Monday, August 6, 2012

Anglin's Creek and Beyond, Part 2

In my most recent blog, I described Jacob Amick, Sr's, participation in the War of 1812, including a review of the 100 page application made by his widow for a pension based on his service in the military.  There were several discrepancies in the 100 pages of the application, and one of the discrepancies was the date of his service and the name of the commander of his company.

Further review of the application revealed that not only I, but also the Federal Government was quite confused.  In his application in 1854 for the 40 acres of land due to him as a land bounty, Jacob wrote that he served in John Bower's company from February 1815 to April 1815 and was discharged at Moorefield.  A bureaucrat responded that there was no listing for John Bower, but Jacob Amick is found on the muster roll of Capt. Francis Mastin's company from September 1814 to November 1814.

The answer to this question is that the Jacob Amick in Capt. Mastin's company lived in Frederick County, Virginia, and mustered into service in Winchester, Virginia.  There were two Jacob Amicks.

A search for the company of John Bower has not revealed any muster lists or history of the service of the company, but be it resolved that the Jacob Amick, Sr., who lived in Pendleton County and later moved to Nicholas County served only once in the War of 1812.  His term of service was actually after the Treaty of Ghent had been signed; he served in 1815, even after the Battle of New Orleans.  Leave it to the Bureau of Pensions to be eternally confused by the existence of two soldiers with the same name.

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