Evidence on the Claim of Jacob Smith, late of Albany ., Co., N. York Province.
Philip Smith, son to Claimt, sworn:
Says that his Father lived near Montreal in 1783 & sent a Claim to England by Capt. Gummersal [sic] & Capt. Leake. Jacob Smith is unable to travel from age & infirmities. He is a native of Germany. In 1775 he lived near Albany. He had been many years in America. He joined Gen. Burgoyne in 1777. Before that time he had never taken any part with the Americans. He enlisted in the 2nd Batallion of Sir John Johnsons Regt. & served in it until the end of the war [p.419] Wits & his Br. were likewise in the service. He now resides in the 3rd Township Bay of Quinty [sic]. 250 acres Patroon [sic] Lands. He lived 20 years on them. He had a good frame House & about 100 acres cleared. Claims £150 Cury [sic], says that after his Father came away the Proprietors gave his Bros. £60 for the improvements they had made. He had a yoke of oxen, 2 steers, a mare & colt & a mare, a cow, 3 steers. All these were taken away by the rebels. The other things were sold by his Brothers.
Produces affidavit of Jacob & Hannah Fralick that Jacob Smith possessed 200 acres Land, 2 yoke of oxen, some cattle &c. Wits Jacob Smith, son of Claimt., sworn. Says his Father is above 60 years of age and unable to travel. Says he remained on his Fathers farm until the end of the war & did duty as a Militia man. The Farm contained 250 acres. He sold it when he came to Canada as his own property to one P. Leake. He recovered £170 York Cury [sic] for the farm. He thinks that the farm was worth £300 Cury [sic]. Says that the Commissars of forfeiture--Floras Banker & Menand Roseband--took from his father's farm a yoke of oxen, 3 steers, 4 Horses, a Cow & Heifer. Furniture & Farming utensils were saved. Philip Smith produces a Power of Arty from his Father Jacob Smith whereby he conveys all his title for Compensation. N.B.--To be made payable to Philip Smith.
Note: If this record is correct then it was sent to England with Capt. Thomas Gummersall Anderson & Capt. Robert Leake. If Jacob did join General John Burgoyne in 1777, it suggests that he participated in the Saratoga Campaign, which was an attempt by the British high command for North America to gain military control of the strategically important Hudson River valley during the American Revolutionary War. However, it ended in the surrender of the British army.
The King's Royal Regiment of New York also known as Johnson's Royal Regiment of New York, King's Royal Regiment, King's Royal Yorkers, and Royal Greens were one of the first Loyalist regiments, raised on June 19, 1776, in British Canada, during the American Revolutionary War. Members of the regiment were granted land along the St. Lawrence River valley and Bay of Quinte in modern Ontario and were among the first settlers of Upper Canada, later the province of Ontario in Canada. According to the Roll of the 2nd Battalion of the King's Royal Regiment of York (Bill Martin) there are multiple Smiths that are included in the 2nd Battalion roll (Jacob, John, William, Peter, Daniel, Stephen, Jacob, Michael, and Philip)
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