Rebecca, You seem to have it right about the Loyalists, as I can see.They came to New Brunswick(and other parts of what is now Canada)as a group and were given land grants as a group according to their regiments. In this case, Friends and neighbours in Sussex co. New Jersey that were "Tories" or loyal to the British crown, joined the 1st or 2nd New Jersey Volunteers.At the closing stages of the war, they were shipped out with their families to Saint John, New Brunswick in 1783. They brought with them little or no possessions and landed here as refugees.Saint John at that time was an outpost at best and most of the Loyalists lived out the first winter in canvas tents with cedar boughs on the roof. This is well documented. It took several years for the British to survey the land via the Saint John and Kennebecasis Rivers and grant land to the Loyalists. John Whiteknact, his wife,father inlaw settled in Sussex, New Brunswick. Obviously named after the area that this regiment left in New Jersey. It seems, that some of his offspring, and other second generation Loyalists in general left New Brunswick to return Stateside. I am interested in tracking down which ones did this.It looks like Jonas (John's son)was one such returnee.
Can you help me find some sourcesonline that I can look into that?I'm not familiar with the "Advanced Loyalist Website" that you refer to. Anything on the New Jersey Volunteers would help me.If you come across this John Whiteknack (spelling varies, of course), would be greatley appreciated. Thanks, Roger Whitenect Saint John, New Brunswick