Monday, September 14, 2009

Fredericktown & Georgetown Destroyed 1813.

There has been a lot written about the battle of Fredericktown and Georgetown in Maryland and those who had a ancestor there will know or should know a lot about the battle and what happen there. But how many of you have heard in your own ancestors words on what happen to them at the time of the battle? Well now is your chance to do so. Some of the men and women give Depositions on what happen to them.

I will list a few depositions and then I will give a list of men and women that were there and the property that was destroyed. The names with a star have given a deposition.

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The deposition of Richard Barnaby, of Fredericktown, in Cecil county, Maryland, aged about forty-eight years.

Being duly sworn, deposeth and saith, that, on the morning pf the 6th of May, after the engagement took place at the fort below this town, that he went a short distance out of town to see some females to a place of safety, and, on his return, he met about twenty of the British troops armed, commanded by an officer, who observed, on meeting of him, here is one of the damne4 rascals from the fort; and then inquired where the damned rascals which were at the fort had run to, and ordered him to go with him and show them to him. The deponent observing he did not know where they Were, the officer swore he was a liar, and drew his sword, and threatened to kill him; one of the men presented a bayonet, and another drew a dirk, and swore if he did not go he would raft it through him. He afterwards went with them as far as Captain Francis B. Chandler’s house, at which time Francis B. Chandler was going towards his house; and, on their hearing some person call him captain, the officer ordered his men to take him: the admiral coming up at the time, inquired the reason that house was set on fire. Afterwards this deponent returned to his own house with the admiral, and requested of him not to have it set on fire. The admiral promised it should not be burnt if he would furnish him with thirty fowls, which he promised he would do. He furnished them with about thirteen fowls. They then took away and destroyed nearly the whole of his furniture which was in the house, and his provisions, and left him.
Given under my hand this 12th June, 1818.

Jonathan Greenwood.

On this 12th day of June, 1813, personally appeared Jonathan Greenwood, aged thirty years, and being first sworn on the Holy Evangelists of Almighty God, did declare, and say: that, on the morning of the 6th of May last, upon the landing of the British forces at Fredericktown where this deponent resides, an officer and two sailors came to said deponent’s house, and swore that, if they had not found him without arms, they would have thrust hint through with their bayonets; they then retired, fell in with some other forces, which soon after came to deponent’s house, broke it open, took whatever they conveniently could carry away, and destroyed the rest, with their cutlasses and dirks, and burned it, with his dwelling house, store house, and kitchen. The officers appeared to be most active in the destruction of his property. The house in the town were, soon after, generally, set on fire and destroyed.

The deposition of Joshua Ward, living about one mile from Fredericktown, in Cecil country, aged forty-four.

Being duly sworn, deposeth and saith, that, from the best information he could obtain, from those persons that were left at his house, that a party of British, consisting of between thirty and forty men, commanded by an officer, said to be a post captain, on the 6th of May last, went to his house, and immediately placed a guard around it, inquired particularly for him, and searched every part of the house, swearing they would sacrifice him; being disappointed in finding me, they then began to destroy the tables, chairs, looking glasses, &c. when they had completed the destruction of such furniture as they could not take off with them, the officer himself took down a pair of hand some looking glasses, and others of the party took as much of the best bedding, clothing, plate, window curtains, &c. as they could conveniently carry with them; my little boy’s clothes they harried off on the point of their bayonets; before they left the house, they put powder in every room below stairs, an officer got fire himself from the kitchen, and had it kindled in the different rooms, and a bed put in the cellar with a part of the broken chairs, tables, &c. and a fire kindled; they then left the house, but continued in the yard until the fire was bursting from the windows, and swore, that; if, there was an attempt to extinguish the fire, they would put the person to death; That they intended to return and burn every thing on the farm; they fired at one of my sons, not twelve years of age, as he was driving off a flock of sheep.

Valuation of Property destroyed in Fredericktown.

*John Allen---Dwelling house, kitchen, and meat house, two Small houses, Stable and carriage house, Granary---Total $2,800.

*Richard Barnaby----Furniture and apparel----$411.

John Barnaby---House and kitchen---$350.

John H. Brown----Wearing apparel---$47.

*Captain Francis B. chandler---Granary an shed, near bank, Granary on wharf---$1,200.

*Jonathan Greenwood---Dwelling house, kitchen, and store house, Merchandise, - -$2,018. 37 and a half.

Mrs. Ann Moore---Dwelling house, Furniture, &c.---$1,647.

Joseph Jarvis---House---$50.

Elizabeth M’Clannan---House---$100.

James Mitchell---Dwelling house, kitchen, and meat house---$300.

*Moses Cannon---Furniture, apparel, &c. Furniture---$250.

*Toilus Robertson---Furniture, apparel, &c.---$208.

James Williamson---Furniture, apparel, &c.---$153.25.

*Joshua Ward---Dwelling house and kitchen, Furniture, apparel, &c.---$5,336.45.

John Ward Sr.---Tenant’s house---$450.

Property destroyed in Georgetown.

Ann Bagwell---Furniture, &c.---$165.

Smith Bagwell’s heirs---Shoemaker’s shop---$200.

Margaret Downs---Dwelling house and kitchen---$150.

Denis Donlevy---Household furniture, apparel, musical instruments, books, provision, &c; &c. &c.---$3,744.15.

Thomas Dollis---Furniture, apparel, carpenter’s tools, &c.---$110.

Margaret Jackson---Houses, furniture, apparel, money; tools, &c. &c. &c.---$1,865.75.

Arthur Nicholson’s heirs---Dwelling house, &c.---$350.

Mary Nicholson---Furniture, apparel, &c.---$150.

Joseph Jarvis---Furniture, apparel, &c.---$67.12 and a half.

Archibald M’Neill---House---$200.

Fanny M’Neill---Furniture, apparel, &c.---$109.87 and a half.

Philip F. Rasin---Granary, Furniture, apparel, &c.---$428.75.

Isabella Faggert---Furniture, apparel, &c.---$134.56.

Robert Usilton---Furniture, apparel, &c.---$119.60.

Mrs. Wilson---Dwelling house, kitchen, and two out houses---$1,800.

William Inland---Dwelling house, kitchens stable, and carriage houses---$850.

Mrs. Pearer---Dwelling house, brick, kitchen, stable and carriage house---$850.

Mrs. Mary Everitt---Carriage house---$80.

Jacob Roads---Old house---$40.

Heirs of William Pope---Tavern house, granary, two story stable and carriage house---$1,000.

Miss Stengises---Good brick dwelling house and kitchen---$2,500.
Arthur Nicholson’s heirs-----------$200.

Isabella Freeman---Dwelling house, kitchen, stable, and carriage house---$800.

Mrs. Mary Henry---Store house---$250.

Robert Elliott---Dwelling house, kitchen, and stable---$300.

Stepney Congo---Dwelling house---$150.

Ann Peare---Dwelling house---$150.

William Jackson---Dwelling house, kitchen, store house, and granary---$500.

Inois Spuran---Dwelling house and kitchen----$1,000.

Heirs of Alex. Williamson---Dwelling house, kitchen, &c.---$1,500.

Note. Although none of these names give a deposition doesn’t mean there’s no information on them?

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