Edmund Tompkins (c.1756 - 1835)

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Place of Burial: Wakefield, Carleton, NB, Canada
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Birthplace: Westchester, New York, United States
Death: Died
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About Edmund Tompkins

Canterbury Parish, York County, New Brunswick

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Capt Randle's co Loyal American Regement

During the American Revolution, a significant proportion of the population of New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia, North Carolina, Georgia, East Florida, West Florida and other colonies was determined to remain loyal to the crown and desired to remain within the British Empire. The reasons were as varied as the people themselves, but the overriding principle was loyalty to the King.

Loyalists began leaving at the end of the war whenever transport was available. An estimated 70,000 Loyalists, approximately 62,000 white and 8,000 blacks (representing about 3% of the total American population of which 20-30% supported the Crown during the American War for Independence), left the thirteen newly independent states: 46,000 to Canada; 7,000 to Britain and 17,000 to the Caribbean. Beginning in the mid-1780s and lasting until the end of the century, however, a small percentage chose to return from the Caribbean and Nova Scotia.

Following the end of the Revolution and the signing of the Treaty of Paris in 1783, Loyalist soldiers and civilians were evacuated from New York and resettled in other colonies of the British Empire, most notably in the future Canada. The two colonies of Nova Scotia (including modern-day New Brunswick), received about 34,000 Loyalist refugees, Prince Edward Island 2,000 and Quebec (including the Eastern Townships and modern-day Ontario) received some 10,000 refugees.

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Edmund Tompkins's Timeline

1756
1756
Westchester, New York, United States
1777
1777
Age 21
York Island
1780
1780
Age 24
1781
1781
Age 25
Bishopsgate, Berkshire, England
1783
1783
Age 27
1785
1785
Age 29
London, England
1786
1786
Age 30
Canterbury, New Brunswick, Canada
1790
April 16, 1790
Age 34
New Brunswick, Canada
1792
August 19, 1792
Age 36
Chr. Prince William Parish on Carlet, New Brunswick, Canada
1794
1794
Age 38