An American Family History

The Churchill Family in Leeds County, Ontario

The first European settlements in Ontario were after the American Revolution when 5,000 loyalists left the new United States.

Israel Churchill was born about 1727 in Plympton, Massachusetts

He married Hannah O'Hanlan in Tribes Hill, Montgomery County, New York.

Their children included:

Elinor Churchill (1770, married Turner Lillie),
Mark Churchill (1771),
Joseph Churchill b: 1779 married Abigail Hanley),
Patience Churchill (1780, married George Bates),
Dolly Churchill (1781),
Thankful Churchill (1782, married Silas Gillet),
John Churchill (1784, married Anna Hewitt),
Solomon Churchill (1785, married Rachel Bitts),
Elizabeth Churchill (1786, married Thomas Hubbard),
Cornelius Phillips Churchill (1789, married Charlotte Barry), and
Ezra Churchill (1790).

Israel died about 1805 in Yonge Township, Leeds County, Ontario.

Solomon was assessed in Yonge Township in 1805.

Anna, Catharine, John, Mark and William appeared in the in 1820 census.

Leeds County, Ontario, Canada was first surveyed in 1792 in preparation for the United Empire Loyalists settlers. In 1850, Leeds County merged with Grenville to create the United Counties of Leeds and Grenville.


John Churchill was born about 1784 in Tribes Hill, Montgomery County, New York.

John married Anna Hewitt.

Nancy Churchill (1802 married James Nicholson),
Jane Churchill (1805 married John Chapman),
David Russell Churchill (1808 married Jane McVeigh),
Elizabeth Churchill (about 1809, married George Wood),
Mary Ann Churchill (1810, married John Burns)
William Churchill (1812)
Ruhama Churchill (1814 , married John R. Cowan),
John Churchill (1816, married Sophia Tompkins),
Edward Sydney Churchill (1818),
Eleanor Churchill (1822, married Peter Kelley),
Maria Churchill (1824, married Omar Cook),
Jones Churchill (1829, married Elizabeth Forester), and
Charles Stuart Churchill (1830).


John Churchall The Court condemns [for assault and battery in 1814 ] the defendant to pay a fine £1 13 1 & all costs & to stand committed till the fine be paid~ fine paid the Sheriff in Court. (from Johnstown District/Leeds and Grenville Court of General Sessions of the Peace, 1800-1834)

The Battle of the Windmill was in November, 1838. Loyalists defeated an invasion attempt by Hunter Patriots, led by  Nils von Schoultz, who were attempting to overthrow British rule. The battle was at a windmill two miles east of Prescott.