The thirteen volumes produced
in this data set represent some of the most comprehensive works ever published
on Revolutionary War Loyalist records. Originally published by the Genealogical
Publishing Company, these volumes include a great variety of information including
land records, biographies, muster rolls, compensation applications, pension
applications, military diaries, and orderly books. Altogether, the volumes refer
to more than 87,000 individuals in both the United States and Canada.
Loyalists in the American
Revolution were colonists who adhered to the British cause. They were referred
to as "Tories" by the patriots. While Loyalists came from all social
classes and occupations, a great number of them were involved in commerce or
were officeholders under the British Crown. John Adams estimated that one-third
of the colonists were Loyalists. The Loyalist cause was strongest in the southern
colonies (Georgia and the Carolinas) and in the Mid-Atlantic colonies (especially
New York and Pennsylvania). Opinions on the Declaration of Independence created
a sharp dividing line between supporters and opponents of independence. Feelings
against the Loyalists led patriots to enact harsh laws against them, and their
lands and estates were often confiscated. Many of the books in this data set
deal with the identification of Loyalist ancestors through records dealing with
the confiscation of land or property.
Books in this Data Set
Loyalists and Land Settlement
in Nova Scotia
This work encompasses all surviving information on the nearly 10,000 Loyalists
who were eligible for land in Nova Scotia. Each Loyalist is identified by name,
date and site of grant, acreage, and, in some cases, the individual's military
Loyalists in North Carolina During the Revolution
An unprecedented compilation of source material, this was the first book to
recognize North Carolina's great contribution to the Loyalist cause. To the
genealogist, the Appendices in the back of the book will probably hold the greatest
interest. Within the Appendices you can find lists of soldiers and civilians
who supported the Crown throughout the Revolution; lists of Loyalists who suffered
land confiscation; lists of Loyalists who submitted applications to Great Britain
for compensation for loss of office or property; and lists of North Carolina
Loyalists who received pensions from Great Britain.
Loyalists in the Southern Campaign of the Revolutionary War (3 volumes)
Based on the author's wide-ranging investigations into military records in the
archives of the United States, Canada, and Great Britain, this three volume
set contains a vast amount of previously undiscovered data pertaining to the
identification of Loyalist soldiers and their dependents. The author has abstracted
all existing muster rolls, pay rolls, vouchers, certificates, petitions, and
various other documents relating to the Loyalists who were recruited for duty
in the Southern Campaign of the Revolutionary War. In addition, the author sought
to collect documents relating to Loyalist dependents, prisoners, refugees, and
sympathizers. Since this data has been derived entirely from original records,
much of it has never before been available for research.
In the preparation of this work the author surveyed the manuscript holdings
of various archives, libraries, and private collections, ultimately producing
this definitive collection of official rolls which document the service of approximately
35,000 Loyalists. While the information available on each person varies according
to the nature of the record, generally, soldiers are listed by rank, with dates
of service (enlistment, discharge, etc.), place of service, company and regiment,
and remarks pertaining to their status (i.e. on active duty, missing, deserted,
killed, died, or sick). Other documents abstracted (for example, petitions for
back pay, widows' and orphans' claims, and lists of refugees) contain a variety
of equally useful information.
of Loyalists Recruited from North and South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Mississippi,
and Louisiana (Volume 1)
This volume pertains mainly to Loyalists recruited in the South for duty in the
South (exclusive of Maryland and Virginia Loyalists, who are dealt with in Volume
II, as are the Pennsylvania Loyalists who were merged with the Maryland Loyalists
toward the end of the war).
of Loyalists Recruited from Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Those Recruited
from Other Colonies for the British Legion, Guides and Pioneers, Loyal Foresters,
and Queen's Rangers (Volume 2)
The second volume deals with the Loyalist regiments from Maryland, Pennsylvania,
and Virginia. It also includes the British Legion, Guides and Pioneers, Loyal
Foresters, and Queen's Rangers. In addition, as the rolls for the Virginia regiments
mustered by Lord Dunmore have not been located, it contains a list of Virginia
Loyalists compiled from treasury records, claims and other original sources.
Rolls of Loyalists Recruited from the Middle Atlantic Colonies, with Lists of
Refugees from Other Colonies (Volume 3)
This third volume contains abstracts of the muster rolls of the Loyalist regiments
raised primarily in New York and New Jersey (i.e., De Lancey's Brigade, King's
American Regiment, New Jersey Volunteers, Prince of Wales American Regiment,
Provincial Light Infantry, Volunteers of Ireland, and the Loyal American Regiment).
Other lists of Loyalists included in this volume derive from records concerning
the half-pay status of officers whose regiments were disbanded and from records
concerning civilian refugees and evacuated soldiers. This volume also includes
rosters for the British Legion Infantry and the South Carolina Royalists, as
well as other regiments not covered in the first two volumes of the work.
Biographical Sketches of Loyalists of the American Revolution (2 Volumes)
This standard biographical dictionary of the Loyalists consists of three distinct
parts: a historical essay; biographical sketches; and "Fragments"
(brief notices of approximately 1,500 Loyalists not covered in the biographies).
Several thousand biographical sketches are included containing references to
dates and places of birth and death, residence, occupation, military service,
wives, children and other family members, an indication as to whether the subject
was banished or proscribed, or had land confiscated, and miscellaneous references
to incidents and events of biographical significance.
The Loyalists of Massachusetts, Their Memorials, Petitions and Claims
This work contains the memorials, petitions, and claims of 501 Massachusetts
Loyalists who removed to Canada as a result of the Revolutionary War. Information
given includes date and circumstances of leaving Massachusetts, account of loss
of property, certificates in reference to service, amount of claim, acreage
and sums awarded, family relationships, and the place of settlement after removal.
Many of these exiled Loyalists were among the founders of the Canadian province
of New Brunswick.
Orderly Book of the Maryland Loyalists Regiment, June 18, 1778, to October
12, 1778, Including General Orders Issued by Sir Henry Clinton, Baron Wilhelm
von Kuyphausen, Sir William Erskine, Charles, Lord Cornwallis, General William
Tryon and General Oliver De Lancey
The military diary of this Maryland Loyalist Regiment follows its career from
June 18, 1778, to October 12, 1778. It begins with the evacuation to Philadelphia
and covers the march across the Jerseys and the foraging tour and cantonment
on Long Island. Most of the entries are concerned with day-to-day soldier assignments
or troop movements.
Orderly Book of the Three Battalions of Loyalists Commanded by Brigadier-General
Oliver De Lancey, 1776-1778. To Which is Appended a List of New York Loyalists
in the City of New York During the War of the Revolution
This military diary relates information on the three battalions of Loyalists
raised for the defense of Long Island and commanded by General Oliver De Lancey.
It is followed by a valuable list of 1,500 New York Loyalists compiled from
contemporary manuscripts and newspapers covering the period 1776-1784. It should
be noted that all three battalions disbanded in Nova Scotia.
United Empire Loyalists: Enquiry into the Losses and Services in Consequence
of Their Loyalty. Evidence in Canadian Claims. Second Report of the Bureau of
Archives for the Province of Ontario (2 Volumes)
This extensive work of more than 1400 pages contains records of the claims for
losses of over twelve hundred persons who fled to Canada during and immediately
after the Revolutionary War. While it does not contain documents supporting
claims for compensation, it does consist of the extensive notes taken by the
Commissioners who heard the claimants from 1783 to 1790. These notes contain
a wealth of biographical, historical, and genealogical data. In general, these
volumes provide the claimant's name, his country or place of origin, reason
for emigration, date of migration, place of residence in America, occupation,
names of family members and friends, location and value of confiscated property,
war service rendered, losses sustained, evidence of character, statements of
witnesses, notes of deeds and wills, and highlights of the claimant's experiences
during the war.
The Old United Empire Loyalists List
This list contains the names of over 7,000 Loyalists of the American Revolution,
giving residence, military service, and family relationships. It also includes
an extensive historical section. This is the official list of United Empire