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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