Here are the meeting minutes from our D-OGS monthly meeting held on January 4, 2012 at the Christ Church Meeting Place at 105 Market Street, Chapel Hill.
D-OGS Meeting, 4 January 2011
The new President, Fred Mowry, introduced himself and asked for visitors to introduce themselves. There were 11 members in attendance and 5 guests/visitors.
Fred introduced the officers: Ginger Smith as Secretary and Webmaster, Ginny Thomas as Treasurer, Karen Vance is an At Large Director, Rob as an At Large Director, Richard as Newsletter Editor, Peg Edwards as Membership Director.
Richard introduced the speaker as Ann Myhre.
The topic was “The War of 1812 in the Lower South – The Rest of the Story” by Ann Myhre
The PBS special that Carol Boggs sent to the mailing list was told from the perspective of the Canadian, British and New England researchers with very little mentioned about the South. The point of Ann’s talk was to give more of a perspective from the Southern Soldiers’ standpoint.
The Conditions Leading to War:
- Trade with France was impeded by the British
- There was an impressment of 6000+ US sailors
- British supported the Native Americans
- US expansionism into Canada
- US political conflict between North and South
She showed us a map of the US in 1812
She mentioned the USS Constitution which was called an “ironside” because it resisted Britain’s cannon balls. This is the oldest ship still in commission.
Scientific American article about the New Madrid MO earthquake, similar to the one that happened in VA last year; caused the Indians to take caution about the Americans who were taking their land. They thought it was a “sign”
- Fort Mims and Other Indian Battles consisted of Red Sticks (not Friendly Creek Indians) vs the Friendly Creeks
- North Carolinians were divided
- More people fought from TN than any other state
- Two of Ann’s ancestors fought
James McEwen (Ann’s 3rd great-grandfather) was from Rowan Co., NC fought from Tennessee, son of David McEwen
- They moved to Madison Co., KY about 1790, then moved down to TN about 1797 with their cattle, horses, pigs, and sheep
- Their house is now on the Vanderbilt Legends Golf Course, which John and Ann visited in 2011
- Visited the Williamson Co., Historical society and they showed her the portraits of David McEwen, and James’ 2 brothers and nephew
- Ann also found a record on Ancestry.com for James McEwen as a patroller against the slaves in Williamson Co
- Married Betsy Goff, daughter of Andrew Goff about 1804 and they had six children
Compiled military service records for 1812 cost $20 from NARA
- Captain James McEwen
- Pay was $40/mo
- Ann showed us the muster roll of his “company”
- Mustered in Dec 10, 1812 for 12 months
- They drilled on flat boats as they floated down to Natchez
John read a letter from Andrew Goff about what happened when they arrived at Natchez. They found that the enemy had backed out and Gen’l Jackson ordered them to return to Nashville.
Ann showed a photo of Natchez Trace from present day which is the trail they walked back on. Jackson paid for their travel back.
Ancestry.com has a free? Index for soldiers for the War of 1812 which tells you what unit they served in and who their commanding officer was.
Got called up again and James got promoted to Major.
Joel Henry Region/Regen
- Parents and date and place of birth unknown, was in Williamson Co., TN by 26 Sept 1813
- Also from Tennessee
- Was a private, mustered in Fayetteville
- Built Fort Strother and fought in the battle of Talladega
- Served under Christopher McEwen
- James made a total of $259.97, Joel only made $25.95 for pay. The difference between a private and a Captain/Major
- Joel Regan married Loretta Bateman
Battles of New Orleans:
The PBS special only mentioned 1 but there were actually 3 different battles.
Joel was involved in the Night Battle of New Orleans
The Treaty of Ghent ended the War, signed 24 Dec 1814, ratified by British 27 Dec and by the US 18 Feb 1815; But the Battles were still going on. The Americans gained fishing rights to the Greater St. Lawrence
Americans lost about 3,000 slaves
What the war accomplished:
For the US:
- Increased nationalism
- Increased in the Navy
- Demise of the Federalist Party
- Return to status quo
- Return to trading with the US
For the indigenous people:
- They lost the most territory
Soldiers were allotted a certain number of acres based on how long they were enlisted for and how long they served for
Ann has provided this related information about the topic:
Ginny – Dec Treasury holds $3803.89 – from that, she paid $18 check for copy costs, brought in $300 deposits, including $200 check from Shirley Mallard for 10 yrs dues, final $4085.89
Ginger – the newsletter is posted to website, events are posted to the blog; and will be posted to the calendar
Peg – currently 155 members, 25 complimentary members who receive publications; she put a call out for volunteers for membership development
Fred – looking for volunteers to coordinate the Civil War workshop on Feb 25th at Duke Homestead. A committee has been formed with Richard, Fred, Elias’; might have some slave records, scanning table, available records; Please let Fred, Richard, Cathy or Rob know if you would be interested in helping to put together a workshop for this event.
Next meeting will be Feb 1st with Stuart Dunaway, talking about “The McCulloch Great Tracts – Their Impacts on Genealogy Research” will be at Bennett Place State Historic Site at 4409 Bennett Memorial Rd, Durham, NC.
Richard – NCGS spring meeting in Rocky Mount, March 31st;
NC Museum of History – hosting a conservation assistance day; make an appointment, bring by your old documents to ask how to conserve it, on Jan 20th, call Jan Sweat at 919-807-7023; Will not take live ammunition or items infested with mold or pests.
This Sunday they are doing the Music of the Carolina Series with Mr. Locklear, a Lumbee Indian who will be performing held at 3pm and is free.
NGS will be held this spring in Cincinnati.
Fred – In March, Mark Clinton will talk about State Land Grants; April – Allen Dew will talk about cemetery research and his website; May – Richard will discuss his new findings; June – David Southern, using maps for genealogical research; August – Show and Tell for members to talk about their projects; September – Carol Boggs will talk about things you find on the internet; October – Melanie Crane will talk about more advanced genealogy topics.
The computer interest group is still looking for a new moderator/leader.
There will be a genealogy workshop at the Senior Center taught by Margo next Wednesday. (She takes groups to SLC and teaches at Duke’s lifelong learning center).
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