Author's Lectures & Talks

 

10 May 2014 Lecture
My kind friends at Falmouth wrote up this nice article on my Loyalist talk. My thanks to Joyce Pendery, newsletter editor.
 
The Falmouth Genealogical Society
Vol. 25 Number 4
P. O. Box 2107, Teaticket, MA 02536
www.falgen.org
The Falmouth Genealogical Society Newsletter is published four times a year
and is dedicated to news, events and ideas that will help members enhance their genealogical research.
Newsletter May - July 2014
President: Ralph Wadleigh / Mary B
 
The Falmouth Genealogical Society
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LOYALIST MIGRATIONS
LEAVING & RETURNING
TO THE STATES
MAY 10, 2014, PROGRAM PRESENTED BY CHIEF
PAUL BUNNELL, UE
Paul was so grateful to return to his Genealogical Society
beginnings at Falmouth. He began his talk on how
the American loyalists were affected after the end of
The American Revolution in 1783. Detailed statistics,
dates, and numbers were presented which explained how
150,000 loyalist soldiers, their families, and refugees were
removed from the United States. Many new homes were
carved out by these fleeing loyalists in England, Bermuda,
Bahamas, Sierra Leone, Jamaica, Dominica, Islands of St.
Vincent, and mainly in Canada.
Support from the British for these loyalists fell short;
very little material support and nearly no compensation
for all their losses in the States was delivered. Saint John
City (Parr Town), Nova Scotia, (later to be New Brunswick)
became a city of 10,000 tents with many starving
loyalists, little food, and the rich stealing from the small
garden patches the farmers grew. Around 1786 in New
Brunswick, unhappiness over unfair land grants nearly
led that province to become the 14th state in the U.S.
Instead, it became the Loyalist Province with Saint John
City becoming the Loyalist city.
Black loyalists got their freedom for serving the King,
but their rewards were nothing close to what their white
counterparts received. This led to riots in Shelburne, Nova
Scotia. Until the 1790’s, when hard negotiations with
England were finally successful, the Blacks where given a
few ships to sail to their new life in Sierra Leone, Africa.
This proved a bigger disaster for them with 90% of them
dying there of disease or starvation.
From 1830 to 1860, many of the descendants of the loyalists
returned to the U.S., seeking new lands, jobs, and
opportunities. After 1784, many loyalists themselves snuck
back into the States, not to their home towns, but they
came across and settled just over the border in Maine, New
Hampshire, Vermont, and also New York and Michigan.
Paul ended his talk by listing the names of many Cape
Cod loyalists and where they ended up, as well as other
Cape engagements and historical notes. He also outlined
some notorious loyalists who stood out.