Last night I attended the Smith’s Falls and District Historical Society monthly lecture held at the Smith’s Falls Heritage House Museum, where Jennifer DeBruin gave her talk entitled “Traitors, Spies & Heroes – Loyalist Espionage During the American Revolution“.
Jennifer’s talk was an entertaining evening of story telling about some key members of the Smith family that founded Smith’s Falls, along with several other notable characters that founded some of the other communities along the Rideau corridor.
This talk was especially exciting for me since I have St. Lawrence Region Loyalist ancestors that I am researching, and now need to find out if they also might have done spy work for the Crown! I’ll be poking around some more in the Haldimand Papers at Library and Archives Canada…
It was a great talk for anyone interested in learning about the spy network that existed during the Revolutionary War, citizen life in the colonies of New York and New Hampshire/Vermont, Loyalist movements during the war and settlement afterward. As anyone who has studied the Revolutionary War knows, it was a civil war where hard choices had to be made, almost a century before the American Civil War, and no one was allowed to remain neutral.
Jennifer will be presenting this talk at the The American Revolution in the Mohawk Valley Conference June 7-10 2018 hosted by the Fort Plain Museum. Check out Jennifer’s upcoming events and past publications.