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Loyalist Directory: Elizabeth Cline (Clyne)

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Surname : Cline (Clyne)
Given name : Elizabeth
Rank :  
Where Resettled : Carleton Island, Haldimand, Upper Canada, 1780
Status as Loyalist : Proven
Proof of Loyalty :  
Notes (Expunged, Suspended, Reinstated) :  
Regiment :  
Enlistment Date :  
Date & Place of Birth : c. 1760
Settled before war :  
Date & Place of Death : Haldimand, Upper Canada
Place of Burial :  
Wife Name : 1st Husband -  John Cline, killed during war
2nd Husband - John Nicholas Weitzel
Children : Mary Weitzel b. 4 Aug 1781 d. 10 Mar 1823
Biography : John and Elizabeth Cline migrated from Germany and resettled at New Petersborough N.Y. in 1765 where they raised their family, cleared and worked their 100 acre farm. After ten years there and growing instability, they moved for reasons of safety to the fertile fields of German Flatts. Here they completed their family of six daughters, the last being born in 1778.

When the revolution began to swirl around them, John Cline, being infirm, was unable to bear arms; he would not go to fight against the King. He was loyal and for his beliefs was killed and scalped by the Indians.

Soon after his death, his widow, with her father John Lang and her daughters moved to Canada, settling in at Carleton Island. They left farm and possessions behind, taking only what they could carry.

Here Elizabeth Cline struggled to provide for her family. However, in November 1779, Hessians who had been refusing to work on the fortifications at Niagara were transferred to Carleton Island.

Elizabeth Cline met and married John Nicholas Weitzel and the couple started a new family in 1781 and were in Cataraqui (Kingston) by 1783. She was thus a founding family at Kingston before the influx of Loyalists in 1784.

Weitzel would return to Sorel, Quebec for his official discharge in 1783 and when he returned to Kingston he traveled with a fellow Hessian, John Gottlieb Loede. The trip from Sorel by bateaux would include about thirty portages and take about three weeks.

Loede soon married daughter Mary Cline and started a family with the birth of a son in 1784 in Kingston.

John and Mary Loede were both eligible for free land grants, he for his war services and she as DUE. They settled on their land grants in Leeds Township being the first settlers in that area.

First hand accounts by the family are available and describe the dense wilderness in every direction, with only blazed tracks through the woods. There were only two other houses between Gananoque and Kingston; one of them was Mr. Franklin's, 13 miles to the west.The only house east of Gananoque for 14 miles was a small shanty at the mouth of Legge's Creek occupied by a man named McGowan.

Gananoque contained one small log house and a better one occupied by Col. Stone whose arrival was after that of Loede. Stone built a saw and grist mill on the west side of the Gananoque River.

Before the grist mill was built, Loede had to get his grinding done at Larue's mill down near Escott. The round trip might take a week as the mill was slow to grind and easily put out of repair.

Indians were a terror to the settlers, but mostly on account of their reputation. On one occasion, five aborigines entered the Loede house and demanded food which could not be given them without depriving the family of all they had. The Indians proceeded to help themselves where upon Mary Loede, whose father had been scalped by Indians, grasped a large iron poker and laid about them so lustily as to soon drive the intruders out of the house, which was barred and defended with guns.

Nicholas Weitzel died in 1796 and Elizabeth Cline moved to Stormont County where there were friends and family from the Mohawk Valley.

Such were the perils of the early Loyalist pioneers.

[Submitted by Don Brearley]
Proven Descendants : Bay of Quinte 2009.06.29;
Col. Edward Jessup 2009.10.05;
Bay of Quinte 2009.12.07;
Governor Simcoe 2014.04.14 (Christopher Houston Plante; Paul Clifford Plante);
Military Info :  
Loyalist Genealogy : See the Certificate application from Christopher Plante.
Family History :  
Family Genealogy :  
Sources : Information submitted by Don Brearley and Christopher Plante.
Reserved :