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I was born in a farmhouse in New Brunswick, Canada, of
Loyalist American stock in I874. My great grandfather, Joseph
William Atkinson, came from Swampscott, Massachusetts, a
coastal town some fifteen miles above Boston. During the Revo-
lutionary War he stuck by the Crown, as at least a third of the
colonial population did, according to John Quincy Adams' con-
As a result, his property was confiscated in 1784, the year of
the Continental Congress, and he fled during the night to Canada,
one of 30,000 other Tories. He and his devoted wife, Emily,
went by British vessel first to St. John, then into the wilderness
near Cape Tormentine. This cape juts out into the Northumber-
land Strait connecting the Gulf of St. Lawrence with the Bay of
Fundy and separates New Brunswick from Prince Edward Island.
The situation in which he and his descendants now found them-
selves was a good deal like that of pioneer Maine. They suffered
very much of a comedown, both socially and economically.
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Atkinson, Donald Taylor. Texas Surgeon: an Autobiography, book, 1958; New York. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth143566/m1/15/: accessed December 17, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting University of Texas Health Science Center Libraries.