An American Family History


  also spelled Bull  
United Empire Loyalists were Americans who remained loyal to King George III and the British Empire. They moved to Canada after the American Revolution.

Timothy Buell was born in 1732 in Hebron, Tolland County, Connecticut. He was the son of Timothy Buell and Hannah Bradford.

He married Mercy Peters on January 24, 1751 in Hebron, Tolland County, Connecticut. Mercy was born in Montreal, Quebec, Canada on 1730 to John Peters and Mary Marks.

They made their home in Fort Ann, Washington County, New York.

William Buell (1752, married Martha Norton)
Timothy Buell (1760)
Jonathan Buell (1763, married Hannah Smith),
Bemsley Buell (1765, married Phoebe Mann and Lois Sherwood),
Samuel Buell (1767, married Mary Elizabeth Sprague),
Sabina Buell (1770),
Mercy Buell (1772), and
Hannah Buell (1775).

During the American Revolution, he remained loyal to the crown.

They moved to Ontario, Canada in 1781.

He died in March 1788 at the age of 55 in Brockville (was Elizabethtown), Leeds County, Ontario, Canada.

On February 6, 1813, Timothy Buell (probably Jr.) was taken prisoner in a raid by the Americans. and was taken to Ogdensburg.

Connecticut's first European settlers were Dutch.


Brockville, Ontario was called Elizabethtown. The area was first settled by English speakers in 1785, when Americans who had remained loyal to the crown fled to Canada after the American Revolution.




from History of the Buell Family in England

Timothy Buell, of Hebron, Conn., and Elizabethtown [now Brockville], Canada, first child of Timothy Buell, of Lebanon and Marlborough, Conn....

The common ancestor of the Buells in Canada was Timothy Buell. He was formerly of Hebron (now Marlborough), Connecticut. From thence he emigrated to the neighborhood of Fort Ann or Fort Miller, on the Hudson River, where he was at the commencement of the Revolutionary War, and held the militia rank of Major.

Being unwilling to take up arms on either side, he was looked upon as inimical to the cause espoused by the Colonists and was much harrassed by them. This operated on the feelings of his eldest son William, then young, and he espoused the cause of the Mother Country, came to Canada and afterwards assisted his father and the younger branches of the family to join him.

Timothy Buell, the head of the family in this province, was for a time a pensioner, and also held some situation in the Quartermaster's Department in the British Forces. At the close of the war, after residing a couple of years at Lachine, in Lower Canada, he emigrated with many others to the Township of Elizabethtown in Upper Canada, where he obtained lands from the Government, and died a few years after, aged about 56.

He was married at Marlborough, Conn., about 1751 to Mercy Peters. She was sister of the Rev. Samuel Peters, who published a Memoir of the Peters Family.

Their children were:
William Buell, born at Marlborough, Conn.,A. D. 1752.
Timothy Buell, born at Marlborough, Conn., 28th June, 1760.
Jonathan Buell, born at Marlborough, Conn.,
about 1763.
Bemsley Buell, born at Marlborough, Conn., 22d
September, 1765.
Samuel Buell, born at Marlborough, Conn.,about 1767.
Sabina Buell, born at Marlborough, Conn., about 1770
Mercy Buell, born at Marlborough, Conn., about 1772.
Hannah Buell, born at Marlborough, Conn., about 1775.


from Ontario History, by the Ontario Historical Society

The Buell Family

. . .Wm. Buell, Sr., was of English descent, both upon his father's and mother's side. He was the son of Timothy Buell, and his wife Mercy Peters, and was born at Hebron, in the then English Colony of Connecticut, on the 5th of October, 1751. His mother was a descendant of the Rev. Dr. Samuel Peters. . .

When the war broke out, Mr. Buell remained loyal to the British Crown, and as soon as was practicable made his way through the wilderness to Montreal, where he received an ensign's commission in the "King's Rangers," subsequently becoming lieutenant. His service extended over a period of seven years, and during a portion of the time he acted as quarter-master. He was frequently detailed to carry important despatches from the authorities in Canada to the British Commander at New York, and on many occasions met with hair-breadth escapes. He was twice taken prisoner by the insurgents, but succeeded in effecting his escape, and was also present at the surrender of General Burgoyne.

On the 10th day of March, 1782, he was married at St. Johns, Lower Canada, to Martha Norton, whose father was an U. E. Loyalist who had removed to Canada from Farmington, Connecticut. A family of nine children was the result of this union.

After the termination of the revolutionary war, Mr. Buell, Sr., was placed upon the half-pay list, and retired from military service. In 1785, accompanied by his wife, he removed to Upper Canada, settling upon the present site of the Town of Brockville [was Elizabethtown], then a wilderness. He received a grant from the Crown of the land upon which the central portion of the town was subsequently built, where he settled an 1 erected the first house.

About the year 1800 Mr. Buell, after a contest with Reuben Sherwood, a Provincial Land Surveyor, was elected a member of the House of Assembly for Upper Canada, for a term of four years.

Mr. Buell was upright and honest, and very kind to the poor. He was generous in his character, liberal in his politics, and highly respected. He died at Brockville on the 8th day of August, 1832, in the 81tt year of his age.

Of his children, William Buell the younger was a Lieutenant Colonel of the Militia, and held the medal with clasps for the Battle of Chrysler's Farm, 1813, and was one of the representatives for the County of Leeds in the Upper Canada Assembly from 1828 to 1836, (having been thrice elected).

The first European settlements in Ontario were after the American Revolution when 5,000 loyalists left the new United States.

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