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Capt Richard Matson's Co., 1st KY Rifle Regiment
Posted by: Jim Sellars (ID *****3139) Date: January 01, 2012 at 19:07:55
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This information is abstracted from the company's final undated muster roll that covers service from 1 Dec 1812 through 3 Mar 1813. This company fought in the Battle of River Raisin on 18 and 22 Jan 1813. The muster roll shows the status of each member as of 3 Mar 1813. At that time many of the soldiers were prisoners in Canada, but were just listed as "missing" because their stays was not known.

I was able to make out all of the names except two from the two copies of the muster roll on file at the National Archives because non see through tape was used to repair part of the document. I know one covered name is Robert Worrell from other sources and the other is either John Wolf or Benjamin Wells. The tape covered part of the W's.

The company muster roll listed 81 men. There was a reconciliation at the end showing how many were present, absent, missing, etc. This list has been reorganized based on the status of the members. The remarks in parenthesis are mine and primarily come from the book Remember the Raisin by G. Glenn Clift.

My ancestor is Private Jonathan Sellers who was listed as missing. He was never listed as a prisoner and did not return to Kentucky. He is presumed to have been killed in the battle on the 22 Jan 1813.

Source: RG 94 Records of the Adjutant Generalís Office War of 1812 Muster Rolls, Muster Roll of Captain Richard Matsonís Company December 1, 1812 through March 3, 1813, 9W3 17/15/A BX 28 tabbed

Muster Roll of a Company of Rifleman under the command of Captain Richard Matson in the First Rifle Regiment of KVM in the service of the United States commanded by Col John Allen from the 1st December 1812 when last mustered to the third of March 1813.

(WIA) = Wounded in Action
(KIA) = Killed in Action
(POW) = Prisoner of War

TOTAL (81)


(2) Sergeants
Hugh Brown
Gustavus Smith (In command and made out the muster roll)

(28) Privates
James Anderson
Russell Bailes
Oliver Barnes
Robert Black
Eddy L. Breckenridge
John Bridges (WIA)
John Brown
Jesse Edwards
Ephraim Fewell
William Griggs
John Hannon
Adam Hiles
Samuel B. Jessup
Isaac Jones Jr.
Hambury Jones
David Kenning
Alexander Lewis
John McClure
Samuel McKee
Robert McKitrick
David McKitrick
David Martin
Hugh Newell
Isaac Penny
Joseph Rowland
Isaac Rutledge
John Wolf or Benjamin Wells (Probable, muster roll unreadable)
Robert Worrell (Probable, muster roll unreadable)


(1) Private
James Martin, absent without leave


(1) Captain
Richard Matson (WIA)

(9) Privates
James Blair
Samuel Blair
John Coone
Horatio Eades
Benson Foxworthy
William Porter
Samuel Vandering
John Wells
Basil Wells


(1) Lieutenant
Francis Chinn (KIA during second battle on 22 Jan 1813)

(1) Ensign
Thomas W. Chinn (POW)

(2) Sergeants
William E. Boswell (POW)
William B. Chinn (POW)

(4) Corporals
John P. Chinn (POW)
Robert Ellis (WIA, POW)
Joseph Milner (POW)
Jeremiah Morgan (POW)

(1) Musician
James Foxworthy (POW)

(22) Privates
John Adams (WIA, POW)
James Adams (POW)
William Adams (WIA, POW)
Irvine Brown (Returned)
David Coone (POW)
James Craig (POW)
John Fightmaster (POW)
Alfred George (POW)
Horatio Groomes (POW)
Daniel Hailey
Jonathan Herrin
Basil R. L. Holliday
Thomas Hull (POW)
Isaac Jones Sr.(POW)
Aaron Lewis (POW)
John McKinsey (POW)
John Morrell
John Ritter (POW)
William B. Scott (POW)
Jonathan Sellers
Spencer Shoemaker (WIA, POW)
Robert Sidner (POW)

DEAD: (6)

(1) Captain
William Ellis, 22 Dec 1812 (at Camp No. 3)

(5) Privates
Matthias Ament, 19 Oct 1812 (At Fort Winchester)
Samuel Herrin, 15 Nov 1812 (At Camp No. 3)
Moses Morgan, 18 Jan 1813 (KIA during first battle on 18 Jan 1813)
John H. Fowler, 7 Feb 1813
John Bussey, substitute for James Riley


(3) Privates
Rawleigh Chinn, 2 Nov 1812 (Due to injury from fort gate falling on him that he was building at Fort Winchester)
Alexander Hamilton, transferred to Capt. Glaves Co.
James Saunders, transferred to Capt. Glaves Co.

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