Johan Adam Papst

According to Rupp’s, 30,000 Names of Immigrants, Johan Adam Papst 1730(+/-) to 1807 (+/-) arrived in Philadelphia on the ship “Two Brothers”, Sept. 28th, 1753.

Despite extensive research, his movements have not been confirmed until he turns up in the Mohawk valley in NY province and married Eva Marie Hamm ca 1760. On the manifest of the ship Two Brothers, there is a person with the name, Hamm and conjecture would indicate that possibly Eva Maria and her father were on that ship. It is only postulated that he came from Saxony.

In the Mohawk valley Johan and Eva produced three sons and 5 daughters, the first being Maragaret ca 1757 and the first male Rudolph ca 1760. The youngest was John Adam Papst, born in Brunswick, Rennselar county NY, 12th July, 1777, as the revolutionary war was well underway.

Adam Paps (Pabst) and his oldest son Rudolph, are known to have been incarcerated and “appeared before the Board”, 17 Mar. 1781 in Albany County, and were freed on payment of 100 pounds each.

At some point Johan joined Butlers Rangers and the Census of Niagara of 1783, indicates Adam Papes was released from Capt Lewis Genevay’s company on Nov 30, 1783. His son Rudolph joined the KRRNY.

At the conclusion of hostilities Johan Adam received 300 acres of land in Winchester Township along with two other relatives, and Rudolph Papist obtained 200 acres in Osnabruck Township. All children that relocated to this area near present day Cornwall received land grants, although there are several occasions where possession of these specific lots are not clear and clean.

The will of the patriarch, Johan Adam and the will from Rudolph outline their children, but children for the other two sons has been very difficult to authenticate. Two similar handwritten notes from ca 1923 would seem to indicate the family of the second male child, Daniel Frederich, but the children of the 3rd male child, John Adam born 1777 has been very difficult and paid researchers have not been able to confirm the children of this 3rd child. His marriage to Elizabeth McWilliams in 1800 fits with the modest evidence of children and the census of 1850 and on, confirms the homestead of Johan Adam on Lot 2 Con 3 Stormont County. The will of Johan Adam dated 1808, leaves the majority of land and possessions to his youngest son, John Adam and intensive searching of land transactions show the transfer and selling of various plots from John Adam to his children.

It is concluded that this union of John Adam and Elizabeth McWilliams produced a family of 10 to 11 children all domiciled in Stormont county, and the youngest male child John Jacob Poaps(t) (1823-1896) is considered to be the link. Many land records exist relating to J.J. Poaps as the developer of the town of Osnabruck Centre, and the Belden maps and his obituary in the Cornwall Standard of Feb 17, 1896 clearly indicate his activities as a developer and entrepreneur. It is considered that he was a quite successful land realtor as he is involved in many land transactions. He was on the council of Osnabruck Centre for three terms (1872-75), the postmaster 1853-1877, and at one point owned a tavern and established a, “Fair grounds” on the farm that he purchased from John Adam, his pseudo father, in Osnabruck twp.

The actual records of birth were burned and lost in the Church fire in Osnabruck ca 1922 but records of his marriage and the birth of his children exist.

The actual link therefore of John Jacob to John Adam is therefore considered tenuous but when taken in the context of land transactions provides a very strong likelihood.

A history of Johan Adam Papst and Eva Marie was researched and published by Lt. Col Ervan Amidon (USAF Ret’d) of Traverse City Mi. in 2007, and claims UE status through the oldest son, Rudolph, of John Adam and brother to John Jacob.

submitted by Descendant Richard Poaps UE

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James Hughson

James Hughson was born in Dutchess County, New York, about 1746. James sided with the Loyalists in the Revolutionary War. In his petition, which was brought into New Brunswick following the war, James claimed that in 1776, at the outbreak of war to aid in the protection of the British Army at New York, he left his estate. He may never have returned.

James stated that he had served one and one-half years under Major Thomas Ward (Royal Standard Regiment) in the construction of Fort Delaney at Bergen Point. James Hughson was a deacon of the Baptist church at Springfield, Kings County, New Brunswick. He died at Belleisle in May 1806.

submitted by Descendant Paul Lewington UE

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John Lymburner

John Lymburner was born April 8th 1769 in Penoscot Mass. (now in the state of Maine). John married Elizabeth Greenlaw in Lincoln Co. Upper Canada in 1792. They had 10 children who all lived to adulthood.

John’s father was Mathew Lymburner a Scottish merchant who along with his wife Margaret settled in Montreal in 1761. They also had 10 children. In 1767 they moved to Penoscot to be a farmer and miller.

During the Revolutionary War Mathew joined the British forces and worked for the Indian Department as did John’s future father-in-law Jonathan Greenlaw. They both became United Empire Loyalists.

During the Revolutionary War American forces attempted to capture the British base at Penoscot but were defeated. Despite this, 10 year old John was captured and taken prisoner along with other “Tories” and threatened to be hanged. He was put aboard an American frigate with other Tories but managed to escape into the forest as the ship proceeded up the Penoscot River and so he returned home.

After the Revolutionary War the Limburgers lost everything. They moved to St. Andrew, New Brunswick. Mathew died shortly after in 1788. His wife Margaret remarried and with her new husband and children moved to Caistor Township in Lincoln Co. Upper Canada as New Brunswick Loyalists.

John as a loyalist and son of a loyalist, received land in 1799 on the Chippawa River where he became involved with the lumber trade and consequently built the first sawmill in Caistor Township. His sawmill provided the “boardings” to build the first Anglican Church in Chippawa and for another church to serve all other denominations.

During the War of 1812, John now in his mid 40’s served with the 4th Regiment Lincoln Militia. He was with his regiment at Queenston Heights and Lundy’s Lane

His gristmill was a casualty of the war and was burned by the Americans but like all tragedies of war was rebuilt.

John Lymburner died May 14th 1824 in Lincoln Co. Upper Canada. He is buried at Caistor Township Lincoln Co.

submitted by Descendants Edward Early UE & Bonnie Manuel UE

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Andrew Denike

Andrew Denike was born in New York. He lived in Kingston and Prince Edward County where he was buried at Cressy Cemetery in 1839. He married Catherine Bird, daughter of Anthony Bird, a well know “Loyalist Sufferer” buried on Staten Island.

Earlier records show the spelling as Denyke and Ten Eyck. The family was originally Huguenot who emigrated first to Holland and then to New York. Andrew served in the New Jersey Volunteers and at the close of the war received large grants of land in Kingston Township, on the site of the Village of Cataraqui. He may not have cultivated this land, as he did become a Master Mariner on Lake Ontario.

He built and kept, for some years, a tavern in the Town of Kingston. He later settled in Fredericksburgh, where many of his descendants lived in Prince Edward County. Andrew Denike spent his last years in North Marysburg. He was engaged as a mariner and gave assistance to the Royal forces during the war of 1812.

submitted by Descendant Bruce Misener UE

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Christian Keller

According to the book, The Palatinate Families of New York by Henry Z. Jones Jr. in the year 1767 Christian Keller (4GGF) served with Captain Abraham Van Aerman’s Company. He was a son of Conrad Keller and was born in New York. He married Elizabetha Backus, daughter of Johann Backus and Catherina Scheffer and they had 7 children.

Christian is listed as one of the first settlers of Albany at the time of his son, Frederick’s baptism in 1760. Along with his sons, Frederick and John and at least two daughters and their families settled in Fredericksburgh Township about 1784.

Christian through age and other infirmity was unable to take an active part in the Revolution any farther than assisting Loyalists leaving the States to join the British Army. The proof I needed came in the form of the successful Land Petition of his daughter Jean (Keller) Coughnutt in 1797 listing Christian as a Loyalist.

submitted by Descendant Gloria Howard UE

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William Davis

In 1781, General Cornwallis and his men were sheltered and fed on the plantation of William Davis, in Orange county North Carolina. After Cornwallis’ men left, the Davis property including his home and outbuildings were destroyed by fire at the hands of the Rebels.

William Davis and his wife Hannah Phillips with their family of seven children, decided to move north to British territory and remain loyal to the British Crown. Hannah died shortly after arriving in Upper Canada. William was given land in Barton Township which is now the Glendale golf course. He established the first grist mill at Albion Falls and built a home called Harmony Hall, that was torn down a few years ago. He and his family became part of the group of founders of the fruit growing industry in Burlington.

submitted by Descendant Nancy Misener UE

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William Ketcheson

William Ketcheson, was a native of England, and came to America with his Grandfather, his father being dead. They settled in South Carolina, and lived there until the rebellion broke out. William Ketcheson, was then about seventeen years of age, and entered the British service as a dragoon, under Lord Cornwallis. He served during the war; took part in many engagements, and was wounded in the thigh.

Shortly before the close of hostilities he married Mary Rull, daughter of John Rull, a loyalist. After the peace he went to Nova Scotia and engaged in fishing for a while; lived in a shanty at a rock-bound place, called Port Mouton. A devastating bush fire swept over the place, burning up mostly everything and nearly his wife Mary and son who was then only about 18 months old. He and his mother were put on board a boat and taken to New York. William remained to settle his affairs at Nova Scotia, and then he entered Canada, alone, in 1786.

He settled in the Hay Bay section of Fredericksburgh Township, in Lennox & Addington County. There, he worked a farm on shares, in the third township, belonging to John Miller. William raked grain and after a few years he went for his family. Subsequently, he worked Spence’s farm on shares for many years. William and his family finally moved to Sidney, in 1800 and settled on the fifth concession on his land grants of 600 acres.

submitted by Descendant Barry Baker

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David Fraser

David Fraser was born in 1769 in the Mohawk Valley New York USA to parents Daniel Fraser and Sarah Conklin, as per Richard Ripley UE, Loyalist Genealogist.

As a young lad David was enlisted as either a drummer or a fifer in his father’s regiment under Colonel Jacob Baum. In the early 1790’s David crossed into Canada and in 1794 he married Rebeccah Dies, daughter of Matthew Dies Sr. and Eva Van Loon in Richmond Twp. Lennox County. Here they raised a family of four children. In 1797 David applied for a land grant of 200 acres as a Loyalist. David’s petition was granted; he received deeds for Concession 2 Lots 24 and 25. Later in 1822, David purchased 200 acres from Henry Simmons. This land was on Concession 6 Lot 41. David died in 1850 in Ernestown, Lennox & Addington County, Ontario.

submitted by Descendant Barry Baker UE

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Peter Davy

PETER DAVY was born on 31 May 1724 in Schenectady, New York, USA. His parents were Thomas Davy and Catrin Klein and he was baptized 31 May 1724 in the Reformed Dutch Stone Arabia Lutheran Church, Schenectady, New York, USA. . He married ANNA MARIA SALTSMAN, daughter of George Saltsman and Margaret Klein.

Peter lived by the shores of the Mohawk River near where Little Falls, New York is located. During the Revolutionary war he and most of his sons fought in the British army and after the war ended they immigrated to Upper Canada and were known as United Empire Loyalists. Peter Davy was a private in the 2nd Battalion, King’s Royal Rangers of New York.

In his petition for additional lands, 16 June 1790, Peter Davy identified himself as a late private in the 2nd Battalion Royal Yorkers’ (KRRNY). Although he was not included in the muster roll of disbanded soldiers settled in Ernestown 7 Oct 1784, Peter drew 500 acres for himself and his family, which consisted of a wife and seven children. By 1790, Peter had made a good improvement on the land. He died on 09 Jul 1790 in Bath, Ernestown, Lennox Addington, Ontario, Canada.

submitted by Descendant Barry Baker UE

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John Pettit

John Pettit was born in Easton Pennsylvania in 1761 and during the Revolution he served with the New Jersey volunteers. After the war the family trekked to Canada crossing at Niagara and settled near the Forty. John was known as “Squire John”. He was a devoted member of the Episcopal Church and a member of the Masonic Lodge. According to a history of the Lodge: “On 3 July 1800 a motion was passed that brother Pettit pay one shilling each night instead of two shillings as he took no refreshment”. John died in 1851 and is buried in St.Andrew’s churchyard in Grimsby.

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