Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Brethren In Fraternity, If Not In Arms

Welland Canal [NOT Beaver Dams - In General Vicinity]

It was at Beaver Dams near this old village that Lieut. Fitzgibbon of the 49th Regiment...made such a gallant fight in June of 1813. The story is told that an hour or two after the surrender when the American officers were within the British lines, Lieut. Fitzgibbon was told by a non-commissioned officer that two of the American officers were members of the Craft [Freemasons]. This fact, to the joy of the Americans, secured them comfortable quarters in the home of a resident who was a member of the lodge at Forty Mile Creek and who did what he could to make his brethren in fraternity, if not in arms, as comfortable as the circumstances would permit. [Source]

Friday, June 24, 2016

Reburial At Beaver Dams

Picturesque spots of the North: Historical and descriptive sketches...:

"When excavations were being made for the Welland Canal, some human bones were found at Beaver Dams with militia buttons and scraps of military accoutrements, which showed that they were the remains of Canadian soldiers killed in the fight which had taken place there. These remains were collected, enclosed in a walnut casket, and buried where they had been found, more than two thousand people assembling to witness the ceremony. Over the spot a small granite monument was placed, with the simple inscription 'Beaver Dams, June 24th ,1813.'"

Monday, June 20, 2016

Several Recruits Have Died At Fort Mifflin

Letters Received By The Adjutant General from George Izard:

Fold3: Military Records
Source (Fold3)
"....several recruits have died at Fort Mifflin, and I fear more will soon meet with the same fate."

Note:  My ancestor, William Hinds, died 25 June 1813, probably at Fort Mifflin.

Thursday, June 16, 2016

American Major Chapin

War of 1812: Board of Claims for Losses, 1813-1848, RG 19 E5A
Microform: t-1126
Statement...27 May 1813
At The Capture Of Fort George

Statement Of Losses Sustained
Peter Carson, Cordwainer
Township Of Grantham

Damage sustained...by a party of militia and Indians commanded by Major Chapin of the United States Volunteers

12 October 1813

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Wm. Howard Absent From 4th Militia

War of 1812: Upper Canada Returns, Nominal Rolls and Paylists, RG 9 1B7:

#62. Wm. Howard....Absent

Certified on 14 June 1814

Friday, June 10, 2016

House Of The Widow Fairlee

Early Era Tavern (NOT IN BERNE)

The house of the widow Fairlee, in the village of Berne, was built for a tavern in 1809. It was used
as a recruiting station during the war of 1812. [Source]

Note:  This blog features the history of Berne, New York

Monday, June 6, 2016

Williamson Property Near Stoney Creek

Journal and Transactions of the Wentworth Historical Society...:

[The American army was encamped near Stony Creek] leading from Hamilton to Niagara...on the north side of the road owned by Wm. Gage where now stands the Williamson homestead... occupying the same with about 500 men in and about the lane to the east of the Williamson house leading north and east at present to the Lewis house...also over the knoll in question [Smith's Knoll] upon which was placed their artillery when the attack was made about 2 a.m. of 6th June, 1813.