when I say “Yankee”

British forces burn down the White House, War of 1812.

When I say “Yankee,” I mean “Thief.”

Amy: (in response to “my Yankee lover: get well soon”) Seriously asking this question…What does Yankee mean when said/written by a Canadian or to a Canadian?

Clay: “Yankee,” as spoke by this Canadian means quite a lot. My family (Hawkins) were Connecticut U.E.L.s who lost everything to the revolution and fled into Upper Canada to make new lives for themselves. “Yankee,” we say, “thief.”

During the Civil War several Hawkins and Robertsons (also relatives) sailed across L. Ontario to Rochester and signed up with the NY State Militia to fight in the Union Army. Upon signing up (as mercenaries) they were paid $1,500 each and given full soldiering kit (including valuable repeater rifles). And they vanished in the night, back to Ontario with the loot.

The next trip was to Syracuse, same results. Then to Buffalo. This is how the Hawkins/Roberstons built their farms and homesteads and paid the Yankees back in full.

A prior generation of Robertson boys were among British troops who burned Washington during the War of 1812 (most notable among their exploits, of course, was the burning of the White House).

Does this mean the Hawkins/Robertsons were honourable folk? As likely not. Their old farmsteads in Connecticut and new ones in L. Canada were taken from the original property holders, the first nations groups in respective regions (the Huron were the O.G.s where the Robertsons settled). Perhaps they were just lucky to regain lost fortunes.

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