The now and then postings of the discoveries and contributions of the Miller and Bechtold families .

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Constant Uncle: War of 1812

William Constant: G3 Great Uncle

Millers 9
John Miller + Marie Bechtold
Herman Miller + Elizabeth McCaffrey
John H. Miller + Emma Constant
Isaac Constant + Talitha Stingley
John Constant + Margaret Hillis
=> William Constant is John's brother...

This army most likely fought in the western campaigns against the Indians stirred up by the British against the colonists expanding into the Northwest Territories, (then the NW consisted of now midwest states).

Roster of Ohio Soldiers in the War of 1812 
Columbus, Ohio:  The Adjutant General of Ohio, 1916


(Probably from Greene County)
Served from Aug. 22, until Sep. 22, 1812, and from May 25, until Nov. 24, 1813
Capt. Robert McClelland
Ensign. David Douglas
Sergt. Isaac Miller
Sergt. John Barnes
Corp. William Sutton
Corp. Jacob Beals
Fifer, Robert Snodgrass 

Alexander, Francis
Benitt, James
Benham, John
Buchanon, James
Campbell, William
Cain, Joseph
Cruson, Cornelius
Cottrell, John
Devore, John
DeWitt, Isaac
Fallows, Isaac
Gott, John
Hamilton, William
Hoop, John
Huse, John
Junkins, James
Kune, Hugh
Kendall, William
Martin, Samuel
Moreland, John
Murphy, John
McCoy, John
Nimerick, John
Perry, Allen
Paige, William
Reed, William
Sutton, William G.
Saunders, Aaron
Smith, John
Smith, William
Vance, James
Vaughn, Thomas
Whicker, John
Watson, James
Lieut. James McBride
Ensign William Erwin
Sergt. Jacob Hozier
Corp. Samuel Lawrence
Corp. John Alexander
Corp. William Constant
Musician, William Harrison 

 Allen, William
Bias, Isaac
Benjamin, Thomas
Babcock, Thomas
Currie, Robert
Casebolt, Robert
Cox, Israel
Dean, Robert
Douglas, James
Eatton, Joseph
Follist, John
Griffith, Benjamin
Holmes, John
Hibbs, Abner
Haddox, Nimrod
Johnson, William
Knight, Samuel
Mitchell, James
Murphy, John
Meninghall, William
McFarlin, John
McDaniel, Demesy
Noble, Joshua
Poage, William
Russell, Moses
Snodgrass, William
Sparks, Thomas
Sheley, Benjamin
Smith, Spencer
Shoe, Phillip
Vaughn, William
Vance, John
Wilson, Joseph
Wolff, Jacob
Lieut. Elisha Leslie
Sergt. Samuel Snodgrass
Sergt. John McDaniel
Corp. Henry Webb
Corp. John Hacker
Corp. Adam Wolf
Musician, Daniel DeWitt 

Burney, Thomas
Bowen, Ephraim
Benjamin, Lewis
Collier, Moses
Cain, Samuel
Concleton, David
Cunningham, John
Dickensheets, William
Downey, William
Edge, George D.
Griffy, Daniel
Glenn, William
Hufford, John
Hutchison, George
Jones, Benjamin
Knight, William
Laird, Benjamin
Miller, William Poog
Moore, William C.
Mitchell, Jesse
McKaig, Benjamin
Neely, James
Page, James
Rich, Jacob
Reagon, Reason
Snodgrass, James
Smith, Thomas
Shelinger, George
Snodgrass, Robert
Todd, John B.
Vaneaten, John
Vance, Joseph C.
Wilson, David
White, William

Click on the text to read it all...

The Constant Family lived on the border between Greene and Clinton counties in Ohio before coming to Peru. Some of the collateral family went to Sangamon, County, Illinois, particularly John, a cousin.

Robinson's History of Greene County, Ohio (1902), p. 85: 
[re: James Clancey's Tavern, Bellbrook, Sugarcreek Twp.]
"... Captains Robert McClelland, Ammi Maltbie and Captain John Clark
had each recruited and taken from the township full companies of men,
and during the war of 1812, and after, Clancey's tavern was made
"headquarters," they would often meet here with the rank and file of
their companies and fight over their battles again and again. ...
Click on flag to see full size...

Above, the 1812 Flag that flew at Fort McHenry, which inspired Francis Scott Key to write the Star Spangled Banner.

When two new States were admitted to the Union (Kentucky and Vermont), a resolution was adopted in January of 1794, expanding the flag to 15 stars and 15 stripes.


An Interesting Story near Arnold Hall, MA where I often go. I have sailed in the harbor here and biked to this spot:

The Army of Two

During the War of 1812, the British attacked many coastal towns in Massachusetts. In 1814, the British frigate H.M.S. Bulwark attempted an attack on Scituate Harbor. Two barges of soldiers were launched from the ship to assault the undefended town.

Rebecca and Abigail Bates were the daughters of Simeon Bates, the lighthouse keeper at Cedar Point in Scituate. The girls were alone that day and from the lighthouse they had a perfect view of the impending danger. Forming a desperate idea to save their town, the two young women, who had learned to play fife and drum, grabbed their instruments and exited from the lighthouse.

Staying hidden from view, the girls began to play “Yankee Doodle”, the marching song of the colonial militia. As they played the military song, the redcoats were deceived into believing that the local militia had been raised and would be prepared to defend the town. Not wanting to risk being caught on the water in open barges, the British officers retreated to the Bulwark and sailed away. Rebecca and Abigail had saved Scituate!

While some doubt the story, Dave Ball, a local historian, has done extensive research and has concluded that this American legend is in fact true.

Click on photo to see the whole thing...

I have been to this lighthouse and read the plaque in the background...

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