An American Family History

The Shipman Family of Leeds County, Ontario

United Empire Loyalists were Americans who remained loyal to King George III and the British Empire. They moved to Canada after the American Revolution.

Hebron, Connecticut was incorporated in 1708 in Hartford County. It became part of Windham County in 1726 and part of Tolland County in 1785.

Daniel Shipman was born on April 13, 1733 in East Hartford, Hartford County, Connecticut.

Daniel married Keziah Horton. Keziah was born about 1739 in Hebron, Tolland County, Connecticut and was the daughter of Ebenezer Horton.

Daniel and Keziah's children probably included:

Lovinia (Levinia) Shipman, (1760, married Richard Baxter),
Ezekiel Shipman (1762),
Samuel Shipman, (1764, married Catherine Elliot),
Keziah Shipman, (1767),
Daniel Shipman (1769, marrid Margaret Boyd),
Desire Shipman (1770),
David Shipman, (1772, married Elizabeth Seaman),
Sarah Shipman (1775, married Alvah Pennock), and
Lydia Shipman (1776).

In 1778 they were living in Albany County, New York and Daniel's name was on a list of Tories.

In 1786 Daniel filed a claim for damages which was rejected. His claim said that while

attempting to go into General Burgoyne's camp in August 1777, [he] was taken prisioner and carried to General Gates, from there to Albany. Lay prisioner abord the Guard ship fourteen days from thence to Toppice where I lay six days before that place burnt, then carried to a meeting house on the way to Hartford but obtained a parole to go to my family. After arriving was taken by thirty men in the Mob and Abused, Strypt me and whipt me Severly.

The spring after was taken to be guarded to Albany but got released. After this came four men with their arms and a rope intending to kill me or hang me but I concealed myself under the floor. I then fled my house and quit my land and escaped to the State of Vermont.

In 1784 they moved to Leeds County, Ontario.

1797 Elizabethtown census:

D., Risca?, ? Sarah, and Daniel, Jr.

Keziah died on March 21, 1807 and Daniel died on April 27, 1809 in Augusta Township, Leed County, Ontario, Canada.

During the American Revolution a Tory or Loyalist was used in for those who remained loyal to the British Crown.

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


Samuel Shipman was born on January 17, 1764 in East Hartford, Hartford County, Connecticut. His parents were Daniel Shipman and Keziah Horton.

He married Catherine Elliot. Catherine was born on February 2, 1768

John Shipman (1787, married Frances Whitmore and Dianna Mott),
Joel Shipman ( 1789, married Polly Holmes),
Daniel Harvey Shipman (1790),
Samuel Shipman, Jr. (1793, married Sarah Bates),
Cynthia Shipman (1795, married John McLean),
Ezekiel Shipman (1797),
Neviah Shipman (1800)
Sarah Shipman (1802),
Sophia Shipman (1804
Stephen Shipman (1806, married Sarah Caroline [Polly] Truesdell),
Catherine Elliott Shipman (1809)
Semantha Shipman (1811)
Anna H. Shipman (1813)

His second wife was Margaret Henderson. Margaret was born about 1774 in Yonge Township.

In 1791, Samuel signed a petition in Thurlow, Hastings County, Ontario requesting that the township be laid out in lots.

Samuel was assessed in Yonge Township in 1805.

Daniel, David, Ezekiel and Joel served in the 1st Leeds Militia during the War of 1812.

Samuel died in 1831 in Yonge Township, Leeds County, Ontario.


Daniel Shipman was born in 1796.

He married Margart Boyd.

During the War of 1812, Daniel served in the Leeds County Militia.


Connecticut's first European settlers were Dutch.

David Shipman as born April 7, 1772 in East Hartford, Connecticut. He was the son of Daniel Shipman and Kezia Thirzah.

He married Elizabeth Seaman.

Both David and Elizabeth received the grants of 200 acres that were available to children of United English Loyalists. During the War of 1812, David transported ammunition for the Canadian forces.

David and Elizabeth's children included:
David Shipman, Jr., (1800),
Sarah Shipman (about 1801, married Daniel S. Turner
Fanny Shipman (about 1805, died young),
Minerva Shipman (about 180, married Marius Merrick)
Charles Shipman (1814)

David Shipman was with the 1st Regiment Leeds Militia during the War of 1812.




from British Whig May 3, 1838

The following members are reported to be rebels and among the "patriots" in the Kingston area: W.B. Wells, M.P., Capt. John Shipman, formerly of the Leeds Militia, Jas. Phillips of Bastard Twp. and Ebenezer and Frank Wilson of Kitley. Ref. also to Samuel C. Frey.


from Chronicle and Gazette, November 17, 1835

[Truman Shipman] of Morristown, N.Y., captured at the battle of Windmill Point and jailed at Fort Henry.