Category Archives: Veteran

War of 1812 Veteran

Daniel McAfee
Flank Company
5th Regiment Lincoln Militia

Daniel McAfee was born 4 Aug 1791 in New York State, the son of Lieut. Dudley McAfee.  By  1812 he had crossed the Niagara River and was living in the Niagara Peninsula.  He served as a Sergeant, serving under Captain Samuel Hatt’s Flank Company, 5th Regiment Lincoln Militia, from 1812 to 1814.  Daniel was at the taking of Detroit and at the Battle of Queenston Heights.  He was taken prisoner by the Americans while conveying prisoners down the lake to Toronto and confined at Greenbush, near Albany, digging himself out and escaping.  He was discharged at Queenston.  His service is well-documented in 1812 Upper Canada Returns, Nominal Rolls and Paylists, RG 9 1B7. In 1876, when the  Dominion of Canada presented the veterans of the War of 1812 with an annuity, Daniel is 84 years old and applied for this annuity from Galt in Waterloo County.

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Flank Company
5th Regiment Lincoln Militia

William Parker
1st Flank Company
3rd Regiment Lincoln Militia

William Parker was born in St John, New Brunswick in January 1790, the son of UE Loyalist Sgt. John Parker of the New York Volunteers and his wife Nancy Watson.  John and Nancy were born and married in County Cork, Ireland, emigrating to Nova Scotia, but then moving to Northumberland County, Pennsylvania in 1776.  Following the American Revolution, they returned to Nova Scotia before making their way to Wainfleet Twp., Lincoln County, Upper Canada.

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1st Flank Company
3rd Regiment Lincoln Militia

Jarvis Thayer
Flank Company
1st Regiment Middlesex Militia

Jarvis ThayerJarvis Thayer, son of Silas Thayer and Perley Pond, was born 24 Nov  1770 in Mendon, Worchester, Massachusetts. In the 1790s he came to Canada, settling in Gainsborough Twp., Lincoln County. In 1796 or 1797 he married Susannah Parker, daughter of UE Loyalist John Parker, Sr. and his wife Nancy Watson. Susannah was born in Pennsylvania c1779.

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Flank Company
1st Regiment Middlesex Militia

Jesse Page
1st Regiment Middlesex Militia

Jesse Page
Unveiling of Private Jesse Page’s plaque by members of St Mark’s Masonic Lodge #94: L to R Bro. John Skidmore, Historian, Bro. Donald Cousins and Worshipful Master Robert Kenney. Jesse Page’s gravestone bears the insignia of the Freemasons, however lodge records only go back to the 1860s so no history on Jesse Page’s membership exists.

Jesse Page was born the 30 August 1771 in Goochland,  Virginia, the son of Joseph Page and Mary Robbins.  He was the eldest son, but second of five children born to Joseph and Mary.  At some point, Jesse emigrated to Wainfleet  Twp.,  Welland County where he met and married  Elizabeth Parker on the 20 February 1810.  Elizabeth was born the 2 Jan 1776 in  Northumberland County, Pennsylvania.  Jesse and Elizabeth were members of the Society of Friends and became one of the original families who followed Jonathan Doan to Yarmouth  Twp., Elgin County when the Quaker  colony was being established there.

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Richard Lanning
1st Flank Company
1st Regiment Norfolk Militia

Richard Lanning
Richard Lanning is second from the left. his son, Tom (uniform) on far left, grandkids across the front and wife, Noreen Lanning on right was our piper. The blue cards were made up for the after event, each telling briefly the story of each vet. These are now in the Old Forge Museum in Sparta.

The Lanning name has morphed many times over the years, with spelling varying from Lanon to Lanion-Lanyon-Laneine back to the 12th Century spelling of DeLinyeine.  Genealogists have identified the family as originating in Madron, Cornwall, England, dating back to the 12th Century.

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1st Flank Company
1st Regiment Norfolk Militia

Seth Preffer
1st Regiment Middlesex Militia

Seth PrefferSeth Preffer was born the 9 July 1795, likely in Wainfleet Twp., Lincoln County, Upper Canada to Jacob Preffer and Elizabeth (Betsey) Parker, who had come into this Province in 1805.   The Preffers lived in the Sugarloaf area, west of Port Colborne  and were members of the Pelham  Black Creek Meeting.  Jacob was a blacksmith by trade.

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1st Regiment Middlesex Militia