caroljane Posted January 17, 2012 Share Posted January 17, 2012 > The Wiki page on it says there were no reported deaths from T&F in the Revolutionary period [ND]Not reported doesn't mean non-existent. Why should deaths have been immediate and who would they have reported them -to-? No central government or dense web of reporters or tracking mechanisms, travel and information exchange often easier with England than up and down the colonial coast before paved roads/infrastructure.Oh dear. Somewhere I’ve heard a phrase before, ah yes, “absence of evidence is not evidence of absence”. Profound stuff. Thanks Phil.And how many tax collectors and loyalists just went missing during the period? Any unexplained disappearances? Maybe the rebel-sympathising coroners systematically falsified the cause of death for the countless victims. And maybe there's a celestial teapot...Interesting stuff. My ancestors were Massachussets Tories and there is a family legend that one of them was tarred and feathered and ridden on a rail. He died shortly after that but no cause of death has been found. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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