Tennessee Clinards in the War of 1812

As always in research… one thing leads to another! A document led me to discover our Tennessee Clinards service in the War of 1812

I recently went to the Robertson County Archives to dig around some more and had Tonia pull all the Clinard “Loose Court Files” that they have on file. In a folder for W.N. Clinard was several sheets of blue paper and a previously hidden historic bit of interest. W. N. Clinard was the son of John Clinard Sr., born in 1795 in North Carolina to Lawrence and Rosina Miller Clinard. John, along with brother Henry, were the two new additions to our children for Lawrence and Rosina that I found last month in the deeds at the archives and I don’t have a whole lot of information on their families yet.

I got online and found that William N. (still don’t know the middle name) Clinard was born around 1837 in Tennessee to John Clinard and Mary Cameron, who was born in 1799 in North Carolina. I don’t have parents for Mary yet.

Anyway, I digress… Back to the folder with treasure…

On the cover page, “Jas. S. Hollis, Guardian, Exparte to Sell Land Warrant”

William N. Clinard, Land Warrant

And on the next page…  (I’ve gone ahead and transcribed the first page for easier reading.. you readers can muddle through the rest of the pages for now)

“William N. Clinard by his Guardian James S. Hollis

Exparte Petition to sell Land Warrant

This cause came out to be heard before the court, John Woodard Judge of the County Court of Robertson County Tennessee sitting at Springfield on this 6th day of October 1836 on the petition of William N. Clinard by his Guardian James S. Hollis to sell bounty Land Warrant No. 42,131 for 80 acres and dated 20th day of September 1836. Under the act of Congress of the 3 March 1855 and issued in the name of William N. Clinard minor child of John Clinard deceased Private, Captain Cranes and Cooks Companies, Tennessee Militia War 1812.

It is ordered by the court that James S. Hollis the Guardian of said minor is appointed by the court, special administrator, of the court to sell said Land Warrant No 42,131 for 80 acres, and that he sell said Land Warrant publicly to the highest bidder, at the Court House door in the town of Springfield, for cash first giving 20 days public notice of said sale at the Court House in Springfield and that he report to the next term of this court. ”

So William’s guardian filed for him to get a Land Warrant for his father’s service in the War of 1812. He is still a minor and unable to sell the property in Tennessee until he comes of age. Note that his guardian, James S. Hollis is later his father-in-law when he marries Melinda C. Hollis.

I was just yesterday reading over a pamphlet from the Tennessee State Library, “Land Records in the TSLA” and it gives a breakdown of each type of land grant. It is interesting to note: “The Revolutionary War was the only war for which bounty land within the State of Tennessee was given to veterans. Tennessee veterans of the War of 1812 received bounty land warrants for public land which was located chiefly in Arkansas, Illinois, and Missouri.”

That means that his land warrant was in one of these other states, but I have not yet been able to unearth that information yet, or who bought the property which I thought they would have noted on this document when it mentions the amount of sale at the end.

So at the sale on the Courthouse steps, they get $50 cash for the 80 acres of land for the Land Warrant with Hollis to take care of the money.

I had saved a “biography” for John Clinard I had discovered in “Goodspeed’s History of Tennessee,” and now that I know who these two Johns are, it makes much more sense. The Goodspeed Publishing Company of Nashville and Chicago issued A History of Tennessee from the Earliest Times to the Present, together with an Historical and a Biographical Sketch of … [County names go here] . .  during 1886 and 1887. Rev. S. Emmett Lucas, Jr., of Southern Historical Press reprinted the Goodspeed History of Tennessee.

(I was informed by the girls at the Robertson County Archives that the “biographies” were actually paid for by the persons who were featured, so to take some with a grain of salt as they might be a bit exaggerated.) However, this doesn’t seem to be the case now that we have some proof for John Clinard’s. This biography is about John Clinard Jr., but also gives information on his parents, John Sr and Mary Cameron.

“History of Tennessee,” Goodspeed, Robertson County, section published in 1886, pg. 831. Reprints available at the Tennessee State Archives.

“Biographical Appendix to the History of Robertson County

John Clinard, cooper and farmer, of Springfield, was born December 5, 1825, in Robertson County, Tenn., and is the son of John and Mary (Cameron) Clinard. The father was of German origin, born about 1795 in the State of North Carolina, and was a farmer by occupation. He was in the battle of New Orleans under Gen. Jackson and the Indian wars of that campaign. He died in Davidson County in 1849. The mother was of Scotch descent and was born a few years previous to 1800. She died about 1848. Our subject was reared at home and received his education in the schools of the county. When about eighteen years of age, he commenced working at the cooper’s trade. April 21, 1847 he married Melinda C. Hollis, daughter of James S. and Judah Hollis. Mrs. Clinard is a native of Tennessee, born July 23, 1831. Mr. and Mrs. Clinard are the parents of an interesting family of eight children: James H., Malinda J., Gilford N., Jefferson D., Robert L., Archibald W., Mollie and John W. After marriage Mr. Clinard commenced the cooper business on his own responsibility. In 1856 he came to Springfield and erected a shop and has ever since carried on his trade in connection with farming and is the owner of 220 acres of good land. He is highly esteemed as an honest man and worthy citizen. He believes the old maxim that “a rolling stone gathers no moss,” and has never been over forty miles away from his birthplace and has never lived outside of his county. In politics he is a Democrat. His wife is a member of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church.”

And this led me to the book section at the archives to see what they had on the War of 1812, where I found Sistler’s “Tennesseans in the War of 1812…

So with the information from the land warrant above, that shows that father Lawrence and his two sons, Henry and John, were all in the War of 1812. I next got online on ancestry.com to search military records and didn’t have much luck until I did an random name search with “Cli..” names as they were probably misspellings in transcription.

That gave me:

Laurence Clinmand: Cheatham’s Detachment, Mtd. Infantry, Tennessee Militia, Rank: Private, Roll Box 41, Roll Exct: 602 from “War of 1812 Service Records”

Laurence Climard: Capt. Crain’s Co., Mounted Rangers, Tennessee Militia, Rank: Corporal, Rool Box 41, Roll Exct: 602 from “War of 1812 Service Records”

Henry Clineard: 2 Reg’t Cheatham’s W. Tennessee Militia, Rank: Private, Roll Box 41, Roll Exct: 602 from “War of 1812 Service Records”

John Climard: 2 Reg’t Mounted Gunmen (Williamson’s), Tennessee Volunteers, Rank: Private, Roll Box 41, Roll Exct: 602, from “War of 1812 Service Records”

John Clynard: 2 Reg’t Mounted Gunment (Williamson’s), Tennessee Volunteers, Rank: Private, Roll Box 41, Roll Exct: 602 from “War of 1812 Service Records”

And from the Goodspeed’s History, we get a little more about John’s service: “The father was of German origin, born about 1795 in the State of North Carolina, and was a farmer by occupation. He was in the battle of New Orleans under Gen. Jackson and the Indian wars of that campaign. He died in Davidson County in 1849.”

I spent a bit of time browsing the war records for other men in the community and turned up quite a few, just in the time I spent. I’ll have to dig further when I go back to the archives but here’s who I found so far. In Archer Cheatham’s Mounted Infantry Detachment that would have gone along with Lawrence: James, Jacob and Elias Fort, John Binkley, Samuel and James Bell, Peter Frey, Alexander Rawls, and Patrick Martin.

In 2 Reg’t Mounted Gunmen (Williamson’s) Tennessee Volunteers I also found: Nathaniel Crockett, Patrick Martin, James Rawls, and Alexander Rawls.

So now I’ll have to hunt down some more Tennessee history to find out more about these detachments and see what our boys were up to!  After all that land clearing and farming, the Clinard men must have been ready to go do some fighting and adventuring!

For those that Tennessee Clinards that might be tuning in and we haven’t corresponded yet, or researchers that might have this information – maybe you can help fill in some blanks in our family tree. I am including family sheets of Lawrence’s children and grandchildren that have a few research notes included – hope to hear some new additions for our holes! Or if you see any information that appears incorrect, let me know that too!

Henry Clinard

John Clinard Sr.

As far as we know, Philip did not marry before he died but he was old enough, so that is a possibility!

Sarah Elizabeth Clinard Parker

Phoebe Clinard McCoy

So if you can fill in any blanks, send me an email at busybeetrader@msn.com!

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6 thoughts on “Tennessee Clinards in the War of 1812

  1. Rick

    Jamie, as always great work. Its finally starting to come together! I have some documents and maps from the NC Archives on the Battle of Horseshoe Bend with detailed drawings of several forts built by the TN and NC troops. I’ll scan and post them but it won’t be for a couple of weeks.
    I wonder if the TN Clinards saw Andrew D Clinard Sr when they were there?

  2. Karen

    Good job Jamie! Looking forward to reading your blogs to see what else you have unearthed. So nice to have a TN Clinard digging through the records!

  3. Brenda

    Thanks so much for all the work you do on our TN Clinards. It’s so great that you live in Robertson Co. and can do all this hands on research!

  4. Gloria

    Jamie, You don’t have Simeon Wallace Clinard listed under Henry’s name. The original handwritten sheet you sent me found in the attic (the one listing Lawrence’s children and their children) list Henry’s children: Sandy, Effie, Sim, Mary, Rose, Eliza, Wm Thomas, Wm H. “Bill”, & Harriett.

    Great find by the way, enjoyed reading it, can’t wait for more! Thanks!

    • Gloria, We’ll try to get this Sim thing figured out – we need to hear from some of the Henry descendants to clarify if they had a Simeon son of Henry too – or hopefully I’ll run across some more information at the archives in the later generations. I think on Jessie’s sheets we couldn’t decide if Sim was a carry-over from the previous page of Andy’s children or was actually Henry’s???

  5. Alan C

    Hi, great site! I’m a descendent of Lawrence’s brother, Henry (he married Mary Rosenbaum Hinkle) so this is all great background info. I’m really glad I found your site!

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