War of 1812

The Milton Historical Society is interested in locating our own connections to this conflict. We are looking for information on any war veterans who settled and lived in the Milton area. If you can help please let us know the name, where they settled, are interred and how they were involved in the war of 1812.

To date the MHS research team has located three names. A quick trip to the various cemeteries on January 16, 2012 resulted in photographs for each of the grave stones. One picture is shown of the church area to assist with location of the stone, in addition to the GPS Coordinates for those that are tech savvy. Additional pictures of the stones and the church yards are available – to be posted in the near future on a separate page. The inscriptions on the stones are difficult to read due to the age of the stones and the ice cover on the lettering at the time the photographs were taken. Close up pictures have been taken for further analysis which shows a lot the naked eye can not see in the sunlight, so I will get to work on those. We may have to go back in the spring to use standard techniques (i.e. water, dusting, charcoal press) to obtain all the details.

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full scale pictures are also available upon request

St. Stephen’s Anglican Cemetery Thomas Racey:
Volunteered under General Beach first as a lieutenant, later a Captain. He was involved at Beaver Dam, Chippewa and Lundy’s Lane. He Lived with his family in Milton and was Land Register for Halton and active at Grace Anglican Church.GPS Location:
43.58714N 79.82017W
Interred, St. Stephens Anglican Cemetery (14946 Steeles Avenue and 9th Line, Hornby).
Thomas’s stone is stands out on the right side of the image.Possible Inscription:
England?
89 Years Old?
(too much ice and worn text)
Will need to clean stone to get further details.
Boston Church Cemetery George Miller:
Sailor Miller who was in the Royal Navy on Lakes of Canada as a Pilot, Volunteer services in the war and a sailor under Captain Dobbs aboard the boat, Big Star. George’s stone is the one on the right, facing backwards, in the group of four (4) stones. It was broken and is now supported in 2 metal brackets. The front is overgrown with moss and needs to be cleaned.GPS Location:
43.55388N 79.91573W
Interred, Boston Church Cemetery (9185 Third Line / Boston Church Road, Halton Hills – north of 5 Sideroad)
Possible inscription:
George Miller
A Native Of Perthshire County
TULLIALLAN ??
Aged 30 Years & 3 days
unknown text
St. John’s Anglican Church Cemetery George Curry:
Private Curry who came to Canada in 1805 with the City of Dublin’s 100th Regiment of Foot. He fought in several battles during the war of 1812-14: Chippewa, Fort Erie and the capture of Fort Niagara where the regiment received Battle Honuors. This regiment became the 99th in 1815. George received land in Nassagaweya, Township, Milton.GPS Location:
43.50617N 80.00827W
Interred, St. John’s Anglican Church Cemetery (10009 Guelph Line, Campbellville – at junction of 10th Sideroad).
George’s stone is the one on the left side that is lying on the grass in the group of three (3) stones.
Possible Inscription:
There is no way to read this in the present condition of the stone. It will need to be cleaned.

For further information on the War of 1812 we can suggest these links:

Library and Archives Canada Digital Collection
Survivors of the War of 1812, taken on the lawn of the late Sheriff Jarvis in Rosedale. Left to right – Col. Duggan, Rev. Geo. Ryerson, Wm. Roe, Jacob Snider, Dr. Jas. H. Richardson, Jos. Dennis, J. Woodall, Jas. ross, Col. Bridgford, Geo. Ridout.

Library and Archives Canada Digital Collection
Studio portrait taken in July 1882 of the surviving Six Nations warriors who fought with the British in the War of 1812. Right to left: Sakawaraton – John Smoke Johnson (born ca. 1792); John Tutela (born ca. 1797) and Young Warner (born ca. 1794)