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COG # 75 - Justice and Independence - The Loyalists Viewpoint

I have been reading a lot of information about the Loyalist era in history and I decided to write about the injustice that led to their eventual independence. While the newly formed United States of America was celebrating their independence from the British throne, a vast number of citizens who disagreed with the new government were not free to voice their opinions and were forced to give up their homes, never to return under full penalty of law.

The conclusion of the definitive Treaty of Peace…

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Wordless Wednesday - Elizabeth Simcoe


Elizabeth Simcoe was the wife of John Graves Simcoe, the first Lieutenant Governor of Upper Canada.

Elizabeth was an accomplished artist and, between 1791 and 1796, as she travelled throughout Upper and Lower Canada, produced a large number of sketches and watercolours depicting Canadian scenes. She was also an avid diarist and wrote about many of her experiences.

These diaries and paintings combine to create a vivid portrait of both the raw beauty of the untame…

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The United Empire Loyalist Statue

On May 24th, 1929 , a great ceremony was attended by numerous citizens of Hamilton . The unveiling of the United Empire Loyalists statue, which was a generous gift to the city by Mr. Stanley Mills, brought great cheers from the crowd gathered outside the Wentworth County Court House.

United Empire Loyalist Statue

The statue itself is rather large, weighing three-and-a-half tons. The height of the original stone pedestal was seven-and-a-half feet, with the Loyalist himself being an additional eight feet tall. Stone for th…

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What is Loyalist Day?

This week in recognition of the 225th anniversary of the province of Ontario and Loyalist Day, June 19th, I will be publishing posts related to topic of the Loyalists in Upper Canada, for where would I be without them?

"The Constitutional Act of June 19th, 1791 created the province of Upper Canada, or Ontario as we know it today, and this law came into being as a direct result of Loyalist influence. The Loyalists were instrumental in developing a distinctive national identity that was, and is, u…

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Obituary of Lt. Col.John Butler's wife, Catharine Bradt Butler, May 29, 1793


"On Wednesday, the 29th of May
last, died Catharine, wife of 
John Butler, Esq., first judge of the Court of
Common Pleas in Niagara, Lieutenant
Colonel of the old Rangers and chief
agent for Indian affairs for Upper
Canada, etc., etc. Few in her station
have been more useful, none more
humble. She lived fifty-eight years
without provoking envy or resentment
and left the world as a weary traveller
leaves an inn to go to the land of his
nativity"A marble tablet to the memory
of Colonel …

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Wordless Wednesday - Touring Settler's Village, Bobcaygeon, Ontario, Canada

My husband and I go camping every summer at Emily Provincial Park in Omeemee, Ontario, near Peterborough. One day we decided to tour one of the local towns and see what attractions we could find. We decided to go north 20 km. to Bobcaygeon.
In the town of Bobcaygeon was a pleasant surprise, a Settler's Village right in town. The location was quite unusual, we didn't expect much, but it was worth taking a look.
There was no Admission fee, just a donation when you leave, if you wish to make one. A t…

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Tombstone Tuesday - Col. John Butler Family Burying Gounds

Resuscitating ``Living Genealogy 2.0``

Reading Randy Seaver's blog about ``I Remember``, Footnote Pages for Facebook reminded me of a similar site that I discovered about a year and a half ago. It is Living Genealogy 2.0., a free site where you can make ancestor pages and places pages and others can add comments, stories, pictures. There are great features on this site, such as the Image Gallery. Each picture has a separate link, but when you go to the image gallery, the images are full-size images and you can navigate between pictu…

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Tombstone Tuesday - Tecumseh

Tecumseh died in the Battle of the Thames in the war of 1812. This memorial is on Longwoods Road outside of Moraviantown, Ontario, Canada.

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COG #69 - What if....the British won the Revolutionary War?

What if...Moses Doan's message was read by Colonel Rahl, instead of being stuffed into his pocket to be read later...would Washington have surrendered?

"Doan and the British suspected that Washington might attack Trenton but they had no idea when, and felt confident that the British and the Hession reinforcements there would prevail. Moses and Abraham were in Newtown on Christmas Eve day and noticed that preparations were underway for marching the troops. They also noticed ferry barges asse…

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