MOHAWK VALLEY LOYALIST CLAIMS

Claims 359, 260-63



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A NEW CLAIM.

359. Evidence on the Claim of JOHN COONS, late of Tryon County, N. York. [Montreal, 30th October, 1787]

    Claimt. Sworn.
    Says that in 1783 he gave his Claim to Capt. John McDonald to send to England. (Margin note: Certificate from Cap. Wm. Byrne that claimt. gave a state of his losses in 1783.)
    Says he is a native of Tryon County where he lived in 1775 & returned for the winter to his Home & came into Canada with Sir John Johnson in 1776. He never took any part with the Americans. He served in Sir John Johnson's Corps the whole War.
    He now resides in the 3rd Township of N. Johnstown.
    Produces Sir John Johnsons Certificate that Claimt. Served with him all the War. (64)
    Property:
    100 acres of Land from Col. Butler for 3 lives, paying 40 Skiple of Wheat per an. 50 acres were cleared, for which he claims 5 York Crncy: per acre.     50 acres were cleared for which he claims £ York Crncy. Per acre.     Says that they pd. This but he claims £3 Crncy.     It was his Father's property & he claims as oldest Son.

    In his father's Dotage he gave this Land to a Stranger for 24 Skiple of Wheat to prevent his starving.
    Claimt. Is his father's oldest son & claims as such.
    He likewise claims the personal property of his late father & will send an acknowledgment from his Brs. that they are satisfied he should.
    All the family are settled in Canada.
    The Stock was taken by the rebels & taken for fines. Speaks to his having the Stock Cleared.
    Witness, Philip Shaver, sworn:     Says Claimt. & his Brs. were all Loyal. (65) He has heard that in the old age of their father he sold the Land claimed for 24 Skiples of Wheat to prevent his starving.
    It was a good farm & good Improvements, the Improvts. were as good as his own & thinks them worth £5 Crncy. Per an.
    Thinks that his Brs. will be satisfied that he claims the whole.
    He had good Stock & believes it was taken from him.


A NEW CLAIM.

260. Evidence on the Claim of EDWARD FROST, late of Tryon County. [Montreal, 30th October, 1787]

    (66) Claimt. sworn:
    In 1783 he gave his Claim to Capt. Burns. Certificate from Capt.
    Wm. Byrne that Claimt. in 1783 gave in a Statement of his Losses. Says he is a native of Ireland. He came from Ireland in 1754 & served the
    War before last with Sir Wm. Johnson & afterwards settled on his Lands.
    (66) In 1776 he joined the British with Sir John Johnson & served the War in his Regt. And never took an Oath or joined the Rebels.
    He now lives in the 5th Township of New Johnstown. Produces Sir John Johnsons Certificate to his having served with him all the War. (Margin note: A good old soldier.)
    Property:
    100 acres of Land on lease forever from Sir Wm. Johnson. He has built a
House on it & had cleared 30 acres. Thinks the Improvmts. Are worth £6 per acre.
    His Furniture, Utensils & Stock were taken by the rebels or Burnt.
    Wits. ANTHONY WALLACE, sworn:

    Knew Claimt. before the War, he was an old Soldier & a Loyal man.
    He had a Lease from Sir John Johnson & had a House & Clearance on it.
    Thinks the property was worth £5 Crncy. Per acre.
    He had a good Stock left with his wife, but believes it was all drove away by the rebels.


A NEW CLAIM.

261. Evidence on the Claim of ANTHONY WALLISER, late of Tryon County, N. York Province. [Montreal, 30th October, 1787]

    (67)Claimt. sworn:
    Gave his Claim to Capt. Burns.
    Produces Certificate from Capt. Wm. Byrne that Claimt. gave in a
    Statement of his Losses in 1783.
    He is a native of Germany. He came to America as a soldier in the Royal Americans in 1760.
    At the Peace, 1763. he settled in Tryon County & lived there in 1775. He never joined the Rebels but came to Canada with Sir John Johnson & served in his Regt. the whole War.
    Produces Sir John Johnsons Certificate to his having served during the War in his Regt.

    He now lives in the 5th Township.
    Property:
    100 acres on Lease forever from Sir John Johnson. He had cleared 33 acres & had built a House & Barn.
    Values the acre cleared at £5 Crncy. This Land has been sold at vendue.
    133 acres in Stone Bobby Patent. He got this by his wife. He had a Lease forever from her father.
    He cleared 40 acres & built a House & Barn on it. He claims £5 Crncy. per acre for the Cleared Lane. (68) Although he says he was offered £400 for it.

    It has been sold at Vendue as his Property.
    Swears he lost all the Stock & furniture claimed. The rebels took all.
    Wits. PHILIP SHAVER, sworn: Knew Claimt., he was always Loyal.
    No. 1. He had a farm from Sir John Johnson. His Imprvts. were as good as his Neighbours.
    No. 2. He got by his wife and had made some improvements, they were likewise of the same Value per acre.
    He had some Stock on his Farm, they were taken by the rebels.


A NEW CLAIM.

262. Evidence on the Claim of JOHN FRASER, late of Tryon County, N. York. [Montreal, 30th October, 1787]

    Claimt. sworn:
    Says that in 1783 he gave a Claim to Mr. Valentine, Adjt. to the 1st Btl. of Sir John Johnsons Regt.
    Says that he was a native of Scotland. He came to America the War before the last in Fraser's Highlanders & in 1772 he settled in Johnstown as a Weaver.
    Produces his discharge from the 78th Regt. & 60th Regt., having served 15 years. (69)
    In 1777 he came to Canada & enlisted in Sir John Johnson's Regt. & served 7 years. He never took any part with the Rebels although often taken Prisoner & confined. (Margin note: A poor old soldier.)
    He now lives in 1st Township.
    Property:
    Two acres of land cleared for a garden in Sir John Johnsons Lands, £12.
    A House & Stable, £20. Stock & Furniture Burnt & taken by the rebels as per acct.
    Wits. JOHN McGROWN, sworn:
    Knew Claimt. at Johnstown before the War. He was always Loyal.

    He had a little House & Garden. He had some little stock. He cannot say what became of his Property.


A NEW CLAIM.

263. Evidence on the Claim of MURDOCH McLEAN, late of Tryon County, N.Y. [Montreal, October 31st, 1787]

    Claimt. sworn:
    Says that in 1783 he was at Isle Aux Noix on duty & sent his claim to Montreal by Sergt. John McGee.
    Produces Certificate of John McGee to that effect. (70)
    Says he is a native of Scotland. He came to America in 1773 & that year settled on Sir Wm. Johnson's Lands, where he lived in 1775. Says he never took any part with the rebels. In 1776 he came to Canada with Sir John Johnson and served the whole War as Sergt. in his Regt. (Margin note: A good man. Claim very small.)

    Produces his discharge as Sergt.
    He now resides in No. 1 Township, New Johnstown.
    Property:
    100 acres on Lease from Sir J. Johnson, to pay £6 per Hundred after the 1st 7 years. He had cleared 8 acres. He claims £5.4 pr acre, a small House £5, a Horse, a Cow, some furniture & Grain.
    Wits. DUNCAN MURCHINSON, sworn:
    Knew Claimt. in Johnstown, he had a little improvt. and some little Stock.




Claims Claims 260-63 and 359 were prepared by Linda Kreisher.


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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