It's often forgotten today, but in 1775 and 1776, most American colonists didn't start out with the goal of gaining independence. They wanted concessions from Britain about how the colonies were run. When they didn't get them, many moved towards declaring independence. For others, it was just too far. "Loyalist" is a term used to… Continue reading Was my Connecticut ancestor a Loyalist?
The English families who moved to southern Quebec after the Revolutionary War were loyalists, right? Not all of them. Late Loyalists, as this group were known, were economic refugees who came to southern Quebec to take advantage of low-priced land. Some were in fact, loyalists. A significant number were not. They were, instead, former members… Continue reading Are there other Quebec families that might have Revolutionary War service?