The Odyssey of Our Ancestors
United Empire Loyalists (1783)
Your regiment disbands so you depart for Montréal where you join the North West Company. You will try your luck at trading furs. You work in the fur trade for several years, stationed at Fort Michilimakinac. The fur trade is an exciting life. Continue
You leave the military and join a group of Loyalists at Sorrel near Montréal. You will stay there for the winter and then travel west to the land purchased from the Mississauga Indians on the Bay of Quinte. You settle on the Bay of Quinte and work with your neighbours to build a fine new settlement. Continue
You have finished your three-year contract with the North West Company; you marry the daughter of one of the company's officials and you and your wife move to Glengarry County, in Ontario. Being a Loyalist entitles you to a grant of land. Your neighbours help you clear the land, plant crops and build a house.
The North West Company merges with the Hudson Bay Company and you move to Fort Vancouver to become an official in the new company. You earn a good living working in the Hudson Bay Company; you get married and build a permanent home in Vancouver.
Your farm is doing well so you decide to start a cheese factory in nearby Belleville, Ontario. Your cheese factory does so well that you sell the farm and build a fine new home on the Moira River.
Your family is growing and you need more of an income so you go to work in the timber industry, a seasonal trade. Your wife and children look after the farm. You save enough money from your job in the timber industry to stay at home and live comfortably on your farm. Your son keeps his job in the timber industry.