In Consequence of Loyalty, A Pioneer History. (Books Worth a Look).Authors: John and Kay Chessers UE
Cobourg: John and Kay Chessers. 2002. Softcover soft·cov·er
Not bound between hard covers: softcover books; a softcover edition. . 177 pages.
Reviewed by Peter W. Johnson UE
This slim volume is a bit hard to categorize cat·e·go·rize
tr.v. cat·e·go·rized, cat·e·go·riz·ing, cat·e·go·riz·es
To put into a category or categories; classify.
cat . It is not what one could term scholarly or academic history, nor is it historical fiction. Rather it is an easily read account of a century in the life of the Chessers family. Unlike more academic studies, it lacks a strict bibliography, although there are indeed numerous sources listed in a less formal manner. Missing also is an index, which would perhaps be most keenly felt by people who spot a non-Chessers name and forget where they saw it. Where was that reference to Josiah Cass?
Reading this book, is rather like looking through a camera with a zoom lens. At first you see the big picture, and then you zoom in on the finer details. Thus the book begins with a section on the Seven Years' War Seven Years' War
(1756–63) Major European conflict between Austria and its allies France, Saxony, Sweden, and Russia on one side against Prussia and its allies Hanover and Britain on the other. , which brought the first John Chessers over to America. Not surprisingly there are few documents relating to relating to relate prep → concernant
relating to relate prep → bezüglich +gen, mit Bezug auf +acc this early Chessers, so authors John and Kay provide an overview of what events took place in that turbulent time. Indeed, we learn quite a bit about the more famous Skene skene
In ancient Greek theatre, a building behind the playing area that was originally a hut in which actors changed masks and costumes. It eventually became the scenic backdrop for the drama. First used c. family, who had business links to the Chessers. There are a few errors that creep in Verb 1. creep in - enter surreptitiously; "He sneaked in under cover of darkness"; "In this essay, the author's personal feelings creep in"
penetrate, perforate - pass into or through, often by overcoming resistance; "The bullet penetrated her chest" , and perhaps an occasional question of interpretation. Sir John Johnson's King's Royal Yorkers were not rangers, (p. 54), and it is odd to dismiss the St. Leger
The St. Leger (pronounced saint ledger or sellinger Expedition as a failure, without considering the victory at Oriskany, but these are certainly the exceptions rather than the rule.
The book then follows the Chessers through new settlement in Canada, the War of 1812, business ventures in Quebec and Plantagenet, ON, especially in the logging industry, and the terrible cholera epidemics of the early 1830s, which took a high toll on the family. With each passing year and generation, the focus in the book moves more from world events to local events and individuals, hence the zoom effect.
It's an entertaining book, and certainly one for those who have roots in eastern Ontario Eastern Ontario is the region of the Canadian province of Ontario which lies in a wedge-shaped area between the Ottawa and St. Lawrence Rivers. It shares water boundaries with Quebec, to the north and New York State to south.
Population: 1,392,346 (2001), est. and Quebec, not to mention Skenesborough. In one sense it is almost a companion piece to Reflections of the South Nation Watershed, reviewed in the last issue.
John and Kay are to be commended for taking on this ambitious project. The price of the book is Cdn.$18 plus shipping and handling. The Chessers can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 734 Duncan Crt., Cobourg, ON K9A 5N8.