I think we're on to something here....I recently got an email from Ken Ackles, of Canada....who speaks of a James Eccles, from NY State (his ancestor) - who was in the Revolutionary War...under Col. Delancy....much more information, including James' wife's name, of Jean (last name Unknown) - and their children's names...
His father's name was James, also....
He speaks of a James Ackles of Fredricksburg Precinct, currently part of Putnam County, NY, who, in 1780 was fined for having a son go off and join the enemy. Fredricksburg Precinct used to be a part of Dutchess county.
The younger James was taken prisoner in Lancaster, Philadelphia, and held prisoner two years and four months. The Westchester, NY Loyalists were exiled to Nova Scotia after the American Revolution, in 1783.
Anyway, there is more information, if anyone is interested.
I think we have probably found the "missing" brother......and, in my own conjecture, the reason why his 6 brothers and 1 sister left the area to settle in Tully, NY...because their brother was a "Loyalist" and their father was fined....? What do you think?
I think this a pretty good link...one very worth following thru.