Upper, George [1734-1817]
This is a story of a man who came from out of a dangerous time and place...Germany, in the 18th century. Escaping from the turmoil of an unsettled Europe and questing for the feedom and rewards of the new Americas, George [or as the records seem to denote, Johann Jerj Opfer] and his family of four sailed off to the new world. Like thousands before them, they were forced to relive the political issues of the time and were caught up in a war, not of their choosing. That of children which desired to break from the bonds of their parents and set out on a course of their own choosing...pitting Loyalists against Patriots. As to which you were, depended on your point of view.
The children chose to be called "Patriots" and the parents, who were deemed to be the enemy...were labelled as "Loyalists." It was worth your life at the worst and a good tarring at the least to be named as such. The rest is history.
The consequence was the displacement of thousands of men, women and children northward to Nova Scotia, south to the West Indies and east to the new lands of Quebec. Here they were forced to begin their lives anew and settle themselves into the more adventurous lives of pioneers...one which they had hoped was behind them.
The Uppers entered what is now Canada, in 1788 after a long an arduous trek from Snooks Brook, Newton Township, Essex County, New Jersey. Along with the family came their live stock, meagre possessions and a dream. They have persisted as a family name until the present.
This writer's line has saddly died out with the passing of Sadie Upper, his grandmother. But other Uppers have prospered and spread their seed across their newly adopted homelands.
It is hoped that the readers will assist this writer in completing the painting of the picture of his family's past. Any "stroke" will be gratefully accepted.
All information will be shared on a gentrade basis, if need be. This writer owns certain FTM CD's which others may inquire of. All correspondence must be by e-mail and supported with accurate documentation over this writer's entry. All worthy questions shall be answered on the basis of usefulness and the rate of exchange of information. Queeries which persist will be ignored because of time contraints. This is a normal function of all gentrade correspondence.
The writer thanks you all in advance for your help and interest...especially in the field of research and genealogy.
A special word of thanks to Mr. E. Simmons, of Duke University, for his extensive research and Mr. Robert Upper of Thorold for his tireless effort and special interest in his family's past.
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