Well, I have a tale of daring do for you all.In looking up Sarah Stark(s) over the Christmas Holidays, I find she was married to Thomas Edmonds of England.
Thomas Edmonds was impressed (taken captive to serve as a British Army regular), in 1801, off Ye Olde Wharf in England.He had come down to watch his three brothers embark that were enlisted as recruits.They took the surprised Thomas with them (because he was 16 at the time, making him born in 1785) and gave him a free ride across the Great Salty Sea to Canada.
Thomas Edmonds survived the Canadian Bush, fierce war-like Pottawatomi and Ojibwe warriors as well as the English chickens in Colonel Henry Proctor's regiment during the War of 1812.He was in the battle where Sir Isaac Brock fell.Thomas Edmonds ended up in Prince Edward County where he met and fell in love with the beautiful and divine Sarah Stark, born about 1792, according to her tombstone.Sarah was the second daughter of Jacob Stark and a Rose woman (we believe).Jacob Stark was a discharged soldier of the 53rd British Regiment in the Revolutionary War at the Peace of Montreal in 1783.His land grant application said he was born in the Province of New Jersey roughly about 1764.
But right now, looking for descendants of Thomas and Sarah's six adult children, Catherine (Edmonds) and William Henry Vanalstine, John Edmonds, Phoebe (Edmonds) Dulmage-Moore (she had Moore children by her first husband David), Deborah (Edmonds) and Charles Williams, Leonard Edmonds and Harriet Miller; and Sarah Jane (Edmonds) and William Henry Hudgins, almost all from lovely and beautiful Loyalist Prince Edward County and Athol Township.
Have lots of info to share and would like to find out about Thomas unnamed brothers who served with him in Canada.Or where they came from in England.Or if those brothers were killed in action with the Redcoats.
Thomas Edmonds, our hero of 1801, is buried in Cherry Valley Cemetery.So is his wife Sarah (Stark) Edmonds.Three of their children and their husbands are buried in the same cemetery too.
Also, does anyone have any idea where to find out where the enlistment and discharge records are kept for the Revolutionary War and War of 1812 periods?Are they in Ottawa at the National Archives or in the old Colonial Office in England? Or are they in the War Office Records in England?How does one get any war records in England?
Not sure if I could swim across the great Atlantic ocean with all the 11,000 football field-size icebergs floating around due to global warming.
Any assistance would be greatly appreciated.
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