An American Family History

The Shipman Family of Leeds County, Ontario

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

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

Daniel Shipman was born on April 13, 1733 in East Hartford, Hartford County, Connecticut.

Daniel married Keziah Horton. Keziah was born about 1739 in Hebron, Tolland County, Connecticut and was the daughter of Ebenezer Horton.

Daniel and Keziah's children probably included:

Lavinia Shipman, (1760, married Richard Baxter),
Ezekiel Shipman (1762),
Samuel Shipman, (1764, married Catherine Elliot, daughter of John Elliott),
Keziah Shipman, (1767),
Daniel Shipman (1769, marrid Margaret Boyd),
Desire Shipman (1770),
David Shipman, (1772, married Elizabeth Seaman),
Sarah Shipman (1775, married Alvah Pennock), and
Lydia Shipman (1776).

In 1778 they were living in Albany County, New York and Daniel's name was on a list of Tories.

In 1786 Daniel filed a claim for damages which was rejected. His claim said that while

attempting to go into General Burgoyne's camp in August 1777, [he] was taken prisioner and carried to General Gates, from there to Albany. Lay prisioner abord the Guard ship fourteen days from thence to Toppice where I lay six days before that place burnt, then carried to a meeting house on the way to Hartford but obtained a parole to go to my family. After arriving was taken by thirty men in the Mob and Abused, Strypt me and whipt me Severly.

The spring after was taken to be guarded to Albany but got released. After this came four men with their arms and a rope intending to kill me or hang me but I concealed myself under the floor. I then fled my house and quit my land and escaped to the State of Vermont.

In 1784 they moved to Leeds County, Ontario.

1797 Elizabethtown census:

D., Risca?, ? Sarah, and Daniel, Jr.

Keziah died on March 21, 1807 and Daniel died on April 27, 1809 in Augusta Township, Leed County, Ontario, Canada.

During the American Revolution a Tory or Loyalist was used in for those who remained loyal to the British Crown.

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


Samuel Shipman was born on January 17, 1764 in East Hartford, Hartford County, Connecticut. His parents were Daniel Shipman and Keziah Horton.

He married Catherine Elliot. Catherine was born on February 2, 1768. She was the daughter of John Elliott.

John Shipman (1787, married Frances Whitmore and Dianna Mott),
Joel Shipman (1789, married Polly Holmes),
Daniel Shipman (1791, married Prudence Boyce and Charlotte Rose),
Samuel Shipman, Jr. (1793, married Sarah Bates),
Cynthia Shipman (1795, married John McLean),
Ezekiel Shipman (1797, married Mary Dickson),
Neviah Shipman (1800)
Sarah Shipman (1802),
Sophia Shipman (1804, died young),
Stephen Shipman (1806, married Sarah Caroline Truesdell, daughter of Cornelius Truesdell),
Catherine Elliott Shipman (1809), and
Semantha Shipman (1811).

His second wife was Margaret Henderson. Margaret was born about 1774 in Yonge Township.

Anna H. Shipman (1813)

In 1791, Samuel signed a petition in Thurlow, Hastings County, Ontario requesting that the township be laid out in lots.

Before 1803 Samuel was granted lot 3 in the second concession of Yonge.

Samuel was assessed in Yonge Township in 1805.

Daniel, David, Ezekiel and Joel served in the 1st Leeds Militia during the War of 1812.

Samuel died in 1831 in Yonge Township, Leeds County, Ontario.


Daniel Shipman was born in 1796.

He married Margart Boyd.

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


Connecticut's first European settlers were Dutch.

David Shipman as born April 7, 1772 in East Hartford, Connecticut. He was the son of Daniel Shipman and Kezia Thirzah.

He married Elizabeth Seaman.

Both David and Elizabeth received the grants of 200 acres that were available to children of United English Loyalists. During the War of 1812, David transported ammunition for the Canadian forces.

David and Elizabeth's children included:
David Shipman, Jr., (1800),
Sarah Shipman (about 1801, married Daniel S. Turner
Fanny Shipman (about 1805, died young),
Minerva Shipman (about 180, married Marius Merrick)
Charles Shipman (1814)

David Shipman was with the 1st Regiment Leeds Militia during the War of 1812.




from British Whig May 3, 1838

The following members are reported to be rebels and among the "patriots" in the Kingston area: W.B. Wells, M.P., Capt. John Shipman, formerly of the Leeds Militia, Jas. Phillips of Bastard Twp. and Ebenezer and Frank Wilson of Kitley. Ref. also to Samuel C. Frey.


from Chronicle and Gazette, November 17, 1835

[Truman Shipman] of Morristown, N.Y., captured at the battle of Windmill Point and jailed at Fort Henry.


Samuel Shipman Esq. son of Daniel Shipman and Kezia Horton. Born 17 Jan 1764, Died 8 Dec 1831, in Yonge, Leeds Co. Ont. Birth(2); 18 Jan 1765. Burial in Lyn Cem, Yonge Twp., Leeds Co. Ont.

According to Howard Brown, Samuel lived in Yonge, Leeds County, Ontario for over 30 years (Concession 1, Lot 3, East half between Yonge Mills and Lyn), his patent under Order of Council dated July 2, 1829. He was first granted 200 acres in Elizabethtown (Concession 9, Lot 23 patent dated April 19, 1798.

An article in the Brockville Recorder Oct. 18, 1985 states that Samuel migrated to Canada in 1784.

He took out papers on 200 acres on Lot 28 of the Eighth Concession of Elizabethtown on April 19, 1798. He was also among the early landholders in Yonge township. On April 19, 1798 he was granted 100 acres on the west half of Lot 3 of the Second Concession of Yonge.

According to That Leavitt (History of Leeds and Grenville), he had 12 children by his first wife Catherine Elliott and one child by Margaret Henderson. Howard Brown tentatively lists 7 sons for Samuel but is uncertain on Stephen ("perhaps") and Joel ("probably"). Since Ezekiel also had sons Ezekiel, John and Ebenezer, it is possible these are the same people placed in both families. These three sons are named in the 1803-7 census in Ezekiel's household, although John does not appear in 1803 or 1807. We do not know the names of any of Samuel's six daughters by Catherine Elliott.

After writing this, Alice Shipman Stevenson received a "Family Register" which was found at John's Antique and Flea Market on the Yonge Mills Road. It names all the children of Samuel with dates of brith: John, Joel, Daniel, Samuel, Cynthia, Ezekiel, Neviah (?), Sarah Sophia, Stephen, Catherine Elliott and Semantha by Catherine Elliott. With Margaret Henderson he had Anna.

He married, first, Catherine Elliott, circa 1786. Born 2 Feb 1768. Died, 18 Jun 1811. Burial in Lyn Cem. Yonge Twp, Leeds Co. Ont.


    1. John Shipman. Born 27 May 1787 in Leeds Co. Ont. Died, 6 Sep 1867, in Lyn, Yonge, Twp. Leeds Co. Ont. Resided: 1835 in Brockville, Leeds Co. Ont. He married Frances (Fanny) Whitmore.
    2. Joel Shipman. Born 3, Jun 1789. Died, 19 May 1848. Birth(2) 3 Jun 1790. Resided: 1848 in Yonge, Leed Co. Ont. Conc. 2, Lot 1E. Burial in Lyn Cem. Yonge Twp. Leeds Co. Ont. He married Polly Holmes. 1811.
    3. Daniel Shipman. Born 28Aug 1791. Died 3 Oct 1853 in Ramsayville, (Almonte), Lanark Co. Ont. Burial in Methodist Cem, Almonte, Lanarke Co. Ont. He married, first Prudence Boyce, 1820. He married, second, Charlotte Rose, Jul 1843, in Wolford Grenville Co. Ont.
    4. Samuel Shipman. Born 13 Jun 1793. Died 20 June 1845. He married Sarah Bates, 3 Feb 1818 in Leeds Co. Ont. An unidentified Samuel Shipman died June 22, 1845 and is buried in the Holmes Cemetery of Leeds Co.
    5. Cynthia Shipman. Born 22 May 1795.
    6. Ezekiel Shipman. Born 13 April 1798. Died after 1861. Census: 1861 in Yonge, Leeds Co. Ont. Conc. 2, Lot 3, He married Mary Dickson, 1 April 1823 in Leed Co. Ont.
    7. Neviah (?) Shipman. Born 22 Oct 1800. Died, Jan 1844.
    8. Sarah Shipman. Born 20 Jun 1802.
    9. Sophia Shipman. Born 18 May 1804. Died, 26 May 1804.
    10. Stephen Shipman. Born 19 Sep 1806. Died 12 Nov. 1850 in Lyn. Leeds Co. Ont. He married Sarah Caroline (Polly) Truesdell, 6 Feb 1828 in Leeds Co. Ont.
    11. Catherine Elliott Shipman. Born 2 Apr 1809. Died 6 April 1845.
    12. Semantha Shipman. Born 4 May 1811. Died. 1849.
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