MOHAWK VALLEY LOYALIST CLAIMS

Claims 321-327, 333-334




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A NEW CLAIM.

    321. Evidence on the Claim of JOHN McDONELL, Lot 17, Cornwall Township, N. Johnson, Late of Tryon County, N. York Province. [Montreal, 28th January 1788]

Claimt. Sworn:

    Says he was at Macheche in 1783.
    He is a native of Scotland. He came to America in 1773, and in 1775 he lived on Sir John Johnston's Lands.
    He came to Canada in 1780. A large family kept him from joining sooner in the Company of Artificers from that time until the Peace.
    He now lives at the River Raisin.
    He had cleared 6 acres, and had built a House, Barn, and Stable at Johnston.
    He had 2 Horses, 3 Milch Cows, 2 Hogs, some Farming Utensils. (53)

    Wits. DUNCAN McDONELL Sworn:

    Says John McDonell staid until 1780. He had 6 acres clearance. He had 2 Horses and 2 Cows. He had that Stock in 1774.


A NEW CLAIM.

    322. Evidence on the Claim of ANGUS McDONELL, Lot 14, Cornwall T. Ship, late of Tryon County, N.Y. Province. [Montreal, 28th January, 1788]

Claimt. Sworn:

    Says he was a soldier in the 84th Regt. on duty in Carleton Island in 1783.
    He is a native of Scotland and came from thence in 1773. In 1775 he lived on Sir John Johnston's Lands, and came to Canada in 1776, and served all the War, in the 84th Regt.
    He resides on River Raisin. He had cleared 6 acres in Johnston and had built a House.
    He had 2 Cows. He had some Wheat in his House Burnt with some Potatoes. Household Furniture and Farming Utensils.


(54) A NEW CLAIM.

    323. Evidence on the Claim of JOHN CAMERON, Lot 6th 4th Concession, Cornwall Township, late of Tryon County, N.Y. Province. [Montreal, 28th January, 1788]

    Claimt. Sworn:

    Says that in 1773 he was at St. John's, Lake Champlain.
    He is a native of Scotland. He came to America in 1773, and was settled in Johnstown. He came to Canada in 1777 with Capt. McDonell. He returned to his family the same year, and remained in Tryon County some years. He never served as a soldier. He was of use in assisting scouting partys while in Tryon County, and in procuring intelligence.
    He now resides in Riviere Raisin. Says he had cleared 7 acres & built a House, Barn & Stable. He had a Horse taken from him - some forage & grain. He was several times plundered by the Rebels.
    Produces Certificate from Major Jas. Gray to Claimt.'s having been of use to several persons sent on Secret Service; to his being a good Honest Man, 20th July, 1787.
    Wits., WALTER SUTHERLAND: Says he knew Claimt. in 1777. He came into Canada that year & knows that he went out for his family. (55) Claimt. was of very material use to Wits., while on Secret Service in the Country. He is an honest man but very stupid.
    Claimt. had a son in Sir John's Batal. Wits. has been in the neighborhood of his Farm but he cannot speak to what he had.


A NEW CLAIM.

    324. Evidence on the Claim of ALEXR. McDONELL - Lot No. 10 Cornwall Township, Riviere Raisin - late of Tryon County, N.Y. Province. [Montreal, 28th January, 1788]

Claimt. Sworn:

    In 1783 he lived at Macheche, being discharged as an invalid.

    Says he is a native of Scotland, & came to America in 1773. In 1775 he lived on Sir J. Johnson's Lands & came to Canada in 1776. He served in the 85th Regt. until the end of the War. [Claimant is so deaf that it is impossible to get any information from him. - N.B.]
    He was wounded in service & lost the use of his right.
    He had 8 or 9 acres cleared. He had a House, some Farming Utensils, &c.
    Wits., DUNCAN McDONELL:

    Says he staid at Johnstown after the claimt. and had charge of his Property.
    He had 9 acres cleared. He had a Horse & 3 Cows & the House plundered by the rebels. (56)


A NEW CLAIM.

    325. Evidence on the Claim of JACOB MARKLEY, late of Tryon County, N.Y. Province. [Montreal, 28th January, 1788]

    Claimt. Sworn:
    Say he was in Sir John Johnson's 1st Batal. in 1783 & gave a Claim to Capt. Duncan.
    He is a native of Germany. He came to America about 30 years since. He lived in Tryon County on his own Lands at a place called Duscta, or Cobus Kite. He joined the British at Fort Stanwix in 1777. Before that he had taken no part with the rebels.

    He served the whole War in Sir John Johnson's Regt. and now lives on Lot 30, 4th Township, New Johnstown.
    He had a tract of 400 acres.
    Lot 24 in Darln. He had from his father, 200 acres. He had a House, Barn and 60 acres cleared on it. Thinks it would have sold for £400 York Cury. It is sold at Public Vendue. [No. 1]
    Lot 25. 200 acres he purchased of Mr. Bangan. He gave £100 for it & mortgaged it to one Lerpsbergh who is now in possession of both Lots. Thinks he had cleared 20 acres of this last. [No. 2]
    He left 9 horses, 4 Cows, 3 Calves, 3 Heifers & 26 Hogs large and small. (57)
    A large quantity of grain, a Potash Kettle, Farming Utensils & Furniture.
    HENRY MARKLY, Br. to Claimt., Sworn:
    Says that he is well satisfied that his Br. should receive the amount of their Claims.
    Wits. came into Canada in 1777 & served. He was wounded & kept 3 years in Prison.
    He recollects his Father's Lands in Darlinch. Lot. 24. 200 acres. About 60 acres were cleared & had a House & Barn. Thinks it was worth 30sh. pr. acre. It is sold at Vendue. 25 was Mortgaged for £100.
    They left 9 Horses, 4 Cows, 3 Heifers, & 3 Calves. A great quantity of grain, some in the ground, some in the Barn. His Mother was left in Possession, but was drove from the farm.
    Wits., MICHL. MARKLY, Br. to Claimt., says he himself was a soldier in Sir John Johnson's Reft., & is entitled to a share of the Property claimed, but he is satisfied that his Br. Jacob shall receive the whole.
    Says his father's farm was sold on account of their loyalty and the Stock taken and sold.
    (58) Their Mother will be well satisfied that her son, Jacob, do receive the whole.


A NEW CLAIM.

    326. Evidence on the Claim of PHILIP WALTER, late of Tryon County, N.Y. Province. [Montreal, 28th January 1788]

    Claimt.:

    Says he was a soldier in Sir John Johnson's 1st Batal. 1783, & gave a Claim to Capt. Duncan. Produces Capt. Duncan's Certificate that effect.
    He is a native of Germany & came to America above 30 years since. In 1775 he lived near Stone Arabia. He joined the Army in Canada in 1777. Before that the rebels had put him 9 months in gaol for his Loyalty. He had never taken any part with them.
    He now lives in the 4th Township, N. Johnstown.
    Property.
    151 acres & 1/2 near Stone Arabia. He had purchased it in 1775 from Danl. Campbell. He gave £300 for it & had paid the price excepting 60 pounds. He had lived in the Patroon lands & sold his farm for £250, which he gave in part payment.
    He values it at the money he paid, 250 pounds. Cannot say what has become of the Lands.
    (59) He had 4 Cows, a Horse & 2 Mares, 2 Oxen, 40sh., some Sheep, Farming Utensils, Blacksmith's Tools, Furniture, &c., &c.
    All the Moveable Property was sold on acct. of his Loyalty.
    Wits., JOHN McKAY, Sworn:
    Says he lived with Claimt. in 1775. He was a Loyal man & was imprisoned on that account. Says he purchased his lands before the War. He believes he had paid most of the price, 150 acres, & thinks he pd. £350.
    He had 1 Horse, 2 Mares, 4 Cows, 2 Heifers, 2 Steers, & 6 Sheep, B. Smith Tools, some Furniture & farming utensils. When Claimt. was taken, the rebels seized all his Property. He cannot tell positively what is become of the Farm, but believes it is sold.


A NEW CLAIM.

    327. Evidence on the Claim of JOHN CAMERON, Deceased, by Ann Cameron, Lot 4, 1st Township, N. Johnstown, late of Tryon County, N. Y. Province. [Montreal, 28th January, 1788]

    Wits., Alexr. Grant, Sworn:

    Says that John Cameron is dead since he sent his Claim to Halifax. His widow is an infirm woman unable to travel.
    John Cameron was in the 1st Batal. of Sir John Johnson's Regt., & gave a Claim in 1783. (60)
    He was a native of Scotland & came to America in 1773, he came to Canada in 1777 & served all the War.
    Ann Cameron now lives in Riviere Raison. 10 acres cleared at Johnstown. 3 Cows & a Horse, 2 Calves, some Furniture and Farming Utensils.


A NEW CLAIM.

    333. Evidence on the Claim of JACOB CONTERMAN, late of Tryon County, N York Province.[Montreal, 6th February, 1788]

    Claimt. Sworn:

    Says he was in Sir John Johnson's 1st Batal, in 1783 & gave a Claim to Capt. Duncan.
    He is a native of America. In 1775 he lived on the Mohawk River & came to Canada in 1776. Before that he had never joined the rebels. He served the whole War as a Soldier and now lives in the 3rd Township, N. Johnstown. 100 acres on the Mohawk on Lease from Abraham Lansing for 25 years, paying £5 pr. an. He had lived on it four years & had cleared 10 acres. With a House, Barn & Furniture.
     (72) 4 Horses, a Cow, 17 Sheep. The rebels took his stock.
    Produces Letter from Major Gray speaking of him as a Loyal man.
    Wits., ANDR. DRESSLER, Sworn:
    Says he knows Jacob Conterman's farm. It was rented Lands. He seemed to have 10 acres cleared, with a House & Barn. He had some Stock.


A NEW CLAIM

    334. Evidence on the Claim of DANIEL FOYKE, late of Tryon County, N.Y. Province. [Montreal, 8th February 1788]

    FRANCIS FOYKE, Sworn: Says he is the oldest son of D. Foyke. He says his Father has been confined to his bed for these three years. His Father was at Cataraqui with Sir John Johnson's 2nd Batal. in 1783.
    D. Foyke is a native of Germany. In 1775 he lived at Johnstown. He never joined the rebels. In 1780 he came to Canada & served in Sir John Johnson's Regt.
    Wits. likewise was enlisted & another Brother.
    His Father now lives near Long Sault.
    Daniel Foyke had a farm from Sir John Johnson. He left his Cows, 3 Horses & Sheep at N. Johnstown.

    HENRY ALDBRUNT, Sworn:
     (73) Says Claimt. is unable to travel. Wits. knew him in Tryon County. He was a Loyal man.
    He had 20 acres cleared & in good order. He had a Stock of Cows, Horses, &c.
    Wits., ANTHONY WALLISTER, Sworn:
    Remembers D. Foyke's farm. Thinks he had cleared 30 acres. Under good Improvts., with good House & Barn.
    He had 3 good Horses & had some Cows. He was considered to be a person in a Good Way.




Claims 321-327, 333-334 were prepared by Town of Schuyler Editor Bob Petrie.



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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