how many troops in total entered Valley Forge, those two figures from his December 23 letter were routinely reproduced by newspaper and book writers beginning in the middle of the 1800s in describing the Valley Forge experience and the sufferings of the 8,200 fit and 2,898 unfit soldiers who entered it…
Regardless of these scant and unattributed suggestions of a possibly higher entry force, that original figure of 11,000 as well as the revised 12,000 have never been seriously challenged. The following assessment for the first time analyzes thirty official returns: twenty-seven completed during the six-month encampment of Washington’s Continental army as well as three others surrounding it. The results of this analysis should force a reconsideration not only of the traditionally accepted size of Washington’s force that entered Valley Forge, but also to his army’s actual numerical strength throughout the first half of 1778 in his winter encampment, and the size of the army that departed Valley Forge on June 19, 1778 to embark upon the Monmouth campaign. Read more…

Checking out a Wampanoag Wampum Exhibit
It was such a joy to go to an actual exhibition this week. This was a lovely small show of Wampum beads, hand carved and drilled from shells. It was a story told by the Wampanoag Native American makers, creating these beautiful belts. See on Instagram
The Wampanoag are one of many Nations of people all over North America who were here long before any Europeans arrived, and have survived until today. Many people use the word “Indian” to describe us, but we prefer to be called Native People.
Our name, Wampanoag, means People of the First Light. In the 1600s, we had as many as 40,000 people in the 67 villages that made up the Wampanoag Nation. These villages covered the territory along the east coast as far as Wessagusset (today called Weymouth), all of what is now Cape Cod and the islands of Natocket and Noepe (now called Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard), and southeast as far as Pokanocket (now Bristol and Warren, Rhode Island). We have been living on this part of Turtle Island for over fifteen thousand years.
The Mayflower Pilgrims settled in Patuxet, the Wampanoagname for the area where they established Plymouth Colony. Read more about their history.
Submitted by Bonnie Schepers UE

Victoria Day, May 24th. History and Trivia
Canada is the only country that commemorates Queen Victoria with an official holiday. Federal government protocol dictates that, on Victoria Day, the Royal Union Flag is to be flown from sunrise to sunset at all federal government buildings—including airports, military bases, and other Crown owned property across the country—where physical arrangements allow.
The holiday has been observed in Canada since at least 1845, originally falling on Victoria’s actual birthday (May 24, 1819). It continues to be celebrated in various fashions across the country; the holiday has always been a distinctly Canadian observance. Victoria Day is a federal statutory holiday, as well as a holiday in six of Canada’s ten provinces and all three of its territories.
Several cities hold a parade on the holiday, with the most prominent being that which has taken place since 1898 in the monarch’s namesake city of Victoria, British Columbia. In nearby New Westminster, the Victoria Day weekend is distinguished by the Hyack Anvil Battery Salute, a tradition created during colonial times as a surrogate for a 21-gun salute: Gunpowder is placed between two anvils, the top one upturned, and the charge is ignited, hurling the upper anvil into the air.
Born: Princess Alexandrina Victoria of Kent, 24 May 1819, Kensington Palace, London
Died: 22 January 1901 (aged 81), Osborne House, Isle of Wight
Burial: 4 February 1901, Royal Mausoleum, Frogmore, Windsor
Reign: 20 June 1837 — 22 January 1901, Coronation: 28 June 1838
Predecessor: William IV Successor: Edward VII
Father: Prince Edward, Duke of Kent and Strathearn
Mother: Princess Victoria of Saxe- Coburg-Saalfeld

Languages: Queen Victoria was fluent in no fewer than five languages: English, German, French, Latin, and Italian. She also learned a little Hindustani and Urdu in order to chat with her Indian servants at Windsor Castle

Leadership: Queen Victoria helped prevent a Franco-German war in 1875 and led the British Empire to global supremacy. On the home front, she championed acts that made it possible for more people to vote, as well as legislation that increased wages for the working class. She was also responsible for restoring the royal family’s public role, giving her patronage to more than 150 institutions, including the armed forces, museums, and educational organizations. Queen Victoria and Prince Albert redefined what it meant to be royal, and their charitable legacy lives on in the works of Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Charles, and Prince William.

Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip are descendants of Queen Victoria.
She’s related to Queen Elizabeth II. . . and to her late husband, Prince Philip.
Queen Elizabeth II, is the great-great granddaughter of Queen Victoria, but the family connections don’t stop there. Queen Elizabeth’s late husband, Prince Philip, was also one of Victoria’s great-great grandchildren, making the royal couple third cousins. Of course, this means princes William and Harry continue Queen Victoria’s lineage, too: they are her great-great-great-great grandsons.

Queen Victoria’s first name wasn’t actually Victoria.
Christened Alexandrina (but called Drina as a child), she started using Victoria—her middle name—at 18 when she ascended to the throne.

Queen Victoria wasn’t supposed to be queen.
Back in 1837, the unthinkable became reality for Victoria. At birth, Victoria was fifth in line to the throne, but the deaths of various princes and a lack of male heirs resulted in the young woman capturing the crown. The site of Victoria’s coronation— Westminster Abbey

Kensington Palace
Queen Victoria’s birthplace is now home to William and Kate
Kensington Palace, the current London abode of William and Kate—the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge—was Queen Victoria’s birthplace. Born on May 24, 1819, Victoria spent much of her childhood at Kensington, raised by her widowed mother (Victoria’s father died when she was eight months old) and several royal courtiers.

Queen Victoria statue in the Library of Parliament Reading Room, Ottawa,
Queen Victoria was Canada’s “Mother of Confederation”
On March 29, 1867, Queen Victoria granted Royal Ascent to the British North America Act (known today as the Constitution Act, 1867)—paving the way for Canada’s unification as a country. The Act would come into effect on July 1, 1867, now known around the world as Canada’s birthday.

Queen Victoria saw many technological firsts
The “Victorian era” may sound like ancient history, but Queen Victoria lived into the twentieth century, dying at the age of 81 in 1901. She was the first British monarch to travel on a train, use electric lights and a telephone.

Queen Victoria survived eight assassination attempts
Queen Victoria may have been one of the longest reigning monarchs, but she was also one of the luckiest. On at least eight occasions—most of them while riding in her open carriage—would-be assassins tried to kill her. She also had a stalker. A man by the name of Edward Jones broke into the royal residence at Buckingham Palace several times, and was eventually caught—but not before he sat on her throne and stole her underwear.

Queen Victoria is the reason wedding dresses are white
The young queen was a wedding trendsetter. In 1840, it wasn’t the norm to see a bride wearing white. The colour was thought to be boring and conservative, but Victoria didn’t care. She chose simplicity over opulence, and her lacy silk-satin grown—crafted from the finest British textiles—gave a much-needed boost to the struggling lace trade. Several years later, a women’s publication stated that white was the “most fitting hue” for brides, and a tradition was born.

Treasures of the White House: “resolute” desk
The double pedestal partners’ desk, usually called the “Resolute desk”, was made from the oak timbers of the British ship H.M.S. Resolute as a gift to President Rutherford B. Hayes from Queen Victoria in 1880. It has been used by every president since Hayes, excepting Presidents Johnson, Nixon, and Ford, 1964-1977.

Victorian-style repairs
The Queen’s favorite summer retreat is Balmoral Castle in the Scottish Highlands. The castle was built in 1856 and is privately owned by the royal family, unlike Buckingham Palace, and any damage to the walls is patched up with wallpaper left over from Queen Victoria’s era. After all, why spend more money on wallpaper when you’ve got some bought by your great-great-grandma?

Re-wearing christening gowns. When Prince Louis was christened in 2018, he was wearing a 2008 replica of the royal christening gown, which was in danger of falling apart. The original was commissioned by Queen Victoria for the birth of her first child, Princess Victoria, in 1841.

Queen Victoria spent almost two decades pregnant
Victoria and Albert’s first child, Princess Victoria, was born nine months after their wedding. But little Vicky wasn’t an only child for long. A year later, she had a baby brother for company, and within 17 years, the royal household boasted nine children: four boys and five girls.

Queen Victoria’s name is connected with more places in Canada than anyone else’s
Schools, parks, counties, roads—everywhere you look in our country, you’ll find variations of her name or royal title. Not one, but two provincial capitals—Regina and Victoria—can thank the Queen for their names, and there are hundreds of Queen streets dotted all around the country. Even her family got in on the name game: the province of Alberta is named after the Queen’s daughter Princess Louise Alberta, and Prince Edward Island was a tribute to Victoria’s late father.

Queen Victoria’s name lives on around the world
Canada doesn’t have a monopoly on dedications to Queen Victoria. The Victoria and Albert Museum in London, the states of Queensland and Victoria in Australia, Victoria Peak in Hong Kong, Victoria Falls in Zambia and Zimbabwe and Lake Victoria in Kenya all owe their names to the monarch. Many of the Queen and Victoria streets you encounter on your travels around the globe are also part of the royal’s enduring legacy.
Victoria can be found in 42 countries throughout the world. In some countries the place can be found more than once. America, Philippines and Mexico. America has the highest number of places called Victoria, spread across 22 regions.

Victoria and Albert Museum, London. Queen Victoria’s name lives on around the world
Canada doesn’t have a monopoly on dedications to Queen Victoria. The Victoria and Albert Museum in London, the states of Queensland and Victoria in Australia, Victoria Peak in Hong Kong, Victoria Falls in Zambia and Zimbabwe and Lake Victoria in Kenya all owe their names to the monarch. Many of the Queen and Victoria streets you encounter on your travels around the globe are also part of the royal’s enduring legacy.

Queen Victoria proposed to her husband. At age 16, Victoria met her future husband, Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha, who also happened to be her first cousin. After four years of friendship and flirtation, Queen Victoria proposed to her prince (actually, she had no choice—according to tradition, a man couldn’t propose to the queen). The smitten couple married in 1840.

Queen Victoria: mourned her husband for 40 years. After 21 years of marriage, Queen Victoria became a widow. In 1861, her beloved Prince Albert died from typhoid. Consumed with grief, Victoria would spend her next 40 years of life wearing only black clothing, and would rarely be seen in public.

Washington’s Quill: “Vous Stinkin Cur”
by Kathryn Gehred 21 May 2021
In a previous blog post, my colleague Lynn Price described the contradiction of Bushrod Washington (nephew to George Washington, and the owner of Mount Vernon in the early 19th century) owning slaves and at the same time serving as the first president of the American Colonization Society. For a man to lead a purportedly “antislavery” organization while holding people in bondage seemed, to many, hypocritical. Abolitionists in Washington’s time who pointed out this contradiction did not always do so politely. Read more…

Powder and Patches: Porcelain for the Boudoir in 18thC Europe
Makeup! Wigs! Perfume! We miss getting ready with friends for an evening out, but women in the 18th century took it to another level. The public toilette was a moment of sociability when women received friends and transacted business.
Richly furnished and infused with exotic scents, the lady’s boudoir held one of the rituals that most eloquently typified eighteenth-century refinement: the toilette. The toilette involved the dressing and accessorizing of hair and wigs, the application of make-up and patches, and the final stages of dressing, all in the company of friends, family members, and servants. Read more, page through the images with more commentary.

Women’s Accessories in the 1700s
by Geri Walton 23 October 2015
Women’s accessories were the fashion item that completed their look, and in the eighteenth century, there were plenty of accessories for a woman to use or wear. These accessories included the following: chemise or shift, decency skirt, fan, fichu or kerchief, handkerchief, jewelry, millinery, pannier, parasol, petticoat, pockets or pocket hoops, shoes and shoe buckles, spectacles, stays, stockings and garter, stomacher, snuff-box, and walking stick. Read about each…

Query: Martin Oltz Family from New York 1783 to New Brunswick, by Jay Hammond
In 1783 a Martin Oltz with a large family landed in New Brunswick from New York. Family tradition holds they came from the area that is now New York, New York. In 1785 he made four petitions for land at, I believe, French Lake, Penniac, Nashwaalk, Meductic and Burton. He was given a land grant at Burton, Sunbury County.
In his petition he claims to being beaten and his bones broken because he was providing food to the British troops. He also claims he was oppressed with a large family. He had at least one son, a Martin Oltz, Jr., who was named in the petitions. They were of the Baptist faith.
I am trying to find any information on this original Oltz family. Note that the name has alternatively been spelled Olds, Holts, Hulse and other similar spellings – all are probably this family.
I am trying to find information on names, marriages, locations, deaths, etc. I know that Martin Jr. married Elizabeth Estabrooks and I have all the information relating to their marriage and children.
Any Oltz information you could provide would be greatly appreciated. Florence Estabrooks said Martin Sr.’s father was a Henry Oltz who was a soldier in the what would become the United States.
I am also searching for information on other Loyalist families that were tied into the Oltz family:

  • Young
  • Tompkins
  • Langley
  • Place

Thanks for any information or pointers
Jay Hammond <> from Sooke, BC

David Centre: Uncovering the Virginia Loyalists: on demand

The David Center for the American Revolution at the American Philosophical Society.
Virginia was a largely patriot state during the Revolution, right? Maybe not. Check out Uncovering the Virginia Loyalists with Drs. Stephanie Seal Walters & Alexi Garrett part one of our look at Chesapeake loyalism.
NOTE: Drs. Stephanie Seal Walters & Alexi Garrett are recipients of the UELAC Loyalist Scholarship
Episode is available on demand – listen…
[Editor’s Note: Recommended listening if you would like to know more about the Loyalist Claims process, with several interesting cases]

David Centre: Loyalist Claims of Virginia’s Feme Soles: Wed. May 26 @3:00-5:00 pm ET.

Wednesday, May 26 @3:00-5:00 pm ET. Alexi Garrett (Iona College), “Rhetorical Strategies and Enslaved Property in the Loyalist Claims of Virginia’s Feme Soles.” Register…
A comment from Alexi “…hundreds of Loyalist “families” suffered terribly in 1775 and 1776 in Virginia’s Tidewater region. From the moment the British fleet arrived in Norfolk in October 1775, to when Patriots finished scorching the city in February 1776, Loyalists fled for their lives; they watched angry mobs ransack and burn their homes; they lost their entire fortunes; and they fought and died in skirmishes….”
Contributed by Christine Manzer UE and Bonnie Schepers UE

Gov. Simcoe Branch “Remembering Dieppe, Timothy Munro UE and Rebellion Boxes” Wed 2 June @7:30

Joyce Crook, a long-time member and nonagenarian will recall a certain aspect of her youth when growing up in what is now part of Toronto. She will describe a link to the Dieppe Raid of August 19, 1942, a trip and a commemoration in her local community.
Jo Ann Tuskin UE will speak about Timothy Munro UE, son and grandson of Loyalist refugees, his involvement with the Mackenzie Rebellion of 1837 and the wooden boxes he created while in prison.
June 2, at 7:30pm EST, on Zoom; Register here

From the Twittersphere and Beyond

  • Col. James DeLancey. Prominent United Empire Loyalist. Sheriff of Westchester County, New York & officer of the county militia. During American Revolution commanded DeLanceys Volunteers or ‘Cowboys’. After war settled at Round Hill, NS. Died May 2, 1804. Brian McConnell UE
  • This Week in History
    • 18 May: William Barron was a Lieutenant on the ship which was carrying John Adams to France when a mishap put them both in an uncomfortable situation. Read more…
    • 16 May 1775 Hannastown, Pennsylvania, Resolutions assert it’s the obligation of Americans to resist British tyranny.
    • 17 May 1775 The Continental Congress bans trade with Britain’s Canadian Colonies.
    • 17 May 1775. Thirty buildings in Boston burned, when a feud between the occupying redcoats and the normal firefighters severely delayed the initial response to a fire.
    • 20 May 1775 Committee of Safety in Mecklenburg County, North-Carolina declares independence; text lost to time.
    • 20 May 1775. In a letter #OnThisDay in 1775, General Gage described the events in Lexington and Concord the month before as an unprovoked and cowardly attack on the innocent redcoats.
    • 21 May, 1775 Ethan Allen arrives at Ft. Ticonderoga, after being repulsed at Ft. St. John’s in Canada.
    • 21 May 1775. Genl Gage ordered 4 sloops to Grape Island near Weymouth to pick up some harvested hay from Loyalist Elijah Leavitt. Their appearance alarmed the local inhabitants. Hundreds of militiamen fired on them, chased them off & burned the hay. Joseph Warren was among them.
    • 19 May 1776 Bitter struggle for control of Pennsylvania Assembly erupts over question of support for Independence.
    • 19 May 1776 , American privateers fought a desperate battle against Royal Marines with cutlasses and pikes after their schooner ran aground between today’s Winthrop and Deer Island. At the moment of victory, their Captain James Mugford was killed. Gravestone on findagrave
    • 18 May 1783 Loyalist evacuees from New-York and other parts of the U.S. arrive in Canada.
  • Clothing and Related:
  • Townsends
  • Miscellaneous
    • Living History at Home: Making Gingerbread. Tyler Putman, the Gallery Interpretation Manager for the Museum of tyhe American Revolution, demonstrates how to make an 18th-century gingerbread recipe, adapted from Hannah Glasse’s 1774 The Art of Cookery, in our latest Living History at Home cooking demonstration. Read and see more…
    • ‘We’ve Seen This Before’: Margaret Atwood on ‘The Handmaid’s Tale‘ and How History Repeats Itself. The author reflects on the lessons of decades past, how they emerge in her writing, and what they can tell us about the future. In the comments she implies she is a Loyalist descendant.


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