I spent most of the day on the Library and Archives Canada site looking up my ancestors' land petitions. I found quite a few, some I knew about and others were a complete surprise. The biggest surprise was when I started reading my 6th great-grandfather's petition. The surprise was that he wasn't considered a loyalist!
Titus Doan, Sr. came from New Jersey in 1785 with his wife and
children. He said in his petition that he aided the British army with
food and shelter when they came to Trenton and he had to flee from
persecution as a "tory" by the "whigs". He lost his property and two
horses. Because of his Quaker faith he was not considered a "loyalist",
merely a "settler". I would like to prove he was a loyalist.
Elijah Doan came to Upper Canada before 1790 with his wife and
children after reading the circular about the Simcoe Proclamation. He
was granted land as a settler.
Another surprise was my 3rd great-grandmother, Lydia ? Haines.
Nathaniel Haines, UEL, her husband, drew up a petition for land on her behalf
as the daughter of a loyalist in 1796. She stated that some of her
brothers fought with the Butler's Rangers. As far as I can tell form
reading the petition, she was granted land. The information I found on
Ancestry.ca was that she didn't qualify as she was not the daughter of a
loyalist. If she was born in the thirteen colonies and her brothers
joined the Butler's Rangers, she may qualify as a loyalist in her own
right. She was married in Niagara in 1786. I just have to keep
searching for her maiden name.
I found my 2nd great-grandfather, Benjamin Haines' petition for land as well in 1836.
It was after his father's death and he had an affidavit stating that he
was Nathaniel Haines' son. I found his sister, Catherine Haines
Risenburg"s petition as well in 1808. She doesn't have an affidavit with hers so I am assuming he was still living in 1808.
I located Minor Bradt and his son, William's land petitions as well.
I'm researching my husband's family as well as two of my grandchildrens'
and they both descend from William's grandson, Charles Bradt. They also
have Van Alstine, Hooper and McKinnon ancestors, possibly more loyalist
I noticed something about my loyalist ancestors,
most of them signed their name with an X. I think my great-grandfather's
generation is the first to have a formal education. Something that
nowadays is taken for granted was not an option for the early
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I created this blog to share my thoughts, experiences, tips and resources in my search for my ancestors' history and maybe, help you in your research as well. I am particularly interested in the history of Upper Canada and the Loyalist period in history.
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