My 4th great-grandfather Jacob Peer, the immigrant ancestor to Ontario, was living in Newton Township, Sussex County, New Jersey in 1774. Jacob was forced to leave New Jersey because of his British sympathies during the American Revolution. He settled near Hamilton Ontario in June 1796.
Jacob and his family lost everything in New Jersey and settled in what
was then the wilderness of Upper Canada where they had to make a new
life for themselves. Jacob and his 6 sons and 2 daughters had many
descendants settling in Ontario, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Illinois.
This is one of the immigrant families I researched and wrote about in a 6-volume set called The Peer Family in North America. The hardships they endured were felt by many in those turbulent times and I wanted their stories told.
The available Peer Family books are:
Peer Family in North America: V.1 Jacob & Anne Peer, Immigrants from New Jersey to Upper Canada in 1796. Revised Edition published April 2016
The Peer Family in North America: V.2 Levi Peer & Elizabeth Marical and their Descendants to 3 Generations
The Peer Family in North America: V.3 Edward Peer & His Two Wives and their Descendants to 3 Generations
The Peer Family in North America: V.4 Philip Peer & his two Wives Ester Dunn and Susan Griniaus and their Descendants to 3 Generations
The Peer Family in North America: V. 5 Stephen Peer & His Wife Lydia Skinner and their Descendants to 3 Generations
The Peer Family in North America: V6 Jacob Peer Jr. and his wife Lucy Powers and their Descendants to 2 Generations
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1797, 13 July: Declared in his land petition that he came to the
province in June 1796 and had a wife and daughter in Barton where he
owned a farm. He was granted 200 acres on 14 July 1797. A statement by
Nathaniel Pettit dated 10 July 1797 states that he was acquainted with
Jacob Pear [sic] in the State of New Jersey, and that because he was "much attached to the British Constitution" he "suffered greatly both in his person and property in the Late War between Great Britain and America"