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This just gets more and more interesting. It looks like “my” Joseph Peters was born in 1772 in Chatham, Middlesex, Connecticut and his father, Samuel Peters, was born in Hebron, New York. It looks like they migrated to Canada (probably because of the American Revolution) and ended up in Ernestown, Ontario (near Kingston). Joseph ends up dying in 1841.

The “other” Joseph Peters was born in 1770 in Ernestown, Ontario and ended up moving, at some point, to England where he died. No wonder people conflated them.

Making it even more brain-teasing, for me, is that a lot of my family comes from the area around Chatham, Ontario (which has a nearby Middlesex county for good measure). It’s hard to see Chatham, Connecticut and not think, “wait, is that a mistake?”

Another Torontonian, Sheila Dowdell, seems to have done a lot of legwork on this family — although it turns out that the genealogy of Dorcas Watchman Snyder is the history that’s harder to get at the truth of. She’s written some interesting posts on bulletin boards and has copies of Joseph’s birth, marriage, and death records on a Mundia.com profile.

Mirrored from Under the Beret.

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Date: 2013-10-14 12:54 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] veejane
On the broader topic, you might be interested in a recent book called The Civil War of 1812, since its general thesis is that the war firmed up a border where before things had been more fluid and transactional. Especially between Ontario and New York, the populations were both heavily English and Irish, both had a lot of the same cultural influences, farmed alike, ate alike -- and didn't begin to define themselves as strongly different from one another till the war came.

All the New England states (and I think to a slightly lesser extent, much of eastern New York) have many of the same sorts of English town names as in Ontario. There's a Chatham, Mass as well as the one in Connecticut. Chatham, Mass isn't in Middlesex County, but there IS a Middlesex County in Mass! (And a Milton, and a Sudbury, and a Norfolk County.)

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Date: 2013-10-14 04:17 pm (UTC)
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This process is fascinating.

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