Hello Mr. Bennett!
I am very interested in this article. Is it available on line?
I have done extensive research gathering on the Palmatier (Palmateer, Polmateer, Polmatier) families of Eastern Ontario.
From a petition for land in Amelaisburgh Township in Prince Edward County, Simon (or Simeon) Palmatier claimed he was born in Dutchess County New York approximately in 1764 or 1766. The Petition for land was filed in 1839 making him about 73 years old when it was filed. This Simon Palmatier's petiton was turned down. He appears in Northumberland County Census for 1804 (then the Newcastle District) and eventually settles in Ameliasburgh about the early 1820's. He was living next door to a Francis Palmateer in Cramahe Township in Northumberland County in 1804 and 1805.
Also, a John Henry Polmatier apparently married to a Nellie Rogers, came from New York State. The death record of one of his descendants (Edmond Caton Palmatier born in 1822 in Ontario) claims his father was born in Albany, New York. John Henry Palmatier, Jr., an older half brother to this Edmond Caton Polmateer, married Catherine Stark on May 2, 1809 in Marysburgh Township, Prince Edward County. Prince Edward County was ne of the first places settled by the Loyalists who primarily came from Albany, New York, the Palatinate area and Dutchess County, New York and New Jersey. I have virtually linked almost all the Palmateers from Prince Edward County together.
There is also a baptism record of Mary Jane Polmatier (born on Sept. 21, 1805) in Picton Methodist Church. She was the daughter of a Samuel Palmatier and Jane Rose. It is my best estimation that Samuel Palmatier was also from New York State but no other record exists yet.
There were probably three other Palmatiers (probably born in New York State but the Ontario Census just says United States) John Palmateer (born 1812), James Palmateer (born about 1819), and an Eliza Palmateer (born about 1821), were all in the same area of Ontario in Lennox & Addington and Frontenac Counties (just north of Kingston, Ontario). It is not likely that Eliza Palmateer would have come to Canada by herself. I suspect these three are siblings and there may be a fourth.
Hope you can shed some light on the Palmatiers I have mentioned.
From one 26 page record of the Palmatiers of Dutchess County, I see there was a Francis Palmatier (born about 1755) that says he died unmarried and his line was untraced. The Francis Palmatier who ended up here in Northumberland County died in 1832 before registered/legislated burials took place. He apparently arrived in Ontario around 1794 or 1796 according to a land lease petition he was granted in 1805. His death year comes from him not appearing on the 1833 Census and Assessment record for Percy Township. But his second wife was still on the property until at least 1842 and possibly in 1850. She was not on the 1851 Census of Northumberland County. She was previously married to a Jared Dingman.
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