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BOOK - Kingston and the "Loyalists of the Spring Fleet" of 1783
By Walter Bates
Originally published by Barnes and Company, Saint John, 1889
This edition by Global Heritage Press, Milton, 2010

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The original title page of this book includes a lengthy title and attribution, as was common when this history was written:
    Kingston and the "Loyalists of the Spring Fleet" of A.D. 1783. With Reminiscences of Early Days in Connecticut: A Narrative. By Walter Bates, ESQ., Sometime High Sheriff of the County of Kings. To Which is Appended a Diary Written by Sarah Frost on Her Voyage to St. John, N.B. with the Loyalists of 1783. Edited with Notes by W. O. Raymond, A.B. Rector of St. Mary's Church, St. John, N.B.
Contents include:
  • Map of the original land grants for the Kingston Grant (includes names of owners on their lots)
  • Introduction
  • The Narrative of Walter Bates - Early days of the Revolution wih some account of the sufferings of the Loyalists
  • Personal adventures of the narrator during the war
  • The voyage of the First Fleet on 1783 and the settlement of Kingston by a band of Loyalists
  • Return [list] of the families, etc, embarked on board the [ship] Union Transport, Consett Wilson, Master, Huntington Bay April 11th, and completed April 16th, 1783. Includes:
    • List of Passengers (adult males - head of household
    • )
    • Number of signers [each adult male - adult males only]
    • Number of Women [with each adult male]
    • Number of children above 10 years old [with each adult male]
    • Number of children under 10 years old [with each adult male]
    • Former place of abode [town and state]
    • Occupation [ adult males]
  • Trinity Church - Its History and its Rectors
  • Incidents in the early days of Connecticut
  • The diary of Sarah Frost: Written on board the ship "Two Sisters" during her voyage to Saint John's River Nova Scotia, in the spring of A.D. 1783
Book review by Sandra Devlin:
    "A verbatim narrative by Bates entitled Kingston and the Loyalists of the 'Spring Fleet' of 1783 together with the Diary of Sarah (Schofield) Frost, written aboard the ship Two Sisters during her voyage from New York to Saint John in 1783 form a 32-page booklet available through that every Loyalist descendant should read.

    One of the Frost diary entries reads, in part: "Sunday, June 15. - Our people seem cross and quarrelsome today, but I will not differ with any one if I can help it. At half-past twelve our ship is getting under way -- I suppose for Nova Scotia."

    While modesty prevented specific reference to her condition, Frost was very pregnant during the voyage. One month after Two Sisters arrived in Saint John, Hannah was born to Sarah and William Frost. The Frost family settled at Norton, N.B. on the banks of the Kennebecasis River.

    Not only does this booklet put into human context the real-life experience of Loyalist forebears, it also reminds us all of the importance of preserving our own lives and times for future historians, our descendants.

    The booklet is not indexed, but that is less of a problem than in most books because it is a compelling read, easily finished in one evening. There are other treats throughout. The 65 heads of households aboard the Union Transport bound for Saint John in 1783 includes surnames: Bates, Dibblee, Fowler, Holcomb, Lane, Nichols, Marvin, Seaman, Seely and Wade. Early wardens of the Loyalist church at Kingston included: Ketchum, Lyon, Moore, Scribner and Sumner.

    Footnotes and introductory context by editor W. O. Raymond are also delightful and provide insights of historic and genealogical interest. Reproduced tinplate likeness of clergy and the original Kingston Grant surveyed by Frederick Hauser in 1783 compliment the text."
32 Pages
8.5" X 11"
Originally published by Barnes and Company, Saint John, 1889
This edition by Global Heritage Press, Milton, 2010

ISBN 9781926797434 (Softcover)

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