Cartwright, Richard, 1759-1815

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Cartwright, Richard, 1759-1815

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      Richard Cartwright (1759-1815) came to Upper Canada from the United States, where he served in the military and became involved in various business ventures, including the purchase of the Kingston Gazette to which he contributed articles under the pseudonym "Falkland".

      He was born at Albany, New York, on 2 February 1759 to Richard Cartwright and Joanne Beasley. Richard emigrated to British Canada in 1777 following the American War of Independence. He became secretary to John Butler, major commandant of a loyalist regiment based at Fort Niagara. Cartwright spent 1778 and 1779 on military expeditions into northern New York. In 1780 he left the military and entered a business partnership with Robert Hamilton. The business tapped into the fur trade as well as the supply of British garrisons. Cartwright diversified into flour mills in Napanee, local manufacturing - making canvas for the Royal Navy during the War of 1812, and purchasing the Kingston Gazette, to which he contributed articles under the pseudonym "Falkland." In c. 1784 Cartwright married Magdalen Secord of Kingston, and they had eight children over the course of their marriage. The two eldest sons, James and Richard, died in 1811 followed by Hannah and the third son, Stephen. Surviving offspring were Mary Magdalen, Thomas Robison, Robert David and John Solomon (twins). Mary married Captain Alexander Thomas Dobbs of the Royal Navy in 1814, Thomas died in 1826, Robert became an Anglican minister and the father of Sir Richard John Cartwright, and John became a Kingston lawyer and politician. Richard Cartwright died in Kingston, 27 July 1815.


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