Thomas Fraser[1]

Male 1748 - 1821  (73 years)


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  • Name Thomas Fraser 
    Born 1748  Strathrich, Inverness, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 1821  , , Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I103933  alger
    Last Modified 27 Jan 2016 

    Family Cornelia Munro,   b. 1763, Albany, Albany Co., New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. , , Upper Canada, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married Abt 1815  , , Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Last Modified 31 Jul 2015 
    Family ID F40195  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • !Thomas Fraser (1748-1821) was born in Stratherrich, Inverness, Scotland, and with his father, William Fraser and other members of his family, came to New York Province in 1766, afterwards settling in the Mohawk Valley on some land leased from Sir John Johnson. Thomas married Mary McBain and remained on this farm, his father and brother, William, having in the meantime bought a farm of 600 acres near Ballstown. Thomas was present when the six hostages were taken on Jan 1776 at Sir John Johnson's Estate and the renmainder of his followers disarmed. In the spring of 1777, the two brothers attempted to reach Canada but they were attcked and, with others, made prisoners and confined in Albany Gaol.
      During the following July, Mrs. Thomas Fraser (Mary McBain) concealed a file and a rope in a loaf of bread which she was allowed to carry to her husband. Thomas had small hands and managed to get rid of his handcuffs. With the file he cut one of the iron bars of the gaol window. Unfortunately, his brother William was a large man, and got stuck going out the window. It looked as though the plot was doomed to failure but by some sqeezing on William's part and pushing and pulling by the others he was at last free, and the whole party escaped.
      On August 24, 1777, both brothers received commissions in the British Army; William as Captain and Thomas as Leutenant. Before Burgoyne surrendered, the Frasers, with their followers, escaped to Montreal, reaching there about October 24th. The brothers performed garrison duty on the Yamaska River beyond St. Francois, Quebec, each having a company as Captain until the end of the war.
      In May 1780, their father with the other members of the three families came to Canada, the wives and children of the two brothers joining them at Yamaska.
      In 1784, the Frasers looked after the settlement of their men in Edwardsburg, Thomas himself receiving a land grant of 1,000 acres, afterwards increased to 3,000 and 4,000 acres because he had a wife and five children.
      Thomas' first wife, Mary, died in 1793 and he married Mary, daughter of John Mcdonell of Leek in 1795. There was no issue of this marriage.
      Thomas Fraser afterwards represented Glengarry in the Fifth Parliament 1808-1812. In 1797 he described himself as Lt-Colonel of the Militia of the County of Grenville. In the War of 1812 he commanded the Dundas Militia and was at the taking of Ogdansburg Feb 22, 1813. In 1815 he was appointed to the Legislative Council.
      His third wife was the widow of Allen Paterson and was the daughter of the Honorable John Munro of Matilda.
      Thomas Fraser died October 18, 1821.

      The following is the listing of Thomas Fraser from William Reid's "THE LOYALISTS IN ONTARIO":

      Fraser, Thomas of Edwardsburg. Captain, Loyal Rangers. Born in Scotland in 1748; m.(1) Mary McBean of Glenlochy; m. (2) Mary Macdonell of St. Regis on Feb 7, 1795. She was the dau of John McDonell; he died at Matilda 18 Oct 1821. Appt Capt., 10th Co. Loyal Rangers on June 22, 1782.
      Mary, b. 1785; m. Edward P. Kingsbury, Capt 81st Regt; d. 27 April 1855.
      Richard Duncan of Edwardsburg, b. 1790; m. Mary Mcdonell
      William of Edwardsburg, b. 1772
      John of Edwardsburg, b. 1790; d. prior to 1826; Lt. Glengarry Fencibles.
      Simon of Edwardsburg
      Grace T., b. 1777; m. Alexander McQueen of Edwardsburg
      Margaret bap 7 March 1792
      Daniel of Edwardsburg
      Hugh of Matilda

      Ref: Clan Munro files - Munro, Henry Dallas - GEDCOM file HMUNRO.GED dated 9
      Oct 1996

  • Sources 
    1. [S416] Clan Munro Database, Clan Munro Association, USA.


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