An American Family History

The Mott Families of Leeds County, Ontario


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.


Jonathan Mott was born in 1703 in Rhode Island.

He married Hannah Bailey.

Edward Mott (1731),
Abigail Mott (1734)
Samuel Mott (1736, married Esther Price),
Simeon Mott(1744),
Deliverance Mott (1750, married William Avery)
Henry Mott (1755)
Reuben Mott (1758, married Esther Thompson).


George III ruled Great Britain from October 25, 1760 to January 29, 1820.

Samuel Mott

Rhoda Mott (1760)
Elijah Mott (1762)
Ebenezer Mott (1764)
Reuben Mott (1765)
Jonathan Mott (1766, married Eleanor Weeks)
Edmund Mott (1767, married Amy Wing),
Joseph Mott (1768, married Eleanor Weeks),
Simon Mott (1776, married Phebe Anna Lee),
Gershom Mott (1781, married Mary Coon),
Samuel Mott (1781, married Paulina Andrews),
Catherine "Catty" Mott (1786),
Jeremiah Mott (1788, married Mary Hand),
Reuben Mott (1791),
Solomon Mott (1792), and
James Mott (1801).

Upper Canada At the General Quarter Sessions of the Peace holden at Johnstown in Johnstown District and for the District of Johnstown on Tuesday the twentieth day of May in the Forty sixth year of the Reign of our Sovereign Lord George the Third,

The King vs Samuel Mott
Trespass and Assault
Not Guilty
Samuel Mott of Elizabethtown Labourer acknowledged to owe to Our Sovereign Lord the King the sum of twenty pounds. Lemuel Cornwall of Kitley, Yeoman, and Peter Howard of Elizabethtown Gentleman, acknowledged to owe to our Sovereign Lord the King the sum of ten pounds upon Condition that the said Samuel Mott shall be and appear at the next General Quarter Sessions of the Peace to be holden in and for said District and try the Traverse upon the Indictment to which he has now pleaded Not Guilty. ....Bradish Billings, Elijah Adams and James Hide bound in Recognizance in the sum of ten pounds each for their appearance at the next Sessions to prosecute and give evidence against Samuel Mott.

Samuel died about 1805 in Kitley, Leeds County, Ontario.

Edmund and Reuben served in the 1st Leeds Militia during the War of 1812.

Jeremiah Mott was killed in action while fighting with the Leeds County Militia during the War of 1812.

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

  Henry Mott was born about 1755. His parents were Jonathan Mott and Hannah Bailey.

Asa Mott
Margaret Mott
Samuel Mott
Reuben Mott (1777
Clement Mott (1785
Sabrina Mott (1801, married William Avery),
Nathaniel Mott (1810).

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

Reuben Mott was born in Poughkeepsie, Dutchess County, New York in August, 1758. His parents were Jonathan Mott and Hannah Bailey.

He was in Jessup’s Rangers.

His first wife was named Hannah.

Patience Mott (1779, married Cornelius Wiltse),
Lois Mott (1783, married James Stephens),
Elizabeth A. Mott (married Elkanah Billings),
Matthew Mott (1786),
Margaret Mott (1788, married Reuben Burritt), and
Reuben Mott, Jr. (1790, married Hannah Graham).

Reuben married Esther Thompson.

Stephen Mott (1802)
Jonathan Mott (1803, married Margaret Ducolon),
Peter Mott (1805)
Francis Mott (1808)
Henry Mott (1809, married Catherine Adams),
Hiram Mott (1812)
Esther Mott (1813)
Silas Mott (1813)
Wellington Washington Mott (1816)
Elijah Mott (1818)
Joannah Mott (1820).

In 1784 Reuben appeared on the provisioning list for disbanded troops as a member of the Loyal Rangers. He was mustered in Elizabethtown (now Brockville), Leeds County, Ontario.

1797 Elizabethtown census:
Reuben, Judah, Patience, Elizabeth, Lois, Margaret, and Reuben, Jr.

In 1802, Reuben was granted 100 acres in Leeds County.

During the War of 1812, Reuben, Jr. served in the Leeds County Militia.

Reuben died on January 16, 1839.

Dutchess County, New York patriots forced colonists loyal to the British government to flee north into what became Ontario.


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.


Jonathan Mott was born in New York in 1765 to Samuel Mott (1736-1805) and Hannah Price.

He married Eleanor Weeks (1769-1840).

Stephen Mott (1792-1838)
Squire Mott (1792-1825)
Hiram Mott (1799-1850)
Abel Mott (1801-1821)
Lyman Mott (1804)

He passed away on 1827 in Yonge Township Leeds County, Ontario.


Edmund Mott was born on August 8, 1767 in Duchess County, New York. He married Amy (Emma) Wing.

Nancy Mott (1797),
Samuel W. Mott (1799),
Sophronia Mott (1805),
Diana Mott (1808),
Hiram Mott (1810),
Jonathan Mott (1814)


The Society of Friends (Quakers) began in England in the 1650s, when they broke away from the Puritans. Pennsylvania was founded by William Penn, as a safe place for Friends to live and practice their faith.

Simon Mott was born in 1776 in Dutchess County, New York. His parents were Samuel Mott and Hannah Price.

Before the American Revolution, the Mott family were Quakers, and after the war they joined the Episcopal Methodist Church in Canada.

Simon married Phebe Lee. Phebe was born in 1785 in Saratoga County, New York.

They moved from New York to Leeds County, Ontario, Canada about 1790.

Simon and Phebe's children included:

Rilee Mott (1804)
Seppina Mott (1804)
Daniel Mott (1805, married Mary Wiltse),
Weldon Mott (1806)
Simon Mott, Jr. (1814)
Katherine (Catty) Mott (1815, Alanson Botsford),
James D. Mott (1819, married Maria Beach),
Nancy J. Mott (1820)
Lydia Mott (1823)
Phebe A. Mott (1824) and
Lorenzo D. Mott (1825).

Simon died 1835 in Yonge Township, Leeds, Ontario.

  1824 March 16th.—Samuel Mott and Hannah Howland, both of Yonge, banns, wit . Assa Closon, John Lamb.  


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