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Ira Bearss
3rd Regiment Lincoln Militia

A Quaker in the militia?  Pacificism is one of the basic tenets of the Quakers.  Moreover, during the War of 1812 Quakers, Mennonites and Tunkers could be exempt from the usually compulsory military duty thanks to Sir John Graves Simcoe and the Militia Act of 1808.  Yet Ira Bearss, 1789-1874, a Quaker, served with the 3rd Regiment Lincoln Militia during the War of 1812.   Ira’s brother Daniel Bearss, 1788-1850, served in the same regiment as did a third brother,  Josiah Bearss, 1791-1879.  Josiah’s grave in Zion Cemetery, Ridgeway, Ontario, has already been commemorated with a War of 1812 veterans marker.

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3rd Regiment Lincoln Militia

John Edsall3rd Regiment Lincoln Militia

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John Edsall was born February 13, 1787 in Bertie Twp., the son of James Edsall and his wife, Julia.   He was of Scottish descent.

John married Catherine Plato (b. 1792 in Bertie Twp.), daughter of Peter James Plato and Gertrude Catherina Bowen c. 1813.  They had seven children:  Peter (born 1814), William, John Alexander, Charlotte Emeline, Jane, Lyman and Milan.

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Jacob Everett3rd Regiment Lincoln Militia

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Jacob Everett was born in 1782, the son of Martin Everett and his wife, Elizabeth, who arrived at Newark (Niagara-on-the-Lake) in 1781.  Martin and Elizabeth settled in Willoughby Twp, Lincoln County and this is likely where Jacob was born.

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