Isaac Horning was an U.E.L. Isaac was the son of Peter Ludwig Horning U.E.L. 1740-1822 and Isabella Richardson 1741-1787. When Peter Ludwig Horning died in 1823 Isaac inherited 200 acres in Binbrook Township, 200 acres in Barton Township, 75 acres in Saltfleet Township and 125 acres in Windham Township, Ontario.
The earliest known written record of any settler penetrating as far as Ancaster to squat on land here is found in a petition dated 1793, in which twenty-two men, often called James Wilson and Associates, stated, ‘that having made the settlements on which they live adjoining the west line of Township 8 (Barton), near the (Governor's) road lately laid out from the head of Lake Ontario to the River La Tranche (Thames) that they were encouraged by the Land Board and the Acting Surveyor to settle upon those lands four years before they were surveyed which proves now to be reserved lands. Your petitioners pray that the same be confirmed to them. These men included Isaac and Abraham Horning and Conrad Filman, husband of their sister Catharine. Since Ancaster Township was not surveyed until 1793, and since they stated that they had settled there four years before the survey, this indicates that these twenty-two men squatted on their Ancaster lands in 1789.
Some of the information in Ancaster's Heritage regarding Isaac is inaccurate and has since been corrected in family records. However, the book lists him as the seventh petitioner from the group for Loyalist lands. He squatted on Lot 49, Concession 3 and was given the Crown Patent for it. This 200 acre farm is the site of present day Redeemer College. Isaac's son, Peter (1793-1873) helped found Copetown, and his son, John (1822-1902), had a tin shop in Jerseyville and was a traveling tinker until he was killed at a railway crossing at the age of eighty.
During the War of 1812, Isaac Horning served as a private in both the 5th Lincoln and the 2nd York Militias. Both regiments were recruiting from Ancaster Township. He was stationed at Burlington Heights from September 17 to October 12, 1813 in Captain Charles Depew’s Company of the 5th Lincoln. 
Isaac served from December 16 to 22, 1813 in a detachment under the command of Ensign Henry Beasley of the 2nd York. 
In 1813, he made a war loss claim as a resident of Ancaster Twp. for 7 hogs, 4 skips of bees, and 3 sheep stolen by allied Indians. On September 8, 1815, he resubmitted his claim. George Will certified that the claim was true. 
Isaac served from September 5 to 12, 1814 in a detachment commanded by Lieutenant Ephraim Land of the 5th Lincoln. 
"Canada Census, 1851," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/MWT2-33W : accessed 22 February 2016), Isaac Horning, Ancaster, Wentworth County, Canada West (Ontario), Canada; citing p. 17, line 17; Library and Archives Canada film number C_11758, Public Archives, Ontario.
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