A Native of New York. In the Year 1775 He practised the Law & held
the Offices of Clerk of the Court of Com Pleas & Clerk of the Court of Sessions
for the County of Orange. These were Patent Offices. No Salary to either
but he says the Fees amounted to 200 C. per Ann. & that he made on an
Average ^600 a Y r C. by his practise. He made himself very obnoxious early
in 1776 & was in consequence thereof apprehended by orders of the New York
Convention & sent to Gaol where he was kept 2 Months & then removed to
Connecticut where he was confined till he effected his Escape the 2 I st of Nov r
1776. He had exerted himself on various Occasions at the Commencem 1 of the
troubles in acquiring Information concerning the Designs of the Insurgents
which he communicated to Capt n Vandeput & in doing so he ran the risque of
losing his Life particularly when he attempted with the assistance of some of
the Magistrates to prevent the people from seizing 500 Stand of Arms. In
this however he fail d notwithstanding the most vigorous Exertions. Says that
in Feby 1776 he was appointed Mayor of New York by Gov r Tryon. Says that
M r Hicks his Predecessor made 600 C. per Ann. by the Office. In Dec r following
he was appointed by Gov r Tryon Register 2 to the Court of Vice Admiralty which
was afterw ds confirmed by the Lords of the Admiralty. Says that in peace it
was an office which hardly produced any Income but that in War time it might
on an Average be worth jiooo C. per Ann. tho he did not reap any great
Advantage from it as his Deputy (for he could not attend the business himself)
was very negligent. Says that he had formed a Plan for the taking M r Washington
& his Guard Prisoners but which was not effected by an unfortunate Discovery
that was made of a Letter. One of the persons who was concern d in the business
(a M r Hicky) was seized & executed. He the Claim 1 was also seized & confined
as he has already stated. He had been at 150 C. expence in making his Escape
& Gov r Tryon made him a present of 50 Ga"s. Says again it was 150 S. that it
cost him to make his Escape.
1 In June 1776 a serious conspiracy was detected in New York, the object of which was to capture
Washington and secure the colony for Great Britain. The plot was believed to emanate from Governor
Tryon, and David Mathews, the Mayor of New York, was involved in it, and was arrested (Force, Am.
Archives, 4th series, vol. vi, pp. 1054, 1158). A contemporary letter in Moore, op. cit., speaks of that
merry man D. Mathews ; but the letters he wrote from prison regarding his wife and ten children,
and his treatment, do not smack of merriment (Force, op. cit., p. 1215, and 5^1 ser., vol. i, p. 1549).
Jones more suo gives Mathews the worst of characters (op. cit., passim).
Mathews became President of the Council and Commander-in-chief of the island of Cape Breton
(Sabine, op. cit., vol. ii, p. 52). z Sic. ? Registrar.
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He had an Allowance of 200 per Ann. from the I st of Jan? 1777 to the Bounty 200 a Y r .
31 st of Dec r 1783. This was by Warrant of Sir W m Howe.
Produces Certificates from Gen 1 Tryon & Admiral Digby which make very
full mention of his Loyalty & Services.
He has an Allowance of 200 per Ann. from the Treasury from the 5 th of
Memorial of Miles M c lnnes Determin d the
7 th of Aue 4 1784 2 5 of Au ^ J 7 8 4-
Miles M c lnnes the Claimant sworn.
Is a Native of Scotland. Went to America in Dec r 1774. Says that in
the Y r following He made a purchase of a plantation & in 1780 join d the British
Troops he had never taken any Oath to the Americans. He went to America
with his father & he took with him of his own 114 Gas & his father had about A Loyalist &
50. Says that his father was a Cripple & that he resided with him (the Claimant) bore Arms -
on the plantation. Was appointed a Lieut* in the North Carolina Reg 1 of M a
& continued as such during the rem r of the War. The whole of the Pay he rec d
did not exceed .30. He was taken Prisoner in Oct r 1780 & confined in Cross
Creek Gaol for 3 Months. The .30 he rec d was for | a Years pay.
Produces Certificates to his Loyalty from sundry Officers. He has an Bounty 20 a Y r .
Allowance from the Treasury of ^20 per Ann. from 5 th of July 1783.
Miles M c lnnes the Claimant again.
Says that he did take out with him 114 G5s. Says that he taught the
Children of a M r Scotis in Scotland to read the bible & Magazines. He had
12 per Ann. He was n Y rs old when he began to teach & he was 3 Y rs in
that Situation. Afterwards he was concern d in Whiskey with his Brother. He
was sixteen when he embarked for America. Says again that he purchased the
Plantation with his own Money.
Colonel Cotton sworn. 1Qth of Au g* I 7 8 4-
Knew the Claim 4 in N Carolina in 1775. Heard that he had a piece of
Land never was on it. Recollects his bringing a Deed to the Office of the
Witness to be register d. Does not remember the N of Acres or whether the
Purchase was in the Claimant s Name or not.
Memorial of Cape John Bowen
Capt n John Bowen the Claimant sworn.
Is a Native of Eng d . Served in America the War before last. Came to
Eng d on the Peace & was put on half pay as Lieut 1 of the 45 th Reg 4 . Went again
to America in 1765 & purchas d lands at Princetown. In Aug 4 1774 A Mob A Loyalist &
went to his House & threaten d him on ace 4 of their suspecting he meant to go bore Arms -
to Gen 1 Gage at Boston which he did & till April following he was constantly
going about the Country to procure information & was allowed for himself & the
maintenance of 2 Horses a Dollar a Day. Brought his family into Boston from
his Estate in June 1775. Says that when his Wife left it a family of Boston went
1 The name of John Bowen is in the list of those who left Boston with the British army and in the
Banishment Act of 1778.
Bounty 20 a Y r .
there to reside & gave up their House at Boston to Claimant. The Gent"
of the family died soon after & then they returned to Boston. Don t know
who took possession of it afterwards has read in an American paper that it
In Oct r 1 774 a Proposal was made to him by a Member of Congress (M r Gill) 1
in presence of M r Hancock to serve in their Army under Gen 1 Lee & to have
the nomination of his rank & Appointments. His Answer was that he would
go as the next Day to look at their Military Chest but he preferr d doing his
Duty to his Country by going to & informing Gen 1 Gage of their offer.
In April 1775 he was employ d as a Guide for Earl Percy s Brigade had
no other Allowance than the Dollar a Day aforemention d.
In May 1776 He was appointed by Sir W m Howe Furrier to the Army & in
1777 He was appointed Capt n of a Company in the Prince of Wales s American
He has 20 per Ann. from the Treasury from the 5 th of April 1784. He
has half Pay as a Captain.
Colonel Willard sworn.
Knew the Claim 4 in 1756. Says he has always been loyal & active as far as
he ever saw. Knows he bought a tract of Land whereon there was but little
improvement believes it was 100 Acres he bought first. He built a good House
& barn. Says he was a very industrious Man that he had a N of Cows & Cattle
& that he clear d & improved a great deal of Land.
Colonel Ferguson sworn.
Knew the Claim 4 in New Eng d particularly on the Day of Lexington when
he gave the Witness some Assistance as a Guide. Col 1 Ferguson thinks that
the Claimant was very useful to the Army.
Determin d the
io th of Aug 4 1784.
A Loyalist &
Memorial of Will m Wylly
io th of Aug 4 1784.
Will" 1 Wylly Esq the Claimant sworn.
Is a Native of Georgia. Was in Eng d when the troubles commenced studying
the Law & returned to Georgia the latter end of the Year 1780 & practised the
Law for about 10 Months when he formed a Company consisting of 30 Men
which were attached to the Royal Artillery in doing this he was at an expence
of about ^150 S. He afterwards in Nov r 1781 rais d another Company from
among the Refugees consisting of 55 Men & then was appointed a Capt n in
the Reg 4 of Kings rangers to which these Men were attached Continued
serving during the War. The Reg 1 was reduced at S 4 Augustine in Nov r
last & he is now on half Pay. He produces Certificates to his Loyalty
1 Moses Gill was a member of the Massachusetts Council.
2 W. Wylly went to New Brunswick, where he was the first Crown Counsel and Registrar of the
Court of Vice- Admiralty. He removed himself to the Bahamas in 1787, and was appointed in 1788
Solicitor-General. In 1804 he became Advocate-General of the Vice- Admiralty Court. By 1812 he
was Chief Justice, but two years later exchanged offices with the Attorney-General. As Attorney-General
he bore the leading part in a fierce quarrel with the Assembly over the question of the resolutions
regarding slaves. In 1822 he became Chief Justice of St. Vincent (H. Siebert, The Legacy of the Am.
Rev. to the British West Indies and Bahamas, pp. 49 and 31-3).
from Sir James Wright & Brig r Gen 1 Clarke. Has no Allowance from the
Lieut 1 Gov r Graham sworn.
Knew the Claim* in Georgia. Says that when he came from Eng d He was
called to the Bar & practised about 6 Months. That he raised Men for the
Artillery & was appointed a Capt n in the Kings Rangers. Says that he was very
truly attached to the Bri. Gov 1 . Knows the Plantation in Christ Church &
understood it was the property of the Claim 1 . The Land was not very valuable
but as there was a public House thereon & it being a public road it was thereby
valuable & thinks it was worth i 50. Speaks of the fourth part of several Houses
in y e town of Savannah & says it was notorious they were left by the Claim 1 3
father to his Wife & 3 Children. Has heard the family say they rented for 300
a Y r . He is confident they would have sold for 1000 before the troubles. Says
they were insured in Eng d in 1500.
Susannah Wylly sworn.
She is the Mother of the Claim*. Says that the House & Tenements in
Savannah were left by M rs Piagot who died in 1769 in the hands of Trustees
for the benefit of her Son & in Case of his Death equally betw n herself & $ Children.
The Son died in 1774. Her Husband M r Wylly rec d all the rents during the life
time of the Son who was an Ideot. Never had the Will. It was recorded
& thinks it was lost with the Georgia records. Thinks M r Grey Elliott made
Memorial of Susannah Wyly Determin d the
Susannah W y ly-the Claimant -sworn. """ of Au 8 7 8 4-
She is the Widow of the late Akx r Wyly late of Georgia. He died in 1781.
He was Speaker of the House of Assembly & Clerk of the Council in Georgia.
Produces the Will of her Husband dated I st Dec r 1780 in which he leaves Her Husband
everything to M" Wyly. At the Commencem* of the rebellion he took a very * Zealous Loyalist
active part in favor of G. B. He left the province in a bad state of health in ^ b ^f.^ ms m
1776 & lived in East Florida till Savannah was taken. He was obliged to leave
the province for fear of being tarr d & feather d. He came back to Savannah
in 1778 & staid till he died & served in the Militia there. Was a Capt n of M*
during the siege. She apprehends his Death was hastened by the troubles.
By the Will she is entitled to all his property real & personal but by his The Widow
Attainder She has lost it. She does not know that there is any prospect of the entitled to all the
Attainder being taken off. Pf ?/" 7 under
& his Will.
Lieut 1 Gov r Graham sworn.
Knew the Husband of M rs Wyly. He believes His affairs went ill & that
he & his Partners made over all their Effects & lands to Greenwood & Higginson
a considerable time before the rebellion. He did not consider him as a Man
of Substance in 1775. He knew he was a Man involved. He was a very loyal
Subject & extremely violent.
Knows the House that he bought of Burrington has frequently been in it*
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Determin d the
24 th of Aug 4 1784.
Determin d the
26 th of Aug< 1784.
Thinks with the Additions he made to it after he bought it it was worth ^700
or ^750. Knew M rs Piaget & has always understood it was left to M" Wyly
& the Children & not to be affected by the Debts of the Husband &c. Being
asked whether he thinks that M r Wyly in using the words If I have &c alluded
to the troubles or to his own private Circumstances He says he does not know
but he should rather think he must allude to his own private Circumstances.
Memorial of Tho s Badge
12 th of Aug 1 1784.
America in 1767. Was
Thomas Badge the Claimant sworn.
A Native of Eng d educated in Ireland. Went to
settled as a Soap boiler & Tallow Chandler at Phil* on the commenc* of the
troubles. Refused to take part with the Americans but says he followed their Camp.
In the Summer of 1777 he went to New York & gave intelligence to Col 1
Sheriff 1 respecting the movement of the American Army. Says that Col 1 Sheriff
employ d him to go & procure more information which he communicated afterw d3
to Sir W m Howe Sir W m Erskine & Col 1 Sheriff. He served as a Guide to the
British Army from the Head of Elk to the City of Phil a & in this service he receiv d
a Musquet Ball in the right arm from the Enemy.
Capt n Hugh Stewart sworn.
Knew the Claimant. Says he was very loyal & believes that when he went
with the Rebel Army to buy Tallow he took great pains to acquire information
for the British Army. Speaks to the House in Philadelphia confirms what Claimant
has said concerning the Lease but is not able to say what Expence the Claim 1
was at in the Buildings he erected. He saw the Americans while the Claim 1
was at New York take out of his House a great many Boxes of Candles & Soap.
Values the Negro Man & the Woman at ^120 Cur. at least. Says he would
have given ^100 S. for them. Knows that all the Claim 1 3 property was seized.
Will m Cunningham sworn.
Has known the Claim 1 from the time the British Army was at the head of
Elk. Says he was with the Army as a Guide & as a person to be employ d on
any confidential Service. That the Claim 1 was allowed Rations but don t think
he had any Pay. Knows that the Witness was wounded in the Arm the Day
after the battle of Brandywine. He lodged in the Claim 1 3 House at Phil a . Says
that he kept a Store & supplied the Army with Shoes Shirts & other Articles.
Heard of the Claim 1 having kept a Tallow Chandler s Shop but this was before
he knew him. Says that he was like a great many others at the Commencem
of the troubles with the Rebel Army but believes that he was very loyal after
he join d the British Troops.
Memorial of Isaac Hubbard
Isaac Hubbard the Claimant sworn. ^"
A Native of America born at Stamford 2 & was an Officer of the Custom
1 Lieutenant-Colonel Sheriffe was Deputy Quartermaster-General till 1781.
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House at that place when the troubles broke out. He held the offices of Deputy
Collector & Preventive Officer with the former he had a Salary of .15 & with A Loyalist &
the latter 258. which was an Appointment from the Commissioners. bore Arms.
In 1775 he associated with many others for the Defence of the town. In 1776
He was obliged to go into the back Country where he remain d at his own Office of Pre-
Expence till 1777. Says that he was tried by a Committee at Stamford who
order d him to quit the town & go into the back Country. It was in April of
the Y r 1777. He escaped & went to Long Island where he joined the Loyalists.
Never was in any Action. Continued there & at New York till Oct r 1783 when
he came to Eng d Without his family which remain d at New York. Has an
ventive Officer of
allowance of 30 a Year from the Treasury from the 5 th of April 1784.
Bounty 30 a Y r .
x 3* Aug 1
Memorial of John Caleff l
John Calef the Claim 1 sworn.
A Native of Ipswich. 2 Bred to Physic was settled there in his Profession.
In 1779 after having rec d many insults at Ipswich on ace 4 of his Attachment
to the Cause of G. B. & that he could not be of further use he fled to Penobscot. A Meritorious
In feb y of that Year he set out for Nova Scotia & made known to his Majesty s Loyalist.
Officers some Circumstances respecting Penobscot which he thought material. p "B g *S J
Says it was concerning a Post there which he thought would prove advantageous
to the Crown & He accompanied the British Troops during their operations
Certificate to his Loyalty & good Conduct from Gen 1 Gage & Gov r Parr.
He came to Eng d in 1780 & was appointed Assist Physician to the Hospital
in Nova Scotia. He returned to Nova Scotia but his Commission having been
sent in a Ship that was captured He was not employ d as Assist 4 Physician & came
to Eng d lately to make application thereon. Says that he has succeeded in
getting another Commission & is going out. In 1780 he was appointed by the
Inhabitants of Penobscot their Agent requesting that that part of the Province
might be sever d from the residue of Mass Bay & erected into a Province under
the Kings Gov fc . He came to Eng d on this business.
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1 Dr. J. Calef, b. 1725, d. 1812 at St. Andrew, New Brunswick. He was present at Penobscot during
the abortive siege by the Americans in 1779, and wrote The Siege of Penobscot by the Rebels, 1781. He
was sent to England by the Penobscot Associated Loyalists to urge the fixing of the boundary between
the British provinces and the United States at the Penobscot River (Winslow Papers^ p. 256, note).
Colonel Skene wrote to him in March 1782 : If you think the following testimonial worthy acceptance,
you may make use of it. To John Caleff, Esq., Russel Court, Drury Lane. That he was a surgeon with
the army in the late war, member of the General Assembly of Massachusetts Bay, delegate to England
from the inhabitants of Penobscot, and firmly attached to the King s authority to the risk of his life and
loss of his whole estate (Hist. MSS. Comm., Am. MSS. in R. Inst., vol. ii, p. 420). According to Inglis,
first Bishop of Nova Scotia, Dr. Calef, a physician from New England, a weak, " enthusiastical " man,
who was offended because one of Lady Huntingdon s preachers was not ordained , brought charges of
immorality against him. Hake, who is supposed to be responsible, is a Commissary to the Garrison
of St. John. (Note that Hake, who had been reported as a fraudulent claimant in 1784, is still acting
as Commissary in 1789.) (See p. 21 1.) The bishop afterwards accepted Dr. Calef s apology and forgave
him (A. G. Doughty, Report on the Canadian Archives, 1912, pp. 230-1).
z Essex County, Massachusetts.
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Profession Has no Pension from Gov* but has rec d at different times from Lord
100 a Y r . Sydney 60.
Made 1000 Dollars a Year on an Average by his profession. Says that he
had no Idea when he deliver d in his Schedule of claiming any Compensa
tion from Gov* he only did so to shew his Losses in consequence of his
Capt n Mowatt of the Navy sworn. H th Aug 1 1784.
Has known the Claim 1 many Years. Says that he resided at Ipswich &
followed his profession as a Physician & Surgeon that he was esteem d a Man
of good property. In 1779 when the Witness commanded at Anapolis he rec d
material information from the Claim 1 respecting the state of Penobscot. Says
that no Man could be more attached to G. B. & that the people of New Eng d
are well acquainted with the zeal he always shew d in every matter that concerned
Peter Fry Esq sworn.
Knew the Claim 4 says he lived at Ipswich & was a Member of the House
of Representatives that he made himself obnoxious to the people by voting to
rescind a Circular Letter sent out to all the Provinces by a former House. That
by doing so he lost a great deal of practice as a Physician & Surgeon.
Tho s Goldthwaite Esqsworn. _ * 8th of Au g* 7 8 4-
Knew the Claimant. Says he was a Zealous Loyalist. Sold the Farm of
125 Acres to Claimant. It was valued to the Claimant at about ^100 Lawful
Money. Says that he might have made ^100 per Ann. by his business.
What he has heard of the Ship was in Eng d . His property at Ipswich is
Thinks uncultivated Lands of no Value.
26 th of Aug 1 1784.
Memorial of Colin Campbell Esq.
Colin Campbell the Claimant sworn. ^*
Born at Burlington in New Jersey. At the commencem* of the Troubles
he was settled there as an Atl? & had been such for 3 Years before they began.
He also held the Office of Master in Chancery. Produces the Appointment
dated in Oct r 1 774 besides which he had an Appointment of Comm^ for taking
Bail & Aff ts within the County of Burlington. Says that in Oct r he was called
upon to do military Duty which he refused he was fined in consequence of his
refusal the Americans continued calling upon him monthly & he always refused.
In Dec r 1776 He join d the British Troops in the same County the Detach
ment was under the Command of Col 1 Sterling. 1 Continued with them till
their sudden retreat a few Days after. He then went into Pensylv*. Staid there
at a friend s House till April 1777 when he returned to Burlington to secure
some of his papers. He was seized by orders of the Gov r kept two Days. They
tender d the Oaths to him which he refused upon which he was bound over
1 Lieutenant-Colonel Thomas, to whom was mainly due the speedy reduction of Fort Washington,
November 16, 1776 (J. Fortescue, Hist, of the Brit. Army, vol. iii, p. 192).
( 175 )
under two Securities of 2000 to appear at the ensuing Court of Qua r Sess ns .
He did so & was sentenced to pay the Charges of the Prosecution which amounted
to about 2. IQS. He then kept out of the way went back to Pensylv* & staid
there till the Arrival of the British Troops in Philadelphia when he join d them
in April 1778 & communicated some intelligence to M r Galloway but says it was
not very material. Came from Philadelphia to New York with the Army where
he practised as an Attorney & in April 1783 he was appointed Secretary to
a Board of Commissioners for settling & adjusting matters of Debts. The
Appointment was from Sir Guy Carleton & he was allowed IQJ. a Day. Came
to England on the Evacuation & has an Allowance from the Treasury of ^25 Bounty 25 a Y r .
per Ann. from the 5 th of April 1784.
For three Years before the troubles his Income arising from his profession Office 100 a Y r .
& the Offices aforemention d was 120 per Ann.
Was banished by an Act of the Legislature of the State of New Jersey in
the Year 1778.
Memorial of James Putnam 1 Esq. Determin d the
James Putnam Esq the Claimant sworn. H th of Au g* 1784- ^ of Augt 784
A Native of America County of Essex. In June 1 774 he resided at Worcester
as a Lawyer & Magistrate for the County. Says that at this time the people
began to assemble in Mobs he protested ag* their Measures the Protest was A Meritorious
recorded & afterw ds when he was at Boston hearing that the Court meant to Loyalist,
insist on those peoples recanting who had made such protests he declined going
back to Worcester. At Boston in July 1775 Gen 1 Gage gave him the Command
of a Company of associated Loyalists & did Duty with them till the Gen 1 quitted
Boston & in Oct r 1775 Sir W m Howe renew d the Appointment. In Aug* 1775
he was appointed under a Commission from Gen 1 Gage Attorney Gen 1 of the
Province. Went with the Troops to Halifax & to New York the latter end
of Oct r 1 776 where he did Duty in a military Capacity but without any Appoint
ment till he went to Long Island in 1778 & came to Eng d in Dec r 1779. Has
been in Eng d ever since & has had an Allowance from the Treasury of 150 a Y r Bounty 150 a Y r .
from Sept r 1775 being the time he was appointed Attorney Gen 1 . This Allow
ance was recommended by M r Wilmot & M r Coke to be continued to M r Putnam
as an American Sufferer when they were desired to inspect into the Allowances
that had been given to persons from. America.
He was appointed lately one of the Assistant Judges of New Brunswick