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If you have an ancestor that fought in the War of 1812 and you would like listed here, email me the information and I will add it to this page.
Contributed by Jason Bordeaux
William Devane was a private in the New Hanover militia under Capt Bannerman.

Contributed by John Johnson
William B Miller was a member of St James Episcopal and I believe he is buried in the graveyard.  He purchased a pew in the church.  An infant child of William B Miller shows up in the burial records of the church.  There is a gravestone for a William Miller out in the graveyard and then there is a marker on the side of the church that was built over some graves.  I believe that my William Miller is under the church.
William B Miller married Narcissa Hatch, and they had several children. The only one positively identified is my direct ancestor, William Edwin Miller, born 1813 in Wilmington. William Edwin Miller's bible notes the names of his parents but not the names of his brothers and sisters.
William B Miller bought and sold property in Wilmington from 1810 to 1830. It appears that he had some sort of livery business, renting carriages, horses and slaves.
William Edwin Miller moved from New Hanover to Columbus County to Horry County SC to Marion County SC. He taught school in Marion County from the 1840s until 1870.  He was a trial justice for a while before he died.
Below is a pay voucher dated 1814 for William B Miller.

Contributed by John E Sharpless

Thomas W Sharpless was born in 1786 in the New Hanover County, NC area.
During the War of 1812 he served in the North Carolina Militia, 2nd Regiment, 12 Company.
About 1816 he sold all his property located on Long Creek and moved to Baldwin County Georgia, where he married Nancy Weatherford on November 22, 1816.
In 1818 Thomas and Nancy moved to Conecuh County, Alabama and in 1825 they moved to Pike County, Alabama.
Thomas and Nancy reared  six children and remained in Pike County the rest of their lives.
Thomas and Nancy are buried in Hopewell Cemetery near Henderson, Pike County, Alabama, in unmarked graves.
Family members have placed a memorial to them at the Hopewell Cemetery.
Thomas' War of 1812 grave marker will be placed at the memorial.

Luke Townley, War of 1812, Private, Second Regiment, 12th Company,  detached from the NC Militia, Capt. Cullen Fillyaw's Company.
Luke Townley was born 1774 and died 1826.  He is buried in the Pine Barren Cemetery at Pine Barren, Escambia County, Florida. Luke Townley's wife, Rebecca was born 1774 and died 1874. She is buried by his side although she married William N Richbourg, a surveyor.
Luke and Rebecca are from New Hanover County, NC.  Their children are:
1. Lucy TOWNLEY, b. 1804/5, married 1. Morris Boney and 2. John LANIER.
2. Anna TOWNLEY, b. 7 Feb 1805, d. 20 Mar 1860, married Benjamin GAINER.
3. Mary "Polly" TOWNLEY, b. 23 Aug 1807, d. 21 Dec 1883, married Reuben BOWMAN.
4. Tabitha TOWNLEY b. 1809, married a John LANIER.
5. Mahala Julia TOWNLEY, b. 1811, d. 13 Feb 1868, married 1. Daniel Mack SHEPARD and  2. John D. HOLMAN.
6. Martha "Patsy" TOWNLEY, b. 7 Mar 1813, d. 23 Jul 1889, mar. Neil WILKINSON.
7. Edmond Horatio H. TOWNLEY, Reverend, b. 23 Feb 1816, d. 9 Jul 1874, married Mary M. DEARMAN.
8. Wealtha TOWNLEY, b 28 Jul 1818, d. 22 Sep 1900, mar. Charles HOBBS.