Information on the Loyalists
Loyalist Directory: Peter (Sr.) Fetterley (Tetterley; Fetterly)
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|Surname :||Fetterley (Tetterley; Fetterly)|
|Given name :||Peter (Sr.)|
|Where Resettled :||Willamsburgh Township|
|Status as Loyalist :||Proven|
|Proof of Loyalty :||UEL List|
|Notes (Expunged, Suspended, Reinstated) :||(should be Fetterly?)|
|Regiment :||Kingís Royal Regiment of New York(KRRNY)|
|Enlistment Date :||26 October 1779|
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|Proven Descendants :||Chilliwack 1993.05.31; Chilliwack 1994.04.13; London & Western Ontario 1987.11.20; St. Lawrence 1991.02.19; St. Lawrence 1991.02.20; Victoria 1995.05.10; St. Lawrence 2001.08.25; St. Lawrence 2010-04-26;|
|Military Info :||Peterís regiment was the Kingís Royal Regiment of New York(KRRNY), which was also known as the Kingís Royal Yorkers, Royal Yorkers and Sir Johnís regiment; however, the name ďRangersĒ never appeared in the regimentís records. Now, this may seem like picking at nits, but the fact is, if youíre looking for your ancestorís background and youíre looking under Kingís Royal Rangers, you wonít find much.|
The reason that the name was distorted by early historians is that Rogerís Kingís Rangers also served in the Canadian Department with the Royal Yorkers and, when elements of both regiments settled in Frederickburgh Township, the two names were conflated. I cannot imagine how that confusion occurred for settlers such as Fetterly in Williamsburgh Township, but these things happen.
Peter enlisted in the KRRNY on 26 October 1779. He is known to have been in Major James Grayís Company in 1781 and 1782. He may have served in that company throughout his time in uniform, but records have not been found to prove that. Circumstantially, he likely was still in the Majorís Coy at the time of settlement, as it was Grayís company settled in RT No.4 (Williamsburgh).
I have not found more specific information about Peterís activities during his service; however, if he was in the Majorís Company in 1780, he very likely went on the largest raid ever mounted by the regiment in October of that year, when the regimental commander, Sir John Johnson, led 227 Royal Yorkers with a great many other Provincials, British and German Regulars, and Six Nationsí Indians deep into rebel territory to destroy the harvest in the Schoharie and lower Mohawk Valleys. Fetterlyís personal knowledge of the Helleburgh area, which, as you know, borders on the Schoharie Valley, may have been useful to his officers.
If you want more information, this link takes you to the publisher of on the Kingís Royal Yorkers
If you want detailed information, the publisher also sells this book about the massive raid into the Schoharie and Mohawk Valleys.
Gavin Watt, H/VP UELAC
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