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Colonel Edward Jessup 1735-1816

Colonel Edward Jessup 1735-1816

Photo by Alan L Brown - Posted June, 2004

Colonel Edward Jessup 1735-1816

Photo from Google Street View ©2010 Google - Posted December, 2010

Plaque Location

The United Counties of Leeds & Grenville
The Town of Prescott
On the north side of King Street East
on the grounds of Fort Wellington


Coordinates: N 44 42.744 W 75 30.514

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Plaque Text

Born in Stamford, Connecticut, he forfeited 202,000 ha near Albany, New York, by taking up arms for the King on the outbreak of the American Revolution. He raised the Loyal (Jessup's) Rangers and served under Burgoyne. This corps was disbanded at the end of the war, its members settling in the present Leeds and Grenville Counties, and on the Bay of Quinte. In return for his services, Jessup received extensive lands from the Crown. In 1810 a townsite was surveyed on this grant which he named after Robert Prescott, Governor-in-Chief of Canada, 1797-1807.

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