Ransier Name Study

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Surnames/tags: Ransier Rancier Rantzir
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Rantzir/Ransier/Rancier History in NY and Canada

Jan Jerick Rantzir (1691–1764) came to America around 1739 on the ship "Julia" with his son Andres (1731-1789). Jan Jerick stayed in the American colonies but his son Andres (1731-1789) became a United Empire Loyalist (UEL) and fled to Canada along with his sons George (1752-1804), William (1759-1834) and Andres Jr. (1768-). (see documents to the right)

United Empire Loyalists History - Kingston Branch

At the time of the American Revolution 1775-1783, many inhabitants of the thirteen colonies were loyal to the King, George III, and took up arms on Britain’s behalf. During and at the conclusion of the War, most of these “loyalists” were forced to leave. Of these, some 40,000 or more came to what is now Canada, and over the following years, greatly influenced the character of much of our country.

In 1784, many Loyalists settled along the St. Lawrence River and the north shore of Lake Ontario, from Prince Edward County to near Montreal. Kingston was one of the main settlements in that line of new settlement.

In the 1884 centennial of their arrival, Loyalist celebrations were held across the province and proved to be the genesis of the Loyalists’ Association of Ontario some years later. From that evolved the United Empire Loyalists’ Association of Canada (UELAC), formally incorporated in 1914.

Kingston Branch (officially, “Kingston and District Branch”) is one of twenty-seven branches across Canada, from Halifax to Victoria.


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Interesting fact I found on passenger list, Jan Jerick Ransier, The only Ransier.Rancier,Rantzir so far. He was traveling from Rotterdam to Philadelphia on the "Lady Judith" in 09/03?1739. Jeannette Rancier
Although not listed, Jan’s wife and child were no doubt traveling with him and his name is spelled Ramsyer.
posted by Susan (Ward) Merk
edited by Susan (Ward) Merk
I happened on this site and what an exciting family project. I am so available to assist.

Captain Stephen Ransier.

What is your line back to Andres Ransier (1731-Germany) or other Ransier?
posted by Susan (Ward) Merk