I note that Henry's brothers were all still living in 1848, officers in the 1st Dundas flank companies, but none received the MGS Medal with the Chrystler's Farm bar (Crysler's Farm is spelled this way on the medal bar)..
That's very interesting! Could you give me the names of Henry's brothers and where you found that they were all still living in 1848?
My great uncle Frank Merkley wrote a short family history before he died a few years ago now. I believe he got the dates and names from a very old German family Bible that is supposedly still at the family farm. He did not talk about Henry's brothers but if I can track down the old Bible from my cousins I may be able to find out more about him and whether he is in fact the same Henry Merkley. His full name was Henry Stopel Merkley ( or maybe Merkle, Merkel, Markle at the time). Thanks so much!
Oh I should never have said they were brothers. That was sloppy of me. We find a Major Henry, Captain Henry, Captain George, Lt Christopher and Ensign Jacob Markle or Merkley as officers in the 1st Dundas Militia in 1812. Majors were normally well established men who had fought in one of the Loyalist regiments in the Revolution. If it was me I would look for Henry in the rolls of the Kings Royal Regiment of New York. I thought that the others could be sons or nephews of Henry sr. In the 1851 census we find Henry b ca 1777; Jacob born ca 1781, George ca 1786 and Christopher ca 1791.
I guess that you would have to look at the local church records to see if marriages and deaths give the father's name(s) of these lads.
Wow! I have been doing some research all day and am quite enjoying this. I have not tracked down everything I want to but I know from family history that Henry Stopel Merkley was my g.g.g. grandfather. His grandfather Christopher Merkley was born in Germany in 1693 and went to Britain when France was invading the area along the Rhine River called the Palatinate. They soon emigrated to America and settled in the Mohawk Valley along the Schoharie River valley. Henry's father Jacob was born in 1747 in the Mohawk Valley and came to Canada at the time of the American Revolution. I don't know where his land grant was but I know that Henry Merkley got the land grant in Williamsburg in 1797. Henry's son Simon (Simeon) Merkley was born in 1820 and Simon's son William Ira Merkley born in 1858 was my Mom's grandfather. There were other brothers and sisters along the way that I haven't got good records of but I have lots of documentation from William on down to the present day.
There were many Merkleys in John Johnsons Kings Royal Regiment of New York and I have no doubt that these Merkleys were my ancestors. If I can find out more info about brothers and sisters I may be able to piece things together.
The Henry,Jacob, George, and Christopher you mention are certainly the names in my Merkley family but then maybe they were common names anyway. The birth dates you gave for them could easily make them brothers or cousins at least.
I thank you so much for persevering with this and giving me some great information and ideas to follow up.
I am interested in Capt James Richardson Provincial Marine. Starting in Naigara Falls he was delivering gun powder to Brock and was tied up at Navy Hall at Niagara on the Lake at the time of the invasion. He brought Brock's kit out after the battle. He was a business man and Ship Builder in Kingston and partnered with Mr Cartwright. His wife Sarah and Cartwright are burried next to each other at the old cemetary in down town Kingston. Sarah Ashmore was first married to a Lt. Patrick Bryant of the PM with whom she had two sons at Navy Hall. After the death of Bryant she remarried to James Richardson and lived in Kingston having three more children. James Jr was also a vessle skipper Adm. Yeo's ship and lost his arm to grape shot in the second battle of Oswego. He became a minister and later the Bishop of the Methodist Episcopal church in Canada. James Sr is burried at Brighton Ontario. James Jr is in Toronto. The Bryants went to Gananoque area. Love to know more if anyone can help.
I am looking for any information about a John Williamson who served in the war of 1812. My great great grandmother Josphine Dawley Connell metions him in a letter as Cpt John Williamson. Josphine Dawley was from Natural Bridge, NY in Jefferson Co. Her mother was Lucinda Williamson.
Hello, I would very much like some help in tracing back to see if I did have any relatives who served during the War of 1812. Any assistance or guidance would be great.
Who are you looking for and where did they live?
Hi Ron, I guess I asked a pretty broad question :)
I was wondering if there were any Offord's serving during the war of 1812.
I am a descendant of four (4) veterans of the War of 1812. Private William Horricks, 6th Foot, Fort Erie; Corporal Thomas Norris, 82nd Foot, Fort Erie & Cooks Mills; Color Sergeant Alexander Cameron, 103rd Foot, Lundy's Lane & Fort Erie; Private John Truelove, 19th Light Dragoos, Plattsburg.
Where would I look to find out, are there nominal rolls on line anywhere?
Kirk King, I respect your opinion very much, however I am tired of hearing this type of crap. Commemorating those who protected Canada in 1812 is not celebrating war at all.
War is an awful thing any soldier will tell you that, infact any human would and should tell you that.
It is important to Remember these things not only for our own history, but to Remember why we should never do it again.
I think there are stories to be told, the personal stories of the soldier, the famililes and loved ones.
Sadly there are people in the world who would gladly cause hurt and suffering, it is for that reason that we need a military.