By: Dylan Kenny
"Pierpoint" was captured and transported at the age of 16, by slave traders, to New England, where, he was boght by an officer Pierpoint.
The British army enroled African Americans to serve for their freedom. If at the end of the war these African Americans survived, they were promised freedom and were evacuated into Upper Canada, never to be a slave again. Pierpoint was one of those freed.
Pierpoint signed a petition asking Upper Canada if the African Americans that lived through the war were able to be granted land beside each other. The petition was rejected.
Pierpoint send the Upper Canada gouvernment proposing coloured men to fight for Upper Canada. The petition was first rejected but because of the little amount of volunteers for the war, the petition was eventually approved.
Pierpoint and the African American the served beside him were upgraded from infantry to artificers a branch of the Royal engeneers during the battles in the Niagara peninsula.
Although Pierpoint died the same year, he lived ling enough to see his Coloured Corps was reassembled. They defended the colony from William Lyon Mackenzie and continuously were used until 1851, being one of the most distinguished service records of any Canadian militia unit.
There are no records of the exacte date of Pierpoints birth but he was born in Bondu, West Africa in the year 1745
After the Coloured Corps was honourably disbanded, the war veterans were eligible for 100 acres of forest to homestead. Pierpoints' last petition was sent to the colonial government when he was given the land, he wanted to trade the land for a one-way boat ride back to his homeland of Bondu. This petition was rejected like his others.
Pierpoint accepted and homesteaded the land, which is located in todays Fergus, at the age of 78
Pierpoint died during the year 1837 and buried into his land but it is uncertain of the exact date.