Sergeant James Secord, 1st Lincoln Militia

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James B. Secord

Birthdate:
Birthplace: Somers, Westchester County, Province of New York
Death: Died in Niagara Falls, Lincoln County, Upper Canada, British North America
Place of Burial: Niagara Falls, Niagara Region, Ontario, Canada
Immediate Family:

Son of James Secord, Sr.; Magdelaine Secord and Magdelaine Secord
Husband of Laura Secord; Laura Secord and Laura Secord, Canadian Heroine of the War of 1812
Father of Mary Lawrence Trumble; Charlotte Burgar; Harriet Hopkins Smith; Charles Badean Secord; Appolonia Albelonia Secord and 2 others
Brother of Simon Secord; Stephen Secord; Esther Secord; Maj. David Secord; Ejijah David Thomas Secord and 11 others

Managed by: Erskin Alton Gaston, III
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About Sergeant James Secord, 1st Lincoln Militia

Sergeant James Secord helped carry British General Isaac Brock's body from the battlefield during the Battle of Queenston Heights. He was later wounded by a musket ball. His wife, Laura, went searching for James and was tending his wounds when they encountered a trio of U.S. soldiers, two raising their muskets intending to dispatch the prone sergeant of the 1st Lincoln Militia. Captain John E. Wool of the 13th U.S. Infantry happened on the scene, preventing the attack. Wool and James Secord would remain life-long friends.


Descendant of the Marquis de Sicard of the reign of Louis XII of France. The family of Marquis became Hueguenots in the time of their great persecution of 1572 and moved to England in the 1600s. Five brothers emigrated to New Jersey where they founded New Rochelle, naming it for their estates confiscated near La Rochelle in France. After the revolutionary war they came to New Brunswick, James moving to Upper Canada and settling in the Niagara frontier.


About 1797, Laura married James Secord, a young merchant of Queenston. He was the youngest son of a loyalist officer of Butler’s Rangers, who had brought his family to Niagara in 1778. James and Laura Secord were to have six daughters and one son.

They lived first at St Davids but soon settled in Queenston. Early in the War of 1812, James, a sergeant in the 1st Lincoln militia, was wounded in the battle of Queenston Heights and was rescued from the battlefield by his wife.

The Secords lived in poverty in the postwar years until 1828 when James, who had received a small pension because of his war wound, was appointed registrar, then judge (in 1833), of the Niagara Surrogate Court. In 1835 he became collector of customs at Chippawa. He died in 1841 leaving Laura without financial resources. She ran a school for children in her Chippawa cottage for a brief period. Petitions to the government for a pension and other favours were unsuccessful.

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Sergeant James Secord, 1st Lincoln Militia's Timeline

1773
July 7, 1773
Somers, Westchester County, Province of New York
1797
1797
Age 23
Great Barrington, Berkshire County, Massachusetts, United States
1804
1804
Age 30
Great Barrington, MA, USA
1806
1806
Age 32
Great Barrington, Berkshire County, Massachusetts, United States
1809
October 20, 1809
Age 36
Lincoln, Niagara Regional Municipality, Ontario, Canada
1811
1811
Age 37
Ontario, Canada
1815
October 20, 1815
Age 42
Queenstown, Lincoln County, Upper Canada, British North America
1820
July 30, 1820
Age 47
Queenstown, Lincoln County, Upper Canada, British North America