Assistance from Secord Family Historian
Cousin Elva Irene Hunt Sanghera 1934-2003
Burnaby, British Columbia
Family lore claims Scot & Native American heritage.
More research needed
Alexander was a member of the Norfolk Militia
A Brief History of the Norfolk Militia
The Oath is as follows, dated 14 July 1796...
I do solemnly and sincerely swear that I will bear faithful and true allegiance to His Majesty King George.So help me God.
Military documents, Canadian National Archives
British Military and Naval Records (RG8 I)
(vol. 688 D, p. 78, reel C-3232)
Land Claims Certificates (RG9 I B4)
(vol. 21, file 51, pages 1688-1690)
It is unknown why Alexander waited so long to file his declaration and then relinquish his claim to a person presently unknown. It is doubtful that son Thomas received the grant, as in 1834 Thomas purchased acreage in Sherbrooke, Haldimand Co. The recipient may have been Anna Secord Logan who later married Matthew Stanfield or perhaps another child of his first marriage was the recipient. It is also doubtful that it was daughter Elizabeth, since her husband Jesse Furry established his own Crown Grant, Lot 26 in the 4th Concession at Bosanquet, Lambton County, on
5 May 1836.
Walsingham Jany 7th 1837
I hereby certify that Alexander Logan a Private in the 2nd Norfolk Militia detached from Lieutenant Benjamin Meads Company to my command, to remove pork and flour from the Grand River and Sugar Loaf was made a Prisoner by the Americans the 17th June 1813 and remained prisoner 13 months or more.
Titus Williams Lieut, 2nd Norfolk
Titus Williams was born in Long Island on 22 Nov 1790. The son of Cpt. Jonathan Williams & Maria Titus. He was taken prisoner 25 May 1813 by the Americans at Sugar Loaf. Returned from the United States 9 July 1814
Woodhouse 7th January 1837
I hearby certify that Alexander Logan was attached to my Company at the beginning of the war in 1812 and bid his duty as a good soldier at different periods until detached to Lieutenant Williams as above stated. Benjamin Mead Lieut
Benjamin Mead was born in 1774 in St. John, New Brunswick, the son of Richard Mead. He died in 1857.
To whomsoever it may concern I hearby certify that during my being a
prisoner in the United States in 1813 nor since have never received but
four dollars which I received in Montreall after being discharged which was
call traveling expenses or the Queens pin money.
(signed in his own hand)
Woodhouse 9th Jany 1837
I do hearby certify that Alexander Logan was a volunteer in the Flank Company 2nd Regiment of Norfolk and was taken prisoner under Lieut Titus Williams by the enemy and after being exchanged done duty under me as a Militia men and I think he is deserving of his Majesty bounty in Lands. A. A. Rapelegee
January 10th 1837
Abraham A. Rapelegee/Rapelje was born in 1776 on Long Island. He died in 1859
Woodhouse 9 January 1837
I hearby certify that I have this day signed over all my right title claims and interest to and for whatsoever the two written certificates may in any manner intitle me to. Alexander Logan
(signed in his own hand)
Maternal 3rd GGF Alexander Logan was born 1777. Canadian National Archive records show that he signed a declaration for back pay. The dates of capture indicate he may have been involved in the Battle of Stoney Creek 6 Jun 1813, War of 1812
C Series 688 Archives document mostly unreadable 27 July 1814
Militia pay received, £200. Discharged at Montreal. (This is all that could be gleaned from this document)
(I own a copy of this book)
From "Soldiers of the King, The Upper Canadian Militia 1812-1815"
by William Gray, 1995:
LOGAN, Alexander, Private
District of Niagara
Taken prisoner June 16, 1813,
at the Sugar Loaf and removed to the United States until exchanged in 1814. (Prisoner for 13+ months)
Sugar Loaf was located near Port Colborne/Humberstone,
Welland Co., Ontario
Capt. Abraham A. Rapeljie, born in 1776 and Lt. Titus Williams, born 22 Nov 1790 both in Long Island, N.Y. Many of Alexander's other neighbours, living in Woodhouse, Norfolk Co. area had also emigrated from New York State to Upper Canada during the latter part of the 1700s. There is a strong possibility that Alexander also came from Eastern New York State, as wife Anna Secord's family was from the area of New Rochelle, Westchester County, New York.
Alexander married C1810, Anna Secord born C1796,
daughter of Peter II & Sarah (Millard) Secord
Two children were born of this union, Thomas 1811 & Elizabeth 1815. It is believed that Alexander may have been a widower, when he married Anna. Alexander, age 35 Anna age 16, son Thomas age 1, listed in the April 1812 Census of Woodhouse, Norfolk Co., Ontario, Canada. LDS film # 1,985,429.
Alexander no doubt, rented this property. Records do not show land ownership for Alexander Logan in Woodhouse.
The children of Anna & Alexander were baptized at York, 20 Aug. 1820 by Rev. Robert Addison, Military Chaplain. Entered into the records at St. Mark's, Niagara. Other records show Rev. Stevenson, a Military Chaplain. It is unknown which is fact.
1828 Census #1,414,781, Haldimand Co., on the Grand River
Item 313 Alexander Logan
m under 16-0
f under 16-1 (Elizabeth)
m over 16-1 (Alexander)
f over 16-1 (Anna)
Son Thomas was away in the Haldimand Militia at this time. He married Laura Root Dec 1831.
After Alexander's death, Anna married Matthew Stanfield. By 14 Nov. 1838, Matthew & Anna were in Washtenaw Co., Michigan where Matthew purchased 40 acres.
Between 20 Oct 1853 and 29 Jul 1865, Anna (Secord Logan) & Matthew Stanfield were recorded in Thornapple Twp., Barry Co., Michigan.
It has come to my attention that many researchers show that Anna was the daughter of her grandfather, Peter Secord (1726-1818) and his second wife Abigail Fowler who was born in 1743. While it is not impossible that Abigail at age 53, could have given birth to Anna in 1796, it is certainly unlikely.
I welcome your comments.WRITE
TO BE CONTNUED AS FACTS BECOME AVAILABLE