Monday, July 28, 2008

Treaty of Paris (1783) American Revolutionary War

A lot of our current research is in family lines in existence before and at the time of the War of Independence. All the real relocation of families into new and expanding areas took place after the completion of the conflict. We often have to remind ourselves that this begins really some 7 plus years after what we celebrate as our Independence day that real opportunity took place.

The conclusion was the Treaty of Paris that was signed at the Hôtel de York in Paris on September 3, 1783, 7 years, 1 month and 30 days after the official date of the Declaration of Independence. Even then it took another 7 months until on April 9, 1784 ratification process was complete between all the parties. See & for a start on details on the war and the treaty.

Using the 1783 treaty date as a baseline you begin to see how quickly expansion and changes took place. We saw our own family movement into new areas as happening very fast following the completion of the conflict. Within 3 years (1786) the Rountree’s had been grated property in Carolina and the Munday’s in Ohio based on their service during the war. From there the property trading and resettlement that took place once move rapidly.

We suggest you re-look at your particular heritage with new baseline dates. You may see your ancestors’ activity with a new prospective and appreciation for their creation of a new country. Also you may find greater warmth for the French without whom we most likely would not have won the conflict.

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