Lieut. John Dulmage

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John Dulmage

Birthplace: Ballinggarrane, Limerick, Ireland
Death: 1813 (74-75)
Edwardsburg, Ontario, Upper Canada
Immediate Family:

Son of Jacob Dolmetsch and Margaret Embury
Husband of Sophia Heck
Father of Philip Dulmage; Elias Dulmage; Ann Dulmage; Samuel John Dulmage; Jacob Dulmage and 2 others
Brother of Jacob Dulmage, Jr. and David Dulmage, Sr. United Empire Loyalists
Half brother of Garrett Dulmage; Elizabeth Switzer; Jacob Dolmage; John Dulmage and Catherine Dulmage

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About Lieut. John Dulmage

John Dulmage was the one of the true first Palatine [Irishman] to arrive in America coming over at age 18 with the British Army in June 1756.It is believed while he was still on the Southwell Estate he joined the Highlanders Regiment before immigrating. He spoke fluent German , Irish and English On August 18 1760 the rest of his family arrived on the ship the Pery along with the Lawrence, Heck and Embury families.

Out of Book Lunenburg or The Eastern District by J F  Pringle County County Judge Published 1890.  List of commissioned and no commissioned officers  John Dulmage Edwardsburg do Lieutenant

He and Sophia Heck married about 1760 , shortly after her arrival and they settled on the Embury Settlement in Western Camden valley Charlotte County New York.[now Washington County New York]. Salt Lake city New York
Publisher New York Genealogy and Biographicak Record ( Quarterly 1939 ( selected extracts ) page 38q

Source Marriage recordJohn Dulwich to Sophia Heck
New York city New York marriage ID 222029712 Milcrofilm family history library's

There John was assigned 200 acres and built two dwellings ; one perhaps for Jacob and Anna [his parents]. It appears like he stayed in the Army until 1770 when he went farming in the Camden.

In about 1770 he was got land near Saratoga Springs and they had it until it was confiscated.

In 1776 John Dulmage enlists in the British Army at Crown Point, near the lower end of Lake Champlain. He is disarmed and induced to sign "We do bind ourselves in penal sum of 100 pounds each to be obedient and orders of the Continental Congress." In 1776 John Dulmage joined the Sherman Company of Queens Loyalist as a commissioned officer, Lieutenant Dulmage was in charge of Militia forces when negotiations were going on with Vermont to try to keep them from supporting the rebels. Negotiations failed Parts out of book Buckskin Pummenel will be included to make this story of John Dulmage

1777 Loyalist Muster Roll of non commissioned officers, privates and royalites who have served under General Burgone's last campaign and have come in for protection and who are taken prisoner at Bennington and different places and who were killed belonging to the Corps under my command dated Chateauguay [story about Justus Sherwood troops.]

20 December 1777 [picking out only names related to our lineage beyond Dulmage Captain Commandant Samuel McKay; Lieutenant John Dulmage, David Dulmage Corporal, William Shaw privates  in cantonment  Jacob Smith;Philip Smith; John Smith; Frederick Smith ; Robert Clark ; Michael Smith,privates under convention in cantonment  Jesse Wright, John Lawrence, prisoners with rebels William Carr; prisoners Abraham Ostrander John Otrander; George Lawrence; John Emery;Garrett Keating ;John Dafoe ; Peter J Lampman ; Peter Lampman ;Jacob Lampman; Michael Lampman ; John Benntt; Frederick Hoffman Killed Jacob Timmerman 

August 14 1777 Out Of Book "Buckskin Pumeral" 1777 Kings Loyal Americans Queen's Loyal Rangers 3rd company participating; in General Burgoyne On August 14, several small parties of Loyalists joined the expedition along the road. Before long the Queen's Loyalist rangers and the volunteers far stripped out the German column. Peters asked Justin to go back and see if he could possibly persuade the Germans to hurry up as he had done so many times, praying that Sherman knew what was happening and would make an effort. taking Sargaent John Dulmage with him as his interrupter he obeyed. They found Baum a mile behind and while Dulmage was relying the message, a party of frontier dress with white paper in their hats suddenly appear. Philip Skene shouted to his men hold their fire. These men too were loyalists.Unable to restrain himself Justin called Skene a blockhead but his words were drown out when these newcomers opened fire and one of the casaulities was Stene's horse when the smoke cleared so the rebels had vanished.. An Unnerved Braum promised Dulmage that he would speed up the pace and the two loyalists returned to the Queen's Loyal Rangers. Upon inquiring about Peters , Justin had learned that the provincials had not received any unwelcomed visitors. ; initially at as a Sargaent , then commissioned as a Lieutenant [after battle of Bennington]

22 August 1777 [Out of Buckskin Pumperal "Lieutenant Edward Carsallen and two of his sons , as well as Ensign John Wilson and most of the German speaking Irishmen, in all twenty five officers and men, were asking permission to be transferred out of the Queen's Loyalist Ranger and to serve under Captain Samuel Mckay who had taken command of the Pfister's Corps. On exception justified Justus, John Dulmage , so valuable in communicating in Germans was standing beside him although his brother David Dulmage and brother in law Paul Heck were amongst those who wanted to leave. If they did then Justus only had nineteen men in his muster call. At his point Justus questioned the men and found Samuel McKay had promised their discharge from duty earlier if they transferred to him."

Out of same Book " Battle of Bennigton Justus was ordering his men back with the camp; when he felt an iron piercing thigh and he staggered and lost his balance . Lieutenant John Dulmage , swimming before his eyes, aided by a German soldier was lifting him up from the rebound.As the second battle of Freeman's farm was ending , John Dulmage with the aid from other men of the company packed Justus passed Burgoyne's own headquarters to the hospital tents on the north side of the camp , near the banks of the Hudson where the provision bataeux were tied. The hospital was a madhouse of screaming men; surgeons were sawing off shattered limbs on the tables slimy with blood. Dulmage found a straw palliates.'

    The story goes on to tell of him putting Justus on it, and cutting of the pant leg to see how bad the injury was before going back to the company. And it tells that usually they  leave the injured soldiers behind, but John Dulmage and some others refused to leave Justus behind. Dulmage made the litter so they could packed Justus out of there. This book is worth the is a powerful description of the war and the heritage of the Best families in it.

In Burgone's summary to the British House of Commons , he stated of his Provincials " a few were distinguished for their bravery, among which it would not be just to particutarize Mrs. Fitser, who fell at Bennington and Captain Sherwood ,who was forward in every of danger to the end of the campaign." John Dulmage was a Lieutenant to Sherwood at the time.

1778 The Camden Valley land was confiscated by rebels and a large number of them fled from Camden to Sorrel Quebec.Sophia Dulmage and children were in that group. John may have went before them .

!778 John Dulmage makes a claim for compensation. as a loyalist before the commission in Quebec This record shows he was a native of Ireland and came to America in 1760, was settled in Camden Twp Charlotte when the rebellion broke out, joined the British in 1776, serving in Major Jessup's Corps through the whole war. Has 1/2 pay as Lieut. lives in Osswegatchie Service and Loyality from Major Jessup Land in Camden Witness Paul Heck as to Camden farm

John Dulmage gave witness to Paul Heck's claim of compensation as well as Major Jessup John Dumlage gave witness to John Lawrence Loyality and Camden Farm

In 1781 correspondence from Major Sherwood to Governor Haldimand " I left in charge Lieutenant Dulmage , a very good , careful man. I left 16 men with Mr. Dulmage and since my arrival at St John's have forwards 14 more with the directions of no time for pickering." John Dulmage was left at what was a fortified Blockhouse at Dutchmans Point on Hero Island in the middle of Lake Champlain which was used for gathering information and trying to gain recruit settlers for the upper side of the Lake [Canada]

1781 John Dulmage was proven be UEL

16 June 1784 a group of 259 Loyalist including John Dulmage entered Canada settling in the Prescott area Brother David Dulmage went to Adolphustown Twp while Jacob stayed in USA

John Dulmage's first land grant was 50 acres Edwardsburg

5 April 1794 By Quebec Order Of Council of some 33 others, John Dulmage was authorized to receive Promoted Major towards the end of the war; John received 1000 acres and was authorized to receive grants of 11 of the 900 acres allotted him.

In fall of 1790 John was employed at St Johns with the artillery

May 1792, John was in Quebec with engineers and was reluctant having being recalled to build a new block house at Yamasha near Sorrel

 On March 1812, John Dulmage received a 200 acres parcel of land [present day Port Perry] Lot 19 concession 6 

Second Report of the Bureau Of Archives Of Canada page 1107 which established his service under in Major's Corps based on his own statement and supporting certificate of loyalty and service by Major Jessup ; John Dulmage told the commission he had served as a Major; but at the time of the hearing he had half pay of a Lieutenant which made that his permanent rank. [Compensation Claim Lapp p236 says he was transferred from Peter's Corps to Jessup's Corps. as a Lieutenant

Engagement in the 1812 war on the St Lawrence as Captain Dulmage "two companies of Grenville Militia under Captains John Dulmage [who would be 74 at the time, he would pass away the next year; and Moore arrived with a nine pounder that had been captured from France in 1760. The attack commenced with heavy cannon firing over King Peter's Bay and the Americans were compelled to evacuate the island and retire back to their side of St. Lawrence.Casualities for Canadians one , several wounded.[death was John Dulmage's grandson John Dulmage] information from William Hurlburt and Denise Jones

It is interesting to note that in 1784 Officers received between 300 to 1000 acres of land

                                          Non Commissioned Officers received 200 acres and their wives could receive another 200 acres.
                                          Privates  soldiers and heads of households who proclaimed their were loyalist received 100 acres with each additional family member receiving 50 acres. Land had to be occupied on for a year before the deed was granted. In 1789, it was decided that Loyalist children  should receive 200 acres . For sons it would be on their 21 birthday and daughters at the allotment of their marriage or when they reached 21. Hence due to the vital statics the Order Of Council would decide when they were 21.


Loyalist Mosaic - A multiethnic Heritage by Joan McGee (1984) Chapter 10, pps 173-189 Dundurn Press, Toronto

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Lieut. John Dulmage's Timeline

Ballinggarrane, Limerick, Ireland
August 9, 1761
Camden Valley, New York
Camden Valley, Charlotte County, New York, British Colony of America
March 7, 1782
Edwardsburg, Grenville , Ontario, Canada
May 12, 1787
Village of Cambridge Mills, Cambridge Twp., Russell County, Ontario, Canada
May 23, 1793
Age 75
Edwardsburg, Ontario, Upper Canada