Column: A Very Different December Two Hundred Years Ago

Between now and Saturday, my genealogy column, Roots to the Past, is available in the following Atlantic Canada newspapers:

Tuesday (or perhaps Wednesday): The Kings County Record (Sussex)

Wednesday: The Lunenburg County Progress Bulletin

Thursday: The Western Star (Corner Brook)

Saturday: The Citizen (Amherst)

Saturday: Times & Transcript (Moncton)

Title: A Very Different December Two Hundred Years Ago

Snippet: The cold winds swirled snow in circles, creating white mounds two and three feet high. As dawn broke on December 10, 1813, it promised to be a bitter day, one better spent inside near the fire. Enemy soldiers instead ordered all residents of Newark (present day Niagara-on-the-Lake) to evacuate their homes and stand outside in the freezing cold.

The traitor Joseph Willcocks and his band of volunteer soldiers went house to house, telling people to get out, looting what they pleased and torching what remained. So heartless was their crusade that they cared not for the fate of the many women and children who stood in the wintery cold without the necessities to sustain life.

. . . To read more, pick up one of the above noted newspapers.

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