PENDLETON COUNTY SOLDIERS
IN THE WAR OF 1812

Generously contributed to me by Eric C. Nagle
President of the Pendleton County Historical and Genealogical Society.
Thanks Eric!





Please Note: This may not be a complete list, please help others by submitting your data so that it can be added to this excellent work of Mr. Nagle.


ABRAHAM TURNER - Although his tombstone is located in Turner Ridge Cemetery, his remains line on what was called the old Crotty farm along the Falmouth-Morgan Road. His tombstone was moved to Turner Ridge a number of years ago.

He served as a Private in Captain James Coleman's Company, Col. Richard Johnson's Regiment, Kentucky Militia, from 20 May 1813 to August 1815. He was birb ib 02 Jan 1782 and died on 06 Feb 1870. His wife was Hannah Parsons whom he married on 09 May 1816. She was born 17 Jun 1799. She was granted a pension of $8.00 per month on 11 April 1879.


JOHN BUOY - Served as a Private in Capt. William brown's Company, Col. Robert Poague's Regiment, Kentucky Militia from 15 August to 13 Mar 1813. In 1855, he received a bounty land warrant for his services while residing in Harrison County, Ky.

His widow made a pension claim on 06 Aug 1881. At the time she was 81 years of age. She stated that John Buoy enlisted at Newport, Ky. She gave his description as being about six feet high, fair complexion, light hair, and gray or bluish eyes. She was a widow, having been married previously to James Hardin who died in 1858. She was married to John Buoy on 12 Nov 1863 by Rev. John F. Williams in Bracken County, Ky. He had previously been married to Polly Moor who died in April or May 1863. John Buoy died in Pendleton County on 18 April 1869. In an affidavit she gave on 03 Feb 1882, she stated:

"She does not know a living soldier of War of 1812 except one Thomas Casey but he does not know any thing of her husband John Buoy's service as he said he was in another or different command: that she does not believe that there is now living anywhere (in this area) a survivor of the War of 1812; therefore it is impossible to furnish any proof from his comrades in arms; that she has often heard her late husband talk to old men of his acquaintance who were reputed soldiers of the War of 1812 about their campaigns, marches and icidents of that war, but they are all dead now; that her former husband Jas Harden died the year 1858 of yellow fever on a return trip from New Orleans, was taken sick on a steam boat and was put off at some town on the Ohio River below Cincinnati where he died..."

Elizabeth Buoy died prior to 29 Dec 1885.


MARTIN SPEGAL - Shown as enrolled on 10 Sept. 1814 in Capt. James Ellis' Company, Lt. Col. Andrew Porter's Regiment, Kentucky Volunteer Militia as a Private. Discharged 09 Oct 1814. Did not claim a pension. Buried in Carter's Chapel Cemetery in northwestern Pendleton County. He died 06 July 1872 aged 84 years, 2 months and 16 days.


JOHN HITCH - Enrolled 29 Aug. 1813 at Falmouth in Capt. Thomas Childers' Company, Col. William Montjoy's Regiment, Kentucky Militia as a Private. Rendezvoused at Newport, Ky. Organized at Urbana, Ohio. Marched to Upper Sandusky, Ohio, to Fort Seneca, and participated in the Battle of the Thames in Canada. Resided in 1855 and 1871 near Bethel, Clermont County, Ohio. Married to Nancy Simmons in Clermont County, Ohio on 26 Jan. 1815. Granted 40 acres bounty land under Warrant No. 48446-40-50 and 120 acres under Warrant No. 47732-120-55. Discharged on 03 Nov. 1813 at Limestone, now Maysville, Kentucky.


JOSEPH BRANN - Enrolled 28 Aug. 1813 at Newport, Ky. in Capt. Michael Glaves' Co., Col. William Mountjoy's Regiment, Kentucky Militia. Discharged 05 Nov. 1813 at Aberdeen, Ohio. His widow stated that he died on 20 or 27 March 1837 in Pendleton Co., Ky. Her name was Ann Moore, she was married to him on 25 Aug. 1809 in Harrison County, Ky. by Rev. David Robinson, a Methodist minister. His widow obtained two bounty land warrants, 37959-40-50 and 3816-120-55. Included in his pension application was an affidavit from his comrades Birkitt Colvin and Lewis Wright. His widow resided near Morgan, Pendleton County, Ky. in 1871.


ARMISTEAD KING - Enrolled 29 March 1813 in Capt. John Dennis Thomas' Co., Boswell Regiment, Kentucky Militia. Marched to Fort Meigs on the Maumee River in Ohio. Was in Dudley's defeat in the Battle of River Raisin; captured and parolled and returned to his home in Harrison County, Ky. Discharged 28 Sept. 1813. Married Nancy Bell in Boone County, Indiana on 23 Oct. 1866. Resided, 1850, in Rush County, Ind.; 1871 in Zionville, Boone County, Indiana. Granted bounty land warrants 8969-80-50 and 9994-80-55.


COLEMAN CLAYTON a/k/a ROBERT COLEMAN CLAYTON - Referred to by both names in his pension file. Enlisted in Capt. Seaman's Company, Col. Boswell's Regiment, Kentucky Militia, at Paris, Bourbon County, Ky. on 29 March 1813. He was discharged on 22 Sept. 1813. His widow made a bounty land claim dated 14 April 1853 in which she stated that her name was Elizabeth Wyatt and that the two of them were married on 30 June 1840 by Rev. Joseph Mitchell at Elizabeth Wyatt's home in Pendleton County. Coleman Clayton died in Pendleton County on 09 Sept. 1850. She was granted 80 acres of bounty land under the Act of 28 Sept. 1850 and another 80 acres under the Act of 16 April 1855, both warrants of which she disposed. Her declaration for bounty land also states that Coleman Clayton's discharge paper was lost when his house burned down prior to his marriage to Elizabeth Wyatt.

A letter dated 06 June 1907 at Chicago, Ill. was sent by Elizabeth Clayton Dunlap who requested information about Coleman Clayton so that a headstone could be placed on his grave. Another letter is included in the file which was sent from the Commissioner of Pensions to Mr. Clayton Torrence of Baltimore, Md. which discussed Coleman Clayton's pension file. It also made reference to the Revolutionary War pension file of one Coleman Clayton of North Carolina, but this man's relationship to the soldier in this discussion was not stated in the letter.

Note:  Researcher, Cynthia Clayton Roberts has submitted the following concerning Robert Clayton: 

"ROBERT COLEMAN CLAYTON d. bef 16 Feb 1819. 
Extraction from Culpeper County, Va. Court Order Book dated 16 Feb 1819 "Ordered that it be certified to the Secretary of War of the United States that, Sally Faver, Philip Saml. Clayton, Geo. Clayton, Ann C. Strother, Thomas Clayton the heirs of Philip Clayton dec. are the only heirs. Representatives of Robert Clayton who died with service of the United
States."

This Robert Clayton is a brother of the Saml Clayton who settled in Bourbon Co., Kentucky, on a military grant of 1000 acres along Stoner Creek at what is now Paris. He was born Robert Coleman Clayton in Culpeper, Va., an heir through his father Samuel, the son of Old Major Philip Clayton mentioned in the court order - vestryman of St. Mark's Parish whose farm came to be known as Catalpa.

Perhaps Robert Coleman Clayton and the papers of the Coleman Clayton indicated on the Pendleton Co. Ky. Census as born NC (prob. Person Co.), who married Elizabeth Wyatt were simply mistakenly filed together. 

I believe Coleman Clayton's name was Coleman Clayton and Robert Coleman Clayton another person altogether. 

Quite possibly Coleman is connected with Rev. Clayton Torrence "of Md."  ( The Rev. was actually born in Atlanta, Georgia, of the family that went South through the Carolinas primarily settling at Athens.)

From the court record it appears that Robert Clayton had married a certain Sally Faver still living after his death. His other legal heirs named in the court order, ("Ann C." being his sister, Nancy Clayton who m. Jeremiah Strother), are his siblings, heirs by law as his father and grandfather were deceased".


CPL. SAMUEL HUNTER - Enlisted 02 Oct. 1812 in Capt. John Barrickman's Company, Col. Joel Ferree's First Regiment, Pennsylvania Militia, at Pittsburg, Pa. Discharged 02 April 1813. Re-enlisted in Capt. John Barrickman's Company, Major D. Nelson's Regiment, Pennsylvania Militia on 02 April 1813 and discharged 16 April 1813.

The soldier was born 01 Jan. 1787 according to the affidavit of his eldest son George W. Hunter which was given on 21 Sept. 1878 while he was living near Butler, Ky. George W. Hunter stated that he was born 09 Dec. 1819. Samuel Hunter died 19 Sept. 1866 in Pendleton County, Ky.

He was married, according to his widow in an affidavit given in 1878, to Letta Pribble on 22 Jan. 1818 at Nevilsville (Neville) Clermont County, Ohio, but a search for records in the County at the time the pension application was filed failed to show their marriage record. She was born 29 March 1801.

The file contains an affidavit that there was an early family Bible but tht it was at some time lost and a new Bible, dated 1852, was used for family information.


COLEMAN ASBERRY or ASBY - Private in Capt. Thomas Childers' Company, Col. William Montjoy's Regiment, Kentucky Mounted Volunteer Militia. Mustered in on 28 Aug. 1813; mustered out 05 Nov. 1813. Did not claim a pension. Died 01 May 1859 aged 79 years, 4 months. Buried in Bethel Cemetery, Pendleton County, Ky.


WILLIAM DOUGHERTY - Private in Capt. William Seebree's Company, Lt. Col. William E. Boswell's Regiment, Kentucky Militia. Mustered in on 06 March 1813 and mustered out 06 Sept. 1813. Probably the William Dougherty buried in the Oldham-Dougherty Cemetery, Pendleton County. Born 20 Feb. 1793, died 03 Nov. 1822. Did not claim a pension.


WILLIAM ELLIS - Private in Capt. William Huchison's Company, Col. William Montjoy's Regiment, Kentucky Mounted Volunteer Militia. Mustered in at Newport, Ky on 31 Aug. 1813 and mustered out 08 Nov. 1813. Buried in the Ellis Cemetery, Pendleton County, born 31 Dec. 1780, died 22 July 1870. Did not claim a pension.


CHRISTOPHER COOKINDORFER - Served as a Private in Captain William Sebree's Company, Col. Boswell's Kentucky Militia from 29 March 1813 to 29 Sept. 1813. He alleged that he served as a substitute for John Cookindorpher. In his declaration for a pension dated 11 March 1871, he stated that he enlisted in Newport, Ky. and was discharged at Lower Sandusky, Ohio. He drew a pension under claim # SO 2, 606; his widow obtained his claim under claim # WO11,967. He was also granted Bounty Land under claim numbers 20838-80-50 and 8344-80-55.

He was married on 17 Aug. 1823 to Angelina S. Williams by Rev. Alexander Monroe. Soldier died 01 April 1876 in Pendleton County, KY.

His burial place is not known, but it is possible that he was buried in the Cookindorfer burying ground near the corner of Concord-Caddo Road and State Route 159. It is known that a number of Cookindorfers came to Kentucky in the late 1700s from Montgomery County, Maryland and sttled in Harrison County.


ALBERT AMMERMAN - Served as a Private in Capt. Michael Glaves' Company, Scott's Regiment, Kentucky Militia. His first enlistment date in 15 Aug. 1812. Michael Glaves states in the pension file: I do certify that on the 18th day of January 1813 at the Battle on the River Reason, Albert Ammerman, a private in my Company received a wound in his thigh which wound has much disabled him and I further certify that his said wound was received while in the U. S. Service while in the line of duty. Given under my hand this 15 day of May 1820.

J. Bennett, late Surgeon of the 11 th Regiment of Ky. Volunteers, stated on the same date that Albert Ammerman received a ball in the thigh at the Battle of the River Raisen in Michigan Territory which ball passed through the sartorius and pectineas muscles lodging against the osfemoris, which ball has not yet been extracted.

He resided in Pendleton County, Ky. up until 1837 when he asked to be transferred to the pension roll of Illinois where he had moved. He resided near Quincy, Adams County, Illinois after this year.


FREDRICK FOY - A note of his service is reviewed here, although his actual service was not in the War of 1812. His service was actually as a Private in Capts. William and Howel Lewis' Companies of the 3rd Sub. Legion, Light Infantry enlisting on 16 May 1792 and was on the rolls until 17 Sept. 1795? Thus his service was actually rendered in the Indian War of 1792.

Fredrick Foy resided in Pendleton County in the early 1800s, as he states: in the State of Kentucky on the Ohio River about 20 miles above Cincinnati, Ohio. After this residence, he resided in the following locations: Moscow, Clermont County, Ohio; Somerset, Perry County, Ohio; Franklin, Warren County, Ohio; and Hartford, Blackford County, Indiana. His widow then moved to Jamestown, Greene County, Ohio and last to Lima, Allen County, Ohio. He was married to Elizabeth Ann Tarr in Washington Twp., Clermont County, Ohio on 21 Nov. 1837 by William Byer, J.P. His widow states that he helped to build Fort Wayne in the State of Indiana and that he served with General William Henry Harrison and General Anthony Wayne. Fredrick Foy died on 25 March 1849 at Hartford, Indiana. His widow was 79 on 22 Dec. 1879 and resided in Lima, Ohio with her daughter Mrs. Emma Pompy on West Spring Street.

NELSON BECKETT - Served as a Private in Capt. William Sebree's Company, Lt. Col. William E. Boswell's Regiment, Kentucky Militia. Enlisted on 06 March 1813. Discharged 06 Sept. 1813. He did not claim a pension for his War of 1812 service. States one of our members, David L. Bush of Huntington, WV: Nelson W. Beckett married in 1809 to Susanna Ballard Conway, daughter of Samuel Conway, Sr. and Elizabeth Clemmons.

He and his wife lived on their homestead near Butler, Ky. He is buried in a small graveyard on what must have been his property along U.S. Route 27 a short distance below the place where the road crosses over the railroad between the Butler Restaurant and Boston Station. His stone reads: Nelson W. Beckett, died Jul. 22, 1857.


SAMUEL BELLEW - Enlisted as a Private at Newport, Ky. in Sept. 1814 in Capt. James Ellis' Company of the 16th Regiment, Kentucky Militia. Discharged at Fort Malden, Upper Canada in March 1815. His discharge, although damaged, states in part:

"This is to certify that Samuel Belew, a private soldier in my company, has served a six-month tour of duty in the 16th Regt. Kentucky Militia in the service of the United States commanded by Maj. Joseph ??? and is entitled to draw twenty-one rations at any military post between this and his place of residence it being Pendleton County, Kentucky, three hundred and twenty miles from his place of discharge. Given under my hand at Fort Malden, Upper Canada..."

Soldier died 24 May 1871. Resided at Boston Station, Pendleton Co. at the time of death. He was married on 29 Nov. 1810 in Pendleton Co. by Thomas Griffing to Lydia Ellis. She claimed his pension after his death. He received a bounty land warrant of 80 acres in 1855 for his services. Their youngest son, Henry Belew, attempted to claim a pension based on his father's service in March 1897 while residing at Denver, Colorado.


MICHAEL GLAVES - Served as Captain of the First Regiment of the Kentucky Militia. He was badly wounded in the Battle of River Raisin in the Michigan Territory on 22 Jan 1813. In this battle, he was wounded by being shot through the metacarpal bones (hand) and also by being shot through his upper jaw by which he lost some teeth which caused him pain throughout his life. He was declared disabled and on 14 May 1820, he was declared unfit for military duty and entitled to a pension of $10 per month for his wounds.

NOTE: The following additonal information about Michael Glaves comes from my (Bonnie Snow) files:
Major Source: Reseach of Dennis Glaves

Michael Glaves was born circa 1780, the son of Matthew Glaves, Jr. & Elizabeth Bell. He died in 1822. He married first to Betsy Criswell in Pendleton County on 22 December 1807. He married second to Martha "Patsy" Clarkson in Pendleton County on 08 December 1817.

In 1808, Michael received a commission with the rank of Captain, in the 21st Regiment of the Kentucky Militia. This is the same regiment that his father, Matthew, had served with and held a similar rank ten years earlier. There is no official record of Michael's military service after the Raisin River but at least one report lists him continuing his service even after being granted a pension in 1820. Several later documents refer to him with the titles "Major" and "Colonel".

A record of the discharge of Michael Gloves, Captain in the First Regiment of the United States Militia Infantry. He was rendered incapable of performing the duties of a soldier because of wounds and other injuries inflicted in the line of duty. On January 22, 1813 while in battle for the United States at or near a place called River Raisin in Michigan he received 2 wounds from a gunshot in the upper jaw removing some of his teeth. His disability was rated one-half.

In Pendleton County, Kentucky on May 13, 1820, Elijah McClannahan, late Major in the 1st Regiment of Kentucky Militia, Commanded by Colonel John C. Scott, made certification that on January 22, 1813, Michael Glaves, who was a captain in his battalion, received two wounds. One was in his head and and one was in his jaw. The wounds disabled him.
Michael Glaves, Captain of the 1st Regiment of the Kentucky Militia, whose ratio of disability was rated one-half, was inscribed on the Pension Roll of the Kentucky Agency to commence on May 16, 1820. Certificate of the Pension was issued November 30, 1820. Abstract of Kentucky Pensions, Volume IV

Michael's escape is recounted in testimony given by Major Elijah McClanahan; the man credited with rescuing him. McClanahan was a friend of Michael's late father Matthew and his name appears in records involving the family as far back as Augusta County, Virginia. Major McClanahan aided in the retreat of Captain Price and his men. "I assisted Captain Price, Captain (Michael) Glaves and others in the retreat, " he stated in May, 1813. "Captain Glaves was wounded, but I succeeded in getting him off, and should have saved Captain Price also, but for the weakness of my horse." The Major, Captain Glaves and Richard Matson and twenty five to thirty privates were the only ones to escape the battle of this day. Remember the Raisin

Michael's pension was set at $120.00 per year. Records indicate that he received a total of $267.67 before his death in 1822.



JACOB DOWNARD - Source: Pension file obtained by Bonnie Snow from the National Archives, Washington, D. C.

Bounty Land Warrant application dated September 28, 1850
"Jacob Downard aged about seventy years a resident of Bracken County in the state of Kentucky who being duly sworn according to law declares that he is the identical Jacob Downard who was a private in the company commanded by Captain Bison in the Regiment of Kentucky Volunteer Militia commanded by Colonel William Montjoy in the war with Great Britain declared by the United States on the 18th day of June 1812. That he volunteered at Falmouth, Pendleton County, Kentucky on the 11th day of Feburary 1814 and was mustered into service at Newport, Kentucky on the 13th of the same month and year for the term of three months and continued in the service for that length of time being engaged the whole time in guarding British Prisoners at Newport Kentucky and was entitled as he believes to an honorable discharge and actually obtained one but entrusted the keeping of the same to a friend who has long since died and he knows not what has become of his discharge. He further states that he was discharged at Newport Kentucky about the 11th day of May in the same year as will appear as he believes by the muster rolls of said Company.

He also states that he again entered the service as a substitute for one Veach at Newport Kentucky on the day of September 11814 and was mustered in service the same day; his name being inseated in the place of said Beach who returned home on account of the sickness of his wife as he alleged. The said Veach as I understand was a drafted militia man and I entered as substitute in his stead into a company commanded by Captain James Conn of Bourbon County Kentucky for a term of six months in the 16th Regiment of Kentucky Militia commanded by Colonel Andrew Porter of Harrison County Kentucky in the war with Great Britain declared by the United States on the 18th day of June 1812. That he continued in said service for the term of six months and was as he believes entitled to an honorable discharge & actually obtained one after his return home and lost it together with his other discharge at the same time & in the same way as before stated. He also further stated that he was discharged at Fort Wayne on the 10th day of March 1815 as he believes will appear by the muster rolls of said Company.

He makes this declaration for the purpose of obtaining the bounty land to which he may be entitled under the act granting bounty land to certain officers & soldiers who have been engaged in the military service of the United States passed September 28, 1850."
Benjamin Price his
Jacob X Downard
Thomas Pribble mark

Sworn to and subscribed before me the day and year above written and I hereby certify that I believe the statements of the said Jacob Downard & also believe that he is of the age above or before stated and that from my acquaintance with him I believe he did serve as before stated given under my hand this day & year above written.
WG Woodson, JP


Unfortunately, Jacob and several of his fellow soldiers were mistaken as to the identity of their Captain, thus delaying their claims to Bounty Land Warrants:

Falmouth, Kentucky
December 28, 1851
Dear Sir,

" I have before me a communication from the department dated Oct 25, 1851 in relation to the application of Jacob Downard for bounty land. You state that no rolls can be found of Captain Brison's Company.
Upon inquiry and examination into the matter I am inclined to the belief that the old men were mistaken in the office that Brison held in that particular tour of service, in which they were engaged. I am informed by a gentleman who was well acquainted with many of the soldiers and all the officers that were concerned in guarding the British Prisoners at Newport - - That Thomas Martin was the Captain; James W. Brison first Lieutenant & William Clark ensign. The same man also informed me that Martin was always called Major Martin & that Brison was stated Captain Brison. I had before me at one time as you will perceive by the date of their declarations Jacob Downard, Larkin Smith & Benjamin Price - who served together in guarding the prisoners. They are all illiterate men and consequently liable to be mistaken. An I furthermore learn that Brison was the more efficient man - Martin his father in law being old he took the greater part of the labour and drudgery off his hands & I suppose that Brison had acted as Captain previously & Martin had been major in the Revolutionary service. You will see that Larkin Smith's discharge which has been forwarded to the department recently was given by William Clark as Ensign. I will get you if you please to examine the department and see if there is a roll there returned by Martin as Captain. I believe no earthly doubt of the service of those three men for they told over in my presence all their exploits & [unreadable]; and in addition to that there are some three or four or more respectable men in this county who knew them in the service. If you find the roll there as I think it probable - you will - I presume that the proof in all the applications that have been forwarded by me will be sufficient. You will please inform me as to the result of your examination and the lack of proof that will remain. I have no doubt but ample proof cam be made; but, I want to avoid the travel & labor of getting it prepared, if it can be dispensed with. It is also due to the widows who have applied for land; whose husbands served in that company to state that they relied on the information of these three old men as they learned it from me. I remain Respectfully your Able & humble Servant."

E. Daniel

Eventually the Muster Rolls for both companies Jacob served in were found and Jacob received Bounty Land Warrant # 46664 for eighty acres of land.

Jacob Downard was born circa 1779 in Pennsylvania, he died in Bracken County March 4, 1853. He is said to be buried on his farm now owned by his descendants. He married Mary "Polly" Glinn in Pendleton County on 19 September 1800; he married second Susannah Phillips in Bracken County on 17 May 1825.


JAMES RICHARD ASHCRAFT
Pendleton County Selected Deed Abstracts Book C 1815-1891: James served as a private in the War if 1812 in Captain Thomas Childer's Company, Kentucky Mounted Volunteer Militia, Commanded by Colonel William Mountjoy. Taken from the Pendleton County Selected Deed Abstracts Book C 1815-1891: Power Of Attorney: We Amos Ashcraft, James Ashcraft, Ichabod Ashcraft, Coleman Ashby, Samuel Burns, Lawrence Buskirk, Joseph Childers, Jesse Kenaday, Lewis Lawless, Simon Nicholas, David Norton, Henry Norton, William Norton and Edward W. Porter all of Pendleton County...appoint William Arnold of Pendleton County as our attorney to draw our pay as soldiers in Capt. Thomas Childers' Company of the Kentucky Mounted Volunteers, Commanded by Lt. Colonel William Mountjoy on the late campaign to Upper Canada in 1813. Witnesses: Wesley Porter, William Littell, James Arnold. 1 October, 1814. C: 8 Source: Pendleton County Selected Deed Abstracts Book C 1815-1891.

NOTE: I have obtained James Richard Ashcraft's pension papers but have not transcribed them yet; hopefully I will do that in the near future. Please, if you have pension information concerning the other names listed above, submit them so that others will have this vital information concerning their ancestors. Thanks! Bonnie Snow

 

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