"Stone for Sarah" revisited (Sarah Kast McGinness).by Edgar Clow, UE
In 1950 and again in 1977, the late Dr. H. C. Burleigh published monograms unrolling the exploits of Sarah Kast McGinness, for twenty years TWENTY YEARS. The lapse of twenty years raises a presumption of certain facts, and after such a time, the party against whom the presumption has been raised, will be required to prove a negative to establish his rights.
2. a widow in the Mohawk valley The Mohawk Valley region of the U.S. state of New York is a suburban and rural area surrounding the industrialized cities of Utica and Rome, along with other smaller commercial centers. who espoused the Loyalist cause in the American Revolution American Revolution, 1775–83, struggle by which the Thirteen Colonies on the Atlantic seaboard of North America won independence from Great Britain and became the United States. It is also called the American War of Independence. . Dr. Burleigh was a physician who practised in the town of Bath and in retirement lived in Kingston. Annually he used to spend time in New York New York, state, United States
New York, Middle Atlantic state of the United States. It is bordered by Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and the Atlantic Ocean (E), New Jersey and Pennsylvania (S), Lakes Erie and Ontario and the Canadian province of State where he researched the Loyalist families who settled in the Lake Ontario Counties of Ontario.
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Trained by D. : I am especially pleased to present this update on the Sarah Kast McGinness Story, because one of the last applications that Angela and I put through while we were the Dominion Genealogists, was Mr. Diminie's Sarah Kast McGinness submission. We had been promoting some changes in the genealogical area, that would make it easier for documented Loyalists such as Sarah to be recognized, and it is wonderful to have had a small part in that process. Sarah was also featured in past Gazettes: page 28/29, spring 1991 and an article by this author on page 25 of the spring 1992 issue.
In the February 1989 issue of The Loyalist Gazette. Lieutenant Colonel Wm. A. Smy under the title "A Woman's Service in the Revolution" quoted correspondence from David Claus, Indian agent Noun 1. Indian agent - a representative of the federal government to American Indian tribes (especially on Indian reservations)
federal agent, agent - any agent or representative of a federal agency or bureau , to General Haldimand, Commander in Chief of the British and Loyalist forces in Canada. In it Claus explained Mrs. McGinness' unique relationship with the Six Nations Indians, her loss of property to the rebels and her return to the Mohawk valley at Claus' request, to keep up the morale and loyalty of the Six Nations Indians after the defeat of Burgoyne in 1777.
Encouraged by Smy's article Mrs. Evelyn Drew of Picton, a long time member of Bay of Quinte The Bay of Quinte is on the northern shore of Lake Ontario.
Located about 200 kilometers east of Toronto and 400 west of Montreal, the Bay of Quinte is a long, thin bay in the shape of a letter "Z". Branch, and Edgar Clow, of Brockville, Col. Edward Jessup Edward Jessup (December 24 1735 - February 3 1816) was a soldier, judge and political figure in Upper Canada.
He was born in Stamford, Connecticut in 1735 and moved with his family to Dutchess County, New York in 1744. Branch, both descendants of Sarah, commenced laying plans to spearhead a campaign to erect a memorial to Sarah and made their intention known in a letter to The Loyalist Gazette in the spring of 1990. Mrs. Drew and Clow invited contributions from fellow descendants. A memorial, it was hoped, would be in place in September, 1991, to coincide with the 200th anniversary of Sarah's death.
In the spring 1991 issue of The Gazette. Barbara Hopper of Nepean, another descendant who had joined the original team, wrote a complete, well researched article on the life of Mrs. McGinness, entitling it "A Stone for Sarah". This phrase became the rallying cry Noun 1. rallying cry - a slogan used to rally support for a cause; "a cry to arms"; "our watchword will be `democracy'"
war cry, watchword, battle cry, cry
catchword, motto, shibboleth, slogan - a favorite saying of a sect or political group
2. for the project, which now had another descendant on board in the person of Mrs. Catherine Evans of the Kingston branch. It was Mrs. Evans' research that resulted in the eventual placing of "the Stone" in St. John's Cemetery in Bath.
Meanwhile, plans were taking shape for the memorial itself, the wording of the plaque, the participation of the then Ontario Ministry of Culture and Communications, which helped fund the plaque, the plans for the unveiling ceremony on the 200th anniversary of Sarah's death, September 8th, 1991.
In the end, close to 150 descendants from across North America North America, third largest continent (1990 est. pop. 365,000,000), c.9,400,000 sq mi (24,346,000 sq km), the northern of the two continents of the Western Hemisphere. banded together to erect the memorial and participate in the unveiling ceremonies. As Edgar Clow wrote in Sarah Kast McGinness Honoured in The Loyalist Gazette. Spring 1992: "The event had the classic earmarks of the Loyalist creed, crystallized crys·tal·lize also crys·tal·ize
v. crys·tal·lized also crys·tal·ized, crys·tal·liz·ing also crys·tal·iz·ing, crys·tal·liz·es also crys·tal·iz·es
1. into action in a unique way... `to preserve the history and traditions ... of the Loyalist families before it is too late ... to erect monuments, memorials ... to perpetuate the memory of the United Empire Loyalists'...".
The unveiling ceremony was preceded by a church service in St. John's Anglican Church. The rector of the time, Rev. Kenneth Blaber extolled the virtues of Sarah's loyalty and sacrifice, hymns of the 1700s were sung, and a later generation of Loyalists, Meribeth Clow, Donald Drew and Kevin Hopper were responsible for the psalm and scripture selections. At the unveiling ceremony which followed, officers of Bay of Quinte Branch, under whose auspices the event was conducted, participated, assisted by Arnold Nethercott of London, president of the Dominion Association. The memorial, a cast bronze plaque mounted on a rough cast slab of Leeds County granite, was unveiled by Barbara Hopper, her 11-year-old daughter Victoria Hopper, Catherine Evans and Verna Hill. Mrs. Hill was also the keynote speaker, revealing Mohawk philosophy including the place of women, and the mutual kindred spirit A Kindred Spirit (真情) was a television drama series that was broadcast on TVB Jade in Hong Kong from May 15, 1995 to November 11, 1999. It is one of the longest running drama shows in Hong Kong television history (the longest being the sitcom Hong Kong 81 series). of loyalty and respect spanning most of Sarah's lifetime. A tribute to Mohawk friendship is a line on the plaque reading "Sken non Enhasatonrishen" the Mohawk equivalent of reading "Rest in Peace".
Descendants and friends were generous in their contributions to the project, and from the proceeds, Sarah's name is perpetuated in the United Empire Loyalists' Association of Canada, through an endowment fund Noun 1. endowment fund - the capital that provides income for an institution
patrimony - a church endowment
chantry - an endowment for the singing of Masses of $1,000 presented at the Association's annual meeting in Ottawa in the spring of 1992.
Also in 1992 under the auspices of the Secretary of State for Canada This article discusses the position in the Cabinet of Canada in existence from 1867 to 1996. For the generic usage of the title "Secretary of State" used during the Canadian Government's 26th Ministry (1993-2003), see Secretary of State (Canada). , the Canadian Committee on Women's History acting for the Status of Women, produced for Women's History Month Women's History Month is an annual declared month in the United States that highlights contributions of women to events in history. March is declared Women's History Month.
The annual event traces its beginnings to the first International Women's Day in 1911. a large chart carrying the names of women famous in Canadian history. Sarah McGinness was among the earliest anglophone women listed.
Nor did the accolades cease in 1993: significant treatment was given to Sarah's exploits by one of her long-standing champions in While the Women Only Wept by Janice Potter McKinnon.
Fortunately the Dominion Association took steps earlier this year to officially recognize Sarah as a Loyalist in her own right: henceforth her descendants joining the association as regular members can name her as their ancestor. The first certificate so issued was presented to Donald Diminie, current president of the Bay of Quinte Branch. Mr. Diminie, along with the original "sponsors" would still welcome hearing from other descendants, both in Canada and elsewhere, especially from the younger generations.