circa 1777 – 1813
Died June 20th, 1813 in defense of our town against the British
The large center figure in the “Battle of Sodus Point” mural is our rendition of Asher Warner
Very little is known about the early life of Asher Warner. Genealogy records indicate he was born around 1777 in Maine. Almost everything we know about him is a result of the stories and newspaper articles that came out of the Battle of Sodus Point that was fought on June 19th, 1813 during the War of 1812. We know that Asher Warner was a volunteer which means he was not part of the militia and as a result probably had no military training. This much is known with certainty, however: his ultimate sacrifice in the defense of out town has inspired a historic mural and a boulder plaque dedicated to the memory of this American patriot.
In her 1985 book entitled “The Battle of Sodus Point War of 1812″ Doris M. Sims tells the story of Asher Warner at the Battle of Sodus Point:
“Two Americans, Asher Warner and Charles Terry were mortally wounded and several others were struck in the initial volley. The next morning the Bitish opened a slight cannonade, landed a small force, seized the few stores in the warehouses and then set all the buildings but one on fire. The building saved was a recently erected tavern called the Mansion House. This building was spared because Asher Warner, severely wounded in the first volley, had been picked up by the British and carried into the tavern where he died hours later. It is said that the man locked in the Lummis mill (Isaac Davidson) , found the dead man in the tavern, the pitcher of water (left by the British) still clutched in his hand.
The story of the return of Asher Warner’s remains to his home is a pathetic one. The Warner family – Asher, Mrs. Warner, and two boys (children of Mr. Warner by a former wife) – lived about one-half mile north of the Brick Church (near Wallington). Word reached the family that Mr. Warner had been killed. Twelve year old Daniel harnessed a horse to the lumber wagon and drove his lonely way through the many miles of woods to Sodus point, reaching there between sundown and dark. Isaac Davidson and another man helped take his father’s blood-soaked body from the tavern and place it in the wagon. In utter darkness and with his gruesome burden, the boy wended his way back, counting every hoof beat that brought him nearer home. But he arrived to find the log house dark and deserted. His stepmother, displaying shameful callousness, had taken five-year old Jonathan with her and departed for a neighbor’s house two or three miles away. Daniel had to go nearly a mile for help. He got John Peeler, a boy about his own age, and the two children alone and at midnight carried the body from the wagon into the house, keeping watch over it until nine or ten o’clock the next morning when neighbors came and prepared the remains for burial.
Asher Warner is buried in Brick Church cemetery, his grave marked by a monument erected years later by the younger son, Jonathan. While the date of death on the tombstone is given as June 12, 1813, and this date is sometimes given in newspaper accounts of the period, affidavits filed in attempts to get compensation, and other credible evidence, establish the 19th as the correct date.
In 1927, the General Swift Chapter, Daughters of 1812, placed two boulders with bronze plaques at Sodus Point, one at the site of the engagement, and the other at the site of the Mansion House where Mr. Warner died.