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Henry Lewis Smith 2nd Flank Company 5th Regiment Lincoln Militia

Private Henry Lewis Smith

Henry Lewis SmithHenry Lewis Smith was born 28 Jul 1786, in Sussex County, New Jersey, and died 18 Apr 1859. He married in 1808 Elizabeth Vandecar, daughter of Alexander Vandecar, United Empire Loyalist, born 11 Apr 1789, died 11 Mar 1863. His family had been members of the New Jersey Volunteers, and had served consistently for the British during the American Revolution. Henry died April 1859 in his 72nd year.

He fought in the 2nd Flank Company, 5th Regiment Lincoln Militia.
The brothers Jacob Lewis, and Lewis Smith Jr survived and went on to serve, in the Rebellion of 1837.

On 3 May 1811, Elizabeth Smith made a land petition as the wife of Henry Smith of Glanford Twp and the daughter of Ralph Vandecar, a Loyalist. She was 22 years old and had been married to Henry Smith, the son of Lewis Smith, for three years. She was recommended for a grant of 200 acres.

During the War of 1812, Henry Smith served as a Private, in the 5th Regiment Lincoln Militia. This militia regiment did not muster men from Glanford Twp, so it is possibly Henry had moved since 3 May 1811.

He served from 25 Sep to 24 Nov 1812 in Captain James Durand’s Flank Company which took part in the Battle of Queenston Heights on 13 Oct 1812.

He served from 25-31 May 1813 in Captain Israel Dawdy’s Detachment.

Henry also served, from 30 Aug to 2 Sep 1813 in Lieutenant Michael Showers’ Company.

From 19-28 Jun 1814 he was employed falling timber at Burlington with Captain Peter Bowman’s Company.

On 22 Oct 1820 Henry Smith of Glanford Twp and a former Private in the flank company of the 5th Regiment Lincoln Militia received a 100 acre militia land grant on the West Half of Lot 1 Conc 10 Garafraxa Twp where is name was recorded in the 1825 Glanford Twp Assessment.

On 18 Apr 1859 he died in Glanford Twp and was buried in the Bowman United Church Cemetery.

Brother-in-Law of 4th Great Grand Uncle of Marilyn Rayner Hardsand UE

Benjamin Smith 5th Regiment Lincoln Militia

Private Benjamin Smith

Benjamin SmithBenjamin Smith was born 26 Mar 1773, in Sussex County, New Jersey, and died 18 Nov 1851 in Ancaster, Ontario to John H. Smith, United Empire Loyalist and Anna Roy.

Benjamin married 10 Dec 1794 in Ancaster, Ontario to Nancy Ann Gordon, born 15 Dec 1774, Sussex County, New Jersey, died 27 Jul 1854 in Ancaster, Ontario, daughter of United Empire Loyalist Peter Gordon and wife Mary Pettit.

During the War of 1812, Benjamin Smith served as a private in the 5th Regiment Lincoln Militia throughout the war and in the 2nd Regiment York Militia on one occasion in 1813. These two regiments were sometimes stationed together and men were transferred between them. Benjamin also wrote about his militia service in his diary. On 15 Oct 1812, he went to Terryberry’s for militia drill and heard about the Battle of Queenston Heights.
He served from October 17 to 24, 1812 in Captain John Smith’s Company.

On 17 Oct 17 he marched to Aikman’s and stayed the night at Adam Green’s. The next day he was at the 12 Mile Creek and stayed at the still house. On 19 Oct he was at McLean’s and stayed there until the 25th in Roeback’s barn. On 26 Oct they marched to Andrew Miller’s where they stayed until 23 Nov when they moved to Oliver’s.

He served from 25 Oct to 24 Nov 1812 in Captain John Smith’s Company and was absent without leave from 25 Nov to 16 Dec 1812 from the same company.

On 29Nov he heard the cannons firing during the Battle of Black Rock. In the morning they marched to Peter Wintermoots and stayed there. He noted that many were sick and some died. On 11 Dec he was lame with rheumatism and at home.

He served from 6 to 11 Sep 1813 in Lieutenant Michael Shower’s Detachment.

He served from 6 to 7 Oct 1813 in Captain Peter Bowman’s Company.

He was working on Dundas St with the 2nd Regiment York Militia from 26 Oct to 6 Nov 1813 under Sergeant Duncan McQueen.

He served from 20 Jun to 24Jul 1814 in a detachment under the command of Lieutenant Colonel Andrew Bradt and was present at the Battle of Lundy’s Lane on July 25th.

On 14Jul 1814 he was stationed at the 20 Mile Creek. On 20 Jul 1814 he was scouting in Queenston. On 22 Jul 1814 he marched to the 10 Mile Creek. Five British officers were taken prisoner that day by the Americans. On 25 Jul 1814 he travelled home.

My 4th Great Grandfather
Marilyn Rayner Hardsand UE

Lewis B Smith 2nd Regiment Lincoln Artillery

Gunner Lewis B. Smith

Lewis B SmithLewis B Smith born 10 Jun 1764 in Amwell, Sussex, New Jersey, USA and his wife Phoebe Huffman born 30 Sep 1772 , married in 1785, at Johnsonburg, New Jersey, U.S.A. Shortly there after, they headed to Upper Canada to escape persecution.

The family had been members of the New Jersey Volunteers, and had served consistently, for the British, during the American Revolution. During the War of 1812, Lewis was a Gunner in Captain Kerby’s, 2nd Regiment Lincoln Artillery. Lewis was died on 3 Dec 1812, at the Battle of Queenston Heights from Dysentery.

Lewis’s son, Matthias, was a private with the 5th Regiment Lincoln Militia, 1st Flank Company. He was killed at the Battle of Chippewa, two weeks after his father’s death.

The remaining sons of Lewis B Smith, named Henry Lewis, Jacob Lewis are also buried in Bowman Cemetery, and Lewis Smith Jr , survived and went on to serve in the Rebellion of 1837.

Lewis died of Dysentery in the War of 1812.

John ‘Little John’ Smith 5th Regiment Lincoln Militia

John H. Smith

John 'Little John' SmithCaptain Little John John Smith was born at Ludgate Hill, New Jersey, USA 13 Nov 1747 – 4 Aug 1846 , he was known as Little John as there were two John Smiths that came up at the same time.

John Smith first settled in Grimsby. Then in 1789 he settled in Ancaster. John Smith 13 Nov 1747 – 4 Aug 1846 married 10 Mar 1772 Anna Roy his second wife 13 Apr 1752 – 8 Sept 1830. They had eight boys and one girl.

He received a total of 1600 Acres, Lots 47 Conc 5, Lots 46, & 47 Conc 4 and Lot 16 Conc 1 & 2 in Grimsby, Ontario.

At the time John emigrated to Ontario, only four or five huts were along the Indian Trail, from Niagara to Ancaster. There was but one hut at Hamilton and one or two at Brantford. As they passed they were sometimes forced to cut a road through the dense forest. John “took up” 200 acres of land apiece for each of his sons.

In 1789 Little John Smith sold his farm on Main Street West that extended from Lake Ontario to the escarpment , in Grimsby for 40£ to Jonathan Woolverton and moved the family to Ancaster, settling on Lot 46 Conc 4, next to John Book.

John served in the 5th Regiment Lincoln Militia, 1st Regiment with Peter Bowman. He was also a School Inspector. In coming to Canada two children, Abraham & William were carried in baskets on a horse’s back. John served on the Grimsby Town Council. In 1789 they settled in Ancaster near Bennett’s Corner. He had 1600 acres in all.

In 10 July 1801 in the Hamilton Crown Grant Book he received Lots 46 & 47 Conc 4 and North 1/4, 50 acres Lot 47 Conc 5 in Ancaster, Ontario at Hwy 53 South. Harland Smith has the grandfathers clock that John Smith brought with him.

John Smith Sr, a proven Loyalist and listed in the Old Loyalist List, appendix B: as Smith, John, Home District Head of the Lake, a settler in 1788, with three sons Benjamin, Stephen and John.

John Smith Sr married Anna Roy the daughter of Stephen and Annie Roy, came to America and lived in Sussex County, New Jersey where he was a magistrate. He finally settled in Ancaster, Wentworth County, Ontario, Canada, where he died on 4 August 1846. He was 98 years of age when he died.

When he and his family arrived at the Head of the Lake, he petitioned for land “not only for himself but for his family,” and the petition was granted 28 Sept 1793. He was a Crown Patentee of Lot 47 Conc 3 and received Lot 46 Conc 3 for his son Stephen, Lot 45 Conc 3 for his son Benjamin, and Lot 49 Conc 4 for his son John.

The petition also asked for “as a man with family” Lot 45 and 46 Conc 4, continuous with Lots on Conc 3. This land was still in the Smith family in 1851 and parts of it into the 1980s.

My 5th Great Grandfather
Marilyn Hardsand U.E.

Peter Bowman 5th Regiment Lincoln Militia

Captain Peter Bowman

Peter BowmanHe was a Private in Butler’s Rangers from Susquehanna River. Enlisted at the age of 15 at Niagara July 1784. Took the oath of allegiance at Niagara sometime between Nov 1784 and Jun 1785. Listed as a settler “at the Mountain and near Fort Erie, 1785”. Land entitlement in the District of Nassau in 1792 totalled 350 acres. Captain in the 4th Regiment of the Lincoln Militia in 1811. Settled in Ancaster Township, Upper Canada. Died 28 Oct 1847 at the residence of his only surviving child, Mrs. P. Spohn, in Ancaster in An Annotated Nominal Roll of Butler’s Rangers 1777 – 1784, pg 50.

Peter married in 1787, Magdalena “Lena” Lampman (1766-1847) d/o Loyalist Frederick Lampman (1722-1789).

They are buried beside each other in the Bowman Churchyard.

memory of
of the 5 Link
Sept 21st 1849
in the 88th year
of his age.

memory of
wife of Peter Bowman
who died
Oct 28, 1847
AE 81 Y’rs and 9 d’s.

As a boy, Peter lived on a farm on the Susquehanna River-land which was awarded to his father for his participation with the British Army during the French War. Late one night in November 1775 a party of rebels robbed the home, taking virtually all of the family’s possessions, cattle, and farm implements. They also took Peter’s father, Jacob and Jacob’s oldest son as prisoners. Peter was left to look after his mother and siblings and the family likely would have starved if not for the assistance of some friendly Indians who not only provided them with sustenance but also brought their desperate plight to the attention of the British forces at Niagara.

Peter arrived at Fort Niagara with his family on 3 Nov 1776, penniless as were most of the refugees, and entirely dependent on the charity of the fort Commandant. The story goes that the family travelled to Niagara with only one pair of shoes between them.

The earliest known written record of any settler penetrating as far as Ancaster to squat on land here can be found in a land petition dated 1793 in which 22 men, often called James Wilson & Associates, stated “that having made the settlements on which they live adjoining the west line of Township No 8, near the road lately laid out from the head of Lake Ontario to the River La Tranche that they were encouraged by the Land Board and the Acting Surveyor to settle upon those lands four years before they were surveyed which proves now to be reserved lands, your petitioners pray that the same may be confirmed to them.” The 22 men included both Peter Bowman and John Smith.

In 1810 Peter Bowman and Henry Hagle each donated a corner of their property to build a small log church and graveyard. The property line runs through the middle of the church building.

Peter remained on his Ancaster land for the rest of his life until he died in 1849.

Peter and Magdalena had only one son, John Wesley, who died at the age of  nine. They had a daughter, Elizabeth who inherited the homestead and married Philip Spohn. All of the Peter Bowman family is buried in this Churchyard.