In this issue:
- “Where the Sea Meets the Sky” The 2023 UELAC Dominion Conference and AGM
- Barrington Township’s Forgotten Loyal Migrants – Part Three, by Stephen Davidson UE
- Kindness to First Nations Neighbours at Charleston ON
- Samuel Denny Street UEL of New Brunswick
- New England Historical Society: Six Loyalist Houses
- JAR: First in Emotional Intelligence: George Washington During the Newburgh Conspiracy
- JAR: Book Review: Rebels at Sea: Privateering in the American Revolution
- Leech Collectors or Leech Gatherers: An Unusual Occupation
- Maine’s First Ship
- UELAC Loyalist Directory: New Entries
- In The News:
- Upcoming Events:
- Fort Plain: American Revolution Conference, June 10-12, Johnstown, NY
- Nelles Manor Museum, Grimsby ON: “Joseph Brant Museum” 12 June @2:00
- Nelles Manor Museum “Militia at the Manor” Sat, 18 June, 10 – 4:30
- Toronto and Gov. Simcoe Branches, Loyalist Day Sun 19 June, @10:00
- St. Alban’s Centre UEL Service & Jubilee Tea Sunday June 19 @3:00
- From the Twittersphere and Beyond
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“Where the Sea Meets the Sky” The 2023 UELAC Dominion Conference and AGM
Hosted by Pacific Region Branches of the UELAC, June 1-4
“Oyez, Oyez, Oyez!”
By order of the Constitution of the United Empire Loyalists’ Association of Canada, you are hereby invited to attend the 109th Annual General Meeting:
- “Where the Sea Meets the Sky”
- Thursday, June 1 – Sunday, June 4, 2023
- Vancouver – Richmond, British Columbia
Once again as hosted in 1994, 2010 and 2015, the West Coast invites UELAC members and their guests to the beautiful Province of British Columbia. Come join the Reunion of UELAC Friends; enjoy the camaraderie we have missed for over two long years.
The UELAC Pacific Region Branches of Chilliwack, Victoria, Thompson-Okanagan, and Vancouver Branch will be your hosts for the 2023 UELAC Hybrid Conference and AGM.
Conference Highlight Tours: (Friday, 02 June 2023)
Be sure to experience one of two full-day tours (including lunch) with our cheerful Tour Guides.
- Choose to explore fascinating heritage Steveston, a small coastal historic,fishing village in Richmond, BC, which boasts two National Historic Sites, the Gulf of Georgia BC Cannery and the Britannia Shipyards. OR
- Enjoy a Vancouver Cultural/Sightseeing Tour of Vancouver City (lunch included) with stops at the historic and beautiful Stanley Park, followed by a fully guided tour at the Museum of Vancouver at Vanier Park.
Be sure to be a discounted early-bird registrant as there is room for only 55 guests per tour!
Registration will open in Fall 2022!
Watch a short video and see hotel venue.
Carl Stymiest UE, UELAC Dominion Vice President
Barrington Township’s Forgotten Loyal Migrants – Part Three of Four
copyright Stephen Davidson UE
The people who settled Shelburne, Nova Scotia in 1783 included “loyal migrants” as well as those who were recognized by British government as Loyalists. Rather than being settled solely by political refugees, the southern coast was also the new home for disbanded soldiers who had fought for the crown. Because they were included among the loyal settlers recorded in Edwin Crowell’s history of Barrington, Nova Scotia, we have a more nuanced understanding of the people who made this area their sanctuary.
A number of those who settled in Shelburne had a connection to the Battle of Bunker Hill. Two Scottish brothers who were the sons of a Glasgow tanner both fought on that historic day in 1775. John Lyle was an officer in the 4th Dragoons, and it seems likely that his brother Gavin was in the same regiment.
After initially being given a 200 acre grant in Shelburne, John went to Clyde River and then to Smoke House Point. Gavin married before the evacuation of troops from New York City in 1783, but the couple’s final home in Nova Scotia is not known. Their sister, Elizabeth, married John Martin and settled in Jordan, a community southwest of Shelburne.
Barnabas Malone was the son of a soldier who was killed at the Battle of Bunker Hill. A soldier himself, Malone married an Irish woman named Mary Welch, and after initially settling in Shelburne, moved to East Pubnico and then put down roots in Upper Wood’s Harbour.
Christopher and Frederick Sholds were the sons of a Dutch soldier who was wounded in the Battle of Bunker Hill. John Sholds, their father, was a mason by trade, and received land grants at Pubnico and Shelburne. Christopher lived at Doctor’s Cove and Frederick made his home at Bear Point – both locations being on the shore opposite Cape Sable Island.
Another disbanded soldier was the Englishman, John Lonsdale, whose father was killed at the Battle of Bunker Hill. He settled at Woods Harbour (due west of Barrington). It is fascinating to reflect on the fact that so many settlers in Shelburne County would have first hand memories of one the American Revolution’s most famous battles.
Charles McLarren was the grandson of a British officer who died during the revolution. An orphan, McLarren was brought to New York from the Bahamas by unknown persons. He joined the refugee company of Charles Campbell and was on the second Loyalist evacuation vessel to arrive in Shelburne in 1783. While fishing with Samuel Hopkins of Barrington, he met and then married Jerusha Hamilton. The couple had Charles, Matilda, John, William and Herbert.
For many of these loyal migrants, the details of their lives are very minimal. John Powell was an English soldier who sailed to Shelburne with the Loyalist. He married Betsy Hamilton and eventually settled in Upper Port LaTour. Another account hints at a much larger story that has been lost to time.
While serving under Lord Cornwallis in South Carolina, an English soldier named Thomas Worthen/Wathen was made a prisoner of war. While in a rebel jail he learned to be a shoemaker, and was later released as part of a prisoner exchange. After travelling to Shelburne with the Loyalists, he settled along the west side of the Barrington River. He married Anne Laskey and worked for Josiah Harding who operated a tannery and boat building business.
John Neil McCommiskey was a native of County Devon, Ireland, who joined the British Army at the age of 18 and fought during the revolution. He drew a land lot near the Clyde River. After marrying Mercy Crowell, the couple moved to Neil’s Creek. McCommiskey is remembered as building the first bridge over the creek.
Two other soldiers who were in McCommiskey’s regiment during the revolution were John Garron of County Kerry, Ireland and Alexander Forbes, a Scottish Highlander. The fact that these three veterans settled in the same part of Nova Scotia demonstrates that loyal migrants –like the American refugees– tended to settle near those whom they had known during the war.
John Garron married Lydia Lacey, the sister of a fellow veteran. The Irishman is remembered for helping to cut the road between Barrington and Forbes Point, the site of his nearest neighbor, Alexander Forbes.
Seven years after he arrived in Nova Scotia, Forbes married Phoebe Dennis, the orphan daughter of a soldier who lived with the Murray family at Doctor’s Cove. Only one of their five daughters – and four of their six sons—married.**
Another Scottish soldier was John Cunningham who is reported to have served in the Black Watch during the revolution. Although he was wounded in the hand at some point, this apparently did not hamper his work as a tailor or his skill as “a fiddler of some note”. He left Shelburne for Barrington, fished for awhile and then opened a store and “developed a large general business”. His wife was Mercy, the daughter of Archelaus Smith, one of the original New England settlers of Barrington.
Alexander Hogg, a native of Glasgow, Scotland, fought for the king in the American Revolution and then settled on a grant on the West of Clyde River two miles above the head of tide waters. His sons Philip and Alexander became coopers; Robert was a shoemaker, John was a farmer on his father’s homestead, and Joseph later died at sea. Hogg’s son Nathaniel settled in Yarmouth while William established himself in Shelburne. The Hogg men were remembered as being of “rare integrity and intelligence”.
John Stalker had been a sergeant in a Highland Regiment known as the Duke of Gordon’s Fencibles. After settling along the Clyde River, he married Jean McLean, the daughter of a neighbour who hailed from John’s hometown in Scotland. Their children were Charles, John Jr., Jean, Sarah, and Peter. Their father was remembered in the community for donating land for its burial ground.
James Hamilton had been a captain in the British Army before settling in Shelburne where, for a time, he was the military commander of the district. He later acquired farm lots on land where the road from Shelburne to Tusket crossed the Clyde River. An amusing Hamilton family story has survived the centuries. When Nova Scotia’s lieutenant governor was visiting the area, Hamilton’s son Alexander ran excitedly into his parents’ house to tell everyone that “the king was coming” on what he claimed was a “diamond horse”.
While the disbanded soldiers noted above were clearly “loyal migrants”, it is a little harder to determine the category into which John Stoddart should be placed. A native of Shields, England, he was the boatswain on a British man-of-war that escorted a Loyalist evacuation fleet to Shelburne. (A boatswain is a ship’s officer in charge of equipment and the crew.) His wife, Nancy Stoddart, had been on board the vessel for three years. Perhaps as a cook? The historian Edwin Crowell provides no further details.
However, what is recorded is the fact that John Stoddart deserted his vessel and fled with Nancy in a boat to Cape Negro Island down the coast from Shelburne. In the year that they remained on the island, Nancy gave birth to their son John Junior. After the family moved to Sherose Island, George Stoddart was born. The Stoddarts later settled on an island to which they gave their name. John Jr. and George divided this island between them, keeping it in the family until the mid-19th century when it was sold and renamed Emerald Isle. It became the site of a lighthouse that operated from 1886 to 2004.
Born in Worcestershire, England, Samuel Westwood fought with the 17th Dragoons under General Gage. After arriving in Shelburne, he received a land grant on the Clyde River. After his first hut burned down, he moved to Shag Harbour where in fished and worked in the shipyard. Trained as a nailmaker, Westwood eventually built a ship with Samuel Osborne Doane. His other partnership was with two men who founded one of the first Sunday Schools in Barrington.
The stories of the Loyalists who settled in western Nova Scotia following the collapse of Shelburne will conclude in next week’s Loyalist Trails.
**Editor’s note: For more information on Alexander Forbes, see Richard Nickerson’s article at: https://uelac.ca/Loyalist-Info/extras/Forbes-Alexander/Alexander-Forbes-highlander.pdf
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Kindness to First Nations Neighbours at Charleston ON
- From the book “Beautiful Charleston” by Edna B. Chant- page 183 -184.
- Charleton and Charleston Lake are northeast of Gananoque ON
- William Kelsey UE was the son of James Kelsey UEL an original settler in Elizabethtown
- Garry Kelsey UE is a proven descendant of Jame, and grs-nephew of William Kel;sey UEL
William Kelsey UE built the first house in what was to become Charleston Village. It stood facing the lake, but across the road going to Warren’s Bay, not far from the present Charleston dock. He had six sons and three daughters. His sons were Daniel, Israel, James, Nelson, Howard, and Alfred and daughters Phillips, Caroline, and Betsey.
A true story was handed down in the Kelsey family of an Indian whose life was saved by William Kelsey. One stormy cold day an old Indian stumbled into William’s house and fell on the floor, visibly very sick and weak. William examined him and diagnosed his illness as lung fever. He carried the Indian to the loft and fixed him a warm bed by the chimney and applied his old remedies “Hot soup in the belly, and turpentine and skunk grease on the chest”. After several days of this treatment the Indian was well enough to leave. He grunted and pumped William’s hand up and down and held his hand over his heart. Sometime later the Indian came with a beautiful pair of tanned deerskin moccasins for William.
That same winter two Indians came to William’s door and said, “Papoose all sick, him die”. William and his wife Elizabeth Kelsey (Slack) followed them to a pole tepee, covered with hide, and found two Indian children lying on beds of hides on the ground. They were very sick and covered with a red rash, very like measles. William told the Indians to make hammocks of the skins and get the children up off the ground. His wife got out her grease and turpentine and rubbed their chest and throats and the soles of their feet, and she left some with them showing them how to use it. After she returned home, she made a large pot of soup and sent it to the tepee. The following day she and William went back, expecting to find the children dead. But they were a little better. She took several things from home to make them more comfortable and gave them another skunk grease treatment.
In a week the children were up, walking around. After this all the Indians were very kind to William and his wife who before this, had suspected them of stealing their chickens.
Garry Kelsey, UE
Editor’s Note: So good to have a good news story as we celebrate National Indigenous History Month in Canada. Although they hardly offset the bad, I suspect there were many such acts of kindness, both ways, in the early days of Loyalist Settlement.
In June, we commemorate National Indigenous History Month. During this month, take time to recognize the rich history, heritage, resilience and diversity of First Nations, Inuit and Métis Peoples across Canada.
Samuel Denny Street of New Brunswick
From the Dictionary of Canadian Biograhphy:
Samuel Denny Street was apprenticed to a London attorney in 1766 and subsequently practised law briefly before joining the Royal Navy in the early 1770s. In 1775 he went to Boston on the Merlin and served under Lieutenant-General Thomas Gage. After his discharge in Nova Scotia in 1776, he enlisted in Joseph Goreham’s Royal Fencible Americans and arrived in Halifax with Captain Gilfred Studholme. On 1 May 1776 he went with his regiment to garrison Fort Cumberland (near Sackville, N.B.), and the following year, when he was promoted lieutenant, he assisted Studholme in establishing Fort Howe at the mouth of the Saint John River. While stationed at Fort Cumberland, he married Abigail Freeman on 22 Feb. 1778. They were to have 12 children.
By 1780 Street had been transferred to Fort Howe, and in November of that year he set out by boat with six men on a secret mission to the rebel port of Machias (Maine) under orders from Brigadier Francis McLean*. His adventures among the rebels in 1780–81 are described by him in a remarkable and exciting narrative that at times seems more like fiction than fact. Yet there is no reason to doubt its veracity, judging from the carefulness of detail that characterizes the story. It begins on the return trip from Machias, when Street’s vessel was chased by a rebel privateer in Passamaquoddy Bay. Finding their escape route was cut off at the narrows of Passamaquoddy, he and his men attempted to run in a small open boat but were forced to land on an island. They defended themselves for three hours and finally drove their pursuers back to their boats, capturing the rebel leader in the process. Street was highly commended for this action by Studholme and McLean.
When in April 1781 Street set out on a similar mission, the rebels had foreknowledge of his coming. Surrounded by superior numbers and taken, he was carried to Machias but, because local rebels feared him, he was quickly sent to Boston, where he was placed on board a prison ship. He immediately began to plot his escape. His plan, which involved the stealing of a boat, went awry, however, and Street and those who had accompanied him were recaptured the next day. They spent six weeks in the town jail before being returned to the prison ship.
At this point two relatively important rebel prisoners were offered in exchange for Street, but the exchange was refused. About the same time his next escape plan was betrayed by fellow prisoners who feared retaliation. Spurred by frustration, Street decided to act alone. He slipped away from the prison ship at night and swam ashore, where he was sheltered by loyalists with whom he had previously made contact. Disguised as a fisherman, he got out of Boston Harbour and boarded a ship sailing east to Fort George (Castine, Maine). From there he returned to Fort Howe. He had spent about five months in imprisonment, but managed to escape with his health and spirits intact. Street’s exploits reveal a man of great courage, resourcefulness, and determination. Because McLean had died during his confinement, however, he never received the preferments that might have come his way, and the remainder of his war service was uneventful.
More about his life can be read in the Dictionary of Canadian Biography.
See also the article “Loyalists Executing Loyalists – Part Three,” by Stephen Davidson UE in the Loyalist Trails newsletter which describes a duel.
Thanks to Ken MacCallum who notes that Samuel served under Major Studholm and with his ancestor Sargant William McLeod – both of whom have been mentioned in Loyalist Trails in recent months – in the Royal Fencible Americans.
Note: UELAC Members can learn more about military activities in New Brunswick by watching the June 1, 2022 recording of “Rebels on the River: The American Revolution and New Brunswick” by Major (Ret’d) Gary Campbell, PhD. It is in Presentations to Branches; Recordings on-demand, from the Members’ Section page (Log-in required).
New England Historical Society: Six Loyalist Houses
A Loyalist House was likely to be seized and sold when the American Revolution broke out. Many colonies passed laws that let them confiscate the property of known Loyalists, criminalizing dissent against the war and raising revenue for the war effort.
Many Loyalists fled to Canada or England. The British government compensated some for their loss, but tried to pressure the United States into giving restitution. Under the Jay Treaty of 1794, the U.S. agreed to ‘advise’ the states to return Loyalist property. Some families are still trying to get their property back.
Connecticut took a more lenient approach than the other New England states in confiscating Loyalist houses. It waited until four other states had passed confiscation laws. Local officials also dragged their feet in identifying Loyalist properties.
Vermont, on the other hand, eagerly seized Loyalist property in order to pay for the Green Mountain Boys.
Here, then, are stories of six Loyalist houses and their fate during the American Revolution. (read details…)
- Henry Whitfield House
- William Pepperrell House
- Isaac Royall House
- Mark Wentworth House
- Lucas-Johnston House
- Marsh Tavern
JAR: First in Emotional Intelligence: George Washington During the Newburgh Conspiracy
by Brian Koyn 2 June 2022
General George Washington stood in front of his assembled officers, reading glasses in hand, and stated, “Gentlemen, you will permit me to put on my spectacles, for I have not only grown gray but almost blind, in the service of my country.” These words uttered on March 15, 1783, in the recently constructed Temple of Virtue at the New Windsor Cantonment, were arguably the crescendo of eight years of military leadership over the Continental Army. Washington defused the Newburgh Conspiracy, the most severe threat to the emerging peace. General Washington’s performance was not only a demonstration of his character, but a masterful display of leadership driven by high emotional intelligence.
Emotional intelligence (EI) refers to the emerging field of psychology positing that the awareness and regulation of emotions is one measure of intelligence. … EI is the “ability to monitor one’s own and other people’s emotions, to discriminate between different emotions and label them appropriately, and to use emotional information to guide thinking and behavior.” Read more…
JAR: Book Review: Rebels at Sea: Privateering in the American Revolution
Review by Timothy Symington 1 June 2022
Authour: Eric Jay Dolan (New York, NY: Liveright Publishing 2022)
Marine historian Eric Jay Dolin puts privateers at the center of the American war effort. Privateers were not the same as pirates, as Dolin makes abundantly clear. Their efforts, legally sanctioned by states and the Continental Congress, influenced Britain’s ability to wage war. They stepped forward to help make the idea of the United States a reality.
Privateers were given official permission, in the form of documents known as “letters of marque,” to attack enemy ships and then profit from the sale of these “prizes.” Ship owners turned their vessels into fast and efficient war ships whose goal was to chase and attack British ships. Unsurprisingly, the forefront of the privateering enterprise was the coast of Massachusetts.
… The fourth chapter, “A Privateersman’s Life,” offers many details about who signed on to become privateers, how a privateer was fitted out, what life was like on board—including ship routines and food, and how battles were fought. Read more…
Leech Collectors or Leech Gatherers: An Unusual Occupation
By Geri Walton 18 February 2019
One unusual and interesting occupation of in the 1700 and 1800s was performed by leech collectors or leech gatherers who obtained leeches for medicinal purposes. Leeches were used in bloodletting and were not particularly easy for physicians to obtain, which in part was why leech collectors gathered them. Moreover, both France and England imported millions of leeches for bloodletting during the early 1800s.
Doctors placed leeches everywhere on a patient ranging from the anus to the mucous membranes. In the United States physician Benjamin Rush, who also happened to be one of the United States’ Founding Fathers, was a proponent of the practice. Read more…
Maine’s First Ship
The pinnace Virginia was the first ocean-going English ship built in the Americas, and she started a 400-year legacy of shipbuilding in the lower Kennebec River near Bath Maine. The tidal portion of the river was previously called the Sagadahoc River; Sagadahoc is a Wabanabi name meaning “river mouth”. The area was heavily populated by the Wabanaki before the arrival of the Europeans and they had a long tradition of building watercraft as boats were generally the only viable form of transportation in the area.
Virginia was built in 1607-1608 at the Popham Colony which was founded by the Plymouth company in August 1607 and abandoned in October 1608. The colony of about 100 men and boys was founded to exploit the wood, animal, and mineral wealth of the area and to find the northwest passage. Virginia was built to use in this exploration and to show it was possible to build a ship using local materials in the Americas. When the colony was abandoned, Virginia was sailed to England, and in 1609 sailed to Jamestown, the Popham Colony’s southern sister colony.
Reconstrucing the Virginia.
Our reconstruction is being done by volunteers in and around the Bath Freight Shed in Bath Maine. The Freight Shed is about 10 miles north of the Popham Colony site, which was located in what is now Phippsburg Maine at the mouth of the Kennebec River. We maintain the Bath Freight Shed as a museum, for shipbuilding, and as a community center.
The replica was to launch on Saturday 4 June 2022. Visit mfship.org for mote
UELAC Loyalist Directory: New Entries
Entries which have been added, or revised, this week, with thanks:
- Ken MacCallum suggested
Samuel Denny Street served in several roles in the Rev War, was posted at Fort Cumberland and helped build Fort Howe. Interesting exploits – see article above and his entry in the Dictionary of Canadian Biography
- Thomas Wardle submitted information about ancestral brothers from Shrewsbury New Jersey who settled in New Brunswick but later moved to the Home District ieYork (Toronto) in Upper Canada
- Sgt Michael Wardle who served as a Sergeant in the New Jersey Volunteers
- Cornelius Wardle also served in the New Jersey Volunteers Regiment, 2nd Battalion
- Garry Kelsey contributed information about
- James Kelsey from New York Province served in the Kings Loyal Americans (Jessup’s Corp.) and the Loyal Rangers (Jessup’s Corp.) and settled in Eastern District (Elizabethtown, Leeds County, Ontario)
- Peter Johnson provided some details to help differentiate from the Sgt Peter Maybee of NS by Lynton Stewart below
- Pieter Mabie/Maybee born in 1717, died 1797 and father of several Loyalists including Capt. Abraham Maybee.
- Thanks to Lynton (Bill) Stewart who is working to include as many of the Loyalists of Cumberland County NS as possible
- Pvt. Caleb Griffin from Westchester County, New York, served in Delancey’s Brigade and settled on Cobequid Road.
- Tucker Hart born in Nine Partners, Dutchess County, New York , served in King’s American Regiment and settled originally at River Remsheg, then St. John, New Brunswick
- Lieut. Gilbert Haviland born in Westchester County, New York, served in the 3rd Battalion, Delancey’s Brigade and settled at River Remsheg
- John Jacobs from Westchester County settled in Amherst
- Capt. Moses Knapp from Yorktown, Dutchess County, New York served in the 3rd Battalion, Delancey’s Brigade settled Initially, Remsheg River, Cumberland County, NS and then Montreal, Quebec
- Michael Lloyd from Westchester, served in 3rd Battalion, Delancey’s Brigade under Major Baremore’s Cavalry and settled in Cumberland County
- Pvt. John Low from Westchester County served in 3rd Battalion, Delancey’s Brigade (Infantry) and settled in Cumberland County
- Pvt. James Mead from Westchester, in Delancey’s to Cumberland County
- Pvt. James Merrit from White Plains, Tryon County, New York, in Delancey’s to Cumberland County
- Pvt. Jeremiah Merrit from North Castle in Westcjester County, was in Roger’s Rangers, then a prisoner and finally Delancey’s to River Remsheg
- Pvt. Jesse Ogden from Westchester settled in Amherst
- Simon van Uythuysen (Outhouse) from North Castle, served in Delancey’s and settled at Sackville, Westmoreland County
- Gilbert Pugsley from Westchester County
- Pvt. John Chatterton Sr. from Westchester, served in Delancey’s Refugees, settled at River Remsheg but moved to c1800 to Elizabethtown, Upper Canada
- Lieut. Gideon Palmer from Westchester, served in Delancey’s and settled originally in Remsheg, River Nova Scotia, then Westmoreland County, New Brunswick
- John Thomas Ogden from North Castle NY to Remsheg, NS then to New Brunswick
- Sgt. Frederick Phillips from Westchester County NY via an unknown regiment followeed by Delancey’s to settle in Cumberland County
- Sgt. Peter Maby/Mabee of Westchester County in Captain Samuel Kipp’s Dragoons of the 3rd Battalion of Delancey’s Brigade to settle in Cumberlasnd County NS
If you are willing to submit some information, send a note to firstname.lastname@example.org
All help is appreciated. …doug
National Indigenous History Month – June
In honour of Indigenous History Month, Museum Windsor will be displaying the original No.2 Treaty, also known as McKee Treaty, on loan from Library and Archives Canada. This treaty was negotiated between the British and the Three Fires Confederacy and Huron (Wyandot) and was signed at Detroit in 1790. Don’t miss your chance to witness history in this seldom seen but critically important artifact in Changing the Landscape of Windsor-Essex: The McKee Treaty during the month of June only at the Chimczuk Museum in Windsor ON.
National Indigenous History Month
National Aboriginal Day in Canada 21 June 2022
National Indigenous Peoples Day takes place on the summer solstice, June 21. It’s a special occasion to learn more about the rich and diverse cultures, voices, experiences and histories of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples.
Learning about Indigenous Peoples, places and experiences is a step forward each Canadian can take on the path to reconciliation.
More information and find an activity near you.
Fort Plain: American Revolution Conference, June 10-12, Johnstown, NY
The American Revolution Conference in the Mohawk Valley is expanded to include 13 Speakers and Starts 1:00 pm on Friday, June 10th, Continues all day Saturday, June 11th and Ends about 12:30 pm on Sunday June 12th. Location: Johnstown, NY. For details, registration etc.
Nelles Manor Museum, Grimsby ON: “Joseph Brant Museum” 12 June @2:00
Discover the story of the Brant House, the iconic landmark at the head-of-the-lake. Beginning with a brief biography of Joseph Brant, then tracing his arrival in Burlington, and the legacy of his house, from family home to community museum. Details, tickets. Honouring Indigenous Month.
Nelles Manor Museum “Militia at the Manor” Sat, 18 June , 10 – 4:30
The Incorporated Militia of Upper Canada will offer a Militia Encampment Sat. June 18 from 10 am to 4:30 pm. Camp is open to the public all day, See Schedule of events.
Questions? email@example.com or call 289-235-7755.
Toronto and Gov. Simcoe Branches, Loyalist Day Sun 19 June 10:00am
Details and registration next week. The theme is “Early Loyalist Settlements”
St. Alban’s Centre UEL Service & Jubilee Tea Sunday June 19 at 3pm
St. Alban’s Centre will host its annual UEL Service to celebrate the landing of the Loyalist in Adolphustown 238 years ago and, in this Jubilee year, also highlight our national and local relationship with Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.
The guest speaker is Jean Ray Baxter, author and historian and a 2022 Governor General’s History Award Nominee.
Following the service, a special Jubilee Tea will be at the Old Town Hall, another significant heritage building in Adolphustown.
Memorabilia from Queen Elizabeth’s reign will be on display in the hall.
St. Alban’s Centre, Adolphustown, 613-373-8865 or firstname.lastname@example.org
From the Twittersphere and Beyond
- Thank you @whitehousetea for the honour of lighting the #PlatinumJubilee beacon in Waterdown ON. What an amazing community event – great crowd! One of three Canadian beacons (Ottawa, Toronto) lit for The Queen this night.
- Town Crier of Annapolis Royal, Nova Scotia marking Platinum Jubilee of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. Watch video
- 1794 the Royal Family went to the opera to hear the famous Italian soprano Brigida Giorgi Banti perform in two pieces – one serious & one comic. At the end, Banti sang God Save the King ‘as if she were a native of England’
- Hatchards book shop. Piccadilly, London. The oldest bookshop in the entire UK, it opened in 1797. Hatchards proudly displays Royal Warrants from the Prince of Wales (Prince Charles), and the Queen herself.
- This week in History
- 28 May 1754 Col. George Washington accidentally starts French & Indian (Seven Years) War, as captive dies during interrogation.
- 1 Jun 1774, the Boston Port Bill took effect, closing Boston harbor to ships from outside Massachusetts until someone repaid the cost of the tea destroyed the previous December.
- 2 Jun 1774 Parliament punishes Colonies for Tea Party by completing “Coercive Acts,” spurring widening revolt.
- 28 May 1775, Capt. John Derby of Salem reached London with the first news of the Battle of Lexington and Concord on April 19. By sailing without cargo, he ensured the Patriots’ version got into the imperial capital’s newspapers first.
- 3 Jun 1775 3 men from Williamsburg, VA are surprised & injured by gunfire while taking arms from public magazine.
- 30 May 1776 British General Clinton agrees to lead ill-fated attempt to capture Charlestown, SC.
- 31 May 1776 Mecklenburg County, NC issues “Mecklenburg Resolves,” suspending British authority in North-Carolina.
- 1 Jun 1779 Benedict Arnold’s court-martial begins, embittering him & turning him toward treason against Colonies.
- 29 May 1780 British Col. Tarleton has surrendering rebels shot at Waxhaws, SC, cementing a reputation for brutality.
- Clothing and Related:
- Hats, October 1799. Fashions of London and Paris, October 1799. “London Head Dresses”. The only fashion accessory ever to have its own fashion print is the hat or bonnet. This publication was the first British magazine to publish prints of hats. Read more…
- Party shoes, European, late 17th-early 18th century via MFA Boston. Orange silk velvet upper, gold silk tape ruching and binding at top, silver toe piece in stylized floral motif
- In honor of me being in #Philadelphia, the birthplace of the American Revolution, is this 1770-1780s American robe a l’anglaise made from an Indian textile. It’s made of cotton and was hand painted.
- 18th Century dress, robe à la française, this exquisite example is constructed from a rare Chinese export silk dating from the first quarter of the century. c.1770
- Bodice and stomacher detail of an 18th Century dress, Robe à la française, silk plain weave (taffeta) with silk supplementary-weft patterning & silk passementerie trim, French, 1760’s
- 18th Century gown of glazed cotton, block printed in an Indian-inspired pattern of exotic flowers. Made in the early 1780s with a pointed bodice meeting at centre. In the late 1780s, the gown was altered to approximate the style of a robe à la turque
- 18th Century men’s Three-piece Suit (Coat, Vest, and Breeches), c.1770, Silk plain weave with silk supplementary warp- and weft-float patterning.
- Sleeve detail of 18th Century men’s coat, iridescent blue & green ribbed silk add a luxurious quality to this plain frock coat. Cuffs are in the ‘mariner’s’ style made popular in mid-18th century although these are narrower & shallower. c.1780’s. … Love this little sample, had to go looking for the full coat!
- 18th Century waistcoat, French, 1787. Yellow-green silk embroidered along the front edges with bright silk in a floral design with flowers and leaves and figurative scenes.
- 200 Years Before “Mayberry” – The Self Sufficient Small Town Of Early America
- Let’s Get This Straight – Primitive Levels
- Gold mourning ring with a skull and cross bones on a background of woven hair. The shoulders of the ring are also decorated with a skull and cross bones. Inscribed – ‘Not lost but gone before’. 1773
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