As a boy during the Revolution, he carried provisions to the British in camp near his father's house. (Commissary Department). In 1782 he registered as one desiring to sail to Nova Scotia; in 1790 came to Canada accompanied by his brothers Jacobus, who settled Adolphustown on the Bay of Quinte, David, Nicholas, and possibly Johannes who shortly returned to the States. In 1793 he married Janet Davis. In 1794 settled in Sophiasburg township, where he taught school for 2 years. He built a mill on Lot#38 on a creek running north west from Fish Lake to bay of Quinte. Here the village of DEMORESTVILLE grew. In the War of 1812 he was a Major(?) , 3rd Battalion, Prince Edward County Militia, Canadian forces. He was the first Postmaster of Demorestville and a very old Justice of the Peace and one the oldest Militia Officers. Moved to Conescon village at a later date where he died.
Ancestors were from Bordeaux and Picardy regions of France.
The ancestors of John Demorest originated in Bordeaux and Picardy. Among them were eminent theologians who greatly influenced the Huguenots in the 16th and 17th centuries. One of them, John de Morest took his wife and family to Holland early in the 17th century. John's son, David, left Amsterdam for America on the Bontica in 1663 with is wife, the former Maria Schin and his three sons, John, David and Samuel.
Guillaume Demorest, son of John, was born on February 16th 1769. He lived in Dutchess County until 1790, when he came to Canada. He taught school in Adolphustown, where he married Jane Davis in 1793. In 1794, Guillaume and Jane moved to Sophiasburgh on Lots 38 and 39 in the first Concession. Here a village sprang up which was named Demorestville.
Being of an industrious nature, and a deeply religious man, Guillaume over the years built a grist mill, a sawmill, a linseed mill and a church. Guillaume presented both the church and the lot on which it was built to the Methodists, even though he himself was a conscientious Presbyterian. Later on in life, Guillaume joined the Methodist denomination, and was considered to be one of its finest lay preachers for a great number of years.
After the passing of his first wife in 1813, Guillaume married Hannah Burdette of Kingston, and raised five children: David, Mary, Ann, Margaret and Rachel. He died in Demorestville in 1849.
Prince Edward County Militia: Lieut. Gilliam Demerish (sic) June 4, 1811
DEMERESTVILLE.?This village, which is situated upon lots 38 and 39, of the marsh front, is named after the original settler, Guillame Demerest. The old settlers called him ?Demeray.? He was a native of Duchess County, N. Y., and was a boy during the rebellion. He was often engaged in carrying provision to the British army. He continued to live in Duchess County, until 1790, when he came to Canada. He failed to prove his right as a U. E. Loyalist, and consequently ?lost a fine grant of land.? He died at Consecon, 1848, aged seventy-nine. The village sprung up from the mills, which were here erected. It was, for many a day, called Sodom. This name, it is stated, arose from the fact that when Mr. Demerest's first wife was on her death-bed, a ball was given in the place, at which the inhabitants generally attended, and created some little [p.471] noise, whereupon she said they were ?as bad as the inhabitants of Sodom.? The village of Demerestville was incorporated in 1828.
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