Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Treasure Chest Tuesday - New York State Militia War of 1812 Payroll Record for Amos Underhill

This week's Tuesday Treasure is the 1814 New York State Militia War of 1812 Pay Voucher for Amos Underhill (1772-1865):

The extracted information from this record for Amos Underhill is:

NAME:  Amos Underhill

RANK:  Private

ORGANIZATION:  Capt. James J. Stevens Co. of Col. Wm. Warren, 48 Regiment

PAID FROM:  Aug. 1, 1814 to Sept 25 1814    $14.45

REMARKS:  On extra duty

S. Kinney  Ven. #13  Roll #2024

The source citation for this military record is:

"New York, War of 1812 Payroll Abstracts for New York State Militia, 1812-1815," indexed database and digital image, Ancestry.com (https://www.ancestry.com : accessed 13 August 2015), Tuers - VanAuken, image 491 of 1044, Amos Underhill pay voucher; citing 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.

Amos Underhill served several times during the War of 1812 for the 48th Regiment in Erie County, New York.  The Underhill book says this about this service period:

"During the summer of 1814 the Militia was again called out to repel another invasion.   The British were beaten back across the river and Fort Erie was captured by the Americans.  Amos was again called into Stevens Company of the 48th Regiment of the New York Militia.  While aboard a boat ferrying a barge load of hay to Fort Erie to feed the horses in the fort, the British guns opened up on the barge.  The boat began to sink, but the men stuffed hay in the shot holes.  The barge drifted ashore on the Canadian side, and the men aboard were all captured, including Amos Underhill.  He was soon exchanged and returned home."

Amos Underhill (1772-1865) is my 4th great-grandfather.  He was the son of John and Hannah (Colby) Underhill of Chester, New Hampshire, married Mary "Polly" Metcalf (1780-1855) in Piermont, New Hampshire in 1801, and settled in Aurora, Erie county, New York in 1811, where they lived out their lives.

I am descended through their daughter, Mary Ann Underhill (1815-1882), who married Samuel Vaux (1816-1880) in 1839 in Aurora, New York.


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