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From: "A History of the Town of Chazy"  by Sullivan/Kendall

  Under the entry for Baptist Amlaw    

Pvt. BAPTISTE AMLANE (Amlen, Amlaw) was born in Canada, a son of Jean Baptiste and Marie Francoise (Sulliere) Amelin. He is sometimes called Charles and sometimes Baptiste. When he was questioned about this for his military pension at Plattsburgh in 1820, he stated that "his parents were Canadian; and he was the oldest son of and it was customary among Canadiens to call the oldest son of the family by the surname or family name only, designating younger sons by their Christian name, so during his youth he was simply called Ameline. When abroad was occasionally called Baptiste, a name given to persons who were first christened by a different name which was his case known in service as Baptiste, but chritened name was Charles. Later he was Called "Old Amlaw" to distinguish him from his son Baptiste Jr.  Amlaw served as a private in Capt. Olivers company, Hazens Regiment of "Congress's Own" enlisting at Montreal in the spring of 1776  when Montgomery returned from Quebec. At the end of the year he enlisted at Albany and served seven years until his discharge at New Windsor, New York, in the spring of 1783. He drew 80 acre lot 37 and 420 acre lot 63 in the refugee tract and was issued a bounty land warrant on January 22nd 1790. On September September 20th, 1789, at Plattsburgh, Baptist Amlin, his mark, as a refugee, gave his power of attorney to Benjamin Mooers.

    By 1787 he had settled at Chazy from St. Johns Quebec with a family of 2. He is listed in the 1790 Census and in the 1798 assesment is credited with 100 acres of land on the west side of the lake, one log house ($5), and one log barn 20x20 - total evaluation- $600. In 1806 he leased land from Francis Chadonet and in 1811 appears in Seth Gregory's account book. He moved to Beekmantown, but in January 1819 he returned to Chazy, later moving to Plattsburgh where he died on May 3rd, 1829.
                                                                     (* actually he died on Jul.3)

        In 1788 he had married at Chambly, Canada, Agatha Bureau, a daughter of Jean and Marie Angelique(Girardin) Bureau. His widow Agatha was still in Chazy in Sept 1835; she recieved a widows pension for his military service.

* ( Don't know where they got the underlined information! Reference is made to "Sullivan Papers", possibly the research papers of the author of "A history of the Town of Chazy"  I have never been able to locate these. )

      Under the entry for Francis Chadonet:

                "Chadonet was an eccentric sort of man, of a very harsh manner" ...  "English traveller E.A. Kendall wrote that he " reached Chazy, settled mostly by the French, here was a small villiage and a decent Inn, but a rough landlord". .... A Masonic emblem on his gravestone.

            On May 8th 1806, Francis Chadonett bought between 120 and 200 acres in lot 65 of Deans Patent from Amtow Sangay, land he leased on May 20th the same year to Charles Amlaw for his natural life. When Chandonett's land was sold to Matthew Sax after Chandonett's death, it was occupied by John Battis Amlaw, son of Charles.

If anyone reading this can get to the Clinton Co. Courthouse, Chadonet to Matthew Sax deed would look good here


      Under a description of  "the Sciota Road" (miner farm road).

            The early settlers, before 1869, along the road were: William Talford (bef. 1856), Clement S. Miner (1819) Henry Bullis, F. Broullion, A. Amlaw, James Loomis, Anthony A. Baker (1848) and Lewis Brown....... Until after 1856 Oliver Bullis had the only house between Miner and A. Amlaw, who lived almost at the entrance to Angelville Rd., and for many years there were no other houses nearly all the way to Sciota Villiage.

        *(after checking the census records and the landowners map of 1869, you can see that the man above given as A. Amlaw, was actually D. Amlaw,(Dolphin). I stopped at the site when I was there and chatted over the fence to the present owner, It seems the only thing old enough to have been there at the time in question was the stone foundation of the Barn.)
Also notice the reference to James Loomis and then check this out