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William McKerlie (1778 - 1863)

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Categories: 2nd Regiment of York Militia, War of 1812.

William McKerlie from 2nd Regiment of York Militia participated in the War of 1812.

Biography

After the American Revolution things became tense between the two countries leading up to the War of 1812. Because of this William decided to move north to Canada in 1800 where he met and married Nancy Rose daughter of Daniel Rose UEL.

William McKerlie was commissioned on May 13, 1811 as an ensign in the 2nd York Militia. [1]

During the War of 1812, William McKerlie served as an ensign in the 2nd York Militia. He served from October 17 to November 24, 1812 in Capt. Hector S. McKay’s Company. [2]

He served from November 25 to December 19, 1812. [3]

On March 4, 1813, he was reported living in Nelson Township. [4]

He served from August 27 to September 1 and from September 21 to October 8, 1813 in Capt. John Chisholm’s Company. [5]

He worked on Dundas Street from October 24 to November 10, 1813 in Capt. John Chisholm’s Company. [6]

He was stationed at Hutes Hause (Hutt’s house) near St. David’s from July 4 to 24, 1814 and taken prisoner while serving in a detachment under the command of Lieut. Col. Richard Beasley. They were scouting the American positions near Fort George. [7]

On July 22, 1814, he was captured by Colonel Wilcox. [8]

Capt. Wm. H. Merritt had him captured as Lieut. “McCasley” by Colonel Wilcox while dining at Collard’s house with other officers of the regiment. [9]

He served from October 24 to November 10, 1814. [10]

He served a total of 143 days. On May 5, 1816, he was recommended for promotion to lieutenant. [11]

On June 5, 1816, he had a lieutenant’s commission in the 2nd Gore Militia. [12]

Drafted by the British when war was declared he was captured during dinner 04 Jul 1814 and paroled later that month possibly after being recognized by an old schoolmate.

An Ensign during the War of 1812 he was later prompted to Lieutenant

Sources

  1. Collections Canada, War of 1812: Upper Canada Returns, Nominal Rolls and Paylists, Microfilm t-10383, pages 1040-1044
  2. Collections Canada, War of 1812: Upper Canada Returns, Nominal Rolls and Paylists, Microfilm t-10384, pages 92-94 & 97-99 & t-10383, pages 1111-1112
  3. Collections Canada, War of 1812: Upper Canada Returns, Nominal Rolls and Paylists, Microfilm t-10383, pages 1114-1115
  4. Collections Canada, War of 1812: Upper Canada Returns, Nominal Rolls and Paylists, Microfilm t-10383, pages 1040-1042
  5. Collections Canada, War of 1812: Upper Canada Returns, Nominal Rolls and Paylists, Microfilm t-10384, pages 119, 207, & 213
  6. Collections Canada, War of 1812: Upper Canada Returns, Nominal Rolls and Paylists, Microfilm t-10384, pages 121 & 134
  7. Collections Canada, War of 1812: Upper Canada Returns, Nominal Rolls and Paylists, Microfilm t-10384, pages 36-38, 40-44, 51, & 55-59
  8. William, Blagrove, ADM 103/466, Office of the Commissary General of Prisoners, transcriptions from files in Washington on May 9, 1819, Prisoner #9348
  9. Capt. W.H. Merritt, Journal of Events, Principally on the Detroit and Niagara Frontiers, during the War of 1812, The Historical Society, B.N.A., St. Catharines, C.W., 1863, accessed at Google Books on November 7, 2011, page 60
  10. Collections Canada, War of 1812: Upper Canada Returns, Nominal Rolls and Paylists, Microfilm t-10384, pages 132
  11. Collections Canada, War of 1812: Upper Canada Returns, Nominal Rolls and Paylists, Microfilm t-10384, page 1122
  12. Collections Canada, War of 1812: Upper Canada Returns, Nominal Rolls and Paylists, Microfilm t-10384, page 1124


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