American Loyalists to New Brunswick

The ship passenger lists

David Bell

Passenger lists for New Brunswick–bound Loyalists provide an invaluable resource for family history research
Date Published :
September 2015
Publisher :
Formac Publishing Ltd.
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Binding. : Paperback
ISBN : 9781459503991
Pages : 312
Dimensions : 11 X 8.5 inches
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The Loyalists were colonial Americans who supported the British empire and opposed independence during the long revolutionary war. When the American Revolution ended in a peace treaty that was too feeble to protect them against persecution in the newly independent United States, tens of thousands fled to a new life in exile.

In 1783 many of them sailed northward from the New York City area to the St. John River valley in the future Canadian province of New Brunswick. This volume makes available for the first time the source materials documenting this vast migration. Most records were discovered at the National Archives of the United Kingdom.

In this book you can follow thousands of loyal American refugees at one or more critical points in their journey of exile:

on registering their names at New York to take part in the exodus

on boarding a ship for the voyage northward

on drawing provisions from the army commissariat at St. John Harbour after arrival

as recipients of town lots in the future city of Saint John

as participants in the political turmoil that overtook the American Loyalists in exile

This rich resource will be treasured by both family historians and those interested in New Brunswick's colorful past.

About The Author

David G. Bell is a graduate in history and the law from Queen’s University, the University of New Brunswick and Harvard University. He has written extensively on Maritime history, with books on legal and religious history as well as the award-winning book Early Loyalist Saint John. He is professor of law at the University of New Brunswick, and lives in Jackson Falls, NB.

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