MOHAWK VALLEY LOYALIST CLAIMS

Claims 301-305, 307-309, 316, 320




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A NEW CLAIM.

    301. Evidence on the Claim of ANGUS McKAY, Late of Tryon County. [Montreal, 12th January, 1788]

    Claimt. Sworn:

    He was a soldier in Sir John Johnson's 1st. Batal., and gave in a claim in Aug., 1783.
    He is a native of Scotland, came to America in 1772, and lived on Sir John Johnson's Lands, and came to Canada with him in 1776.
    He served all the War.

    He had cleared 13 acres and had a House, Barn and Stable. He had 3 cows, 2 Heifers and a calf, and some grain.
    (29) Wits. Alista McPherson says Claimt. had 9 or 10 acres cleared. He had a House, Stable and Barn, 3 Cows and the stock mentioned. They were all taken by the rebels.


A NEW CLAIM.

    302. Evidence on the Claim of ALEX. McPHERSON, Late of Tryon County, N. Y. Province. [Montreal, 12th January, 1788]

    Claimt. Sworn:

    He was in Sir J. Johnson's 1st Batal., and gave in a claim in 1783.

    Is a native of Scotland and came to America in 1773. He lived near Johnstown in 1775, and came to Canada with Sir John in 1776.
    He served all the War.
    He had cleared 9 acres and had built a House, Barn and Stable. He had 4 Cows, 2 Heifers and a Calf, a little Furniture and Grain.
    All these were lost and taken by the rebels.


A NEW CLAIM.

    303. Evidence on the Claim of WILLIAM URQUHART, Late of Tryon County, N.Y. Province. [Montreal, 14th January, 1788]

    Claimt. Sworn:

    (30) Says he was at Montreal in 1783 in Sir John Johnson's 1st Batal., and gave a claim to Capt. John McDonald.
    He is a native of Scotland and came to America in 1773. At the commencement of the War he lived at Johnstown and came to Canada with Sir John in 1776. He served all the War in Sir John's 1st Batal.
    He now lives at River Raisin.
    He had 20 acres cleared on Sir John's Lands. He had built a House a Barn and Stable.
    3 Cows, a Calf and Heifer, 2 Horses, 7 Sheep, 7 Hogs, some Furniture and Grain.

    Wits. THOMS. ROSS, Sworn:

Remembers Wm. Urquhart's farm, he had 20 acres cleared. He had more clearance than his neighbours. Agrees as to stock.


A NEW CLAIM.

    304. Evidence on the Claim of HUGH MUNRO, Late of Tryon County, N.Y. Province. [Montreal, 15th January, 1788]

    Claimt. Sworn:

    Says he was a soldier in Sir John Johnson's 1st Batal, in 1783, and gave his claim to Capt. Duncan (Produces his discharge, 24th December 1783.)
    He is a native of Scotland and came to America in 1774, and was settled on Sir John's Lands. 1775 he came to Canada with Sir John and served with him all the War. (31)
    He now resides on River Raisin.
    17 Acres cleared in 120 acres. Lease for ever from Sir John Johnson. He had a House, Barn and Stable.
    He had 3 Cows, 3 Steers, 2 Sheep, Some Farming Utensils and Furniture, and Grain.
    Wits. WM. URQUHART says he had a good farm and 19 acres cleared. He had 3 Cows, 2 young Cattle and 2 Sheep. He lost them all.


A NEW CLAIM:

    305. Evidence on the Claim of THOS. ROSS. Late of Tryon County, N.Y. Province. [Montreal, 15th January, 1788]

    Claimt. Sworn:

    Says he was a soldier in Sir John Johnson's 2nd Batal., and in 1783 was at Point Clear.
    He is a native of Scotland. He came to America in 1774. He was settled at Johnston. He came to Canada in 1779. He served 4 years.
    Resides at New Johnston.
    He had cleared 12 acres on Sir John Johnston's Lands. He had built a House, a Barn, a Stable and a Barrack. He had 6 Cows, some Furniture, and Grain.
    Wits. WM. URQUHART says he remembers Cliamt's Farm. He had a tolerable Clearance, a House, Barn and Stable. He had 6 Cows, a Sheep and Furniture and Grain. (32)


A NEW CLAIM.

    307. Evidence on the Claim of THOS. ROSS, Tailor, Late of Tryon County, N.Y. Province. [Montreal, 15th January, 1788]

    Claimt. Sworn:

    He was at St. Laurent in 1783 on duty as a soldier in the 2nd Batal. of Sir John Johnson's Corps.
    He is a native of Scotland and came to America in 1772. He settled on Sir John Johnson's Lands, and came to Canada with him in 1776.

    He served all the War, and now resides on River Raisin.
    He had 19 acres cleared in Johnston's, with House and Barn.
    He had 3 Cows, a Horse, some Furniture and Grain and Farming Utensils.
    Wits. HUGH MONRO says he was his near neighbour and believes had what he claims.


A NEW CLAIM.

    308. Evidence on the Claim of MALCOLM McMARTIN, Late of Tryon County, N.Y. Province. [Montreal, 16th January, 1788.]

    Claimt. Sworn:

    Says he was at St. John's Lake Champlain in 1783, in the Engineer Depart. (35)
    He is a native of Scotland. He came to America in 1773.
    In 1775 he lived in Johnston and remained in Johnston until 1780. A large family of young children prevented his sooner getting to Canada.
    After 1780 he was emploied in the Engineers Department until the end of the War.
    He now lives at New Johnstown.
    9 Acres of Land cleared on Sir John Johnston's Lands.

    He began this clearance in 1775.
    He had 6 Cows, 2 Oxen, a Heifer, and 3 Calves. The rebels took them all.
    4 Horses and 15 Sheep, 6 Hogs, some Furniture, Farmer's Utensils and Grain.

    Wits. JOHN McMARTIN, Sworn:

    Says Claimt. settled at New Johnston in May, 1775. The War was just begun. He came to Canada in 1780. His family prevented his getting in sooner.
    He had 9 acres cleared and a House, Barn and Stable.
    He had 2 Horses, 6 Cows, 2 Oxen, some Sheep, some Furniture, Grain and Farming utensils. (36)


A NEW CLAIM.

    309. Evidence on the Claim of JOHN McMARTIN, Late of Tyron County, N.Y. Province. [Montreal, 16th January, 1788.]

    Claimt. Sworn:

    Says he was at Sorel in 1783 and sent a claim to Lt. McMartin to forward to England.
    He is a native of Scotland and came to America in 1773.
    In 1775 he settled on Sir John Johnson's Lands and remained there until 1780 when he came to Canada and was the remainder of the War in the Engineers Department. He had 9 acres cleared and had built a House & Barn. He had a Horse, 6 Cows, 2 Heifers, 8 Sheep and 10 Hogs. Furniture and Grain and Farming Utensils.

    MALCOLM McMARTIN Sworn:

    Says Claimt. had 9 acres cleared. He had 6 Cows, a Horse, 2 Heifers, some Grain, some Furniture and Farming Utensils.


A NEW CLAIM.

    316. Evidence on the Claim of DUNCAN McDONELL from Glen Morrison, Late of Tryon County, N.Y. Province. [Montreal, 26th January, 1788 (Resides on Lot 16 near Raisin)]

    Claimt. Sworn:

    Says he was in the 2nd Batal. R. B. York's and was at LaChine.
    He is a native of Scotland and settled at Johnston on the Sir John Johnson Lands. He came to Canada with Sir John in 1780. He served all the War.
    He has cleared 6 acres and had built a House and Barn. 2 Cows & 2 Sheep and farming utensils. (47)

Wit. Duncan Grant Sworn: Says Claimt. came to Canada in 1780. He had 6 or 7 acres Cleared in Tryon County, 2 Cows and Sheep and farming Utensils.


A NEW CLAIM.

    320. Evidence on the Claim of ALEXR. McDONELL, late of Tryon County, N.Y. Province. [Montreal 28th January, 1788.]

    John McDonell, oldest son of Claimt. Sworn:

    Says his Father was at Macheche in 1783.
    Alexr. McDonell his late Father died 19th December, 1787, and Wits is his oldest Son. His Mother and 2 Brs. are in this Province.
    Alexr. McDonell came from Scotland in 1773, and was settled in 1775 on Sir John Johnson's Lands. He came to Canada in 1780. (Produces certificate of these facts from Capt. McDonell.)

    (To be paid to John McDonell late 84th Regt.)

    Wits. came on with Sir John in 1776.
    He had improved 5 acres and had built a House, Barn and Stable. He had a Cow and Horse, 6 Hogs, and some other Matters.
    Says his Father and Br. were kept in Irons six months on account of their Loyalty.
    Wits. and his Bro. were in the 84 Regt.

    Wits. DONALD McDONELL Sworn:

    Says he was a son of the late Alexr. McDonell.
    Wits. was a soldier in the 84th Regt.
    His Father had cleared 6 acres in 1780 and had a House & Barn.
    He had a Horse and Cow taken from him. His Father and he were put in gaol for 2 months for Assisting a Scouting Party. The rebels had recognised him.
    Received a Certificate from Hugh and Donald McDonell that (16th February.) they & all the family are well satisfied that Corpr. John McDonell should receive the whole amount of Compensation.




Claims 301-305, 307-309, 316, 320 were prepared by Town of Herkimer Editor Betsy Voorhees.



Source: "Second Report of the Bureau of Archives for the Province of Ontario", by Alexander Fraser, Provincial Archivist, 1904. Printed by Order of The Legislative Assembly of Ontario. Toronto: L.K. Cameron, Printer to the King's Most Excellent Majesty, 1905.

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