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From: John Helmut Merz <>
Subject: [UPP-CAN] The Long Point Settlement (Lake Erie, U.C.)
Date: Sat, 06 Nov 1999 13:03:56 -0800

This is from a small book written by Professor Wilbur H. Siebert, and
presented by Dr. W. D. LeSueur, F.R.S.C., (Read May Meeting, 1915),
it is hardbound in a blue cover has no title and I think is part of a
larger book, because it has those notes: Section II, 1915, Trans.R.S.C.
and starts with page 79 - The Loyalists and Six Nation Indians in the
Niagara Peninsula. But on page 122 it has the following article on the
Long Point Settlement, which I found interesting:

The County of Norfolk, which lies southwest of the Grand River and
fronts on Lake Erie, shared in the new immigration of Loyalists and
others resulting from Simcoe's efforts. It may prperly be included,
therefore, with the larger area of peninsular settlement. The original
movement into this region, familiarly known as the Long Point country,
extended to Walsingham, Charlotteville, Woodhouse, Townsend, and
Windham townships, and perhaps also to Walpole, which adjoins Norfolk
County on the east.
We have already seen that Governor Simcoe issued a proclamation early
in February, 1792, declaring his authority to grant Crown lands to
persons seeking homes in Upper Canada. This proclamation was followed
a few months later by Simcoe's announcement of his purpose to occupy a
post near Long Point in the spring of 1793, and by a letter to the home
government expressing a preference for 'brave and determined loyalists'
as settlers at Long Point, 'such as those from Pennsylvania and
Maryland.... who had sent an agent to ascertain what arrangement could
be made for their removal to the province.' The party referred to in
this letter was probably that of Solomon AUSTIN, comprising 12 families
from Maryland and North Carolina, for which John Davis acted as
emissary. On receiving a favorable report from Mr.Davis, the members of
the party set out in covered wagons, bringing their household effects
and some farm animals with them. The little caravan reached the Niagara
frontier in June 1793, and halted at old Niagara, while Mr. Austin
continued his journey to Long Point to inspect land for settlement. He
chose a place in the Lynn River valley in Woodhouse Township. On his
return to the frontier Mr. Austin found his family unable to proceed at
once on account of sickness, and was therefore kept from occupying the
site he had selected until 1794. The other families remained in the
Niagara settlement. (1)
(1) Canniff, Settlement of Upper Canada, 189,190; Papers and Records,
Ont.Hist.Soc., II, 44,78; Pioneer Sketches of Long Point Settlement.

To be continued ....
by John Merz,

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