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Loyalist Directory: Finlay Malcolm

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Surname : Malcolm
Given name : Finlay
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Where Resettled : Charlotte Co., NB, then Home District in Ontario
Status as Loyalist : Proven
Proof of Loyalty : UEL List
NYGBS; V38 N1 Jan 1907
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Settled before war : Penobscot, Maine
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Wife Name : Trypena Wardwell
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Biography : Much has been written about Finlay Malcolm; a Loyalist, sea faring Captain, a builder of ships and homes. He moved from Scotland to New York to Maine to New Brunswick to the Long Point Settlement and eventually Scotland, Ontario. He was a politically active man who made sure his family settled and did not sail the sea. He married the great granddaughter of Samuel Wardwell a man who was hanged as a witch at the Salem witch trials on September 22, 1692. They had 10 sons and 5 daughters.
During the American Revolution, Findlay Malcolm was well established in Penobscot, Maine. He had land, two ships, a sloop called the Thomas and a Schooner called the Enterprise. He supplied lumber to Fort George that was situated on the island at the mouth of the Penobscot River and during the long siege of 1776 was the only civilian admitted to the Fort without a pass.
In 1783, along with the rest of the Penobscot Loyalists who sought shelter at Fort George (today known as Castine), Findlay moved to New Brunswick after he disposed of his land in Maine to his brother-in-law, Jere Wardwell. He wood-framed his salt box house and loaded it along with others' framed houses onto ships to be transported to their new land allocated to them along the St. Croix River at St. Andrews, New Brunswick. By 1774, they were relocated and documented.
Findlay moved again in 1776 and again, he dispensed with his property. This time Findlay Sr.'s move was said to be made to discourage his sons from taking up an occupation as he had done of sea faring. Baby Duncan, named after Findlay's Dad, was born on board ship in the St. Lawrence River. Continuing true to his principles of community mindedness, Findlay petitioned for land in the Long Point District of Upper Canada where he requested land for himself and the 15 families he was bringing with him. He also requested an additional 200 acres for his large family. He settled in the area of Oakland, Ontario, exactly four miles west of Scotland, Ontario. His lovely home that once included an orchard still stands as a Heritage House on Oakland Road.
Oakland and Scotland are close to where Joseph Brant, Chief of the Mohawks, was relocated. Brant was a well-respected Loyalist himself and was granted land by King George III. It was his people who instructed the Malcolm wives as to medical remedies. The wives of Findlay's six sons plus Findlay's own wife became so versed in the aboriginal medicinal ways that the advice and instruction they practiced was said to be a challenge to the livelihoods of the medical doctors who later arrived in the area.
Today, owned by Findlay's descendants, the Heritage Home in Scotland, Ontario, continues to hold the stories and secrets of political battles and clandestine meetings in regard to both the war of 1812 with its battles at Malcolm's Mills (the location of the Militia in the area) and the Upper Canada Rebellion of 1837 designed by William Lyon McKenzie. In 1837, the Finlay home was owned by Findlay Malcolm III. With a reward of 250 pounds on his head for treasonous activity, this Findlay narrowly avoided being vanquished to Australia by Queen Victoria. Instead, the Queen herself decided to give him a Bible and told him to live by it and go back to Canada and care for his family. The Bible is owned by a young genealogy buff, Tami Day, of Blenheim, Ontario.
When Tryphena Malcolm, Finlay's daughter, married Abraham Chapman, she exercised the right as a Loyalist to petition for 200 acres of land which she duly received in Raleigh Township, Kent County, as recorded. The story goes that she immediately turned around and sold it for a profit.
Proven Descendants : Grand River 1973.08.20; Grand River 1982.10.26; Toronto 1989.04.24; Grand River 1993.08.16; Hamilton 1993.11.15; Grand River 2000.02.15; Grand River 2001.04.22; London & W. Ontario 2004.11.29; Toronto 2005.04.11; Kingston & District 2008.04.28; Calgary Branch 2009.02.02 (Patricia Brown); Sir Guy Carleton 2010.11.22; Grand River 2011.05.30; Grand River 2014.05.26 (Mazelle Ann Malcolm Nohr); Grand River 2014.09.15 (Clara Annie Bates);
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Family History : A family history sketch of Finlay Malcolm to descendant Patricia Brown.
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Sources : Reference letters H

Family story for Calgary Branch by Patricia Brown (compiled and submitted by Linda McClelland)

Wheeler, Or. George Augustus, History of Castine, Penobscot and Brooksville, Maine (BangorIME: Burr and Robinson, 1875)

Rammage, Stewart A., The Militia Stood Alone: Malcolm Mills, 6 November, 1814, ISBN: 1-896967-61-2

Malcolm, John Karl, The Malcolm Family, Ann Arbor Michigan, 1950

Beers, J.H., Commemorative Biographical Record, 1904, pp 195-196, available in the O.G.S. Chatham Public Library.
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