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Land Petition of Russell Pitman
To His Excellency John Graves Simcoe Esq. Lieut. Governor and Commander in
Chief of the Province of Upper Canada. The Memorialist of Russell Pitman,
late Private of His Majesty's Corps. of Loyal Rangers. Humbly Showeth....
That Your Excellency's Memorialist have done ane made improvements on
one hundred acres of land. That Lord Dorchester's bounty of two hundred
acres still due to your Memorialist, which he humbly name to be assigned
to him in Ernestown in the county of Addington. And your Memorialist
as in duty bound shall ever pray. Signed Russell Pitman. Adulphustown
26 December 1792. To His Excellency J. Graves Simcoe, Lieut. Governor
In Council. The Memorialist Russell Pitman. 200 acres Granted.
On April 25, 1801 following is an agreement:
This is to certify that Russell Pitman has charge of Lot 12 in the 3rd
concession of Thurlow, and to forbid all persons from cutting or
destroying any kind of timber on the same, and has the cutting of what
grass is on it. Signed Andrew Embury. (This simply means that no other
people were allowed this land promised to Russell Pitman).
Upper Canada Land Board of Minutes and Records 1765-1804, Mecklenburg
Memorial # 20..... Russell Pitman, memorial for Lord Dorchester, has
drawn Lot 27, of 200 acres in the 1st concession of Ernestown, and
27 of 150 acres in the 3rd concession of Ernestown, in all 250 acres,
150 of which is being drawn by his family. It appears he has improved
part of the above, which entitled him to the bounty, therefore Granted.
C14027, Dia 2.
* There are many many sources for Russell Pitman being in Ontario as
early as 1783 with the "Loyal Rangers". He had several Land Petitions
over the years but these are the earliest found. By 1800 he was living in
and had 200 acres in Thurlow twp. on Lot 10, Concession 5. He had recieved
about 450 acres of land adjoining the original in the Thurlow area, which
is near todays' Belleville and Latta Mills twp. I also have the copy
of his Will which is very thorough includes all of his land, household contents and
livestock at the time of his death. Several Histories of the area, in
which Russell Pitman's name seems to appear many times as one of the
original settlers. He was my 5th Great Grandfather.
Land Petition of Harmanus Wannamaker
Image Petition 1
Image Petition 2
To his Excellency the Right Honorable Guy Lord Dorchester Captian
General, Governor and Commander in Chief of the Colonies of Quebec,
Nova Scotia and New Brunswich and this Defendant.
The Memorial of Harmanus Wannamaker, Loyalist.
That your Lordships Memorialist has always been a sincere friend to
the British Government and Constitution, has come to this settlement
with an intention of becoming an inhabitant, therefor begs to be
admitted and to recieve the same privilege that other subjects of his
description have already liberally recieved. And most humbly prays
that two hundred acres of land may be asigned him in Richmond
And your Memorialist as in duty bound shall ever pray.
Kingston 27th, June 1791
Report page 24
Certificate granted 29th, June 1791
Note: I have 7 of these true hand written copies of the original
documents in my posession of several Loyalists in the family. Harmanus'
Land was west of Redner-land that is now Rednersville, Prince Edward
county, Ontario. Rear Concession from the water Lot 78, Con. 1, Bayside.
His brother's Peter, Andrew and Thomas adjoin his on simular lot
numbers. Both Peter Wanamaker and Russell Pitman's are more thorough,
which includes their Regiments in the Army. I also have 2 other's of
Harmanus' which are dated later. Harmanus was my 4th Great Grandfather.
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