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War of 1812 Veteran

Miller Lawrason 2nd Regiment York Militia

The Lawrason family originated in Wales, United Kingdom but later emigrated to New Jersey in the United States sometime in the mid 1700’s.  In the bio of the Lawrason family it appears that Miller Lawrason was born in New Jersey but remained loyal to the British during the American Revolution.  After the revolution the family were persecuted because of their loyalty to the Crown and joined a number of other families, 46 in total and left the United States for what was then known as Canada West.  They reached the Niagara area in July of that year but most of the land in this area was already claimed by veterans of Butler’s Rangers.  They continued on until they reached 40 Mile Creek in what today is known as Grimsby.  They called their new settlement “The Forty.”

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Sergeant John Purvis Lawrason Flank Company 2nd Regiment York Militia

The Lawrason family originated in Wales, United Kingdom but later emigrated to New Jersey in the United States sometime in the mid 1700’s.  In the bio of the Lawrason family it appears that Miller Lawrason was born in New Jersey but remained loyal to the British during the American Revolution.  After the revolution the family were persecuted because of their loyalty to the Crown and joined a number of other families, 46 in total and left the United States for what was then known as Canada West.  They reached the Niagara area in July of that year but most of the land in this area was already claimed by veterans of Butler’s Rangers.  They continued on until they reached 40 Mile Creek in what today is known as Grimsby.  They called their new settlement “The Forty.”

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Levi Green
5th Regiment Lincoln Militia

Levi Green was born in May 1783 in Hardwick, Sussex, New Jersey, United States. He was the son of Ensign Adam Green UEL and Martha (Smith) Green. (Source: Upper Canada Land Petitions “C” Bundle 20, 1836-1837, RG1, L3, Vol 213, Petition #87) Adam Green UEL, who was a recruiter for the New Jersey Volunteers, acting under Colonel (Judge) Nathaniel Pettit during the Revolutionary War, had Lot 24 Conc. 4, Saltfleet Township, and petitioned for additional land in 1794, after which he received an additional 300 acres (Lot 24, 25 and 26, Conc 5) adjoining. Continue reading Levi Green
5th Regiment Lincoln Militia

Richard London
5th Regiment Lincoln Militia

Re-enactors of 2nd Lincoln Militia
Re-enactors of 2nd Lincoln Militia

Richard London SUE was born in 1772 in Greenwich, Sussex, New Jersey, USA. He was the son of Bartholomew London UEL, (Source: Upper Canada Land Petitions ‘L’ Bundle 20, 1837, RG 1 L3, V.295, Petition 54, C-2131, Archives Canada) a farmer, whom had suffered from being loyal to the British forces during the war.

“… he has been almost three months in one prison and from there removed to another when he was detained some time on suspicion of recruiting men for His Majesty’s Forces. He has suffered the loss of both health and property for his loyalty …”

(Source: Upper Canada Land Petitions ‘L’ Bundle 1, 1792-1795, RG 1 L3, V.283, Petition 20, C-2124, Archives Canada). Continue reading Richard London
5th Regiment Lincoln Militia

Benjamin Vanatter
Artillery
4th Regiment Lincoln Militia

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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Artillery
4th Regiment Lincoln Militia

Frederick Near
Flank Company
2nd 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
Lincoln Militia

William Ward
1st Regiment Kent Militia

Battle of Longwoods Memorial
Battle of Longwoods Memorial

William Ward, eldest son of career soldier, George Ward, grew up on the banks of the Thames River in an area called Paint Creek, Longwoods. Much later this area was named for his father and mother, George Ward and Margaret (Shaw) Ward.  Both parents were born in Ireland but arrived in this area of Upper Canada as a soldering family. At the request of Lieutenant Governor John Simcoe, George Ward was appointed to command a block house on the Thames River as well as four gun boats. George Ward was also to establish a public house (halfway tavern/inn) in the Paint Creek area.

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1st Regiment Kent Militia

George Ward
1st Regiment Kent Militia

Quilt of Valour displayed after the unveiling
Quilt of Valour displayed after the unveiling

George Ward was born in Ireland in 1743 and as a young man he joined the British 58th Regiment of Foot, which was first formed in 1755 during the Seven Years war (1754-1763). He basically spent his entire adult life in service for the British. He served in many cities in Ireland, went to Quebec in 1776 and fought successfully at Three Rivers. Following that battle he became a sergeant over a company of the best marksmen from each of the 9th, 20th, 21st, 24th, 34th, 53rd and 62nd regiments. This company was ordered to Ticonderoga, where they beat the enemy at an outpost but were defeated later and taken as prisoners to Prospect Hill, near Boston. His great uncle was a Rebel general and as such offered George a position on his side but George declined and was later taken to Rutland where he along with 17 corporals and a drummer boy escaped. They headed for the British safe haven of New York.

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1st Regiment Kent Militia