I would be very interested in hearing if there are descendants of Capt. Jonathan Lynde of Chesterfield, Essex County, NY who may have further details on the role that a militia company called the"Silver Greys"had in the War of 1812 including the Battle of Plattsburgh.My g-g-g-g grandfather, Samuel Jackson, was one of those who fought with this company. Your help would be appreciated. David Rogers
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"....In the summer of 1814, when the British Army was about to invade us, an order was issued for all who were required by law to bear arms, to rendezvous forthwith at Plattsburgh.But many were left who were past the age required whose patriotism promoted them to offer their services in defence of their country.They organized a company, chose Jonathan Lynde, Captain, and went forward, my father with them, under the name of "Silver Greys," in time to take part in the battle, for which the survivors and their widows afterwards received pay from a government appropriation.On their departure the town was left a community of women and children.They could distinctly hear the booming of the cannon throughout the day - their husbands, brothers and fathers were there - with listening anxiety they spent the night, and the next day the Silver Greys came scattering in, joyous with patriotic enthusiasm, and Col. Sheldon's cider brandy was used freely in exultation of the victory...."Source - The Plattsburgh Sentinel, Dec. 8, 1876, letter by O. F. Sheldon, via Internet site - Northern New York Library Network Newspaper Search.