Lewis Rendt

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Captain Lewis Rendt (born 1769 in Germany, died 1849 in Canada) was an early 19th-century Hessian soldier of the Swiss Regiment,[1] who later fought with the British in the Mediterranean (during the Invasion of Sicily),[2] Spain, Egypt, and North America (during the British-American 1812 War). His regiment fought under the Duke of Wellington in Spain from 1811 to 1813. He was stationed variously at Cadiz, Malta, and Montreal.[3]

While stationed in Cadiz in 1811 he married Juaquina (Josephine, Sophia) Ramirez de Arrellano. They had seven children, including Rachel, who married Francis Ramacciotti, and Frances, who married Captain L.R.Boynton[4] and was the mother of Major Nathan Boynton, who founded Boynton Beach, Florida.

In the 1812 War he was an officer in the British-controlled Swiss Regiment De Wattville.[5] Upon his retirement, he took to farming on the Canadian side of the St. Clair River near Port Huron with the aid of a Canadian land grant. He received 900 acres for his militaty service. He sold 100 acres back to the Crown, for the benefit of the Chippewa Indians. Later when oil was discovered on it the Crown reneged on the promise to the Indians and sold it to an oil company instead as written in Canada's Victorian Oil Town. He was also active as an agent of the state of Michigan in promoting Europeans to settle there.


  • Société Vaudoise d'Histoire et d'Archéologie: Revue Historique Vaudoise 1894; p. 369. List of officers of the De Watteville Regiment - Louis Rendt, de Hesse-Dannstadt.
  • Elliot, Ernest: British Numismatic Journal and Proceedings of the British Numismatic Society - 1949; p 223. Lieutenant Louis Rendt.
  • History of St. Clair County, Michigan - 1888; p. 560. Lewis Rendt, early pioneer... promoted from First Lieutenant of Company L to Captain of the De Watteville Regiment.
  • The Defended Border: Upper Canada and the war of 1812 - 1964; p. 154.
  • A History of the Northern Peninsula of Michigan and Its People
  • "Indian treaties and surrenders, from 1680 to [1903], Volumes 1-2 By Canada"[Clarification needed]
  • "Canada's Victorian Oil Town: The Transformation of Petrolia from a ... - Page 5

by Christina Ann Burr On 13 March 1841 Lewis Rendt sold the east half of lot nine"

  • "Journal - Page 739 Michigan. Legislature. House of Representatives - 1841-

... part three of the revised statutes — Mr. Humphrey, 286 Referring the communication of Louis Rendt to the committee on ... the county of Chippewa"

  • "A List of the Officers of the Army and of the Corps of Royal Marines-

Great Britain. War Office - 1818 - Nov.l805 promoted lieutantnat -Louis Rendt"

  • "Les cahiers des Dix: Issue 2 Les Dix - 1937 - Snippet view Grade — Nom Grade dans le régiment — l'armée COLONEL: Louis de Watteville. LIEUT. ... LIEUTENANTS: Charles Sturler, Ulrich Mittelholzer, J. Chrétien Weiss, J.-B. Mansuet Trescon, Louis Rendt"


  1. Livingston, William: A History of the Republican Party - 1900; p. 70
  2. Flayhart,William H: Counterpoint to Trafalgar: the Anglo-Russian invasion of Naples, 1805-1806 - 1992; p. 92
  3. *Zaslow, Morris and Wesley B. (Turner Historical Society) The defended border: Upper Canada and the war of 1812 - 1964; p. 154. Colonel J. Fischer of Regiment de Watteville - action in Malta, Egypt, Sicily, Italy, Spain and the War of 1812.
  4. Captain L.R.Boynton - Frances Rendt; retrieved 30 March 2011
  5. Bretton, Pierre: Flames across the border, 1813-1814 - 1981; P. 349. The attack by the De Watteville Regiment on the Towson Battery.

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