Thank you -- yes, Jacob was Ludwig's younger brother.
Jacob was born in 1787 (not 1757 as I mistakenly wrote earlier.)
Jacob is my wife's g-g-g-grandfather.
The only info we have on Jacob was that he was a private
in Capt. Robinson's Rifle Company, attached to the 1st
Regt of the York Militia, from Nov. 25 to Dec. 24, 1812.
Here is a fascinating little detail:
Jacob was a witness against an Andrew Patterson, who was
charged with sedition against the Crown.
Mr. Patterson was "an ill-designing and seditious person and
greatly disaffected to the Government of our said Lord the King
and of this Province of Upper Canada, (and) on the first day of June
in the said fifty-third year of the reign of our Lord the King at the
Township of Whitchurch in said district, in the presence of good
subjects of our Lord the King, did pull off his hat and hurra for
the United States, enemies of our Lord the King, and wished them
success, and did then and there cry out,
"Huzza to the United States for their great success in taking Fort
George!" ... and did then and there openly and loudly in presence
and hearing of subjects of our Lord the King, express great joy at the
success of the enemies of our Lord the King.
Mr. Patterson was found guilty. (Cruikshank's Documentary
History of the Niagara Frontier)
Jacob later moved to Ohio in 1826 and became a "most respected
citizen" of the United States.
Just a little slice of life -- one of countless 1812 stories of the early
settlers on both sides of the border.
P.S. You can see Ludwig's gravestone at Dickson Hill Cemetery
I believe his father Philip and
mother Sarah are in the same plot. There is another Jacob
Wideman in the cemetery, but the not the same person
we've been discussing.
> Not sure about Jacob but Ludwig Wideman (1781-1837) was a Lieutenant with the British during the war of 1812 and died as a result of his involvement in the rebellion of 1837. He farmed at Ringwood ( between Markham and Whitchurch Townships) and is buried in the Dickson (Dixion)Hill cemetery south of Stouffville.
> Not sure if that helps or not.