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Loyalist Directory: Alexander Forbes

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Surname : Forbes
Given name : Alexander
Rank : Private
Where Resettled : On Cape Negro River (now Clyde River); then Woods Harbour; then Forbes's Point
Status as Loyalist : A professional soldier, not a UE Loyalist
Proof of Loyalty :  
Notes (Expunged, Suspended, Reinstated) :  
Regiment : The 1st Staffordshire or 38th Regiment of Foot
Enlistment Date : 17 Sept 1777 in New York
Date & Place of Birth : A Scottish Highlander, possibly Ross and Cromarty (not proved by documents). He “ran away from home and joined the Army.”
Settled before war :  
Date & Place of Death : 03 June 1848 in Shelburne County, NS
Place of Burial : Forbes Point (old family plot on former homestead land)
Wife Name : a British soldier's orphan in 1790 in Barrington, NS
Children :  
Biography : Came to Port Roseway (Shelburne) in November, 1783 (a muster of the regiment shows 85 men, 21 women, 10 children under 10, and 12 children over 10). Their lots were drawn on the 22nd of November 1783 and as a result they were able to make very little preparation for the winter.
Proven Descendants :  
Military Info : Discharged 24 Oct 1783 after serving “five years and six months.” The 38th on discharge had the choice to go back to England or go to NS and he chose to own his own land.
Loyalist Genealogy :  
Family History : Read Richard Nickerson's wonderful account of Alexander Forbes, his life and times, the trails and tribulations of life in Nova Scotia in the Loyalist era, and his children.
Family Genealogy :  
Sources : Sources include:
• Discharge paper from 38th (1st Staffordshire) Regiment of Foot, dated 24 Oct 1783 in New York;
• land grants (listed in Gilroy).

Information provided by Richard Nickerson and by Carol Harding, who has documented her descent from Alexander. Carol is a member of the Nova Scotia Branch, UELAC
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