It gets more complicated.From Public Archives of Nova Scotia, Land Grants, Card Index: three entries 1.James Ackel, 1785, included in a grant to Stephen Seaman and others (the Westchester Loyalists), Cumberland County 2. Nancy Ackles, 1815, included in a petition of Samuel Holstead.She is 20, married, a daughter of Holstead, who is a native of New York and a veteran of Delancy's Regiment in the Revolutionary War.Holstead's original lot was very poor, he is now requesting a new grant in Amherst Township for himself and 12 living children. 3.William Ackles, 1819. I have a copy of the petition for a grant from William Ackles and Smith Holstead(Nancy's brother).It states that the fathers of both petitioners were Refugees belonging to Colonel Delancys Regiment.
James Eccles petitioned for losses suffered in the Revolutionary war. It was entered in Nov.1, 1786.He states he lived in Dutchess Co. and joined Col. Delancey in 1780.He served with him as a private to the end of the war (this can't be the same person as James Acles that was promoted to Lieutenant). He was now living in Cumberland county.He claims he lost a horse a year before he left home (if only he said where that was)-he was taken prisoner at the time because he was suspected of going to the British.Col. Henry Ludington(Dutchess County Militia-rebels)took the horse and at the same time took him prisoner.He was taken prisoner at Morrisina (I believe this to be Morrisania which was the home of Col. James Delancey-now part of the Bronx and Westchester)and kept close prisoner 2 yrs. and 4 mos. in Lancaster Philadelphia and other places.He lost his clothes when Morrisania was burnt. Ontario Archives Report 1904, No.49, P.776-777I have copy of the original petition signed by James Eckles (his mark)that says he was in Capt. Purdy's Company commanded by James Delancey. I haven't figured out whether the James Ackel in the earliest land grant is the same as James Eccles.It appears that William is James Eccles' son based on info I found at www.geocities.com/Heartland/Ridge/1752/index1.htm-huge amount of Nova Scotia Ackles' info. Could the James Ackel be the same as the one on the musters or promoted to Lieutenant?If so which of these bad boys if any belongs to the original Fishkill family. The Prince of Wales American Regiment, although ending up in the South actually originated in the Ct, NY area, so that explains the many Westchester natives on the roster. In any event, I am a descendant of the Nova Scotia branch and now live in Ct, about a 1 hour drive away from Dutchess County.Amazing how these things evolve!!! I hope all this is at least of some interest if not some help. I am currently trying to find a source for POW's to see if I can trace James that way. Do you know of any?