Tri-Counties Genealogy & History by Joyce M. Tice
Pioneer & Patriot Families of Bradford County PA 1800-1825
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War of 1812 -- In 1812, when war was declared against Great Britain, more than a hundred men who had fought for Independence were still living within the borders of Bradford county. Had they forgot their hardships and sufferings in the late war? The old fighting spirit was aroused and the patriots of '76 were anxious to have another crack at "the tarnal red coats." The old flint-locks were put in order; military companies were formed and specially drilled; even little boys caught the military ardor, had their companies and drilled and drummed with as much satisfaction as their big brothers. Some of the veterans donned their old continentals and went to the front, others sent their sons, thus many from the county were early in the conflict.

Up to 1814, no regular military organization had been sent out from Bradford county. In May of that year, Julius Tozer of Athens, who had served three years in the Revolutionary war, raised a company in the northern part of the county and southern New York and was assigned to Swift's and Dobbins' regiment of New York Volunteers. Captain Tozer and his men were soon in active service and he severely wounded in the engagement at Fort Erie. After the British had burned the capitol at Washington in August 1814, Governor Snyder of Pennsylvania, evidently apprehensive of the dangers from the enemy and feeling the need of more troops for the defense of the state, on October 15th, issued an order calling the militia into service. Most of the Bradford county militia were taken from the 144th regiment, formed into a company and placed under the command of Eliphalet Mason of Monroe and was known as Mason's company. Let it be remembered that this was before the day of railroads, the telegraph and when only a small section of the county had even a weekly mail service. Yet in two weeks' time, the Bradford county militiamen, scattered throughout a great wilderness, assembled at the mouth of Towanda creek and on a raft pushed down the river. They reached Danville on the 5th of November and there rendezvoused until the 25th, when all danger being over, they were discharged. For their services of 28 days, each private received the magnificent sum of $1.87, or 6 1/2 cents per day. The following comprised Mason's company:

Lieutenant, Eliphalet Mason, Monroe

1st Sergeant, Henry L. Merrill, Warren

2nd Sergeant, David Carter, Monroe

3rd Sergeant, Albegence Stevens, Standing Stone

4th Sergeant, Benjamin Landon, Canton

1st Corporal, William Goff, Towanda

2nd Corporal, Benjamin Stone, Franklin

3rd Corporal, Nathan Streator, Orwell

4th Corporal, Ethan Baldwin, Towanda

Drummer, Isaac Wheeler, Asylum

Fifer, Joseph S. Browning, Orwell


James Arnold, Warren

Benjamin Bennett, Asylum

George Brown, LeRoy

David Benjamin, Asylum

Wm. Buffington, Wysox

Joseph Beebe, Susquehanna County

David Bailey, Granville

John W. Bingham, Towanda

Ezra Bailey, Granville

Amasa Bowen, Warren

James Brink, Pike

John Birney, Standing Stone

Stephen Beeman, Tuscarora

Darius Brainard, Windham

Wm. Bradshaw, Pike

Thomas Brink, Pike

Samuel Cole, Asylum

Stephen Cranmer, Rome

Elijah Coleman, Pike

Thomas Cox, Towanda

Aaron Carter, Monroe

Absalom Carr, Monroe

Penuel Corbin, Warren

Wilson Canfield, Pike

Albert Camp, Rush

George Davidson, Towanda

Daniel Drake, Wysox

Ebenezer Drake, Wysox

Seth Doane, Windham

John L. Elliott, Rome

Edmund Fairchild, Pike

Abraham Foster, Towanda

Elisha Foster, Towanda

John Foster, Towanda

Oliver Gilbert, Asylum

Amos Goff, Towanda

Humphrey Goff, Towanda

Daniel Gilbert, Towanda

Samuel Griffin, Canton

David Green

John Head, Monroe

David Horton, Sheshequin

Jesse Hancock, Pike

Daniel Hill, Orwell

Harry Ingraham, Canton

Charles W. Keeler, Pike

Amasa Kellogg, Monroe

Horatio Ladd, Albany

Warner Ladd, Albany

Lemuel Landrus, Towanda

Samuel Landrus, Towanda

Abraham Lent, Rome

James Lent, Rome

Joseph Lent, Wysox

Daniel Miller, Albany

Edward Mills, Towanda

Samuel Pickett, Rush

Abel Prince, Warren

Joseph Prince, Warren

John Quick, Asylum

Samuel Rockwell, Canton

Elam Roberts, Orwell

Irvine Rogers, Canton

John D. Saunders, Monroe

Frederick Schrader, Monroe

John Scouten

Stephen D. Sellard, Canton

Darius Shumway, Tuscarora

John Simkinson, Towanda

Isaac Smith, Towanda

Horace Spalding, Canton

John Stalford, Wyalusing

Philemon Stone, Wyalusing

Rathael Stone, Wyalusing

Amasa Streator, Wysox

Amos Strickland, Canton

Ebenezer Terry, Asylum

Thomas Updegraff, Wyalusing

Achatias Vought, Rome

David Vought, Asylum

John D. Wage, Orwell

Cyrus Wells, Wyalusing

Freeman Wilcox, Albany

Rowland Wilcox, Albany

Amos York, Wysox

It will be observed that this list includes some who had fought for Independence, a large number of sons of soldiers of the Revolution and many, afterwards distinguished in the history of the county, being the fathers and grandfathers of scores of men who fought for the preservation of the Union. But early and during the war, these Bradford county young men entered the service:
Hezekiah Avery, Troy

Solomon Bardwell, Wysox

Churchill Barnes, Troy

Isaac Benson, Columbia

John Benson, Jr., Columbia

Josiah Bosworth, Pike

Daniel Brewster, Wyalusing

John Brown, Athens

Thomas Case, Troy

Eliphalet Clark, Standing Stone

William Clark, Burlington

Elisha Cogswell, Tuscarora

Jonathan F. Conkling, Athens

William Curry, Ulster

William Curry, Jr., Ulster

Daniel Dobbins, Burlington

Joshua Eames, Smithfield

Jesse Edsall, Wells

Richard Edsall, Wells

John Elliott, Wyalusing

Erastus French, Franklin

James French, Franklin

Wm. B. French, Franklin

Abial Fuller, Ridgebury

Isaac Fuller, Ridgebury

Nathaniel Fuller, Sheshequin

Timothy H. Gustin, Burlington

Chester Hill, Orwell

Frederick Kissell, Overton

Zephaniah Lane, Burlington

Alexander Lefevre, Wyalusing

Ephraim Marsh, Wyalusing

James Mattocks, Springfield

Hieronymus McClelland, Columbia

James McKean, Burlington

Peter Miller, Standing Stone

Walter S. Minthorn, Burlington

William Osgood, Wells

Jared Phelps, Jr., Smithfield

Benjamin Pierce, Pike

Phineas Pierce, Jr., Smithfield

Colburn Preston, Troy

William Rippeth, Wysox

Shubal Rowlee, Jr., Wells

Dr. Robert Russell, Ulster

Henry Salisbury, Monroe

Samuel Satterlee, Smithfield

Levi Soper, Burlington

Burton Strait, Columbia

Solomon Talady, Wysox

Jonathan Tompkins, Ulster

Gersham Towner, Rome

Guy Tozer, Athens

Samuel Tozer, Athens

Wm. Vangorder, Athens

Wm. Vaughan, Standing Stone

Reuben Wilber, Troy

Chester Williams, Troy

Aldrich Ward, Troy

Solomon Westbrook, Athens

Joshua White, Litchfield

Stephen Wilcox, Smithfield

Jeduthan Withey, Columbia

Josiah Wood, Pike

Of the foregoing, Capt. Julius Tozer, a veteran of the Revolution, served with his sons, Guy and Samuel; William Curry, another soldier of the Revolution, went with his son, William. Daniel Dobbins commanded a vessel on Lake Erie at the time of Perry's victory. Solomon Bardwell, with a brother, served under Perry on Lake Erie, the former on Perry's flag ship at the time of the notable victory. William Vaughan commanded a company in the war. Hieronymus McClelland was killed in battle, as was supposed, Nathaniel Fuller.

Joshua Eames, Timothy H. Gustin, Alexander Lefevre, Phineas Pierce, Jr. and Dr. Robert Russell died in the service.

Others who served in the War of 1812 and subsequently settled in Bradford county and died there were:
Luther Adams, Smithfield

William Andress, Canton

Amos Arnold, Athens

Abijah Ayres, Canton

Amos Baker, Wells

Sarls Barrett, Wells

Leonard L. Barton, Wilmot

John Bender, Monroe

James Bertram, Athens

Joseph Boyd, Canton

John Carnegie, Smithfield

Joseph Casper, Wells

Noah Chaffee, Warren

Sullivan Chaffee, Sheshequin

Christopher Child, Smithfield

Zenas Cleveland, Litchfield

Timothy Coon, Albany

Laben Cooper, Smithfield

James Covell, Ridgebury

John Davidson, Albany

Henry Deats, Sheshequin

Larry Dunmore, Overton

Daniel Durand, Herrick

Reuben Eddy, Wysox

William English, Albany

Thomas Ferguson, Wells

John Fitzsimmons, Wells

Daniel Gardner, Wysox

Warren Gillett, Sheshequin

Orman Goodsell, Rome

Josiah Haines, Monroe

John Harder, Athens

William Hart, Monroe

William Hartshorn, Windham

David Hawkins, Sheshequin

Kelsus Heath, Sheshequin

Dr. Almerin Herrick, Troy

Edward Herrick, Athens

Patrick Higgins, Ulster

Richard Hoffman, North Towanda

James Hogeboom, Tuscarora

Jeremiah Hollon, Monroe

Maj. Jared Hunt, Canton

Asher Huntington, Smithfield

William S. Ingalls, Wells

Richard Jillson, Warren

Thomas Johnson, Sheshequin

Morgan K. Jones, Overton

William Kelly, Towanda

Dr. Wm. Kiff, Athens

James T. Kinsman, Towanda

James Kipp, Monroe

John Knights, Troy

Isaac Lamberson, Athens

John Lamphere, Wysox

Thomas Lewis, Monroe

Enoch Luther, Burlington

Erastus Lovett, Orwell

Daniel Lyon, Monroe

Thomas Manley, Canton

Partial Mapes, Wells

Simeon McCarty, Smithfield

Conrad Mingos, Monroe

Amasa Mix, Canton

Israel Moore, Wells

Theophilus Moore, Wells

Lemuel Orton, Smithfield

James Phillips, Smithfield

Israel Pierce, Columbia

Simeon Rockwell, Rome

Nathan Rose, Smithfield

John Rowe, Rome

William Rowley, Herrick

Samuel Sample, South Creek

Jacob Scouten, Burlington

Strong Seeley, Wells

William Sharp, Albany

Nathan Shepard, Sr., Wells

Salmon Sherwood, Columbia

Jewett Spencer, Canton

Sturgis Squires, Ridgebury

Pentecost Sweet, Smithfield

Benjamin Taylor, Rome

George Tompkinson, Smithfield

Peter Treen, Smithfield

Andrew Trout, Towanda

George Upham, Springfield

Jonathan Vandyke, Albany

Titus Vangorder, Athens

Nathaniel Viall, Terry

George Vibbert, Sheshequin

Peter I. Vroman, Granville

Eliphalet Ward, Canton

Joel Wright, Canton

Note: James Phillips, listed in the table above, was not in the war but served in the militia.

Christopher Child not only served through the war but was in the navy for 40 years. Laben Cooper saw severe service on the Canadian frontier and New York, was in many engagements and wounded at Chippewa Creek and Lundy's Lane. William Hart was a farrier and served under the immediate command of General Scott, whose horse he shod. Lemuel Orton was in the bloodiest part of the battle of Lake Erie and when it ended there were only five men besides himself left on the vessel who had not been killed or wounded. George Tompkinson served on the frigate President under Commodore Rogers. George Upham entered the U.S. navy in 1811, serving on the Argus, President and lastly on the Chesapeake, commanded by Capt. James Lawrence. In the action with the Shannon he was wounded in the leg, arm and shoulder and had his left eye destroyed. The battle was a memorable one. The conflict was obstinate, brief and dreadful. The Chesapeake was wrecked. In a short time, every officer on board was either killed or wounded. Captain Lawrence himself was struck with a ball and fell dying on the deck. As they bore him down the hatchway, he gave his last famous order which became the motto of the American sailor--"Don't give up the ship." Nearly 250 patriots of this war sleep in the cemeteries of Bradford county. They contributed to the glory of Scott, Brown, Perry and others, who won victories on both land and sea. Two lived to be centenarians--Erastus Lovett dying at 104 and William Andress at nearly 101 years.

(From the Corrections & Additions section of Heverly, pgs. 435-6)

War of 1812 -- Daniel Dobbins, son of William Dobbins of West Burlington, was in command of a merchant vessel, owned by himself and Rufus H. Reed of Erie, Pa., when the War of 1812 occurred. He was at Detroit and taken prisoner, subsequently retaken by General Hull and again surrendered into the hands of the British. Upon being released, he was detailed by General Mead to go to Washington with important dispatches concerning the surrender of Detroit. Arriving at Washington, a cabinet meeting was called and he recommended in view of the loss of Detroit that a naval depot should be established at Presque Isle, in the present harbor of Erie, Pa. His suggestion was received with favor and he was immediately commissioned to enter upon the work of establishing such a depot. He returned to Erie and commenced the construction of gun boats and in March following Commodore Perry arrived. Captain Dobbins continued in active service until he had the proud satisfaction of seeing the fleet which he had equipped and manned, commanded by Commodore Perry, himself in charge of one of the boats, victorious in the battle of Lake Erie, September 10, 1813. Thus one of the great achievements of the War of 1812 was due to the sagacity, skill and energy of a Bradford county man.