Eric, thank you so much for this speedy and wonderfully detailed information. I was specifically interested in Captain William Stoakes and his brother John.
William was Captain of his own Company of course, and I thought John was with Aaron Allen, but now I also find a John Stoakes as a Sergeant in David Peck's Company, so I am not sure now which Company "my" John may have been in. Fortunately he filed a pension so I think that may be the next step, to check with NARA. I have seen Civil War files from NARA but never 1812 records, so I am not sure what I might reasonably expect to find, but he was collecting a pension until after 1880.
This may seem rather a silly question to one more familiar to the overall picture, like yourself, but what was the nature of the true danger for Wooster and the other areas you mentioned? Where the British operating militarily in the area, or was it mainly the need to guard against attacks from the Indian allies of the British?
Also, do you know if any of these men in Stoakes, Allen or Peck's companies, left any written accounts of their experiences? They were not in service for very long and perhaps roadbuilding does not leave much material for a memoir but it would be interesting nonetheless. What reading sources would you recommend? Is any of this part of any of Alan Eckert's work?
I love his books for the day by day details and the notes that tell exactly where campsites etc were located in relation to today's geography. (Saying things like "they were camped in the northwest corner of the present Home Depot parking lot along east MadAnthonyWayne Street in Whatabattle, Ohio" for instance, it always makes me want to go visit Home Depot in Whatabattle.)
Thanks again for all this great detail.
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