I had a letter from our cousin Beatrice in Montréal and she gave me my grandfather’s given name which was Isaac David Dwinnell, but there was no record of his birth, marriage or death.
Hester said that he was born in Watertown, Jefferson County, New York.
He (Davis Dwinnell) served in the 8th Infantry, Company D under Captain Wright in Buffalo, New York. He enlisted for three years at Buffalo on February 19, 1838. He was 22. His occupation was tailor. He had hazel eyes, a dark complexion, and brown hair.
The Patriots' War had started in November of 1837 with a largely ethnic uprising of French-speaking Canadians against British rule .. . [they] found a sympathetic audience of Americans, still resentful of the 1813 burning of Buffalo. [A ] violation of American territory sparked a rapid response by the American government, which . . . beefed-up garrisons of US regulars. . . The Niagara Frontier cooled and war was averted, but tension would persist for years and lead to a buildup along the frontier. (Buffalonet)
He deserted from the army on May 10, 1838. He was apprehended on October 28, 1838. He deserted again on January 24, 1839.
The 1848 Census of Yonge showed David Dwinnell, a tailor, with a total of six in the family on the same lot. This census record is the last record of Isaac.
Yonge Mills, Ontario was in Front of Yonge Township near Brockville. It is north east of Kingston and north of Watertown, New York. It is now a ghost town. In the mid 19th century, Yonge Mills, was a busy and prosperous village with a population of about 175. It had a sawmill and a fulling mill. There were hotels with taverns and a general store. The village also included two blacksmiths and a church.