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He died sometime before Ephraim Tisdale's life would be one marked by a great deal of travel. Born in Freetown, Massachusetts, his loyalist principles compelled him to find refuge in New York City in During the course of the war, he was on a ship bound for East Florida's St. Anxious to avoid capture by rebel vessels, he abandoned his ship at sea and "gained the shore in safety". With hardly any money on his person, he walked 1, miles overland back to New York.

In , Tisdale was once again at sea, but heading north this time. He and his wife were among the loyalist refugees on The Brothers.

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When his wife gave birth to a son en route, they named the baby in honour of William Walker, the ship's captain. When his family had a reunion in Canada in , he met of his parents' descendants. Little Walker was the ninth child that the Tisdales had to support in addition to a servant when they arrived at the mouth of the St. John River.

Although Ephraim Tisdale held as Sabine notes a number of "civil and military offices", he migrated to Upper Canada in after a quarter of a century in New Brunswick. He died eight years later.

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The Tisdales who went with Ephraim "were active on the side of the crown" during the Upper Canada Rebellion of , being "distinguished for loyalty". While compiling his biographical sketches of loyal refugees in the s, Lorenzo Sabine was able to only identify ten of his loyalists as having settled in Upper Canada after initially putting down roots in the Maritimes.

While we know that hundreds --if not thousands-- of other loyalists made the same decision to seek new opportunities, Sabine nevertheless has provided historians with a starting point as they trace the centuries-old Canadian phenomenon of "goin' down the road".

To secure permission to reprint this article, email Stephen Davidson. Here is an excerpt about the Rev. There was the Chief Justice and the Governor and Parson Cooke and his family and we sold them cream and butter; they were glad to get the things Parson Cooke came over to baptize my little brother Ira and dined with us. He lived over the river at St. There were many people settled there. Parson Cooke held services in the King's Provision Warehouse close by the church green until the church was ready.

One day Parson Cooke came over for a funeral. It was in May at freshet time and the water was high and the wind began to blow and we wanted him to stay until next day, but he said they would be waiting for him, so he and his son, a big boy, started to paddle over home.

The next day someone saw a straw hat floating, his son's hat, and then the canoe bottom up, so they knew they were drowned, and it was more than a week before they found the bodies floating down the river. Oh it was a terrible grief. We all loved him so. There's many a one named Cooke after him. Today I received a Loyalist Certificate to my 5th gt-grandparent.

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She is one of the few women who were considered UEL in their own right. It took a lot of research, but I am delighted to with this ward. Henry Hare came home for reasons which included visiting his wife Alida for her 32nd birthday on 17 Jun In June while her husband Henry was spying for the British, he also "brought home for his wife several articles of clothing, such as British calicoes, dress-shawls, Indian moccasins, etc.

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Simms, Albany, N. II, pp Her husband was caught and accused of spying for the British. She pleaded for his life to no avail. Butlers Ranger Sergeant William Newberry who was captured and tried with her husband Henry Hare appeared before that court. Question 12 posed to William Newberry was "Who were the persons that gave you the Intiligence sic of our movements?

Question 14 posed to William Newberry " The Prisoner being Requested to make his defence says Reference and credit: Captain Andrew Porter's Journal, ed. Jay H. Humbly shewth, that your petitioner, is a poor widow, with six small children, without any means to support them, the want of every necessary of life and the continual insults of the rebels obliged her to leave the province of New York and come off to this.

Your petitioners said husband being ordered on a Scout, last summer, was taken by the rebels: who charged with being a spy. Tried him for the same. An unjust trial condemned him, in consequence of which, he was executed, whereby your petitioner is rendered miserable, poor, and needy. Her situation emboldens her to crave your excellency support and protection humbly praying, your excellency will take the same into consideration, and allow such a yearly supply or aid, as your justice may see fit, in order to assist her and her distressed children. Montreal 10 May You are hereby authorized and directed to pay to Mrs.

Abigal Hare, widow of the late Henry Hare, a Lieutenant in the Indian Department, in consideration of her misfortune and distress, above related, the sum of 20 pounds sterling, as a yearly pension to be continued to her during her life, for the maintenance of her and her children. Given under my hand at Quebec this 25th day of May Tom Raub , a fifth-great-grandson of Alida Vrooman Hare.

He was educated, but also showed a strong aptitude for art, geography, languages, and writing, speeding his advancement in the British army following his enlistment in By , he was promoted to major, and then went on to become the Adjutant General in America.

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An excellent record of the last years of his life have survived in his journal and maps, as well as other contemporary accounts held in The Loyalist Collection. Read more. In the September 28, issue of the New York Review of Books, Fintan O'Toole explained Brexit as the consequence of a rebirth of English nationalism: "Brexit is a peaceful revolution but it is unmistakably a nationalist revolt.

It is England's insurrection against Yet, by the first decades of the nineteenth century, Empire 2. The second British Empire rebuilt after the loss of the thirteen American colonies was perforce a more multicultural venture than the first, as it encompassed large non-white, non-English swaths of the globe. Crown and Empire became repositories of the British constitution on a transatlantic scale. British paradigms of belonging gravitated towards a civic, rather than ethnic model, which allowed the Scots, the Welsh, and the Irish to reap the privileges of Britishness civility outside Britain.

These shifts occurred at a time when new scientific ideas about race brought whiteness and citizenship in direct relationship to one another; Britishness became caught in a settler-colonial racial dilemma further complicated by the existence of the United States. To be British across the globe implied whiteness, even though British criticism of the U. His parents were Michael and Mary Ryan.


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As a twelve year old boy, Luke worked in John Grimes' boatyard in Skerries and then at age sixteen began his shipwright apprenticeship under Edward King in Ringsend. It is unclear if he completed his apprenticeship which would have lasted between five and seven years. We do know that following his years as an apprentice, he began to get involved in small time smuggling.

In , Dublin newspapers began carrying stories about American privateers seizing British ships in the Irish Sea. Being a privateer was dangerous work; it involved long sea chases, bloody but brief engagements, lightening raids, smuggling, and at times, kidnapping for ransom. Because the Royal Navy could not afford to assign ships to deal with these privateers, they began to recruit privateers of their own from both England and Ireland. The ships, granted British Letters of Marque, were fast and heavily armed.

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Luke Ryan and his cousin, Edward Wilde decided to convert his smuggling ship into a privateer and rename her the Friendship. In February of , the Freeman's Journal reported that the Friendship, moored at Sir John Rogerson's Quay in Dublin, was "ready to sail, being completely armed and manned, carrying 14 carriage guns and 60 as brave hands as any in Europe.

Little is known about Ryan for the next twelve months. Two things, however, occurred that would influence his life over the next six years: first, France and the United States signed the Treaty of Amity and Commerce and the Treaty of Alliance; and second, M. This nuanced and deeply researched argument challenges the tendency to portray Locke as a proponent of slavery, claims rooted in the fact that he authored Carolina's Fundamental Constitutions.

However, as Brewer argues, "Locke's support for slavery was weaker than his critics have implied" since his role in Carolina's constitution was "as a lawyer writes a will," or as paid employment rather than philosophical conviction. Judith Van Buskirk, a professor of history at the State University of New York, Cortland and the author of Standing in Their Own Light: African American Patriots in the American Revolution, helps us kick-off a two-episode exploration of the military aspects of the American Revolution by guiding us through the military experiences of the approximately 6,, African American men who served in the Continental Army.

During our investigation, Judy reveals what motivated African American men to join the revolutionaries' military units; The Continental Army's policy toward African American soldiers; And details about both the all-black First Rhode Island Regiment and John Lauren's attempt to form a similar all-black regiment from South Carolina.

Listen to the podcast. Bloomfield was an officer in the 3rd New Jersey Regiment from to Also included are Bloomfield's important notes on the culture and behavior of the Iroquois tribes known collectively as the Six Nations, which played a crucial role in revolutionary New York. Unpublished and all but unknown when the first edition appeared, Bloomfield's wartime journal was praised for providing both scholars and general readers with new information on the Continental soldier; the revolution's impact on society; warfare in New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania; and the motives and actions of the revolutionary generation.

In walks Ryan with his fast ships and iron men eager to fight the British for their own reasons. Before they are finished Ryan and his men will capture or destroy over British ships, take hundreds of prisoners and invade English and Scottish towns - tying down precious military resources, causing financial panic in London and inflicting more damage on British maritime interests than perhaps any other naval force during the war.


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He currently resides in the United States. Customer Reviews Average Review. See All Customer Reviews. Shop Books. Add to Wishlist. USD Overview Here is a true story based on the adventures of Captain Luke Ryan - Irish swashbuckler, American patriot, mariner extraordinaire and Benjamin Franklin's most dangerous privateer It is an epic story about war, heroism, love, intrigue and betrayal spanning a period from the American Revolution, to the French Revolution, and through the rise of Napoleon.

Product Details About the Author. About the Author The author has dabbled in soldiering, business and the law searching, as we all must, for his rightful place in this world.