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Loyalist Directory: Gregor McKinnon

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Surname : McKinnon
Given name : Gregor
Rank : Sergeant
Where Resettled : 1784: land grant (Lot 452 near Saint John) Keswick, York County, NB (removed to Black River or Bay du Vin, Parish of Glenelg, Northumberland County, New Brunswick)
Status as Loyalist : Proven
Source : Land Grant;

His wife's petition for a pension.
Notes (Expunged, Suspended, Reinstated) :  
Regiment : Royal North Carolina Volunteers (Captain Hamilton's Company);

attached to the New York Volunteers
Enlistment Date : unknown, possibly early 1776
Date & Place of Birth : 1745-9 (more likely 1949); Isle of Skye, Scotland
Settled before war : Robeson Co., North Carolina
Date & Place of Death : 12 Dec 1837; Bay du Vin (Miramichi), NB. or Black River, Glenelg Parish, Northumberland Co., (could be the same place)
Place of Burial : St. John the Evangelist Anglican Cemetery; Bay du Vin (Miramichi), Northumberland County, NB.
Wife Name : 1st wife is unknown.

2nd wife was Jane Pearson?, widow of William Sharp of the Queen's Rangers, or
Jane 'Jean' Sharpe (daughter of Loyalist William Sharpe)
Children : 1st wife:
1. WILLIAM McKINNON b. 1792, d. 1836
2. HUGH McKINNON b. 1793-1801, m. 15OCT1829 JANE FORSYTH (b. NB ca. 1808), d/o Robert and Jane (or Jean) (Martin) Forsyth
2nd wife:
3. CATHERINE ("KATE") McKINNON b. 1802, m. JOHN ANDERSON (b. Clackmannon, Ayreshire, Scotland 1JAN1791, d. 6AUG1877.)
4. JEAN (JANE) McKINNON b. Black River, Glenelg Parish, Northumberland Co., NB NOV1804 (21JUL1804, ca. 1808-10), d. Black River, Glenelg Parish, Northumberland Co., NB 8MAY1910, m. 18AUG1830 FARQUHAR McGRAW (b. ca. 1799-1803, d. Black River, Glenelg Parish, Northumberland Co., NB 7JUN1894 (1884?) age 92 years), s/o Neil and Mary (Edwards) McGraw
5. MARGARET McKINNON b. Black River, Glenelg Parish, Northumberland Co., NB 15SEP1806 (ca. 1808), d. 11FEB1871, m. 30JUN1831 ROBERT FORSYTH (b. 7SEP1804 (ca. 1805), d. Northesk Parish, Northumberland Co., NB 13MAR1884 age 80 years), s/o Robert and Jane (Martin) Forsyth
6. BENJAMIN McKINNON b. ca. 1810-11, d. Newcastle, Newcastle Parish, Northumberland Co., NB 29JUN1877 age 66 years, m. 1st SARAH A. ROGERS (b. Northesk Parish, Northumberland Co., NB 15JAN1831), d/o James and Eleanor (Ellen) (Quigley) Rogers; m. 2nd by the Rev. William Henderson 13JUL1854 MARY CROCKER (b. ca. 1815-6 (ca. 1831?; 1817 on headstone), d. 1900, bur. MI), d/o John and Margaret (Dickie) Crocker
7. ALICE ("ELSIE/ELSY") MacKINNON b. Bay du Vin, Northumberland Co., NB ca. 1813 (or 1814), d. Newcastle, Newcastle Parish, NB 23JAN1895 age 81 years, m. St. James' Presbyterian Church, Newcastle, Northumberland Co., NB 9AUG1837 ANDREW FRASER (will made 7FEB1840, probated 31JUL1843), s/o John and Mary (Gillis) Fraser
8. CHARLES McKINNON b. Black River, Glenelg Parish, Northumberland Co., NB ca. 1813 (or South Esk Parish, Northumberland Co., NB 1816?), bpt. United Church of St. Andrew and St. John (probably St. Andrew's Presbyterian), Chatham, Northumberland County, New Brunswick 22NOV1817, d. post 1861, m. 24JUL1839 SARAH LEACH (b. ca. 1819), d/o Thomas and Mary (McDonald) Leach.
Biography : Born Isle of Skye, Scotland ca. 1745-9,
Settled first in Robeson Co., NC.
Went to New Brunswick in 1783 granted a town lot in Carleton Township (Saint John), Saint John Co., NB 18 May 1785. (Note that 'Carleton' is neither Carleton Co., nor Carleton Parish in Kent Co., but was to be a part of the City of Saint John. Just 'Carleton' can be misleading.)
Granted land in the Keswick River area of Douglas Parish, York Co., NB September, 1784. Since others with him (McGraw, the MacLeod's and Ross) moved to the Miramichi (likely with or at the behest of members of the Black Watch from the Nashwaak River), I doubt if he remained there long; if at all. According to his wife, Jane, they were on the Miramichi River by 1799; probably before. Especially as in 1785 he is indicated as being on Lot 26, south side of the Miramichi near Middle Island.
Petitioned for land in 1787, probably about the time he moved to Glenelg Parish, Northumberland Co., NB. Listed there by 1803. Died in (or in the vicinity of) Black River, Glenelg Parish, Northumberland Co., NB 1837
Proven Descendants : Carl Stymiest of Vancouver Br. on 2005.10.03
Military Info : Believed to have served with the 23rd Regiment in India before settling in the American colonies.
Joined North Carolina Volunteers attached to New York Volunteers by April 1782 when a prisoner at Yorktown.
"Muster Roll of a Detachment of the North Carolina Volunteers, doing duty with the New York Volunteers, under the Command of Lieut. Colonel George Turnbull, from 25th April to 24th June 1783"; and a similar roll for 25th June to 24th August 1783. Source: National Archives of Canada, Chipman Papers, MG 23, D 1, Series I, Volume 26, Pages 272 & 273.

He is also listed in a "Muster Roll of a Detached Corps under the Charge of Lieut. DeBeck New York Volunteers Lancaster [Prison] 24 April 1782." This lists him as being taken prisoner at Yorktown, 19 October 1781. Source: Ibid, Volume 27, Page 333.
Loyalist Genealogy : See the UE certificate application by Carl Stynmiest.
Family History :  
Family Genealogy : A study of the Gregor McKinnon Family of New Brunswick by Thomas Murray, 62 pages here.
Other Info : His wife's petition for a pension as the wife of a soldier of the American Revolution was accepted. It states that she was in Northumberland Co., New Brunswick by 1799. here
It also states that Gregor d. in Glenelg Parish, Northumberland Co., NB in 1837 and that he was a sergeant 'attached' to the 'York Volunteers' (Jane never seems to have realized that it should have been 'New York', but she does state that it was a corps raised in America as opposed to a regular unit from Yorkshire, England.)
Much information is derived from the 1851 census of New Brunswick
the 1881 census
the 1891 census
the 1901 census
and the 1911 census
Other census returns should be consulted, especially the 1861 and 1871 returns, although the 1871 census of Kent Co., NB is partially on-line and has been used here. A primary source is the various databases of the Provincial Archives of New Brunswick beginning here
with two, key elements being, "Daniel F Johnson's New Brunswick Newspaper Vital Statistics",
and, "Records of Old Revolutionary Soldiers and Their Widows",
Also the land petition and grants databases. It should be noted that these do not reflect all that is available. The Petitions for land, for example, are only briefly abstracted as to county, names and dates. The actual petitions will contain far more information. I would also refer the researcher to, "The On-Line Insitute For Advanced Loyalist Studies",
particularly beginning here

Information from Thomas A Murray thomasamurray@hotmail.com

Also by Carl Stymiest, Vancouver Branch

NYGBS; V38 N3 Jul 1907 Reference letters B
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