I'm trying to discover the US origins of my Batty family, which settled in Lakeport, Haldimand Township, Northumberland County, in Ontario, Canada, in the early 1800s. Currently I'm investigating the possibility of a Vermont/Ontario connection. Anyone out there related to Nicholas Battey (b. 1758, Vermont) and Thankful Baker (b. 1758), married 1784, have you ever come across a Battey who crossed into Canada, even temporarily?
Nicholas's grandson, also Nicholas (b. 1814), married Martha Hoag, and they moved to Iowa and then Oregon. But on the Ontario Genealogy Web site at http://www.ontariogenealogy.com/b_ancestor.htmlhttp://www.ontariogenealogy.com/b_ancestor.html, I found the following:
If this is Colborne, Ontario, it is right next to Lakeport, Ontario. Lakeport was settled in 1793 by Joseph Keeler of Rutland, Vermont, along with forty families, mostly from Vermont as well. I haven't been able to tie the Battys in directly to Keeler. But certainly a Nicholas Betty/Batty (several spellings appear) was in Lakeport as early as 1803. "Widow" Batty shows up a few years later, presumably after Nicholas's death, along with a Phinley Batty, presumably her son. He is later David Findley Batty, and he and Samuel Batty (a brother?) purchase land in the area in 1809 and 1812. Both David and Samuel were born abt. 1784. My only clues to their origins are some references to "English origin" and the fact that a later census states Samuel was "born US."
Another Vermont connection is that an Ephraim Doolittle of Vermont married Abigail Batty, born about 1792 (though I'm not sure whether they married in Vermont or Canada), and they lived in Lakeport. Doolittle, who later remarried, was among Lakeport's earliest settlers.
Interesting possibilities here. Any leads at all as to a Vermont/Canada connection among Batteys/Battys would be greatly appreciated!