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In memory of John Wesley Gale Sr, my Paternal 5th Great-Grandfather on the DANIELS branch.


  • Memories, Pioneer Days in Oregon and Washington Territory, by Caroline Gale Budlong (1856-1939). 

  • Kentucky Soldiers of the War of 1812, p. 313 at 

  • Findagrave Memorial ID 104165172 and 59899673

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John Wesley Gale Sr

Colonel in the War of 1812

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1765 (est.)

Kent County, Maryland


1793 Jan 29

Chester Parish, Kent County, Maryland





Stewartsville Cemetery

Stewartsville, Posey County, Indiana




John Wesley Gale, Sr., was born in Kent County, Maryland, in 1765. He was named after the famous Methodist minister, John Wesley (1703-1791), the founder of the denomination. John married Phoebe Everett on January 29, 1793, in Chester Parish, Kent County, Maryland.

He was a Colonel in the War of 1812; and two of his sons, William Gale and Joseph Gale, served in the Blackhawk War and the Rogue River Indian wars in Oregon in 1856. Joseph served in the Civil War. John Gale freed the slaves his father had owned and as a result, he was forced to leave the state. In search of a more peaceful life, they crossed the Ohio River and settled in Posey County, Indiana.  

In the early spring of 1853, the family joined the wagon train and began their journey west, traveling with seven other families in twelve wagons. 

John is buried at Stewartsville Cemetery in Stewartsville, Posey County, Indiana. 


John Gale is listed in the Roll of Field and Staff, Porter's Regiment, Kentucky Militia, War of 1812 - Commanded by Lieutenant-Colonel Andrew Porter. John was appointed Quartermaster on Sept. 11, 1814. 

Unconfirmed match at John V. Gale of 40th Inf. Capt. John Leonard's Co., discharged 1815.


John Wesley Gale Sr & Phoebe Everett were the parents of my ancestor,

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