War of 1812

More than 200 years have past since the War of 1812 ended in 1815. We would like to gathering the names and biographical information of the men from Sterling who served during this period of American history. If you know of someone who was born in Sterling or Fair Haven, lived here, died here or is buried here, please let us know. Any additional information you have on any of these veterans is greatly appreciated.

Captain Divine organized the local Sterling Militia. We are attempting to construct a list of the members of this Divine’s Company through various documents and pension records which mention the members. Below is a partial list constructed so far.

The 1812 Sterling Militia, also known as Divine’s Company

Stephen Bent, Surgeon
Alexander Bunker
Benjamin Clark
John Conger
George Cooper, “Sr.”
George Cooper, “2nd”
William Hamilton Cooper (1777, Ireland – 1843, Sterling, New York)
Joseph C. Corwin
John Dumass
Nathan Dumass
Peter Dumass (see link to page below)
Captain Joseph Divine (see link to page below)
Alanson Frost
Linus Frost
Samuel Frost
Elias Harsha
First Sergeant John Harsha
Matthew Harsha
Benjamin Hills (see link to page below)
John Ireland
William Ireland
John Kirk
John Kruse
First Lieutenant John McFadden
Robert McFarland
Thomas C. McFarland
Sergeant William McFarland
Ira McIntyre
Caleb Mellin
John Mellin
John Neeley
John Pettit
Andrew Rasmussen
Andrew Rasmussen, Jr.
William Rasmussen
Edward Savery
Ernest C. Schryder
Christian Sevider
Sergeant Isaac Turner
Seth Turner
John Vaughn
Thomas Vaughn
Jacob Wiltse
John Wiltse

Captain Joseph F. Divine

Joseph F. Divine was born in Hopkinton, Massachusetts in 1771 to John and Mary Nurse Divine. About 1802 he married Esther Wilmarth (or Wilmot).  They were founding members of the … Continue reading

Peter Dumass

Peter Dumass was the son of Pierre Dumas and Mary Huntley (or some sources say Hartley?) Dumas, Sterling’s first settlers.  Peter may have been Sterling’s second settler, having arrived at the … Continue reading

Benjamin Franklyn Hills

Benjamin Franklyn Hills (179? – 187?) A fisherman at North Fair Haven, he served during the War of 1812.  He is interred at Sterling Center Cemetery, Sterling, New York, plot … Continue reading