In this issue:
- 2022 UELAC Conference Presentation: “Breaking through the Research Wall”
- From Fear and Danger Free: Loyalist Tombstones Tell Their Stories, Part Four, by Stephen Davidson UE
- Loyalist Images Wanted for UEL Heritage Centre Museum Display
- CBC: N.S. pays tribute to Black Loyalists who sailed to Sierra Leone in 1792
- JAR: The Resignation Revolution
- Lafayette and Diane of Simiane: Their Love Affair
- Canada’s History: Ram’s Head Snuff Mull
- JAR: Joseph Galloway’s Plan of Union
- All Things Georgian: Georgian Mourning Rings
- The IK Foundation: Smuggling of Textiles and Maps
- Who are the People In The Picture? (new and identified)
- UELAC Loyalist Directory is Now “Live”; New Entries
- UELAC Loyalist Directory: How “Search” Works
- Upcoming Events:
- Fort Plain Webinar: Lafayette at Brandywine Jan 31 @7:00 ET
- Gov. Simcoe Branch: “Back Country Cunninghams” by Wayne Lynch 2 Feb @7:30 ET
- From the Twittersphere and Beyond
- Last Post: SHEARD UE, Beverly Joy
- Last Post: SHOULDICE UE, Sandra Anna May
- Last Post: CARR, Beverly “Ann” (nee Steck)
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2022 UELAC Conference Presentation: “Breaking through the Research Wall”
Conference: “From Heartbreak to Hope in the Heart of the Continent”
May 25th to 29th, 2022. Hosted by Manitoba Branch, UELAC. Mark the dates.
The 2022 Dominion Conference Presentations: “Eclectic and Inclusive”.
Alice Walchuk UE and Bruce Walchuk will be presenting “What Now: Breaking through the Research Wall“. This presentation will be of interest and value to all genealogical researchers who have encountered a research dead end.
Alice has been a member of the Manitoba Branch UEL for 16 years and has served as Branch genealogist for 12 years. She has three proven loyalist lines (Banta, Forsyth, Aychler) and is working on a fourth.
She is a graduate of Lakehead University (BA-Ed. Hons) and served for 20 years as an educator of pre-school and special needs children. She is a member of several heritage organizations, including the Dryden Genealogical Society, the Ontario Genealogical Society, the New England Historical Society, and the Society of Mayflower Descendants (three descending lines, Alden, Mullins, and Brewster).
Alice has been involved in research in Métis and Scottish genealogy and has been active in digitizing the Birth, Marriage, and Death records of the United Church in Dryden. She has contributed research findings to Library and Archives Canada. Alice has presented many genealogical workshops and works constantly to upgrade her research skills.
Bruce Walchuk, a 45 year broadcast veteran, has been a member of the Manitoba Branch UEL for 15 years. He has been active in civic and heritage organizations in Dryden. He, along with Alice, has presented many genealogical workshops and has played a significant role in the project to digitize the United Church records. Most recently, he has been digitizing burial sites in Dryden.
Mary Steinhoff, Chair, 2022 Conference Planning Committee, Manitoba Branch
From Fear and Danger Free: Loyalist Tombstones Tell Their Stories, Part Four of Four
copyright Stephen Davidson UE
For the last chapter in this series on Loyalist tombstones found in St. Andrew’s, New Brunswick, we will consider the lives of the Rev. Samuel Andrews and his wife Hannah. Of all of the Loyalists in his community, it was Andrews who would visit the town’s graveyard most often, seeing to the proper burial of its refugee founders.
Samuel was born in Wallingford (today’s Meriden), Connecticut on April 27, 1737, the youngest of eight sons. Hannah, the eldest daughter of James and Anna Shelton, was born in Stratford, Connecticut in 1740.
Samuel graduated from Yale College in 1759 when he was 22 years old. After serving as a lay reader in Wallingford’s Anglican church, he decided to become a missionary for his denomination. He was ordained as a priest in England in 1761 at the age of 24, and returned to Connecticut to take charge of churches in three communities.
Samuel married Hannah Shelton three years later on September 13, 1764. The bride was 24. Over the following years, the couple had one daughter (Hannah Ann, 1767–1827)) and three sons: Elisha Shelton Andrews (1771-1833), Philip, and Samuel James Andrews. (It seems likely that the latter is the son known to have received a degree from Yale in 1785.)
All of three were born before the outbreak of the American Revolution, and would have grown up in Wallingford where their father was recognized as having a “strong and useful” ministry. At least four of the Rev. Andrew’s sermons were so well received that they were published for the edification of the general public.
However, a fifth printed sermon would prove to be a turning point in the life of the missionary’s family. “A Discourse delivered upon the late solemn, Continental Fast” delivered in 1775 revealed that Andrews did not support the rising independence movement.
In July of that year, the Continental Congress had declared that a fast would be observed throughout the rebellious British territories. It would be an occasion during which Americans– in the words of John Adams– would pray for God’s “blessing, his smiles on American councils and arms”. The Rev. Samuel Adams was not impressed, and as the historian Lorenzo Sabine put it, the missionary loyalist’s “principles separated him from his flock”.
Wallingford’s Patriots put Andrews under heavy bonds — a form of bail that he would forfeit if he did not maintain “good behavior”. He was also confined to his rectory. When the Treaty of Paris recognized the separation of the new United States from Great Britain, Andrews no longer received a salary from the Society for the Propagation of the Gospel. His only recourse was to become a missionary to Loyalist refugees in New Brunswick, and so the Connecticut family set sail for the coastal settlement of St. Andrew’s in 1786.
But first Andrews gave a farewell sermon to his congregation at St. Paul’s Church, and then took the royal coat of arms that had previously hung in the Wallingford church. The parishioners of the new republic had no use for the decades-old gift of King William III and Queen Mary. In 1965, the coat of arms could still be seen over the west door of All Saints Church in St. Andrew’s, New Brunswick.
The documents of the era do not record all of the hardships that Hannah and her three children would have had to endure in packing up their belongings in Connecticut and sailing north to New Brunswick. In addition to being far from home in the wilderness of the Atlantic coast, the Andrews family found itself in a settlement where the majority of its inhabitants were Presbyterians.
Clearly, the common bond of suffering as Loyalists surmounted the denominational differences, for Andrews later wrote that he had found “a considerable body of people of different national extraction, living in great harmony and peace, punctual in attending Divine Service and behaving with propriety and devotion.” While Rev. Andrews’ Anglican congregation was small, he served the larger community by officiating at infant baptisms, funerals, and weddings.
The Andrews family had not been in their new home for more than a year when — at the age of 50– Samuel suffered a paralytic stroke. Fortunately, the vicar’s oldest son had just been made the new schoolmaster and catechist (religious teacher) in the Loyalist settlement. He was “thus enabled to relieve his father from some part of his duty”.
Andrews recovered from his stroke, baptizing 70 persons and officiating at the funeral of 3 others. The settlement saw the construction of its first church –All Saints—in 1788. Measuring just 52 feet by 40 feet, the building featured high backed pews and a 350-pound bell in its squat spire. Appropriately, the church was opened on November 30 — the feast of St. Andrew. In addition to his ministry in St. Andrew’s, the Rev. Andrews also paid visits to Anglicans in nearby St. Stephen and other small communities in his parish.
After enduring displacement and their breadwinner’s stroke, the Andrews family began to feel more settled with the construction of a stone cottage on a 500-acre island the vicar had bought in 1791. First known as Chamcook or Consquamcook– and then Minister’s Island– it provided the family with a view of St. Andrew’s as well as access to the mainland twice a day at low tide. It was their residence for the remainder of Samuel and Hannah’s lives, and would stay in the family for a century.
Retained in local memory is the image of the Loyalist vicar riding over from his island on horseback each Sunday. Perched behind him sat Hannah Andrews, sitting on a pillion (a cushion situated behind the main saddle). The couple did this for 32 years.
With a steady professional life, a church and a rectory, the Andrews were able to enjoy a surprisingly rich social life when Samuel was not attending to his pastoral duties. The Anglican minister created “the Friendly Society” to which were invited the most notable of the town’s Loyalists. Each week these former refugees gathered to debate and discuss “religion, morality, law, medicine, geography, and history” as well as current events
The couple’s children found spouses and positions within St. Andrew’s. Ann married Daniel McMaster, a Loyalist who had once been a Boston merchant. Elisha S. Andrews became the high sheriff of Charlotte County; he and his wife Elizabeth had five daughters and two sons.
Hannah Andrews died at the age of 75 on January 1, 1816. Her epitaph reminded its readers that this was a woman who experienced a violent revolution, dislocation, and resettlement. The words engraved on her tombstone –“From fear and danger free” –- are an apt description of what Loyalists experienced once they found refuge in New Brunswick.
The Rev. Samuel Andrews died at age 82 on September 26, 1818. His tombstone notes that this “beloved father of his flock” had a “well spent life and faithful ministry of 58 years”. The St. John City Gazette reported that “his funeral was attended by the whole Parish, the military, and a most respectable body of clergy and gentry from the neighbourhood and of the American shores, amidst the tears and griefs of a grateful people.”
The cemetery containing the final resting places of our four featured Loyalist couples was closed in 1867 due to provincial by-laws prohibiting burials within town limits. In 1903 the gravestone inscriptions were printed in the historical journal Acadiensis preserving the epitaphs for posterity.
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Loyalist Images Wanted for UEL Heritage Centre Museum Display
The UEL Heritage Centre & Park in Adolphustown is planning to do an exhibit at the museum this season called “Faces of Loyalty” which shows images of some of our Loyalist ancestors or those who helped establish Loyalists in Ontario, such as Sir Guy Carleton, Lord Dorchester, shown here. We already have a few images of Upper Canada Loyalists in our collection but want to expand our collection for the exhibit and for future references.
If you have a copy of a portrait, sketch, or silhouette of an original Loyalist ancestor who settled in Upper Canada, especially in the Bay of Quinte area, it would be appreciated if you can scan the image and send it by email to the museum at firstname.lastname@example.org so it can be included in the display. If you prefer you could also mail a copy of the image to our museum. The address is
UEL Heritage Centre and Park,
54 Adolphustown Park Road
Bath, Ontario K0H 1G0
Thank you for supporting this project.
Brian Tackaberry, Vice-President, Bay of Quinte UEL
CBC: N.S. pays tribute to Black Loyalists who sailed to Sierra Leone in 1792
By Emma Smith 15 Jan 2022
In the dead of winter, 230 years ago Saturday, nearly 1,200 Black Loyalists set out on a daunting journey from Nova Scotia to Sierra Leone. What the seafarers endured and fought for is just as relevant today as it was on that January day in 1792, says high school student Zion Ash.
He’s part of a project to mark the historic exodus of Black Loyalists from Nova Scotia, and remember its legacy. “I know that they fought for our future and they struggled to make things better for us,” the Grade 11 student at Auburn Drive High School told CBC Radio’s Mainstreet this week.
Ash is among the many Nova Scotians who’ve written letters, addressed to passengers on the 15 ships, as part of the #1792Project, which began as an art installation for Halifax’s Nocturne Festival….
More than 3,000 Black Loyalists arrived in Nova Scotia in the early 1780s in exchange for supporting the British during the American Revolutionary War. “They were promised land, they were promised jobs … and they did not receive basically any of it,” said Samara Hudson-Ash, a Grade 11 student who is also involved in the project. Read more…
JAR: The Resignation Revolution
by Stuart Hatfield 25 January 2022
The threat of resigning one’s military commission under protest is almost a matter of tradition. If your leaders made a decision you did not think was in the best interest of either yourself or your comrades, you offered up your resignation. It was a matter of honor. Should your resignation be received, you found yourself out of a job and wondering if it was worth the risk. On the other hand, if your resignation was not received, and a policy changed or decisions undone because the idea of losing you was simply too much, then the gamble was worth the risk. During the American Revolution, this military tradition was exercised by numerous officers and enlisted men. At the start of the war, the Americans did not have a professional army, the men who fought were volunteers—farmers, tradesmen, scholars, and merchants with few soldiers among them. As this group formed into the Continental Army, they began taking on more of the professional aspects of their new vocation, including the threat of resignation.
Before the American Revolution, it would have been a stretch to call Henry Knox a warrior. He had the right physique for sure: a young, tall, large man, he certainly looked the part. Knox was well-read in the concepts and theory of war; his only real experience came with a Boston artillery company, but he was indeed a natural. As a bookseller in Boston, he was in the middle of the events on the road to the war. His father-in-law was a staunch loyalist who had no great love for talk of rebellion, His wife, however, loved him and would stand by his side when the decision was made to go to war. And go to war he did. Self-taught, mostly from the books he sold in his shop, and full of patriotic glee he showed up in Cambridge to become an engineer in the newly-minted Continental Army. He would go on to become a skilled general, an incredible leader, and a man trusted by General Washington. All that, though, almost fell by the wayside on the day that he tendered his resignation and prepared to walk away from the army and the cause. Read more…
Lafayette and Diane of Simiane: Their Love Affair
By Geri Walton 7 April 2017
The love affair between Marquis de Lafayette and Diane of Simiane began after Diane married Charles-Francois of Simiane, Marquis of Miremont. He was the son of François Louis Hector of Simiane and Marie Esther Emilie of Seveyrac. He had served in the American Revolutionary War with the famous French nobleman and general, the Count of Rochambeau, who had played a major role in helping the thirteen colonies win independence during the American Revolution.
Diane-Adélaïde of Damas d’Antigny was born in Paris on 25 January 1762 and Charles-Francois married her on 12 August 1777 when she was 15. However, it quickly became obvious to the 15-year-old that her husband, who was captain of the guard for the Count of Artois, was homosexual, and, therefore, she sought comfort in the arms of other men. Among the men who became a lover was Gilbert du Motier, Marquis of Lafayette, simply known as Lafayette. Interestingly, he had also served with Charles-Francois during America’s War for Independence.
Despite his homosexuality, Charles-Francois was prone to fits of jealousy over his wife. That partly may have been because she was considered one of the most beautiful woman in France at the time. Read more…
Canada’s History: Ram’s Head Snuff Mull
Scottish regiments elevated the act of taking snuff — inhaling ground tobacco through the nostrils — through ceremony and elaborate equipment. In these regiments junior officers would bring the snuff mull to senior officers and guests after dinner, but mulls were also common in large country estates.
This mid-nineteenth-century ram’s head snuff mull has all the tools necessary for taking snuff, including a little hare’s foot for wiping loose snuff from a person’s nose or moustache. It also has castors that allowed it to be wheeled across a table.
The words “Governor in Chief of Rupert’s Land” are engraved on the lid of the included cigar box, as this particular mull belonged to Sir George Simpson, governor of the Hudson’s Bay Company from 1821 to 1860. Many Scottish homes still possess their ancestral snuff mulls, as do both English and Scottish regiments of the British army. See photo…
JAR: Joseph Galloway’s Plan of Union
by James M. Smith 26 January 2022
Late in September 1774 the Continental Congress was in the middle of an ongoing debate on the means that should be implemented to restore American rights. Most of the discussion was around methods of confrontation with Britain, embargoes, and non-consumption activities, as well as the breaking down of British law and order in the colonies. Most of the petitions sent to the King of England, while purporting to be from “loyal subjects of His Majesty,” were couched in terms of confrontation and demands.
In the midst of all those discussions, Joseph Galloway, a delegate from Pennsylvania, and Speaker of the House of Representatives in that colony, as well as a long-time friend of Benjamin Franklin, stepped forward with a plan that, he felt, would resolve all the outstanding issues between America and Great Britain. Galloway was more than willing to concede that America had “legitimate complaints” with regards to the recent laws passed by the British Parliament respecting the American colonies. The problem, he felt, was that radical leaders, primarily in New England and Virginia, were pushing for a complete capitulation to American demands while making no attempt at compromise. This was leading to ever more talk of independence. Galloway pointed out that the instructions from various colonial legislatures stated that the goal of the Continental Congress was to find a way to redress the differences between America and Britain and restore the harmony between the two that existed prior to 1765, when the Stamp Act was proposed.
On September 28, 1774 Galloway offered his plan to the congress. Read more…
All Things Georgian: Georgian Mourning Rings
By Sarah Murden 23 January 2022
Thinking about the past couple of years living with the Covid situation and how we remember those we have lost during this time, led me to think about death in the Georgian period and I thought I would take a look at items used at that time as keepsakes and tokens of love.
This of course led me to mourning rings, objects which are rarely purchased today. We often think of such items as morbid, but they’re not, they are tokens of love and something the wearer has right next to them all the time as a permanent reminder of someone close who is no longer with them. Read more…
The IK Foundation: Smuggling of Textiles and Maps
– On 18th Century Natural History Journeys
By Viveka Hansen 24 January 2022
Several of Carl Linnaeus’ seventeen apostles made notes in their journals on long-distance travels from 1745 to 1799 about problems or opportunities arising in harbours, when anchoring on the road or in a river leading up to their destination. Smuggling, passports, quarantine, a myriad of obstacles to trade, customs officers with loaded rifles, inspections of all luggage and sealed goods were some of the issues. At times various textile wares like fine silks or cottons, desirable clothing or maps were particularly in focus. Journal notes of such observations by the travelling naturalists will be looked at more closely in this essay. Together with a few contemporary illustrations from geographical areas visited by these men and a Swedish East India sales catalogue, which reveal further aspects in this context.
Smuggling of textiles appears chiefly to have been a problem in countries with restrictive rules of varying kinds during the 18th century, like strict customs and excise duties, border controls or stringent sumptuary regulations. In such places varying degrees of trade with prohibited wares occurred, but to what extent is often unknown, as the information is both sporadic and unreliable. Sweden’s stringent bans during the Age of Liberty is one example. Read more…
Who are the People In The Picture?
Go to Who’s In The Picture (WitP). Jan. 26, 2022. This photo (Ref. Code 2-16-12) shows two unidentified women — one holding a framed picture of the UEL badge — on the campus of Bishop’s University during the 1989 Royal Convention. It is part of the Okill Stuart Fonds.
Do you recognize either of them?
If so, please send an email to Carl Stymiest, Leader of the Library and Archives Committee at email@example.com — please note the date and reference number of the photo. Any additional relevant comments are welcome, and appreciated.
We Know Who’s In The Picture!
Partially identified by Betty Neville
In photo 2-14-38, in the rear row at far left is Margaret Duval (in navy blue jacket) beside her husband Gerald Duval, from Newington, both deceased now.
In the front row, the man on the right is Stanley McNair, and his wife is the third lady in from the right; they are both deceased now, and they were from Long Sault.
The lady in the red jacket behind Stanley is a McLean from Williamstown, I think.
UELAC Loyalist Directory is Now “Live”; New Entries
The reworked version of the Loyalist Directory is now active and people looking for it are directed there. The data brought over from the older version is the same. So what is new?
- A couple of new fields – suffix (Jr., Sr. etc) is now a separate field whereas it was embedded with name before. We are working to move those over.
- each entry now has its own permanent link. So a recently updated entry for Aaron DeLong as submitted by Angela Donovan can be found at https://uelac.ca/loyalist-directory/detail/?wpda_search_column_id=2162 (the actual id can be found at the bottom of the detailed record)
- There is a search function (see next newsletter item)
We have a number of improvements to make and functions (the ability to select a letter of the alphabet and page through those entries) ) to add, so bear with us.
We already have a pile of updates and new records to add, so please hold off for a while before sending suggestions etc.
Two new entries that we have made as we test out the new directory.
- Jan. 24, 2022: Information about Aaron B. DeLong has been added to the Loyalist Directory. Thanks Angela Donovan.
- Jan. 26, 2022: Information about Pvt. John Barnes (Barns) has been added to the Loyalist Directory. Thanks Kevin Wisener.
- there is an “exact character” search function at https://uelac.ca/loyalist-directory/:
- Search all data: Upper right corner above the data, this search goes through all data in the database (but not attachments). Example, enter – barn – and I see 113 records to page through. Do remember to “clear” the search before doing another.
- Search a column: At the bottom of the first records shown, the four search boxes search only that column of data. Example: In the surname column, type in – barn – and I see 21 entries including Barnhart and Shibbarn
- Compound search:
- Having entered – barn – in the surname and fining 21 entries, then (don’t clear the search) enter – john – in the given name box. Now 7 records.
- or after clearing the search, enter – john – in given name and – barn – in surname and again you should get 7 records
(I hope not too many people try this at once – who knows what will happen!!)
The Making of an American Hero. America’s first international hero, the Marquis Lafayette, risked his life and spent his fortune in the fight for American independence. The importance of the battle of Brandywine, where Lafayette was wounded on September 11, 1777, has not been recognized as a major turning point in America’s independence. Bruce Mowday – an award-winning author – will address Lafayette’s role in America’s fight for freedom and the historical importance of the battle of Brandywine. More information. Registration.
“Back Country Cunninghams in the American Revolution”
The Cunningham family were the most influential Loyalist family of South Carolina before the revolution. When William Henry Drayton brought his passionate brand of Patriotism to the back country in 1775 the Cunningham brothers (Robert and Patrick) stood with the Crown.
The Snow Campaign went badly leaving the Loyalists to endure four years of constant abuse from the Whigs. Even so, the Cunninghams remained Loyal and respected in the community, even challenging for public office.
This presentation digs into the lives and stories of four primary family members. First, Robert and Patrick are discussed before their influence becomes overwhelmed by the reputation of their cousin, ‘Bloody Bill’ Cunningham. The last family member with a substantial impact on the revolution wasn’t even born at the time. Her name was Anne Cunningham.” More details and registration.
By Wayne Lynch, a researcher of the Southern Campaigns of the American Revolution and publisher of 40+ articles and research papers, mostly about the life and contributions of various Patriots or Loyalists from the southern back country.
or Register directly. Wed. 2 Feb. 7:15 for 7:30 EST, virtual, on zoom
- On a brisk winter morning Old St. Edward’s Church at Clementsport NS, consecrated in 1797 by Bishop Charles Inglis.
- Admiral Digby Well at corner of Maiden Lane and Prince William Street in Digby yesterday
- Deed to Black Loyalist & Baptist Preacher David George for lot of Land in town of Shelburne Nova Scotia was dated April 6, 1785.
- Colonial newspapers contributed to the perpetuation of slavery. Advertised 250 years ago today: “WANTED, A Negro Man, that understands Cookery and Kitchen Work.” (Boston-Gazette Gazette 1/27/1772)
- The new cob oven for James Fort has been built; now the clay needs to be fired. If the oven gets too hot too quickly, it will crack, so we start with a small, low fire. Over time, bigger and hotter fires will continue to harden the clay.
- The first imported globes for street lights (oil lamps) would arrive more than three years later, aboard one of the ships also carrying tea to Boston in late 1773.
- This week in History
- 28 Jan 1773 “No person can be held as a slave, otherwise than by an express law of the country he lives in, and that there is any such law in the Province of the Massachusetts-Bay, I absolutely deny.” James Swan in the Massachusetts Spy #OnThisDay in 1773.
- 23 Jan 1775 Merchants in London ask Parliament assist with financial losses from interruption of American trade.
- 27 Jan 1775, Lord Dartmouth, Secretary of State, wrote out instructions for Gen. Thomas Gage “to arrest the principal actors and abettors in the Provincial Congress” for “treason and rebellion.” But he didn’t send those orders for another month.
- 25 Jan 1776 Congress orders creation of memorial to General Montgomery, killed in attempt to take Quebec City.
- 28 Jan 1777 British plan to split New England from other Colonies via Lake Champlain & Hudson is submitted.
- 24 Jan 1781 Lee & Marion’s combined forces raid Georgetown, SC, capturing commander of British garrison there.
- 27 Jan 1781 Pompton Mutiny is put down by General Robert Howe, leaders executed by firing squad on the spot.
- 22 Jan 1782 French Navy recaptures Caribbean colonies of Demerara and Essequibo, taken from Dutch in 1781.
- 26 Jan 1782 In Battle of Frigate Bay, Royal Navy repulses larger French force, cannot stop surrender of St. Kitt’s.
- Clothing and Related:
- Hot air, assassination attempts & peace celebrations:
Unique Fans Related to Historic Events of the 18th Century. Read more…
- 18th Century dresses, two Robe à la Françaises. In China the colour yellow was associated with the Emperor, as the fashion for chinoiserie grew in popularity so did the colour within fashion, c.1775
- 18th Century dress of peppermint-green silk, A ‘Circassienne’ robe – polonaise panels of equal length and a short skirt with deep bands of adornment to the petticoat hem. French, c.1780
- 18th Century dress, robe à la polonaise, with its hitched-up overskirt. Currently shown worn down, but notice the buttons that would hold the overskirt in draped swags at the back. c.1770’s
- Late 18th Century men’s 3 piece court suit, silk taffeta and silver thread embroidery
- 18th Century waistcoat or vest, silk with images of a water deity, he is shown in the style of those found on Roman mosaics. Italy and its Roman sites were popular stops on a young gentleman’s Grand Tour, 1790’s
- Horn: The Plastic Of History – Making A Horn Comb
- The medieval London Bridge. A bridge stood across the Thames at London from the time of the Romans and was subsequently replaced several times during Saxon times. London Bridge remained the only crossing over the Thames in the London area until the construction of Westminster Bridge in 1750. Read more…
Last Post: SHEARD UE, Beverly Joy
of Maryfield, SK, passed away 18 Jan 2021 at Regina, SK. Beverly was born 14 Jun 1937 at Virden, MB, the daughter of David Campbell McCormick and Edith Julia Findlay. She attended school at Inglesfield and Maryfield and then received her nursing education at the Winnipeg General hospital, graduating in 1958. She then worked in the Operating room and Emergency at the Grace Hospital in Winnipeg, Manitoba before coming back to Maryfield.
Beverly married Francis Sheard and they made their home on the Sheard farm at Maryfield, only recently this past year leaving the farm to live in the Sunrise Villa in Maryfield. Beverley leaves behind her husband Francis Sheard; children Sharon Johannesen (David), David and Sandra Sheard; and grand daughters Kristine and Kaitlin. More at G.R. Carscadden Funeral Chapel.
Beverly joined the Saskatchewan Branch in 2007 and faithfully attended meetings and events as long as her health allowed. She was a proven descendant of George House UEL
Gerry Adair UE
Last Post: SHOULDICE UE, Sandra Anna May
Monday, January 24th, 2022 at her home at the Wedgewood Retirement Residence in Brockville, in the company of loved ones, Sandra Shouldice peacefully entered into rest. Survived by Brian, jack and loving friend Carl. Sandra was predeceased by her parents the late Oliver and the late Phyllis Shouldice, a sister Marsha, and brothers Bob, Duane and Rick.
Sandra will be long remembered for her bright personality, her sense of humour, thirst for knowledge, passion for history and her unmatched ability to share it with humour and flair. Her students remember a master teacher, creative, kind and always creating a fun learning environment. Colleagues remember her professionalism, lively wit, love of teaching and learning, and her ability to mentor and bring out the best in others. Warm thanks to the loving staff of the Assisted Living Floor at the Wedgewood Residence.
A Celebration of Sandra’s Life with interment in Blue Church Cemetery 1512 County Road 2 Prescott will take place in the Spring of 2022. Place a donation to Grenville County Historical Society 500 Railway Ave., Box 982 Prescott, ON K0E 1T0 or (613) 925-0489 or the family asks your participation in an online Celebration of Sandra’s Life by contributing a favourite anecdote, joke, experience or special memory you’ve enjoyed with Sandra at www.mackayfuneralhome.com
Sandra was a long-time member of St. Lawrence Branch. She first started in the executive in 1993 as 3vp. Sandra served as St.Lawrence Branch UELAC branch president twice in 1998-2002 for two terms and 2006-2008, Treasurer 2002-2004 and and also newsletter editor.
She received the Queens Golden Jubilee Medal (QGJM) 2002, one of 3 from the branch for 2001 UELAC conference organizers. Sandra was honoured with a 2015 Ontario Volunteer Service Award for 20 years at the branch in the executive. She was active with the branch as a past officer and as a director until recently, helping where she could on branch outreach events.
Sandra received a Loyalist Certificate as a descendant of Loyalist John Bunker in 1982, and Ezekiel Spicer in 2003.
Michael Eamer UE, St. Lawrence Branch
Sandra was also a member of the Colonel Edward Jessup Branch where her vast knowledge, willingness to share and assist and her wonderful sense of humour enriched our meetings.
Myrtle Johnston UE, Col. Edward Jessup Branch
Last Post: CARR, Beverly “Ann” (nee Steck)
On Friday, January 21st, 2022 at the Brockville General Hospital, Beverly “Ann” Carr peacefully entered into rest at the age of 81 years. Ann Carr beloved wife of the late Fraser Carr. Dear Mother of Stephen, Lori Ardron (Robert Payne), Michael (Dorothy), and Scott. Cherished Grandmother to Tyler, Brittany (Eric), Jeffrey, and Great Grandmother to Isabella. Ann was predeceased by a son Donald Carr and her parents James and Hazel Steck.
In keeping with Ann’s wishes there will be no visitation or service at this time. A Celebration of Ann’s Life will be held at a later date. Interment in Prescott Cemetery 975 Edward Street North Prescott in the Spring. Share a special memory of Ann at Mackay Funeral Home.
While Ann herself had no Loyalist ancestors she faithfully attended Colonel Edward Jessup activities and UELAC Conferences with her husband, Fraser who was the branch photographer, Web Master and a researcher who also served a term as President. After Fraser’s passing she continued as a member and became part of the executive helping at displays and with computer work until forced to resign a year ago due to poor health.
Myrtle Johnston UE, Col. Edward Jessup Branch
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