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Michael Sloot, loyalist, Lieutenant in Cuyler's Corps, recipient of a grant of 2000 acres, is a great example of a loyalist settler who moves about to find good land and tries to encourage others to settle with him and create a community. Thanks to Guylaine Pétrin for alerting me to his petitions and to the Loughborough Tp census in 1819 that is associated with Michael Sloot.
© Randy Saylor, Dec. 2018
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Michael Sloot was born in the then Province of New York and was a Lt in the Revolutionary War. His birth year of 1750 is an estimate assuming that he was 40 and his daughter was 20 when she married in 1790. He was a loyalist and settled in Adolphustown Tp, then Loughborough Tp, north of Kingston, and lastly in Albion Tp near Bolton, ON. He married three times and had one known daughter who survived to adulthood. This is the story of Michael and his many moves.
Where was he born?
Michael states in his 1819 petition that he was born in New York, not New Jersey. His parents and place of birth in NY are not known to this researcher at this time. However there are a number of men with the name Sloat, Slott and Slote but not Sloot in Putnam County, NY, in the 1760's and later. There is a Michael Slott named on a tax list in 1777 in Fredericksburgh Precinct. The Michael Sloot who is subject of this story is probably not the man named in these records but he may be connected to these families in Putnam. See the book History of Putnam County cited below.
A competing area of residence is linked his daughter's birth (Jemima Sloot) possibly in 1776 in New Jersey. This birth is recorded on FamilySearch.org and other sites but no contemporary record is cited.
The Dr HC Burleigh Fonds has a page of notes showing Jacob Slot who married Mary Demorest in 1695 and they had many children. They lived in Hackensack, Bergen County, NJ. Burleigh does not show how Michael Sloot might be connected to this family but it is a possibility.
The one firm record of residence comes from Michael's 1795 petition. In it is a certified document stating that "the House occupied by Michael Sloot at Morrisinai [sic] was surrounded by the enemy on the 17th Day of January 1780 and after a severe engagement Burnt with all the property and papers belonging to the aforesaid Michael Sloot." Morrisanai at the time was a large estate and Michael was probably a tenant paying rent to the Morris family. Today Morrisanai is part of the South Bronx in upper Manhattan and is right across the Hudson River from Bergen County, NJ.
What is his war record?
In his 1819 petition, Michael states "that in the year 1776 he joined the Royal Army and continued in the service until the Peace of 1783." His service between 1776 and 1779 is not known at this time. Regarding his service after 1779, Lt Col Abraham Cuyler declares "I hereby certify that Michael Sloot received from me the subscriber in the month of October 1779 at New York a warrant to levy his proportion of man as Lieutenant in Captain James Smiths company of Refugee Volunteers destined for the service of the North River under my command and under the orders of Sir Henry Clinton then Commander in Chief of his Majesty’s Forces at New York [1795 petition]"
Michael was accepted as Loyalist shortly after 1786 when he arrived as he was granted land in Adolphustown. The Loyalist List was begun in 1789 and Michael was not at that time officially accepted as a Lieutenant. We know he was accepted as a loyalist by 1790 given the fact that his daughter Jemima successfully petitions as a DUE in 1790.
He was successful at being added to the UE list as a Lieutenant in 1795 and is noted also as an Associated Loyalist and was granted 2000 acres as a Lieutenant. The UE list also states that he was provisioned in Kingston in 1786 but a search for this record has not been successful. Michael declares in a petition that he came to the Province in 1786.
What land was he granted?
Again, in the 1795 petition, is a statement from Major Peter Vanalstine "that Michael Sloot arrived at the township in the year 1786 and made application to John Collins Esq who then acted as deputy surveyor of this settlement for lands as an officer under warranty of Abraham C. Cuyler as Lieutenant Colonel his warranted being lost as he says by his house being burnt at Morrisinai. The said John Collins Esq denied given him lands as an officer for want of proper credentials."
The earliest petition of Michael Sloot is in 1791 where he states that he, with wife and child, has received 200 acres. He is denied more land but in 1793 is granted a further 200 acres. We know sometime before 1791 he had been granted Lot B, Con 2 in Adolphustown. The patent for this lot is granted in 1801 but there was always a delay between being given a location ticket and receiving the official patent for the grant.
In 1793 Michael petitions for 200 acres of family lands and is granted 200 acres in Richmond Township, Lennox & Addington County on lot 1, Con 7. He continues to live in Adolphustown.
In 1795 Michael finally gets his act together and in his 1795 petition gets the depositions he needs to prove his rank as a lieutenant and get on the UE list. The Warrant and Fiat book shows he is granted 2000 acres and this is supported by his later petition in 1797 where he states he was granted 2000 acres.
His land grants flowing from the 1795 and 1797 petitions are these.
Michael has a legal like mind and thinks, OK, I got my land for military duty but how about family lands so he successfully petitions in 1797 and is recommended for 100 acres on 30 Aug 1797. He states in this petition that he has a wife and child. He is granted land in Murray Tp, Northumberland County.
Now that Michael has received all the free land he can get, he turns to petitioning for leases. In 1801, still residing in Adolphustown according to the petition and other records, he prays to lease Block G in Hallowell, Prince edward County, as well as other lots totaling nearly 2000 more acres. The fold notes just say "recommended" and the land index shows that he was granted a lease for Block G. It seems he was denied the lease to the extra lots he asked for. This was still over 900 acres of land. Michael has become a significant landlord and starts to refer to himself as Gentleman or Esquire in later petitions. He was not done yet!
"Gentleman" Michael petitions in 1806 and again in 1807 for leases to lots in Loughborough Tp. The lots he requests have already been granted or are being held in reserve so he is given leases to lots that he did not request; they being lots 4 and 7 in Con 5. To see a map showing the lot numbers go to this McGill Digital Library site and click on Frontenac and then Loughborough.
1817 is another pivotal year in Michael's life. He petitions twice in Feb 1817, a few days apart. The first asks for a lease to lot 2, Con 5 in Loughborough but is "Not granted – he having already 794 acres under lease."
The second petition is much more important and informative. He had been granted 1000 acres in Richmond Tp back in 1798 and in this petition he lists the lots involved as lots 10, 11, 13, 14 & 16 in Con 9 of Richmond. He argues the land is "totally unfit for cultivation" and asks to surrender the land and obtain a new grant of land. A search of Google maps and maps such as the Belden Atlas for Richmond Tp shows this land as waste land today. He goes on to state that he had sold his land in Adolphustown and moved to Loughborough and erected mills. However his access to sufficient water is limited and he does not have the resources to repair the situation; in part due to his strained finances after the War of 1812. His land was at the south end of what was called Mud Lake at the time and is now called Sydenham Lake, north of Kingston. The lake empties into a creek and through the town of Sydenham and that flows south to the St Lawrence River at Millhaven. Authorities require him to show that he has no outstanding mortgages.
No decision is made about the above request to surrender the 1000 acres in Richmond so Michael petitions twice more in 1819 repeating much the same story. This excerpt tells his story.
Michael's petition includes this statement from the weighty Allan McLean which sheds clarity on the success Michael Sloot had in encouraging the Loughborough settlement to grow.
As if this was not enough, Michael included a "return" or census of the 572 inhabitants of Loughborough and Portland Townships in 1810 to show the strength of the community. This return has been transcribed and is posted separately on this web site.
Michael succeeds in surrendering his 1000 acre grant in Richmond Tp in Lennox & Addington County and getting a free grant for lots 10, 11, Con 2 and also 13, SW 1/2 14, 12 in Con 1 all in Albion Township and SW 1/2 of lot 1, Con 1ECOM in nearby Chinguacousy Township. If all lots are 200 acres then he is granted 4 full lots and two half lots for a total of 1000 acres. These townships are both in Peel County. See McGill digital library and click on Peel County to see the lots. The lots were just south of the modern town of Bolton. The following year Michael petitions for a final time asking for a lease to lot 11, Con 3 in Albion, which is granted.
What about Michael's family life?
There are a few records that help us figure out a few things about Michael and his family. We can start by examining the census results for Adolphustown which have survived and show that his household usually had 4 members. The males and females were usually those 16 and under. The census suggests there was a boy under 16 and it is likely that he did not survive to adulthood.
Only one child has submitted a petition as the child of Michael Sloot, a loyalist. Jemima Sloot submits her first petition in 1790 fifteen days after her marriage to Peter Rattan Jr as a DUE. If she has just reached the age of 21 then she would have been born about 1776. Jemima petitions again in 1797 stating that she has received 200 acres and is granted 200 more because she is the daughter of a Lieutenant. Jemima and Peter lived in Loughborough and are buried in Sydenham Cemetery.
See Brandt Gibbards Genealogy pages which has a fairly detailed account of Michael Sloot and his family. According to the above web site Michael had three wives. The first wife is unknown and would be the mother of Jemima who would have been born at either Morrisania in NY or across the river in Bergen County, NJ. Various sources on the internet state she was born in 1776 in Bergen County but this may be conjecture unless a contemporary record is found in support of this.
The second wife is Rachel Hunt from the above web site gives their marriage date as 25 Feb 1779 in Albany, NY. Rachel [Hunt] Slote does petition successfully in 1793 as a daughter of a loyalist.
The third wife is Marlow Finch and they were married 19 Aug 1810 in Kingston according to the above web site. This researcher has not found the above two marriage records.
The above web site also has Michael's death after 1834.
What can we conclude about Michael Sloot?
Michael is not a name well known in Loyalist and early settlement writings. He certainly was granted a lot of land and appears to have influenced others to settle with him. The fact that he had no sons survive to adult hood might explain the lack of genealogical writings about the Sloot family. More research could be done. Why did he not make a Loyalist claim for his home being burned at Morrisanai during the Revolution? Why did he end up in financial problems after the War of 1812 in Loughborough? Did he leave a will in Albion? In two petitions he states that he was a Justice of the Peace and later a Magistrate showing that he was in the good books of the Upper Canada administration. The fact that he was able to surrender his 1000 acres in Richmond suggests that he had support in high places.
|2. RECORDS before 1786
1. Michael Sloot does not appear in the Haldimand index.
2. Michael is not named on the 1784 list of people in Sorel (25 Dec 1783) and also in Sorel (2 Feb 1784) and settled at Adolphustown (5 Oct 1784).
Source: Haldimand Papers, British Library, B167, Add Mss 21827; B168, Add Mss 21828, film H1655; images 37, 44 and 179 respectively. On line at Heritage Canadiana.
Provision List 1786
Michael Sloot is listed on the old UE list as "Michael Sloot, Adolphustown, S.G. Officer, Lieutenant Associated Loyalists, P.L. 1786". PL 1786 stands for the 1786 Provision List at Kingston. See page 129 of the citation below for a list of these abbreviations. This researcher has been unsuccessful at finding this provision list in the Haldimand Papers.
Source: The centennial of the settlement of Upper Canada by the United Empire Loyalists, 1784-1884; the celebrations at Adolphustown, Toronto and Niagara, with an appendix, containing a copy of the U.E. List, preserved in the Crown Lands Department at Toronto, 1885, Rose Pub, p. 255. On line at archive.org.
Larry Turner, in his excellent book, Voyage of a Different Kind, Mika, 1984, states on page 122 that Michael Sloot and other Associated Loyalists, who are also named, are late to arrive at Adolphustown. Turner states the obvious that they were late to arrive for any number of good reasons but that they were listed on the UE list in 1789 by Lord Dorchester as Associated Loyalists even though they arrived after 1784. In Sloots case, he had arrived by 1786 and was given provisions in Kingston.
Michael Sloot does not show in the index for Loyalist Claims.
Source: The Second Report of The Bureau of Archives For the Province of Ontario, Subtitle: United Empire Loyalists, Enquiry into the Losses and Services in Consequence of Their Loyalty, Evidence in the Canadian Claims, 1904, Alexander Fraser. It is online at Internet Archive.
Note: There are many Upper Canada Land Petitions (UCLP) listed below. To see the original online go to this page at the Library and Archives of Canada and choose the film given in the citation. Then select to see the pages as pdfs and then start at the image number indicated.
1794: Michael Slote, Collector and Constable
1796: Thomas Dorland, William More and Michael Slote, by vote of the whole township, are appointed to be a Committee to conduct, regulate and oversee the business of erecting a Court House in the town according to the subscription made for that purpose.
1797: Michael Slote, one of 5 Pathmasters
Source: Appendix To The Report Of The Ontario Bureau Of Industries 1897, Warwick Bro's & Rutter, Toronto, 1899, Royal Ontario Museum Library, FC3061.A553, Record of Town Meetings of Adolphustown, pages 1-26. Posted on this web site.
Michael Sloot is not named as a "proprietor" in Adolphustown on the 1790 Schedule.
Source: Midland District, Schedule for Mecklenburg, Adolphustown, 1790, Vol 9, AO, MS 400, reel 7
Lot B, Con 2, Adolphustown
Michael Sloot was granted Lot B, Con 2 in Adolphustown Tp. Patent date 10 Aug 1801.
Note: This lot is a point of land that today is designated Lot B, Con 3. It is a point of land between Carnachan Bay and Bygotts Bay. The 1878 Belden Atlas shows the point between Bass Cove and Perch Cove.
Source: Appendix To The Report Of The Ontario Bureau Of Industries 1897, Warwick Bro's & Rutter, Toronto, 1899, Royal Ontario Museum Library, FC3061.A553, Pioneer Owners of Land , pages 71-2.,
 Kingston, 12 Jan 1791, Memorial of Michael Sloot late Lieut in Col Abraham C Kilers Corps …. Has received 200 acres for self & family consisting of a wife & child … prays for 200 acres more … in the 10th township.
[157a] No. 400, Report page 22, Rejected 29 June 1791
Source:UCLP, RG1 L3, 1791, V 494, S Misc 1787-94/157, C-2832, starts image 443
 Adolphustown 8th Jan 1793 Memorial of Michael Sloot loyalist … has made improvements on 100 acres … that 200 acres still due … beg that the same be assigned in the tp of Sophiasburgh in the County of Prince Edward
[fold] No. 31, Granted 200 acres, Report p. 6
Source:UCLP, RG1 L3, 1791, V 494, S Misc 1787-94/158, C-2832, starts image 445
Michael Sloot, proprietor, Lot 1, Con 7, 200 acres, 23rd Dec 1794, Richmond Township
Source: Schedules and Land Rolls, c1800, AO, MS 400, reel 7, V11, p. 133
Michael Sloot, Lot B, Con 2, Adolphustown, 100 acres, 10 Apr 1801
Source: Dr HC Burleigh Fonds, on line at Queens Univ., Sloot folder, page 19
4. SIDNEY, RICHMOND AND LOUGHBOROUGH
 undated. Michael Sloot, of AdolphusTown, was a Lieutenant in Captain Smiths “company of Refugee volunteers.” His papers were destroyed by the Rebels and he has met the Lt Col and hopes his new papers will be sufficient to prove his loyalty.
[2b] We hereby certify that the House occupied by Michael Sloot at Morrisinai was surrounded by the enemy on the 17th Day of January 1780 and after a severe engagement Burnt with all the property and papers belonging to the aforesaid Michael Sloot
Joseph Allison Sergt of the Guard at the above mentioned house on the 17th Jan 1780
[2c] (True Copy) I hereby certify that Michael Sloot received from me the subscriber in the month of October 1779 at New York a warrant to levy his proportion of man as Lieutenant in Captain James Smiths company of Refugee Volunteers destined for the service of the North River under my command and under the orders of Sir Henry Clinton then Commander in Chief of his Majesty’s Forces at New York, given under my hand and seal 28th of May 1793
A Cuyler, Lt Col Commandant on half pay
[further certificate confirming above] 15th June 1793
Benj Ogden, Capt on half pay
John Hunt, Lt on half pay
Thos Merrit, Cornet, Late Queens Rangers
These may certify that Michael Sloot arrived at the township in the year 1786 and made application to John Collins Esq who then acted as deputy surveyor of this settlement for lands as an officer under warranty of Abraham C. Cuyler as Lieutenant Colonel his warranted being lost as he says by his house being burnt at Morrisinai. The said John Collins Esq denied given him lands as an officer for want of proper credentials
April 3 1794
[2d] [Repeat of 2, undated]
No 749 109
recd May 5 1795
Recommended that the petitioner be considered in Cuylers Corps on the faith of the certificates produced & admitted to the lands he may be entitled to as such read 7 July 1796
Entered in Land Book B pages 54 & 5
Gave a W[arran]t 12 Nov 1796
An order of Council to Atty Geb 25 Feb 1801
Privileged as MC [Military Claimant] by Powell, 13 October 1820
A warrant for 1000 acres issued as M.C. Half fee
Regulations 9 July 1796
In lieu of the same quantity in Richmond surrendered to the Crown & surrender accepted in Council 17 June 1819. See the certified transcript of the Patent filed in the Council Office No 39, page 29, Book of Impounded Patents
Source: UCLP, RG1 L3, 1795, V 448a, S2/2, C-2806, starts image 511
1796 Land Book entry for above petition
S2 No 83, Recommended that the petitioner be considered in Cuylers Corps on the faith of the certificates produced & admitted to the lands he may be entitled to as such
Source: Upper Canada Land Books, LAC, Rg 1 L1, LAC, film C-101, Book B, 7 July 1796, pages 54/5, online heritage canadiana.ca, image 139
1796 Land grant in Sidney, Loughborough and Richmond for above petition
D599, Michael Sloot, Lt in Cuylers Corps, the lands, he may be intitled to as such, 12 Nov 1796, entered 12 Nov 1796, entered by W Mclean, patent 8 months, description:
M Sloot, 24 Feb 1801
Lugbro 600 175
Richmond 1000, 231
O[rder] C[ouncil] 200 - 1639
Source: Warrants and Fiats Book, RG1 C13, MS 693, reel 20, V13, p. 49
Michael Sloot, proprietor, Lot 28, Con 1, Sidney Township
Source: Schedules and Land Rolls, RG 1 AIV, c1800, AO, MS 400, reel 7, V9, p. 89 and V11, p. 105
Memorial 459, sold 5 Jan 1798, registered 12 Dec 1818, Michael Slot of Adolphustown sold Lot 28, Con 1 Sydney, 200 acres to John Henesy of Sydney for £50. Witnesses A. Chisholm and John Fairman.
Source: Hastings County Copy Book D, 1816 - 1821, AO, GSU 197905, on this web site
1787 Map of Sidney Township
"Michl Sloot, Lot 28, Con 1 Sydney". This map is dated 1787 as the date of survey with later additions of proprietors names.
Source: Plan of the Township of Sidney in the District of Mecklenburgh surveyed in 1787 by Lewis Lotte; with the names of the proprietors inserted in the lots. See page on this web site.
 Adolphustown, 9th Aug 1797, Petition of Michael Sloat. That your petitioner has received two thousand [2000 sic] acres of land as a Reduced Ensign but no family lands … had a wife and one child in this province before 1789 … prays 200 acres
[fold] No 143 No 80
recd 30 Aug 1797, recommended for 100 acres, family lands
Source:UCLP, RG1 L3, 1797, V 450, S3/143, C-2807, starts image 478
Murray Tp grant as per above petition
D2295, Michl Sloat UE, OC [Order in Council] 30 Aug 1797, 100 acres family lands, date 31 Aug 1797, entered 1 Sep 1797, by DMG Rogers, description: Murray, 8870. The Ontario Land Record Index shows this grant as of 30 Aug 1797 but does not specify the lot granted.
Source: Warrants and Fiats Book, RG1 C13, AO, MS 693, reel 20, V13, p. 200
 [undated] Petition of Michael Sloot of Adolphus Town … desirous of obtaining lease of 300 acres of the southerly angle of Block G being a Crown Reserve in the Tp of Hallowell
[11a] 29 Mar 1803
[11b] [undated] … desirous of leasing a Block of Land called G Reserved for the Crown … Hallowell .. about 937 acres also lots 48, 49, 50 broken lots 51, 52, 53 54 supposed to contain about 1000 acres adjoining Block G
[11c] Recd 24 Feb 1801 Block G reserved for Crown and lots reserved for Clergy
Source 1: UCLP, RG1 L3, 1801, V 490, S Leases 1797-1808/11, C-2830, starts image 436
Source 2: Ontario Land Record Index, OLRI, microfiche, AO, Michael Sloot, Residence Loughborough [sic], Block G, Hallowell Tp, 24 Aug 1801, RG 1 CII2, MS 693, reel 184, Leases: Fiats, V 3, p. 41 [Film needs to be checked]
 [undated] Petition of Michael Sloot of Tp of Loughborough Gentleman … desirous of lease for lot 4 Con 5 in Tp Loughborough … Paul Trumpour of Adolphustown Gentleman as his security for the rent
[81a] recd 28 Feb 1806 lot reserved for the clergy
8 Mar 1806 recommended for a lease [of the lot]
Source 1: UCLP, RG1 L3, 1806, V 490, S Leases 1797-1808/81, C-2830, starts image 655
Source 2: Ontario Land Record Index, OLRI, microfiche, AO, Michael Sloot, Residence Loughborough, lot 4, Con 5, Loughborough, lease, 8 Mar 1806, RG 1 CII2, MS 693, reel 184, Leases: Fiats, V 3, p. 37 [Film needs to be checked]
 Kingston 6th June 1807 Petition of Michael Sloot of Tp of Loughborough Gentleman … desirous of lease for the west half of lot 9 Con 4 Tp of Loughborough … James Vandewater of the Tp Fredericksburgh yeoman as security for payment of the rents
[90a] recd 17 June 1807, west half lot 9 Con 4 has been granted.
West half of lot 9 Con 5 is a clergy reserve
25 June 1807, Recommended for West half lot 9, Con 5
Source 1: UCLP, RG1 L3, 1807, V 490, S Leases 1797-1808/90, C-2830, starts image 691
Source 2: Ontario Land Record Index, OLRI, microfiche, AO, Michael Sloot, Residence Loughborough, lot 9, Con 5, Loughborough, lease, 25 June 1807, RG 1 CII2, MS 693, reel 184, Leases: Fiats, V 3, p. 39 [Film needs to be checked]
 Kingston 16 June 1808, Petition of Michael Sloot of Tp of Loughborough … desirous of a lease lot 10 Con 4 Tp of Loughborough … 400 acres
 Henry Wood obtained lease. Lot 3 Con 4 has not been applied for
Source: UCLP, RG1 L3, 1808, V 493, S Leases 1797-1809/50, C-2831, starts image 1052
 York, 5 Feb 1817, Petition of Michael Sloot of Tp of Loughborough … desirous of a lease lot 2 Con 5 Tp of Loughborough
[88a] Loughborough Sept 27 1817 This is to certify that I Ebenezer R Barret is in possession of lot 3 Con 6 front half and Peter Vannest on the rear half
We certify that we are now settled on lot 10 Con 4 Loughborough .. Jeremiah Earl on the north half and William McFarlin of the south half
This is to certify that John Carth possession of lot 3 Con 4 by a transfer from Samuel Purdy ..
[88b] [Depositions of individuals identifying their lots in Loughborough.]
Isaac Finch, W half lot 3, Con 2
Albert Finch, E half lot 3, Con 2
John Vosburg, lot 11 in Portland and Owish
George Wood, lot 2, Con 1
Samuel Switzer, lot 8 Con 4
[88c] Michael Sloot prays for 4 lots in Portland Tp in lieu of land he returned last winter.
[88f] petition recd 6 Feb 1817
Not granted – he having already 794 acres under lease
Source: UCLP, RG1 L3, 1817, V 493a, S Leases 1809-22/88, C-2831, starts image 1216
5. SURRENDER OF RICHMOND TP
1817 Petition to surrender 1000 acres in Richmond
 [undated] Petition of Michael Sloot of Loughborough Esquire … that in the year 1798 your petitioner received a grant of 1000 acres in the Tp of Richmond in the Midland District being lots 10, 11, 13, 14 & 16 in Con 9 … Since the grant … your petitioner has discovered that the same with the exception of a very small portion as appears by the affidavit hereto annexed is unfit for cultivation … further states that he erected, several years ago, a grist and saw mill in the township wherein he now resides, which he is now compelled to remove as the water requisite for the said mills in their present position, cannot be obtained, without inundating and rendering completely useless 200 acres of land, the property of Thomas Sparam – that such removal of the mills cannot be made without considerable expense … his means too limited to warrant him in the undertaking … there are no other mills than his own in the settlement where he resides nor within 10 miles of the same … prays … to allow him to return the grant already issued in
[186a] his name for the above mentioned 1000 acres … totally unfit for cultivation
[186f] Kingston, 27 January 1817, Jerrymiah Erel [Jeremiah Earl] and Albert Finch maketh oath … that they did explore lots 10, 11, 13, 14 and 16 in Con 9 Tp of Richmond and they didn’t find 20 acres fit for cultivation on the 5 lots
[186b] Ernestown 27th Feb 1819, I certify that no memorial or any conveyance or ?? is Registered in this office which in any wise affects the title of Michael Sloot Esquire to lots 10, 11, 13, 14 and 16, Con 9 Tp of Richmond in the County of Lennox. Isaac Fraser, Deputy Registrar, County of Lennox
[186h] 13 March 1819, The acceptance of his surrender cannot be accepted until he produces certificate from the Proper offices that no Incumberance by alienation mortgage judgment & exile on the lands originally granted
[186i] Recd 10 Feb 1817, read in Council 12 Sept 1818, Prayer granted, Petitioner paying the expense, See subsequent order 17 Jun 1819 for land in lieu at the time the surrender was accepted, Entered Land Book J page 425
Source: UCLP, RG1 L3, 1817, V 457a, S11/186, C-2812, starts image 225
To his excellency Sir Peregrine Maitland Lieutenant governor of the Province of Upper Canada and Major General commanding his Majesty’s forces in the same
The petition of Michael Sloot of the township of Loughborough Esquire and loyalist
That your Petitioner was born in the late province of New York that in the year 1776 he joined the Royal Army and continued in the service until the Peace of 1783 – that he came to this Province in the year 1786 and settled in the township of Adolphustown where your petitioner made valuable improvements and buildings and resided on till the year 1807. When a settlement was commencing in the township of Loughborough that being desirous to promote the Settlement he sold his property in the township of Adolphustown removed to Loughborough and erected Mills for the accommodation of the settlers which tended much to the benefit and increase of the same – that your petition are has ever endeavored to inculcate a spirit of Loyalty Industry and in good order among the inhabitants and to render himself a useful subject.
That owing to various circumstances growing out of the Late war [war of 1812] your Petitioner has sustained losses to a large amount in his business. Which has induced him to appoint your Excellency and pray that your Excellency will be pleased in consideration of his services and losses to grant him such quantity of the wastelands of the crown as your excellency in your wisdom shall deem meet
and your petitioner as in duty Bound Will Ever Pray
I certify that Michael Sloot esquire erected mills in Loughborough and has been very useful in promoting the settlement of that township
Ernestown January 30th 1819
Isaac Fraser MP
Kingston 17 January 1819
My dear sir
The bearer M. Sloot a Magistrate of the Midland District is about leaving this part of the country and intends I believe settling in the London or Western District[.] he has been unfortunate in his location of lands being reported useful for cultivation[.] he has surrendered his grant and is desirous of obtaining lands in the London or Western District in lieu thereof after improving a farm in Adolphus Town[.] he sold the same and ventured into the woods back of Kingston about 20 miles where he has improved a very fine farm of about 150 acres of improvement with a good frame house and frame barn[.] from these exertions a very nice settlement has been formed from M. Sloot being the only settler[.] their numbers have increased to between 70 and 80[.] from embarrassments he is obliged to sell his property[.] as I am aware of his exertions in forming this settlement and making a road for his first establishment 7 miles in the Woods[.] if he could be favored with a location in the new township in the London District performing the settlement duties in lieu of the lands he has surrendered to the Crown it might ease his comforts in the latter part of life he has a strong family about seven or eight in number
Remaining My ..
Your very obedient
[to] Major Hillier A.D.C.
[This petition is accompanied by a census of 572 names for Loughborough and Portland Townships, 1819. This census is transcribed and on this separate web page.]
Source: UCLP, RG1 L3, 1819, V 461, S13/42, C-2813, starts image 1199
6. ALBION TP
 York, 12 May 1818 Petition of Michael Sloot of Tp Loughborough Esquire … was allowed to surrender unto the King 1000 acres of land in the Township of Richmond the same not being tillable. … that he has sold his mills and his farm in the Tp of Loughborough in which he cleared 150 acres … incurred a great expense to obtain a road … hopes … to locate the same in the Gore now surveying between the Township of Toronto and Etobicoke as your petitioner provide certain knowledge of the activity of young individuals living in his vicinity to remove to this
[41a] part of the Province he should be able to settle a concession from the said Gore
… if this present application cannot be complied … to locate the said 1000 acres in the land now being surveyed to complete the township of Trafalgar as your petitioner is now unemployed is anxious to commence his settlement duty
[fold] 14 May 1819 Surveyor Genl requested to report
22 Sep 1819 This petition withdrawn & returned from the SGO 20 Sept 1819 the petitioner having thence presented (22 Sep 1819) a new petition for a location in the gore between West Gwillimbury & Tecumseth
Source 1: UCLP, RG1 L3, 1819, V 447a, S Misc 1799-1842/41, C-2805, starts image 828. Note: This petition is index incorrectly as #42.
Source 2: Ontario Land Record Index, OLRI, microfiche, AO, Michael
Sloot, Residence Albion Tp, lots 10, 11, Con 2 and also 13, SW 1/2 14,
12, Albion, and SW 1/2 of lot 1, Con 1ECOM in Chinguacousy, all free
grants, dated 8 Oct 1796 [sic - this date is in error. It comes from
Richmond being crossed out on his 1796 petition.] , RG 1 CI3, MS 693, reel 21, Warrants and Fiats, V 15, p. 562 [Film
needs to be checked]
 York, 4 May 1820 That your petitioner having drawn lands in Albion Tp (where he is settled) adjoining lot 11 Con 3 is desirous of obtaining a lease of said reserve … naming Albert Finch of same place yeoman as security … The petitioner prays further that he has built on the above reserve by mistake
[228a] Recd 4 May 1820 Lot 11 Con 3 Albion is Crown reserve Timber: Bass, Beech Maple. The petitioner has received the lease of a clergy reserve in Loughborough 200 acres & of the Crown Reserve Block G in Hallowell. 937 acres 5 May 1820
Granted Warrant issued No 77, 22 June 1820
Source 1: UCLP, RG1 L3, 1820, V 492, S Leases 1816-31/228, C-2831, starts image 256
Source 2: Ontario Land Record Index, OLRI, microfiche, AO, Michael
Sloot, Residence Albion Tp, lot 11, Con 3, Albion, lease, 15
June 1820, RG 1 CII2, MS 693, reel 184, Leases: Fiats, V 7, p. 38 [Film
needs to be checked]
5 Dec 1790, Peter Ruttan, fourth township and Jemima
Sloot, same. Witnesses: Catrene Van Dusen, Mary Moore, Alexander
Vanalstine, John VanSkiver
20 Dec 1790, Kingston, Memorial of Jemmimah Rattan alias Sloot daughter of Michael Sloot ... married to Peter Rattan ... prays for 200 acres as the daughter of a loyalist (that has improved his farm)
Source:UCLP, RG1 L3, 1790, V 446, R>isc 1777-94/9, C-2804, starts image 430
. Note: This petition is indexed in error under Rattan/Stoot.
 Adolphustown 8th Jan 1793 Memorial of Rachael Hunt alias Slote daughter of the late John Hunt loyalist … entitled to 200 acres … begs … in the township of Sophiasburgh
[fold] recommended Report p. 6
Source:UCLP, RG1 L3, 1791, V 494, S Misc 1787-94/159, C-2832, starts image 447
 Petition of Jemima Sloot alias Rattan [married surname is Rattan] …. That your petitioner being the daughter of a Lieutenant … having drawn only 200 acres … prays for 200 more
Recd 9 Nov 1797 Recommended for 200 acres to complete her lands of 400 acres as the daughter of a lieutenant. Confirmed
Source: UCLP, RG1 L3, 1797, V 450, S3/167, C-2807, starts image 549
|8. ABRAHAM SLOOT FAMILY
There is a second family of the surname Sloot that settles early in Upper Canada. The records found for them all are below. Abraham Sloot senior petitions in 1797 stating that he "was in French war, too old to serve in Rev War, only son who was old enough to serve is now settled in New Brunswick." Abraham Sloot senior is denied the request with the statement that he already has received his land. Indeed, records show he received 200 acres in 1796.
A careful reading of the above quote says that his oldest son is now in New Brunswick and says nothing about a younger son. It is conjecture, but the Abraham Sloot who marries Mary Green, a DUE, is likely a younger son. This son would not be a loyalist on his own and since his father was not a loyalist he could not claim SUE status.
His wife Mary, a DUE, succeeds in being granted a lot in 1812 in Westminster Tp., Middlesex County. Westminster Tp is today a suburb of London, ON. Abraham Sloot, the younger and husband of Mary, petitions and is granted land also in the Township. In later years more land is acquired in Westminster presumably by the children of Abraham and Mary.
It is not known by this researcher what connection exists between this family and that of Michael Sloot.
Records for this family
 Abraham Sloot was in French war, too old to serve in Rev War, only son who was old enough to serve is now settled in New Brunswick. Asks for land
[170a] Recd 3 Mar 1797
The petitioner has got the lands he is entitled to. Entered in Land Book B, page 292
Source 1:UCLP, RG1 L3, 1797, V 449, S2/170, C-2806, starts image 1104
Source 2: Ontario Land Record Index, OLRI, microfiche, AO, Abraham Sloot, Residence none, lot and con not named, 17 May 1796, Free Grant, RG 1 CI3, MS 693, reel 20, Fiats & Warrants, V 13, p. 6 [Film needs to be checked]
[114 &114a] Niagara, 8 April 1812, The petition of Mary Sloot of the Tp of Louth, wife of Abraham Sloot … is the daughter of John Green of said Tp of Louth a UE Loyalist married to Abraham Sloot and never received lands … of the age of 23 and was born in the Midland District … prays for 200 acres … permit Charles Baynes Gentleman of York to be her agent …
[114b] York 18 May 1812, Alexander Green maketh oath that his father John Green the older within mentioned now of the Township of Louth formerly resided in the Tp of Marysburgh from which place he removed about 5 years ago
[114c] Recd 18 May 1812 from Abraham Sloot, Recommended as a DUE, Warrant issued 25 May 1812
Source 1: UCLP, RG1 L3, 1812, V 456, S10/114, C-2810, starts image 1253
Source 2: Ontario Land Record Index, OLRI, microfiche, AO, Mary Sloot, Residence none, lot 42, Con 2, Westminster Tp, 19 May 1812, Free Grant, DUE, RG 1 CI4, MS 693, reel 157, Locations, V 4, p. 59
6 Feb 1816, I do hereby certify that Abraham Sloot has belonged to my Company during the late american war [war of 1812] and that he has served as a militia man when called out on serves and I believe to be a good subject .... and will be a good settler in the country.
York, 12 Jan 1816, Petition of Mary Sloot wife of Abraham Sloot and daughter of John Green now of the Township of Toronto a UE Loyalist. That your petitioner has recd 200 acres as DUE ... prays to permit her said husband to locate the same in the Tp of Westminster ...
Source 1: Upper Canada Sundries, formerly Civil Secretary's Correspondence, LAC, on line Heritage Canadiana, C-4546, 11531-3
Source 2: Ontario Land Record Index, OLRI, microfiche, AO, Abraham Sloot, Residence Westminster, lot BR39, Con 2, Westminster Tp, no date, Sale, Crown Reserve, RG 1 CI3, MS 693, reel 20, Fiats and Warrants, V 13, p. 6 [This is probably the land associated with the above petition.]
Burleigh has this about the above.
John Green of Marysburgh & Louth Tp's married Sylvia, dau of Wm Cadman, UE. Daughter Mary married Abraham Sloot of Louth.
Source: Dr HC Burleigh Fonds, on line at Queens Univ., Sloot folder
 [undated] Petition of Phoebe Sloat of the Tp of Pelham in the District of Niagara wife of Peter Sloat ... is a daughter of Jacob Thomas of Pelham deceased, an enrolled UE Loyalist is upwards of 21 years old … never had any lands … prays 200 acres
[21b] 3 Nov 1831, DUE, recommended
Source 1:UCLP, RG1 L3, 1831, V 466, S17/21, C-2816, starts image 1149
Source 2: Ontario Land Record Index, OLRI, microfiche, AO, Phoebe Sloat, Pelham, lot 22, Con 3, Dawn Tp, 3 Nov 1831, DUE, RG 1 CI3, MS 693, reel 106, Fiats & Warrants, V 83, p. 93
 Port Talbot, 28 May 1834, The petition of Abraham Sloot of the North Branch of the Talbot Road in Westminster, Farmer ... your petitioner was located by Colonel Talbot in the year 1818 on a lot of 200 acres in said Tp Westminster … and is ready to pay fees that may be required … prays … to grant him the said lot
[284b] 3 Dec 1834 Lot 73 on the North Branch of the Talbot Road of Tp Westminster has been located and performed the settlement duties … 4 Dec 1834, recommended … Warrant issued 23 Jan 1835
Source 1: UCLP, RG1 L3, 1834, V 470, S18/284, C-2818, starts image 873
Source 2: Ontario Land Record Index, OLRI, microfiche, AO, Abraham Sloot, Westminster, lot 73E, Con Talbot Rd N, Westminster Tp, 4 Dec 1834, Free Grant, Full Fees, RG 1 CI3, MS 693, reel 46, Fiats & Warrants, V 34, p. 37
 Toronto, 24 Mar 1836, Petition of Abraham Sloot granted lot 73 North Branch of Talbot Road … since purchased lots 74 &75 together with the west half of lot 38 Con 3all in Tp Westminster … prays to grant him a strip of land 15 acres
[152c] map of the lots
[152e] recommended … allowed to purchase
Source:UCLP, RG1 L3, 1836, V 471, S19/152, C-2819. starts image 507
 Port Talbot, 11 Jan 1841, petition of George W Sloot, Tp of Westminster, farmer … was located by Honorable Colonel Talbot in 1829 100 acres Tp Westminster, liable to settlement duties which have been performed …
[201b] … centre part of lot 48 Con 2 … 100 acres Recommended warrant issued, 6 Feb 1841
Source 1:UCLP, RG1 L3, 1840, V 490, S22/201, C-2821. starts image 1033
Source 2: Ontario Land Record Index, OLRI, microfiche, AO, George W Sloot, Westminster, lot CPT 48, Con 2, Westminster Tp, 4 Feb 1841, Free Grant, Full Fees, RG 1 CI3, MS 693, reel 46, Fiats & Warrants, V 35, p. 21
 Port Talbot, 11 Jan 1841, petition of John Sloot, Tp of Westminster, farmer … was located by Honorable Colonel Talbot in 1829 100 acres Tp Westminster, liable to settlement duties which have been performed …
[201b] … northerly part of lot 48 Con 2 … 100 acres Recommended warrant issued, 3 Oct 1841
Source 1: UCLP, RG1 L3, 1841, V 490, S22/202, C-2821. starts image 1037
Source 2: Ontario Land Record Index, OLRI, microfiche, AO, John Sloot, Westminster, lot 48, Con 2, Westminster Tp, 4 Feb 1841, Free Grant, Full Fees, RG 1 CI3, MS 693, reel 46, Fiats & Warrants, V 35, p. 31
1901 Saml Sloat
Source: Ontario Land Record Index, OLRI, microfiche, AO, Saml Sloat, Residence none, lot 1, Con 12, Ellice Tp, 2 Nov 1901, Lease, RG 1 CC B3, Canada Company, Register of Contacts, MS 729, reel 7, V 39, p. 158
1911 TR Sloat
Source: Ontario Land Record Index, OLRI, microfiche, AO, TR Sloat, Residence none, Con 5, Colchester Tp, 17 Jan 1911, Lease, RG 1 CC B3, Canada Company, Register of Contacts, MS 729, reel 7, V 39, p. 363
1918 Delbert Slote
Source: Ontario Land Record Index, OLRI, microfiche, AO, Delbert Slote, Residence none, Lot W1/2 FSPT 17, Con 11, Gosfield N Tp, Apr 1918, Free Grant, RG 1 CC B3, Canada Company, Register of Contacts, MS 729, reel 7, V 37, p. 50