Private, Captain Gunnaway's Company, Thirteenth
Regiment, Kentucky Militia. According to his War of
1812 Pension file, he enlisted November 15, 1814 and
was discharged May 15, 1815.
He is found on the 1856 Iowa State census and the
1860, 1870 & 1880 US census living in Pleasant
Valley twp. Fayette co. Iowa.
From Vol I, pg 252 of the History of Clayton
county, Iowa by Realto E. Price, 1916: "In 1885,
it is stated that there were ... one [veteran] of the
war of 1812, this latter being Thomas Alvey of
Highland township, then 99 years old." Note that
his age is exaggerated from the 1885 census ...
The 1885 Iowa State census enumerates Thomas, age
89 & his wife Priscilla, age 85, living with
their son William Alvey and family in Highland twp.
Clayton county. Thomas & Priscilla moved with
William to Winnebago county, Iowa. Thomas died there
on October 7, 1889. The WPA recorded his death in
Winnebago county. The record is annotated "War
of 1812". His pension records indicate that he
"died at the home of his son" in Linden
twp. and burial was in Oakwood cemetery near Forest City,
Iowa. His gravestone is engraved "Sixth Kentucky
Regt. War of 1812", which conflicts with his
pension records. Addional research may show that he
served both in the 13th & 16th.
His wife Priscilla died about 1890.
Bounty Land Warrant
Private, Capt. Abner Woodworth's company, New York
Militia. In his 'Declaration of Soldier for Pension',
War of 1812 Lyman Amsden gave the following
... that he "served the full period of
sixty days in the Military Service of the United
States in the War of 1812; that he is the
identical Lyman Amsden who was drafted in Captain
(Abner) Woodworth's Company, Col. (Hugh) Dobbins'
Regiment, at Genava, N.Y., on the 25th day of
Decmeber 1813, and was honorably discharged at
Williamsville, N.Y. on or about the 15th day of
March, 1814; that (he) was stationed at
Williamsvile and remained [illegible] until
Born ca1793 in Ontario co., New York, he was twice
married - in April 1816 to Cynthia Tibbets, who died
in June 1830/1831 in Ohio; and on June 20, 1833 to
Mary Whitman, who died in Osterdock ca1895. Pension
No. 9136 dated 12/05/1871.
Amsden filed a claim for bounty land in April
1855, giving his service record and indicating that
he had never received a land warrant for his war
service. The application appointed C.W. Bennett, of
Washington, D.C., to be his attorney. A year later,
Bounty Land for 160 acres was issued May 10, 1856 and
"located" by Lyman Amsden, but there is no
indication that he ever lived on the land. Perhaps he
prefered to remain in Clayton county. (Pension &
land records from Fold3.com & GLO)
1852 Iowa State census shows Lyman Amsden in
1854 Iowa State census shows Lyman Amsden in Volga
1860 census - Lyman, Mary & children are living
in Mallory twp., his occupation is farmer
1870 census - Lyman, Mary & 2 children are living
in Jefferson twp., occupation farmer
1880 census - Lyman, Mary & 2 children are living
in Jefferson twp., he is shown to be disabled by
reason of "Old Age"
A Poor Old Patriot
Near Elkport, Clayton county, lives,
or rather tries to live, Lyman Amsden, a
soldier of the war of 1812. He is in his 85th
year. Age has brought with it other
infirmities as well as poverty. the only
dependence which he and his aged wife have is
the small pension which the government allows
him and the charity of Christian people. He
furnished his own outfit to enter the war in
which he served as a volunteer from New York,
and has never been reimbursed for his outlay,
although an effort has been made in the state
legislature and in congress. The bent patriot
should not be neglected now. ~The
Daily Herald, January 22, 1878 (Dubuque)
Lyman Amsden lived in Clayton county for over 60
years. He died February 10, 1881 and is buried in St.
Paula's cemetery, Jefferson twp., Clayton co. Iowa. Gravestone Photo
Bounty land warrant
Lieutenant, Col. Ball's squadron, Light Dragoons,
Born in 1788 in Pennsylvania. He was an early
settler in Mallory twp. He died March 29, 1872.
Buried in the Bolsinger cemetery, Mallory twp.
Surname on gravestone is spelled Balsinger.
Bowles, Thomas Carrington
1795-1857. Private in Captain Sniders Company,
Maryland Militia. Enlisted 08/01/1814, discharged
He received 40 acres of land in Mendon twp. as
bounty land for serving in the war. He then assigned
this land to James McLanahan in 1856.
Bounty land warrant
He married Jane R. Rogers on 3/28/1819 in Dauphin
co., PA. Thos. Bowles died 04/08/1857 at Monona.
Buried in the Monona City cemetery. Jane died
04/18/1884 at Luana.
c1780/81-c1862. Enumerated on the 1850 US census,
Garnavillo twp. in the household of Allen Wanzer. Asa
is shown to be age 70, a laborer, born in NY. On the
1854 Iowa State census he is living alone in Boardman
twp. On the 1860 US census, Garnavillo twp. Asa
Bordock is in the "asylum", he is age 79,
b. RI, and a pauper. (Note: in the early 1860's the
Poor House was in Garnavillo. The overseer was H.L.
Schutte & his wife)
On the various census documents Asa's surname is
spelled Burdick (1854), Burdock (1850) & Bordock
(1860) and place of birth either NY (1850) or Rhode
The publication "Garnavillo Gem of the
Prairie", Garnavillo Historical Soc., 1988,
includes a letter written in 1861 by Asa Burdick
wherein he makes application for Bounty Land for his
service in the War of 1812. In the letter he states
that he was "... private in the Company
commanded by Captain Shiff in the Regiment drafted
from the Militia of the county of Chenango, in the
State of New York, commanded by Col. Ceveland in the
War with Great Britain ..."
After making the application, he received 160
acres of land in Buena Vista co. Iowa as bounty land
for serving in the war. He then assigned this land to
George Killam in 1862.
Asa Burdick likely died shortly after 1862. His
burial place is unknown.
Bounty land warrant
Drips, William Allison
11/22/1789-03/18/1881. Private in Capt. Irwin
Horrell's Company of Pennsylvania Riflemen, Regiment
of the Pennsylvania Militia (Westmoreland co. PA). Capt. Horrell's Company Pay Roll.
His pension file gives the following information:
enlisted Nov. 21, 1814; discharged Dec. 6, 1814.
A Bounty Land Warrant, No. 20543, for 160 acres was
issued 12/10/1860, to William Drips, private, Captain
Howell's Company, Pennsylvania Militia, War of 1812.
The land was located in Wright co., Minnesota. He
assigned the land to Mr. Franz Mayer.
Residence in 1855 Clayton county. Married Martha A.
Clark on July 14, 1814 in Laughlintown, PA.
He was the father of Capt. Andrew W. Drips whose
biography states that his "...father died at
National, on the 18th of March, 1881, in the
ninety-second year of his age. He was a pensioner of
the War of 1812, in which he did a gallant and
He is buried in the National cemetery, Farmersburg twp.
Born c1798 in Lamoille co. VT and died in
California c1878. Pvt. Capt Salmon Green's Co. VT
Militia. He received 140 acres of land in California
as bounty land for serving in the war. He then
assigned this land to his son, Ranson (Ransom) in
1865. A War of 1812 Pension was granted to Hiram
Hopkins, Pvt. Capt Salmon Green's Co. VT Militia.
The 1882 biography of his son, Orrin
Dunning Hopkins, states that his father, Hiram, was a
soldier in the War of 1812, was married to Mary
Reynolds in Canada c1822, came to Clayton co. in 1852
but did not remain in the county for very long. His
wife, Mary, died in 1868 & is buried in Lamoille
co. VA. Hiram Hopkins, b. Vermont, age 69, is found
on a voter registrations in Maine Prairie, Solano
co., California in 1867 & 1876. He died at the
home of his daughter Eliza (Hopkins) Brown in Solano
co. CA at the age of 81y 3m 20d (History of Solano
& Napa Counties California, 1912, pg 339)
Bounty land warrant
Kinsley, Ben Alva
01/11/1796-1864. Private in Captain Wire's
Company, Thirtieth Regiment United States Infantry,
War of 1812. Present on muster rolls for 08/31/,
11/30 & 12/31/1813; and present on the muster
roll for Capt. Sanford's company 02/28/1814. (source:
Fold3 - registers of enlistments in the US Army,
1798-1914). In an autobiography written for a chapter
in the Vermont Historical Magazine, he wrote: "Here,
in common with other soldiers of that time, he
endured such terrible privations and hardships, as
would have appalled the soldiers of our late war,
brave men though they were. In the battle at Lacole
Mill, Odelltown, Ca., his hat band was cut off and a
hole made in his hat (which was thick felt) 3 inches
long, by a bullet which left its track of fiery red
upon his head for the same length, without breaking
the skin." In the same autobiography, he
mentions that his son Guy was "in Iowa."
(Google Books: Vermont Historical Gazetter, Vol. 2;
Hemenway, 1871; pgs 211-212.)
Kinsley, a farmer, age 54, was enumerated on the 1850
US census in Fletcher, Franklin co., VT. He came to
Clayton county in 1859, and is enumerated on the 1860
federal census, Giard twp., Clayton co., living in
the household of his son Guy. Guy Kinsley's 1882
biography, states that Ben returned to Vermont,
where he died in December 1864, but the death date
given in the biography is incorrect. Ben A. Kinsley
was enumerated on the 1870 US census in Lovell,
Orleans co., VT, age 74, brick mason, living in the
household of his son Alonzo. He died 12/06/1870 and
is buried in the Binghamville cemetery, Franklin co.,
Ben Alva Kinsley received 151.4 acres of land
located Section 2, of Township 81N, Range 4E, Clinton
co. Iowa as bounty land for serving in the war. The
Warrant was dated 10/01/1853. (source: GLO-BLM
records) This land is in either DeWitt twp. or
Washington twp., Clinton co. IA.
Born in Canada. In the war, he served under
General Macomb and was wounded at the battle of Stone
Hill. He came to Sperry twp., Clayton county in 1850.
McClellan, James A.
McClelland, James A.
McCleland, James A.
Captain, Pennsylvania Cavalry, War of 1812
(Bounty Land Warrant, No. 14308)
Captain, Pennsylvania Light Dragoons
"Capt. James A. McClellan ... was a
native of Uniontown, Pa. He was a soldier in
the War of 1812 ... served under General
Harrison ... He was a noble-hearted man with
a great deal of pride." (Garnavillo,
Iowa, Gem of The Prairie; by Arnold
& Laverne Roggman, 1988; pg 427)
"The year 1838 witnessed the coming of
additional pioneers. Among them were J.A.
McClellan. He lived near Garnavillo and had
been a captain in the War of 1812, serving
under Gen. Harrison in the battles of
Tippecanoe and Fort Meigs." (History
of Clayton county, Iowa; Vol I, by
Realto E. Price, 1916, pg 49).
Photo of a pen artist's drawing of James A.
~contributed by Nancy Bleil
Nancy writes: "My Aunt
Marion Nancy English, in a 1957 letter, wrote
[there was a]
pen picture hanging
at one end of the fireplace (of)
great-grandfather McClelland. My
grandmother* had a pen artist make this
picture from a tintype of daguerrotype.
*Anna McClelland Quigley
McClellan was involved in an altercation at
Prairie La Porte with Henry Holtzbecker, the county
sheriff, in late summer 1842. In the course of the
quarrel Holtzbecker was shot and killed by McClellan,
who was acquitted of the murder. (Davenport Gazette, Sept 16, 1842)
McClellan served as the Prairie La Porte postmaster,
being appointed December 5, 1839. (Record of Appointment
of U.S. Postmasters, 1832-44; Vol 12B;
National Archives, Washington, D.C.; pg 942)
1840 census, Clayton co. Iowa territory:
Jas. A. McClellan household
1 male age 15-20y, 1 male 50-60y, 1 female under 5y,
3 females 5-10y, 1 female 10-15y, 2 females 15-20y, 1
female 20-30y and 1 female 40-50y
1850 census, Garnavillo twp., August 9, 1850:
James McClelland, age 60, farmer, born PA, value of
real estate: $1,000.
Juliet McClelland, age 42, born PA
Ann McClelland, age 18, born PA
He received a Warrant for 160 acres of land in
Clayton twp. as bounty land for serving in the war,
but died 04/20/1851, before the Warrant was issued.
The Warrent was then issued to Juliet G. McClelland,
his widow. The McClelland's are buried in the McClelland
cemetery, Garnavillo twp.
Documents & transcriptions
Native of Virginia. After serving in Captain
Blinco's Company, Virginia Militia, War of 1812, he
removed to Ohio. In 1856 he moved his family to
Allamakee county, Iowa and entered 100 acres in
Linton twp. A portion of this land was 40 acres he
received as bounty land for serving in the war.
"He spent the remainder of his life upon the
homestead, dying November 3, 1872." The 1860 US
census, Linton twp. Allamakee co. gives birth ca1796
VA. Buried in Council Hill cemetery, Giard twp.
Clayton county. Bio of his son Harvey B. Miner
Bounty land warrant
Private, Ohio Militia, 2nd Regiment. Early settler
in Mendon twp., coming from Ohio in 1849. He bought
about 1,500 acres south of McGregor, on what would be
known as "Moody Ridge". Died 08/03/1884 and
is buried in Moody cemetery, Mendon twp.
Born 09/02/1792 in New Hampshire. Private, 31st
Infantry, U.S. Married in Clayton co. to Chloe
(Adams) Borkhard on 11/04/1854 by John Pool J.P.
Willard also appears in the 1882 History of Clayton
county as a Marion twp. trustee in 1855. After his
1st wife died he married Nancy Dresser in 1858. The
1880 mortality schedule, Pleasant Valley, Fayette co.
Iowa states that Willard died of pneumonia,
02/27/1880. Buried in the Illyria cemetery.
Private, Capt. Winslow's Co., N.Y. Militia and/or
Private, Vosburgh's 9th New York militia. Removed to
Clayton county ca1856. He died in 1858, aged 68 years
of age, thus would have been about 22 years old at
the time of the war. He is buried in Reed cemetery, Sperry twp.
The 1870 US census, Monona twp., enumerates John
Turner in the household of Elmer & Ann (Turner)
Egbert. John is a widower, age 80, retired farmer, b.
N.Y. WPA graves registration records indicate he
served in the War of 1812. His gravestone seems to
confirm this, but it has sunken into the ground too
far to read the full inscription. The name John
Turner appears on a Muster Roll of a Company of
Militia under command of Capt. John Van Vechten, in
the 61st Regiment of N.Y.S.D. Militia, commanded by
Lieut. Col. Barnabas Covva from 09/06/1814 to
11/10/1814, in the service of the United States
(History of Greene County, New York; J.B. Beers &
Co., 1884; Chapter V). He is buried in Lot #3 of the Monona City cemetery. Cemetery
records show that Jno. was the owner of Lot #3. One
row in front of his gravestone are those of John
Turner, a CW veteran; Charles W. Turner and Eliza
Turner. Although the relationship of the 3 other
Turners to Jno is not confirmed, it is likely Eliza
was the wife of John, and Charles W. (Charles
William) was their youngest son. The family is on the
1880 US census in Monona.
~thank-you to Jym Montgomery of Monona who located
the cemetery records & a gravestone photo .. sf
Obituary states he was a soldier in the War of
1812. He died March 29, 1883 at the Clayton County
Insane Asylum and is buried in the County Home
cemetery (Book I, page 30). The death record gives
his age as 75 years, which is in conflict with his
obituary, giving age as 90 years. If he was actually
75 y/o at death, he could not have been in the War of
A census enumeration was found for:
Simeon Vanocker on the 1860 U.S. census, Wagner twp.,
b. VT, age 67, wife Mary & son Francis.
No one remotely matching the surname Valiquist was
found on the 1870 & 1880 census in Iowa, perhaps
being recorded under another surname spelling. If the
1860 census record is for the same man, his birth
year would have been ca 1793, making him of an age to
have served in the War of 1812.
Confirmation of surname and service in the War of
1812 would be appreciated!
Wounded during the war near Fort Erie. Removed
from N.Y. to Clayton co. in 1852 and is found in
Monona twp. on the 1854 Iowa State census. He died in
1855 and is buried in the Monona City cemetery.