How the War of 1812 affected women and children

  • “Route 1812”, a driving route linking War of 1812 – 1814 places, will be marked by barn quilts. The quilt blocks will tell the story of First Nations and settler women, children, and families who were affected by the war. For example:

Here is Colonel Thomas Talbot speaking to the Loyal and Patriotic Society, in York,  September 2, 1814

Colonel Thomas Talbot

“Colonel Talbot has the honor of stating to the Loyal and Patriotic Society that on the 16th of last month the enemy, amounting to upwards of one hundred men, composed of Indians and Americans painted and disguised as the former, surprised the settlement of Port Talbot, where they committed the most wanton and atrocious acts of violence by robbing the undermentioned fifty heads of families all their horses and every particle of wearing apparel and household furniture, leaving the sufferers naked and in the most wretched state:-“

Samel McIntire, a wife, both between 60 and 70 years of age
Daniel McIntire, a wife and 1 child
Ira Gilbert, a wife and 3
John Axford, a wife and 3
Samuel Axford, a wife and 4
William Brooks, a wife and 7
William Johnson, a wife and 2
Henry Burger
John Caddy, a wife and 2
Samuel Guernsey, a wife and 3
Samuel Brotherhood, a wife and 2
John Mitchell, a wife and 6
Mahlon Burwell, a wife and 2
Leslie Patterson, a wife and 4
Alexander Wilkinson, a wife and 2
James Wilkinson, single
John Fulman, a wife and 9
Nathan Baldwin, wounded at Battle of Lundy’s Lane
Robert Burwell ”
Samuel Burwell ”
Joseph Phillips ”
James Burwell, wife and 11
John Cook, Single
Charles Benedict, Single
Walter Galbraith, ”
Gilman Wilson, wife and 8
Jesse Page, wife and 6
Mark Chase, a wife and 11
John Quick, wife and 2
John Parker, wife and 4
Thomas Mathews, wife and 1
Thomas Henley, wife, both between 60 and 70 years of age
George Crane, wife and 6
Enoch Huntley, wife and 4
Dute Underwood, wife and 5
Elijah Goff, wife and 6
Jarvis Phair, wife and 5
John Carsin, wife and 3
Mary Story, widow 60 years age
Walter Story, single
Stephen Bachus, wife and 2
John………………. wife and 7
James Sears, wife and 3
John Crawford, wife and 1
Samuel Crawford, single
Nicholas Lytle ”
Prideaux Girty ”
Richard McCurdy, 4 children

Dated York, 2d September, 1814
Ref: Cruickshank Vol II. pp331-2

About Mary Simpson

Mary is one of the facilitators for, a Canadian network of quilters, rural organizations, museums, historians, sponsors and many others with a passion for rural Canada. We are working together to promote and enhance rural creativity, the arts, Canadian heritage and culture.

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