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An American Family History

The June Family of Leeds County, Ontario

 
 

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

Peter June was born about 1760 in Dutchess County, New York.

Levi June (1787, married Susanna Percival),
Hannah June (1790, married Archibald Ladd),
Peter Hodge June (1796), and
John Fairchild June (1799, married Esther McDonald).

Peter June purchased Lot 24 in the 5th concession of the township of Escott, consisting of 200 acres, from John Arkenbach, who had received it two years prior as a crown grant.

Peter was assessed in Yonge Township in 1805.

According to Douglas McCalla in Consumption Stories: Customer Purchases of Alcohol at an Upper Canadian Country Store in 1808-1809 and 1828-1829, Levi June, purchased 57 quarts of rum, spirits, and brandy, worth in total over 107 shillings in 1808-9 .

Levi June deserted from the 1812 Leeds County militia.

 

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.

Windmill

Dutchess County, New York patriots forced colonists loyal to the British government to flee north into what became Ontario.

 

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from "Focus on the District," by Harry Painting, Recorder and Times" October 16, 1978 in the Brockville, Ontario.

The June family is believed to have originated in England or France and the name originally may have been spelled "Juin." William June and his wife Margaret were living at Dryden, N.Y., early in the 18th century, and came to Canada in 1740. Their family consisted of Sheldon, Margaret, Wooster, Levi, George, Joshua, David, Peter and Robert John.

In the American Revolutionary War, members of the family fought on the British side, and several received Crown grants in Canada.

Joshua petitioned for land filed on by Roger Stevens in the Rideau area, while Levi took script in lieu of land.

Peter June settled on what is now the Bruce Warren farm here,

while Robert John married Ester MacDonald, a sister of Randy MacDonald, and settled not far from the MacDonald homestead which was located north of Quabbin Hill. Their four children, Sarah, Mercy, James and Thomas, died of diphtheria in 1795 and their graves lie on the hill south of the Floyd Birtch farm. Broken hearted, the couple pulled up stakes, sold their farm to the Quinsey family and moved to Connecticut.

Peter and his family remained. A descendant, Albertus, lived in Morton for a while. He had three sons, William, Hubert, and Hallam. All died without descendants, and today there is no one by the name of June in Leeds County.

Connecticut's first European settlers were Dutch.