Carole Troxler

Carole Troxler, historian, Loyalist migrants from the Carolinas and Georgia, black Loyalists
Elon University, North Carolina

Carole Troxler studies Loyalists from the Carolinas and Georgia who moved to parts of present-day Canada after the American Revolution. Some of them did not go there directly but spent months or years in East Florida, Britain, and/or the Bahamas. Three decades ago Troxler's dissertation identified the individuals, their patterns of wartime experiences, the course of their migration, and the composition of their settlements in Nova Scotia and New Brunswick. Since then, Troxler has followed the various settlements to about 1825 as well as further migration to Cape Breton and Prince Edward islands and to Upper Canada. She has traced a few returns to the southern states. As nearly all the whites among this study were backcountry people, the work has taken her further into the pre-war and wartime communities of the southern interior. Black loyalists in the study were largely lowcountry residents before the war, as that was where slavery was strong at that time. The post-war lives of some white and black loyalist emigrants were intertwined, and re-enslavement in East Florida, the Bahamas and Nova Scotia is of special interest. While some of the blacks led the move to Sierra Leone, many had settled outside its recruiting area. Partial list of publications: