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This family saga opens as Daniel Giraud, a Huguenot, escapes the French king’s clutches in the1690’s, in the southwest of France. Fleeing to New York City; he, his wife, and small child seek safety and religious freedom. The family joins with other Huguenots in New Rochelle on Long Island Sound.
Now grown, his son persuades him to move north in Westchester County to become a tenant-farmer of the land-owning Van Cortlandt family. Hard work is eventually followed by prosperity.
Years later, the grandson and inheritor, Daniel Gerow, serves in the Westchester militia in both the French and Indian War and in the American Revolution. Life for Daniel and his family becomes one of chance and fate as Cortlandt Manor becomes a nucleus for both Revolutionaries and the British Army. Gerow family members perish or are exiled in the conflict.
The author weaves fact and fiction as she traces her family’s history as tensions rise through the intricacies of deceit, loyalty, and dangers of the American Revolution.

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Jane Simpson is a retired nurse, living in Kanata, Ontario. Throughout her career she held clinical intensive-care, administrative and educational positions in health care. She is a member of numerous historical and genealogical societies in Ontario and is a member of United Empire Loyalists Association of Canada, Bay of Quinte and New Brunswick region. She enjoys speaking to groups about her books and topics that are off-shoots of her genealogical research.

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Shades of Allegiance books available at:

County Magazine, 289 Bloomfield Main St., Bloomfield, Ont.

Books and Company, 289 Main St., Picton, Ont.

Books on Main, 368 Main St., Bath, Ont.

Novel Idea, 156 Princess St., Kingston, Ont.

Westboro Books, 314 Richmond Rd. Ottawa, Ont.

Perfect Books, 258 Elgin St. Ottawa, Ont.

Jane's first book,

Soldier, Settler, Sinner

is available in limited quantities by contacting


February 18, 2024 - 2:00pm

Kawartha, UELAC, Shades of Allegiance by Zoom.

February 22, 2024 - 1:30 pm

Seventh Town Historical Society - Shades of Allegiance, book reading at Marilyn Adams Genealogical Research Centre,  528 County Rd 19, Ameliasburgh, Ont.

April 16th 2024

Lennox and Addington Archives, presentation Shades of Allegiance, 97 Thomas St E, Napanee, Ont.

April 20, 2024 1:00PM

Quinte Branch, Ontario Genealogical Society -   ZOOM CAll ONLY  , no in person presentation. 

7 Cresswell Dr., Trenton, Ont.

September 14, 2024, 1:30 pm

Bay of Quinte, UELAC Branch, Adolphustown - Presentation Shades of Allegiance

10469 Hwy 33, Napanee, ON

September 17, 2024 - 7:00pm

Hastings County Historical Society, presentation Shades of Allegiance,  100 College Street West, Belleville, Ont.

November 23, 2024

Kingston Branch of the United Empire Loyalist Association of Canada - Presentation Shades of Allegiance.

Winter, 2024

Indigo Chapters, 390 Bell St. Belleville, Ont. Shades of Allegiance, book signing

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