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Loyalist Directory: Peter (Brother of Thomas and John) McMicking

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Surname : McMicking
Given name : Peter (Brother of Thomas and John)
Rank : Captain
Where Resettled : Home District
Status as Loyalist : Proven
Proof of Loyalty : UEL List
Notes (Expunged, Suspended, Reinstated) :  
Regiment : Butler's Rangers
Enlistment Date :  
Date & Place of Birth : February 21, 1731, New Luce Scotland
Settled before war : United Districts of Duanesbuerg and Shoharie, Albany County, Province of New York
Date & Place of Death : April 13, 1823, Stamford, Ontario, Canada
Place of Burial : Stamford Presbyterian Church Cemetery, Stamford, Ontario, Canada
Wife Name : Agnes Robertson
Children : John McMicking, 1774-1860
Gilbert McMicking, 1788-1847
Catherine McMicking, 1780-1849
Agnes McMicking, b. 1783
Elizabeth McMicking, b. 1776
Jane “Jenny” McMicking, b. 1777
Biography :  
Proven Descendants : Col. John Butler 2017.11.29 (Dennis Wally Reid);
Military Info : Peter fled from his home in Albany County, New York, to Fort Niagara with his wife and 2 young children following the outbreak of the American Revolution. Peter and his half-brother Thomas McMicking, both of whom had suffered greatly at the hands of the rebels, immediately joined Butler's Rangers and served for the duration of the war. Both received land grants from the crown following the war and settled in Stamford, Ontario, where both were active in community matters.

Following the revolution and resettlement in Stamford, Peter was the Quartermaster in the Lincoln Miltia cir 1794, a job later assumed by his son Gilbert McMicking during the War of 1812. Peter was also High Constable of the Home District, coroner, and town warden at Stamford in addition to his duties with the Stamford Presbyterian Church.

Peter rejoined the Lincoln Militia during the War of 1812 and was one of only a handful of men who fought in both wars. Following the Battle of the Thames on October 5, 1813, and the subsequent consolidation and withdrawal of British forces from the Niagara Peninsula, on December 10, 1813, Peter was arrested by Joseph Wilcocks during his raid and the burning of Newark, Ont., during the War of 1812 and held at Fort Niagara for 8 days prior to being freed following the fall of the fort to British forces on December 18, 1813.

Peter was over 80 years of age when he rejoined the militia to fight in yet another war before his death in 1823.
Loyalist Genealogy :  
Family History : Peter married Agnes Robertson in Scotland. Both immigrated around 1770 first to Delaware and then Albany County, New York, and settled on a farm in the United Districts of Duanesberg and Shoharie until the war broke out. Thomas McMicking was arrested for providing supplies to the enemy and was sent to the Albany Gaol. Upon his release the entire family was guided to Fort Niagara by Seneca Indians whom Thomas knew.
Family Genealogy : Peter and Thomas McMicking were half brothers, their father was Thomas McMicking b1689. Their grand father was Sir Gilbert McMicking b1647 of Miltonise, Scotland. Peter and his wife immigrated to the colonies around 1770 and Thomas and his younger brother John McMicking followed a few years later. Thomas served actively as a spy in and around Schenectady, New York, for the Crown prior to his arrest by the Committee on Safety. Following the war the crown granted the family land grants around Stamford, Ontario where the family continued to serve their community. They both were founding members of the Stamford Presbyterian Church and cemetery, which is one of the oldest churches in Ontario. Some of the land where the Church and cemetery are located today came from Peter McMicking.
Sources : Information submitted by Dennis Wally Reid
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