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Lieutenant Colonel Daniel Springer (b. September 1763, d. June 15, 1826)Daniel Springer (son of David Springer and Margaret Oliver)1066, 1067 was born September 1763 in Albany, New York1068, and died June 15, 1826 in Delaware, Middlesex County, Ontario1068.He married Ruth Fairchild on WFT Est. 1775-18181069, daughter of Benjamin Fairchild and Melissa (Millicent) Hall.
Notes for Daniel Springer:
Notes for LIEUT. COL. DANIEL SPRINGER SR. U.E.:
Excerpts from The London Free Press, Tuesday, February 27, 1877, reprinted in the London Leaf-- Editor Arnold Nethercott
"Daniel was a man of great vigour and enterprise who explored the forests and secured a location for a future home in Delaware Twp.He found many of the Indians encamped on its banks who traded with him.The Indians were well pleased with the white settler and named him Wabasash, signifying a good man or a wise man.He took up land on the flats and began to hew out a home for himself and at length other white people came and located there also.So utterly wild and unclaimed was the region at that time that the bears could be seen from the dwellings going to the river to drink, and the wolves in the swamps not far off "made night hideous" with their howling.The country was overrun with them.While the Government gave a bounty for their destruction the settlers gave additional rewards and formed themselves into personal associations for the purpose of hunting and destroying them.
The following incident of a much later period will show the truth of the above statements.One night Mrs. Springer, her husband being absent, heard a commotion among the poultry and going out found a large tiger-cat making off with a fowl.He had a lean and starved appearance.She made him drop the bird at the house door when he took refuge inside.Then ensued a hand-to-hand conflict such as probably no lady settler since that day has had to encounter.Mrs. Springer seized the animal by the fore legs and after a desperate struggle got him down and held him to the floor while one of her daughters procured a pen knife and cut his throat.Such were not a few of the ordeals of early pioneer life. Several lonely travelers were killed and eaten by wolves and their relics afterwards found.
Daniel Springer took up a large quantity of land in and around what is now the City of London, in the expectation that it would, as Governor Simcoe seemed to think, yet become a centre of commerce and capital of the province.There was only one tavern here then, kept by a man named McGregor.Port Stanley was the entryport of this part of Ontario and promised to be a great and rising place.
When the 1812 war broke out Daniel Springer became a captain of militia and as such participated in the Battle of Lundy's Lane.He was afterwards seized as a prisioner at Delaware Village and removed across the lines.There was a man named Westbrook living in the vicinity who had been caught in some depredations and put in prison under the laws. But he managed to break out and being disaffected and vengeful towards our Government, he escaped to the States and gathered around him a company of soldiers and freebooters with whom he returned.Arriving at Delaware he and his men took forcible possession of the Springer homestead and bound Daniel Springer hand and foot.He then went to his own place and set everthing about on fire and returned for his prisoners.Mrs. Springer accused him of hard-heartedness and cruelty when he replied "What do you call this cruel when the flames you see over yonder tree tops mark the ruin of all I have in the world!"Westbrook took his prisoner along with Colonel Baby and Col. Tousley to Cincinnati, Ohio.The Government meanwhile removed the family to Oxford for greater security and they remained there for five months while the war was going on.Westbrook all the time went about the country burning and destroying the property of settlers in every direction.Mills were ranked among the resources of war and were therefore professedly destroyed.Other buildings were burned from wantoness and private malice and the march of the enemy was everywhere marked by desolation.
British troops were stationed at Delaware and took possession of Daniel Springer's dwelling as a barracks and hospital.Until the removal of the family to Oxford they lived in a continual state of alarm often hiding in the woods to escape from hostile American Indians.Their son, Benjamin recollected very well the Battle of the Longwoods which occurred on March 4, 1814.Captain Holmes with 160 Rangers from Harrison's army were posted very advantageously on a hill the side of which they caused to be glazed with ice.Here he was attacked by two British Companies led by Captain Barsden, who attempted to scale the hill, but while stumbling on the ice they were exposed to the deadly fire of the enemy from behind their breastworks were cut down and compelled to retreat with a loss of nearly half their whole number killed, wounded or taken prisoner. Benjamin Springer often referred to the scenes witnessed in Delaware on the return of these troops, "men laid on stretchers covered with gore and others died under the operations of the surgeons."
At that period there were no geographic divisions such as we now have. The Province was separated into wide districts.The London District comprised three counties: Middlesex, Oxford and Norfolk; the Western District comprised Kent and Essex.There were District Courts, but no County Courts.The Court House belonged to the District. The one erected at London was a small temporary structure.Daniel Springer once held magisterial powers extending from Chatham to Hamilton, held Court at his own residence at Delaware where he kept the post office also.Criminal cases were sent to Long Point for adjudication.That was then the judicial and military headquarters."
Index of Land Claim Certificates:
Daniel Springer received Land Claim Certificate - Upper Canada Militiaman who served in War of 1812-14, pg. 173-175 - Flank Co. 1st Regiment Middlesex Militia
More About LIEUT. COL. DANIEL SPRINGER SR. U.E.:
Baptism: January 5, 1764, Albany, N.Y. as per Ancestral File, IGI
Birth Reference: Tombstone, Tiffany Delaware Cemetery8
Death Reference: Tombstone, Tiffany Delaware Cemetery
Marriage Refer.: 1794, Delaware, IGI #1781039
Residence: Born: Albany N.Y. possibly Pennsylvania ?, of Delaware
Facts about this person:
Tiffany Cemetary, Delaware, Middlesex County, Ontario
(Research):Timothy Marsh Fairchild Book 1944 P251, 255
Joined Butlers Rangers In Niagara, Ny.
To Ky. As Prisoner During War Of 1812
Buried In Old Graveyard By Christ
Church (Anglican) In Delaware, Ont.
More About Daniel Springer:
Date born 2: WFT Est. 1749-17781069
Date born 3: September 1763, Albany, NY..1070
Date born 4: 1764
Date born 5: 1764, US.
Burial: 1826, Delaware Township, County of Middlesex, Canada.1071
Died 2: WFT Est. 1803-18631072
Died 3: June 15, 18261073, 1074
Fact 1: See Note Page.1075
Military service: Revolutionary War.
More About Daniel Springer and Ruth Fairchild:
Marriage 1: WFT Est. 1775-18181076
Marriage 2: WFT Est. 1782-18091077
Marriage 3: Abt. 1794, Ontario.1078
Marriage Notes for Daniel Springer and Ruth Fairchild:
Married In Middlesex Cty
Children of Daniel Springer and Ruth Fairchild are:
- Lucinda Springer, b. WFT Est. 1784-18101079, d. WFT Est. 1801-18931079.
- Millicent Springer, b. 1795, d. WFT Est. 1809-18891080.
- William Springer, b. 1795, Delaware, Middlesex County, Ontario1080, d. WFT Est. 1796-18851080.
- +Margaret Springer, b. June 18, 1799, Delaware, Middlesex County, Ontario1080, d. December 08, 1862, Delaware, Middlesex County, Ontario1080.
- Henrietta Springer, b. 1802, d. WFT Est. 1804-18971080.
- Mary Springer, b. June 24, 1803, Delaware, Middlesex County, Ontario1080, d. September 1887, Lobo, Middlesex County, Ontario1080.
- Benjamin Springer, b. 1804, d. February 27, 1877, London, Middlesex County, Ontario1080.
- Mary Springer, b. 1807.
- Richard Springer, b. 1808, Delaware, Middlesex County, Ontario1080, d. 18571080.
- Daniel Springer, b. 1810, Delaware, Middlesex County, Ontario1080, d. WFT Est. 1811-19001080.
- Lucinda Springer, b. 1812, d. WFT Est. 1793-18971080.
- Charles Springer, b. 1815.