An American Family History

The Hutchinson Family of Leeds County, Ontario


1797 Elizabethtown census:

Joab, Sarah, Jesse, Ann, Abel, David and Joseph


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

David Hutchinson was born about 1732 in Hebron, Tolland County, Connecticut.

He married Sybil Bill on October 18, 1758 . Sybil was born on March 6, 1740 in Lebanon New London County, Connecticut. Sybil was the daughter of Phillip Bill and Elizabeth Lester.

David and Sybil's children probably included:

Reuben Hutchinson (1759),
Joab Hutchinson (1762),
Didamia Hutchinson(1765),
Sybil Hutchinson(1768),
David Hutchinson (1770),
Elias Hutchinson (1772).

Elias and an Asa Hutchinston were assessed in Yonge Township in 1805.

David died in 1804 in Yonge.

During the War of 1812, Joab and Elias deserted from the Leeds County Militia.

Hebron, Connecticut was incorporated in 1708 in Hartford County. It became part of Windham County in 1726 and part of Tolland County in 1785.


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.

David Hutchinson was the son of David Hutchinson and Sybil Bill. He was born on February 18, 1770 in in Chester, Cumberland County, Vermont.

He married Hannah Comstock about 1795 in Rhode Island. She was the daughter of Ezekiel Comstock.

On March 16, 1797, David Hutchinson was granted land in Yonge Township, Leeds County, Ontario.

David and Hannah's children included:

John Hutchinson (1797),
Byron Cyrus Hutchinson (1798, married Sarah Mallory),
David Hutchinson (1799, married Lovinia Brooker),
Noah Hutchinson (1806, married Abigail),
Joab Hutchinson (1807),
Ruthelia Hutchinson (1809, married Robert Taylor),
Keturrah Hutchinson (1810),
Lydia Hutchinson (1812, married James Benson),
Wellington Hutchinson (1815),
Moses Hutchinson (1819), and
Hiram Hutchinson (1821).

David served in the 1st Leeds Militia during the War of 1812.

David was assessed in Yonge Township in 1805.

David, John, Noah and Wellington appeared on the census lists of Yonge Township, Leeds County Ontario in the 1840s.


Asa Hutchinson was born about 1740 in Hebron. He was the son of Moses and Irene Hutchinson.

Asa married Mercy Bill.

Jesse Hutchinson (1765, married Sarah Loomis, Charlotte Griswold, and Chloe Loomis),
Aaron Hutchinson (1767, married Hannah Nettleton)
Anna Hutchinson (1768, married Daniel Day and Enoch Clark)
Mary Hutchinson (married Cornelius Losee).

On May 19, 1812, Jesse petitioned for land that he was entitled to because of his father's service.

Asa died about 1820.


The Battle of the Windmill was in November, 1838. Loyalists defeated an invasion attempt by Hunter Patriots, led by  Nils von Schoultz, who were attempting to overthrow British rule. The battle was at a windmill two miles east of Prescott.



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