Switzer Genealogy
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  • Name  Philip Switzer, U. E. 
    Suffix  U. E. 
    Born  11 Apr 1757  Ballingarrane, Limerick, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location  [6, 7
    Gender  Male 
    Died  Camden East, Lennox and Addington, ON, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 

    • On April 29, 1776 Philip was induced to sign a bond of allegiance to the Continental Congress. He met up with Justice Sherwood in 1776 and was led by him 200 miles through the woods to Crown Point, where according to his Loyalist claim he joined the British. On November 2, 1776 under General Carleton, Philip and other Loyalists at Crown Point retreated to Canada to make plans for their campaign the following spring. In June 1777, Philip along with others from Camden Valley, set out from St. John's with the army of Lieutenant General John Burgoyne on an expedition into the Champlain Valley. He was taken prisoner on August16,1777 at the Bennington battle but escaped only to be retaken on September 8, 1777. In the spring of1778, his father Peter paid bail for him to be released (100 pounds). In the autumn of 1780, Philip was working on fortifications at St. John's - employed on the artillery. In 1781 he was with John Peters Corps. Philip remained a private until October, 1782, when he was promoted to Corporal. On October 7, 1786, Philip drew rations for 2 persons and a child. In the register of the Parish of Montreal, 1786-1787, Philip and Rose's wedding was listed with the brides name spelled "Ros". In 1800, Philip and Patience and family moved to Camden Township, lot 36, the 3rd concession. Philip and Patience where settled in Canada one year before the land was surveyed by the British Army. They moved first to Marysburgh Township, and then to Ernestown Township to lot 33, concession 4. Philip was the first of the Switzer family to locate in Ernestown. - Summary from "To Their Heirs Forever" by Eula Lapp.

      Philip wintered in the Province of Quebec in 1784 on his way to Canada. Also in the settlement were Mr. & Mrs. Mathias Rose and family. Philip chose Patience as his wife and they were married in the Protestant Church in Montreal that winter. During the summer they settled in the Township of Ernestown. It is presumed that Philip and his wife lived with the Rose family until Camden township was opened.

      Married at Christ Church (Anglican) in Montreal; now Christ Church Cathedral - photocopy church marriage reg.

      United Empire Loyalist of Maryburgh Twp., Ernestown Twp., & Lot 33, conr, Camden E. Twp., Addington, Co, Ontario, Canada

      Corporal in Jessup's Royal Rangers

      He was a prisoner of war with his brother-in-law Capt. Garrett Miller, in the American Revolution. They were settled in Canada in 1784, one year before the land was surveyed by the British Army.

      H971.3 The Old United Empire Loyalists U 45a Genealgical Publ Co. Appendix B p 263
      Switzer, Philip - Residence - Ernest Town Descendants: Corporal Rangers; Soldier Loyal Rangers, L.B.M., 1791. 500 P.L. 1786, A. McL.

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      This is what Fred Bell had on Philip and Patience about 1960:

      On lot 36, of the 3rd concession of Camden in the year near, 1800, there was
      a man by the name of Philip Switzer and a large family settled. Some of the
      names of his sons were Peter, Norris, Philip (II), Mathias, David, Samual
      and Danial, also there were several daughters.

      His son Peter stayed on the homestead. Peter’s sons were Mark, Lorenzo,
      John, Philip (sickly or lazy Phil he was nicknamed). Peter divided his farm
      into three parts for Mark, Lorenzo and John had homesteads.

      John married Emily Moleneaux. Their sons were Sidney, James, William and
      Nathan. There were daughters also. James was father of Wesley, Ambrose,
      Fred, Ibra, Dora and Mary Amelia Switzer. Charles died in infancy.

      Lorenzo married a Miss Cook, they had two children. Julia died when a young
      woman. Richard married Anna Ross Bell, daughter of J. W. Bell, M.P. and died
      in the spring of 1911.

      Mark married Mary Ann ______. They had one daughter, Bertha, who married
      Philander Rose as his third wife.

      Philip, son of Norris Switzer (don‚t know his wife) had following family - -
      Silas married Sam Switzers daughter (note first cousin of his fathers) Silas
      had two sons, Marshall and Neville. In a few years this mother died and in
      the meantime her sister had married Silas‚s father Philip. They raised
      Marshall and Neville. So their step-mother was their aunt, Our generation
      know her as „Old Aunt Mary‰. Silas then married the widow of Robert O‚Neil
      who was Fossythe O‚Neil‚s mother. When Silas died this widow married Fred
      Battelle, her maiden name was Matilda Mintz.

      Joshua married Hannah Lockwood. They had one daughter Blanche who married
      George Lee of Yarker. Alvin married Margaret Embury. Two sons by this
      marriage, Athol and Eddie also had a daughter Euphemia. They all moved to
      Bobcaygeon years ago. Cynthia married Will Montgomery . They had six
      daughters, Ida, Mary, Luella, Mabel, Maggie, and Jennie.

      Maggie married Chester Card and had one son Korah, He died when a young man.
      David‚s family ˆ he settled on 3rd concession down near swamp, One son
      Stephen married a Cook, one son William married Anne Bell, Bowen Bells
      sister. A house was built for each son, so there were three houses on a
      hundred acre farm. Another son Amos lost his arm in the threashing machine..

      Mathias married Helen Bell and settled on 3rd concession, (where Harvey
      Dowdle lives). Helen would be an aunt of the Anne who married Wm. Switzer.
      They had a family namely, Anne Bell Switzer 1819, Philip Greer 1820, Wm.
      McCorguadule 1821. (This second name was maiden name of Helen‚s grandmother,
      wife of Wm. Bell) hellen Bell Switzer 1823, John Bell Switzer 1825, Edward
      Switzer 1827, Elizabeth Switzer 1829, William Bell Switzer 1831, This was
      the only baby on the family to be named William.
      Isobel Stewart Switzer 1834 first wife of Ezra Switzer was a blacksmith at
      Violet for years, Luke Bell Switzer 1838. Regarding the name of William
      there were a first cousin of the name in Bell family of the above ten
      children, Helen was one of the family.

      Wm. Bell Switzer and James Bell Switzer each received 75 acres of homestead.
      Grier and Luke B. had adjoining farms at Mud Lake, Helen married an Empy at
      Switzerville and Isobel married her cousin Ezra.

      William Bell Switzer married Lydia Collier of Picton. Her brother, Capt.
      Collier operated a passenger boat on the Bay of Quinte). Their family was
      Charlie 1858, married Marie Lawrence in 1882. Their family was Charlie 1884,
      Arthur 1882, Myrtle 1893, Charlie married Pearl Coburn 1907. They had one
      son, Ethelbert and three daughters. Ethelbert had four sons. The daughters
      are Evelyn, Ella and Edna. Arthur married Lora Lockwood, 1909, no issue,
      (Lora great grandfather David Bell was a brother of Great grandmother Helen
      Bell).

      Myrtle married Bob Huffman in 1911 and had one daughter Bernice, she married
      twice ˆ Claude Blakely, and then Staff ----. Augusta, sister of Lewis
      Coleman Switzer married Jacob McDonald, and had a family of six children,
      Albert 1884, Etta 1886, Wylee 1888, Rubern 1893, Roy 1898 and Harold 1900.

      Stella youngest sister married Alfred Snider. No family. Luke Bell Switzer
      married Betty Henderson. They had three children ( but never two alive at
      the same time). Ida died as a little girl, James as a baby and Ibra 1869 ˆ
      1898.

      Daniel married sister of Dow Williams (the man who built the large brick
      house in Camden East). No family and they never lived in this community.
      Samuel last on the list ˆ not sure who he married (but presume it was with
      the Card family at Moscow). Here are some of his family, William and Oran
      were carpenters and perhaps lived near Bellrock and Verona, orans
      granddaughter married to Willie Goodberry and lives in Harrowsmith. Her
      brother Stanley lived on Arlie Benns farm for a short time. Also Irvin who
      lives at Belleville.

      Ezra a blacksmith in Violet for many years. Aoron a blacksmith married a
      Miss Brass. These homesteads are now owned by Ed O‚Connor on top of Switzers‚ hill where the cement silo is. Aaron also had a shop south of Bert
      Ramseys. In later years he worked sharpening tools for the „Gold Horn Mining
      Co.‰ In our museum we have many of Aarons old hand made tools, tongs,
      hammers, etc. which he and his son Douglas had worked with.

      This son Douglas had a son Fred. Aaron lived to be a very old man, and
      stayed with his sister Mary, Philip‚s widow in the old homestead now owned
      by Carl Weese.

      At the time of Sam Switzers death his daughter Mary and a sister were
      spinsters and ere left 10 acres on S.W. corner of what is now our farm.
      (Fred Bells‚ farm). On this ten acres there was a log house facing 3rd con.
      The one sister died and Mary married Philip for a second wife, By then Phil
      had bought his uncles, Sam‚s farm, so when he married Mary he got the farm
      altogether again and in 1889, he sold this and 20 acres more to my father,
      H. F. Bell.

      David Switzer, son of Sam learned the shoemaking trade and his father built
      a house for him just below where the school is, which was known as the
      Irvine house in later years. He was known as Denbigh Dave. In the 1920‚s his
      son George came back to Desmond and married the widow of James Nelson
      Switzer.

      In the register office recently I noticed that Dave never had a deed for
      that ? acre farm of his. When he moved to Denbigh it was sold to Mr.
      Schordfigur then Sam gave the deed. It was then sold to Mr. Yates and in
      1864 to Mr. Oraine another shoemaker. He also kept a small store and had
      tri-weekly mail until 1894 when Post Office was moved to the John Carscallen
      house.

      Cephas married Crier Switzer‚s widow who had four small children. The
      children were Margaret Ann who married Alexander Grass ; Wellinton who
      married Lydia patterson whose children where Ethel Agnes and Wellington
      Grier. This family moved to Saskatchewan and remained there; Horton who
      married Annie Smith when he was quite and old bachelor and moved to New
      Hampshire USA ________was the wife of Lorenzo Ruttan, Their daughter-in-law
      lives in Yarker. Cephus lived and managed farm at Mud Lake for widow of
      Grier who had died. Had two children; Wesley who went to Michigan and Sarah
      Maria McHenry who married and lived in Watertown.

      Cephus upon being a widower married a Mrs. Warner who had several children
      and lived in Camden East the rest of his life.

      Of Sams several daughters one married David Bell for his second wife and was
      the mother of Wilson and Nelson Bell, and Melville and Marshal Switzer were
      sons of another daughter.
    Person ID  I65  Switzer Family
    Last Modified  30 Jun 2017 

    Father  Peter Switzer,   b. 1730, Courtmatrix, Limerick, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1816, Ernestown, Lennox and Addington, ON, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mother  Anna Marie Guier,   b. 8 Feb 1730, Ballingarrane, Limerick, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1816, Ernestown, Lennox and Addington, ON, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID  F22  Group Sheet

    Family/Spouse  Patience Rose, U. E.,   b. Abt 1760 
    Married  16 Jan 1784  Montreal, St. Laurent, QC, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 8
    • Christ Church (Cathedral) Anglican
    Children 
     1. John Switzer,   b. 1784, Montreal, St. Laurent, QC, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location
     2. Peter Guier Switzer,   b. 1786, Ernestown, Lennox and Addington, ON, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Jan 1864, Camden East, Lennox and Addington, ON, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location
     3. Christopher Switzer,   b. 1788, Marysburgh, Prince Edward, ON, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1869, Erin Twp., Wellington, ON, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location
     4. Mathias Rose Switzer,   b. 9 Jul 1789, Marysburgh, Prince Edward, ON, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1851
     5. James Norris Switzer,   b. 28 Sep 1791, Marysburgh, Prince Edward, ON, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 May 1865, Camden East, Lennox and Addington, ON, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location
     6. Philip Switzer,   b. 19 Aug 1794, Marysburgh, Prince Edward, ON, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1872
     7. Samuel Guier Switzer,   b. 1 Oct 1796, Marysburgh, Prince Edward, ON, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1865, Camden East, Lennox and Addington, ON, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location
     8. David Switzer,   b. 8 Sep 1798, Marysburgh, Prince Edward, ON, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Apr 1881, Camden East, Lennox and Addington, ON, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location
     9. Sarah Anna Marie Switzer,   b. 1801, Marysburgh, Prince Edward, ON, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1860, Camden East, Lennox and Addington, ON, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location
     10. Jane Switzer,   b. 1804, Ernestown, Lennox and Addington, ON, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Sep 1883, Portland Twp., Frontenac, ON, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location
     11. Daniel Rose Switzer,   b. 1806,   d. 2 Sep 1807
     12. Daniel Rose Switzer,   b. 2 Oct 1807, Marysburgh, Prince Edward, ON, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location
    Family ID  F21  Group Sheet

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 11 Apr 1757 - Ballingarrane, Limerick, Ireland Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - - Camden East, Lennox and Addington, ON, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 16 Jan 1784 - Montreal, St. Laurent, QC, Canada Link to Google Earth
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  • Photos
    Desmond Church Plaque
    Desmond Church Plaque
    This Historical Plaque stands where Philip and his family would have attended church.
    Old school house at Desmond
    Old school house at Desmond
    This is were some of Philip and Patience descendents would have gone to school

    Histories
    Land Auction<br />Philip Switzer's land seized
    Land Auction
    Philip Switzer's land seized


    Marriage Certificates
    Marriage Register
    Marriage Register
    Philip Switzer & Patience Rose

  • Sources 
    1. [S4] Toronto Branch: The United Empire Loyalists’ Assoc.

    2. [S15] Carol-Anne Eldridge, Import.

    3. [S64] Russ Waller - United Empire Loyalist Families.

    4. [S65] Fred Bell - Mary Donovan - genealogy.

    5. [S8] Eula Lapp (Mika Publishing Co., Canada), Page 164.
      Table Eight

    6. [S5] Henry Z. Jones, Jr..

    7. [S6] B. Wesley Switzer.

    8. [S14] Marriage Register Christ Church (Cathedral) Anglic.