About John Dalzell, Esq.
John Dalzell, a county squire was a putative irish ringleader during ongoing nationist struggle against england. after armed rebellion broke out in 1798, rampaging english forces hotly pursued John to the seacoast, where he narrowly escaped capture by putting to sea in a small dinghy and serendipitously hailing a new york bound schooner. Folowing this escapade the english exacted revenge by burning John's mansion and confiscating his assets, but evidently did not detain or physically harm the squires wife and children since the family reunited less then a year later in Vernon Oneida county New York, and they obtained a modest farm.
John Dalzell was the last of an old family of Covenanters that established itself in the County of Down, adjoining Belfast & became a leading family in influence & character, with large property. In the rebellion of 1798, he was one of the recognized leaders, & the family mansion that had been the family home for several generations was, with it's accumulated treasurers & objects of historical interest, burned by the British soldiers & all his property was confiscated by the government, while a reward was offered for this person.