Monday, December 10, 2012

Military Monday - War of 1812 Widow's Pension

In looking back over my information on the Lamon line, I found a card in the War of 1812 Pension Application Files Index for my fourth-great-grandfather, Manuel Lamon. A copy of the card is below.
Source: Ancestry.com War of 1812 Pension Application Files Index
Manuel Lamon was the father of David Detrick Lamon, who I covered back in September. There are some intriguing bits on this card, and I will have to visit the National Archives on a break to learn more. First, the card lists his widow's name as Mary Magdalene Lamon. All other trees and information I've seen have listed her name as Mary Madoline [French] Lamon.

Second, the card lists Manuel's service as a private in Captain Jonathan Waddle's Company, Tennessee Militia. A quick search shows that this is the 4th Regiment of the East Tennessee Militia, containing men mostly from "Washington, Jefferson, Carter, Claiborne, Cocke, Grainger, Greene and Sullivan Counties." So it's highly possible that Manuel Lamon served with Thomas Jones of Jefferson County, potentially crossing paths with a side of my family that would not become linked until my grandparents were married in 1941.

The War of 1812 pension files are in the process of being digitized through Fold3.com, they're currently up to 6% complete with more files scanned every day. I could wait for the record to be digitized, but since the office is so close to the Archives, I can also go over lunch and hopefully see what is in that file.

One more thing - through Manuel Lamon's father David Lamon, I have confirmed the Lamon family arrival at least as early as August 1786 in Washington County, Tennessee. This makes them my second branch to qualify for First Families of Tennessee status.

2 comments:

  1. You're lucky to be so close to the National Archives. Haven't found an ancestor in the War of 1812 yet, but have found collateral lines in Revolutionary War Records. Jacqi Stevens who I see is one of your followers, and even one of mine, wrote a great article about the War of 1812.

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  2. DEAR DISTANT DESCENDANT I HAVE FOUND MY SELF SO ABSORBED BY MY LAMON ANCESTRY. HOW EXCITED I AM TO FIND YOU AND YOUR RESEARCH. I AM GREAT GREAT GRANDDAUGHTER OF ISAAC NEWTON LAMON HIS FATHER BEING EMANUEL LAMON 1814 CAN NOT TELL YET IF MY EMANUEL IS RELATED TO YOUR LINAGE . I DO UNDERSTAND THAT THERE WHERE THREE BROTHER /COUSIN THAT CAME TO THE NEW WORLD TOGETHER AND WE ALL ARE DESCENDANT OF THEM. PLEASE PLEASE CORRECT ME IF I AM WRONG!! PJ LAMON RADEMACHER

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