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Pioneers of the Bay of Quinte
Why I am interested in this settler.
In researching Anne McArthur and Cyrus Marsh, it became compelling to straighten out the various McArthur people who were in the Quinte area. The McArthur family is closely tied to Capt George Singleton and Lt Israel Ferguson; two men involved in the earliest history of Belleville, ON. Anne McArthur is the daughter of Charles McArthur. Thanks to Guylaine Pétrin and Shirley Sutherland for their considerable help.
© Randy Saylor, Mar 2014
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The key findings of this research are:
A word about the Canniff Fonds
William Canniff wrote the famous History of the Settlement of Upper Canada in 1869. Some of his notes gathered before writing the book survive in the Canniff Fonds held at the Archives of Ontario. His lengthy interview with Martha Maybee, daughter of Charles McArthur states that Martha was 74 when the notes were taken and then when the book was published Canniff states that Martha is 78. This suggests that the notes were taken 4 years earlier in 1865 and that Martha was thus born about 1791. She speaks of often visiting, Anne Singleton/Chisholm/Marsh, her older half sister and would have known first hand or from her parents the facts that she expressed. Her comments are accepted as a reliable source.
Charles and John McArthur - Scotland to America
No primary record states that they came from Scotland so we have to rely on the words of Martha Maybee, daughter of Charles McArthur UE, who informed William Canniff in 1865 that her father was Charles McArthur, he came from Scotland and settled on the Mohawk River and fought with Burgoyne and after the war, came to Canada and settled first near Prescott, ON. We can assume that brother John also came from Scotland. It would appear that John and Charles were close in age as Charles had his first child in 1771 and John in 1773.
How do we know that Charles and John McArthur are brothers?
In an affidavit included in a submission in 1821 to the Second Heir and Devisee Commission (SHDC), Charles McArthur states that "Charles McArthur Brother of the original nominee proves the claimant to be the eldest son and Heir at Law of the O.N. [Original Nominee]". The original nominee referred to is John McArthur UE who died in 1798 and Charles is saying he is his brother. The claimant was his nephew, also Charles, who was the eldest son of the deceased John McArthur. This is the only record found that states that the two loyalists were brothers.
Charles McArthur UE (c1750 - 1827)
Anne McArthur, the oldest child of Charles, was born in 1771. If Charles was about 21 at the time then let us conclude that he was born in Scotland c1750 and came to America before 1770, settling in the Hudson or Mohawk Valley, probably with his brother. William Canniff writes in 1869 that, "Charles McArthur, a native of Scotland, came to America before the rebellion, and settled upon the Mohawk River. Took part in the war, in Burgoyne's army. Lived for some time at Oswegotchie, when he removed to head of the bay [of Quinte]." No petition survives for Charles but the UE list states that he was with the King's Rangers and was granted land in Augusta Tp at Oswegotchie, now Prescott. Charles did not petition for loyalist losses.
Most of what we know about Charles comes from the surviving notes of an 1865 interview of his daughter Martha Maybee by William Canniff. Martha said that he came to Upper Canada after the war with no kids, married then had 4 children at Oswegotchie, his wife died, then he moved to head Bay of Quinte, lived with an aunt of Mrs Mabee "widow Ferguson, relic of Israel Ferguson". Charles died at Presquile in 1827, was buried in Taylor Burying Grounds. Martha also mentions her half sister, Anne Marsh, who she frequently visited. Anne's 1796 certificate states that she was the "daughter of Charles McArthur, UE, 25 years of age, born in Kinderhook." Thus Anne was born in 1771 by his first wife who died before the end of the war. Perhaps Anne was raised by her uncle John McArthur or friends causing Martha to say Charles came to Upper Canada with no children.
Charles moved around. First he is granted land and settles at Oswegotchie in Augusta Tp, then in Niagara (1807) and later in Murray (1812) based on petitions of his children. In the 1815 Murray census his family comprises 2 males over 16, 2 under and 2 females over 16 and 2 under. The 1815 petition of his daughter says he is "now of Augusta" and in 1816 he is not in the Murray census. In the 1818 and 1819 Murray census a Charles McArthur is recorded as living alone back in Murray and this could also be his nephew Charles. For a time he moved about seeking his fortune.
The eldest child of John is born in 1773, so like his brother, let us assume he was born in Scotland c1750. His wife, Elizabeth, is born in 1743 so perhaps he is born closer to that date. William Canniff writes in 1869 that John McArthur UE, is one of first settlers west of River Trent, ie Murray Township. The UE list states that John was a soldier with the Loyal Rangers aka Jessup's Rangers. The Rose list includes the letters BMA which stand for Capt Barnes Muster Absentees. Capt Barnes was with the Loyal Americans who settled in New Brunswick so this reference seems not to be accurate. John did not petition for loyalist losses but a John McArthur did make an oath in support of a man in Tryon, NY. If this is the same John McArthur then this fits with where Martha Maybee said his brother Charles McArthur had lived since Tryon is in the Mohawk Valley. The UE list has John McArthur in Thurlow and Martha Maybee says he first settled in Fredericksburgh then later in Murray Township. All of this is clarified in his 1797 petition where John states that he was a non commissioned officer in the King's Rangers, the same regiment as his brother Charles, and that he was granted 100 acres in Fredericksburgh. He further states that in 1791 he removed to Murray Tp and settled on lot 5, Broken Front, Con B (sic) and he petitioned for this lot. In an 1836 petition of his daughter, Elizabeth, there is an 1838 affidavit stating that he died "abt 40 yrs ago", thus he died about 1798, leaving a widow and children.
A key set of documents is the 1821 Second Heir & Devisee file. Charles, the oldest son of John, successfully makes his case for a deed to Lot 5, Broken Front, Con A, Murray. The file has various affidavits. One states that he left an unproved will dated 12 Sept 1798 and this matches well with the death information in the petition mentioned above. Another dated 1819 states that his wife, Elizabeth, releases her dower and this is the only document found that states her forename. This same "Widow McArthur" is 60 and living with the McArthur family in the 1803 Murray Census. She was thus born about 1743. She is still present in the 1808 census.
A "John Macarthur" is named in a 1790 Sydney account book. The entry is dated 10 Mar 1792 as he buys 6 bushells of potatoes.
The four children of John McArthur and Elizabeth ??? (she is "widow McArthur" up to 1808 Murray census.)
Christine [McArthur] Taylor UE of Thurlow
Christine is the mother of John Taylor, who settled very early at Belleville. It is quite possible that Christine is an older sister or aunt of Charles and John McArthur. In 1798, she successfully makes the following petition; "petition of Christine Taylor, alias McArthur, of Thurlow ... that during the last American War had 3 of her sons in the service of Great Britain, wherein 2 of them lost their lives in the said service and your petitioner is UE Loyalist, come to this Province in the year 1789 and never received any lands as yet ... prays ...quantity of unlocated lands ... Alexander Chisholm certifies that 'the above named Christine Taylor has been a great service to our scouts in the time of the war to my knowledge'."
Alexander Chisholm, husband of Anne McArthur who is a daughter of Charles McArthur, is certifying personal knowledge of this woman. Christina Taylor, M[idland] District is on the UE list. She is one of the few women to have that distinction.
In a 1790 Sydney account there are three entries for a Duncan Mcaurther, MacAurther and McAurthur. The first two are dated 22 Jan 1791 and the third 20 Apr 1791. This account is found in the William Canniff Fonds and is transcribed on this web site. More work needs to be done on this man. There is a Duncan McArthur in the UE lists, Sergt. K. R1. Regt. N.Y., RRNY, was son of Donald, resides Charlottenburgh (p. 217). However no Duncan McArthur appears to be granted land as a UE (OLRI) and no petition has survived for the Duncan McArthur UE on the UE lists (UCLP). So what is a Duncan doing in Sydney in 1791? It suggests a connection to Charles and John McArthur.
Source: Dr William Canniff Papers, F1390, MU490, E2 Archives of Ontario, 1790 Sidney Account Book
Lt Israel Ferguson
Israel Ferguson joined the loyalist cause in 1777 at age 25 and was the Lieutenant of the 1st Company of the King's Rangers, the same regiment as Charles and John McArthur. Israel and his brothers Farrington and Richard, all in the Kings Rangers, make claims for loyalist losses. Martha Maybee informs us that Lt Israel Ferguson was first at Sorel then 3rd town then to Thurlow with Capt Singleton and he died Dec 1789, 3 mo's after Capt George Singleton died. Recall that Anne McArthur's first husband was Capt Singleton, followed by Col. Alexander Chisholm and then Cyrus Marsh.
"Widow Ferguson", aunt of Martha [McArthur] Maybee
In the Canniff Papers, Martha Maybee, claims that her mother died "and the family removed to the head of the Bay of Quinte to her aunt’s, by name of widow Ferguson, relic of Israel Ferguson. This Ferguson was a Lieutenant, sometimes called Capt. and lived with Captain Singleton." Martha further states that her aunt, Mrs Ferguson, remarries "Abram Cronk (and 9 children)" in Sophiasburgh in 1796 to which place Mrs Maybee then went.
Combining this with the fact that a number of secondary sources state that Nancy Singleton is the wife of Lt Israel Ferguson and that Capt George Singleton is his brother-in-law - we can make a logical conclusion.
The accepted facts are:
Logic dictates that we accept that Widow Ferguson is Nancy Singleton, a sister of Martha's mother (1) and a sister of Capt. George Singleton (2) and . Thus ??? Singleton, is a sister to Nancy and George, and the second wife of Charles McArthur and the mother of Martha Maybee.
So is Nancy Singleton really the wife of Lt Israel Ferguson?
No primary or older source has been found to confirm the statement that Nancy Singleton is the wife of Israel Ferguson. No statement has been found in the Canniff Papers or early petitions. Below are some of the modern sources that keep repeating the same story. For the time being, I will accept that 'widow Ferguson' is 'Nancy Singleton' and sister of George Singleton and sister of the second wife of Charles McArthur till proven otherwise.
The logic above has allowed us to say that the aunt of Martha Maybee is Nancy Singleton and that Martha's mother is also a Singleton, forename unknown. Therefore, the second wife of Charles McArthur is ??? Singleton, sister to Nancy Singleton and George Singleton.
Widow Ferguson marries Abram Cronk
Martha Maybee claims that widow Ferguson married "Abram Cronk (and 9 children) in Sophiasburgh in 1796." This matches perfectly with Abraham Cronk who had 9 surviving children by his first wife and came as a settler to Sophiasburgh in 1786. This implies that Abraham Cronk's first wife died before 1796. See section 2 of the Cronk web page on this site for more details.
|CHRONOLOGICAL McARTHUR RECORDS|
1779 Mrs McARTHUR
Sorel, 1st July 1779, An effective list of all the Loyalists in Canada receiving Provisions from the Kings store, that are not charged for the same; with an exact accompt of the numbers of their families, their age & sex and the quanty of provisns pr day, with remarks opposite their Perspective names.
Mrs McArthur, Former abode: N. York, County: Albany, 1 Woman, 1 female under 10, 3/4 ration per day, Place of Residence: St John's, Husband subsisted as private in Capt [Daniel] McAlpin's Corps.
Source: Haldimand Papers, British Library, Returns of Loyalists in Canada, Add MSS 21826, LAC, H-1654, B-166, p. 15, on line Heritage Canadiana, image 630
[Note: The female under 10 is most likely Anne McArthur with her mother at Sorel.]
[no dates] JOHN & CHARLES McARTHUR
General Return of Refugee Loyalists in the Province of Quebec, exclusive of those quartered, and residing at the Upper Post 
John McArthur, 1 woman, 1 female between 12 & 6
Source: Haldimand Papers, British Library, Returns of Loyalists in Canada, Add MSS 21826, LAC, H-1654, B-166, p. 217, on line Heritage Canadiana, image 840
Jno McArthur, 1 incorporated male, 1 woman, 2 males +12, 1 male bet'n12-6, 1 male under 6, 1 female +12, 1 female under 6, NY, shoemaker.
Charles McArthur, 1 incorpoarted male, 0 woman, 1 male +12, 1 male under 6, NY, shoemaker
[both names one after the other]
Source: Haldimand Papers, British Library, Returns of Loyalists in Canada, Add MSS 21826, LAC, H-1654, B-166, p. 218, on line Heritage Canadiana, image 841
Return of Loyal Rangers - Company of Pensioners 
Jno McArthur, 1 incorporated male, from New York, farmer & shoemaker
Daniel [written at bottom - Daniel McAlpin?]
Source: Haldimand Papers, British Library, Returns of Loyalists in Canada, Add MSS 21826, LAC, H-1654, B-166, p. 240, on line Heritage Canadiana, image 863
Return of a Detachment of the Kings Rangers Commmanded by Major James Rogers, in Canada, for which he is entitled to the Kings Bounty at 5 dollars pr man.
St John's, 10th Jany 1782
Charles McArthur [listed one after the other]
Source: Haldimand Papers, British Library, Returns of Loyalists in Canada, Add MSS 21827, LAC, H-1655, B-167, p. 338, on line Heritage Canadiana, image 24
Return of Disbanded Troops and Loyalists, Settled in Township No 3 (Cataraqui)
Chas McArthur, 1 man, 1 woman, at St Johns
Jno McArthur, 1 man, at St Johns
Source: Haldimand Papers, British Library, Musters of Refugee Loyalists desiring to settle in Canada, n.d., 1784, Add MSS 21828, LAC, H-1655, B-168, p. 75, on line Heritage Canadiana, image 189
Return of Disbanded Troops and Loyalists, Settled in Township No 5, mustered 13th Oct 1784
Jno McArthur, 1 man, 1/2 acre cleared, in Canada
Source: Haldimand Papers, British Library, Musters of Refugee Loyalists desiring to settle in Canada, n.d., 1784, Add MSS 21828, LAC, H-1655, B-168, p. 75, on line Heritage Canadiana, image 208
McArthur, Charles .... East District, Augusta, Soldier, King's Rangers, Petition, Regiment Roll
McArthur, John.... Thurlow, Soldier, Loyal Rangers, BMA [Capt Barnes' Muster Absentees]
Source 1: The Old United Empire Loyalist List, M2
Source 2: The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada by the United Empire Loyalists 1784 -1884, 1885, 217
Note: John McCarthur is his 1797 petition below states that he was a non commissioned officer in the King's Rangers.
LOYALIST LOSSES CLAIM
Montreal, July 11 1787
John Macarthur sworn, "knew Claimant [John Dewar], in Tryon County, he went into Canada to join the British. Knew his farm, knew his stock, one mare, three cows and some hogs. The cattle were left when he went off to Canada."
Source: Loyalist settlements, 1783-1789 : new evidence of Canadian loyalist claims, research and transcription by W. Bruce Antliff, Toronto, Ministry of Citizenship and Culture, 1985, 298. Thanks to Guylaine Pétrin for finding this.
25 Apr 1791, Ninth Township; To the Honourable Board of Commissioners
The petition of the Subscribers Humbly
Sheweth that they have settled and Improved on lands in the Ninth Township which has never ben [sic] laid out in a propper manner and in order to prevent Disputes that may arise Your humble Petitioners beg your Honours will Direct means to have the Town laid out into lots as is customary in tis New settlement Which your Petitioners in Duty bound that ever pray [signed all] Charles McArthur
Samuel Grifin [Griffin]
Fredric Jonsen [Johnson]
Geasns? Right [Wright]
Peter Purves [Purvis]
Levy Cumstock [Comstock]
Jonathan Fulferd [Fulford]
Zacariah Heagreman [Hagerman]
[fold note] Referd to his Lordship (In Council) McArthur first named
Source: UCLP, RG1 L3, LAC, V 323A, Mc Misc/ 3, C-2188, starts at image 769
1793 CHARLES McARTHUR, VERMONT
26 Feb 1793, petition of Roger Stevens of Marlborough, County of Granville and Charles McArthur of the State of Vermont and Associates - request a grant of a Township in the north side of the River Redease, commencing at the Upper line of Marlborough TP and extending about 10 miles up the River .... about 50 potential settlers sign the petition.
[fold note] Read in Council 30 May 1793, not granted, Entered in Land Book A, p. 84
[Note: This could be the same Charles McArthur UE given that he seems to travel quite a bit - Fredericksburgh, Niagara, Augusta and now possibly Marlborough. Maybe Charles McArthur UE was a land speculator given this movement. This group are applying as settlers and it seems strange that Charles McArthur in this petition states he is from Vermont - if he was the Charles McArthur UE you would expect him to say he is from Upper Canada to strengthen his commitment to the province and these settlers. At this time, the conclusion is that this man is not the same man as Charles McArthur, UE.]
Source: UCLP, RG1 L3, V448a, S1/167, 1792-96, C-2806, image 405
1796 NANCY or ANNE McARTHUR
"A certificate dated 4 March 1796 in which 'The bearer Nancy Chisholm alias McArthur, daughter of Charles McArthur, UE, 25 years of age, born in Kinderhook ...' etc, asks for 200 acres of land." [Thus born 1771.]
Source: email from Shirley Sutherland, Dec 2013. Hoping to get a more precise citation for this record.
1797 PETITION - JOHN McARTHUR
15 Aug 1797, Murray, The petition of John McArthur. That your honorable petitioner served during the late American War as a non commissioned officer in the Kings Rangers and after the Reduction in 1783 settled and improved lands in Fredericksburgh ... where your petitioner received only 100 acres of land. That your petitioner understanding from the Surveyor General that any person entitled to lands who would settle and improve any of the unlocated lands in the province should upon being found in possession of the lands secured in His improvements did settle and improve a lot of land in the year 1791 at the Head of the Bay of Quinty that upon the lands being surveyed it appears that the lot No 5 Broken front in the Township of Murray is a reserved lot whereby your petitioner is in danger of losing his improvements ... prays ... to grant him the said lot No 5 in the broken front and such further quantity of lands ...
[note] recd 30 Aug 1797, read same day, Rec for 400 acres including former lands & 150 acres family lands. Have recd that the lot in Murray be not reserved, if it can be done without difficulty at the Survey Office.
Source: UCLP, RG1 L3, V329, M3/127, 1797, C-2192, image 599
1797 PETITION - JOHN McARTHUR JR
12 Aug 1797, Murray, petition of John McArthur Jr, being the son of John McArthur, a UE Loyalist and not having received grants of any kind ... prays ... 200 acres
12 Aug 1797, oath of allegiance before John Bleecker, CP [Clerk of the Peace]
[fold notes] recd 30 Aug 1797, read same day, Recd 200 acres as SUE, Warrant next day
Source: UCLP, RG1 L3, V329, M3/81, 1797, C-2192, image 439
1803 MURRAY CENSUS
Alexander Chisholm, 55
Nancy Chisholm (no age stated) [We know that Anne/Nancy was 32 in 1803]
Alex Chisholm Junr, 9
Angus Chisholm, 7
John Singleton, 14
Neal McArthur, 17
Polly McArthur, 14
Also in the 1803 Murray Census are:
Widow McArthur, age 60
Polly McArthur, 19
Charles McArthur, 30
John McArthur, 24
Source: 1803 Murray Census
1806 MURRAY CENSUS
Miss McArthur, 63
Source: 1806 Murray Census
1807 PETITION - NEAL McARTHUR
10 Feb 1807, petition of Neal McArthur, Thurlow, yeoman, is the son of Charles McArthur who served in his Majesties Army in the late war in America in the capacity of a private soldier and has resided in the province from the first settlement thereof formerly in the Eastern District now at Niagara ... prays ... 200 acres ... as the son of an UE Loyalist [signed] Neal McArthur
Samuel Sherwood Esq one of the JP's swears he is upwards of 21 years and that he has never rec'd lands.
[note] Read in Council, recommended 200 acres, Warrant S45 issued 19 Feb 1807, name of Charles McArthur is on the UE list
[fold notes] Neal McArthur son of Charles McArthur formerly of the Eastern District now of Niagara, 16 Feb 1807, rec'd from himself, Entered in Land Book G, p. 248
Source: UCLP, RG1 L3, V333a, M8/102, 1802-08, C-2195, starts at image 891
1807 PETITION - MARY AMY McARTHUR
[written in the same hand and style as Neal McArthur's petition.]
10 Feb 1807, petition of Mary Amy McArthur, Thurlow is the daughter of Charles McArthur of Niagara an UE loyalist formerly of the Eastern District ... prays ... 200 acres ... as the daughter of an UE Loyalist Mary Amy her X mark McArthur
Samuel Sherwood Esq one of the JP's swears she is of age and that she has never rec'd lands.
[fold notes] Read in council, 17 Feb 1807, Recomd 200 acres. Warrant T45 issued 19 Feb 1807 by petitioners brother Neal McArthur.
Source: UCLP, RG1 L3, V333a, M8/101, 1802-08, C-2195, starts at image 895
1812 PETITION - JOHN McARTHUR son of Charles
3 Jan 1812, petition of John McArthur of Sidney ... he is the son of Charles McArthur a UE Loyalist formerly of Augusta but now of Murray ... attained full age of 21 ... taken the oath of allegiance ... never received lands ... prays ''' 200 acres ... permit James McNabb Esq to locate the same ... [signed] John McArthur
Statements certified by James McNabb, JP. Oath taken by W? Spencer, commissioner
[fold notes] Recd 17 Feb 1812 from James McNabb Esq, read in Council 27 Feb 1812, recommended for grant of 200 acres as SUE, approved, entered Land Book F, p. 131
Source: UCLP, RG1 L3, V336, M10/115, 1802-08, C-2197, starts at image 876
1815 PETITION - MARTHA [McARTHUR] MAYBEE
4 Oct 1815, Thurlow, petition of Martha Maybee, is the daughter of Charles McArthur of the township of Augusta, a UE that your petitioner is married to John Mabee [sic] of Thurlow and that she has never received any land .. from the Crown ... prays ... for a grant or order of 200 acres ... and permit Mr William McMullen to locate the same. [signed] Martha Maybee
4 Oct 1815, James McNabb, JP certifies she is married and has never received lands.
[fold notes] rec 9 Oct 1815, read in Committee 7 Nov 1815, recommended 200 acres, approved in Council 11 Nov 1815, Warrant Q116 issued 20 Nov 1815 by Wm McMullen, agent.
Source: UCLP, RG1 L3, V336, M10/208, 1808-17, C-2198, starts at image 215
1816 PETITION - NEAL McARTHUR
10 Dec 1816, Belleville, petition of Neal McArthur, Town of Belleville, carpenter, son of Charles McArthur, UE Loyalist and was born at St John's in Lower Canada, removed from thence to this province ... has lived ever since ... is now 31 years of age and taken the oath of allegiance several times ... that your petitioner has erected a frame house upon block number 14 on the Front St of Belleville where he now resides. ... prays ... grant him the said block of land, & also the water lot number 13 in front of it [signed] Neal McArthur
[signed] 4 Dec 1816, Ernestown, Addington, certifies that Neal McArthur of the Village of Belleville did belong to my Troop of Militia Dragoons of Addington and that he was always obedient and faithful in the discharge of his duty during the late war with the United States of America ... and also that he equipped himself at his own expense as a Dragoon.C. Fralick, Capt,
Source: UCLP, RG1 L3, V337, M11/55, 1812-16, C-2199, starts at image 34
1817 PETITION - JOHN McARTHUR
8 Apr 1817, Belleville, petition of John McArthur, Belleville, carpenter, son of a Loyalist, has always resided in the province and did his duty during the late war ... that your Excellency having been pleased to grant your petitioner part of located No 14 in Belleville & also an order for a town lot, he is desirous of locating the town lot on the nearest vacant lot to the said lot ... prays ... locate lot No 13 in the west side of Pinnacle Street and the vacant broken piece of land in front thereof called No 13 in Front Street.
[fold notes] granted lot No 13, west side of Pinnacle St. only, order transmitted to Survr Genl 17 Oct 1817, entered in Land Book J, p. 243
Source: UCLP, RG1 L3, V337, M11/152, 1812-16, C-2199, starts at image 479
1817 PETITION - JOHN McARTHUR of Kingston
21 Oct 1817, Kingston. This John McArthur is a native of Scotland, merchant, Kingston, has a fine stone house on Store St and prays for a Town lot. He has been in UC for 9 years (1808 arrival). He is unlikely a close relative of the family of this web page.
Source: UCLP, RG1 L3, V337, M11/152, 1812-16, C-2199, starts at image 593
1821 SECOND HEIR & DEVISEE COMMISSION [SHDC]
2 June 1807, Take Notice: That Charles McArthur, Murray, yeoman, will claim before the Commission where no patent has been issued ... lot 18, and W 1/2 of lot 17, con 5, Murray; lot 5, Broken Con A, Murray as Heir at Law of John McArthur, deceased who was the original nominee of the Crown.
3 July 1821, Survr Genl Office, John McArthur is located on lot 18 & SW quarter of lot 17, con 5, Murray, 250 acres under authority of an order in Council of 30 Aug 1797 and a description (No 8618) issued for the above 250 acres, about the year 1802. [signed] Thos Ridout, Survr Genl
26 Sept 1820, Notice - this is a second notice similar to the 1807 notice where Charles claims the lot with the correction of claiming the SW quarter of lot 17.
13 July 1819, Release of Dower, Elizabeth McArthur to Charles McArthur; Elizabeth McArthur, widow of the late John McArthur, Murray, deceased, "for 5 shillings to me in hand by Charles McArthur, Murray, the oldest son of John McArthur, deceased," ...... bars her dowers rights to the lot. Elizabeth her X mark McArthur. In the presence of RC Wilkins and James Young, both JP's
Undated, a page listing the various pieces of evidence presented to the commission. States that John McArthur is the father of Charles, eldest son and another son John, brother to Charles. That John Sr died "without making a legal will."
A key additional paragraph states, "Mr Whitehead his agent, produces a Paper purporting to be the Will of John McArthur dated 12 Sept 1798 - devising that his debts be paid out of his personal estate and that No 18 - 5 con, Murray. Also that he gives to his son John, Lot No 5, BF, Murray, he taking care of his mother as long as she has a mind to live with him. This will is not proved otherwise than before ? Commissioner 12 Apr 1820."
18 Apr 1819 "The affidavit of Charles McArthur Brother of the original nominee proves the claimant to be the eldest son and Heir at Law of the O.N. [Original Nominee] taken before Board Commission 18 Apr 1819"
Source: Heir & Devisee, RG 40-5, AO, 1821, MS 657, r. 20, 40-0502
1822 PETITION - CHARLES McARTHUR
10 Jan 1822, petition of Charles McArthur, Murray, yeoman, is the eldest son of and heir at law to John McArthur, late of the said township, UE Loyalist, that in 1797 the said John McArthur received an order in council to locate Lot No 5 in the broken front called A in the said township on which he has cleared about 25 acres and built thereupon two log houses and two barns and has also planted an orchard, that the said John McArthur is since dead in consequence of which your petitioner took possession of the said lot and has resided thereon since. That on viewing the Map of the said township in the Surveyor Genls office , your petitioner finds that the said lot is marked as a Crown Reserve. In addition to which your petitioner would remark that his Father was one of the first settlers in the said township. ... prays ... he may receive His Majesty's patent [signed] Charles McArthur
28 Dec 1821, Abel Newman, Murray, yeoman, maketh oath .. personally acquainted with Charles McArthur who live son lot No 5, broken front A, Murray, 75 acres cleared , 2 log houses and 2 barns
21 Jan 1822, Murray, Abraham Simmons swears that sometime about the year 1792 he removed into this province and resided in Sidney. At that time John McArthur, the father of Charles McArthur was residing on lot 5, Broken Front, Con A, Murray and that he continued to reside on it untill his Death and that Charles McArthur the present heir has resided in this province for 23 years and has resided on that lot for most of that time and that this is now cleared and under fence about 20 acres with 2 houses and 2 barns and orchard on the said land. [signed] Abraham Simmons
6 Feb 1822, Thos Ridout, Surveyor General, states that the lot was a Crown Reserve but "John McArthur was found settled on that part of it by consent .. of the last Board of the Midland District before Mr Aitken began the survey thereof." "Recommended as suggested by the Surveyor Genl", Order issued 2 Mar 1822
Source: UCLP, RG1 L3, V344, M13/149, 1816-22, C-2203, starts at image 824
1836 PETITION - ELIZABETH [McARTHUR] McKENZIE
Rec'd 28 Jan 1837, petition of Elizabeth McKenzie, wife of Daniel McKenzie, Murray, is the daughter of John McArthur, late of the township of Murray, UE Loyalist, is the full age of 21 years and has never received land ... pray for 200 acres Elizabeth her X mark McKenzie
11 Oct 1836, sworn before J Huston JP to affirm the above.
7 Nov 1837, John Gruber, Murray, yeoman, formerly of Sidney, maketh oath ... well acquainted with John McCarty [sic] of Murray, yeoman, UE Loyalist, and known her upwards of 40 years; that the land John McCarty resided on in Thurlow before removing to Murray aforesaid; that he was well acquainted with the inhabitants of Sidney and Thurlow and that he never knew any other John McCarty than the one above named a UE Loyalist.
[signed] John Gruber
16 Feb 1838, Dan Simmons of Murray, yeoman, maketh oath ... he is now 68 years old ... that he hath known Elizabeth McKenzie, wife of Daniel McKenzie about 40 years ... that she is the daughter of John McArthur .. UE Loyalist .. first settled in Fredericksburgh on the Bay of Quinte and that he removed from thence to Murray where he died about 40 years ago [thus died abt 1798]; and that he remained loyal till his death. David his X mark Simmons
11 Oct 1836; appeared at Quarter Sessions before John Tucker Williams, Chairman and Thomas Ward, Clerk of Peace .. recognized to be who she claimed
[fold notes] The claim of John McArthur is not upon the UE lists.
Source: UCLP, RG1 L3, V326, M Misc/275, 1824-40, C-2190, starts at image 247
12 Oct 1842, Cobourg, Elizabeth McKenzie, Township of Murray, wife of Daniel McKenzie, is the daughter of John McArthur, formerly of the Township of Thurlow, yeoman, deceased, a UE Loyalist, hath arrived at the age of sixty years past, and hath never received land … prays for 200 acres. Sworn before Richard Hare and Thomas Ward, Clerk of Peace. Personally appeared before Chairman of the Quarter Sessions.
[fold notes] Rec’d Nov 8/42, Recommended, Approved in Council 18 Feb 1843, Order issued
Source: UCLP, RG 1 L3, LAC, 1839-1843, Vol 312, Mc 2/12, film C-2142, starts at image 357
|3. CANNIFF RECORDS|
SETTLEMENT of UPPER CANADA, CANNIFF 1869
Charles McArthur, a native of Scotland, came to America before the rebellion, and settled upon the Mohawk River. Took part in the war, in Burgoyne's army. Lived for some time at Oswegotchie, when he removed to head of the bay [of Quinte]. There were living then west of the Trent River only the following families: Peter Huffman, Donald McDonell, John Bleecker, Esq., and John McArthur. A daughter of Charles McArthur still lives at Belleville, having been born at Oswegotchie, now aged 78, [Mrs. Maybee - It was this Mrs Maybee that gave Canniff information in his notes below.]
Source: History of the Settlement of Upper Canada, William Canniff, 1869, 112
WILLIAM CANNIFF FONDS
Mrs. Martha Maybee --- born McArthur, aged 74 next April (Born in ’91) at Schuthen? --- now Brockville. Her father’s name was Chas McArthur was born in Scotland. Died in 1827 at Presque Isle --- brought to Belleville and buried in Tailor’s burying ground. Emigrated to America & settled in the Mohawk river. When Revolutionary War broke out he fought for the British in Burgoyne’s army. Came to Canada right after the war & settled at S[chuthen?] Brockville. Was then married but had no children, 4 afterward born in S[chuthen?]. The mother died and the family removed to the head of Bay Quinte to her aunt’s, by name of widow Ferguson, relic[t] of Israel Ferguson. This Ferguson was a Lieutenant, sometimes called Capt. and lived with Captain Singleton. The following history of Capt. Singleton and Ferguson and families was told to Mrs. Maybee by her aunt Mrs Ferguson who subsequently was married to Abram Cronk (and 9 children) of Sophiasburgh in 1796. (to which place Mrs. M. then went). Lieut. Ferguson made his escape to Lower Canada from the Mohawk from the time of the war. Came in boats below Quebec. Lived for a time at Sorel. Moved from Sorel to 3rd Town in company with Capt Singleton (who was married (afterwards I suppose) to Mrs. Maybee’s half sister) and his servant and wife by name of old Johnson. In the 3rd Town Capt. Singleton had drawn 200 acres of land here he built a comfortable nice log house with several rooms. Lived there probably 2 years. Capt. Singleton had also drawn 400 acres in Thurlow so hither the whole party[,] 3 men and wives removed and settled on the place between Bleekers and John Tailor’s on the Front 200 acres. Built a comfortable log house --- length of 2 logs --- was divided into 2 parts one of which was for a trading house with the Indians (Mrs. Maybee knows not whether Tailor had then settled in Belleville). Down the bay then there was 1st a house where is Fowler’s place. here lived Archy Chisholm 3 miles below Squire Sherwood, where Hector Leavens now lives. When Capt. Singleton left 3rd town he reserved one of the rooms in his house so that he could at any time in going up and down the bay stay there. (John Singleton the Capt’s son was 8 months [sic, weeks] old when his father died, he was born in June 23rd 1789) the Capt. died in Sept). A fortnight before he died he with Ferguson and Johnson the 3 wives and the baby John Singleton started from Thurlow in a Batteaux owned by Singleton and Ferguson for Kingston. The women at least were going to stay in 3rd Town until the batteaux came back from Kingston. When crossing the big bay Singleton took ill, he thought it was sea sickness, the party wanted to return but he would not. The 1st night they stayed with Capt. John (Indian), his wife a squaw doctored him and in the morning he was better and pressed on his way, was sick all day, 2nd night stayed at Capt Trumpours. The next day got to his place 3rd Town went to his house and getting worse there he died 9 days after. A doctor was procured from Kingston. Johnson his servant took the same disease (whatever it was) and died a few days after. Capt Singleton was a nice man --- a perfect gentleman beloved by all who knew him. Ferguson now had the two widows and the baby with his own wife, then he brought back to Thurlow. At this time provisions was very scarce, there was no flour in Thurlow. Ferguson brought a barrel flour. Mrs. M. forgets
how much was paid for the barrel but it was a great price. This flour was a precious thing to them and neighbours, not so extravagant as to bake bread in a loaf, it was used by little made into cakes. They did not keep it all but sent to others a quart now and then. Mrs. M. has often heard her aunt talk about this flour. It was the more precious thing and the most useful she ever had. Sad to say just 3 months after Capt. Singleton and his servant died Ferguson died also of pleurisy (this must have been in December. It can be imagined how useful that barrel of flour was. Here were 3 widows and a child all living in one house. Ferguson was buried in the Tailor burying ground (Tailor was no doubt the first settler about Belleville, Include the fact that upon his ground is the burying ground goes far to prove that. Yet according to the custom of burying on the farm it would be that whoever lost a friend first might commence the establishment of a burying place to which all the neighbours would thereafter go. W.C.). Old John Tailor of Belleville had with him his mother and grandmother her mother. She died at the age of 90. She was spinning hemp the very day she died, 2 hours before, she suddenly stopped, told them to put away the wheel as she was done spinning and so died. She it is likely was the first person white buried in Belleville. This history was told to Mrs. Maybee by her aunt and thinks it occurred between 1780-90.
The widow Ferguson when Mrs. M. went to live with her resided between the Trent river and the head of the bay on the shore. There then lived up there Peter Huffman & family, Donald McDonnell, John Bleeker, Esq., & John McArthur. They all lived between the Trent and the head of the bay. All around was a wilderness. Huffman was right at the head of the bay. Bleeker’s near the river. He owned where Trenton now is. (Mrs. Maybee remembers well when she was 3 years old.) Then down the bay 3 1/2 miles below was Capt. Marsh, near by one Soper then no more till came to Chrysdale’s (Ostrom’s place) who lived in a miserable log hut with no fireplace nor other comfort. Up to 1808 Trenton was a cedar swamp. In 1806 A. H. Miers [Adam Henry Meyers] came from Belleville and built a mill about a mile up the Trent raising 1st a sawmill afterward a flouring mill. The whole place was desolate enough a single track up to the mill for sleigh, if two met would have turn them up to pass. There were no roads up and down the bay --- traveled in batteaux in summer and on the ice in the winter. Mrs. M. lived in Sophiasburgh until she married Mr. M. which took place in 1808, moved to Belleville in 1810. During the years she lived in Sophiasburgh she often visited with her mother up the bay, at that time they would take a week or longer and make a general visit to all the settlers. She often came to see her half-sister Mrs. Singleton [later Chisholm, then Marsh], had a sister living with her. Remembers distinctly when the ground now Belleville was a cedar swamp about 1790[.] There were plains down by the bay and here Indians in large numbers were encamped in their wigwams. It was called Miers Creek. There was one log hut down on the river side somewhere near Ridley’s occupied by Asa Walbridge, a regular Yankee speculator. He kept a sort of store in a corner of the room which he sold to the people, his was the only shop except that where Capt. Singleton had settled now held by Col. Alex Chisholm, from Scotland directly who had married the widow Singleton.Source: William Canniff Fonds, AO, F 1390, the above originally transcribed by Shirley Sutherland and tweekd here and there - see interview #17 in the folder G6 (6) for the complete transcription of Mrs Maybee's interview.
|4. FERGUSON RECORDS|
See this web site for material on Israel Ferguson which is mostly copied from Settlers of Beekman Patent, V 5, p. 39.
1784 KING'S RANGERS
St John's, 27 Jan 1784; A list of Officers and Men of Major Roger's Coy of King's Rangers together with the number of their families.
Lt Israel Ferguson - named on this list
Source: Haldimand Papers B160-4, HC Burleigh papers
LOYALIST LOSSES CLAIMS INDEX
Alexr - page 1087
Col - 728, 688, 833-4, 1211
Israel - X452, 1075
Farrington - 1075
Lt - X432, X1100
Major - 701, 1162, 1210
Mary - 162
Peter - 1092
Richard - 1075
Wm of NY Prov - 391-2
X= checked with no key info
LOYALIST CLAIM for LOSSES
[Montreal.] January 11. [1788.]
Claim of Israel, Richard, & Farrington Ferguson, late of Albany Co. [New York].
Israel Ferguson appears & on being Sworn saith:
Note: Israel Ferguson died Dec 1789 and this petition is delivered posthumously by brother Richard Ferguson with an accompanying letter . Richard makes no comment about Israel having heirs. No decision is recorded in fold notes on the petition and probably no further land was granted.
16 July 1789, Kingston, memorial of Israel Ferguson, late Lieuteneant in the Kings Rangers.
Your memorialist finding by minutes dated 22 Oct 1788 .... to allow officers of the Kings Rangers the same proportion as to officers of equal rank in the late 84th Regt.
Your memorialist being entitled to 2050 acres for himself & family as also 200 acres agreeable to your Lordship ... prays for the 1850 acres remaining in the 7th Township [Ameliasburgh] at Bascualouking? Point.
Source: UCLP, RG1 L3, LAC, V195a, F Misc 1788-95/24, C-2022, image 550
|5. CRONK RECORDS
Mrs Maybee says her aunt Mrs Ferguson remarries A Cronk (and 9 children) of Sophiasburgh in 1796 to which place Mrs Maybee then went. [Canniff Fonds]. It seems beyond doubt that she married Abraham Cronk in 1796 and moved to Sophiasburgh as related by Martha Maybee. See section 2 of the Cronk web page on this site for more details. The petition below has nothing to do with the earlier widow Ferguson marrying A. Cronk.
Sarah Ferguson, dau. of Farrington Ferguson, married Enoch Cronk.
22 Jan 1823 - proof required that petitioner is SUE
26 Jan 1821, Sarah Cronk wife of Enoch Cronk swears ....
28 May 1850, Sarah Cronk, Sophiasburgh, is the dau of Farrington Ferguson, Hallowell, UE Loyalist, prays for 200 acres
[fold note] Recommended as SUE, 200 acres
Source: UCLP, RG1 L3, LAC, V138, C5 part III/138, 1849-50, C-1737, starts at image 110
|6. TAYLOR RECORDS
More work will be done on this Taylor - McArthur connection.
PETITION - CHRISTINE [McARTHUR] TAYLOR
4 Jan 1798, Thurlow, petition of Christine Taylor, alias McArthur, of Thurlow ... that during the last American War had 3 of her sons in the service of Great Britain , wherein 2 of them lost their lives in the said service and your petitioner is UE Loyalist, come to this Province in the year 1789 and never received any lands as yet ... prays ...quantity of unlocated lands ... Christine her X mark Taylor
Alexander Chisholm certifies that "the above named Christine Taylor has been a great service to our scouts in the time of the war to my knowledge"
[Note added at bottom] It is said the petitioner had a son who was hanged by the rebels for his Loyalty.
[fold note] recommended for 200 acres, re'c 29 Jan 98, 28 Feb  A Entered
Source: UCLP, RG1 L3, LAC, V495a, T4/36, 1797-1799, C-2833, starts at image 498
Christina Taylor, M[idland] District
Source: UE "Rose list"