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Veteran Profiles G to I

Compiled by Fred Blair, with the Assistance of Fraser Closson & Stephen Wood
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The format used:

  • Rank and Name (Years of Birth and Death)
  • Service Records
  • Profile Information

Only the highest rank held is in the profile title. Some men were promoted and demoted. Where no rank is shown, the rank was Private. Troopers were paid as Privates. There were variations in the spelling of surnames. Two or more men with the same name sometimes served under the same officer. Some men also served in other regiments and corps.

The 3rd York Militia veterans often served at the York Garrison (Fort York) with other regiments and corps, which gave the officers the opportunity to form mixed companies and detachments from more than one regiment. A number of men also served away from the rest of their company or detachment. These men were “on command”, with the commissariat, with the engineering department or with other groups. Desertion or “absent without leave” was common. These men could be fined if they were charged. The British were reluctant to charge deserters as they were dependent upon the good will of the Upper Canadians. Desertion to the enemy was treasonous but not common.

NOTE: In each profile, the source used to provide the information is indicated by letters and numbers in brackets, e.g., (3Y16). The details of these sources can be found using these letters and numbers at the project’s Sources page.

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George Gary
On April 27, 1813, he was captured at Fort York while serving in Capt. Ridout’s Company (3Y46).

John Geler
From March 25 to April 10, 1814, he served in a detachment employed in public service at York (3Y237).

Gabriel Gerrard (see Gerow)

Benjamin Gerrow (1768–1835)
From Dec. 1 to 16, 1812, he served in Capt. Ridout’s Co. and deserted on the 16th (3Y158).

Profile at https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Gerow-50: He was born in New York to Isaac Giraud/Gerow UE. He married Margaret Russell. In 1804, he moved to Upper Canada. In 1808, they had a daughter born in Pickering. He was a pound keeper and town warden. In 1816, he moved to Prince Edward Co. He died in Hallowell Twp., Prince Edward County.

On Oct. 13, 1807, Benjamin Gerow made a land petition to lease land in Pickering as a yeoman Loyalist of York (Microfilm c-2041, pages 531-533).

On Sept. 19, 1812, Benjamin Gerow of Pickering made a land petition. He was born in NY, was 43 years old, and the son of Isaac Gerow who was a captain in the Queen’s Rangers in 1775 (Microfilm c-2030, pages 50-52).

Gabriel Gerow/Gerrard
From Sept. 25 to Oct. 3, 1813, he was absent without leave from Capt. Hamilton’s Co. (3Y30).

From March 9 to April 9, 1814, Henry Hays served as his substitute (3Y237)(3Y297). From July 20 to 27, 1814, he was on command from Capt. Heward’s Co. (3Y399)(3Y452). From July 28 to 30, 1814, he was employed in the bateaux service in a detachment of men under the command of Ensign T. Denison (3Y274).

Profile: In March, 1813, Gabriel Gereau was recorded as the head of a household of two in the Town of York (Mosser, p. 97).

Isaac Gerrow (1761–1864)
From Sept. 9 to 15, 1812, he was recorded in Capt. Ridout’s muster roll as a transfer from the Pickering Company (3YR66). From Sept. 9 to 15, 1812, he served in Capt. Samuel Ridout’s Co. (3Y29).

From Jan. 30 to Feb. 24, 1813, he served on the Niagara Frontier and was on duty at Tollend with Major Wm. Allan (3Y67).

Profile at https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Gerow-41: He was born in NY and the son of Isaac Gerow/Giraud UE. He married Sarah Lawson in New Brunswick. He died in Hallowell Twp., Prince Edward Co.

On Nov. 14, 1807, Isaac Gerow, of York, made a land petition for a lease in Pickering (Microfilm c-2041, pages 375- 376).

On Oct. 15, 1808, Isaac Gerow of Pickering Twp. provided surety for John C. Hartshorn (Microfilm c-2105, pages 981-982).

Sherwood Gerrow
From Sept. 9 to 15, 1812, he was recorded in Capt. Ridout’s muster roll as a transfer from the Pickering Company (3YR66). From Sept. 9 to 15, 1812, he served in Capt. Samuel Ridout’s Co. (3Y29).

Ephraim Gifford
From Sept. 25 to Oct. 3, 1813, he was absent without leave from Capt. Ridout’s Co. (3Y25).

Corporal Erastus Gilbert
In 1812, he served as a private. From Sept. 7 to 22, 1812, he served in Capt. Hamilton’s Co. (3Y31). From Oct. 15 to 19, 1812, he served in Capt. Hamilton’s Co. (3Y195).

From Jan. 1 to Feb. 24, 1813, he served as a private on the Niagara Frontier with Major Wm. Allan (3Y67). From Feb. 25 to March 24, 1813, he served as a private in Capt. D. Cameron’s Co. (3Y135). From March 25 to April 24, 1813, he served as a corporal in Capt. Cameron’s Co. (3Y427). On April 27, 1813, he was captured at Fort York while serving as a private in Capt. Hamilton’s Company (3Y46). From Sept. 25 to Oct. 3, 1813, he served at York as a private in Capt. Hamilton’s Co. (3Y30).

In 1814, he served as a private. From July 7 to 24, 1814, he served in Capt. Hamilton’s Co. but was on command from the 25th to 27th (3Y402)(3Y455). From July 28 to 30, 1814, he was employed in the bateaux service in a detachment of men under the command of Ensign T. Denison (3Y274). From Aug. 24 to 29, 1814, he was escorting prisoners of war from York to Hamilton with Ensign Kuck (3Y289).

Profile: In 1812, he was living east of York, possibly in Scarborough. In 1822, he was a tanner in York Twp.

George Gilbert
From July 7 to 27, 1814, he was on command from Capt. Heward’s Co. (3Y399)(3Y452). From July 28 to 30, 1814, he was employed in the bateaux service in a detachment of men under the command of Ensign T. Denison (3Y274).

Profile: He may have been a son of Thaddeus Gilbert.

Harvey Gilbert
From Sept. 7 to 22, 1812, he served in Capt. Hamilton’s Co. (3Y31).

On April 4, 1813, he was excused by the garrison surgeon from Capt. Hamilton’s Co. (3Y24A). On April 27, 1813, he was captured at Fort York while serving in Capt. Heward’s Company (3Y46). From Sept. 25 to 30, 1813, he served at York in Capt. Hamilton’s Co. (3Y30).

From July 7 to 16, 1814, he served in Capt. Heward’s Co. (3Y399).

Profile: Harvey was the eldest son of Benjamin Gilbert, an innkeeper who died in 1807. In 1822, Harvey was recorded as a carpenter of Yonge Street. He married Sarah. (Gilbert Family)

John Giles
From Sept. 8 to 15, 1812, he served in Capt. Denison’s Co. (3Y27).

From March 25 to April 19, 1813, he served in Capt. Ridout’s Co. (3Y430). On Apr. 27, 1813, he was captured at Fort York while serving in Capt. Denison’s Company (3Y46).

From March 10 to 24, 1814, he was employed in the public service at York with Ensign Thomson (3Y297). From July 8 to 16, 1814, he served in Capt. Playter’s Co. and transferred to Capt. Heward’s Co. on the 16th (3Y393). From July 17 to 24, 1814, he served in Capt. Heward’s Co. (3Y399). From July 25 to 27, 1814, he was absent without leave from Capt. Heward’s Co. (3Y452). From Aug. 24 to Sept. 1, 1814, he was escorting prisoners of war from York to Hamilton with Ensign Kuck (3Y289).

Anthony Gilgory/Gilgery/Gilgore
From July 25 to Aug. 24, 1812, he served in Capt. Heward’s Co. He was on command at Detroit but was omitted from that payroll (3Y16). From Nov. 25 to Dec. 24, 1812, he served in Capt. Heward’s Co. (3Y81). In 1812, he served in Capt. Hewards’ Flank Company (3Y216).

From March 25 to April 3, 1813, he served in Capt. Robinson’s Co. and transferred to an artillery company on the 4th (3Y437b). From Sept. 25 to Oct. 3, 1813, he was on command at the Head of the Lake in Capt. Hamilton’s Co. (3Y30).

From June 25 to Sept. 24, 1814, he served at York in Capt. Ridout’s Co. (3Y309)(3Y338)(3Y371). From Oct. 1 to Oct. 10, 1814, he served at York (3Y410). From Oct. 25 to Nov. 24, 1814, he was on duty in the commissariat from Capt. Heward’s Detachment (3Y121).

Profile: On April 6, 1820, he received a militia land grant, as a farmer in Markham Twp. and a private in a flank company, of 100 acres on the north half of Lot 23, Con. 10, Innisfil Twp. (MLG184).

Moses Gillson
From Nov. 11 to 24, 1812 he served in Capt. Ridout’s Co. and deserted on the 24th (3Y155).

William Gillson
From Nov. 11 to 24, 1812 he served in Capt. Ridout’s Co. and deserted on the 24th (3Y155).

Antony Glengary
On April 4, 1813, he was reported as a substitute in the garrison with Capt. Hamilton’s Co. (3Y24A).

Barnard Glennon/Glennan
From Nov. 25 to Dec. 24, 1812, he served in Capt. Heward’s Co. (3Y81). In 1812, he served in Capt. Heward’s 2nd Flank Company (3Y100). He received the General Service Medal for Fort Detroit (YS page 182).

From Jan. 29 to Feb. 24, 1813, he served on the Niagara Frontier with Major Wm. Allan (3Y67). From Feb. 25 to Mar. 24, 1813, he served in Capt. D. Cameron’s Co. (3Y135).

Profile: Sometime after 1820, he received scrip in lieu of a 100 acres militia land grant, as a carpenter in the Town of Kingston and a former private in Capt. Heward’s Flank Co. (MLG107).

About 1850, he received a militia land grant, as a resident of the Midland District and a former private in a flank company, of 100 acres worth of scrip (MLG5675).

George Goldthorpe/Goldthorp/Goldthrop
From Sept. 8 to 14, 1812, he served in Capt. Denison’s Co. and was then absent with leave (3Y27). From Nov. 2 to Jan. 24, 1813 he served in Capt. Ridout’s Co. (3Y155)(3Y158)(3Y162).

From Jan. 25 to Feb. 24, 1813, he was absent without leave from Capt. Ridout’s Co. (3Y166). From March 16 to April 24, 1813, he served in Capt. Ridout’s Co. (3Y184)(3Y430). On April 27, 1813, he was captured at Fort York while serving in Capt. Denison’s Company (3Y46).

From June 28 to July 24, 1814, he served at York in Capt. Ridout’s Co. (3Y309). From July 25 to Aug. 24, 1814, he was on command at York in Capt. Ridout’s Co. (3Y338). From Aug. 25 to Sept. 22, 1814, he served at York in Capt. Ridout’s Co. (3Y371).

James Goodwin
From Sept. 25 to Oct. 3, 1813, he was absent without leave from Capt. Hamilton’s Co. (3Y30).

Profile: In March, 1812, he was recorded as the head of a household of five in the Town of York (Mosser, p. 88).

In March, 1813, he was recorded as the head of a household of six in the Town of York (Mosser, p. 97).

In March, 1814, he was recorded as the head of a household of six in the Town of York (Mosser p. 105).

Philip Gower (1781–1860)
From Sept. 25 to Oct. 3, 1813, he served at York with Capt. Ridout’s Co. (3Y25).

He also served in the 1st York Militia. From July 25 to 27, 1814, he served in Capt. Fenwick’s Co. (1Y470).

Profile at https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Gower-313: He was born in Pennsylvania to Michael and Susanna Gower/Gauer. He married Sarah Fockler. Walton’s 1837 Directory recorded Philip “Gowar” on Lot 5, Con. 1 & Lot 9, Con. 4, Whitchurch Twp. He died in York Co.

On Dec. 30, 1836, Philip Gower, a yeoman of Whitchurch Twp. made a land petition. He had purchased the “interest” of George Gower in the Clergy Reserve on Lot 9, Con. 4, Whitchurch Twp. and wished to purchase that lot from the Crown. It was recorded that the land could not be sold until it had been evaluated (Microfilm c-2035, pages 614-618).

Stuart Grafton
From July 8 to 24, 1814, he was on duty in Capt. Cameron’s Co. (3Y395).

Profile: In March, 1814, he was recorded as the head of a household of ten in York Twp. (Mosser p. 106).

Sgt. Richard Graham (c1790–)
A Richard Graham served in the 1st York in July, 1813, when Richard was serving in the 3rd York. On June 30, 1812, he was at the York Garrison in Capt. Cameron’s Co. (3YC). In Aug., 1812, he was at the Capture of Detroit (JE). He received the General Service Medal as a private for Fort Detroit (YS page 182). On Aug. 29, 1812, he was in Capt. Cameron’s Co. at the York Garrison (3YC). From Aug. 30 to Sept 5, 1812, he was on a leave of absence from Capt. Cameron’s Co. (3YC). On Oct. 13, 1812, he was at the Battle of Queenston Heights (JE). From Nov. 25 to Dec. 24, 1812, he was on command at Niagara as a private in Capt. D. Cameron’s Co. (3Y132). In Dec., 1812, he was discharged at Brown’s Point near Queenston (JE). In 1812, he served in Capt. Cameron’s Flank Co. (3Y100)(3YC).

From Jan. 25 to Mar. 24, 1813, he served as a private in Capt. Hamilton’s Co. (3Y210)(3Y222). From March 25 to 30, 1813, he served in Capt. Robinson’s Co. and joined an artillery company on the 31st (3Y437b). On April 27, 1813, he was at the capture of York. He was never wounded (JE). From July 30 to Aug. 4, 1813, he escorted prisoners of war as a sergeant (3Y425).

From Jan. 13, to Feb. 1, 1814, he was escorting prisoners from York to Kingston with Capt. Selby (3Y61).

Profile:  On Oct. 10, 1799, a Richard Graham made a land petition for a lot in the Town of York (Microflim c-2042, pages 577-578).

On March 17, 1815, Richard Graham, a yeoman of E. Gwillimbury made a land petition to lease Lot 28, Con. 3. He was born in Ireland, was 23 years old, and had been in Upper Canada for four years. William Soles of E. Gwillimbury would provide surety. The petition was granted (Microfilm c-2041, pages 721-724).

On June 27, 1820, he received a militia land grant, as a farmer in East Gwillimury Twp. and as a former private in Capt. Cameron’s Flank Co., of 100 acres on the south half of Lot 21, Con. 10, Innisfil Twp., Simcoe County (MLG143).

In 1875, Richard, an 85-year old resident of Queensville, E. Gwillimbury Twp., received a pension (1875) (JE).

https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Graham-14413: This may be Richard Graham.

Isaac Grant
An Isaac Grant served in the 1st York. From Aug. 18 to Sept. 24, 1814, he was on command from Capt. Selby’s Co. (1Y335)(1Y367).

From July 7 to 27, 1814, he served on command in Capt. Hamilton’s Co. (3Y402)(3Y455). From July 28 to 30, 1814, he was employed in the bateaux service in a detachment of men under the command of Ensign T. Denison (3Y274). From Nov. 18 to 24, 1814, he was employed in the engineering department at the York Garrison with Capt. Heward’s Detachment (3Y121). From Nov. 25 to Dec. 10, 1814, he was on duty in the garrison at York under Capt. Heward (3Y117b).

Profile: On Nov. 16, 1819, Isaac Grant, a yeoman of the Town of York, made a land petition. He was born in Yorkshire, England, had served as a private in the Queen’s Rangers until his discharge on Oct. 28, 1802, and had lived in Niagara and York since then. Sheriff John Beikie certified that Isaac had been a servant to him for the past 3 years in the Town of York (Microfilm c-2031, pages 46 to 48).

John Grant
From Aug. 28 to Sept. 8, 1814, he was on duty in the bateaux service under Ensign G. Denison (3Y268).

Alexander Gray
From Dec. 27, 1812 to Jan. 8, 1813, he served on the Niagara Frontier (3Y64). From Sept. 25 to Oct. 3, 1813, he was absent without leave from Capt. Ridout’s Co. (3Y25).

Profile: In March 1812, Alex. Gray Sr. was recorded as the head of a household of two in York Twp. (Mosser, p. 91).

In March, 1814, he was recorded as the head of a household of three in York Twp. (Mosser, p. 106).

John Gray
From July 7 to 17, 1814, he served in Capt. Hamilton’s Co. and then served in the engineer’s department from the 24th to 27th (3Y402)(3Y455). From Aug. 24 to Sept. 1, 1814, he was escorting prisoners of war from York to Hamilton with Ensign Kuck (3Y289). From Oct. 25 to Nov. 13, 1814, he was employed in the engineering department at the York Garrison with Capt. Heward’s Detachment (3Y121).

Robert Gray
On April 27, 1813, he was captured at Fort York while serving in Capt. Denison’s Company (3Y46).

Profile: In the fall of 1813 and 1814, Robert Gray, a farmer of Etobicoke Twp., had potatoes, turnips, cabbages, onions, and wheat taken, panels burnt, buckwheat destroyed, and had to care for and feed 24 sick members of the 8th Reg. for five days. War Loss Claim at https://www.collectionscanada.gc.ca/microform-digitization/006003-119.01-e.php?PHPSESSID=2sf180bv1o7vkhdal7p7ttvdp5d5u6rq01h24qfaaod19m6r2v70&sqn=988&q2=33&q3=2816&tt=1352

Stephen Grey (see Stephen Prey)
From Dec. 25, 1812 to Jan. 24, 1813, he served in Capt. Hamilton’s Co. (3Y204).

William Gray
From Dec. 27 to Jan. 8, 1813, he served on the Niagara Frontier (3Y64). From April 13 to 16, 1813, he served in Capt. Ridout’s Co. and then deserted (3Y430). On April 27, 1813, he was captured at Fort York while serving in Capt. Ridout’s Company (3Y46). From Sept. 25 to Oct. 3, 1813, he served at York with Capt. Ridout’s Co. (3Y25).

From June 25 to July 24, 1814, he served at York in Capt. Ridout’s Co. (3Y309). From July 25 to Aug. 24, 1814, he was on command at York in Capt. Ridout’s Co. (3Y338). From Aug. 25 to Sept. 10, 1814, he served at York in Capt. Ridout’s Co. (3Y371).

Profile: On March 2, 1812, he was recorded as the Pathmaster from Lot 7 to 13 and from Lot 10 to the street east of Yonge Street in Con. 3 (Mosser 85). In Mar. 1812, he was recorded as the head of a household of five in York Twp. (Mosser, p. 90).

In March, 1813, he was recorded as the head of a household of six in York Twp. (Mosser, p. 98).

In March, 1814, he was recorded as the head of a household of five in York Twp. (Mosser, p. 108).

William Groat
In August, 1812, he was drafted into Lieut. Playter’s Whitby Co. (3YP). From Sept. 11 to 15, 1812, he served in Capt. Denison’s Co. (3Y27). From Oct. 15 to 24, 1812, he served in Capt. Hamilton’s Co. (3Y195).

Profile: A William Groat served in the 2nd York Militia and was Coloured.

Isaac Groff
From Jan. 25 to Feb. 24, 1813, he was contracted on the Kings Works with Major Wm. Allan (3Y67). From Feb. 25 to March 24, 1813, he served in Capt. D. Cameron’s Co. (3Y135). On April 27, 1813, he was captured at Fort York while serving in Capt. Hamilton’s Company (3Y46). From Sept. 25 to Oct. 3, 1813, he was absent without leave from Capt. Hamilton’s Co. (3Y30).

From Feb. 25 to March 24, 1814, he was employed in the public service at York with Ensign Thomson (3Y297). From July 7 to 27, 1814, he served in Capt. Hamilton’s Co. (3Y402)(3Y455).

Profile: In March, 1814, he was recorded as the head of a household of one in the Town of York (Mosser, p. 103).

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