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Thank you to the descendants of War of 1812 Veterans
Posted 18 November 2011
By Rick Roberts, Biography & Archived Articles
The Canadian Press posted an appeal in The Global Gazette on Nov 4, 2011 for descendants of veterans from the War of 1812 to contact them with their stories. The following is a thank you to the many who responded:
I'd like to offer my sincere thanks to all who responded to my plea for descendants of War of 1812 veterans. I have rarely seen such an overwhelming display of enthusiasm. Nearly a hundred people phoned or emailed to offer anecdotes, photographs, documents and all manner of artifacts to support the story.
Due to the sheer volume of material available and the comparatively tight reporting deadline, we decided to prepare a much more general story for this Remembrance Day. The piece discusses the fact that 1812 vets have been largely overlooked in past commemorative activities and also outlines how this will change with next year's bicentennial. As those anniversary events begin to ramp up, I will very likely revisit the idea of chronicling the accounts of selected veterans and their descendants. All the information sent to me over the past few days will be kept on file, and I will reach out at some point in the coming months.
Many thanks once again for your help with this fascinating story.
All the best, Michelle McQuigge The Canadian Press
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War of 1812 resources from GlobalGenealogy.com:
The War of 1812:
By Glenn Stott and Carol Hall
Published by Global Heritage Press, Milton, 2011
Taken and Destroyed is a key resource to help researchers identify which individuals made claims for losses due to actions during the War of 1812, where they resided, what items and property those claims were for, if the claim was denied or approved, and for how much currency. This book provides key information about each claim, and guides readers to the exact microfilm which contains the complete details and images of documents for each claim. Taken and Destroyed is an essential work for everyone interested in the War of 1812. ISBN 978-1-926797-56-4 (Hardcover); ISBN 978-1-926797-57-1 (Softcover) More information
BOOK - Life and Times of Major General Sir Issac Brock, K. B.
By D. B. Read
Originally published by William Briggs, Toronto, 1894
This edition publishing by Global Heritage Press, Milton, 2009 (CD 2010)
This book presents a compact history of the life of Sir Issac Brock, "The Hero of Upper Canada", written in an interesting and readable form. When Canada was invaded by the United States in 1812 it was Brock who was given the responsibility of defending Ontario from its southern aggressor. Along with providing a biography, the author discusses the genius of Brock's defence plan, and the eventual success in turning back the larger and better equipped American forces. Sir Issac Brock fell while leading his troops in the first campaign of the war, but his spirit inspired the men who were fighting for their hearths and homes to the end of the war. A must-read for those with an interest in the War of 1812. ISBN 978-1-926797-07-6 (Hardcover). More information
BOOK - The Battle of Fort George - 27th May, 1813 [War of 1812 at Niagara]
By Lieut-Colonel E. Cruikshank
Originally published by Niagara Historical Society, Welland, 1912
This edition published by Global Heritage Press, Milton, 2014
The Battle of Fort George - 27th May, 1813 was originally published in 1912 by the Niagara Historical Society. Lieut-Colonel Cruikshank begins by providing an historical sketch of the settlement and development of Niagara from the time of settlement up to the beginning of the War of 1812. He continues with an account of the start of hostilities and the evolution of those hostilities into the Battle of Fort George at Niagara-on-the-Lake. The battle took place on May 27, 1813. Cruikshank concludes the book with a detailed description of the losses of men and officers on both the British and American sides. He mentions officers that were lost and wounded by name -- men and militia regulars losses are listed number lost by unit. ISBN 978-1-77240-003-8 More information
BOOK - Lincoln at Bay, A Sketch of 1814
By Ernest Green 
New Index by Brenda Young 
Originally published by Tribune-Telegraph Press, Welland, 1923
This edition published by Global Heritage Press, Milton, 2009 (CD 2010)
Much has been written concerning the services and sacrifices of the people of Upper Canada (Ontario) during the War of 1812-1814. The author presents an intimate view by relating the experiences of individual participants in one of the most tragic acts of the drama of those years - The Battle of Chippawa. The author explains in the Preface that he relied on oral tradition that was handed down through the families since 1814, but that "the old traditions have been carefully justified by official and other contenporary records and in all particulars wherein such collaboration was possible. Any distorion of historical facts has been carefully avoided". The old families mentioned were from the Townships of Stamford, Thorold, and Pelham. ISBN 978-1-926797-08-3 (Hardcover). More information
BOOK - Officers of the British Forces in Canada During the War of 1812-15
By L. Homfray Irving
Originally published by Welland Tribune Print, 1908
This edition publishing by Global Heritage Press, Milton, 2008
Includes carefully researched lists of officers who served during the War of 1812. The lists were built from a wide variety of records including the records of the grant of land made in Upper Canada (Ontario) to officers, non-commissioned officers and men who had served in "the first flank Companies, the Provincial Artillery, the Incorporated Regiment, the Corps of Military Drivers, the Provincial Dragoons, the Marine and General Staff of the Army. And, in Lower Canada (Quebec), the officers and men of the Embodied Militia, discharged troops and others, pay lists, appointments and promotions as published in Militia Orders, returns, petitions, correspondence, Army lists, obituaries in newspapers and miltary magazines, General Service Medal lists, and Gold Medals lists. ISBN 978-1-897446-91-1 (Hardcover) More information
BOOKS - The Documentary History of the Campaign on the Niagara Frontier 1812-1814 [War of 1812]
By Ernest Alexander Cruikshank.
Originally published by Lundy's Lane Historical Society, Niagara, 1896-1907
This edition published by Global Heritage Press, Milton, 2007
Cruikshank's collection of correspondence and papers has provided generations of historians and genealogists with detailed firsthand accounts of events and personal experiences during The War of 1812. The correspondence and papers that are included in these books provide the reader/researcher with detailed accounts covering a wide spectrum -- "Most Secret and Confidential" military letters; returns of killed, wounded and missing; lists of civilian damages; lists of "persons plundered"; administrative correspondence; and other topics relating to the war, both military and civilian. Each of the nine volumes include a comprehensive index. Volumes 1& 2 are bound into a single book because they are sequentially page numbered with a single index covering both volumes. Volumes 3 through 9 are all individually bound. The Book-on-CD and PDF-download versions are searchable. More information including indexes for each volume
BOOK - Sketches Illustrating The Early Settlement and History of Glengarry in Canada
By J. A. MacDonell
Originally published Wm Foster, Brown & Co., Montreal, 1893
This edition published by Global Heritage Press, Milton, 2010
J. A. MacDonell recognized that much had been written on the subject of United Empire Loyalist settlement in Ontario, the War of 1812-14, and the Rebellion of 1837-8, but expressed concern that there was little mention made of the part that the Highlanders of Glengarry played in those conflicts. He corrects that oversight within the 29 chapters that comprise this formitable text. This book is an fine source of information for those interested in early settlement of the Highlanders in Glengarry and surrounding counties, and the role that they played in the American Revolution, United Empire Loyalist migration and settlement, War of 1812, and the Rebellion of 1837-38. ISBN 1-894378-80-6 (Hardcover) More information
BOOK - The Centenary Celebration of the Battle of Lundy's Lane July 25, 1914
By Lundy's Lane Historical Society
Originally published by Lundy's Lane Historical Society, Niagara Falls, 1919
This edition published by Global Heritage Press, Milton, 2015
In early July 1814 an American invasion force crossed the Niagara River and captured Fort Erie, then advanced north. On 25 July 1814 British forces took up a defensive position at Lundy’s Lane. The resulting battle cost 255 their lives, and more than 1,400 were wounded or missing. The American forces were driven from their postions late in the night with the British forces taking over the feild by the next morning. This book discusses the battle and the celebrations of the centenary of the battle that took place in the summer of 1914. ISBN: 978-1-77240-036-6 More information
BOOK - The War of 1812 in British North America, Searching for your Ancestor's Elusive War Records
By Kenneth G. Cox
Published by author, Toronto 2017
The War of 1812 in British North America, Searching for your Ancestor's Elusive War Records provides researchers with an up-to-date guide to help you locate military service and other useful records from the War of 1812. While the War of 1812 is well documented, the stories of our ancestors are often left to speculation. However, there are ways to discover some of their involvement in the conflict. Muster rolls, pay lists, medal rolls, pension requests, land grant applications, war loss claims, and various other records can help in the search. Cox's book identifies which records are available, how to access them, and discusses interpretation of findings. Generously illustrated with examples, this book will be of great help to those seeking to find surviving personnel records from the War of 1812.
ISBN 978-0-9937871-2-6 More information
BOOK - Commissioners' Books, A Reconstruction of Land Records Destroyed in the War of 1812 [Niagara District]
By Mayholme Foundation
Published by Mayholme Foundation, St. Catharines, 2012
When United Empire Loyalists and Settlers petitioned for land in the Niagara District following the American Revolution, the locations, acreage and surveyors documents of the approved petitions and grants were recorded by the Commissioner of the Niagara District and stored locally. On the 10th of December 1813, except for one building, the entire Town of Niagara was burned to the ground including the building which housed all of the land registry documents and records. This was not the only property to have been destroyed by fire by the Americans in the Niagara District but it was the only location of the land documentation. The result being that after the secession of hostilities it became necessary for a Commissioner to personally interview every Loyalist and Settler in the Niagara District as to the disposition of their lands. Witness accounts of the losses were also taken to prove or disprove the war loss claims.
ISBN 978-0-9739629-4-9 More information
BOOK - Greater Evils, The War of 1812 in Southwestern Ontario (Revised Edition 2012)
By Glenn Stott
Published by Glenn Stott, London, 2012
Greater Evils is a comprehensive study of the War of 1812 as it played out in the London and Western Districts of Upper Canada. It provides detailed insights into the events, people, and places involved during this tumultuous period of Canadian History. It references extensive archival materials, appendices and includes nineteen maps and over sixty illustrations, many of which are reproduced in colour. The book is thoroughly indexed and much of the material appears in print for the first time. Greater Evils represents the only study devoted to this particular region during the War of 1812. It is a must not only for people interested in the War of 1812 but also for genealogists, local historians, and anyone with an interest in the development of Southwestern Ontario.
ISBN 978-1-9684071-8-9 (softcover) More information
BOOK - Hoping for the Best, Preparing for the Worst, Everyday Life in Upper Canada, 1812–1814 [Ontario]
By Dorothy Duncan
Published by Dundurn, Toronto, 2012
Hoping for the Best, Preparing for the Worst explores the web of human relationships that developed in Upper Canada [Ontario] following the American Revolution, in the years leading up to the War of 1812, and during the conflict that raged for two years between the young United States and Britain, its former master. The book focuses on the families, homes, gardens, farms, roads, villages, towns, shops, and fabric of everyday life in this frontier society. With the declaration of war in June 1812, Upper Canadians realized that not only their lives but their future peace and prosperity were threatened. They responded with perseverance, loyalty, and unexpected acts of bravery.
ISBN 978-1-45970-592-0 More Information
BOOK - York's Sacrifice, Militia Casualties of the War of 1812 [Ontario]
By Janice Nickerson
Published by Dundurn, Toronto, 2012
The militia's contribution to the War of 1812 is not well understood. York's Sacrifice profiles 39 men who lost their lives during the war. They include 19 residents of the Town of York [Toronto], five residents of York County, and 11 residents of Halton, Peel, and Wentworth Counties. Where possible, biographies include information about each man's origin, residence, occupation, civic life, family, militia service, and circumstances of death. A section on records provides detailed guidance in finding and using records from the period to trace an ancestor’s militia service and life in this difficult time period. A complete list of men who served in the three York regiments during the war indentifies those who were killed, injured, captured, or deserted. The book also includes a significant section "Researching Your War of 1812 Ancestors in Upper Canada [Ontario]"
ISBN 978-1-45970-597-5 More Information
BOOK - New Brunswick and the Navy: Four Hundred Years
By Marc Milner & Glenn Leonard, New Brunswick Military Heritage Project
Published by Goose Lanes Editions, Fredericton, 2010
From the seafaring battles between the British and the French of the 1640s to the privateers of the War of 1812, from the merchant ships of the Second World War to the construction of the corvettes and frigates in the 20th century, New Brunswick has played an important role in Canada's naval history.
ISBN: 978-086492-632-6 More information
BOOK - Trimming Yankee Sails: Pirates and Privateers of New Brunswick
By Faye Kert, New Brunswick Military Heritage Project
Published by Goose Lanes Editions, Fredericton, 2005
In Trimming Yankee Sails, Faye Kert recounts a thrilling but little known story. Pirates and privateers sailed from New Brunswick ports throughout the 19th century, but their exploits began in earnest during the War of 1812. Amid tales of battles at sea and fortunes lost and won, Kert's exposure of the murky context in which these semi-legal marauders operated reveals surprising truths about Confederation and its promoters.
ISBN: 978-086492-442-1 More information
BOOK - The Glengarry Light Infantry, 1812-1816, who were they and what did they do in the war? [Revised & Updated Edition]
By Winston Johnston
Published by H. Winston Johnston, Charlottetown, 2011
This new revised and expanded edition of The Glengarry Light Infantry, 1812-1816 has been eagerly awaited by researchers, scholars and the descendants of the men who served. Johnston has added more than 100 pages of new information to this edition. Johnston skilfully draws on archival sources to reconstruct the organization of the regiment, their engagements, biographies (and known portraits) of each officer and enlistment/residential details of every one of the 1400 men of the rank and file. These men were recruited in what is now Ontario, Quebec, Nova Scotia, and Prince Edward Island.
ISBN 978-0-9730501-0-3 (Softcover) More information
BOOK - A Matter of Honour: The Life, Campaigns and Generalship of Isaac Brock
By Jonathon Riley. Foreword by Donald E. Graves
Published by Robin Brass Studio. Montreal, 2011
Isaac Brock was the British general responsible for defending the long frontier of Upper Canada with meagre forces in the opening days of the War of 1812. Revered by generations of schoolchildren as the "Saviour of Upper Canada" and commemorated by a towering monument on Queenston Heights, Brock is best known in Canada for his vigorous measures to defend against the invading American forces and for the daring exploit at Queenston Heights in which he died. Brock was a resourceful field commander who believed in offensive measures to keep his opponent off-balance and he is probably best known in the United States for managing to cow U.S. General William Hull into surrendering Detroit, to that general’s eternal shame.
ISBN 978-1-896941-65-3 (Softcover) More information
BOOK - Strange Fatality, The Battle of Stoney Creek, 1813
By James E. Elliott .
The first detailed account of the little-known battle that changed the course of the War of 1812. Journalist and author James Elliott has compellingly reconstructed one of the least understood actions of the War of 1812. From the rise to brigadier of blacksmith John Chandler, to the Highland heroics of Alexander Fraser, Strange Fatality explores the dynamics of a night battle that stemmed the tide of invasion, cost two generals their freedom and unseated the highest-ranking soldier in the American army. In this ground-breaking study of a battle in which both sides were essentially blind, James Elliott sheds light, not only on a violent donnybrook in the dark, but also on the bizarre train of events that occasioned it. With 10 original maps, over 100 illustrations, portraits and photographs, many never seen before, as well as appendices on battlefield archaeology and the little-known “monument war.”
ISBN: 978-1-896941-58-5 More information
BOOK - Capitol in Flames, The American Attack on York, 1813 [Toronto]
By Robert Malcolmson
Capital in Flames is handsomely illustrated with maps, portraits and contemporary illustrations. Photographs enable readers to discover the present-day location of landmarks and events of the battle. Appendices listing military and naval personnel of both sides will be welcomed by genealogists.
ISBN 978-1-896941-53-0. More information
BOOK - In The Midst of Alarms, The Untold Story of the Women and the War of 1812
By Dianne Graves
This major new book by Dianne Graves brings an entirely new perspective to the War of 1812. The book is a groundbreaking study of women -- American, Canadian, British, aboriginal -- who experienced the War of 1812. Dianne graves distils her years of research in diaries, memoirs and correspondence into a colourful examination of the ordeals, tragedies, and triumphs of women who endured a conflict wished for by neither of the belligerents.
ISBN 978-1-896941-52-3. More information
BOOK - Don't Give Up The Ship, Myths of the War of 1812
By Donald R. Hickey. This path-breaking book by America's leading authority on the War of 1812 seeks to separate fact from fiction and myth from reality. Misconceptions of America's second war with Great Britain abound, and Don Hickey spares no effort to set the record straight. Few issues escape his reach. He examines the role of Britons, Canadians and Americans; Indians, blacks and women; soldiers, sailors and marines. His work embraces military and naval history, political and diplomatic history, and economic and financial history.
ISBN 978-1-896941-45-5 Hardcover; ISBN 978-1-896941-54-7 Softcover. More information
BOOK - A Very Brilliant Affair, The Battle of Queenston Heights, 1812. This new look at the battle tackles many of the myths that have grown over the years. Was Brock the hero of the day? Was this a victory for the Canadian militia? Were the oft-maligned New York militia responsible for their army's defeat? What was the role of the native allies of the British? Could the American invading force have won? Robert Malcomson's exciting and readable account will add a new level of appreciation for the drama and significance of the War of 1812. More Information.
BOOK - Tecumseh's Bones, A historical mystery about the deception behind the death, burial, and legacy of the great Shawnee chief, Tecumseh.
By Guy St-Denis
Chief Tecumseh's death at the Battle of the Thames marked a turning point in the Anglo-American War of 1812. It was also the beginning of a mystery: the mutilation of Native corpses thwarted American attempts to identify Tecumseh's remains, giving rise to the belief that his body had been secretly recovered by his warriors. Tecumseh's Bones teases fact from fiction in the myths and legends surrounding the great chief's burial. Drawing on a wealth of archival material, most of which has never been published, Tecumseh's Bones will fascinate history buffs, historians, and mystery lovers. More information
BOOK - Lords of the Lake - The Naval War on Lake Ontario, 1812-1814 By: Robert Malcomson Of all the struggles that took place along the border between the United States and the British provinces in Canada during the War of 1812, the one that lasted the longest was the battle for control of Lake Ontario. Lords of the Lake is the first full-length study of this aspect of the War of 1812. More Information
BOOK - British Generals in the War of 1812. By: Wesley B. Turner. This book takes a fresh look at five generals - Sir George Prevost, Isaac Brock, Roger Sheaffe, Baron Francis de Rottenburg, and Gordon Drummond - who held the highest civil and military command during the war. More Information
BOOK - Field of Glory - The Battle of Crysler's Farm, 1813. By: Donald E. Graves. In the autumn of 1813, the United States staged the largest military operation of the War of 1812. Two American armies, one marching north from Lake Champlain through swamp and forest, the other sailing down the St. Lawrence River in a flotilla of three hundred small boats, invaded Canada - their objective, the city of Montreal. More information
BOOK - The Incredible War of 1812 - A Military History. By: J. Mackay Hitsman. J. Mackay Hitman's account of the War of 1812, first published in 1965, is both exciting and authoritative, and is regarded by many experts as the best one-volume history of that conflict. It is an engrossing account of the causes of the war and of the campaigns and battles that raged on land and water, from the Great Lakes to the Gulf of Mexico. More information
BOOK - Where Right and Glory Lead! - The battle of Lundy's Lane, 1814. By: Donald E. Graves. Lundy's Lane was the bloodiest battle of the War of 1812 and the bloodiest fought on what is now Canadian soil. It was the high mark of the 1814 Niagara campaign, which was the longest campaign of the war and the last time that Canada suffered a major foreign invasion. More information
BOOK - The British at the Gates, The New Orleans Campaign in the War of 1812. By: Robin Reilly. Detailed and impressive... he places the campaign in the context of the war and the larger world scene against which it tookplace.. More Information
BOOK - Fix Bayonets! A Royal Welch Fusilier at War, 1796-1815 By Donald E. Graves. This long-anticipated major new book from Donald E. Graves describes the military exploits of Thomas Pearson. We follow his remarkable career through wars and battles major and minor, including Egypt, Holland, Copenhagen, the Peninsular War and the War of 1812. Graves, "master of the battlefield narrative,"includes the most detailed account of the Battle of Albuera yet published. Fix Bayonets! will be of interest to Canadian and American readers because it contains detailed accounts of Chrysler's Farm, Chippawa, Lundy's Lane and Fort Erie, as well as other engagements that Thomas Pearson fought in. More Information