Robert Reuben Runchey was born c. 1756 in Ireland. He married Eleanor de Bonnat and in 1788 they emigrated to Canada. It is thought that their eldest child, Reuben, was born on the Atlantic during that voyage or when they arrived in Quebec. In addition to Reuben, Robert and Eleanor had at least five more children: (not in order of birth)
- Robert Reuben
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Captain Runchey’s Men of Colour
The Oro Black Settlement is an historic ‘social experiment’ whereby Black militiamen who fought in the War of 1812, were granted farm land in Oro along one road, creating a “black farming community” — as of 1819 this must have been a world first.
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Cpt Runchey’s Men of Colour
George Fowler was probably born in England in about 1766. In 1798, he was a lieutenant in the York Regiment of Fencible Infantry in Ireland. On 7 August 1806, Lieutenant Fowler was transferred to the 41st Regiment of Foot, which was in Canada.
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Quartermaster General’s Department