I am trying to track down a few individuals that I believe may have immigrated to Canada following the American Revolution but before the War of 1812.
Assuming a primary motivation for moving to Canada following the American Revolutionary War was that you were a loyalist, I searched several of the common Loyalist Muster roles but so far not been able to find them or their known spouses.
I also looked at the existing answer to this question Relocating back to the US, 1830-1850: Would there be naturalization records about children born Canada to parents born in the US? Adult children?
The area was still relatively rural at the time and so I assume someone could just pick up and move to Canada at will without being documented.
Question: British Loyalist emigrations to Canada seemed fairly well documented, but if they were not a Loyalist what other documentation should I first be pursuing and checking for the time period that would document their immigration/naturalization/settlement of Americans to Canada?
Going into the American Revolution there were about 20 children of the family under 30 from different siblings believed to be living in the area. In the 1795 Census there is only a handful of head of households and graves do not exist in the area for all of the other individuals.
All I have to go on is mostly a rumor of them moving to Canada, but to cover my bases.
- Some vague notes like "believed they may have moved to Canada, but not sure".
- The town of Catskill, New York (where the individuals I am researching were from) was completely razed by the British during the Revolutionary War and the family survived it in its entirety to the best of my knowledge and was there (those who were not fighting) the entire course of the war.
- Many of the family members are documented on the American side of the war; none have been found on British or Loyalist musters rolls.
- No graves exist for the individuals exist in the area to account for the difference in their numbers and names.
- The family otherwise mostly disappears out of American records except for a few, and a couple of those disappear and then reappear 20 years later.
- The Vetter Historical library says they have no information.
- A few of the family members were still present in 1790 and 1800 in the area, but by 1820 very few of them were still present (only one sibling and their children of many siblings).
- One of the siblings children eventually ended up in Michigan in the 1850s after serving in the US military in various campaigns. (who the parents were of these siblings is not clear currently).
- There are no ship manifests of them reverse immigrating to Europe, at least showing up in US records.
I also haven't found any records of them in Canada or anywhere else so far under the name they had in New York. They were at least 2nd or third generation Americans by this time (originally from a German speaking country) and from the records (family bible and Catskill records) appear to have spoken both some German and as well as English fluently.
Note: I will admit I do not have an International subscription to Ancestry.com or other sites but wanted to see if there were other resources I should check before expanding my subscription to specifically pursue additional information that may or may not exist.