Upper Canada Land Petitions (1763-1865)
"A," Bundle 4
Petition of Amos Ansley
Petitioner joined the British Army in 1776 & served His Majesty as an Artificer in the Engineer Department at Fort Stanwix in the year 1777 and that your petitioner went to Detroit & was appointed by Governor Hamilton as master carpenter & from there went to Fort St. Vincents [Vincennes*] and was taken prisoner and sent to Virginia, and from thence, made his escape to New York where he served as above until the year 1785. *Plenty of biographical information at that link
See the bio of Amos Ansley (the son of Amos); it also contains information about Amos (Sr.).
Amos Ainsley on Gov. Hamilton's Payroll:
"...an apprentice named Amos Ansley...when his parole would no longer hold him, Ansley was among the royalists who followed his fortunes to Canada. Some time in February or March, as believed, of 1781...Ansley had arrived in the vicinity of Johnstown [NY] in the character of a spy... ."