Anton (Anthony) Walliser (1729 - 1800)

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Birthplace: Waldstätten, Baden-Württemberg, Germany
Death: Died in Iroquois, Dundas Co, Ontario, Canada
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About Anton (Anthony) Walliser

He was a tailor and a farmer.

His burial record says that he was born 10 May 1730. He might have been the Anton Walser, born 10 May 1729 at Altstätten, Saint Gall, Switzerland. That Anton married in 1756, had a son Thomas in 1757, was recruited for military service in British North America, and was reported dead in 1758 age 28-1/2 years. Some genealogists believe that he did not die but was merely reported dead. Soldiers were not paid directly; their pay was sent to the town elders or neighbors who took care of the soldiers' families. If Anton were reported as died, then the authorities would no longer have to pay for his service.

Despite the speculation, he seems to have been son of Jacob Wallis, but he cannot have been son of Jacob's wife Catharina Stensel. Church records at Stone Arabia show she was still unmarried in 1739.

In 1760 Anton served in 60th Royal American Regiment, which was recruited largely from German and Swiss immigrants to fight in the Seven Years War with France. At that time 6,000 Hessian and 2,000 Hanovarian soldiers were hired by the British armies of George II and taken to England to help defend against a French invasion threat. The 60th Royal American was part of the occupation force of Québec, which had been captured by the British in 1759. They were stationed in Québec and Montréal.

He might have responded to the following advertisement in the Pennsylvania Gazette, 4 April 1765:

"To be LETT on Leases in Fee Simple or for Lives, SEVERAL Lots of Ground, calculated for Tradesmen or Artificers, with very good new framed Houses on each, situate at the Village now erected, called Johnstown, near the Mohawk River, and within Half a Mile of Johnson Hall, being Part of the Estate of Sir William Johnson, Baronet.

"These Lots are laid out at the Meeting of two public Roads adjoining a large Creek, on which there is a good Grist and Sawmill of the Conveniency of the Tenants, and in the Midst of several Settlements daily increasing, with other peculiar Advantages for Tradesmen There are already two German Places of Worship on Part of the aforesaid Estate, and a Church and Free School will shortly be erected at the Village, for the Conveniency of the Villagers.

"There are likewise upon the said Estate, several good improved Farms, in Lots of 100 Acres each, formerly leased in Fee Simple, and now vacant, the Interest in which Leases will be sold, or the Lands leased for Lives, or otherwise.

"Also to be sold or leased, a few Tracts of different Quantities of the richest improved Lands on the Banks of the Mohawk River, some of which have good Dwelling houses, Barnes, &c. erected on them, and are calculated for substantial Farmers.

"Such Persons who incline to be concerned in any of the aforesaid Lots, or Tracts of Land, might apply for father Particulars to Sir WILLIAM JOHNSON, Bart. at Johnson Hall, either personally, or by Letter, before the first Day of June next."

In March 1769 he settled at Johnstown in Tryon County, New York, where he leased 100 acres (34 cleared) in Kingsborough Patent with a Pilet from Sir John Johnson. ("Lot 83, East, commence March 1769, 100 acres, rent £6.3.") (Ontario Historical Society, Rent Rolls, Tryon County, New York.) He acquired an additional 130 acres (40 cleared) at Stone Arabia (now Palatine), Montgomery, New York through his wife.

He was a Loyalist during the American Revolution. He enlisted 17 June 1776 and served with Colonel Coy in 1776, Major Coy 1777, Colonel Coy 1781-1783. He stated he was a taylor [sic] in Johnstown, New York. (J. E. Pringle, Lunenburg or the Old Eastern District, Appendix C, p. 393; MG9 D4 Vol. 9 U.E.L. List, p. 270; and Hallimand Papers Loyalist FA 599 pp. 297, 225 B166 Fo.157v.) He went to Canada with Sir John Johnson and served in Johnson's Regiment (Royal Regiment of New York) throughout the war. Further information on the 60th of Foot or Royal American Regiment can be found at http://www.digitalhistory.org/60th.html

He was among those indicted on 14 June 1781 as enemies of the State of New York at the Court of General Session for Tryon and Montgomery County:

"The Grand Jury coming into Court were presented with bills of Indictment against the following persons Viz: For adhering to the enemies of the State of New York. . . . Anthony Walliser" (Families, Vol. 21 #1, 1982). A 19 October 1784 Muster Roll of Disbanded Troops and Loyalists In & About Sorel (Montréal), First Battalion of the Royal Regiment of New York (Sir John Johnson's Greens) shows Anthony Walliser with a wife and two male children over 10 [sons Anthony Jr. and John], two female children over 10. Recv'd 6 rations/day. Remarks: "Intends going to ther lands this fall. Family sick." (Great Britain MSS. 21828 #30, ff 55-62) or pp. 51-54v; Families, Vol. 24 #1, Feb 1985.)

On 3 March 1786 he petitioned the Loyalists' Claims Commission at Montréal for compensation for his losses, citing at house and 33 acres in Sir John Johnson's patent and a house and 40 acres in Stone Arabia. He stated that he had been recruited in Germany, had previously served with the 60th Royal American Regiment which was part of the occupation force at Montréal in Québec during the French and Indian War. After that he settled at Johnstown in Tryon County, New York where he leased 100 acres with 34 cleared, from Sir John Johnson, but had to leave when the rebels took all his stock and furniture. (Families, Vol. 23 #3, 1984, p. 130; Audit Office PAC Series.) He estimated his losses at £276, including compensation for his land which had been sold. He was awarded £150 and granted land at Matilda (now Iroquois), Ontario. (Transcripts of Loyalists' Memorials, 1787; Papers of the Loyalist's Claims Commission, 1784-1789 (A012/109/316), 1786 (A013/16/233 and A0133/16/22).) The town of Matilda (now Iroquois), Ontario was settled in 1784.

He petitioned for land and was granted Lot 23, Concession 7 (Land Petitions, Upper Canada Land Book R:223, Reel C-105 RG 1 L1 to RG1 L3).

After the Revolution he settled at Johnstown in Grenville County, Ontario.

Anthony Wallister was a witness at Montréal in 1787 on the war losses of his neighbor Edward Foster. Anthony Wallaser served a juror in 1789, in the first cased tried in the Eastern Township: the case of Alexander McKay vs. Ranald McDonell, for assault and battery. (J. F. Pringle, Judge County Court, Cornwall, Lunenburg or the Old Eastern District, Its settlement and early progress (Standard Printing House: 1890), 51-52.)

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Anton Walliser's Timeline

1729
May 10, 1729
Waldstätten, Baden-Württemberg, Germany
1760
1760
Age 30
1762
1762
Age 32
Montgomery Co, New York
1800
September 21, 1800
Age 71
Iroquois, Dundas Co, Ontario, Canada
September 23, 1800
Age 71
Iroquois, Dundas Co, Ontario, Canada