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October 6, 2017

War of 1812 Incorporated Militia in Upper Canada Census

The War of 1812 took place from June 18, 1812 to February 16, 1815 between Great Britain and America.
Credit: Library and Archives Canada, Acc. No. 1937-31-1
The Canadian Incorporated Militia was led by many commanders including  Captain James Kerby (Coy No 1) and Captain Daniel Washburn (Coy No 4). Below is a census substitute for these two companies and their families in 1812 and 1814

March 15, 1814.  List of Men’s Families in Capt. Kirby’s (Kerby) Company of Incorporated Militia
NAMES
Azarial Lundy
John Reilly
Joseph Millard
John Brown
Richard Hinton
WIVES
1
1
1
1
1
CHILDREN
6
5
1
1
1

15 March 1814. Nominal Return of Women and Children belonging to Capt. Washburn’s Company

WIVES' NAMES

Margaret B---
Elizabeth Solomon
Susannah Lashue?
Patty Burke?
Hannah –
Nancy Sweet?
Mary Fin--
Mary Hoffman
Mary Good—
Charlotte Napew/Nappan?
Nancy Bou—
Nancy Reese
CHILDREN'S NAMES

James, Stephen?
James?, Susannah, Hannah, Thomas, Elizabeth, Charles?
James, ?, Mary, ?, ?
Katy, John, Mary, ?
Henry? Elizabeth
None
None
Susannah
James, ?, William, ?, Henry?
4 names, can’t read them
?, ?, Mary
John, Peter, William, Jane?, ?

1812 List of Men in Cpt Washburn’s Co.
George Huffman
Freeman Napew/Nappan

Search the War of 1812 database at Library and Archives Canada but note that there are no service files for the Canadian militia. Library and Archives Canada (LAC) holds a vast collection of records about the Canadian men and women who were involved in the War of 1812. Their names can be found on muster rolls, pay lists, claims, certificates of service, land grants, and medal registers. Many of these documents are only available in the original format and have not been microfilmed or digitized.

2 comments:

Brooke Skelton said...

This blog entry was of great interest. Imagine my surprise when the first name listed under Capt. Kirby' Company was my ancestor. While I have Nominal role entries I had not found this List of Men's Families. Have you a Reel # you are willing to share?

Thank you for posting this.

Brooke

Lorine McGinnis Schulze said...

Brooke - I'm very sorry but I transcribed this list over 20 years ago and wasn't very good about citing my source! Your best bet is to follow the link in my blog post to go to LAC and check their War of 1812 files.

Good luck!
Lorine