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  1. Would like to tell everyone about the Virginia Genealogical Society Spring conference. This year’s title is the War of 1812. Featured speaker on 1812 subjects with be Stuart Butler an 1812. He will speak both on history and genealogical research for 1812 ancestors. Please visit http://www.vgs.org for details and to register for conference. Questions can be directed to brentster1@comcast.net

  2. Todd Post says:

    To whom it may concern:

    Do you happen to know where I could find out more about Robert Carter Burwell of the 51st Virginia Regiment? Specifically I am trying to find out when he received his commission as captain.


    • Mike says:

      Todd: The Frederick County Minute or Order Books for the period a few years before 1812 to Feb 1815 would have this date of commission information. Also the commission approvals would probably be in the Auditors accounts at the Library of Virginia.

      Stuart Butler’s book, “A Guide to VA Militia Units in the War of 1812” indicate his company from Frederick County served from Jul 6th to Sep 28th 1813 and was attached to Lt Col McDowell’s Flying Camp.The Flying Camp unit went first to Westmoreland County to assist the Northern Neck units from numerous incursions by the British from the Potomac River. Before the tour of duty was up they traveled to Camp Fairfield on the James River to protect Richmond,

      Mike Lyman
      Past President
      War of 1812 Society

  3. D. John Shultz says:

    I am trying to determine which disease was causing the epidemic in Norfolk in the winter of 1814/1815 (likely yellow fever or smallpox?). My ancestor, John Schultz Jr died while in the Military on 2/13/1815 in/near Norfolk and is buried in an unmarked/unlocated grave in that area. He was a member of the volunteer artillery from Winchester. Any light that someone could shed on his service or his death would be greatly appreciated. Thanks, John Shultz (note the uncommon spelling of my last name: there is no “c” in Shultz).

    • Mike says:

      I find no Virginia service for your ancestor at NARA or in Virginia muster and payrolls. Would like to know your source of service.
      Add camp fever and measles to the list of sickness and deaths in camps at Norfolk. Fort Tar is where most of them were buried in mass graves. On Google go to Fort Tar, War of 1812 in Norfolk, VA for information

      Mike Lyman

  4. Leon Lyell says:

    RE: William Romulus Poe, b 1895 in Richmond VA died 1866 in Ill

    William Romulus Poe is my earliest known direct male ancestor.

    The information on his birth comes from records relating to his involvement in the War of 1812. This shows that he joined Capt John McPherson’s infantry Company of the 19th VA Militia Regiment from Richmond City, commanded by Lt Col John Ambler as a corporal, from 26 August 1814 until 7 September. He was apparently born in Richmond as well. My guess is that as he was made a corporal at such a young age he may have come from a well-established family.

    I have no clues as to his parents. Can anyone suggest the next logical step to take to uncover who his parents were, please? Is there a good source for information on Amblers regiment for example?

    Many thanks,

    Leon J Lyell

    • Mike says:

      Ancestry.com indicates he was born 27 Dec 1794 in VA. Since he served from the Richmond City area in 1814 his parents may have resided there. There were many Poes in the Revolutionary War from Virginia and he may descend from one of them. I suggest you contact the Library of VA website and by telephone for assistance in identifying his parents, through vital records, obituaries, military records, etc. The 1850 and 1860 U.S.Census in Illinois where he resided may provide some info as well. Familysearch.org is a good site to search.
      Mike Lyman

  5. Bonnie Bell Sauve says:

    My great great grandfather, Samuel French, fought in the War of 1812 according to my great great grandmother’s pension application. He enlisted July 21, 1814 and was discharged September 25, 1814. Samuel French was a private under Capt. Foushee G. Tebbs, Virginia military. Elizabeth A. French is buried somewhere on the farm which now belongs to A. Wiatt Garland, past president of Northumberland County Historical Society. He found her tombstone on his farm, but has not discovered any other tombstones. I believe she was buried in a Haydon family plot somewhere next to her husband, Samuel French.
    Where can I find the book written by Myron Lyman about the War of 1812 in Virginia? I came across a timeline and now I can’t find it. I am attempting to write an historical novel based on the lives of my ancestors starting with the War of 1812. Any information on General Cockburn landing in Northumberland County and burning homes and property August 1814, would be appreciated. Thank you.

    • Mike says:

      Samuel French was born in Northumberland County. His birth was recorded in St. Stephens Parish Record: Samuel France, son of George and Hannah, his wife was born 15 December 1778. He was the second son born to this couple. William had been born in 1775, and a daughter, Judith, was born in 1777. As the 1783 Heads of Households enumeration shows that there were then only four white persons in George’s household, Hannah might have died. In any case, Hannah died before 1792, because George married Ann Winters that year. A daughter, Elizabeth Linsa France, was born to them in 1795.
      In the War of 1812, Samuel served under Foushee G. Tebbs in the Richmond County Militia, the 41st Regiment. After the War, Samuel received a warrant for bounty land, which his widow received in Polk County, Florida.
      Samuel married Margaret Longley [possibly Langley] before 1824, according to information found in either his, or his widow’s pension application. Where the wedding took place has not been discovered.
      On 6 January 1824, Samuel, then a widower, married Elizabeth Haydon at her residence in Richmond County. She was the daughter of John and Winifred Davis Haydon. Samuel and Elizabeth had, at least, two sons, William Henry French, who was born circa 1831, and Samuel G. W. French, born circa 1841. In 1870 and 1880, Elizabeth was living with her elder son.
      Samuel French, in 1836, was in poor health, and was excused by the Court from paying taxes in Northumberland County.. On 7 August 1843, he died at his home in Lottsburg. Elizabeth survived him by many years, dying on 28 August 1892. Her son, William H. French, reported her death. She was buried on her parents’ farm in Richmond County. A stone marks her grave.
      Samuel French does not have a grave marker, but it is reasonable to assume that Elizabeth was buried beside him in the family graveyard of her parents.
      Beverly Fleet, Colonial Virginia Abstracts: I, (1988), 434-435.
      Heads of Families . . . . , Baltimore, MD: Genealogical Publishing Co.,(1986), 38 and 75.
      Nottingham, The Marriage License Bonds of Northumberland County, 39.
      White, Index to War of 1812 Pension Files, 766.
      Communication sent to Lyman from Bonnie Sauve, great-great-granddaughter of Samuel French.
      Patrick G. Wardell, War of 1812: Virginia Bounty Land & Pension Applicants, Bowie, MD, (1987), 158.
      Northumberland County Order Book 1835-1844, 16.
      Wardell, War of 1812: Virginia Bounty Land & Pension Applicants, 158.
      Hailey, Northumberland County , Virginia, Death Records, 1853-1895, 81.
      Bayne Palmer O’Brien, “Some Early Tombstones Located in Northumberland,” The Bulletin of the Northu;mberland County Historical Society, VI, (1969), 37.
      Payrolls of Militia Entitled to Land Bounty Under the Act of Congress of Sept. 28, 1850, 399. Also, Butler, A Guide to Virginia Militia Units in the War of 1812, 153. Also, White, Index to War of 1812 Pension Files, 956.
      Wardell. War of 1812: Virginia Bounty Land & Pension Applicants, 196.
      Nottingham, The Marriage License Bonds of Northumberland County, 48.

      I will forward you by e-mail the Northumberland Co, VA encounters with the British during the war

      Mike Lyman

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