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Loyalist Directory: Sarah Kast McGinnis (McGinness, McGinn, Magin)

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Surname : McGinnis (McGinness, McGinn, Magin)
Given name : Sarah Kast
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Status as Loyalist : Proven
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Date & Place of Birth : Sarah was born before 1716, possibly at New Stuttgardt in upstate NY.
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Children : George McGinn
Biography : Sarah was born before 1716 (the Simmendinger Register of 1716/17 shows Johan Georg Last (Kast!) with 7 children at New Stuttgardt) in upstate NY.
Sarah's petition, filed under McGinn, mentions her son George McGinn.

(From a posting to Rootsweb by Don Diminie)
Sarah Kast McGinnis (my 5th Great Grandmother) - was asked twice by the Government to go back into the winter woods of NY state to persuade the Indians to remain on the side of the Crown. The Americans wanted the Iroquois as allies. But, after Oriskany, the natives wanted no part of the white man's war. They had lost a lot of warriors. Sarah had grown up wtih the Mohawks and knew them, their ways, their language. So, even though she'd lost all her property as well as several family members, she did so. At the end, she lived on the edge of starvation on Carleton Island for awhile, the government gave her nothing that we can find. No money, (her claim for losses made jointly with her son, a soldier only had a small portion paid) no medal, no land grant, (her son got land as a soldier) no certificates & so far as is known likely not even a written thank you!
A UELAC certificate was issued to me as her descendant in March, 1998, thus giving Sarah recognition as a Loyalist.
Proven Descendants : Thompson-Okanagan 2004.03.08; Col. John Butler 2011.05.02; Edmonton 2012.06.04; Hamilton 2014.11.17 (Ronald Stanley Barrons);
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Family Genealogy : Sarah Kast's father, Johan Georg Kast, and family are listed by Henry Z. Jones in The Palatine Families of New York; vol 1, pp 437-38. He is no. 360 in Governor Hunter's Lists. Four of Hans Georg's children were born before the 1709 emigration from Germany. Sarah was the 7th child - noted in Hans Georg's Will, which noted that she had married Tim McGinnis, as per Jones' research.
Sources : Sources of Information:
A Tale of Loyalist Heroism - H.C. Burleigh - Ontario History 42,2 1950, pp 91-99
There are two articles re Sarah Kast McGinnis in the Fall 1998 issue of the Loyalist Gazette, one by Edgar Clow UE and one by Don Diminie, pages 21-22.
Information provided by Marvin W. Millis UE
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