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Loyalist Directory: Samuel Willson (Wilson)

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Surname : Willson (Wilson)
Given name : Samuel
Rank :  
Where Resettled : Woodhouse Township, Norfolk County.
Status as Loyalist :  
Proof of Loyalty :  
Notes (Expunged, Suspended, Reinstated) :  
Regiment : 5th Battalion, New Jersey Volunteers
Enlistment Date : Thought to be 1777. Purportedly enlisted by James Moody. Ambushed prior to reporting in to New Jersey Volunteers on Staten Island.
Date & Place of Birth : Date unknown likely between 1750 and 1760. Possibly at Johnsonburg (old Log Gaol), Hardwick Twp., Sussex County, New Jersey. 
Settled before war : Hardwick Township, Sussex County, New Jersey
Date & Place of Death : Died 31 December, 1813, on active service with militia. Location unknown. Note: The Ontario Register indicates that the date is 1812 but an examination of the muster roll for the District of London clearly says 1813, as does the muster roll for the 1st Norfolk Regiment and the book Soldiers of the King
Place of Burial : unknown -- possibly Fort Erie.
Wife Name : Elizabeth (unknown)
Children : Isaac of Ancaster
Sarah (Dynes)
Elizabeth (Bachelder)
Samuel of West Flamborough.

NOTE: Birth order is not known.
Biography : Samuel Willson was recruited by James Moody along with a number of other Loyalist men from Hardwick and began marching toward Staten Island to join the New Jersey Volunteers under Colonel Joseph Barton. Along the way, they were ambushed by rebels, with many being captured. Some, like Samuel, escaped and returned to their former homesteads or farms. James Moody also managed to escape and evade the rebels and eventually got back to Staten Island with an handful of the original group of volunteers. Nothing more is known about Samuel until he arrived in Upper Canada about 1790. He did not file a land petition as an U.E.L. nor did he petition to be entered on the Roll of Loyalists. A posthumous petition by his daughter Sarah (Willson) Dynes and sister Mary (Willson) Garner was made in 1836, to have his name entered on the Roll of Loyalists. It was rejected at that time likely as there was no corroborating evidence presented by way of affidavits from witnesses.
During the War of 1812, Samuel was a private in the Flank Company of 1st Norfolk Militia Regiment. He died of illness 31 December, 1813, while on service. His widow and four children received a military pension (The Ontario Register, Vol. 1, page 227) as a result of his service. He likely was at the capture of Detroit, the Battle at Frenchmen’s Creek, Queenston Heights, and other engagements where the Norfolks fought.
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Family Genealogy : At present, Samuel does not appear to be related to the Quaker family of Robert Willson and Ann Hoag detailed in The Willson Family 1682 – 2002 by Richard E. Willson, or the Benjamin Willson, U.E., and Ann Willson families detailed in The Annals of the Forty, or the Hugh and John Willson families of Northern Ireland or the family of Irish John Willson, U.E., or Sgt. John Willson, U.E., of Thorold.
Sources : Information submitted by David Clark
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