Having a copy of Rex Mattice's family history has been
quite helpful indeed, esp re: whether or not Nicholas
A. Mattice was the son of a Loyalist or a Patriot.
Well, as I discovered: He was the son of a Patriot and
the nephew of a Loyalist!
Adam Mattice (1741-1820) was in the Associate Exempts,
Company Six of the 15th Regiment, Albany County NY
Militia. In the latter part of the war he was
basically an "invaild," able to do guard or garrison
duty--probably little else. He had a nickname: "Skin
Mattice." At some point, the Indians had captured him
and tortured him--skinning him. Yikes! But,
supposedly, Adam was not a nice guy to them and this
was their revenge.
Adam's older brother Nicholas (b. 1719) refused to
side with the Patriots and migrated early in the war
to Ontario, Canada--near the Niagara frontier. His
property in Schoharie was confiscated. Ultimately,
Nicholas joined Butler's Rangers, what amounted to a
guerrilla outfit for the British. At least three
sons--Peter, Frederick, John--also were Loyalists.
Peter was a drummer in the Rangers.
I have a copy of the United Empire Old List of
Loyalists for Ontario, Canada--and there is Nicholas
So, Nicholas A. Mattice, son of Adam and nephew of
Nicholas, could rightly say that the Revolution was
truly a "civil war" in the Mattice family!
At some point, once I uncover more primary
documentation for Caroline, d/o Nicholas A. Mattice, I
may look into applying to the Loyalists & Patriots
Society. You must be a descendant of one or the other
with a brother or uncle who was one or the other... Or
something like that! :)
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