Richard Pierpoint

By Emilie Ruecker

personal life



Richard Pierpoint was born some time in 1744 in Bundul, Senegal

veterans grant & final petition

1815 - 1822

-petition to colonial goverment
-asked for 1 way ticket back home to Bondu
- wanted to die in home country, was getting weaker from old age and illness
-was rejected
-no choice left, he settled in todays Fergus.
-became owner in 1822, though he was given the land in 1815
-100 acres of land -isolated cabin surrounded by forest


  • died in canada at the age of 93
  • was burried on his property

slave life

Captured and sold

1760 - 1776

Richard is captured by Americans in 1960 (when he was 16 years old), and brought to america. He is then sold as a slave to a brittish officer named Richard Pierpoint

Released & fighting with butler's rangers

1776 - 1780

Many African Americans were offered freedom from slavery if they fought on the brittish side in the American revolution. If they survived, the african americans were promised to be evacuated to Upper Canada for freedom. They would never become slaves again

Free negroes petition

  • 1794, once the war was over
  • was signed by Lieutenant Governor John Graves Simcoe.
  • wanted freed blacks that had served as soldiers to be given lands next to eachother so that they could help eachother build their property
  • petition was rejected by Executive Council of Upper Canada Government


Coloured corps petition

  • asked to organize and lead a colored corps of the niagara frontier to fight in the war of 1812 -was refused but a coloured corps was created (the coloured corps of Upper Canada.
  • was led by a white officer with no military expirience (was a tavern owner). -disbanded in 1815

promotion by the Royal Engineers


-The coloured corps gorup, including Richard pierpoint, was uograded from infantry to artificers
- the artificers were an elite branch of the Royal engineers

Coloured corps disbamds


The coloured corps disbanded after having fought in battles such as the battle of Queenston heights, the siege of Fort George and the battle of Lundy's Lane.

coloured caps reunite

1837 - 1851
  • 1837~ to defend William Lyon Mackenzie King's repulicans
  • led to 5 other coloured corps' being raised