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American Revolution


American point of view: The British used the colonies as a way to make money. They had the power to enact laws in Parliament outside of America which significantly affected life and trade in the 13 colonies. These Acts of Parliament benefited the British but not the colonies. In addition, colonists were not afforded the same rights as the British people, nor did they have any representatives in the British Parliament to present their points of view. The colonists protested and their protests led to revolution.

British point of view: The British view on the American Revolution was that the colonies owed the empire for everything it had provided, such as protection, economy, and supplies. In reality, the British people were divided about the outbreak of war with what was then their colony—over how bad it was, whose fault it was and what to do about it. (time.com)

View from Canada: "At the time of the outbreak of the American Revolution, the population of the Canadian provinces was not large by comparison to the population of the thirteen colonies. Nova Scotia, which had not yet been divided from modern New Brunswick, had some 20,000 inhabitants, of whom approximately 12,000 were from New England. The majority were living in scattered rural settlements and had little in the wayof political interests... According to a Nova Scotia petition laid before the Continental Congress, some six hundred settlers were believed to be able and willing to aid the Revolution. The white population of what is now Ontario was virtually non-existent. Quebec had a population of approximately 90,000... From 10% to 15% of the adult male population of Quebec was sufficiently active in support of the Amercian Revolution to warrant their names being recorded so in government records. Large numbers of others provided more or less passive support; they sold supplies, mounted guard, provided transportation services when they were requisitioned, etc. Most of the rest of the population was deliberately neutral, apparently seeing the dispute as none of their business..." In addition to the Quebecois, many Acadians joined the American Revolution. They strongly disliked the British because the British exiled them from Acadia in 1755. Many spent time exiled in the American colonies and, thus, became fluent in English.
(Canadian participants in the American Revolution, an index, by Virginia DeMarce - familysearch.org)


These ancestors played an active role in the U.S. Revolutionary War / American War of Independence:

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American Revolutionary War Soldier  male ancestor  Daniel ABBE (7 November 1749, Enfield, Connecticut, USA (Thompsonville) (Hazardville) - 26 September 1815, Enfield, Connecticut, USA (Thompsonville) (Hazardville))
(John ABBE & Sarah Pease ROOTE)

American Revolutionary War Soldier  male ancestor  John ABBE (18 April 1717, Enfield, Connecticut, USA (Thompsonville) (Hazardville) - 1 August 1794, Enfield, Connecticut, USA (Thompsonville) (Hazardville))
(John ABBE & Hannah BOARDMAN)

American Revolutionary War Soldier  male ancestor  John ABBE (27 November 1739, Enfield, Connecticut, USA (Thompsonville) (Hazardville) - 17 October 1805, Enfield, Connecticut, USA (Thompsonville) (Hazardville))
(John ABBE & Sarah Pease ROOTE)

American Revolutionary War Soldier  male ancestor  Richard ABBE (1 August 1735, Enfield, Connecticut, USA (Thompsonville) (Hazardville) - 28 September 1807, Enfield, Connecticut, USA (Thompsonville) (Hazardville))
(John ABBE & Hannah BOARDMAN)

American Revolutionary War Soldier  male ancestor  Richard ABBE (2 March 1760, , Connecticut, USA - 9 August 1831, Enfield, Connecticut, USA (Thompsonville) (Hazardville))
(Richard ABBE & Mary BEMENT)

American Revolutionary War Soldier  male ancestor  Ebenezer ABBOTT (28 November 1741, Norwalk, Connecticut, USA (Rowayton) (South Norwalk) (East Norwalk) - 25 November 1821, Wilton, Connecticut, USA)
(Ebenezer ABBOTT & Ann LYON)

American Revolutionary War Soldier  male ancestor  Joshua ABBOTT (12 April 1746, Brookfield, Massachusetts, USA (Podunk) - 13 May 1812, Phelps, Ontario, New York, USA)
(Peter ABBOTT & Lydia GILBERT)

American Revolutionary War Soldier  male ancestor  Samuel ABBY (ABBEY) (27 July 1726, Glastonbury, Connecticut, USA (South Glastonbury) - 10 August 1806, Portland, Connecticut, USA)
(Benjamin ABBE & Mary A TRYON)

American Revolutionary War Soldier  male ancestor  Simon ABELL (15 September 1721, Norwich, Connecticut, USA (Norwichtown) (Yantic) (Greeneville) (Occum) (Taftville) - 10 December 1778, Franklin, Connecticut, USA)
(Benjamin ABELL & Lydia HAZEN)

American Revolutionary War Soldier  male ancestor  Hezekiah ACKLEY (1 January 1763, East Haddam, Connecticut, USA (Goodspeed's Landing) (Moodus) (Leesville) (Hadlyme) - 6 October 1816, Washington, Connecticut, USA (New Preston))
(Hezekiah Sterling ACKLEY & Abigail DOANE)

American Revolutionary War Soldier  male ancestor  Isaac ACKLEY (6 October 1721, East Haddam, Connecticut, USA (Goodspeed's Landing) (Moodus) (Leesville) (Hadlyme) - 17 December 1798, East Haddam, Connecticut, USA (Goodspeed's Landing) (Moodus) (Leesville) (Hadlyme))
(Samuel ACKLEY & Bethiah UNKNOWN)

American Revolutionary War Soldier  male ancestor  Isaac Chalker ACKLEY (16 March 1760, East Haddam, Connecticut, USA (Goodspeed's Landing) (Moodus) (Leesville) (Hadlyme) - 12 November 1848, East Haddam, Connecticut, USA (Goodspeed's Landing) (Moodus) (Leesville) (Hadlyme))
(Isaac ACKLEY & Ruth GATES)

American Revolutionary War Soldier  male ancestor  Nathaniel ACKLEY (30 September 1763, East Hampton, Connecticut, USA (Chatham) - 5 September 1838, East Hampton, Connecticut, USA (Chatham))
(James ACKLEY & Ruth ACKLEY)

American Revolutionary War Soldier  male ancestor  Samuel ACKLEY (2 September 1747, Middletown, Connecticut, USA - 6 January 1827, East Hampton, Connecticut, USA (Chatham))
American Revolutionary War Soldier  male ancestor  Silas ACKLEY (1755, Egg Harbor City, Atlantic, New Jersey, USA - 1810, Weymouth, Gloucester, New Jersey, USA)
(Hezekiah Sterling ACKLEY & Abigail DOANE)

American Revolutionary War Soldier  male ancestor  Stephen ACKLEY (9 September 1739, East Haddam, Connecticut, USA (Goodspeed's Landing) (Moodus) (Leesville) (Hadlyme) - 3 January 1823, East Hampton, Connecticut, USA (Chatham))
(Job ACKLEY & Elizabeth FULLER)

American Revolutionary War Soldier  male ancestor  Stephen ACKLEY (1761, East Hampton, Connecticut, USA (Chatham) - 22 August 1836, Portland, Connecticut, USA)
(Stephen ACKLEY & Thankful WATROUS)

American Revolutionary War Soldier  male ancestor  Daniel ADAMS (15 October 1720, Concord, Massachusetts, USA - 10 October 1795, Townsend, Massachusetts, USA (Townsend Harbor))
(Daniel ADAMS & Elisabeth MINOT)

American Revolutionary War Soldier  male ancestor  Ebenezer ADAMS (15 March 1737, Braintree, Massachusetts, USA - 19 April 1798, Braintree, Massachusetts, USA)
(Ebenezer ADAMS & Anne BOYLSTON)

American Revolutionary War Soldier  male ancestor  Ebenezer ADAMS (9 May 1762, Braintree, Massachusetts, USA - 14 June 1841, Quincy, Massachusetts, USA)
(Ebenezer ADAMS & Mehitable SPEAR)

American Revolutionary War Soldier  photo of ancestor   Elihu ADAMS (29 May 1741, Holbrook, Massachusetts, USA (East Randolph) - 10 August 1775, Randolph, Massachusetts, USA)
(John ADAMS & Susanna BOYLSTON)

American Revolutionary War Soldier  male ancestor  James ADAMS (7 June 1748, Canterbury, Connecticut, USA - 8 June 1805, Canterbury, Connecticut, USA)
(Joseph ADAMS & Sarah BRADFORD)

American Revolutionary War Soldier  male ancestor  Timothy ADAMS (7 September 1742, Pomfret, Connecticut, USA (Abington) - 25 August 1834, Canterbury, Connecticut, USA)
(Isaac ADAMS & Eleanor LONGBOTTOM)

American Revolutionary War Soldier  male ancestor  Ignace AIDE dit CREQUIS (28 March 1738, Neuville, Portneuf, Québec, Canada (Saint-François-de-Sales) - 5 April 1797, Neuville, Portneuf, Québec, Canada (Saint-François-de-Sales))
(Ignace AIDE dit CRÉQUY & Marie-Angelique PINEL)

American Revolutionary War Soldier  male ancestor  Jean Baptiste ALAIN (6 September 1741, Grand Pré, Nova Scotia, Canada (Saint-Charles-des-Mines, Acadia) - , )
(Pierre ALAIN (ALLAIN) & Marguerite LEBLANC)

American Revolutionary War Soldier  male ancestor  John ALDEN (18 June 1750, Lebanon, Connecticut, USA - 12 August 1784, Lebanon, Connecticut, USA)
(John ALDEN & Elizabeth RIPLEY)

American Revolutionary War Soldier  male ancestor  Nathaniel ALFORD (10 February 1763, Simsbury, Connecticut, USA - 8 April 1823, Canton, Connecticut, USA (Collinsville))
(Nathaniel ALFORD & Abigail HILL)

American Revolutionary War Soldier  male ancestor  Pierre ALLAIRE (14 December 1734, Saint-Joachim, Montmorency, Québec, Canada - 14 August 1809, Saint-Joachim, Montmorency, Québec, Canada)
(Jean ALLAIRE & Marie-Anne MERCIER)

American Revolutionary War Soldier  male ancestor  Benjamin ALLEN (4 October 1743, Fairfield, Connecticut, USA (Southport) (Greenfield Hill) - 27 March 1827, Westport, Connecticut, USA (Green's Farms))
(Joseph ALLEN & Rachel BENNETT)

American Revolutionary War Soldier  male ancestor  Joseph AMIDON (February 1725, Oxford, Massachusetts, USA - 27 November 1810, Navarino, Onondaga, New York, USA)
(Henry AMIDON & Melitiah CHENEY)

American Revolutionary War Soldier  photo of ancestor   Benedict ARNOLD (3 January 1740, Norwich, Connecticut, USA (Norwichtown) (Yantic) (Greeneville) (Occum) (Taftville) - 14 June 1801, London, England)
(Benedict ARNOLD & Hannah WATERMAN)

American Revolutionary War Soldier  male ancestor  Abram ASHLEY (3 August 1743, Freetown, Massachusetts, USA (Assonet) (East Freetown) - 20 December 1824, Freetown, Massachusetts, USA (Assonet) (East Freetown))
(William ASHLEY & Mercy "Marcy" ASHLEY)

American Revolutionary War Soldier  male ancestor  Benjamin ASHLEY (14 November 1737, West Springfield, Massachusetts, USA - 19 January 1828, West Springfield, Massachusetts, USA)
(Benjamin ASHLEY & Jane SHAW)

American Revolutionary War Soldier  male ancestor  David ASHLEY (19 July 1735, West Springfield, Massachusetts, USA - 28 March 1813, West Springfield, Massachusetts, USA)
(Benjamin ASHLEY & Jane SHAW)

American Revolutionary War Soldier  male ancestor  John ASHLEY (20 June 1740, West Springfield, Massachusetts, USA - 17 July 1824, West Springfield, Massachusetts, USA)
(Benjamin ASHLEY & Jane SHAW)

American Revolutionary War Soldier  male ancestor  Joseph ASHLEY (26 September 1756, West Springfield, Massachusetts, USA - 19 November 1823, West Springfield, Massachusetts, USA)
(Joseph ASHLEY & Eleanor UNKNOWN)

American Revolutionary War Soldier  male ancestor  Percival ASHLEY (1740, Freetown, Massachusetts, USA (Assonet) (East Freetown) - 13 January 1822, Rochester, Massachusetts, USA)
(Abraham ASHLEY & Rebecca WHITRIDGE)

American Revolutionary War Soldier  male ancestor  François ASSELIN (25 April 1720, Saint-François-de-l'Île-d'Orléans, Québec, Canada - 30 September 1782, Saint-Vallier, Québec, Canada)
(Jacques ANCELIN (ASSELIN) & Marie-Anne TRUDEL)

American Revolutionary War Soldier  male ancestor  Michel ASSELIN (29 June 1711, Saint-François-de-l'Île-d'Orléans, Québec, Canada - 23 September 1777 , Saint-François-de-la-Rivière-du-Sud, Québec, Canada (Saint-François-de-Sales-de-la-Rivière-du-Sud))
(Thomas ANCELIN (ASSELIN) & Geneviève LECLERC)

American Revolutionary War Soldier  male ancestor  Samuel ATWATER (5 July 1757, Wallingford, Connecticut, USA - 12 January 1848, Cheshire, Connecticut, USA)
(Abraham ATWATER & Mary BALL)

American Revolutionary War Soldier  male ancestor  Ignace AVARE (AVARD) (7 April 1729, Saint-Jean-de-l'Île-d'Orléans, Québec, Canada (Saint-Jean) - 18 July 1798, Sainte-Famille-de-l'île-d'Orléans, Québec, Canada)
(Ignace AVARE (AVARD) & Marie BROCHU)

American Revolutionary War Soldier  male ancestor  Abel AVERY (30 August 1760, Norwich, Connecticut, USA (Norwichtown) (Yantic) (Greeneville) (Occum) (Taftville) - 30 April 1846, Cornwall, Connecticut, USA)
(John AVERY & Mehitable BUELL)

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American Revolutionary War Soldier  male ancestor  Andrew BACKUS (17 November 1733, Norwich, Connecticut, USA (Norwichtown) (Yantic) (Greeneville) (Occum) (Taftville) - 20 November 1796, , Connecticut, USA)
American Revolutionary War Soldier  male ancestor  Thomas BACKUS (19 May 1762, Plainfield, Connecticut, USA (Moosup) (Wauregan) (Central Village) (Almyville) (Packerville) - 4 July 1832, Sterling, Connecticut, USA)
(Andrew BACKUS & Lois PIERCE)

American Revolutionary War Soldier  male ancestor  Joseph BACON (11 May 1735, Middletown, Connecticut, USA - 9 April 1814, Burlington, Connecticut, USA)
(Joseph BACON & Bethiah WETMORE)

American Revolutionary War Soldier  male ancestor  Aaron BAGG (23 September 1757, West Springfield, Massachusetts, USA - 16 August 1839, West Springfield, Massachusetts, USA)
(John BAGG & Rebekah PHELPS)

American Revolutionary War Soldier  male ancestor  Judah BAGG (2 April 1757, Springfield, Massachusetts, USA (Indian Orchard) - 18 August 1812, West Springfield, Massachusetts, USA)
(Ebenezer BAGG & Lois LAMB)

American Revolutionary War Soldier  male ancestor  Oliver BAGG (27 January 1753, West Springfield, Massachusetts, USA - 17 November 1833, West Springfield, Massachusetts, USA)
(Thomas BAGG & Margaret ROOT)

American Revolutionary War Soldier  male ancestor  Enoch BAKER (30 June 1754, , Connecticut, USA - 28 June 1841, Griswold, Connecticut, USA (Jewett City))
(John BAKER & Mercy CARY)

American Revolutionary War Soldier  male ancestor  John BAKER (23 November 1733, Topsfield, Massachusetts, USA - 11 November 1815, Topsfield, Massachusetts, USA)
(Thomas BAKER & Sarah Thornton WADE)

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