John Clitz was a lieutenant in the Second US infantry in 1819, and stationed at Plattsburg, N.Y., when he married Mary Gale Mellen...at Sackett's Harbor.
Lieutenant Clitz had been a soldier in the war of 1812, being wounded at the battle of Plattsburg. He was for many years aide to the late General Hugh Brady. Mrs. Clitz followed her husband to the various frontier posts, at which he was stationed, enduring the many privations which the families of United States soldiers at remote points were called upon to encounter in those days.
The lieutenant had attained the rank of captain and was in command at Fort Mackinac where he died in 1836, leaving his widow with eight children. The four sons were John, Henry, William, and Edward. A daughter, Harriet Clitz, married Henry Beaufort Sears.
Were John Clitz's remains removed from Mackinac Island to Detroit?