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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

Miller Lawrason
2nd Regiment York Militia

The Lawrason family originated in Western Europe and came to Long Island New York in the 1600s, and later migrated to New Jersey in 1709.  Miller Lawrason was born in New Jersey, and was one of five children of a Patriot family that remained loyal to the British.  They joined a number of other families, 46 in total and left the United States in 1787 for what was then known as Canada West.  They reached the Niagara area in July of that year but most of the land in this area was already claimed by veterans of Butler’s Rangers.  They continued on until they reached the 40 Mile Creek in what today is known as Grimsby.  The called their new settlement “The Forty.” Continue reading Miller Lawrason
2nd Regiment York Militia

John Purvis Lawrason
Flank Company
2nd Regiment York Militia

The Lawrason family originated in Western Europe and came to Long Island New York in the 1600s, and later migrated to New Jersey in 1709.  Miller Lawrason was born in New Jersey, and was one of five children of a Patriot family that remained loyal to the British.  They joined a number of other families, 46 in total and left the United States in 1787 for what was then known as Canada West.  They reached the Niagara area in July of that year but most of the land in this area was already claimed by veterans of Butler’s Rangers.  They continued on until they reached the 40 Mile Creek in what today is known as Grimsby.  The called their new settlement “The Forty.” Continue reading John Purvis Lawrason
Flank Company
2nd Regiment York Militia

Walter B Dittrick UE
Flank Company
4th Regiment Lincoln Militia

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.

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Flank Company
4th Regiment Lincoln Militia

Jacob Smith
2nd Flank Company
5th Regiment Lincoln Militia

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.

Robert Biggar
2nd Flank Company
5th Regiment Lincoln Militia

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.

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2nd Flank Company
5th Regiment Lincoln Militia

Robert Runchey
Captain Runchey’s Men of Colour

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)

  • William
  • George
  • Cyrus
  • Robert Reuben
  • Thomas

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Captain Runchey’s Men of Colour