Monthly Archives: July 2014

Dear Friends

This email was originally composed by Paula Stuart-Warren, CG, and is reprinted here with her permission. 

Dear Minnesota and Wisconsin friends,

I hate for us to be left out of great projects and would like us to be recognized as caring about a project to preserve important records. I am talking about the War of 1812 Pension Records.


Have you checked the War of 1812 Pension records that are free on I do searches by names and by places and have found some neat things for communities where my family lived.These pensions are in deteriorating condition at the National Archives.
The Federation of Genealogical Societies took on the project to raise the money and partnered with so that each dollar contributed is matched by Ancestry. Thus, donate $25 and it becomes $50. $50 becomes $100!
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Pension file for Nathaniel Alger, resident of Stoughton, Wisconsin.

These information filled records are being digitized and will be free forever because of us! Even if your ancestors didn’t serve in this war, you may find a later affidavit from a relative in Minnesota or Wisconsin that tells about a neighbor who did. It might state that your ancestor knew the soldier when they lived in a place in New York or Pennsylvania that you never heard about. It might state a relationship by blood or marriage to the soldier.
Have you contributed to the project at to make sure we get all of these preserved? Let’s get the rest of them digitized. We can make it happen. Please let your friends know about this worthwhile project. Let’s raise $1812 each day in July. If you donated once, do it again, and think about setting up a monthly donation. It’s painless.


I have contributed several times and I have no known War of 1812 ancestry. Please join me on the Honor Roll of those who have contributed. Let your fellow genealogists know and ask your genealogical society to participate.

Thank you for listening.


Raising an Army: We Need You


To Raise an Additional Military Force.

BE IT ENACTED by the Senate & House of Representatives of the United States of America, in Congress assembled, That there be immediately ratified, ten regiments of infantry, two regiments of artillery, and one regiment of light dragoons, to be enlisted for the term of five years, unless sooner discharged.”

~ Gettysburg Centinel, June 3, 1812


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The Gettysburg Centinel June 3, 1812.

This notice, delivered as a call to arms, an act of building a military force, was published on June 3, 1812, as the United States started down the long road of war once again. Fighting to preserve the independence duly won during the American Revolution, this nation lifted arms against the acts of the British crown and marched forward.


And now, we must once again place ourselves on the field of battle.

Genealogists, family historians, military historians and reenactors, historians of every kind, and citizens all, we must come together as one to save a collection of valuable and irreplaceable historical documentation from the War of 1812. Indeed, we have a duty to preserve the pension files of our soldiers and sailors, to work together to ensure that these fragile connections to the past are captured forever.

Our fight will continue, our long road to victory, will only carry on until the fundraising is complete.

We need you.

Hundreds of Soldiers on the Front Line
More Recruits Needed!

Hundreds of individuals and organizations have already donated. Many have participated in matching fund campaigns, have used social media, blogs, websites, and other virtual tools to spread the word of our endeavors. Reporters have told stories, writers have written article after article, press releases’ and town calendars have been peppered with notices of events and activities. All aiming to make the general public more aware of this “forgotten war.” Today, we rally together to say, “Forgotten No More.” [Tweet this]

It is our time! We must carry forward, and bring new recruits as we march. Fall in line, soldiers, for we are on the road to victory!

Rather than weapons, our soldiers carry their voices. Call out across the countryside, the time is now! Our mission is clear: we must work to raise enough funds to digitize the pension files from the War of 1812.

This week, we offer to you, our Army, a challenge:

When you make a donation, post to your favorite social media platform and call for one of your friends to match your donation. When someone comes forward, ask them to put the challenge on their social media. How far can we spread this message? A donation of $25.00 turns into $50.00, then $100. That equates to 200 pages of saved pension images!

Will you stand with us? Donate now to help us raise $1812 every day in July! #1812today

Elisha Cragun at the Battle of New Orleans

Last year, we introduced you to Elisha Cragun, Donny and Marie Osmond’s 4th great-grandfather. A veteran of the War of 1812, he served under Andrew Jackson in the Battle of New Orleans, which was a decisive US victory over British forces.

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Elisha Cragun, 1786-1847

The battle occurred December 23, 1814 – January 8, 1815, and became the most lop sided US victory of the war. In late 1814, the British planned to invade New Orleans from the Gulf of Mexico, and they had their eyes on the prize. Capturing the city would have helped them control the sea access to the Mississippi River, the water highway of the United States.

Under command of Andrew Jackson, a force of only 4,732 men faced 11,000 British. The British forces withdrew, and on February 4, 1815, the fleet, with all of the British troops aboard, set sail toward Alabama. The victory certainly gave an enormous boost to the U.S. personnel, and helped to propel Jackson into the White House as President fourteen years later.

Elisha Cragun survived this engagement, and the remainder of the war. He passed away in 1847.