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John "The Loyalist" Lefurgey
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Birth: 1750
Philipse Manor
Westchester County
New York, USA
Death: Nov. 2, 1818
Bedeque
Prince County
Prince Edward Island, Canada

John LaForge/Leforgee/Lefurgey, the 'Loyalist' 1750-2NOV1818 lived in Westchester County, NY then in Remsheg (Wallace Bay), Cumberland County, NS and Wilmot Valley, Bedegue Bay, PEI md. in 1784 in Springhill, NS to Miss (Nancy) Joyce b. 1760, Springhill, NS.

"Family tradition claims that John's ancestors were French Huguenots who were forced to flee from France during religious persecutions. About 1660 they escaped to Holland and then possibly to the Isle of Jersey in the Channel Islands before crossing the Atlantic Ocean to America. The family settled in Westchester County, New York. John LaForge and his father joined the loyalist army. After the war John 'Leforgee' and many other Westchester Loyalist families boarded transports to Nova Scotia, Canada. In 1784 the Loyalists spent the winter in the town of Remsheg, Nova Scotia while waiting for land grants from the British. In 1784 John married Miss (Ann/"Nancy") Joyce (or JOICE) in Springhill, Pictou Co. NS.

On March 28, 1785 John 'Lefargee' was named in the Remsheg Land Grant and received 200 acres of land, lot 76 in Remsheg Bay, NS which is now called Wallace Bay. They moved to the Isle of St. John (PEI).
In the 1798 census of PEI, John 'Leforgee' family of seven: John, his wife, William, Polly, Betsy, Jennie and Nancy were in lot 19, Wilmot Valley, Bedeque Bay, PEI. They lived on the right bank of the Wilmot River which empties into the Bedeque Bay. Grist and saw mills were built on this property. They had 100 acres which reached into Water Street, Summerside.

John and his wife were buried in an old pioneer graveyard near the Wilmot river bank. A Lefurgey historian claims that John was buried in what is now an open field situated on "native sacred ground" and that no headstones remain. There were two old pioneer cemeteries, neither of which exist at present.

Children of John and Miss (Nancy) Joyce:
1-WILLIAM b. Nova Soctia, 7 FEB 1788, d. PEI 1 JAN 1842
md. 1817, Catherine Munro 1791-1866
2-Mary "Polly" b. Nova Scotia 9 FEB 1790, d. 12 JUL1 872
md. 1810, Caleb Schurman
3-Elizabeth "Betty" (Betsy) 1792-1793
4-Jane "Jennie" b. 1 DEC 1794, d. 11 NOV 1872
md. 1812, Isaac Schurman d. 1859
5-Ann "Nancy" b. 9 APR 1798, PEI, d. 27 DEC 1871
md. Peter Maybee Huestis
6-John, b. 1799, PEI, d. 1901
married Elizabeth Hamilton
d/o Peter and Nancy (Higgins) Hamilton
of Onslow, Colchester N.S.
7-Sarah "Sally" 1801-1880
md. James Connell 1800-1884
8-James b. Wilmot Valley, PEI 1804, d. 13 NOV 1871
md, 1830, PEI, Rachael Hamilton 1813-1839
d/o Peter and Nancy (Higgins) Hamilton
of Onslow, Colchester NS
9-George b. 1807 d. 6 OCT 1864
md. 1830, Hannah Baker 1812-1889
10-Cornelius' Neil' b. 1808, d. 5 APR 1877
md. 1830, Elizabeth Matthews 1812-1889
11-Charity LeFurgey b. 1814

WILL OF JOHN LEFURGEY:

Liber 1 Folio 129 Will of John Lefurgy, Bedeque. Bequests: to his wife
the dwelling house; to son William; to Mary, spouse of Cail Schurman; to Jane, spouse of Isaac Schurman; to John Lefurgy; to Sally Lefurgy; to James Lefurgy; to George Lefurgy; to Charity Lefurgy; to youngest son Cornelius.
Executors: Isaac Schurman, Cail Schurman. Witnesses: William Wall,
Wiliam Young, John Sloan. Will signed 2 NOV 1818; probate granted 19DEC1818."

(Courtesy of the Nova Scotia State Archives, The FAMILIES OF THE COLONIAL TOWN OF PHILIPSBURGH, by Granville G. Mackenzie, The Lefurgey Cultural Center, and to Lefurgey researchers: Virginia Tubbs, David Clark, and Ginny Purintan, and Island Register by UEL Assn: United Empire Loyalists Assn).
 
 
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 Spouse:
  (Ann) Joyce Lefurgey*
 
 Children:
  William Lefurgey (1788 - 1842)*
  Mary Lefurgey Schurman (1790 - 1872)*
  George Lefurgey (1807 - 1864)*
  Cornelius Lefurgey (1808 - 1877)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Lefurgey Family Pioneer Graveyard
Bedeque
Prince County
Prince Edward Island, Canada
Plot: Pioneer Plot on River Bank
 
Created by: anne
Record added: Jan 30, 2011
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John The Loyalist Lefurgey
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John The Loyalist Lefurgey
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DUCIT AMOR PATRIAE (Patriotism leads me)Remember the United Empire Loyalists!
- Brian McConnell UE
 Added: Jan. 21, 2016

- anne
 Added: Sep. 18, 2011
 
 
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