Information on the Loyalists
Loyalist Directory: John Fetterly
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|Given name :||John|
|Where Resettled :||Osnabruck Twp|
|Status as Loyalist :||Proven|
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The land petition for John Fetterly has been located. It references his application to be added to the UE List on the basis of his service on behalf of Loyal activities in the Albany area, for which he was imprisoned.
Read a transcription of the original petition.
Now the interesting point is, according to the original rules of Lord Dorchester (Guy Carleton), that in order to be on the list, one had to be in service under the Royal Standard, in the American colonies, prior to 1783. But by 1807, the standards has been expanded in some cases, to include loyal persons who had served in some manner, other than actual military service. And John Fetterly was in jail (gaol) in Albany in 1783, due to Royal service. He could not finally get to Canada until 1795, according to his witness on the petition, after his release from jail.
As you read the responses to John Fetterly's Petition, you will see that the request was first refused by a clerk, as it did not follow the old ruls of 'service under the Royal Banner'. However that ruling was overturned by none other than Francis Gore, the Lieutenant Governor of the time, the highest Royal official in Canada then. The Petition was approved, and the document was placed in the Land Book.
John Fetterly did not make any land application later that I can find, based upon that ruling.
|Proven Descendants :||St. Lawrence 2012.10.01;|
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|Sources :||Information provided by Richard Ripley|