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Did my children’s ancestors fight on both sides of the War of 1812?

Did my children’s ancestors fight on both sides of the War of 1812?

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Of all the wars our ancestors have fought, the War of 1812 is the one that most interests me because I’m Canadian, and the result of this war is recognized as the birth of our nation. After researching ancestors on both sides, I’ve discovered several on Mark’s side who fought in the War of 1812, but I’m left with one unanswered question. Did my children’s ancestors fight on both sides of the War of 1812?

 

Unfortunately, I haven’t yet researched enough of my own ancestors to find any who may have fought in the War of 1812. My sister has been researching my family for years and I’ve steered clear in fear of duplicating our efforts. What a waste that would be!

I do know, however, that we are of strong Acadian ancestry, and the Acadians held very strong feelings on both sides. The Acadians who remained on the east coast, for the most part, fought for the Americans, while the Acadians who had travelled to what is now Quebec and Ontario, fought for the British.

The following are my children’s ancestors on my husband’s side who fought on the American side in the conflict.

In each of the entries below, I have noted the relationship of the individual to my children in brackets following the name. In two instances, the relationship is by adoption, but to us it’s no less important.

Judge Rezin Shelby (5th great grandfather)

Rezin Shelby served as Captain in the 1st Regiment (Denny’s) Ohio Militia during the War of 1812.

War of 1812 Minor's Claim of William B. Coon for his son.
War of 1812 Minor’s Claim of William B. Coon’s son.

Coon, William B. (5th great grandfather by adoption)

In 1813, William B. Coon was enlisted as a Private into the 36th Regiment of the New York militia regiment under Capt. S. Philmore and Major John Roberts. This regiment was commanded by Colonel Thomas Miller.

He also served from Plattsburg to Sacketts Harbour under Colonel Pike in the 15th US Infantry.

William received military bounty land of 40 acres at the SE quarter of NW quarter, Section 12 in recompense for his service in the War of 1812.

William died before he could receive his land bounty in Wisconsin, and his son David subsequently took it over and relocated there.

Adams, Alanson (5th great grandfather, by adoption)

Alanson Adams was enlisted in the 11th Infantry Regiment, under Second Lieutenant John Varnum Barron’s Company. He was shot in the leg, and as a result received a military pension.

The following is an excerpt from his obituary in the Fond du Lac Daily Commonwealth of Tuesday, April 26, 1881.

“Mr. Adams is identified with the history of our country in one of the most endearing relations.  Every country venerates the memory of its soldiers.  Especially is this true of a republic, which must depend very largely on the valor and patriotism of its volunteer soldiers for defense. The deceased belongs to that noble band whom our nation delights to honor.  In early manhood, at the call of his country, he entered her service in the war of 1812.  He was in several engagements during this war, among which were the battles of Chippewa and Lundy’s Lane.  At the latter place he was wounded.  Thus another one of the few surviving heroes of this war has been laid away to that rest which no battle call, or shock —–will ever disturb.”

Captain David Shelby (sixth great grandfather)

Captain David Shelby was nephew to Governor Isaac Shelby of Kentucky, our most illustrious family member to serve in the War of 1812. David served in the First Regiment Mounted (Finley’s), Ohio Militia.

Sanford Porter, Sr. (6th great granduncle)

Sanford served in the War of 1812 with Captain Knott’s Company, Colonel Warren’s Regiment, whose headquarters were in Black Rock, four miles from Buffalo City.

This headquarters was most likely the main target when the British and Indians burned Buffalo City, resulting in Sanford’s family losing everything because they lived in Buffalo City.

Burket, Adam (1st cousin, 7 times removed)

I haven’t been able to find out much about Adam Burket beyond the fact that he served in the battle of Tippecanoe.

Biddle, Colonel Clement (4th cousin, 10 times removed)

Colonel Clement Biddle was the Captain of the State Fencibles and Colonel of the Pennsylvania First Regiment Volunteers, Light Infantry.

Governor (and General) Isaac Shelby (1st cousin, 8 times removed)

General Isaac Shelby
General Isaac Shelby

Governor Isaac Shelby of Kentucky may not be the closest ancestor who served in the War of 1812, but he is the most important and the one that interests me most.

He was renowned for and distinguished himself for his actions in battle against United Empire Loyalists in Canada in the War of 1812.

Ultimately, his forces defeated Loyalist forces at the Battle of the Thames in southern Ontario.

“In 1812, he was elected Governor of Kentucky.

Battle of the Thames of War of 1812 map.
Battle of the Thames Map

During the next year, he organized a body of four thousand volunteers, and marching with them to the support of Harrison, participated in the victory of the Thames.”

[Mililtary Heroes of the War of 1812 #2; Shelby, Isaac; Peterson, C.J.; 1848.]

As William Henry Harrison reported later of Isaac Shelby’s Kentucky troops’ actions to his right, “The American backwoodsmen ride better in the woods than any other people….”

“I heard a heavy firing of musketry and shortly after saw our dragoons retreating together with the limber of the six-pounder, placed on the left of the first line,’ wrote Lieutenant Richard Bullock, commander of the Grenadier Company. “About a minute afterward, I observed that line retreating in confusion, followed closely by the enemy’s cavalry, who were galloping down the road. That portion of the first line which had escaped the enemy’s cavalry retreated behind the second line which stood fast and fired an irregular volley to the right and left, which appeared to check the enemy.”

Militia Order of Isaac Shelby of July 31, 1813
Militia Order of July 31, 1813

Despite the determination of the British to hold fast, the charge by the Kentuckians was too strong. It was one of only two such cavalry charges in the War of 1812. Of the British troops who fought against Shelby’s company, 50 escaped and 477 surrendered.

The action on the American left, against the Indians, took longer and was more hazardous than the fight against the Redcoats, the Americans in this group riding into battle with each man carrying a rifle, a hatchet and a knife.

At one point, many of the troops to the left were on foot and were fighting the Indians hand to hand, knife to knife.

Isaac Shelby's Medal
Isaac Shelby’s Medal

Sixty-six year old Isaac Shelby saw what was happening and rushed forward with his sword raised, shouting, “Surrender! Surrender! It’s no use resisting.” They surrendered.

“The enthusiasm with which the volunteers of Kentucky rallied to the defense of their country in the summer of 1813, is to be attributed in a great measure to the influence of Isaac Shelby, the venerable Governor of that state. He joined the army of Harrison with four thousand Kentuckians, and fought in person, at the age of sixty-three, in the battle of the Thames. For his valuable services in this campaign, Congress, on the 4th of April, 1818, voted him a gold medal.”

[Military Heroes of the War of 1812; Shelby, Evan; Peterson, C.J.; 1848.]

Evan Shelby (2nd cousin, 7 times removed)

Evan Shelby served as Aide-de-Camp to Governor Isaac Shelby in the Upper Canada campaign.

Marquis Shelby (2nd cousin, 7 times removed)

War of 1812 Service Record of Marquis D. Shelby
Did my children’s ancestors fight on both sides of the War of 1812?

Marquis de Lafayette Shelby was Sergeant in Nixon’s Regiment, Captain Washington Darden’s Detachment of the Mississippi Territory Militia under Colonel George H. Nixon.

Cadwallader, General Thomas (3rd cousin, 10 times removed)

“During the war of 1812 he was a lieutenant-colonel of cavalry, and he was afterward appointed to command the advanced light-brigade. Under General Cadwalader’s training these troops became remarkable for their efficiency and discipline. In 1812 he was appointed major-general of the 1st division of Pennsylvania militia. private soldier in a cavalry troop, and was one of the ringleaders of the insurrection.”

[Famous American Biographies, online http://famousamericans.net/thomascadwalader/]

Adams, John Quincy, Future President of the United States (16th cousin, 6 times removed)

In 1809, John Quincy Adams was sent by the President to be the representative of the United States to Russia. His arrival coincided with the Tsar’s decision to break with Napoleon.

As a result, Adams was well received.

At the outset of the War of 1812, he was still at St Petersburg and in September of that year, the Tsar offered to act as mediator in the conflict. The President accepted his offer and sent James Bayard and Albert Gallatin to act as commissioners with Mr Adams, but England wanted none of it.

In August of 1814, however, these men, Henry Clay and Jonathan Russell, started to negotiate with English commissioners, resulting in the signing of the Treaty of Ghent on the 24th of December of that year, effectively ending the War of 1812.


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We can honor our ancestral war heroes on the internet.

We can honor our ancestral war heroes on the internet.

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Memorial wall for Isaac Shelby

I take great pride in our family’s military history in both Canada and the United States and have been researching our ancestral war heroes for decades now.

There is a special emotional connection with these people that is not there for others and it’s based in my own appreciation for them and their sacrifices on behalf of the rest of us.

I just learned that Fold3 has launched ” The Honor Wall “, a memorial site dedicated to those who served in the military forces in the United States throughout history.

Right away, I had to check it out and found pages for some of our ancestors including General Hiram Ulysses S. Grant, Major General Isaac Shelby, Private David Coon, Private Alanson Adams, and Private Alonzo Beckwith Coon, to name a few. To learn more about these and any of our other ancestors who served their countries, you can search in either of the search boxes in the sidebar for this site or for the Blythe Genealogy database site.

I have added a few photos and data to the Honor Wall at Fold3 and intend to add more. It will, however, take some time.
This site will be an amazing resource for educating future generations about the service and sacrifices of our military service personnel over the centuries.

The Fold3 Blog has more about the Honor Wall.


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Transcription: War of 1812 Land Warrant Card for William B. Coon

Transcription: War of 1812 Land Warrant Card for William B. Coon

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Below is my transcription of the War of 1812 Land Warrant Card for William B. Coon.

No. 49954     40 acres.

ACT OF SEPT. 28, 1850.

Land Warrant Card of William B. Coon and David Coon.
Land Warrant Card of William B. Coon and David Coon.

 

Issued to Wm. B. Coon
Priv: Capt. Fillmore’s
Co., N. York, Ma.
War of 1812

Located at Menasha
40 Wis

Located by David Coon, ???

Patented April 15, 1856
Recorded Vol. 308
Page 31
1761286

Transmitted to
Reg.
25 Feb. 1857
2 Sept – 1857

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All data for this and numerous others on this site is available for free access and download.

 


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Transcription: Isaac Shelby’s Order for Recruitment of Troops for the War of 1812.

Transcription: Isaac Shelby’s Order for Recruitment of Troops for the War of 1812.

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The following is my transcription of Isaac Shelby‘s “Order for recruitment of troops for the War of 1812”  for the Kentucky Militia, to fight against Upper Canada in the War of 1812.

 

Isaac Shelby's Order for Recruitment of Troops for the War of 1812
Isaac Shelby’s Order for Recruitment of Troops for the War of 1812.

 

FRANKFORT, July 31st, 1813.

DEAR SIR,

THE following address to the militia of Kentucky will inform you of the call that has been made upon the governor of Kentucky for a reinforcement to the North Western Army; and of my views as to the mode of complying with it. I forward one to you particularly, sir,     under the hope that you will exert your influence to bring into the field all the men in your power. Be so good as to acknowledge the receipt of the letter, and apprise me of the calculations which I may make of the number of men that can be  raised in your county—and whether it will suit your convenience to go with us. I shall at all times take a pleasure in acknowledging the public spirit by which you will be actuated—and the obligations you will lay me under

I have the honor to be, very respectfully, sir, your obt. serv’t.

(signed by)
Isaac Shelby

(signed by)
Norborne B. Bealle, Esq.


TO THE

MILITIA OF KENTUCKY

FELLOW-SOLDIERS,

YOUR government has taken measures to act effectually against the enemy in Upper Canada. Gen. Harrison, under the authority of the President of the United States, has called upon me for a strong body of troops to assist in effecting the grand objects of the campaign. The enemy in hopes to find us unprepared, has again invested Fort Meigs; but he will again be mistaken; and before you can take the field he will be driven from that post.
To comply with the requisition of Gen. Harrison, a draft might be enforced; but believing as I do, that the ardor and patriotism of my countrymen has not abated, and that they have waited with impatience a fair opportunity of avenging the blood of their butchered friends, I have appointed the 31st day of August next, at Newport, for a general rendezvous of KENTUCKY VOLUNTEERS. I will meet you there in person. I will lead you to the field of battle, and share with you the dangers and honors of the campaign. Our services will not be required more than sixty days after we reach headquarters.

I invite all officers, and others possessing influence, to come forward with what mounted men they can raise ; each shall command the men he may bring into the field. The superior officers will be appointed by myself at the place of general rendezvous, or on our arrival at headquarters ; and I shall take pleasure in acknowledging to my country the merits and public spirit of those who may be useful in collecting a force for the present emergency.
Those who have good rifles, and know how to use them will bring them along. Those who have not, will be furnished with muskets at Newport.
Fellow Citizens! Now is the time to act; and by one decisive blow, put an end to the contest in that quarter.

ISAAC SHELBY
Frankfort, July 31st, 1813.

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Transcription: War of 1812 US Army Register of Enlistments; Adams

Transcription: War of 1812 US Army Register of Enlistments; Adams

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The following text is my transcription of the War of 1812 US Army Register of Enlistments, 1798-1914, listing some with the surname of Adams.

 

US Army Register of Enlistments, 1798-1914, Page 4, 'A's.
US Army Register of Enlistments, 1798-1914, Page 4.

51:  Adams, Abijah, Private

Organization:  30 US Infy; Captain Spencer; Col. Elias Fasset

Description:  5’10” or 5’9”; blue eyes; brown hair; dark complexion

Age: 28 or 20

Occupation:  Farmer

Birth Place:  Killington or Killingsly, Windham Co., Conn.

Enlistment Date:  Apl 4 1814

Enlistment Place:  Addison or Bridport, Addison Co., Virginia

Enlisted By:  Lt. Myrick

Enlistment Period:  War

Remarks:  D.R. Burlington, Vt. May 31st 1814, M.R. June 30/14, present, Capt. Wm Millers Co. Book 1813 to 1815. Present Dec. 1814 – D.R. Feby 16, JR Burlington, Feby 28, April 30 M.R. June-1815. Present – Certif. dated Plattsburgh, June 15 1815 – Book 555 – Discharged at Plattsburgh or Champlain Station, June 15 1815, term expiered. – See Pension Case.

52:  Adams, Abner, Recruit

Organization:  Recruit; US Arty

Description:  5’10”

Age:  21

Occupation:  ?

Birth Place:  Pepperell Mass, Middlesex Co.

Enlistment Date:  Jun 14 1814

Enlistment Place:  Groton Mass

Enlisted By:  Lt. Hobart

Remarks:  R.R. June  – 1814 –

53:  Adams, Abraham or Abram, Private

Organization:  5 US Regt

Description:  6’2”; blue eyes; dark hair;  fair complexion

Age:  22

Occupation:  Farmer or Carpenter

Birth Place:  Cheraw S.C. Dist

Enlistment Date:  Jul 8 1814

Enlistment Place:  Lancaster S.C.

Enlisted By:  Capt. R. Campbell

Enlistment Period:  5 years

Remarks:  R.R. July 30th 1814 – I.R. Capt. R. Campbell’s Co. Washington City, Feby 11/15, Absent at Bottom Bridge, Va – D.R. & I.R. Capt. Benj. Birdsall’s Co. Belle Fontaine, Dec. 30th 1815, I.R. Feby 29, April 30, June 30, Aug. 31, I.R. & S.A.M.R.. Dec. 31st 1817, & I.R. Feby 28 & April 30th. On command at Belle Fontaine – I.R. & S.A.M.R. Belle Fontaine, Mo. June 30th 1818, Present – sick in [gas] – I.R. Capt. J. McGunnigle’s Co. Aug. 31st 1818, Preseent – I.R. Oct. 31 & Dec. 31st 1818, On furlough – S.A.M.R. Capt. L. Gantt’s Co. Dec. 31st 1818, I.R. Feby 28 & April 20/19. On furlough – Mo. Ret. July 1819, Discharged, July 8th 1819. – Discharged at Franklin, Mo. [Ty], July 3/19, to take effect July 8/19, term expired – See Pension Case.

54:  Adams, Alanson, Private

Organization: 11th US Infy; Cols. Campbell, E.W. Ripley & Moody Bedel

Description:  5’11”;  blue eyes; brown hair; light complexion

Age:  21

Occupation:  Farmer

Birth Place:  Pittsfield Mass.

Enlistment Date:  Jany 28 1813

Enlistment Place:  Burlington Vt.

Enlisted By:  Capt. V.R. Goodrich

Enlistment Period:  Jany 27 1818

Remarks:  Capt. Sam’l Gordon’s Co Book 1813, Mustered in Co. from Lt. V.R. Goodrich’s Co. June 30/13 – M.R. Capt. V.R. Goodrich’s Co. Dec. 30th 1813, Feby 28 & S.A.M.R. June 30/14. Present – M.R. Aug. 30th 1814. In Gen’l Hosp’l, wounded July 25 or 26th 1814 – I.R. Capt. Jno. Bliss’ Co. Sackett’s Harbor, Nov. 1814, I.R. & M.R. Dec. 31st 1814, D.R. Feby 16, I.R. & M.R. Feby 28, & May 15th 1815. Joined Oct. 26th 1814, by consolidation & absent in Hosp’l at Williamsville or Greenbush – I.R. Lt. H. DeWitt’s Co. 6th U.S. Infy, Sackett’s Harbor, June – 1815. Dropped May 11th 1815 – Book 518 – Discharged at Greenbush, March 30th 1815, of wounds – wounded in right knee, at Bridgewater, July 25th 1814 – 11th U.S. Infy was made 6th after May 17th 1815.

54/2:  Adams, Alexander, Private

Organization:  24th US Infy

Enlistment Date:  July 28/12

Enlistment Period:  5 years

Remarks:  M.R. Dec. 31/13, Left sick at Buffalo, since Nov. 30/13 – Died sometime in Dec. 1813 – See Pension Case.

55:  Adams, Alex’r, Private

Organization:  26th US Infy; Capt. Swearingen

Enlistment Date:  July 13 1813

Enlistment Period:  1 year

Remarks:  S.A.M.R. Sackett’s Harbor, Dec. 31st 1813, Present – sick – S.A.M.R. Capt. Kinney’s Co. 25th Infy June 30/14, J’d Feby 28/14, Remarks:  from Capt. Swearingen’s Co. 26th Infy. Discharged June 20/14. Co. Book 1812 to 1814, Died Dec. [5]th 1812.

56:  Adams, Amajiah, Private

Organization: 9th US Infy; Capt. Chester Lyman

57:  Adams, Amos, Private

Organization:  [8th] US Infy; Col. P. Jack

Description:  5’11 ½”; black eyes; black hair; dark complexion

Age:  20

Occupation:  Farmer

Birth Place:  Briar Creek, S.C.

Enlistment Date:  Nov. 22 or 26 1813

Enlistment Place:  Georgia

Enlisted By:  Lt. Gresham

Enlistment Period:  Nov 2[0] 1818

Remarks:  M.R. Jany 31st 1814 Present – I.R. Capt. F.B. Warlay’s Co. Camp Huger, Ga. Nov. 30th 1814, Absent at Savannah sick since Oct. 25th 1814 – I.R. Camp Flournoy, Ga. Jany 10, D.R. Feby 16 & I.R. Camp Flournoy, Ga. Feby 28th 1815. Present – D.R. Lt. J.H. Mallory’s Co. 7th US. Infy Nov. 30th 1815, Present – I.R. & S.A.M.R. Capt. R.H. Bell’s Co., Ft. Hawkins, Ga. Dec. 31st 1815, I.R. Feby 29 & I.R. & S.A.M.R. June 30th 1816. Present – I.R. Capt. J.F. Corbaley’s Co. Ft. Crawford, Aug. 31. Oct. 31, I.R. & S.A.M.R. Dec. 31st 1816, I.R. Feby 28, April 30, I.R. & S.A.M.R. June 30, & I.R. Sept. 1st 1817. Present – I.R. Ft. Scott, Ga. Feby 28th 1818. On command – Orders dated Fort Gadsden, July 3rd 1818. Transferred from 5th to 3rd Co. – I.R. Capt. J. S. Allison’s Co. Ft St Marks, Aug. 31st 1818. Joined by transfer from 5th Co. & on command at Fort Gadsden – I.R. Ft Hawkins, [???] Oct. 31st 1818, Rect’g – I.R., S.A.M.R. & Mo. Ret. Ft St Marks, E. Fla. Dec. 31st 1818. Discharged, Nov. 21st 1818, term expired – 5th US Infy was made 4th after May 17th 1815. – Discharged from Capt Jno. R. Corbaley’s Co. at Fort Hawkins, Nov. 22nd 1818, term expired – See Pension Case.

58:  Addison, Allen B. or Alex B., Ensign

Organization:  [15th] US Infy; Col. Richard Dennis

Remarks:  Mo. Rets. Ft Johnson, SC, April 8, May & June 1814, at Fort Johnson, S.C. on duty, not properly attached to any company – I.R. Capt. Wm A. Remarks:  Blount’s Co. Ft Johnson, SC., Aug. 31, R.R. Sept, Oct 23, I.R. Oct. 31, R.R. & I.R. Dec. 31st 1814 & Roll Jany 22nd 1815. Joined from late Capt. Robeson’s Co. at Ft Johnson – Recruiting in S.C. since Aug. 21st 1814 – I.R. Ft Johnson, S.C. March 28th, & I.R. Capt. Wm Tisdale’s Co. May 1st 1815. Present – I.R. Capt. Wm O. Taylor’s Co. June 30th 1815, Discharged, June 30th 1815 – Borne as 3-Lieut. Aug. 31st 1814 & 2nd Lieut. from Sept. 1814.

59:  Aggus, Abner (Argus, Aggust), Private

Organization:  2nd US Infy; Capt. Robert Purdy

Enlistment Date:  Apl 22 1805

Enlisted By:  Capt. Hooks

Remarks:  Co. Book 1805 to 1807. Present at Pittsburgh, April, 25th 1805 – Capt. Jno. Campbell’s Co. Book. Joined Co. Sept. 24th Remarks:  1805. – Present at Fort Adams, Nov. 8th 1805 & April 24th 1806 – at Natchitoches, Oct. 16th 1806, at New Orleans, Dec. 2[0]th 1806 & April 2nd 1807 – Drummer – Deserted from Mississippi, June 7th 1807 – Tried by Ct Me at N. O. in Capt. Nicholas’ Co. 7th U.S. Infy May 27th 1813. Selling whiskey…

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It is recommended to search using both methods as the results can differ greatly due to a glitch in the software that doesn’t connect all images from the bio.

All data for this and numerous others on this site is available for free access and download.

 


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Alanson and Gardner Adams, Brothers in Arms in the War of 1812

Alanson and Gardner Adams, Brothers in Arms in the War of 1812

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I mentioned in a previous post about William B. Coon, who served as a soldier for the United States in the War of 1812 and was the father of Civil War casualty David Coon, that I would be writing about Alanson Adams (fifth great grandfather to my kids) who was father to David Coon’s first wife Mary Ann Adams.

 

Alanson and Gardner Adams both fought in the War of 1812.

 

Alanson Adams
Alanson Adams

Alanson was born April 16, 1792 to Joseph Adams (born 1756) in Williston, Vermont, United States and was the brother of Gardner Adams.

Alanson and Gardner Adams - Muster Roll
Alanson and Gardner Adams – War of 1812 Muster Roll.

Alanson worked as a farmer until he enlisted along with his brother Gardner on January 28, 1813 for service as soldiers for the United States in the War of 1812, both as Privates with Captain Samuel R. Gordon and Captain (later Lieutenant) Valentine R. Goodrich’s Company of the 11th Infantry Regiment in Vermont.

On February 28, 1814, Alanson’s brother Gardner was recorded to be sick in hospital at Brownsville. He had been shot in the leg, and as a result of this injury, he received a military pension after his discharge on January 28, 1818, just one day following the discharge of his brother Alanson.

Submit Hall
Submit (Mitty) Hall

Alanson married Submit “Mitty or Malinda” Hall in 1840 and they had the following children: Elam Dennis Adams (1821-1897), Martha Marie Adams (1827-1861) and Mary Ann Adams (1824-1859), first wife of Civil War veteran David Coon (fourth great grandfather to my kids). Throughout his life, he worked as a farmer (early years), labourer in manufacturing and as a shoemaker.

Sometime between 1840 and 1844, Alanson and his family relocated to Licking County, Ohio, living there until after 1860, when they are recorded in the census at Fold du Lac, Wisconsin, where he is shown living near his son Elam Dennis Adams.

The wealth of Alanson and his family appears to have fluctuated considerably. In 1850, he owned $600 value in real estate, yet in 1860 his wealth had reduced to just $100 in personal goods (no real estate), and then in 1870 he owned $1,000 in real estate. It is unknown whether Alanson had any personal wealth in 1880 as he is showing in the Canadian census to be living with the family of his son Elam Dennis Adams, while still in Fold du Lac, Wisconsin.

Alanson and his family were members of the Baptist Church.

Alanson died April 23, 1881 while living in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin. The following obituary was published in the Fond du Lac Daily Commonwealth of Tuesday, April 26, 1881, on page 4.

 

Retrospective

The death of Mr. Alanson Adams of our city on the 23rd instant, is an event of more than ordinary interest. Born in the year 1792, in the third year of Washington’s first term, his life covers nearly the whole period of our constitutional history. We are fairly startled at the rapidity of our country’s development, as compared with other countries, when we contemplate its history being crowded into the lifetime of one man. During this period the small circle of States bordering the Atlantic coast, few in population and impoverished by war, has been enlarged until it now engirdles the continent. A great nation, ranking among the first in power, wealth and influence has been developed within this comparatively short space of time. Human life can no longer be said to be short, if we measure it by the achievements comprehended within its.limits.

Mr. Adams is identified with the history of our country in one of the most endearing relations. Every country venerates the memory of its soldiers. Especially is this true of a republic, which must depend very largely on the valor and patriotism of its volunteer soldiers for defense. The deceased belongs to that noble band whom our nation delights to honor. In early manhood, at the call of his country, he entered her service in the war of 1812. He was in several engagements during this war, among which were the battles of Chippewa and Lundy’s Lane. At the latter place he was wounded. Thus another one of the few surviving heroes of this war has been laid away to that rest which no battle call, or shock —–will ever disturb.

But in still another and not less important cause was the deceased identified with the history and progress of our country. He belonged in the class of pioneers peculiar to our country, and yet sometimes overlooked, and underestimated in making our estimates of the elements entering late American progress. To this class of our population, essentially nomadic in its character, does our country owe very much of its greatness to-day. By it has been laid the foundations of that grand super-structure of American nationality which has no parallel in history. Reared in central Vermont he became identified with the early struggles of that State. In 1818 he was married. The union thus formed continued some fifty-four years. In 1844 with his family, consisting of one son and two daughters, he removed to Ohio. Here he remained until 1860, when he moved to Wisconsin, where he has since resided. Since the death of his wife, some ten years ago, he has made his home with his son, E.D. Adams, of our city, where he died.

The deceased was a devoted Christian, having been a member of the Baptist church nearly sixty years. He will be deeply mourned by the church to which he had endeared himself, and the circle of friends how knew him best. The sympathies of its many friends are extended to the bereaved family, with the assurance that our loss is his gain.

Sources:

  1. Payroll of a Company of Infantry Commanded by Lt. Valentine R. Goodrich, the Eleventh Regiment of the United States, for the Months of January and February, 1813, online [], accessed.
  2. Emily Bailey, “Mary Ann Adams,” e-mail message to Christine Blythe, 20 Nov 2006.
  3. Coon, David, death certificate no. Widow’s Claim to Pension – Emma and Hiram Coon (1864).
  4. Affidavit of Alanson and Mitty Adams (31 Mar 1869).
  5. Adams, Alanson obituary, Fond du Lac Commonwealth, Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, Tuesday, April 26, 1881, Pg. 4.
  6. 1840 US Census, , (Burlington, Chittenden, Vermont); 541, Roll: 48; Page: 541; Image: 101, Family History Library Film: 0027439, 48, Original data: Sixth Census of the United States, 1840. (NARA microfilm publication M704, 580 rolls). Records of the Bureau of the Census, Record Group 29, National Archives, Washington, D.C..
  7. 1870 US Census, , (Fond du Lac Ward 3, Fond du Lac, Wisconsin); Page: 285B, Roll: M593_1713; Page: 285B; Image: 577, Family History Library Film: 553212, Roll: M593_1713, Image: 577, National Archives and Records Administration, n.d., Washington, D.C..
  8. 1880 US Census, , (Fond du Lac Ward 3, Fond du Lac, Wisconsin); 212A, Roll: 1425; Page: 212A; Enumeration District: 41, Family History Film: 1255425, 1425, Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA, Records of the Bureau of the Census, Record Group 29. National Archives, Washington, D.C.
  9. 1800 US Census, , (Williston, Chittenden, Vermont, USA); 350, Roll: 51; Page: 350; Image: 195, Family History Library Film: 218688, 51, Records of the Bureau of the Census, Record Group 29. National Archives, Washington, D.C..
  10. Adjutant-General, “Adjutant-General’s Report,” jpg, Roll of Capt. V. R. Goodrich’s Company (: accessed ).
  11. “William B. Coon Family,” e-mail message to Christine Blythe, 20 Nov 2006.

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