This is a free database of Loyalists who settled in Canada during or after the American Revolutionary War because they remained loyal to England. It is provided by Library and Archives Canada and can be helpful in family history and genealogy research. It includes references to wives and children of Loyalists as well as slaves and free blacks of British Regiments.

“Ward Chipman, a prominent lawyer, judge and Loyalist, was born on July 30, 1754, in Marblehead, Massachusetts and died on February 9, 1824, in Fredericton, New Brunswick. In July 1783, Chipman settled in Nova Scotia. With the creation of New Brunswick in 1784, he was appointed Solicitor General of the province. In 1806, he was appointed to the Legislative Council and in 1809 to the bench of the New Brunswick Supreme Court. He resigned from the latter position to become administrator of the province in April 1823. Library and Archives Canada (LAC) holds the Ward Chipman fonds (MG 23 D1). Covering the years 1751–1844, the 7.3 m of textual records and 3 microfilm reels contain business records and papers relating to the Loyalists and to the boundary commissions. These records refer mostly to Loyalists who eventually settled in New Brunswick, Nova Scotia or Prince Edward Island.”

“This database provides access to over 19,000 references to the Muster Master’s office sub-series (1777–1785), contained in volumes 24 to 27 of the Ward Chipman fonds held at LAC. Staff members had originally created a nominal card index to the volumes. Information from the cards was input into this database. The volumes were consulted to verify the original indexing. The content of the database entries reflects the original language used in the documents. This information was not translated.”

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