Asher Warner

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circa 1777 – 1813

 

Died June 20th, 1813 in defense of our town against the British

 

The large center figure in the “Battle of Sodus Point” mural is our rendition of Asher Warner

 

 

Very little is known about the early life of Asher Warner. Genealogy records indicate he was born around 1777 in Maine. Almost everything we know about him is a result of the stories and newspaper articles that came out of the Battle of Sodus Point that was fought on June 19th, 1813 during the War of 1812. We know that Asher Warner was a volunteer which means he was not part of the militia and as a result probably had no military training. This much is known with certainty, however: his ultimate sacrifice in the defense of out town has inspired a historic mural and a boulder plaque dedicated to the memory of this American patriot.

 

In her 1985 book entitled “The Battle of Sodus Point War of 1812” Doris M. Sims tells the story of Asher Warner at the Battle of Sodus Point:

 

“Two Americans, Asher Warner and Charles Terry were mortally wounded and several others were struck in the initial volley. The next morning the Bitish opened a slight cannonade, landed a small force, seized the few stores in the warehouses and then set all the buildings but one on fire. The building saved was a recently erected tavern called the Mansion House. This building was spared because Asher Warner, severely wounded in the first volley, had been picked up by the British and carried into the tavern where he died hours later. It is said that the man locked in the Lummis mill (Isaac Davidson) , found the dead man in the tavern, the pitcher of water (left by the British) still  clutched in his hand.

 

The story of the return of Asher Warner’s remains to his home is a pathetic one. The Warner family – Asher, Mrs. Warner, and two boys (children of Mr. Warner by a former wife) – lived about one-half mile north of the Brick Church (near Wallington). Word reached the family that Mr. Warner had been killed. Twelve year old Daniel harnessed a horse to the lumber wagon and drove his lonely way through the many miles of woods to Sodus point, reaching there between sundown and dark. Isaac Davidson and another man helped take his father’s blood-soaked body from the tavern and place it in the wagon. In utter darkness and with his gruesome burden, the boy wended his way back, counting every hoof beat that brought him nearer home.  But he arrived to find the log house dark and deserted. His stepmother, displaying shameful callousness, had taken five-year old Jonathan with her and departed for a neighbor’s house two or three miles away. Daniel had to go nearly a mile for help. He got John Peeler, a boy about his own age, and the two children alone and at midnight carried the body from the wagon into the house, keeping watch over it until nine or ten o’clock the next morning when neighbors came and prepared the remains for burial.

 

Asher Warner is buried in Brick Church cemetery, his grave marked by a monument erected years later by the younger son, Jonathan. While the date of death on the tombstone is given as June 12, 1813, and this date is sometimes given in  newspaper accounts of the period, affidavits filed in attempts to get compensation, and other credible evidence, establish the 19th as the correct date.

 In 1927, the General Swift Chapter, Daughters of 1812, placed two boulders with bronze plaques at Sodus Point, one at the site of the engagement, and the other at the site of the Mansion House where Mr. Warner died

In 1927, the General Swift Chapter, Daughters of 1812, placed two boulders with bronze plaques at Sodus Point, one at the site of the engagement, and the other at the site of the Mansion House where Mr. Warner died.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Children of Asher Warner

 

The following information comes from Nancy Karasinski who is the Great-Great-Great Granddaughter of Asher Warner through Asher Warner’s daughter Hannah from his second wife:

 

This was allowed by Earl D Church signed  Commish. of Pensions

(Letter after gives his title).

Susan was married to Asher & a bit after he was killed she married Darius Howard a Revolutionary soldier.  She was collecting on Darius then tried to give that up  snd was trying to collect on a new pension law to collect 5 Yrs 1/2 pay on Asher. This letter states they had a daughter Hannah. See documents below…..Asher had 4 children with his 1st wife Hannah:

1.Daniel

2. Rectina (lived with Family of John Taylor, Phelps, Childcare?)3. Experience ( lived with Immer Crittenden, Geneva, Childcare?)4. JonathanSusan (2nd wife) & Asher’s children

1.Unnamed son2.Hannah ( it was the custom to name a child after the husbands former wife out of respect).This Hannah went on to have many children with Darius Howard.I know Jonathon was terribly effected by his fathers death but it would seem as he grew up & matured he would understand more of why she did what she did.  It is not surprising that she took the two small children to a relatives house up the road, after finding out about the invasion & death of her husband. ( my 2 cents).