Saturday, September 5, 2015

Ancestry Saturday: 202 Years, And Still Looking

It's been my goal to settle the facts enough to reach a conclusion whether the George Platt who was wounded on the Brig Niagara at the Battle of Lake Erie was the same George F. Platt who served with the 132nd Pennsylvania Militia in the War of 1812.

George F. Platt was my third great grandfather.  It would be interesting to make a link.  I wrote my first piece on this in August 2014 and a follow up piece in September 2014.

The 202nd anniversary of the September 10, 1813 battle will come to pass next week, however, and it will remain unsolved.  I'm not done looking though.

The latest evidence came from a War of 1812 expert who responded to my inquiry with a "no" and a "maybe."

The "No" Scenario comes from the muster rolls of the Navy that showed George Platt, the one aboard the Brig Niagara, had mustered into the Navy by June 1815.  One cannot be both mustered in the Navy and mustered in the PA militia at the same time.

Excerpted from "A Description of the Medals of Washington."
Also, the expert concluded that no George Platt shows up on the list of medal recipients from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania for those Pennsylvanians who served during the Battle of Lake Erie. 

However, a conversation later, the answer shifted a bit to "maybe."

The "Maybe" Scenario goes something like this:  That George Platt served in the Navy from June 1815 until he was wounded at the Battle of Lake Erie.  He could have mustered out of the Navy after being wounded and, if still able-bodied, was obligated to serve in the Pennsylvania Militia. 

His military record shows his wife indicating he didn't join the Pennsylvania Militia until October 1813.  Plus, the records show him on the muster rolls in January 1814.  

He could have been omitted from the medal winners for service at the Battle of Lake Erie because he wasn't a member of a Pennsylvania Militia at the battle but, instead, with the United States Navy.

In fact, given that we know he was in the Pennsylvania Militia, the fact he didn't receive a medal from the Commonwealth confirms that he was not part of the Militia troops that were at Lake Erie. That could tend to support the idea that he didn't join the Militia until later.

So, there we go.  No firm answer, up or down, yet.

Saturday, May 9, 2015

Ancestry Saturday: Length of Lives

Today would have been my Dad's 72nd birthday had he lived this long.

Cancer took him at age 61, but his Platt bloodline was more often likely to live longer.

In fact, only one of the Platt men in his past back to his third great grandfather James Platt lived less.

James Platt was 80 years old in the 1830 Census and one source, the History of Oklahoma, says he lived until age 104.

His son, George lived until 1861 and 75 years. Amos made it to age 83.

It was Royal Platt who died the youngest at 58.

My grandfather, Richard, lived until 76.

The passing of generations, it seems, does not always bring longer lives.

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Ancestry Saturday: Preserving My 10th Great Grandparents' Wedding Site

The preservation of my 10th great grandparents' wedding site made Fox News on Wednesday.  That's pretty cool.

The exact location of the wedding of Pocahontas and John Rolfe on 5 April 2014 has been reportedly been discovered.  Plans call for an appropriate historical marker on the location of the event.

See the article at