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Stouffville War of 1812 Veterans

Stouffville War of 1812 Veterans

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Notes on veterans in War of 1812 (related to historical Whitchurch-Stouffville hamlets)
From: Marion Lewis, ed.,
Those who Served 
(Stouffville, 1999), p. ??
 ANF-
My reflections …
 
Note that the connected hamlets mentioned are places where “next of kin” 
reside, not necessarily hamlets in which war veterans lived when they were called to military service.
This list provides three,maybe four, positively identifiable War of 1812 veterans from the area of what is Whitchurch-Stouffville.See brief background on each of those names below:
 
Undoubtedly from what is today Whitchurch-Stouffville:Ludwig Wideman
 
of Ringwood; arrived with his parents to Ringwood, 1805 (Barkey, WhitchurchTownship
 
,83; not a “Mennonite Wideman”). Well
-
known; died fighting for Wllm. Lyon Mackenzie’srebels at Montgemory’s Tavern (
i.e., vs. Family Compacts supported by John Button
’s troops
).
Daniel Yake
: a German Catholic immigrant (from Strasbourg area) via Lancaster, Pennsylvania (marriedan English Protestant);http://www.juliabaird.com/sum/Daniel_Yake.html
 
;Daniel Yake is a well-knownname in Stouffville
’s history
. Interestingly, though not Mennonite, his son Michael was imprisoned for
 
refusing to bear arms against the Americans(http://www.pada.ca/books/page/?pageid=9655&keywords=township )
Probably …
from W-S??Brown, James
: There were two Brown families who were early settlers of Stouffville; see: History of Toronto and the County of York,p. 451; the name is noted by Barkey as one of the early settler names(Stouffville,p. 4). William Brown first purchased his property in 1819 on the east side of what is today Stouffville, whereflea market sits today; http://www.townofws.com/pdfs/Museum/Brown_House_Article.pdf  ; his son James was born in 1813 (see: History of Toronto and the County of York,p. 451). The other Brown family also noted in the History of Toronto and the County of York
 
,p. 451 is that JamesBrown, b. 1752 (d. 1844 and buried in Dickson Hill), whose son James Brown was born in 1801. At the
time of the latter’s birth, the family was in Niagara; sometime thereafter they moved to “Markham
-
Pickering” (see here and 
here and here). Could elder James Brown be the veteran? He would have been 60 years of age in 1812. When did they move to what is today Stouffville? (they lived in Pickering for atime). The Whitchurch-Stouffville Library apparently has a copy of research done on both Brownfamilies.NB: t
here is also
well-known family from
Buttonville (Brown’s Corners
); Woodbine, south of 16
th
 
Not likely …
from W-SKester, Philip.
A “Kester family” is no
t listed among earliest settlers (Barkey, Stouffville,p. 4);
 
Kesterfamilies did settle near the Yakes families on east side of Stouffville later in 18th century, on 19
th
andsouth in Markham Township (map here).His full name is likely John Philip Kester ( see here ); and he was a private.His wife and parents are buried in Boyles Cemetery in Mongolia, Markham (south of  Stouffville). Were they settled in that area prior to 1812? Even so, their property is technically south of present day Whitchurch-Stouffville (Con 10, Lot 31 on 19
th
Definitely n
ot …
from W-SFredrick Helmkey
, Berczy settler (from Hamburg Germany, via Pennsylvania, to Markham Township. Hisfather settled in Unionville (see info for half-brother below). He was a resident of Markham Township atleast until 1826; next of kin later identified at Musselman Lake, Whitchurch)(http://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=russmcgillivray&id=I850;see also I. Champion, Markham,p. 135).
Francis Helmkay
, (half-brother to Frederick above, Berczy settler), b. in Queenston, 1794, raised inUnionville, buried in Markham Township (next of kin identified at Musselman Lake, Whitchurch)

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