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Peter FitzpatrickAge: 60 years17521812

Peter Fitzpatrick
Given names
Birth about 1752 25 18
Birth of a daughter
Elizabeth Fitzpatrick
about 1767 (Age 15 years)

MarriageCatherine WarnerView this family
about 1770 (Age 18 years)

Birth of a daughter
Elenore Fitzpatrick
about 1774 (Age 22 years)
Birth of a son
Peter Fitzpatrick jr.
about 1775 (Age 23 years)

Birth of a son
William Fitzpatrick
about 1778 (Age 26 years)
Birth of a son
Hugh Fitzpatrick
about 1780 (Age 28 years)
Birth of a son
Francis Fitzpatrick
February 11, 1786 (Age 34 years)
Death of a fatherPatrick Fitzpatrick
after 1786 (Age 34 years)
Birth of a son
Richard Fitzpatrick
1795 (Age 43 years)
Death of a sonPeter Fitzpatrick jr.
September 21, 1802 (Age 50 years)
Marriage of a childWilliam FitzpatrickMary CasselmanView this family
November 11, 1804 (Age 52 years)
Death of a sonHugh Fitzpatrick
1812 (on the date of death)
Death about 1812 (Age 60 years)
Family with parents - View this family
Family with Catherine Warner - View this family
Marriage: about 1770
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A member of the Kings Royal Regiment of New York under command of Sir John Johnson.


Cornwall was first settled in 1784 by United Empire Loyalists consisting of the officers and families of the First Battalion King's Royal Regiment of New York and a contingent of the 84th Royal Highland Emigrants. This group of disbanded soldiers and Loyalist refugees, led by Lieutenant-Colonel Sir John Johnson, came to the scenic and fertile site, intent on building a new life. For years, these Loyalists had fought on behalf of Britain in Northern New York and Vermont during the American Revolutionary War. These people came to settle and prosper on the lands which the Crown had granted them in reward for their loyal service during the war. (

The Settlement of Cornwall On June 6, 1784, Lieutenant-Colonel Sir John Johnson led a group of United Empire Loyalists to the British army depot on the height of land on the north bank of the St. Lawrence River, near the present-day site of the Cornwall Community Museum in Lamoureux Park. Within four months, the group numbered 215 men, 87 women and 214 children, for a total population of 516. At first the settlement as simply called "New Town," and then was referred to as New Johnstown. Within a few years, the new town was increasingly referred to as Cornwall. (


Peter Fitzpatrick was born in Ireland in 1752. The story of his father is interesting, and quite a contrast to his own. (see biography of Patrick Fitzpatrick)

In contrast, Peter Fitzpatrick, after arriving in America, was indentured to the Johnson's - it is not known if this was Sir William Johnson, or his nephew Guy Johnson. However, he was living in Tryon, New York on the property of Guy Johnson, and laboring for Guy Johnson at Guy Park. Peter was called to alarm by Guy Johnson in April, 1775, accompanying Guy Johnson to Canada, and later returning to the Mohawk Valley in 1776.

According to events related in hi Loyalist papers. Peter Fitzpatrick served in the Kings Royal Regiment of New York under Sir John Johnson. Peter Fitzpatrick was serving as a spy, and was captured in 1781 and imprisoned in Albany sentenced to death. Somehow he was saved and released after the Peace.

He went to Montreal for a short time, and then moved his family to Cornwall, Ontario, Canada.

Peter was married to Catherine Warner about 1772, and had at least two sons: William Fitzpatrick - born in 1773, and Hugh Fitzpatrick. The only blot on his Loyalist record is a notation on Official UE listings that he had "deserted from the Royal Canadian Volunteers" reportedly in 1786, although this militia unit only existed in the years of 1796-1802. This seems to be an error in the records.

[From the "Old United Empire Loyalist List, Appendix B": Fitzpatrick, Peter.... East District, Ld.Bd [Land Board]., Royal Yorkers, (he deserted from Royal Canadian Volunteers), P.L.2d [Provision List East District], 1786, son William.]


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