Nicholas Lake, 1755 - 1805

Nicholas Lake, UE

c 1750- bef. Aug 1803

Sidney Township, Hastings County

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Why I am interested in this family.
Phoebe Lake, daughter of Nicholas Lake, married a John Smith so I needed to know more about Nicholas Lake to help identify which John Smith she married. It is my conclusion that Phoebe Lake married John Smith, the son of
James Smith Esq, who first settled at the mouth of the Trent River. See the argument more fully developed in section 9 of the above web page on James Smith Esq.

In 1797 Nicholas petitions that he has 10 children and interestingly all ten survived to adulthood and petitioned as sons and daughters of the loyalist. They are identified below with transcriptions of the records found so far. More contemporary records are welcome - send them along if you wish. Thanks to Debra North for her major help in identifying the parents of Nicholas Lake.

Randy Saylor 2019



This is a long web page so use these links to jump up and down.

  1. Overview
  2. Parents: John Lake and Margaret Snyder - updated Jan 2020
  3. Nicholas Lake records
  4. A Chart of the 10 children of Nicholas Lake and his wife, Rhody Broadwell.
  5. Records for each child
    1. Margaret
    2. Phebe
    3. Elizabeth
    4. Hannah
    5. Richard
    6. Mary
    7. Sarah
    8. John
    9. Letty
    10. James
  6. Other LAKE loyalists
1. OVERVIEW
Nicholas Lake is mistakenly identified in a number of on line lineages as being born on 18 May 1755, White Creek, Rensselaer Co., New York. Below is evidence that he was born about 1750 in Somerset Co, NJ and his parents were John Lake and Margaret Snyder. Nicholas married Rhoda Broadwell. Rhoda is named in the Family Bible of Mary (Reed) Pake, bought in 1842, now in possession of Bessie Mifflin, Picton (1999). Source: Family, Yours, Mine & Ours by John E. Holden, Utah, 1999. A copy is available from the Canadiana Room, North York Library, Toronto (929.2 Holden) and the Quinte Branch OGS in Trenton, page 140

The baptisms of their first five children name the parents as Nicholas Leek/Leeck/Lake and Rhoda Bradwel/Broadwel while residing in White Creek, Washington Co., NY and the children were baptized 18 miles away in Schaghticoke, Rensselaer, NY. Other records show that the 6th and 7th children were also born in NY and the last three children were born in Upper Canada. Nicholas Lake is confirmed in affidavits to be the eldest son of John Lake Senior UE.

In Nicholas's two petitions and one Loyalist Claim he states that he joined in 1777 under General Burgoyne, was taken prisoner after Burgoyne's defeat and employed in intelligence. He also states that he was a private in Col Peters Regiment.

In 1797 he declares that he has a wife and ten children, 3 are boys and the youngest is 3, with one married.

In the various petitions of his children it is stated that he first settled in Ernestown and then later in Sidney Township. A few also declare that he was "late of Thurlow" at the end of his life.

The Aug 1803 petition of his daughter Hannah states that Nicholas is deceased. This is the earliest record determining his death to be before Aug 1803.



2. PARENTS: JOHN LAKE and MARGARET SNYDER
Many genealogies have John Lake and Margaret Snyder as the parents of Nicholas Lake but none seen so far cite their sources. Debra North has traced the family as it moved from Somerset NJ in 1761 to White Creek, Washington Co., NY. Another source worth examining is Dr HC Burleigh Fonds, online at Queens Univ, Hogle/Lake folder, pages 8-10. It outlines the will of grandfather Nicholas Lake and has a lineage of descendants. A major resource is A genealogy of the Lake family of Great Egg Harbour in Old Gloucester County in New Jersey, Adams, Arthur; Risley, Sarah Anna, 1915, online at archive.org

This John Lake was the son of an older Nicholas Lake and the family lived in NJ. The baptism of their son Christopher indicates the location in 1755 and they were still in NJ in 1761 when James was baptized.
Source: US Dutch Reformed Church Records in Selected States, 1639-1989, NJ, Six Mile Run, New Millstone North Branch and Six Mile Run, 1, Book 76, Ancestry; Baptism, 18 May 1755 of Christoffel Leek, parents Jan Leek and Margrietje and later 17 May 1761 for Jakobus Leek.

John Lake Sr had brothers James, Nicholas, Thomas and a sister Mary who married Arent Van Corlaer. These four brothers and sister and their families moved to the Van Corlaer Patent , Town of White Creek NY by 1761. They are named in an assessment on 21 Nov 1761. This John Lake was the Loyalist.
Source: Date and Names of Sundry patents in Washington Co., NY, NYGenweb, item E

Map of 5000 acres of Land on the east side of the Hudson River in the County of Albany. Surveyed for Arent Corlaer, Nicholas Lake Junr and others ... 15 Jul 1761, {White Creek, Washington County.}
Source: Catalogue of Maps and Surveys in the Offices of the Secretary of State .., Albany, 1851, 70, Google books.

Debra North writes that, "I believe John Lake and Margaret Snyder’s children are: Elizabeth circa 1748 (widow of Captain John Hogle who died at Saratoga 1777), Maria b 1749 (who married James Perrott/Parrott UE), Nicholas circa 1750 UE, Thomas UE circa 1753, Christopher UE baptized 1755, John UE circa 1759, James UE baptized 17 May 1760, and Mary circa 1768."

Nicholas Lake’s parentage is indicated through the estate of his sister Mary Parrott wife of Lt Col James Parrott. In 1818 Mary applied for land as the daughter of John Lake UEL. Mary or Maria's later headstone at Fourth Line United Church Cemetery in Ernestown states she died 10 Nov 1819 aged 70 yrs 8 mos. This gives her a birth date of about Mar 1749. Her father therefore would be John Lake Sr. UEL and not John Lake Jr UEL.
Source: https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/129946039

1818 Mary Perrott DUE
Oct 1818, The petition of Maria Perrott of the Township of Ernest Town.
Humbly sheweth that your petitioner is the daughter of John Lake late of the Township of Ernest Town a U.E. Loyalist that she is married to James Perrott Esquire late Lieutenant Colonel of the Addington Militia ... prays for 200 acres ..."
[fold 89c] recommended DUE Book J, p. 482
Source: UCLP, RG1 L3, LAC, V 404, P11/89, C-2135, starts at image 125

The key evidence stating that Nicholas Lake is the son of John Lake Senior is contained in a 29 page bundle of documents starting in 1850 where the will of James Parrott is contested. It is repetitive with a number of affidavits and requires careful reading.
Source: UCLP, RG1 L3, LAC, V 301, L6/41, C-2135, starts at image 652

In essence there are two competing claims for the land that Mary Parrott was granted as revealed by the above bundle of petitions and affidavits.
  1. Maria Perrott died without children or a will. The will of her husband James Parrott left her grant of land to John Lake (3) and James Lake, two sons of Nicholas Lake UE. The son John Lake (3) predeceased James Perrott leaving James Lake as the surviving claimant. Mary Parrott was the sister of John Lake (2) UE of Sidney. Mary was the daughter of John Lake (1) UE Senior of Ernestown and received a grant as a DUE. She died without children and intestate and her husband, James Parrott, in his will, bequeathed the land to the above James Lake and his brother John.
  2. Nicholas Lake of Rawdon is the son of Richard Lake who was the eledest son of Nicholas Lake UE of Sidney. Nicholas Lake UE of Sidney was the son of John Lake (1) UE of Ernestown and brother to John Lake (2) and brother to Mary who married James Parrott UE. Debra writes that, "Nicholas Lake of Rawdon contested James Parrott’s will. He felt he should get the land as he was Mary’s direct heir at law. The other men did not debate that Nicholas Lake of Rawdon was her heir. Their arguments were based solely on James Parrott’s will."
Below are excerpts from the bundle.
[41 and 41a] 18 Jul 1850, John Lake, Clarke Tp, ... the late Mary Perrott daughter of John Lake UE Loyalist died about 1823 and that her husband the late James Perrott died the following year leaving a will. Further that Mary Perrott gave the 200 acres that she was ... as DUE to this deponents father the late John Lake ... who gave the land to James Perrott the husband of the late Mary Perrot and that James Perrott devised the land to James and John Lake the deponents cousins ... that John Lake brother of James Lake is dead leaving a son James Lake of Sidney Tp
[41c] 5 Jan 1850, Certified extract from the will of James Perrott stating that "I also bequeath to John and James Lake sons of the late Nicholas Lake deceased Lot 27, Con 1, Otanabee Tp."
[41d] 28 Feb 1850, Petition of James Lake, Sidney, that by the will of James Parrott your petitioner along with his brother John Lake, now deceased, was devised of lot 27 Con 1 Otonabee ... was located by the wife of James Parrott ... has been patented to nother person ...
[41e and 41f] 25 Jul 1851, James Lake and John Lake sons of the late Nicholas Lake .... Mary Perrott of Ernestown wife of the late James Parrott and daughter of late John Lake UE was located 3 jan 1820 for lot 27 Con 1 Otonabee ... lt was in the year 1830 granted to Mr Lanhins? Burnham ... petition of Nicholas Lake of Rawdon Tp ...
[41g] 15 Jul 1850 Affidavit of Mary Fellows who was well acquainted with her Aunt Mary Parrott wife of late Lt Col James Parrott ... believes she died in March 1820
Affidavit of Nathan Fellows JP confirming his wife Mary Fellows is correct
Affidavit of Jane Lake widow of the late Benjamin Lake of Ernestownwas acquainted with her Aunt Mary Parrott ... and that she died in Mar or April of 1819 or 1820.
[41j] 7 August 1850, John Ness of Rawdon Tp yeoman makes oath that Nicholas Lake Esq of Rawdon is the only son of Richard Lake late of Rawdon who died in 1817 and who was the eldest son of Nicholas Lake late of Sidney who died about 40 years ago and who was the eldest brother of Mary Parrott wife of James Parrott of Ernestown Esquire that the said Nicholas Lake was the eldest son of the the late John Lake Senior of Ernestown a UE loyalist that the same Nicholas lake Esq or the heir at law to the same mary Parrott who was at the time of her death entitled 200 cares of land.
[41l] 24 Aug 1850, Nicholas Lake of Rawdon Esq makes oath he is the only son of Richard Lake of rawdon, yeoman, who died in 1817 and who was the eldest son of Nicholas Lake lat of Sidney who died about 40 years ago who was the eldest brother of Mary Parrott ....
[41n] 21 Jul 1851 Joseph Green makes oath .... Richard Lake died about 1827 and that Nicholas Lake the father of Richard died about 1820 or 1821 without making any will
[41o] 19 May 1851, Lewis Rosebush, Sidney, makes oath acquainted with Nicholas Lake of Rawdon Esq ... is the only son of Richard Lake ....
[41q] 15 Oct 1850,
[41s] 7 Aug 1850, Adam H Meyers, supports Nicholas lake J.P. of Rawdon is the grandson and heir at law of Nicholas Lake deceased eldest brother of Mary Perrott
[41u] 2 Apr 1851, Nicholas Lake of Rawdon .... Mary Perrot died without children
[41v and 41w] 1 Aug 1851 Committee recommends that the suggestion of the Commissioner of Crown Lands be approved and carried into effect. Approved in Council same day. The Commissioner reviews all the above affidavits and concludes that Nicholas Lake of Rawdon's claim should be subject to his father Richard Lake estate being proved. Debra North wrote, "The Council’s decision was that James’ Parrott’s will should not be followed as the land was given to Mary not as his wife but as John Lake’s daughter and therefore it should go to her heir."
[41x] 5 Aug 1850, claim by James Lake of Sidney son of John Lake ...

There is a Nicholas Lake who died at Bennington in 1777.
Debra North writes, "John Lake Sr UE of Ernestown, in addition to having a brother and a son named Nicholas, also had 2 other brothers who named a son Nicholas, all lived in the same area of NY. These later 2 men were about the same age as Nicholas UEL so they could have been the one killed. The record of the death is in James Parrott military diaries that are kept at Queen's University in Kingston, ON."



3. NICHOLAS LAKE RECORDS
1788 LOYALIST CLAIMS
27 Feb 1788, claim of John Lake; Elizabeth Hogal [Hogle], widow of Capt John Hogal, and Nicholas Lake Jr. It is not stated in the claim but John is the father of Elizabeth and Nicholas Jr. All claim for compensation.
Nicholas Lake late of Cambridge District, Albany Co, New York Province, says that in 1783 ...sent a claim to capt Covell to Saftsbury VT and from thence to NY it is dated in Dec 1783.
He is a native of NJ when war broke out he lived in Cambridge, joined Burgoyne at Shenesborough and remained with him till the convention when he returned home and has resided in the States ever since, he came to St Johns after Peace and staid 3 days and returned, he is now come to settle.
Thos Lake sworn Uncle says claimant joined Burgoyne in 1777 was taken prisoner and kept under Bonds ever since.
Capt Justus Sherwood says claimant joined his company in 1777 and behaved well - after the Convention he was desired to stay in the Country for some months for intelligence, but farther he cannot say.
Source: UK, American Loyalist Claims, 1776-1835, PRO, AO 12/33, on line at Ancestry, 88-90. Ancestry records that Nicholas last resided in North Carolina but this is not what is stated in the claim.

No claim by Nicholas Lake is listed in the well known resource below.
Source: Loyalist Claims for Losses:  The Second Report of The Bureau of Archives For the Province of Ontario, Subtitle: United Empire Loyalists, Enquiry into the Losses and Services in Consequence of Their Loyalty, Evidence in the Canadian Claims, 1904, Alexander Fraser.

PETITION 1790
The memorial of Nicholas Lake, late private in Colonel Peters Regiment, humbly Sheweth, That your Lordships memorialist has received 200 acres of land under the Instructions of 1783 & having duly improved the same, Humbly prays that his Lordship's Bounty of 200 acres may be assigned him in the Eighth Township.
[signed] Nicholas Lake
Kingston 14 December 1790
[fold]
No 462, rejected, Report page 3, 15 Dec 1790
Source: UCLP, RG1 L3, LAC, V306, LMisc/20, 1788-1795, C-2138, starts at image 124

PETITION 1797
... The Honorable petition of Nicholas Lake sheweth - your petitioner joined his Majestys Standard in the year 1777 - then under the command General Burgoyne - and your Petitioner was constantly employed in his Majestys forces -  intelligence and in other of his Majestys services untill he was taken prisoner - and when General Burgoyne surrendered in Saratg {Saratoga} - himself to made prisoner - I had to fly to the Country and there was made prisoner and let to go after I was liberated from Prison - one of his Majestys Officers By the name of Ellijah Bottom {a private in the Queens Loyal Rangers which is the same unit Nicholas Lake served in} cauld on me with his Majestys Directions and told me I had better remain in the situation I was in in order to aid and assist his Majestys Mesingers - the Honorable John Merman? Esq is acquainted with me and ?? is ---- at Little White Creek in York State.   Esq Perrot answering? to my employment. {Perrot is probably James Parrot, who was a lieutenant in the Queen's Loyal Rangers and I believe became a Justice of the Peace after the war.}

Your petitioner has a large family and has never received but two hundred acres of his Majestys lands - I have a wife and ten children three of which is Boys - the youngest is three years of age the rest is since of lawful age and one married - I now pray  ... and grant me such privelege as is his pleasure ...
[signed] Nicholas Lake
Recomd by Mr Peter J Smith Esq
[fold note]
Rec'd 26 Jan 1797 and read 11 Nov 1797. Recomended for 750 acres to close all claims. [Warrant] 13 Nov 1797
Notes: The notes added in {italics} are from Todd Braisted who maintains the excellent On-Line Institute for Advanced Loyalist Studies web site. Thanks Todd.
Source: UCLP, RG1 L3, LAC, V284, L3/3, 1797, C-2124, starts at image 995

COUNCIL MINUTES
11 Nov 1797, Nicholas Lake as above.
Source: Upper Canada Land Books, Executive Council Minutes, Land Matters, RG 1 L1, LAC, Vol 21, Book C, C-101, 11 Nov 1797, p. 234, online at Heritage Canadiana, image 423

UE LIST
There are 6 men with the Lake surname on the original UE List. Father John Sr, brothers John Jr, Christopher, Thomas and James and Nicholas. See the link below to the list.
Nicholas Lake, Ernestown, M.C. 750 to close claims, soldier in Col Peters L.B.M. 1790, O.C., 11 Nov 1797
Source: The centennial of the settlement of Upper Canada by the United Empire Loyalists, 1784-1884; the celebrations at Adolphustown, Toronto and Niagara, with an appendix, containing a copy of the U.E. List, preserved in the Crown Lands Department at Toronto, 1885, Rose Pub, online at archive.org

John Lake Sr's brother Thomas was also a Loyalist and he settled in Grenville Tp. The UEL Assoc of Canada maintains its own list of Loyalist names at this web site.

LAND
Note: Nicholas Lake is granted lot 36, Con 5, Sidney.
See 1797 Sidney map, Saylor web site

MIDLAND DISTRICT c1800
Nicholas Lake - granted lot 36, Con 4, Sidney
Source: Return For Midland District, Schedules and Rolls, 1794 - 1922, Vol 5 - 16, Vol 11, c1800, RG1-30-0-5, MS400, reel 7, AO



3. CHART of the 10 CHILDREN OF NICHOLAS LAKE and RHODA BROODWELL
Unless birth year is known, the birth order is estimated by ordering the children based on petition date assuming that each child petitions for land close to becoming 21 years old.

See the extensive lineage of this family on "Ancestors of David Scott Millage". Thanks to Virginia Hannay for finding this site.

NICHOLAS LAKE was born c. 1750 in NJ, and died Bef. 13 Aug 1803.  He married RHODA BROADWELL. 
Children of N
ICHOLAS LAKE and RHODA BROADWELL are:

                   i.    MARGARET LAKE, b. 9 Jan 1773; d. 1847, m. JOHN LONGWELL.

2.               ii.    PHEBE LAKE, b. 3 Sept 1775. m. John Smith son of James Smith Esq of the mouth of the River Trent.

3.              iii.    ELIZABETH LAKE, b. 10 May 1777, Schaghticoke, Renesselaer, New York. She married RICHARD SMITH.

                 iv.    RICHARD LAKE, b. 12 Jun 1779

                  v.    MARY LAKE, b. 12 Jul 1781, Schaghticoke, Renesselaer, NY; d. 16 Mar 1842, bur. Elmwood Cem, Picton; m. SAMUEL REED, brother of John Reid, Abt. 1796, Thurlow; b. 22 Sep 1770, Long Island; d. 21 Jun 1850, bur. Elmwood Cem, Picton.

                 vi.    HANNAH LAKE, b. 1782, NY, m. JOHN HAGERMAN.

                vii.    SARAH LAKE, b. abt 1786, NY, m. SOLOMON REED, brother of John Reid, Thurlow; b. Abt. 1765.

               viii.    JOHN LAKE. b. abt 1790, UC, m. Elizabeth Sherrard, dau of William Sherrard UE

                 ix.    LETTY LAKE, b. abt 1791, UC, m. JOHN SINE.

                  x.    JAMES LAKE.

 Generation No. 2 

2.  PHEBE LAKE (NICHOLAS) was born 3 Sept 1775.  She married JOHN SMITH, son of JAMES SMITH.  He was born Abt. 1772.
Children of P
HEBE LAKE and JOHN SMITH are:

                   i.    SILAS3 SMITH, b. Abt. 1797.

                  ii.    POLLY SMITH, b. Abt. 1799.

 3.  ELIZABETH LAKE (NICHOLAS) was born 10 May 1777 in Schaghticoke, Renesselaer, New York.  She married RICHARD SMITH.  He died Abt. 1835.
Child of E
LIZABETH LAKE and RICHARD SMITH is:

                   i.    RHODA SMITH, m. STEPHEN GILBERT; b. 1798; d. Bet. 1861 - 1871.




4. RECORDS FOR EACH CHILD

1. Margaret Lake

BAPTISM
Margaret, born 9 Jan 1773 and baptized 1774, parents Nicholas Leek and Rhoda Bradwel, [no witnesses]
Source: Dutch Reformed Church, Schaghticoke, Rensselaer, NY, Holland Society of NY, Deer Park, Vol II, Book 11, Ancestry, email from Debra North, Jan 2020.

PETITION 1790
Kingston, 14 Dec 1790, The Memorial of Margaret Longwell alias Lake daughter of Nicholas Lake, late private in Colonel Peters Regiment. .... being married to John Longwell ... prays that 200 acres of land may be assigned her as a DUE in the Eighth Township [Sidney]. [signed in her own hand] Margarit Longwill
[fold] No 461, rejected. Report page 3, 15 Dec 1790
Source: UCLP, RG1 L3, LAC website, V306, L Misc 1788-1795/130, 1790, Mecklenburg, 8th Tp, C-2138, starts at image 392.

7 Nov 1797, York, petition of John Longwill has had a grant of one hundred acres begs for further 100 acres - and such other quantity to his wife as the daughter of a UE loyalist as persons in her circumstances are intitled to .... [signed] John Longwill and Margaret Longwill.
[fold] Read 13 Nov 1797, recommended 100 acres and wife 200 acres
Source: UCLP, RG1 L3, LAC website, V284, 1797, L3/26, C-2125, starts at image 6.

COUNCIL MINUTES
13 Nov 1797, John Longwill and wife as above.
Source: Upper Canada Land Books, Executive Council Minutes, Land Matters, RG 1 L1, LAC, Vol 21, Book C, C-101, 13 Nov 1797, p. 237, online at Heritage Canadiana, image 424

8 Nov 1797, York, petition of John Longwill stating that he is "desirious of building in the Town of York" and prays for a one acre lot.
[fold] Denied as "petitioner must reside in York."
Source: UCLP, RG1 L3, LAC website, V306, L Misc 1788-1795/131, 1790, Mecklenburg, 8th Tp, C-2138, starts at image 394.

PLBQ
In the Pioneer Life on the Bay of Quinte it is stated that John Longwell, b 1757, "married Margaret, daughter of John Lake, a pioneer."
Source: PLBQ, p. 507

MARRIAGE
48. John Longwill, Ernestown; Margaret Lake, same, 15 Sept., 1790
Matthew Clark, Samuel McCoy, Jas. Languil, Abrbm. Lake.
Source: Marriage record of Rev John Langhorn, OHS, Paper and Record, Vol 1, 1899, Bill Martin's web site.
Source: Anglican Registers 1787-1814, Rev. John Langhorn, OGS, Kingston, 1980, p. 4

HEADSTONE CONFUSION
A headstone in the Longwell Cemetery reads,
"John Longwell U.E.L, 1757-1841, His wife, Margaret Lake U.E.L, 1760-1847"
In 2013, Brain Lake sent a photo of this headstone and concluded that "Margaret could not be a child of Nicholas and Rhody" if she was born in 1760 and Nicholas was born c1755. However Margaret does clearly petition as a daughter of Nicholas Lake. Perhaps the birth date on the headstone is incorrect. Brian goes on to write that, "I am  not sure where I got the info but I have Margaret born 1773 and died in 1847. That sounds more reasonable."
Source: email from Brian Lake, including photo of headstone, Nov 2013

The above headstone issue was revisited by Debra North and she found the baptizm of Margaret Leek in 1774 with the birth date of 9 Jan 1773. It is concluded that the headstone with Margaret born in 1760 is in error as it is a later memorial stone and those who erected it did not have her correct birth date. Debra noted that there is an older headstone for John Longwill in the same Longwell Cemetery. It reads "John Longwill, died Feb 20 1841, AE 84"
Source: emails from Debra North, Jan 2020 and https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/44527919




2. Phoebe Lake
BIRTH
In the 1803 Murray census, the wife of John Smith is named as Polly and given the age of 24. In 1808 she is named as Phebe. It is my contention that Polly is an error and his wife was Phebe all along. At 24 in 1803 she would be born about 1779.

Phoebe was born on 3 Sept 1775, parents Nicholas Leeck and Rhoda Broadwel and baptized in 1776 according to Debra North.
Source: Dutch Reformed Church, Schaghticoke, Rensselaer, NY, Holland Society of NY, Deer Park, Vol II, Book 11, Ancestry, email from Debra North, Jan 2020.

PETITION 1797- PHEBE LAKE, wife of John Smith
10 May 1797, Sydney, Humble petitioner Pheby Lake, now wife of John Smith, daughter of Nicholas Lake, an UE lawelist [loyalist], now wife as is settarth? to the ligne? subject of His Majesty Prays she may receive lands ….
[fold] rec’d 26 Aug 1797, Phebe Smith formerly Phebe Lake, recommended for 200 acres, warrant 13 Nov 1797, described 6197
Source: UCLP, RG 1 L3, LAC, S3/252, 1797, V450a, C-2807, starts at image 833

WARRANT
The register book of Fiats and Warrants does not indicate a lot, concession and township for her grant.
Source: Register of Fiats and Warrants, RG 1 C-1-3, Vol 81, p. 34, AO, MS 693, reel 105

MARRIAGE
It is my conclusion that Phoebe Lake married John Smith, the son of James Smith Esq, who first settled at the mouth of the Trent River. See the argument more fully developed in section 9 of the above web page on James Smith Esq.



3. Elizabeth (Betsy) Lake
BORN
Elizabeth was born 10 May 1777, parents Nicholas Lake and Rhoda Bradwell, according to Debra North.
Source: Dutch Reformed Church, Schaghticoke, Rensselaer, NY, Holland Society of NY, Deer Park, Vol II, Book 11, Ancestry, email from Debra North, Jan 2020.

PETITION 1797
Petition of Betsy Smith ... that she is the daughter of Nicholas Lake a UE Loyalist and prays for 200 acres of land
[signed] Nicholas Lake
for my daughter
Betsy Smith
York 6 Nov 1797
[fold]
recd 6 Nov 1797
read 11 Nov 97
Recommend for 200 acres
AW 13 Nov 1797
Source: UCLP, RG1 L3, LAC, V450a, S3/249, C-2807, starts at image 825

RICHARD SMITH
A number of genealogists have speculated that Betsy married Richard Smith. Doug Smith, a descendant of Richard Smith, wrote in March 2017 that, "I recently submitted my DNA to Ancestry and got this match to a Lake descendant. I know we have not had proof such as a marriage document for Richard and Elizabeth, but possibly this DNA link is proof enough."  This is excellent support for Richard Smith and Elizabeth Lake to be the above couple until evidence is found to refute this conclusion.



4. Richard Lake
BORN
Richard was born on 12 June 1779, parents Nicholas Lake Jr and Rhoda Bradwel according to Debra North.
Source: Dutch Reformed Church, Schaghticoke, Rensselaer, NY, Holland Society of NY, Deer Park, Vol II, Book 11, Ancestry, email from Debra North, Jan 2020.

PETITION 1807
Adolphustown, 27 Jan 1807, Petition of Richard Lake of Sidney, is the son of Nicholas Lake, UE Loyalist, deceased and has never received lands ... prays 200 acres  ... and that Mt John Detlor of the Town of York may locate the said land and receive a deed ....

Personally appeared before Alexander Fisher, Hazelton Spencer, Daniel Wright and John Embury Esquires, JP's ... Richard Lake son of Nicholas Lake, late of the Township of Sidney, UE Loyalist, deceased maketh oath ....
[signed] his mark
Richard Lake is the son of Nicholas Lake, formerly of Ernestown, but late of Thurlow, deceased. I certify the above to be true. [signed] John Reed
York 11 Oct 1809
[fold] Rec'd 11 Oct 1809 from Samuel Rosebush, Read in Council 17 Oct 1809, recommended for 200 acres as SUE, Warrant Q75 issued to Attny Genl Office next day.
Source: UCLP, RG1 L3, LAC, V286, L9/24, 1803-10, C-2126, starts at image 216



5. Mary Lake
BORN
Mary was born in 12 Jul 1781, parents Nicholas Lake and Rhoda Bradwell according to Debra North.
Source: Dutch Reformed Church, Schaghticoke, Rensselaer, NY, Holland Society of NY, Deer Park, Vol II, Book 11, Ancestry, email from Debra North, Jan 2020.

PETITION 1807
30 Jan 1807, Petition of Mary Reed wife of Samuel Reed of Thurlow, that your petitioner is the daughter of Nicholas Lake of Sydney an UE Loyalist that she is married to Samuel Reed of Thurlow, yeoman and has never received lands ... prays for 200 acres and permits Thomas Dorland of Adolphustown Esq to be her agent [signed] her mark
She maketh oath before Samuel Sherwood JP and he certifies the petition, Sydney, 30 Jan 1807
[fold] Rec'd 7 Feb 1807 from Thomas Dorland Esq. Nicholas Lake is on the UE List, Read in Council 17 Feb 1807, recommended for 200 acres. Warrant J46 sent to the Attorney Gen'l 20 Feb 1807
Source: UCLP, RG1 L3, LAC, V426, 1806-08, R8/31, C-2741, starts at image 864

SAMUEL REED
Samuel was born 22 Sep 1770 and died 21 Jun 1850 and is the brother of Lt John Reid, of Thurlow.



6. Hannah Lake
BORN
Hannah is 21 or more in 1803 so born about 1782 or a little before.

PETITION 1803
Sydney 13 Aug 1803
The petition of Hannah Hagerman, wife of John Hagerman of the Township of Sydney and daughter of the late Nicholas Lake of Sydney, a UE Loyalist. Your petitioner is of age and married and has never received any lands ... prays  for 200 acres. [signed] her mark
Caleb Gilbert Esq , JP, sworn that she is upwards of twenty one years and married ..... and certifies that Hannah Hagerman is the person she described ....
[fold] Rec'd 22 Mar 1804, Nicholas Lake appears on the UE list. In Council 25 Sept 1804, recommended for 200 acres as DUE.
Warrant L51 issued 19 May 1807 by Coonrad Frederick by power of Attorney
Source: UCLP, RG1 L3, V225a, 1804-06, H7/23, C-2045, starts at image 364

PETITIONS 1795 and 1796
These two petitions confirm that John Hagerman, husband of Hannah Lake, is the son of Christopher Hagerman.
6 Apr 1796 John Hagerman, of twenty one years of age, born in the State of New York .... prays for 200 acres.
[fold] Read 26 June 1797, Recommended for 200 acres, 28 June in Council, Warrant issued on the fathers petition bundle H2 No 77
Source: UCLP, RG1 L3, V224, 1797, H3/94, C-2043, starts at image 962

12 Aug 1795 petition of Christopher Hagerman identifying his four sons Christopher Jr, Abraham, Isaac and John.
Source: UCLP, RG1 L3, V224, 1795-97, H2/77, C-2043, starts at image 390

HAGERMAN
The Hagerman name is well known in the early record as Nicholas Hagerman was the first lawyer in the Midland District and his son Christopher was a judge as well. In checking PLBQ [431-35] there is no indication of how this John Hagerman fits into the family.

MARRIAGE
John Johannus Hagerman born 1776 NY died 1850 Port Hope married Hannah Lake (born 1784 NY) married on February 13th 1833
Source: email Aug 2012, Virginia Hannay, no citation given.



7. Sarah Lake
BORN
If 21 in 1807 then born about 1786 or before. Since Nicholas states he came to Upper Canada in 1787 then Sarah would be born in NY.

PETITION 1807
5 Feb 1807, Petition of Sarah Reed wife of Solomon Reed of Thurlow, that your petitioner is the daughter of Nicholas Lake of Thurlow [sic] an UE Loyalist that she is of age and married and has never received lands ... prays for 200 acres  [signed] her mark
She maketh oath before Alexander Chisholm JP and he certifies the petition, Sydney, 5 Jan 1807
[fold]  Rec'd 23 Feb 1807 from Thomas Dorland Esq. Nicholas Lake is on the UE List, Read in Council 28 Feb 1807, recommended for 200 acres. Warrant Z46 sent to the Attorney Gen'l 3 Mar 1807
Source: UCLP, RG1 L3, LAC, V426, 1806-08, R8/33, C-2741, starts at image 877

SOLOMON REED
Solomon was born about 1765 and is the brother of Lt John Reid, of Thurlow.



8. John Lake
BORN
Petition implies John has just arrived at age 21 thus born about 1790.

PETITION 1811
24 Jan 1811, Petition of John Lake of Sidney, is the son of Nicholas Lake, UE Loyalist, has arrived at the age of 21 and taken the oath of allegiance and has never received lands ... prays 200 acres  ... and that Mt John Detlor of the Town of York to be his agent  ....
Sworn before Alexander Fisher, and maketh oath .... [also signed by] John Longwill
[signed] his mark
York 11 Oct 1809
[fold] Rec'd 14 March 1811 from Peter Caverley, Read in Council 26 mar 1811, recommended for 200 acres as SUE, Warrant L96 issued to Attny Genl Office 30 Mar 1811
Source: UCLP, RG1 L3, LAC, V286, L10/9, 1810-16, C-2126, starts at image 346

PETITION of wife
[Undated] Elizabeth Lake, Thurlow, daughter of William Sharrard, of Sidney, UE Loyalist that she is 21 years of age and is married to John Lake a UE Loyalist son .... prays for 200 acres.
7 Mar 1807 sworn before Alexander Chisholm JP.
[fold] Received from James W Sherrard, (not Sharrard as on UE List), 14 March 1807, recommended for 200 acres, warrant P 49, issued 21 March 1807 by James W Sherrard
Source: UCLP, RG1 L3, LAC, V285, L8/35, C-2126, starts at image 19



9. Letty Lake
BORN
If 21 in 1812 then born abt 1791.

PETITION 1812
15 Jan 1812, Petition of Letty Sine wife of John Sine, Sidney, that your petitioner is the daughter of Nicholas Lake of Sidney, deceased, formerly of Ernestown, an UE Loyalist that she is of age and married and has never received lands ... prays for 200 acres  [signed] her mark
She maketh oath before Solomon Hazelton JP and he certifies the petition, Sydney, 15 Jan 1812
[fold]  Rec'd Jas Sharrard 18 Sept 1812, Letty Sine dau. of the late Nicholas Lake of Sidney, deceased, formerly of Ernestown, Read in Council 20 Apr 1812, recommended for 200 acres, DUE. Warrant Z109 sent to the Attorney Gen'l 2 May 1812, entered in Land Book E, page 179
Source: UCLP, RG1 L3, LAC, V456a, S10/122, 1811-16, C-2811, starts at image 18



10. James Lake
BORN
Probably born about 1794 given that in 1797 his father states in a petition that his youngest child is 3 years of age.

PETITION 1818
Adolphustown, 28 Jan 1818, The petition of James Lake, Sydney, son of late Nicholas Lake, Sydney prays for 200 acres of waste lands and permit Patrick Strange of York to locate the same.
Sworn before Alexander Fisher JP and John Canniff, that he is the son of the late Nicholas lake, deceased previous to the late war [1812].
[49b] Solomon Hazelton certifys that James Lake of Rawdon has taken the oath of allegiance, 1 May 1818.
[49c] Major Simon McNabb, Captains William Ketcheson and John Thompson all certify that James Lake performed his duty during the late war as a private in the militia.
[fold] Rec'd from P Strange 16 May 1818. Read 20 May 1818, granted 200 acres. Warrant Y166 issued 2 June 1818 and entered into land book J page 346
Source: UCLP, RG1 L3, LAC, V287, L11/49, C-2126, starts at image 856



5. OTHER LAKE LOYALISTS
Christopher Lake: Ernestown, Soldier, KRRNY, P, Stamped Book, P.L., 1786
John Lake Senior: ditto, Son of
James Lake: ditto
Thomas Lake: J.D., By order in Council 23 July 1803, soldier, Loyal Rangers
Nicholas Lake: Ernestown, M.C. 750 to close all claims, soldier in Col Peters, L.B.M. 1790, OC 11 Nov 1797
Source: The centennial of the settlement of Upper Canada by the United Empire Loyalists, 1784-1884; the celebrations at Adolphustown, Toronto and Niagara, with an appendix, containing a copy of the U.E. List, preserved in the Crown Lands Department at Toronto, 1885, Rose Pub, page 202

March 1835, Elizabeth Walker, Murray, wife of the late Daniel Walker, formerely of Ernestown, dau of Christopher Lake, Ernestown, deceased, prays for 200 acres as a DUE, recommended
Source: UCLP, RG3 L1, LAC, V 533a, W18/196, C-2958, on line at page 832