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Celebrating Loyalists' Day 2002. (Bicentennial).

Bicentennial Branch members and friends of our Branch, many of them descendants of the earliest settlers of Grosse Ile, toured the historic island on June 15, 2002 re-tracing the steps of their Loyalist ancestors.

Documented history of Grosse Ile, Michigan begins July 6, 1776 when the original owners, Potawatomi Indians, deeded the land to Detroit merchants, William and Alexander Macomb.

Early history of Grosse Ile reveals influence by French rule thereby explaining the name la grosse ile given by the first French explorers along Lake Erie and the Detroit River. During the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries many couriers de bois and voyageurs travelled the Great Lakes waterways. Following the French surrender of Fort Pontchartrain at Detroit on November 29, 1760, Grosse Ile came under British control. Isabelle Swan in her book, The Deep Roots Grosse Ile 1776 - 1876, writes of the new period of development that began in the Great Lakes region under the British.

During the Revolution, Loyalist families captured by Indians in Kentucky, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Ohio were often brought to Detroit and released for ransom. The Macomb family willingly paid the ransom in blankets, rum or other goods and offered tenancy on Hog Island or Grosse Ile to Loyalist families.

On Saturday, June 15, 2002, hosted by members of the Grosse Ile Historical Society, forty-six Bicentennial Branch members and friends toured the East River Road National Historic District of the island.

Using a copy of the Grosse Ile Tenant Farms Survey dated 1785, participants of the tour were able to view the lots designated to their ancestors.


We have had a very busy season with a number of unique opportunities for community outreach.

Chief among these was the invitation from the City of Chilliwack to participate in the combined observance of Canada Day and Queen Elizabeth's Golden Jubilee.

Shirley Dargatz UE cut the ribbon at the opening of Chilliwack's delightful British Museum.

Our annual Heritage Week meeting this year featured fourteen-year old Scotfish dancer Susannah Bowman UE, (granddaughter of Doreen Todhunter UE CCMH).

Our spring luncheon on May 26th celebrated the Spring Fleet: Saint John, May 18, 1783. It was a chance to give out certificates, with some of the participants in kilts. Paul Rogers was loaned a heavy handcrafted wooden rolling pin, a wedding gift in 1907, to "persuade" relatives to become UELAC members!

"Happy Heritage" was the theme for a midsummer luncheon in Abbotsford with our senior member Percy Deplessey and youth member Steven Rogers among those awarded certificates. Lois Dickinson UE CMH presented the certificate to Percy, a second cousin whom she had not seen between 1937 and 1999.

We also participated in the Abbotsford Genealogy Group's Fair and Heritage Fair for Fraser Valley School kids 5 to 9.

Congratulations to youth members Rusty Wilson, 13 who was awarded a trip to the Tim Horton Children's Foundation leadership "Camp Onondaga" at Saint George ON, and J.D. Margetts UE who graduated from Williams Lake High School with great distinction, and heads for the University of Alberta.

The Branch is saddened at the loss of two long-time members, brothers-in-law Dick Merson and Bob Armstrong UE, whose deaths occurred barely two months apart. Our sympathy continues with Laura Merson UE and Bea Armstrong UE and their families.

Lois Dickinson UE & Jean Brown

Colonel John Butler

The Officers and Directors of the Friends of the Loyalist Collection at Brock University are pleased to announce that their application for Charitable Status has been approved by Revenue Canada. The Purpose of the Organization is to establish and maintain at Brock University a collection of source material dealing with the UE Loyalists with a view to facilitate and encourage academic research and study.

On February 7, 2002, the Colonel John Butler Branch submitted a request for permission to have a flagpole erected at the Loyalist Memorial Boulder that was unveiled in 1934.

On June 3, 2002, the St. Catharines City Council approved our request. The flagpole with the Loyalist flag flying year round will commemorate the Queen's Golden Jubilee.

At the May meeting member Marion Smith Tait UE, DAR was presented with a special nametag -- one that included not only her Loyalist ancestors but her Mayflower and Rebel ancestors as well.

To celebrate June19, our Branch raised the flag in St. Catharines, Niagara Falls and Niagara-on-the-Lake. The Mayor of Niagara Falls and the Lord Mayor of Niagara-on-the-Lake proclaimed June 16 to 22 Loyalist Week in their municipalities. Copies of the proclamations were given to the Branch. Members of the Branch attended the very successful Conference 2002 in Waterloo, the June 19 ceremony and tour at Queen's Park and the very wet Adolphustown Loyalist Landing. Canada Day Weekend was spent by invitation at the Niagara Antique Power Association Heritage Display where we had a display. On July 28 we participated in the Commemorative Service for the Battle of Lundy's Lane. On the same day, at the invitation of the City of Niagara Falls, we attended the reopening of the restored Battle Ground Hotel, formerly Fralick's Tavern.

Our lunch meetings are held the first Saturday of the month. We'd be happy to have you join us.

Noreen Stapley UE


In February, a group of about 20 met for lunch at the Provincial Museum and Archives. Jonathan Davison of the Archives gave a very informative talk on subjects such as ship passenger lists, homestead records, vital statistics, etc. Afterwards members where given the opportunity to access any area of interest for individual research. We plan to follow up this success with a similar venture to the Edmonton Public Library in the fall.

The Branch purchased the two-volume set of New York Colonial Muster Rolls 1664 - 1775. Report of the State Historian of the State of New York. This has been donated to the Alberta Genealogy Society (AGS) Library.

This year our annual May Founder's Dinner was held in conjunction with the Prairie Regional Conference. We were honoured to have President Bill Terry as the banquet guest speaker. Myrna Fox and Fred Hayward made presentations about Dominion projects. We also heard from Margaret Carter about Manitoba's Young Loyalist Program, Helene de Wit on genealogy documentation, Audrey Wirtzfeld on her coordination of the Glenbow Museum with public schools.

The highlight of the day was the "fashion show" put together by our own Vera Chisholm.

Margaret Carter and Hugh Ross led the many who worked together to make this a successful event. Thank you to all.

Ivy Trumpour UE


Our first meeting of 2002 was held March 13 in the Interpretative Centre of Old Government House. Old Government House is a National and Provincial Historic Site, and the residence of New Brunswick's Lieutenant Governor, The Honorable Marilyn Trenholme Counsell.

The president, Andrew Gunter, chaired the meeting, and called on members to observe a moment of silence in memory of May Bartlett UE.

Speaker for the evening was Ron Hawkes UE, who gave an interesting and informative talk entitled "Marks On Things". Using overheads, Ron spoke about and showed examples of heraldic clues that help identify and date objects. Accompanying the presentation was a beautiful display of silver and other items from Ron's collection, to illustrate the various "marks".

Our 2002 annual general meeting was held on April 10 at Old Government House, with the president, Andrew Gunter, in the chair.

The meeting was followed by a "Show and Tell" discussion featuring some of our favourite books about UE Loyalists.

Fredericton Branch is looking forward to the visit to New Brunswick in October by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip. Plans are being made to join with members of New Brunswick Branch and others in celebration of the Royal Visit and the Queen's Jubilee.

For those interested in attending meetings of Fredericton Branch, we extend a warm welcome. Meetings are held in the basement Interpretative Centre of Old Government House, Woodstock Road, Fredericton, and start at 7:30 p.m.

For further information about the Fredericton Branch, UELAC, you may contact the president, Andrew Gunter UE, at 506-455-1643 (E-mail: andrewg@fundy,net: mailing address: 146 Rainbow Drive, Charters Settlement, N.B., E3C 1V1)

Joan E. Gunter, Recording Secretary All photos courtesy of Joan Gunter.

Governor Simcoe

We are blessed with a cornucopia of history that program convenor Barbara Hancock brings forth through speakers at monthly meetings.

In February, we celebrated John G. Simcoe's birthday with a presentation by Mary Beacock Fryer.

Some of our Loyalist ancestors fought under Barry St. Leger in 1777. Gavin Watt, in March, briefed us on this campaign, and the writing of his two books "The British campaign of 1777" and "Rebellion in the Mohawk Valley - 1777" - proof that Gavin's twenty-five years of research and involvement in the history of the Revolutionary War is more than a hobby.

An annual tradition is our April Potluck at Montgomery Inn. Our special projects executive Heather James (with lots of help) managed a wonderful evening of fine food, raffles, an auction and lots of visiting.

President Daryl Currie planned our last meeting of the program year in May which featured a group tour and banquet at Black Creek Pioneer Village. We were guests of and also hosted the Masons. Blackwood Masonic Lodge, Woodbridge in the late 1800's was housed in a building now in Black Creek, having been restored and now staffed by Masonic interpreters. Many Masons joined us for a banquet, featuring guest speaker Wallace McLeod who continued his topic from a year earlier by speaking about Benedict Arnold and William Jarvis. Heather James assisted by June Pierson told us about Loyalist era dress.

Several of us thoroughly enjoyed the Annual UELAC Conference in Waterloo, which led up to June 19 Ontario's Loyalist Day. In Toronto the three UEL Branches pooled their resources. June 19th featured the donation of a Union Flag to Lt.Gov. James K. Bartleman for Queen's park by UELAC President Myrna Fox. Many Loyalist-related speakers from the platform along with reenactor and current military participants, made this a wonderful ceremony On June 22 a bus tour of Loyalist Toronto featured Snider House, a private dwelling, and included Todmorden Mill, St. James Cemetery and Cathedral, Fort York and an evening BBQ. On Sunday, Evensong at St. Peter's Anglican Church in Scarborough Church featured many Loyalist participants and a Loyalist theme.

Submitted by Doug Grant UE

Grand River

On February Heritage day, our display was in Fairview Plaza, Kitchener.

In April, President Robert McCarey UE, and Cathy Thompson UE presented the Teachers Resource to Evelyn Runions, Heritage Programmer at Backus Mill. Later, on June 2nd, the 1798 working Backus Mill was officially designated a National Historic Site. Dominion President Bill Terry UE, Branch President Robert McCarey UE and daughters April and Amy UE, and Cathy Thompson UE attended the ceremony with National Park Service and government representatives. This tied in nicely with Conference 2002.

Elizabeth Richardson UE spoke at the June meeting at St. John's Anglican Church, Woodhouse.

Doris Lemon also spoke at the BonisteelBeirose Reunion where she let these families know about their Loyalist connections.

Doris Wilson UE has written Sarah 's Diary, and generously donated the proceeds to the Norfolk Historical Society and Grand River Branch.

Grand River Branch nominates members for Ontario Volunteer Service Awards and Culver Leclerc, aged 8 was nominated for her costumed presentations in schools.

Grand River Branch was happy to host the UELAC Conference 2002 in Waterloo. We arranged for the presentation of the Loyalist flag and plaque at Backus Mill, and wreath laying ceremonies at the graves of Samuel Ryerse, founder of Port Ryerse, and Joseph Brant at the Mohawk Chapel.

Doris Lemon UE


The New Year started off with a flag presentation at Fifty United Church on Feb.17 by Branch members Howard and Evelyn Walters. President Fred Hayward and Bev Nicol participated in the presentation during the annual Scout service at the Church.

The following day, The Hamilton-Wentworth Heritage Association honoured Harold McCollum, Bev Nicol and Ruth Nicholson at the annual Heritage day Ceremony at Hamilton City Hall. During Heritage week the Branch display was at Mapleview Mall in Burlington and Oakville Place, Oakville.

The fall and spring speakers are listed in The Hamilton Branch newsletter which is now being posted on our website

May 26th was warm for the Branch picnic at Chiefswood Park, Onondaga. All enjoyed tours of the Onondaga Woodland Centre and Pauline Johnson's home.

On the June 1st & 2nd weekend, we participated in the Battle of Stoney Creek festivities at Battlefield House.

Loyalist Day was celebrated with a week of events focussing on flag raising in Oakville, Burlington and Hamilton

We thank all who took part in making this a successful week.

Martha Hemphill UE


Heritage Branch wholeheartedly honours Queen Elizabeth II for fifty years of dedication and true love of her Country and the Commonwealth.

We held our 2001 Charter Night Dinner on October 25, at the Officer's Mess of the Black Watch (RHR) Armoury on Bleury Street in Montreal. After a most enjoyable Roast Beef Dinner, we listened to a talk on the subject of "Loyalism and the Indian Trade of the North West Company" delivered by Mr. David Anderson.

On February 6, 2002 the membership of Heritage Branch attended a special Holy Eucharist Service celebrated in honour of the fiftieth anniversary of the Accession to the Throne of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II Queen of Canada. This high service took place at the Anglican Church of St. John the Evangelist, Montreal, in the presence of Her Excellency Lise Thibault, Lieutenant-Governor of Quebec.

Sincere congratulations are in order for our Branch President, Mr. Robert C. Wilkins UE, C.M.H., who received the "Governor General's Caring Canadian Award on February 20, 2002 from Her Excellency Adrienne Clarkson, Governor General of Canada at the Citadel in Quebec City. He received this prestigious award in recognition of his dedicated service to various non-profit cultural, religious, and heritage organizations over the years, including, Heritage Branch and the UELAC.

On March 9, 2002, President Wilkins attended the Annual Church Service of the Royal Commonwealth Society of Canada (Montreal Branch) with his wife Maura. The church service took place at St. James United Church, Montreal.

March 16, 2002 Heritage Branch participated for the third consecutive year in Montreal's annual St. Patrick's Day Parade.

Between April seventh and ninth, we were represented at three different Church Services in Montreal in honour of Her Late Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother, all in the presence of Her Excellency Lise Thibault, Lieutenant Governor, and large congregations.

On Tuesday, April 23, 2002, Heritage Branch held its Annual General Meeting at the Parish Hall of the Church of St. Columba, N.D.G.

In honour of the Golden Jubilee of Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II, Queen of Canada, a special ecumenical and bilingual service of worship was held at Christ Church Cathedral (Anglican), Montreal, on June 2, 2002, in the Presence of Her Excellency Lise Thibault, Lieutenant-Governor of Quebec, and Sarah Gillette of the British Consul in Montreal.

Ten of our members attended the annual UELAC conference in Waterloo, Ontario hosted by Grand River Branch, from June 6-9, 2002.

On June 22nd, Heritage Branch participated in the reopening of the recently refurbished "1822 Hyatt One Room Schoolhouse" in the town of Milby, Quebec, near Sherbrooke in the Eastern Townships. The Loyalist Hyatt family settled this area in the early 1790's. Gilbert Hyatt founded the town of Hyatt's Mills, a rural town which served the local pioneer community. Later, Hyatt's Mills became Sherbrooke, Quebec.

For the third year in a row, Heritage Branch entered a float in the Canada Day Parade in downtown Montreal, held on July 1St, 2002. This year marked the twenty-fifth anniversary of the Parade.

The Branch continues to support the activities of other Montreal-based organizations of a cultural and historical nature, particularly the Royal Commonwealth Society, the 78th Fraser Highlanders Regiment and the Heraldry Society of Canada (Laurentian Branch) as well as various other national societies.

Adrian Willison UE


After our February 17th Annual General Meeting elections we welcomed Grietje McBride UE First 'Vice President, Pam Dickey UE Second Vice President, David Kemlo Treasurer, and Shannon Ross UE (daughter of Secretary, Chuck Ross UE) as a Director.

At our General Membership Meeting of 21 April 2002, the Branch Constitution & By-laws was ratified by the membership.

Our second annual Kawartha Branch picnic was held at Lang Century Village in Otonabee Township, Sunday, June 2nd.

The Branch was well represented at the UELAC Conference and AGM 2002 in Waterloo, June 6th - 9th, with Pam Dickey UE, Jean Lake UE, Joan Lucas UE, Grietje McBride UE and Bob McBride CE as Delegates and Mary Scott CE as an Alternate. We were most pleased when our Immediate Past President, Paul Clark UE, joined us for an afternoon and evening.

On June 19th, Ontario's Loyalist Day, the Kawartha Branch, accompanied by Mayor Sylvia Sutherland, held a flag raising ceremony at the City Hall of the City of Peterborough. Over ninety elementary public school children participated. The City of Peterborough has passed a resolution to ensure that this annual flag raising ceremony, begun in 1997, is to be continued as an annual event, the flag being flown on the City Hall flagpole for a week.

The Branch display booth was active at the June 22nd - 23rd Bobcaygeon Settler's Day at the Kawartha Settlers Village, at the Kinmount Fair August 30th - September 1st, and at the September 27th - 28th Bobcaygeon Fall Fair.

Branch member and well-known author, Connie Brummel Crook UE, received a Silver Birch Award this past spring, school children across Canada choosing her novel, The Hungry Year, as worthy of this coveted award.

Doug Vasey, the retired County of Peterborough Court Reporter, spoke at our September 15th meeting about "Murder and Mayhem in Peterborough during the 1800s". Gayle McIntyre, Coordinator of Collections Conservation & Management and Museum Management & Curatorship Programs at Sir Sandford Fleming College, will be our guest speaker at our annual Branch banquet, November 2nd, talking about how to best preserve one's fragile family archival materials.

Members of Kawartha Branch, in Loyalist apparel, participated in the Queen's Jubilee Celebrations on October 5th at the Peterborough Armouries. A number of Branch members also attended a memorial service for the Queen Mother held at St. Paul's Presbyterian Church in Peterborough in June.

Plans are well underway for Kawartha Branch to host the UELAC Conference and AGM 2004 in Peterborough, the theme being "Water Links To Our Loyalist Heritage".

Bob McBride, BSc, MEd, UE, Kawartha Branch President

Kingston and District

Our Branch focused on youth last spring. At the March 23rd meeting, Annette Long, a grade twelve student from Bayridge High School spoke of her two Loyalist ancestors, John Wees and Martin Fralick. She was followed by grade five student Lindsay Bell, who became interested in her family tree. She and her grandfather Lynn Bell have been visiting local cemeteries where her Loyalist ancestors are buried.

In May Kingston hosted the local Heritage Fair at McArthur Hall, Queen's University. Our Branch contributed three prizes to students who made a display on Loyalist heritage. The first place winner was Brianne Alkembrack, grade seven, Odessa, for the display Down by the Bay, about Hay Bay Church. Second place winner was Ayeila Daneshmend, grade seven, also from Odessa for Henry Merkley, 'Loyalist with a Cause'. Third place went to Melissa Offord, Grade Six, Welbourne Ave. Public School for A Loyalist Home.

Several members received certificates as descendants of George Storring, 2nd Battn., King's Royal Yorkers.

Philip Smart UE

Editor's Note: Philip Smart has kindly sent detailed information on the Storring family and the Loyalist connection, which we hope to run at a later date when space permits.
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Date:Sep 22, 2002
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