During the War of 1812, Benjamin Smith served as a private in the 5th Lincoln Militia throughout the war and in the 2nd York Militia on one occasion in 1813. These two regiments were sometimes stationed together and men were transferred between them. Benjamin also wrote about his militia service in his diary. On October 15, 1812, he went to Terryberry’s for militia drill and heard about the Battle of Queenston Heights. 
He served from October 17 to 24, 1812 in Captain John Smith’s Company. 
On October 17, he marched to Aikman’s and stayed the night at Adam Green’s. The next day he was at the 12 Mile Creek and stayed at the still house. On October 19, he was at McLean’s and stayed there until the 25th in Roeback’s barn. On October 26, they marched to Andrew Miller’s where they stayed until November 23 when they moved to Oliver’s. 
He served from October 25 to November 24, 1812 in Captain John Smith’s Company. 
He was absent without leave from November 25 to December 16, 1812 from the same company. 
On November 29, he heard the cannons firing during the Battle of Black Rock. In the morning they marched to Peter Wintermoots and stayed there. He noted that many were sick and some died. On December 11, he was lame with rheumatism and at home. 
He served from September 6 to 11, 1813 in Lieutenant Michael Shower’s Detachment. 
He served from October 6 to 7, 1813 in Captain Peter Bowman’s Company. 
He was working on Dundas St. with the 2nd York from October 26 to November 6, 1813 under Sergeant Duncan McQueen. 
He served from June 20 to July 24, 1814 in a detachment under the command of Lieutenant Colonel Andrew Bradt and was present at the Battle of Lundy’s Lane on July 25th. 
On July 14, 1814, he was stationed at the 20 Mile Creek. On July 20, 1814, he was scouting in Queenston. On July 22, 1814, he marched to the 10 Mile Creek. Five British officers were taken prisoner that day by the Americans. On July 25, 1814, he travelled home. 
There was a Benjamin Smith living in Ancaster Twp., another in Trafalgar Twp. at the same time, and possibly a third in Grimsby. On January 23, 1816, he made a war claim as a resident of Ancaster Twp. In November, 1813, he lost 24 bushels of oats and in September, 1814, 5 hogs. John and David Smith of Ancaster Twp. certified the claim. 
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On 6 Jul 2016 at 17:32 GMT Fred Blair wrote:
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