Picture Credit: The Brigade of the American Revolution (BAR)
"Although the incidence of loyalism was greatest among crown officials, Anglican clergy, social and economic elites, and cultural minorities, the King's friends came from all racial, religious, ethnic, economic, class, and occupational groups. Some were called Whig-Loyalists, who opposed British policies but also rejected secession. Sometimes families were divided: Benjamin Franklin's son William was a loyalist. Vested interest, temperament, or political philosophy could separate Patriot from Loyalist."
"As much as the Patriots did, the Loyalists put their lives, fortunes, and honor on the line during the Revolution. Besides those who served in the regular British Army, some 19,000 men fought in over 40 Loyalist units, the largest of which was Cortlandt Skinner's New Jersey Volunteers Refugees gathered in British-occupied New York City, where the Board of Associated Loyalists, headed by William Franklin, helped direct military activities. During the war, Crown supporters suffered physical abuse, ostracism, disenfranchisement, confiscation of property, imprisonment, banishment, even death. However, only 4,118 Loyalists requested compensation from Britain's Royal Claims Commission after the war, receiving a total of about 3,000,000 pounds."
"The Revolution forced approximately 100,000 persons, 2.4 percent of the population (compared with 0.5 percent in the French Revolution), into exile. Some refugees went to England, others to Florida or the Caribbean; at least half went to Canada, where the new colony of New Brunswick was created (1784) to meet their demands for lands and recognition. The United Empire Loyalists, a hereditary organization created by the Canadian government in 1789 to honor those who rallied to the crown before the peace of 1783, remains today the Loyalist counterpart to the Sons and Daughters of the American Revolution."
(See Addresses at bottom of this page)
- Larry R. Gerlach (Bibliography: Allen, R., ed., The Loyal Americans (1983); Brown, W., The King's Friends (1965); Calhoon, R. C., The Loyalist Perception and Other Essays (1989); Colley, L., In Defense of Oligarchy (1982). Copyright (c) Grolier Electronic Publishing, Inc
Much of the population of Digby County can be attributed, not only to Loyalist settlement, but many of
those loyalists had been members of the New Jersey Volunteers. Click on an example of a Muster
Roll of New Jersey Volunteers (NJV) in Capt Peter Rutan's Company of the
4th Battalion, NJV
If you wish to look further into Loyalist genealogy, or know your true line and wish to become a member of the United Empire Loyalists, here are some helpful addresses you should note:
The address for the Halifax / Dartmouth Branch is:
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