The American Revolution and 1812 Wars
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Canups first entered the American Colonies in the early 1700's. Escaping religious persecution in Germany and then England, the Canups craved freedom. As the colonies got closer and closer to war with England over their own freedom, the Canups were right there.
We have militia duty pay vouchers for John Canup, Jacob Canup, and William Canup for the North Carolina Colony dated during the Revolutionary War. In 1776, North Carolina was the first colony to instruct its Continental Congress delegates to vote for independence. North Carolinians offered the first armed, open resistance to British colonial rule in America.
In 1812, the British came back to the new United States to try to reclaim the colonies as there own. Canups were again there to defend their freedom. John C. Kanup(Canup) was a Private in David Little's Light Company B. This was a Light Infantry regiment. He enlisted 19, April, 1815 for 5 years or the duration of the war. He served his full term. He was born in Rowan County, NC, was 26 years old, 5'10" tall, with dark complexion and black eyes. He lived long enough to see the State of North Carolina again fight for its freedom in the War of Secession. Dying October 23, 1862, he did not see the conclusion of this attempt.