On my recent trip to Ontario and Quebec in May/June of 2012, I saw banners and references to the War of 1812. The Ontario Genealogical Conferences theme was the War of 1812 – Borders and Bridges.
This year of 2012 is the 200th year since the War of 1812, which some believe was the 2nd War for American Independence. http://www.ushistory.org/us/21e.asp
The Official War of 1812 Bicentennial website, Celebrating 200 years of Peace http://www.visit1812.com/
Levi Goss was a son of Solomon Goss and Olive (Scott) Goss. He was the sixth child of this couple. He served in the War of 1812. He was 19 years old at the time, born 22 October 1793, in Pennsylvania according to his great grand-daughter Flora Montanye Osborn, my cousin who did a lot of work on this family line in the 1930-1950’s. His father Solomon Goss was on the move and was in Ohio by 1795. It is possible that Levi might have been born in western Pennsylvania?
According to the New York Military Equipment Claims at Ancestry.com, Levi served out of New York from September 12 to October 16, 1812. It was a very short period of service.
He was a private in Captain Rufus Spauldings Co. and Colonel Silas Hopkins Regiment (Niagara Co., NY). His pension #15681 is from Claims of Soldiers War of 1812, dated October 21, 1847.) No.: [p.202] 15,681. Index of Awards on Claims of the Soldiers of the War of 1812, page 202.
NAME OF APPLICANT: Goss, Levi,
RESIDENCE OF APPLICANT: Medina, Lenawee County, Michigan,
AMOUNT ALLOWED: $19 00
Levi served in the War of 1812 but he did not really get a pension which was only given to injured or dead soldiers until the laws changed in 1871. He died in 1872 so he did not benefit from this new law.
U.S. War of 1812 Service Records, 1812-1815 at Ancestry.com list Levi Goss, Hopkin’s Regiment, New York Militia, Private, Roll Box. 83, Roll. Exct 602, NARA Films M602, 234 rolls – Compiled Military Service Records for the Volunteer Soldiers Who Service in the War of 1812, Washington D.C. This is good news to find this index. I will have to revisit NARA’s films for I did not find him when I first looked.
Here are some links that might be of interest.
History of Niagara County at Internet Archives: http://archive.org/details/cu31924100387392
Fort Niagara State Park and Historic Sights: http://nyfalls.com/niagara/niagara-fort-niagara.html
Burials of Veterans of the War of 1812 in Lenawee Co., Michigan http://www.lenawee.migenweb.net/1812.html
The New York State Archives website has
this paragraph on the War of 1812 records about military service.
“Will search War of 1812 Abstracts of Payrolls for N.Y. State Militia (B0810) and Certificates of Claims (A0020, A3352). The certificates are indexed in Index of Awards on Claims of the Soldiers of the War of 1812 (Albany: 1860; repr. 1969). (A veteran’s claim stated war service in order to obtain reimbursement for clothing, arms, and equipment furnished at the soldier’s expense.) “
Levi was living in Marietta, Ohio with his family and at some time he took off on his own and his travels placed him in Niagara County by 1812. I cannot take credit for some of this research on Levi. It was done by my cousin Flora Montanye Osborn. I have tried to add to the work she did. In the next post I will share a letter written by Flora to Paul H. Goss regarding the movements of Levi Goss.