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War of 1812 Veteran

Benjamin Preston
Three Rivers Militia

Benjamin Preston's marker at Stockdale Cem., Quinte West. photo by P Johnson
Benjamin Preston’s marker at Stockdale Cem., Quinte West. photo by P Johnson

Benjamin Bailey Preston was born c1796 in Prince Edward County, ON. He was the son of Isaac Preston and Jemima Allen who arrived in Canada from NH no later than 1795, but were not Loyalists. It is thought Isaac served on the Rebel side during the Revolutionary War, but Benjamin was loyal during the War of 1812.
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David Bastedo 2nd Regiment Lincoln Militia

David Tice Bastedo is the son of Jacob Bastedo UE and Clarissa Jean Van Slyke.  David was born on 12 Mar 1769 near Schenectady, NY.  During the American Revolution and while still a teenager David joined his uncle, Capt Gilbert Tice, at Fort Niagara and later Newark where he served as a scout with Butler’s Rangers during the last year of the war.

Following the war he married Elizabeth McMicking, daughter of Peter McMicking UE and settled at Stamford, Ont.   David joined the 2nd Regiment Lincoln Militia and served as an Ensign until his promotion to Lt by Pres Andrew Grant in May of 1806.

David was again promoted to Captain a month after the start of the War of 1812 and assigned to a Flank Company during the war.  David served in that capacity until he resigned his commission in October, 1814.

Following the end of the War of 1812, David and Elizabeth sold their land holdings at Stamford and by the early 1820’s had relocated to Flamborough East where they lived out their remaining years.  David died in 1834 and is buried at Waterdown Union Cemetery, Waterdown, ON  along with his wife.

David’s middle name came from his Uncle, Gilbert Tice, whom David was very close to. David’s mother’s sister, Christina Van Slyke was married to Gilbert Tice, a well known Loyalist Officer. He was in Butler’s Rangers, a well known Loyalist unit. He is officially listed on The Old United Empire Loyalists’ List, Appendix B, p265 as Captain Gilbert Tice.

He is listed also on Page 136 of the List as being the Uncle of David Bastedo. They came to Canada together in 1783-84. David was only 14 years old at the time.

In 1796, David Bastedo married Elizabeth McMicking. Elizabeth’s father, Peter McMicking is also listed on the Old United Empire Loyalist List Appendix B, p228 as a Captain in Butler’s Rangers.

Peter McMicking knew David even in his youth. Peter was a fellow officer in Butler’s Rangers with David’s Uncle Gilbert Tice during the war.

David Tice Bastedo, is buried at the Waterdown Union Municipal Cemetery — Ref#HM-209.

John Kelly
1st Flank Company
5th Regiment Lincoln Militia

Private John KellyJohn was born about 1775, to Jonathan Kelly and Elizabeth Shaver. He died 19 Jun  1839,  and is buried at Bowman United Church Cemetery in Ancaster Twp. During the War of 1812, John Kelly served as a Private, in the 5th Regiment Lincoln Militia.

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Henry Hagle Jr
5th Regiment Lincoln Militia

Henry Jr was born in Ancaster, Ontario, Canada 16 November 1795 and died 19 October 1836. He was the son of Henry Hagle Sr 1753-1834 and Hannah Christina Miner 1762-1826.

Sergeant Henry Hagle, JrHenry along with his brother Luke and father fought in the 5th Regiment Lincoln Militia.

Henry’s father, Henry Sr settled at Ancaster in the spring of 1795, and later bought Lot 50 Conc 4 Ancaster from Jacob Bowman.

They heard from their father, Henry Hagle (1753-1834), that the Hagle family, after the reformation, had moved from Wurttemberg, a State in southern Germany, north to Hanover. When the agents of William Penn scoured Europe for Yeomen and tradesman to settle the State of Pennsylvania in the early 1700’s, one Henry Hagle, at the age of 14, came to America and lived for a while in Philadelphia. He had several children who where raised in New Jersey. During the American Revolution, a son, Jasper, while a prisoner-of-war at Valley Forge was poisoned by the rebels, so it was said.

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Luke Hagle
5th Regiment Lincoln Militia

Luke was born in Ancaster, Ontario, Canada, 30 Nov 1796. He died 8 Apr 1845 in Ancaster, Ontario, and is buried in Bowman Cemetery, with his father and brother.

Private Luke HagleLuke married 31 Oct 1837 to Ellen Ralston.

Luke along with his brother, Henry Jr and his father, Henry Sr fought in the 5th Regiment Lincoln Militia.

Luke’s father, Henry, settled at Ancaster in the spring of 1795 and later bought Lot 50 Conc 4 Ancaster from Jacob Bowman.

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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.

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2nd Flank Company
5th Regiment Lincoln Militia

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.

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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.

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