I don't like to just pop in and out of these strings, and I haven't participated in a very long time. But the recent exchanges about Ontario Loyalists have really been interesting and I hope that I may join in.
I am Laurel Graham, grandaughter of Donald Church (1899-1972), son of Palen Church (1848-1927), son of Richard J. Church (1821-1907) of Picton Ontario. Richard was married twice: Ruth Collier and Minnie (Amelia) Welbanks. Richard is the son of Oliver Church who is reported to have come to Canada from England. Not true: Oliver (b.1781) was the son of Oliver (b.1756) who was born in Battleboro, Vermont, and is listed as having been under warrant of arrest for voluntarily leaving Vermont to support England, and who, should they return "shall be whipped on the naked Back, not more than forty, nor less than twenty Stripes; which Punishment shall be inflicted, and the Delinquent shall be ordered to quit this State immediately."
I have a copy of "An Act to Prevent the Return to This State of Certain Persons Therein Named, and Others Who Have Left This State, Or Either Of the United States, and Joined the Enemies Thereof, February 26, 1779 This document has the names of many people from Cumberland County Vermont who were Loyalists. Also, I have copies of the chapters on Church and Welbanks from "Pioneer Life on the Bay of Quinte...with introduction by William F.E. Morley...Originally published in 1904; reprint 1972." Other names in the family tree include Clute, Redner. I also have photos of the Church and Minnakers from the 1930s or so. I have hit a wall in a couple of places and would love to share what I do have. Is anyone interested?