Friday, May 17, 2013

A Young Thomas Richmond In The War Of 1812

One of my ancestors was named Thomas Richmond.  The man who served in the War of 1812 and is profiled below was NOT my ancestor.

From the Richmond Family book:
The Hon. Thomas Richmond was born in Barnard, Vt., Dec. 8, 1796, and died in Woodstock, Vt., June 15, 1893.  He married, in Salina, N.Y., Jan. 4, 1822, Olive, daughter of Charles Yale. They resided in Chicago, Ill.  He was one of Chicago's pioneers, moving there with his family in 1847.  

He was in the War of 1812, as valet to a captain, being too young to enlist as a soldier.  A letter was sent to Ulysses S. Grant in 1869, stating such:

Perhaps he was a soldier in the War of 1812....

He was enumerated with his family about the time the letter to President Grant was sent:

United States Census, 1870
Household  Gender Age Birthplace
Thos Richmond M 72y Vermont
Olive Y Richmond F 70y New York
Holland M Richmond M 40y New York
Susan M Richmond F 43y New York
Fredrica Richdat F 22y Norway
Ericca Ursen F 43y Norway

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