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  • ID: I62
  • Name: James FITCHETT
  • Suffix: U.E.
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: 4 NOV 1766 in Poughkeepsie, Dutchess Co., New York Province
  • Death: 2 FEB 1859 in Bath, Ontario, Canada
  • Burial: 11 FEB 1859 St. Paul's Anglican Church Cem., Ward 3, S. Fredericksburgh, L&A Co., Ontario, Canada 1
  • Note: 2 3 2 4 5 6 2

    Loyalist Cultural Centre, Adolphustown, Ontario:
    James Fitchett:
    Born: November 04, 1766, Poughkeepsie, New York Province, to Joseph and Sarah (nee Dillea)
    Died: February 02, 1859, Napanee Ontario (buried - St. Paul?s Anglican Church, Sandhurst)

    According to the 1851 census of Fredericksburgh township, James Fitchett was born in New York Province. He was eleven years old when the Revolutionary War broke out in 1776. His older brothers had joined the army and although he was only 4?8? tall and just 15 years old when the 2nd Battalion of the Kings Royal Regiment of New York was raised on July 21, 1780, he was enlisted as a drummer. Contrary to belief that a drummer was just that, a person who beat a drum with a stick, whereas in truth a drummer was ranked as a Corporal and were thus paid, but they did not do duty in the line as such. Their duties were as signallers, administrators of discipline and collectors of casualties. A stained glass window in St. Alban?s Church on Highway 33, Sandhurst, Ontario is in commemoration of this brave young man, who in the heat of battle would run between the lines of fire collecting his wounded comrades. An affidavit states he came into the Province of Upper Canada in 1780 and had continued to reside therein since. He first settled in Fredericksburgh where he received 2 conc. 1, and lot 7, conc. 2, as his Order In Council for being a Loyalist. The assessment roll of 1808 shows he owned 100 acres, had 50 cultivated, constructed a round log home, had 3 horses and 7 cattle. This building was destroyed by fire and a new stone house was built on lot 7 conc. 2, Fredericksburgh, about 1830.

    Served as a private (drummer) in Sir John Johnston?s Second Battalion, King?s Royal Regiment of New York, Roger?s Rangers. Enlisted May 22nd 1780 during Sir Johnston?s expedition to Johnstown New York to relieve and bring out distressed Loyalist families. Served for a period of three years, nine months, being discharged in 1784.

    Settled in Upper Canada, Township of Fredericksburgh, in 1780. Petitioned for land in 1786 - Land Board of Stormont and Glengarry 200 Eastern District (U.E.), Provisional List (P.L.) 1786.

    Married Elizabeth Young (born November 12 1780; died December 03, 1854) August 29 1796 in Bath Ontario, by Reverend John Langhorn, Anglican Missionary.

    Elizabeth petitioned for land as a daughter of Young loyalist, with a recommendation of 200 acres as a U.E., granted July 08, 1797.

    The 1851 Census of Fredericksburg Township shows Elizabeth and James Fitchett both born in New York state and members of the Church of England.

    1851 Census: South Fredericksburgh Township, District One, Lennox & Addington Counties, Ontario
    Fitchet, James Farmer NY State 86 M
    Fitchet, Elizabeth NY State 70 M
    Fitchet, Mary Ann CW 40 S
    Fitchet, Elizabeth CW Fred 13 S

    Assessment Roll of 1808 shows James Fitchett in possession of 100 acres, 50 cultivated and 50 uncultivated, a home of round log construction and three horses and seven cattle. This building was destroyed by fire and a new stone house was built on lot 7 conc. 2, Fredericksburgh, ca. 1830.

    The house erected on the ashes of the old log building has seen many changes. The basement and fireplace for cooking were reached by spiral stairs, (now removed) and by a south walk-in entrance. (in many of the early homes in the 18th or 19th century, cooking used to be done on the lower level and sent up to the dining area by means of a dumb-waiter.)

    Inside one notes the finished ceiling beams, the open book shelves, the detailed carving on the parlour fireplace, and the thick stone walls.

    Outside, many changes are visable with the addition of a summer kitchen, a dormer window in the roof and a covered porch with gingerbread carving along-the upright 'posts.

    The house, is now owned by Walter Hanbridge of Westmount, near Montreal, Quebec, and he graciously gave permission for Mrs. Duncan Hough to act as our guide.

    James and Elizabeth are buried together in St. Paul?s Anglican church cemetery, Sandhurst, Ontario.
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    taken from "Loyalist Vignettes & Sketches UE Loyalists" - published by Simcoe Branch UEL Association 1984:
    James Fitchett, Loyalist
    by. J. Paul Denter
    Born November 4, 1766 in Poughkeepsie in the Province of New York to Joseph and Sarah Fitchett. James Fitchett was the descendant of a long line of North American settlers going back some five generations and boasting at least one great grandparent, Cerise Fitchett, of mixed French and Oneida blood. From early records it would appear that the family was originally of Huguenot descent, having fled from Belgium to America via England.
    According to family legend, the original Fitchett landed in New Amersterdam in the year 1623 on the third ship to arrive with settlers.
    Little is known of James or his family prior to the time of the colonial rebellion. We do know, however, that he was illiterate, being able later in life only to render his mark on his marriage certificate. The year 1780 found him and his family living, not in Poughkeepsie, but in Johnstown.
    James served with the regiment King's Royal Yorkers for a period of three years and nine months, being discharged or reduced in 1784 at the age of eighteen. James settled in the Township of Fredericksburg. Here James made a petition for his entitlement of two hundred acres as a private in the King's Royal Regiment of New York to the Land Board of Stormont Glengarry -- 200 Eastern District, Provision List 1786.
    The Reverend John Langhorn officiated at the wedding of James Fitchett and Elizabeth Young who was also of Loyalist stock. Langhorn being an Anglican missionary, and the banns having been read on August 7, 14 and 21 in accordance with law and custom, there ceremony took place in St. John's Anglican Church in Bath, Ontario on August 19th in the year 1796. The following year, 1797, Elizabeth petitioned for a land grant as a daughter of STEVEN YOUNG, Loyalist and was granted two hundred acres July 8, 1797.
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    Quite a bit is written about James in Canadian Loyalist History. He served in the 2nd Battalion of the Kings Royal Reserves as a drummer from 22 May 1780 to 1784. James and Elizabeth had 14 children: Sarah, Joseph, Mary Ann, Margaret, Elizabeth, Catherine, Hannah, Eleanor, Simon Peter, David, Moses, John, JAMES b-4 Jan 1811, and AARON b-30 Mar 1819.

    List of officers, non-commissioned officers and men of the King's Royal Regiment of New York who settled in the eastern part of Upper Canada. Copied from "The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada," published in 1885.
    R. R. N. Y.- King's Royal Regiment of New York (Sir John Johnson's Corps.)
    NAMES. RESIDENCE. REGIMENT.
    ...
    Fitchet, James Fredericksburgh R. R. N. Y.
    Fitchet, Richard,
    (Fitchell) do 84th
    Fitchet, Joseph E. District R. R. N. Y.
    ...
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    This information was written on and envelope containing face powder. It was in the collection of Ella G. Smith. It is written in pen probably in E. G. Smith's hand. The envelope was addressed to her.
    "Fitchett - young to Canada from eastern states - 12 in family - Landed in Adolphustown July 1st 1784. Anchored in creek - blown by storm which lasted a few days - decided to settle there - across on Hay Bay a bunch of flat bottom boats came together - boat driven in where church stands to-day."

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    WILL of James Fitchett the Elder, Yeoman.
    June 24, 1859 1 B-2-936, pg 537
    He leaves the west half of lot 7 and house to his wife Elizabeth, for her life. After Elizabeth's death, farm north of road, and north half of house to daughter Mary Ann, rest to son John, but if John is a bad farmer, Elizabeth can turf him out and rent out the land. In that case, estate is sold and divided equally among the family, which includes Joseph and Elizabeth.

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    QUIT CLAIM: Jan'y 27, 1866 B-3-320, P9 343
    $1,185.00
    John buys all land north of the road, (54 acres) from his relatives, Elizabeth Benn, Catherine Holbert, James Fitchett of Fredricksburgh, George & Eleanor Smith of Camden, David Fitchett, Aaron Fitchett, & Moses Fitchett, all of Huntingdon

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    QUIT CLAIM: Dec'r 2nd, 1870 B-6-1323

    John pays Joseph Fitchett and his wife Mary, $55.00 for his
    share of the north-west quarter of lot 7 concession 2.
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    Date of burial from burial records signed by Robert Harding

    1808 Assessment
    Fredericksburgh Township
    [Includes both North and South Fredericksburgh]
    Fitchett, James 50 50 Round Log 3 4 3 109.--.--

    Crown Deeds
    Fredericksburgh Township
    [Includes both North and South Fredericksburgh]
    Fitchett, James Dec 31 1798 2 7 w 1/2 100

    The Loyalists In Ontario, Sons and Daughters of American Loyalists, Page 111
    Fitchett, James of Fredericksburgh. Soldier, K.R.R.N.Y. He had 12 children, see "Church", Feb 24, 1843

    1851 Census
    Fredericksburgh Township
    District One
    name given occ birth place age status
    Fitchett, James Farmer NY State 86 M
    Fitchett, Elizabeth NY State 70 M
    Fitchett, Mary Ann CW 40 S
    Fitchett, Elizabeth CW Fred 13 S
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    Father: Joseph F. FITCHETT b: ABT 1736 in Ulster Co., New York
    Mother: Sarah DILLEA b: 18 JUL 1725 in New York

    Marriage 1 Elizabeth YOUNG b: 11 NOV 1780 in Center Brunsburn, Brunswick, Rensselear Co., New York Province
    • Married: 29 AUG 1796 in Fredericksburgh, Lennox & Addington Co., Ontario 7
    Children
    1. Has No Children Sarah FITCHETT b: 2 NOV 1797 in South Fredericksburgh, Lennox & Addington Co., Ontario, Canada
    2. Has Children Joseph FITCHETT b: 14 OCT 1799 in South Fredericksburgh, Lennox & Addington Co., Ontario, Canada
    3. Has No Children Mary Ann FITCHETT b: 3 OCT 1801 in South Fredericksburgh, Lennox & Addington Co., Ontario, Canada
    4. Has No Children Margaret ?Peggy? Rombough FITCHETT b: 19 SEP 1803 in Fredericksburgh, Lennox & Addington Co., Ontario
    5. Has No Children Elizabeth FITCHETT b: 1 OCT 1804 in South Fredericksburgh, Lennox & Addington Co., Ontario, Canada
    6. Has Children Catherine FITCHETT b: 3 DEC 1807 in South Fredericksburgh, Lennox & Addington Co., Ontario, Canada
    7. Has No Children Hannah FITCHETT b: 15 DEC 1808 in South Fredericksburgh, Lennox & Addington Co., Ontario, Canada
    8. Has Children James FITCHETT b: 4 JAN 1811 in South Fredericksburgh, Lennox & Addington Co., Ontario, Canada
    9. Has Children Elsey Eleanor FITCHETT b: 7 APR 1813 in Sillsville, South Fredericksburgh Township, Lennox & Addington Co., Ontario, Canada
    10. Has No Children Simon Peter FITCHETT b: 10 JUN 1814
    11. Has Children David FITCHETT b: 25 SEP 1815 in South Fredericksburgh, Lennox & Addington Co., Ontario, Canada
    12. Has Children Aaron FITCHETT b: 30 MAR 1819 in Fredericksburgh Township, Lennox & Addington Co., Ontario
    13. Has Children Moses FITCHETT b: 10 JUL 1821 in Fredericksburgh Township, Lennox & Addington Co., Ontario
    14. Has Children John FITCHETT b: 19 JAN 1825 in Sillsville, South Fredericksburgh Township, Lennox & Addington Co., Ontario, Canada

    Sources:
    1. Text: http://www.sfredheritage.on.ca/cemetopen.html
    2. Text: Information from ?A FITCHETT PEDIGREE: The FITCHETT Family Tree? compiled from works of Gerald Merrick, James Groves, Audrey Condon Delaney, and records from the Church of Latter Day Saints; transcribed by Sharon Irene Bailey Nielsen, 1 May 1995, (tcpools2@email.msn.com).
    3. Text: The South Fredericksburgh Heritage Committee, Susan Wright, E-mail: susan@ihorizons.net web site: http://www.sfredheritage.on.ca/heritageopen.html
    4. Text: Information provided by "Gail Faibish": gfaibish@rogers.com
    5. Text: From the book 'Lunenburgh, or the Old Eastern District', By J. F. Pringle, Judge County Court. Published in 1890.
      http://www.tbaytel.net/bmartin/84threg.htm
      Early Ontario Records: http://www.tbaytel.net/bmartin/earlyont.htm
    6. Text: Information provided by Russel Patterson: sharruss@kingston.net
    7. Text: Fredericksburgh Marriages up to 1925: http://www.sfredheritage.on.ca/marryEF.html
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