The information about Abijah Willard is insightful."An officer of so well-known skill and experience as Abijah Willard was deemed a vaulable acquisition and he was offered a colonel's commission in the British Army but refused to serve against his countrymen and at the evacuation of Boston, he went to Halifax, having been joined by his own and his brother's family."
"The first considerable body of Loyalists that came to Nova Scotia came up to Halifax from Boston with Howe's fleet in 1776.About a 1,000 of them came up.Some of these accompanied Howe back to New York; but most took passage for England.Of this 1776 group, we might suppose, very few were to remain in Nova Scotia; and few, if any, were to come up duing the war years.During the war, those in New England who remained loyal to the British crown, such as those in Massachusetts (a proportion, it is surmissed, far less than those in New York) fled to the warm havens available to them during the war in the southern and less rebellious colonies."
This last comments interests me because I see names on muster rolls, like South Carolina regiments, that I think are the surnames of families from Westchester County....who knows....maybe some did to south for safety.It seems William Harrison's name was on a southern regiment muster roll...if your William Harrison did go to Halifax, maybe his family was there for a little while and then went to New York.
As for my research, I haven't had a lot of time in the last few months to keep digging.But it looks like October will be a great opportunity for me to get into it more intensely.We've had two foster children who will soon be going back to their mom, and I turn 50 - so I am requesting time at the library in SLC for my birthday present!
The hardest thing about my Stephen Sands challenge is just knowing where to look.I am currently thinking that if I research the names on the first Queen's Rangers muster roll that Stephen is on, I might make a break through.If I could document where the Americans on the list were from, and if they were all from Westchester County, that would be a strong indication that Stephen was from Westchester County.
I am also concentrating on documenting the family of Jeremiah and Elizabeth Sutton Dodge.I think if I track the Loyalists in the family, I might get somewhere.As ususal, there are pieces of information, but not enough to conclude anything!
The nice things is, I still enjoy researching the life of Stephen Sands.I used to think I'd get tired of it, but that is not what has happened, so I'm still having frustrating fun!!!