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The Branch was originally formed in the early 1930s as Brantford Branch, with the Rev. J.A.Bloodsworth as President at the time of chartering, and a membership of twenty.  It became inactive on the outbreak of war, in 1939.

The Branch was re-activated on February 24th, 1973 as Grand River Branch, Dr. Vera Vanderlip receiving the Charter from Mr. John A. Aikman, then Second Vice President of UELAC.  Also present were representatives of the Provincial and Federal governments, at the Brant County Museum.

The Photo Archives section of this website has many scanned articles from newspapers and memorabilia of our Branch over the years; some are almost forty years old.  A history book, photo album and scrapbook, we're proud to share our memories of Grand River Branch!

A History of Grand River Branch

F. E. Chapin, March 1997

The charter was granted to Grand River Branch of the United Empire Loyalists' Association of Canada on February 24th, 1973.

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Grand River Branch Charter

The organizational meeting was held on April 15th, 1973 at the home of Dr Vera Vanderlip, pro tem President, Waterloo, Ontario.  Those present were Jack Aikman of Hamilton, Keith Casselman of Kitchener, Miss Opal Howey of Brantford, Mrs Mary Pirie of Waterloo, Marvin Rush of Waterloo, Mr and Mrs Bob Sanders of Cambridge, Mr and Mrs Michael Spohn of Toronto, Mrs James Welsh of Cambridge, Dr. J. G. Dillane of Hamilton and Mrs Edna Habel of Kitchener.

In June, a picnic was held at Waterloo Park, Waterloo, with eight present.

In September, a meeting was held at the home of Ruth Gould, Waterloo, with 26 present.  Officers chosen were Dr. Vera Vanderlip, President and Secretary; Wilma Burns, Genealogist; and Noel Thompson, Treasurer.  Members were present from Toronto, Governor Simcoe and Hamilton Branches.  John Chard was a great help in organizing and establishing the branch.  John Aikman and Mrs C. C. Strahm helped us to process our genealogies.

The Charter Presentation meeting of the Grand River Branch held on September 29th, 1974 in the Brant County Museum, Brantford, Ontario, opened with President Mr. E. John Chard in the chair.  Philip Smart, Toronto Branch, E. Murray Billings, London Branch, and Mack Elliott, Hamilton Branch, brought greetings.  The Charter was presented by John A. Aikman, genealogist Hamilton Branch and a Dominion Vice President, to Dr. Vera Vanderlip, founding President of the Grand River Branch.  The main speaker was W. Stafford Johnston, Kitchener whose topic was the history of the Grand River.

The November meeting was held at the Kitchener Public Library with 45 present from Kitchener, Waterloo, Brantford, Mount Pleasant, Delhi, Hamilton, Ancaster, Rockwood, Woodstock, Mitchell, Paris, Simcoe, Oakland, London and Toronto.

The branch covers the area from Georgian Bay to Lake Erie along the Grand River watershed, west to Woodstock and east to Guelph.  To cover such a large territory we have our meetings in different communities from March to November, usually on the third Sunday at 2:30pm.

Presidents have been Dr Vera Vanderlip, E. John Chard, Robert B. Burns, Ruth Gould, Doris E. Marcellus, Robert Morden, Doris Wilson, Gary Cooper, Irene MacCrimmon, Doris Lemon, James W. Files and the current president Ronald Fink.

The Armorial Bearing of the U.E.L. Association was presented to the Woodland Cultural Centre, Brantford.  The Joseph Brant's 114th Battalion Flag at the centre was restored.

In 1991 with a grant from the Ministry of Health and Welfare's New Horizons Programme, we published our book "Loyalist Families of the Grand River Branch U.E.L." which includes 98 families.  With grants from the Ministry of Citizenship and Culture we have given donations to:

1) Chiefswood, the home of E. Pauline Johnson which is being restored.

2) A Loyalist Lane Fund was established with the Grand Valley Conservation Foundation at Taquanyah Nature Interpretation, Decewsville. Rail and stump vintage fences, Carolinian forest trees, shrubs and vines have been planted yearly.

3) Donations are given to the E. B. Donly Museum, Simcoe, for the Loyalist Library to purchase Upper Canada Land Petitions on micro-film.  Books are given to the library in memory of deceased members.

4) For 20 years we have had our books at the Norfolk Genealogy Fair and assisted many in their ancestral searches.  Many other fairs, festivals, family reunions have been attended, which has involved numerous volunteer hours.

5) In September 1995 we were at International Ploughing Match in Ayr, Ontario, for five days.

6) A Union Flag was presented to the Billy Bishop Museum, Owen Sound and also to St John's Anglican Church, Woodhouse (near Simcoe) on the 175th Anniversary of the church.

7) Loyalist books are given to small branch libraries of the Grand River watershed.

We have taken 9 or 10 bus bus tours. In 1983 we took a 19 day tour and attended the U.E.L. convention in the Maritimes.  We have arranged historical tours to the Mohawk Valley and New England.  In 1976 we went to the Sigmund Samuel Gallery, Canadiana Collection at the Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto.

Our peak membership was 209 the year we published our book.  Our present membership is 162.

We have had meetings with Hamilton and London Branches. Picnics are held with our summer meetings.  A number attend dinner after other meetings, at a local restaurant before going home.  This has fostered a close relationship which is necessary when we live in different communities.



President   Secretary   Treasurer   Genealogist  
  1973-74   V.F.Vanderlip   K. Casselman   N. Thompson   W. Burns  
  1974-75   E.J. Chard   V.F. Vanderlip   E. Chapin   R.C. Gould  
                  M. Wirrell  
  1975-76   E.J. Chard   V.F. Vanderlip   E. Chapin   R.C. Gould  
                  M. Wirrell  
  1976-77   R.B. Burns   V.F. Vanderlip   M. Sutherland   R.C. Gould  
  1977-78   R.B. Burns   V.F. Vanderlip   M. Sutherland   R.C. Gould  
  1978-79   R.B. Burns   V.F. Vanderlip   M. Sutherland   R.C. Gould  
  1979-80   R.C. Gould   V.F. Vanderlip   M. Sutherland   R.C. Gould  
  1980-81   R.C. Gould   R. Guthrie   M. Sutherland   R.C. Gould  
  1981-82   D. Marcellus   R. Guthrie   M. Sutherland   R.C. Gould  
  1982-83   D. Marcellus   R. Guthrie   M. Sutherland   R.C. Gould  
  1983-84   R. Morden   R. Guthrie   M. Sutherland   R.C. Gould  
  1984-85   R. Morden   R. Guthrie   M. Sutherland   R.C. Gould  
                  E. Chapin  
  1985-86   D. Wilson   R. Guthrie   M. Sutherland   E. Chapin  
  1986-87   D. Wilson   R. Guthrie   M. Sutherland   E. Chapin  
  1987-88   G. Cooper   D. Lemon   K. Pasnyk   E. Chapin  
  1988-89   G. Cooper   D. Lemon   K. Pasnyk   E. Chapin  
  1989-90   I. McCrimmon   J. Sullivan   K. Pasnyk   E. Chapin  
  1990-91   I. McCrimmon   J. Sullivan   K. Pasnyk   E. Chapin  
  1991-92   D. Lemon   F. Blayney   K. Pasnyk   E. Chapin  
  1992-93   D. Lemon   F. Blayney   K. Pasnyk   E. Chapin  
  1993-94   J. Files   F. Blayney   K. Pasnyk   E. Chapin  
  1994-95   J. Files   E. Tree   K. Pasnyk   E. Chapin  
  1995-96   R. Fink   E. Tree   K. Pasnyk   E. Chapin  
  1996-97   R. Fink   E. Tree   K. Pasnyk   E. Chapin  
  1997-98   W. Terry   E. Tree   M. Haslinger   E. Chapin  
  1998-99   W. Terry   E. Tree   M. Haslinger   E. Chapin  
  1999-00   M. Branch   E. Tree   M. Haslinger   E. Chapin  
  2000-01   M. Branch   E. Tree   M. Haslinger   E. Chapin  
  2001-02   R. McCarey   R. Ellis   E. Tree   J. Sweet  
  2002-03   R. McCarey   R. Ellis   E. Tree   C.Thompson  
  2003-04   J. Cruickshank   M. Branch   E. Tree   C.Thompson  
  2004-05   J. Cruickshank   D. Smith   E. Tree   C.Thompson  
  2005-06   C. Machan   D. Smith   E. Tree   C.Thompson  
  2006-07   C. Machan   D. Smith   E. Tree   C.Thompson  
  2007-08   S. Hines   M. McMillan   E. Tree   C.Thompson  
  2008-09   S. Hines   M. McMillan   E. Tree   C.Thompson  
  2009-10   E. Tree   M. McMillan   M.Haslinger   C.Thompson  
  2010-11   E. Tree   M. McMillan   P.Gray (Acting)   C.Thompson  



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Branching Out is a section which appears in each edition of the Loyalist Gazette with reports from the UELAC Branches.  They are excellent snapshots of Branch activities and form an ongoing history of our individual Branch activities and notable events.

Grand River Branch is proud to present our Branching Out entries; as updates are made and earlier entries are uncovered, we’ll post them here.

Gratitude goes out to Grand River Branch members Doris A. Lemon UE, Eleanor Chapin UE and Dominion President Fred H. Hayward UE for generously providing past issues of the Loyalist Gazette... and especially to the members of Grand River Branch - past and present - for their Loyalist pride, dedication and work.

Our heritage, our history.  We’ve had an exciting past and look forward to an even more promising future!

1973 1974 1975 1976 1977 1978 1979
1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989
1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999
2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009

(There were no Grand River Branching Out entries for the unlinked years above.)

Spring 1973

New Branch : Grand River Branch

Members in west central Ontario, west of the Niagara escarpment, expressed their wish to have their own local U.E.L. branch.  From 1970 onward thoughts and plans have developed to form a branch in this part of Ontario offering a fine potential for membership.  It is hoped that future branch meetings will be held in various locations of this region from Lake Erie northward to Georgian Bay.

Although many Loyalist descendants have populated the area, it is significant that during the 1830's and 1840's there was a Loyalist exodus from New Brunswick to the district now comprises Norfolk and Brant Counties.

More concentrated work was begun in 1971 by Mr. E.J. Chard for a branch or branches to serve this part of Ontario and he was supported from the late summer of 1972 onward by Mr. K.M. Casselman of Kitchener and more recently by Mr. Michael Spohn and his relatives in the area.

February 24 an application was made by the first named person to the Dominion Council and a charter was granted for the Grand River U.E.L. Branch having its president, Dr. Vera F. Vanderlip 45 Caroline Street North, Waterloo, Ontario.

Readers who have relatives and friends who reside in this large area between Lake Erie and Georgian Bay and who may qualify for membership are asked to contact Dr. Vanderlip.

Autumn 1973

Message from Grand River Branch

[photo: Dr. Vera F. Vanderlip]  As the Spring issue of the Gazette implied, the Grand River Branch is just now putting forth its first fragile leaves.  The large area we encompass, stretching from Georgian Bay to Lake Erie, contains many Loyalist settlements and we hope the Branch will soon show the strength that is inherent in it.  Letters from interested persons are coming in daily.

Meantime, we sent congratulations to the Loyalist Gazette and its editor on a decade of successful publication.  This journal and all the Branches are in reality actively engaged in Canadian research of a most vital kind viz that of Canada's founding families.  May such valid, historical efforts thrive.  Branch members should at all times endeavour to be active and vocal in their community's affairs.  Their perspective is longer and their interest older than that of most other Canadians.  After all, our ancestors were among the first to invest in this country!  As to Canada's future, our vision can be kept clear by carefully planned Branch programs.  Our country is still in a formative stage.

Branch Reports: Grand River Branch

The organizational meeting of the Grand River Branch of the U.E.L. Association of Canada was held on April 15th at the home of the President, Dr. Vera Vanderlip, 45 Caroline Street, North, Waterloo, Ontario.

Those present were: Mr. Jack Aikman, Hamilton; Mr. Keith Casselman, Kitchener; Dr. J.G. Dillane, Hamilton; Mrs. Edna Habel, Kitchener; Miss Opal Howey, Brantford; Miss Mary Pirie, Waterloo; Mr. Marvin Rush, Waterloo; Mr. and Mrs. Bob Sanders, Cambridge; Mr. and Mrs. Michael Spohn, Toronto; Dr. V. Vanderlip, Waterloo; Mrs. Jas. Welsh, Cambridge.

Dr. Vanderlip extended a warm welcome to all those present.  Everyone felt reasonably well acquainted through personal exchanges of Loyalist background preceding the call to order.

Mr. Casselman told of the steps he had taken to inform all eligible persons in the area.  All those interested were added to the mailing list, husbands and wives to be called Associate Members, and friends not of U.E.L. descent were to be welcomed to attend meetings.  Fees were to be arranged later for these persons.  The annual branch fee for members was set at $5.00, the amount to be reviewed in one year.

Two meetings were planned for the autumn.  The place and speaker were left to the executive to decide.

The members were in favour of remaining in contact with the Waterloo Historical Society and the newly-formed Waterloo-Wellington Branch of the Ontario Genealogical Society.

Suggested programs for the meetings included travelogues of interest to U.E.L.'s, addresses by authors of works related to early Canada, historical films, speakers, such as Canon Zimmerman of The Chapel of the Mohawks and the Rev. Findlay Stewart of Kitchener.

Discussion of a major project for the Branch was introduced by the chairman.  Some suggestions were given by Hamilton members, e.g. restoration of early cemeteries, plaques on historic sites as yet unmarked, contributions to museums, and collections of U.E.L. artifacts.

The pro tem president and treasurer-genealogist were duly confirmed in their positions for this year, and given authority to find others within the Branch to fill the other positions.

Refreshments and lively conversation followed the adjournment.

Autumn 1978

Grand River Branch

The Grand River Branch opened its 1978 season on Sunday March 19 at the First United Church, Waterloo.  Highlight of the meeting was the showing of the film: Canada and the American Revolution (1763 - 1783).  The film showed the dramatic and fateful divergence between the ambitions of the American Revolutionaries and the interests of the Canadian groups along the St. Lawrence.  The flames of hostile rebellion spread northward and Canada resisted the encroachment.  A social hour was held at the conclusion of the meeting.

On Sunday, April 16, the Branch was honoured by the visit of the Dominion President, Mr. Stuart D. Gilmor.  The Dominion President addressed the members on the subject "Unity of Canada".  Refreshments and conversation concluded the meeting.

The May meeting was held in Brantford at the Bradon Public Library on St, Paul Street on the 28th.  The guest speaker was Joyce Beaton, editor and publisher of the "Early Canadian Life".  This monthly tabloid is one of Canada's finest historical publications.  The editor told of the trials and tribulations in starting and producing the publication.  The members then adjourned for refreshments.

It was decided by the membership to continue our monthly meetings during the summer.  The first summer activity was held in Simcoe at the Eva Brook Donly Museum.  This museum contains one of Ontario's most extensive and best organized collections of local history archival material.  Many tens of thousands of family records are typed and indexed for the use of genealogy 'buffs'.  An address was given by the curator, Mr. William Yeager.  The members were then taken on a historical walking tour of Simcoe.  A picnic lunch was held in beautiful Simcoe Park to close the day's activities.

On Sunday afternoon, July 16, the Grand River Branch of the U.E.L. gathered for a beautiful summer outing in Woodstock at the historic home of the Misses Louise and Margaret Hill.  A large number of members and guests attended, representing Brantford, Collingwood, Guelph, Kitchener, Paris, Simcoe, Stratford, Waterloo and of course, Woodstock.  the meeting was held on the north lawn amid well tended flowers, shrubs and trees.  After the brief business meeting, the president Mr. Robert Burns, introduced the speaker, Miss Louise Hill, who is a well known local genealogist and historian.  She graciously thanked all for being their guests and then told in some detail the story of the homestead.  The Hill family has lived here for some six generations; the house is the oldest in the Woodstock area and has been recognized publicly as such by the bronze plaque it bears beside the front door, set there in 1975 by the Woodstock Chamber of Commerce and the local historical association.  Miss Hill related the arrival of their ancestor (Perry) in the area, his marriage to a local girl, and finally the story of the site of the house itself on its 400 acre farm.  The knoll where the house stands today is now less steep and its large trees are fewer, but it still shows a thriving grove of the original rare, black walnuts.  Long since, however, most of its farmlands have vanished under modern Woodstock and its environs.  Standing today somewhat below the modern city centre, the poperty suffers from the ever-increasing and obvious encroachment of mill, streets, railway, parkland and cottages.  Louise recalled how numerous visitors over the years, from as far away as Texas, have visited them in search of genealogical data.  they have in their possession an extraordinarily large and valuable collection of public documents and private records which, they hope, will some day become the nucleus of a district archive (already the collection and Louise herself are recognized as a veritable fountainhead of Ontario history).

President Burns, pleased by the important and thoroughly delightful address, complimented the speaker on her remarkable memory and, on behalf of the Branch, presented her and her sister, Margaret, with two U.E.L. rosebushes.

The two hostesses, known also as providers of bountiful repasts, included, among other treats for this occasion, various cheeses and black raspberries from the garden.  Margaret Hill, Wilma and Cathy Burns presided at the tea table.  Meanwhile, the guests had ample opportunity to ramble at will over the still unbelievable spacious lawns and gardens and to take note of rare flowers and shrubs that have, in some cases, grown there continuously during the old family's occupancy.  Hill hospitality, personal, warm and genuine, is always coloured by Ontario's early history, and their home is a living museum of valuable antiquities.  All present agreed the occasion was unique and one to treasure in the memory.

The Branch's October meeting will also be held in Woodstock when Branch Vice-President, the Reverend Edward McCrea, and Miss Ellie McCrea will be hosts.

The third summer activity was held in Guelph on Sunday, August 20.  The itinerary consisted of a tour of the Guelph Civic Museum.  A sight and sound presentation included highlights of the life of Edward Johnson, one of Guelph's most famous citizens.  A visitation to the birthplace of Colonel John McCare followed.  Colonel McCare is most remembered as the author of the immortal poem, "In Flanders Fields the Poppies Grow".  The home has been restored to the 1875-1890 period.  the members moved on to Riverside Park to see the famous "Floral Clock" and a model of John Galt's house and garden.  A picnic lunch in the park concluded the meeting.

Sunday, September 17, 1978 opened the fall season for the Grand River Branch.  The meeting was held at the Brant County Museum.  The special guest was Mr. Arnold General, a member of the Six Nations.  A question and answer period on Six Nations culture was the format of the meeting.  Miss Helen Howell was moderator and Mr. general answered all questions from the floor.  The social hour was held at the end of the meeting.

[photo: Cathy J. Burns]  Miss Cathy J. Burns, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Burns, Kitchener, Ontario received her Honours B.A. in Geography at the Convocation of Wilfred Laurier University, Waterloo, Ontario on May 28, 1978.  She received a Wilfred Laurier University scholarship and an Ontario Graduate scholarship towards her Masters degree.  She received a Gold Medal for the highest standing in Geography and was named to the Dean's Honour Roll.

Autumn 1981

U.E.L. Convention    May 28-20, 1982    Waterloo, Ontario

Plan to attend the Annual Convention of the U.E.L. Association of Canada on May 28-20, 1982, in Waterloo, Ontario - hosted by the Grand River Branch.  It will be held at Wilfred Laurier University and all members and friends will be most welcome.  Registration will commence Friday afternoon, May 28, with a wine and cheese party in the evening.

Saturday, May 29, for those not attending the Annual Meeting there are historical sites of interest; such as the boyhood home of William Lyon MacKenzie King; the Joseph Schneider House; Doon Pioneer Village; the new Centre In The Square and Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery; also the old fashioned country Waterloo Market; and the Farmers' Market, Kitchener.

Sunday, May 30 - there will be a conducted bus tour through Mennonite Country.

More information will follow.  Remember the dates.  Mark them on your calendar now.

Mrs. Doris Marcellus is the Grand River president.  Her address is R.R. 6, Brantford, Ontario N3T 5L8, telephone (519)752-7044.

Grand River Branch   -   Tour of Massachusetts and Connecticut

The Grand River Branch, roughly covering an area from Georgian Bay to Lake Erie between London and Hamilton arranged a nine day bus tour of the American Revolution landmarks.  Commencing on September 19, 1981, forty-one members and friends, including some 37 repeaters from our 1979 tour of the Mohawk Valley and 1980 tour of New Jersey and Pennsylvania, boarded the bus in Waterloo, Brantford and Waterford for Massachusetts and Connecticut.

The first over-night stop, some 437 miles distance, was Albany, New York.  The detailed day-sheets, composed by member Glen Bell, reminded all of what our first trip had included and she pointed out en route the Palatine Church, shining far away in its white paint, on the other side of the river.  Next day, the Bennington museum and nearby local memorials were our first stop.  Throughout the tour, miniature topical history lectures were given by Marion MacLeod (Toronto), well known to the group for her historical information.  In the early afternoon of Day Two, we crossed the Green Mountains, stopping at Hog-Back lookout to enjoy the fresh autumn colour of the Valleys below.  Then, south of Brattleboro, we made for Springfield, Massachusetts, where today stands a handsome monument of one Deacon Samuel Chapin, who in the 17th Century helped found that city.  Branch members Ruth (Chapin) Gould and Eleanor Chapin number among the deacon's descendants and they posed below the statue for many a snapshot.  Our hotel for nights two and three was in Hartford, Connecticut, a city famed for, among other things, its genealogical archives.  Some stayed here to research, others chose the side-trip to New Haven and Mystic.  In the former, we visited the famous New Haven Green and toured the historic Yale campus on foot, led by a humorous sophomore guide who was female, black, and a philosophy major.  In herself, she proved the very significant 20th Century advances on the venerable campus of Yale.  Mystic, an extensive open-air, seaport museum, found our crowd scattered among restored houses and stores, wharves and fishing boats.  On day four we again travelled south east of Hartford to pass through New London of Benedict Arnold fame (in 1781) and visit the home of Mark Twain where he composed (between 1874 and 1891) most of his best literary works.  Then we took off for Rhode island and Newport (established 1639) where we drove among the exceedingly grand homes of the seafront.  That night's stop was again in Massachusetts, at Plymouth founded in 1620.  The old city offers history 'buffs' a multitude of rich experiences e.g. the replica of the Mayflower, the traditional Plymouth Rock, copies of the earliest European houses of 1620 and best of all the Plymouth Plantation (of 1627) surely one of the finest outdoor working museums anywhere.  Later, in the day we visited the Cranberry World Visitors' Centre in Plymouth and sampled their tasty wares!  Then en route to our Concord stop for the next two nights, we visited the statue of the Minute-Man where the renowned shot which rang around the world was fired.  In the Concord-Boston area, we spent some time on the Harvard University campus, and then visited Boston, touring its older streets en route to the Old North Church (1723) of Paul Revere fame, and the venerable Old Ironsides anchored in the harbour.  There followed visits to Lexington and its statue of the Minute-Man and later to Salem, famous for its Witches' House, and the House of Seven Gables of Nathaniel Hawthorne fame.  The former was special interest to Corwin descendants in our group, Netta Brandon and Doris Hoskins.  Next day, we were in Greenfield, from which we visited Deerfield and its outdoor museum of 18th Century houses.  Here a most inviting fall craftshow proved a temptation to many.

On the way home, our route lay along the historic Mohawk Trail, which leads from central Massachusetts to New York's Finger Lakes.  It was America's first toll-free road of 1786.  Our bus travelled beside the beautifully still Deerfield River with its perfect reflections, into the city of Shelburne whose memorial Bridge of Flowers continued to show its bright, late summer colours.

And our group of Central Ontarians was pleased also to visit briefly the fine statue to the Mohawks titled "Hail to the sunrise".  Thereafter, our route lay through the Berkshires and into the Hancock Shaker village, where we were glad to pick up information about this splinter Quaker sect and experience a little of their powerful songs and dances as represented in the Sunday Meeting House by our charming guide.

This, our third Branch bus-tour resulted in much good fellowship and learning (or re-learning) of the history of that period whence the Loyalist movement emerged.  All realize the debt to our two competent escort-guides.

Finally, we must report there were genealogical discoveries by certain of our group en route connected with the Loyalist (and late Loyalist) names of Choate, Corwin, Culver, Colver, Hixon, Jerome, Merriman, Pettit and Winthrope.

Grand River Branch

Since the Grand River Branch recesses from December to February annually, a new series of meetings began March 15, and continued monthly through June.  In March we met in Waterloo to hear a fine informal talk by Mr. Alan Beuhler of Hespeler.  Mr. Beuhler has spent his career in the Kitchener-Waterloo-Cambridge area.  During this autumn he will publish an authoritative Pennsylvania-Deutsch dictionary on words and phrases of the local German dialect.  He spoke to the Branch on "The Origins of the Pennsylvania Dutch and their language" [Note: Grand River Branch members were much saddened in May to learn of Mr. Beuhler's sudden death.]

The April meeting took place as usual in Brantford at the Brant County Museum.  Mr. Carl Thorpe was present to summarize the Department's interest in financially assisting Ontario branches in their Bicentennial celebrations.  He then solicited suggestions from the group: the result was a promise by Mr. Thorpe to meet again with the Branch in June.  Mr. David Faux, an authority on many aspects of local Canadian lore, spoke on: "Abandoned Pioneer Cemeteries".  Mr. Faux has himself tried to redeem and preserve the Young-Nelles cemetery of about 1790, located in the Cayuga district.  This cemetery has almost completely vanished, being now a part of a cornfield.  The gravesite is without access and markers.  the speaker's address was thought provoking and challenging.  Mr. Faux is to be commended for his persistence in the face of much discouragement.

The Branch's Guelph members played host at the May meeting held in Harcourt United Church.  Dr. Helen Dow, a member of the Fine Arts Faculty of the University of Guelph, an expert in Medieval architecture, spoke on the development of the ancient European house-barn structure up to the emergence of the Gothic cathedral.  On this continent in Ontario artistic echoes of it still remain in the well-known peaked-roof farm-barn.  Dr. Dow's presentation stimulated interesting comments.

On June 14, the Branch met in Waterford at the invitation of the local Historical Society, at the lovely 1847-48 home of Jean and Fred Kerr, 150 Main Street South.  The brief business session conducted by President Doris Marcellus, included a discussion of Branch plans for meetings from July to October, and a June Newsletter.  Mrs. Glen Bell then gave further details on the Branch tour, Massachusetts and Connecticut, September 19th-27th.  The Grand River Branch is to be congratulated on having had the largest delegation at the Annual Convention in Ottawa.  Members were reminded that they are to host the 1982 convention in Waterloo on May 29.

At the end of the business session, there followed a real surprise for the Branch.  Arrangements had previously been made locally for LACAC representatives and municipal officials in mid afternoon to unveil a historical plaque affixed to the Kerr residence.  A few timely, brief speeches preceded the unveiling as a sizable crowd of Historical Society members, friends from the town and U.E.L.'s gathered on the lawn below the handsome, spacious old house.  Afterwards, tours were conducted to see the collection of valuable memorabilia of the rooms.  This enjoyable afternoon was "topped off" by a strawberry social!

The July Branch meeting took the form of an outing to the village of Norwich where members and friends met and toured the fine complex of historical buildings on Dover Street just north of Norwich.  These included the Archives, the Museum, and the Barn.  Local members of the historical Association served as guides.

A business meeting of the Branch preceded the tour and picnic.  Then a brief address was given by Mr. Lorne Ste. Croix of the Provincial Department of Recreation and Culture.  Several very suitable Bicentennial projects for the Branch were suggested by those present; it was agreed that a committee would be struck to examine the varied suggestions and that a report would be brought back within the next year.  Mr. Ste. Croix encouraged the Branch, as Mr. Thorpe had done, to keep in mind the specific ways in which the Provincial Department can financially assist in Bicentennial projects of branches.  During the rest of the business period Mrs. Glen Bell outlined in detail the plans for the September tour of Massachusetts and Connecticut and reminded members of the regular meeting on September 13 in Brantford.


Miss Margaret Hill, a valued member of the Grand River Branch and a scion of a family very closely connected with the history of the city of Woodstock, Ontario, died recently.  Her sister, Louise, and she occupied the family home at 130 Finkle Street and received their friends and other callers with great hospitality.  For many years, the annual July picnic of the Grand River Branch was held in their extensive garden.  Miss Margaret Hill had a long active career as a dietitian and served in Montréal, Guelph, Kitchener and in the United States.  All those who knew her are saddened by the news of her death, and offer sympathy to her sister, Louise, and other members of the Hill family.

June 1984

Messages from Branch Presidents

  Robert L.P. Morden, Grand River Branch :

Shortly after the close of World War II we became familiar with the term "D.P.'s" or "Displaced Persons".  This term described those unfortunate immigrants whose homes and way of life had been totally destroyed by war.  They came to Canada to seek a new beginning in a new land.  In 1784, another wave of "D.P.'s" came to what is now Ontario.  They, too, came as a result of war, but with an important distinction: their exodus was a result of choice.  They had chosen to remain loyal to their King and Country, and not become part of the new American republic.  These new immigrants had to make a new beginning in a virtual wilderness.  Two hundred years later, we who have inherited this province from them are continuing to benefit from the firm foundations they laid.  As descendants of "D.P.'s by choice", we must not fail to keep their memory alive by maintaining the loyal ideals they bequeathed us.  May 1984 be not only a year of looking back at our Loyalist roots, but more importantly, one of looking forward and continuing to build on the Loyalist foundation.

December 1985

Grand River Branch

A very good half year with fine choice of speakers showing us how to use our family histories as a way to deeper interest in the Loyalist story.

In July, the club visited the Wilson MacDonald School Museum at Cheapside.  On August 18, there was a large turnout at Port Dover to hear Mr. Laton Smith speak on "Gone With the Wind", an illustrated lecture on the Civil War letters of his ancestor.

In September, we met at the new museum in Waterford to hear the branch president, Mrs. Doris Wilson, and Mrs. Glen Bell speak on the topic "U.E.L. Abroad".  They described their visits to Greece and gave an illustrated account of the history or this classic land - an example of interest in a long historical development.

In October we met in Waterloo to hear Professor Hugh MacCrimmon, president of Hamilton Branch, speak on branch objectives for projects for the 80's; and on November 24th, also at Waterloo to hear Canon Ralph Spence of Burlington speak on :our Flags and their Origins".  At the same meeting, we held our gift sale and pre-Christmas party.

We must also mention some of our members attending the kick-off of the fundraising for the restoration of Chiefswood.

December 1986

Grand River Branch

The June meeting was held Sunday June 6 at Bloomsburg Baptist Church south of Waterford.  Originally called Culver Plains it was founded by Jabez Culver, UEL.  It was changed to Bloomsburg after Bloomsburg, Pa. by Wm. Kitchen who married Lovinia Heath, daughter of John Heath and Anna Sovereign.  Wm. Kitchen donated the land for the present church and cemetery.  Bloomsburg Baptist was previously known as 2nd Township Baptist as it was formed at Culver Plains as a mission station of Boston Baptist.

Doris Lefler Kemp, the speaker, outlined the baptism traditions and the history and architectural changes of the church.  She showed pictures of an old Roman style arch culvert just north of the church which is designated of architectural interest.  a tour to local cemeteries, Old Windham, Greenwood and the Haviland plot, and the Culver Cairn reinforced the Loyalist settlement of the area.

The July meeting was held in Vittoria at the Baptist Church, the first so recognized in the Norfolk area and founded by Titus Finch in 1803 in co-operation with the Shaftsbury Association as the Baptist church of Charlotteville.

The first meeting house was a log building on Oliver Mabee's property.  In 1807, a new building was erected on on acre obtained from Mabee and the cemetery is still on this site.  The present church was dedicated in 1852.  This church, known as "the Mother of Churches" sent missionary tours to Woodstock and Aylmer and sent members to organnize new churches in Walsingham (now Port Rowan), Stoney Creek, Middleton (now Delhi), Forestville and Simcoe.

Vittoria is of historical interest as the Statutes of Upper Canada, passed in 1801, enacted that the courts for the District of London should be held at Charlotteville (now Turkey Point).  In 1815, when the Statute was repealed, provision was made for holding court at Tisdale's Mill.  The new capital was named Vittoria after the famous British victory at the town of that name in Spain during the Napoleonic wars.  The new building completed in 1817 was pretentious.  The foundation was stone and the walls were brick made in Pennsylvania and brought across the lake by schooner.  The building was destroyed by fire after serving ten years as court house, jail, London District Grammar School and Masonic Lodge.  The courts were moved to London which became the district capital.  The old foundation was used when the present Anglican Church was built.

A tour of the cemeteries in the neighbourhood revealed that Ryerson, Austin, Boughner, Chadwick, Lemon and Marr ancestors and Isaac Gilbert are buried there.  The large fieldstone tombstone of Joseph Ryerson UEL is unique.

Directions were then given to the historical plaque and dam site in Simcoe where Aaron Culver was given rights to his first mill by Governor Simcoe.

The fall meetings were held at Myrtleville, Brantford, Port Dover when Wm. Yeager, Curator of Eva Brook Donly Museum was the guest speaker, and the museum at Norwich.

We will close this year with our annual Christmas tea and sale of crafts and home baking November 15, 2:30 at First United Church, Waterloo, Ontario.

April 1988

Grand River Branch

Conservation Foundation Receives Donation for 'Loyalist Lane':

The Grand Valley Conservation Foundation was recently pleased to accept a donation of $1200, from the Grand River Branch of the United Empire Loyalists' Association of Canada.

The money will be used to create a 'Loyalist Lane' at the Taquanyah Nature Centre, located in the lower Grand River valley, just west of Cayuga.  The site was chosen because the lower Grand River region contains much of our valley's early Loyalist history.

The 'Loyalist Lane' will feature a 200-meter trail.  Lining the trail will be examples of cedar rail, stump and brush fences; types that were common in early settlement days, and which will be used as teaching tools for students visiting the area.

Various species of Carolinian Forest trees will be planted just beyond the fences, and in time, the trail will become a shady pathway back to historic times.

Projects of the Grand River Branch are directed toward the preservation of Loyalist history in the Grand River valley.

The Grand Valley Conservation Foundation is a charitable organization, whose purpose is to undertake conservation-related projects that would not otherwise be accomplished, for the benefit of valley residents.

Personal memorials and Branch donations to the Grand Valley Conservation Foundation, designated 'U.E.L. Fund', are welcome.  These can be made by contacting the Foundation offices at (519) 621-2761 in Cambridge.

[Image] Rick Dowson of the Grand River Conservation Authority (left), and George Stormont of the Grand Valley Conservation Foundation (right), accept a cheque for $1200 from Doris Lemon of the United Empire Loyalists' Association.  The donation will be used for construction of a 'Loyalist Lane' at the Taquanyah Nature Centre, near Cayuga, Ontario.

Fall 1988

Grand River Branch

'Loyalist Lane' Taquanyah Nature Interpretation Centre Update:

The assistance of the grant from the Ministry of Citizenship and Culture has made possible the creation of a 'Loyalist Lane' in the Grand River Watershed.  Through a Loyalist Lane Fund, established with the Grand Valley Conservation Foundation, into which personal and memorial donations may be made, and income tax receipts received, a shady path back into Ontario's past will be created as a teaching tool for school tours, and others, and create a visible Loyalist presence in the heart of Loyalist Grand River Settlement.

The $1200.00 donated by Grand River Branch will plant approximately 45 metres of a 200-metre Lane.  Costs work out to approximately $27.00 per metre.  To date three personal donations have received totalling $103.00, or four metres.

Rail and stump vintage fences will be constructed to give a back lane effect and a landscape representative of Loyalist settlement days will be developed using Carolinian flora.  The lane will have stonedust surface suitable for wheelchairs.

The trees lining the fence consist of oak, hickory, black walnut and sugar maple.  Shrubs and vines and the following will be planted inside the fences for colour and period authenticity: dogwood, currant, osage orange, bittersweet, elderberry, wild grape, lilac, quince, Virginian Creeper, wild crab, choke cherry, juneberry, gooseberry, and wild plum.  Other trees for mixed planting would be various oak and hickory species, white pine, sassafras, horse chestnut, black locust, cottonwood, sycamore and hard maple.  Vintage varieties of orchard plantings could also be included as additional funds become available.

Grand River Branch expresses appreciation to the Ministry of Citizenship and Culture for its Grant Program to Heritage Organizations which covers 75% of outreach programs for Heritage Preservation up to $3,000.00 per annum.

Grand River Branch donated 2 books on the Loyalists: The United Empire Loyalists and the American Revolution and The Life of the Loyalists to fifteen small branch libraries in the southern end of the Grand River Watershed, i.e., Burford, Oakland, Six Nations, South Dumfries, Glen Morris, St. George, Dunnville, Caledonia, Hagersville, Cayuga, Port Dover, Selkirk, Jarvis, Waterford, Delhi, etc., at $15.00 per set.  The executive is presently selecting small libraries in the northern section of the Watershed for similar gifts this year.  Again, appreciation is expressed to the Ministry of Citizenship and Culture for its grant to assist in this outreach education program.

[image] Bill Yeager, curator of the Eva Brook Donly Museum in Simcoe, gets into the spirit of the day.  Yeager, dressed in an 1800 Loyalist costume, officially opened the Loyalist Library at the Donly Museum with members of the Grand River Branch of the United Empire Loyalists on Sunday.  Here Yeager received a $500 cheque from Kathleen Pasnyk, the treasurer of the Grand River Branch, as Doris Lemon (left) of the United Empire Loyalists and Gary Cooper of Cambridge, the president of the Grand River Branch look on.   Photo courtesy of Simcoe Reformer.

February 1989

Grand River Branch

Grand River Branch Loyalist Library - 1988:

Grand River Branch gratefully acknowledges the heritage grant from the Minister of Culture and Communications which enabled us to donate a further $350.00 to The Norfolk Historical Society for Loyalist Library.  William Yeager, Curator of Eva Brook Donly Museum, Simcoe, which houses the collection, acknowledged our donation and stated:

"This has certainly made a real contribution in terms of providing the incentive to build up the library here.  Even a few hundred dollars of extra funding committed to archives and fee from pressures to use for other funding needs makes a significant difference.

We decided to use $350.00 to continue to expand the highly useful Upper Canada Land Petitions microfilms collection that we added to from the 1987 UEL donation.  This is prime Loyalist material, and we aim to eventually complete the films.  At present we have the petitions from 1785 up to 1830."

Grand River Branch would like to see a sign "Loyalist Library" acknowledging our contribution on the wall in the Archives Reading Room.  Visible recognition is desirable.  The Ministry of Culture and Communication will provide half the cost of a plaque, up to $400.00.  Do you have any suggestions how we might raise the other $400.00 plus?  Books of genealogical interest and cash donations are welcomed by Norfolk Historical Society.  Income tax receipts will be issued.

Memorial Books:

Memorial books donated by the Branch to Loyalist Library in memory of deceased Members are inscribed with the members' names.

A Minute's silence was observed at the November meeting in remembrance of these Loyal members and friends.

The YOUNG Family was honoured by a donation by Dr. Murray Young, Cayuga, who presented two copies of The Young (Jung) Families of the Mohawk Valley compiled by Clifford Young, 1947.  one copy will be donated to Loyalist Library and one copy iwll be included in our Branch library.

[photo - Percy W. Brant and Rev. James W. Files]   On September 18, 1988, at the Grand River Branch, United Empire Loyalist meeting, Rev. James W. Files, U.E.L., presented an updated family chart of Loyalist Chief Joseph Brant to Percy W. Brant, a direct descendant of Joseph Brant.  Both the Brant and Files Family lived in Upstate New York during the American Revolution and fought together on the British side.  Later, branches of both families settled in Brant County and assisted in forming a mosaic pattern of Indians and whites along the Grand River in Brant and Haldimand Counties.

July 1989


[photo] Grand River Branch - There was a twist of irony at the dedication ceremony of 'Loyalist Lane' at the Taquanyah Nature Centre, Decewsville, on Sunday, August 21, 1988, in that, the colour bearers, though descendant form 18th Century Loyalists were citizens of the U.S.A. - Robert Sherk with Loyalist "Queen Anne" flag and Robert A. Sherk, with the "Maple leaf" flag.  the son and grandson of Oneida Township native Helen (Young) Sherk, they are respectively, eight and nine generations removed from a migrant United Empire Loyalist family.  Others shown in the photo are: Gary Cooper of Cambridge, President of Grand River Branch U.E.L., Catherine Shaw of Simcoe, feature speaker of the day, who ceremoniously 'mulched' one of the newly-planted Loyalist Lane trees; and Doris Lemon of Waterloo, Secretary of the group. (far right) submitted by: Doris A. Lemon, 349 Craigleith Drive, Waterloo, Ontario N2L 5B5  


From the Haldimand Press

August 25, 1988


Editor's Note : June 18, 1989 2:00 pm -- Grand River Branch celebrated the first designated 'Loyalist Day' at Taquanyah Nature Centre, Decewsville with a planting at 'Loyalist Lane' for the 200th Anniversary of the Mark of Honour.


December 1989

Grand River Branch

Do you have Loyalist Roots in the Grand River and Norfolk County regions of Ontario?:

To those who have Loyalist beginnings in this historically rich area of southern Ontario, the decision of the Grand River Branch of the U.E.L. Association of Canada to proceed with the publication of a book on the Loyalist families of the region should be welcomed with keen enthusiasm.  The need for such a publication has been recognized for many years.  The book will follow the general format and style used so successfully by the Hamilton U.E.L. branch in its Loyalist Families of the Hamilton Region published as one of its Bi-Centennial projects.  The documentation for each family will include an approved family tree supported by an explanatory narrative.  Encouraged will be the submission also of supplemental materials, such as family stories and anecdotes of the early Loyalist period, sketches, pictures, letters, photos of artifacts, etc., which should make for more interesting reading while strengthening the educational value of the book as a living history of Loyalist happenings.

Publication of this most important record of regional Loyalist history is planned to coincide with the 1991 celebrations of the founding of Upper Canada.  In view of the short time available for the compiling, editing and printing of the book, persons with Loyalist Connections with the Grand River and Norfolk County region wishing to have their families included in the publication should make immediate contact for details with:

Irene MacCrimmon, President-Elect

Grand River Branch, U.E.L. Association

108 Harvard Road, Guelph, Ontario  N1G 2Z2


Spring 1991


Grand River Branch

We invite you to attend the official launching of our new book Loyalist Families of the Grand River Branch, U.E.L. Association of Canada.


Sunday, June 16, 1991 at 2:30 pm

Woodlands Cultural Centre

84 Mohawk Rd., Brantford, Ontario

Reception, book sale and tour.


This active Branch had many educational and historically informative meetings in 1990 besides gathering material for its new book Loyalist Families of the Grand River Branch U.E.L. Association.


To an overflow crowd at the Guelph Civic Museum in March 1990, Mr. Gordon Thede of Dundas (in costume), gave a unique and humorous talk, illustrated with slides, about his ancestor, "Pioneer Militiamen & Rebel" Ludwig Wideman.  The speech covered Wideman's life until after the 1837-38 revolt in Upper Canada.


In April, at the Eva Brook Donly Museum in Simcoe, to a large crowd, descendants of the Gilbert family spoke on their line of descent from the Loyalist Josiah Gilbert.  The author of a book on the Gilberts, Mrs. Winnie Walker celebrated her 90th birthday with us.


At Central Presbyterian Church, Brantford, in May, Margaret Haupt, an archivist, described the difficulties and methods of preserving documents and pictures.


In June, at St. John's Anglican Church, Elora, we heard about the history of this old church and Florence Nightingale's influence on an early rector.  A picnic followed the meeting.


July found us at the Waterford Museum where Mr. Henry Barrett of Port Dover kept us spellbound with his slides and talk on "Lore and Legends of Long Point".  Another picnic ensued.


In August, Mary Nelles arranged for Branch members to tour the huge old mill in Caledonia, and a sight-seeing trip along the Grand River to York.  Here we viewed St. John's Anglican Church, cemetery, old anchor and an historical display panel.  The trip ended at Haldimand County Museum in Cayuga where Dr. David Faux showed slides and told us about his U.E. forebearers in Mohawk Valley.


In September, we met in Cambridge-Galt at Valley Trinity Anglican Church where we viewed displays and were informed about the history of quilts and the meaning of some of their designs - speaker, Evelyn Murray.


Field Cote Museum staff at Ancaster hosted our October meeting, Betty Lampman spoke on Ancaster's early settlers and showed us the Dough Boxes that museum workers made and filled with Loyalist articles.  The boxes will be shown to school children when their teachers take the boxes to classes.


The final meeting of the year, our Christmas Sale and Party was held in First United Church, Waterloo where Susan Burke gave a talk and showed slides on "Historic Wallpaper".


Besides all these educational meetings, we contributed money to the library in the Eva Brook Donly Museum to buy books in memory of those members who died during the year.  A contribution to buy research material and books on Ontario or Canadian History was also provided.


Continuing grants to Loyalist Lane at Taquanyah Nature Centre, Decewsville (near the town of Simcoe) have been given to add to plantings of Carolinian flora.


Fall 1991


Grand River Branch

This active Branch had many educational and historically informative meetings in 1990 besides gathering material for its new book Loyalist families of the Grand River Branch U.E.L. Association.


To an overflow crowd at the Guelph Civic Museum in March 1990, Mr. Gordon Thede of Dundas (in costume), gave a unique and humorous talk, illustrated with slides, about his ancestor, "Pioneer Militiamen & Rebel" Ludwig Wideman.  The speech covered Wideman's life until after the 1837-38 revolt in Upper Canada.


In April, at the Eva Brook Donly Museum in Simcoe, to a large crowd, descendants of the Gilbert family spoke on their line of descent from the Loyalist Josiah Gilbert.  The author of a book on the Gilberts, Mrs. Winnie Walker celebrated her 90th birthday with us.


At Central Presbyterian Church, Brantford, in May, Margaret Haupt, an archivist, described the difficulties and methods of preserving documents and pictures.


In June, at St. John's Anglican Church, Elora, we heard about the history of this old church and Florence Nightingale's influence on an early rector.  A picnic followed the meeting.


July found us at the Waterford Museum where Mr. Henry Barrett of Port Dover kept us spellbound with his slides and talk on "Lore and Legends of Long Point".  Another picnic ensued.


In August, Mary Nelles arranged for Branch members to tour the huge old mill in Caledonia, and a sight-seeing trip along the Grand River to York.  Here we viewed St. John's Anglican Church, cemetery, old anchor and an historical display panel.  The trip ended at Haldimand County Museum in Cayuga where Dr. David Faux showed slides and told us about his U.E. forebearers in Mohawk Valley.


In September, we met in Cambridge-Galt at Valley Trinity Anglican Church where we viewed displays and were informed about the history of quilts and the meaning of some of their designs - speaker, Evelyn Murray.


Field Cote Museum staff at Ancaster hosted our October meeting, Betty Lampman spoke on Ancaster's early settlers and showed us the Dough Boxes that museum workers made and filled with Loyalist articles.  The boxes will be shown to school children when their teachers take the boxes to classes.


The final meeting of the year, our Christmas Sale and Party was held in First United Church, Waterloo where Susan Burke gave a talk and showed slides on "Historic Wallpaper".


Besides all these educational meetings, we contributed money to the library in the Eva Brook Donly Museum to buy books in memory of those members who died during the year.  A contribution to buy research material and books on Ontario or Canadian History was also provided.


Continuing grants to Loyalist Lane at Taquanyah Nature Centre, Decewsville (near the town of Simcoe) have been given to add to plantings of Carolinian flora.


Founding of Upper Canada:


Grand River Branch celebrated the Founding of Upper Canada (Ontario) with two special events.


The Burning of Dover Mills by the Americans under Captain Campbell, in the War of 1812, was commemorated May 19 at Port Dover with the 14th Annual Heritage Walk organized by Dover Mills Historical Association.  Grand River Branch, following its banner and flag, marched with four pipe bands, stopping for a brief service at the cairn to Sir Isaac Brock, at Heritage Park where the Branch planted a pyramidal English Oak to celebrate Ontario's Bicentennial.  After three anthems, the American, the Royal and the Canadian, the tree was ceremoniously planted by Branch Member Mrs. Harriet Walker.  The walk then continued to the cemetery for a memorial service at the grave side of MacQueen who was at the Seige of Louisburg, served with Wolfe at Québec, and was the founder of Dover Mills.


Loyalist Families of Members of Grand River Branch, U.E.L. was successfully launched June 16 at Woodland Cultural Centre, Brantford, by Irene MacCrimmon, Branch President and Branch Editor of the book, with several hundred in attendance.  Scottish dancing and guided tours of the museum's exhibits by Angela Files were enjoyed.  Dominion President, Arnold Nethercott brought congratulations on the book and installed the 1991-92 Executive.  Loyalist Families received overwhelming response from Branch Members and is receiving good reviews from the press and genealogical societies.  It will be a valuable resource for students, historians and genealogy researchers.  Grand River Branch expresses appreciation to all contributors to Loyalist Families and to the Government of Canada, Ministry of Health and Welfare, New Horizons Programme for the grant to mark the bicentennial of the founding of Upper Canada with this meaningful and lasting record for our Loyalist ancestors.


Three hundred and seventy copies remain of this printing.  Anyone wishing to purchase a copy is requested to act quickly, especially if it is to be a Christmas gift.


At the April meeting, Mrs. Glen Bell, daughter of Dora Hood, outlined the fascinating life of her g.g.g.-grandfather Thomas Ridout who married May, daughter of Alexander Campbell, U.E.  Thomas became the first Surveyor-General of Upper Canada and was a member of the Legislative Assembly.


Education-Outreach programmes of the Branch received continued support with donations to Loyalist Lane, Taquanyah Nature Centre, Cayuga for $600.00.  A memorial book fund of $50.00 in memory of deceased members was also donated to Loyalist Library.


The Branch was proud to receive the Dominion awards at the Annual Convention for the greatest increase in membership for the last year and gives credit to the efforts of members of the Branch plus the interest generated by the book Loyalist Families.


Programmes upcoming (when submitted August 1991); September 15, 2:30, Central Presbyterian Church, Brantford, Mary Beacock Fryer, Speaker.  Topic: her new book on Elizabeth Simcoe.  October 20, 2:30, Eva Brook Donly Museum, Simcoe, Josh Carter, Speaker.  Topic: An Armchair tour of historic buildings on the Talbot Trail from Windsor to Niagara-on-the-Lake.  November 17, 2:30, First United Church, Waterloo, A celebration of our book Loyalist Families a chance to have your book autographed and a birthday party for Ontar-ari-ario.


Irene MacCrimmon

President, Grand River Branch

Spring 1992

Grand River Branch

Celebrates 20th Anniversary with Past Presidents’ Christmas Tea –

A celebration was held to mark the 20th anniversary of preliminary planning in 1971 that lead to the creation of Grand River Branch in 1973 with eight members.  The Past Presidents outlined the highlights of each year, culminating in a membership of 209 and the successful publication of Loyalist Families of Members of Grand River Branch.

A traditional tea table, with Christmas decorations featuring a cake with ‘Loyalist Families – Upper Canada Bicentennial 1791 – 1991’ in red, white and blue icing, honoured publication of the Branch’s book.  The First Past President, Dr. Vera Vanderlip and the Past President, Irene MacCrimmon, presided at the silver rea services.

Copies of Loyalist Families are still available at $55.00 plus $5.00 shipping from Kathleen Pasnyk, 23 Gilmore Cr., Kitchener, Ont. N2M 2N5   The Branch contemplates a Volume II of Loyalist Families.

Submitted by Doris Lemon, President, Grand River Branch, 349 Craigleith Dr., Waterloo, Ont.  N2L 5B5

Fall 1992

Grand River Branch

Our branch gratefully acknowledges the assistance of the Ministry of Culture and Communications for the on-going outreach/education/display programs of the Branch.  This year $856 was received through the Ministry’s Heritage Organization Development Grant.

This year the Branch donated to Loyalist Library adding to Norfolk’s Historical Society’s collection; $450 for plantings at Loyalist Lane at the Tanquanyah Nature Centre; 8 copies of our book Loyalist Families of Members of the Grand River Branch to the National Library, The Chief Herald, The Ontario Historical Society, The Ontario Genealogical Society, The Library of Congress USA, Dominion Headquarters UEL, and the Branch’s display.

[image] Dr. Rosemarie Kennaley and daughter Sarah Lemon, granddaughter of Grand River President Doris Lemon, chat with the Simcoes at re-enactment of their landing.  Photo courtesy: Tom Lemon, UE.

In its on-going outreach program the Branch; circulated 260 copies of our newsletters to libraries, display Branch books and materials at several Heritage Fairs; members appeared in costume at different events including the re-enactment of the landing of Lt. Gov. Simcoe; donated a memorial book to Loyalist Library, Eva Brook Donly in memory of member Walter Rutherford.

Meeting Highlights –

Ian Bell, UE, Curator, Norwich Museum, discussed early Ontario musical instruments; Bill Yeager, UE, Curator, Eva Brook Donly Museum, talked about the new herb garden at Eva Brook Donly; John Aikman, UE, spoke on the history of Crooks Hollow and the Loyalist Connection.  Mrs. Helene Weaver outlined Billy Bishop’s Loyalist ancestor and members toured the Bishop home in Owen Sound which is being prepared as a museum.

To mark the celebration of Canada’s 125th birthday, the branch planted two sweet chestnut trees at Loyalist Lane at Taquanyah, hoping to reintroduce the tree which was considered most important to Ontario, after the white pine, for food and furniture.  A crokinole tournament followed.  Besides some picnics, an executive retreat was hosted by treasurer, Mrs. Kathleen Pasnyk and President Doris Lemon, with their husbands, near Tobermory. 

Grand River Branch members responded well to the endowment fund and the “I Care" appeal.

Fall 1993

Grand River Branch

What’s wrong with these pictures?

[photo] Frederick Reeves, UE, and Rachel Reeves on Grand River Branch float celebrating Burford’s Bicentennial July 18, 1993.  (He is wearing New Jersey Volunteer costume of his Loyalist ancestor).  Another member, Marion Sutherland, UE, in foreground. 

[photo] Bill Yeager, Curator of Eva Brook Donly Museum, Simcoe and Opal Howey, Grand River Branch member.

Photos courtesy: Doris Lemon 

Spring 1994

Grand River Branch

Donation for Chiefswood

[photo] Chiefswood, birthplace of E. Pauline Johnson, shortly after being restored in 1963 by the Six Nations Council.  Photo: B. Wesley Switzer

On 7 October, 1993, Glen Bell, Doris Marcellus and Rev. Jim W. Files presented a cheque of three thousand dollars to former elected Chief Wellington Staats (1979-1985).  Staats is Chairman of the Chiefswood Restoration Fund for the restoring of the foundation and roof of the museum.  This is the second large donation by Grand River Branch which was also ear-marked to save the historically significant birth home of the Six Nations poetess E. Pauline Johnson.

This recent donation will be matched by government funding.  It is fitting that the Grand River Branch acknowledge by donation the largest group of Loyalists to settle along the Grand River: the Six nations arrived under the leadership of Chief Joseph Brant in 1784.  Mohawk Chief Jacob Johnson (1758-1843) great-grandfather of poetess Pauline Johnson was in the Brant group.

“Chiefswood” was built by the grandson of Jacob Johnson, Chief George Henry Martin Johnson (1819-1884) for his English bride Emily Susannah Howells (1824-1898).  They became the parents of four children; Henry Beverly Johnson, investor; Helen Charlotte Eliza Johnson, business worker and writer; Allan Wawanosh Johnson, teacher; and Emily Pauline Johnson, poetess and writer.  Members of the Johnson family were proud of their Loyalist heritage.

The approximate 140-member-strong Grand River Branch is also involved in other projects including: an information centre at Taquanyah, near Cayuga; a set of books on genealogy for the Simcoe public library; and their own publication of Loyalist Families of Brant County.

[image] Reverend Jim Files presents cheque to Chiefswood Restoration Project chairman, Wellington Staats.  Photo courtesy Tekawennake, Six Nations/New Credit Reporter

Spring 1995

Grand River Branch

In June, the Branch worshipped in the New Credit United Church, Ohsweken, in the Grand River Valley, and enjoyed an old-fashioned Methodist Church Service prepared by Mr. Bill Kunder, Student Minister, Mr. Lloyd King, Native Educationist, told the history of his loyal Mississauga people who were also considered loyalists by British officials.  This was the church of Rev. Pter Jones, the first Native minister in Upper Canada.  A traditional supper was served by the ladies of the church.

Education Outreach:

The Branch transported and displayed historical and genealogical books and assisted the public at the following:  Heritage Days, Kitchener and Wellington County, Fergus; Port Ryerse Bicentennial, Woodstock; Guelph; Markdale; Grimsby; Kitchener; and Norfolklore, Simcoe.  The Branch continued its interest in and support of Chiefswood, the home of Pauline Johnson; Loyalist Lane at the Taquanyah Nature Centre, Grand River Conservation Authority; Loyalist Library in the Norfolk Historical Society Collection, Eva Brook Donly Museum, Simcoe; a memorial book for deceased members of the Branch to Loyalist Library; and a donation to the “I CARE” at Dominion Headquarters.  The Branch gratefully acknowledges the grant from the Ministry of Tourism and Recreation which permits this outreach.

Bus Tour of Mohawk Valley:

(The tour) to Albany was conducted by Miss Eleanor Chapin and Mrs. Dora Mae Blayney and Mr. Fred Blayney.  Points of interest: battle sites of the American Revolution; the Palatine Church; the site of the Queen Anne Chapel; Herkimer House; Johnson Hall, Johnstown; Schuyler Mansion, etc.  A warm reception and lunch by Nelles descendants in the family church was especially enjoyed.

Col. Samuel Ryerse Celebration:

In July, the Branch attended the Ryerse/Ryerson reunion and Port Ryerse bicentennial.

The Branch set up a display of history and genealogical books in the entrance of the Church and answered many questions during the days.  We closed at six o’clock when the famous fish fry was served to 500 people.

The Port Ryerse main street was closed off and a stage erected for the evening program.  Children of the town performed a skit based on the diary of Amelia Harris, daughter of Col. Ryerse.  A musical concert followed and at eight o’clock there was a street dance.

On Sunday morning we joined the Ryerse/Ryerson family and townsfolk again for the re-enactment of the landing of Col. Samuel Ryerse on the beach at the mouth of the creek.  A descendant, presenting Col. Samuel, was rowed ashore and received on the beach by actors representing Lt. Gov John Graves Simcoe and Lady Elizabeth Simcoe (gowned in deep green velvet with matching hat and floating ostrich plumes.)  Native peoples were also represented.  After the welcoming, the actors had some tongue-in-cheek comments to make about the Loyalists’ landing with today’s interpretation of this historical occasion.

The Company then paraded to the Church for a ceremony of the commemorative plaque and then on to Vern Ryerse’s farm for the reunion’s picnic lunch.  Interesting highlights:

-         Tugs of war, Ryerse/Ryersons versus towns people.

-         Pansy Ryerse (97), a direct descendant, cut the 3’ x 5’ cake with Col. Samuel Ryerse’s sword.

-         An amazing yard-high Ryerse genealogy chart stretched the entire length of the barn and across the end.

-         The handsomely bound history of the Ryerse/Ryerson Family 1574-1994 ; a joint effort of Thomas A. Ryerse and Phyllis A. Ryerse.

-         A wonderful celebratory atmosphere honoured family, roots and history.

[image]  Ryerse descendants added names to the family chart which ran the length of Vern Ryerse’s barn.  Actors represented Lt. Col. John Graves Simcoe & Lady Simcoe at Ryerse landing re-enactment.

Fall 1995

Grand River Branch

A cotton Old Union Flag and a framed chart of Billy Bishop’s three Loyalist ancestors were presented to the Billy Bishop Heritage Museum, Owen Sound, May 31, 1995.

The chart was researched and prepared by Helene Weaver who planned a special day.  Frank Weaver, not Helene, descends from these ancestors.  This permanent display creates a visible Loyalist presence in this part of Ontario.

Costumed Branch members were joined by members from London Branch and they followed a piper in a parade from City Hall and were met at the Museum by Mrs. Dorothy Vick, President of the Board and recipient of the Owen Sound Volunteer of the Year award.

The Royal Canadian Legion provided a colour guard and Mayor Stewart Taylor brought greetings from the City.  A splendid Victorian tea was provided by costumed volunteers.

The Edison Museum, Vienna Ontario was visited in August for a tour of the house, on lands once retained by the Edison family, which was donated as a museum to the village by Helen and Douglas Howard.  The furniture and many other artifacts were donated by the late Mrs. Nora Edison Coomb, first cousin of inventor Thomas Alva Edison.  The old Edison house was removed to Deerfield Village.

[image] Flag and plaque presentation to Billy Bishop Heritage Museum.  From left: Mrs. Dorothy Vick, President of Museum’s Board; Doris Lemon, Helene Weaver, who researched the ancestors and prepared the chart.  Photo: Mrs. Grant Weaver.

The Branch presented the museum with a copy of Loyalist families of Members of the Grand River Branch U.E.L. which has a chapter of Samuel Edison U.E.L..

Members of London Branch joined in the picnic which followed.

The Canadian Military Heritage Museum, 327 Greenwich St, Bldg. 19, Brantford, hosted speaker, Gavin Watt, dressed as a Royal Yorker in uniform of the King’s Royal Regiment of New York.  This new museum has an excellent Loyalist exhibit – “The best in the country”.  The Branch highly recommends that you see it!  [Editor’s Note: See The Loyalist Quill, page 2 and also page 18.]

[Loyalist Quill - David K. Dorward, UE, Editor, Loyalist Gazette

"I was fortunate enough to visit the Canadian Military Heritage Museum in Brantford Ontario.  They have an absolutely super display on Loyalist military units during the American Revolution complete with uniforms and colour photographs.  It is simply the best display I have seen on the subject.  I would urge anyone in the area to make sure they visit the museum.  An extract from their brochure is reproduced on this page.  There is further information on the museum on pages 18 and 39.

Speaking of Brantford, Her Majesty's Royal Chapel of the Mohawks is located there on Six Nations Land.  This is well worth a visit and Loyalists should pay particular attention to the grave of Captain Joseph Brant who is buried beside the chapel.  I noted with pride the plaque which states the grave of Captain Brant was restored with financial help given by Toronto Branch, UEL, in 1971.

Nearby are many small Indian galleries such as the Two Turtle Art Gallery and Studio, east of Brantford on Highway 54.  The gallery features the work of local Iroquois artists such as Arnold Aaron Jacobs.

[image] Sergeant & Drummer, Kings Royal Yorkers (1776 - 1784)...."

Canadian Military Heritage Museum

347 Greenwich Street, Building #19

Brantford, Ontario

Mailing address: P.O. Box 28002, North Park Plaza

Brantford, Ontario  N3R 7X5

(519) 759-1313 ]

1996 Bicentennial of St. John’s Anglican Church, Woodhouse and Bicentennial of the Founding of Vittoria:

Details are not complete but Grand River Branch hopes to celebrate these occasions.  If you have roots in Norfolk, contact Mr. Wm. Terry (519) 426-6311, 102 Kent St. S., Simcoe, ON  N3Y 2Y1

Submitted by Doris Lemon

Spring 1996

Grand River Branch

Our Branch invites all UEs to: 12 May 1996 - 1:00pm Branch Display.  2:00pm Speaker, Mrs. Dorothy Duncan, Executive Director,
Ontario Historical Society. Topic: Loyalists of New Brunswick. Fort George, Discovery Room, Niagara-on-the-Lake.  [This follows the Col. John Butler Bicentennial History Conference.]  The Fort George Librarian plans to open records for our research. Costumes may be worn.  Fort admission $3.00.  Info: P. Reeves 706-297-1066.

Norfolk Roots? - 16 June 1996 -
2:00pm Branch Display. 2:30 Speaker: Mrs. Sheila Hastie of the 175th Anniversary Committee. Topic: History of St. John's Anglican Church, Woodhouse.  The Branch will present an Old Union Flag for permanent display in the church to honour Loyalist Founders.  Costumes are requested.  Pot-luck buffet picnic supper follows in Parish Hall. Bring main course, salad or dessert, plate and cutlery.  St. John's Anglican Church, Woodhouse.  From Simcoe south on Highway 24 to corner Regional Road 3 (St. John's Road). Info: Wm. Terry 519-428-4177.

21 July 1996 - Vittoria Bicentennial.

[The town's Homecoming Weekend celebration is July 12-14.]

Grand River Branch will meet July 21, 2:00 pm Branch Display - 2:30 Lacac Walking Tour of Historic Vittoria.  Potluck buffet picnic supper follows.  Bring main course, salad or dessert, plate and cutlery. Info: Wm. Terry 519-428-4177.

22 Sept 1996, 2:00pm Display 2:30pm Meeting

Grand River Branch will co-host with Wellington County Historical Society, as part of special exhibit of the 22nd International Congress on Genealogy and Heraldry, Heraldry: Symbols of Your History.  This is an illustrated presentation by Rev. David Bowyer, Anglican Minister, Cambridge, Member Heraldry Society of Canada. U.E.L.A. armorial bearings will be on display.  Wellington County Museum, Fergus.  Info: D. Lemon 519-885-1013.

Spring 1997

Grand River Branch

Marion Irene Sutherland, UE

Marion Sutherland, a charter member of the Grand River Branch, died 13 October 1996, in Paris, Ontario.

Marion was born on 6 July 1915, in Galt, Ontario, the second daughter of Carl and Margaret Smith of
South Dumfries.  Her childhood was spent on the family farm, Spruce Knoll, where her love of family was nurtured by her mother.  One of Marion's fondest memories was in 1992 when she visited Kilravock Castle, ancestral home of Clan Rose, of which her mother had so often spoken.

It was, however, through her father's family that she came to love family history.
Marion was successful in tracing her ancestry back to the American Loyalist, Harmanous House and thus qualified herself, her children and her grandchildren as full-fledged members of the UELAC.  This led her to study the life and times of her ancestors and their many contributions to the development of this part of Ontario.

Marion married Alex Sutherland in 1941 and moved to Dunveen Farm on the 5th concession of South Dumfries, where, over the next eleven years they were blessed with five children; Alex, Rose Marie, Donald, Janet and George.

In spite of having her hands full raising a growing family, Marion also developed a passion for Dunveen.  She loved the Ayrshire dairy herd and the farm's Belgian horses. Once again, Marion showed her determination and penchant for perfection as she worked in the background, preparing the show cattle, polishing the harness and doing the multitude of mundane tasks which led to so many championships at
Ontario fall fairs.  She also proved that she had an eye for good cows when, in 1954, she placed 4th out of more than 71,000 contestants in the prestigious Hoard's Dairyman Cow Judging Contest.

Marion believed in helping others and doing her share.  In 1987 she received the Volunteer Service Award from the Ministry of Citizenship & Culture. She spent many years volunteering at the Willet Hospital in Paris and with `Meals on Wheels'.  But it was her work with the United Empire Loyalists that brought her the greatest pleasures.  Of the many capacities in which she served, being Historian was her favourite.

Doris Lemon of the Grand River Branch described Marion's contribution with these words: "The Association's mandate is to `preserve and promote Canadian, and especially Loyalist history'. As the Branch Archivist and Historian, Marion more than filled this mandate.  Her dedication and care for our records exemplified the best of Loyalism. Her love of her family history and knowledge and appreciation of local history were well known and much appreciated by all at our meetings when she shared some special and delightful aspect of our history."

Family was always the centre of Marion's universe.  It would give her the greatest pleasure to know that her dedication to the Loyalist cause will be continued by her nephew, Jim Sweet, who has agreed to become the Archivist and Historian for the Grand River Branch.  By doing so, perhaps he has paid her the greatest compliment of all.

Spring 1998 

Grand River Branch

In 1987, Grand River Branch approached the Norfolk Historical Society to name part of its excellent research collection the "Loyalist Library" to create a visible Loyalist presence in the heart of The Long Point Settlement. The Board of Directors agreed and a "Loyalist Library" sign and the Queen Anne flag were placed at the entrance.

Each year the Branch donates funds to purchase special materials for the collection such as:
Upper Canada Land Petitions (65 reels of microfilm); 1901 Canada Census covering Niagara to London area. In return, we receive recognition in Norfolklore, the Society's newsletter, and in the Norfolklore brochure which is circulated to their members and thousands of Ontario Genealogical Society members.

In addition, each year we donate a book related to Loyalist history or research to honour the memory of deceased members. Last year the New Brunswick Land Grant Index was donated with a memorial book plate remembering Marion Sutherland, Ruth Koch and Louella Butler.

The Grand River Conservation Authority presented a Certificate of Appreciation "Recognizing Actions Which Improve the Grand River Watershed, Promoting Heritage Appreciation and Support of the Grand River as a Canadian Heritage River" for our financial contribution to, and interest in, the creation of Loyalist Lane at Taquanyah Nature Centre at Decewsville. The "Lane" interprets three styles of fences that the Loyalists and early pioneers built and the trees they planted as they settled in the Grand River watershed. Also recognized was our physical and written support of the designation of the
Grand River as a Heritage River.

The Branch thanks the Ontario Government for a Heritage Grant which makes our education/outreach projects possible.

Grand River will celebrate Loyalist Day on June 19th and the Branch's 25th anniversary in September, 1998.

Submitted by Doris A. Lemon, UE.

[photo] Grand River members with Branch display at Heritage home at Backus Mills for Battle re-enactment of the War of 1812-14. Sept. 1997  From left on verandah: Doris Lemon, Imogen Givens, Rachel Reeves, Mr. Backus, Carol Terry, Fred Kerr, Jean Kerr, Frederick Reeves and Claire Machan.  Below: Doris Wilson, Kathleen Pasnyk and William Terry.

Fall 1998

Grand River Branch

The Branch visited
Fieldcote Museum, Ancaster where Betty and Harold Lampman, UE, talked about Loyalist Settlers in Ancaster.  One very special event was the celebration "Founding Families" at the Backus Conservation Area.  The Branch presented our book Loyalist Families of Members of The Grand River Branch for their library.

The 25th anniversary of the Branch was a splendid celebration in the chapel of the new
Luther Village on the Park in Waterloo. It was chaired by Vice-President Marilyn Branch, with decorations by Dora Mae Blayney and Fred Blayney.  Pianist Joyce MacTavish, at the piano presented to Luther Village by the Blayneys, played for the colour parade as the Past Presidents and special guests entered.  She then played for singing the Royal and National Anthems.  President Bill Terry introduced the Past Presidents who were honoured.  Eleanor Chapin, genealogist, presented the history of the Branch. Dr. Kenneth McLaughlin, history professor at the University of Waterloo spoke on `The Causes of The American Revolution'.  He commented on Professor Jack Granatstein's book Who Killed Canadian History? and the Canadian history backgrounds of the students he encounters in his courses.  The anniversary cake was served to a large number of members and potential members to whom invitations had been sent.  Opportunity was provided for guests to view the Branch display.

Grand River Branch was asked to support the`Unveiling of Historic Monument to Adam Young' on Regional Road 54, between the towns of
York and Cayuga in Haldimand County on September 12.  This was a special day for Canadians in general, and descendants of United Empire Loyalists in particular.  A large granite and bronze monument was unveiled in honour of one of the first white families to settle along the Grand River.  Bill Terry, Branch President, provided advice and a number of members, some in costume, attended the ceremony and reception in the Kinsmen's Hall in Cayuga.

Adam Young, having had his land and possessions confiscated was granted land in Upper Canada
. He and his sons, John Daniel and Henry, fought in Butler's Rangers. Following Adam and his family's imprisonment for loyalty to the Crown, and for assisting many Loyalists to escape to Canada, they too left New York State.  After discharge from Butler's Rangers, Adam farmed at Niagara and then joined his sons and their families along the Grand River.

The Branch will attend Norfolklore '98 Genealogy Fair, Norfolk Historical Society's annual event on 26 September.  As part of our outreach, the Society's Board was approached and asked to name the early
Upper Canada collection "Loyalist Library". The Board agreed and the flag and a sign "Loyalist Library" were placed at the entrance to the archives.  Each year Norfolklore's brochure is sent to the Ontario Genealogical Society's vast membership.  It includes the words: "Loyalist Library, supported by the Grand River Branch UEL.  Hundreds of books on early Ontario Upper Canada Land Petitions, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia resources.  New in 1998: Muster Rolls for Loyalist Regiments. [Presented by Grand River Branch as part of its outreach program.]

Doris Lemon, UE Education/Outreach

[Here's an email, from Ed Scott.]

Yesterday (Sunday, 20 September) The Grand River Branch celebrated their 25th Anniversary, with President Bill Terry acting as master of ceremonies.  Many of the past presidents of the Branch were in attendance including the first President of the Branch, Dr. Vera Vanderlip, who is also a past Dominion President.

The speaker was Dr. Kenneth McLaughlin, Professor of History,
University of Waterloo, who gave some very interesting thoughts on "The Causes of the American Revolution".  Other branches represented included London and Western Ontario, Col. John Butler, and Hamilton.  A reception followed.

June 19, 1998 - The First United Empire Loyalists' Day Branch Celebrations

Grand River Branch

President Bill Terry, UE, and several members attended the ceremony at Queen's Park.

On June 19, the President raised the flag in front of the historic town hall in Simcoe, in the heart of the Long Point Settlement.  He had distributed the flag pattern to North Public School Grade Six and the students made and coloured theri flags and learned the words to "God Save the Queen", which they sang with fast tempo and enthusiasm under direction of teacher Ms. J. Bertrand.

Greetings were presented by Toby Barrett, UE, MPP Haldimand-Norfolk, Bob Speller, MP and Mayor Rick Kowalski.  Norfolk Militia provided Colour Guard.  Rev. John Cruickshank, UE, led in prayer. Introductory remarks made by the President were followed by an address by Doris Lemon, UE, outlining the significance of the day and listing names of Loyalist settlers in the Long Point Settlement appearing in the Branch book, Loyalist Ancestors of Members of the Grand River Branch: Mabee, Teeple, Colver, Smith, Malcolm, Neal, Ryerse, Gilbert, Austin, Tisdale, Outhouse, Shippy, Woodley, Anderson, Potts, DeCou, Bowlby, Williams, McCall, Haviland, Hazen and Rapelje.

Lunch and celebration cake were served in the Anglican Church across the square.  The Branch display and Branch genealogists were in the public library with a Branch book display in the afternoon.

Excellent press was received in Thessalon, Sault Ste. Marie, Port Rowan Good News, Simcoe Reformer, Port Dover Maple Leaf, the Kitchener-Waterloo Record, the magazine Rural Roots, and the Tobermory Press where a genealogical workshop was held to promote June 19th.

Submitted by Doris Lemon, UE

[photo] Grand River Branch Past President Doris Wilson, UE, with daughter Vice President Marilyn Branch, UE, and great grandchildren Wilson and Culver LeClerc. (Wilson and Culver were their Loyalist ancestors).  Photos courtesy Doris Lemon, UE

[photo] North Public School, Grade VI under direction of Ms. J. Bertrand, made their flags and sang the Royal and National Anthems.

Spring 1999

Grand River Branch

The Branch celebrated its 25th anniversary in September with Past Presidents Dr. Vera Vanderlip, Ruth Chapin Gould, Doris Wilson, John Chard, Garry Cooper, Irene MacCrimmon and Doris Lemon in the colour parade in the chapel in the new Luther Village On The Park in Waterloo.  Eighty-four attended with Special guests Ed Scott, Dominion President, Bernice Flett and Lois Dickinson and Shirley Dargatz from Chilliwack Branch. Dr. Kenneth McLaughlin, History Professor, University of Waterloo, spoke on Causes of The American Revolution and then commented on Jack Granatstein's book Who Killed Canadian History?.  Eleanor Chapin, Branch Genealogist, read the Charter.  Refreshments followed in the banquet room decorated with red, white and blue flowers and two cakes with the Union Flag.

Branch Outreach Program continues throughout the year. Highlights were:

A display at Founding Families Day at Backus Conservation Area; a display at Norfolk Historical Society's Genealogy Fair in Simcoe; a Loyalist Genealogy Night and Workshop for Norfolk Genealogical Society, hosted by Bill Terry; Joy and Despair of Mary Titus Williams at Women's Probus Club in Burlington and History 101 at University of Waterloo.

The Youngs -- United Empire Loyalists -- Historic Monument was unveiled at York on the Grand River in the presence of many Young Descendants by Marnie Clarke, UE, family organizer.  President Ed Scott brought Dominion greetings and Bernice Flett, standing in for Grand River President Bill Terry, paid splendid tribute to the Young Family and this handsome monument. The tribute states, in part: "Adam Young, having had all his land and possessions confiscated during the American Revolution, was granted land in what is now Ontario. He and his sons, John, Daniel and Henry, fought in Butler's Rangers. Following Adam and his family's imprisonment, they left New York State to begin anew. After his Discharge from Butler's Rangers, Adam farmed at Niagara and then joined his sons and their families along the Grand River." [see also pages 36,37 (of this Gazette edition) Below]

UEs please note: Grand River Branch and Marnie Clarke invite all interested UEs to attend the Branch meeting June 20th at 2:00, in York, when she will tell the story of the Young Family. Grand River Branch will present a Union Flag. Contact Bill Terry at 519-428-4177 or charles@kwic.com for directions.

[photo] Marnie Clarke, UE, Young family researcher standing right of monument.  Also attending were Bernice Flett, Past UELAC President, left of monument and President Ed Scott, far right.

Women's History Project in Haldimand-Norfolk    We pass on to you a request from Cheryl MacDonald, Heronwood Enterprises, RR2 Nanticoke, N0A 1L0, for a Women's History Project which covers early settlement in Haldimand-Norfolk and the Victorian Era 1784-1901 in Vol I and 1901-1974 Vol II.

Norfolk Land Records Proposed Destruction: The Branch commended Waterford-Townsend Historical Society and Spruce Row Museum, Waterford, for acting swiftly to save the valuable Norfolk Land Records from destruction, and sent a cheque for $500.00 toward costs of constructing an atmospherically controlled room in the Museum for their storage.

Muster Rolls of Loyalist Regiments and Corps: Grand River Branch granted funds to Norfolk Historical Society for the purchase of these Rolls which are now in Loyalist Library in Eva Brook Donly Museum, Simcoe. (The Eva Brook Donly Museum is located in Simcoe, Ontario, Canada. Eva Brook Donly was an artist who prospered locally during the 19th century. When she died in the early 20th century, she donated her entire estate so that it could be transformed into a museum of Norfolk.)

Chiefswood Opening: The Branch has an on-going interest in and financial support of this home of Chief George Johnson and poetess Emily Pauline Johnson and the re-opening celebration, after restorations, was attended by Doris Marcellus, Branch Liaison with Chiefswood, on June 18th (when other members of the Branch were at the flagraising ceremony at Queen's Park). The Oneida Brass Band played. Carolyn King of the Mississaugas of New Credit congratulated the Six Nations on the restoration and noted that Pauline had a garden of her own nearby which will be restored along with a building which was the kitchen. Only one bedroom is open. Wallpapering, which will match the original as closely as possible, is not finished. Original rugs are down, having been stored for years in the attic.  Future plans call for construction of an interpretation centre with washrooms. Canada Futures and Initiative Fund raised $312.00 for the work. Grand River Branch repaired a hole in the roof to preserve the building while funding was being negotiated.

Millennium Project Grant for permanent display on Loyalists In The Long Point Settlement will be applied for in partnership with the Norfolk Historical Society for a mural in Eva Brook Donly Museum, Simcoe, in the heart of Loyalist settlement. Artists' concept portrays life in the Thirteen Colonies before and during the Revolution; Migration to Upper Canada; Establishing a Society and Life in Norfolk. It is hoped a special "preview" will be held for members following the Convention in Niagara Area in 2000.

Doris Ann Lemon, hlemon@retirees.uwaterloo.ca

My Trip to Ontario to Honour my UEL Ancestor, Adam Young

  By Patricia Kelderman, UE,

  Thompson-Okanagan Branch

I attended the Young Commemoration Plaque unveiling on 12 September 1998.  This was a long-awaited ceremony for all my family members as well as myself.

Adam Young was the first in a long line of founding members in our family.  Without his courage and strong constitution, the Grand River area of Ontario may have become part of the United States.

There were over 300 descendants attending the ceremony.  The pomp and pageantry was a sight to behold and it made us all very proud to be a part of such a historic ceremony.

Speeches were given and introductions made.  The sense of pride could be felt when the re-enactment troupe from the Butler's Rangers marched onto the site and gave a one-gun salute over the Young/Nelles burying grounds where Adam was laid to rest.  I'm sure Adam would have been very proud as well.

All the efforts of the Young Plaque Committee were truly a tribute to Adam and the United Empire Loyalists of Ontario.

I would not have missed it for the world. (See the following article on the Youngs.)

[photo] Monument plaque    [photo] Cover of the Young Memorial Unveiling programme.

Young Family Tree

  By Marie F. Walpole

  Nov. 1998  mwalpole@niagara.com

On a warm sunny afternoon in early September, a group of people estimated to be about 300 gathered at a clearing near the site of the Young Tract by the banks of the Grand River.  Almost all of the people assembled had one thing in common: they were descendants of Adam Young.  The occasion was to pay tribute to one of the founding fathers of Ontario.

As the crowd mingled, visiting with long-lost relatives, in the distance could be heard the staccato of the drum.  As they came into view, the lone drummer was flanked by a Color Party of Butler's Rangers in period dress.

The crowd parted to allow the Color Party to march to a place in front of a newly painted fence.  There was a presentation of colors among which there were the flags of the Butler's Rangers, the Union Jack, the Loyalist flag and, brought to the ceremony by a Mohawk Chieftain, was the flag of the First Nations.  Mid-ceremony, the Canadian flag was presented by an MPP.

The ceremony started with a duet by Cindy and Laura Young.  The Master of Ceremonies was Bernice Flett, UE, Past president of the United Empire Loyalists' Association of Canada.  Members of the UELAC from distant points were welcomed including Bob McBride from the Kawartha Branch and Patricia Kelderman from B.C.  There were representatives from both the Provincial and federal governments as well as Marie Trainer, Mayor of the Town of Haldimand who identified herself as a Young descendant.

Many of the Young descendants had formed a committee and for many weeks prior to the unveiling had busied themselves preparing the site.  The driving force behind this was Marnie Clarke from Almonte, Ontario.  As long as I have known her, she was determined that the Young family deserved recognition and set about to achieve that goal.  For those that are on the Internet the plaque is recognized on Wayne Cook's website under 'Plaques of Ontario'.

Marnie Clarke gave a talk on Historical Remembering which gave an excellent insight of this family we owe so much to.  There was a prayer of benediction, singing of the National Anthem and a musket volley was fired by one of the Rangers, the flags retired then the Rangers marched away.

Plaque inscription

The Youngs

United Empire Loyalists

   This land beside the Grand River was part of the Young Tract granted to Adam Young and his family for their loyalty to the Crown during the American Revolution.  This was in recompense for the loss of valuable land and possessions in the Mohawk Valley, New York State, confiscated during that conflict.

   Adam, his wife Catherine and children were imprisoned both for their resistance to the Continental Congress and Adam's brave actions in assisting 74 Loyalists escape to what is now Canada.  Adam and his sons, John, Daniel and Henry fought in the Butler's Rangers alongside the Mohawks led by Joseph Brant.  When Adam was discharged from the Butler's Rangers, he pioneered on one of the first farms at Niagara, later joining his sons and their families along the Grand River.

   John, Adam's eldest son, was the first white settler to start a new life along the Grand River in 1783.  He was a Lieutenant in the Indian department from 1777 to 1784 and was active in encouraging some of the people in New York State to join the Loyalist cause.  Married to Catherine Brant, a daughter of a Mohawk chief, he remained a friend of the Mohawk people until his death.

   The Loyalty of the Young family to their new country was confirmed during the war of 1812 when Adam's sons John and Daniel fought to preserve their homeland.

   When Adam died in 1790 and his son John in 1812 they were buried in the cemetery on this land between here and the river.

   The Youngs are remembered as one of the families who having suffered for their beliefs, helped build the new and growing country of Canada.  As one author has stated: "Reviled as a traitor by one nation, Young was a founding father of another." As She Began: An illustrated introduction to Loyalist Ontario. Bruce Wilson.

The Young Descendants
The United Empire Loyalists' Association of Canada Grand River Branch

Click for photos of this day's events  

Fall 1999

Grand River Branch

In addition to the memorial book which the Branch donates each year to Loyalist Library (as part of the Norfolk Historical Society's collection in the Eva Brook Donly Museum in Simcoe to honour the memory of loyal members) the Branch is initiating the display of a small flag and memorial card at funeral homes that will advise family and friends that the Branch is placing a memorial book in the name of the deceased member.

To celebrate Loyalist Day, the Branch gathered at the Adam Young Family memorial monument on Regional Road 54, south of Caledonia, and presented the, Old Union or Loyalist flag.  A reception followed in the Golden Horseshoe Hall in York with guest speaker Marnie Clark UE, a Young Descendant and refreshments provided by the Young family.

The Branch was concerned about the safe storage of the Norfolk Registry office records and donated $500.00 to Spruce Row Museum in Waterford to create the proper atmosphere for this valuable research aid. Jean Kerr, UE, gave a talk and tour.

Other topics of interest: John Buchanan, UE, gave the history of Christopher German and his descendants; Terry Hicks U.E., Regional Vice-President UELAC spoke on the Royal proclamation of 1763 and its effect on westward settlement; and Rev John Cruickshank UE, outlined Early Presbyterianism in the Long Point Area.

As part of our outreach program, Bill Terry UE, held a Loyalist Ancestor workshop in Simcoe and Doris Lemon UE, gave a costumed presentation of her Loyalist ancestor's wife Mary Titus Williams in Kitchener, Burlington, Tobermory, Ancaster and Thorold. The Branch had its display at Norfolklore Genealogical Fair in Simcoe as it has for twenty-three years.

United Empire Loyalists In The Long Point Settlement’ is the suggested title for our Millennium Project in partnership with The Norfolk Historical Society.  Our two artists, Robert Judd and Garry Walker, presented an exciting concept to portray the Loyalist story by 3D painted landscape on the stairwell and display of artifacts at Eva Brook Donly Museum, Simcoe.  We are awaiting word from the Federal Government's project 2000 Grant Committee that the grant has been awarded.

In the meantime, mark your calendars -- United Empire Loyalists Day, Sunday, June 18th, 2000
for the official opening of United Empire Loyalists In The Long Point Settlement.

Loyalist Hasty Notes:

A supply of "Merry Christmas, Happy New Year" cards is now available. 10 cards for $5.00 plus $1.50 shipping. See "Loyalist Exchange" page.

Spring 2000

Grand River Branch 

[photo]  Four generations of 'certificated' UE descendants of Timothy Culver: Doris Wilson, Judy Barr, Joy Burtch, Brittany Barr   Photo by Marilyn Branch    Submitted by Doris A. Lemon

Fall 2000

Grand River Branch

Grand River Branch has enjoyed a busy spring and summer with membership at 170 and an attendance approaching 50 each month.  Our meetings are held on the 3rd Sunday of the month, and are hosted by members in various locations.

We have met in Brantford, Galt, Waterloo, Simcoe, Caledonia, and Waterford.  Our programs have included Myrna Fox on the Loyalist Burial Sites project, Mary Beacock Fryer talking about the life of John Graves Simcoe, Roger Cruickshank's presentation on historic Woodhouse United Church (Edgerton Ryerson's church) and its 200th anniversary, Barbara Martindale on the history of Caledonia, the railroad there as well as Loyalist families along the Grand River, and Bob Stevenson who presented slides to illustrate his talk on the history of the town of Waterford.

Historic churches, museums and a restored train station have been the locations for this year's meetings.  Many enjoyed going to dinner following the meetings as well as the summertime potluck buffet picnics.

Although no meetings are held December-February, our members remain active.  Last February, we participated in a Professional Development Day for teachers with the Grand Erie School Board and presented each teacher with a copy of A Teacher's Resource.  This involved two presentations at the day-long in Caledonia.  Another opportunity for education presented itself with our Loyalist display at a Heritage Fair in Kitchener in February.  In June, for Loyalists Day, we mounted another display at Celebration 2000 in Simcoe, and a costumed session with Girl Guides at Backus Conservations Area is slated for October.

Memorial cards were designed and printed for the Branch to have placed in funeral homes when a member has passed away.  This advise the family of the fact that a plaque in memory of the deceased will be placed in the memorial book we donate annually to our Loyalist Library.

Education chair Doris Lemon hosted an Education Workshop in Waterloo, with President Marilyn Branch, Vice-President Robert McCarey, Archivist and Librarian James sweet, Newsletter Editor Claire Machan and Past President Bill Terry.  A large number of people attended and some of these have joined the Branch and embarked upon their genealogical research as a result.

Doris Lemon presented her dramatization of Loyalist wife Mary Titus Williams to The Big Sisters, Waterloo-Heights Seniors, Conestoga Towers Seniors, Holy Cross Group, the Kitchener-Waterloo Zonta Club, and to Dr. Kenneth McLaughlin's first year Canadian History class at the University of Waterloo.

Flags were presented to Woodhouse United Church and St. Paul's Presbyterian Church, both in Simcoe.  The first was in honour of a 200th anniversary and the second was for a special service in honour of the Queen Mother's birthday.  Furthermore, a letter of congratulations was sent to the Queen Mother from Grand River Branch, and a response was received.

Three of our members were nominated for, and received Ontario Volunteer Service Awards.

Again this year we continued support for and communication with Chiefswood, the home of Pauline Johnson on the Six Nations Reserve, now a Heritage designation.  We have also taken steps to have the unsatisfactory conditions at one of our Loyalists cemeteries, "Tranquility" corrected.  It is situated near Brantford.

Our President's wife, Monica McCarey, surprised us by sewing canvas bags to carry and protect our flagpoles and stands.  They have made such a difference in transporting the equipment to meetings.  Our last three meetings this year are at Guelph, Port Dover, and Ayr.

Special thanks to our Archivist and Librarian, Jim Sweet who has developed our web page at http://www3.sympatico.ca/djsweet/uel/eul/htm  [ Updated to:  www.grandriveruel.ca ]

    Marilyn Branch UE, Grand River Branch

Vera Ferdericka Vanderlip

PhD, UE, UELAC Past President, Philosopher, Teacher, and Founder of Grand River Branch

Dr. Vera Vanderlip UE was a loyal member of the UELAC, and died peacefully at Grand River Hospital on May 5, 2000.

She served the Association in many capacities, and breathed a new life in Dominion Council for some twenty-five years.  When the dominion Office was re-located to 50 Baldwin Street, her preference was for a more accessible location.  She designed the present pamphlet used by the association to promote membership across Canada, served on various committees, and was elected President for the years 1986-1988.

Her lief of leadership began with teaching young people English at the secondary level in North York, Ontario.  Dr. Vanderlip received a masters degree in Classics, and in 1966 an honourary degree in Philosophy from Yale University.  She lectured at the University of New Brunswick and Sir Wilfred Laurier in Waterloo, where she opened the students' eyes to Latin, Greek, and Greek Mythology.

In private life she was an active member of the Waterloo community participating in church music, acted as a delegate for the Waterloo district on the General Council of the United Church of Canada, as well as serving on the Session of the First United Church in Waterloo.  He heart rested in the peace of the countryside at a cottage on Georgian Bay, her retreat.

Dr. Vanderlip was proud of her Loyalist heritage, and her ancestor William Vanderlip UE who served in Butler's Rangers, and settles and farmed in the Niagara district.  William moved later to Ancaster with his wife and children where he ran the Vanderlip Inn.  Vera was the daughter of Frederick and Maude Vanderlip and is survived by her sister Ruth Vanderlip.

She had a great sense of style in everything she did, and will be missed by her sister and friends, including her cats, the Boys.

  Elizabeth Richardson UE and Doris Lemon UE

Spring 2001

Grand River Branch

In September, we took our display to Norfolklore, Norfolk Historical Society's genealogy fair in Simcoe.  In October, we held genealogy/history workshops for over six hundred Brownies and Girl Guides in preparation for their Heritage Badge.  We set up picnic tables at the Backus Conservation Area and the girls learned about genealogy and Loyalist history and then wrote with quill pen and ink and tacked their papers to dry on the barn.

Flags were presented to Woodhouse United Church to honour its 200th anniversary and St. Paul
's Presbyterian, Simcoe, when a special service honoured the Queen Mother's 100th birthday.  Branch President, Marilyn Branch, sent a congratulatory letter to the Queen Mum and received a reply.  Grand River Branch twinned with Manitoba and forwarded a copy of our book Loyalist Families of Members of the Grand River Branch UELAC to celebrate this new and happy relationship.

The biggest event of the year was our Millennium Partnership Project with Norfolk Historical Society: A Loyalist Journey - The Long Point Settlement in the Eva Brook Donly Museum, 109 Norfolk Street, Simcoe, in the heart of Loyalist settlement.  A large mural depicts a family travelling in dense forest with oxen and wagon. Five panels tell Loyalist history: Trouble in the Colonies: Who Were the Loyalists?; Escape to Canada; Settlement; and Loyalist Legacy. Official opening April 22, 2001 at 2:30.

Fall 2001

Grand River Branch

In April, The Branch celebrated the opening of our permanent exhibit, Loyalist Journey--The Long Point Settlement, at the Eva Brook Donly Museum, Simcoe, ON. This display starts with a large mural depicting a Loyalist Ontario family, in a cart with oxen, arriving in dense forest.  The Loyalist story is told in five panels: Trouble in the Colonies; Who Were the Loyalists?; Escape to Canada; Settlement; and Loyalist Legacy. The display is enhanced with artefacts, some of which were donated by Branch member Fred Blayney UE.  The $9,000 required for the project was obtained by a Canadian Millennium Partnership Program 2000 grant in partnership with the Norfolk Historical Society, with the co-operation of the Society's President, Sheila Hastie, and members Dr. Jim Cruise and Robert Ryerse UE.

Branch member Bill Yeager UE, Curator of the Norfolk Historical Society's collection, was most helpful in the display's design and execution.

On Heritage Day, Jim Sweet, Robert McCarey and Doris Lemon displayed our research books and answered questions at Dunnville's Marine Heritage Day. A follow-up letter to the Dunnville Chronicle, praising the recording of Dunnville's marine heritage, received good press.  This method of obtaining of press coverage is recommended highly to all branches as local editors print complimentary letters and put our name before the public.

Doris Lemon UE presented her costumed dramatization of Mary Titus Williams, Loyalist Wife, to the Kitchener Men's Probus Club and the K.W. Professional and Business Men's Club.  She talked and showed overheads to Grade 7 and 8 students at Drayton Public and Kitchener Laurentian (private) schools.  The students enjoyed writing with quill pens and ink. President Bill Terry spoke at Lynn Valley Women's Institute and Houghton Public School.

At the Boy Scout Regional meeting at Port Burwell, Robert McCarey with Frederick Reeves and his grandson gave history talks, wrote with quill pens and distributed genealogy charts to 465 Boy Scouts.  Labour Day weekend our display was at the Paris Fair.

We made a display and new banner for the Cornwall Conference and, with the aid of local Mennonite craftswomen, created boy and girl dolls in 1783 costumes to take to classrooms.  They cost $57 each. Long-time and faithful members Dora Mae Blayney and Fred Blaynev UE received Ontario Volunteer Service Awards.  Jim Sweet UE set up and maintains our Branch website. Please check it.

Grand River Branch invites all UEs and spouses/friends to mark June 6-9, 2002 on calendars NOW, for Conference 2002.  We are planning for your pleasure: tours of Mennonite Country, Long Point Loyalist Settlement and Eva Brook Donly Museum, Grand River and Six Nations; an outstanding guest speaker; local entertainment; and traditional UE hospitality.

Doris Ann Lemon UE, Education/Outreach Chair.

Spring 2002

Grand River Branch

In its education/outreach program, the Branch donated $300.00 to Norfolk Historical Society for the purchase of Loyalist research books for Loyalist Library in the Eva Brook Donly Museum, Simcoe, and a memorial book in memory of deceased members, Ron Smith, Velma Dubrick and John Askin. 

July -- Boy Scout Rally, Backus Conservation Area. Robert McCarey, Fritz Reeves and his UE grandson, spoke to 450 Boy Scouts about Loyalist history and wrote with quill pens.

In September, Jim Sweet and Eleanor Chapin took the display to the Paris Fair and assisted people in their search for Loyalist ancestors.

Doris Lemon presented the dramatization of Mary Titus Williams to approximately 150 members of the Professional & Business Retirees Club of Waterloo; and to the Study Group at
Glen Acres Baptist Church, Waterloo; and to Seniors in Luther Village, Waterloo, and Holstein, Ontario.  Fred Hayward, Bill Terry, Carol Terry, Doris Wilson and Doris Lemon presented Loyalist talks to two Grade Seven classes in Norfolk County.  President Bill then presented a flag to Norfolk Historical Society for the pole in front of Eva Brook Donly Museum in the heart of the Loyalist Long Point Settlement. We attended, in costume, with a display at Backus Conservation Area for Battle Reenactments of the War of 1812.

Robert McCarey designed two panels: One shows historic markers in Norfolk County; the other shows flags and points of Loyalist interest.

Doris Lemon designed a banner and display panel that gives Loyalist history as set out on the five panels in the display in Eva Brook Donly Museum, Simcoe.  It also shows pictures of our ten largest Education/Outreach projects.

Loyalist Dolls -- boy and girl -- in period costume. $60.00 each. We commissioned a Mennonite craftsperson to create dolls for teaching tools to Grade 7 classes.  They are passed around the class and add to the quill pen writing experience and overhead picture presentation.

A plastic banner was designed, created and donated by David Hood, UE, descendant of Jonathan Williams, who owns Images and Signs in Collingwood.  It will stretch between hydro poles or attach to railings, etc.  The Branch appreciates this generous donation.

The December 7th farewell reception for The Hon. Hilary M. Weston, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, in
Toronto, hosted by the Loyal Societies of Ontario, was attended by Grand River members: President Robert McCarey and Dominion President William Terry.

One of the most interesting programs of the year was Dr. Paul Tanser's presentation "Other Causes of the American Revolution."

The Branch is actively preparing for the 2002 Dominion Conference in
Waterloo.  The tours of Mennonite Country in Waterloo County and to Loyalist Settlement in the Long Point area, special speakers on history, Ian Wilson, Canadian Archivist, and David Moore of Appleby College and the German Oktoberfest evening, will be of special interest.  We invite all UEs to attend!

Fall 2002

Grand River

On February Heritage day, our display was in Fairview Plaza, Kitchener.

In April, President Robert McCarey UE, and Cathy Thompson UE presented the Teachers Resource to Evelyn Runions, Heritage Programmer at Backus Mill.  Later, on June 2nd, the 1798 working Backus Mill was officially designated a National Historic Site.  Dominion President Bill Terry UE, Branch President Robert McCarey UE and daughters April and Amy UE, and Cathy Thompson UE attended the ceremony with National Park Service and government representatives.  This tied in nicely with Conference 2002.

Elizabeth Richardson UE spoke at the June meeting at St. John's Anglican Church, Woodhouse.

Doris Lemon also spoke at the Bonisteel-Beirose Reunion where she let these families know about their Loyalist connections.

Doris Wilson UE has written Sarah 's Diary, and generously donated the proceeds to the Norfolk Historical Society and Grand River Branch.

Grand River Branch nominates members for Ontario Volunteer Service Awards and Culver Leclerc, aged 8 was nominated for her costumed presentations in schools.

Grand River Branch was happy to host the UELAC Conference 2002 in Waterloo.  We arranged for the presentation of the Loyalist flag and plaque at Backus Mill, and wreath laying ceremonies at the graves of Samuel Ryerse, founder of Port Ryerse, and Joseph Brant at the Mohawk Chapel.

Doris Lemon UE

Spring 2003

Grand River

The Reeves and McCarey Families joined Col. John Butler Branch at an event at Fort Niagara.

President Bob McCarey, in costume, laid a Remembrance Day Wreath in Simcoe.

He also attended three family reunions, Chrysler and McCarey in Michigan and Matthews in Woodhouse and talked about the Loyalists and how to join the Association.  He went to Brantford's "walk of fame" when Joseph Brant UE was inducted.  He gave a costumed presentation and talk about Loyalists and Pioneers to a Grade 3 - 4 class at Our Lady of Fatima in Courtland.

We took our display to Norfolklore, an annual genealogy fair, in Simcoe.

Doris Lemon gave her costumed dramatization of her Loyalist ancestor Mary Titus Williams and Canadian History 1783 to 1818 to Sandhills Womens' Probus Club in
Waterloo and a Sorority Club.

Norfolk Historical Society engaged costumed members of Grand River to speak to two grade seven classes at Eva Brook Donly Museum in Simcoe.

Our four UE generations: Doris Wilson UE, Marilyn Branch UB, Becky LeClerc and Culver LeClerc UE, received excellent coverage in The Simcoe Reformer for their part in the presentation with Marilyn Haslinger and Doris Lemon.

Loyalists are mentioned in the new book BRANT COUNTY, 150-YEAR CELEBRATION, written by member Angela Files and photographs by Ruth Lefler.  Angela took records to the Paris Historical Society meeting and spoke at Brant Genealogical Society about government from Loyalist times to 1852.

Doris Marcellus UE and Marilyn McDonald UE, attended at Chiefswood for the launch of the new book about Pauline Johnson.

Culver LeClerc UE, our Young Loyalist, was awarded a Volunteer Service Award and received press coverage.

We donated $300.00 to Norfolk Historical Society's Loyalist Library research room; $150.00 to UELAC Project 2014 and $150.00 to Bernice Wood-Flett Scholarship Fund.

Grand River is preparing for a celebratory "Tribute to the Loyalists in the Long Point Settement, and All Loyalists" with David Moore as the guest speaker: topic: "Why be a Loyalist?" on June 21, 2003 in Vittoria, a fund-raising event for Project 2014, and invites everyone with a Loyalist ancestor to attend and host a family display table. For details visit our webpage hosted by Jim Sweet UE: www.grandriveruel.ca

Fall 2003

Grand River

The Loyalist Tribute was held on June 21, 2003 at Vittoria, and celebrated Loyalists in the Long Point Settlement. The Press coverage was excellent. It was a fair of Loyalist artifacts and genealogies with twenty-four family displays, Norfolk Historical Society, Norfolk Genealogical Society, Long Point Settlers and Project 2014.  A piper and town crier called the meeting, and the local MP, MPP and Mayor attended.  Sgt. Major David Moore UE was an inspiring speaker as he addressed the topic, "Why Be A Loyalist".  Young Loyalist Culver LeClerc read excerpts from Sarah's Diary, and was joined by Amy and April McCarey in a demonstration of quill pen writing. A draw was held for a doll in a Loyalist gown.

A total of $1,018. was raised for Project 2014. Loyalist Tribute posters are available for $2. each plus postage. Without the printing, they are suitable for other Branches' celebrations. Contact Bill Terry UE at charles@kwic.com.

We received excellent free press coverage and the Trillium grant paid for press in three newspapers in the area. Doris Lemon was interviewed by Erica Ritter on CBC One.

Grand River Branch expresses appreciation to the Ontario Trillium Foundation and the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Recreation for the grant that made Loyalist Tribute possible.

The planning and execution of Loyalist Tribute, hosted by Bill Terry UE, required many volunteers and hours.  It was a heart-warming celebration and many requests to hold it again were received.

On Heritage Day our display was in Kitchener with Kathleen Pasnyk, Jim Sweet, Glen Sweet, Fred Blayney, Claire Machan, and Doris Lemon in attendance.  We also attended the "Port Maitland-Festival of History" with the display hosted by Rev. John Crnickshank, Bob McCarey, Bill and Carol Terry, Marilyn McDonald, and Jim Sweet.

Doris Lemon gave an illustrated talk to primary students in Bracebridge as well as in Simcoe and
Woodstock, (with assistance by Ellen Tree, Bob McCarey, Doris Wilson, Marilyn Branch, Culver LeClerc and Marilyn Haslinger at the latter two).  Doris has also spoken at the Brant Women's Probus Club, the University of Waterloo History/Genealogy Class and the Kitchen Sorority Club.  Bill Terry spoke to the Elgin County OGS Branch.

Our Loyalist Day Flag Raising was at Simcoe Town Hall. with Branch President John Cruickshank leading the members. There was also a flag presented to Norfolk County Council, and a display at Simcoe Public Library.

Culver LeClerc, our Young Loyalist, gave a costumed reading at the school in Caledonia.  She receives press attention wherever she gives a reading of Sarah's Diary.

The Branch will also attend Norfolklore in Simcoe, the 1812 reenactment at Backus, and Heritage Days in

We took the displays and held meetings in Lyndoch, Port Ryerse, Bufford, Simcoe,
Woodstock, Paris and Brantford Grand River Branch website is maintained by Jim Sweet www.grandriveruel.ca. The Branch has 182 members.

Spring 2004

Grand River

The Branch display was up at Port Maitland's Festival of History and Caledonia's Heritage Days. We also transported the display to Lyndock, Port Ryerse, Burford, Simcoe, Woodstock, Paris. and Brantford. Jim Sweet maintains our web site: www.grandriveruel.ca.


Bill Terry UE spoke at Elgin Branch OGS and at the Men's Club, St. Paul's Presbyterian church, Simcoe.  
Marilyn Branch UE and granddaughter Culver LeClerc UE spoke at Mount Hope Historical Society, and Doris Lemon UE gave her costumed dramatization of Loyalist wife Mary Titus Williams at Brant Women's Probus Club, Brantford and Kitchener Sorority Club.

The Branch is making progress reaching out to schools and presents the Teacher's Education Book if a school has not received it.  To date, of the schools contacted, not one copy has been seen by the Grade Seven teachers.  A coloured copy of the First Parliament of 1792 and small flag are also presented. We have a transparency overhead presentation.  Doris Lemon UE presented Loyalist history, a story from Sarah's Diary, and writing letters to grandmothers with quill pens to classes at Bracebridge.  She was joined by Ellen Tree UE and Bob McCarey UE at Woodstock, and Simcoe was served by costumed Marilyn Branch UE, Culver LeClerc UE, Marilyn Haslinger UE, Bob McCarey UE and Doris Wilson UE.  Culver also gave costumed readings to Caledonia schools.

The Branch is continuing the Map of Norfolk-Loyalists in The Long Point Settlement and Their Lots, and requests that UEs with ancestors in Norfolk, Burford, and Windham submit names and lot numbers to Doris Lemon UE. When a great number are collected, a feature of classroom presentations will be the drawing of lot numbers from a tricorn, (Editor's note: Or a bicorn??), and pinning them on a map.

Marion McDonald UE, Doris Marcellus UE and Eleanor Chapin UE represented our Branch when Charlotte Gray introduced The Life and Times of E. Pauline Johnson, Tekahionwake at Chiefswood, Pauline's girlhood home.

The Branch has continued to support the Loyalist Library at Eva Brook Donly Museum, Simcoe, $350., the UELAC Bernice Wood-Flett Scholarship Fund, $250, and Project 2014, $250.  This is above the $1018. forwarded after Loyalist Tribute.  The Branch received $737.00 in a 2003 Heritage Grant based on 2002 outreach expenditures.  Appreciation is expressed to the Ontario Ministry of Culture.

One of the most interesting meetings was presented by Clayton Barker, Burford Historian on Burford's Early History and Connection to the Loyalists.  Details and names are printed in Branches, Nov 2003.  Everyone is invited to tour the Mohawk Chapel,
Brantford at our April 18th, 2:00-5:00 and join our Executive for dinner nearby.

Fall 2004

Grand River

Cathy Thompson UE, Marilyn Haslinger UE, Imogen Givens UE and Doris Lemon UE met several classes at Eva Brook Donly Museum in Simcoe.

Marilyn Branch UE
gave a costumed presentation to St. Luke's United Church Women in Oakville on the background of the American Revolution with an introduction to the lives of Martha Soverign and Timothy Culver who settled in Long Point.

The book, 90th Anniversary of the Burning of Dover in the War of 1812, by Doris Lemon UE, was presented in Port Dover, referring to Colonel Campbell's raid and the burning of Dover Mills in May, 1814, and General McArthur's mighty mounted army burning mills and subsisting on the residents of Norfolk in November of that year. Reports were read from Officers in the Field to their Commanding Officers as recorded in the highly recommended ten-part series, The Documentary History of the Campaign upon the Niagara Frontier in the War of 1812--1814, edited for the Lundy's Lane Historical Society by Lt. Col. E. Cruickshank.

The Loyalist Day 2004 flag raising, at City Hall in Owen Sound, was attended by Mayor Ruth Lovell UE, Town Crier Bruce Kruger UE from Bracebridge and piper Bill Millman of Owen Sound
.  Branch members David Morrison UE and Cody Thompson UE unfurled the flag.

A genealogy workshop followed at the gala opening of the spectacular new Grey County Archives at
Rockford. Bill Terry UE and Carol Terry UE greeted visitors and collected the names of UEs who may be interested in forming a local branch. Genealogist, Cathy Thompson UE, held a seminar with handouts. Exhibits were manned by Helene Weaver, Jim Sweet UE, Doris Lemon UE, Marilyn Haslinger UE and David Morrison UE.

The Branch's Thirtieth Anniversary Banquet and D-Day Remembrance was held September 18th in Simcoe with David Moore as our guest speaker with a visual and sound presentation of his trip with thirty students to battlefields of World War Two.

Our first project for Project 2014 was Loyalist Tribute and we raised $ 1,018.

We are now listing Loyalists and sons and daughters who settled in Norfolk and including Windham and Oakland, now in Brant County.  A companion handbook is being compiled wherein references for research purposes will list each Loyalist in the Settlement.  All UEs are invited to submit their ancestor's lot number as soon as possible in the hope this project can be completed by 2014.

The branch paid tribute to charter member, Doris Wilson UE, as she celebrated her ninetieth birthday.  We congratulate her as recipient of a Senior Achievement Award that was presented by the Lieutenant-Governor in
Toronto.  Doris was nominated for many works including her long-time community volunteerism, loyal support and effort for Grand River Branch and the writing of Sarah's Diary.   Congratulations Doris!

Doris Ann Lemon UE,
Education/Outreach Chairperson


Spring 2005

Grand River

Service to outlying cities continued.

Classroom Loyalist Studies--Presentations to 3 in Simcoe, 1 in Woodstock, included overheads, costumes of Loyalist children, reading from Sarah's Diary and writing a letter to grandmother with quill pens.  A set of these tools was donated to the museum.

Simcoe: Loyalist Decoration Day, Woodhouse United Church with 3 flags placed at Loyalist tombstones.  Port Dover: The 90th anniversary of the Burning of Dover in the War of 1812-14.  The raids by Colonel Campbell and General MacArthur were presented by Doris Lemon UE.  Owen Sound City Hall: A Flag-raising was greeted by Mayor Ruth Lovell UE. David Morrison UE and Cathy Thompson UE unfurled the flag.

Rockford: June 19th--The gala opening of the new Grey County Archives. Bill Terry UE and Carol Terry UE greeted. Genealogist Cathy Thompson UE held a genealogy workshop.

Port Maitland: July 24--Festival of History with booth staffed by Jim Sweet. Grey-Bruce Branch UELAC  Founders' Meeting was coordinated by Doris Lemon UE and Bill Terry UE with Cynthia Stappels UE and Carol Terry UE in Owen Sound Public Library. Fifteen people attended and will, temporarily, join Grand River Branch.

Simcoe: Branch 30th Anniversary Dinner --September 18, with speaker David Moore who challenged us to know, preserve and celebrate our Loyalist heritage.

Oakville: Marilyn Branch UE gave a costumed presentation to St. Luke's United Church Women on background of the American Revolution with introduction to Martha Sovereign and Timothy Culver of the Long Point Settlement.

Mississauga: Doris Lemon UE gave costumed presentation to Applewood United Church of Loyalist ancestor Mary Titus Williams.

Waterloo: Doris also spoke to Dr. Kenneth McLaughlin's first year history class at University of Waterloo, relating family genealogy to history.

Simcoe: Norfolklore Genealogy Fair, our booth was staffed by our volunteers.

Port Rowan: Cathy Thompson UE, in costume, taught tin can punching and bannock baking with Grade Three classes at Backus Conservation Area.

Brantford: Cathy spoke to the Ontario Genealogical Society in

Projects 2014 continue: Listing Loyalists sons and daughters who settled in Norfolk, including Windham and Oakland and Burford and locating their lots on a plot plan is well under way. The Project is initiated for Haldimand and Brant.  Note: Please submit information.

Donations: 1) Bernice Wood-Flett UELAC Scholarship Fund $100.00; 2) Loyalist Library--Norfolk Historical Society Collection $350.00 and $172.00 to purchase bookshelf to house Grand River Branch archives and books on deposit there for the use of researchers; 3) $100.00 to the Saskatchewan--UEL Cairn project; 4) Funding for the Grey-Bruce Branch Founders' Meeting; and 5) Purchase of overhead transparencies and ink for classroom presentations at Eva Brook Donly Museum, Simcoe.  We acknowledge an Ontario Ministry of Culture $1,100.00 Heritage Grant, which makes education/outreach possible.

19 June 2005--Loyalist Day Tree Planting--everyone invited! St. John's Anglican Church, Woodhouse, Simcoe. Information: 519-428-4177

Fall 2005

Grand River 

Loyalist Day, 19 June 2005, was celebrated at St. John's Anglican Church, Woodhouse, on the outskirts of Simcoe, Ontario. A strawberry social was followed by interesting histories of three Loyalists buried in the nearby churchyard: Abraham A. Rapelje UE by Bill Terry, Jonathan William UE by Suzanne Hines and Ephriam Tisdale UE by Jed Tisdale.

A piper led a parade to the churchyard where the Branch donated a Sweet Gum Tree, requested by the church board, to replace aged Carolinian trees. The tree is a descendant of seed brought to Port Dover in 1795.  Doris Wilson, Honorary Vice President, performed the official sod turning.  A reporter from the Port Dover Maple Leaf newspaper covered the event and we received great press.

St. John's Anglican Woodhouse Cemetery is the first of three to be chosen by the Branch wherein Loyalist burial sites will be identified with a sign "Loyalist Burial Site”.  The Branch gratefully acknowledges the grant from the UELAC for this project.

The meeting followed the Williams reunion when Doris Ann Lemon introduced her book, Loyalist Captain Jonathan Williams and Mary Titus of Norfolk.  Copies were donated to the Eva Brook Donly Museum, Simcoe, to the Ontario Genealogical Society and to the UELAC.

Loyalists in the Long Point Settlement and Loyalists on the Grand, with names and lot locations, continue to be collected and placed on a plot map.  An invitation is extended to all UEs to submit names to Doris Ann Lemon.

Loyalist Families of Members of the
Grand River Branch. Volume II, is still in the planning stage.  A setback occurred when the Ontario Trillium Foundation turned down the application on the grounds that the book had limited appeal for the amount requested.  We will now consider the reinstated Federal New Horizons program.

Spring 2006

Grand River

Education/Outreach Chairperson

The $ 450.00 grant from the UELAC provided three plaques at cemeteries wherein Loyalists are buried: Old Woodhouse, Vittoria and Old Windham. Three more will be chosen in 2006 including Burford.

Copies of Sarah's Diary are hardbound.  One was presented to Doris Wilson, the author, in appreciation of the book. Copies will be donated to the National Library and the Ontario Minister of Education.

Classroom presentations were given in Simcoe, Brantford and Caledonia.

Loyalist history presentations were given at various locations: Palmerston UCW, IODE Simcoe, OGS Woodstock, East Plains, Burlington and Hamilton Mountain Heritage Society.

Our display was hosted at Heritage Days in Kitchener, Port Maitland and Waterloo.

A very special meeting was written and presented by Suzanne Hines: History and Tea with Mrs. Simcoe, with Cathy Thompson in full period costume.  A proper tea followed a Powerpoint history lesson.  It was great fun to see Suzanne seated at a state-of-the-art machine in period costume.  The enjoyable programme is highly recommended to other Branches.

Our annual heritage grant, for which we thank the Ministry, provided $ 350.00 for the Loyalist Library at Eva Brook Donly Museum and $ 100.00 for the Bernice Wood Flett Scholarship Fund. The projects for the balance of the grant will be decided upon in March.

Applications with the Federal New Horizons Program, if successful, will provide funds to publish Loyalist Families of Members of the Grand River Branch UELAC Volume II. Members are already working on submissions.

Project 2014--Loyalists in the Long Point Settlement and Along the Grand.  Names for these two projects and pertinent information will continue to be collected. Descendants are invited to submit their ancestors' names for Haldimand, Norfolk, Brant Counties, etc.

Doris Ann Lemon UE

Fall 2006

Grand River

WEB SITE: Web Master, David Morrison UE, reports the number of visitors January to May 2006 was 25,771 with 112,211 hits.

LOYALIST BURIAL SITE PLAQUE: With a grant from UELAC, plaques were designed and placed at three local cemeteries by Cathy Thompson and Marilyn Haslinger assisted by Don Thompson, Bob and Monica McCarey and Bill and Carol Terry.  In 2006, with a further grant, we plan to mark: Pioneer at
Oakland; St. John's Anglican, Woodhouse; Doan's Hollow and, if funds hold, Johnson in St. Williams and two others to be determined.

GIRL GUIDE--GOLD CORD was presented in a special ceremony at Backus Conservation Area to our Youth Member April McCarey by Branch Genealogist Cathy Thompson who had assisted April in achieving this. Cathy presented April with her UELAC Certificate as well.  We extend hearty congratulations to April.

Education Outreach: Bill Terry made a presentation at the Slocomb Reunion which included Kniffen, Bowlby, Ryerse, Lemon, Williams and other Norfolk descendants. Cathy Thompson spoke at South Walsingham--Port Rowan Heritage Association and Anglican Church Women in Port Rowan. Doris Lemon and Jim Sweet had the Branch display at Heritage Day in Kitchener. Doris Lemon held four genealogy workshops in Waterloo and had a Loyalist and artefact display in Luther Village for three months. Fred and Dora Mae Blayney had a display there of their Royal Family collection.

South West Regional Meeting, London, Apri1 2006: Many Branch members attended and appreciated the excellent program and sharing of information.  The "Tea with Mrs. Simcoe" costumed presentation by Members Cathy Thompson as Mrs. Simcoe, Marilyn Branch as narrator, and Sue Hines as Director with Power-point presentation was well received.

We thank Regional Vice President Fred Hayward UE for the guidance he provided the Branches during his terra of office and wish him well as Senior Vice President.

GRAND RIVER BRANCH Vol. II. Book Editorial Board, chaired by Irene MacCrimmon, is accepting chapters from Members for this forthcoming book. The Ontario Trillium Foundation denied our 2005 request for funding, "due to limited interest".  A new application was submitted in June, 2006. Chapter guidelines and eligibility may be obtained from maccrimmonirene1212@hotmail.com

By Doris Ann Lemon UE,
Education/Outreach Chair

Spring 2007

Grand River

Our education/outreach projects encountered three Grade 7 classrooms in Simcoe. Students experienced Loyalist studies and writing with quill pens, as well as costumed presentations by Marilyn Haslinger and Imogen Givens.  Marilyn Branch spoke at the Women's Probus Clubs of Burlington and Brantford.  Marilyn Branch, Sue Hines and Cathy Thompson presented "Tea With Mrs. Simcoe" at a Gov. Simcoe Branch meeting. Doris Marcellus continued our interest in Chiefswood, the girlhood home of Pauline Johnson and attended meetings.  Four genealogy workshops were held by Doris Lemon in Waterloo.  Cathy Thompson spoke at South Walsingham Heritage Association and Anglican Church Women, both in Port Rowan. Marilyn McDonald took a display to the 222nd Haldimand Proclamation Anniversary Celebration at the Six Nations Community Hall.

At Heritage Fairs in Dunnville, Port Maitland and Simcoe, our display was hosted by: Jim Sweet, Cathy Thompson, Alison Smith, Cynthia Stapells, Doris Lemon, Sue Hines, Rob McCarey, Carol Terry and Bill Terry.  Member Angela Files received a Provincial Heritage Award for Heritage and History in the community.  She gave twenty-one talks on Black History, with the focus on the Grand River area.  The Branch is grateful for a $1,100 Ontario Heritage Grant that makes possible education/outreach projects and our annual donation of $350 to the Norfolk Historical Society and $100 to the UELAC Scholarship fund.  Loyalist Burial Sites: Cemeteries designated this year: Pioneer, Oakland; St. John's Anglican, Woodhouse; Doan's Hollow; Johnson Cemetery, St. Williams; and Greenwood Cemetery, Waterford.

Loyalist Families of Members of The
Grand River Branch UELAC Vol. II. Chapters are invited from members of Grand River Branch.  Please submit chapters to Irene MacCrimmon, 5 Village Crossing West, Guelph, N1G 4X7.  For info. e-mail: irenemaccrimmon 1212"at"hotmail.com.

Loyalists--Sons and Daughters--in the Long Point Settlement: As part of our 2014 Project, we are collecting names, histories and settlement lot numbers. Please submit to Doris Ann Lemon, 525-139 Father David William Bauer Drive
, Waterloo, N2L 6L1. E-mail: hlemon"at"jubilation.uwaterloo.

By Doris Ann Lemon UE, Education/Outreach Chair

Fall 2007

Grand River

Ontario Volunteer Awards 2007 were presented at Bingeman Park, Kitchener. Irene MacCrimmon (30 years) and Jim Sweet (10 years) received awards for service to Grand River Branch.  Cathy Thompson, dressed as Mrs Simcoe, has made presentations to two Grade Seven Classes, one in Port Rowan and one in Ingersoll. The presentations included writing with quill pens.

Six Loyalist Burial Ground plaques will be erected this summer.  The following have already been erected--Port Ryerse Memorial Church Cemetery, Port Ryerse, Neal Memorial United Church Cemetery, Port Rowan; Fairview Cemetery, Fisherville and Boston Pioneer Cemetery, Boston. When the other two plaques have been erected, a total of fifteen cemeteries in the Long Point Settlement will have been plaqued.
Norfolk County, Brant County and local cemetery boards have been very receptive and helpful.  If any other Branch is interested in erecting plaques, please contact Cathy Thompson, dandc"at"execulink.com or Marilyn Haslinger, mhaslinger"at"sympatico.ca.

Loyalist Families of the
Grand River Vol. II. Members of the Grand River Branch are invited to submit chapters to Irene MacCrimmon, 5 Village Crossing West, Guelph, N1G4X7.  For info. E-mail: irenemaccrimmon 1212"at"hotmail.com.

Loyalists--Sons and Daughters--in the Long Point Settlement: As part of our 2014 Project, we are collecting names, histories and settlement lot numbers. Please submit to DorisAnn Lemon, 525-139 Father David Bauer Drive, Waterloo, N2L 6L1. E-mail: hlemon" at "jubilation.uwaterloo.

Marilyn McMillan UE, Branch Secretary

Spring 2008

Grand River

Eight more United Empire Loyalist Burial Ground plaques were erected in 2007 at the following cemeteries--Memorial Church Cemetery, Port Ryerse; Neal Memorial Church, Port Rowan; Quaker Pioneer Cemetery, Norwich; Fairview Cemetery, Forestville; Boston Cemetery, Boston; Hazen Cemetery, Port Rowan; McQueen Cemetery, Port Rowan and St Mary's Cemetery, Highway 2, Brantford.

Col. Samuel Ryerse UE and his wife, Sarah Underhill Ryerse, along with Abraham Sells UE and his wife, Mary, are the United Empire Loyalists who are buried at the Memorial Church Cemetery, Port Ryerse.

The Loyalist burials at Neal Memorial Church, Port Rowan are Rev. George Neal UE and his wife, Mary Cope (Cronk) Neal.

Samuel Moore UE is buried at the Quaker Pioneer Cemetery, Norwich.

John Kern UE and his wife, Charity, are in the Fairview Cemetery, Forestville.

The graves of Peter Fairchild UE and John Johnson UE are in the Boston Cemetery.

Daniel Hazen UE and his wife, Catherine (Lewis) Hutcheson, are the United Empire Loyalists who are buried in the Hazen Cemetery, Port Rowan.

McQueen Cemetery, Port Rowan is the final resting place of Daniel McQueen UE. The Loyalist burials at the St. Mary's Cemetery, Brantford are John Files UE and his wife, Sarah.

The launch of Loyalist Families of the Grand River Volume II is planned for our meeting on 20 April 2008 at the Norfolk Heritage Centre, Simcoe, Ontario.

Loyalist Families of the Grand River Volume I is now in CD format and is available for sale.

By Marilyn McMillan UE, Branch Secretary

Fall 2008

Grand River

Grand River Branch was thrilled to welcome The Honourable David C. Onley, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario and Mrs. Ruth Ann Onley to their July 20 meeting at Spruce Row Museum, Waterford.  Mrs. Onley grew up in Simcoe and is a descendent of Timothy Culver and Lucas Dedrick.

An historical re-enactment of a meeting between Governor and Mrs. John Graves Simcoe and Aaron and Mrs. Culver was offered.  Aaron and his wife learned that the Simcoes were in the area of what is now Simcoe, Ontario, and took gifts of fresh baked white bread and watermelons to them.  It has been recorded that the Governor and Mrs. Simcoe were impressed with the gifts and that Governor Simcoe possessed a good sense of humour.  Aaron Culver sought permission to erect a mill, which Governor Simcoe is reported to have approved, with the proviso that a loaf of fresh bread be presented to the Governor when he should from time to time pass through the area.  Lieutenant Governor Onley and Mrs. Onley were served fresh watermelon and bread, in keeping with Governor Simcoe's direction.

His Honour and Grand River Branch had been able to keep the presentation of the certificates secret.  After his Honour presented Mrs. Onley with the certificates she joked, "Should I shake his hand?"  Then she kissed him.  His Honour, who grew up in Midland, said that he enjoys coming to Norfolk County because it reminds him of his childhood.  He continued, "It helps to emphasize your roots and realize how deep they go.  With all the travelling and moving everyone does in these modern times, it's important to date back.  That's what we're doing here today."  The Onleys are great advocates for their own heritage as well as
Ontario's and Canada's and said they were pleased to assist in these types of celebrations.  He said, "Our institutions here in Ontario date back a long time into our roots.  There was a great amount of effort in our nation's development."

Loyalist Day was celebrated on June 22nd at historic Christ Church, Vittoria.  Special guest, Dominion President Peter Johnson, brought greetings.  Loyalist flags were presented to Christ Church and the Vittoria Foundation.  After the unveiling of a United Empire Loyalist Burial Ground Plaque at the Vittoria United Church Cemetery by Dominion President, Peter Johnson and Central West Vice-President, Bonnie Schepers, members went on a self guided walking tour of Vittoria and the three local cemeteries where Loyalists are buried.  The celebrations concluded with a picnic buffet provided by the Vittoria Women's Institute at the Old Town Hall.

Branch members from across the Central West Region were invited to come together at St. Paul's Cathedral, London, for a Service of Celebration and Remembrance of the 225th Anniversary of the Landing of the Loyalists in Nova Scotia, to pay tribute to the lives of their ancestors, to honour their courage and to recognize the contribution these individuals made in settling our beautiful country.  This service took place at
11:00 a.m. on Sunday September 21st.  A reception followed in Cronyn Hall with displays by the Branches of the Central West Region.

Work continues on Loyalist Families of the
Grand River, Volume II.

Six more United Empire Loyalist Burial Ground Plaques were erected in 2008 bringing the total to twenty-three plaques erected.  Grand River Branch is grateful for the help that the Grants Committee, UELAC has provided for this project.

Mea culpa: The McQueen Cemetery is in
Port Dover not Port Rowan as stated in the Spring 2008 Gazette.

By Marilyn McMillan UE, Branch Secretary

Spring 2009

Grand River

Branch members from across the Central West Region came together at St. Paul's Cathedral, London on Sunday, 21 September, for a Service of Celebration and Remembrance of the 225th Anniversary of the Landing of the Loyalists in Nova Scotia.

The Grand River Branch UELAC is pleased to announce the publication of Volume II Loyalist Families of the Grand River.  During the past two years members of the Branch have submitted the stories of their Loyalist ancestor(s) along with three generation charts and direct line charts.

In some cases, where the ancestor had already been included in Volume I, the member has added new details about their own family.  The submissions have included pictures, charts, maps etc.  Although publication of the book will occur in March of 2009, the actual costs are not yet known.  It is the plan, however, to offer the book in hard cover, soft cover and CD format.

Loyalist Families of the Grand River, Volume I is now available on CD at the cost of $24.00 including shipping. Make cheque or money order payable to Grand River Branch UELAC and send request to Sue Hines. 12-590 Millbank Drive, London, ON N6E 2H2.

Grand River Branch will be continuing with their project of signing United Empire Loyalist Burial Grounds in 2009.

By Marilyn McMillan UE, Branch Secretary

Fall 2009

Grand River

Grand River Branch plans to continue their project of plaquing United Empire Loyalist Burial Grounds. The following cemeteries have been proposed for plaquing in 2009: Clear Creek Cemetery, Houghton Township, Norfolk County where Loyalist Jacob Becker UE is buried is one of the cemeteries. Another is Hillcrest Cemetery, Charlotteville Township, Norfolk County.  Loyalist Lawrence Johnson UE is buried in this cemetery. Port Royal Cemetery, South Walsingham Township, Norfolk County is the resting place of John Peter Fick UE.  Loyalist Wynant Williams UE is buried in Port Dover Cemetery and Lucas Dedrick UE is buried in Bayview Cemetery, Port Rowan. Two cemeteries in Brantford, Greenwood and Batson (Tranquility), have Loyalist burials and will have plaques erected as well.

Loyalist Families of the Grand River Volume II was launched by Grand River Branch UELAC at its meeting in March.  The book contains stories of Loyalist ancestors of members of the Branch along with three generation charts and direct line charts, for $95.00, or in CD format for $30.00, each including shipping.

Loyalist Families of the Grand River, Volume I is also available for $25.00, including shipping. Make cheque or money order payable to Grand River Branch UELAC and send request to Marilyn Haslinger,
13 Charles St., Simcoe, Ontario N3Y 1Z5.

Grand River Branch's charter was presented on 29 September 1974
.  Thirty fifth Anniversary Celebrations took place on 20 September 2009 with a dinner at the Oakland Community Centre, Oakland, Ontario.  Dominion President, Frederick H. Hayward UE, was the after-dinner speaker.

By Marilyn McMillan, Branch Secretary


Grand River Branch

United Empire Loyalists' Association of Canada





' Paths of Rebellion : New York in the American Revolution' - (1976)

In 1976, the Bicentennial of the United States generated an abundance of patriotic enthusiasm, including the usual bric-a-brac of tsotchkes and odes to the American experience in speeches, print and film.

The following video, 'Paths to Rebellion: New York in the American Revolution', was produced in 1976 by New York City PBS affiliate WNET/13 and is presented here, in part, because of the focus on the United Empire Loyalists as well as interviews by prominent Loyalist personalities and historians such as UELAC Dominion Past President Lionel Merrill UE; Murray Killman UE; Ross Butler UE and Brigadier Willis Moogk, PhD., O.B.E..

Although containing several glaring gaffes, given the Bicentennial fervour and patriotism of the time, these clips present a surprisingly frank assessment of the Loyalist historical position.

A step back to the past... with a view of landmarks, events and locations every Loyalist will recognise. 

Also included is a scene of an unknown UEL Branch meeting of some 35 years ago; Part 2, from 5:02 to 6:17.  Can anybody identify the Branch??

'Paths of Rebellion : New York in the American Revolution' : Part 1 of 3



'Paths of Rebellion : New York in the American Revolution' : Part 2 of 3


'Paths of Rebellion : New York in the American Revolution' : Part 3 of 3