The following book review was written by Bobbi King:
Not everyone in colonial America believed the colonies should be independent of England. Some 15-20% of the settled occupants remained loyal to the British Monarchy, and consequently were hounded, harassed, persecuted, and run out of their homes. The so-called Loyalists living in the northern regions moved north to the Canadian provinces of Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick, and Nova Scotia. (Not every Loyalist fled the colonies. Many remained in the states and assumed citizenship in the new republic.)
According to the introduction in his book, Gavin Watt has found no published names of Loyalist non-military refugees to the province of Quebec. He finds plenty of references (and lists several ) to the fighting men who migrated to lower Quebec, but he has found no master list of the wives, mothers, fathers, grandparents, sisters, brothers, and children of the fighting men who were compelled to leave their homes for the safety of Canada.
So Mr. Watt compiled one.
Loyalist Refugees identifies and lists more than 2,000 non-military loyalist refugees who took shelter in lower Quebec during the American Revolution. Introductory material examines the persecution that forced the many to re-locate, as well as efforts by the British governing authorities to house, feed, clothe and employ the refugee families.
Mr. Watt’s “The Refugee Roll” records approximately 2500 entries representing over 6500 individuals. The surnames are listed alphabetically followed by entries recording a given name, spouse or father or mother, children (but no names, just number-of and ages), locations, remarks (such as “Husband subsisted as Lieut 01July79.” and so forth), and rank, regiment, or organization.
Mr. Watt provides a description of how to interpret the Refugee Roll, what the various abbreviations mean, and explanations of the data offered.
This looks to be a reference every Loyalist researcher should have.
Loyalist Refugees. Non-Military Refugees in Quebec 1776-1784 is available from the publisher at http://globalgenealogy.com/countries/canada/loyalist/resources/101069.htm.