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Stephen Davidson provided the following:
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Thanks to the generousity of loyalist scholar, Wallace Hale, I have
the transcriptions of almost 1,200 claims that were made by
loyalists who had settled in New Brunswick, Ontario, Quebec, and Nova
Scotia. These records can be purchased in a CD format for personal
research from the Fort Havoc website (http://personal.nbnet.nb.ca/halew/idx.htm).

As I reviewed the compensation claims made to the British government
by loyalists who settled in Cumberland County, I pulled out two types
of claims. The first ones are ones made by loyalists who clearly
indicated that they had settled in Cumberland County. The second list
of claims belong to those whose names match those of Cumberland
loyalists, but belong to people who seem to have settled elsewhere.
(It should be noted, however, that the loyalists did have a tendency
to move about. Someone who intitially settled on the St. John River,
for example, could move to another part of the province in later years.)

Some of these records have lots of wonderful details; others are
maddeningly brief. Sometimes the names of siblings or witnesses shed
further light on the person's family and associates. As you will see,
those who settled in Cumberland County sometimes went to make their
compensation claims in Saint John and sometimes they went to Halifax.
Others had sent their claims to England.
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You will find loyalists who came from a variety of backgrounds -- including those who owned slaves. I found it interesting to see a reference in one claim to the one and
only attack that American patriots made in the Maritimes during the
Revolution.
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Compensation Claims were found for these twenty-five loyalists who settled in Cumberland County:

John Hamilton, John Gleeson Martin Gay, Amos Fowler, James Eccles John Crawford Samuel Cornwell, Obadiah Ackerley, Jabez Rundle James [Jacob] Totten, Junr, James Darry [Derry], Captain Frederick Williams, John Derry, Michael Lloyd, Robert Katch [Hatch], KEECH Jonathan Fowler, Ensign, John Brown, Jeremiah Merrit, Solomon Horton, Captain Samuel Kipp, Gabriel Purdy, John Angevine, Samuel Horton, James Huson [Hewson, Huston], John Pugsley,The Claims for Compensation of the Cumberland County Loyalists listed above

[Saint John] February 8. [1787.]
Claim of John Hamilton, late of S. Carolina.
Claimt. says. He is an Irishman. Was settled in Coty Dam Creek. Served the Brit. from the first. Served under Col. Hamilton in 96 Militia during the War. Has been in 2 or 3 Skirmishes. Joined at 96. Was at the first engagement there.
Had 100 acres on --------- Town Waters. Had lived there 15 years. Had 15 acres Cleared. Had a good stock of Cattle. Speaks with certy. of 8, 2 Mares & one Horse, 12 Sheep, furniture & utensils. Left these things on his Farm. His wife & family were sent away & the things taken. Now settled on Patago Jack [Petitcodiac] River, Cumberland.
Col. Hamilton delivers a Memorial for Claimt. in which he speaks of his Knowledge of Claimt.'s Loyalty & Services & his having a Plantation & stock.
David Blakeney, Wits.:
Remembers Claimt. serving in the Militia of 96. Has been at his house. He had a pretty Plantation on Cuffy Town [Scuffletown ?] Waters; a smart Clearance. He had a pretty stock, has some Cattle & Sheep.
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[Saint John] 1786. November 2nd.
New Claim
Case of John Gleeson, late of New York.
Claimant says he left in Sumr., 1783. Sent his Claim to Col. D. [DeLancey].
Lived in North Castle. Joined the Brit. in 1779. Joined Major Bearman [Bareman]. Continued to serve during the War. Now settled on Cobblegate Mountain.
Was possessed of a farm of 120 acres in West Chester Co. Produces Deed from James Burns to Claimt. of 120 acres in West Chester Co., in Considn. £400, 13 Feby., 1776. The Troubles had begun. Says he paid the Purchase Mon. in old Money except £66. The Land is now in Possession of James Leggat who has 2 Tenants upon it.
To be allowed.
After Claimt. bought it built a Log house & builds. Made 9 fields. Set out an Orchard. He laid out £200. Lost 1 horse at Morrisina taken by Rebels, 1 do. Left 25 sheep on the Farm when he went away. 100 Bushls. Wheat, farming utensils & English goods taken from his house at North Castle to amount of £40 or 50. Says he was in Debt £332. Offered his farm & his Books to his Creditors, which they would not take. Has 200 or £300 due to him.
To be allowed.
Produces Certificates from six Justices to his Loss Goods by Water on his Coming into the Country. Brought several Things with him. Came to Cumberland & going from Cumberland to Mickam [Maccan ?] the Boat was lost & Claimt. lost Cash £100, Household furniture, Cloathes(sic) for himself & family, £100.
Jeremiah Merrit:
Knew Claimant. Remembers that he servd. in Col. Delancey's Regt. a good while. Knew his Farm at North Castle, bought of James Burnes.
He had a good stock on his farm. Remembers he left soon when he joined the Brit. Remembers his bringing furniture from New York & heard of its being lost.
Stephen Seaman, Wits.
Remembers that Claimant served a long time with Col. Delancey. Heard he brought a Considerable Property with him from New York & that he lost it. To be allowed for Cattle on his farm & his Loss on removal.
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Case of Martin Gay, late of Boston.
Claimt. Sworn Saith:
He is a native of America. Served his time at Boston. Resided at Boston in 1774 in the business of a Copper Smith. When troubles broke out took every occasion to express his abhorrence of measures taken by Americans and declaring his sentiments in favr. of Brit.
Was in Boston during the whole time of the Blockade & left Boston with Sr. Wm. How(sic). Came to this Province from Boston in March, 1776. Remained here the whole War. Looks upon Cumberland as his place of residence. Left Cumberland in July, 1784, & went to Boston & has been there ever since. Wife & 2 Children are now at Boston.
In 1776 whan an attack was made on Cumberland by the Rebels he was not on the spot.
His intention is to be an Inhabitnt. of this Province under Brit. Govrnt. Means to reside in Cumberland in future. Has no Idea of residing in the States.
Produces appointment Nov., 1775, from Sr. W. How to Claimt. to be one of the Five Wards of Boston.
Claimant was possessed of house, store & shop in Union street. Produces Deed from Ebneezer Gay to Claimt. dated 30 Sep., 1760 of 1⁄4 of Certn. Missuage(sic), &c., in Union street in Considn. of £30. Produces Deed from Peter Lane, George Lane, Hannah Johnson, dated 1760, releasing to Claimt. all their rights in 1⁄4 of Cert. Miss. in Union street, in Considn. £30. Do. from Elizabeth Noyes of 1⁄4 of the aforesaid Prems. dated 1760, in Considn. £30.
Produces Deed from Samuel Valentine Conveying a Messuage or Tract of Land in Union Street to Claimt. in Considn. of £100, dated June, 1760.
Produces Deed from James Godfrey to Claimt. of 1-4 of Certn. Mess. in Union Street, in Considn. £30, dated 1760.
For a few pages the edges of the leaves are gone and words cannot be supplied. -- C.H.*
Produces Certificate from Joshua H., Register, dated Boston, Feby. 24, 17--, that this Deed of Mortgage had registered & remained uncancelled which Claimt. explains thus:
All purchases of forfeited Estates from the Commrs. had a right to go to the Registers office, have the Deeds of Conveyance to the Absentees cancelled, which was thus done by the Committee in order to secure the purchase & give him a clear Title.
This Estate is comprised in the Judgment of forfeiture & has been sold. Vals. it at £125 Str.; is greatly under the value claimt. was entitled to.
No. 3. House & 17 acres in Dedham. Produces a mortgage Deed from Joshua Gay to Claimt., 15 July, 1773, for £200. The aforesaid Prems.; the money not being paid, the Estate became absolute in Claimt. -- taking Possession, or drove away -- to foreclose Equity of Redemption.
This Estate has been sold. Estate of Claimt. as appears by Certificate of Commrs. Sale.
Produces Certificate from Joshua Kershaw, Register, that this mortgage deed had been cancelled by Committee.
Claimt. was possesseed of Stock in Trade & Tools to the amount of £1,021.2.5 lawful.
Admits that he had secured & saved chiefly by means of his wife, £545.13. Claims for the Balance which is £475.9.5 lawful, -- £356.5 Ster.
Claimt. swears he lost to the above amount & that the several articles are unrecoverable.
Claimt. says that immediately after he left Boston, the Committee took Possession of his house, Workship & Stock & Continued in possession of it. Wife secured part of the property, but all the rest was seized & disposed of by the persons who took Possession under the Committee.
States Debts to Amt. of 1,775.11 Ster.
Was possessed of part of a Sloop calld. Polly, with Cargo. This Ship was sent from Boston to Nova Scotia to fetch Provs. for use of Garrison in Boston & was taken by an American Privateer. Claimt.'s interest was worth £57.11.9 Ster.
Claimt. states the annual Income from his Trade at £500 lawful, which he has lost for 10 yrs.
Claimt. was possessed of 2 negroes. They were purchased by the State after Claimt. went away on acct. of Claimt. going away. They were at their own Liberty & went off in consequence of the enfranchisement. Vals. them at £41 lawful.
Was possessed of furniture & cloaths(sic) to amount of 93 lawful which were seized when Claimt. went away & are entirely lost.
Claimt. built a large dwelling house, workhouse & store. Thinks they must have cost him £2,000 lawful. Vals. the whole at £2,000 lawful money. The Appraisers have valued it at less as Claimt. desired them to value it low. This Estate is condemned but not yet sold owing to his wife having her 3rds. while she remains in the States.
Claimt. was possessed of half an house, No. 2, & Land in Winter Street. Produces Deed from Samuel Osborne to Claimt. Conveying a moiety of an house & Land in Winter Street, as mortgage security for £80, dated 29th Oct., 1770. Money was not paid in time, whereby the Estate became Claimt.'s, but he took no steps to foreclose the Equity of Redemption, but took possession in the year 1774.
Produces Valuation of the house & builds. in Union Street by Thos. Dawes, Thomas Crafte & Hopestill Capon, on Oath that they are worth £1,250 Ster.
Produces Certificates from Thos Walley & Herman Bremmer to his Loyalty, Integrity & property. Produces office Copy of Judgment agst. Claimt. and of the forfeiture of house & builds. in Winter Street. House & Land in Union Street.
Produces authentic Copy of Warrant from Judge of Probates, &c., to divers persons to set out 1-3 pt. of Claimt.'s real estate during absence of her Husb., and their return thereto with acct. of allowance they make her & the Approbation of Judge of Probates. Produces office Copy of Sale & farm at Dedham.
Mr. Wm. Tailor, Wits.:
Knew Claimt. at Boston in 1774. He there uniformly conducted himself as a friend to Brit. Govnt. Remembers he was in Boston during the Blockade. Came from thence to this Province with Sir Willm. How(sic).
Believes he resided in this Province during the War. Went to Boston in July, 1784. Witness looks upon him still as an Inhabit. of this Prov.
Knew his house at Boston. A large brick House, 3 Story high, built by himself, with a large workhouse & shop, New, built by himself. Vals. it at £1,250 Ster. Knows the 3 Appraisers & that they are men of Character. Cannot speak of the Profit of his Trade or furniture. Heard that he had an Interest in a vessel which sailed from Cumberland to Boston.
Has heard that Richd. Cranch was one of the Commrs. for sale of forfeited Est. Knows the hand writing of the other. Claimant was a very respectable man in his private character and connected with persons the most forward in opposing the measures of the Rebels.
Joseph Tailor, Wits.
Knew Claimt. in Boston in 1774. A man of respectable Char. At the head of his branch of Business. He was esteemed a very firm friend of Govrnt., a valuable member of society, the first in his Trade, a man of Integrity & uniform Loyalty. Cannot speak of his Intentions as to future Residence. Thinks he had no views of Business on going last to Boston, that it was chiefly with a view to pick up his fortune & Debts.
Knew his house in Union street; a large brick house with shop & stores. He had fine Stills & Worms. He was the first Copper Smith in Massachusetts. Cannot speak with any certainty of value. Cannot say who is in Possession now. Knows the Appraisers that they are men of Character. Knows Cranch & Saml. Barret that they were State Agents.
Does not know anything of the Loss of a Sloop. Knows the 2 other Appraisers, Whately & Bremmer. Think them men of Character & Skill.
Benjamin Mulberry Holmes, Wits.:
Has known Claimt. many years. He was in very considerable business. Knew him in 1774. From beginning he took part of Govrnt. & was forward to oppose measures of Rebels. His Character as an honest man & good citizen is equal to that of any man in America. Nor is there any one who was a more loyal subject of the King of Great Brit. He has had knowledge of his uniform Loyalty. Knew his house & shop in Union street. Witness was himself a Distiller & often employed him, & knew his shop & stores. He was the only man in Boston that carried on the business for the Distillers in the large way which Claimt. did. Thinks the whole Est. in Union Street worth 1,000 or 1,200 Ster.
Knew that he had an Estate in Winter street. Did not know his farm at Dedham.
Witness looks at the acct. of Stock in Trade and thinks he must have been in Possession of Articles to that Amount and that the valuation is not exaggerated. He knows that he had a great many of the best tools & thinks he has fairly valued them.
Witness came with him with Sir Wm. How & he looks upon him as a subject of the Brit. Govrnt. tho. he has lately been & made a stay at Boston. Thinks his wife does not like to come away.
[Noted after the claim of Samuel Davenport - RWH]
July 14th. [1786]
Claimt. produces Certificate from Richard Cranch, S. Hensham & Saml. Barret, dated Boston, 19th June, 1786, that the real Estate of Martin Gay in Union street was sold, reserving a Provision for his wife.
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* C. H. is presumably Canniff Haight, who copied the manuscript at Washington. See "History of the M. S." in the Introduction. - RWH =========================








[Saint John] November 7. [1786.]
New Claim
Case of Amos Fowler, late of New York.
Claimt. came to Cumberland in Oct., 1783, sent no Claim home that year.
Is told his Claim cannot be admitted.
[See Coldham's 'American Loyalist Claims.' - RWH]
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New Claim
Case of James Eccles, late of New York.
Claimt. sworn saith:
Sent his Claim to Col. Delancey. He lived in Dutchess Co. Joined Col. Delancey in the year 1780. Served with him as a private to end of war. Now settled in Cumberland.
Lost 1 horse at Morrisina, plundered, when the houses were burnt. Lost one horse a year before he left home. He was taken Prisoner at the time, because he was suspected of intending to go to Brit. Col. Henry Lundington took the horse & at the same time took Claimt. Prisoner. Was taken Prisoner at Morrisina & kept close Prisoner 2 yrs. & 4 months at Lancaster, Philadelphia & other Places.
Wearing apparel lost at Morrisina, when ye houses were burnt.
Henry Peers, Wits:
Remembers that Claimt. served under Col. Delancey. He lost an horse at Morrisina; plundered. A very good one.


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New Claim
Case of John Crawford, late of New York.
Sent his Claim to Col. D. [DeLancey]
Lived at Pondridge [Poundridge] in West Chester Co. Joined the Brit. in the year 1780. He was persecuted, beat & abused. Was tried for his Life on suspicion of being Pilot, was taken by a mob who were going to hang him, he had a large family could not leave them. Thinks he did not sign any Rebel Association. Was fined for not serving in Militia he came to Delancey but was not able to serve but continued with him and worked at the Trade of Cordwainer & Shoemaker till Evacuation of New York. Now settled at Cumberland.
Was possessed of 60 acres of Land with house & Barn in West Chester. Had 40 acres by his Father's Will. Produces Copy of Will of his Father John Crawford, whereby he gives his son John the Claimant, 40 acres of Land, dated 1770.
Robert, the eldest son, is dead, leaving Children. Claimant had been in Possession of these Lands 3 or 4 years before his Father's Death continued in possession till 1780 built an House & Barn upon it, bought 20 acres adjoining to the above about 1771, of his Brother James Crawford at 40sh. per acre, improved & fenced it. The whole lot was valuable Land, near 20 acres Meadow, about 20 acres Plough Land, Vals. it at £400.
This Estate has been Confiscated, Produces Judgement against Claimt. & Confiscation of his Estate, does not know who has bought it, nor who is in Possession. Heard that Capt. Jos. Lockwood & Amos Scofield were in Possession.
Lost 4 Oxen, they were all taken for fines, 2 Cows & 6 young Cattle, taken for fines. Claimt. himself sold some & paid fines with the money. 2 Cows were taken as he was coming into the Lines. Withdraws claim for 20 Sheep as they have been sold & he has got the money, lost 2 horses, 1 taken for a fine, another taken after he was within the Lines, plundered Indian Corn growing on a small piece of Land that he had hired.
James Crawford, Wits.:
Claimt. was always Considered as a Loyalist & ill treated on that acct. He was much abused by the Mob. Heard he was tried for his Life. He was Considered as having piloted the Brit. Army from King's Bridge to Bedford, he was tried for it & acquitted. He had 60 acres of Land, 40 under his Father's Will, he purchased 20 acres of Witness, at about 40 Sh. per acre.
He was in Possession of 40 acres before his Father's Death. It was understood in the family that he was to have what was left by his Father's Will forever. He was Clear of Debt. Vals. the 40 acres at £10 per acre. Knew that he had a good stock. The eldest son of the elder Brother Robert is now living at Boston. The Son is now of age.
Titus Brown, Wits.:
Claimant was alwaya a Loyalist, suffered as much as a man could & live. Knew his Land, he had it from his Father & Brother, Vals. the land at £8 per acre, he means Cultivated Lands would fetch £8 New York Curcy.
His Stock was mostly taken for fines.

================ [Saint John] November 9. [1786.]
New Claim
Case of Saml. Cornwell, late of New York.
Claimt. saith: Sent his Claim to Col. D. [Col. DeLancey]. Lived in Dutchess Co. Joined the Brit. April, 1777, served under Major Holland, then Col. Emerick, then Hatfield, then Dy. as Seargent(sic) till end of the War. Now settled at Cumberland.
Abominably high.
Was possessed of an house at King's Bridge, built at his own expence during the War, within the Lines, not his own Land, it was rebel Land, by that means lost his house. Says he gave £120 N. Y. Curcy for the Boards, Nails & Shingles & Carpenters Work. Lost 2 horses, one killed, one taken in action. Cattle taken by Brit. Troops. Slay(sic) & horses, he was getting wood for the use of the Army under a Contract & they were taken by a Plundering Party by force of Arms. 2 horses taken in the same way, in the service, 1 horse died while he was in pursuit of Rebels. Lost Cash when taken Prisr. in 1778, Cloathes(sic) at same time, 2 horses more.
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[Saint John,Undated,BetweenNov. 9 and 14, 1786.]
Case of Saml. Cornwall(sic). V. 113.
Abraham Covert, Wits.:
Remembers Claimts serving with D. Remembers his house at Kings Bridge, he built it on rebel ground, it was a frame, rather more than an Hut, not so much finished, things were very high.

[Saint John] November 9. [1786.]
New Claim
Case of Obadiah Ackerly(sic), late of New York.
Sent his Claim to Col. D. [DeLancey].
Joined D. in 1777 in the first Troop of horse which he raised, served till that Troop was discharged, then with Major Bearman [Bareman], then Hatfield, then Col. D. as a Private. Now settled at Cumberland.
Claimt speaks very fairly.
Lost some of his furniture before he left home, he lived in Courtland Manor. Rebels came & put him in Confinement because he was a subject to the British & traded with them & assisted, took cloathes(sic) & furniture, val. £30 York Crcy. Lost all his horses in service, lost the rest of his furniture while in the Lines at Morrisina, lost 2 Cattle, he lived on the outlines, a party came down & took them a few Days after the Peace. Claimt. bought them of Aaron Hurd. The people who took them came in the night, were called Skinners. ==============
[Saint John] November 2. [1786.]
New Claim
Case of Jabez Rundle, late of New York.
Joined the Brit. in 1779, Served all the war as a private, settled at Cumberland.
Lost a fine horse. Lost in action, he was taken. Heard he was taken by a Scout who had it from the Americans & bought it in. Claimant bought it. The persons who took it claimed it as their property.
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[Saint John]October 30.[1786.]
New Claim
Case of James Tolten(sic), late of New York.
Claimt. says: He came from New York in Septr. 1783. Settled in Cumberland. Sent his Calim by Col. Delancey. V. Case of Saml. Kipp.
Served in Col. Delancey's Regt., & before Col. Delancey had it, as a private. Lost 2 horses in service. Paid £12 York Cury. for one, the other was taken out of the Country.
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Halifax, 24th Nov., 1788.
Evidence on the Claim of James Derry, late of New York.
Claimant Sworn -- Says he sent a claim home to Colonel Delancey -- Lived near Venplanks [Verplanck's] Point.
Is a native of America -- joined Col. Delancey Corps. Served all the War -- now lives at Cumberland.
He lived with his Father -- had Creatures of his own -- one mare -- one yoke of oxen -- eight head of horned Cattle -- Six Sheep.
John Derry the Father says he had this Property.
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[Saint John] 1786. Oct. 23.
New Claim
Case of Frederick Williams, late of New York.
Claimant Sworn Saith:
He came from New York about June or July, 1783. Returned to fetch his wife & family from New York. Staid there about 4 or 5 days, then set off for this Province on his return; had a very bad passage & did not get to Anapolis till about the beginning of the New Year, 1784. As soon as he arrived he drew up his Claim & sent it to Halifax to be forwarded to Col. James Delancey, then in London. It was forwarded accordingly, but arrived a few days too late.
Says he is a native of America. Lived at West Chester on Frogs Neck when Troubles broke out. At first appeared neuter & was quiet, but signed no Association nor servd. in the Militia. Joined the Brit. as soon as they landed on Frogs Neck. Had done them service before by dispersing Protections, by giving them information of the Rebel Works. He sent an acct. of their strength to Sir Wm. Erskine & Gen. How(sic). On the Brit. landing Claimant joined them, at a great risk, having been pursued & in Danger of being intercepted. Embarked in the Boat with Gr. Wm. Erskine & Gen. How. Continued with them till sent forward with a Co. of Light Infantry. Gave information of the ground to Col. Musgrave, who was wounded in an engagement while Claimant was with him. Returned with the Troops to New York.
After this returned home in 1777. Had a Commission as Captn. in Col. James Delancey's Regmt. of Militia.
Produces Commission dated 31 March, 1777. Has no half pay. Servd. during the War; raised upwards of 100 men. Came away in the Sumr. 1783. Now settled at the Head of St. Mary's Bay.
Has made over his landed Estate to a Relative who has hitherto preserved it.
Lost. -- 13 Oxen, 7 Cows, 8 Young Cattle, 2 Hogs, 45 Sheep. They were taken by the Americans at different Times from his farm. Does not know what use they were put to. His House was burnt & effects in it by a party of Rebels. Val. £50.
Lost 8 Horses taken away by Rebels. They were kept for the service, & some lost in service. Lost a Negro Man. He was taken by the British & served in Rogers' Co., & died. Lost a negro man & a Negro woman, & 4 Boys, taken when house was burnt by the Rebels.
Lost a ferry Boat taken by Rebels. New, worth £50.
Lost some articles by Brit. Troops, Negro before mentioned, forage to amt. of £15. Claimt. was with the party who took Col. Wells from his Encampmt., & Col. Green at another time.
Jacob Veal, Wits.:
Knew Claimt. in Frogs Neck. He was a Loyalist. Joined the Brit. early at Frogs Neck. He had afterwards a Commission as Captn.; was always out with the Army, & continued to serve during the War. Remembers that he lost many cattle, 40 or 50, taken by the Rebels; 40 Sheep. Remembers his house burnt. Remembers negroes taken by the Rebels, who came to plunder him as being a Loyalist, engaged in arms agst. them. He lost a Negro man & a Wench & 3 or 4 Children. Lost many effects from his house. He lost a Considerable No. of horses, some in service and some taken by the Rebels when his house was burnt.
Thomas Bayeux, Wits.:
Knew that Claimant had a place at Frogs Neck. Knew that he served as Captn. under Col. Delancey; believes during the whole War.
Major Huggerford:
Knew Claimant; from the first considered him as a Loyalist. He joined the Brit.; served as Captn. in Wits' Regiment of West Chester Refugees. He distinguished himself by his activity & Bravery. Witness employed him oftener than any officer in the Regiment & was always satisfied with his conduct. Remembers that at one time a large quantity of Cattle were taken from him by the Rebels. Remembers that he had Negroes. The Parties that came down for this purpose, came particularly with a view against the property of distinguished Loyalists. He continued to have the Command of a Post at Frogs Neck during the War.
Gideon Palmer, Wits.:
Claimant had a great many horses & cattle. Lost all at different times. Remembers his house being burnt, & he lost at that time a Negro Wench & several Children. ================= Halifax, 24th Nov., 1788.
Evidence on the Claim of John Derry, late of West Chester County New York.
Claimant Sworn Says -- he was at Cumberland in the Fall of 1783 -- sent a Claim to Col. Delancey but it got too late. Was ill and could not come to St. Johns.
Is a native of Ireland -- came to America Forty years ago -- lived near Venplanks [Verplanck's] Point. He served in Delanceys Corps.
Had no Lands of his own -- lived on a Farm -- Lost three Cows -- 6 Sheep -- on his Farm. Had a mare taken by a Rebel Colonel. Was plundered of £16 by a Rebel. Household furniture.
James Derry, Wits.:
Says he lived with his Father. He joined the British and served some years. Swears to the Property mentioned in the Schedule. ============
[Saint John] November 6. [1786.]
New Claim
Case of Mich. Lloyd, late of New York.
Sent his Claim to Col. D. [DeLancey] Native of Ireland, at Philadelphia. Joined the Brit. in 1777. First in 52 Regt. then 57th Regt. Then served with Bearman [Major M. Bareman], then with Hatfield, then Col. Delancey, till end of War, now settled in Cumberland.
Lost 3 horses while in service with Col. D. at Morrisina. Left 3 behind him at New York when they came away. He is told to expect nothing.
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[Saint John] 1786. October 31.
New Claim
Case of Rob. Kerch(sic), late of New York. {I think this is your Robert Katch/Hatch}
[While the name appears as "Kerch" throughout the transcript, it is properly "Keech." - RWH]
Claimant appears & being sworn saith:
He left New York in sumr. 1783. Sent his Claim to Col. Delancey.
He is a native of America. Lived in Ulster Co. Joined the Refugees under Col. Hatfield in 1779. Served all the war, till he came to this Province. Now settled in Cumberland. His Father, William Kerch of Ulster Co., had acted as Lieut. of Militia.
Note. -- Seems an estate in tail, which is given them.
In 1777 came within the British Lines. Continued ill & died in 1778. Left a Will, and gave Claimant an Estate. Produces his Father's Will, dated in 1778, whereby he gives a farm of 118 acres, which he bought of Jacob De Gorma [De Garmo] to his Sons, Robert, Job, David, William. Attested by 3 Wits.
Name does not appear.
Claimant's share is 1-4 of 118 acres. Vals. the whole at £240. Heard that one Ebenezer Gilbert was in Possession. Cannot say it was sold.
Kesia King, Wits:
Knew the Farm which belonged to Claimant's Father. Remembers him in Possession of it. He was Lieut. of Militia. He was a Loyalist. Went in the Brit. Lines & lost all by being a Loyalist. The son, Robert Kerch, has served a great while in Delancey's Corps.
Claimant seem a fair man.
His Brothers are in the States. He says they are not in Possession of the Estate. ============ [Saint John] 1786. Oct. 22.
New Claim
Case of Jonathan Fowler, late of New York.
Claimt. appears, Sworn Saith:
He came from New York just before the last Embarkation. Had heard of the Act. Some persons sd. that Claimant's Estate was confiscated; some said not.
Produces a Letter dated 30 March, 1784, which mentions that it was said his Estate was not confiscated, owing to a mistake of the Sheriff. Claimant has no doubt but that in fact his Estate was confiscated, tho' he did not know it for a certainty till lately. Did not hear of the mistake of the Sheriff till he recd. the above mentd. Letter.
Seems a very fine man.
Claimant is told that as he took no steps till after Expirn. of Act of Parlt., and as the reason he assigns that he was led to suppose there might be no Confiscation from a mistake of the Sheriff, was not known to him till the Expiration of Act, His Claim cannot be admitted. ==========
[Saint John] 1786. October 31.
New Claim
Case of John Brown, late of New York.
Claimant sworn saith:
He left New York in the sumr. 1783. Sent his Claim home to Col. Delancey.
N.B. -- A very fair man.
Native of England. Settled in America 7 or 8 years before the Rebellion. Lived at Horse Neck. When Troubles began, joined the Brit. in 1777, at King's Bridge. Served with Col. Delancey then under Col. Hamilton, afterwards with Col. Emerick(sic) as private, then with Col. Hatfield & continued in service the whole war. Now settled at Fannings Borough.
Was possessed of house & 5 acres in Horse Neck. Purchased the Land at 50 shills. per acre & build a new stone house. Made a stone fence & planted fruit trees of various kinds. Vals. it at £50. Lost Wheat, Household stuff, one Cow.
Thomas Merit, Wits:
Knew his Land at Horse Neck, about 5 acres. He purchased it some years before ye Troubles. He built an house & greatly Improved it. Vals. it at £50 York Cury. He had one Cow. Heard particularly that Rebels took his Land & Cow & goods, because he joined the Brit.
N.B. -- Claimant to be allowed almost the whole of his Demand. ============ [Saint John] November 2. [1786.]
New Claim
Case of James Merrit (sic), late of New York. {Is this your Jeremiah Merrit or a relative of his? He is a Cumberland settler}
Sent his Claim to Col. D. [Col. DeLancey].
Joined the Brit. in 1779. Served in Delancey's Regt. till end of the War. Now settled in Cumberland. Lived in White Plains before the Troubles. Had a Negro given him by his Father just as he went within the Lines. He was taken by a Rebel party, who came plundering & sold at auction. A young negro, worth £100. Lost a yoke of oxen; taken away before Claimt. had joined the Brit.
He lived with his Father. It was known that he was a Tory, and they came & took all his Creatures: a yoke of Oxen, 3 Cows, 3 head Cattle. They took these Cattle away from his Father's farm. They were sold. Lost 2 horses at Morrisina while he was in service. Left a wagon that he could not bring away from New York, Val. £20.
Samuel Embree:
Heard that his Father gave him a Negro, when he was a boy. Came into the Lines when Claimt. came. Witness hired him of Claimt. by the month. While he was in his Employ he was taken by a party who came plundering & sold at Vendue. Thinks the plunderers had ye money. Vals. £100 Cury.
Nathanl. Purdy, Wits.
Claimant had a pair of Steers which were kept on his Father's land. Claimt. bought them of Wit. Heard they were taken for the use of the rebel army. Did not understand that the persons who took them made any enquiries whose property they were.
Claimant seems a fair man.
Samuel Haliday, Wits.
Knew that Claimant left a Wagon behind him when they left New York because he could not bring it away. It was a very good Wagon. =============== [Saint John] 1786. October 31.
New Claim
Case of Solomon Horton, late of New York.
Claimt. appears & being sworn saith:
He left New York in the summer 1783. Sent his Claim to Col. Delancey.
Is a native of America. Lived on Philips Manor. Went within the Lines in 1777. Took an Oath of Allegiance at New York in 1777. Produces Certificate by the Mayor of New York. Produces Pass from Col. Fanning. Joined Col. Delancey about 2 years before end of the war. Kept Guard at Col. Delancey's Mill, 6 or 7 months. Afterwards did work with his Wagon & horses. Looked upon himself as under Col. Delancey. New settled at Ramsbac (sic).
Was possessed of a Farm at Philips Manor, as Tenant. About 130 acres. Had it from his Father, about a year or two before he left home. The House & Buildings & fence he calls Improvements, these belonged to the Tenant. This house & buildings built by his Father, cannot value the builds. All this was cleared Land except 12 or 14 acres.
He says his Father may be upon it now. He had a Writing from his Father. Says he went to the Landlord with his Father. His Father said Col. give my Land to my Son Solomon. He said very well. Does not know that anything was done by ye Col. or the Claimant, father's name was Samuel. Claimant has an elder Bror. now living near Cumberland. His Father sided with Americans, and Claimant says he now lives upon it for his life by Agreement, when he gave it to Claimant. Vals. the Improvemts. &c. at £500.
Lost a yoke of oxen, 2 young Cattle, 5 Cows, 7 young Cattle, 3 Horses.
Claimant was taken Prisoner just before the Battle of the White Plains. Left all the above articles on his Farm at Philips Manor. Heard they were taken by Rebel Army. They drove all in the place belonging to friends or foes. Took his furniture & farming utensils. Taken by the rebel army. Vals. them at £80.
Had a small house at Morrisina, built on Morris Land. Had no leave from Morris. Had a Protection from Genl. Tryon. Vals. this house at £15. Lost Pork & grain to amount of £35; in an House at Morrisina. Claimt. lived there. It was burnt and the above articles destroyed. Burnt by a party who came to take them. Col. Hatfield & several others were taken Prisoners. Has no Witnesses present.
N.B. -- His farm on Philips Manor is too highly valued, but it does not appear to be lost. May be allowed for yoke of oxen, 1 yoke young Cattle, 3 Horses, 5 Cows. =============== [Saint John] 1786. October 30.
New Claim
Case of Saml. Kipp, late of New York.
Claimant Sworn Saith:
He left New York in 1783 on 1st June, and came to Nova Scotia, & settled on his first coming at Cumberland. In consequence of having heard of a Letter from Col. Delancey to Captn. Knapp, he drew up his Claim & swore to it before James Law, 9th Nov., and gave it Gilbert Totten, Agent to Col. Delancey's Regiment, who was to give it to Major Brace, who was going to England as Claimt. understood & was to deliver it there to Col. Delancey. This was about the month of Novr. Major Bruce(sic) went to Halifax. Thinks the Claim was forwarded to him there. He went to England, but the Claim came too late to Col. Delancey's Hands to be delivered in time.
Produces Letter from Col. Delancey in which he admits he recd. the Claim, with many others, in No. 133, in July, 1784, with a Copy of a note from Major Brace to Col. Delancey, dated 12 July, 1784, in which he informs him that he sends him a Packet just recd. from Halifax, which he supposes should have been delivered before he left the country.
Claimt. says he is a native of America; resided at North Castle in New York Prov. when the Troubles began. Never signed any Association with the Rebels or served in their Militia. Joined the Brit. just after the Battle at Long Island. Joined Col. Rogers and served under him as Volunteer in the Queen's Rangers that Campaign. The next summer served under Col. Delancey in Regt. of West Chester Loyalists. In 1779 had a Commission as Lieut. of Capt. Knapp's Troop of Refugee & Militia Light Horse.
[Additional details of service in Coldham's 'American Loyalist Claims,' pp. 274-5. - RWH]
Produces Commission from Govr. Tryon, dated 19 Nov., 1779. In 1780 had a Command of a Troop under Col. Delancey. Continued to serve under him during the War. Came in the summer 1783 to Nova Scotia & is now settled.
Produces Certificate signed Marguard(sic), aid de Camp to Genl. Losberg to Loyalty & to spirited services of Claimt.
Was entitled to 1⁄4 of a farm at North Castle in West Chester Co., left by his Father's Will. Produces Will of Benj. Kipp, his Father, dated 3 Aug., 1780, whereby he gives the remainder of his Estate after a few Legacies to his four sons, Willm, James, Saml., & Thomas. Testator died soon after making his Will at Morrisina. His Father had been banished from his Estate on acct. of his Loyalty & persecuted by Act of the State.
He joined the British & lived within the Lines till time of his Death. He acted occasionally as a Magistrate. He had before had a Commission as Magistrate. He was too old to bear arms.
The Estate consisted of 317 acres in North Castle of which Claimant was entitled to 1⁄4.
His Father had been in Possession 30 or 40 years. All improved. Hardly enough woodland left. 60 of Meadow in one piece. A good house & Barn & orchard. Vals. the Estate at 2,000 New York Cury. This Estate has been confiscated.
Produces Copy of Judgement against Benjamin Kipp, Claimt.'s Father, and Confiscation of his Estate. Claimant says the whole has been sold, but that one of his Brothers, Willm., who continues in the States, is allowed 1⁄4 for his share.
Lost 2 Horses & Colt when removing within the Lines. Taken by the Enemy. 1 horse killed in service. 1 taken by enemies. 1 horse & Cow taken by French. Lost household Furniture. Had furniture in his Brother in Law's house which was burnt, and Claimant lost furniture to amount of £20. Left 2 horses on his farm which he hired. Taken by the Rebels. 1 Negroe deserted to the enemy. Says he had no Half Pay, and recd. nothing for his services, except 50 Days' Pay as Captn. of a Troop of horse. Col. Delancey certifies strongly to his Loyalty & active services.
Thomas Kipp sworn saith:
He is a Bror. to Claimt. His Father Benjamin was banished for his Loyalty & proscribed & joined the Brit. in Nov., 1778. Died within the Lines. His Estate was confiscated.
The Claimant joined the Brit. soon after the Battle of Long Island. Continued to serve during the war. Benjamin Kipp died in 1780, having made his Will, & left the Remr. of his Estate to his 4 Sons. Willm., eldest son, now in the States. James who came to this Country since dead. His Wife & Son are gone to the States, his eldest Son is an Infant. Saml. Kipp, 3rd. Bro., the Claimant. Thomas the present Witness who lived at Digby.
The Will has not been proved. It is attested by Mary Free, Thomas Kipp, Wits., Saml. Kipp, a Cousin of Claimants, Benjamin Kipp had an elder Son, who died in his Life time, named Jesse who has left a Son named Benjamin who lives in the States and is Heir at Law. Witness says that if his Father had died without a Will, or the Will is set aside, the whole goes to the Heir at Law by Laws of New York. The Land was sold. Willm. Kipp is allowed to hold his part 1⁄4 of the Estate.
The farm consisted of 317 acres & 1⁄2. Vals. it at £2,000. Knew that Claimant lost horses on moving within the Lines. Thinks he left horses behind him when he joined the Brit. Knew that he lost horses in service.
James Dickens, Wits:
Comrs. admit [l]oss proved on [??]ccision.
Knew the Estate of Benj. Kipp, but not particularly, but vals. Lands situated as those were in West Chester at £6.10 or 7 New York Curr. per acre. Thinks it was an average Price for Lands in that situation.
Claimant is told he must get Certificates of the Sale. =========


[Saint John] November 2. [1786.]
New Claim
Case of Gabriel Purdy, late of New York.
Sent his Claim to Col. D. [DeLancey]. Lived on Philip's manor. Joined the Brit at the time of the Battle of White Plains. Served with Col. ------------, then with Major Holland, in the Guides & Pioneers, afterwards in Col. Delancey's Regt. as Seargent(sic). Served till end of the War. Now settled in Cobblegate Mount.
Was possessed of the Improvmts. on a Leasehold farm in Philips manor. His Father was possessed of the Farm & gave it Claimt. His Father sd. he would have his name taken off the Book. Claimant's name put on. His Father told him the Col. Sd. he would do it. Claimant was in possession of it. The Lot contained 140 acres. Vals. Improvmts. at £300 Exclusive of the Cols. fine.
Left various articles on his farm when he joined the Brit. Thinks the Hessians took them almost all.
Says his Grandfather left by ye Mother's side 160 acres of Land on the White Plains to be divided in different shares. Val. his interest at £75. His Grandfather was a Loyalist, but remained on his Place during the War.
Henry Purdy, Wits.
Claimt served great part of the war. He joined the Brit. early. Knew the farm in Philips' Manor which belonged to Claimant's Father. His father told Wit. he had given it to Claimt. Witness & Claimt. are Brothers. Wits. knows his Father intended he should have it, but is dubious whether ye Conveyance was made by the Col. His Bror. was in possession of it & raised grain. His Father is living.
Witness has heard that his eldest Bror. has purchased it, & is now in Possession. Thinks he had purchased the whole fm. The name of Claimt. shd. have been substituted for his Father in Philips' Books. Thinks if it was not done it was owing to the Distresses of the Times, which were then beginning in 1775.
Vals. the Improvmts. at £300 besides what was to be paid to Col. Philips.
Loyal, bore arms to be allowed for improvements legacy.
Produces Lease & Release from Samuel & Winifred Purdy, Father & Mother of Claimt. to Jacob Purdy, Henry, Gilbert, Gabriel, Saml. & Gilb., Jun., of all the right which Saml. & Winifred had in the estate of the Grandfather under his Will. They state this right to be 1⁄4 of the Grandfrs. Estate, 1782. ================ [Saint John] November 6. [1786.]
New Claim
Case of John Angivine(sic), late of New York.
Claimt. sent his Claim to Col. D. [DeLancey]
Lived in Dutchess Co. joined the Brit. at Long Island, 1776. Served all the War, except the time he was Prisoner, as private. Now settled in Ramsback.
Was possessed of Tenant Land in Philips Patent, 158 acres, was entitled on his Father's Death, his Father Died in 1778, there was a Division made between Claimt. & his Bror. v. case of Peter Angevine, Claimt. to be allowed the same, for Estate & for Cattle.
============== [Saint John] 1786. October 31.
New Claim
Case of Solomon Horton, late of New York. {Should this be Samuel Horton -- or is this a relative of Samuel's?}
Claimt. appears & being sworn saith:
He left New York in the summer 1783. Sent his Claim to Col. Delancey.
Is a native of America. Lived on Philips Manor. Went within the Lines in 1777. Took an Oath of Allegiance at New York in 1777. Produces Certificate by the Mayor of New York. Produces Pass from Col. Fanning. Joined Col. Delancey about 2 years before end of the war. Kept Guard at Col. Delancey's Mill, 6 or 7 months. Afterwards did work with his Wagon & horses. Looked upon himself as under Col. Delancey. New settled at Ramsbac(sic).
Was possessed of a Farm at Philips Manor, as Tenant. About 130 acres. Had it from his Father, about a year or two before he left home. The House & Buildings & fence he calls Improvements, these belonged to the Tenant. This house & buildings built by his Father, cannot value the builds. All this was cleared Land except 12 or 14 acres.
He says his Father may be upon it now. He had a Writing from his Father. Says he went to the Landlord with his Father. His Father said Col. give my Land to my Son Solomon. He said very well. Does not know that anything was done by ye Col. or the Claimant, father's name was Samuel. Claimant has an elder Bror. now living near Cumberland. His Father sided with Americans, and Claimant says he now lives upon it for his life by Agreement, when he gave it to Claimant. Vals. the Improvemts. &c. at £500.
Lost a yoke of oxen, 2 young Cattle, 5 Cows, 7 young Cattle, 3 Horses.
Claimant was taken Prisoner just before the Battle of the White Plains. Left all the above articles on his Farm at Philips Manor. Heard they were taken by Rebel Army. They drove all in the place belonging to friends or foes. Took his furniture & farming utensils. Taken by the rebel army. Vals. them at £80.
Had a small house at Morrisina, built on Morris Land. Had no leave from Morris. Had a Protection from Genl. Tryon. Vals. this house at £15. Lost Pork & grain to amount of £35; in an House at Morrisina. Claimt. lived there. It was burnt and the above articles destroyed. Burnt by a party who came to take them. Col. Hatfield & several others were taken Prisoners. Has no Witnesses present.
N.B. -- His farm on Philips Manor is too highly valued, but it does not appear to be lost. May be allowed for yoke of oxen, 1 yoke young Cattle, 3 Horses, 5 Cows. =============== [Halifax] 1786, April 18th.
Case of James Hughston, late of New York.
Claimt. sworn, saith:
He is a native of Ireland, settled in Jamaica Town, Long Island, Prov. of New York in the year 1770. When Troubles broke out at the earliest period did everything to suppress the Rebellion. In 1774 when Militia was called out by Govr. Tryon, joined a Co. under Capt. Betts & continued till they were over powered & disarmed by Americans. Never took an oath or signed Association to Americans. His goods were taken at different times for Fines. Lived at Jamaica within the Brit. Lines & on 20 March, 1776, his House & Shop & Store were burnt.
In Nov., 1779, joined at New York a Co. of Volunteers under Lieutent.-Genl. James Robertson, had reason to suspect one Carpenter, an Ensign in the Rebel Militia, for having burnt the house, had been threatened by him before. [See Coldham's 'American Loyalist Claims,' p. 244-5 for additional information. - RWH] When Brit. came Carpenter was pursued & run away. Vals. the house at £600. Goods & Stores at £2500. Dry Goods were worth £2500. His Books were all burnt.
Produces Certificate to his Loyalty from Joseph French, Register of Peace, & several others, & that his house was suspected to have been burnt by the disaffected to Government. Claimt. owes about £400 for the goods in the store, he had paid the rest.
Produces Certificate from Judge Ludlow to Loyalty.
Hope Mills, Wits.:
Knew Claimant, he was a true Loyalist from the Beginning, Remembers his house burnt, it was generally thought to have been an act [on acct] of his Loyalty & to have been done by one Carpenter. Wits. had heard him say he would ruin Mr. Hughson frequently a month before it happened.
When Brit. landed in Aug. following after the fire, Wits. went in pursuit of a party of rebels, he made his escape with them. Saw three persons who said they heard Carpenter say he had done it. Vals. the house at £600. He had just lain in a new stock & had his store full. Wits. had just carted Liquors for him into the Store, 5 Hds. of Spirits & 2 Hds. of Molasses.
Rev. Mr. Brudenel:
Speaks to his present good character, has heard Judge Ludlow speak highly of him, thinks it was generally believed his house & store was malisciously(sic) set on fire on acct. of his Loyalty. Heard Judge Ludlow speak of both house & store. =========== [Saint John] 1786. November 2nd.
New Claim
Case of John Pugsley, late of New York.
Claimt. says he left New York in June & sent his Claim by Col. D. [DeLancey]
Is a native of America, resided at Philipsburg. Joined the Brit. at White Plains in 1776. Served as a Guide. Served as Lieut. & Adjutant to West Chester Refugees. Produces Certificate from Melyanum(sic) Aid de Camp to Genl. Losbing [Losberg] to his having served as Adjutant -- to his zeal and Loyalty.
Produces Certificate from Col. Emerick(sic) to his Loyalty & particular services. Served till Evacuation of New York, then came to this Province. Now settled at Cumberland.
Lost a Negro. He would not come to Nova Scotia. He had worked 2 years during the later part of the War -- so Claimt. was forced to leave him behind. Claimt. sd. he came away sooner than he thought of & had no opportunity of getting him. He had worked with Capt. Williams. The Negro is now at West Chester. Lost 6 horses while in service. Cow lost at Morrisina -- taken by the British. Wheat taken away from Philips manor by the Rebels.
Had about 100 acres of Land adjoining Courtland manor. Came to him on his Father's death. His Father was killed by the Rebels. He died without a Will in 1779. Claimant is eldest son.
His Father had bought this Land of ----------------- in Considn. £300, New Y. Cury., 4 or 5 years before the War. His Mother was on it when he heard last. Whether she is warned off he does not know.
Seems a very good man, has strong certificates, may have a compensation for his lands.
Says he was promised 100 guins. by Col. Emerick for going into ye Country. Was absent 3 weeks & performed the service at great Risk.
John Gleason, Wits.
Knew Claimant's Father. Remembers him in Possession of an Estate in Courtland manor. A free Estate. Remembers his father in Possession, a good House, Orchard & Barn. Thought it a good farm. Heard that the Grandfather bought it for the Father of Claimant. Wits. says he has bought Land of this goodness for £4 or 5 per acre. He heard his Father was killed by the Rebels. Claimant was the eldest son. Goes to the eldest son by Law of New York. ===========






Claim petitions exist for these six people whose names are the same as Cumberland County loyalists. However, they seem to have settled somewhere other than Cumberland county
Samuel Mills {Miles?}, Samuel Williams, Gilbert Purdy, John Baker, Josiah Fowler, James Chace [Chase],
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Similar Names to settlers, but are not cited as living in Cumberland County
St. John's, 16th Novemb'r 1786
Evidence on the Claim of Samuel Miles, late of Connecticut.
Claimant Sworn.
He is a native of New Milford in Connecticut. Says that when the troubles first broke out he always opposed the Rebelious measures. He then lived on his own Property.
Says he kept as much out of the way as possible & by that means avoided taking any oath or signing any association.
But in 1776 he was obliged to hire a man to serve in the Militia for him.
In the fall of 1776 he fled to Long Island and has remained within the British Lines ever since. He acted as a Commissary in Loyds Neck for about a year & half and afterwards acted with the Refugees on Loyds Neck.
He now resides in the City of St. Johns and owns part of a vessel.
Produces Certificate from Major Upham to Loyalty & Bearing Arms on Loyds Neck, N. York, dated 31st October, 1783.
Says his Father in Law took charge of 2 children & saved all his Property which he could for them.
46 acres of Land with half of a Dwelling house in N. Milford.
No. 1.
Produces deed dated in 1765 whereby Justin Miles, Father to Claimt, conveyed to Saml. Miles in considn. of Parental Love & affection, 15 acres in N. Milford at Chestnut's Land.
No. 2.
Produces deed dated 22 Apl. 1771, whereby Danl. Picket, his father in Law, in considn. of £50 Lawful conveys to Claimt. one half of his home Lot & Dwelling House & one half of 25 acres called the Plain. This considn. was nominal.
No. 3.
Produces deed dated 18th Septr. 1772, whereby Saml. Hitchcock in considn. of 40sh. Lawful conveys to Saml. Miles one 4th of a 3 acre Lot in the Gt. Plain. Says it contained about 2 acres & a half.
No. 4.
Produces deed dated 16th Nov. 1772, whereby Aron Hitchcock in considn. of 36sh. Lawful conveys to Claimt. one 4th of a Meadow Lot, says it contained about 2 acres & a half.
No. 5.
Produces Deed dated 28th May, 1773, whereby Simeon Baldwin in considn. of £25 Lawful conveys to Claimt. 13 acres 3-4 of an acre Lying on the Plain west of the great river.
No. 1 Was all fenced & cultivated all but some wood reserved. He kept it in his own possession. Thinks in 1774 he could have sold it for £80 Lawful.
It is given to Gustain Tailor, an officer, for his pay.
No. 2 was Pasture Meadow & orchard and was in his opinion worth £15 Lawful pr acre, including the value of the House.
This is sold to his Father in Law.
Half of 25 acres called the Plain was pasture & arrable. Worth £5 pr acre. Was given to an officer.
No. 3 he fenced after the purchase at the expense of £8 Lawful. It was fresh meadow and valuable.
No. 4 was exact the same as No. 3. They are both sold to Isaac Bosquet.
No. 5 was arrable; after the purchase he fenced it, & he thinks was worth £3 pr acre Lawful is likewise sold to Isaac Bosquet.
Produces Copy of Record signed by Isaac Baldwin, whereby his Property is ordered to be sold for the use of the State in consequence of his having joined the army of Gt. Britain. Likewise copy of an appraismnt of Claimt. Property made by order of Saml. Canfield, administrator by Isaac Bostwick & Noble Hine. Whereby Claimt's estate is valued at £300 Lawful. Likewise a Copy of original writ & acct. of sales in consequence.
Says 8 head of Cattle, 3 horses, 8 Bushels rye, 30 Bushels wheat, one Bushel Flax, one set Yokes, Irons & traces, one Iron Chain, articles of apparel, one Gun, nineteen sheep, 5 acres Wheat in the ground, 19 Bushels oats. These are likewise apprised by Noble Hine & Isaac Bostwick, and he swears that all these articles are Lost & seized by the State.
Witness Silvanus Noble Sworn.
Knew Claimt. at N. Milford before the War he was always considered as a man well attached to the British Govnt.
He lived with his Father in Law, D. Picket. Witness has been upon some of Claimt's lands behind D. Picket's house it was valuable Land in the centre of the Town; he cannot speak to the value.
He was at New Milford in 1784 & understood that all Claimant's Property had been confiscated.
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[Halifax] 1786. July 27th.
Case of Samuel Williams, late of North Carolina. {seems to be a different Samuel Williams as mention is made of Bahamas}
N.B. -- Major Henry Williams, his eldest son, appears, as he has reason to think his Father is dead. The Commrs. take his examination, tho. in the first Instance as a Witness, yet if it should turn out that his suspicions respecting his Father's Death are true it may serve as for himself.
Major Williams, residing in the Bahama Islands. The Comrs. do this in order to prevent his having a second Journey from that Place, being sworn saith:
His Father was by Birth an American. Resided in Anson Co., North Carolina. On breaking out of the Troubles he sided with the Brit. Joined them. When Genl. Macleod came into the Province of N. Carolina, he thinks in 1776, he raised 60 horse & recd. a Captn. Commission. They were defeated at Moor's(sic) Bridge. Was in the action. Had two sons with him. He made his escape. Came to Witness's house. Went immediately from thence to E. Florida. Joined the Brit. & recd. a Commission in the King's Rangers as Capt. Witness thinks his Commission was from Genl. Prevost. He continued as Captn. during the war. Was in several engagements. Was in fort Augusta or fort Cornwallis, when it was taken. He was taken Prisoner together with Witness, & 2 other Sons. Was exchanged. He continued to serve during the war.
Went from Augusta at the same time with Govr. Tryon for England. Witness has heard he arrived at Portsmouth in the Beginning of last winter & died there. Witness believes he did not arrive in London.
Witness is his eldest Son. Has 2 Sisters, Jane & Susan, alive and 2 Brothers who are now in E. Florida under Spanish Government.
His 2 Brothers in E. Flor. are named Abner & Wilson. Has a Brother William now in the Bahamas.
By Laws of North Carolina all real estate goes to the eldest son. Jane Williams married Nathaniel Ashley. Susan married Drury Fort. Both the Husbands were Loyalists & went from S. Carolina. Abner & Wilson Williams were also Loyalists & served in the war. Has another Brother, Jacob, now in England.
Samuel Williams was possessed of a Saw Mill & Grist Mill on Peder [Pee Dee ?] River with a large Tract of Land adjoining. Wits. thinks 7 or 800 acres. Took up some himself & bought other parts. Not a great Deal cleared. He built both the Mills. Finished about a twelve month before the Troubles began. Vals. them at £7 or 800 Ster. There were about 20 acres clear.
Wits. vals. the Land with the Mills at £7 or 800 Ster. His Father had Deeds. Heard that they were advertized for sale. Witness had an Interest in these Mills & had paid 100 guis. to his Father & was to have paid more & was to pay £150 more, for which he was to have a moiety of the Mills without the Land. Produces affidavit from Willm. Williams taken in the Bahama Islands, stating that his Father had a Company in E. Florida Rangers & gives an acct. of his serving under Col. Brown with Certificate from Genl. MacArthur that he believed the afft. true.
Saml. Williams had 4 Negroes at Fort Augusta. He had recd. an order to send them to the works. Wits. saw the order to his father from Col. Brown. The same as the order to Witness. They were all taken there; 3 valuable ones & a likely Boy about 14. He had 5 horses taken at Augusta.
Wits. is told to send an acct. about his Father, whether he is dead or not, & whether he made a Will.
Martin Weatherford, Wits:
Knew Samuel Williams. He was one of the first who left his home. One of the most Loyal. He & his sons served all the war. He was a Captn. in Florida Rangers.
Heard of his having a very good Saw Mill. Knew that he had Negroes. He was at Fort Augusta & taken Prisoner there.
1787. Dec. 24.
Letter produced from Geo. Lecker in London to Messrs. Limburner & Co. at Quebec stating the Death of the late Samuel Williams. Certificate produced from Lt.-Col. Thos. Brown of the Loyalty & services of the late Samuel Williams & his Family in Strong Terms, stating services.
Produces valuation of Property by Captn. John Legat & 3 others.
Produces order from L.-Col. Brown to the late Saml. Williams to send his Negroes to fort Cornwallis, dated April, '81. With certificate that 3 Negroes were accordingly sent & that they were captured.
================ Montreal, 25th February, 1788.
A New Claim Lodged in England
Evidence on the Claim of Gilbert Purdy, late of New Burgh, Ulster County, N. York.
David Purdy, son to G. Purdy, deceased, sworn:
G. Purdy was a native of America. In 1775 he lived in Ulster County. He joined the B. Army in 1777 at N. York. He entered into the Guides & Pioneers & died on his passage to Philadelphia.
Wits came to the B. Army at N. York in 1776 & served one year in the Guides & for the remainder of the war he worked for his subsistence.
He came to Canada in 1783. He wintered at Sorel.
He now lives above Cataraqui. {This is modern day Kingston, Ontario}His father left a wife & 4 Sons, 4 Drs., viz., Claimt, 2nd Gilbert in Canada, did not join the Brit. Army; 3rd Mecadia, in the States, but was in Canada last year; 4th Samuel, in the States; 5th Mercy, married to Capt. Everitt at Cataraqui; 6th Rhoda Purdy, Cataraqui; 7th Mary, in the States; 8th Charlotte, in the States.
Believes that his father made a Will but he has not got it.
300 acres at New Burgh purchased many years since. 160 acres were in cultivation. He had good Houses & Barns on it. Says that it was worth £4 York per acre in his opinion.
His mother lives on the farm although the Land has been confiscated but not sold. His mother has been in Canada.
Says that his father had 3 yoke of oxen taken from his farm, 5 milch Cows, some young Cattle. He had 9 Horses taken, 40 Sheep, 10 Lambs & some Hogs, a large quantity of grain & Hay.
A new Sloop just built; she rotted on the Stocks, 40 Tons burthen.
Claimt produces order from an American Committee to quit the States & to return to N. York 11th June 1783.
And several certificates of sale of Personal Property of Gilbert Purdy.
He allows that his Mother is in Possession of the Estate, but the Personal Estate is lost.
Produces Judgt Passed agst Gilbert Purdy late of New Burgh 29th Decr 1783.
Wits., Gilbert Purdy, sworn:
Says he is the 2nd Son of G. Purdy, Deceased. During the War he was in the States -- he was too young to serve. Says that after the peace he came to N. York & came round to Canada by Sea with his Br. Capt. Everit.
He now resides with his mother in N. York State.
Says his mother is in Possession of his father's Lands -- but the Lawyer McKisson has informed her that she has no title to sell this Land, as it has been Confiscated, and they suppose or suspect that he has a title for this Land purchased under Confiscation.
The left a good part of the Stock. He says the rebels only left her a Cow & Mare and a Sloop on the stocks 40 Tons burthen.
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[Montreal.] September 27. [1787.]
Claim of John Baker, late of Bergin(sic) Co., E. Jersey.
Claimt. says:
He resided at Sorel in '83. Is a native of England. Came to America many years ago. Lived in the Jerseys, joined the Brit. at New York, continued with them all the War as a guide & Pilot.
He had some Cloathes(sic) & Household furniture burnt in the Jerseys. He was then with the Army, he had some furniture which he was endeavoring to carry to New York, the first time Lord Cornwallis was there. It was at Hackinsac after they left the Place. The Rebels set fire to the House. Estimates his Loss at £10.
This was done in moving his Things.
Lost a Cow but does not know how.
Seems a foolish claim, it was meant as a claim for pay as guide and pilot.
Says he never got a farthing for his services as guide and Pilot.
John Parsal [Parsells ?], Wits.:
Says Claimt. was meaning to carry his things to New York. There was a fire at Ternfly(sic) where these things were. Pots, Pans & bedding he had brought them there 2 days before. It was just about the Time that Mr. Washington's Light Horse were destroyed.
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St. John, 22nd February, 1787
A New Claim
Evidence on the Claim of Josiah Fowler, late of West Chester, Province of New York.
Claimant sworn:
Says he came to this Province in Septr., 1783, & went up to Mangerville [Maugerville] where he resided until spring, 1786.
He sent a Claim to England by Capt. Vandeburgh the first opportunity he had.
He is a native of N. York Province & in 1775 lived in Rye. He did not join the B. Army until 1780.
His age prevented his being obliged to carry arms.
He was often required to take an oath to the rebels, but never would take any part with them, the usage he received made him at last fly to the British Army.
At the Peace he came to this Province & now lives 24 miles up the Kennebaccasis at the French Village.
His Lands were not confiscated & when he left N. York he made a conveyamce to John Fowler who has sold it for him.
He lost Stock taken by the Rebel Army, although a great part had been carried into New York.
A mare, saddle & Bridle taken in 1776 by one of the rebel army worth £30.
50 bushels Indian Corn taken by foraging partys, £20. Household Furniture taken by Col. Thomas, a rebel officer.
5 Cows and a pair of Steers taken by the Commrs. of Forfeiture, £56. 26 Sheep at same time. 2 horses stolen by a rebel. Cash taken for fines.
A Waggon & 2 horses went with a Flag of truce & was seized, £55. 175 panes of glass broke, £13.2.6.
6th March.
Further Evidence on the Claim of Jos. Fowler
Wits. Robt. Merrick [Merritt ?], Sworn:
He is a near neighbour to Joseph(sic) Fowler & believes he was a Loyal subject. All his cattle & sheep were carried away by a rebel officer.
His Farm was well stocked and gt. part was taken by order of Coll. Thomas.
A mare was taken early in the war. She was valuable. All his stock was taken before he came within the lines.
Wits. recollects his House being attacked & almost all the glass broken. The rebels did it & frequently beat him severely.
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[St. John] 7th March, 1787
A New Claim
Evidence on the Claim of James Chace, late of Massachusetts Bay.
Claimt sworn:
Says he came from New York in June 1783 & soon after he went up to Mangerville [Maugerville] & remained there ever since.
He sent his claim by Capt. Vandeburgh which was the 1st opportunity he had of sending a claim home.
He is a native of Freehold, Massachusetts, & lived there in 1775. Before that time he had taken no part with the Rebels.
His father Geo. Chace had Commanded the Militia before the War & did embody some men in support of Govert. He was frequently kept in Gaol on acct. of his principals(sic).
He signed an agreement to remain quiet at home. After he came within the lines he sailed in a sloop in the wood trade. He afterwards cut Hay on Rhode Island. Afterwards he lived on Loyds Neck until the end of the war.
He now lives in Mangerville.
He waves(sic) his claim for Land as it is not lost. One Sixth part of the sloop King Fisher bought from Lott Strange in 1778, he gave him 126 dollars -- says he worked for this share.
She was cast away on Long Island in a gale of Wind. He got her off, but the rebels seized her & carried her across the Sound. He claims 126 dollars.
5 cords wood left on Rhode Island. He had paid 20 dollars per Cord for it. He left it at the ----------------. He had bought it for his Winter store.
Witness Bradford Gilbert sworn:
Knows the Claimt -- owned the 6th part of a sloop at Rhode Island during the war. She was lost on Long Island shore. He left her on the shore. Some of the vessels were carried off by the rebels. The wood trade was an advantageous emploiment he thinks. The sloop might be worth £200 Cury.



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