- NELSON W. AMES, farmer, Township of South Dumfries, is a native of Blenheim Township, Ont., where he was born November 12, 1814, and is the son of Brockby and Mary Ames, who were born in the United States. From there they emigrated in 1804, to Canada, and settled for about eight years in Waterloo, Ont., when they moved to Blenheim Township, seventh concession. The father was born in 1773, died in 1819; and the mother was born in 1771, died in 1827. After the death of her first husband she was united in marriage with Peter Beamer, who survived her. She and her first husband remained in Blenheim Township until the spring of 1819, when they moved into South Dumfries Township, to the farm owned by Leonard Sovereign. Mr. Brockby Ames was a farmer all his days, with the exception of the period during which he was engaged in fighting his country's battles. He took part in the Battle of Lundy's Lane, the most stubborn fight of the War of 1812-1815, and received a wound that ultimately caused his death. He was also present at the engagement of Queenston Heights, where General Brock was killed, October 13, 1812. Nelson W. Ames, the subject of our biographical sketch, married October 16, 1838, Ruth Muma, who was born in East Dumfries Township, November 4, 1821. She is a daughter of Christian and Ann Muma. Her father was a native of Pennsylvania, and her mother of New Jersey. Mr. and Mrs. Ames are members of the Methodist Church, and are parents of nine children, seven of whom are living, viz., William N., Ruth J., James A., Alexander T., Emma A., Mary L. and Maggie. The deceased are William N. and Charlotte. Mr. Ames has filled the office of School Trustee, and has met with marked success in the farming operations. From 100 acres of land, on which he first started he has now 530 acres of well cultivated land, with comfortable dwelling houses and substantial outbuildings.1a
1aThe history of the county of Brant, Ontario: containing a history of the county: its township, cities, towns, schools, J. H. Beers & Co. Warner, Beers & Co.
Ensign Brockway Ames Appointed Lieut. 25 Jun 1814
The Oxford's first engagement came early in the war. On July 19, 1812, Captain Marvel White, Commander of the 1st Flank company, 10 led his men down the Thames accompanied by the Niagara Dragoons. They took prisoners near Delaware (traitors) and arranged for their incarceration at Fort George. Along the way, their contingent joined detachments of the York,Lincoln and Norfolk Regiments and some fifty from the 41st Regiment, under the command of Major Chambers. General Brock and his party, including men of the Oxfords, arrived on the western frontier on August 13th after a trip from the Niagara to Dover, then by sailboat to Fort Malden. Three days later, Brock launched the attack on the Detroit fortress using his force of regulars, supplemented by the Militia, the Provincial Marines and loyal Indians under Tecumseh. In his report, Brock said of the victory "The steadiness and discipline of the 41st Regiment and the readiness of the Militia to follow so good an example were highly conspicuous,"
A number of Burford Gore boys accompanied the Oxfords to the Detroit frontier. Captain White's company had a complement of thirty-five privates, one was Private Woodley of Lower Oakland.White's officers included Lieutenants Joseph Baker and John Williams plus Sergeants Peter Martin and Adam Yeigh. Captain John Carroll's Second Flank Company lists several Gore boys: Hugh Malcolm; Nathan, Archibald and Daniel Burtch; Peter and John Malcolm; Anthony Westbrook. The Malcolms were sons of the Gore's founder, Finlay Malcolm Sr. (1750-1829) John, previously mentioned, operated the gristmill. Hugh (1789-1828) died at a barn raising. Peter (1796-1864) farmed west of Scotland village. The muster roll of Captain Edward Watson's Company lists three Burford Gore men: Charles Eddy (1781-1852); Mathias Woodley (1789-1858); Neal Brown.
9Adam Yeigh saw action at Fort Detroit in August, 1812. Forty-eight years later Benson L. Lossing, the book A Pictorial Field-Book of the war of 1812, [interviewed Mr. Yeigh at his Burford residence. Lossing had this to say about the reminiscences of the veteran militiaman I was informed, from the lips of Adam Yeigh of Burford who was one of the volunteers. that all of the recruits from his neighborhood were dressed in scarlet uniform at the public expense. When they approached Sandwich he said these raw recruits were mixed with the regulars, each volunteer being placed between two regulars. By this stratgem Hull was deceived into the belief that a large British force was marching against him. Yeigh was an energetic young man and soon won the confidence of Brock, who gave the following directions on the day that they marched upon Sandwich from Amherstburg if your lieutenant fails, take his place if your captain falls, take his place; if your colonel falls take his place. As no blood was shed on the occasion, and nobody fell,Yeigh failed of promotion. He cited This circumstance to show how nearly be came to being a British colonel."
10 Some men accompanied General Brock by boat to Fort Malden. Others joined Lt. Col, Henry Bostwick at Oxford to march to Amherstburg, there being insulficient space in the vessels for everyone to travel the Lake Erie route