|Birth: ||Jun. 18, 1791|
|Death: ||Oct. 3, 1851|
Johannes Beisel married Maria Shaeffer on June 18, 1811 at Upper Mahanoy, Northumberland County, Pennsylvania.
He was drafted at Upper Mahanoy on or about September 24, 1814 for the term of six months. He served in Captain Jacob Hummel's Company in Lieutenant Colonel George Weirick's Regiment.
His unit guarded a military installation at Camp Gaines, Marcus Hook, Pa.
A body of almost ten thousand men was assembled near Marcus's Hook, on the Delaware, twenty miles below Philadelphia, which was at first organized by Adjutant General William Duane, under the command of Major General Isaac Worrall. It was composed of Pennsylvania militia and volunteers. Its rendezvous was called Camp Gaines, in honor of General E. P. Gaines, who succeeded Bloomfield in the command of the Department, in September. This camp was broken up on the 5th of December, 1814. Besides these, several companies were organized in the city and county of Philadelphia who did not take the field. 37 When Gaines left for New Orleans in December, General Cadwalader 38 succeeded him as chief of the Fourth Military Department. (Pictorial Field-Book of the War of 1812, by Benson J. Lossing, 1869, Chapter XL).
During the war of 1812, infantry troops were trained and quartered just north of the crossroads of Market Street and Post Road (U.S. 13) and continuing Northeast into Trainer. The encampment known as Camp Gaines and later Fort Snyder, had between 5,000 and 10,000 men stationed there from early September 1814 into early 1815. The troops were mainly Pennsylvania militia with some Delaware units and a sprinkling of U.S. regulars. Following the sack of Washington D.C. in August 1814, extensive earthworks were hastily constructed along the Marcus Hook waterfront and tidal creeks and cannon were mounted. These entrenchments and the camp were abandoned when winter lessened the likelihood of a British offensive (www.marcushookboro.com).
John Beisel was honorably discharged at Philadelphia after 2 months and 25 days of service on December 15, 1814.
"War of 1812 Index to Compiled Service Records of Volunteer Soldiers who served during the War of 1812" (series M602), roll 0014:
John Beisell, Private
1 Regt. (Weirick's) Penna. Militia
War of 1812
Copies of his widow's pension application are shown on this memorial.
A black and white photo of his headstone appears on page 110, The Wedge by James D. Beissel, Sr.
Johannes Jacob Beisel (1758 - 1829)
Gertraud Wagner Beisel (1760 - 1859)
Anna Maria Schaeffer Beisel (1795 - 1874)*
Elizabeth Beisel Kiehl (1815 - 1851)*
Samuel S Beisel (1826 - 1845)*
Daniel H Beisel (1782 - 1860)*
Catharine Beisel Brosius (1786 - 1867)*
Salome Beisel Hepler (1789 - 1849)*
Johannes John Beisel (1791 - 1851)
Peter Beisel (1801 - 1873)*
Plot: Row # 9
Created by: Researcher
Record added: Apr 13, 2007
Find A Grave Memorial# 18915145