Oaths of Allegiance (1801-1806)


Port Hope and Hope Township (1801-1806)
Sworn before Robert Baldwin.
An example of an entry, this one taken by W. Willcocks, JP:
No. 10. I, ELIAS SMITH Sen'r Merch't born in the Province of New York but now of the Township of Hope in this Province, light hair, grey eyes, about five feet seven inches high, sixty four years of age, having taken the Oath of Allegiance, and the other Oaths prescribed by law, do subscribe the same at York, this 12th day of April 1801.
Sworn before me the day and year above written
Will Willcocks
Elias Smith Sen'r
The following information regarding the Oaths of Allegiance (1800 - 1806: York, Upper Canada) was taken from the introduction to an article in The York Pioneer, 1961; a publication of the York Pioneer and Historical Society: pages 20 & 21. It was provided by Deb Wilbur.

There were three oaths to be taken, the oath of allegiance to King George III, the oath of supremacy denying the authority of the Pope in Canada, and the oath of abjuration, which supported the claims of George III and his descendants to the throne of England rather than those of the Stuart line. Those of the Mennonite and Quaker faiths were allowed simply to make a "Solemn Affirmation of Allegiance".
OATH OF ALLEGIANCE
I, (name), do sincerely promise and swear, that I will be faithful, and bear true Allegiance to his Majesty King George: So help me God.

OATH OF SUPREMACY
I, (name), do swear, that I do from my Heart abhor, detest, and abjure, as impious and heretical, that damnable Doctrine and Position, that Princes excommunicated or deprived by the Pope, or any Authority of the See of Rome, may be deposed or murdered by their Subjects, or any other whatsoever. And I do declare, that no foreign Prince, Person, Prelate, State or Potentate, hath, or ought to have any Jurisdiction, Power, Superiority, pre-eminence or authority, Ecclesiastical or Spiritual, within this Realm: So help me God.

OATH OF ABJURATION
I, (name), do truly and sincerely acknowledge, profess, testify, and declare in my Conscience, before God and the World, that our Sovereign Lord King George, is lawful and rightful King of this Realm, and all other his Majesty's Dominions thereunto belonging. And I do solemnly and sincerely declare, that, I do believe in my Conscience, that not any of the Descendants of the person who pretended to be Prince of Wales during the Life of the late King James the Second, and since his Decease pretended to be, and took upon himself the Style and Title of King of England, by the name of James the Third, or of Scotland by the name of James the Eighth, or the Style and Title of King of Great-Britain, hath any Right or Title whatsoever, to the Crown of this Realm, or any other, the Dominions thereunto belonging; and I do renounce, refuse and abjure any Allegiance or obedience to any of them. And I do swear that I will bear Faith and true Allegiance to his Majesty King George, and him will defend, to the utmost of my Power, against all traiterous Conspiracies and attempts whatsoever, which shall be made against his Person, Crown, or Dignity. And I will do my utmost endeavour to disclose and make known to his Majesty, and his Successors, all Treasons and traiterous Conspiracies, which I shall know to be against him or any of them, and I do faithfully promise, to the utmost of my power to support, maintain and defend the Succession of the Crown against the Descendants of the said James, and against all other persons whatsoever; which Succession, by an Act entitled, "An Act for the further Limitation of the Crown, and better securing the Rights, and Liberties of the Subject, is and stands limited to the Princess Sophia, Electress and Dutchess Dowager of Hanover, and the Heirs of her Body being Protestants. And all these things I do plainly and sincerely acknowledge and swear, according to these express words by me spoken, and according to the plain and common sense, and understanding of the same words, without any Equivocation, mental Evasion, or secret reservation whatsoever. And I do make this Recognition, Acknowledgement, Abjuration, Renunciation, and promise, heartily, willingly and truly, upon the true Faith of a Christian: So help me God.
DatePerson taking oathHeightHair colourAgeRemarks
30 Apr 1801DAVIS, George5'5 1/2"sandy24 
03 MayTRULL, John5'5 1/2"dark brown50Small cut on lower lip
16 MaySOPER, Pelitiah5'8"light brown35 
31 MayMARSH, Benjamin5'5 1/2"dark brown29 
21 JunSOPER, Leonard5'11"dark brown38 
21 JunWALTON, Nathan5'8"dark brown28 
27 JunSMITH, John5'8"dark brown45made his "mark" 
29 JunGIFFORD, Ephraim5'10"light brown25 
29 JunSOPER, Seth5'5"dark brown32 
29 JunMERKLY, Christopher5'8"sandy29 
29 JunBEDFORD, Jonathan, Jr.5'10"red hair30A cut on the forehead
29 JunMARSH, Samuel W.5'7"light brown27 
29 JunBEDFORD, Paul5'8"dark brown28 
29 JunWOOD, John5'7"light brown32 
29 JunLOW, John C.5'8"sandy36 
29 JunBORLAND, William5'7"dark brown32A small scar on the left side of his nose
29 JunHARRIS, Myndert5'7 1/2"light brown52 
29 JunODEL, Jacob5'7"dark brown18made his "mark" 
29 JunPOTHER, John5'6"dark brown23A scar on the forehead
29 JunSTEVEN, James6'2"black hair40 
29 JunCRIPPEN, David5'9"grey52made his "mark" 
29 JunPARSONS, Chattwil5'9"black50 
29 JunMcKELVEY, Edward5'8"black40 
29 JunWRIGHT, Wait5' 1/2"dark brown42made his "mark"
29 JunCRIPPEN, Ishbell5'7"brown18 
29 JunHOLCOMB, John5'8"dark brown26 
29 JunSTONER, Henry5'8 1/2"brown22Mole on right cheek. Made his "mark"
29 JunHASKILL, Jeduthan5'6"sandy17 
29 JunHARRIS, Myndert, Jr.5'6"sandy16 
29 Jun CRIPPEN, Daniel5'9"dark brown21Small scar on forehead
29 Jun HASKILL, Willi S.5'10"light brown22 
29 Jun O'FLANAGAN, James5'7 1/2"sandy28Scar on left side of mouth
29 JunSTONER, John5'7"dark brown55Deep hole in cheek. Made his "mark"
29 JunSTONER, Peter, Jr.5'3"light brown19Made his "mark"
29 JunSTONER, Peter, Sr.5'5"grey66Made his "mark"
29 JunPOTHER, Philip5'2 3/4"dark brown49Made his "mark"
29 JunROSS, Alexander5'9 1/2"dark brown25Made his "mark"
29 JunHASKILL, Nathan5'7"light brown46 
29 JunBEDFORD, Jonathan, Sr.5'7"grey54Blind. Made his "mark"
29 JunASHLEY, Thomas5'6"dark brown35 
29 JunRICHARD, Simon5'7"a black man33Made his "mark"
29 JunSTEEL, David5'11"a black36Made his "mark"
29 JunWELLER, Gad6'1"dark brown36 
29 JunMARVIN, Samuel6' 1/2"black30 
29 JunYATES, John6'light24 
29 JunFACER, Harry5'5"light brown50  
29 JunVANDECAR, John5'5 1/2"gray68Made his "mark"
29 JunVANDECAR, Roelof5'5 1/2"gray56Made his "mark"
29 JunBALL, Sheduck5'6 1/2"gray49Made his "mark"
02 Apr 1802WATSON, William5'7"black25 
26 AprODEL, John5'7"black40 
30 AprDAILY, Cornelius5'10 1/2"gray51 
30 AprSMITH, Elias, Jr.5'2"dk brown25 
04 AugCOPP, John6'dk brown22 
01 Jun VANDECAR, John5'5"black18 
01 JunBARNES, Hiram5'5"dk brown28 
01 JunSMITH, Lotrop5'10"dk brown21 
27 Aug 1804HAWKINS, James5'9 1/2"dk brown46 
08 Dec 1806KIMBAL, James5'11 3/4"black hair30 

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