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62 Royal West India Rangers (RWIR) who settled in New Brunswick (now part of Canada) in 1819

 

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Rank in 1819 Surname Given name Birthplace shown in earliest Description book entry Age at earliest Description book entry Date of earliest found Description book entry "From Europe" West  Indian Placename Second West Indian placename Description book page number or comment Birthplace according to later (1816?) Alphabetical entries Age at (1816?) or later entry Date of Joining Royal West India Rangers Name of Previous Regiment Family in  1819 (Commissariat Record Book) Did soldier appear in 1826 Land Grant? Physical Description from later (1816?) entries in Description Book: Status on entry to RWIR (deserter, commuted sentence, civil or military culprit) Occupation on entry to RWIR as per Description Book   Other sources or comments including Provincial Archives of New Brunswick (PANB)
(earliest Description book entry) (also in earliest Description Book entry) (According to later entries) (W=wife, # #= number of children over and below 7 years of age) Hair Eyes Complexion "Make or form" Height
      (Earliest entries may differ slightly from later entries)    
Alcorn John   Romney Kent Eng 24 13 Dec 1816 83 Foot W11 Fair Grey Fair Stout 5'10" commuted labourer
Andrews William Chippendale Lincoln, England 21 24 Apr 1813 From Europe Trinidad p.40 St. Lukes Dublin Ire 18 24 Apr 1813 77 Foot 000 Fair Grey Fair Stout 5'1 1/2" deserter labourer Thanks to Rebecca Walch for proofreading William Andrew's two birthplace entries in Oct 2004: they contradict in the original as well
Sgt Baker John Germany 24? November 1812 Germany 24 07 Feb 1812 Kings German Legion W00 yes Brown Hazle Fair Stout 5'6 1/4" deserter labourer 1) Couldn't read the marginal entry in description book; if you can, please e mail me; 2) Marriage mentioned in PANB F1094, marriage #104
Barrie William     000
Sgt Bloomer William no birthplace in earliest entry 18 10 Feb or 29 Apr 1811 p.30 Dublin Dublin Ire 23 11 Feb 1811 18 Light Dragoons W00 D.Brown Hazle Fair Stout 5'7" deserter labourer
Sgt Bowmaster Henry Hanover,     Germany 22 7 Jan 1808 Barbados p.16 Norgallon Hanover Ger 22 07 Jan 1808 Kings German Legion W12 yes Light Grey Fair Slender 5'2" commuted labourer
Brannon James 1816 is earliest entry Knowell Westmeath Ire 28 11 Dec 1816 4 Dragoon Guards 000 L.Brown Fair Grey Slender 5'7 1/4" deserter carpenter
Canter James 1816 is earliest entry St. Johns Limerick Ire 33 11 Dec 1816 28 Foot 000 Brown Grey Fair Stout 5'7 3/4" deserter labourer PANBF1094 Marriages 1816-1834 (Married 5 Nov 1822 to Bridget [?McGreen?] both of Woodstock NB)
Clarke Enoch Paddington, Stafforsh, England 31 20 Feb 1815 From Europe" Barbados Trinidad p.47 Paddington Stafford Eng 30 20 Feb 1815 7 Dragoons 000 yes L.Brown Dark Dark Slender 5'5 1/2" deserter brassfounder PANBF1094 Marriages 1816-1834; Baptisms 1812-1833 item #529  (Married Sarah Ann Pomphey 26 Aug 1822; 3 children Mary, Jane, Anne baptized 11 Sep 1826) "Description of Recruits Joined from Europe at Bbds 20th Febry 1815 at Trinidad 13th Mar 1815" (Descr Book, p.47)
Curran James   Dundrum Dublin Ire 25 23 Nov 1813 9 Lancers W00 D.Brown Grey Ruddy Ordiny 5'6 1/2" commuted bricklayer "(Theft)"
Dash John Noneaton, Warwick, England 18 From Europe Trinidad p.40 Noneaton Warwick Eng 17 24 Apr 1813 17 Foot 000 Black L.Blue Ruddy Stout 5'3 3/4" deserter [?]ailer Marked with "Small Pox" (comment may apply to him or another soldier listed just below in the original Description Book)
Dixon George "Entrim", , Ireland 41 From Europe p.39 Antrim Antrim Ire 39 13 Jan 1813 15 Foot W30 yes Dark Grey Fair Slender 5'7" deserter carpenter Wife passes away 14 June 1820 - Newspaper obituary
Downds Michael     000
  probably is:
Downes Mich'l "Clogher", Tyrone, Ireland 24 29 Apr 1811 p.31 Augher Tyrone Ire 29 29 Apr 1811 6 Dragoons Dk Bn Hazle Sallow Stout 5'9" deserter butcher
Dyer Michael   Gorteen Sligo Ire 29 11 Dec 1816 81 Foot 000 yes Dark Grey Swarthy Slender 5'5" deserter labourer "Marked with the Small Pox" comment may apply to him or another soldier listed just below
  (A second soldier, Michael Dwyer, was pensioned off in 1817, leaving only one possible candidate)
Edwards Thomas   Andover Hampshire Eng 20 11 Dec 1816 29 Foot 000 Dark Grey Fair Stout 5'5 3/4" commuted labourer "entitled to European service from 1st January 1814 ..  1 year 11 mos prior service""
Colour Sgt Everett William Milton, Bedford, England 23 15 Dec 1813 From Europe Trinidad Milton Bedford Eng 22 15 Dec 1813 1st Batt'n 82 Foot W00 yes Light Grey Fair Stout 5'6 1/2" deserter labourer LDS861,851 (his discharge certificate)
Sgt Fry James [Wancut?], Somerset, England 25 20 Feb 1815 From Europe Barbados Trinidad Worcest Somerset Eng 23 20 Feb 1815 7 Hussars 000 Brown Grey Fresh Slender 5'8 1/4" deserter baker
Furren Michael   (also Ferrin) probably same as: 000 yes
[Furin Mich'l   Galway Galway Ire 21 11 Dec 1816 54 Foot Black Grey Dark Stout 5'5 1/2" deserter labourer]
  another entry:
[Furlin Mich'l   Lochraine Carlo Ire 25 30 June 1810 Brown Grey Ruddy Stout 5'7 3/4" mason]
Gallagher Francis   Fullcommon Mayo Ireland 29 12 June 1818 12 Foot W01 DBrown Grey Fair Slender 5'1 3/4" deserter weaver "Sentenced for Gen'l Service" .. "disposing of his necessaries".. "Marked with Small Pox"
Corpl Gallagher  James    , Armagh, Ireland 23 24 Apr 1813 From Europe Trinidad      Armagh Ire 23 24 Apr 1813 70 Foot 000 Black Hazle Fresh Stout 5'6 3/4" deserter/commuted weaver
Gomery John Maidstone, Kent, England 29 24 Apr 1813 From Europe Trinidad "Tailor" Maidstone Kent Eng 28 24 Apr 1813 73 Foot 000 Sandy Grey Freckles Slender 5'3 1/4" deserter sailor PANB F1094 Marriages 1816-1834 (married 11 Nov 1823 to Mary Barry) - 
Gover John Mainstoke, Hants, England 26 24 Apr 1813 From Europe Trinidad Mainstoke Hants Eng 26 24 Apr 1813 4 Dragoons 000 Light Grey Fresh Stout 5'6 1/2" deserter/commuted labourer
Ensign and adjutant Gray Peter     000 Ensign with RWIR 23 May 1816; Adjutant 25 Nov 1816 (source: Army List)
Sgt Gregory Edward Cripplegate, Middsex, England 26 15 Dec 1813 From Europe Trinidad Cripplegate Middlesex Eng 23 15 Dec 1813 East London Militia W00 yes Fair Blue Fair Stout 5'3 1/2" deserter watchmaker
Harrington Patrick   Macroom Cork Ire 23 11 Dec 1816 41 Foot 000 Light Grey Fair Slender 5'7 3/4" commuted cordwainer "Entitled to European service from 9th Mar 1812"
Heany James Baltimore, [?Westmath?], Ireland 33 November 1812 "Smith" Baltimore Westrheath Ire 36 24 Apr 1813 W01 yes Dark Hazel Fair Ordiny 5'3" civil culprit labourer
Corpl Hitchcock Benjn "Bridgenorth", Salop, England 26 24 Feb 1814 From Europe Trinidad Bridgnorth Salop Eng 25 20 Feb 1814 36 Foot W01 yes LBrown Hazle Fair Slender 5'8 3/4" deserter labourer petitioned more land 1824
Howrie Henry Hanover, Hanover, Germany 31 15 Dec 1813 From Europe Trinidad Hanover Hanover Ger 30 15 Dec 1813 2 Dragoons Kings German Legion 000 yes Light Grey Fair Stout 5'8 1/4" deserter labourer Marked with "Small Pox"
Hughes Thomas   Leicester Leicester Eng 20 31 May 1818 84 Foot 000 Light Grey Fair Slender 5'9 1/4" deserter silk stocking weaver "Scar on left side of his Neck"
Corpl Jenkins James   Bushumgate London Eng 24 05 June 1817 20 Light Dragoons 000 Brown Brown Fair Slender 5'7 1/2" deserter weaver
Lumley Edward Oldham, Lancashire, England 21 20 Feb 1815 From Europe Barbados Trinidad Oldham Lancaster Eng 23 20 Feb 1815 6 Foot W11 yes DBrown Hazel Ruddy Slender 5'7 1/2" deserter weaver
Lynch Patrick "   ", Ireland 26 14 Nov 1808 Limerick Limerick Ire 30 08 Feb 1808 56 Foot 000 Dark Hazle Fresh Stout 5'6 1/2" commuted tailor
McCarney Bernard   Clogher Tyrone Ire 25 12 June 1818 RAD W11 Brown Grey Fair Stout 5'7 1/2" deserter labourer "Marked with smallpox"
McLannon Patrick   may be the same as: 000
[McLannon Peter   Clanmanaugh Donegal Ire 23 12 June 1818 71 Foot Grey Fair Freckled Stout 5'5 1/2" deserter labourer] "Sentenced for Gen'l Service"
McNabb John Kildalton, Argyle, Scotland 19 20 Feb 1815 From Europe Barbados Trinidad Kelsolton Argyle Scot 18 20 Feb 1815 3F or Royal Scots 000 Light Grey Fresh Slender 5'2 3/4" deserter bk smith
Mann William   Ledderham Lincoln Eng 20 24 June 1816 3 Foot Guards 000 yes DBrown Hazel Ruddy Stout 5'6" deserter labourer
Martin Thomas   probably: 000
[Martin Thomas   Horncastle Lincoln Eng 30 12 June 1818 1st Foot Guards LBrown LGrey Fair Ordiny 5'7 1/4" deserter labourer LDS film 859528, WO 25/664: deserted from Rangers at Morne Fortune, West Indies Copy and paste this link into your browser to see the image of this record: http://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/details/r/C4397414#imageViewerLink ]
[Martin C Thomas     27 20 Feb 1815 7 Dragoon Guards 5'6 1/2" deserter]
[Martin Thomas Rathmore, Meath, Ireland 30 20 Feb 1815 From Europe Barbados Trinidad  
Maxwell John   Carlisle Cumberland Eng 29 11 Dec 1816 68 Foot 000 Light Blue Fair Stout 5'5 1/4" deserter labourer
Melvin John   Loughadine Down Ire 23 12 June 1818 74 Foot 000 Brown Grey Fair Ordiny 5'10" commuted labourer "European Service from 22nd Decr 1815 in 74th Regt .. 2 years 6 days prior service" "(Theft) Marked with Small Pox -"
Corpl Miller (Mellow) Christopher   Dublin Dublin Ire 22 24 June 1816 90 Foot W00 yes* Light Haz Fair Stout 5'7" deserter blacksmith LDS film 859528, WO 25/664: deserted from Rangers at Morne Fortune, West Indies. Copy & paste this link into your browser to see image of record: http://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/details/r/C4397414#imageViewerLink
    *aka Mellow in land grant
Sgt Montfort Thomas   Longford Longford Ire 45 05 June 1817 38 Foot 000 DBrn Grey Dark Stout 5'4 1/2" deserter labourer
Munro Charles   Negg Ross  Scot 24 27 July 1809 2ndBattalion, 78F W00 yes Dark Grey Dark Stout 5'6" commuted carpenter
Murphy John   Carrick or Lier Tip Ire 22 24 June 1816 19 Foot 000 Brown Grey Fair Stout 5'8" labourer "Scar on left Cheek"
Neal James   may be one of two men: 000
[Neal James   Somerhill Meath Ire 23 12 June 1818 85 Foot Brown Grey Fair Slender 5'11 1/2" deserter labourer] "Sentenced for Gen'l Service"
or: [Neale James   Glanoe Tyrone Ire 36 20 Feb 1815 27 Foot Dark Hazle Dark Stout 5'3" deserter labourer]
Pagett William MarsLand, York, England 33 15 Dec 1813 From Europe Trinidad Maresland York Eng 30 15 Dec 1813 1st Life Guards 000 yes Brown Grey Fresh Stout 6'-" deserter labourer Provincial Archives of New Brunswick film F1094 (married Jane Hews of Wakefield 20 April 1822)
Peacock William   Potton Beaford Eng 31 12 June 1818 3 Dragoons 000 Dark Grey Swarthy Stout 5'8" deserter cordwainer
Priddle William   Twitenham Middlesex Eng 27 12 June 1818? 46 Foot 000 LBrn Blue Fair Slender 5'4" deserter weaver "Marked with Small Pox"
Prosser John   Madley Hereford Eng 26 31 May 1818 York Chasseurs W02 Dark Dark Sallow Stout 5'5 1/2" deserter sawyer Prosser Brook, NB, named after this soldier
Richmond William Ligra[n?], Lancash, England 19 24 Apr 1813 From Europe Trinidad Ligram Lancashire Eng 17 24 Apr 1813 85 Foot 000 Light Blue Fair Stout 5'5 3/4" deserter/commuted weaver
Sheldon William   may be the same as: 000
[Sheldron Wm   Birmingham Warwick Eng 27 15 June 1807 Black Grey Swarthy Stout 5' 1 1/2" civilculprit cutler LDS film 859528, WO 25/664: deserted from Rangers at St. Lucia, West Indies; marked with small pox]
Smiley Francis Sandfield, Down, Ireland 24 20 Feb 1815 From Europe Barbados Trinidad Saintfield Down Ire 24 20 Feb 1815 74 Foot 000 Brown Grey Fresh Wellmade 5'5" deserter labourer
Drummer Smith James   May be one of four men: 000
[Smith James   Larraugh Cavan Ire 22 11 Dec 1816 Brown Grey Fair Slender 5'10 1/2" currier]
[Smith James   St.Peters Droghede Ire 29 08 Feb 1808 5 Dragoon Guards DBrn Grey Dark Stout 5'10" labourer]
[Smith James   Grantham Lincoln Eng 27 11 Dec 1816 52 Foot Brown Grey Fair Slender 5'4 3/4" labourer]
[Smith James     21 11 Dec 1816 91 Foot 5'5" commuted]
Sullivan Michael   Fralee Kerry Ire 26 11 Dec 1816 62 Foot W21 Dark Grey Fair Slender 5'6 3/4" deserter labourer
Sgt Tomlinson William Warwickshire, England 26 24 Apr 1813 From Europe Trinidad Bridbrook Warwick Eng 21 24 Apr 1813 2d Battn 43rd Foot W02 yes Light Grey Swarthy Stout 5'5" deserter labourer
Travers John   Maclesfield Cheshire Eng 19 12 June 1818 WIRangers 000 yes Brown Dark Fair Ordinary 5'4 3/4" deserter ironturner also known as Travis
Corpl Troop Thomas Fellingham, Lincolnsh, Eng 23 15 Dec 1813 From Europe Trinidad Fillingham Lincoln Eng 18 15 Dec 1813 1st Batt'n 95 Foot 000 Brown Hazle Fair Stout 5'5 1/2" deserter labourer
Vickery John   Walton Upon Thames Surrey Eng 43 17 May 1817 000 yes Dark Hazle Swarthy Stout 5'8" civil culprit ironmonger
Walten Chas.   probably the same as: 000 yes
[Walton Chas.   Thornhill York  Eng 23 12 June 1818 45 Foot Brown Hazle Fair Ordinar 5'6" deserter miller]
  another possibility:
[Walton Charles          Middlesex  Eng 29 Apr 1811 deserter cordwainer]
Lt Walsh Arthur Blaney     000 yes PANB 1094 married Margaret Nicholson 1 Oct 1819 Ensign with RWIR 8 Apr 1813; Lieut w RWIR 1 Feb 1816 (source: Army list)
Sgt Watson John "  ", "   ", England 25 24 Apr 1813 From Europe Trinidad Broading N.Hampton Eng 23 24 Apr 1813 14 Foot W10 yes LBrn Hazle Dark  Wellmade 5'8 1/4" deserter labourer
White Richard   May be one of three: 000
[White Richd.   Nuneaton Warwick Eng 28 20 Feb 1812 Leicester Militia LBrn Grey Swarthy Slender 5'8 3/4" deserter labourer]
[White Richd. Coventry, Warwickshire, England 22 7 Feb 1812 From Europe Barbados   21 07 Feb 1812 Leicester Militia 5'7 1/2" deserter]
[White Richd.   Norwich Norfolk Eng 25 07 Dec 1812 DBrn Blue Fair Stout 5'2 1/2" labourer]
Whitehead John   Hampton Lucy, Warwick, Eng 22 05 June 1817 30 Foot 000 Brown Hazle Fair Stout 5'7" deserter labourer
This chart is believed correct, but as with all secondary sources, family historians should verify from the original sources.  

The above is taken from four sources: 1)  "Commissariat at Presque Isle, 1818-1819, pp. 45 - 49, 82-3, 

Public Archives of Canada, MG 24 F82.  Photocopies can be ordered from Archives; and

2) "Description Book of the Royal West India Rangers 1808 - Disbanded 1819", LDS film 859,528;  and

3) "George Mansie and 144 Others Military Settlers Parish of Kent County of York", Crown Lands Office, New 

Brunswick, vol. 9, No. 1949, Registered 3 Jan 1826; and accompanying map; oversized photocopies or microfilm 

can be ordered; and

4) Parish registers, Woodstock, New Brunswick, as found on Provincial Archives of New Brunswick microfilm F-1094 

(Only some parish register material appears here.  These parish registers should be more thoroughly examined)

 

Explanations:  "From Europe": Soldiers with this notation appear to have come directly from Europe at or near the date mentioned in column six

"WOO" means that in 1819 the soldier had a wife, and no children over 7 years old, and no children under seven years old.  Compare with family composition in 1822 in Cleadie B. Barnett's We Lived, and see some Victoria County families carried forward to the 1851 census in the Upper St. John website

If desired, you may compare the revised list (above) with the "old" list which was put on-line in 2004

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