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Loyalist Directory: James McNabb (Macnab)

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Surname : McNabb (Macnab)
Given name : James
Rank : Dr.
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Status as Loyalist : Proven
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Regiment : McAlpine's Corp
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Date & Place of Birth :  
Settled before war : Virginia
Date & Place of Death : Machiche in Jan 1780
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Children : Colin, Alexander, Simon Fraser, James
Biography : Dr. James Macnab UE with his family had emigrated to Virginia from Scotland in 1761. Because of unrest in Virginia the Macnabs left Virginia for New York. There he was appointed by Sir Guy Carleton (as he then was) to Major Daniel McAlpine's Corp. After the Battle of Saratoga, Dr. Macnab and his family escaped to Quebec and were there by Oct. 11, 1777. Dr. Macnab was with McAlpine when the Major was appointed "Inspector of Loyalists" by Gen Haldiman in late 1778. Major McAlpine was to be responsible for all refugee Loyalists and to see them settled into refugee camps. McAlpine is reported to have established a hospital at Machiche in 1779 as many of the Loyalists were ill. Dr Macnab was at Machiche with his family and there died in Jan 1780 under the care of another Loyalist doctor Dr. Robert Kerr.

Dr. Macnab left a widow and four sons at Machiche. The eldest son, Colin, age 19, went to Nova Scotia and joined a Loyalist regiment, eventually settling in the Niagara area, and was a United Empire Loyalist in his own right. He married and had a family.

The second son, Alexander Macnab, was age 12 in 1780, and joined the Commissary Department where he stayed for several years ending up in Niagara and then York. Alexander left the military to go to England where he joined the British army. He rose through the ranks, fought through the Peninsular campaign and was on the staff of General Sir Thomas Picton as A.D.C., when on the 18th of June 1815 both Alexander and Sir Thomas were killed during the Battle of Waterloo. Alexander never married.

The third and fourth sons were ages 7 and 5 when Dr. James Macnab died. But they were nurtured and educated within the establishment of the day so that when they became mature young men they were able to establish themselves. The third son, Simon Fraser Macnab, with his brother James, made their way first to Niagara where their two older brothers, Colin and Alexander, then resided, and later to York. In York, Simon Fraser Macnab became a merchant and married Mary Simons, d/o Titus Simons UE and Jerusha Kingsley of York. Simon moved his family to Thurlow Twp. where he opened stores in Thurlow ( later to be Belleville) and in Kingston. His only son was Rev. Canon Alexander Macnab D.D., of Darlington. His grandson Rev. Alexander Wellesley Macnab D.D. of Bowmanville was, among several prominent positions, a long time member of the United Empire Loyalists Association, serving as Vice President 1904-1905, President 1906-07, and Chaplin 1918-1926. Simon Fraser Macnab died in 1821 age 51 years.

The fourth son, James Macnab, Esquire, settled in Thurlow Twp with his brother Simon. James built a saw and grist mills on the Moira River, where he produced lumber and flour which along with potash produced on his Fredericksburg Twp. property he traded in York, Kingston and as far as Montreal. He married Mary Ann Fraser, d/o Adj. William Fraser UE, KRRNY and Elizabeth Ferguson of Kingston. He was a sucessful businessman and served as a Magistrate many years. He was elected to Provincial Parliment and and served for eight years. He died at age 44, Mar 5th, 1820. His obituary reads in part..."In all his dealings a most scrupulous attention was paid to honesty, and he hereby gained the respect and esteem of all who knew him. He was an affectionate husband, an indulgent parent and a kind friend..."

[submitted by Joan Lucas, UE, Kawartha Branch]
Proven Descendants : Kawartha 2007.08.16
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Sources : Information submitted by Joan Lucas UE, Kawartha Branch and Phyllis White, UE
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