JOHN HATHORN'S REVOLUTIONARY LEGACY: LOYALISTS
A DIVIDED COMMUNITY (PAGE UNDER CONSTRUCTION)
Not all citizens of Warwick supportered of the rebellion. It is estimated that about one third of the population of the mid-Hudson backed the rebels, one third were adamantly loyal to the established British government and the King, and one third just wanted to try to keep neutral and not get into any conflicts,
There were Tory raiders in and around the mountains of Warwick, looking for supplies and cash for the British, most famously the Claudius Smith gang.
There were Warwick citizens who left to join the British or take refuge in occupied New York City. After a time, being "neutral" was not tolerated. You had to declare loyalty to one or another side.
LOYALIST WEB RESOURCES
Documents about New York State's Loyalists are being digitized. Here are a few places you can visit.
- Enemies of the State exhibit by the New York State Archives.
ALYEA, ISAAC: One of the most well documented of the local Loyalists is Isaac Alyea, His farm was along Upper Wisner Road. He fled to New York City and his lands were seized and sold.