Tuesday, July 17, 2012

War of 1812 Information Request - Battle of Black Rock, aka Burning/Battle of Buffalo

I am looking for names of men who fought in Colonel Gould Tyler's Company of New York militia in Lieutenant Colonel Samuel Blakeslee's (Blakesly) regiment in the Battle of Black Rock (aka the Burning or Battle of Buffalo) in December 1830.

According to Wikipedia[1], Lt. Col. Blakeslee's regiment had 433 men from Ontario County, New York.  Searching at Ancestry.com by regiment (using 'Blakesl*' as a search term in the company field) gives 443 records and yields a record like the one below[2]:


I don't think there is a way to limit this to only have those in a particular company rather than the entire regiment; I don't think that data was extracted in order to be searchable.

I am trying to figure out a fairly easy was to do this using the tools currently at my disposal, as part of my FAN club (family, associates, and neighbors) analysis for the RICHARDSON family.

I already know that the following served in Colonel Tyler's company:

  • Asa Davis (son-in-law of Jonathan Richardson II)
  • Jonathan Richardson II*
  • Joseph Richardson Sr* (died at the Battle of Black Rock)
  • Joseph Richardson Jr
  • Daniel Richardson*
  • Rowland Powell+ (son-in-law of Jonathan Richardson II)
  • Calvin Powell+ (son-in-law of Jonathan Richardson II)
  • Erastus Lewis (neighbor and deponent for the widow of Joseph Richardson Sr for her bounty land claim)
  • Robert Adams** (deponent for the widow of Joseph Richardson Sr for her bounty land claim)
  • Eli Stedman/Steadman (acting Ensign for the company during the Battle of Black Rock, and deponent for the widow of Joseph Richardson Sr for her bounty land claim)

* Indicates Richardson brothers
+ Indicates Powell brothers
** No database entry for a Robert Adams in Ancestry.com database.

So I am looking for people who know their ancestor served in this company, as well as ways to uncover this information.  I love research!


[1] Wikipedia (http://www.wikipedia.com), “Battle of Buffalo,” rev. 30 May 2012. 

[2] Joseph Richardson, "U.S., War of 1812 Service Records, 1812-1813," database entry, Ancestry.com, http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 17 July 2012.
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