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Loyalist Directory: William Sr. (Father of Thomas and William Jr.) Emery (Emry)

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Surname : Emery (Emry)
Given name : William Sr. (Father of Thomas and William Jr.)
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Where Resettled : Eastern District (Glengarry)
Status as Loyalist : Suspended
Proof of Loyalty : UEL List
Notes (Expunged, Suspended, Reinstated) : Suspended by Order in Council 21st January 1824.
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Date & Place of Death : 1802 (will in Ont. Archives)
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Wife Name : Married Elizabeth Millward (Milward) in St. Peter's Anglican Church, Albany, NY, 26 Dec. 1769 (church records in NYS Lib.).
Children : William & Elizabeth Emery had, as far as I can find, 5 children; the first 4 were baptized in St. Georgeís Church, Schenectady.

1) Twins Frances and
2) Ann, both baptized 6/5/1770
3) William, 10/6/1771, who must have died soon, since there was another
4) William, 9/21/1773; this I believe is the Jr. on the List. In 1790, at the same time his father did, he filed a loyalist declaration asking for land.
5) Thomas, birth date and place unknown; but was mentioned in fatherís 1802 will. He filed in 1797 a UEL petition based on his fatherís (otherwise unspecified) loyalist service during the war, so I assume he was born around 1776 as a child (SUE or DUE) had to be 21 to apply for a UEL grant.
Biography : William Emery (Emry), a tailor, and Elizabeth Millward (Milward) were married in St. Peter's Anglican Church, Albany, NY, 26 Dec. 1769 (church records in NYS Lib.). Both were members of the household of John Tunnicliff, a wealthy, English-born businessman and property developer (Colonial Albany People website). Several of their children were baptized in St. Georgeís Anglican Church, Schenectady, NY, 1770-73 (church records online).† What William did during the Revolution is unknown; but in 1786 he appeared in Ontario and was placed on the Glengarry County list of Loyalists receiving food supplies (Crowder), filed a declaration stating that he was a Loyalist and asking for a land grant in 1790 (copy in Can. Archives), took the Loyalist oath in 1796 (Fitzgerald), and died in 1802 (will in Ont. Archives). Although he lived in Glengarry, he received a land grant in the Front of Leeds township in 1798 (Leeds and 1000 Islands Hist. Soc. Website), which he left in his will to his son Thomas (who himself was put on the UEL list after filing a petition in 1797: Can. Archives.)
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Sources : I might mention that there was a "Wm. Emmery" noted as a tenant in 1778 on Sir John Johnsonís confiscated Johnson Hall holdings, but I donít know if he was ďthisĒ WE. I mentioned that WE got a land grant in 1798 in Leeds County, but whether it was on the basis of alleged Loyalist service, I donít know.

To make life difficult, there were a number of seemingly unconnected Emerys in Upper Canada during this period. One of them was the John you mention (on the UE list), but I donít know if he was related in any way. (Another was a Bernard Emery, who Iím pretty sure was not related.)

Information provided by descendant Bob Emery.
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