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CROOKSNANKN, George, Canadian pioneer, born in New York in 1773; died in Toronto, 21 July 1859. His father, a native of the Orkney Islands, emigrated to Shrewsbury, New Jersey, about 1775, but, being a loyalist, soon left the United States and settled in New Brunswick. The son went to Canada in 1796. During the war of 1812-'5 he directed the construction of military roads, and attended to the transportation of cannon, etc., for the army. When York (now Toronto) was captured by the Americans, he followed the British forces to Kingston, and his house in York became the headquarters of the American commander. He was for many years a member of the legislative council, and was noted for benevolence and charity, when systematized charity was unknown. He contributed largely toward the erection of St. James Cathedral, Toronto.
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