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8 Jan. 2012 

Book Review

In God We Don’t Trust

By David Bercot, published by Scroll Pub. Co., P.O. Box 122, Amberson, PA 17210, 717-349-7033, ISBN 978-0-924722-25-7, Price $10.95

Author, David Bercot is an attorney who has written this book after 9 years of research. It is about the American colonial history from the perspective of the Sermon on the Mount with particular emphasis on the injustices dealt to the Native Americans and to the black slaves.

It then looks at the so-called “causes” of the American Revolution and the Revolution itself from the perspective of the British, the Loyalists, Pacifist Christians, and the Native Americans. It challenges much of what is taught in our American history textbooks.

I found this book to have a slow start covering the religious viewpoints of the author. But, he brings out some interesting points of our founding fathers views on religion. He estimates that there were approximately 2 million Indians east of the Mississippi by the time Europeans arrived. He does paint a very accurate picture of how the Native Americans got shafted over land and all the many treaties the European’s broke after getting what they wanted. He references many of those treaties and details around them. He does bounce around a lot through history quoting historical examples and religious fantasies of what would Jesus do.

I feel like the author loses my interests by adding the fictional accounts, and this distraction takes away all of his hard work that is very accurate in regards to Indian, Loyalist, British and Rebel history. 

All in all, without going into each chapter and attacking all the religious quotations and points of views, I would encourage all the readers to buy this book because of its historical value containing much detail to many unheard of or unreported events in our history that was never covered in school.

Chief Paul Bunnell, UE

Author, Editor of The Loyalist Quarterly Newsletter

Editor of The Dawnland Voice Newsletter

Chief of the Koasek Abenaki Traditional Tribe.

Outline of the Author

David W. Bercot(born April 13, 1950) is an attorney,]author, and international speaker.He has written various books and magazine articles about early Christianity and Christian discipleship. His two best-known works are Will the Real Heretics Please Stand Up?, and the Dictionary of Early Christian Beliefs. Bercot is a conservative American Christian and lives in Pennsylvania, United States.

David Bercot was raised as a Jehovah's Witness. After leaving Jehovah’s Witnesses in 1976, he began his university education. He graduated from Stephen F. Austin State University summa cum laude, and he obtained his Doctor of Jurisprudence degree cum laude from Baylor University School of Law.

In 1985, Bercot began an in-depth study of the early Christians who lived before the Council of Nicaea in A.D. 325. His studies started him on a spiritual pilgrimage. In 1989, he wrote the book, Will the Real Heretics Please Stand Up, which sets forth some of the teachings and lifestyle of the early Christians. That same year, he joined with an Assembly of God pastor to establish Scroll Publishing Company for the purpose of publishing various writings of the pre-Nicene Christians, as well as to publish other Christian books.

Bercot’s studies of the early Christians brought him into contact and dialogue with three different branches of Christianity: the Anabaptists (Mennonites, Amish, Brethren), the Anglican Church, and the churches of the Restoration Movement (Church of Christ, Disciples of Christ, International Church of Christ). In 1985, after completing his religious studies through Cambridge University, Bercot was ordained as an Anglican priest. However, he eventually left the Anglican Church and began fellowshipping with various Anabaptist churches.

Bercot’s most widely read work is A Dictionary of Early Christian Beliefs, published in 1998. It is a scholarly work that collects together over 7000 quotations from the writings of the early Christians, arranged alphabetically by topic. Before the publication of this work, the only practical way to determine what the early Christians believed about any given topic was to read the ten-volume set of the Ante-Nicene Fathers. After the publication of A Dictionary of Early Christian Beliefs, the Evangelical Review of Theology stated: “David Bercot has done the church a great service in providing an accessible point of entry into the extant writings of the pre-Nicene church.” The Conservative Theological Journal stated: “This is a must text for everyone interested in theology in general and especially historical studies.”

Other popular books that Bercot has written are Will the Real Heretics Please Stand Up (1989), The Kingdom That Turned the World Upside Down (2005), and Will the Theologians Please Sit Down (2009).

Bercot and his wife, Deborah, were married in 1972. They have three childreReview Correction 16 Dec 2008

The Loyalists of America and Their Times: From 1620 to 1816, by Egerton Ryerson, D.D., LL.D. (1803-1882), published 1880 (2 Vols.), CD # CA0182, by Archives CD Books Canada."on your site (on the Book/CD Reviews page) for which we thank you.


 
Just to let you know though that the CD is no longer available from Archive CD Books US, but can be obtained from Archive CD Books Canada through the online catalogue on our web site <http://www.ArchiveCDBooks.ca/>

 

17 August 2007

 

Craig Loyalist Book Available

 

Calvin Lee Craig, UE, is the author of The Young Emigrants and Craigs of the Magaguadavic.

 

This is an excellent book with a very colorful cover showing a soldier of the 84th. Regiment of Foot of the Royal Highland Emigrants. 

 

Part One and Two is an historical summary of the 84th Regiment (Royal Highland Emigrants) covering 1775-1783, including the frontier settlement of the southern part of New Brunswick, Canada, particularly the Magaguadavic River area.

 

Part Three is devoted to the Craig Family History, reunion and revisions in the family genealogy and history. The Graig Family Motto: “Vive Deo et Vives – Live to God, that you may live.”

 

The genealogy and material is easy to read with many modern day descendants listed along with the history of this very popular and historic regiment. Each section is indexed, plus there is a wonderful bonus at the end of the paperback book of a bio and photograph of this beautiful couple (Calvin and Barbara).

Calvin Craig is a Certified Genealogist of Canada and he still has copies available for $20 which includes shipping and handling (a great deal). You can order it from him by writing to: 1104 Rte. 770, Bonny River, New Brunswick, Canada E5C 1E1

 

  

 

20 July 2007                              Book Review           

By Paul J. Bunnell, UE

 

 

Letter For Elly

 

By Stephen Eric Davidson

 

 

Published Kingston Peninsula Heritage Inc.

874 Route 845

Kingston, New Brunswick, Canada

ISBN # 978-0-9783794-0-7

Published 2007, 107 pages

$14.95 Canadian funds

This book can be ordered at website: http://carterhousetearoom.com

 

This is another great work by Stephen Davidson in 2007. His other excellent book is “The Burdens of Loyalty” that I also had the pleasure of reviewing earlier this month. Though the “Letter For Elly” is a young adult novel, it goes hand in hand with the above title because the historical data and characters all come from the same area in Connecticut and who later settled in New Brunswick.

 

What I enjoyed most about “Letter For Elly” was that it takes place over the Internet, something that all modern-day young adults can relate too. Mr. Davidson knows how to capture the attention of our younger generation by creating a conversation between a semi-unhappy young girl who must devote her summer vacation in the back country of New Brunswick with an aunt and uncle who are genealogy addicts.

 

First off, I have to admit that Mr. Davidson has also captured my attention because of the close proximity of our Loyalist ancestors on the Long Reach Peninsula, and he has inspired me to look once again at one of my older works (1993) not published yet, “Holy Smokes! I’ve Got A Loyalist In My Locker.” Like my young adult novel, Mr. Davidson takes the reader into the haunted Loyalist past where spirits talk to the living. I think “Elly” is so original with her adventure starting by first leaving Sierra Leone in 1991 during a civil war there. Her parents are humanitarians working for UNICEF and caught there. For safety, they send Elly Kent to her relative’s cottage in New Brunswick where she is dragged through old graveyards helping her aunt record ancestors on her computer.

 

Stephen paints a perfect picture of the peaceful Canadian countryside, and by using real life characters from the Loyalist and colonial period, the history of all the areas involved become very clear to the knowledgeable historian. Elly receives a sudden email message from the beyond while recording stones in the family cemetery. It is dated 1776 and is sent by Abigail Lyon who lived in Connecticut at that time. The diary of this young colonial girl opens up with all the happenings of the day and the worries of the coming tomorrow. Unable to believe it all, Elly sends an email to her girlfriend, Kate with the 1776 email attached. Her aunt Clara and uncle Bruce also do not believe what has happened and try to reason it out into another direction, but still cannot come up with any sound explanation.

 

What I liked about this story was the interaction between the living and the dead, and using the email system to do that. Many more attachments come, dating from 1779, 1780, 1781, 1783, 1785, and 1800, running all through the life cycle of these Loyalists. At first I was a little worried that this book would be only of interest to the young female adults, but the story brings in the young revolutionary boys who get the terrible exposure of war. They begin to communicate too. That’s what makes this story an excellent book for schools. Stephen Davidson knows the importance to keeping our history alive for each generation to learn about the past. Today, that part of our education is threatened. New Brunswick is rich in heritage of our Native North American, Acadian French, The Loyalists, and later, the Irish and many other groups that followed to find a new way of life. That precious history should always be shared with our young.

 

“Letter For Elly” is a very well written book and I congratulate Stephen on his publication successes for 2007, and hope that many read this book and will be inspired like I am, as I intend to get back into my project to complete “Holy Smokes.” Elly’s narrative travels on the Net taking us through the violence of Sierra Leone, and the tranquil life in New Brunswick, and into the spiritual tunnel of time in Connecticut, New York, and colonial New Brunswick forces the reader to journey with these long and forgotten pioneers of our past. The ending email from Elly to her friend Kate says it all when it comes for a young person to see how proud she or he should be of their past ancestors who paved our way. She closes in says:

 

“Let’s hope the troubles in Sierra Leone will come to an end soon. I miss you and everyone from school SO much. Until we see each other in Freetown again, I’ll always be

 

Your fellow refugee and Friend-for-ever,

Elly Kent, U.E.”

 

Order this book today, and get your school to carry it in their classes, and see your own Loyalist child start using the distinguished initials *U.E. after their surname as a proud Loyalist descendants.

 

 

*U.E. Note:

The following is the 1789 proclamation giving every Loyalist and their descendants the right and honor to this royal distinction.

Lord Dorchester' Proclamation

 At the Council Chamber at Quebec,

 Monday, 9th November 1789

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 Present,

 His Excellency the Right Honourable, LORD DORCHESTER.

 The Hon’ble WILLIAM SMITH, Esquire, Chief Justice.

 HUGH FINLAY,                     GEORGE POWNALL,

 THOS. DUNN,                        HENRY CALDWELL, 

 EDWD. HARRISON,             WILLIAM GRANT,

 JOHN COLLINS,                  FRANCOIS BABY,

 ADAM MABANE,                  CHARLES LANAUDIERE

 J. G.C. DELERY,                   LE CTE. DUPRE,

His Lordship intimated to the Council, that it remained a Question, upon the late Regulations for the Disposition of the Waste Lands of the Crown, whether the Boards, constituted for that Purpose, were authorized to make Locations to the Sons of Loyalists, on their coming of full Age and that it was his wish to put a Mark of Honour upon families who had adhered to the Unity of Empire, and joined the Royal Standard in America before the Treaty of Separation in the year 1783.

 The Council concurring with His Lordship, it is accordingly ORDERED,

That the several Land Boards take Course for preserving a Registry of the Names of all Persons, falling under the aforementioned, to the End of their Posterity may be discriminated, from future Settlers, in the Parish Registers and Rolls of the Militia, of their respective Districts, and other Public Remembrancers of the Province, as proper Objects, by their persevering in the Fidelity and Conduct, so honourable to their Ancestors, for distinguished Benefits and Privileges.

And it is also Ordered, that the said Land Boards may, in every such Case, provide not only for the Sons of those Loyalists, as they arrive to Full Age, but for their Daughters also, of that Age, or on their marriage, assigning to each a Lot of Two Hundred Acres, more or less, provided nevertheless that they respectively comply with the general Regulations and that it then satisfactorily appear, that there has been no Default in the due Cultivation and Improvements of the Lands already assigned to the Head of the Family, of which they are Members.

 Quebec                                                            {Signed}  J. Williams C.C  

 

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July 2007 Review

 

The Burdens of Loyalty

 (Electronic Resource)

By Stephen Eric Davidson

Pub. 2007 ISBN # 978-1-897306-50-5; 232 pages. Cost: $5.25 plus 6% Tax.

Library and Archives Canada Cataloguing in Publication

Refugee tales from the first American Civil War including bibliographical references.

Pub. By Trinity Enterprise Inc., 105 Prince William St., Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada E2L 2B2, Phone: 506-693-2252. Toll Free 1-866-693-2259. Email: info@trinityenterprise.ca  Website: www.loonielink.com

Editor: Catherine Thompson            E-Typesetter: Jennifer Woodland

 

The four Loyalist quotes at the beginning of this book sets the troublesome mood of these poor threatened people we call “Loyalist.” Inspired by the well-known New Brunswick author, R. Wallace Hale of Woodstock, Mr. Davidson chased down the stories of the passengers of the ship, Union, focusing on the Loyalist family, Lyon, and the 104 refugees that travel onboard.

 

I liked how Mr. Davidson listed all of them in alphabetical order at the beginning of the book. It’s nice to know all your characters up front. Next, he gives an introduction to these refugees of “The First American Civil War” by first historically explaining the world’s plight of refugees.

 

The actual tale begins in Wilton, Connecticut in 1740 with the Stephen Betts and Ruth Brimsmade family who later move to Redding, Connecticut after the birth of one of the main characters in this story; Hepzibeth Betts. She married John Lyon, a native of Redding on 20 Sept. 1761 in Wilton. John’s parents were Nathan Lyon and Abigail Malloy.

 

I enjoyed the author’s description of weather conditions, countryside scenery, and the various goods available that the population depended on to live. The family genealogy is very well written and I found the entire book very easy to read. I like that in any book.

Redding, Connecticut was largely Loyalist and Mr. Davidson describes this very clearly by explaining all the political structures that formed before and during the American Revolution. At first there were 142 committed signers of Loyalty in Redding.

 

The Adobe Reader format and clarity made this e-book very easy to read. I had no trouble downloading it and having the choice of print/read size was a pleasure.

 

Knowing a little about the history of Redding, Connecticut by research done on Loyalist, Isaac Bunnell of Redding who later settled the Kingston/Sussex area of New Brunswick, Canada, I know Mr. Davidson is very accurate in his historical accounts and descriptions. He obviously did a lot of research into church records.

 

Like many Loyalists, John Lyon leaves his family and ends up in New York as a refugee, driven from his home, that later was confiscated and sold off. And like many, his wife and children had to endure the hardships and abuse from the rebels at home. And like many families, they were split between loyalty or rebellion which caused much stress.

 

Mr. Davidson’s Military outline and campaigns are very accurate and to the point. I hate it when an author gets too detailed and verbose. This story is none of that. Thank you Stephen. The information on rebel and Loyalist and British prisons and prison ships is a very important part of the American Revolution that is overlooked. The author tells this story very well.

 

The individual accounts of various Loyalists and their encounters made my reading very interesting. I did not get bogged down in any long drawn out stories. The account of “Black Friday” 19 May 1780 is very interesting and familiar to me as I also recorded that event in one of my early Loyalist books. I was amused to see that my Loyalist ancestor, Benjamin Bonnell and this authors ancestor served in the same attack at New London/Fort Griswold, Connecticut on 6 Sept. 1781. The world is truly a small place. His accuracy was very well, and complete with detail.

 

Details were also very precise in the Great Exodus of 1783 from New York at the end of the war. I found the ship lists, names, places and accounts very exact. The description of the hostile wilderness and tough life and carving out their new homes in New Brunswick was everything that I found during my research. Land grants, laws to protect the poor and geographic locations and conditions were extremely accurate. Sighting other well-known authors and historians like Rev. W.O. Raymond, adds credibility to this fine book.

 

I think the timeline, as the Annotated Union Passenger List near the end of the book is very helpful in recapping events and helping to draw a good picture. I enjoyed the “Story Behind This Story” commentary was very nostalgic, as I too had no idea of my loyalist ancestors until 1981 when doing research at the Fredericton, New Brunswick archives.

 

For the Lyons, ending their lives in Kingston, New Brunswick was the end of an era, a loyalist era. An adventure across two countries and over 800 miles of love, happiness, tragedy, fleeing desperation, threats, loss, and rebirth.

 

I enjoyed this book very much because it is well written, and so familiar to me. Plus Stephen Davidson tells this story very clearly and accurately. I would recommend buying this ebook because it is a must for any Loyalist hunter, and for those who should be educated in Loyalist studies.

 

 

Reviewed 10 July 2007 by,

Paul J. Bunnell, UE, Author

45 Crosby St., Milford, NH 03055

Email: pauljbunnell@comcast.net

Gwilawato - He Looks For Something
Loyality is Everything
Website: http://wwwbunnellgenealogybooks.citymaker.com


 

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July 2006 Review

Review: 1

The History and Master Roll of The King’s Royal Regiment of New York, Revised Edition By Brigadier General Ernest A. Cruikshank and Gavin K. Watt; Cost $64.95 (Can) Published by Global Heritage Press Inc., 2006; ISBN #1-897210-83-3 hardbound, Indexed, 409 pages and illustrations.

 

Dedicated to the Ontario Loyalists, this book was first published in 1982 as, The King’s Royal Regiment of New York. This edition has updates and revisions, corrections, and additions.

The maps, charts, diagrams, and colored photos are of very high quality. I was impressed with the larger foldout map of the upper New York and southern Quebec area showing battle areas, forts, and settlements.

 

Starting in 1774, this very active regiment is portrayed here with great detail bringing every campaign to life from documents researched. Much is devoted around the Mohawk Valley area, and northern New York. The reader can jump right into the men who served and the conditions they endured. The artifacts and documents displayed in very colorful photos gives me a feeling of connection to our Loyalist ancestors.

 

The “Master Roll” starting on page 165 and ending on page 337 is a very complete listing of the Loyalists, listing surname, given name, born/died, enlisted dates, highest rank held, details of service, trade and place of origin, and finally where they settled and various family information. I found these charts very helpful and clear to read. I tip my hat to the authors.

 

There is a very helpful “Surname Concordance” on page 339. You do not see this very often. The source reference section is designed in an excellent manner.

 

 

Review Results:

The extra effort put into this book places the quality and desire to purchase it at the top of my list. A lot of research was done here and the authors must be recognized as the number one authority on The King’s Royal Regiment of New York. I would make this book a must item for your Loyalist library. Great job!

 

More information about the author and publisher are located at: http://globalgenealogy.com/countries/canada/loyalist/resources/101046.htm

This book was premiered at The United Empire Loyalists’ Association Annual Convention in 2006. This site has a surname listing for your interest.

Global Heritage Press Inc. is located at 43 Main St. South, Campbellville, Ontario, Canada L0P 1B0. Phone: 800-361-5168. Rick Roberts is the Publisher and owner and has over 200 titles in print. They have been around a long time and I can say their service is the best.

 

 

July 2006 Review

 

Review: 2

United Empire Loyalists, A Guide to Tracing Loyalist Ancestors in Upper Canada

By Brenda Dougall Merriman BA, CGRS, CGL

Published by Global Heritage Press Inc. 2006 Cost: 39.95 (Can). Hardcover

ISBN #1-897210-84-1; 192 pages, Indexed with a Table of Contents, 200 pages.

 

This book begins very appropriately with Chapter 1, “Who is A Loyalist?” Anyone with suspected Loyalists in their lines must know who they are. Ms. Merriman explains this very well with using the UEL guidelines, which is a must. Maps and drawings are poor with fuzzy imaging throughout the book. Chapter 2 deals with the United Empire Loyalists Association (UELA) and their purpose, and importance of membership. I was disappointed here not to see more instructional processes for the United States citizen where there are many thousands of Loyalist descendants. Being a US citizen myself, I find a great deal of interest in US Loyalists descendants from Upper Canada and the Maritime Provinces. The promotion would surely benefit the United Empire Loyalist Association of Canada.

 

Chapter 3, “How do I Get To My Loyalists?” is designed for the beginner and Ms. Merriman does a wonderful job describing nearly every detail of starting your search through all types of documentation out there, at many archives, libraries, societies, etc.

I really was impressed with the step-by-step instructions with examples and giving many basic sources like, Birth, Marriage, Death, Divorce, Cemeteries, Church, Census, Wills, Estate, Land and newspapers. Chapter 4, “Is My Ancestor A Loyalist?” is a very meaty section with referencing all types of records that can be verified if you really do have a Loyalist in your family (land petitions, military records, audit office holdings, personal papers, etc.). Chapter 5 “Case Examples: Working With Petitions” covers several sample cases in detail, sighting many sources. I liked how she inserted a comments section giving the reading her opinion and guidance through each example. Chapter 6 “Reading and Reference” completes this fine book with many excellent reading references, lists, and Ms. Merriman’s favorite websites.

 

Review Results:

Though the drawings are in poor condition, but the contents are valuable and worth purchasing this excellent Loyalist reference guide for Upper Canada, and adding it to all your other Loyalist guides in your library.

 

More information about the author and publisher are located at: http://globalgenealogy.com/countries/canada/loyalist/resources/101060.htm

This book was premiered at The United Empire Loyalists’ Association Annual Convention in 2006.

Global Heritage Press Inc. is located at 43 Main St. South, Campbellville, Ontario, Canada L0P 1B0. Phone: 800-361-5168. Rick Roberts is the Publisher and owner and has over 200 titles in print. They have been around a long time and I can say their service is the best.

 

 

May 2006 Review

 

Review #1

 

From:

Archive CD Books USA, www.ArchiveCDBooksUSA.com

9110 Red Branch Rd., Suite “0” Columbia, Md. 21045. Phone-410-715-2260

Bob Velke, President

 

CD

 

Biographical Sketches of Loyalists of the American Revolution with an Historical Essay, by Lorenzo Sabine, 1864. CD by Archives CD Books USA, ISBN #1-933828-18-8, Dated 2006.

 

When viewing this Archive CD Books USA disk I find it very user-friendly with an explanation page telling the reader how to get around the CD giving navigation, searching, and Adobe Acrobat Reader options. Listed in the “Bookmarks” folder is volume 1 and 2 of this book. Each page is very clear with large print. A must for us blurry-eyed senior researchers. I found the scrolling very smooth and easy, but could not find anything in the “Signatures” and “Layers” tabs of the options listing. Under the “pages” folder was another story as my pick of page numbers had very quick and easy access. Each choice in this folder had large page numbers referenced and the scroll bar made it quick to use. Every page is clear with no markings of age or poor quality copies.

 

For those of you who are not familiar with Sabine’s work; each listing is in alphabetical order and where there can be a biographical sketch, lots of material has been added. Military, family, settlement and any other historical outlines has been added. Volume 1 contains the Title Page, Preface, Historical Essay, and alphabetical listings starting with “A” surnames through “K.” Volume 2, continues with “L” through “Z.” There is an end section called “Fragments” that was an additional listing of added Loyalists, pages 469 through 600. This book is considered one of the main research tools for Loyalist studies.

 

The Acrobat's Search feature (binoculars icon) can find any word, surname, place name, etc., in the text. A lot of companies distribute images without going to the trouble that as Archives CD Books has done. It is an important characteristic for researchers. Also, you can copy the contents of several Archives CD Books onto your hard drive, and can do one searches across all books at the same time. Just tell Acrobat's Search feature to look in "All PDF documents in (the folder)." You can also zoom in and out to affect the text size.

 

Archives CD Books USA has contributed much to the Loyalist records by keeping this work available on CD for $29.95 (U.S.) in a smart plastic case.

 

Review Results: I would definitely add this to your collection.

 

Reviewed by Paul J. Bunnell, UE – 24 April 2006

Website: http://www.bunnellgenealogybooks.citymaker.com

 

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Review #2

 

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Bob Velke, President

 

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The Loyalists of America and Their Times: From 1620 to 1816, by Egerton Ryerson, D.D., LL.D. (1803-1882), published 1880 (2 Vols.), CD # CA0182, by Archives CD Books Canada.

 

This CD comes up with the help of Acrobat Reader to the contents list: Content, CA0182-1, CA0182-2, License info, Readme instructions, and Search Help. The first page has clear lettering and has high quality pages as other products of Archives CD Books and a table of contents is listed on the left side of the screen. This version is produced by their Canadian partnership segment of the business, but is sold by the U.S. location listed above.

 

Volume 1 - Starts off with a photo of the original books, something I enjoyed seeing. The author starts off with a large narrative of the history in the colonies and the government structure that developed from the English system. The 513 pages describe a comprehensive history from the beginning of all the settlements of the colonies culminating up to the American Revolution. The purpose of the text was to explain how and why the loyalists took the position they did. It is done very well.

 

Volume 2 – There is a selection under “Options” that is designated to go to the volume.  This 459 page section deals with Congress, France, England and issues during the American Revolution. I was impressed with so many details in military and governmental processes and historical notes. There are lots of loyalist narratives and historical references and finally many letters and opinions from interested parties and press sources leading up to 1880.

 

The Acrobat's Search feature (binoculars icon) can find any word, surname, place name, etc., in the text. A lot of companies distribute images without going to the trouble that as Archives CD Books has done. It is an important characteristic for researchers. Each page is clear with no marks of any kind that make it a pleasure reading. Also, you can copy the contents of several Archives CD Books onto your hard drive, and can do one searches across all books at the same time. Just tell Acrobat's Search feature to look in "All PDF documents in (the folder)." You can also zoom in and out to affect the text size.

I would recommend reading and learning from this very large work if one is interested in our North American history, especially in our Loyalist studies and heritage. I applaud Archives CD Books Canada for helping to save and making available this great work. Cost: $30.95 (U.S.)

 

Review Results: I would definitely add this to your collection.

 

Reviewed by Paul J. Bunnell, UE – 24 April 2006

Website: http://www.bunnellgenealogybooks.citymaker.com

 

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Review #3

 

From:

Archive CD Books USA, www.ArchiveCDBooksUSA.com

9110 Red Branch Rd., Suite “0” Columbia, Md. 21045. Phone-410-715-2260

Bob Velke, President

 

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The Loyalists of Massachusetts and the Other Side of the American Revolution, by James H. Stark, Boston 1910. CD by Archives CD Books USA, ISBN #1-933828-02-1

 

The Acrobat's Search feature (binoculars icon) can find any word, surname, place name, etc., in the text. A lot of companies distribute images without going to the trouble that as Archives CD Books has done. It is an important characteristic for researchers. 

This section is smartly done by an original photo of the old book giving the reader that archival and historical feeling of seeing an actual copy of the work. Also, you can copy the contents of several Archives CD Books onto your hard drive, and can do one searches across all books at the same time. Just tell Acrobat's Search feature to look in "All PDF documents in (the folder)." You can also zoom in and out to affect the text size.

 

The contents are clear with sections entitled: Contents, Acrobat Reader, Getting around, License agreement, Loyalists of Massachusetts, and lastly, a Maps section.

 

After the front page appears, I can scroll very easily through each, finding them all very clear and readable. The print is large enough so there is no strain on the eye. The table of contents directs you to any titled section you wish to jump to.

 

The author, James Stark was a very sympathetic Loyalist writer who explains the plight of these British supporters and their hardships. He first starts at the very beginning with the settlement of the colonies where he thinks the seeds of the American Revolution started. Descriptions of the incidents leading up to the war is very detailed with many prominent loyalist family histories, confiscation lists.

 

There is a surname index at the end of the book making it a quick reference to one of the best loyalist sources for Massachusetts of its time. Archives CD Books USA has done another wonderful job in preserving this old book from disappearing into decay. Cost $19.95 (U.S.).

 

Review Results: I would definitely add this to your collection.

 

Reviewed by Paul J. Bunnell, UE – 24 April 2006

Website: http://www.bunnellgenealogybooks.citymaker.com

 

 

 

 

 

 Re: sources for Scottish Loyalists ( Thu, 27 Mar 1997 11:34:17 EST)

Some works that we have found useful include:

Ronald M. Gephart, *Revolutionary America, 1763-1789: A Bibliography* (Washington, D.C., 1984) (see Loyalists in the index)

John R. Sellers, Gerard W. Gawalt, Paul H. Smith, Patricia Molen van Ee, *Manuscript Sources in the Library of Congress for Research on the American Revolution* (Washington, D.C., 1975) (see Loyalists in the index)

Lorenzo Sabine, *Biographical Sketches of Loyalists of the American Revolution with an Historical Essay* (Boston, 1864; Reprint, Baltimore, 1979)

Gregory Palmer, *Biographical Sketches of Loyalist of the American Revolution* (London, 1884)

Peter WIlson Coldham, *American Loyalist Claims* (Washington, D.C., 1980)

Paul J. Bunnell, *The New Loyalist Index* (Bowie, Md., 1989)

Hugh Edward Egerton, *The Royal Commission on the Lossses and Services of American Loyalists, 1783 to 1785* (Oxford, 1915; Reprint, New York, 1969)

Esther Clark Wright, *The Loyalists of New Brunswich* (Wolfville, N.S., Canada, 1955, 1985)

E. Alfred Jones, *The Loyalists of Massachuesetts: Their Memorials, Petitions and Claims* (London, 1930; Reprint, Baltimore, 1969)

Robert A. East, *Connecticut's Loyalsists* (Chester, Conn., 1974)

Paul H. Smith, *Loyalist and Redcoats: A Study in British Revolutionary Policy* (Williamsburg, 1964)

John Bakeless, *Turncoats, Traitors and Heroes* (Philadelphia, 1960)

Good luck!

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Papers of George Washington
University of Virginia
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