James Barber of Hannah (Chagum) & Reuben Barber served in the War of 1812

War of 1812 Info For James Barber:
Note from Coni: James Barber is my 5x Great Grandfather
W.O. 11021
W.C. 6657
Soldier: Barber, James
Service: Private Served Under: Capt. Nathaniel Leonard’s Unit: Co. 1 US Artillary
Enlisted: March 4, 1812 Discharged: March 4, 1817
Residence of Soldier: 1851 Catlin, Chemung Co. NY
Bounty Land:
20433 – 160 – 50
While in the war of 1812 he was wounded – he had a chunk taken out of his leg below the knew in the meaty part – had stone removed & also couple of years later  he was disabled and lost growth in the leg – had complications thru out life~
Widow Pension File notes for Catherine Barber
Residence of Widow: 1874 Millport, Chemung Co. NY
Maiden name of Widow: Catharine Beardsley
Marriage of Soldier & Widow: Feb. 3, 1813 Schuyler Co. NY
Rate of pay: 8.00 per month
Commencing: February 14, 1874
Certificate Date: Aug 10, 1875
Death of Sodier: July 26, 1865 Catlin, NY
Death of Widow: abt 1877

In the book Legend of Barkhamsted Lighthouse and Satan’s Kingdom by Lewis Spragues

Wilson Cabin

Unsure of ownership of this photo or where I got it – if known please let me know~

Pg: 109 #32: Wilson joined the Yankee Army
So Wilson taught his wife to read,
Then he joined the Yankee Army,
And fought to have his country freed,
Freed from England and her taxes.
Polly Chaugham married Wilson,
William Wilson, Bible Scholar,
Read the Bible and wrote sermons,
Daily prayed to Great Jehovah,
William Wilson, strong and hardy,
Loved the maid, sweet Polly Chaugham;
Love his wife, dear Polly Chaugham,
They had built a pleasant cabin,
As this legend has related,
In the year of sev’nteen sev’nty,
Log house built of mighty timbers
On the side of Ragged Mountain,
Pg: 110: In the little Light House Village,
In the town of fair Barkhamsted;
Built a fire-place strong and ample –
Wood was plenty for the cutting
William Wilson was not lazy,
So he kept the home-fire burning.
Often ’till the midnight hour,
William Wilson worked with Polly;
Taught her how to read the Bible,
How to spell and write a letter.
While they studied thus together,
Dancing fire-place light was shining,
Out between the cabin timbers,
So the cabin seemed a light house,
Flashing signals for the trav’ler,
On the roadway by the Tunxis.
Then across the lonely hill-side,
Came the cry of “War and Battles,
War at Lexington and Concord.
People shot and killed in Boston.”
William Wilson hated fighting,
But he felt he would be needed,
So he planned to join the army.
With fond farewell, William Wilson
Left his mountain home and Polly,
Left the people of the village;
Joined the Continental Army,
In historical fight for freedom.
Lonely Polly wrote him letters,
Wrote to Wilson in the army,
And her letters eased his hardships.
Chaugham brought her wood for burning,
Molly brought her fish and squirrels,
And some yellow corn-meal puddings.
William Wilson, Freedom Soldier,
Wounded in the fray at Monmouth
(Note from Coni – dated of fight June 28, 1778)
Fighting in the Revolution.
Lying wounded neath the cannon;
Molly Pitcher gave him water,
Dressed his wounded side and ankle,
Knowing not his lighthouse story,
Saw him only as a soldier,
Bravely fighting for his country.
For her deeds that day in battle,
Molly Pitcher’s name was honored, –
Soldiers called her “Major Molly.”
Congress made her “Sargent Molly.”
When the weary war was over,
With a Continental Victory,
Pg: 112: Then came Wilson limping homeward,
To his mountain home and Polly,
Waiting in the lonely cabin.
Joyous was the glad reunion;
All the people gave him welcome,
With a party in the village,
Where brave Molly, Honest Chaugham,
Led the cheers for William Wilson,
Hero of the village people.
As the years went rolling onward,
William Wilson worked with Chaugham,
Often preaching to the people,
By the Boulder on the hill-side,
Sacred Boulder on the hill-side,
Held in high esteem was Wilson,
By the people of the Village,
But they loved the voice of Chaugham,
And his kindly words of wisdom.
Slowly onward rolled the seasons,
O’er the side of Ragged Mountain,
And the little Light House Village.

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Samuel E Short of Henderson, Mi

I believe I’ve found my Samuel E Short – I’m having to rearrange facts – and transfer fact to the right Samuel Short (Have several lines followed – Short’s were one of the 1st lines I started researching) Have a huge collection on this line~  This record confirms he was born in Oswego New York~ I am a descendant from him thur his daughter Clarinda Short whom married Theodore Barber of the Barkhamsted Lighthouse Village – no death record – sent in to the Michigan Vital Records and they found none for him~ I do have him in a couple of census which confirms children and Wife Olive (Cummings) but missing several.

On the hunt

Searching for your ancestors is like a big hunting expedition.  You dig & dig for the right information, only to find that the document or database that you thought would have the answers only had more questions.  I have come to that line… I am questioning everything we’ve ever known about William Preston Wilson Sr. who married Polly Chagum (daughter of James & Molly).  I found in an old document for Connecticut U.S. Pensioners, 1818-1872 a William Wilson, but all it says is “See previous book” – A LOT of help there, NOT!  I found a William Wilson in the Revolutionary War Pension Index on Ancestry.com – that doesn’t give me a lot either just his name, state, rank, stipend and a number. UGH!!! This is getting frustrating!! LOL!!

I went to the DAR (Daughters of American Revolution) website, and found only one William Wilson in their database, and his birth & death date & places don’t match and his wife was Sarah Rust.  Whew, I’m off to check out the NSSAR website to see what I can find.

I wonder if William Preston Wilson was even in the Revolutionary War.  I am wondering if he was a white man at all.  I can’t find anything of his life before the Lighthouse Tribe settlement.  No parents, nothing in Fairfield at all, except a William S. Wilson married a Phebe Wilson on 16 Feb 1838 in Stratfield, Fairfield, CT.  My gut is telling me that William Preston Wilson Sr, was not white but that he was an Indian who could pass as a white man…. but, my gut has been wrong before, not often, but it has.

Much Love from Michigan, Sherry

Happy Father’s Day!

I believe poetry & writing flows deep within our families roots.  I know that my mother, Ruth Ann wrote, her mother Edit (Webster) wrote, and Edith’s father Bert wrote poetry.  I am contemplating Father’s day & wanted to share a poem I wrote for my father.  I wrote this shortly after his death in 2008.  This is to all the Father’s who are no longer with us.

A Poem for my Daddy

More than a father,
more than a friend,
our love has no limit,
our friendship no end.

Although I cannot see you,
I known I’m not alone….
‘Cause my daddy’s always with me,
Even though we are apart,
I know because you told me,
you’ll forever be in my heart.

Sometimes when I close my eyes,
I see you sitting there in your chair
and I climb on your lap and lay my head on your shoulder…
and I am a child again.

You can learn more about my dad, Mickey Vincent on my Blog, Sherita’s World

Much love from Michigan, Sherry

Just a side note…

Hello all… I wanted to let you know that my original blog Sherita’s Genealogy Blog, I’m gonna faze out of.  I have decided to switch my personal/genealogy blog here on word press.  It will just make communicating with those on this board so much easier!  I wont put word for word, what I do here, at least try not to… but when something good comes out I may share it on both blogs.

Sherita’s World

Much love from Michigan, Sherry

American Civil War, 1861-1865

“One after another the links which have bound the North and the South together, have been severed…”

~A quote by a Mississippi Newspaper editor.

In the early morning hours of April 12, 1861, at an American fort called, Fort Sumter in Charleston harbor, Confederate soldiers attacked. This started what is considered “the bloodiest war in America’s history,” The American Civil War.

The Civil War was a life-changing event. No sphere of life was untouched. Few Americans understood what they were getting into when the war began. The onset of hostilities sparked patriotic sentiments, optimistic speeches and joyous ceremonies in both North and South. On July 21, 1861, at the first battle of the Civil War at Bull Run, Americans learned that “Fighting Means Killing!”

The Soldier’s War

 Military service entirely changed the lives of ordinary soldiers. Enlistment took young men from their homes and submerged them in a large organization whose military discipline disregarded their individuality. Army life meant tiresome, physical hardship, and separation from loved ones. Soldiers in battle confronted fear and danger, and the risk of death from wounds or disease was very high. Many soldiers formed, in the midst of war, a bond with their fellow soldiers, and a connection to a noble purpose that they cherished for years afterward.

Soldiers had to endure many hardships. From low supplies of blankets and clothing to vermin and lice, and unsafe water supplies that cause, among other diseases, dysentery. Few had seen violent death before, but war soon exposed them to the blasted bodies of their friends and enemies. Many men died gallantly; there were innumerable striking displays of courage. But far more often soldiers gave up their lives in the mass, as part of a commonplace sacrifice.  It is to the Soldier that I dedicate this page to.

Tell us about your Barkhamsted Lighthouse Ancestor who served in or during  the American Civil War.

 Much Love from Michigan, Sherry