Edward Jessup (December 24, 1735 – February 3, 1816) was a soldier, judge and political figure in Upper Canada.
He was born in Stamford, Connecticut in 1735 and moved with his family to Dutchess County, New York in 1744. In 1759, he served with Jeffery Amherst in the Lake Champlain region. In 1764, he moved with his brother Ebenezer to Albany, New York where they established a community known as Jessup's Landing on the Hudson River. He was a recipient of a large land grant from the Crown in the Adirondacks of about 500,000 acres (2,000 km2).
In 1776, with other loyalists from this area, they joined Sir John Johnson's regiment, later forming their own corps, known as the King's Loyal Americans. They fought with Lieutenant General John Burgoyne at Saratoga and both brothers were taken prisoner. They were paroled and allowed to return to Quebec. In 1781, Edward Jessup was named head of a new provincial regiment known as the Loyal Rangers, or Jessup's Rangers which mainly maintained garrisons in southern Quebec and occasionally took part in raids into New York state.
Life in Canada
After the war, Edward Jessup and his troops settled along the Saint Lawrence River; he himself settled in Augusta Township. He was appointed justice of the peace and a judge of the Court of Common Pleas. With his son, he founded the town of Prescott, Ontario.
Later in life, he suffered from the palsy and he died at Prescott in 1816, aged 80.
His son, Edward Jr., was elected to the 2nd Parliament of Upper Canada representing Grenville and became a lieutenant-colonel in the local militia. His grandson, Edward, was elected to the 11th Parliament of Upper Canada for Grenville