British Subjects born in Philadelphia

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Can anyone advise me how I could find out about a John Kilchrist who was apparently born 1769 and has listed on Census's that he was born Philadelphia (British Subject).

I am guessing if it is correct that his father must have been in the British Army, but I am not 100% on my studies and what I can see the American Revolution was later.

Many Thanks for any assistance.
WikiTree profile: John Gilchrist
in Genealogy Help by Nereda Pinker G2G1 (1.1k points)

1 Answer

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In 1769 everyone who was born in Philadelphia would have been considered a British Subject because that area was a colony and under the rule of the British Crown. As you pointed out it was several years after that date when independence was declared.

The (British Subject) line should be removed from the location however.

by Dale Byers G2G Astronaut (1.3m points)

Of course, the notation is from the census for England and Wales, not the United States of America.

Guess "The Crown" was keeping a closer watch on those American-borns!!

edit: not sure we can presume that his father was in the military simply because John was born in Philadelphia. His father could just as easily have been a businessman, a diplomat, or any number of non-military options.

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