Early around 1820 he settled in Bloom twp., Fairfield Co., Ohio with his first wife Mary(Plotner). Considered an honest and upright man in his dealings. Listed early settlers of Hancock Co., Ohio. In all he was married three times: Mary Plotner, Mary Ann (Burk) Donaldson, and Rachel Munson. His first wife died in Fairfield County, Ohio. His second wife Mary Ann (Burk)Donaldson died in Allegan Co., Michigan and his third wife Rachel Munson died in Allegan Co., Michigan.
PLOTH, GERSHAM; MONTGOMERY'S REGIMENT, PENNSYLVANIA MILITIA. WAR OF 1812 PRIVATE; CARD # 38388904 8998
SOURCE; WAR OF 1812 MILITARY RECORD DRAFTED 11-12-1814, Columbia Co., Pennsylvania
Gersham Ploth(spelled wrong on payroll ticket) Private, Captain George Hidlay's Co., 112 Reg't Pennsylvania Militia commanded by Lt. Col. J. Montgomery.
Appears on Company Pay Roll for Nov, 1814. Roll dated Nov. 24, 1814. Commencement of service or of this settlement, Nov. 12, 1814 Expiration of service or of this settlement, Nov. 24, 1814 Term of service charged, 0 months, 13 days. Pay per month, 8 dollars, 0 cents. Amount of pay, 3 dollars, 46 cents. Travelling distance, 9 miles Travelling pay 0 dollars, 11 cents Total amount, 3 dollars, 57 cents
SOURCE; WAR OF 1812 MILITARY RECORD
Gersham Ploth Private, Captain George Hidlay's Co., 112 Reg't Pennsylvania Militia commanded by Lieut. Col. James Montgomery. Appears on Company Muster Roll for Nov. 12 to 24, 1814 Roll dated Danville, Pennsylvania Nov. 24, 1814 Commencement of service, Nov. 12, 1814 Expiration of service, Nov. 24, 1814 Place of discharge, Danville, Pennsylvania Place of residence, Columbia Co., Pennsylvania Distance, 9 miles Present or absent, Present Remark: Pay due from commencement of service. Remarks and alterations since last muster: nothing listed
SOURCE OFFICE OF THE CHIEF OF MILITARY HISTORY UNITED STATES ARMY THE WAR OF 1812
To Great Britain the War of 1812 was simply a burdensome adjunct of its greater struggle against Napoleonic France. To the Canadians it was clearly a case of naked American aggression. But to the Americans it was neither simple nor clear. The United States entered the war with confused objectives and divided loyalties and made peace without settling any of the issues that had induced the nation to go to war. ORIGINS OF THE WAR The immediate origins of the war were seizure of American ships, insults and injuries to American seamen by the British Navy, and rapid expansion of the American frontier. The British outrages at sea took two distinct forms. One was the seizure and forced sale of merchant ships and their cargoes for allegedly violating the British blockade of Europe. Although France had declared a counterblackade of the British Isles and had seized American ships, England was the chief offender because its Navy had greater command of the seas. The second, more insulting, type of outrage was the capture of men from American vessels for forced service in the Royal Navy. The pretext for impressment was the search for deserters, who, the British claimed, had taken employment on American vessels. The reaction in the United States to impressment differed from that aroused by the seizre of ships and cargoes. In the latter case the maritime interests of the eastern seaboard protested vigorously and demanded naval protection, but rather than risk having their highly profitable trade cut off by was with England they were willing to take an occasional loss of cargo. Impressment, on the other hand, presented no such financial hardship to the shipowners, whatever the consequences for the unfortunate seamen, and the maritime interests tended to minimize it.
SOURCE PAGE 6 BAPTISMAL REGISTER OF ZION LUTHERAN AND REFORMED CONGREGATION Gershom Plotts and Mary Ann Plotner Plotts have several of there children listed as being baptised here. I'll be copying the records as they appear from the register as you'll notice that there are misspelling of the names. Baptised 12 July 1818 Plotz, Hyman born 17 May 1818 to Gosham and Maria Plotz sponsors listed Conrad and Catharina Plottner. Baptised 20 Aug 1820 Plotz, Georg Washington born 12 Dec 1819 to Gosham and Maria Plotz sponsors listed Georg and Magdalena Plotner
More About Gershom Plotts: Burial: January 1876, Poplar Hill Cemetery, Monterey Twp., Allegan Co., Michigan; lot 104, grave 8.847 Census 1: 1820, Bloom Twp., Fairfield Co., Ohio-also Rush twp., page 109 Fairfield Co., Ohio listed as Gahham, males, 1 0-10, 1 26-45; females 2 0-10, 1 26 to 45.847 Census 2: 1830, Jefferson Twp., Fairfield Co., Ohio(this was given to me by Lorraine Becraft page 153).847 Census 3: 1830, Page 153-Amanda Twp., Hancock Co., Ohio.847 Census 4: 1840, page 49; Amanda Twp. Hancock Co., Ohio; males 2 under 5, 3-10 to 15, 1-15 to 20, 1- 40 to 50; females 1- 40 to 50.847 Census 5: 1850, page 466, Amanda Twp., Hancock Co., Ohio, 59 years old born in New Jersey, farmer,.847 Census 6: 1860, Monterey Twp., Allegan Co., Michigan; page 397.847 Census 7: 1870, Monterey Twp. Allegan Co., Michigan; 79 years old born in New Jersey.847 DAR: Bet. 1803 - 1865, Fairfield Co., Ohio Marriages, FHL #317372.847 Fact 1: when he settled in Hancock Co., Oh. he had a farm of 80 acres, when he moved to Monterey twp., Allegan Co., Michigan he disposed of this land.847 Land Records 1: March 27, 1837, Purchased land Amanda Twp., Hancock Co., Ohio.847 Land Records 2: June 15, 1874, Land Office, Ionia; Document #2002; Misc. Document #3023; Entry Classifacation Homestead Entry Orig.; 80 acres; Accession #MI3010_.474; Volume ID 524; Total Page 1.847 Migrated: March 27, 1837, Entered Amanda Twp., Hancock Co., Ohio; Source Early Land Records of Hancock County, Ohio by Hancock County Chapter of the OGS in 1986.847 Military 1: October 27, 1814, Drafted 112th regiment, 2nd brigaid, 9th division, Columbia County Militia, commanded by Lt. Col. James Montgomery, Captain George Hidlay's Co., 112 Reg'T Pennsylvania Militia.847 Military 2: 1814, Discharged Danville, Pennsylvania 9 miles from place of residence.847 Occupation 1: brickmayer, farmer.847 Occupation 2: 1870, Farmer; value of real estate $2000. value of personal property $2650..847 Religion 1: United Brethren Church in Fairfield Co., Ohio.847 Religion 2: Zion Lutheran and Reformed Church, page 6, Fairfield Co., Ohio lists two of Gershom's children being baptised here..847 Source 1: 1791, LDS: film # 1985217.847 Source 2: Bet. 1803 - 1865, Fairfield Co., Ohio Marriages, FHL #295268.847 Source 3: 1876, Lucille Coon Cemetery Book she did years back; Lot 102.847 Source 4: 1886, History of Hancock Co., Ohio.847 Source 5: 1903, Centenial Biographical History of Hancock Co., Ohio.847
More About Gershom Plotts and Mary Ann Plotner: Marriage: 1817, Pennsylvania.847
Children of Gershom Plotts and Mary M. Donaldson are:
Oliver Plotts, b. April 1836, Amanda Twp., Hancock Co., Ohio847, d. June 30, 1902, Tustin, Sherman Twp., Osceola Co., Michigan847.
Moses Plotts, b. March 21, 1839, Hancock Co., Ohio847, d. April 18, 1909, Antioch, Wexford Co., Michigan847.
Children of Gershom Plotts and Mary Ann Plotner are:
+Hiram Plotts, b. May 17, 1818, Fairfield Co., Ohio848, 849, d. November 19, 1907, Otsego Valley, Allegan, Michigan850, 851.