Loyalists

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“We can’t afford to let our politicians destroy whatever opportunities might be created… …And its’ not hard to see why – if our fears about being sold out are finally allayed, in a few years from now these politicians could be redundant. We must analyse the situation for our own needs, not theirs. We’ve been marched up to the top of the hill and down again once too often.”

___ Hall, a Loyalist

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“The die is now cast; the colonies must either submit or triumph…. we must not retreat.”

King George III, in a letter to Lord North, 1774

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“These rustics are so inept. It nearly takes the honor out of victory. Nearly.”

Lord Charles Cornwallis

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“Neglected by Congress below, distressed with the small-pox; want of Generals and discipline in our Army, which may rather be called a great rabble, our credit and reputation lost, and great part of the country; and a powerful foreign enemy advancing upon us, are so many difficulties we cannot surmount them.”

Benedict Arnold

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When the government violates the people’s rights, insurrection is, for the people and for each portion of the people, the most sacred of the rights and the most indispensible of duties.

Marquis de Lafayette

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“He comes, he comes, the Hero comes:
Sound, sound your trumpets, beat your drums.
From port to port let cannon roar
Howe’s welcome to this western shore.”

A Loyalist poet penned these lines at General William Howe’s approach to New York in 1776

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“Unhappy it is… to reflect that a brother’s sword has been sheathed in a brother’s breast, and that the once happy and peaceful plains of America are either to be drenched with blood or inhabited by slaves. Sad alternative! But can a virtuous man hesitate in his choice?”

General George Washington in a letter to George William Fairfax, about the Battle of Concord, May 31, 1775

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British General John Burgoyne earned the nickname “Gentleman Johnny” for his love of leisure and his tendency to throw parties between battles. His surrender to American forces at the Battle of Saratoga marked a turning point in the Revolutionary War.

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No middle ground exists “between the supreme authority of Parliament and the total dependence of the colonies: it is impossible there should be two independent legislatures in one and the same state.”

Thomas Hutchinson, Royal Governor of Massachusetts

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“I cannot conclude without mentioning how sensibly I feel the dismemberment of America from this empire, and that I should be miserable indeed if I did not feel that no blame on that account can be laid at my door, and I did not also know that knavery seems to be so much the striking feature of its inhabitants that it may not in the end be an evil that they will become aliens to this kingdom.”

King George III, Letter to Shelburne, 1782

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The Battle of Guilford Court House is considered by some to be the hardest-fought of the entire Revolutionary War: “I never saw such fighting since God made me.”

Lord Charles Cornwallis

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“Colonel Tavington, why, after six weeks, am I still here at Middleton place attending a ball in South Carolina while I should be attending balls in NORTH Carolina?”

Lord Charles Cornwallis

Loyalist Ancestors proven by our members:

 

David Aberthany Jr., NC

Samuel (Long Sam) Abney, SC

David Akerley, NY

Henry Albrant, U.E.

Ozias Ansley, NY

Abraham Ashley, MA

Joshua Atwood, MA & Nova Scotia

Jacob Bauman (Bowman), PA

Thomas Bayeaux, Jr., NY

Abraham Beam, PA & Canada

Jonas Bedford, NJ

Mary Lucia Bellinger, SC

Jonathan Belton, SC

William Bishop, CT (Capt.)

Thomas Blair, NC

John Bowie, MD (Rev.)

Jacob Bowman, VA

James Bracken, PA

Eli Branson, NC (Capt.)

Eli Branson, SC (Capt.)

Joseph Brant (Thayendanegen), NY

Samuel Bryan, NC

William Bull, SC

Joseph Bulyea, NY

Isaac Bunnell, CT

Benjamin Bunnell, NJ

Thomas Taylor Byrd, NY

Jacob Cable Sr., SC

Jacob Cable, MS

Jacob Cable, Sr., VT

James Calder, MD

Curtis Caldwell, SC

John Calef, MA

John Calef, MA (Dr.)

Thomas Cargill, SC

Caleb Carter, MA

Nehemiah Carter, NJ & MS

Abijah Chambers, NJ

John Chandler, CT

George Bedford Chase, MA

Ward Chipman, MA

Daniel Clary, SC

John Cochran, NH & Canada

John Coffin (Maj. Gen.)

Isaac Coffin, Barone, GCH, MA (Adm.)

James Coggeshall, RI

Thomas Collins, NC (Maj.)

Hezekiah Collins, NY

Thomas Wharton Collins, PA & Nova Scotia

Richard Corbin, VA (Col.)

James Cotton, NC (Col.)

Hastings Dail/Dial, SC

Samuel Dalrympl, SC (Lt.)

John Demarest, NJ

Jon Demarest, NJ

Moses Doan(e), PA

Amos Dole, MA

William Douglas, VA (Rev.)

John Duke, MD

Daniel Dulany, MD (Hon.)

Barrett Dyer, NY (Capt.)

George Eaton, NC

Josiah Edson, MA

Philip Empey Sr., NY

Philip Empie, NY

Thomas Estep, MD

Peter Etter, MA/Canada

Benjamin Fairchild Sr., CT

Christian Feero, NY

James Ferguson, SC

Eleazer Fitch, CT

Samuel Fitch, MA (Sgt.)

Benjamin Fordham Sr., NC

Samuel Fosdick, NY

Daniel Garnsey, NY

Odlham Gates, MA & Nova Scotia

Thomas Gilbert, MA (Col.)

William Gist, SC

Samuel Goldsbury, MA & Nova Scotia

John Gore, MA

John Grindle, ME

Barzillai Grover, NJ

John Randolph Grymes, VA

Samuel Hale, NH

Job Hale, VA (Capt.)

John Hamblen, VA

Abner Harbour, VA

James Harper, SC

Samuel Hazard, RI

Richard Hewlett, NY (Col.)

John Hill, SC

Sarah Holt, MS

Stephen Hooper, NJ & NY

John Horner, NJ

Solomon Houghton, MA

Joseph Howland, MA

Nathan Hubbell, CT

John Hughes, PA

Moses Hurlburt, Jr.

Jesse Irish, RI & VT

David Ives, CT & Canada

Zerubbabel Jerome, CT

William Johnson, NJ

Elisha Jones, MA

Joshua Jones, VA

George Julian, SC

Abraham Keener, NC

Nimrod Kilcrease, SC

Israel Knapp, CT

Joshua Lake, Jr., MA

Nathan Lamar, SC (Sgt. )

John Langston, SC

John Legett, NC (Capt.)

William Lenox, SC

Daniel Leonard, MA

James Lindley, PA & SC (Capt.)

DanielaLittle Sr., NC

Joshua Locke, Jr., MA

Ephraim Lockwood

Isaac Low, PA

Joseph Maddock, GA

Ephraim Mallery, VT

Abraham Marsten

James Maxwell, PA & New Brunswick

John McDonell, NY

Archibald McKay, NC

Colin McLachlan, PA

Seth Meacham, CT

George Meserve, NH

Jacob Meyers, GA

Benjamin Milliken, ME

Ambrose Mills, VA (Col.)

Abraham Mincey, GA

Solomon Noble, VT

James Nutman, NJ

Daniel Odell, NY

Henry O’Neill, VA

Thomas Outwater, NJ

Martin Overholt, PA

James Pace, GA

Silas Pace, NC

Nathaniel Palmer, CT

Ebenezer Palmer, NY

John Palmer, PA

Joshua Pearce, Sr., GA

Richard Pendarvia, SC

Richard Pendarvis, SC

Nathaniel Perkins, MA & Nova Scotia

Thomas Poindexter, NC

Isaac Potts, PA

Jonathan Prindle, NY

Jonathan Purdy, Jr., NY

David Purdy, NY

Hugh Quin(n), NC

John Randolph, VA

John Randolph, VA (Hon.)

George Reavis (Revis), NC

Benjamin Richardson, GA

John Roberts III, PA

Joseph Ross, NJ (Capt.)

Adam Runner, VA

Noah Sabin, VT

John Saxe, NY

Samuel Seabury, CT

Richard Cutts Shannon, NH

James Simmons, MS

Mary Lucia Bellinger Skottowe, SC

Claudius Smith, NY

James Smith, NY

Stephen Smith, NY

Peter Smith, NY

William Smith, NY

Theodoras Snedeker, NY

Elisha Snow, ME (Rev.)

George Spangler (Laub-Leaf), PA

Solomon Sparks, NC

Robert Spencer, NY & Canada

William Spurgin (Spurgeon), NC & Canada

Golson Stapp, NC

Christopher Stillwell, NY

Gilbert Storm, NY

Jesse Strang, NY

Sampson Strickland, Sr., VA & NC

Peter Suman, MD

Jacob Summerall, SC

Jacob Summerell, Sr., NC & SC

Nehemiah Tatman, DE

Brant Thayendanegen, NY

Arodi Thayer, MA

Ithiel Towner, CT

Stephen Treat, CT

Sarah Holt Truly, MS

Prince Tupper, MA

James Van Buren, NY

Peter Vanderbilt, NY

William Vassall, MA

John Christopher Vought, NJ

Macock Ward, CT

Meacock Ward, CT

Macock Ward, CT (Capt.)

Madcock Ward, CT (Capt.)

Edmund Ward, NY

Wettenhall Warner, SC

Joshua Wingate Weeks, MA

Thomas Welch (Welsh), NC

John Wensworth, NH

Josiah White, NJ

John Wilks, PA & VA

Nicholas Willey, SC

Samuel Williams, NC

Benjamin Willson, NH & Canada

Peter Wintermute, PA

Ralph Wormeley IV, Virginia

John Worthington, NC

Semore York, SC

John Joachim Zubly, GA