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Wayne Miller <[log in to unmask]>
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Tue, 25 May 1999 15:43:11 -0400
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Dear Pierre,
At the risk of repeating myself (I have a vague memory of responding to
your previous submission, I would suggest that you explore the history of
the the Refugees TRact which comprises the northern third of Clinton
County, where Chazy and Champlain are located. Briefly, there were a
number of Canadians (many from Nova Scotia) who fought with the Pariots
and were unable to return home after the Revolution. Many of them were
under the command of Gen. Moses Hazen. After the War, Gen. Hazen and some
of his officers, including Col. (later Gen.) Benjamin Mooers, lobbied the
federal govenmnet until a grant of land was obtained upon which the
refugees (soldiers and their families) could settle. Dr. Alan Everest
wrote a book about twenty years ago about Gen. Hazen that gives more
detail. And in our Special Collections at Plattsburgh State, we have a
number of pieces of manuscript that relate to this episode including a
list of the refugees and info on who had which patents granted. You might
also want to contact the author of the Chazy history, David K. Martin, who
sitll lives in the area, although retired. His address is listed on the
Clinton County Rootsweb site as a 'researcher for hire.'

Hope this helps,
Wayne Miller

 On Mon, 24 May
1999, Pierre Couture wrote:

> This is a re-submission since I never heard anything about the first
> one...
> Hello list members.
> In the process of trying to reconstruct the history on an almost
> bi-centennial stone house we have purchased a while back, we have come
> across a lot of amazing material.  Among the people mingled in this
> story we find a Quebecer named Joseph Traversy, from St-François-du-Lac,
> near the mouth of the Richelieu river.  This Traversy united with the
> American Revolutionnaries to fight british oppression.  General
> Washington acknowledged his services and prayed Congress to assist him
> financially since he could not go back home.  After that, his trace
> starts to vanish. He seems to have held land in what is now Chazy, N.Y.
> but whence, we don't know.  Can anybody help?  Does anybody know know
> anything about those Quebec spies?  He had a daughter named Charlotte,
> who married Nathaniel Douglass, from Chazy.  They came back and were
> associated with our house, which stands in St-Cyprien-de-Napierville,
> just north of Champlain, New York.  Does anybody know about them?
> Thank you in advance.  Pierre Couture.
> P.S.In the book on the history of Chazy, Charlotte is presented as
> having come directly from France with the Marquis de Lafayette...This is
> clearly mistaken.

Wayne L. Miller				Special Collections Librarian
Feinberg Library			2 Draper Avenue
518-564-5206				Plattsburgh, NY 12901
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