Bartholomew Carley 1757

Colonel Bartholomew Carley of Nobletown (Hillsdale) Albany County, New York

born – 1757 born in Nobletown, Albany County[1]

Died – Oct. 3, 1844 in his 87th year at Elizabethtown (Brockville) Ontario[10]

U.E.L Major in The War of 1812 – Appointed Colonel June 18, 1823[2]

Bartholomew and 2 brothers, became Loyalists during that War and moved to Canada where many of their family lines still live.

The 3 known Carley Loyalists were Abraham, Bartholomew and Elijah Carley[3]

Notes from Fran Luffman:

Elijah Carley had a brother Abraham Carley and an older brother, Bartholomew Carley who became a Colonel in the Jessups Rangers. Bartholomew married an Anne Thomson on March 29, 1787. He died in 1844. Marriage Register of St. John’s Church, Ernestown (Adolphustown area): Bartholomew was born in Nobletown, Albany County. Their father was Joseph Carley[4]

Bartholomew was in the Kings Rangers and Loyal Rangers stationed in Lower Canada in 1783, age 27[5] “Canadian Immigrant Records, Part One” Reference: National Archives of Canada: Microfilm Reel No. B-2867 (MG 11, W.O. 28/10), page 176

“I, Bartholomew CARLEY Esquire, do solemnly swear in the presence of Almighty God that I did publicaly intermarry with Anne THOMPSON on about the 29th day of March in the year of Our Lord 1787 and that there is now living issue of the said marriage. James Carley was born the 13th day of October in 1789. Duncan Carley was born on the 9th day of October in 1791. Bartholomew Carley Jr. was born on the 2nd day of October 1795. Richard Carley was born on the 16th day of October, 1797. Alexander Carley was born on the 7th day of August, 1800″[6]

Marriages performed by Louis Sherwood Justice of the Peace 1787

Notes from Jeff Carley:

married Anne Thompson in 1787, had 5 sons, one of which had a son named Robert. Their names were Frances, Duncan, Bartholowmew Jr, Richard, and Alexander.[7]

Bartholomew Carley Timeline

1757 – Born

1778 – Leased 140 acres at Fort Edward for 43 pounds from Joseph Jellet[8]

1781 – Joined Jessup’s Rangers[8]

1783 – Kings Rangers stationed in Lower Canada[5]

1784 – Settled/founded Brockville[9]

1783 – Claim for reparations/Fort Edward, Charlotte Co.[8]

1787 – Married Anne Thompson[6]

1789 – James Carley Born[6]

1791 – Duncan Carley Born[6]

1795 – Bartholomew Carley Jr Born[6]

1797 – Richard Carley Born[6]

1800 – Alexander Carley Born[6]

1812 – War of 1812

1813 – American’s capture Bartholomew, then do a prisoner exchange[11][12]

1820 – 7th day of February, 1820 at Elizabethtown, Louis Sherwood, Justice of the Peace[6]

1823 – Appointed Colonel

1825 – Robert Bartholomew Carley born at Brockville, Leeds County Ontario, Canada July 14, 1825[7]

1826 – Duncan Carley layed a corner-stone for a church, which took place in 1826[10]

1844 – Died at Elizabethtown (Brockville) Ontario

Bartholomew was an early settler of of Brockville, Leeds, Ontario. The city is on the north side of the St. Lawrence River between Montreal and Toronto in the Canadian province of Ontario.

“…the names of others of the early settlers and deserve to be remembered. Among them were Truelove Butler, Bartholomew Carley, the Sherwoods, the Morrises, the Glasfords, the Richards and others. The two first named, settled in Elizabethtown much the same time as William Buell became resident and possibly it would be but fair to class them with him and Messrs Daniel and Charles Jones as founders of Brockville. The east half of lot nine in the first concession of Elizabethtown was granted to Mr Butler the west half to Mr Carley.”[9] from the book “The Canadian album: Men of Canada; or, Success by

example, in religion … By John Castell Hopkins, W. J. Hunter

…100-year-old stone house at 121 Bartholomew St. It was built by James Reynolds in 1849, the year Brockville was incorporated as a town. It was the first house on Bartholomew St., then called California St., to commemorate the California gold rush of 1849. Later the name was changed to honour Bartholomew Carley U.E.L. settler of 1784.

The “Colonel Carley” mentioned was probably Colonel Bartholomew Carley, U.E.L., who came up the St. Lawrence with the first brigade of boats and survived to reach the age of 87 when he died in 1844.[10]ONTARIO HISTORICAL SOCIETY

“On February 7, 1813, a force of American riflemen raided Buell’s village, then called brockville after the slain hero of the Battle of Queenston Hights. They carried off fifty-two men, including Levius’ second-in-command, Major Bartholomew Carley,

and Captain Adiel Sherwood.”[11]

Document agreeing on the exchange of prisoners: 2d Major John B. Esselstyn of Jacob Brown’s Brigade for Major Bartholomew Carley of First Regt. of Leed’s Militia. Signed by Lt. Col. Pearson at Prescott.[12]John B. Esselstyn, I. Pearson (Lt. Col.) – 1813

This is from a correspondent in Canada also tracing this Bartholomew – “Our Bartholomew was well documented in Ontario, as he was very active in the war of 1812 later served as a judge and when he died he was a Colonel in the local militia in Brockville, Ontario. His obituary does state that he was born in Nobletown, NY which is now Hillsdale in 1757. We have copies of his appeal for reparations after the revolutionary war and this provides us the link to the Gillete’s of Fort Edward. He supposedly had a tenant farm of 140 acres. Joseph Jellet was his grandfather”[8][13] “American Migrations 1765-1799″ p. 198

(War reparations)Claim of Bartholomew Carley, late of Charlotte Co.

He is a native of America. Lived at Fort Edward. Was always a friend to the Brit. Govert. He was very young when Burgn. came into the Country. Did not join till ’81, but gave assistance to Loyalists. Was employed in carrying Despatches. Came into Canada & joined Jessup’s Regt. in ’81 & served till end of war. Produces his Discharge. Now lives at Osswegatchie. Had a Tenant Farm of 140 acres at Fort Edward. It was a Lease from Henry Cuyler to Joseph Jellet in 1772, which was assigned to Claimt. Joseph Jellet was Claimt.’s grandfather. Produces Lease of 140 acres for 21 yrs., dated in 1772. There appears an Indorsement that Joseph Jellet gave this up to Claimt. There were 30 acres improved. Improved by Claimt’s Grandfather. Says the Assignment was made in’78. He gave a note to pay £43. Cuyler has entered upon it & granted a new Lease.[8]



[3] Website/Judy Schrieber email

[4]Notes from Fran Luffman

[5]”Canadian Immigrant Records, Microfilm Reel No. B-2867 (MG 11, W.O. 28/10), page 176

[6]Marriages performed by Louis Sherwood Justice of the Peace 1787

[7]Ancestry Online post from a relative

[8]Claim for reparations/Fort Edward, Charlotte Co. “American Migrations 1765-1799″ p. 198

[9]”The Canadian album: Men of Canada;… By John Castell Hopkins, W. J. Hunter


[11]Buckskin pimpernel: the exploits of Justus Sherwood, loyalist spy By Mary Beacock Fryer

[12]John B. Esselstyn, I. Pearson (Lt. Col.) – 1813

[13]Judy Schrieber email

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