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.
John Cornelius Ryckman was born at Schnectady, New York State, USA in 1795, the son of Cornelis Janse Ryckman and Margarita Grietje Bradt. John’s mother, “Margaret” was the daughter of UE Loyalist Captain Arent Bradt of Butler’s Rangers.
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.
John Ward was born in England in 1771 and joined the British Army. He is mentioned in John Gray’s novel, Soldiers of the King on page 156 as being a Private in the Flank Company 1st Regiment Kent Militia. Ward returned to England after the War of 1812 having left his wife and small child there. Ward applied for a land grant in Canada West and settled in the Burford area. He outlived his wife and son and died at the age of 83 in 1855. He is buried in the Congregational Cemetery in Burford.
Lieutenant Colonel Joseph Clement UE, 1st Regiment Lincoln Militia (1790-1867)
Joseph Clement was born in Niagara Township on the 24 Aug 1790. He was the son of United Empire Loyalists, James Clement and Catherine (neé) Crysler, daughter of Loyalist, Adam Chrysler. James appeared on the muster of the Lincoln militia as early as 1797 according to A Holden papers at the Mayholme Library. The History of that Branch of the Crysler Family who Settled in the Township of Niagara by John M Crysler indicates that James was a despatch carrier and held the rank of Lieutenant during the War of 1812.
Captain James Dittrick, commanded the Flank Company in Colonel Robert Nellis’s 4th Regiment Lincoln Militia. Of all five brothers who served in the flank companies of the Lincoln Militia during the War, James’s career is the most thoroughly documented. His “Reminisces of the early years of settlement in Niagara and St. Catharines” was published in the “Loyalist Narratives” compiled by British author George Coventry in 1860 and reprinted many times since; most recently by the Champlain Society. He was also interviewed by Benson Lossing who reported this meeting in the Pictorial Field Book of the War of 1812 published in 1869. Being a contemporary, and neighbour of William Hamilton Merritt, he is mentioned several times (often competitively) in the Biography of the Honouable William Hamilton Merritt, authored by Merritt’s younger son. James is also recorded in the ”Merritt Papers” preserved by the Archives of Ontario.
Jacob Dittrick was born on the 12 Mile Creek at the family’s farmstead on the 12 Feb 1791 in St. Catharines. He was the son of Sergeant Jacob Dittrick of Captain Walter Butler’s Company (and later Captain Peter Hare’s Company) Butlers Rangers. Before the Revolutionary War Jacob senior was a Ranger in John Butler’s Colonial Indian Department, living along the Mohawk River in New York where their farm of several generations was located. Writing in the Loyalist Reminisces published in 1861 brother James reported the farm was situated 30 miles east of Utica New York.
James Bennet was born in New York State and came to Canada as a young man and registered as a United Empire Loyalist. Bennet fought in the War of 1812 and served as a Private in the Flank Company 2nd Regiment Lincoln Militia. After the war, Bennet was awarded a land grant and raised his family there. His wife’s name was Jerusha Van Etten (Vanatter) who was also born in the US and together they had 10 children, seven sons and three daughters.
John Cook was born in the United States in 1791 and I would assume came to Canada West with his parents. He and his family were UEL and Cook was awarded a Land Grant after the war.
Asahel Kyes was born in 1764 in the United States. He came with his wife Sarah Mosier and family to Upper Canada about 1796 settling in the front of Lansdowne Township.