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  • Colonel Henry Gesner (1756 - 1850)
    Served with Kings Orange Rangers with twin brother Abraham. Disbanded after American Revolution at Saint John, N.B. Purchased land in Cornwallis Twp., Kings County. See: "Loyalists in Nova Scotia", ed...
  • Lieut. William Howe, UEL (1750 - 1794)
  • Capt. William Van Allen (1742 - aft.1783)
    3rd Batt. NJ Volunteers (Loyalist)
  • Capt. Samuel Kipp (1753 - 1803)
    Name: Samuel KIPP Given Name: Samuel Surname: Kipp Prefix: Capt. Sex: M Birth: 16 Dec 1753 in North Castle, Westchester Co., NY, USA Death: 23 Feb 1803 in Montreal, QC, Can Burial: 25 Feb 1803 Anglic...
  • Abel A Hardenbrook (1757 - 1814)
    ~•a Loyalist exile who went to Nova Scotia HARDENBROOK, Abel 1,2,2,1,2,1 Loyalist Granville note: The numbers after the names refer to, in order, men, women, children above 10 (years of age), children ...

"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) &