Bob-- I tried to email you privately because his is rather long, but your aol addressed bounced. So here goes:
I've tried to figure out William's Canada foray for a long time. I
don't know if he is my husband's ancestor, but it's possible.
The brick wall is James BURNSIDE, who according to his death certificate
, was born in Albany, NY in 1807, father listed as William BURNSIDE, b.
Maryland and mother as Catherine (no surname), b. NY.
There's a William who married Catherine TAYLOR and had a son, William,
bapt. in Albany in 1803. (There may be two Williams with sons bapt. in
two different churches in Albany area in 1803, which complicates this. I
won't go into detail unless you want it).
Anyway, the best I've been able to figure out is that the William you
referenced (wife was Mary HUDSON) could not have gone to Canada earlier
than 1790, as he (or at least one of that name) is in the census in
Albany that year. The son, William, who married Catherine TAYLOR seems
to have been born in 1777 (though there's also evidence of a William b.
1772). If born 1777, he would have been 13 years old in 1790 and would
have gone to Canada with his father, unless placed as an apprentice or
farm worker, etc. At any rate, the supposed son is in Albany in 1803
with a wife and new child. (I'm also stumped by the death cert's
listing of James' father's birthplace as Maryland. I thought it might
be a ref to his having lived along with the other BURNSIDEs in Maryland,
Otsego Co, NY, but have found no proof that he or this particular James
were ever there).
It is possible that the father remained in Canada, of course, and here's
the clue I mentioned. Some time ago, I did a web search for the name
James BURNSIDE in Canada and came up with the following: Antigonish,
Nova Scotia. Mary Elizabeth BURNSIDE, b. 21 Apr. 1831, d. 21 Jan. 1907,
father James BURNSIDE, mother Sarah MORTIMER, m. 13 July 1866 (I don't
seem to have a groom's name???).
I don't think this James is ours, though I don't know where he was
between his birth in Albany in 1807 and the birth of a child in
Rensselear Co, NY in 1853. However, if the William who went to Canada
did not return, it may be that he settled in Nova Scotia and that this
James is his grandson.
One of the things that bothers me is that William went to Canada at
all. If he fought under Philip Schuyler, he should have been eligible
for land in the US. Going to Canada seems to suggest that he was a
Loyalist. If he did settle in Nova Scotia, that seems even more likely,
as that's where a great many of them were processed.
I don't think northern NY or VT were ever part of Canada, but I could be
mistaken. (I did see a James in a census index for VT which I never did
Anything more you may know about this William or his children would be
much appreciated and I would be glad to send you further information if
I have it.