Saturday, December 24, 2016

Talbot's Middlesex Militia

Colonel Thomas Talbot's Officers of the 1st Regiment of the Middlesex Militia, as of 24 December 1812:


Some of the names listed above: Mahlon Burwell, Samuel Edison, Gideon Tiffany and David Secord.

Monday, December 12, 2016

The Irishman In Canada (James Fitzgibbon)

The Irishman in Canada  

The history of Irishmen in Canada would not be complete without an account of this war necessarily within easily understood limits. The greatest feat performed during the three campaigns was performed by an Irishman; a man too who was a true hero in more senses than being a brave soldier entitles a man to that name. [James Fitzgibbon was an Irish hero]

But in truth the Americans thought taking Canada would be an easy task. With an ignorance and a vanity which provoke a smile, it was believed that the Canadians themselves would gladly exchange the union jack for the stars and stripes* and if they were not so wise in their election they must be taught wisdom.    *Even today we sometimes hear Americans talk in a strange way on this... .


See A veteran of 1812 ; the life of James FitzGibbonby FitzGibbon, Mary Agnes, 1851-1915, Published 1894

Monday, December 5, 2016

More Settlers Have Gone Out

Housing Of The Era? Picture Not Taken In New York

Source: A history of Livingston County, New York: from its earliest traditions, to ...

"By the 1790 census, there were only 960 souls, including travellers and surveyors with their attendants, within the bounds 'of the State west of the pre-exemption line."'

"The year 1812 added little to the population of this region, notwithstanding the promise of the early season.  'The war is a complete damper to all sales of new land.  I have not filled out a dozen land contracts this season,' says the principal land owner of this section, 'indeed, more settlers have gone out than have come into the Genesee country."'

Thursday, December 1, 2016

A Story Told Of Moredock

Reconstruction Of Historic Vincennes, Indiana

link to more details in the life of Colonel John Moredock, who was the "son of a woman who had been married several times and as often widowed...".  "Living always upon the frontier, she was finally left husbandless with a large family of children, at Vincennes, where she was induced to go further west...".