Elijah Ketcheson
1st Regiment Hastings Militia

Some of his military history was recorded in the Ketcheson Family Book. The remaining is from Libraries Canada Archives.

Elijah followed in the foot steps of his older brothers (Benjamin and Thomas) and father (William) in that he chose a life in the military.

At 16 he along with his brothers headed to Kingston to join the military once they heard the Americans were attacking their country. During his first six months of duty he served as a private and a sergeant. His first Militia Commission is dated in York, October 1815. His last as Lieutenant Colonel commanding 2nd Battalion of Hastings Militia dated in Montreal September 21, 1848.

Elijah was on duty during most of the trouble in 1837 and 1838. He fulfilled his duty until superseded by Act of Parliament.

Elijah was appointed to the Commission of The Peace and was the oldest Justice of the Peace in Hastings County for several years. He lived to a rightful age of 95.

Veteran Summary

Elijah Ketcheson
Lieutenant Colonel, 1st Regiment Hastings Militia
Place of Birth
Hay Bay, ON, CAN
Place of Death
Sidney Township, Hastings County, ON, CAN
Died on: 01 JAN 1890
Reason: Old Age (day and month not known)
Location of Grave
Belleville Cemetery, Dundas Street
Belleville, ON, CAN
Latitude: 44.141947N Longitude: -77.419427