Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Gone for Soldiers: Isaac Leonard (About 1790 - 1862), Soldier

Isaac Leonard served as a private during the War of 1812, but so far I haven't explored what he did. As you can see from the list below there were two Isaac Leonards in New York and this is an attempt to sort out which one is my ancestor.
[New York, Index of Awards On Claims of the Soldiers of the War of 1812 [database on-line].]

Fold3 has 4 service records for an Isaac Leonard in New York State, each one for a different regiment.



Since there's no indication that "my" Isaac Leonard was a musician and the payroll record for the musical Isaac (below) states that he was a deserter which makes it unlikely that any later claim of his for reimbursement would be successful so I think we can discount the fourth record.

The next Isaac Leonard is listed as "In service at N.Y. City" which doesn't seem likely for someone who probably resided some distance away from N.Y.C.

This Isaac Leonard served in Captain Asel Power's company commanded by Lt. Col. Calvin Britain. 

[ New York, War of 1812 Payroll Abstracts for New York State Militia, 1812-1815 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: 2013. Original data: War of 1812 abstracts of payrolls for New York State militia ("payroll cards"), 1812–1814. Series B0810 (23.5 cu. ft.). New York (State). Adjutant General’s Office. New York State Archives, Albany, New York.]

Researching these two officers let me to this publication by the State of New York in which we learn that they were located in Jefferson County. Until now the earliest known date for my ancestor was an 1816 land purchase that described him as a resident of Hounsfield in Jefferson County.

The following extract is from the 1812 section.

[Documents of the Senate of the State of New York, Volume 10. New York (State). Legislature. Senate - E. Croswell, 1902
Government publications. Source: Google Books.]

Now that I know what regiment he served in, next time I'll see what we can find out about his experiences in the War of 1812.

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