||Lydia Colyer, b. Abt 1790 |
||Pulaski County Ky
||16 Dec 2012 |
- According to research by descendant Ms. Ruth Pickett Lantz we learn: War of 1812 enlistment in Pulaski County KY at about age 17. He served as a private in Capt. Henry James' company of scouts and spies of the 2nd Kentucky. Capt. James' company was with Gen. Winchester and the other Kentuckians when they went up to the Battle of River Raisin, now in Michigan. Capt. James' men were at the front of the attack on the town with Capt. Bland Ballard of the 1st Kentucky. They attacked the British and Indians there and captured the town. The next day, the Kentucky Volunteers were attacked by the British 41st with three brass cannons on sleds. The Kentuckians shot all the cannon crews and the British were unable to use them. The British attacked three times and suffered great losses that forced them to withdraw from the fight. The Kentuckians only suffered a few dead and wounded and thought they had won the battle. Meanwhile, Gen. Winchester was captured and the US Regulars were routed. The General didn't know the Vols were barely scratched and sent a Major to tell them to surrender. The men were not happy about this but followed orders. The British marched the American Army to Fort Malden and then one month later paroled them. Most of the men were back in Kentucky by May. The battle took place 1-22-1813. The Adjutant General's report records Tapley as ?Takley?. For his service, Tapley received a land grant in Macon County MO. Tapley's family appears in the 1820 and 1830 Pulaski KY Census, the 1840 Rockcastle KY Census, and 1850 Macon MO Census. The exact date that the family moved from Kentucky to Missouri is not known but we can narrow it down to between 1840 and Marvel's marriage in 1842 due to testimony by James Acton who explained that Tapley had moved and given Marvel the authority to act for himself in choosing to marry. 
- [I34549] Ruth Lantz email 12/16/12 descendant of Tapley Long.