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RE: Loyalist Units: Westchester Refugees; Butler's, Roger's, Hayden's King's Rangers
From a posting on DearMYRTLE's Message Board at
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From: Carol Anne Shiels
-- Capt Frederick Williams - James Delancy's Westchester Refugees/Cowboys, father-in-law of
-- Jacob Sypher/Sypes - Butler's Rangers (wife's given name unknown)
-- John Eacharn/Eachorn/Acorn - Robert Roger's Kings Rangers - 3rd Battalion disbanded PEI 5/17/1782; also Samuel Hayden's Kings Rangers disbanded on PEI 6/12/1784. (Married to Eleanor Williams 1788 & settled on the Isle of St John' - now PEI)
Frederick and Jacob settled in Digby Township, Annapolis, Nova Scotia, arriving in 6/5/1783 on the ships THETIS, NICHOLAS AND JANE.
Can you advise me how to further research these individuals and their military activities? I am running out of internet options.
From Dictionary.com we find our word for today:
Your online study might include:
-- BUTLER'S RANGERS http://www.iaw.on.ca/~awoolley/brang/brang.html I googled to locate this site which includes an annotated roll of members of the rangers.
-- CANADA RESEARCH OUTLINE (from the folks at the
Family History Library in Salt Lake.)
-- NOVA SCOTIA RESEARCH OUTLINE (from the folks at
the Family History Library in Salt Lake.)
-- PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND RESEARCH OUTLINE (from the
folks at the Family History Library in Salt Lake.)
-- CANADA CHAT - Maritimes & Newfoundland. Sunday, 8-9pm in the MapleLeaf Room with hosts GFSChuck & GFSJanice. http://www.genealogyforum.org
-- CANADA GENWEB http://www.rootsweb.com/~canwgw/html/e-index.html
OFFLINE RESOURCES include:
-- LOYALISTS IN THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION (CD-ROM) http://www.genealogical.com/item_detail.asp?afid=&ID=7144 From Genealogical Publishing Company: "The term "Loyalist" is generally applied to those colonists who sided with the British during the Revolutionary War. Also called "Tories," Loyalists came from all social classes and occupations and by some estimates made up as much as one-third of the colonial population. The Loyalist cause was strongest in the southern colonies, in Georgia and the Carolinas, especially, and in the mid-Atlantic colonies, particularly New York and Pennsylvania. Sentiment against the Loyalists led to various proscriptions and restrictions, but it was the confiscation of their land and property that led to the creation--unintentionally, of course--of some of the most useful Revolutionary War-era genealogical records available today."
Of particular interest to you would be item #1, also available in book format: Loyalists and Land Settlement in Nova Scotia by Marion Gilroy.
-- THE OLD UNITED EMPIRE LOYALIST LIST, with an introduction by Milton Rubincam. http://www.genealogical.com/item_detail.asp?afid=&ID=5870 From Genealogical Publishing Company: "The "List" contains the names of the thousands of United Empire Loyalist settlers who left the American colonies during and after the Revolutionary War and settled, first, in 1783, in what is now New Brunswick and Nova Scotia, and then, in 1784, in Upper Canada, or what is now the Province of Ontario. After the war, additional settlers came from the United States to claim the protection of the Crown, and so the "List" contains additions down to 1798, the terminal year of the Loyalist migrations. The 156-page main "List" contains the names of the heads of upwards of 5,000 Loyalist families, with such information as places of residence, military service, and family relationships. A supplementary 52-page listing contains about 2,000 additional names."
Happy family tree climbing!