Jacob Hess, 15 Nov 1766- 7 Oct 1823, was a member of one of the first families to settle on Hamilton Mountain. Jacob’s father Michael (1740-1804) and his wife Charity, originally called Gertrude, (1744-1808), descendants of Palatinate immigrants, moved with their children to Canada from Mt. Bethel, PA, USA in May 1789 because of increasing fear of persecution for their loyalty to Britain.
John 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Private Henry Lewis Smith
Henry 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.
Private Benjamin Smith
Gunner Lewis B. Smith
Lewis 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.
John H. Smith
Captain Peter Bowman
He 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.
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