From John Hibbard's enlistment record for the War of 1812, we can glean some important information. He was born in Franklin County, Virginia, around 1779. He was 6' 3/4" in height, with light hair and "fair" skin. He listed his occupation as "laborer". He enlisted, in 1813, for a period of five years, as a private, was promoted to corporal in January, 1815, and then procured a substitute and was discharged in May 1815. He served in the 43 Regiment, in Captain Robert Love's company.
Name: Hibbert, John Rank: Pvt. Regiment: 43 & 3.3. [?] Company Commander: Capt. Robert Love Height: 6 feet, ¾ inch’s Eyes: blue Hair: light Complexion: fair Age: 34 Occupation: Laborer Where born, Town or County: Franklin Where born, State: Va Enlistment When: Nov 8 1813 Enlistment Where: Ashville N.C. Enlist By Whom: Capt. Love Enlist Period: 5 years
R. R. Ashville, Buncombe Co, N.C., Nov 15 \ 13 _ E. R. Capt. Robert Loves Co, Feb 16, and I. R. Carrys Greenfield, N. C., May 17 \ 15, present, promoted Jany. 8 \ 15 to Corpl. Also appears as Hibberts. Discharged May 19 \ 15, by procuring a substitute. See pension case.
John Hibbard 1779 - 1821 Franklin Co VA Macon Co NC
Sources: Enlistment Record, War of 1812; Pension Record, War of 1812 (click image at right);