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John Rider (c. 1790-1868) in the War of 1812

Updated: Feb 2, 2019

John Rider served in the War of 1812. He was my 5th great-grandfather, a son of Samuel Reider, a soldier of the American Revolution. John was born bet. 1784-1790 in Longswamp, Berks County, Pennsylvania, and died in 1868 in Lycoming County, Pennsylvania at the age of 84.

John married Elizabeth Berkhart on the 5th of January, 1807 or 1808, in Reading, Berks County, Pennsylvania, by Rev. J. H. Hellfrick. They lived in Columbia County for a time, then moved to Montour County, before returning to Lycoming County in 1833. He bought a farm at North Mountain, where he lived until his death and he rests at Stone Heap Cemetery in Franklin.

John Rider served in the War of 1812. He is listed on the Muster Roll of Captain Gabriel Old's Company of the 2nd Battalion 2nd Regiment Pennsylvania Militia. The image is available free on

In the Pennsylvania Archives book "Muster rolls of the Pennsylvania Volunteers in the war of 1812-1814", his name was written "John Reeder".

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