Marge Martin joined the Genea-Quilters group on Facebook since she is a quilter interested in her own genealogy. Marge was bitten by the genealogy bug in 1995 when she inherited her father’s genealogy research files. She is also interested in the history of quilts and their makers. Marge decided to contribute to the 1812 Quilt not only because she had the talent to do so, but also to honor two of her ancestors that fought in the War of 1812.
Aaron Read, Marge’s 4th great-grandfather, served as a captain with the 72nd Regiment (Hicks) New York Militia. He fought in the Battle of Sacket’s Harbor. Aaron Read was born 15 May 1780 in Cheshire, Berkshire County, Massachusetts to Daniel Read (1754-1838) and Susannah Richardson (1755-1839). Before serving in the War of 1812, Aaron Read was a school teacher in Deerfield, Oneida County, New York. Aaron Read was married to Cynthia Bowen in North Gage, Oneida County, New York, where they raised their family. Aaron Read passed away 20 Nov 1840 at the age of 60 in Deerfield, Oneida County, New York. He was buried in the North Gage Cemetery in Deerfield, Oneida County, New York. Hanging in the North Gage Presbyterian Church, located next to the cemetery, is a banner honoring Aaron Read as a veteran of the War of 1812.
Elijah Smith, Marge’s 3rd great-grandfather, served in the War of 1812 with Captain Bishop’s Company in the War of 1812. Elijah Smith was born 20 April 1760 in Niantic, East Lyme, New London Connecticut. Elijah Smith was married to Lydia Rogers (1761-1840). Elijah Smith passed away on 20 April 1835 at the age of 75 in Riverbank, East Lyme, New London, Connecticut. He was buried in the Old Stone Church Burial Grounds located in East Lyme, New London, Connecticut.