An American Family History

The Church Family

On February 7, 1813, the American army raided Elizabethtown (present day Brockville, Leeds County, Ontario). The Americans crossed the frozen St. Lawrence River and seized equipment, freed American prisoners, and captured Canadian men.

Jonathan Mills Church was born about 1760 in Brattleboro, Windham County, Vermont. He was the son of Malachi Church.

During the American Revolution he remained loyal to the crown.

His first wife was Jerusha Johns.

Susannah Church (1787, married Samuel Brooker),
Hannah Church (1790, married Abel Newman),
Daniel John Church (1791, married Claramanda DeWolfe),
Jonathan Mills Church, Jr. (1794).

He married his second wife, Mary Munsell, on May 11, 1797.

Sarah Church (1799, married William Booth),
Jerusha Church (1798, married Selah Hawk),
Basil R. Church (1801, married Emily Lawrence, Jerusha, and Mary Ann Hayden),
Hiram Turner Munsell(1804, died as an infant),
Peter Howard Church (1805, Sylvia Comstock Collar),
Benjamin Ruggles Munsell (1807), and
Horatio Nelson Church (1810).

The family settled near Brockville in Leeds County, Ontario.

Mary died on December 3, 1812.

During the War of 1812, Jonathan, Jr. and Daniel were privates in the 1st Leeds Militia.

He married Ursula Rowe on January 14, 1814.

Hiram Turner Church (1815 died as an infant).
Emily Church (1820).

Jonathan died on May 31, 1846.

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



The French and Indian War lasted from 1754 to 1763 and was the North American phase of the Seven Years' War.

from A Cyclopedia of Canadian Biography: Being Chiefly Men of the Time ..., Volume 1 edited by George Maclean Rose

. . .Colonel Benjamin Church, distinguished himself in the French and Indian wars in which the New England colonists were engaged, having commanded the volunteer army, which, in a protracted kind of guerilla warfare, defeated and afterwards killed the celebrated Indian King, Philip, who had given so much trouble and alarm to the early settlers.

At the breaking out of the revolutionary war, the Church family, respectable both in numbers and position, being Whigs, espoused the Republican cause, except two, who took up arms to defend the royal prerogative. One of these was killed in battle, and the other, Jonathan Mills Church, was taken prisoner in 1777, by the American army, from whose custody he escaped and came to Canada, and ultimately settled in the neighborhood of Brockville.

He took an active part in defending Canada during the war of 1812-13-14. and died at a very advanced age in 1846


from Annals of Battleboro

The militia of Cumberland County formed a brigade, subsequently divided by the Legislature of New York into the northern reg^iment and the southern regiment. The officers of the southern regiment, who re- ceived their commissions from the Council of Appointment of that state, August 18, 1778, were, in Brattleboro, Timothy Church, Captain; James Blakslee, First Lieutenant; Jonathan Church, Second Lieutenant; Samuel Root, Ensign.


In 1784 Nathaniel Church’s house was the most northeastern dwelling in the town ; Captain Nathaniel Bliss was living on “Bliss Farm’’ in 1790 ; John Thomas located in 1793 upon the farm afterwards owned by his grandson. Jonathan Church built, before 1787, a sawmill above Joseph Clark’s fulling mill, where the paper mill is, and in that year leased to Samuel Dickinson of Petersham land between for a shop, with the privilege of taking water from the dam sufficient to run a trip-hammer. Mr. Dickin- son moved here and lived on the east side of the road north of the American Building. In 1790 John W. Blake, a lawyer and the second one in town, bought the house and law practice of Samuel Knight, who had become a judge of the Supreme Court ; and Hiram Houghton bought, and built a house, on the east side of the road, now Linden Street. In 1792 Lemuel Whitney bought and built where Mrs. Dowley lives, and had a shop beside the road towards Hiram Houghton’s; and Elnathan Allen sold the land where the Van Doom house stands below the Ullery Building to Edward Houghton, merchant of Guilford, who built and kept a store there with his brother James.



from Minutes of the Commissioners for Detecting and Defeating ..., Volume 2 By New York (State) Commission for Detecting and Defeating Conspiracies

October 30, 1780

Capt Blackley appeared before the Board and informed us that agreeable to a warrant from this Board (transmitted to Col Patterson on the 17th Instant) he had apprehended Capt Timothy Church and Jonathan Mills Church resolved that they be [brought] before [the] Board and severally Examined —

Capt Timothy Church and Jonathan Mills Church being examined say as follows (see their Examinations on File)

Lieut Jonathan Church who was cited to appear this Day before us as a Witness against the said Timothy Church & Jonathan Mills Church appeared and was examined (see his Examination on file) —

Resolved on Consideration of the above Examinations that Jonathan Mills Church be discharged and that Timothy Church be discharged on entering into a Recognizance for his Appearance before any three of the Commissioners for Conspiracies when called upon and for his good Behaviour and doing his duty during the continuance of the present war with Great Britain —

Timothy Church of Brattleborough in the County of Cumberland Farmer in £300