ANDERSON David[1]

Male Abt 1760 - 1815  (~ 55 years)


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  • Name ANDERSON David 
    Born Abt 1760  [1
    • (calculated from his age in a 1 May 1814 Return of men and families intended to occupy stations along the Saint John River.)

    Gender Male 
    _UID CE5B31E74268F0499C49FFE74205928E5644 
    Died 10 Apr 1815  , , New Brunswick, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    • (marked "Dead" with his pay ending 10 April 1815 after 17 days in the 4th RVBn muster record of 25 March to 24 April. Most men were calculated 92 days pay, but David only 17 days or 11 shillings, 4 pence because of his decease. Presume he died in NB.)

    Notes 
    • "Served with the 10th (later 4th) Royal Veteran's Battalion. David and his wife and seven children were one of six British military families who were taken down the St. John River in 1814 by Joseph Bouchette, the Surveyor General of Quebec. They are probably one of the two placed on some cleared land where the Salmon River entered the St. John. This far down the river, the Andersons were on the British side of the boundary, even according to the 1783 treaty.

      Shortly after May 31, 1814, the Surveyor General arrived at 'Salmon River, which place I found highly advantageous for the settlers with a tolerable large clearing, which happens to have fortunately fallen to the lot of two large families + the most helpless ...'. Mr. Bouchette had sent a list of seven families to Sir George Prevost on 1 May, and the Anderson family was the largest on this list. Unoccupied cleared lands along this river valley may have been difficult to find. Bouchette explains that he found the land belonged to a Mr. King, who had bought the land from 'an old [French] Canadian'.

      'Upon enquiry I found he held no kind of title from Government, however, I made it a point to write to Mr. Sproule, Surveyor General at Fredericton [New Brunswick] on the subject and received no answer, Therefore in obedience to Your Excellency's Instructions I have to report that those two last families are settled on Government lands within the Province of New Brunswick...'

      Another list of families from this battalion, this time showing who was settled at which point along this route, is dated 3 May 1817. At the bottom of the list is 'Widow Anderson', who with her (now) seven children, is one of three families at Salmon River. David had apparently died since being chosen as one of the military settlers. He had been the second oldest at 54 when he first appeared in a list of prospective soldier-settlers in May 1814; still too young to be "old" in today's world, but perhaps not very young in 1814. He had served over 26 years in the British military." [Mori Hillman, 2 Mar 2002.]
    Person ID I51433  Noyes Family Genealogy
    Last Modified 6 Jan 2020 

    Family [ANDERSON] Sara "Charlotte",   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Married by 1800  [1
    Children 
     1. ANDERSON Mary Emily,   b. CA 1804, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 2 Aug 1889, , , New Brunswick, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 85 years)
     2. ANDERSON Henry K.,   d. Yes, date unknown
     3. ANDERSON William,   d. Yes, date unknown
    Last Modified 6 Jan 2020 
    Family ID F20381  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Photos
    Soldier, 10th Royal Veteran Battalion, circa 1812.
    Soldier, 10th Royal Veteran Battalion, circa 1812.
    The Royal Veteran Battalions were units of garrison troops, made up of older soldiers still able to stand guard and give other useful service. The 10th Battalion was raised in 1806 for service in Canada. Although not intended to serve in the field, the veterans were the only regular troops at Fort St. Joseph at the start of the War of 1812, and were part of the British surprise attack that captured the American Fort Mackinac. The Royal Veteran Battalions wore the standard British infantry uniform, with the blue facings of a royal regiment. A new pattern of uniform was ordered in 1812. This man wears the older uniform, with an 1806 pattern of shako, white breeches and knee-length gaiters. It took at least a year for the new pattern uniforms to be issued on the Canadian frontier. The background figures are (far left) a sergeant major, three private soldiers (right centre) and a sergeant (far right) carrying a spontoon. Reconstruction by Charles Stadden. (Parks Canada)

  • Sources 
    1. [S1759] Correspondence-Internet-Mori Hillman, 2 Mar 2003 12:14 am.

    2. [S1759] Correspondence-Internet-Mori Hillman, 5 Jan 2020 518 am.