This week Global Heritage Press released a new book by Gavin K. Watt, A Short Service History and Master Roll of James Rogers’ 2nd Battalion, King’s Rangers.
The first part of the book provides a brief history of the 2nd battalion from its creation in 1779 until disbandment in 1783. The second part contains a Master Roll of 358 men, listing alternate spellings of surnames and given names, rank, enlistment date, company, service details, age, height, place of origin, trade, wife and family, and place of settlement.
After more than thirty years of studying the loyalist regiments that served in Quebec during the American Revolution, author Gavin K. Watt concluded that Major James Rogers’ 2nd battalion, King’s Rangers was sadly overlooked and required additional attention.
Major James Rogers’ command of the 2nd Battalion of the King’s Rangers in the American War of Independence/American Revolution, resulted in the forfeiture of his lands in Vermont. In 1784, he led a party of about 300 disbanded King’s Rangers and their families to the Third Township of Cataraqui, later known as the Township of Fredericksburgh, in Lennox County, Ontario, where they were granted land. Rogers, who first settled in Fredericksburgh, where he became lieutenant-colonel of the militia, lived for a time in Prince Edward County, Ontario but returned to Fredericksburgh before his death on September 23, 1790.
More details, including a list of all the men’s last names, and information to order the book are available from Global Genealogy. The book is available in coil-bound, CD, and PDF formats.