||Isaiah Bartley UE was a New Netherland Descendant 1674-1776.|
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Some necessary explanations: Common to the time was the use of a type of patronymics in which the first born child was named for paternal grandparent of same gender, second born child for maternal grandparent, and so on, alternating back & forth. If the grandparent so honored was still living at child's birth and baptism that grandparent stood as sponsor, if not, then the next oldest and closest living relative stood as sponsor.
If a child died while young or before mother reached the end of child bearing years, then the given name was "recycled".
Whoever could write, spelled and the person doing the writing wrote what was heard, not what was meant to be heard. There were more than several languages spoken in this time frame, and also different nationalities in Colonial North America. England was gaining control from the Dutch. This is one explanation for the more than several name spelling variations.
The given name "Isaiah" has many spelling variations on church records, especially the Dutch church records. The name may be recorded as "Jesias" and in Dutch language, the "J" and "I" has the force of "Y" when used.
Over time, these more than several spellings morphed into "Isaiah" and that is the name Isaiah Bartley, who married Eleanor Cammell/Campbell was using as a soldier in the Kings Royal Regiment, 2nd Battalion New York and in Upper Canada.
The Isaiah Bartley of this record does not have a baptism record but his birth year is known from his military records when he served as a soldier in the Kings Royal Regiment with his brother Michael. The military roster notes Isaiah Bartley was born 1743, and was of New York. The roster notes also that Isaiah was 5'8" and fair complected. It is known that this 1743 Isaiah is a son of Hendrick Bartley and second wife Elizabeth Palmatier because of the patronymic naming style. Both Isaiah and his brother Michael name a son Henry and a daughter Elizabeth.
Benjamin & Neeltje [Buys] Bartley's son Isaiah was baptized 9 May 1740 at the Poughkeepsie Reformed Church [Dutchess, New York]. This Isaiah was taller than his 1743 born cousin Isaiah. 1740 born/baptized Isaiah was 6' tall, blue eyed and brown complected while a member of the Dutchess County Militia. 1740 born Isaiah is known to have chosen loyalty to the "American" cause.
Henrick and Benjamin's brother, Ephraim and wife Margaret had two sons named Isaiah! The first Isaiah [Jesias on church record] was baptized 19 June 1731 at the Dutch Church of Sleepy Hollow [which became the First Reformed Church of Tarrytown] in Westchester, New York. 1731 born Isaiah died before the age of ten because his parents following the custom of recycling the name baptized another son Isaiah [also Jesias on church record] on 1 July 1741 at the Fishkill Reformed Church, Dutchess County.
1743 born Isaiah Bartley, s/o Hendrick Bartley and Elizabeth Palmatier chose loyalty to the British cause and having served as a soldier for the British was no longer welcome in Colonial America at the signing of the peace treaty in 1783. Forced to flee the new country, he fled with his family and other Dutchess county loyalists to Upper Canada, settling in Fredericksburgh Township. In payment for his service to the Brits' Isaiah was eligible for up to 200 acres of FREE land depending on military rank. To get his free land, Isaiah had to file a written request detailing his military service and he notes in his petition for land that he came into Canada "after the peace in October 1784".
As a private in the King's army, Isaiah did not get the 200 acres which was reserved for officers, but he did get an acreage large enough on which he planted fruit trees and by his word, "made other improvements".
Bad luck was to haunt Isaiah's last years. Isaiah had retained an agent to attend to the legal details in getting title to the land. However, unknowingly or not, the agent titled the land in his own name and this title error was not discovered until the person acting as the agent died and heirs began the probate process. Son-in-law Benjamin Boice appeals to the government of Canada on behalf of Isaiah and reports that a lot of land in Loughborough township is vacant and asks that the government make available this lot for Isaiah's use. The date of this appeal is in the year 1825 and is the last of a paper trail that can be found for 1743 born Isaiah, so it is supposed that Isaiah died near this time.
Did Isaiah Bartley marry twice? Probably so, but Margaret Fox,the reported wife of Isaiah was not the mother of any children to 1743 born Isaiah. There was no time limit when children of a United Empire Loyalist could get their 50 acres of FREE land in their right as a son or daughter of a UEL. There are no children asking for their 50 acres of FREE land who were born after 1793, the year that Isaiah's first wife Eleanor Campbell/Cammell died in Fredericksburgh.
All children of 1743 born Isaiah and Eleanor Bartley were born in New York. The Brits' had to provision for those UEL's who had fled to Canada and so a type of census was done periodically listing the household members of the UEL. This census was done as our US pre 1850 census are, the head of the house is listed, all other in age and gender groupings and those listings on a 1786 military provisioning census for 1743 born Isaiah Bartley match exactly those children who applied for and received their 50 acres of FREE land after 1791.
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On 9 Feb 2014 at 04:31 GMT Gladys Boice wrote: