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The story of Laura Secord has taken on mythological overtones in Canada; there are many embellished versions of the tale. Secord has been the subject of books, poetry, and plays.
Since her death, Canada has bestowed honours on her such as schools named after her, monuments, a museum, a memorial stamp, and a statue at the Valiants Memorial in the Canadian capital. Thomas Ingersoll — married the seventeen-year-old Elizabeth Dewey on 28 February He was descended from Richard Ingersoll, who had arrived in Salem, Massachusetts, from Bedfordshire, England, in Thomas was born in in Westfield, Massachusetts.
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Elizabeth, daughter of Israel Dewey,  was also born in Westfield,  on 28 January Over the next several years, his success as a hatmaker allowed him to increase his landholdings and expand his house as his family grew. Upon his return to Great Barrington, he was made a magistrate. Mercy had no children. She has been credited with teaching her stepdaughters to read and do needlework before her death from tuberculosis in By adolescence, Laura was caring for her sisters and looking after the household affairs. Thomas remarried four months after Mercy's death, on 20 September , to Sarah "Sally" Backus, a widow with a daughter, Harriet.
The couple had a further four girls and three boys. The first boy, Charles Fortescue, was born on 27 September Thomas helped suppress Shays' Rebellion in , which earned him the rank of major , but in the years following, he witnessed and was offended by the continuing persecution of Loyalists. He realized that in the depressed economic conditions that followed the Revolutionary War, and with his own deep debts, he was unlikely to see his former prosperity again.
After winding up their affairs in Great Barrington, the Ingersoll family moved to Upper Canada in Thomas Ingersoll supported his family in their early years in Upper Canada by running a tavern in Queenston while land was being cleared and roads built in the settlement. The family stayed in Queenston until a log cabin was completed on the settlement in After Simcoe returned to England in , opposition grew in Upper Canada to the "Late Loyalists" such as Thomas who had arrived in Canada for the land grants.
The grants were greatly reduced, and Thomas's contract was cancelled for not having all of its conditions fulfilled. Feeling cheated, in he moved the family to Credit River, close to York present-day Toronto , where he successfully ran an inn until his death following a stroke. Sally continued to run it until her own death in Laura remained in Queenston when the family moved. She married the wealthy James Secord, likely in June At the time of the American Revolution, Loyalist members of the family anglicized their surname to Secord.
The Secord couple lived in a house built in St. Davids , the first floor of which was a shop. Secord gave birth to her first child, Mary, in St. Davids in Mary was followed by Charlotte , Harriet 10 February ,  Charles Badeau —the only male child and Appolonia He was amongst those who helped carry away Brock's body after Brock was killed in the first attack of the Battle of Queenston Heights in October James himself was severely wounded in the leg and shoulder during the battle.
Laura heard of his predicament and rushed to his side. Some sources suggest that she found three American soldiers preparing to beat him to death with their gunstocks. She begged them to save her husband's life, reportedly offering her own in return, when American Captain John E.
Wool happened upon the situation and reprimanded the soldiers. Spending the winter in St. Davids,  Laura spent the next several months nursing her wounded husband back to health. Men of military age were sent as prisoners to the U. That June, a number of U. According to tradition she overheard a conversation amongst the billeted Americans as they ate dinner.
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A small British force and a larger contingent of Mohawk warriors were then readied for the American attack. Most of the American forces were casualties or taken prisoner in the Battle of Beaver Dams on 24 June. After the war, with the Secords' Queenston store in ruins,  the family was impoverished. Only James's small war pension  and the rent from acres of land they had in Grantham Township supported them. The Secords' sixth child, Laura Anne, was born in October , and their last child, Hannah, was born in Mary had another daughter, also named Mary, in Jamaica, and brought her children back to Queenston with her in following her husband's death.
Secord was promised a position at Brock's Monument , but the position was given to another woman. The struggling James petitioned the government in for some sort of employment. Lieutenant-Governor Peregrine Maitland did not offer him a position, but offered something to Laura. He asked her to be in charge of the yet-to-be-completed Brock's Monument.
At first, she turned it down, but then reluctantly accepted it.
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On 17 July , Secord petitioned Colborne to honour Maitland's promise, and included another certificate from FitzGibbon attesting her contribution to the war. She wrote that Colonel Thomas Clarke had been told by Maitland, "it was too late to think of [the committee member's widow] Mrs. Nichol as I have pledged my word to Mrs. Secord that as soon as possible she should have the key.
In , the Secords' daughter, Appolonia, died at 18 of typhus,  and James was appointed registrar of the Niagara Surrogate Court. His is the only line of Secords that survived into the 21st century. James became a customs collector in at the port of Chippawa. Charles Badeau took over the Queenston home. James Secord died of a stroke on 22 February His war pension came to an end,  and she was unable to keep the land that she still had profitable, and sold off much of it. Possibly with help from better-off members of the family, Secord moved to a red brick cottage on Water Street [lower-alpha 4] in November