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Norman Crowder UE, K. BA, MA, MBA 1926-2009

from the Loyalist Trails newsletter:

Last Post: CROWDER, Norman K. BA, MA, MBA

CROWDER, Norman K. BA, MA, MBA, United Empire Loyalist Captain (retired) Canadian Army Ordnance Corp-Korean War Veteran Federal Government – Treasury Board
Peacefully at St. Vincent Hospital, after a lengthy illness, on Thursday, October 22, 2009, aged 83 years. Beloved husband of Ruth (nee Haberl) and dear father of Pat Hall (Des), Doug (Gail Snider), Marilyn Hingorani (Suresh) and Bob (Debbie). Loving grandfather of Rob (Cara), Suzanne (Sebastian), John (Sara), Brian, Robin, Michael, Asha, Lisa, Vinay and Gina.Great-grandfather of Emily, Danny, Logan, Owen and Reese. Predeceased by his parents Joseph and Grace Crowder of Renfrew and by brothers Arnold, Dalton, Allan and sisters Phyllis and Florence. Norman was a member of the Ontario Genealogical Society, a founding member of the British Isles Family History Society of Greater Ottawa, and authored several genealogical books and publications. Friends may visit at the Pinecrest Visitation Centre, 2500 Baseline Road on Monday, October 26, 2009 from 7 to 9 p.m. Service in the Chapel on Tuesday, at 11 a.m. Reception to follow. In lieu of flowers, donations to the charity of your choice would be appreciated. Condolences can be made online at
Published in the Ottawa Citizen on 10/24/2009
Member of The St. Lawrence Branch
Submitted by Lynne Cook.

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Tombstone Tuesday – Ker-Bender, Drummond Hill Cem., Lundy’s Lane, Niagara Falls, ON

Rev Peter Ker

on reverse, John Bender

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Proving Dad Was Right!

The American Revolutionary War was the defining point of where loyalties were placed and how people were judged because of their loyalties. It brought out the best and worst of human behavior. Over two centuries later, we still look back on that period in history with overwhelming pride in our ancestors’ decisions to stick by their guns and fight for what they believed was right, whether he be a patriot or loyalist.

It is this pride and sense of honour that we join lineage societies such as the United Empire Loyalists Association of Canada – UELAC, or the Sons and Daughters of the American Revolution – DAR and SAR. These organizations, although representing two sides of the war, have more similarities than differences. The are involved in educating the youth about their heritage and preserving the history of their nation. They both require genealogical proof of heredity that entitles the person to bear the initials U.E., SAR and DAR after the person’s name. The ancestor had to be involved in the military, or aided the military, or been in some way beneficial to the cause.

I have a few ancestors who qualified as Loyalists as well as one that is recognized by the Sons and Daughters of the American Revolution. I decided, since I am Canadian, I would like to be certified by the UELAC, to honour my Loyalist ancestors and their beliefs.

My Loyalist ancestor, Joseph Haines, Sr., was also my fourth greatgrandfather. He served in Butler’s Rangers along with his son, Nathaniel Haines, who was my third greatgrandfather. Anyone with a proven Loyalist ancestor can be certified, no matter where they live now.

But, if I were in the USA, I would probably seek certification with the Daughters of the American Revolution. My American ancestor, Joseph Hawkins, born in Maryland in 1753, was my sixth great-grandfather, and he fought in the battle of King’s Mountain and other skirmishes in the Tennessee area. He was Col. David Crockett’s uncle.

It isn’t for bragging rights that I wish to be certified, I want to help preserve the history of our country, and be involved with educating the youth of our nation while at the same time, I want to learn as much about my Loyalist heritage as I can, and pass what I’ve learned on to the future generations of my family. Most of all, I’m doing it for my dad, Earl Hines, who has always been interested in the history of Upper Canada and “knew” he had Loyalist ancestry. He didn’t know what our Loyalist ancestor’s names were, he didn’t even know that our surname was changed, but I have the proof and I am proving that dad was right!

Earl Hines 1926-1996

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My First UELAC Meeting

Yesterday my husband and I went to our first meeting of the Bicentennial Branch of the UELAC in Kingsville. It was the Annual Sept. luncheon. There was a great lunch catered by the ladies of the Epiphany Anglican Church, where the meetings are always held.

After lunch, we had the pleasure of hearing Fred Hayward, the 34th President of the UELAC, speak about the loyalists and how they were all individuals, coming from different backgrounds and all having different stories to tell. He encouraged all of the members to learn more about their ancestors and their family stories and pass them on to the next generations. He also talked about the education of the young people about their heritage and different programs that the UELAC is involved in, like the Four Directions Youth Project, to achieve this goal. He also spoke about the additions to the UELAC website and how the website is putting more information online so that it is accessible by everyone researching their Loyalist ancestry.

After Fred Hayward finished speaking, Kathryn Lake presented six certificates to members.

Kathryn Lake addressing members of the branch.

She also informed the members that our branch membership had increased by 115% over the 2008 numbers and we are in second place on the list of the UELAC branch memberships with the most growth. Kathryn Lake is the branch Genealogist and also a fellow geneablogger. Her blogs are LOOKING4ANCESTORS and Essex County Graveyard Rabbit. She is also a speaker and lecturer on Canadian History and Genealogy and has some groups on Genealogywise.

I have been looking forward to meeting Kathryn, and when we got a few minutes to talk, she welcomed me to the branch, and was glad there were some younger members joining. She said the average age of the members is about 65 and if there weren’t any younger members, the branch would eventually die out. She explained that the branches usually have six meetings a year, but our branch only has four because most of the members have a hard time getting out to meetings in the winter months.

Although this was our first meeting, I felt like I already knew Kathryn Lake through the geneablogger community. I’m looking forward to working with Kathryn, researching my loyalist lines and gathering sources for my certification. I’m also looking forward to the next branch meeting on November 14th.

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CCEEG #23 – Carousel – “My Silver Buckle”

I originally posted this to my blog on Multiply, but I thought I’d add it to my genealogy blog as well. I don’t know if it has anything to do with European genealogy, but I think the buckle was made there and the Haines family originated from Germany. This carousel is hosted by Amber at “Still More Genealogy

Searching for family history is really addictive, the more I learn about my ancestry, the more I need to know. I am interested in how they lived, what their daily lives were like, what style of clothing they wore, what they did to entertain themselves, their beliefs, both religious and political, well, everything.

I have some unanswered questions which may never be answered such as “Why did my great-grandfather change his surname a century ago?” and “Who was Sarah’s mother?” I have two Sarah’s with unknown mothers, they are huge brick walls but I’m trying my best to break through them. Family History research is very similar to detective work, you have to weed out the false leads and dig into people’s backgrounds, and find out as much as there is about them. Once in a while, if you’re lucky, an ancestor may become famous or infamous and there are lots of records available. Most of the time, however, the ancestor is only recorded in the census, vital records or passenger lists and immigration records.

Most people avoid cemeteries like the plague,only going when absolutely necessary, but genealogists take their cameras and go sight-seeing like tourists in among the gravestones. I’ve got to confess, I have arranged my vacation with a few trips to cemeteries I wanted to see. More than once I have dragged my husband from cemetery to cemetery for a hundred miles looking for a particular relative.

History and family history go hand in hand. You can’t really understand how your ancestors lived their lives unless you know the outside influences in their lifetime. I am especially interested in the Revolutionary war and the plight of the United Empire Loyalists. I guess it’s because my father took a great interest in the history of Canada and when we were young would take us to places which were historically significant, near or far. He would stop at every way-sign and memorial on our travels.

My dad had a silver buckle, my brother has it now, and he told us that it was from the Revolutionary war. My grandfather gave it to him, he said it had been given to him by his father. Of course, as kids, we couldn’t imagine something that old, it didn’t look that old. My dad kept it put away, and only brought it out to show someone and then put it back right away, it was the only heirloom from his ancestors and he was going to make sure nothing happened to it. I have since learned that that was the style of buckle in those times, and it would have been a treasured article, passed down from father to son. He treasured it as well, even more so, as he never really knew his grandparents.

My fondest memory of my dad’ silver buckle was the day of my first wedding. I was young, only seventeen, and my mom made my wedding dress. It was made of white satin and had a chantilly lace cape instead of a veil and train. The crowning touch was the silver buckle that my dad let me use for my dress. The silver buckle was the ‘something old’ and the ‘something borrowed’. To think that my wedding day was the first time the buckle had actually been worn in over a century! It was quite an honour and I wore it with pride when my dad walked me down the aisle.

I am researching my family history so that my grandchildren will know about their ancestors, where they came from, why they left their homeland, how they lived, what they did in their leisure, what they were like, well, everything. I want future generations to know all about our ancestors. My family history is my ‘silver buckle’.

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Sharing My Loyalist Research

While researching my Loyalist ancestors, I have acquired quite a bit of information, from many different sites on the web. After two years of researching and storing of information about “All Things Loyalist” I found there was not one group I could join to share my finds and post queries that dealt with Loyalists in particular, there were several Canadian genealogy sites and Rev. War sites, but no UEL group. Last fall, just before MSN Groups announced the closing of it’s doors, I started a group specially for people researching their Loyalist ancestors or just interested in Canadian history or the United Empire Loyalists called Loyalists Re-United. It was a new group so there wasn’t much to move, so I moved it to Multiply Groups. There is quite a bit of information there, but only a few individuals have joined the group.
I have more blog sites on Viviti where I plan on blogging about my UEL ancestors, membership and certification progress at My Loyalist Heritage. I also have a blog about the United Empire Loyalists in general at Loyalists Re-United blog.
My reason for creating these sites is to aid in researching your Loyalist ancestors and further educating the readers about the impact these people made on the history of Canada.

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Changes to Upper Canada Village

I remember going to Upper Canada Village when I was 13, just one of several historically significant stops that my dad took us to on our vacation that year. We spent most of the day there, exploring and learning how the Loyalists went through their daily lives.
Now, with the state of the economy, Upper Canada Village is feeling the effects of reduced visitors and revenue.

from “Loyalist Trails” UELAC Newsletter, June 28, 2009:

Help Preserve Upper Canada Village

At the cessation of hostilities in 1783, United Empire Loyalists made their way from the United States of America to their new homes in many parts of Canada, including the shores of the St. Lawrence River in what is now Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry. 60 years ago, with the creation of the St. Lawrence Seaway many of those first settlements, and an important part of our heritage, were flooded. Forever lost to the river were the towns of Milles Roches, Aultsville, Wales, Maple Grove and other settlements along the Front, where our loyalist ancestors carved homes out of a wilderness. While many homes and possessions of historical value were lost, the Government of Ontario made a promise to the people of this area, many of whom were of loyalist descent, and to population of Ontario that their history would be “recreated” in Upper Canada Village. Care was to be taken to ensure that the story of these first settlements would be preserved, protected and provided to the visitors to this village in a respectful manner
Growing up in a family where history was discussed on a daily basis, I had many opportunities to visit Upper Canada Village near Morrisburg. To me it was a magical place where history seemed to come alive. It was a place where the village blacksmith or grocer could be a neighbour from down the street, a place where you could smell fresh bread baking, taste horehound, that old time confectionary, see a stagecoach in operation, hear the brrrrr of the saw as it cut lumber in the sawmill and maybe experience a bit of what life was like in 19th century Ontario. Just as I have changed over the years, it would seem time has changed our beloved Upper Canada Village. Originally it was to provide the visitor with demonstrations of the settlement of this area from the coming of the United Empire Loyalists to the end of the 19th Century. We have seen how the contribution of the Loyalists has been downplayed in the village, with more emphasis being put on life in the 1860’s. One of the most visible examples of this change was the renaming of the French-Robertson House to the Robertson House. Later changes included a reduction in the number of first person interpreters and the introduction of special events such as fall fairs, quilt shows, historical wedding ceremonies and historical funerals. To be fair, it would appear that some of these changes have been beneficial to the visitor experience at Upper Canada Village.
A few years ago, news of plans to build a historical “theme park” at Upper Canada Village circulated, complete with roller coasters, water slides and other activities being located near not only Upper Canada Village but in close proximity to the Crysler Farm Battlefield. While these plans were abandoned, a few years later similar ones surfaced, disappeared and once again, earlier this year, news began to filter out about more changes to Upper Canada Village. This time, many of the changes were in the process of being instituted before the general public got wind of them. Stories circulated of penny farthing bicycles being purchased for customer rental, of renovations associated with turning the historic Cook’s Tavern into a licensed tavern and of an abandoned building being turned into a concession stand where cold drinks and various sundries would be sold. There were also rumours of wide-screen television screens being put into buildings and hidden amplifiers in trees for the “Traveling Tilton’s”.
At two meetings held in the local area, people have been told that many of the changes which are being implemented are to ensure the viability of this local heritage site and to ensure compliance with government legislation. Other reasons for the changes include a steady decline in visitor numbers and a corresponding drop in revenue. Something had to be done to ensure the survival of Upper Canada Village.
Since late May 2009, local historical societies as well as members of the general public have begun to speak up about many of the changes that are occurring at the Village. There is widespread concern about the historical integrity of buildings undergoing renovations, about changes to village building schedules as well as communition problems which seem to exist between the St. Lawrence Parks Commission and the general public. There has been press coverage of the protests, which have included demonstrations, letter and email writing campaigns, meetings and attempts to contact Commission members.
As descendants of United Empire Loyalists,we have a duty to ensure that our heritage is preserved, protected and promoted in a respectful and meaningful manner. If you are concerned about what may be happening at Upper Canada Village, I urge you to research the issues surrounding the changes and make an informed decision as to your next course of action. Please feel free to contact me at for more information if you wish. Other email contact information is listed below if you wish to make your views known.

Pat MacDonald – St. Lawrence Parks Commission –
Hon. Monique Smith (Tourism) –
Jim Brownell MPP (Liberal) –
Hon. Aileen Carroll (Culture) –
Premier Dalton McGuinty –
Bob Runciman – interim opposition leader –
Tourism Critic – Ted Arnott –
Culture Critic – Julia Munro –

Carolyn Goddard, UE, St. Lawrence Branch

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COG # 75 – Justice and Independence – The Loyalists Viewpoint

I have been reading a lot of information about the Loyalist era in history and I decided to write about the injustice that led to their eventual independence. While the newly formed United States of America was celebrating their independence from the British throne, a vast number of citizens who disagreed with the new government were not free to voice their opinions and were forced to give up their homes, never to return under full penalty of law.

The conclusion of the definitive Treaty of Peace put an end to any lingering hopes
the Loyalists may have still entertained of returning to their former homes to live,
although it contained a provision specially framed for their benefit.

General Maclean wrote on May 3rd, 1783, that Colonel Butler says that none of
his people will ever think of going to attend courts of law in the Colonies, where they
could not expect the shadow of justice, and that to repurchase their estates is what they
are not able to do; that for a much smaller sum, the Mississaugas will part with 12 Miles
more along the Lake, and that they would rather go to Japan than go among the
Americans, where they could never live in Peace.”

An Albany Newspaper of May 26th, received at Niagara early in June, showed
clearly that this surmise as to the intentions of their late opponents was fully justified. It
contained the following report of the proceedings of a Public Meeting called to consider
the terms of peace:

“At a Meeting of the Inhabitants of the district of Saratoga, the 6th of May, 1783,
the following resolutions were unanimously passed and ordered to be published in the
New York Gazette:

Resolved: that if any person who has voluntarily joined the late enemy of the
United States and who shall hereafter return to this District, such persons will be treated
with the severity due to his crimes and infamous defection.

Resolved, that if any such person has already returned since the first day of
January last and shall not remove before the tenth day of June next, he shall be treated in
like manner as those who shall presume to return hereafter.

Resolved, that it be and is hereby recommended that the Militia Officers of this
District in their several beats make diligent inquiry after such persons as are above
described, and if any are found to give notice to the inhabitants of this district that
effectual measures shall be taken for their expulsion.

Resolved, that we will hold in contempt every inhabitant of this district who shall
countenance, comfort or aid in any way, any person who has voluntarily joined the
enemy or attempted to do so.

1780 T0 1790
By Lieut.-Colonel E. Cruikshank, 1908


When in the course of human events it becomes necessary for men, in order to preserve their lives, liberties and properties, and to secure to themselves, and to their posterity, that peace, liberty and safety, to which by the laws of nature and of nature’s God they are entitled, to throw off and renounce all allegiance to a government, which under the insidious pretences of securing those inestimable blessings to them, has wholly deprived them of any security of either life, liberty, property, peace, or safety; a decent respect to the opinions of mankind, requires that they should declare, the injuries and oppressions, the arbitrary and dangerous proceedings, which impel them to transfer their allegiance from such their oppressors, to those who have offered to become their protectors.

We hold these truths to be self evident, that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain rights, that among these, are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness;

that to secure those rights, governments are instituted; that whenever any form of government becomes destructive to those ends, it is the right of the people to alter or to abolish it, or to renounce all allegiance to it, and to put themselves under such other government, as to them shall appear best calculated and most likely to effect their safety and happiness;

it is not indeed prudent to change for light and transient causes, and experience hath ever shewn, that men are disposed to suffer much before they can bring themselves to make a change of government; but when a long train of the most licentious and despotic abuses, pursuing invariably the same objects, evinces a design to reduce them under anarchy, and the distractions of democracy, and finally to force them to submit to absolute despotism, it is their right, it becomes their duty, to disclaim and renounce all allegiance to such government, and to provide new guards for their future security.

Such have been our patient sufferings, and such is now the necessity which constrains us to renounce all allegiance to Congress, or to the governments lately established by their direction.

The history of Congress, is a history of continued weakness, inconsistency, violation of the most sacred obligations of all public faith and honour, and of usurpations, all having in direct object the producing of anarchy, civil feuds, and violent injustice, which have rendered us miserable, and must soon establish tyranny over us, and our country.

To prove this let facts be submitted to the candid world.

They have recommended and caused laws to be passed, the most destructive of the public good, and ruinous to individuals.

Availing themselves of our zeal and unanimity to oppose the claims of the British Parliament, and of our unsuspecting confidence in their solemn professions and declarations, they have forbidden us to listen to, or to accept any terms of peace, until their assent should be obtained.

They have refused to accept of, or even to receive proposals and terms of accommodation and peace, though they know the terms offered exceeded what the Colonies in America had unanimously declared would be satisfactory, unless the Crown would relinquish a right inestimable to it and to the whole empire, and formidable to Congress only.

They have excited and directed the people to alter or annull their ancient constitutions, under which, they and their ancestors, had been happy for many ages, for the sole purpose of promoting their measures.

They have by mobs and riots awed Representative Houses, repeatedly into a compliance with their resolutions, though destructive of the peace, liberty, and safety of the people.

They have by their misconduct, reduced us to all the dangers and distress of actual invasion from without, and to all the horrors of a cruel war within.

They have not only prevented the increase of the population of these states, but by fines, imprisoning, and banishments, with the losses by war, they have caused a rapid depopulation.

They have corrupted all the sources of justice and equity by their Tender Law, by which they destroyed the legal force of all civil contracts, wronged the honest creditor, and deserving salary man of his just dues, stripped the helpless orphan of his patrimony, and the disconsolate widow of her dower.

They have erected a multitude of new offices, and have filled them with men from their own body, or with their creatures and dependants, to eat out the substance of the people; they have made their officers dependant on their will for the tenure of their offices, and the payment of their salaries.

They have raised a standing army and sent it into the field, without any act of the legislature, and have actually rendered it independent of the civil power, by making it solely dependant on them.

They have combined with France, the natural and hereditary enemy of our civil constitution, and religious faith, to render us dependant on and subservient to the views, of that foreign, ambitious, and despotic monarchy.

They have suffered their troops to live repeatedly on free quarters on the inhabitants, and to strip them by force of the necessaries of life, and have protected them from either trial or punishment under the plea of necessity, which necessity if real, was caused by their treacherous views, or unpardonable negligence.

They have ruined our trade, and destroyed our credit with all parts of the world.

They have forced us to receive their paper, for goods, merchandise, and for money due to us, equal to silver and gold, and then by a breach of public faith in not redeeming the same, and by the most infamous bankruptcy, have left it on our hands, to the total ruin of multitudes, and to the injury of all.

They have driven many of our people beyond the sea, into exile, and have confiscated their estates, and the estates of others who were beyond sea before the war, or the existence of Congress, on pretence of offences, and under the sanction of a mock trial, to which the person condemned was neither cited or present.

They have abolished the true system of the English constitution and laws, in thirteen of the American Provinces, and established theirin a weak and factious democracy, and have attempted to use them as introducing the same misrule and disorder into all the Colonies on the continent.

They have recommended the annihilating of our charters, abolishing many of our most valuable laws, and the altering fundamentally the form of our government.

They have destroyed all good order and government, by plunging us into the factions of democracy, and the ravages of civil war.

They have left our seas unprotected, suffered our coasts to be ravaged, our towns to be burnt, some of them by their own troops, and the lives of our people to be destroyed.

They have without the consent or knowledge of the legislatures, invited over an army of foreign mercenaries to support them and their faction, and to prevent the dreadful scenes of death and desolation from being closed by an honorable peace and accommodation with our ancient friend and parent.

They have fined, imprisoned, banished, and put to death some of our fellow citizens, for no other cause but their attachment to the English laws and constitution.

They have countenanced domestic tumults and disorders in our capital cities, and have suffered the murder of a number of our fellow citizens perpetrated under their eyes in Philadelphia, to pass unnoticed.

They first attempted to gain the savage and merciless Indians to their side, but failing in making them the presents promised and expected, have occasioned an undistinguished destruction to ages, sexes, and conditions on our frontiers.

They have involved us in an immense debt, foreign as well as internal, and did put the best port and island on our continent, into the hands of foreigners, who are their creditors.

They have wantonly violated our public faith and honor, and destroyed all grounds for private confidence, or the security of private property, have not blushed to act in direct contradiction to their most solemn declaration, and to render the people under their government, a reproach and a bye word among the nations.

In every stage of these proceedings, they have not been wanting to throw out before us, specious excuses for their conduct, as being the result of necessity and tending to the public good. –

In every stage since their public conduct, began to contradict their public declarations, our minds have been overwhelmed with apprehensions; and as our sufferings have increased, our tears have flowed in secret. It has been dangerous and even criminal to lament our situation in public.

The unsuspecting confidence which we with out fellow citizens reposed in the Congress of 1774, the unanimous applause, with which their patriotism and firmness were crowned, for having stood forth, as the champions of our rights, founded on the English constitution; at the same time that it gave to Congress the unanimous support of the whole continent, inspired their successors with very different ideas, and emboldened them by degrees to pursue measures, directly the reverse of those before adopted, and were recommended, as the only just, constitutional and safe. –

Congress in 1774 reprobated every idea of a separation from Great-Britain, and declared that they looked on such an event as the greatest of evils. –

They declared that a repeal of certain acts, complained of, would restore our ancient peace, and harmony. –

That they asked but for peace, liberty, and safety. – That they wished not for a diminution of the royal prerogative, not did they solicit the grant of any new right.

And they pledged themselves in the presence of Almighty God, that they will ever carefully and zealously endeavour to support and maintain the royal authority of Great-Britain over us, and our connection with Great-Britain – and our councils had been influenced only by the dread of impending destruction.

The acts complained of have been repealed, yet how have Congress given the lie, to these their most solemn professions!

In 1774, they declared themselves concerned for the honour of Almighty God, whose pure and holy religion, our enemies were undermining –

They pointed out those enemies, and the danger in which our holy religion was by their complaints of the establishment of the Roman Catholic religion in Canada; they say, “It is a religion which has deluged the Island of Great Britain with blood, and dispersed impiety, persecution, murder, and rebellion through every part of the world.”

We find the present Congress not only claiming a new right, and hazarding every thing valuable in life, to the present and future generations in support of it, but we also find them, leagued with the eldest son of this bloody, impious, bigoted, and persecuting church, to ruin the nation from whose loins we sprung, and which has ever been the principal bulwark in Europe, against the encroachments and tyranny of that church, and of the kingdoms devoted to her;

we think it not too severe to say, that we find them as intoxicated with ambition of Independent sovereignty, as that execrable Roman Daughter, who drove the wheels of her chariot over the mangled body of her murdered father, in her way to the capitol.

We find that all their fears and apprehensions from the Roman Catholic religion in Canada, have vanished, or sunk to nothing, when put in competition with their political views, and that they have attempted to seduce the Canadian to their side, by promises of still greater religious establishments; and to shew that they were in earnest, have countenanced this impious religion by attending its ceremonies and worship in a body. –

We find them at one time boasting of their patriotic and religious ancestors, who braved every danger of unknown seas, and coasts, to preserve civil and religious freedom, and who chose rather to become exiles, and suffer every misery that must await them, on a savage and unexplored coast, than submit to civil, but above all religious innovations – at another time we find them destroying the British Constitution, the pride of their ancestors, and encouraging a religion which they held in abhorrence, as idolatrous and tyrannical. –

We find them contending for liberty of speech, and at the same time controlling the press, by means of a mob, and persecuting every one who ventures to hint his disapprobation of their proceedings.

We find them declaring in September 1779, that to pay off their paper money, at less than its nominal value, would be an unpardonable sin, an execrable deed. “That a faithless bankrupt Republic would be a novelty in the political world, and appear like a common prostitute among chaste and reputable matrons,” would be “a reproach and a bye-word among the nations, &c.”

We find the same Congress in March following, liquidating their paper debt at 21/2 per cent. or 6d. in the pound.

We should fill volumes, were we to recite at large their inconsistency, usurpations, weaknesses and violations of the most sacred obligations – We content ourselves with the above brief recital of facts know to the world and attested by their own records.

We have sufficiently shewn that a government thus marked and distinguished from every other, either despotic or democratic, by the enormity of its excesses, injustice and infamy, is unfit to rule a free people.

We therefore, Natives and Citizens of America, appealing to the impartial world to judge of the justice of our cause, but above all to the supreme Judge of the World for the rectitude of our intentions, do renounce and disclaim all allegiance, duty, or submission to the Congress, or to any government under them, and declare that the United Colonies or States, so called, neither are, nor of right ought to be independent of the crown of Great-Britain, or unconnected with that empire;

but that we do fimly believe and maintain “That the Royal Authority of the Crown of Great-Britain over us, and our connection with that kingdom ought to be preserved and maintained, and that we will zealously endeavour to support and maintain the same;” and in the support of this declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other, and to the crown and empire of Great-Britain, our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor.

The Royal Gazette, (New York), November 17, 1781

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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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“Putting My Money Where My Mouth Is”

I have been studying my Loyalist ancestors for a couple of years, and, I’m finally “putting my money where my mouth is” (do they use that cliche anymore??) and joining the United Empire Loyalist Association of Canada-UELAC. I decided to join the Bicentennial Branch as this branch is the closest to my location. I would like to join the Col. John Butler Branch as well, because that is the location of my Loyalist ancestors, but first things first.

To become a member of the United Empire Loyalist Association of Canada you do not have to be a descendant of a Loyalist, or even live in Canada. There are members worldwide who have an interest in history of the Revolutionary War, Canada and the Loyalist period in history.

I received the membership application form from the Bicentennial Branch last summer, but have been unable to make a commitment to the association for several reasons, but now I will be able to.

I have had the application form filled out for a while, listing my direct line of descent from Joseph Haines, Sr. through to my father, Earl Hines. Joseph Haines, Sr. has been “proven” as a Loyalist in the directory on the UELAC website. Nathaniel Haines hasn’t been “proven” yet, so I will be the first descendant of Nathaniel Haines to pursue my certification. When a Loyalist ancestor is “proven”, you just have to show descent from that person. If the person is in the directory, and is not “proven”, then you must show documentation that the person was a United Empire Loyalist as well.

To apply for certification, first you must have documentary proof of the person having been recognized as a United Empire Loyalist by the Government of the day, through Loyalist land claims, patents, claims for losses, Orders in Coucil, military duties, etc.

Second, a member has to show proof of descent from the Loyalist ancestor, through birth, marriage, death and census records, family Bibles, wills, etc.

The membership application asks for the names of descendants of the applicant as well. If they wish to be certified, the descendants will be able to use the applicant’s certification and just pay a nominal fee for their certification.

The only officially recognized hereditary title in Canada is “U.E.” or “Unity of the Empire”, which can only be used after a person’s name if the person is a certified descendant of a United Empire Loyalist. My reason for wanting to be certified is to honour my Loyalist ancestors and show my recognition and appreciation of the great sacrifices they made for the future generations (me).

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July 2020