Ancestral Notes

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Happy Loyalist Day! My Loyalist Ancestors

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My Loyalist ancestors came from Tryon County, New York, Bucks County, Pennsylvania and western New Jersey.
The Haines family came from Germany and were living in Johnstown, in the Mohawk Valley when they had to make a choice, follow the crowd or do what’s right. They chose the latter and endured the wrath of the rebels. The able-bodied men were mustered into John Butler’s Corp of Rangers which later became known as Butler’s Rangers. Mrs. Joseph Haines, Sr. (her name is not known) stayed home with the four younger children until 1781 when the family went to Lachine, Quebec with the Rangers. They stayed there for about four years until they were granted land in the Home District. They were granted land in Grantham Twp., and purchased a mill on the Humber River in 1801 which stayed in the family for decades.
The Doan family, descending from early arrivals to Plymouth Colony, came from Bucks County, Pennsylvania and western New Jersey to the Niagara area after the war, some branded traitors and escaping rebel justice, others, being Quakers, called Loyalists for refusing to take up arms or pay taxes for religious reasons. Titus Doan, Sr. and Deborah Willson Doan were members of the Black Creek meeting after arrival in Upper Canada. They came with other members of the Willson family from western New Jersey and settled in the Humberstone Twp. and Crowland Twp. area and some are still living there to this day.
My great-grandfather, John Haines, aka John Hines, grandson of Nathaniel Haines, U.E., and son of Benjamin Haines, S.U.E., was born in Niagara Twp. in 1844. He married in 1872, Harriet F. Doan, great-great-granddaughter of Titus Doan, Sr. and Deborah Willson Doan, born in Dec. 1854 in Ohio, immigrated in Jan. 1855, daughter of Linus and Hannah Doan, living in Crowland Twp., in Welland and lived there for a few years before relocating to Elgin Cty., and then to Essex Cty. about 1895.


John Hines & Harriet Doan Hines grave, Woodslee, Ontario.

My husband’s Loyalist ancestors came from the Mohawk Valley and Albany, New York. His 4th great-grandfather, Myndert (Minor) Bradt, U.E., was a private in the Butler’s Rangers, and several of his relatives served in the Rangers as well.

Minor Bradt and Eliza Bradt grave, Dunnville, Ontario
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