George Hoffman
3rd Regiment Lincoln Militia

George Hoffman (Huffman) was born February 18, 1795 in Bertie Twp., Lincoln Co., Upper Canada, one of at least six children born to Michael Hoffman (Huffman) and Elizabeth Ransier.  Michael had come to this Province in 1786 with his father, mother and sisters following the American Revolution.  Michael’s older brothers, Jacob and Nicholas, were both Privates in Col. Edward Jessop’s Corps and Col. Butler’s Rangers, respectively.

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3rd Regiment Lincoln Militia

Roderick Matheson
Glengarry Light Infantry

He served in the War of 1812, having been gazetted senior Ensign of the Glengarry Light Infantry on the 6th of February of that year. In 1813 the young Matheson’s services were so highly appreciated by the military authorities that he was appointed Lieutenant and Pay Master.

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Glengarry Light Infantry

John Arnold
1st Regiment York Militia

John Arnold was born in 1769 in Perth Amboy of the New Jersey colony that was later to become part of the United States.  John Arnold Senior fought on the side of the British in the New Jersey forces during the American Revolution.  When their land was confiscated in New Jersey in 1784, John Senior, with his wife and ten children, was granted 1000 acres in Nova Scotia.  However, by 1797 the Arnold family, attracted by the land offers of John Graves Simcoe had settled in the York area.

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1st Regiment York Militia

Jacob Rawn
1st Regiment York Militia

Jacob Rawn was born 17 Aug 1767 to Johan Rheinuh and Maria Elisabeth(?) His god parents were Jacob Dinges and Michel Seitzer. Jacobs’ family were refugees who had fled the war ravaged lands of the Palatine in 1709. At that time, Queen Anne of Britain offered them refuge in England where thousands of Palatines camped in tents around the walls of London.

A North American Indian leader who was brought to London from the New World viewed these destitute people and offered them some of his hunting grounds to settle on. Ten ships sailed to the province of New York. Many died on the way, but the survivors were hardy folk and successfully  pioneered what is now upper New York state. It was not easy as they endured and fought alongside the British in the French & Indian Wars and later  for the American side in the American Revolutionary War in 1776.

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1st Regiment York Militia

David Bridgford
3rd Regiment York Militia

The Colonel was a prominent and colourful figure in the history of Richmond Hill.  Numerous references to him and his contributions to early society in Upper Canada have been found, particularly in the book, Early Days in Richmond Hill: A History of the Community to 1930 by Robert M. Stamp.

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3rd Regiment York Militia

Major Burritt
2nd Regiment of Grenville Militia

Major Burritt was born in Arlington, Vermont on 13 October 1775.  He was one of 12 children, and the youngest son, of Daniel Burritt, Sr. (1735-1827) and Sarah Collins (1733-1815) of Connecticut, later Vermont, and finally Augusta Township, Grenville County, Ontario.  Daniel Burritt Sr., a confirmed United Empire Loyalist, fought at the Battle of Saratoga when Major was just under two years of age.

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2nd Regiment of Grenville Militia