War of 1812 Veterans buried in Berrien County Michigan
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David Baxter (1786-1879) Veteran of the War of 1812 - buried in Oak Ridge Cemetery , Buchanan, Michigan
David Baxter served in the Vermont Militia (as a private in Robbins’ and Williams’ Companies) during the War of 1812, when he was 26-28 years of age. David was born in 1786 in Conn. , and was a shoemaker by trade. Not much is known of his early life, but he married Sarah Arthur (Monroe Co., NY), and is listed in Summit Co., Ohio , in the 1850 census. In 1870, he was living on Fourth St. in Buchanan, in the household of Harrison and Ellen Glover. He died on Nov. 28, 1879 , at the home of his granddaughter, Mrs. Evelyn G. Ingalls and her husband, Alonzo. His wife preceded him in death, perhaps before he came to Buchanan, since she is not buried next to him.
He is buried in Section 15, Lot 10, and his military-type marker reads: 4 VT Militia War of 1812 - information contributed by: Robert D. Brown

General Calvin Britain – buried in St. Joseph City Cemetery. 1770 to 8 Dec 1840
St. Joseph was first known as Saranac and then Newburyport before ending up with the Name of St. Joseph in 1833.
His son, Calvin Britain, 1800 to 1862 -
is credited for the founding of St. Joseph

Levi Brown, buried in Rosehill Cemetery, Berrien Springs, the grandfather of Thankful Brown Nickles, formerly of Berrien Springs no of Traverse City, Michigan.
Elam Gowdy - buried at New Buffalo - the grandfather of the late Dr. F. M. Gowdy

Thomas Fitzgerald, war of 1812; Niles Cemetery.

Elam Gowdy burial in New Buffalo, MI

William Gray, second lieutenant of the 1st Michigan Infantry, buried Niles Cemetery;

Michael Harner - buried in Oronoko Township - the grandfather of Eldon Harner of Oronoko Township

Nathan Knapp – 19 July, 1792 to 12 September 1877 died in Watervliet, and is buried in Coloma Cemetery. (son of Thomas and Martha Knapp)
His wife Phebe was born 27 June 1797 in New York and died 12 April 1874 in Watervliet, Michigan. They had 10 children.

Julius Montague (1795-1853) Veteran of the War of 1812 - buried in Oak Ridge Cemetery, Buchanan, Michigan
Julius Montague served in the War of 1812 was as a private in the New York Militia, in both Capt. Bruce’s and Hecox’s Companies. He was born in Massachusetts on Aug. 28, 1795, and so was about 17-18 years old during his war service. He married Mary Lott in February of 1820 and they had two children. Julius Montague is listed in the Federal censuses for 1820, 1830 and 1840 in Oswego Co., NY, and in April of 1842, he married his second wife, Hannah W. Arnold, there. By 1850, the Montague family consisted of Julius, 55, Hannah, 47, Esther, 6, David Oren, 4, and John F., 2. In that year they moved from New York to Buchanan, buying land in the Moccasin Bluff area (Section 23 of Buchanan Twp.). Many years later, Ester wrote to the editor of the Berrien County Record, relating observations about Buchanan in the 1850’s. Some of these are included in The Story of Buchanan, a History, published by the Berrien County Historical Association. After three years of hard work, making a farm of the land he had bought, Julius died suddenly one day. Hannah still owned the farm at Moccasin Bluff in 1873. John and Oren stayed in the Buchanan area, but after teaching for several years, Esther (Winch) left the area at the time of her marriage in 1868.
Montague, Julius (1795-1853): He is buried in Section 20, Lot 14, next to his wife, Hannah, and son Oren. His other son, John F. is buried in A-76. - information contributed by: Robert D. Brown


Amasha Preston, buried in Maple Grove Cemetery, grandfather of Maude Preston of Cass street, Benton Harbor

Riley, Phillip died Nov 14, 1884 burial in Royalton (within Riverview Cemetery)

Stephen Searls 1792 to 1887 - fought on Canadian Soil in the War of 1812 He is buried in St. Joseph “City” Cemetery.

Jonathan Taber - buried in Sodas Township - grandfather of Dr. R. B. Taber

Colonel, John Whittenmyer - War of 1812 and Mexican Wars buried at St. Joseph City Cemetery.

Wood, Stillman, - Stillman Wood - - By cross referencing several articles it appears that Stillman Wood was born Vermont. I found him in the 1830 Census for Lisle, Broome Co., NY. In this same county he served in the 1812 conflict and as noted in some documentation was first promoted to rifleman and then Capt. 3rd Regt. NY Inf. He arrived in Bainbridge Township, Berrien Co., MI around 1836 and helped clear land. In the same county he later moved to Benton and then St. Joseph in his elderly years. He is buried in Lakeview Cemetery = Lakeview is also known as "City" Cemetery in the city of St. Joseph. Noted in the St. Joseph Traveler Herald , 4 July 1885, he is listed with other soldiers and sailors as needing a tombstone for his grave. A stone was ordered Sept 28, 1886 to mark his final resting place.

Many of the above were revealed in a report noted in the local newspaper on June 7, 1930.

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