An American Family History

The Hutchinson Family of Leeds County, Ontario


1797 Elizabethtown census:

Joab, Sarah, Jesse, Ann, Abel, David and Joseph


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

David Hutchinson

He married Cybil Bill on October 18, 1758 . Cybil was born on March 6, 1740 in Lebanon New London County, Connecticut. Cybil was the daughter of Phillip Bill and Elizabeth Lester.

David and Cybil's children probably included:

Reuben Hutchinson (1759),
Joab Hutchinson (1762),
Didamia Hutchinson(1765),
Sybil Hutchinson(1768),
David Hutchinson (1770),
Elias Hutchinson (1772).

Elias and an Asa Hutchinston were assessed in Yonge Township in 1805.

During the War of 1812, Joab and Elias deserted from the Leeds County Militia.

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.


On February 7, 1813, the American army raided Elizabethtown (present day Brockville, Leeds County, Ontario). The Americans crossed the frozen St. Lawrence River and seized equipment, freed American prisoners, and captured Canadian men.

David Hutchinson was the son of David Hutchinson and Sybil Bill. He was born on February 18, 1770 in in Chester, Cumberland County, Vermont.

He married Hannah Comstock about 1795 in Rhode Island.

On March 16, 1797, David Hutchinson was a grantee in Yonge Township, Leeds County, Ontario.

David and Hannah's children included:

John Hutchinson (1797),
Byron Cyrus Hutchinson (1798, married Sarah Mallory),
David Hutchinson (1799, married Lovinia Brooker),
Noah Hutchinson (1806, married Abigail LaRue Mallory),
Joab Hutchinson (1807),
Ruthelia Hutchinson (1809, married Robert Taylor),
Keturrah Hutchinson (1810),
Lydia Hutchinson (1812, married James Benson),
Wellington Hutchinson (1815),
Moses Hutchinson (1819), and
Hiram Hutchinson (1821).

David served in the 1st Leeds Militia during the War of 1812.

David was assessed in Yonge Township in 1805.

David, John, Noah and Wellington appeared on the census lists of Yonge Township, Leeds County Ontario in the 1840s.


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.