Are you a descendant of someone who fought at Crysler's Farm? Tell us about!
I have two ancestors who were in Brick's 49th the Green Tigers. Dixie Ellis was responsible for turning back the US cavalry charge at Cryslers Farm. His elder brothr Hercules was responsible for refitting Fort St Joseph on Lake Huron for he 49th. he was recalled in 1809 but drowned on the way back to Ireland. Brock adopted his natural son. another cousin of theirs Hercules Ellis probably fought with the 88th Connaught Rangers at Plattsburgh, as did Dixie.
I have also been in touch with Robert Sewell a Toronto prof descended from Lt John Sewell of the 49th who left a record of Crysler;s Farm http://www.robertsewell.ca/johnstalban.html
Contemporary miniature paintings of Hercules Ellis and John Sewell exist in the possession of both families
Thank you, Simon.
That is a fascinating family history you have! We hope you’ll be out to mark the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Crysler’s Farm next year.
Did you do most of the research yourself or had it been in family records? It might make for an interesting blog post, especially if you pursued most of the info on your own.
I'm not a descendent of any veteran of 1812 that I know of, but I did have the great pleasure to meet a direct descendant of Mr. John Crysler who owned the farm the battle was fought on. This was way back in 1974 when I was a tour guide at Crysler Farm Battlefield Park. I had several visitors come in and tell me that they were related to Mr. Crysler and sometimes I was quite sceptical.
However, I knew he was the original article when he later corresponded with me and sent me a drawing of the Crysler Farm General Service Medal that his ancestor owned.
I also got to meet Mr. Adam Sheriff Scott who did the wonderful mural painting of the battle that is on display inside the Battle Memorial Building.