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To add a bit to David G. Anderson's comment regarding the Fetterlys: They settled in Ontario just after the American Revolution, about 1784. But Peter Fetterly UEL (my 4th great-grandfather) had his first children in New York - it appears he lived with his in-laws, the Baslers, in the Albany, NY, area. Peter was never harmed by his former New York neighbors, which is odd, when he was clearly a Loyalist.

Although other Loyalists did return to claim possessions and return quickly to Canada, Peter Fetterly did not do so. It seems that family ties won out, because his father Philip & mother Anna Magaretha Schumann Fetterly witnessed the birth of his son in the local church (in NY). His father-in-law, Frederick Basler (his wife Hannah's father), was important in the local church as well. Peter's father, Philip Fetterly, was a deacon in Beaver Dam Church. They may have had enough influence to keep Peter from being attacked by the locals.

Peter and Hannah Basler Fetterly returned to Canada, and lived on the farm described in the article. I never knew that Peter was buried on his farm, but I'm not surprised. I guess he is under water now.

I feel great empathy for both sides in the conflict, since my Fetterly line started in Germany/Pennsylvania/Mowhak Valley, N.Y. - and some Fetterlys stayed in N.Y. My mom's family (Eastman & Hadden) originated in New England, and fought in the Revolution and War of 1812 (and all U.S. wars). During my genealogical studies, I've read of awful things both sides did to each other in the Revolution and War of 1812. Studying the War of 1812 has brought me closer to Canadian cousins I never knew I had, and has broadened my outlook beyond just U.S. history.

Thanks for the great article!

Submitted by Nancy Fetterly-Johnson on Thursday, February 23, 2012

I just finished reading this very interesting article. I am now convinced of the importance of this war for Canadian history, Canadian pride and Canadian nationalism.
I find it funny that the Chateauguay episode of the war is little known and cited in Québec. I studied history. My teacher explained us the Chateauguay clashes as unimportant. I will not tell who he is because he is very well known now! The thing to remember is that this invasion did not make it to our major events list.
It proves that we do not learn history in the same fashion! (I mean in Canada vs. Québec)
Anyway, I will be explaining the government's plan to celebrate 1812 as a good thing to do for Canada. For once that I would be in accord with Mr. Harper! -)
I appreciate very much the nice free map included and in French also!

Submitted by Jean-Robert Primeau on Saturday, February 4, 2012

I'm reading this article with a magnifying glass ! Why does the author write "America" when speaking of the "United States" ? (page 37). Is not Canada in America ? Why give the United States the ownership of a geographical name that is also ours ? I really think we should take our distances with this "big nation" attitude. A United Stater is an American but so is a Canadian ! -)

Submitted by Jean-Robert Primeau on Friday, February 3, 2012

"Like many of the German-speaking Americans of Upper Canada, the Fetterlys came to Canada after the American Revolution."

More to the point, they came DURING the American Revolution. The loyal soldiers and their families were sustained in refugee camps all around the Montreal area during the seven years of the conflict and were unwelcome to return to their lands in America. Those who came AFTER the peace treaty were not entitled to the land grants and honours of the United Empire Loyalists.

Submitted by David G Anderson on Friday, January 20, 2012

It sounds like Jim and Marsha Hough enjoyed themselves at the reenactment.

I know Jim as a member of The Thousand Island Woodturners. I know that he can turn his own wood bowls and drinking vessels. I really enjoyed this article.

Jim, thanks for the link.

Submitted by Marshall Gorrow on Saturday, January 7, 2012

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