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Loyalist Directory: Peter (Sr.) Fetterley (Tetterley; Fetterly)

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Surname : Fetterley (Tetterley; Fetterly)
Given name : Peter (Sr.)
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Where Resettled : Willamsburgh Township
Status as Loyalist : Proven
Proof of Loyalty : UEL List
Notes (Expunged, Suspended, Reinstated) : (should be Fetterly?)
Regiment : King's 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 : Peter's regiment was the King's Royal Regiment of New York(KRRNY), which was also known as the King's Royal Yorkers, Royal Yorkers and Sir John's regiment; however, the name “Rangers” never appeared in the regiment's records. Now, this may seem like picking at nits, but the fact is, if you're looking for your ancestor's background and you're looking under King's Royal Rangers, you won't find much.
The reason that the name was distorted by early historians is that Roger's King's 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 Gray's 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 Major's Coy at the time of settlement, as it was Gray's company settled in RT No.4 (Williamsburgh).
I have not found more specific information about Peter's activities during his service; however, if he was in the Major's 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 Nations' Indians deep into rebel territory to destroy the harvest in the Schoharie and lower Mohawk Valleys. Fetterly's 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 King's 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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