Information on the Loyalists
Loyalist Directory: Weeden Fowler
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|Given name :||Weeden|
|Where Resettled :||St. John, NB|
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|Proof of Loyalty :||NYGBS; V36 N3 Jul 1905|
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|Date & Place of Birth :||Dec. 8, 1760 at Courtlandt Manor in New York|
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|Date & Place of Death :||May 23, 1791 at Hammond NB|
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|Wife Name :||Elizabeth|
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|Family History :||In the centre of Hammondvale Community Cemetery, a square granite column bears the names of Loyalists Weeden and Elizabeth Fowler, their son Ammon and his wife Mary, the ancestors of the ill-fated Gladys Fowler.|
The American Revolution from 1775 to 1783 resulted in a large influx of Loyalist settlers along the St. John River and its tributaries in what was then know as Nova Scotia. The British colony of New Brunswick became a new, separate entity from Nova Scotia in 1784.
The Fowler family arrived as Loyalists, in a group of 66 people who sailed from New York into Saint John Harbour in the late fall of 1783, led by Captain Thomas Spragg, who later settled in the Belleisle Bay area.
The family memorial at Hammondvale Community Cemetery indicates Lt. Weeden Fowler was born Dec. 8, 1760 at Courtlandt Manor in New York and died May 23, 1791 at Hammond. He died at age 30, eight years after arriving in Hammond. He left behind a two-year-old son, Ammon, and a young widow, Elizabeth.
Ammon was granted 200 acres of land in Hammond in 1814 at the age of 25. He married Mary Taylor and died at age 80, when his grandson George was 10.
Grandson of Ammon, and great grandson of Weeden, George Fowler was a barrister at law and served almost 21 years in federal politics as a Conservative. He also served in the military, ending up in Britain during the First World War after enlisting in his mid-50s in Sussex in 1916. Conscription records for the Canadian Over-Seas Expeditionary Force indicate George William Fowler, born in "Hammond Vale,". On his application, he indicated he and his wife Ethyl lived in Sussex, and that he had 20 years of military service with the 8th Hussars regiment. He signed on as a lieutenant-colonel in the 104th Over-Seas Battalion of the Canadian Expeditionary Force, which was absorbed about a year later into the 13th Canadian Reserve Battalion. What transpired between the date he enlisted for military service, Feb. 21, 1916, and his daughter's death 14 months later, is a mystery. Back home two months after the death of his daughter Gladys in London, George William Fowler became senator for Kings and Albert counties June 29, 1917, serving until his death in 1924.
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|Sources :||Reference letters A|