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Kingston and District Branch in CANADA DAY PARADE.

Bath, Ontario, is a small town settled by Loyalists, mostly the disbanded troops of Jessup's Loyal Rangers, who were assigned lots in Ernestown Township while they wintered in Quebec in 1783, prior to actually reaching the newly-surveyed land north of Lake Ontario.

For many years Bath has been known for its large Canada Day Parade.

This year, Kingston and District Branch accepted an invitation to participate in the parade and other Canada Day events. Branch Genealogist, Anne Redish UE, and Branch Member, Richard Parry UE, did most of the advance planning and preparation. In addition to the float, we also had a booth in the display area and spoke to many visitors and residents.

A giant version of the 1783 map of Ernestown Township was on display. If visitors found an ancestor's name on a lot, they were encouraged to put their name on a 3 by 5 inch card and affix a ribbon between the card and the lot on the map. It was a pleasure for many of those who live in the Bath area to confirm they descend from original Loyalist settlers.

Our float held items associated with 18th-century farming: bales of hay, barrels, an antique walking wheel, a saddle on a saddler's brace, and a wooden scythe that has been in the family of Branch Member, Jim Long UE, for several generations. As the parade advanced through town, those on the float passed out a postcard bearing a photo of a former Reeve of Bath carrying the Loyalist flag, with information about the Branch, website and meetings, on the reverse side.

We hope we stirred some interest in Loyalists among those present. Perhaps we'll see them at upcoming meetings.

BY NANCY CUTWAY UE, PUBLICITY CO-ORDINATOR KINGSTON BRANCH

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Title Annotation:BATH, ON
Author:Cutway, Nancy
Publication:The Loyalist Gazette
Geographic Code:5JAMA
Date:Sep 22, 2019
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