John Owen Miner, Jr. (1795 - 1859)

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Birthplace: Groton, New London, CT, USA
Death: Died in Groton, New London, CT, USA
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About John Owen Miner, Jr.

"During the war of 1812 when Elizabeth's son, John Owen Miner, was 18 years of age, he was sent from Fort Griswold the day of the bombardment of Stonington with a dispatch that the men at the battery need not hesitate to use their powder as a load carried by oxen had left Fort Griswold for their aid. As John Miner rode up to the battery he narrowly escaped being shot by a shell that exploded in front of him. At the same time, he saw a man who was loading a gun near him, take off his coat and throw it on the ground. Another second, a ball fired from the enemy passed directly through the coat. The holster and pistols carried by John Miner that day are on exhibition in the Monument house. At this time, John Miner was paymaster in the war of 1812, and through his careful charge of papers and accurate keeping of dates, he was able to obtain pensions for many of Groton widows."

source: excerpted from "How Fort Griswold Looked Nearly Eighty Years Ago, recollections of Elisha Miner of Groton in a paper by Historian Mabel C. Holman" published in New London's "The Day" September, 8, 1913.

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John Miner, Jr.'s Timeline

1795
October 16, 1795
Groton, New London, CT, USA
1819
September 9, 1819
Age 23
Groton, New London, Connecticut, United States
1820
September 5, 1820
Age 24
Groton, New London, CT
1822
August 30, 1822
Age 26
Groton, New London, CT, USA
1826
April 14, 1826
Age 30
Groton, New London Co., CT
1859
July 22, 1859
Age 63
Groton, New London, CT, USA
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Groton, New London, Connecticut, United States