Benjamin Vanatter/Van Etten came with his family to the Niagara region in about 1800.
During the War of 1812, he was a gunner in the 4th Regiment Lincoln Militia Artillery along with his future father-in-law, Jerry (Jere) Kentner. He received a Crown land grant of 100 acres in Caledon in 1832. He sold this property in 1834 and was encouraged to move to Erin Township, by his 1st Father-in-law, Jerry Kentner.
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Jerry (Jere) T Kentner was granted land in London, Ontario, after the war. At some point he made his way to Erin and in 1825 he was elected to Township Council.
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1st Flank Company
4th Regiment Lincoln Militia
Frederick Near was yeoman as private in Capt. Hamilton’s Flank Company 2nd Regiment Lincoln Militia in 1812. Capt. Hamilton’s muster rolls shows his name from September to December 1812. He also served in Capt. Robert Grant’s Company in 1814. He was part of detachment erecting defense 27 April to 2 May 1814; works on Queenston Heights in May and June assembled at Mississauga Point; July and October on Third Riding.
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Flank Company 2nd Regiment