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Leeds County Jessup's Loyal Rangers


The Loyal Rangers were created on November 12, 1781 from a number of smaller military units including the Loyal Americans. They were led by Edward Jessup.

They were usually stationed at Sorel or Verchères and provided garrisons for posts at Yamaska, Rivière-aux-Chiens, Île aux Noix, and Dutchman’s Point (near Alburg, Vermont).

The rangers were disbanded on December 24,  1783.

After the war, Jessup’s Rangers were allotted townships number 6 (Edwardsburg), number 7 (Augusta), and part of number 8 (Elizabethtown), all on the St Lawrence, as well as No 2 (Ernestown), west of Cataraqui (Kingston).

Adams, Gideon lieutenant son of Samuel Adams
Amey, Nicholas    
Asselstine, Johannes    
Avery, Joseph fifer  
Avery, William    
Ayers, Ephraim   born in Brookfield, Worcester County Massachusetts
Best, Conrad ensign  
Best, Harmanus ensign  
Bottum, Elisha ensign  
Brown, Jesse   8 Aug 1731 in Stonington, New London, Connecticut
Brown, Nathan    
Brown, Thomas    
Buell, William    
Burley, Freeman    
Campbell, Alexander lieutenant  
Chester, John    
Clow, Henry    
Coon, Abraham    
Coville, Simon    
Curry, Ephraim    
Dickson, Joseph    
Drum, Petermond    
Drummond, Peter captain  
Dulmaje, John lieutenant  
Dusenberry, John ensign  
Farguson, John quarter master  
Farmer, Thomas captain  
Finkle, Henry    
Fraser, Thomas captain  
Fraser, William captain  
Freeman, Thomas    
French, Gersham lieutenant  
Gardanier, Hendrick Jacob    
Hagerman, John    
Humphrey, James    
Jackson, James    
Jessup, Ebenezer    
Jessup, Edward major, commandant  
Jessup, Edward, Jr. lieutenant  
Jones, David lieutenant  
Jones, Ephraim    
Jones, John captain  
Jones, Jonathan captain  
Jones, Solomon surgeon's mate  
Kelsey, James     
Knapp, Joseph    
Lamson, William ensign  
Mallory, Elisha    
Mallory, Enoch    
Mallory, Jeremiah    
Man, Thomas ensign  
McEthron, Daniel    
McFall, David lieutenant, taken prisoner in 1777  
McIntosh, Alexander    
Mires, John Walter captain  
Montross, Peter    
Mott, Reuben    
Parlow, John    
Parish, Ezekiel    
Parrot, James lieutenant  
Pennock, James, Jr.    
Peters, John lieutenant colonel  
Peters, John, Jr. ensign  
Robins, James lieutenant, prisoner in 1777  
Ruiter, John lieutenant  
Sharp, Guisbert lieutenant  
Sherwood, Justus captain  
Sherwood, Thomas ensign  
Simon, Johann Heinrich (Henry) lieutenant  
Smyth, John surgeon  
Starr, George    
Thompson, Matthew captain  
Van Campen, Peter    
Wickware, Jonathan    
Wiltse, Benoni    
Wiltse, James captain  
United Empire Loyalists were Americans who remained loyal to King George III and the British Empire. They moved to Canada after the American Revolution.



January 22, 1783

Nathan Brown, a deserter, says that if pardoned he can give information against a number of men in Rogers' corps who have agreed to desert. Is very doubtful of the truth of Brown's story, owing to his including the names of men who have always been not only faithful but zealous. (from Report on Canadian Archives by Douglas Brymner)


from The Canadian Antiquarian and Numismatic Journal

.... Major Edward Jessup, who commanded a colonial corps which was known as the Loyal American regiment, and who was born in the parish of Stanford, in the county of Fairfield, Province of Connecticut, in 1735.

He was the son of Joseph Jessup, who died in Montreal, in 1779, and great grandson of Edward Jessup, who emigrated from England about 1640 and settled in the colony of New York.

At the breaking out of the revolutionary war, Major Jessup and his family resided at the City of Albany, New York, where he was extensively engaged in business, and in the possession of a tract of 500.000 acres of land. A staunch loyalist, Major Jessupsacrificed his fortune by taking up arms for the king. In T777 he joined the army under Burgoyne, who was then marching against Ticonderoga, and continued in the service until the close of the war, when the Major proceeded to Canada with his corps, which was then known as "Jessups Rangers."

They were first stationed at St. Denis, St. Charles, Riviere du Chene, Verchères and Sorel. When peace was declared in 1783, large tracts of land were granted by the Crown to the ofiicers and men, who accompanied by their families in the spring of 1784, proceeded up the River St. Lawrence, thus commencing the settlement of Leeds and Grenville, Addington and the Bay of Quinte.

After locating his men, Major Jessup proceeded to England, where he remained for several years. When he returned, he settled in the township of Augusta, county of Grenville.

In 1810 he laid out the town of Prescott, where he died in February, 1816, at the age of eighty-one years.

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