The War of 1812 & The Galusha Family

On this day 200 years ago, the United States declared war on Great Britain officially starting the War of 1812.  This war is often referred to as the forgotten war or the second Revolutionary War.  Although Warrenville was not yet a settlement in what was then the Illinois territory, the settlers in the area were impacted greatly as the frontier warfare of Native American raids and the threat of British occupation would have been ever present.

A later settler to Warrenville, Ezra Andrus Galusha served in the War of 1812.  Ezra was born in 1770 in Connecticut, married Mabel Barney and had 10 children before heading West.  Ezra brought his family to Warrenville in 1834, following his son Jacob, who had traveled to Warrenville and claimed land on what is today Galusha Road in 1833.

Over the next few months the Historical Society will be highlighting the role that the Galusha family had on the history of our community.  A display about the family will open in September at the Historical Museum & Art Gallery.  Please look for more details to follow.

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