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UEL Association of Canada – Governor Simcoe Branch (Virtual): September 2022 Meeting
September 7, 2022 @ 7:30 pm
“Fascinating Facts from Loyalist History” — Presentation by Stephen Davidson
Whether you are new to the story of the Loyalists or it is a treasured part of your family’s heritage, there is always something new to learn about Canada’s refugee founders. Historian and author Stephen Davidson has compiled 25 facts from Loyalist history that may have escaped the notice of your Canadian history teachers — facts that prove to be far more fascinating than many of the myths that have clung to these “friends of the king” over the centuries.
Stephen Davidson UE – One set of Stephen’s Loyalist ancestors were aboard the Union, the flag ship of the spring fleet that arrived at the mouth of the St. John River in 1783. His 1975 bachelor’s thesis on an aspect of Black Loyalist history became the basis for his contribution to Volume VII of the Dictionary of Canadian Biography.
In addition to submissions to The Loyalist Gazette and more than 795 articles for Loyalist Trails, Stephen’s research has appeared in multiple genealogy periodicals, a national children’s magazine, The Beaver, and a number of Maritime newspapers.
He served as a consultant for two websites created by the University of New Brunswick (Black Loyalists in New Brunswick and Loyalist Women in New Brunswick), spoke at two national historical conferences, served as Peter C. Newman’s consultant and researcher, and authored two books on Black Loyalists. Stephen and his wife live in Lower Sackville, Nova Scotia, where they raised two daughters and now enjoy the proximity of their two grandsons.