Colonel JAMES GIVINS (sometimes JAMES GIVENS) (circa 1759 – March 5, 1846) was a British Army officer and militiaman who fought in the American Revolution and the War of 1812 . He was also an Indian agent of Upper Canada , rising to Chief Superintendent of the Indian Department. He is the namesake of Givins Street in Toronto.
Givins place of birth is unknown, but it has been suggested he was
Givins was released in 1781. No record exists of his activities until
he was appointed a lieutenant with the Queen\'s Rangers on November
30, 1791. Knowledgeable in Ojibwe , he served as a courier and
Although Givins had retired from the military, he was recalled to active service at the outbreak of the War of 1812 . He was given the rank of major and appointed Provincial Aide-de-Camp to General Isaac Brock . Givins fought in several battles, including the Battle of Detroit and on the Niagara Peninsula . He commanded a band of Mississaugas during the Battle of York . His performance there was favourably noted by Sir Roger Hale Sheaffe , when the men under his command where the first to engage the landing American troops. After coming under fire from the Americans, and their own relief failing to arrive, he and his men retreated to Pine Grove where his wife Angelica attended to their wounds. Blood from the wounded stained the floors, which remained stained until the house was demolished in 1891.
Givins remained a militia member after the war's end, although his main focus was the Indian Department. He was promoted to Colonel of the 3rd Battalion of York Militia on January 21, 1820, and Colonel of the 1st Battalion of West York in 1821. After the war, the focus of the Indian Department changed, as military alliances with the Indians were no longer valuable. Instead, the Indian Department looked to convert the Indians to the British lifestyle. Givins was heavily involved with the Credit Mission , working with Mississauga leader Peter Jones to establish the settlement and pioneer it as an example Indian settlement. The success of the Credit Mission was noted in Henry Charles Darling 's report on the state of the province's Indians, and the settlement became a model for the reserve system . Givins was given the job of Chief Superintendent of the Indian Department in Upper Canada in 1830. He retired in 1837, and was replaced by Samuel Jarvis .
Givins died in 1846 at his estate Pine Grove in Toronto, and was buried in St. James Cemetery .
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