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  • Joseph Sears, III (1746 - 1846)
    Joseph SEARS: Spouse: Hester WHEATON Marriage: 25 Apr 1780, Melton Mowbray, Leicester, England. Source Information: Batch number: A170727 It seems that Joseph and Hester emigrated first to New York sta...
  • Reverend John Bethune (1751 - 1815)
    John Bethune, Presbyterian minister, was born on the Isle of Skye, Scotland, and raised in the Parish of Sleat under the ministry of the Reverend John MacPherson. MacPherson impressed upon the young ...
  • Honorable Jonathan Bliss (1742 - 1822)
    Loyalist: The Honorable Jonathan Bliss (#274) is associated with Springfield, Massachusetts and New Brunswick, Canada. Born in 1742, the son of Captain Luke Bliss and Mercy Ely, Jonathan graduated from...
  • Samuel Bliss, Loyalist (1750 - 1803)
    Loyalist: Captain Samuel Bliss (#416) is associated with Greenfield and Concord, Massachusetts and St. Andrew, New Brunswick, Canada. Born in 1750, the son of Daniel Bliss and Phebe Walker, Daniel was ...
  • Daniel Bliss, Loyalist (1740 - c.1805)
    Loyalist: The Honorable Daniel Bliss (#410) is associated with Concord, Massachusetts and Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada. Born in 1739/40, the son of Daniel Bliss and Phebe Walker and brother of ...

"The name United Empire Loyalists is an honorific given after the fact to those American Loyalists who resettled in British North America and other British Colonies as an act of fealty to King George III after the British defeat in the American Revolutionary War and prior to the Treaty of Paris." (Wikipedia) United Empire Loyalists

May we always remember that these brave men and women, were Loyal Colonial American Citizens, that chose to obey the Law of the King of England. Referred to in American History books as ="Tories, Belligerents and Kings Men"=

These were the Men and their families - the Fathers,Mothers, Sons, Daughters, Sisters, Brothers, Aunts and Uncles who fought for a cause they believed in, even though they knew the consequence would be to lose everything and be forced to flee to a foreign land and start over.

A not forgotten heroine of Saratoga

British Units

This War affected all manner of mankind in the Geographic Region of early North America and also Europe. (see links listed below)

Many of these men were Palatinate Germanic Emigrants who settled in New York and other Eastern Seaboard States.

Negro Soldiers, during this War served on both sides of the War. Siding with the British meant a possible chance to become a Freeman, African Americans and Native American Indians were also affected by this War.

Members of the Six nations were Loyalists as well.

This War and the strong beliefs on each side of it, caused some Surname changes.

After the War, many of these men and their families fled to England, Bahamas, Florida and modern day Ontario, Quebec, Nova Scotia, PEI, New Brunswick to seek refuge from persecution and prejudice. ( ). Some were granted land in St. Elizabeth, Jamaica, in 1783. ( ).

Note: Being a proven Loyalist descendant confers no special status in Canadian or other society, but many members use the post-nominal letters "UE" after their name, in consequence of Lord Dorchester's Order in Council in 1789, conferring recognition of the service of the Loyalists in defense of "The Unity of Empire."

However, being a Descendant from these Brave men and women brings a special sense of pride.

Further Links and References

Searchable Black Loyalist database

early Loyalist settlers of Cumberland County, Nova Scotia []

Loyalist Mosaic Joan McGee (1984) with contributions by John Dietrich & Mary Beacock Fryer Dundurn Press, Toronto (11 profiles as detailed in < discussions >)

List of Ships that evacuated the Loyalist Refugees

free and enslaved blacks evacuated (1783)