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Laura Secord was originally an American She was born in Massachusetts on September 13 1775 Her father was Thomas Ingersoll He was a major in the American army They were well known because Lauras father was a clever man In her family there were inventors mechanics merchants magistrates teachers and soldiers Laura had three sisters When she was eight her mother had died and her father had gone off to war so Laura had to look after them After two years or so Lauras father married someone else A month later she got ill and died Three years later he remarried a woman named Sarah Whiting After Thomas Ingersoll became a young Republican and saw excessive violence in Massachusetts he moved his family to Upper Canada When Laura was eighteen they moved again to Bustling Port which is near the Niagara River below the falls After Laura had moved there she met a young man named James Secord After dating for a long period of time James asked Laura to marry him They married in 1797 at the Church of England They were very wealthy Laura was a big help to James in his business since she came from such an affluent family By 1812 the Secords had five children two servants a small pleasant house and a wealthy store When they first got married they lived in St Davids and after being married for a while they moved to Queenston Laura did not work but James was a Merchant Life was good for Laura James and their family and it seemed the future held nothing but happiness On June 18 1812 war was officially declared It was Great Britain with the Native Americans against the United States Queenston and Niagara Falls were long awaiting the attack of the US forces from across the Niagara River James had already left to fight in the battle in which Sir Isaac Brock was killed After
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