The United Empire Loyalists of Canada - Bicentennial Branch (Southwestern Ontario)
Regular Branch Meeting
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Twenty seven members and friends were present to hear the story of the Truax, Freeman and Scott Families delivered by Jennifer Smith UE of Hamilton Branch UELAC at our branch meeting on November 14, 2009.

Jennifer Smith has been a member of Hamilton Branch since 2000, and is believed to be the first to prove descent from Walter Scott UEL of Stillwater, New York. She is also descended from John Freeman UEL, on whose farm the 1st Battle of Saratoga was fought.

The Truax family is a name well known in the Essex County area. Abraham Truax and his wife Jane Scott settled in Wheatley in 1834 with a family of sixteen children. When Abraham, Jane and their family arrived in Wheatley, this area of the province was almost virgin territory - very little of the land was settled, and there were few if any roads. A few years later, the family moved a few miles west into Essex County, near the growing town of Leamington.

During her welcome President Margie Luffman acknowledged the presence of Stan Anderson and Stuart Johns both WW2 veterans who regularly attend our branch meetings. Grace Austin introduced the singing of Let There Be Peace On Earth.

Our next branch meeting will be held in Kingsville on March 13, 2010.

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