THE 1812 WAR COMPANY OF CAPTAIN JONATHAN WAMSLEY

by William H. Rice

Military records are an excellent source of both historical and genealogical information.   Under the care of the National Archives, they are among the mast complete, accessible and best protected type of document available to the researcher.  While the records of the Revolutionary and Civil Wars have been very popular and published extensively over the past century, the lesser known records of the War of 1812 still wait patiently for those researchers who will someday discover those historical and genealogical gems they hold.  The 1812 War records are more complete than their Revolutionary War counterparts.  They are also more complete than what remains of the Civil War records maintained by the Confederate States of America.  In Western Virginia the 1812 War was supported on two fronts. The first of these was in the fall of 1812 when units were sent to protect the southern shore of Lake Erie from the Canadians.  The second was in the fall of 1814 when units were sent to Norfolk to protect that area from the British.  One example of the latter is the Company of Infantry under the command of Captain Jonathan Wamsley which was mustered at Beverly in Randolph County on 3 September 1814 and became part of Lt. Colonel Henry E. Coleman's 6th Regiment of Virginia Militia.  The following is intended to be a complete list of all the members of Captain Wamsley's Company based on the Muster Rolls of the unit in the National Archives.   Supplementary information is included for some of the members as found by the author in the Service and Pension records for the individual soldiers which also are maintained by the National Archives.  The list is in alphabetical order:

1. ROBERT ARMSTRONG - Private

2. N. ROBERT BALL - Private

3. GEORGE BEALL - Private

4. TOWNSEND BEALL - Private

5. ESY/ESEAY BENNETT - Private

6. WILLIAM BENNETT - Lieutenant.  Resigned 7 October 1814

7. CHRISTIAN BICKLE - Private.  Transferred to Captain John Hammond's Company 20 October 1814.  25 March 1817 affidavit as resident of Randolph County appoints John M. Hart his attorney to collect money due him for service at Camp Nelson near Norfolk under Captain Jonathan Wamsley in which he states "I never received any part of the pay Captain Wamsley drew for me at discharge."

8. AXNOLD BOHON - Private.  Transferred to Captain John Hammond's Company 20 October 1814.

9. WILLIAM BOHON - Private.  Transferred to Captain John Hammondís Company 20 October 1814.  Pension records indicate he also served in Company of Captain M. McCorn.  Received Land Bounty.  Married Eliza/Athaliah Goff 25 April 1830.  Living in Preston County in 1850 and 1854. Died 20 April 1870.  Widow was living at St. George in Tucker County in 1878.

10. DAVID BOOTH - Private

11. JONATHAN BOOTH - Private.  May have died in service at Norfolk.

12. PRICE BOYLES - Private.  Received Land Bounty.  Pension records show he married Margaret Stemple in Preston County in 1841 and they lived at Philippi in 1871.  His wife died 23 February 1876 at Weston and he died in Barbour County 1 May 1877.

13. WILLIAM BOYLES - Private

14. JOHN BRADY - Private

15. JOSEPH BROWN - Private.  Transferred to Capt. John Hammondís Company 20 October 1814

16. BAYLIS BUTCHER - Private.  Transferred to Capt. John Hammond's Company 20 October 1814

17. JAMES CARR - Private

18. EKEKIEL CASEBOTT - Private.  May have died in service at Norfolk.

19. JAMES CASTO - Private.  Reduced from Sergeant 20 October 1814. Pension file shows he married Sidney Kessel in Harrison County on 27 August 1817 and he died in Jackson County (WV) on 22 December 1866.  His widow was living in Jackson County in 1878.

20. JONATHAN CASTO - Private.  Received Land Bounty.  Pension records show he married Magdalena Weatherholt in Randolph County on 10 June 1816 and he died in Jackson County (VA) on 22 October 1851.  His widow was living in Jackson County in 1878.

21. JOHN CHILTON - Private.  Transferred to Capt. John Hammond's Company 20 October 1814.

22. MOSES COBERLY - Private

23. JACOB CONRAD - Private

24. JESSE CUNNINGHAM - Private

25. SILAS CUNNINGHAM - Private

26. SAMUEL CURRENCE - Private.  May have died in service at Norfolk.

27. HENRY CUTRIGHT - Private

28. THOMAS DAMRIL - Private

29. JOHN DEAN - Private.  Transferred to Capt. John Hammondís Company 20 October 1814.

30. ROBERT FERGUSON - Private. Transferred to Capt. John Hammondís Company 20 October 1814.

31. JOHN GAINER - Private

32. ADAM GILMORE - Private

33. GEORGE GOFF - Private

34. AARON GOULD - Private

35. DANIEL GOULD - Private

36. EBENEZER GOULD - Private

37. ROBERT GRAHAM - Private

38. BENJAMIN HAMRICK - Private

39. DAVID HAMRICK - Private

40. WILLIAM HAYS - Corporal

41. GEORGE HELMICK - Private

42. JAMES HERDMAN - Private

43. MATTHEW HINES - Private

44. DAVID HOLDER - Lieutenant.  Declared a supernumerary (more than needed) on 19 October 1814

45. ROBERT HOLDER - Corporal

46. JOHN HOLTSBERRY - Ensign

47. EDWARD HOPKINS - Private

48. DANIEL HOWDERSHELL - Sergeant

49. JOHN HOWELL - Private

50. WILLIAM HUFF - Private

51. URIAH INGRIM - Ensign. Original payroll form in service record. For the period from 3 September 1814 through 30 October 1814 he was paid 38.00 and received reimbursements for 20 days of rations @ 3 rations per day @ $.20 per ration.  He also was paid by the paymaster on 1 March 1815.

52. ISAAC INGRIM - Private

53. JACOB ISNER - Private.  May have died in service at Norfolk.

54. SELESTIAL ISNER - Private.  Deserted at Norfolk 20 October 1814.

55. ROBERT JOHNSON - Private

56. ABEL W. KELLY - Private.  Discharged due to ill health at camp in rear of Fort Barbour at Norfolk on 18 October 1814. Pension file says he was drafted on 3 September 1814 at Beverly, married Jemima Kittle near Beverly on 24 September 1809, and he was 84 years old and living on Cheat Mountain in Randolph County on 14 March 1871.

57. ISAAC KELLY - Private

58. JOHN KELLY - Private

59. JOHN KERNS - Private

60. JAMES LIPSCOMB - Private

61. PHILIP LOUGH - Private

62. WILLIAM LOUGHERY - Private.  Service record shows he died in service at Norfolk on 6 December l8l4.  29 May 1817 affidavit from Randolph County Clerk Archibald Earle says William Loughery married Margaret Johnson on 6 April 1809.  24 May 1817 affidavit from widow, Peggy Loughery, appoints John M. Hart as her attorney to collect what was due her husband for his service.

63. JOHN LUNSFORD - Private.  Transferred to Capt. John Hammond's Company on 20 October 1814.

64. HENRY MACE - Private

65. JOHN MACE - Private.  May have died in service at Norfolk.

66. ABNER McCLEAN - Private

67. JAMES McCLEAN - Private

68. JONATHAN McHENRY - Private

69. JAMES MILLER - Private.  Transferred to Capt. John Hammond's Company on 20 October 1814.

70. MARTIN MILLER - Private

71. NATHAN MINEAR - Private

72. GEORGE MUCKLEWANE - Private.  Transferred to Capt. John Hammond's Company on 20 October 1814.

73. SAMUEL MORRISON - Sergeant.  Promoted from Corporal on 20 October 1814.  According to Pension record he was stationed at Camp Tar in rear of Fort Barbour adjacent to Norfolk.  He stated he helped drive back the enemy at Portsmouth.  He was 5í 9" tall, fair complexion, dark hair and blue eyes.  He married Isabella Barr 19 September 1811.  She died at Beverly 8 March 1830.  He married Eliza McCall at Beverly 11 February 1832.  He received an Honorable discharge at Fort Nelson at Portsmouth.  On January 22nd 1851, 55 year old Henry Sturm, a member of the Virginia Legislature from Barbour County, testified in Richmond in support of his service record. Testimony by several people during the 1870s supporting his loyalty to the "Union" during the Civil War. Samuel died near Beverly on 13 July 1878.  In October 1879 his widow, Eliza, moved to Cedar Rapids, Iowa and on 18 July 1887 she was still living there at 112 3rd Avenue.  She was living with her daughter, Jane Morrison.  An enquiry in this file from Samuel J. Fitzhugh of St. Albans, Vermont, a grandson of Samuel Morrison, suggests that Morrison was wounded at Washington when the British burned it.

74. HENRY OWENS (OURS) - Private.  Discharged 20 October 1814.

75. SOLOMON PARSONS (OF JAMES) - Private.  Pension file indicates he enlisted on 30 August 1814.  He marched with unit from Randolph County to Norfolk.  He was discharged for disability on 30 December 1814.  On 7 April l855 John D. Nestor states that he was 60 years old.  A letter in file dated 9 April 1855 from William Ewin written at Westernford, Randolph County and witnessed by widow Lucy DeMoss, widow Mary Parsons, Solomon Parsons, Martin Miller and John Stevenson.  He was married on 28 August 1810 to Hannah Parsons at her fatherís house in Tucker County. On 24 March 1871 he was a resident of Portland in Preston County, West Virginia.

76. SOLOMON PARSONS (OF WILLIAM) - Private.  Pension file says he was drafted on 26 August 1814 and honorably discharged at Fort Nelson on 10 February 1815.  On 10 December 1814 he employed George W. White as his substitute.  On 3 September 1817 at Huttonsville he was married to Mary, the daughter of Jacob Ward.  A witness to the marriage named Parsons was living at St. George in Tucker County in 1879.  Solomon died 7 March 1833.  His widow was living at St. George in 1870.

77. THOMAS PARSONS - Sergeant

78. JOHN PHILLIPS - Private

79. JOAS PITMAN - Private.  May have died in service at Norfolk.

80. JONN POLING - Private

31. MARTIN D. POLING - Corporal

32. RICHARD POLING - Private

83. SAMUEL POLING - Private

84. WILLIAM POLING - Private

85. WILLLIAM POLING, JUNIOR - Private

86. NICHOLAS RECK - Private

87. THOMAS RECK - Private

88. JACOB RHINEHART - Private.  Transferred to Capt. John Hammond's Company on 20 October l814.

89. JEREMIAH RIDDLE - Private

90. GEORGE RIFFLE - Private.  Letter in Service Record to his widow, Susannah Riffle states that he died in service on 13 March 1815 and that she would receive a half pay pension from that day until 4 September 1817.  His children and heirs are listed as Jonathan Riffle, born 25 May 1811, Phoebe Riffle, born 25 December 1812 and George S. Riffle, born 30 December 1814.

91. PETER ROBERTS - Servant.  Enlisted 20 October 1814.

92. THOMAS C. H. ROWAN - Private.  Affidavit in Service File dated 15 November 1816 by which Rowan appoints John M. Hart his attorney to collect money due him which he had never received.  He was stationed at Camp Tar near Norfolk.

93. JOHN ROY - Private.  Transferred to Capt. John Hammond's Company on 20 October l8l4.

94. MICHAEL SEE - Lieutenant.  Resigned 20 October 1814.  According to his Pension record he again served as a Captain in the Virginia Militia from 18 February 1815 through 8 March 1815 in Mason County.  There he had married Nancy Greenlee 15 February 1808. Michael See died in Mason County 10 September 1827.  His widow was living in Salem, Illinois in 1858.  She died in 1871. (Note: The author suspects some confusion in this pension with another Michael See who was also a veteran of the 1812 War in Randolph County. This second Michael See was 76 years old in 1853 when he was a resident of Montgomery County, Missouri.  He seems to be the more likely person who served in Jonathan Wamsley's Company.)

95. DANIEL SCHOONOVER - Private.  According to pension record he was drafted at Beverly on 22 August 1814 and was discharged at Fort Nelson on 2 February 1815.  He received an Honorable Discharge at Norfolk on 22 February 1815 since he had furnished a substitute to serve the balance of his tour.  He married Susanna Wilmoth in Randolph County on 20 August 1801 and was living at New Interest Post Office in Randolph County on 25 April l871.

96. JOSEPH SCHOONOVER - Private

97. ABRAHAM SKIDMORE - Private

98. ANDREW SKIDMORE - Private

99. JAMES SKIDMORE - Private

100. JOSEPH SKIDMORE - Private

101. SAMUEL SMITH - Sergeant

102. THOMAS SMITH - Servant.  Enlisted 12 October 1814.

103. DANIEL SPILLMAN - Private.  Transferred to Capt. John Hammond's Company on 20 October 1814.

104. ABSALOM STALNAKER - Private

105. SAMUEL STALNAKER - Fifer

106. HENRY STURMS - Private

107. JAMES SUTTON - Private.  Transferred to Capt. John Hammond's Company on 20 October 1814.

1O8. JOHN D. SUTTON - Corporal.  Reduced from Sergeant 20 Oct 1814.

109. WILLIS TAYLOR - Private

110. HENRY TOOMIRE (DUMIRE) - Private

111. JOHN TOOMIRE (DUMIRE) - Private

112. FRANCIS VANNOY - Private

113. AARON VANSCOY - Private

114. JACOB VANSCOY - Private

115. JACOB WAGGONER - Private.  May have died in service.

116. JOSEPH WALKER - Private

117. ISAAC WAMSLEY - Ensign.  resigned 7 October 1814. Pension record states he married Susannah Yeager on 13 March 1813. He died on 29 December 1862 at Truby Run in Upshur County (WV).   Susannah died on 24 November l878 in Lewis County.

118. JESSE WAMSLEY - Private

119. JONATHAN WAMSLEY - Captain.  Referring to Harrison County (WV) Circuit Court File 4-1 in case entitled Jonathan Wamsley vs. Benjamin West is a 13 September 1815 deposition from a John Brown who stated that about 15 March 1815 Captain Jonathan Wamsley was at the Columbian Hotel in Richmond (VA) with $400 in Treasury notes in his possession, believed to be the payroll for the members who served in his Company.  Wamsley asked Brown if he could put the notes in his trunk.  Brown gave him key to trunk and room door. After supper Wamsley evidently gave the room key to John Mayse.  Wamsley and Brown then went to a house (not the Hotel) to lodge for the night.  They had to come back early since the stage left Richmond at 4 a.m. Wamsley found that the money was gone.  He asked the Hotel to check their servants and said he would be ruined if the notes were not found.  Evidently they were not located.

120. WILLIAM G. WAMSLEY - Sergeant

121. WILLIAM WARD - Private

122. DANIEL WEESE - Private.  Discharged 18 October 1814 at Norfolk. In an affidavit dated 25 November 1816 Daniel Wees of Randolph County appoints John M. Hart his attorney to collect money due him that he did not receive.  Wees served at Camp Tan near Norfolk.   George Stalnaker witnessed the affidavit.

123. NICHOLAS WEATHERHOLT - Private

124. WILLIAM WELCH - Private

125. ISAAC WESTFALL - Private.  Referring to Randolph County (WV) Minute Book on 22 August 1856, Catherine Westfall, widow of Isaac, states he died in December 1814 in Norfolk of disease while in service in 1812 War.

126. MOSES WILSON - Private

127. HENRY WINEMILLER - Private.  Transferred to Capt. John Hammond's Company on 20 October 1814.

128. ZACHARIAX WOODS - Private.  Transferred to Capt. John Hammond's Company on 20 October 1814.

129. WILLIAM YEAGER - Private

130. JACOB YOKUM - Private

131. SOLOMON YOKUM - Private

NOTE: While the above is intended to be a complete list of the soldiers in this unit, it only includes information from a small portion of the available service and pension records for the members of this Company.  (WHR)


Questions or comments to: Deborah Johnson or ARFHS Webmaster