Militia list for Canada West

Here is a preface by the transcribers.

While researching at the Bata Library at Trent University, I became acquainted with the collection of the Canadian Institute for Historical Microproductions (CIHM/ICMH), a microfiche version of over 100,000 books, pamphlets and leaflets of pre-confederation Canadiana. As an amateur historian, I found this intriguing collection an endless source of information. As a genealogist, I was particularly interested in books such as Joshua Thompson's compilation of the Militia Lists of Upper Canada (CIHM #48193) for the year 1847 and published in 1851.

Official records of residents of Upper Canada during the mid 1800's are scanty and often difficult to find. In discussion with a fellow researcher, Barbara Hill, it was decided that the time and expense of making these lists available to others was worth the effort. While the lists provide no information beyond the name and residence of the militia man, it is hoped that these clues may open a door to further research.

Unlike many transcription of earlt records, we were working from a typed manuscript and so were not faced with the difficulties inherent in reading early handwriting. However, it would appear that Joshua Thompson did have that problem since it is not uncommon to find a name spelled two different ways for what is clearly one individual. In such circumstances we have accepted Thompson's spelling.

We wish to express our appreciation to Ms. Pamela Bjornson, of the Canadian Institute for Hsitorical Microproductions, for permission to copy and make these lists available to interested researchers.

Phyllis H. White
Barbara Hill
Peterborough, ON, Canada

The six battalions of Durham, as listed in Major Joshua Thompson's compilation of the Militia Lists of Upper Canada for the year 1847, published in 1851.

1st Battalion 2nd Battalion 3rd Battalion 4th Battalion 5th Battalion 6th Battalion
Lieut. ColonelsWilliam WallisAllen WilmotHS ReidJohn ThompsonAlexander PrestonGeorge H. Grierson
MajorsCharles S. RuttanGeorge A. JacobsJohn C. TrullPatrick McGuireJames Ceasar
William Brock
Captains W. KirkpatrickAlexander CoulterRichard JonesJohn KnowlsonThomas BensonFrancis W. Howe
Eli W. WardHiram HodgeJohn SmartWilliam ArmstrongWilliam GrahamMatthew Emmerson
George C. WardGeorge WinslowFleetwood CubittThomas M. SowdenRichard StaplesMatthew Devitt
Henry H. MeredithElijah Z. WalbridgeFrederick CubittJames MagillRobert MagillJames Hyland
Joseph GreenJohn J. RobsonWilliam WebsterWilliam WallaceWilliam Taylor
Walter WellerJohn BeavisJohn BrownRobert McCamusWilliam Vance
James J. WardNoble SmithJames MannJohn Farr
William MitchellSamuel WilmotMatthew JonesJohn Walsh, Jr.
Alexander FisherJames P. LovekindJohn W. Sootheran
Robert Maxwell
Lieutenants Frances H. BurtonWilliam HendersonCharles C. NevilleJoseph ArmstrongPorter PrestonWilliam H. Gerrow
Lachlin McCallumHenry MunroDavid FisherJoseph ThompsonJames VanceJohn Hooey
Augustus RocheWilliam RenwickJohn C. HolmesThomas SyerWilliam H. JonesSamuel Fergusson
Augustus RocheWilliam RenwickJohn C. HolmesThomas SyerWilliam H. JonesSamuel Fergusson
Robert N. WaddelWilliam H. RoweNathaniel WilsonJohn ThornWilliam HunterDavid Beacon
Francis BeamishHorace FosterCharles BatesDavid LoughJoseph MagillEdward Willan
William FurbyJohn KerrBoyd SylvesterWilliam MyresWilliam Lucas
Peter RobinsonGeorge SmartCharles FisherJames Fitzgerald
Thomas HendersonGeorge E. ShawDaniel Sutton
William Allen
Robert Wallace
Robert Lang
Ensigns John ReidAndrew MilliganCharles BirdAdam ScottHamilton KennedyJames Emmerson
John SmartJoseph JacobsRichard WelshWilliam ReynoldsMichael McAllisterRobert Spinks, Sr.
Robert SmartAndrew McNaughtonDavid BuckDavid WalshThomas Staples, Sr.Robert McQuade
Frederick PearkesRobert HodgeJames S. BatesAlexander WaddellJames JohnstonWilliam Bruce
Schuyler MarshJohn McPhersonThomas SwainArchibald WilsonWilliam Crozier
Robert FortuneJames BlackburnGeorge CainRobert TouchbourneJohn Hay
William J. JoplinGeorge HunterRobert StaplesThomas FosterWright Devitt
George LyallThomas Tamblyn
Thomas TurnerWilliam McIntosh
Alexander Broadfoot
Adjutant Lt. Augustus RocheLt. GE ShawEnsg. H. KennedyCapt. FW Howe
Quarter Master John MightSamuel McCoyThomas C. SuttonWilliam WalshRobert PorteusJohn Hay
Surgeon Samuel GilchristGH LowRW Brodie, M.D.James Brown

Peter and Barbara Bolton - Port Hope, Ontario