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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

Daniel Young
5th Regiment Lincoln Militia

Captain Daniel Young, 5th Lincoln Militia Regiment
By William (Bill) Young, UE (January 20 2015)

Captain Daniel Young was my 4th great-grandfather.

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John Warren3rd Regiment Lincoln Militia

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John Warren Jr. was the son of John Warren was born in 1777.   He was the second son of John Warren, Sr. and his wife Susan.  John Sr. was a career soldier with the 8th (The King’s) Regiment of Foot.  In 1779 Warren Sr. left the army and was appoint commissary at Fort Erie.  He became a prominent merchant and held many government posts.

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Phillip Wintemute3rd Regiment Lincoln Militia

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In 1788 Peter and Eva Wintemute migrated from the Wyoming Valley, Pennsylvania to Canada settling  along the Niagara River at Black Rock which was about three miles below Fort Erie.  Corporal Peter Wintemute was given a land grant for loyalty to the crown and his service to the King during the American Revolution.

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Christopher Myers
Quartermaster General’s Department

Colonel Christopher Myers CB

Christopher John Myers was born c 1774 in County Dublin, Ireland.  In August 1799, as a captain in the 40th Regiment of Foot, Myers was wounded at the Battle of Bergen in what is now Holland.  Isaac Brock, then a Lieutenant-Colonel commanding the 49th Regiment of Foot, participated in the same battle.

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James Kerby, 2nd Regiment Lincoln Artillery

Kerby was a militia officer, businessman, Justice of the Peace, office holder, and politician; b 1785 at Park Farm near Sandwich (Windsor, Ont.), son of John Kerby and Alison Donaldson; m 1811 Jane Lambert, and they had three children; d 20 June 1854 at Fort Erie, Upper Canada.

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Titus Simons
2nd Regiment York Militia

Community Life

  • editor & publisher of Canada’s first newspaper, The Upper Canada Gazette
  • built an industrial empire on the 2nd Conc consisting of a grist mill, a saw mill, ashery, cooperage, stables, hog pens, and 13 dwellings for his employees
  • helped found the Burlington Board of Agriculture
  • member of Masonic Lodge (Union Lodge #24)
  • laid the cornerstone of the Ancaster Free Church
  • was appointed the first Sheriff of the Gore District (Hamilton and its vicinity)

Military Life

  • was commissioned as Adjutant in the 1st Regiment Lincoln Militia
  • held the rank of Lieutenant in the 2nd Regiment Lincoln Militia
  • when war was declared in 1812 he  was Captain in the 2nd Regiment York Regiment
  • aided in the capture of the American Fort Niagara
  • commanded the volunteers and militia at Black Rock and Buffalo
  • appointed Major and was in command at Lundy’s Lane until wounded
  • Sir Peregrin Maitland wrote of Titus Geer Simon that he,

“served with active zeal and intelligence from the commencement of the war with the United States, his general character and conduct in the command of a Regiment of Militia highly respectable, and his loyalty and attachment to His Majesty’s Government undoubted.”