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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  Matthew PATTERSON (6 March 1745, - 12 February 1807, Cornwall, Connecticut, USA)
(Johannes "John" PATTERSON & Mary CURTISS)

American Revolutionary War Soldier  male ancestor  Samuel PAYSON (1 March 1734, Stoughton, Massachusetts, USA - 19 June 1819, Hope, Maine, USA)
(Ephraim PAYSON & Judith CLAPP)

American Revolutionary War Soldier  male ancestor  Benoni PECK (21 June 1726, Windsor, Connecticut, USA (Poquonock) - 25 November 1794, Cornwall, Connecticut, USA)
(Joseph PECK & Margaret STILES)

American Revolutionary War Soldier  male ancestor  Dan PECK (17 June 1753, New Haven, Connecticut, USA (Westville) - 26 August 1815, Burlington, Connecticut, USA)
(Joseph PECK & Amy PERKINS)

American Revolutionary War Soldier  male ancestor  Jesse PECK (3 October 1764, Canterbury, Connecticut, USA - 26 September 1827, Canterbury, Connecticut, USA)
(Reuben PECK & Charity FRENCH)

American Revolutionary War Soldier  male ancestor  Augustin PELLETIER (8 March 1744, Saint-Roch-des-Aulnaies, Québec, Canada - 15 May 1795, Rivière-Ouelle, Québec, Canada (Notre-Dame-de-Liesse))
(Joseph PELLETIER & Marie-Anne BOUCHER)

American Revolutionary War Soldier  male ancestor  Joseph PELLETIER (24 December 1754, Saint-Roch-des-Aulnaies, Québec, Canada - 7 June 1837, Saint-Roch-des-Aulnaies, Québec, Canada)
(Joseph-Marie PELLETIER & Madeleine SOUCY)

American Revolutionary War Soldier  male ancestor  Michel-Jacques PELLETIER (1717, Saint-Roch-des-Aulnaies, Québec, Canada - October 12, 1788, , Québec Province, Canada (Quebec))
(Charles PELLETIER & Barbe ST-PIERRE)

American Revolutionary War Soldier  male ancestor  Pierre PELLETIER (30 July 1755, Rivière-Ouelle, Québec, Canada (Notre-Dame-de-Liesse) - 3 February 1806, La Pocatière, Québec, Canada (Sainte-Anne-de-la-Pocatiere))
(Guillaume PELLETIER & Françoise JEAN)

American Revolutionary War Soldier  male ancestor  Antoine PELLETIER dit ONTOI (2 February 1706, , Québec Province, Canada (Quebec) - 14 September 1795, Kaskaskia, Illinois, USA)
(Charles PELLETIER & Marie-Madeleine OUIKOUEKI)

American Revolutionary War Soldier  male ancestor  Antoine PEPIN dit LACHANCE (8 February 1718, Saint-François-de-l'Île-d'Orléans, Québec, Canada - 9 February 1796, Saint-François-de-la-Rivière-du-Sud, Québec, Canada (Saint-François-de-Sales-de-la-Rivière-du-Sud))
(Antoine PEPIN dit LACHANCE & Rose LEPAGE)

American Revolutionary War Soldier  male ancestor  Antoine PEPIN dit LACHANCE (20 November 1751, Saint-François-de-la-Rivière-du-Sud, Québec, Canada (Saint-François-de-Sales-de-la-Rivière-du-Sud) - 23 April 1829, La Présentation, Québec, Canada (La Presentation-de-la-Sainte-Vierge) )
(Antoine PEPIN dit LACHANCE & Geneviève ARBOUR)

American Revolutionary War Soldier  male ancestor  David PERKINS (26 December 1725, Topsfield, Massachusetts, USA - 30 April 1803, Topsfield, Massachusetts, USA)
(Jonathan PERKINS & Elizabeth PORTER)

American Revolutionary War Soldier  male ancestor  Thomas PERKINS (2 April 1758, Topsfield, Massachusetts, USA - 24 November 1830, Topsfield, Massachusetts, USA)
(Moses PERKINS & Annah CUMMINGS)

American Revolutionary War Soldier  male ancestor  Basile PERRAULT (30 September 1753, Batiscan, Québec, Canada (Sainte-Geneviève-de-Batiscan) (Saint-François-Xavier) - 9 April 1805, Saint-Pierre-les-Becquets, Québec, Canada)
(Adrien PERRAULT & Barbe-Michelle RIVARD dite LACOURSIÈRE)

American Revolutionary War Soldier  male ancestor  Etienne PERRAULT (6 December 1733, Rivière-Ouelle, Québec, Canada (Notre-Dame-de-Liesse) - 18 February 1808, Kamouraska, Québec, Canada (Saint-Louis) (Saint-Alexandre))
(Barthélémy-Francois PERRAULT & Dorothee BRISSON)

American Revolutionary War Soldier  male ancestor  Jean-Baptiste PERRAULT (8 June 1727, Deschambault, Québec, Canada (Saint-Joseph-de-Deschambault) - 2 December 1794, Louiseville, Québec, Canada (Saint-Antoine-de-la-Rivière-du-Loup))
(Jacques PERRAULT & Marie-Madeleine PAQUIN)

American Revolutionary War Soldier  male ancestor  Michel PERRAULT (27 May 1751, Saint-Pierre-les-Becquets, Québec, Canada - 9 December 1837, Saint-Pierre-les-Becquets, Québec, Canada)
(Adrien PERRAULT & Barbe-Michelle RIVARD dite LACOURSIÈRE)

American Revolutionary War Soldier  male ancestor  Jonathan PERRY (October 14, 1753, Sturbridge, Massachusetts, USA (Fiskdale) - June 27, 1838, Ballston Spa, New York, USA (Ballston) (Milton))
(Josiah PERRY & Hannah GRANT)

American Revolutionary War Soldier  male ancestor  Augustin PETITCLERC (12 December 1715, Sainte-Foy, Québec, Québec, Canada (Notre-Dame-de-Foy) - 16 September 1790, Sainte-Foy, Québec, Québec, Canada (Notre-Dame-de-Foy))
(Jean-Baptiste PETITCLERC & Marie-Françoise PREVOST)

American Revolutionary War Soldier  male ancestor  Arah PHELPS (29 October 1761, Harwinton, Connecticut, USA - 13 November 1844, Colebrook, Connecticut, USA)
(Josiah PHELPS & Anne DENSLOW)

American Revolutionary War Soldier  male ancestor  Daniel PHELPS (26 April 1730, Hartford, Connecticut, USA - 16 February 1807, Windsor, Connecticut, USA (Poquonock))
(Daniel PHELPS & Mindwell BUCKLAND)

American Revolutionary War Soldier  male ancestor  John PIERCE (1739, - 17 March 1817, Cornwall, Connecticut, USA)
(Joshua PIERCE & Hopestill HOLLOWAY)

American Revolutionary War Soldier  male ancestor  Seth PIERCE (28 October 1742, Pembroke, Massachusetts, USA (North Pembroke) - 28 August 1833, Cornwall, Connecticut, USA)
(Joshua PIERCE & Hopestill HOLLOWAY)

American Revolutionary War Soldier  male ancestor  Joseph PINKHAM (1735, Dover, New Hampshire, USA - 19 August 1819, Jackson, New Hampshire, USA)
(Thomas PINKHAM & Mary ALLEN)

American Revolutionary War Soldier  male ancestor  Peter PITTS (15 September 1737, Dighton, Massachusetts, USA - 15 December 1812, Honeoye, Ontario, New York, USA)
(Peter PITTS & Sarah UNKNOWN)

American Revolutionary War Soldier  male ancestor  Jean PLANTE (1731, , Québec Province, Canada (Quebec) - 20 October 1811, Saint-François-de-l'Île-d'Orléans, Québec, Canada)
(Pierre PLANTE & Angelique HAVARD (AVARE))

American Revolutionary War Soldier  male ancestor  Joseph-Marie PLANTE (16 March 1737, Saint-Jean-de-l'Île-d'Orléans, Québec, Canada (Saint-Jean) - 25 May 1791, Saint-Jean-de-l'Île-d'Orléans, Québec, Canada (Saint-Jean))
(Nicolas PLANTE & Marie BROCHU)

American Revolutionary War Soldier  male ancestor  Joseph PLUMB (3 February 1759, New London, Connecticut, USA - 17 March 1847, Derby, Connecticut, USA)
(Green PLUMB & Margaret BOLLES)

American Revolutionary War Soldier  male ancestor  John PORTER (1737, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - 1810, , Pennsylvania, USA)
(John PORTER & Elinor DURIER)

American Revolutionary War Soldier  male ancestor  John PORTER (29 March 1741, Mansfield, Connecticut, USA (Storrs) - 16 March 1834, West Springfield, Massachusetts, USA)
(Experience PORTER & Abigail SAFFORD)

American Revolutionary War Soldier  male ancestor  Moses PORTER (30 September 1738, Mansfield, Connecticut, USA (Storrs) - 17 February 1803, Pawlet, Vermont, USA (West Pawlet))
(Experience PORTER & Abigail SAFFORD)

American Revolutionary War Soldier  male ancestor  André POTEL (7 March 1736, Elbeuf, Seine-Maritime, France - , )
American Revolutionary War Soldier  male ancestor  Miles POWELL (17 September 1729, Middletown, Connecticut, USA - 17 September 1791, Lanesborough, Massachusetts, USA (Berkshire))
(Robert POWELL & Ann GOODRICH)

American Revolutionary War Soldier  male ancestor  Miles POWELL (April 1755, Lanesborough, Massachusetts, USA (Berkshire) - 7 June 1835, Lanesborough, Massachusetts, USA (Berkshire))
(Miles POWELL & Jemima ADKINS)

American Revolutionary War Soldier  male ancestor  Jasper PRATT (1756, Old Saybrook, Connecticut, USA (Saybrook Colony) - 20 February 1833, Cornwall, Connecticut, USA)
(David PRATT & Jerusha CHALKER)

American Revolutionary War Soldier  male ancestor  William PRESCOTT (20 February 1726, Groton, Massachusetts, USA - 1795, Pepperell, Massachusetts, USA)
American Revolutionary War Soldier  male ancestor  Simeon PRIOR (16 May 1754, Norwich, Connecticut, USA (Norwichtown) (Yantic) (Greeneville) (Occum) (Taftville) - 29 June 1837, Northampton, Summit, Ohio, USA)
(Joshua PRIOR & Mary BURNHAM)

American Revolutionary War Soldier  male ancestor  Charles-Louis PROVENCHER (26 January 1735, Bécancour, Nicolet, Québec, Canada (Nativité-de-Notre-Dame-de-Becancour) (Saint-Edouard-de-Gentilly) - 23 February 1814, Bécancour, Nicolet, Québec, Canada (Nativité-de-Notre-Dame-de-Becancour) (Saint-Edouard-de-Gentilly))
(Louis PROVENCHER & Marie-Anne LECLERC dite FLEURENT)

American Revolutionary War Soldier  photo of ancestor   Israel PUTNAM (7 January 1718, Danvers, Massachusetts, USA - 29 May 1790, Brooklyn, Connecticut, USA)
American Revolutionary War Soldier  photo of ancestor   Rufus PUTNAM (9 April 1738, Sutton, Massachusetts, USA - 4 May 1824, Marietta, Ohio, USA)
(Elisha PUTNAM & Susanna FULLER)

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American Revolutionary War Soldier  male ancestor  Michel QUEMENEUR dit LAFLAMME (September 1740, Saint-François-de-la-Rivière-du-Sud, Québec, Canada (Saint-François-de-Sales-de-la-Rivière-du-Sud) - 1 July 1800, Saint-François-de-la-Rivière-du-Sud, Québec, Canada (Saint-François-de-Sales-de-la-Rivière-du-Sud))
(Joseph QUEMENEUR dit LAFLAMME & Angélique PEPIN dite LACHANCE)

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American Revolutionary War Soldier  male ancestor  Israel REEVE (June 1730, Southold, New York, USA (Mattituck) - 6/6/1813, Lyme, Connecticut, USA (East Saybrook))
(Solomon REEVE & Sarah RUMSEY)

American Revolutionary War Soldier  male ancestor  Noel RENAUD dit PRETABOIRE (1737, , France - , )
American Revolutionary War Soldier  male ancestor  Michel RICHARD (1718, , France - 1 March 1793, Saint-Vallier, Québec, Canada)
American Revolutionary War Soldier  male ancestor  Joseph RIGGS (13 February 1709, Derby, Connecticut, USA - 31 March 1792, Derby, Connecticut, USA)
(John RIGGS & Elizabeth TOMLINSON)

American Revolutionary War Soldier  male ancestor  Joseph Harvey RIGGS (20 July 1746, Derby, Connecticut, USA - 15 May 1822, Derby, Connecticut, USA)
(Joseph RIGGS & Mabel JOHNSON)

American Revolutionary War Soldier  male ancestor  Timothy RIGGS (1723, Morristown, Morris, New Jersey, USA - 8 June 1805, Christian, Kentucky, USA)
(Samuel RIGGS & Kegeah BALDWIN)

American Revolutionary War Soldier  male ancestor  Nicolas RIVARD (6 January 1726, Grondines, Québec, Canada (Saint-Charles-des-Grondines) - 31 March 1792, Grondines, Québec, Canada (Saint-Charles-des-Grondines))
(Nicolas RIVARD & Marie-Josephte RAUX (RAOUL) (RHEAULT))

American Revolutionary War Soldier  male ancestor  Luc-Antoine RIVARD dit LACOURSIÈRE (22 February 1718, Batiscan, Québec, Canada (Sainte-Geneviève-de-Batiscan) (Saint-François-Xavier) - 9 October 1789, Batiscan, Québec, Canada (Sainte-Geneviève-de-Batiscan) (Saint-François-Xavier))
(François RIVARD dit LACOURSIÈRE & Geneviève CHAINE (CHESNE))

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