|Death: ||May, 1782|
New York, USA
Name: Hubbard, Mr.
Gravesite: St. Paul's
Frances Morton Hubard
While the British army rested and replenished its supplies, a number of the Williamsburg Virginia's residents decided the time had come to make their loyalty known. James Hubard may have joined the British as a way out of what was an intolerable situation. A prominent attorney before the war, Hubard had been an early supporter of the colony's protests against the closing of Boston's harbor. He was elected to the Williamsburg Committee of Safety in 1774 and 1775. He was also appointed a judge of the Admiralty Court on July 4, 1776. But he must have harbored doubts about the direction the protest was taking, because he declined to serve on July 5 and he refused to take the oath of allegiance to Virginia in 1777. As a result, he was imprisoned briefly, and his law practice was destroyed. By 1780, Hubard, his wife, and eight children were living in greatly reduced circumstances. Furthermore his steadfast refusal to abandon his loyalty caused dissension within his family; his oldest son, James, joined the American side, while his second son, Matthew, strongly supported his father. Hubard may have attempted to return to Williamsburg after the siege of Yorktown, only to have to flee back to the protection of the British fleet. He sailed on the Bonetta with other loyalists to New York. In spring 1782, Matthew Hubard traveled with his mother to New York to visit his ill father. They arrived shortly after James, Sr.'s, death. The fifteen-year-old Matthew refused to return to Virginia, placing himself instead under the care of Lord Dunmore, who sent him to England with James Menzies.
As HMS Bonetta, a sloop of war, cleared the capes in late October 1781 on its way to New York City, its five Williamsburg passengers(Hunter, Hubard, Bland, Jaram, and Carter) faced an uncertain future. Already ill, James Hubard would die in New York.
Elizabeth Hubard Bowyer (1779 - 1857)*
Saint Paul's Chapel and Churchyard
New York County (Manhattan)
New York, USA
Created by: C Long
Record added: Jul 31, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 40101955
Added: Mar. 22, 2013