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Colin McKenzie b. 1746 and Sarah Powers

 Colin McKenzie b. 1773 and Mary Howard

Ernestown and Amherst Island

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Pioneers of the Bay of Quinte

Why I am interested in this family.
According to the famous book, Pioneer Life on the
Bay of Quinte, 1904, "John Bleeker, the Trenton pioneer, came from near Albany, in which city his father was a merchant. Shortly after his father's death his mother brought him and his sister to Kingston in company with a McKenzie family.  ...  His mother married the McKenzie pioneer. His sister married Henry Finkle."

After researching the Bleecker family, my curiosity pushed me to explore the McKenzie connection and identify the man she married and learn more about him. Thanks to Eric Bowler for his vital help in the conclusions below.



This is a long web page - so use these links to navigate up and down the page.
  1. Overview
  2. Rev War record
  3. Loyalist Claims for Losses
  4. Marriage of Colin Jr and Mary Howard
  5. Petition and Marriage of Sgt Colin McKenzie Senior [born 1746, Scotland]
  6. Petitions of Colin McKenzie Junior [b. 1769 in America]
  7. Other Children of Sgt Colin McKenzie Senior and Sarah Powers
  8. Family of Colin McKenzie Junior
  9. More marriages of Rev Langhorn, Ernestown
  10. Alexander McKenzie - also from the Loyal Rangers
  11. Daniel McKenzie of Murray
  12. Petition of Barbara dau of Alexander McKenzie married to William McKenzie
  13. Other nearby McKenzies


1. OVERVIEW: identifying Sergeant Colin McKenzie and his family
McKenzie is a common surname among the early settlers of Upper Canada. The first problem is to identify which McKenzie married the widowed mother of John Bleecker [also Blaker in the early record] and his sister, Lucretia Blaker. Luckily, a 1790 petition by Lucretia names her step-father as Collin McKenzie. This is the only contemporary record that provides indirect proof of this marriage.

PETITION
20 Oct 1790, Kingston, Lucretia Finkle alias Blaker, step daughter of Collin McKenzie, late private in the Royal Rangers, prays for 200 acres as the Daughter of a Loyalist in the ninth township. [fold] No 429, certificate granted
Source: UCLP, RG1 L3, F Misc/43, 1788-1795, V195A, C-2022

LAND BOARD
20 Oct 1790, No 429, Lucretia Finkle alias Blaker, prays for 200 acres ... she is the daughter of the wife of Mr Colin McKenzie of Ernestown, late Sergt in the Loyal Rangers & appears to be entitled to the benefit
Source: Upper Canada Land Board Minutes and records, RG 1 L4, Mecklenburg District, V 7, 1783 - 94, C-14027

As frequently happens with early records, there is a problem. Lucretia's petition, written by a clerk, declares that her step-father, Colin McKenzie, was a private whereas the Land Board record states that her step-father was a sergeant in the Loyal Rangers. For legal reasons, the Land Board was painstakingly careful in identifying people, so it is more likely that the Colin in question is a Sergeant and the Land Board record is correct. We will see that the older Colin was a Sergeant and his son, Colin, was a private (drummer). It makes sense from a generational point of view that widow Bleecker married Sgt Colin McKenzie senior.

In section 2, the military rolls identify Sgt Colin McKenzie and his son "drummer" Colin McKenzie in the Loyal Rangers. This information matches well with the Loyalist Claims for losses in section 3 where Sgt Colin McKenzie of the "Jessups" Loyal Rangers, is identified as living in the Bay of Quinte in Ernestown with his wife, Sarah Powers. They came from Crown Point, NY. By 1788, Sarah (Powers) McKenzie and Colin McKenzie are declared as married. Since Lucretia is identifed above as the step-daughter of Colin we can conclude that Sarah Powers is the mother of Lucretia and by association the mother of her brother John Blaker/Bleecker. Colin McKenzie Jr names a daughter Lucretia which further supports this unrecorded marriage - see section 8.

However there is a fly in the ointment. Eric Bowler was the first to point out that Colin McKenzie has children who were born as early as 1773 when Colin Jr was born. Was Sarah Powers the mother of his earlier children? We can safely conclude that Sarah Powers had two children, Lucretia and John Bleecker, with a man named Bleecker. She probably was married to him and he may have died before 1773 but this does not agree with the account in PLBQ. Possibly Sarah left Mr Bleecker before 1773. Possibly Colin McKenzie had an earlier wife who died before 1784 and was the mother of his children. This puzzle remains for  further thought. However, it is our working hypothesis that Sarah Powers and Colin McKenzie were a couple by 1773 when Colin McKenzie Jr was born and also were the parents of the subsequent children.
Eric Bowler has not found any record of the children of Colin McKenzie Sr naming their mother.

There may have been a bit of a scandal about this but in 1788 Sarah makes oath that she is married to Colin and given the social importance of being married in those times it is assumed that they were officially married. This would mean that Sarah's first husband, Mr Bleecker, is deceased by that time. It may be that Mr Bleecker died before 1773 and Colin and Sarah were married at that time. The PLBQ statement that "Shortly after [John Bleecker's] father's death his mother brought him and his sister to Kingston in company with a McKenzie family.  ...  His mother married the McKenzie pioneer" is in conflict with the record. The words "in company with a McKenzie faily" implies that Colin and Sarah were not married till nearer 1784. However the records taken under oath in 1788 trump PLBQ and it is concluded here that Colin and Sarah were married before 1788 and very possibly as early as 1773 before their first child was born. John and Lucretia Bleecker, first children of Sarah Powers would have been raised with their step father, Colin McKenzie.

Sarah Powers died in 1800 as recorded in the burial register of Rev John Langhorn;
"Sarah, wife of Colin Mackinzie, Amherst Island, 19 Oct 1800" [Anglican Registers 1787 - 1814, Rev John Langhorn, Rector of Ernestown, OGS, 1980, Burial register, p. 77]

Rev Langhorn's marriage registers for the Ernestown area are invaluable. In section 4 we have the marriage of Colin McKenzie Jr in 1794. Knowing this, we therefore can identify which petitions belong to Colin Sr and Colin Jr and identify their children who also make petitions - sections 5 to 8.

The remaining sections present records for other McKenzie's that may or may not be connected to the Colin McKenzie family. So, after all this, it can be concluded that Sarah [Powers] Bleecker, mother of John and Lucretia Bleecker, married Colin McKenzie senior - before 1788. No contemporary record of this marriage has been found. Land records have not been checked to identify farm locations.

Thanks to Eric Bowler who first concluded that Sarah Powers was the mother of Lucretia and John Bleecker and brought this to my attention.

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2. Rev War Record
SUMMARY
The rolls below identify a Sgt Colin McKenzie and his son, Colin McKenzie, a drummer, in the Loyal Rangers under Major Edward Jesssup. In 1783 Colin Sr is 37 thus born about 1746 in Scotland. His son Colin at 14 would have been born about 1769 in America.

THE LOYAL RANGERS
The Loyal Rangers were commanded by Major Edward Jessup and are sometimes called "Jessup's" Rangers. The transcribed information below is taken from a lengthy roll that was compiled in early 1783. The Loyal Rangers was formed in 1781 largely from the consolidation of several earlier Corps, so many of these men had seen previous Service, especially in the Burgoyne Campaign of 1777.
  1. Collin McKenzie, Sergeant, Capt John Jones' Coy, age 37, 5' 11", service 2 yr 1 mo, native of Scotland
  2. Collin McKenzie, Drummer, Capt Peter Drummond's Coy, aged 14, 5'4", service 2yr 5 mo, native of America.
  3. John McKenzie, private, Capt Wm Fraser's Coy, age 44, 5'8", service 2 yr 4 mo, native of Scotland
  4. Thomas McKenzie, drummer, Capt John Jones' Coy, age 14, 5' 1", service 2 yr 4 mo, native of America
Source: Rolls of the Provincial (Loyalist) Corps, Canadian Command, American Revolutionary Period, Fryer and Smy, Dundurn Press, 1981, 80 - 96, transcribed from the Haldimand Papers, B 147, 398, The Loyal Rangers Rolls, 1783.

"THE ROSE LIST"
McKenzie, Colin Sr, Ernesttown, Sergeant Loyal Rangers, Loyalist, P.L. 1786
Colin McKenzie Jr, son of Colin McKenzie Sr. Drummer Loyal Rangers, P.L. 1786
Source: "The Rose List" or more formally: The centennial of the settlement of Upper Canada by the United Empire Loyalists, 1784-1884; the celebrations at Adolphustown, Toronto and Niagara, with an appendix, containing a copy of the U.E. List, preserved in the Crown Lands Department at Toronto, 1885, Rose Pub., pages 226 - 227

COMMENT
Peter Johnson, Loyalist expert and past president of the UEL Assoc. of Canada, writes, "The so-called 'Rose List' of Loyalists & others, lists both Colins, noting that one was the son of the other, and mentions them being in the Loyal Rangers. Here's where it gets odd. The Executive Council List lists Colin Sr. as of Ernestown. A Colin Jr. was expunged - no reason stated in further checking. It would appear these would be the two Colins listed earlier. I have no idea why Colin Jr. was removed. As a drummer in the LR he was quite qualified to be on it."
 

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3. Loyalist Claims for Losses
SUMMARY
The papers below tell us that Sgt Colin McKenzie, of The Loyal Rangers, Loyalist, moved to Canada and was residing "at the Bay of Quinty." He came from Crown Point, NY and his wife was Sarah Powers.

Colin McKenzie prepared for his claim for losses to the Commission by collecting evidence in Feb 1786 for losses of 299. Later he added documents to clarify that the land was owned by his wife, Sarah [Powers] McKenzie’s family. Those documents were assembled in Feb 1788 and rec’d by the commission on 7 March 1788 asking for losses amounting to 790. The Commission made a final determination on 21 Apr 1788 and granted him 290 for his losses. Below is the evidence and decision 2 sources. The order is altered a bit to make it easier to follow.

EVIDENCE 

AO 12/33, 65 and page 450
27th Feb 1788, Montreal, Claim of Colin McKenzie, late of Crown Point, County of Charlotte, NY.
 
Says he was doing duty in Jessups Corps at the Riviere de Chine in 1783. He is a native of Scotland, he came to America in 1767, a soldier in the Royal Artillery when the Rebellion broke out. He lived at Crown Point, he joined Burgoyne in 1776 and acted as Guide to part of the Army, at the Convention he returned to Canada., inlisted in Jessups Corps and served the War as Sergeant. He now resides at the Bay of Quinty.
 
He had a house at Crown Point, he bought it, after the War began he gave 150 York to Robert Lewis, Congress Money for it and 400 dollars for his furniture. He had 3 oxen, 2 cows, 3 Hogs and some hay destroyed by the Rebels. His house and furniture was destroyed.
 
Joseph ?? sworn: remembers Colin McKenzie’s house that he lived in, he had a Brother in law to whom the house belonged, he had some cattle. Claimant says he does not charge for his brothers house.
 
Dr Thomas Sparham sworn: Says that he remembers Robert Lewis’s House and that C McKenzie bought it in 1776, It was a good new house and was burnt down, believes he had some cattle but he cannot say how many.
 
Produces certificate of Henry Othardt and Jas. Van Rennsselar, 6 Apr 1786, that they had sold 120 acres of Guyshert Sharps forfeited to States. Certificate from Peter Van Schaack to claimant’s loyalty and his being in good circumstances. Peter Van Alstine swears he knew claimant, was a neighbour in the County, was always loyal and before he got to Gen. Burgoyne he was obliged to secret himself in the woods.
 
Claimant had a house of his own. He possessed part of the Patent of Kinderhook under his father’s Will. Supposes about 200 acres. A considerable part of which was improved. Had stock on his farm. His lands were in Possession of persons who had purchased them under confiscation.
 
A0 13/14, 189
10 Feb 1786, Addison, John Strong sworn: I lived on the Lake shoar oppsit of Crown Point from the year 1766 to the year 1778 June 17 and was well acquainted with Collin McKenzie and his circumstances and am full of the opinion that he left of his property on Crown Point by the unnatural war his house household furniture cattle & cows to the amount of 299 New York Currency and sixty dollars which he left  by going to Canada.
 
3 Feb 1786, Albany, Robert Lewis, Thomas Sparham JP, I hereby certify that Colin McKenzie late resident of Crown Point sustained losses to the amount of 299 sixteen shillings New York Currency in House Household furniture, cattle and other moveables by an estimate made and well knowing his circumstances as I then lived at Crown Point one of His majesty’s Justices of the Peace do further certify that Exclusive of the above Estimates he lost by going to Canada one hundred and sixty dollars.
 
8th May 1788, Carelton Island, Further evidence on Claim of Colin McKenzie, late of Crown Point, NY. Sarah McKenzie, Kings Town, Province of Quebec, wife to claimant sworn – late Sarah Powers – Says her late brother William Powers died in Canada in 1784. He joined Burgoyne before Convention in May 1777 at St Johns. He left no children & his wife was dead. They have no Parents alive nor brothers nor sisters. They were born in America. Gave claim to Mr Cuyler in 1783. [this also on 1280]
 
12 Feb 1788, Sarah McKenzie, sworn before Peter Van Alstine at Ernestown.
No 1: 1050 acres in Panten [Santen?] township Vermont. His father had bought it. There were 2 houses – a saw mill on Otter Creek half his & 50 acres cleared. It is sold under confiscation. It is valued at 10 s York per acre. (525)
No 2: 360 acres in Bread Port Vermont, from his father. No improvements on this. It is sold under confiscation. The late Wm Powers was in possession of lands. To be paid to Colin McKenzie. She waves personal estate as she cannot say the quantity. (195)
 
DECISION 
Determination. 21st April 1788.
He receives 290 for his losses.
AO 12/64, 289

SOURCES
Source 1: Claims, American Loyalists, LAC films of National Archives holdings in England, AO 12/33, 65 and AO 12/64, 289 both in film B-1169 and A0 13/14, 189, film B-2187, Archives of Ontario, diffusion D 12.
Source 2: The Second Report of The Bureau of Archives For the Province of Ontario, Subtitle: United Empire Loyalists, Enquiry into the Losses and Services in Consequence of Their Loyalty, Evidence in the Canadian Claims, 1904, Alexander Fraser, pages 450 and 1280.

Loyalist Claims for Losses:  The Second Report of The Bureau of Archives For the Province of Ontario, Subtitle: United Empire Loyalists, Enquiry into the Losses and Services in Consequence of Their Loyalty, Evidence in the Canadian Claims, 1904, Alexander Fraser. It is online at Internet Archive. Click on these links for Part 1 (pages 1 to 704) and Part 2 (pages 705 to 1436, including the index.) If these links don't work then try this page and click on Volume 2, parts 1 and part 2 (two separate volumes).

1785 CATARAQUI LOT
Colin McKensie is named on a list of 206 "Names of  Settlers and  those who have drawn town lots at Cataraqui [Kingston]."
Footnote: Colin McKenzie, a native of Scotland, came to America in 1767 as a soldier in the R.A. In 1775 he lived at Crown Point, NY. He joined Burgoyne at St John's and acted as a guide to the army. After the Convention of Saratoga in May 1777, he returned to Canada, enlisted in Jessup's Corps, and served through the war as Sergeant, His son, of the same name, was a drummer in the same corps, and became a militia Lieutenant in the 1st Addington Battalion of 1812.
Source: Names of  Settlers and  those who have drawn town lots at Cataraqui, AO, Surveyors Letters, 1788-91, pp. 130, 130v; as cited in Kingston Before the war of 1812, Richard Preston, Champlain Society, 1959, 106


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4. 1794 Marriage of Colin McKenzie Jr and Mary Howard
SUMMARY
Knowing that Colin Jr married in 1794 is an important piece to the puzzle as it establishes that "children of Colin McKenzie" born before 1794 must be children of Sgt Colin McKenzie Sr.

MARRIAGE
15 Apr 1794, Colin McKenzie, Amherst Isle; [married to] Mary Howard
[Witnesses] Jane Howard, Mary McMullen, Thomas Jackson, Thos. Howard.
Source: Marriage Register, St John's Church, Rev John Langhorn, OHS, Papers and Records, Vol 1, 1899 and reprinted 1930.


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5. Petition and marriage of Sgt Colin McKenzie Senior [born 1746, Scotland]
SUMMARY
Colin McKenzie Jr was married to Mary Howard in 1794 so this petition below must be by Sgt Colin McKenzie Sr.
It identifes children Thomas and Ann born before 1789, possibly to his first wife. This is the only petition found of Colin McKenzie Senior. He therfore died after 1797.

PETITION 18
20th Sept 1797, Collin McKenzie, a discharged soldier & UE Loyalist prays for lands for his son Thomas and Daughter Ann, born before the year 1789.
[fold notes] Family Petition, Rec’d 8 Nov 1797, certificate wanting
Source: UCLP, RG 1 L3, 1792-1816, Vol 325, M Misc/18, AO, film C-2189

MARRIAGE BEFORE 1788
In the Claims for Losses, dated 8 May 1788, Sarah Powers is described as the wife of Colin McKenzie [senior].


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6. Petitions of Colin McKenzie Junior [b. 1773 in America]
BIRTH and DEATH
"In memory of Colin McKenzie who died 2 Nov 1850, aged 77 years." Thus born about 1773.
Source: email from Eric Bowler from a transcription of headstones in St Johns, Bath done by Kingston, OGS.

SUMMARY
Colin McKenzie Jr married Mary Howard in 1794 and these petitons belong to the "eldest" son of Sgt Colin McKenzie Sr and Sarah Powers.

The web site Edward Howard Effingham has information about this couple (scroll down to family #35).

PETITION 117
Rec’d 8 Nov. 1797, Collin McKenzie petitions stating he is a discharged soldier of the late Loyal Rangers Commanded by Major Edward Jessup, has drawn but 100 acres of land and prays that additional lands may be granted and two hundred more for his wife, the daughter of Lieut John Howard of the Royal New York Regiment.
[fold notes] Recommended for 200 acres as a soldier in addition & 400 acres for wife as the daughter of a ??. Read 17 Nov 1797. A Warrant for 200 acres to Colin 29th June 1798. 12th July 1802, A warrant to ?? by William Cotter. Warrant to Mr Collin 18 July 1802
Source: UCLP, RG 1 L3, 1797, Vol 329, M3/117, AO, film C-2192
 
PETITION 26
6 Dec 1842, Kingston, Colin McKenzie, Township of Ernestown, Esquire, that he is the eldest brother and heir at law of Thomas McKenzie, late of Township of Ernestown, deceased, who is entitled to a part of 200 acres of the waste lands .. as son of Colin McKenzie an UE Loyalist …. For Colin McKenzie, [signed] James Henderson. [note] Last will and testament of Thomas McKenzie returned to Mr Henderson. 2nd April 1843
[26b] 3rd December 1842, Bath, Peter Davey, township of Ernestown, maketh oath … he was well acquainted with Thomas McKenzie, late of the township of Ernestown, .. he died in 1833, without issue never having been married, and that Colin McKenzie, now of the village of Bath is the eldest brother and heir at law of Thomas McKenzie, son of Collin McKenzie, Township of Ernestown, UE Loyalist.
[fold notes] An order in Council of the 5th Feby 1829 is filed in this Office in the name of Thomas McKenzie of Ernestown, (Warrant 1953) for 200 acres .. as the son of Colin McKenzie, UE Loyalist upon which a Certificate of unlocated claim addressed to the Commissioner of Crown Lands issued from this Office 29th May 1840 to Mr Hugh McGregor. Thomas Parke Survr Genl
2nd feb 1843 The Committee recommends ?/ for scrip? As heir at law of Thomas Mckenzie. Approved in Council 18th Feb 1843. Order issued 27th Feb 1843.
Source: UCLP, RG 1 L3, 1839-1842, Vol 312, Mc 2/26, AO, film C-2142

GRAND JURY
Colin McKenzie is named as a juror in the Minutes of the Proceedings of the Court of Oyer and Terminus and General Goal Delivery, at Kingston, 11 Aug 1823. Chief Justice was Hon. William Drummond Powell, Chief Justice.
Source: From an image of the document emailed by Guylaine Petrin, AO, MS 530, reel 2, page 215, Oct 2011. Guylaine writes that "Grand Jurors were usually Esquire" and this fits with Colin's standing in other documents.


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7. Other Children of Sgt Colin McKenzie Senior and Sarah Powers
SUMMARY
So far we have Colin, Thomas and Ann as children of Colin McKenzie Senior. These petitions below add sons William and Duncan to the list since they are born before 1794. In order to petition as a SUE both William and Duncan had to be 21 or older in 1797 and thus are both born before 1776.

Petition 96 deals with the confusion of there being two Colin McKenzie's in the area and the fact that Colin McKenzie Jr of Amherst Island is not on the UE list. We know from the "Rose List" that both Colins are recorded.

CHILDREN
Colin McKenzie Sr b 1746 married Sarah Powers sometime before 1788. Sarah had previously married a man named Bleecker and had two children Lucretia and John Bleecker. Colin and Sarah raised Lucretia Blaker till she married Henry Finkle. Her son John Bleecker settled at the mouth of the Trent River.
  1. Colin McKenzie Jr b 1773 m. Mary Howard
  2. Thomas McKenzie - dies single, no issue, about 1842
  3. Ann McKenzie
  4. William McKenzie m. Sarah Howard, 19 Sep 1803
  5. Duncan McKenzie m. Elizabeth Church, 28 Feb 1809
PETITION 208
18th May 1797, Amherst Island, Midland District, memorial of William and Duncan, sons of Colin McKenzie of the late Loyal Rangers commanded by Major Edward Jessup, having leaned that sons on coming of age are intitled to 200 acres …. [we] come under that description …. [pray] for 200 acres each.
[fold notes] Rec’d 9 June 97 and read 20th Jun 97. Recommended for 200 acres each. In Council 28th June. Warrant given 1 July 1797.
June 17th issued a ticket of Privelege as SUE was given to the Surveyor General’s Office in name of Duncan Mckenzie. A new warrant to Duncan McKenzie issued 30th June 1810.
Source: UCLP, RG 1 L3, 1797, Vol 329A, M3/208, AO, film C-2192

PETITION 96
27 Jany 1807, Adolphustown, the petition of Duncan McKenzie, son of Colin McKenzie of Amherst Island, yeoman, … a UE Loyalist, that your petitioner is twenty one years of age and has never received land … prays for 200 acres.
[fold notes] Rec’d 10 March 1807 from Thos Dorland Esq – Colin McKenzie Senior of Ernestown appears in the UE list – but not Colin McKenzie of Amherst Island quire if the same person? Petitioner has had 200 acres of land by Order in Council – 20th June 1797 and the Warrant has issued 1 July 1797 by Mr Robinson.
[96b] 28 Jany 1807, Duncan McKenzie appeared before Alexander Fisher, Hazelton Spencer, Thomas Dorland and Daniel Wright Esquires. His magistrates Justices of the Peace in and for the Midland District in Quarter Sessions assembled Duncan McKenzie of the town of Ernestown, son of Colin McKenzie of Amherst Island who being duly sworn upon the Holy Evangelist maketh oath that he has attained the full age of twenty one years.
Source: UCLP, RG 1 L3, 1792-1816, Vol 325, M Misc/96, AO, film C-2189

MARRIAGES
No.1.   Wm. McKenzie, Amherst Isle; Sarah Howard, same, 19 Sept., 1803
             Daniel Richard, Duncan McKenzie, Thomas Howard.
 
35.     Duncan McKenzie, Amherst I.; Elizabeth Church, Fredericksburgh,
          28 Feby., 1809, Thomas McKenzie, Eleanor Church, Jonathan M. Church.
Source: Marriage Register, St John's Church, Rev John Langhorn, OHS, Papers and Records, Vol 1, 1899 and reprinted 1930

PETITIONS TO LOOK UP
Source: UCLP, RG 1 L3, 1808, Vol 334, M 9/63, Sarah Howard/McKenzie, AO, film C-2196
Source: UCLP, RG 1 L3, 1807, Vol 325A, M Misc/115, Sarah Howard/McKenzie, AO, film C-2189
Source: UCLP, RG 1 L3, 1820, Vol 351, M 15/176, Sarah McKenzie, AO, film C-2209


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8. Family of Colin McKenzie Junior
SUMMARY
Colin McKenzie Jr married Mary Howard in 1794 in St John's, Bath, Ernestown. The two petitions below probably are from daughters Caroline and Lucretia.

MORE INFORMATION
This web site Edward Howard Effingham posted at Rootsweb has this information and lists seven children.
Mary HOWARD (John HOWARD , Lt., K.R.R.N.Y.) was born 1769 in USA, and died 16 NOV 1835 in Bath, Ont. She was buried 18 NOV 1835 in In St. John's Anglican Churchyard, Bath. She married Colin McKENZIE Jr. 15 APR 1794 in St. John's, Bath, son of Colin MCKENZIE , Sr. and Sarah POWERS. He was born 1773, and died 2 NOV 1850.
Source: web site only

PETITION 143
9th July 1833, Lucretia McKenzie, Township of Ernestown, daughter of Colin McKenzie, Ernestown, a UE Loyalist, has never received land ... attained the age of twenty one … prays for 200 acres. Sworn before Isaac Fraser, Chairman. [She] personally appeared before the Court of Quarter Sessions, Adolphustown. James Nickalls?, Clerk of Peace
[fold notes] In Council 5 Sept 1833, recommended, order issued 6 Sept 1833
Source: UCLP, RG 1 L3, 1832-1833, Vol 357A, M 18/143, AO, film C-2213

PETITION 142
10th July 1833, Caroline McKenzie, Township of Ernestown, daughter of Colin McKenzie, Ernestown, a UE Loyalist, has never received land ... attained the age of twenty one … prays for 200 acres. Sworn before Isaac Fraser, Chairman. [She] personally appeared before the Court of Quarter Sessions, Adolphustown. James Nickalls?, Clerk of Peace
[fold notes] In Council 5 Sept 1833, recommended, order issued 6 Sept 1833
Source: UCLP, RG 1 L3, 1832-1833, Vol 357A, M 18/142, AO, film C-2213

STATUTE OF CANADA
An Act assented to 4th May 1859: ... Colin McKenzie, Church Warden St John’s Church, Bath, Ernestown who held lands in trust for a public School in Bath … and the said Colin McKenzie died in 1851, leaving no sons and four daughters, namely Mary, the wife of Orton Hanox; Sarah, widow of George McKenzie; Lucretia McKenzie, spinster, and Caroline, wife of Robert Stewart, all of whom are still alive ….
Source: Statutes of the Province of Canada, second session of the sixth Parliament of Canada, 1859, page 259, on Google Books

REID's book - lists children for one Colin McKENZIE only. Offspring for this Colin listed  in REID's include:
- Duncan of Portland  OC 28 June 1797
- Wm of Amherst Is. m Sarah HOWARD 19 Sep 1803  OC 20 June 1797
- Caroline  OC 5 Sep 1833  Ernestown'
- Mary  OC 8 May 1828 Ernestown
- Sarah A.  OC 8 May 1828 Ernestown
- Thomas of Ernestown OC 5 Feb 1829
Source: email from Peter Johnson - petitions need to be checked

CHILDREN OF COLIN McKENZIE and MARY HOWARD
(all baptized by Rev. John Langhorn)
30+ Mary Hall McKenzie (1795-1885) m. Orton Hancox.
31+ Sarah Ann McKenzie (1797-1881). m. George Mackenzie.
32. Susannah McKenzie (Bapt 31Jul 1798). Unmarried. Drowned at age 21 in a boating accident in the sound between Bath and Amherst Island, 9 Sep 1818. (See Reid. Death Notices of Ontario.)
33. William Duncan McKenzie (21Sep1800-5Oct1800)
34. John Howard McKenzie (15Nov1801-15Apr1803)
35+ Lucretia McKenzie (1805-1881). Unmarried.
36+ Caroline McKenzie (1807-1876) m. Dr. Robert Stewart"

Source: email from Eric Bowler, Nov 2011

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9. More marriages of Rev Langhorn, Ernestown
SUMMARY
These local marriages obviously deal with family members of Colin McKenzie.

52.     Thomas Howard, Amherst Isle; Charlotte Richardson, Marysburgh
14 Feby., 1797 Thos. Eyre, Daniel Richards, David Brass, Colin McKenzie.
 
67.     Richard Robins, Ernest.; May Raymond 16 Oct., 1798
William Robins, David Williams, Nathan Brisco, Wm. McKenzie.
 
34.     Wm. McGinnis, Amherst I.; Margaret Howard, same 23 Jan., 1809
Wm. McKenzie, Colin McKenzie, Mary George, Eliza Church.
 
76.     John H. Bleeker, Murray; Elizabeth C. Richards, Amherst Island,
8 June, 1812, George Bleeker, George Finkle, Mary McKenzie, Eleanor Church.
 
John Richards, Marysburgh, bachelor, and Jane Howard, Amherst Island, Ontario County, Spinster
January 26, 1795  John Howard, Colin McKenzie, Mary McKenzie, Anne Howard.
 
Source: Marriage Register, St John's Church, Rev John Langhorn, OHS, Papers and Records, Vol 1, 1899 and reprinted 1930, also on Bill Martin's web site

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10. Alexander McKenzie - also from The Loyal Rangers
SUMMARY
No evidence has been found that connects Alexander McKenzie to the Colin McKenzie family.

PETITION 99
9 April 1793, County of Grenville, Alexander McKenzie, served during the late American War as a Private soldier in a Corps called Loyal Rangers and has drawn no land, prays for 300 acres.
[fold] Report page 131
Source: UCLP, RG 1 L3, 1788-1795, Vol 324, Mc Misc/99, AO, film C-2189
 
PETITION 125
26th March 1796, Montreal, Alexander Mackenzie Nephew and heir of Captain John Mackenzie of the late Kings Royal Regiment of New York, deceased. Sheweth that your petitioners said late Uncle being by the Instructions of His Most Gracious Majesty intitled at the conclusion of the late American War to a grant of 3000 acres for his services during the same, as a Captain in the Regiment aforesaid did accordingly settle on 1250 acres thereof in the Eastern District waiting to locate the remainder when the seat of government should be ascertained.
That your petitioners late Uncle in the month of July last died without having located the remainder of his lands amounting to 1750 acres … as nephew and heir at law … prays for 1750 acres.
[fold notes] Rec’d of Mr Ferrand 27 May 1796, recommended, No 125, read 8 July 1796, entered in land book B, page 65. See another petition read 8 Oct 1805 and a third read in Council on 11 Mar 1806.
Source: UCLP, RG 1 L3, 1795-1796, Vol 328, M 2/125, AO, film C-2191
 
PETITION 127
20 March 1796, Montreal, Alexander Mackenzie son and Heir of the late Lieutenant Kenneth Mackenzie of the late Kings Royal Regiment of New York, deceased. That your Petitioner’s said late father was one of the earliest Loyalists who joined the Standard of Her Majesty at the Commencement of the American disturbance and served until his death as a Lieutenant in the regiment aforesaid.
That only 500 acres of land have as yet been assigned to the Family of your Petitioners said late Father and your Petitioner …. [prays for] the usual proportion of 2000 acres to be completed to them.
[fold notes] Rec’d of Mr Ferrand 27 May 1796, No 127, recommended to grant the military lands due to the late Lt Kenneth McKenzie to the lawful heirs of his body – the location up to the Surveyor General, Read 8 July 1796, No 544
Source: UCLP, RG 1 L3, 1795-1796, Vol 328, M 2/127, AO, film C-2191


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11. Daniel McKenzie of Murray
SUMMARY
No evidence has been found that connects Daniel McKenzie to the Colin McKenzie family.

PETITION 275
11 Oct 1836, Amherst, Elizabeth McKenzie wife of Daniel McKenzie of the Township of Murray, is the daughter of John McArthur, late of the Township of Murray, UE Loyalist, that she is the full age of Twenty one years and has never received land … prays for 200 acres. Sworn before J Huston, JP
[275b] 7 Nov 1839, at Murray, John Gruber Murray Township, yeoman, maketh oath that he was well acquainted with John McCarty [sic] of Murray, aforesaid yeoman, a UE Loyalist and known him upwards of forty years ago, that the land John McCarty resided in the Township of Thurlow before coming into 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 UE Loyalist. William Robertson, JP.
[275d] 15 October 1838, Murray, David Simmons of Murray, yeoman, maketh oath that to the best of his belief he is now 68 years old: that he hath known Elizabeth McKenzie wife of Daniel McKenzie about 40 years, since the first settlement of this Province and that she is the daughter of John McArthur who was a UE Loyalist: that said, John McArthur first settled in the Township of Fredericksburgh on the Bay of Quinte and that he removed from thence to the Township of Murray where he died about 40 years ago; and that he remained loyal till his death. John V Murphy, JP
[275f] 11 Oct 1836, Newcastle District, To wit Mr John Tucker Williams Chairman of the Quarter Sessions and Thomas Ward, Clerk of the Peace, certify that Elizabeth McKenzie personally appeared before [them] …. recognized to be the daughter of John McArthur ….
[fold notes] 28 Jan 1837 Referred to Inspector General, This name of John McArthur of Murray is not found on the UE lists. [It appears this petition was set aside to prove that John McArthur UE was this same man and was finally resolved in the new petition (12) in 1843.]
Source: UCLP, RG 1 L3, 1824-1840, Vol 326, M Misc/275, AO, film C-2190
 
PETITION 86
12th Oct 1842, Daniel McKenzie, Township of Murray, yeoman, is the step son of John Cook formerly of Township of Thurlow, yeoman, declared a UE loyalist, who drew his lands in the Township of Kingston; that he came into this Province in 1792 with his said stepfather and family and is now of the age of sixty two years and upwards and hath never received any land … prays for 200 acres. Sworn before T Ward.
[86a] Richard Hare, Hamilton Township, Esquire, swears that he has been acquainted with Daniel McKenzie since they were children …. That the father of the said Daniel McKenzie died during the Revolutionary War being then serving under the Royal Standard, and that to the best of this deponents recollection said John Cook drew family land on coming to the Province on account of said danile McKenzie with his own children: that the said John Cook and the father of the deponent first came to the province in 1783 and drew lands and brought in their families in 1792 and that to the best of the deponents knowledge said Daniel McKenzie hath never obtained any land & never for land from the Crown except for his ??? during the last war with the United States.
Sworn before T Ward. 12th Oct 1842
[86b] Document affirming that Daniel appeared before the Quarter Sessions of Newcastle District on 12 Oct 1847 regarding the above.
[fold notes] Recommended for 200 acres, Approved in Council 29 June 1843, order issued SGO 4 July 1843.
Source: UCLP, RG 1 L3, 1839-1842, Vol 312, Mc 2/86, AO, film C-2142
 
PETITION 12
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 20 Feb 1843.
Source: UCLP, RG 1 L3, 1839-1843, Vol 312, Mc 2/12, AO, film C-2142

PETITION 87
20th June 1843, Kingston, Surveyor General’s Office … a certificate .. to the services of Daniel McKenzie, entitling him to 100 acres of land as a private in a Flank Compnay of the 1st Regiment of Northumberland Militia, Thomas Parke, Surveyor General. Certificate 4218
[fold notes] Recommended and Approved, 29 June 1843, order issued by SGO 7 July 1843
Source: UCLP, RG 1 L3, 1839-1842, Vol 312, Mc 2/87, AO, film C-2142

PETITION
This would be an interesting petition to look up.
Source: UCLP, RG 1 L3, 1797, Vol 91, C 3/123, John Cook, Thurlow
, AO, film C-1648


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12. Petition of Barbara dau of Alexander McKenzie married to William McKenzie
SUMMARY
No evidence has been found that connects Alexander and William McKenzie to the Colin McKenzie family.


PETITION 100

19 April 1791, Kingston, Barbara McKenzie, alias McDonell daughter of Alexander McDonell, late private in the 84th Reg’t. That your Memorialist is married to William McKenzie …. and prays for 200 acres of land … in the Eighth Township [Sidney] as the daughter of a loyalist.
[fold] No 608, report page 10, certificate granted 20th April 1791, 200 acres.
Source: UCLP, RG 1 L3, 1788-1795, Vol 324, Mc Misc/100, AO, film C-2189 [Note: LAC online index incorrectly states this is petition 110.]
 
PETITION 101
19 April 1791, Kingston, William McKenzie, late private in the 84th Reg’t … has received 100 acres under the instructions of 1783, which having duly improved … prays for 200 acres assigned him in the Ninth Township.
[fold] No 607, report page 9, certificate granted 20th April 1791, 200 acres.
Source: UCLP, RG 1 L3, 1788-1795, Vol 324, Mc Misc/101, AO, film C-2189
 
PETITION 182
20 April 1791, District of Mecklenburg, Barbara McKenzie, alias McDonell UE, having preferred to this Board a petition …. For 200 acres of land  … she is duly entitled  … as the daughter of Alexander McDonell, late private in the UE 64th Reg’t and there being no default in the due cultivation and improvement of the lands already assigned to Alexander McDonell her UE father in the Township of Marysburgh … hereby assign her 200 acres. Persons are desired to take notice that this assignment and all others of a similar nature are not transferable by purchase, donation or otherwise. Signed John Stuart, Neil McLean, Richard Cartwright Jr, Acting Surveyor of the District.
[fold notes] Rec’d 14 Nov. AW 14 Dec 1797
Source: UCLP, RG 1 L3, 1791, Vol 329A, M3/182, AO, film C-2192

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13. Other nearby McKenzies

PETITION 161
Rec’d from petitioner 20 Oct 1817, James McKenzie is a native of Scotland, hath taken the oath of allegiance …. And has served His majesty upwards of ten years and having become a resident in the Town of Kingston humbly begs that you be pleased to grant him lot No 361 or any other in the Town of Kingston for which he is prepared to pay the fees ….
[note] took the oath of allegiance 6th Oct 1817.
[161a] No 193, 4 Nov 1817, … a town lot in Kingston, ordered to James McKenzie in Council 23 Oct 1817. [paid] 5.11.0 sterling
[161b] No 1301, Receiver Genreals Office, 4 Nov 1817 [paid] 0.18.0 survey fee
[161c] 14th Oct 1817, Kingston, We certify that we have known Captain James McKenzie for several years that he was employed in the Royal Navy at Kingston and do therefore recommend him for a lot in the Town of Kingston. Thomas Markland JP, John Cummins JP
[fold notes] Read 23 Oct 1817, granted, Warrant 1274, 4 Nov 1817. Entered in Land Book J page 254
Source: UCLP, RG 1 L3, 1812-1818, Vol 337A, M 11/161, AO, film C-2199
 
PETITION 281
16th July 1818, York, James McKenzie of Kingston, sheweth that the name of one Thompson has been entered in the plan in the Surveyor General’s Office of Fredericksburgh on the west half of Lot 17 in the 6th Concession many years ago. That the said land has never been taken possession of by the said Thompson … believed by the inhabitants that said Thompson has not been in the Province for a great length of time  and that he left in the Province no heirs …. That your Petitioner being desirous of locating the said half lot in part of his grant as a reduced Master Royal Navy …. prays [for the lot if vacant].
[281b] 21st July 1818, Frederick Hesford, Township of Richmond, Gentleman, [swears] that he has resided in the township since 1791. That it has been generally understood by this deponent and his neighbours that …. Thompson  … had his name inserted on the map of the Township of Fredericksburgh for the west half of lot 17 in the 6th concession. The said Thompson was not married in this Province , that he left no heirs and that neither he nor persons claiming by assignment have ever appeared to take possession of the said lot  which is now wholly unimproved. Sworn before Thomas Markland.
[281c] 11 July 1818, Richard Robison of the Napanee Mills, Fredericksburgh, Gentleman, makes a similar declaration as above and stating that Thompson is “at present without the limits of Upper Canada.” Sworn before Peter Smith, JP
[281d] 11 July 1818, Frederick Hesford provides a second declaration the same as above. Sworn before Peter Smith, JP
[fold notes] Rec’d 16 July 1818, referred to Surveyor General to report.
22 July 1818, Christopher Thompson is located on the Quebec Plan of Fredericksburgh for the west half of lot 17, Con 6 on the Appannee River for which no description has issued. Thos Ridout, Surveyor General
22 July 1818, If on notice in the Kingston Gazette, no claim to this lot is sustained to the lot in six months.
7 Aug 1818, A notice given to ?? intention in the Kingston Gazette
2nd Jan 1819 Subscription ??
Entered in land book J, page 368
Source: UCLP, RG 1 L3, 1815-1818, Vol 338, M 11/281, AO, film C-2200

PETITION 109
10th July 1833, Jannet McKenzie, Township of Charlottenburg, Eastern District, daughter of Duncan McKenzie, of Township of Charlottenburg, deceased, a Loyalist, UE, that she is lawfully married to Donald McKenzie, of said Township, Joiner, and that she has never received land, … prays for 200 acres. Sworn before Joseph Anderson, Chairman and James Pringle, General Quarter Sessions. Donald McKenzie is a natural British born subject.
[fold notes] In Council 1st Aug 1833, Recommended, order issued 3 Aug 1833.
Source: UCLP, RG 1 L3, 1832-1833, Vol 357A, M 18/109, AO, film C-2213

ELGIN COUNTY McKENZIES
Thanks to Guylaine Petrin who sent these notes she made about McKenzie family in Elgin County. The presence of the names Colin and Duncan suggests a possible distant connection. “I came across this family while researching George Swanton in the Second Heir and Devisee Commission at A.O.  The file indexed under Geroge Swanton had actually NO information whatsoever about George Swanton.”
 
The McKenzies of Elgin County 
That Donald McKenzie of Dunwich, died previous to his son Alexander (1857)
That his wife Barbara McKenzie died January 8 1857.
That Alexander McKenzie (their son) died Sept 15 1857, without being married and without lawful issue and without making a will.
That Alexander McKenzie left 2 brothers John and Colin McKenzie and two sisters: Mary wife of Donald Finlayson and Isabelle wife of Donald McPherson.
That said Alexander had 3 other brothers named Duncan, Roderic and Daniel and one sister named Christine all whom died before him (1857) without ever being married except Duncan who died in May 1860 without ever having been married.

The affidavit was signed by Donald McPherson who is the only one who could read and write.

The affidavit was dated January 16 1867 in Dunwich, county of Elgin in Ontario, but the land that was being discussed and that had belonged to Alexander McKenzie as a grantee was located in township of Orford, county of Kent, Ontario.

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