Yet I didn't stop there. I was curious as to if any other of my aunt's husband's lines were also descended from Loyalists. One interesting possibility popped up and that is Robert Wilkerson, the son of Robert Wilkinson, who married the granddaughter of the United Empire Loyalist Lt. Jacob Ball (the Elder).
The starting point anytime I look for a Loyalist connection is the United Empire Loyalists Association of Canada web site. On that site there is a Directory of Loyalists and, if known, that lists indicates whether the person is "proven" or "expunged". A search of that directory results in finding a Robert Wilkerson listed:
|Wilkie||James||Muster Table HMS "Clinton", Document # ADM 36/9966 Public Record Office, Kew, Surrey, England. Copied by Frank Davis, transcribed by Mette Griffin||Detail|
|Wilkins||Andrew||Charlotte Co., NB||NYGBS; V40 N2 Apr 1909||Detail|
|Wilkins||Isaac||Home District||UEL List||Detail|
|Wilkins||Martin||Home District||UEL List||Detail|
|Wilkins||Robert||Serj't||Midland District||Expunged||UEL List||Detail|
|Wilkinsen||Will'm||Muster Table HMS "Clinton", Document # ADM 36/9966 Public Record Office, Kew, Surrey, England. Copied by Frank Davis, transcribed by Mette Griffin||Detail|
|Wilkinson||John||Muster Table HMS "Clinton", Document # ADM 36/9966 Public Record Office, Kew, Surrey, England. Copied by Frank Davis, transcribed by Mette Griffin||Detail|
|Wilkinson||Rich'd||Capt.||Eastern District||UEL List||Detail|
United Empire Loyalists Association of Canada, Directory of Loyalists, database (http://www.uelac.org/Loyalist-Info/loyalist_list.php: 8 Sep 2014), Robert Wilkerson entry.
Since I know there are several spelling variations of the name I also make note of other potential Loyalists such as the Robert Wilkins that is listed as "Proven".
Clicking on the Detail link for Robert Wilkerson brings up the recorded details:
|Given name :||Robert|
|Where Resettled :|
|Status as Loyalist :||Proven|
|Notes (Expunged, Suspended, Reinstated) :|
|Enlistment Date :|
|Date & Place of Birth :|
|Settled before war :|
|Date & Place of Death :|
|Place of Burial :|
|Wife Name :|
|Proven Descendants :||Col. John Butler 2010-03-29; Col. John Butler 2010-04-12;|
|Military Info :|
|Loyalist Genealogy :|
|Family History :|
|Family Genealogy :|
|Other Info :|
United Empire Loyalists Association of Canada, Directory of Loyalists, database (http://www.uelac.org/Loyalist-Info/loyalist_list.php: 8 Sep 2014), Robert Wilkerson details.
There really isn't much there. However, for the Proven Descendants there are two references:
- Col. John Butler 2010-03-29
- Col. John Butler 2010-04-12
One thing I did when asking for a copy of the application and supporting documentation was to ask that all except the first four generations from the Loyalist be redacted. That way I preserve the privacy of any living people listed yet I still have enough information that I can bridge from my records to the generation(s) that I am missing.
In the packet I received paper copies of the wills for Robert Wilkerson and his father Robert Wilkinson plus the Certificate of Family Lands and Additional Bounty with Robert Wilkinson's name on it.
|Township Papers for Thorold, microfilm MS658 (Toronto, Ontario: Archives of Ontario), reel 471, no. 000144, Certificate of Family Lands and Additional Bounty for Robert Wilkinson, issued 9 Feb 1791.|
Here you can read that the board has "...examined into his character and pretensions, and find that he as received two hundred Acres of land in the Township of No 9 in the District of Nassau as a Loyalist..."
This, interestingly enough, is the only documentation that I can find, with the exception of an entry1 for his grandson, David Wilkerson, son of John Wilkerson, where it says "...grandson of Robert Wilkerson, a native of Pennsylvania, of German descent, who came to Canada as a U. E. Loyalist during the American revolutionary war".
Since I'm not a trusting sort when it comes to genealogy research I like to have some corroboration to statements made. To that end I've looked in the following references for any mention of Robert Wilkinson or Robert Wilkerson:
- "The Loyalists In Ontario: The Sons and Daughters of The American Loyalists Of Upper Canada" by William D. Reid
- "American Loyalist Claims (AO12)", Library and Archives Canada, Robert Wilkinson file, microfilm B-1177, volume 99, image 352. A claim reviewed in October 1783 was made but was found to be "perfectly groundless" by the examining board.
- "American Loyalist Claims (AO13)", Library and Archives Canada, Robert Wilkinson file, microfilm B-2432, volume 67, images 601-602. This is the petition made that was reviewed in October 1783.
- "British Military Records", Library and Archives Canada, RG 8, C Series.
- "Loyalist Lineages of Canada" compiled by Toronto Branch, United Empire Loyalists' Association of Canada (c) 1991. Published by Toronto Branch, United Empire Loyalists' Association of Canada, Toronto, Ontario.
- "Biographical sketches of loyalists of the American Revolution" by Lorenzo Sabine
- "Loyalists in the Southern Campaign of the Revolutionary War" by Murtie June Clark
- Locate the first grant mentioned in the above Certificate of Family Lands and Additional Bounty.
- Review the notes of W. G. Reive that have been placed within the collections of Library and Archives Canada.
- Scan the shelves of the library of the Sir Guy Carleton Branch of UELAC that are held at the City of Ottawa Archives.
- Look through the Heir and Devisee digitized microfilms.
If you have any suggestions as to where to also look for additional evidence that Robert Wilkinson was a United Empire Loyalist I would be happy to hear from you.
1. Historical Publishing Company, editor, The History of the County of Welland, Ontario, Its Past and Present, Containing a Condensed History of Canada; A Complete History of Welland County: Its Townships, Towns, Villages, Schools, Churches, Societies, Industries, Statistics, Etc; Portraits of Some of Its Prominent Men; Description of Its Various Historic and Interesting Localities; Miscellaneous Matter; Biographies and Histories of Pioneer Families, Etc. (Welland, Ontario: Welland Tribune Printing House, 1887), p. 488, entry for David Wilkerson.