G. Frederick Anger UEL

painting by Jasper Francis Cropsey C19th Wyoming Valley PAIn colonial times Georg Frederick Anger, a native of Germany, lived on the Susquehannah River in Northumberland County, Pennsylvania. During the American Revolution he joined Butler’s Rangers at Fort Niagara. Following the war, Frederick Anger settled in Bertie Township, Welland County. The following is his Claim for Revolutionary War Losses heard by the Commissioners of Claims at Niagara on 23 Aug 1787. (AO 12 Vol. 40 P. 335-338)*

To the Commissioners appointed by Act of Parliament for enquiring into the Losses and Services of the American Loyalists:

Loyalist-Settlers-Niagara-Falls-Library-nflibrary.ca_nfplindex_The Memorial of Frederick Anger late of Susquehannah River in the County of Northumberland and Province of Pennsylvania but now of Niagara in the Province of Quebec.

Humbly Sheweth:

* That your Memorialist, at the beginning of the late unhappy Disturbances in America, was settled on the North Branch of the Susquehannah River in Northumberland County Province of Pennsylvania where he was in possession of a good Farm with Buildings thereon erected, live Stock, Farming utensils, Household Furniture etc., the whole valued at £372.18, New York Currency;

* That understanding Parliament had taken into Consideration the distressed State of the Loyal American Subjects and purpose granting them such relief as may appear Just and Reasonable in proportion to their Losses;

Your Memorialist in behalf of himself and Family humbly prays that you will be pleased to grant him such Relief as may appear Reasonable and your Memorialist shall ever pray.

State of the Effects lost by Frederick Anger late of Northumberland County in the Province of Pennsa. at the time he made his Escape to the British Army in the year 1778, from which period till the Close of the War he served the King in Colonel Butler’s Rangers –  300 Acres of Land, Cattle, Grain, Hogs,Household Furniture, Farming utensils etc.,£372.18 New York Currency.

August 27th 1787

Evidence on the Claim of Frederick Anger late of Pennsylvania

Claimant Sworn,
Says he is a native of Germany, went to America 30 years ago. Lived on the Susquhannah when the Rebellion broke out, joined Colonel Butler, served Seven years with him as a Private. He had two Sons in the same Regiment.

He had half a Proprietor’s Right on the disputed Lands on the Susquhannah, gave 72 Dollars for it, his half Right was 2000 acres. Says he went to Susquhannah in 1772. Cleared 20 Acres. Built a good House and Stable.

Lost 4 Cows, 3 Horses, 3 three year old Heifers, 2 two year old, 3 Calves, 7 Sheep, 14 Hogs large one, Furniture, utensils, 60 Bushels Grain, 80 Bushels various kinds of Corn – all lost by the Indians and Rangers.

Michael Showers Sworn,
Knew Claimant, he served in Butlers Rangers from the time that the Susquhannah was cut off by Colonel Butler. He [Anger] had Lands on the Susquehannah. He had half a Proprietors Right, it was then disputed Land. He had a clever House and Barn, about 20 Acres clear, he settled there about 1772. He had a pretty large Stock, taken by the Indians and Rangers.

Decision of the Commissioners

(AO 12 Vol. 66 P. 56)
Frederick Anger late of Susquehanah
Amount of Property £723.7.6
Determination 7th December 1787
Loyalty. Bore Arms – The Claimant is a Loyalist & Bore Arms in Support of the British Government

Real Estate: Improvements on a Farm on the Susquehanah – £35
Personal Estate:  Various Articles of Personal Property 42 – £77
Loss Proved
Resides at Niagara
Summary of Claim for Losses and Disbursement
(AO 12 Vol. 109 P. 74 Certificate No. 915)

Name of claimant: Anger, Frederick; Province Penns; Claim for Loss of Property £723.7; Sum Originally Allowed £77; Total Sum payable under Act of Parliament £77; Balance After Such Receipt £77; Final Balance £77

The Second Report of The Bureau of Archives for the Province of Ontario, 1904 transcribed from Library of Congress MSS 18,662 Vol. XX MSS. 41 in Second Report P. 973 Proceedings of Loyalist Commissioners, Montreal 1787.

Bertie Township Map 1784 includes G. Frederick Anger land
Click image to enlarge 1784 Bertie Township map

Before Commissioner Pemberton P. 973 MSS. 41. New Claim Aug. 23. Claim of Frederick Anger, late of Pensylva. Repeats the evidences in AO 12.

* I thank Phillip Schettler for this (Apr. 24/14 comment Anger family tree).  For more information on UEL claims and compensations, see Alexander Fraser‘s United Empire Loyalists, 2nd Report of the Bureau of Archives of the Province of Ontario 1904. 

The map of Bertie Township shows names of land owners in 1784. I have marked those lots belonging to Angers in yellow, Nears (early in-laws) in orange. The lots of my other family lines, the Mabees are marked in green and Adam Burwell’s in blue.

Corrie Street Apr. 27/14

Playing with Fire

The Windass-Armstrongs are playing with fire, literally and metaphorically. Phelan new-foremanpushed Owen too far by hiring a new foreman, overseeing everyone including heretofore manager Owen. Obviously happy to be in Phelan’s pocket, the new guy tells Owen what a safety hazard the site is. As he talks, and smirks, he grinds out a cigarette butt on the worksite floor and lights a new one.

Lit cigarettes amid the new wood, sawdust and shavings gives Owen an idea, a crazy one but understandable. At the end of the day, he tells Gary to go on without him. He piles skids in the middle of the building, then pulls out a Zippo. Fortunately Anna comes in. Owen-holds-lighter-  Windass-ArmstrongsShe was worried when he didn’t come home with Gary, and she knows he’s at the end of his endurance. She coaxes the lighter away from him, then tells him off. What good does he possibly think this is going to do for anyone, etc.

He realizes he had indeed lost his mind. How can he continue taking the physical punishment of the hours Phelan is demanding, the mental punishment of humiliation dished out by Phelan, and the continued strain of total financial ruin? Owen is a good man. A hard man, even a bully, but at heart he has honourable intentions and is willing to do whatever is necessary, good or bad.

After his death this week, I saw a quote from Cape Breton writer Alistair McLeod: “And then there came into my heart a very great love for my father and I thought it was very much braver to spend a life doing what you really do not want rather than selfishly following forever your own dreams and inclinations.” That, I believe, applies to Owen. And Anna too.

gary-panic-attackGary pukes up, gets despondent, has tantrums and then, more seriously, panic attacks.  Izzy says she can’t take Gary’s moods and ‘wot’s it all doing to little Jake?’. Katy either mouths off at Phelan or speaks platitudes like ‘we all have to pull together’.  Faye gets disappointment after disappointment but does her best to ‘pull together’.  And Anna and Owen just keep putting their heads down and forging through in order to survive.

Both Owen and Anna are barely keeping themselves together, but they cannot show the extent of their despair. The whole family would fall apart if they did. The night before his mad plan to burn the place down, Owen did tell Anna just how desperate and exhausted he was. I found I was holding my breath throughout the scene. Ian Puleston-Davies anna-holds-new-contractconveyed Owen’s words and emotions with frightening intensity.

And Anna’s contribution to resolving the situation? Mother love will stop at nothing. Phelan gives her a choice: prostitute herself and he will let Owen out of the contract and destroy the incriminating video, don’t and he won’t. Rock, hard place.

Corrie Street Apr. 20/14

Two Petes

two-petesPeter Barlow in a pub, drinking himself legless, trying to forget his wife is pregnant and his girlfriend might be. Steve comes in to take him home. Peter introduces Pete, his buddy on the next barstool. “Two Petes,” he says, delighted with his own wit.

Steve is not so amused. Especially when they end up sharing a small bed in a small room above the bar so that Peter’s state peter-and-steve-in-bedcould be kept secret. Nor when Peter confesses all to Steve: an affair, with their mutual neighbour and Steve’s employee no less, a baby with Carla and maybe another with Tina.

Later at home Peter is trying to conceal his hangover, and we see just how crowded the world is when you’re two Petes rolled into one. While reassuring Carla that he is delighted about the baby and that of course he didn’t take a drink, his phone is constantly beeping. It’s Tina, but Peter again blames that poor schmuck from AA.

tina-comes-out-of-bathroomWhen Carla goes out the door, Tina barges in. To his horror, she takes the pregnancy test right there and then. He looks like he’s going to be sick. He fears Carla’s return any moment, is terrified Tina’s going to announce she is having his baby and, even worse, is planning to keep it.

It’s not you…

Sadly for her, the test is negative. Peter has to conceal his delight. Maybe his pounding head and been-there-and-done-itqueasy stomach helped him with that. He puts on his soulful face and tells her it’s not you, it’s me. He’s no good for her, she deserves someone better, she deserves children and rose petals and bluebirds of happiness, and it ain’t me babe, no, no, no. Yes yes, she says, I want you. And your babies. Oh, you don’t want babies? Ok, just you, that’s all I need. We’ll be happy together.

look-at-meEvery cliché of romance and breaking up was voiced and shown by facial and body gesture by both of them. It was superb. My husband speculated that the writers were asked to compile every dumping line they had ever heard in their lives. I added that they also wrote down every word they had ever said when trying desperately to keep someone. All these were strung together and the script was born.

peter-looks-at-door-as-tina-criesWhy Peter just didn’t tell Tina that Carla was pregnant, I don’t know. Maybe he thought it was more honourable to convince her that he was bad for her. Maybe he just thought it was easier at that moment and he’d worry about the next hurdle – the announcement of Carla’s pregnancy – later. Or maybe lying is so engrained in him that, tina-realizes-it-is-overeven when the truth could get him out of a bad spot, he doesn’t think of telling it.

Corrie Street Apr. 13/14

Readers’ Comments

We had a little sensitivity training Thursday with Beth reading online comments beth-at-laptopabout her.  If we ever want to post a smart-ass remark about someone’s appearance, clothes or words, the memory of Beth’s face should stop us. The posters were being funny, they thought.  Wouldn’t want to run into her in a dark alley.  LOL.

They are posting into the great void of cyberspace, showing how clever they are.  They are not thinking that the object of their wit may be reading their comments.  Seeing the effect of trolls and rude people from the other side of the screen was discomfiting.

craig reading commentsBut it wasn’t just Beth who was hurt.  Craig, already reading the comments when she came home, didn’t know where to stick his head as he saw his mother’s face register disbelief and humiliation.  Kirk shuffled from foot to foot, knowing whatever positive words he said wouldn’t make up for the callous remarks she was reading.

beth-with-paperBeth felt good.  She’d done a good thing, and unexpectedly was rewarded both with money and public acknowledgement.  And small-minded people were determined to cut her down.  The ones online were strangers.  But even those she knew thought they’d put her in her place.

Norris couldn’t wait to tell her what people had written about her.  This isn’t surprising, coming from Norris.  Maybe he even did her an unintended favour.  She had warning that readers-comments-sectionshe wasn’t going to like what she saw.  Before Norris bustled into the Rovers intent on ruining her day, Beth had shown Michelle the newspaper article.  Michelle’s response was to give her eye sockets an extreme workout.  She rolled her eyes, crossed and recrossed her arms, and scoffed at the Weatherfield Gazette equaling ‘the world.’

Granted, Michelle doesn’t like Beth, and happy Beth can be just as irritating as angry rubbing-shoulders-with-hello-magBeth.  But Michelle is the landlady of a pub, and she was at work when Beth talked to her.  Whether she cared or not about Beth or her news, as a bartender and business owner, Michelle ought to be polite to a customer.  All she managed was an insincere “good on you” in between sarcastic jokes.

To be honest, when Beth chased off the purse-snatcher, I thought she’d probably dipped her hand into the bag and grabbed the money.  She could then blame the guy for taking it. It would be in keeping with her character.  So too is Norris’ petty nastiness and weatherfield-gazetteMichelle’s sarcasm.  The comments online unfortunately also are in keeping with real-life comments sections.

In Friday’s episode, Craig balanced the opinion by posting complimentary comments.  What a sweet boy.

Corrie Street Apr. 6/14

Welcome Home, Kevin

rita-greets-kevinMy choice of scene this week is all the ones with Kevin.  Welcome home indeed, Kevin.  His reunions with friends and neighbours seemed to have real emotion in them as well as what was scripted.

Michael Le Vell has had a difficult two years but, thankfully for him, it is over.  He’s back for now where he belongs – in the bosom of the Webster family, or near it at least.  Kevin met Tim and Maddie, not in the best circumstances for any of them.  Maddie stole his bag from the street and, soon after Kevin discovered the theft, he saw kevin-grabs-timthe front door of Sally’s house open.  Rushing in and seeing a strange man on the floor fiddling with electronics wires, Kevin grabbed the man in a headlock.  It was Tim, trying to fix something. The poor man has been petrified anyway about Kevin’s return.

Tim has discovered he likes the domestic life he shares with Sally and Sophie and the return of an on and off ex-husband and father is a threat to that, he fears.  I like Tim with Sally too, odd couple that they are.

I especially like the conspiratorial sally-explains-timfriendship between him and Sophie.  He brings out a spark of the Sophie-that-was, a quick-witted funny girl who we hadn’t seen in a long while. The new earnest and dreary Sophie still appears, with Maddie.  I don’t get their relationship, any more than I ever got Sophie and Jenna together.

Maddie, with her bad-girl attitude and fits of pique, wears thin quickly.  And, despite having survived on the streets for however long, she doesn’t appear to be overly bright.  She tried to hock the goods she stole from Kevin around the kevin-smiles-at-streetcorner at Barlow’s Buys.  You’d think she’d go to a place where she’d had dealings before, and outside the immediate neighbourhood of the theft.  But it put her thieving in Kevin’s direct orbit and Kevin’s involvement in Maddie’s story might make it, and her, more entertaining.