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An American Family History

Isaac Davis Dwinnell, Jr.

The Province of Upper Canada was established in 1791 to accommodate Loyalist refugees from the United States. It included all of Southern Ontario and part of Northern Ontario.

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

Isaac Davis Dwinnell, Jr. was probably born in 1816 in Manilus, Onondaga County, New York. His father was probably Isaac Davis Dwinnell and his grandparents, Captain Isaac Davis and Elizabeth Powers.

His granddaughter, Hester Johnson wrote

I had a letter from our cousin Beatrice in Montréal and she gave me my grandfather’s given name which was Isaac David Dwinnell, but there was no record of his birth, marriage or death.

Hester said that he was born in Watertown, Jefferson County, New York.

He (Davis Dwinnell) served in the 8th Infantry, Company D under Captain Wright in Buffalo, New York. He enlisted for three years at Buffalo on February 19, 1838. He was 22. His occupation was tailor. He had hazel eyes, a dark complexion, and brown hair.

The Patriots' War had started in November of 1837 with a largely ethnic uprising of French-speaking Canadians against British rule .. . [they] found a sympathetic audience of Americans, still resentful of the 1813 burning of Buffalo. 

[This ] violation of American territory sparked a rapid response by the American government, which . .  . beefed-up garrisons of US regulars. . .  The Niagara Frontier cooled and war was averted, but tension would persist for years and lead to a buildup along the frontier. (Buffalonet)

He deserted from the army on May 10, 1838. He was apprehended on October 28, 1838. 

In November, 1838 British troops and local militia defeated an invasion force of 300 American "Hunters" and Canadian rebels at the Battle of the Windmill. The rebels invaded near Prescott.

Davis deserted again on January 24, 1839. 

Isaac D. Dwinnell married Rachel Lapointe about 1839. Their childen and life together are described in detail in the section on Isaac and Rachel Dwinnell.

Victoria Zellena Dwinnell was born August 14, 1840 in Yonge Mills, Ontario. The 1840 Census of Yonge, Ontario, Canada showed Davis Dwindle. The census listed one adult man and four females on Lot 16, Concession 3.

The 1848 Census of Yonge showed David Dwinnell, a tailor, with a total of six in the family on the same lot. This census record is the last record of Isaac.

Yonge Mills, Ontario was in Front of Yonge Township near Brockville. It is north east of Kingston and north of Watertown, New York. It is now a ghost town. In the mid 19th century, Yonge Mills, was a busy and prosperous village with a population of about 175. It had a sawmill and a fulling mill. There were hotels with taverns and a general store. The village also included two blacksmiths and a church.

Three daughters of William Towne and Joanna Blessing were wrongly accused of practicing witchcraft in Salem. Rebecca Towne Nurse, Mary Towne Estey, and Sarah Towne Bridges Cloyes were persecuted in 1692. The children of people in the line below are all descendants of Mary Estey.

William Towne,
Mary Towne Estey,
Isaac Estey,
Aaron Estey
,
Mary Estey Dwinnell
,
Israel Dwinnell,
Isaac Davis Dwinnell, Sr.,
Isaac Davis Dwinnell, Jr.
,
Victoria Zellena Dwinnell
,
Robert Wilson Miller, Sr
.,
Robert Wilson Miller, Jr.

Children of Isaac Davis Dwinnell, Jr. and
Rachel Lapoint

  • Victoria Zellena Dwinnell Miller
  • Holland Orville Dwinnell
  • Charles N. Dwinnell
  • Sophia Floritine Dwinnell Byrne
  • Napoleon B. (Charles) Dwinnell
  • David Lancaster Dwinnell

    Children of Rachael Lapointe
    and David Lancaster Jones
  • Lewis Kossuh Jones
  • Ida Ann Jones
  • Genevieve E. Jones Marvin
  • Various spellings of Dwinnell
    Doenell, Donell, Donnall, Donnell, Duenell, Dunnel, Dunnell, Dwaniel, Dwaniell, Dwainel, Dwennel, Dwinel, Dwinell, Dwinnel, Dwinnill, Dwonill, Dwynel

    In 1841 the Act of Union united Upper and Lower Canada (which became Canada West and East) into the Province of Canada, under one government, with Kingston as capital.

     

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    DNA match with other descendant in this line.
    Walter Powers
    Thomas Powers
    Jeremiah Powers
    Elizabeth Powers Davis
    Eunice Davis Dwinnell
    Isaac Davis Dwinnell, Sr.
    Isaac Davis Dwinnell, Jr.
    Victoria Dwinnell Miller
    Robert Wilson Miller, Sr.
    Robert Wilson Miller, Jr.

     

    DNA match with other descendant in this line.
    Henry Collins
    Joseph Collins
    Sarah Collins Richards
    Esther Richards Estey
    Mary Estey Dwinnell
    Israel Dwinnell
    Isaac Davis Dwinnell, Sr.
    Isaac Davis Dwinnell, Jr.
    Victoria Dwinnell Miller
    Robert Wilson Miller, Sr.
    Robert Wilson Miller, Jr.

    DNA match with other descendant in this line.
    Richard Kimball
    John Kimball
    Abigail Kimball Estey
    Aaron Estey
    Mary Estey Dwinnell
    Israel Dwinnell
    Isaac Davis Dwinnell, Sr.
    Isaac Davis Dwinnell, Jr.
    Victoria Dwinnell Miller
    Robert Wilson Miller, Sr.
    Robert Wilson Miller, Jr.

    DNA match with other descendant in this line.
    William Warner
    Daniel Warner
    John Warner
    Susannah Warner Fiske
    Elizabeth Fiske Dwinnell
    Benjamin Dwinnell
    Israel Dwinnell
    Isaac Davis Dwinnell, Sr.
    Isaac Davis Dwinnell, Jr.
    Victoria Dwinnell Miller
    Robert Wilson Miller, Sr.
    Robert Wilson Miller, Jr.