·   Objectives   ·

The objectives of the Grand River Branch are as follows:


 

 

 

 


 

1  -  To unite together the descendants of those families who

       during the Revolution (1775 - 1783) sacrificed their homes

        and belongings by retaining their loyalty to the Empire.

 

2  -  To preserve the history and traditions of the Loyalists.
  3  -  To collect artifacts.
  4  -  To preserve historical and genealogical publications.

 

5  -  To erect, construct and repair buildings, monuments and

       memorials to perpetuate the memory of the Loyalists.

  6  -  To seek out and preserve the resting places of Loyalists.
 

7  -  To encourage a stronger emphasis on the study of Canadian

       History in the school system and particularly the Loyalists.

  8  -  To promote good fellowship.

·  The Story of The United Empire Loyalists  ·

  The story of the Loyalists really began with the prolonged fighting known as the French and Indian War which was the American portion of the Seven Years War (1756- 1763), in which the British and some colonial troops protected the thirteen American colonies, and finally with the fall of Québec in 1759 took possession of French Canada.  England, as mistress of America was heavily in debt and unwisely levied the Stamp Act to help meet the costs of the recent war.

  The colonists now found themselves free of the French threat to the north, and with some anti-monarchist elements ready to make the most of grievances against what they felt were unfair taxes.  At first, only constitutional changes were sought by men of standing such as Franklin, Jefferson and Washington.  However, open rebellion developed.  The majority of the colonists did not want to break away from England but were urged on by hot headed insurgents.  Those who remained actively loyal to Britain were subjected to indignities, imprisonment, confiscation of their property and even death.  The rebellion lasted from 1775 to 1783.

  In the end the rebels were victorious and the Loyalists were forced to get out of the country.  Many returned to England, some went to the West Indies, and about 40,000 found their way to Canada.  The bitterest words ever attributed to George Washington were that he could see nothing better for the Loyalists than to recommend suicide.

  The Loyalists were made of sterner stuff than that.  Some 30,000 were transported by sea from Boston and New York to settle in the Maritimes.  Little or nothing had been done for their reception.  A wild and lonely shore faced them where the brush had to be cleared before they could even pitch their tents or build their rough shacks.

  Thousands of others from upper New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Massachusetts, and Vermont had to find their way along dangerous forest trails or by water on Lake Champlain to Sorel on the St. Lawrence.  Thence they made their way to the north shore of Lake Ontario where they were given free land to settle in the region around the Bay of Quinte and Kingston, which was the official town and centre of the new surveys.  Some 13 townships were divided into lots.

  Many of the Loyalists were disbanded soldiers from the Loyalist regiments.  From the Mohawk Valley Sir John Johnson brought the King's Royal Regiment of New York.

  The best known Provincial Corps in the Niagara area was Butler's Rangers (1777 - 1784), commanded by Colonel John Butler.  They were based at Fort Niagara and were an effective fighting force allied with their Indian brothers in a civil war against the rebels.

  Not all these men were of British descent.  There were large numbers of Dutch, Swiss, and German Palatines who had founded Pennsylvania.  Quakers, and of course the entire Mohawk tribe of the Six Nations Indians.  It was the sons of these settlers who preserved Canada to the British crown in the war of 1812.

  The first white settlers in the Niagara Peninsula were disbanded members of Butler's Rangers and their families who came in the 1780's.  This influx of over 1,000 Loyalists, out of the estimated 10,000 who eventually came to Upper Canada, rapidly spread over this area.  They moved westward along Lake Ontario to the head of the lake, southward along the Niagara River, and westward along Lake Erie to Long Point.

  Sir Frederick Haldimand, Governor of Canada, granted a tract of land, six miles on both sides of the Grand River, from its mouth to its source, to the Loyal Indians in compensation for the loss of their ancestral home in the Mohawk Valley of New York.


·  The Native Allies  ·

An important source of British support in North America was the Indian Department.  Originally created to regulate trade, it assumed a military role with the onset of the American Revolution.  From Fort Niagara, officers of the Indian Department solicited and received the assistance of the Native Peoples in the war against the rebels.

Today, many descendants of those Native Allies live in the community of the Six Nations of the Grand River near Brantford.




·  The Royal Cipher  ·

The Badge was created by the Association in 1972 by Letters Patent from the College of Arms, London England.

Loyalist descendants wear this Badge in the form of lapel pins, brooches, or pendants.

The Badge of the UELAC consists of a wreath of Red Maple Leaves for Canada and Green Oak Leaves and Acorns for Loyalty and Fidelity.  Each quarter is separated by a Cross Formy, a symbol long used in Heraldry.

The Cipher GIIIR  ('Georgius Tertius Rex') is similar to the one actually used by George III whom the Loyalists gave their devotion and service.

The Crest of the United Empire Loyalists' Association of Canada


·  The Citation  ·


U.E.

 " Those Loyalists who have adhered to the Unity of the Empire, and joined the Royal Standard in America before the Treaty of Separation in the year 1783, and all their Children, and their Descendants, by either sex, are to be distinguished by the following Capitals affixed to their names:

U.E.

Alluding to their great principle

The Unity of the Empire "

Lord Dorchester's Order In Council

1789


·  The Loyalist Flag  ·


On May 11, 1974 the Queen Anne version (1707) of the Union Flag became known as the United Empire Loyalists' Flag.   Composed of two crosses  -  St.George's Cross for England and St.Andrew's Cross for Scotland  -  it was meant to symbolize the unity of the two countries.

  St.George's Cross of England  +   St.Andrew's Cross of Scotland  =


·  The Armorial Bearings  ·

 




The Armorial Bearings of The United Empire Loyalists' Association of Canada granted by Letters Patent from the College of Arms, London England in 1972.

This emblem was especially evident in 1984 when Loyalists celebrated the 200th anniversary of the coming of their forefathers.

The Motto - 'Ducit Amor Patriæ' translates to 'Love of Country Leads Me'  or 'Patriotism Leads Me'.

To view the Armorial Bearings, please click on the picture of the Historic George Brown House (left) which houses Dominion Office of the UELAC.



 
 

 

  Loyalist Grace 

by Frank Rogers U.E.

Kawartha Branch, U.E.L.A.C.

 
 

Dear Lord,

We thank You for all the blessings that we have received from Your bountiful hand.  As we pause here to reflect on Your goodness, we think back to our forefathers and mothers who were loyal to their sovereign and to the principles of law, order and good government that he represented.  Because of their loyalty to these ideals they were forced to leave their homes, lands and possessions and come to this land, suffering a great many hardships and privations.

In this new land with a great deal of hard labour and determination, they built for themselves new homes and carved out farms from the primeval forests.  They continued to adhere to their principles of loyalty and good government and passed these loyal attitudes down to their children.  Because of their devotion, hard work and suffering, we, their descendants, enjoy the blessings of this new land including comfortable houses that we did not build and fertile farms that we did not clear.

We lift our hearts in praise to you, O Lord, for these blessings that we enjoy today.  We thank You for this food that You have caused to grow from the fertile soil and that is placed before us this night.  We pray that You will bless it to our use and may we be ever thankful for Your goodness to us.

We ask these mercies in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, our Saviour.

Amen.

 
 

Composed by Frank Rogers, U.E.

Kawartha Branch 1998
 

Mr. Frank Rogers grants permission, as to the free use of this Grace by all interested persons.

 
 
 


Do you believe you are of Loyalist Descent?

If you are a person whose ancestor lived in a British-American colony that revolted against Britain in the Revolutionary War of 1775 to 1783, you may be a Loyalist.

We can give you guidance in tracing your family line back to a possible Loyalist forebearer.

We may also have information available to potential members of our Association which will give you a good start in your search.

If you know you're NOT of Loyalist descent but you share our interest in the preservation of monuments, buildings and records pertaining to the Loyalist era, and wish to learn more about the story of the Loyalists, contact us!

If you enjoy informative monthly meetings addressed by competent historians concerning the Loyalists and local history,

join us as we're entertained, enlightened and educated!

If you enjoy group outings and travel to investigate the roots of this history in a friendly atmosphere, we feel that

you should join the United Empire Loyalists' Association of Canada!




·  Contact The Grand River Branch  ·
  For further information about the Grand River Branch of The United Empire Loyalists' Association of Canada, please send an email to the following address:

cannat@netzero.net

The Badge of the Association

" Loyal Then, Loyal Now "