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Re: Nova Scotia Fleets-DNA testing
Posted by: Ned Fleet (ID *****6138) Date: January 02, 2010 at 12:48:10
In Reply to: Re: Nova Scotia Fleets-DNA testing by Kyle Moore of 317

Hello Kyle; I believe that James Fleet is probably the son of William Fleet, who served in the 40th regiment of the British Army throughout the revolution and received a land grant in the Clements Township area of Nova Scotia. A James Fleet was also mustered out of the 40th regiment about the same time and received a land grant in 1784 in the same general area as William Fleet. While I believe I have been able to obtain sufficient circumstantial evidence to proove my descent from William the only evidence I know of linking James of Granville to William is the Granville Township book which mentions that Jame's father's name was William. I was able to obtain the service record of William Fleet from the British Archives. They were able to go back to May of 1775, when he was stationed in Ireland, but do not have records of the 40th regiment prior to that time, so it will be a challenge to figure out where William came from. I found a baptismal record from the Irish Family History Foundation which mentions a son of a James Fleet who was serving in the 34th regiment in March of 1775 in Belfast Ireland. I was able to obtain his service record from the British Archives. Apparently his regiment was sent to America in 1776. He was taken prisoner at the Battle of Saratoga, probable spent some years as a prisoner at Albemarle Barracks in Va and then was released or escaped, ending up in the Royal Garrison Battalion. According to a genealogy by Frank Perry this is the James later found in Granville; but the archives also found a James enlisting in the 40th regiment, I believe in Jan. of 1782, so according to the archives they most likely are two different people as James from the 34th enlists in the Royal Garrison Battalion in Aug. of 1782, while James the likely son of William is still apparently in the 40th. My grandfather's grandfather John Fleet was married in 1850 in Granville Nova Scotia in the same church, I believe as James descendants, so I think it is a strong sign that he was related to them. A descendant of James Fleet by the name of John Archer Dixey, according to one of my aunts, was a cousin or at least a distant cousin of my grandfather Fleet. My DNA is coming out a match with a Pollock/Polk/Pogue line. I believe William Fleet may have joined the British Army circa 1755 in the Maryland area and may be a descendant of some of the Polks in that area, but that is highly speculative at this point. Ned Fleet


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