The Van Every’s were early pioneers in the Mohawk Valley of Upper New York. During the American Revolution, the Van Every’s remained true to the British Crown and fought alongside the British Army. Suffering persecution from their neighbours following the end of the war, they sought land grants in Upper Canada and Andrew Van Every, who was the second eldest son of MacGregory Van Every, was granted 200 acres consisting of Lots 12-13, Concession 1, West Flamboro.
John Ward was born in England in 1771 and joined the British Army. He is mentioned in John Gray’s novel, Soldiers of the King on page 156 as being a Private in the Flank Company 1st Regiment Kent Militia. Ward returned to England after the War of 1812 having left his wife and small child there. Ward applied for a land grant in Canada West and settled in the Burford area. He outlived his wife and son and died at the age of 83 in 1855. He is buried in the Congregational Cemetery in Burford.
Charles Eddy Jr. was born in Wilbraham, Hampden County, Massachusetts in 1781. Charles left the USA sometime prior to 1803 and settled in the Oakland area of Canada West.
William White was born in Canada West in 1790 and like all male residents was required to join the militia when the threat of war by the Americans became evident. White was a member of a very small company of men under Captain William Park’s Company in the 2nd Regiment Norfolk Militia. After the war White remained in the Scotland area and worked as a carpenter.
Jacob Smith was part of one of the earliest families that settled in the Burford Township area. Smith was born in 1797 in what was then known as Canada West. Like the other members of his family, Jacob joined the militia to fight against the invading American forces under General Duncan McArthur. Smith was assigned to the 2nd Flank Company 5th Regiment Lincoln Militia under Captain Samuel Hatt. Smith was awarded a land grant for his services at the close of the war.
Peter McIntyre was born in Perth, Perthshire Scotland and joined the British Regiment at a very young age. He first appears in 1806 as a 72nd Regiment of Foot at the age of 15. He later appears on October 20th 1814 muster list as a 79th Regiment of Foot. McIntyre later emigrated to Canada after the war with his family and resided in Oakland Ontario area where he lived out his life as a farmer. He died on 4 Sept 1866 and is buried in the Oakland Cemetery.
Joseph Dutton was a member of his Majesty’s British Regiment 2nd Battalion 23rd Regiment of Foot serving from 1809 to 1817. Dutton served in Canada during the War of 1812 and returned after he was discharged from the Army with his wife Helen who was also born in England. They settled in the Mount Vernon area and raised their family here.
Stephen Duckworth was born in Newcastle Upon Tyne England in 1798. He joined the British Army and served in Canada during the War of 1812. Duckworth returned to Canada and took up residence in the Mount Vernon area with his wife Alice.
Thomas Cumming joined His Majesty’s Army and served in the 88th Regiment of Foot as a Private. He returned to Canada after the War and settled in the Glen Morris area along with his bride Ellen who was also born in County Down Ireland. During a search for surviving pensioners by the Royal Hospital Chelsea it is noted that Cumming had died in 1858.
John Cowie enlisted with the British Army in the closing months of the War of 1812 and was sent to Canada. He returned to Canada and took up residence in Onondaga area and farmed with his sons until his death at the age of 91 years of age.