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Transcripts of Documents of the 5th Regiment of Lincoln Militia During the War of 1812. Transcribed and Indexed by Fred Blair, 2nd Edition Published January 28, 2017
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This is a transcription of documents from Volumes 1, 16, 24, and 25, four of thirty-nine volumes of pay records and accounts of the Upper Canada Militia during the time of the War of 1812 as transcribed by Fred Blair from the digital document copies published in 2012 on the Collections Canada website.

The 5th Regiment of Lincoln Militia was drawn from men living in the townships of Ancaster, Barton, Binbrook, Glanford, and Saltfleet and the Grand River Tract. The townships later became part of the Wentworth County and were more recently incorporated into the City of Hamilton. The Grand River Tract became part of the Brant County.

Militia laws at times required all men from 16 to 60 to report for muster duty in the regiment in their area. The muster rolls therefore also served as a partial census of who was living in the area. However, a number of men received exemptions from service for various reasons. Over 700 men’s names appeared in these payrolls from 1812 to 1814. Men did not always report for duty in the same company or even the same regiment.

Names may have been spelled differently on different payrolls and even on subsequent copies of the same payrolls. The assumption can usually be made that a given name belonged to only one man but there were a number of families with two or more generations of men with the same name. There were also a number of large families living in the area but all the men sharing that surname were not necessarily related.

For more information by Fred Blair, view his website: War of 1812 Canadian Stories. Fred carefully researches, writes and posts insightful short stories about life in Upper Canada during the War of 1812, how to find primary and secondary source information about the war, indices to primary document collections, and Upper Canada Militia transcripts. Copyright by Fred Blair, 2015-to date. Enquiries welcome at warof1812cdnstories@gmail.com A link to his site is included in this record for your further information.
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Transcripts of Documents of the 5th Regiment of Lincoln Militia During the War of 1812. Transcribed and Indexed by Fred Blair, 2nd Edition Published January 28, 2017
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Transcripts of Documents of the 5th Regiment of Lincoln Militia During the War of 1812. Transcribed and Indexed by Fred Blair, 2nd Edition Published January 28, 2017


This is a transcription of documents from Volumes 1, 16, 24, and 25, four of thirty-nine volumes of pay records and accounts of the Upper Canada Militia during the time of the War of 1812 as transcribed by Fred Blair from the digital document copies published in 2012 on the Collections Canada website.

The 5th Regiment of Lincoln Militia was drawn from men living in the townships of Ancaster, Barton, Binbrook, Glanford, and Saltfleet and the Grand River Tract. The townships later became part of the Wentworth County and were more recently incorporated into the City of Hamilton. The Grand River Tract became part of the Brant County.

Militia laws at times required all men from 16 to 60 to report for muster duty in the regiment in their area. The muster rolls therefore also served as a partial census of who was living in the area. However, a number of men received exemptions from service for various reasons. Over 700 men’s names appeared in these payrolls from 1812 to 1814. Men did not always report for duty in the same company or even the same regiment.

Names may have been spelled differently on different payrolls and even on subsequent copies of the same payrolls. The assumption can usually be made that a given name belonged to only one man but there were a number of families with two or more generations of men with the same name. There were also a number of large families living in the area but all the men sharing that surname were not necessarily related.

For more information by Fred Blair, view his website: War of 1812 Canadian Stories. Fred carefully researches, writes and posts insightful short stories about life in Upper Canada during the War of 1812, how to find primary and secondary source information about the war, indices to primary document collections, and Upper Canada Militia transcripts. Copyright by Fred Blair, 2015-to date. Enquiries welcome at warof1812cdnstories@gmail.com A link to his site is included in this record for your further information.