Jacob Hess, 15 Nov 1766- 7 Oct 1823, was a member of one of the first families to settle on Hamilton Mountain. Jacob’s father Michael (1740-1804) and his wife Charity, originally called Gertrude, (1744-1808), descendants of Palatinate immigrants, moved with their children to Canada from Mt. Bethel, PA, USA in May 1789 because of increasing fear of persecution for their loyalty to Britain.
Benjamin Bailey Preston was born c1796 in Prince Edward County, ON. He was the son of Isaac Preston and Jemima Allen who arrived in Canada from NH no later than 1795, but were not Loyalists. It is thought Isaac served on the Rebel side during the Revolutionary War, but Benjamin was loyal during the War of 1812.
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Three Rivers Militia
Levi Green was born in May 1783 in Hardwick, Sussex, New Jersey, United States. He was the son of Ensign Adam Green UEL and Martha (Smith) Green. (Source: Upper Canada Land Petitions “C” Bundle 20, 1836-1837, RG1, L3, Vol 213, Petition #87) Adam Green UEL, who was a recruiter for the New Jersey Volunteers, acting under Colonel (Judge) Nathaniel Pettit during the Revolutionary War, had Lot 24 Conc. 4, Saltfleet Township, and petitioned for additional land in 1794, after which he received an additional 300 acres (Lot 24, 25 and 26, Conc 5) adjoining. Continue reading Levi Green
5th Regiment Lincoln Militia
Richard London SUE was born in 1772 in Greenwich, Sussex, New Jersey, USA. He was the son of Bartholomew London UEL, (Source: Upper Canada Land Petitions ‘L’ Bundle 20, 1837, RG 1 L3, V.295, Petition 54, C-2131, Archives Canada) a farmer, whom had suffered from being loyal to the British forces during the war.
“… he has been almost three months in one prison and from there removed to another when he was detained some time on suspicion of recruiting men for His Majesty’s Forces. He has suffered the loss of both health and property for his loyalty …”
(Source: Upper Canada Land Petitions ‘L’ Bundle 1, 1792-1795, RG 1 L3, V.283, Petition 20, C-2124, Archives Canada). Continue reading Richard London
5th Regiment Lincoln Militia
William Ward, eldest son of career soldier, George Ward, grew up on the banks of the Thames River in an area called Paint Creek, Longwoods. Much later this area was named for his father and mother, George Ward and Margaret (Shaw) Ward. Both parents were born in Ireland but arrived in this area of Upper Canada as a soldering family. At the request of Lieutenant Governor John Simcoe, George Ward was appointed to command a block house on the Thames River as well as four gun boats. George Ward was also to establish a public house (halfway tavern/inn) in the Paint Creek area.
George Ward was born in Ireland in 1743 and as a young man he joined the British 58th Regiment of Foot, which was first formed in 1755 during the Seven Years war (1754-1763). He basically spent his entire adult life in service for the British. He served in many cities in Ireland, went to Quebec in 1776 and fought successfully at Three Rivers. Following that battle he became a sergeant over a company of the best marksmen from each of the 9th, 20th, 21st, 24th, 34th, 53rd and 62nd regiments. This company was ordered to Ticonderoga, where they beat the enemy at an outpost but were defeated later and taken as prisoners to Prospect Hill, near Boston. His great uncle was a Rebel general and as such offered George a position on his side but George declined and was later taken to Rutland where he along with 17 corporals and a drummer boy escaped. They headed for the British safe haven of New York.
Robert Collard was a farmer and Quaker.
He is listed in the Census of Norwich Township in 1851, 1861, 1871, and 1881.
In Land Registration Maps, 1857 it lists Robert Collard, Lot 11, Con. 6, South Half, and Lot 17, Con. 6. Census years 1842, 1845, 1848, 1850 and 1853.
Jarvis Thayer, son of Silas Thayer and Perley Pond, was born 24 Nov 1770 in Mendon, Worchester, Massachusetts. In the 1790s he came to Canada, settling in Gainsborough Twp., Lincoln County. In 1796 or 1797 he married Susannah Parker, daughter of UE Loyalist John Parker, Sr. and his wife Nancy Watson. Susannah was born in Pennsylvania c1779.
Jesse Page was born the 30 August 1771 in Goochland, Virginia, the son of Joseph Page and Mary Robbins. He was the eldest son, but second of five children born to Joseph and Mary. At some point, Jesse emigrated to Wainfleet Twp., Welland County where he met and married Elizabeth Parker on the 20 February 1810. Elizabeth was born the 2 Jan 1776 in Northumberland County, Pennsylvania. Jesse and Elizabeth were members of the Society of Friends and became one of the original families who followed Jonathan Doan to Yarmouth Twp., Elgin County when the Quaker colony was being established there.
The Lanning name has morphed many times over the years, with spelling varying from Lanon to Lanion-Lanyon-Laneine back to the 12th Century spelling of DeLinyeine. Genealogists have identified the family as originating in Madron, Cornwall, England, dating back to the 12th Century.