The ship was a wooden warship used in the war of 1812.

The Kelsey / Wiltse association has a long history. An example is of James Kelsey UEL & Benoni Wiltse UEL testifying as witnesses for each other concerning their war losses (in USA) due to their loyalty to the crown. They were neighbours in New York State prior to the American Revolution. This is recorded in the "United Empire Loyalists – Enquiry Into The Losses and Services in Consequence of Their Loyalty – 1788 at Montreal, Lower Canada. Both James & Benoni served in the Kings Loyal American Regiment.

Served all through the war of 1812.  Samuel Millikin, 83; October 10, 1870.

"District of Montreal
Edward Hazel, late an officer in the Indian Department saith, that on the 4th day of October last, he was in Company with Tecumseh the Chief of the Shawanese, the Chief of the Sacques, Lieutenants Fraser & Graverah and other Indians in the township of Chatham on the River Thames, at which time the Enemy were only a quarter of a Mile distant, when the said Chief Tecumseh & others, said, that it was absolutely necessary to burn the adjacent Mills of Mess ors John and James McGregor, as they were full of wheat, which wheat would certainly fall into the hands of the Enemy which burning was immediately carried out by said Indians. Edward Hazel shortly after seeing the smoke that issued from the said Fire of the said Mills.
Sworn at Montreal, 30th June 1814 before me--
--Thomas W. Cord J.P."

Ships and Seamen of the American Revolution.

This naval militia was active during most of the American Revolutionary War.

William Munson Jarvis, second son of William served throughout the war of 1812-14. He was present at the battle of Queenston Heights and Stoney Creek.

The American Revolution - (Home)

Alexander Cameron was born in Glen Nevis in the Highlands of Scotland around 1754. In 1773 his family, together with about 400 other Highlanders, left Scotland for New York, having gained a grant of lands in Albany. They took up land in the Mohawk Valley. The Camerons had scarcely had enough time to build a rough home and clear a few acres of land when the American Revolution broke out in 1776. Alexander and his father immediately joined their landlord's regiment, the King's Royal Regiment of New York. According to Cruikshank's "King's Royal Regiment of New York", Alexander was in Watt's Company 1776-77, in Major's Company 1778 -1781, and a Light Infantryman 1782-83. He was a prisoner with the rebels in 1779 while with Major's Company.

Revolutionary War – Descendants of the Great Dismal

Lieutenant Major Burritt (1775-1863), like his brother Daniel Jr. a Loyalist by descent, was a company commander, a position usually filled by a captain but, as there was not a vacancy for a new captain in the regiment, he led the company as a lieutenant and acting captain. Members of his company included his nephews Edmund Burritt (1793-1880), Calvin Burritt (born 1795), and Adoniram Young (1784-1845). Major was married to Mary Towsley (1773/4-1844), and they had eight children. Post-war Major was promoted to captain, and in 1830 he was promoted to major – which may have resulted in some mirth in the regiment when his rank and his forename became identical. He became a respected farmer, often appearing in documents as "Major Burritt, Esq.," and lived in Augusta Township for about forty-eight years before moving to Burritt's Rapids.


Legend claims it is the flag carried by Bedford Minuteman, Nathaniel Page, to the Concord Bridge on April 19, 1775, at the beginning of the American Revolution.