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Loyalist Directory: William Atkinston

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Surname : Atkinston
Given name : William
Rank : Lt.
Where Resettled : Kingston Twp
Status as Loyalist :  
Proof of Loyalty : UEL List
Notes (Expunged, Suspended, Reinstated) :  
Regiment : Capt. John McGill's Co, late Capt John MacKay's Co, Queen's Rangers
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Biography : Lt. Atkinson settled in Kingston Twp where he received 700 acres of land grants, with others lands added as the years went by:
lots 6 and 17 in the 1st concession
lot 10 in the 2nd concession, and
lot 3 in the 7th concession.
Lt. William Atkinson, his sister Ann Atkinson Graham and brother Thomas Atkinson were born in or near Pickering, Yorkshire, England. From the will of William Atkinson of Kingston, dated 1805: Brother Thomas Atkinson and his son, Robert, were living in Pickering, Yorkshire, Eng., in 1805, where they were couriers. William and wife Mary Atkinson, having no issue, left their property to brother Thomas and nephew Robert Atkinson and to Robert and Ann (Atkinson) Graham's three sons (Robert, William and Thomas Graham).
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Military Info :

Military information for Loyalist William Atkinson

In Loyalists in the Southern Campaign of the Revolutionary War, Vol. II, by Murtie June Clark, Libary of Congress, Genealogical Publishing Co., 1981; ISBN 0-8063-0941-5; Muster Roll of Capt. John McGill's Co, late Capt John MacKay's Co, Queen's Rangers, J.Graves Simcoe Esq. Major Commandant, from 25 Aug. to 24 Nov. 1777, p. 435:

Lt. William Atkinson
(PAC, RG81 "C" Series, Vol 1861)

And on p. 301 (same reference), Muster Roll Capt James Kings Co., Volunteers of Ireland:

Corp. Robert Graham..."on duty"

Both men fought at the Battle of Fort Ninety Six, South Carolina, where Gen Cornwallis had sent troops to encourage the loyalist there as the "backcountry" was believed crucial to maintaining order in that area and in keeping control of South Carolina by the British. Hostilities continued and in May 1781 the rebel Gen. Nathanael Greene attacked Fort Ninety Six. The British defended and repulsed the Rebels but decided to abandon Ninety Six in July 1781. The British, including Lt. Atkinson and Corp. Graham retreated to Charlestown where they were shipped back to New York. On Long Island, N.Y. they became part of the Capt. Michael Grass's group of Associate Loyalists, shipped out for Sorel, Quebec, and in 1784 settled at Kingston in the Cataraqui Twp. #1.




A personal note about researching at Fort Ninety Six SC:

I had a great time researching both Robert Graham and "uncle Bill" and visited Fort Ninety Six, SC. The Museum staff there was most helpful, had lots of records and a resident historian. When we went in Frank said to the museum folk, "My wife's a loyalist" (I just about ran out the door). The lady there answered "So are most of us!" She just started to pull out books and records...had three volumes on the muster rolls of the Southern Campaign (indexed) as well as those who fought in the Battle of Fort Ninety Six and I ended up with my own UEs found plus others including Wm Reid of Thurlow. In the course of our research there, we were told that troops from the Central Campaign were sent to reinforce those stationed at Fort Ninety Six which accounted for the mix of troops there. The Loyalists and British did defeat the rebel attack but the British decided to abandon Fort Ninety Six taking along those loyalists and their families who wished to go with them. After a dreadful march to Charleston SC, the military and civilians were shipped to New York or England. One would assume those of the Central Campaign returned to Long Island, N.Y...certainly Robert Graham, Lt. William Atkinson and William Reid did so.

– Joan Lucas, Kawartha Branch

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Family History :  
Family Genealogy : William's sister, Ann Atkinson, married Sgt. Robert Graham of Kingston Twp, (Cataraqui Twp #1).
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