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War of 1812 Prisoner

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War of 1812 Prisoner
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11/29/2019 1:00:52 PM
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Ephraim Savery (1795 - 1874) was born in Warwick, MA and by the late 1820's had come to VT, though not moving to Clarendon until the late 1830's.  He was married to Mary (Ellis) Savery (1797 - 1872) with whom he had 10 children.  The Savery's lived just north of Clarendon Springs at what became the site of the Clarendon Marble Company (see entry in the Business & Enterprises collection).

On Nov. 1, 1812 with the War of 1812 underway, 17 year old Ephraim enlisted in the military.  He was taken prisoner from Capt. Norris' Company at the Battle of Henderson Bay during the Second Battle of Sacket's Harbor on Lake Ontario May 28, 1813.  On June 24, 1814, Ephraim was released from prison in Halifax, Nova Scotia.  He served the remainder of his military career at Fort Independence in Boston Harbor until his term ended Aug. 7, 1814. 

Below is the 1871 application Ephraim made for a pension from his war service.  He died in 1874 of consumption and was buried in the Chippenhook Cemetery. 

The Wikipedia entry for the Second Battle of Sacket's Harbor can be found here.

One son, John H. Savery (1837 - 1862), who died in the Civil War can be read about in the John H. Savery, A Civil War Soldier Comes Home entry in this collection.  A St. Patrick's Day card sent in 1909 by one of Ephraim & Mary's granddaughters, Jennie (Savery) Eddy (1863 - 1941) to her sister Cornelia Savery (1873 - 1949) can be seen in the 1909 St. Patrick Day Card entry on the Documents collection.  

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