Jim- As to the question of David Hoar & Abigail Hitchcock Being ‘Loyalists’, I put this scenario forward as pure speculation. Before the beginning of the American Revolution, the American colonies were inhabited by British subjects. Certain events in the governance of the colonies caused many of these British subjects to rise up in resistance to some of the levies and restrictions placed on the colonies by the British Government in London. I believe it is safe to say that some of the colonists accepted these levies & restrictions, some would have liked to pursue lifting or easing of these acts through normal parliamentarian processes, and some, seeing that the normal channels were non productive, were advocating the establishment of colonial self governance under the Parliament in London. Few, if any at that time were advocating cessation from the British Empire, and most saw themselves as ‘somewhat abused’ citizens in good standing of the British Empire. In an effort to understand the emigration of David & Abigail to Canada, it might help to illuminate certain dates pertinent to the times. After the end of the French & Indian War in 1763, The British Government began to impose taxes on the colonies to help pay for the cost of the war. The Sugar Act was imposed in1764, the Stamp act in 1765, in October 1768 British Troops Were sent to Boston to protect British commercial interests due to the negative reaction to levy’s and restrictions imposed on the colonies by the British government, the Boston Massacre was in 1770, the Boston Tea Party was in December, 1773, the Fight at Lexington & Concord was April 19, 1775, The Battle of Bunker Hill was June 17, 1775, the British & Boston loyalists retreated from Boston in March, 1776, The Declaration of Independence was July 4, 1776. The War ended in September 1783. Many Boston Loyalists left for Canada when the British abandoned Boston in 1776, but most Loyalists stayed in the Colonies until after the war ended, when, their lands and possessions seized by the Americans, they emigrated to Canada & the Bahamas. David & Abigail moved to Nova Scotia from Middlesex County, before the Boston Tea Party. Two of their son’s, were married in Onslow, N.S. before 1776, Solomon in1773, and Ebeneezer in 1775. David & Abigail were the only members of their families to leave Massachusetts. In addition to the retreat of the military & loyalists from Boston in 1776, there were members of the British Military transferred to Nova Scotia Just before the revolutionary war to guard Canada against invasion from France. Although I have no knowledge of David being in the army, this could be a reason for their move. His father & his father–in-law both carried military titles. Although it has long been held in my family’s lore that they were descendant from loyalists, it would appear to be inaccurate to say that David Hoar & Abigail Hitchcock emigrated to Canada for that reason.