Walter Dittrick was born on the 31 May 1793 on the family farmstead, 12 Mile Creek St. Catharines, Upper Canada as recorded in the family bible (St. Catharines Public Library, Special Collections). He was the fourth son of Sergeant Jacob Dittrick, former Butler’s Ranger, and Margaret Pickard. She was the daughter of William Pickard who along with two of his sons were also members of Captain Bernard Frey’s Company of Butler’s Rangers.
Jacob Smith was part of one of the earliest families that settled in the Burford Township area. Smith was born in 1797 in what was then known as Canada West. Like the other members of his family, Jacob joined the militia to fight against the invading American forces under General Duncan McArthur. Smith was assigned to the 2nd Flank Company 5th Regiment Lincoln Militia under Captain Samuel Hatt. Smith was awarded a land grant for his services at the close of the war.
Chatterson was born in the United States and came to Canada at an early age. He married Sophia Kerlin on August 29, 1809 in Ernestown which is close to what is now Kingston, Ontario.
Robert Biggar along with his wife Mary Lauder came to Canada in 1806 from Scotland U.K. Biggar along with his sons fought in the War of 1812 in the 2nd Flank Company 5th Regiment Lincoln Militia under Captain James Durand. Biggar was awarded a land grant and came to the Mount Pleasant area in 1816.
Isaac Corman was b 1777 in Frederick, Maryland, USA to Hans Johannes Jerrick Korman (Kornmann), also known as George Corman, and Sarah Harrison, who m 1763 in Frederick, Maryland.
Isaac Osborn was born in the United States in 1784. He emigrated to Canada, married Susannah Houser circa 1810 and resided in the Township of Grimsby in Lincoln County.
Robert Reuben Runchey was born c. 1756 in Ireland. He married Eleanor de Bonnat and in 1788 they emigrated to Canada. It is thought that their eldest child, Reuben, was born on the Atlantic during that voyage or when they arrived in Quebec. In addition to Reuben, Robert and Eleanor had at least five more children: (not in order of birth)
- Robert Reuben
John Hainer’s family were UEL and arrived from the States shortly before he was born in 1796. He was married to Nancy Bowman and they farmed Lot 13 Conc 12 Burford Township.
The Sage family was part of an early group of settlers in Oxford. Comfort was born in New York State, June 9, 1797 and when they immigrated to Upper Canada he spent his younger years along the banks of the Grand River in Brant County later moving to Oxford.