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BILLOPP, Christopher, soldier, born on Staten Island, New York, in 1737 ; died in St. John, New Brunswick, in 1827. His name was originally Farmer; but he married the daughter of Captain Christopher Billopp, of the British navy, who had obtained a patent for a large tract of land on Staten Island, and when his wife inherited this estate he adopted her father's name. He commanded a corps of loyalist militia, recruited in the vicinity of New York, during the American revolution, and, having been taken prisoner, was confined in the jail at Burlington, New Jersey In 1782 he was superintendent of police on Staten Island. Under the act of New York his large property was confiscated, including the Billopp house (still standing, as shown in the engraving), which he had erected, and at which Lord Howe, as a commissioner for Great Britain, met Franklin, John Adams, and Edward Rutledge, a committee of congress, with the expectation of removing obstacles in the way of a return of the colonies to their allegiance. At the close of the war Colonel Billopp went to Nova Scotia, and was one of the fifty-five petitioners for land in that province in 1783. Soon afterward he removed to New Brunswick, and was a member of the house of assembly and of the provincial council there. He claimed the office of administrator of the government in 1823, on the death of Governor Smythe, but was unsuccessful.
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