Significant Events War of 1812 in Virginia

18 Jun 1812 Following a close vote in Congress, President James Madison declares war on Great Britain

26 Dec 1812 The British declare a blockade of the Chesapeake Bay and begin destroying ships entering, departing or sailing upon the bay.  Several hundred encounters between the British and merchant vessels during the blockade have been documented.  Most vessels were captured or destroyed by the British (some after fierce battles) but a few outran them and escaped.

11 Feb 1813 The first of over 40 documented engagements between British troops and the Virginia militia occurred in Princess Anne County.

3 Apr 1813 After a battle of several hours, the British capture four armed American schooners off Carters Creek in the Rappahannock River.

22 Jun 1813 Several thousand British troops attack Craney Island in an attempt to capture Norfolk.  They are repulsed by American defenders.

25 Jun 1813 British capture and sack Hampton for three days but sustain significant combat losses.

2 Apr 1814 British Admiral Cockburn offers freedom and protection to escaping slaves.

5 Apr 1814 British capture Tangier Island and build barracks, two hospitals & breastworks.  They use the island until the end of the war to support operations in the Chesapeake (including the attack on Baltimore) and to house escaped slaves.  In 1821 all traces of their fort and graveyard were destroyed by a severe hurricane and that portion of the island was subsequently washed away.

6 Apr 1814 Napoleon’s abdication releases British troops and ships for service in North America.

31 May 1814 500 British troops land and engage Accomac County militia at Pungoteague Creek.   The British break off the engagement and return to their ships.  Both sides claim victory.

18 Jul 1814 Canadian General Prevost calls for British commanders to retaliate for the burning of York (Toronto).

25 Jun 1814 500 British troops land and engage Accomac County militia at Camp Chesconessix & Deep Creek.  Militia is overwhelmed and retreats.

20 – 22 Jul 1814 British force of 1200 raids Westmoreland County along Nomini Creek.  Although the militia attempts to harass, the British are able to remove or destroy property at will.

26 Jul 1814 Twelve hundred British troops land at Narrows between Machodoc and Nomini Creeks in Westmoreland County and plunder homes in the area.  Militia arrives but does not engage.

29 Jul 1814 Over 4,000 Napoleonic war veterans destined for the Chesapeake arrive in Bermuda.

3 Aug 1814 Over 1000 British enter the Yeocomico River with the assistance of escaped slaves.  They land at Mundy’s Point & Cherry Point in Northumberland County and Kinsale in Westmoreland County.  Although engaged by the militia at each location, at Mundy’s Point the British break out and proceed inland as far as Richmond County, seizing and destroying property along the way.

7 Aug 1814 Over 1,000 British troops land on both sides of the Coan River in Northumberland County and proceed inland, plundering and burning houses at Northumberland Court House and occupying Wicomico Church.

24 Aug 1814 Augmented by the recently arrived Napoleonic war veterans, 5,000 British troops capture and burn Washington, D. C. following the American loss at the Battle of Bladensburg.

27 Aug 1814 Alexandria surrenders to British fleet which plunders the city for 4 days.

1 Sep 1814 Captain David Porter establishes a battery at what is now Fort Belvoir to harass the British as they sail downriver from Alexandria.   After two days of bombardment, the battery is destroyed and the British fleet sails back to the Chesapeake Bay.

11 Sep 1814 The British fleet was defeated in a sea battle on Lake Champlain and their ground attack was turned back at Plattsburg, NY

12 Sep 1814 British commence attack on Baltimore (North Point and Fort McHenry), but subsequently withdraw.

4 Oct 1814 British land 3,000 troops at Black & Ragged Points on the Coan River in Northumberland County.  They overrun the militia and proceed to Heathsville, plundering, destroying property and burning homes for two days.

2 Dec 1814 British occupy Tappahannock in Essex County for several days, capturing arms & ammunition and burning several buildings. The militia retreat without engaging.

6 Dec 1814 The British cross the Rappahannock River and march towards Warsaw in Richmond County, where they are met by the militia at North Farnham Church.  Though the militia retreats after a short engagement, the British return to their ships without reaching Warsaw.

24 Dec 1814 The Treaty of Ghent is signed.

8 Jan 1815 General Andrew Jackson defeats the British at the Battle of New Orleans.

17 Feb 1815 Congress ratifies the Treaty of Ghent – the War is over.

Source: Encounters with the British in Virginia During the War of 1812 by Myron (Mike) E. Lyman, Sr. and William W. Hankins, published by The Society of the War of 1812 in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Copyright 2008-2009 by The Society of the War of 1812 in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

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197 Responses to Significant Events War of 1812 in Virginia

  1. robert page says:

    I am not up on computers so if this is the wrong place to ask for advice I am sorry. I have 3 relatives that fought in the War of 1812 with Virginia. Walter Myrick was listed as a private, James Myrick and Alexander Myrick who is listed as fighting in Captian Blow’s Co. 65th Regiment from Virginia. There seems to be more that 1 Blow & I have had trouble dicideing George or Henryor who. I seem to have a difficult tiime finding information about the 65th Regiment. In you could point me it the right direction I would appricate it.
    Robert Page

    • Mike says:

      Robert: Captain James Blow’s Company of Light Infantry was part of the Regiment of Southampton County commanded by Lt Col Henry Blow This company marched to Portsmouth, VA during the period 29 June to 29 Dec 1813 and was stationed at Fort Nelson there. Alexander was a Private and James a Sergeant in the Regiment. Walter was a First Sergeant in a different Regiment , the 4th Commanded by Lt Col Beatty which was also stationed in the Portsmouth area,

      Mike Lyman
      Past President War of 1812 Society in VA

      • Bill Martin says:

        Hi Mike,

        Found your name/address on a blog. Trying to find information on Jonathon Martin who served briefly with a militia company commanded by Capt Mark Anthony (either the 10th or 91st regiment). Can you help?

        Bill Martin

        • Mike says:

          Jonathan Martin served in the 10th Virginia Militia Regiment of Bedford County and the First Artillery Regiment commanded by Lt Col Edmund Lucas and Major Willis from 24 August to 30 September 1812 consisting of 500 men that were sent to Fort Norfolk as the first militia unit to support that area of Virginia in the War of 1812. He was in Captain Mark Anthony’s Artillery Company of this regiment. Source: Stuart L Butler’s book,”A Guide to Virginia Militia Units in the War of 1812″, New Papyrus Publishing Co, Athens, GA 2011. He may be the son or relative of another person of this name that served in the Revolutionary War from nearby Montgomery County
          Mike Lyman
          Past President war of 1812 Society in VA

          • Bill Martin says:


            Thanks so much. I bought Butler’s book. Great source. Found some conflicting dates but that’s par for course in research. Correspondence from Jonathan Martin indicates he was hospitalized Fall of 1812, likely Norfolk area. Any ideas about researching hospitals in area? Were soldiers still paid if hospitalized? You mentioned another Jonathan Martin (Revolutionary War, Montgomery CO, VA). What source… that I could access?

            Again, thanks so much.

  2. Priscilla Glasow says:

    I have a relative, Harry (Henry?) Snethen who died at Fredericksburg. Where can I find additional information on him please?

    • Mike says:

      You did not provide any dates of birth or death. I can find no record of a person of this name serving in the War of 1812

  3. Gena says:

    I am seeking information on Andrew H. Byrd (1790-1862) who served in Dickerson’s Co. 91 Virginia Militia in the War of 1812. I would like to know what engagements this Co. participated in and any other pertinent information that could be found. He is buried at Williamsville, Bath, Virginia. He lived in Bath Co, Virginia until Highland Co was formed.

    • Mike says:

      Andrew Hamilton Byrd was born 19 Oct 1790 in Bath County, VA and died just over the county border in Highland County on 16 Sep 1862. He served as a Private in Captain John Dickinson’s Troop of Calvary of the 81st VA Militia Regiment of Bath County. This Troop traveled to Camp Holly near the James River in the defense of Richmond and was stationed there from 6 to 15 Feb 1815. By Feb 15th I’m sure they finally received word that the War was over and returned home. The British did not attempt to attack Richmond during the War so his unit saw no combat.

      His received a Bounty Land warrant and his widow, Elizabeth Isabella Capito (1797-1888) received a pension for his service. He was buried first in the McClintic cemetery, but reinterred to the Williamsville Cemetery.
      He remained active in the county militia and was commissioned Major on 26 May 1826. He served twice as County Sheriff and was a Justice there. He represented the County in the VA Legislature for 22 years. While there he introduced a bill that established Highland County from Bath County, being sure that the new county line placed his residence inside Highland County.

      A Veterans Administration gravestone marks his burial site and indicates he was in the War of 1812. His service, pension and BLW records are at NARA and may be retrieved for more detailed information.

      Thanks for the comment

      Myron (Mike) E. Lyman, Sr
      War of 1812 Society in VA

      Myron (Mike)

    • Mike says:

      I have sent your reply by separate e-mail.
      Mike Lyman

  4. Bill Sharp says:

    I have an ancestor named Mansfield Settle who I suspect was a soldier in the War of 1812. I find a Mansfield Settle as a Sgt. in Taylor’s 1st Reg’t from VA along with Wilford G. Settle as an Ensign (whom I suspect is his brother; at least my ancestor is known to have a brother Wilford G.). This Reg’t may have been raised in Frederick Co. If so, is there any information on the dates of service? Also a Mansfield Settle shows up as a Pvt. in the 51st Reg’t VA Militia for the time frame Feb-Mar 1815. Is it possible that this is the same Mansfield? What County did the 51st come from? All of this info comes from the database which originates from “Index to the Compiled Military Service Records for the Volunteer Soldiers Who Served During the War of 1812.”

    • Mike says:

      Mansfield Settle was in the 51st VA Militia Regiment from Frederick County, Virginia.
      Each Virginia county with two exceptions was assigned Regiment numbers by The VA Adjutant General. Frederick County’s 51st Regimentt had 23 companies assigned. At least five of these companies were attached to Col Taylor’s 1st Regiment at Baltimore from August 25th to 24 Nov 1814 and were in the battle there.

      Mansfield was the First Sergeant in one of these companies. To determine which company you would need to request the service record 17730 in roll box 186 at the National Archives. For a person of this name’s service as a Private request record 17731.

      Looks like you are eligible to join the war of 1812 Society. An application is available on this website or from the General society. You do not have to reside in Virginia to become a VA Society member.

      Mike Lyman
      Past President

  5. Michael L. McNeely says:

    I have just recently learned of a descendant of mine who was in the War of 1812! His name is Frier McNely(Friar McNeely), born 1789 in Virginia! He was in the 6th Virginia Regiment Militia, Colemans’. He is my 5th great uncle! He lived in Pittsylvania County, Virginia at the time of the war! He died in 1851 in Johnson County, Indiana!
    He was a brother to my 4th greatgrandfather, George McNeely, and son of my 5th greatgrandfather, William McNeely! William died in 1824 in Pittsylvania County, Va.
    I am very interested in becoming a member of The Society of The War of 1812 in Virginia!!
    Any help would be greatly appreciated!

    Thank you, Michael McNeely

    • Mike says:

      I have confirmed that your ancestor had War of 1812 service in Virginia. His service records are at the National archives.
      It would be our pleasure to have you as a member. Please contact our Registrar Henry Howells at for instructions and for the on-line application.
      Mike Lyman

  6. Michael L. McNeely says:

    Thank you very much and I will contact Mr. Howell asap!! Looking forward to joining!!

  7. Connie Inscoe Mullis says:

    Dear mike:
    I found your Web site on the Events of the war of 1812 in Virginia. I am not sure if this society is just for men or both men and women. I have ggg-grandfather who was in the War of 1812 he is listed as being in two defferent Units one was with the 16th regiment Wallers Va. milita and also served in the 25 regement Va, Smith reg. one place said he deserted his father Thomas Inscoe also served. Do i neeed to write the Library of Congress or the National Archives to get their papers. I am a member of the DAR and the UDC. my UDC soilder is Uriah knox Inscoe but my DAR is on my mothers side and he was a Davenport from Spot. Co VA. I would love to hear from you. I would liketo do this for my 1812 men in this anniversary year.of the War of 1812
    I have enjoyed reading your post. Thank you so much. P.S. Elijah was born on
    July 13 ,1792 and died in 1849. In King George co. VA He was married to Rosey Tricker. Again Thank you

  8. Mariah Kello Nunn says:

    My ancestor was a 1st Lt. in the War of 1812, a member of Regiment (Boykin’s) Virginia Militia. I have his muster roll records from the National Archives, but nothing about his being wounded….and death. I have from the Court Minute Book, page 216 from the Southampton County Court House, date: 19th Day of November 1832 stating ” It appears to the Court from evidence introduced that Samuel Kello is the only Child and heir of Samuel Kello, deceased, who died intrastate in the service during the late war, leaving no widow.” Also from Court Order Book 1814-1816, Page 21, date 19th December 1814, Southampton County, VA Court House, stating that “James Rochelle qualified for Administrator of the estate of Samuel Kello, deceased,…” but I can find no date of his birth or death. Could you help me?

    • Mariah Kello Nunn says:

      Sorry Mike..while trying to shorten my query, I left the name of my ancestor out! His name was Samuel Kello, Jr, son of Samuel B. Kello, who left a son, Samuel Kello!

  9. Bill hardesty says:

    Im looking for information on (William Hardesty) who possibly died at old fort norfork in 1814/1815..

    • Mike says:

      He had service as a Rrivate in the 6th Virginia Militia Regiment at Fort Norfolk, probably commanded by either Lt Col Henry E. Coleman who commanded the Regiment from June to December 1814, or Lt Col Issac Booth who commanded it after Coleman to the end of the war in March 1815. After 12 Sep 1814 these Lt Colonel’s 6th Regt came under the command of Colonel Joseph Goodwyn of the US Army at Fort Norfolk

      Many militiamen died of disease furing this period during the fall of 1814 and winter and spring of 1815. They were buried in mass graves in what is now the city of Norfolk. The militiamen were stationed in a number of locations surrounding the city during this period.

      There was no combat there during this time frame.

      If you know of what county in Virginia he was from I probably can give you the compamy commander’s name. At the National Archives website you can order his records on-line by filling out their form 185, or better yet by a visit there.
      Mike Lyman

  10. Ida Ransom, US Daugthers of 1812, State of CT Registrar says:

    I am working with a descendet of William Washinton Vernon; she is joining the US Daughters of the War of 1812. Her aunt has already been proven so we can refer back to that application. I, however, prefer to make our applications stand alone if possible. On we have found that William W. Vernon served in the 4th Regiment (Beatty’s) Virginia Militia as a private. Would you by any chance have available our William W. Vernon’s dates of service?

    Also can you tell me if the land grant that I found for William Vernon (#19932) is the same person — that record says he served as a private under (sp??) Maj. Cutler of the 4 Regiment US infantry.

    I appreciate any help you can provide. Warm regards, Ida

    • Mike says:

      LT Colonel Henry Beatty commanded the 4th VA Militia Regiment from April to October 1813. He had 18 company sized units from various counties of Virginia assigned to him. His regiment during this period was at Portsmouth Va and at nearby Craney Island where a battle took place in June 1813. (Butler, Stuart “A Guide to VA Militia Units During the War of 1812” 2d edition pub 2011, pg 225). is citing what is on the index cards of the War of 1812 service records at the National Archives. These individual records are not available on-line.To determine the company commander under which he served you would have to order his service records using NARA form 185 at their website or visit the National Archives.. He does not appear to have drawn a pension. However, with Butlers guide which I have, I may be able to do give you the company commander’s name and more specific dates of service if you would give me the county in which he served.

      There apparently were a lot of William Vernons but since you have a very specific middle name I would not stray to others. However, I do not find him on the US Army Registrar. But again the county he was from in VA is very important in the proper identification. You did not give me the county of the land grant.

      Mike Lyman

  11. Robert Giannini says:

    Can someone tell me where the 5th and 6th (Coleman’s) Regt.’s of Virginia militia served during the War of 1812? My 3rd great grandfather Nicholas Gianniny from Albemarle County was a private in both of these Regiments. Thank you, Bob–

    • Mike says:

      Bob: Thanks for your inquiry.
      If your 3rd great grandfather served from Alebmarle County, he served in Captain John Cole’s Company of the 47th VA Regiment in camps to the rear of Fort Norfolk in Norfolk. This company served there from Feb 28th to March 12th 1814 attached to LT Col Coleman 6th Regiment and from March 12th to 6 Jun 1814 there attached to the 5th VA Militia Regiment and under the command of Major Charles F. Mercer. Source: Stuart Butler, “A guide to VA Militia Units in the War of 1812”, 2d edition pages 25, 230. His service records are in the National Archives since he was paid by the federal Government and may be obtained there or from downloading and submitting a request form their website.

      If you have a burial place for your ancestor please contact me.
      Mike Lyman, website manager at

  12. Jacob Bruns says:

    I am seeking information on my 5th great grandfather, Lewis Yancey Beadles. I’ve learned that he served in the 4th Regiment of the Virginia Militia during the War of 1812 under Colonel Greenhill. He was granted 160 acres in NW Kentucky for his service. I was having trouble finding information on the actions of this regiment in the war. Any information would be appreciated! Thanks in advance.

    • Mike says:

      Thanks for your question. You and others may obtain information about Virginia militia units from Stuart Butler’s book, “Guide to Virginia Militia Units in the War of 1812” published 2d Edition by the New Papyrus Publishing Co, Athens, GA in 2011. For purchase go to and you may find this in most Virginia libraries.

      On page 240, the author indicates that Lt Col William C. Greenhill’s 4th Regiment was a part of the 2nd Brigade commanded by Brig. General Joel Leftwich which was created on September 5, 1814 at Camp fairfield located near the James River leading into Richmond. On October 5th it was ordered to march with General Breckenridge’s brigade to Washington, DC. On October 12th it left Camp Mims near Richmond and arrived at Camp Snowden, MD on October 27th. The brigade arrived at Ellicott Mills near Baltimore on November 9th and was discharged at the end of November. The Battle of Baltimore had taken place on September 13th and after their defeat the British had left the area. Thus, your ancestor was not involved in any encounter with the enemy. Colonel Greenhill’s regiment consisted of seven company sized units from the counties of Pittsylvania, Halifax and Charlotte. Your ancestor’s application for the BLW (Bounty Land Warrant) should reveal the specific company in which he was assigned. Also you may request and receive his service records from the National Archives by submitting a form found on their website.
      Mike Lyman

  13. Bob Giannini says:

    Thank you for your help on my 3rd great grandfather, Nicholas Gianniny who served under Lt. Col. Coleman in the 5th and 6th Virginia militia to the rear of Fort Norfolk, Norfolk, Va., during the War of 1812. I have one more question, can you tell me anything about another of my ancestors, my 3rd. great grandfather on my mother’s side of the family, whose name was John Teaney from Rockingham County, Harrisonburg, Virginia? Evidently, he was killed or died at Craney’s Island, on June 22, 1813, Portsmouth, VA., during the War of 1812. He may have died there from Swamp Fever or he was killed in battle? Since he was from Rockingham Co., VA. can you tell me whose Company he was in? I’m interested in finding where he is buried. Upon his death at Craney’s Island would his body have been returned to Rockingham County or would he have been buried at Portsmouth? John Teaney was born in Montgomery County, PA., in 1783, and moved to the Valley of Virginia c. 1784. his father was Daniel Teaney of Montgomery Co., PA. and Augusta Co., VA. and his mother may have been Catherine Huff. John was married January 7, 1805, in Rockingham Co., VA., to Anne Nancy Pence (1785-1853). Thank you, Bob Giannini

    • Mike says:

      The National Archives has John Teaney’s records under John Teany without the “e” preceding the “Y” John did not serve during the period of the Battle of Craney Island in June 1813 but after the battle from 29 Sep 1813 to 24 Mar 1814 in camps around Fort Norfolk near Norfolk, VA. He either served in Captain Daniel Matthew’s Company of Rockingham county, VA from 29 Sep 1813 to 10 Jan 1814 or later in Capt Joseph Mauzy’s Company in March 1814. You could send to the National Archives and get his service records which would show which and would probably give you the date of death and the cause. His records are in Box 205 of film M602 with record number 2230.

      At the National Archives is a record showing his widow receiving probably half pay for his death while on active duty of $4.00 per month commencing Jan 1815 This record is in the Old War files and includes Revolutonary war files of persons who died in servive or were disabled.

      His body is probably in NorfolK and probably at a place called Fort Tar located near Fort Tar Lane on Monticello Avenue. An article about this fort was in the Virginia Pilot, page 6, issue of Sep 19, 2011. A Virginia historical road marker is there. During the War it sat at at a tip of a peninsula on Smith Creek(some maps show it as Glebe Creek) which was a breastwork connected to nearby Fort Barbour which now sets at what is now Princees Anne Street and Church Street. Hundreds of 1812 militia were buried there that died of measles and other camp ailments. Very few familes went there to bring bodies home.

      Mike Lyman

      • Bob Giannini says:

        Mike, thank you so much for your help. This information will be very helpful and I know will lead to some family members making a trip to Norfolk to see where John is buried. Thanks again, Bob

  14. Steve Barnes says:

    I have found evidence that my ggg grandfather Edward D Barnes ( Barns ) served as a private in the 51st Virginia Militia which I believe was incorporated into the US 24th Infantry during the War of 1812. Can someone tell me about this Militia Unit such as where they were from and where they were recruited? How may I find out if he served in said unit and how I may obtain his service record. His commander was Capt. Silas Stephens. Thanks

    • Mike says:

      Steve: The 51st VMR was from Frederick County, VA. He was assigned to Captain Thomas Thatcher’s Company of the 51st from 8 Feb to 1 Mar 1815. This unit went to a camp vicinity of the James River that was protecting Richmond. Upon hearing that the war was over it was ordered home. If you have evidence that he was in the Regular Army he must have enlisted with the 24th USA Regiment there instead of returning home. His records are at the National Archives. Go there or order the records on line at

      Mike Lyman

      • Steve Barnes says:

        Thanks so much Mike for the info. Would my Grandfather have lived in Frederick County Va. when he enlisted or did they come from all around to enlist in this particular county?

        • Mike says:

          All the surrounding counties including those in now West Virginia that border on Frederick County, VA and the new VA counties since the war of Shenandoah and Warren

  15. Jimmy Lykens says:

    Hello, I was wondering if there was any information in regards to my gggg-grandfather, Alexander James Cantley. He is listed as being buried at Rock Creek in Raleigh County, WV and his headstone indicates that he was a Private in the 5th Regiment of the VA militia in the War of 1812. He was born in Giles County, VA on Feb. 23rd, 1794 and died on March 3rd, 1884 in Bee Branch, Raleigh County, WV. He was first married to Mary “Polly” Scott and later to Tempa Hopkins. Any information you have would be very greatly appreciated.

    • Mike says:

      The service records for your War of 1812 ancestor is at the National Archives in roll box 33, record 2105 It would when reviewed show the unit commander.
      He served in either Capt Andrew Johnson’s Company of Giles County’s 86th Virginia Militia Regiment and marched to Norfolk and was there assigned to the 5th VA Militia Regiment during the time period February 1815 and returned home because by then they had word that the war was over.
      He served in LT Ralph Davis’s Company of the 86th VA Regt that marched to Norfolk with a company from Russell County during the period 15 Sep to 15 Oct 1813 and after arriving there was reassigned to the 5th VA Regiment. While there he may have served under Capt George W. Camp.
      He may have had a brother or relative Alexander Cantley that served with him.
      Mike Lyman

      • Michael Cantley says:

        Alexander James Cantley did have a brother curiously enough named James Alexander Cantley. They are in fact two different people. I don’t know of any record of service for his brother.

        • Mike says:

          Micheal: The National Archives service index cards show only James Cantley having service in the War of 1812. This service was in the 5th Virginia Regiment at Norfolk. The majority of the counties in Virginia sent at least one company sized unit there to that regiment during the war period. The service record may be ordered from NARA. The index card indicates the record is number 2105 in roll box 35. The record will normally provide the company commanders name. With this name, Stuart Butler’s, “Guide to Virginia Militia Units in the War of 1812,”New Papyrus Publishing, Athens, GA, pub 2d edition in 2011 will indicate what county or independent city that unit commander was from and the dates and length of service for the unit. From this information you should be able to ascertain whether this record was your ancestor’s War of 1812 record.
          Mike Lyman

  16. Jimmy Lykens says:


    Thanks so much for the information! I’ll look into researching the archives to see if I can find his commanding officer. I’ll also see what I can find about any brothers he may have had. Thanks again!


  17. Sheila Rigney says:

    Hello, Can you help me with any information on Thomas McBride (born 3 Dec 1776 died in 1855 in Bedford, VA) who shows up on an database as being in the 114th Regiment (Poston’s) Virginia Militia as a Sergeant.

    I would love any additional information on this Regiment, where they fought, how long, where I might be able to obtain copies of his records.

    Any help you can give would be most appreciated. :)

    • Mike says:

      The 114th Virginia Militia Regiment was one of two assigned to Monroe County, Virginia which is now a part of West Virginia and adjacent to Frederick County Virginia and Winchester,
      The regiment had three or four company sized units assigned. It will be necessary to determine which company Sergeant Thomas McBride was in to determine where he served. This information may be obtained by reviewing his service records at the National Archives. His record is number 7240 in Roll box 135.

      If he was in Capt Jonathan Pughs or LT Thomas Hook’S company he was marched to Richmond on Februay 14th 1815 only to return before arriving because word was received that the war was over.

      However, if he was assigned to any other company he would have served commencing the fall of 1812 attached to General Joel Leftwich’s Brigade enroute to Ohio and Michigan and would undoubtedly fought against the British or Indians.

      Mike Lyman

  18. DJ Lanahan says:

    I need help, if you please. Below are comments/findings from the War of 1812 database and other research results I have posted in my own data base. I am most interested in the service histories of the 46th Regiment and the 5th Regiment. Your help in this matter would be greatly appreciated:

    His name came up as Henry Crummit serving in the 46th Regiment (Hopkins) of the Virginia Militia; also his brother George is said to have served in the 5th Regiment of the Virginia Militia. Both entered service as privates and were discharged as privates. Under the Highland County, VA VaGenWeb Page, a Martin Crummit is also listed as a private with a discharge date of 12 Nov (no year).

    The following muster roll is of a company of infantry “under the command of Captain Jesse Hinkle, from the Forty-Sixth Regiment commanded by Lieutenant Colonel John Hopkins, then by Lieutenant Colonel W. Street, and later by Lieutenant Colonel Isaac Boothe. The company was enlisted for six months, beginning July 21, 1814. But for some reason not known, it was continued in service until after Feb. 1, 1815. In the War Department at Washington, DC are muster rolls dated August 30, 1814; October 30, 1814; December 30, 1814; and February 16, 1815. From these records the following record was compiled for H. M. Calhoun by Virgil A. Lewis, June 19, 1912. The four muster roll dates are indicated in the roster by (A), (B), (C), (D) in the order of their occurrence.

    FYI: Henry Washington Crummet is my 2nd ggrandfather and is said to be born on 10 Feb 1776 on Crummet’s Run, Pendleton (Highland) County, VA. Henry died before 1843 (his widow Sarah Hiney remarried Silas Sims in 1843) in the same place he was born.

    • Mike says:

      If you can please review or purchase a copy of Stuart Butler’s book “A Guide to VA Militis Units in the war of 1812” If possible use his 2d edition dated 2011.
      From this one can see that the 46th VA Militia Regiment was the one assigned to Pendleton County (now WVA) It had five companies assigned. Three of these were sent through Richmond to Norfork and further attached to the 5th and 6th Regiments there after arriving These regiments were huge like the 5th containing hundreds of companies coming in from counties all over Virginia. The other two companies were not activated until Feb 13th 1815 and these two probably headed toward Richmond until they were informed that the war was over and then returned or perhaps relieved units at Norfolk that were departing. Their active duty orders expired on Aril 7, 1815.
      Looks like you have been successful in obtaining records on the Crummits at NARA. Service records are at NARA for those paid by the Federal Government and must be ordered as they are not available on-line. will give you the information from the index cards of the service records but in your case not the company commander’s names that one needs to go to Butler’s guide to get when and where they were ordered to go. Most all units that went to camps along the James River and were stationed at Norfolk were paid by the federal government. Some units were paid also by Virginia while they were enroute in Richmond and their muster and pay rolls are on A family tree maker CD, at the Library of VA and also now on when a military search is used.
      Mike Lyman
      Mike Lyman

      • DJ Lanahan says:

        Dear Mr. Lyman,
        I appreciate the time you took to answer my question. By your answer I just might get close to my goal!

        Thank you again for your service,
        DJ Lanahan

  19. John Hamilton says:

    my third ggrandfather was Schuyler Hamilton b 1787 d 1863 served in War of 1812.
    He served in the War of 1812 , in the grade of Sergeant and was listed as a Fifer. He enlisted at Lee County Courthouse, July 20, 1814, and served in Captain Neill’s Company of Virginia Militia, until January 31, 1815,when he was discharged at Norfolk, Virginia.

    His brother (my gggreat uncle) Nelson Hamilton died in Norfolk while in service.

    A letter to the writer from the Adjutant General, United States. Army, Washington, D. C., dated January 31, 1951, States:
    ” The records show that Nelson Hamilton served in the War of 1812 in Captain John Hamon’s Company, 6th Regiment, (Lt. Col Dickenson, Lt.Col. Scott, and Lt. Col. Coleman), Virginia Militia. His services commenced 2 August, an ended 9 October, 1814.

    The following affidavit from Russell County, Court Order Book 6,page 6, dated December 3, 1817.
    “This day personally appeared in Court, John Hamon, and being sworn deposed, “That Nelson Hamilton was detailed in the service of the United States as a Private soldier.from the county of Russell, in the State of Virginia, under his command as a Captain, in the month of August, 1814, and was attached to the 6th Regiment of the Virginia Militia in the said service at Norfolk, and that the said Nelson Hamilton died while in the aforesaid,service, at Norfolk about the 9th of October, 1814, this deponent being Commander of the Company to which the said Nelson belonged,”
    “William Broadwater also personally appeared in Court, and being sworn deposed that about four years ago (1813) he was present at the marriage of the said Nelson Hamilton with Mary Nolin, which ceremony was solemnized by the Rev. Robert Kilgore in the County, of Russell, the said William Broadwater further deposed that the said Nelson Hamilton had one child previous to his death.”‘
    The same affidavit shows that William Hambleton was also inducted into the militia service on the same date.

    From Russell County Court Order, dated December 3, 1817. “Nathan Hamilton, appointed Guardian for James Hamilton infant son of Nelson Hamilton who died in the Militia Services of the United States.”

    It was thought that this death was due to battle engagement but your sites lists not battles in Norfolk in this time period.

    Any information would be helpful in remembrance of my ancestors service on the upcoming anniversary of his death.

    • Mike says:

      Sorry about your great uncle dying at Fort Norfolk or in camps surrounding it in October 1814 (probably at Fort barbour). During this period through the early spring 1815 hundreds of 1812 soldiers died there of disease reported as camp aliments, measles, etc. Most were buried at Fort Tar in mass graves, It is located near Fort Tar Lane and Monticello aAvenue in Norfolk. A historical marker there correctly identifies to location in a huge parking lot. See the Virginia-Pilot newspaper article of !9 September 2011 for more details. Our 1812 Society feels a listing of the dead buried there needs to be identified and a marker with their names installed. Contact Robert Hitchings at and Thad Hartman at for details. I believe the City of Norfolk is dragging it’s heels over erecting a monument there.
      I suggest you join our Society and spearhead getting this accomplished. We need a direct descendant involved with this during this 200th anniversary of the war and their forgotten deaths there. I would be glad to be your sponsor
      Mike Lyman

  20. Frances Berrigan says:

    Cary Lafayette Carter born in Albemarle, Virginia in 1789 in Dillard’s Artilliary. Escanaba, Michigan is honoring this 1812 soldier as a first land owner of our fairgrounds in a ceremony Saturday, July 13, 2013 at 6 PM. A monument is being erected with a representation figure and inscription of personal information. We hope interested relatives, or parties will contact us by e-mail.

    • Diana Carter Bucholtz says:

      I had just read your post. Cary Carter was my gr-gr-gr grandfather and have been doing research on him for years. Could you explain more about this, for this is news to me.

      Thank you Diana Carter Bucholtz

      • Mike says:

        You should contact Frances Berrigan (below) directly for personal information about him. He was a Corporal in Captain Samuel Carr’s Troop of Cavalry from Albemarle County, VA that was assigned to a “Detachment of Cavalry” that was a part of a larger unit called a “Battalion of Artillery” at Fort Norfolk from May 1813 to December 1813. He may have been in the battle at Craney Island that took place on Jun 22 1813. This battle is described in detail on this website Cary Carter’s service records may be obtained from the National Archives Records Administration (NARA)
        Frances Berrigan says:
        May 19, 2013 at 8:11 pm
        Cary Lafayette Carter born in Albemarle, Virginia in 1789 in Dillard’s Artilliary. Escanaba, Michigan is honoring this 1812 soldier as a first land owner of our fairgrounds in a ceremony Saturday, July 13, 2013 at 6 PM. A monument is being erected with a representation figure and inscription of personal information. We hope interested relatives, or parties will contact us by e-mail.

        Mike Lyman

  21. Leta M. Boone Franklin says:

    There is a War of 1812 section in Ancestry.Com and I discovered this afternoon that my gggrandfather’s first cousin, Byrd Boon, was a member of Blow’s 65th Regiment of Southampton County, Va. I Binged Blow’s 65th Southampton County Va. Regiment and could not get a roster to look for Byrd. Can you help me? I have been researching for my Boon/Boone family info in Southampton and North Carolina for years. Its been fun.

    • Mike says:

      What you retrieved from was probably the pension record of Byrd Boon, a War of 1812 veteran. They obtained this from records at the National Achives and which are now free at the site “Fold 3” for surnames commencing with A, B and some of the Cs.
      Since the Southampton County militia company sized units composing their 65th Regiment served in the Norfolk and Portsmouth area they were not paid by Virginia but by the federal government.The Regular Army’s 35th Regiment was there and paid the militia units positioned there as well. Thus, the Virginia Muster and Payrolls in Richmond at the Virginia Library do not contain a unit roster that he was in.
      You need to obtain his service record that lists his Company Commander from the National Archives and this is not available on-line and you must go there or send for it on the NARA website
      He was a Private and his record number there is number 1523 in roll box 20

      Mike Lyman

  22. Frans says:

    My wife’s ancestor Henry Amick served in I think the 5 or 6th regiment of Virginia militia in 1814. I appreciate any information where he might have served. Thank you.

    • Mike says:

      I expect your Amick ancestor was from Frederick County, VA. Henry was a Private and from whatever county he was from, traveled to the Norfolk-Portsmouth, VA area and upon arrival was attached to the large regiments accepting company sized units from all over the state. He was in the 5th Regiment commanded by a series of LT Colonels and then the 6th Regiment commanded by LT Colonel William Sharp followed by Lt Colonel Daniel Coleman These units served in various camps there protecting the area from British occupation
      To find out what companies he was assigned to and what specific periods of time in each you will need to procure his service records from the National Archives. Go to the NARA website and order the records. He has three records there numbers 812. 813 and 814. With the company commanders names you can then go to a Virginia Library to review these names to see where they were from and to obtain the county regiment identifications. The book that has this information is “A Guide to Virginia Militia Units in the War of 1812”, by Stuart Butler published in 2011.
      Mike Lyman

  23. Leta M. Boone Franklin says:

    Hello again, Mike. On Byrd Boon again what does the number 1523 regarding Byrd relate to? Is it a pension number? I have received my form 85 and 86 from Nat’l Archives to ask for his information. I have the phone number there connecting to a person knowledgeable about the procedures for that form. 1-202-357-5311. Since Byrd served with Va. troops will his records be at the Nat’l Archives or the State of Virginia. Thank you for your help, Mike.

    • Mike says:


      Glad you have the NARA forms.

      His service record is number 1523 at the National Archives. The form may not ask for it but it was in roll box 20 about ten years ago.

      He was paid by the federal government during the war, probably while serving in the Norfolk /Portsmouth area of Virginia. Thus this is the reason his records are at the National Archives.

      War of 1812 service records for those veterans paid by the federal government may only be obtained from the National Archives as they are not available on-line. These are necessary in most cases to obtain the company/unit commander’s name. With the unit commander’s name, for Virginia veterans one should refer to Stuart Butler’s book, “A Guide to Virginia Militia Units in the War of 1812”. This book is available in most libraries in Virginia. Referring to the commander’s name in this book will indicate in what county or city the unit was from. If your ancestor was not from that area in Virginia you may not have the correct service record. It may belong to another individual of the same name. In your case Leta he was in the 65th Virginia Militia Regiment. This regiment was from Southampton County.

      There is no indication that he drew a pension. To qualify generally he would have to have served three months or more

      Mike Lyman

  24. Leta M. Boone Franklin says:

    Byrd Boon was in Blow’s 65th Regiment of Southhampton County, Va. On the form for records there is a question to the soldier being a volunteer or an enlisted man, that’s when I called the Nat’l Archive number to ask if a militiaman was a volunteer. When I told the employee that Byrd had a number 1523, she said did he ask for a pension because 1812 soldiers did not have numbers like todays soldiers. Anyway, she told me to ask you if that 1523 was a pension number. Byrd Boon was dead by 1816 when his fatherinlaw made a will listing his children. He said his daughter, Nancy Boon and her husband Byrd were dead. So, I thought maybe Byrd was killed, but Ancestry. Com says he was discharged. I guess there is nothing to do but send in the forms. Thank you, Mike. Leta Myles Boone Franklin

  25. Patrick Martin says:

    Hi, My ancestor was Seth Mason. I have a record from the Frederick Co. Clerk’s office that he received a commission as Captain and took the oath on Nov. 11, 1813. He was in the 2nd Battalion of the 51st (?) Reg’t of Virginia Militia. The 51st Reg’t is a little unclear- I initially thought it read the 1st Reg’t, now I think it is the 51st or possibly 31st Reg’t.

    In 1811 Seth Mason moved to Frederick Co. from Sussex Co. Va. where he had already been in the militia. Years after the War of 1812 he was referred to as Major Seth Mason of Frederick Co. He is buried near Double Tollgate south of Winchester.

    Any information you can provide on his militia service would be greatly appreciated.

    Thank You

    • Mike says:

      The 51st Virginia Milita Regiment was one of three assigned to Frederick County, VA during the War of 1812 period. In Nov 1813 it was commanded by Lt Colonel John S. Ball according to Stuart Butler’s “Guide to VA Militia Units, War of 1812
      In your particular case you have I believe the only service record availablr for him as his name does mot appear on the National Archives service record index cards nor the Virginia muster and payrolls. Sometimes, like your case, county records are the only source of service.
      I note that a court record in Greenville County, VA, 04 April 1831, indicates he was the son of Captain James Mason of the Revolution who served in the 15th Continental Line. Looks like he was deceased before this date as his wife was listed as an heir. She and other brothers of Seth split a 4000 acre bouny land warrant issued to James.

      If you would care to join the War of 1812 society in Virginia or the VA Society SAR (Sons of the American Revolution) please contact me. Also contact me please if you know of the burial sites of either.
      Mike Lyman

      • Patrick Martin says:

        Mike: Thank you for checking about the service record of Seth Mason. He was the son-in-law of Capt. James Mason of the 15th Va. Reg’t. Seth’s wife Jane died in 1835 and he died in 1846 – both are buried on the grounds of “Wheatland” the plantation they established on the west side of the Front Royal Pike (Rte 340/522) about 1 mile south of Double Toll-gate. There is a brass memorial marker on the wall of the burial grounds. The house and walled burial grounds are still standing.

        I don’t know the exact location of Capt. James Mason’s burial site. He resigned his Captain’s commission in 1778 and became a Lt. Col. in the Va. militia. He died in 1784 in Greensville Co., Va. At the time of his death he lived near “Pleasant Shade” just south of Rte 58 and N/W of Emporia, VA.

        Patrick Martin

  26. Derek Green says:

    Hi, I am hoping that you might have the records for Brooke County Veterans from the War of 1812 (Now part of West Virginia). My ancestor was Garrett Snedeker (Snediker) and was commissioned a Major on 6 Jan 1812. Some information that I have been able to find states that he was in the 103rd Regiment, 10th Brigade, 3rd Division. Any information you could provide would be most appreciated.



    • Mike says:

      Yes, the “Guide to VA Militia Units in the War of 1812, published 2011 by Stuart L. Butler on page 47 shows your ancestor as a Staff Officer in the 103rd Virginia Militia Regiment of Brooke, County then a county in Virginia. He indicates that soldiers from this regiment in the six company sized units of the regiment, participated in the defense of Richmond and Norfolk and some marched with General Leftwich’s Brigade in the Ohio campaign. As a staff officer he may not have traveled out of the county. His involvment would he administrative in nature doing things like procuring equipment, assignent of men to the companies, preparing orders for regimental commander to sign, etc

      The county records showing his appointment as a Major should be in the county Order or Minute books for January 1812. There is no indication that he or heirs applied for a pension or bounty land thus his records will probably not be at the National Archives but will only be in Brooke County, WVA

      Mike Lyman

  27. Tim Frushour says:

    I’ve heard that my 4X Great Grandfather, George Frushour from Berkeley County, Virginia was a private in the Virginia Militia, in Captain Robert Gustin’s 1st Regiment Artillery at Fort McHenry, but I haven’t been able to verify. He may have signed his last name as Frush.

    Three of his sons moved to Wabash and Fulton Counties in Indiana in the 1830’s and 40’s. Could they have used his land grants?

    • Mike says:

      Captain Robert Gustin’s Militia Company from Berkeley County’s 67th Virginia Militia Regiment was attached to Lt Colonel Griffin Taylor’s First Virginia Militia Regiment from August to November 1814 and it served at the Battle of Baltimore and occupied points along the Ferry Branch, southwest of Fort McHenry. It was not at Fort McHenry.

      You should review at a library, purchase or procure by inter-library loan Stuart Butler’s Book, “A Guide to Virginia Militia Units During the War of 1812″, 2d Edition published 2011 and look at pages 44 and 247. Butler describes the unit’s composition and where and when it served.

      You may purchase a signed copy of this book from Stuart Butler, a Councilor of this society be contacting him at

      For some reason the National Archives does not have a service record for him, but he did serve as he drew a Bounty Land Warrant(BLW). You should contact NARA to obtain the contents of this BLW file. His application for the BLW will probably show his military service and provide family information. Yes, it is likely that he or descendants may have moved to occupy this grant of land.

      Mike Lyman

  28. Andrew Macaulay says:


    I believe my Great-Great-Great-Great Grandfather, Peter Sloan, is listed on a website called as having served with:

    1 Reg’t (Taylor’s) VA. Militia.

    This is the only data-point showing a Peter Sloan having served in the war. Ancestry sites have him born (Washington Co., MD but possible England) between 1770-1780 married to Elizabeth Petery Sloan (who is listed as being born 1775-1785, Washington Co. MD), and there is additional records confirming he served but wanted to see what additional information you may have on his service record to better confirm this is the same person would be fantastic.

    Thank you,

    Andrew Macaulay

    • Mike says:

      You should review at a library, purchase or procure by inter-library loan Stuart Butler’s Book, “A Guide to Virginia Militia Units During the War of 1812”, 2d Edition published 2011 and look at page 247. Butler describes the unit’s composition, where and when it served. I am assuming he was residing in Frederick County during the War. Butler indicates that Lt Colonel Griffin Taylor commanded the regiment in August to November 1814 and it served at the Battle of Baltimore and occupied points along the Ferry Branch, southwest of Fort McHenry.

      You may purchase a signed copy of this book from Stuart Butler, a Councilor of this society be contacting him at

      Mike Lyman

  29. Linda Bradley says:

    Hello. My Great Great Great Grandfather, William P. Bradley, served in the War of 1812 from March 3 – June 14, 1814 and died March 26, 1861 per a record I found on The record also indicates bounty land numbers. I would like to know more information regarding his service and where he is buried. Was he paid a pension and given bounty land? Any information that you can provide me or direct me to would be greatly appreciated by my family of Bradley’s.

    • Mike says:

      Linda:Your ancestor’s wife, Mary C. Burr applied and received a pension for his service after he died until she passed away Jan 3, 1888. She also remained at Valley Bend after his death in 1861. You have the document showing that he received a bounty land warrant. He died in Valley Bend, VA which was first Randolph Co, VA then WVA. That county was merged with two others into now Upshur County, WVA. He probably is buried in Vally Bend where he died. You might find his grave in a church or town cemetery there. If not, you are authorized as a direct descendent to procure a Veterans Administration gravestone for him as long as you have permission of a cemetery owner as a place to set the stone.
      Your ancestor served in Captain Henry McClung’s Artillery Co of Rockbridge Co, VA which traveled to Fort Norfolk, VA and was a unit in a Battalion of Artillery there under the command of Colonel Constant Freeman, U.S. Army. During the period he served his unit had no encounters with the British

      Mike Lyman

  30. Dan Rymer says:

    Ruben Walker
    Ruben Walker served in Va. in war of 1812
    Lived in Botetourt Co. born1782 died in Harrison Co. Va.in1857
    I would like any info. concerning where he was at
    He received a land grant in Harrison Co.
    Did he list his fathers name when he joined up[

    • Mike says:

      Looks like he was in Captain Williams Tebbs Artillery Company of Botetourt County during the period 19 Jan to 21 Apr 1814 and served in Norfolk VA in a Battalion Of Artillery there.
      I know nothing further about him
      Mike Lyman

  31. Cerelle Bolon says:

    My second great grandfather was Andrew Jackson Summers, born in 1784 in Prince Georges, Maryland and he died 26 Mar 1859 in Tolona, Lewis Co, Missouri.
    We have a record of his pension application dated 14 Feb 1815 for his service in the War of 1812.
    He served under Sgt Capt Jonathan Pugh in the 114th Reg. of Samuel Posten of Virginia Volunteers in a Rifle Corps.
    This may be the wrong place to ask for help, but I wondered if you can give me any information on the places and dates that this regiment served.
    Also, I am searching for other family members who may have served with him, and his father in law, John M W Davenport who also served with the Ky Militia under Capt Samuel L Williams, Lewis Regiment of Kentucky Volunteers.
    Any information will be greatly appreciated.
    Thank you,

    • Mike says:

      The 114th VA Militia Regiment was the one assigned to Hampshire County, VA which is now in West Virginia. Captain Jonathan Pugh’s Company of this Regiment was given orders to proceed to Richmond, VA on 14 Feb 1815. I assume that when part way there the company got word the war was over and returned to Hampshire County. The company was on duty to April 1815, so they may have been discharged from their camp near Richmond. Source: Stuart Butler’s book. “A Guide to Virginia Militia Units in the War of 1812”, 2d Edition 2011, page 93

      His and John M.W. Davenport’s service records are at the National Archives and may be ordered from the NARA website.

      Mike Lyman, Past President War of 1812 Society in the Commonwealth of Virginia

      • Cerelle Bolon says:

        THANK YOU, THANK YOU, Mike..I would have been forever finding this out.
        Many blessings on you for all the help you give to me..and so many others.
        Wishing you a blessed 2014.

  32. Nan St, John Oliver says:

    Do you have information in regard to Abram St. John b.1795 d.1870 who served in the 4th Regiment (Greenhill’s) Virginia Militia as a private? Another reference I found says something about a Capt. Barksdale’s Co of the Virginia Militia. His spouse was Dicey Harris St. John b.1805 d. 1882 who applied for a widow’s pension at some point. I am not sure whether it was granted or not. Thank you for your help.

    • Mike says:

      He was in Capt Grief Barksdale’s Company of Riflemen from Charlotte County, VA during the period Sep 1, 1814 until Dec 1 1814. His company was attached to LT Col William C. Greenhill’s 4th Regiment of Virginia Militia and sent to Camp Fairfield on the James River near Richmond. This regiment was made part of Brig General Joel Leftwich’s 2d Brigade and on October 12th it departed from nearby Fort Mimms and arrived at Camp Snowden, MD on Oct 27th 1814., then it proceeded to Camp Crossroads near Elliot Mill’s, a few miles from Baltimore arriving there on November 9, 1814. They arrived too late to have any contact with the British and were discharged in late November 1814. Source: Butler’s ” A Guide to VA Militia Units in the War of 1812″, 2d edition dated 2011, pages 24,57,& 240. I find no information on his spouse’s application for a pension.

      Mike Lyman

  33. David Chandler says:

    Hello, wondering if you can help me. I’m doing
    Family research and found that my 4
    Time great grandfather, Carter Chandler
    Was in Yancey’s first va militia. I was wondering.
    If you know where they are from. I know
    That there were 2 Charles Yanceys, Carter lived
    In fluvanna after the war, and named his first son
    Howell Lewis Chandler . I believe Howell. Lewis
    Was also in the war . Trying to find a connection

    • Mike says:

      Private Carter Chandler, as you indicated was in Lt Colonel Charles Yancey’s First Virginia Regiment, one of two regiments of General Porterfield’s Brigade. An artillery company of that Regiment was commanded by Captain Miles Cary from Fluvanna County in which Carter Chandler was probably a member. It was formed 28 July 1814 and marched to Camp Fairfield on the James River protecting Richmond from attack. It moved about ten miles away to Camp Holly Springs during the last week of August 1814 and remained there until discharged on 31 January 1815 The British did not attack Richmond during the war. I find no service for his son Howell. He would need to have been born before year 1800 to be in the war.
      His records are at the National Archives in DC and may be retrieved by ordering the NARA website. His service records may provide more details. I find no evidence of him receiving a pension.

      Mike Lyman
      War of 1812 Society in Virginia

      • David Chandler says:

        Hi Mike, so sorry, I didn’t word that correctly. I believe Carter named his son after a certain Howell Lewis that maybe was an inspiration to him. Thank you for your quick response .

      • David Chandler says:

        Another quick question. Do these records indicate any kin, or county of birth?

  34. Shirley Keyes says:

    I have an ancestry, James Crawford, born 1777 in Monroe County, WV and died 1836 in Greenbrier County, WV and buried in Augusta Stone Presbyterian Church Cemetery. He was a private in the 5th regiment, commanded by Colonel McDowell’s company. I would like to know if he obtained any land or pension for this war, and where can I find his records. Thank you.

    • Mike says:

      I’m sorry for the delay in answering.
      There may be a problem with identity of your veteran, James Crawford. If your ancestor died in Greenbrier County, WV, why is be buried in Augusta County, Virginia?
      The service you indicate may be for a James E. Crawford that drew a Bounty Land Warrant (BLW) and died 11 May 1855 in Augusta County, Virginia and was married to Mary Strubing and 2d Margaret A, Bell who drew his pension in Staunton, Augusta County, VA where you say your ancestor is buried.

      The pension and BLW warrants for veterans of the War of 1812 whose surnames that commence with the letter “C” are on These contain digitalized copies of the contents of these files that are kept at the National Archives. Each of these files should include applications filed by the soldier and his spouse or other members of his family. From these you should be able to determine if you have the correct person of this name.

      Mike Lyman

  35. Scott Manuel says:

    While doing research, I discovered that my 3rd ggf, Isaac Smith, served as a private in the 51st VA Militia, Capt. Robert Carter Burwell’s Co. and would like to find out more regarding his service.

    • Mike says:

      According to Stuart Butler, author of the book,”A Guide to Virginia Militia Units in the War of 1812″, pages 78 and 244, the 51st VA Militia Regiment was assigned to Frederick county, VA. Burwell’s Company of the 51st was activated from July 6th to 28 Sep 1813. It was further attached to Lt Colonel James McDowell’s Flying Camp which was first dispatched to Westmoreland County, VA on what is called the Northern Neck to assist in repelling numerous British incursions into the area from the Potomac River. After these incursions subsided some it traveled to a defensive position at Camp Fairfield on the James River to the East of Richmond arriving there on August 10th 1813.Soon after it was dissolved and returned to Frederick County.

      The Northern Neck incursions are listed on page 21 of the society’s publication, “Encounters With the British in Virginia During the War of 1812”, authored by Bill Hankins and me in 2009 and which was distributed to most all county and college libraries in VA. In all, five main incursions by the British were made during this period. Whether Burwell’s Company was in a fire fight is not known.

      In the Northern Neck of Virginia Historical Magazine, published in December 2012,Volume XVII, Craig Kilby and I describe in detail these encounters in an article titled, “War of 1812 in the Northern Neck: Year 1813”
      Mike Lyman

  36. Rob Smithson says:

    Isaac Booth is buried on my property Barbour County of WV, formally Va.. 5th Va division War of 1812. Either there are two Isaac Booths, or the spelling in the article is not accurate. The article has Booth spelled Boothe, but this comment section will not let me post a picture of the headstone.

    • Mike says:

      Rob: Lt Col Isaac Booth from Randolph County, VA (now West VA) commanded both the 5th and 6th VA Regiment at Norfolk, VA from Dec 1814 to March 1815. The spelling for him is Booth without the “e”

      Mike Lyman

  37. Lynn Davis says:

    I have two brothers that were in the war, born in Virginia (Randolph or Hardy Co). Both were privates under Captain Galt’s Virginia Militia. Any information on either is much appreciated. George Neville was born circa 1791 and Hider Neville born circa 1796. Both are grandsons of Brig General Joseph Neville who fought in the Revolutionary War.

    • Mike says:

      Hardy and Randolph counties since the War of 1812 are now in West Virginia. Capt John M Galt’s Company of 4th Artillery was from Surry County, VA. This company was called up August 31 1814 to February 27 1815 and traveled to Norfolk, VA and were part of a Battalion of Artillery there under the command of the Regular Army. During this period there were no contacts with the British units. I assume you have acquired their service records from the National Archives.

      Mike Lyman
      Past President War of 1812 Society in VA

  38. Jerry Shaw says:

    According to, my 4th great grandfather, John Chesher (Cheshier?) may have served either with the 51st VA Reg’t. or the 5th VA Reg’t., i.e., there are two John Cheshers. According to your replies to other inquiries, the 51st is from Frederick Co., while the 5th is from Alebmarle Co. It appears that one of the Chesher’s only served with the 51st a month or two in 1815 because of the war’s end. I know little about where he lived, except that he was born in Prince William Co. and sired a daughter born in 1816 in Rockbridge Co. Any light you can bring to bear would be appreciated.

    • Mike says:

      The 51st Virginia Militia Regiment was from Frederick County but the service in that Regiment is for a Private John Cheshire( cites service record index cards at NARA) which I doubt is your ancestor as you indicate he had a daughter born in Rockbridge County in 1816. Unless you can find evidence he moved from Frederick Co to Rockbridge Co during the 1812 war period Jun 1812- Feb 1815, I feel you should ignore the 51st service. The 5th VA Militia Regt was not from Albemarle County but from Culpeper County. Company sized units from many Virginia counties when they arrived in the Norfolk area were attached to a huge VA 5th Militia regiment there. Rockbridge County had the 8th VA Militia regiment and two company sized units from there were attached the the 5th VA Regiment at Norfolk.
      Suggestion: Go to or send for 1812 service records at the National Archives for John Cheshire, Chesher, Cheshier, Cheshur. But please note that 1812 service records there will not include VA Militiamen that were not paid by the federal government, so county records in Rockbridge County might have his service in the 1812 war. A John Chesher served in the Rev War. If he or his heirs applied a pension or Bounty Land Warrant these records might reveal your family names. I also suggest doing a military search on both for War of 1812 and for Revolutionary war. If you do not subscribe to this site, most libraries do.

      Mike Lyman
      Past President War of 1812 Society in VA

      • Jerry Shaw says:

        Thank you so much, Mike. I’ve found a biography of John Chesher (b. 14 May 1766, Prince William Co.VA) in a Logan County, OH history document, where he lived and died at the age of 94. According to the biography, he first became a soldier under Gen. Morgan and the “Whiskey Rebellion” in 1794, became involved in the War of 1812, then force marched (after the Battle of Blandensburg, MD) to defend Washington, but got there too late. He was also at the bombardment of Fort McHenry in MD. He was 10 at the Battle of Yorktown, and could hear the cannon reports from his home, and obviously too young for the Continental Army, though the John Chesher you found may be his father. I’ll check further.

        Is it possible that he was not part of a VA militia?

        I’m enrolled in, but find them limited for John. I’ll start a search with the National Archives.

      • Ronald Hutchison says:

        I have been trying to locate info on 2 family members who fought in the war of 1812 for the 86th Regiment va. militia
        (1) Col Robert Mason Hutchison born 3-16-1772 died 3-24-1851
        (2) Lt.Samuel Hutchison …Any info would be appreciated…thanks in advance

        • Mike says:

          Your Robert Mason Hutchison held the rank of Major during the war period and worked as a staff officer for the 86th Virginia Militia Regiment in Giles County, VA. He achieved that rank from Captain on 13 Dec 1813. This regiment had only two companies assigned and they both traveled to Norfolk some 200 plus miles away as this county is on the West Virginia border. He probably arranged for their equipment and travel and prepared orders for the regimental commander. In this position he probably would not have accompanied the two units and there is no records at the National Archives for him. He probably obtained the Lt Colonel or Colonel rank after the war period in the county militia. The county records would probably indicate when his promotion to these ranks took place.

          Samuel’s records are not cited on the index cards at the National Archives and they should be if he went to Norfolk as all units there were paid by the federal government. There is a Lt Samuel Hutchison from Georgia and a Private Samuel T Hutchison from NC but unlikely if he served from there.

          Mike Lyman
          Past President, Society War of 1812 in VA

  39. Laura J. Allen says:

    I would appreciate any information on my great great grandfather Griffin Taylor. He resided at Soldier’s Rest in Clark County, Virginia. I believe he was a colonel with the Second Virginia Militia and served at the Battle of Baltimore.

    • Mike says:

      Griffin Taylor commanded the 122nd Virginia Militia Regiment which was one of three regiments assigned to Frederick County, Virginia. He was promoted to LT Colonel on 12 Dec 1814. Ranks of Major and below are probably available in the Court records of the county
      His regiment proceeded to Baltimore in August 1814. Upon arrival he was given command of the First Virginia which included eleven companies which occupied ground along Ferry Point which is southwest of Fort McHenry.
      The Society book, “Burials of War of 1812 Veterans in the Commonwealth of Virginia”, published 2012 by Heritage Books, Inc includes this information about him,
      TAYLOR, Griffin; b 10 Mar 1786; d 1818, Clifton, Frederick Co RU: Colonel, 1st VMR CEM: Grace Episcopal; Clarke; 110 N Church St, Berryville GS: Y SP: mar in Frederick Co on 10 Sep 1789 to Mary McKennon VI: Son of William Taylor and Catherine Bushrod. Also served as Commander of 122nd VMR, Frederick Co. Commissioned Lt Col 02 Dec 1804. Served as Justice of Peace of Frederick Court 1795-1813. Magistrate in Winchester. He died at the home of his daughter at “Clifton” Pen: None BLW: No PH: N SS: A rec 615; B pg 78 BS: 86 pg 14; 92 pg 39; 245.

      Mike Lyman

  40. David Humphreys says:

    I have just found a relative that serve in the 65 Virginia Militia 1 Lt Benjamin Wilson, I would appreciate any information that you may have on this unit or him. Don’t know if this helps but Roll Box #229 Microfilm M602. I have really been tracking ancestors of the Civil War but when I came across his name I became very excited. Thanks for you help.

    • Mike says:

      David: The 65th Virginia Militia Regiment was assigned to Southampton County and the eleven companies of the regiment served mostly in the Norfolk/Portsmouth area Lt Benjamin Wilson is shown on a Virginia Muster roll of Captain Richard B Kello. This company was called to duty August 29 to 13 Sep 1814 and served at Cabin Point He would not have served long enough to receive a pension.
      I note that a Lt Benjamin Wilson was also in the Revolutionary war See page 1251 in the book “Virginia soldiers of 1776” by Louis A Burgess

      Mike Lyman, Past President, War of 1812 Society in VA

  41. Jill Hastings, Montgomery Co [TN] Archives says:

    Edmund Sherman, 1773-1833, and his wife Elizabeth [Walton] Sherman, 1778-1841, are buried in the James Johnson Cemetery, Montgomery Co, TN. I’ve found references to his service in the War of 1812 in notes on John A. Leffel, Sampson Smith, Charles Carney, & James Merritt. He evidently commanded a company in either the 5th or 6th VA Militia, perhaps both. Fold3 has only a general index card for Captain Sherman. I’m gathering information about the cemetery which is currently being threatened by development & possible relocation. Any information I can find will be valuable. Thank you

    • Mike says:

      Jill: He commanded a company from Berkeley County, VA (now West Virginia) Aug 29 to Oct 8 1814 in the Virginia 6th Militia Regiment commanded by Lt Cols Coleman, Dickinson and Scott at or near Fort Norfolk, which is near Norfolk, VA. From Oct 8th to the end of the War in Feb 1815 he was under the command of Lt Col Mason and Lt Col Preston in the 5th VA Regiment in the Norfolk area. The source is Stuart L Butlers book, ” A Guide to Virginia Militia Units in the War of 1812″ pub 2011 by New Papyrus Publishing, Athens, GA. There were on engagements with the British during his command period. His company had a long ways to travel from Berkeley County to Norfolk and return.

      Mike Lyman, Past President
      Society War of 1812 in VA

  42. Mike, my ancestor, 1st lt Samuel B. Kello, Jr. of Southampton County, Regiment (Boykins), VA Militia died as a result of his service in the last war…from A Southampton County Court Minute book on page 216. According to the info from the National Archives, he was a 1st Lt in the Regiment (Boykins), VA Militia and was at Fort Nelson, near Norfolk, Va. From the DAR, they said he died 3 May 1813. Do you know his age, his wife and what he died from? Where is he buried?
    I would appreciate if you could help me.

    • Mike says:

      Most of the soldiers that died in service in the Norfolk area were buried next to their campsite or in a place in Norfolk called Fort Tar. However, since he was an officer and lived not far from home in Southampton County, perhaps his family came and retrieved his body. In our Society burial book, “Burials of War of 1812 Veterans in the Commonwealth of Virginia,” pub 2012 by Heritage Books, Inc., we have this information posted followed by a subsequent up-date:
      KELLO, Samuel; b UNK; d 1814 RU: 1st Lieutenant, 3rd VMR (Boykin) CEM: probably Millfield Plantation; Southampton; Millfield Rd (Rt. 605) GS: N SP: See Appendix G VI: Clerk of Southampton Co. Died during the war P: None BLW: No PH: N SS: A rec 1821 BS: Putative. See Appendix G.
      KELLO, Samuel; SP: mar Martha Claiborne Simmons who pre-deceased her husband VI: Son of Samuel Kello (d 1802) and Margaret Belches. Samuel the father was the 2nd Clerk of Court of Southampton Co. Samuel Kello II was the 3rd clerk of court. Southampton Co, Court Minute Book 1830-1835 p. 216, 19 Nov 1832: “It appears to the Court from evidence introduced that Samuel Kello is the only child and heir of Samuel Kello, deceased, who died intestate in the service during the late war, leaving no widow” and Order Book 1814-1816, p. 21, 19 Dec 1814 James Rochelle (Deputy Clerk) qualified as Administrator of the estate of Samuel Kello, deceased. There is no stone for Samuel Kello II, but he is presumed to buried here. His son, Samuel Kello III (1807-1875), became sheriff of Southampton Co.

      Hope this helps

      Mike Lyman
      Past Society President

  43. Pamela Griffin says:

    Hi Mike,
    Thank you for providing genealogical information about ancestors who served in the War of 1812. I have ben researching the history of my 4g-grandfather, Morgan Morris. He was born in Bedford County VA around 1799, and I have come across some information that he may have served in the 122 Virginia Militia (Feb., 1815) as a private. He would have been around 16yrs old at that time, so I am not sure if it is my relative or not. Is it possible that you can verify this information and that residents of Bedford County would have mustered with the 122nd Militia? Thank you for any information you may provide.

    • Mike says:

      I expect your Morgan Morris was a Private in Lt James Ship’s Detachment of Infantry from Frederick County’s 122 Virginia Regiment that at the end of the war on Feb 6, 2015 was at Camp Holly Springs, a camp along the James River south of Richmond. The 122nd was one of three Regiments assigned to Frederick County. Bedford County had two regiments assigned to it and some of the companies of these regiments were also stationed at Camp Holly. They would not have mustered with Frederick county’s militia but may have served near each other at the camp.
      Details containing what regiments and companies were assigned to each Virginia city and county are in Stuart Butler’s, Guide to Virginia Militia Units in the War of 1812″, 2d Edition, published 2011 by New Papyrus Publishing Co, Athens, GA
      A Sergeant Morgan Morris was also in the War of 1812 in Virginia and his widow, Eleanor received a pension. Their service records may be ordered from the National Archives.

      Mike Lyman
      War of 1812 society in Virginia

    • Mike says:

      Pamela:After further thought he would probably not have moved to Frederick County to serve in the war there in the 122nd regiment. Thus, I feel he was in Bedford County’s Captain Jesse Leftwich’s Company that was attached to the 6th VA Militia Regiment commanded by LT Colonel Henry Coleman during the period June to December 1814 at Norfolk, VA. Again procure his service records from the National Archives(NARA) to be certain.
      Mike Lyman

      • Pamela Griffin says:

        Thank you for your quick response. I went to my local library yesterday and referenced Butler’s “Guide to Virginia Militia Units…” to research the regiments from Bedford County. There were three Morgan Morris’ in the War of 1812 from Virginia. They were in Regiments 122, 6, and 4 (General Index Cards.) I am certain that Sergeant Morris was not my relative. My Morgan Morris’ first wife was Polly Tiler and his second was Lucy Hatcher Nichols. I have not found any pensions assigned to them. I will probably drive up to DC and research his records. Thanks again.

  44. Karen says:

    Seeking information on Vincent Thompson enlisted at Fairfax Court House, Fairfax, Virginia 1 May 1814 for 6 mos; age 32 so born abt. 1782. The BLWT files indicate he was in Capt. James Sangster’s Co., Col. W.A. Street’s command, 20th Inf; he was discharged 15 Oct 1814. Found 2 other records for a Vincent in the 5th Regiment Virginia Militia and a Vincent in the 36th Regiment (Renno’s) Virginia Militia on FOLD3. How can I determine the 2 other records are for the same person as the Vincent described above ? Thank you.

    • Mike says:

      Your genealogy of your ancestor Vincent Thompson comes into play in determining which War of 1812 service applies. The Vincent that served in the Regular Army in the 20th Inf at Fort Norfolk in his bounty Land Warrant had a widow Mary. Does this fit? In which county in Virginia was he born? The 36th VA Regiment was from Prince William County, adjacent to Fairfax County to the south. Culpeper County, nearby had the 5th VA Regiment assigned. However, at Fort Norfolk another 5th VA Regiment existed that many company sized units from all over Virginia were attached to when they arrived at Fort Norfolk.
      The actual service records at the National archives for the Vincent that was in or attached to a 5th VA Regiment would reveal the Company commander’s name. With this name, then you should look at Stuart Butler’s book, “A Guide to Virginia Militia Units in the War of 1812” to see which county that company commander was from.

      Mike Lyman
      Past President, War of 1812 Society in VA

  45. Edie Light says:

    I would like to know where the 10th from Bedford, Virginia fought. I’m specifically looking for information on Augustine Leftwich, born 1794 and died 1881. Thanks!

    • Mike says:

      The 10th VA Militia Regiment was commanded by Lt Col William Dickerson of Bedford County. It had several companies that were attached to various regiments protecting Richmond or Norfolk. They may be seen and where they went in Stuart Butler’s book, ” A Guide to Virginia Militia Units in the War of 1812″
      In our society’s book, “Burials of War of 1812 Veterans in the Commonwealth of Virginia” we have this information on Augustine Leftwich:
      LEFTWICH, Augustine; b 04 Mar 1794, Bedford, England; d 24 Mar 1881 RU: Sergeant-Major, Maj Woodford’s Squadron of Cavalry (Dragoons) CEM: Presbyterian Cemetery; Lynchburg; Grace & Bailey Sts GS: U SP: mar (1) in Pittsylvania Co on 17 Jun 1823 to Mildred Adams Ward, b 21 Sep 1806, d 21 May 1829; (2) on 06 Jul 1830, Anne Elizabeth Williams Clark, b 03 Jul 1812 in Camden, SC, d 04 Feb 1900, daughter of James & Ann Clark. As Elizabeth Leftwich she drew a pension VI: “A curious figure came here …Fortune in tobacco…would stroll to his factory like an Indian nabob…in spotless white linen…slave holding aloft umbrella.” (Guide To The Old Dominion). Son of Thomas Leftwitch (b 1740 in New Kent Co, d 1816 in Bedford Co) & Virginia (Gincey) Stratton (b c1762 in Caroline Co). Marriage announcement calls him Captain, WPA calls him Colonel. Service rank during war was Sergeant Major P: Spouse BLW: No PH: N SS: BD pg 1170; A rec 14640 BS: 49.

  46. Bruce says:

    Hi, I’m looking for any info on line Re the 7th VA militia, CPT Jackson’s Co. My 5th g-grandfather from Hanover Co VA fought w/ them. His wife is on the pension rolls.

    • Mike says:

      Bruce: The 7th VA Regiment from August to November 1814 was commanded by Lt Col William Gray and was at Camp Carter protecting Richmond near the James River, from 28 Aug 1814 to 24 Feb 1815. Capt William Jackson’s Company from Louisa County was one of its eleven companies.
      From our Society’s book, “Burials of War of 1812 Veterans in the Commonwealth of Virginia”, we have that William Jackson was born in 1780, son of William, a Rev War lieutenant and Susan (__); and he died 30 Nov 1856 and is buried in the Catalpa cemetery on Route 522 in Lousia County. He married in Amelia County, 28 Feb 1840 Agnes A. “Kitty” Jackson his first cousin. the daughter of Charles Jackson.
      Mike Lyman
      Past President War of 1812 Society in VA

  47. Kristina Skeldon-Gomer says:

    Hello! My 4G-grandfather, Travis Latham, served in 5 Reg’t Virginia Militia in Capt. Gabriel T. Wilkinson’s Co of Infantry from Aug 31, 1814 to Feb 17, 1815. Part of the time the unit was commanded by Lt. Col. Waddy Street and the rest commanded by Lt. Col Isaac Booth. I have copies of 2 Pay rolls and 3 company muster rolls. Do you have any information regarding what type of service or action (if any) this unit would have experienced during that time period? Thank you!

    • Mike says:

      The regiment during this time period was in militia camps to the rear and each side of Fort Norfolk on the Elizabeth River protecting Norfolk and Portsmouth from British attack and occupation. The British did not attack so no contact with the enemy took place. The source is Stuart L Butler’s book,”A Guide to Virginia Militia Units in the War of 1812, 2d Edition 2011. pages 228-9

  48. Judith Arthur says:

    Can you tell me if you have any knowledge/record of Thomas Beavers serving in the 5th Regiment Virginia Militia in the War of 1812. I do find a record of that on Fold3. He lived in Loudoun County, VA. and moved later to Highland County, OH. I do not find a record in BLM that says he was given land, however.
    Thank you for your time.

    • Mike says:

      At the National Archives on the Index Cards to War of 1812 Service records it indicates he served in the 5th VA Regiment. This card indicates his service record is in roll box 14, record 1085. To get the specific company from Loudoun County in which he served you will probably need to visit or request his service record from NARA. It is possible that his pension records on Fold3 will have that information. Five of the companies of the two regiments assigned to Loudoun County sent companies to Norfolk that upon arrival were attached to the 5th Virginia Regiment protecting Norfolk and Portsmouth from British attack. Since he is listed on Fold3 it means he or his spouse or heirs drew either a Bounty Land Warrant(BLW) or a pension or both as a result of his service of over 3 months. His BLW may have been in Ohio and that is why he moved there.

      Stuart Butler’s “Guide to Virgina Militia Units in the War of 1812”, published 2011, lists the company size units that were formed in each county in Virginia and where they served. Loudoun County is shown on pages 119 to 122 and the 5th VA Regiment that his company was attached to is shown on pages 228-230

      Mike Lyman

  49. De Hill says:

    Just came across this site….wonderful! I found my ancestor on Fold3, Randolph Moore, and his widow’s pension information. There were several pieces of bounty land, which I have researched. I am confused, however, in reading that Va. did not issue bounty land, yet he was issued the same. Please help me understand it more completely. Also I will be getting into Butler’s book the next trip to the Family Hitory Library in Salt Lake City.
    Thanks for your help.
    De Hill

    • De Hill says:

      Just curious…..waiting for reply from my July 20, 2015 post.
      Thanks…………..De Hill

      • Mike says:

        DE Hill:
        I’m sorry that I forgot to answer your query of July 20th. War of 1812 veterans and their heirs applied for Federal Government issued bounty land through their local county or independent city. Therefore it appears that it was Virginia that was issuing the BLW, whereas they were only approving and processing the application.

        Mike Lyman

  50. Shawn Lloyd says:

    My 4th GG Robert Lloyd 1770-1844 was in the War of 1812, 5th Virginia regiment.

  51. Barbara Sue Waltermire says:

    Mr. Mike, I am seeking information on my fourth great grandfather James Garrett(born about 1796 or 1798 in probably Virginia. On Census he always stated Virginia as his state of birth. I am believing after the War of 1812 (he would have been yet a teenager) he moved to Brush Creek Township, Muskingum County, Ohio, perhaps storied he did not like his stepmother and where he married Letitia Brelsford in Muskingum County about 1816 or 1818. Both James and Letitia are in my DNA Circles. Both are on Census here in Muskingum County in 1820, 1830, and1840. Then they are on Vinton County, Ohio Census 1850, 1860, and 1870. I have seen a death date of 2 Jun 1874 in Vinton County, Ohio, though it is not sourced. James was said to be buried on his farm. After James arrived in Muskingum County, Ohio he is well “sourced.” Before he arrived in Muskingum County, Ohio is a complete mystery and my brick wall. I know nothing. Who were his parents and siblings? Where was he born? And such. He was said to have been in the War of 1812. When? Where? My other cousins also researching leave previous information blank about James. I again do know he said he was in the War of 1812 but his wife when she applied for a pension was denied. Both James and his wife Letitia did not read or write. One story family members say is Letitia applied for a pension when James died, but she was denied as no such Captain was documented. In the United States War of 1812 pension application files there is a James Garriott and wife Latacia that states Capt Swelland’s Co. Ky Mil. Perhaps this record reflects the phoenics of their names. Also, I have found a James Garrett in the U.S. War Bounty Land Warrants 1789-1858 – Warrant 2735. The first source is an index of names with James Garrett and a township I can not read that is in Vol 5 page 69. The second source is an actual land warrant of 2735 that has James Garrett in Company Commanded by Captain Garrett, 43rd(hard to read) Regiment United States Infantry for 160 acres. As James and Garrett are common names I do not know if the above are my James Garrett. Any information on this James Garrett and the War of 1812 is priceless as my tree of almost 1000 people know James only after his move to Brush Creek Township, Muskingum County, Ohio about 1818. Best regards. Take care. Sue 20 Oct. 2015

    • Mike says:

      The source, Virginia Militia of the War of 1812, Vol I, Payrolls shown on the library of Virginia website shows that he was a Private in Captain William L. Montague’s Company of the 109th Virginia Militia Regiment of Middlesex County commanded by Lt Col Elliott Muse and served from the 3rd to the 11th of April and the 11th to 13th of May 1813. The source: Stuart L Butler’s book,”A Guide to Virginia Militia Units in the War of 1812″, New Papyrus Publishing Co, Athens, GA 2011 indicates that this company served within the county at Stingray Point, Urbanna and on the Peter Robinson’s property protecting these areas from British incursions.

      Mike Lyman
      Past President War of 1812 Society in Virginia.

      • Barbara Sue Waltermire says:

        Many many thanks Mr. Mike for finding this gem for me and my family! I am off to check if I can determine where in Virginia my James Garrett hailed. Thanks again.

  52. Dayna Palmer says:


    My 4th great-grandfather served in the War of 1812 in the 4th Regiment of the Virginia Militia in Norfolk, which was detached from the 51st Regiment, and under Capt. John Gilkeson. His name was John Foulger/Foalger. I requested and received copies of the muster and payroll cards from 1813 that the NARA had on file which is where I got this information, however, when I search for the 4th Regiment online, I cannot find a Capt. Gilkeson or a John Foulger/Foalger/Folger anywhere. Is that strange?

    I would love to know if my 4x great-grandfather applied for or received any pension, or if he was awarded any land grant. I would also love to know more about what his 51st or 4th Regiment in particular did. I can find very little information on this. Any assistance would be greatly appreciated!

    Lastly, I noticed my ancestor was ill and spent a significant amount of time in the hospital in 1813. I was curious about that and found some information about how tough it was during this war for these men, and how rampant disease was. I thought I’d share if anyone was interested :-)


    • Mike says:

      Dayna: Counties from all over Virginia sent companies of men to Norfolk during the War of 1812 period to protect that area from British landings and incursions. Upon arrival there they were attached to large regiments like the 4th VA Regiment.Captain John Gilkerson’s company from the 51st VA Regiment of Frederick County that your ancestor was a member of is listed in Stuart Butler’s, “Guide to Virginia Militia Units in the War of 1812”, page 79. The pension records for War of 1812 veterans in surnames starting with letter “F” are on Also a book by Patrick G Wardell, “War of 1812: Virginia Bounty Land & Pension Applicants”, by Heritage Books. pub 1789 is a reference guide for those that served, lived, died, or married in Virginia or West Virginia. He is not listed in this book. To be eligible he would need to have served for three months or more. Gilkerson’s company was on duty from September 28 1813 to 10 January 1814, thus over a three month period however your ancestor may not have been on duty for three months. Even if he was he or his heirs would have to apply which apparently did not happen.
      Mike Lyman

  53. Mildred Smart McBride says:

    I am trying to track down dates of service for John H. Peck of Augusta County, (Staunton) Virginia. Peyton’s “History of Augusta County” pp. 218-219 states that John H. Peck was commissary for a company of men from Augusta County that marched to Camp Holly Springs but never saw action and, shortly after their arrival in Richmond, the war was over. How can I figure out when this company was mustered and then decommissioned?

    • Mike says:

      Mildred: Stuart Butlers book “Guide to VA Militia Units in the War of 1812” 2d Edition 2011, pages 39 and 40 is the source. But you must know what company of Augusta County’s 32nd and 93rd regiments he was in. He was probably in Capt Morris’s company that was discharged Jan 30, 2015. But he may have been in Capt Trimble’s Co or the replacement commander, Capt Laurence’s company which was discharged Feb 22, 1815.

      It will be necessary to get his service records from NARA to get his tour dates. The index cards to the service records indicate he was not from Augusta County but Pendleton County (now WVA) in their 46th Regiment. Two companies were sent toward Norfolk and were not discharged until April 7 1815. They had orders to go there on Jan 12 1815 and the companies were commanded by Capt Botkins or LT Bowers. Source Butler pg 158
      Mike Lyman

  54. Kathleen Blair says:

    My ancestor Tinsen Ashby was enlisted as a Private, first in Capt. Francis Ireland’s Company of Infantry of the 1st Regiment Virginia Militia from 20 August to 17 September 1814. He then was transferred to Capt. John Pitman’s Company of Light Infantry 1st Regiment Virginia Militia and was discharged 24 November 1814. That’s all the information I have.

    I’d like to know more about those military units and what battles they saw during those time periods and if that short period of service would have qualified him for any bounty land warrants. I believe he dies shortly afterward possibly as result of war injury of some kind and left an orphan, Thaddeus CS Ashby.

    • Mike says:

      Kathleen: Your ancestor Tinsen Ashby’s service records are at the National Archives in roll box 6, records 1986 and 1989. You perhaps have these. Stuart Butler’s “Guide to Virginia Militia Units in the War of 1812” 2d edition, 2011, pages 79 and 247 are the sources for the following. Both Captains Ireland and Pitman’s Companies were in the 51st VA Regiment from Frederick County, VA and these two units were on duty during the periods you describe. They were both attached to VA 1st Militia Regiment commanded by Lt Col Griffin Taylor and were sent to the defense of Baltimore a part of General Winder’s 10th Military District. They occupied points along Ferry Branch River southwest of Fort McHenry. The attack of Baltimore by the British on Sep 13 and 14 2014 did not involve the location of his unit but he undoubtedly observed the attack on Fort McHenry. Although his service may have been the needed three months I do not find any indication that he received a pension or a Bounty Land Warrant. I suggest you search the Frederick County Orderly books for any records they might have on him Mike Lyman

      • Kathleen Blair says:

        Dear Mike:

        Thank you for your kind reply over a year ago. I had not checked this site until now. I will check orderly books fro Frederick County VA next.

  55. Geneva Lindner says:

    I am searching for information on Virginia 6 Regiment Coleman’s Virginia Militia. Elijah Hutchison served in from Jan-May 1814. Can you help? Thanks much! I found his name and service index card, but no other information. Thank you for any information. I would love to join your organization, but I see it is not open to women.

    • Mike says:

      Geneva: Your ancestor was a member of a company from one of 15 counties in Virginia attached to Lt Col Daniel Coleman’s 6th Virginia Militia Regiment at Norfolk during the period you mentioned. During this period the regiment was stationed at Lambert’s Point there on the Elizabeth River. The British with several ships had control of the Chesapeake Bay during this period.
      The United States Daughters of 1812 is what you would need to join. Many states have chapters. The contact number is
      Mike Lyman

  56. Kate Thompson says:

    I recently found out that my ancestor Richeson Taylor ( 1790-1860) was a substitute for Warner Goodwin in the 8th Regiment (Wall’s) Virginia Militia. I have very little information on Richeson before 1820 in Amherst and would love to know more about the 8th regiment and any other information about Richeson.

    Thank you,

    • Mike says:

      Kate: I note that in the book Virginia Military Records, pg 878 that he was a Private in LT George Washington Higginbotham’s Detachment of Infantry from the 90th VA Regiment from Amherst County during the period late Jan to Feb 1814. From the information you recite he was also in Captain Issac Tinsley’s company from Amherst County during the period from Aug 29, 1814 to 24 Feb 1815 attached to the 8th VA Militia Regiment commanded by Lt Col Charles F Wall. Wall’s regiment was positioned at Camp Carter near the James River protecting the city of Richmond from attack.The main source is Stuart Butler’s book, “A Guide to Virginia Militia Units in the War of 1812”, vol 2 pub 2011

      Mike Lyman
      Past President War of 1812 Society in VA

      • Kate Thompson says:


        Thank you! I had no idea he fought in other regiments. Does it say Richeson Taylor for his name on for all the regiments he fought in. I have seen my ancestor under the name Richeson Taylor, and Richison D Taylor.

        I plan on purchasing this book now.

        Again, thank you so much!

  57. Mike Bowmam says:

    Hello Mike, I have a gggreat grandfather John Sands Bowman who was in the 4th regement virgina militia blues under Capt. Chris MOris and Gen.Porterfield . I am trying to find out as much info as possible on him I have hit a brick wall.

    • Mike says:

      Stuart Butler’s, “A Guide to Virginia Militia Units in the War of 1812”, 2nd Edition, 2011, pages 40 and 227 provide the answer. He was in Captain Christopher Morris Militia Company from Augusta County, VA which traveled to Norfolk, VA and was attached to the 4th VA Militia Regiment, of the 7th Brigade in the defense of the area during the period 14 July 1814 to 30 Jan 1815. While there it occupied an area then called Lindsay’s Garden to the Peach Orchard. The 4th Regiment was commanded by two Lt Colonels, George Huston and Thomas Wooding and the 7th Militia Brigade by Brigadier General Porterfield. At Norfolk is Fort Norfolk of the U.S. Regular Army. In Sep 1814 the 4th VA Regiment came under the command of the 2nd Brigade of Regular Army there under the command of Colonel Joseph Goodwyn. The area was so well defended that it was not attacked by the British who occupied the Chesapeake Bay’

      Mike Lyman

  58. John S. Trenary says:


    My wife is the gggreatdaughter of Maj. Richard William Bryarly (1752 – 1839). We are seeking any military information about him in the war of 1812 and 1774 Dunmore’s War. He was from Clarke County and later moved to Berkeley County (now WV.) He had a younger brother named Richard Samuel Bryarly that is noted as a Captain in the 51st Regiment, Virginia Militia and as a Major in the War of 1812. My wife currently owns Richard William Bryarly farm that incudes Bryarly’s Union Mill. Any military information would be appreciated.

    John and Karen

    • Mike says:

      John & Karen: For Richard William Bryarly see for a detailed write-up. For his military service I suggest reviewing the Frederick County Order and Minute books during the Rev War period 1774 through 1783. These may also be available for review at the Library of VA. He apparently was not paid by the Federal Government, thus I could not find his records are not at the National Archives.
      According to the DAR Richard Samuel Bryarly was born 18 Nov 1767 in PA and d in Frederick County, VA. in Apr 1850. He married 08 Mar 1803, Susanna Conway Fitzhugh, born 08 Feb 1785 in Stafford Co, VA and died in Frederick Co 20 Jul 1829, daughter of Thomas Fitzhugh and Lucinda Helm. See for many details about him For his War of 1812 service see the Frederick Co, VA Order and Minute books during the war period 1812 through Feb 1815, These books may also be at the Library of VA. He apparently was not paid by the Federal Government, thus his records are not at the National Archives.
      Their father, Thomas Bryerly or Bryarly was also a patriot in the Revolution See for details. He is listed in the Frederick County court records as filing a public claim to be reimbursed for what he gave to the cause

      If you are not already members of the SAR or DAR or the War of 1812 Society in VA or the US Daughters of 1812 in VA email me and I will get you in contact with the registrars of these societies.

      Mike Lyman

      • Paul Chase says:


        Great seeing you again at the SAR Annual this weekend. Larry Aaron suggested I get a hold of you to get advice about a Rev War book I have written. He said you may have some info about recommended publishers, costs etc. Larry has a copy of the book. I’ll be glad to send you an electronic copy. BTW the son of my patriot ancestor Silas French Jr was a War of 1812 veterab. I have copy of his service record and visited his grave site in Vermont. He participated in the Battle of Plattsburgh NY. I don’t recall whether I descend from him or from his brother. This is the only way I could contact you because I do not have your regular email address. My tel # is 703 753-7794
        Thanks Paul Chase

  59. Mike Lyman says:

    Paul: It was nice meeting you At the VASSAR conference.
    My War of 1812 ancestor, William Lyman also fought in Summer’s Regiment at the War of 1812 Battle at Plattsburgh, NY.
    The War of 1812 Society in Virginia’s book, “Burials of War of 1812 Veterans in the Commonwealth of Virginia”, published 2012 was produced by Heritage Books, Inc. from a camera ready copy we provided. They published it free of charge and we received a ten percent royalty from their sales of the book from their website. Also, they gave our society the opportunity to buy books from them in lots of fifty for one half their retail price to provide to our members and send to libraries, and others. Perhaps they would give you a similar contract.
    Our War of 1812 Society is preparing a second edition of this book this year to be published from them. It increases the amount of burials from 4442 to over 5000 and includes much more genealogical information.
    Will contact you at your e-mail number regards your Rev War book.
    Mike Lyman

  60. Dee Naughton says:

    Dear Mike,
    My Ancestor, George Lee, Frederick County, Virginia, served in the War of 1812, first in the 2nd Regiment of the U.S. Artillery, and about April 2014 was assigned to Capt. John Smith Peyton’s Corps of Artillery from Virginia. George Lee died in Oct. 1814, cannot find if he died while fighting, or died of sickness. Or just where he died and is buried. In contacting NARA, they said see the Pension files, which we have and that was filed in Frederick Co., VA in 1819, but can find any info on when George Lee enlisted, or where he may have fought, died, or buried. Cannot find record of his enlistment. He would have been close to 45 to 50 yrs. of age at the time of this War. Have been told that he may be in the book, Records of the Men Enlisted in the US Army, Prior to the Peace Establishment, May 17, 1815. I am hoping you will be able to help me in locating further info, finding the book, or where to look for more info. I do not find him in Fold 3 records! Thank you so much!

    • Dee Naughton says:

      Dear Mike,
      I forgot to mention that the above George Lee, that I ask about was a Regular in the army of the War of 1812, not a volunteer! Sorry I forgot that in the previous message, as it may be of some help. Thanks again for any help!

      • Mike says:

        A member and councilor, Stuart Lee Butler, of our War of 1812 Society in the Commonwealth of VA worked at the National Archives and is an author of many books on the war. In his book, “Virginia Soldiers in the United States Army, 1800-1815, pg 109 he lists this information about a person with this name “Lee, George S. Artillery [22 or 28] {sailor} b Virginia; enl New York on 5/614; dis New York City 5/12/15” Please contact him at for his comment’

        Mike Lyman

        • Dee Naughton says:

          Dear Mike,
          Thank you so much for answering my request and sending me to Mr. Butler for further answers. I have sent him an email and will be looking forward to learning anything he can tell me on my particular George Lee.
          Dee Naughton

      • Mike says:

        Butler’s email is

  61. John Taylor says:

    Dear Mike,
    My third great grandfather, Thomas F. Brown, was from Rockingham county.
    He fought in the 1812 war with Andrew Jackson. He died in Christian county Kentucky
    in 1855. I have no documentation except from a book of Christian county history.
    Do you have any information on him?

    • Mike says:

      To serve with Andrew Jackson means he probably served in the Regular Army. Use and Fold3 websites to see if you can find his enlistment records and pension and BLW records. When found they will give you quite a bit of information. These sites will require a fee, but if you use the computers at many libraries they oftain subscribe to these two sites with no cost to you except for downloading copies. Information about him should also be in the Christian county records in KY. They may have his pension and BLW records and of course should have marriage, property, cemetery and probate records that pertain to him.

      Mike Lyman

  62. Taylor Beckett says:

    Hello I am wondering if you could somehow find if two ancestors of mine served in the war, I have tried looking for them but to no avail. It would be grand if you could further my knowledge. Like i said, i dont know if they served or not. I also have a third ancestor I know a bit more about and would like to learn more.

    John Beckett (1766-1835), born in botetourt county, Virginia. Around 1810, he lived in Christiansburg, Montgomery County, VA.

    William Beckett (1770-1829), born in Botetourt county, Virginia. He might have lived in Berkeley, that’s a possibility but not certain.

    Now the third ancestor I know a bit more.

    Pvt. James Edwin Beckett (1774-1868), born in Botetourt county, Virginia. He was married to Hannah Lee in 1814, in Cabell County (now West Virginia). I’ve read that he was a prisoner of war apparently, but that’s not final. He almost certainly would’ve served in the 120th Militia Regiment.

    Sorry it’s not a lot to go off of, or not definite info. I’m looking to find definite info and answers. I like this period of history and I really want to know about these men. Thank you for your time.

    • Taylor Beckett says:

      Oh, sorry, just one more.

      Daniel Beckett (1796-1850) born in Botetourt County, Virginia. Might have lived in Montgomery County when the war started.

      Once again, sorry. Not a lot to go off of.

      • Mike says:

        The only one of the Becketts you list that had 1812 service that I was able to find is for William Beckett. He was in one of the five companies of Montgomery County’s 75th VA Regiment as a Private. Later he was a Sergeant in the 4th Virginia Regiment. Three of the Montgomery County 75th Regt companies were attached to the 4th VA Regiment with duty at Norfolk. Perhaps he is the one that was mustered in Christainsburg in Captain James Hoge’s Co that served from 16 July 1814 to the end of the war on 15 Feb 2015 and was discharged on this date at Norfolk.
        The service records for him which you may request are at the National Archives because he was paid by the federal Gov’t while on duty at Norfolk. These records will show what Company commander he served under.
        From his service you may be eligible to become a member of the War of 1812 Society. We would be glad to assist you with this. See the application on this website. I notice that some Becketts had Revolutionary war service in Virginia as well

        • Taylor Beckett says:

          Thanks so much for helping, I’m appreciate it. I am interested in becoming a member if you could tell me about it that would be great.

          Also, of there is some place (or here is fine) like this where I can learn about relatives from different wars (Like the revolutionary ones you mentioned) I would love to know. I have an idea that a relative may have fought in the Rev war but I’m not sure, and I would love finding info about any relative that could’ve fought in the civil war. If you can point me in the right direction (or even do it yourself) that would be fantastic. Thanks.

  63. Glenda Sue Stout Kirkpatrick says:

    JAMES ABEL STOUT (1770-1856)
    WAR OF 1812, 7th Regt., 4th Brigade & 88 Regt.; 2 Terms of Duty; Soldier: Toll Gate Keeper
    What was a “Toll Gate Keeper” War 0f 1812? Was he injured?
    Where did he serve? What battles did he fight in? Did he fight in the Battle of New Orleans?

    Born: April 7, 1770
    Birthplace: East Amwell Township, Hunterdon, NJ, USA
    Death: Died December 26, 1856 in Boyle, KY, USA
    Son of: Abel Stout and Williampe Dorset Stout.2
    Father of: Henry Stout (born Culpepper Co VA in June 1799-
    Died Hopkins Co Tx 1892)

    • Mike says:

      Dear Glenda,

      Mike Lyman of the Society of the War of 1812 in Virginia has asked me to reply to your inquiry about James Abel Stout.

      At the time of the War of 1812, your ancestor appears to have been living in Albemarle County, Virginia. His unit, 88th Regiment, originated in that county. It is not clear that you already have a copy of his compiled military service record (CMSR) from the National Archives, although your reference to his serving as a “toll gate keeper” may have come from that record. That reference is a very unique description and not a common designation found on these records. He may have been assigned duty along a toll road incident to his duties as a militiaman. As a member of the 7th Regiment, 4th Brigade, his company was part of General John Hartwell Cocke’s brigade assigned to Camp Carter. Camp Carter was established by General Cocke about 25 miles east of Richmond as a defensive camp to protect Richmond to protect from any British invasion force. The British never approached Richmond and the camp did not experience any attack from the enemy. The camp was in existence from September 1814 until February 1815. There were two companies from Albemarle who were in the 7th Regiment: Capt. Robert McCulloch and Capt. John Rochwell. From the printed muster rolls published by the state of Virginia, James Stout was in Capt. Rothwell’s company. As a Virginia militiamen he would not have been present at the battle of New Orleans. Usually, the CMSR will indicate if a soldier was injured if such a notation was on the original muster roll. The CMSR is based on what is on the original muster and pay rolls. I don’t find his name or his wife’s name as a pensioner based on his service as a War of 1812 veteran. He might have, however, applied for a bounty land warrant application file which required a certain period of service based on the individual bounty land laws applicable to him. These files could have additional personal information on them which would well worth your time in pursuing. You can obtain a copy of these files for a fee from the National Archives. To obtain a copy of the file, if one exists, you should follow the instructions on its website, for obtaining copies of these records. If you don’t have a copy of the CMSR, the site will tell you how to get that. Beyond these records mentioned above, there is little else I could recommend to you on obtaining more information about his service in the war. If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.

      Stuart L. Butler

  64. Paul Barnes says:

    I recently located a Pension Application From The War of 1812 for my 3rd great-grandfather, William Weeks. On the application it stated he served under Captain M Anthony, Virginia Militia. I assume this was Captain Mark Anthony. I am interested in any information about his time of service and military activities. I was not aware that he served in the war. Thank you.

    • Mike says:

      Capt Mark Anthony was from Bedford county, VA in the 10th Militia Regiment assigned to that County. He commanded an Artillery Company. In late August or early September 1812 his company was dispatched to Fort Norfolk a U.S. Army fort in Norfolk, VA. While there his unit was attached to the 4th Infantry Militia Regiment commanded by Lt Col Edmund Lucas. The tour of duty on this assignment was six months. The source for this reply is from Stuart L Butler’s book, “A Guide to Virginia Militia Units in the War of 1812,” 2d Edition pages 42 and 222

      If your ancestor is buried in Virginia I would like to have that information as our society is readying an addendum to our book, “Burials of war of 1812 Veterans in the Commonwealth of Virginia” pub 2012

      Mike Lyman, Past President War of 1812 Society in VA

      • Paul Barnes says:

        Thank you for the information. I have a record of William’s death from the U.S. Federal Census Mortality Schedules, 1850-1885. He died in Bedford County, VA, February 1860. I do not have a burial record; but I will continue to search. He was in Bedford County, every census from 1810 to 1850, so I would expect him to be buried there.

        Leland Lawless, also from Bedford, served in the War. His daughter Prudence married William’s son Octavius. From his pension file he served under Captain Bibb from 1 Feb to 14 May 1814 and under Captain Tinsley from 2 Sep to 23 Feb 1815. He may have served under Captain Green, but there was no proof. He died 13 Mar 1864 according to these records (per witnesses). Again I have no burial information. Again I will continue to search.

  65. Michael P. Connelly says:

    Is there a record of Major John Bell West, of the 6th Virginia, in battle at Craney’s Island?
    There is a photo online of a very nice gravestone belonging to him if you are interested.

    • Mike says:

      Michael: Major John West was a staff officer for Lt Col James Scott who commanded the 118th VA Militia Regiment in Monongalia County (now WVA). This regiment with Col Scott and perhaps Maj West to assist him with two companies were dispatched to Norfolk and probably arrived there at Norfolk in June 1813 located up the Elizabeth River a few miles from Craney island. Col Scott commanded the 6th VA Militia Regiment there during this period. The battle took on 22 Jun 1813 at Craney Island but a list of the US units on the island there do not include the two companies of the 6th regiment, thus I am doubtful that Major West was in the battle. Please send me the online site for the grave site and of course if you have it the location of the burial. Perhaps he is the one buried in the Eastern Shore Chapel cemetery in VA Beach shown on

      Mike Lyman

  66. I am researching the Carter family. We have found a military warrant to a James P. Carter for a first deed for land in Prairie county Arkansas. The land is a few miles from where I was raised. My Dad James T. Carter was born and raised in the immediate area. His Dad John P. Carter and mother were married there. So see we know my family was given the first deed on the ground for military service in a war. But what war. I have a copy of it and all is said is given to James P. Carter for military service , of Capt. Langston’s company, of 5th Regiment Virginia Militia. So can someone help we go farther. I want to tie James P. to our Carter family on paper. I can not find anything on him here close. See no date at all. What war, and follow it, to see if our family. I found where these warrants started in 1820, and were stoped in them 1880’s

    • Mike says:

      Jimmie: At the National Archives in the unindexed Bounty Land Warrant Application Files it lists for Warrant # 55-80-18536 a James P Carter for War of 1812 service in the 5th VA Militia Regiment commanded by Lt Col Waddy Street. The 80 in the number indicates he received 80 acres. Col Street commanded the 5th from June to Dec 1814 at Norfolk, VA which indicates your ancestor served during this period for at least 60 days.
      Mike Lyman

  67. Michael P. Connelly says:

    If you cannot decipher what is said at the bottom of Major John West’s stone, thi is what it says,”He was a Maj. in 1812, served in Norfolk in 1814, was honorably discharged. He was beloved by officers and soldiers. With him war is over; here he rests.

  68. Teresa Corso says:

    I am trying to find out if my grandfather died because of the War of 1812. This is the information I have on him:
    Husband: John Gregory
    Birth 1762 Mecklenburg, Virginia
    Death 16 NOV 1812 Clarksville, Mecklenburg, Virginia
    Wife: Mary Polly Apperson
    Birth 1763 Clarksville, Mecklenburg, Virginia
    Death 1824 Washington, Kentucky

    U.S., War of 1812 Service Records, 1812-1815
    John Gregory
    Private, 1st Regiment (Yancey’s) Virgina Militia
    So far on the internet I can not find a battle near Mecklenburg County, Virginia before his death or much information on his regiment. Thanks for any help.
    Teresa Gregory Corso

  69. Charlene Frey says:

    My g-g-g-grandfather was William Jackson, b. 3-16-1777, Morris County, New Jersey, d. 4-4-1857 in Warren County, Ohio. According to the 1935 “Some Descendants of Edward William Jackson,” by Matella Prickett Doughman, page 3: “William Jackson served in the 1812 War.” So I am trying to find out the details of his military service in the War of 1812. I looked in “A Guide to Virginia Militia Units in the War of 1812,” by Stuart Lee Butler, and in the General Index Cards in Fold3 and Family Search. I found three men with the name William Jackson who served in companies that were raised in Harrison County, Virginia. So far, I sent to NARA for the Payroll Records of two of these men named William Jackson. Private William Jackson served in the 6th Reg. V.M. in the War of 1812 in Capt. Joseph Johnson’s company, which was raised in Harrison County. However, this William Jackson previously served in Capt. Theoderick Walker’s Company of Riflemen, which was raised in Dinwiddie County, Virginia, as the 83rd regiment. (He served in Capt, Theoderick Walker’s Company from May 21, 1814 to Aug 28, 1814; and he served in Capt Joseph Johnson’s Company from Aug 31 to Nov 25, 1814.) This was not my g-g-g-grandfather, since my grandfather would probably have enlisted in Clarksburg, Harrison County, Virginia. Then there was Corporal William Jackson who served in the 1st Regiment (Connell’s) Virginia Militia in the War if 1812. I think this might be my g-g-g grandfather. His NARA Payroll Record states: “William Jackson appeared with the rank of Corporal on a Muster Roll of a Co. of Infantry from Virginia commanded by Capt John McWhorter, from Harrison County, attached to the 1 Reg’t Virginia requisition, Roll dated Point Pleasant Oct 16, 1812.” He enlisted on Sep 16, 1812, and discharged on March 29, 1813. My question is: Should I send to NARA for the Payroll Record of a William S. Jackson, who served in the 5th Reg. V.M. in Capt. John Bozarth’s Company, which was raised in Harrison County? I hate to spend another $30.00 for the Payroll Record. If the record should show that he enlisted in Capt. John Bozarth’s Company in Harrison County, how would I be able to distinguish which William Jackson was my g-g-g-grandfather. My g-g-g-grandfather did not get a pension; and his wife Hanna (Bennett) Jackson died before him, so she did not get a pension. Please tell me what should be my next step in researching the military service in the War of 1812 for my g-g-g-grandfather William Jackson.

    • Mike says:

      Your msg does not indicate that your ancestor moved to Virginia or to Harrison Co, VA (now West Virginia), so you should be looking for NJ or Ohio War of 1812 service. At NARA (National Archives) they have a record for Private William Jackson who served in the 3rd Regiment commanded by Lt Col Hayes of the Ohio Militia. His record is in Box 109, record 1083. There is a Private William S Jackson that served in the 3rd Regiment Commanded by Lt Col Frelinghuysen, in the NJ Militia Roll box 109, record 1144. Try Fold3, and to see where he was married. He probably served there. If he married in Virginia then we need the county or city to determine service

      Mike Lyman

      • Charlene Frey says:

        Hi Mike,

        First of all, I want to thank you very much for your generosity in taking the time to research and answer queries from me and others who are interested in tracking down the military service of their ancestors in the War of 1812. I wish it were an easier process and that better records (with more details) were kept for the War of 1812. I do appreciate any help you can give me.

        I’m sorry that I didn’t state above that William Jackson, with his his parents Edward and Martha (Miller) Jackson and siblings, left New Jersey around 1792 and moved to Redstone, Fayette County, Pennsylvania. In 1793, his parents Edward and Martha Jackson, with their children, left Pennsylvania and moved to Harrison County, Virginia, where they settled on Brown’s Creek. At that time, William Jackson was about 16 years old. Edward Jackson’s home farm was about one mile south of Mount Clare in Harrison County, Virginia.(

        In 1812, William Jackson would have been 35 years old. He and his wife Hannah (Bennett) Jackson had six children by 1812. Their seventh child was born on 6 May 1813 in Clarksburg, Harrison, (West) Virginia. There was a Corporal William Jackson who enlisted in Harrison County on 16 Sep 1812. He was discharged on March 29, 1813. So if Corporal William Jackson was my ggg-grandfather who fought in the War of 1812, his wife Hannah would have conceived their seventh child in September 1812 before he went to war and was discharged on 29 Mar 1813. The baby was born 6 May 1813.

        In 1829, William and Hannah Jackson, along with their ten children, migrated to the Virginia Military District in southern Ohio, settling in Salem (now Harlan) Township, Warren Co, Ohio.

        I need some proof that Corporal William Jackson was my ggg-grandfather who fought in the War of 1812. I could purchase the Payroll Records for Pvt. William S. Jackson; but I am not sure that would do me any good. I believe that my ggg-grandfather was one of these two men (either Corp. William Jackson or Pvt. William S. Jackson) because my research (as described above) only revealed three men by the name of William Jackson who enlisted in Harrison County, Virginia, for the War of 1812. Is there any way to obtain proof from NARA (or somewhere) that my ancestor, who fought in the War of 1812 according to various genealogists, was the Corp. William Jackson who served in the 1st Regiment (Connell’s) Virginia Militia in the War if 1812?

        • Mike says:

          The payroll will give you the company commander’s name and the length of time and dates he served. All three men could be the same person, so an examination of the payrolls as to the dates served might reveal if all of them were the same person or at least two were.
          You indicated you have Butlers book, “A Guide to Virginia Militia Units in the War of 1812”, 2d Edition pub 2011. On pages, 9, 10, 11 and 221 you can see that he probably served in Captain Josiah Peck’s Co or Captain George Davis’s Company in the First Regiment of General Joel Leftwich’s Brigade. Another book by Stuart L Butler, “Real Heroes and Patriotic Soldiers: General Leftwich and the Virginia Brigade in the War of 1812” (Westminister, 2009) will give you more details of his service. He may have been in battle against the British.

          Mike Lyman

  70. Rebecca Skaggs says:

    Please if you will help with any information on a Colonel Robert M. Hutchison
    Regt VA Militia war of 1812 DOB:1772 Death: 1851. Looking for any information and pictures as my mom was adopted and has passed and I’m in the process of finding all of my family.

    Thank you very much for your time , Rebecca

    • Rebecca Skaggs says:

      I see his headstone does say 86 REGT.

      • Mike says:

        Yes, he was commissioned in the rank of Major on 13 Dec 1813 and served as a staff officer in the 86th Virginia Militia Regiment in Giles County. This county lies adjacent to the West Virginia border. If his headstone indicates “Colonel” then he probably achieved this rank (probably Lt Colonel) after the war ended in February 1815. He married Jane Hall, daughter of Robert Hall in Augusta County, VA on 8 April 1786. This marriage is in a book authored by Chalkey, called Chalkey’s Abstracts, vol II, page 178

        Mike Lyman

  71. Dan Turner says:

    Hello Mike,
    I am trying to find any additional info on my ancestor who I think may have been in the War of 1812. His name was Ezekiel Turner born abt. 1783 in Culpeper Co. Va.
    moved to Harrison County Ky. 1803, Married Elizabeth King 1804. Maybe served in
    Virginia or Kentucky Militia, later died there in 1828. He was the son of George Turner who signed the Culpeper Minutemen petition 1775, If you have anything on them that would be Great.
    Thanks so much.
    Dan Turner

    • Mike says:

      Your ancestor Ezekiel Turner served in the War of 1812 as a private in the 4th Regiment KY Militia commanded by Lt Col Pogue This is from a service index card at the National Archives and shown on and probably You could apply from NARA for his service record in this unit that should give more details.

      Since George Turner signed a legislative petition in 1775 in Culpeper County, he is considered a patriot thus qualifies you for becoming a member of the Sons of the American Revolution (SAR) Society. A Lieutenant George Turner born c1751, died 25 Jun 1799 in nearby Caroline Co, VA had considerable service in the Revolution but this may not be your ancestor. A search of probate and property records in Culpeper county might give you more information.
      Mike Lyman

  72. Thomas A. Hoff says:

    We’re looking for any additional information we can find about Lt. Col. John S. Ball, possibly of the 51st Va., and his service during the war. We are also trying to determine if this is the father of Nancy Opie Ball Bates, who married Frederick Bates, the second governor of Missouri. Our Museum, Thornhill, was the residence of the Bates Family (originally from Belmont, Goochland, VA) and before we post additional information on Nancy’s family it is best to confirm. Thank you for any assistance you can provide.

    • Mike says:

      Citing Stuart Butler’s, 2d Edition “Guide to Virginia Militia Units in the War of 1812” by New Papyrus Publishing, Athens, GA 2011 pages 78, 79, 247 indicates: John S Ball, commissioned rank of Lt Col 13 Sep 1813, commanded the 51st Virginia Militia Regiment of Frederick County. Several of his assigned companies were dispatched to the Ferry Branch area, SW of Fort McHenry in August 1814. Other companies of his regiment were dispatched to the defense of Norfolk, VA
      Regarding information on his family please send an e-mail to the Mary Washington Ball Museum & Library, in Lancaster County, VA

      Mike Lyman, Past President, War of 1812 Society in VA

  73. Thomas Hoff says:

    Thank you!

  74. Tim Via says:

    Hello! Looking for any service information you might have on my ancestor, Richard Via, from Patrick/Franklin County, Virginia. According to his 1871 pension application, he served in Capt. Hoge’s Company, Virginia Militia, from July 16, 1814 to Feb. 15, 1815. Many thanks!

    • Mike says:

      Tim: Captain James Hoge’s Company was part of Montgomery County’s 75th Regiment of Virginia Militia. It mustered at Christiansburg July 16, 1814 and traveled to Norfolk, VA where the unit came under the command of Lt Colonel George Huston in August and September and then under Lt Colonel Thomas H Wooding until the war ended on February 16th 1815. During this period the regiments were under the overall command of Colonel Joseph Goodwyn US Army at Fort Norfolk. He was discharged there at this time. As you have seen he served long enough to be eligible for a pension
      Mike Lyman
      Past President, War of 1812 Society in the Commonwealth of Virginia

  75. Linda Simons says:

    First, thank you for all the wonderful information in this blog post and the comments. I believe I’ve found my ancestor, Gregory Glassock, in the CMSR records. He served with the 1 Regiment (Taylor’s) Virginia Militia as a sergeant. My question: Gregory lived at Goose Creek, Fauquier County. From the comments, it seems that Taylor’s regiment is associated with Frederick County. Could Gregory have gone to Frederick County to join? Would the 1st regiment have recruited in Fauquier County? Gregory moved to Ohio after the war, and he never applied for a pension, as far as I can tell. I’d like to prove him in order to join USD1812. Thank you for any help.

    • Mike says:

      Linda: I believe his last name is Glasscock and not Glassock.
      No recruitment was done and there is no need to assume he moved to Frederick County. The First VA Regiment commanded by Lt Colonel Griffin Taylor of Frederick County was created in August 1814 from company size units of the 16th Brigade and that were reorganized into his regiment by General Winder of the 10th Military District during the defense of Baltimore. Several companies from Fauquier County were attached to the 36th Regiment of Prince William County that proceeded to Maryland as well in the defense of Baltimore and probably came under the overall command of Lt Col Taylor’s regiment while there or at least for payment. These units served from August to November 1814 long enough to qualify for pensions and bounty land warrants
      I suggest your going to Fold3 for Gregory Glasscock for War of 1812 records again and look for a pension and bounty land warrant for him. Fold3 has digitized the service records for War of 1812 from the National Archives.

      Mike Lyman, Past President war of 1812 Society

  76. Linda Simons says:

    Mike, thank you for your quick reply, and, yes, sorry for the typo on Gregory Glasscock’s name. I have checked Fold3 for a pension, but the only Gregory Glasscock in the pension files is the other one, a man who served from TN and went to AL. (The 18th-century Glasscocks were progenitors of very large families, and there are numerous men of the same name in 19-century records.) However, I shall look for a bounty land warrant. I find the whole subject of military organization fascinating, if somewhat difficult to understand. Would you recommend John Elting’s book, Amateurs, to Arms!? Thanks again!

  77. Christopher Wright Edmonds says:

    Looking for additional information on
    Abraham V Glenn
    Rank – Induction
    Rank – Discharge
    Roll Box
    Microfilm Publication
    Served 5 months and 28 days in the War of 1812, enlisted Prince Edward County VA. Also, looking for information on two of his grandsons

    Fernando V. Glenn
    Regiment State/Origin
    44th Regiment, Virginia Infantry
    Rank In
    Rank Out
    Film Number
    M382 roll 22
    Other Records
    44th Regiment, Virginia Infantry

    John Lee Glenn
    Amelia Court House, Virginia
    Age at enlistment
    Enlistment Date
    1 Feb 1864
    Rank at enlistment
    Enlistment Place
    Amelia Court House, Virginia
    State Served
    Survived the War?
    Service Record
    Enlisted in Company G, Virginia 1st Cavalry Regiment on 01 Feb 1864.
    Birth Date
    abt 1847
    The Virginia Regimental Histories Series

    CO G
    1st Cavalry Regiment
    “Amelia Dragoons”
    He was wounded at Winchester, VA. and is buried at Piedmont Cemetery in Amelia VA.

    • Mike says:

      Abraham V Glenn served in the 63rd VA Militia Regiment of Prince Edward County in Captain Josiah Penick’s Co during the time period you mention from August 30 1814 to 22 Feb 1815. The 7th VA Militia Regiment was positioned in Camps Mitichell and Carter on the James River protecting Richmond from a possible attack from the British which did not occur.
      Although eligible for a pension or bounty land warrant he nor his spouse did not apply for same.

      I do not have info on Confederate War veterans. Suggest you go to Fold3 that has digital copies of these records or to NARA

      Mike Lyman
      Past President War of 1812 society

      • Mike says:

        Christopher: The source documents are in Stuart Butler’s book, “Guide to Virginia Militia Units in the War of 1812,” New Papyrus Publishing Co, Athens, GA 2011, pages 167 and 239. The book is for sale on the publisher’s website. The Library of VA has this book so copies of these pages may be obtained from them.
        Mike Lyman

  78. Christopher Wright Edmonds says:

    Thank you for taking the time to read and reply to my request for information. How would I go about getting a copy of the source you found this information. Im in the process of ordering the payroll and muster roll for Abraham V. Glenn from the Library of Virginia.

  79. Kathy McCann Keyser says:

    I am trying to confirm if my ancestor, James Carrico Goff (1762-1837) served in the War of 1812. He was living in Randolph County (W)Va at the time along with his wife, Elizabeth (Howell) Goff and family. I recently saw an entry that stated he served, but the entry did not provide any specific information. Any assistance you can provide would be greatly appreciated. Thank you in advance.


    • Mike says:

      Kathy: Your ancestor that was born in 1762 would be above military age for War of 1812. I find in Virginia records no evidence of 1812 service for him as an officer or non commissioned officer. Generally older persons in the war would be in voluntary units but find no service for him. I can not find where he was paid by the federal government, thus no records are at the National Archives. He was probably in the Revolutionary War only. However he might be listed in the Randolph County records which I do not have.

      Mike Lyman
      Past President War of 1812 Society in VA

  80. DONALD E McDANIEL JR says:


    Rank – Induction: PRIVATE
    Rank – Discharge: PRIVATE
    Roll Box: 138
    Microfilm Publication: M602


    • Mike says:

      Donald: Your ancestor was in the 22nd Virginia Militia Regiment in Captain Stephen Pool’s Co of Mecklenburg County and was marched to Norfolk VA under command of Lt Col Green. After arriving there he was attached to LT Colonel William Sharp’s 6th Virginia Regiment. The duty period of Capt Pool’s Company was from 31 Jul 1813 to 7 Jan 1814. He may have served over three months, thus became eligible for a pension and bounty land. Go to so see. It is a free search.
      FYI a person of this same name was a Private in the Revolutionary War in Capt Henry McDabney’s Company First Virginia Regiment. This could be Your ancestor’s father or grandfather or uncle
      Mike Lyman
      Past President War of 1812 Society in VA

      • DONALD E McDANIEL JR says:



        DON McDANIEL

  81. David A. Vazquez says:

    I am attempting to find more detailed information on my Great g g grandfather, Robert Hall, of Richmond and Westmoreland Counties, Virginia (neighboring counties). Born 1795. I have records from the Archives which state he served in the 111th Va Militia in 1813-1815 timeframe as a PVT, which makes sense, since that unit was made up primarily of Westmoreland County men.
    The sticky part, however, is figuring out whose daughter he married. He married Sibella Templeman, born about 1808, daughter of Samuel Templeman. However, the question is, which Samuel Templeman? At the time, there were two Samuel Templemans, “Senior” and “Junior”, appearing on documents and censuses together, often on the same page, which leads me to believe they were father and son (though not necessarily?). There are records of the Jr serving also in the 111th Va Militia during the war of 1812 and emerging a SGT, while the Sr, born about 1755, served as a LT in the Virginia Militia during the Revolutionary War. I’m thinking the Jr might have been too young in 1808 to have a child, but not necessarily.
    Might anyone have any information? Samuel Templeman Jr came back “negative search” from the Archives as far as a pension application, and I have searches for his and Robert Hall’s possible land warrants/bounties pending. If these come back negative as well, I might never know!

    • Mike says:

      David: I suggest you contact or visit the Mary Ball Washington Museum Library in Lancaster County at I’m almost certain they have files regarding this family. They will not be open during this holiday period however. Also you might contact the Westmoreland County Library as well
      Mike Lyman

      • David A. Vazquez says:

        Thank you very much for your reply. I contacted the Westmoreland County Museum before, and they do not know enough to help, is the Westmoreland County Library a different entity?
        I will definitely write to Lancaster County, and I will be visiting the area starting the 3rd of January for a few days, perhaps they will be open then.
        Can you tell me anything about what the 111th may have gotten involved in at the time? I know there was an engagement at Farnham Church which left bullet holes in the church wall… do you know if the 111th was involved?
        Also, do you think I would have grounds to apply to the Society on the basis of Robert Hall’s service?
        Thank you and Happy Holidays,

        David V.

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