Chautauqua Co., Ny
Soldiers Of The American Revolution
Lists & Biographies of Soldiers From the Towns of
Falconer, Fredonia, Jamestown, Silver Creek, Westfield,
Carroll, Ellington, Gerry, Poland
Charlotte, Cherry Creek, Dunkirk, Pomfret, Portland, Stockton
[Transcribed by Dave Swerdfeger]
SOLDIERS of the AMERICAN REVOLUTION WHO AT ONE TIME WERE RESIDENTS OF, OR WHOSE GRAVES ARE LOCATED IN CHAUTAUQUA COUNTY, NEW YORK.
Issued by Chautauqua County, N.Y., Chapters, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution ELLICOTT CHAPTER, D. A. R., FALCONER, N.Y.
Benjamin Prescott Chapter, D. A. R., Fredonia, N.Y.
Jamestown Chapter, D. A. R., Jamestown, N.Y.
Benjamin Bosworth Chapter, D. A. R., Silver Creek, N.Y.
Patterson Chapter, D. A. R., Westfield, N.Y. 1925
IT has required much earnest effort and careful research to obtain and arrange the brief account of the services, personal and military, of the valiant Soldiers of the American Revolution, who, at one time resided in, or whose graves are located in Chautauqua County, N.Y.
The Historical Committees of the several Chapters of the Daughters of American Revolution, located in Chautauqua County, have been most painstaking as well as zealous in their work, and what is written in this little booklet is believed to be quite as authentic and correct as it has been possible to obtain from the records that have been found. The records, both military and personal, have been mainly supplied from official pension papers as well as from family records, local history, and the files of early local newspapers.
It has been a work of real pleasure to the members of the local Committees to assist in paying a most deserved and merited tribute to the memory of those self-sacrificing, patriotic, great soldiers who achieved so much and gave us the heritage of the Country's independence and freedom.
The Soldiers of the American Revolution remain in a distinct class of the world's historyŚwith only the poorest and most meagre equipment, they eagerly responded to the first call of Lexington and Bunker Hill, facing every danger with unsurpassed courage, willingly sacrificing every personal comfort, suffering and enduring beyond description, but with sturdy hearts and conscience unyielding to the end that freedom and liberty might be their country's right for all time. Just a look back to Valley Forge in the winter of 1778, described by the historian, Headley, is a revelation of what the Soldiers of the American Revolution suffered, braved, and the wonderful record of their heroic character:
"Eleven thousand American Soldiers, two thousand of whom were barefoot and half naked, stacked their arms in the latter part of December, in the frozen field, and began to look for huts to shelter them from the cold of winter. Hundreds with nothing but rags upon their bodies, their muskets resting upon their naked shoulders, their bare feet cut by the frozen ground till you could track them by their blood, had marched hither for repose and clothing, and, alas, nothing but the frost-covered fields received them. Starving, wretched and wan, they looked like the wreck of a routed and famine struck army. Without a mouthul of meat to satisfy their hunger they thus passsed days and weeks, and yet not a movement of dissension."
An even measure of praise may be accorded the bravery, fortitude and unyielding spirit of the women soldiers of the American Revolution, the wives and mothers, fully as heroic as those who directly faced the enemy, with a buoyant hope and unfaltering courage unsurpassed in history.
No pen can do full justice to the great character of those pioneer settlers of Chautauqua County, who, with their comrades, gave the world such a wonderful demonstration of success in their great fight for the inherent rights of mankind in the pursuit of peace, happiness, progress and their country's road to greatness.
Lucy Norton Shankland, Chairman Research Committee.
CHAPTER LIST OF SOLDIERS
List of Ellicott Chapter, D. A. R., Falconer, N.Y.
List of Benjamin Prescott Chapter, D. A. R., Fredonia, N.Y.
CHAPTER LISTS OF SOLDIERS
List of Jamestown Chapter, D. A. R., Jamestown, N.Y.
List of Benjamin Bosworth Chapter, D. A. R., Silver Creek, N.Y.
List of Patterson Chapter, D. A. R., Westfield, N.Y.
ELLICOTT CHAPTER, D. A. R. FALCONER, N.Y.
Regent: Elizabeth Needle Daily
Historical Committee: Myrtle B. Reed, Elizabeth Needle Daily, Adele Hooker Johnson
Soldiers of the American Revolution who at one time resided in, or whose graves are located in one of the towns of Carroll, Ellington, Gerry, Poland, Chautauqua County, N.Y.
Born 1758. Died Sept. 6, 1851, aged 93 years. Grave in Allen Cemetery, town of Poland. It is believed that he came to Chautauqua County with his son, Sumner Allen, who settled in the town of Poland in 1818. He enlisted in the American army at Groton, Conn., May or June, 1777. Served three years as private in Connecticut Militia under Capt. John Shumway and Cols. Huntington, Prentiss and Starr. Was at battle of Monmouth. His wife, Sibbil, died Dec. 21, 1846, aged 80 years, and is buried beside him in Allen Cemetery. He is mentioned in Pension List of 1840. Their son, Sumner Allen, born in 1804 in Otsego Co., N.Y., settled in the town of Poland in 1818, and during his life was prominent in the affairs of the town. His wife was Fluvia, daughter of Col. Nathaniel Fenton. They left many descendants.
Born May 5, 1762, in Dighton, Mass. Died June 5, 1842, aged 80 years. Grave in Levant Cemetery, town of Poland. Enlisted in the American army April or May 7, 1777, at Dighton, Mass. Served as marine under Capt. Rathbone, on sloop "Providence" in Massachusetts; also served under Capt. Olney and Col. Crary in Rhode Island militia, and as teamster under Wagon-master Shields in Mass. His name appearson the Pension List of 1840 as residing in the town of Poland, Chautauqua County, N.Y. Was married in 1787 in Mass. His wife, Cynthia Briggs, died May 5, 1837, aged 68 years. Her grave is beside her husband in the Levant Cemetery.
Born April 21, 1756. Died January 19, 1843, aged 88 years. Grave in Dry Brook Cemetery, town of Poland. At the commencement of the Revolution he joined the Continental army and served seven years. He was at the Battle of Bunker Hill, marched in the army of Benedict Arnold to Quebec and was at the storming of that city. He also participated in the engagements at Trenton, Monmouth and Valley Forge. He and his wife, Acenath, were natives of Massachusetts. With his sons, Joseph and Norton Bill, he emigrated to Chautauqua County in 1832 and settled in the town of Poland. He is mentioned as a pensioner in the Census of 1840 and residing with his son Joseph Bill in the town of Poland.
Born at Medford, Mass., Nov. 10, 1760. Died at Kiantone, Chautauqua County, N.Y., December 28, 1826, aged 66 years, 1 month and 18 days. Grave in Falconer Cemetery, town of Ellicott. He enlisted as a private in the Continental army in the year 1778, at the age of 18 years, served as Sergeant in Capt. Abner Dow's Company, Col. Bigelow's Reg't., Massachusetts Militia. He was at West Point in 1781 under Capt. Phineas Bowman and Col. Rufus Putnam. Near the close of the war he served in the Company of Captain Sylvanus Smith and received an honorable discharge at its close. His father was Moses Davis and his mother was Priscilla Wood. He was united in marriage with Rachel Chapin in 1783, whose death occurred June 28, 1823, aged 59 years, 1 month and 21 days. Her grave is beside her husband in Falconer Cemetery. He followed his boyhood friends of Meridon, Mass., Asey Moore and Eben Cheney, to Chautauqua County in 1815. He became a Baptist minister and was locally known as a gifted singer.
Born March 26, 1763, at Mansfield, Conn. Died January 25, 1846, aged 83 years. Grave in Allen Cemetery, town of Poland. Enlisted in American army at Mansfield, Conn., in August 1779 under Col. Abbott, and from May, 1780, to Dec., 1780, under Col. Stare, and from April, 1781, for one year under Col. Dana. He was awarded a pension and is mentioned in the Pension List of 1840. After the war he resided for a time at Mansfield, Conn. In 1791 he moved to Otsego County, N.Y., and in Sept., 1823, moved to Chautauqua County, locating on lot 58 in the town of Poland. He served as a member of the Board of Supervisors from the town of Ellicott in 1827-28 and from the town of Poland in 1832. He was prominent and an active citizen and was locally known as Colonel Fenton. His last public act was the reading of the Declaration of Independence on the 4th of July, 1843. His wife was Rachel Fletcher, who was born in 1766, and whose death occurred Sept. 1, 1842. Her grave is beside husband. They had five children: Orrilla, Fanny, Elsie, Richard F., and Fluvia. He was a brother of Jacob Fenton, Revolutionary soldier, who settled in Chautauqua County in 1812.
Born 1753. Died at Kennedy, Chautauqua County, October 3, 1843. Grave in Riverside Cemetery, Kennedy, town of Poland. One of his ancestors, James Hamlin, came from London, England, in 1639, and settled in Massachusetts. Cyrenus served 7 years in American army. He moved from Charlton, Saratoga County, N.Y., to Chautauqua County in 1833. He had seven children, Perez, Mercy, Laura, Clarissa, Elizabeth, Seth, Milo. It is of record that the last years of his life were spent at the home of his daughter Elizabeth Merritt, in the town of Poland and that he was afflicted with blindness.
Born May 14, 1759. Died April 9, 1844, aged 84 years, 10 months and 25 days. Grave in Ellington Cemetery, town of Ellington. Enlisted May, 1777, at Brimfield, Mass. Served three years as private under Captain Toogood and Col. Nixon in Mass. Militia. Was at the battle of Saratoga, at the taking of Burgoyne. Is mentioned in the Pension List of 1840. Was united in marriage to Miriam Gilbert, Dec. 3, 1782. Was married to Anna Bliss, August 3, 1795. She was born Dec. 9, 1773, in Wilbreham, Mass. Her death occurred Dec. 6, 1863, aged 90 years. A daughter was born in 1799. A daughter Anna, son Onerimus and two other children were born to them. They moved to New York state at an early date.
Born at Lyme, Conn., Feb. 9, 1758. Died June 7, 1837, aged 79 years. Grave in Clear Creek Cemetery, town of Ellington. His wife, Elizabeth Peck, born at Lyme, Conn., Jan. 5th, 1760, died April 12th, 1839, aged 79 years. Grave beside husband. They were married in 1781. Was Revolutionary soldier and brother of Joseph Mather, also Revolutionary soldier.
Born 1755 in Rhode Island. Died January 13, 1843, aged 88 years, 7 months and 2 days. Grave in Gerry Hill Cemetery, town of Gerry. Enlisted May 7, 1775, at Providence, R.I., served as private under Capt. Thayer and Col. Hitchcock. Re-enlisted Jan. 1st, 1776, served one year. Re-enlisted in June 1778, served 9 months. Was at the battle of Harlem Heights. He is mentioned in the Pension List of 1840 as residing in the town of Gerry, aged 85 years and residing with Caleb Mathews.
Born October 16, 1760, at Charlotte, Dutchess County, N.Y. He is mentioned in the Pension List of 1840, as 79 years of age and residing with Joel J. Reynolds, in the town of Poland, Chautauqua County, N.Y. He enlisted Aug. 1st, 1777 to Oct. 31, 1777, serving under Capt. James Talmadge and Col. Graham. Enlisted Nov. 1st, 1777, served six months under Capt. Bell. Enlisted again in Aug. 1779 and in June 1780. His residence at time of enlistment, Charlotte, N.Y. The location of his grave not known. Was granted a pension in 1833 while residing in the town of Poland.
Born April 6, 1763. Died May 24, 1848, aged 85 years, 1 month and 18 days. Grave in Allen Cemetery, town of Poland. Enlisted at Preston, Conn., in American army. Re-enlisted April, 1778, serving in Capt. Wheeler's Company, Col. Chapman's Reg't., Vermont troops. His total service in army was between 3 and 4 years. Was granted pension in 1833 and is mentioned in the Pension List of 1840 as residing in the town of Poland, Chautauqua County. His wife, Lydia Gates, died April 25th, 1845, aged 79 years, and is buried beside husband in Allen Cemetery. It is said he was a very religious and somewhat eccentric man and when he emigrated with his family from Chelsea, Vermont, to Chautauqua County, in 1816, he brought with him a horse and some sheep, butchering the latter for food along the overland trip. He was one of the original purchasers of land in the town of Poland.
Born August 7, 1757, at Plainfield, Conn. Died June 12, 1845, aged 88 years. Grave in Riverside Cemetery, Kennedy, town of Poland. He enlisted in January, 1776, and served 4 months; again enlisted in Capt. Bannister's Company of Col. Moseley's Reg't. Sept., 1776, and served 6 months; re-enlisted in Capt. Cook's Company, of Col. Sprout's Reg't. and served nine months, and again in same Regiment in 1781, serving eight months. He was married to Sally Galloway in Conway, Mass., March 5, 1786. She died Feb. 21, 1832, at Ellington, N.Y. Her grave is beside her husband in Riverside Cemetery, Kennedy.
Born April 11, 1755, at Preston, Windham County, Conn. Died July 10, 1844, aged 89 years, 2 months and 29 days. Grave in Allen Cemetery, town of Poland. In 1775 served nine months in Connecticut Militia under Capt. Avery and Col. Coit. Was at the battle of White Plains and was at attack on Groton Front and burning of New London. In 1787 was married to Experience Jerald. They had a family of eight children. She died March 18, 1822, aged 57 years, and her grave is beside her husband in Allen Cemetery. He is mentioned in the Pension List of 1840 as aged 84 and living with Peer Woodward in the town of Poland. Their children were: Reuben, Sabrina, Sukey, Royal, Lewis, Polly, Pierce, Hiram.
BENJAMIN PRESCOTT CHAPTER, D. A. R. FREDONIA, N.Y.
Regent: Grace Hamilton Gardiner
Historical Committee: Marian F. Cooper, Mattie Rider, Ella I. Davis, Katherine Tarbox, Harriet Pier
Soldiers of the 4merican Revolution who at one time resided in, or whose graves are located in one of the towns of Charlotte, Cherry Creek, Dunkirk, Pomfret, Portland, Stockton, Chautauqua County, N.Y.
Inscription on grave stone says he was a Revolutionary Soldier. Grave in Pickett Cemetery, town of Charlotte. No record obtained of his military service. He came to Chautauqua Lake about 1808, locating near Wm. Bemus in Ellery, and in 1810 settled in the town of Gerry, built a log house, and in 1814 was chosen supervisor of the town. His wife, Clarinda, died in 1815. This was the first death to occur in the town of Gerry.
Born Oct. 9, 1749 at Norwich, Conn. Died Oct. 10, 1814 at Fredonia. Grave in Fredonia Cemetery. He married Eunice Griswold who was born at Norwich, Conn., Sept. 25, 1752. He served as a private at the Battle of Bennington in 1777, was Sergeant in Col. Samuel Herrick's Reg't. of Vermont on October 11, 1780, and ten days thereafter; and responded to an alarm in August, 1781, serving in Col. Herrick's Reg't. until September, 1782. He came to Fredonia with his son, Thomas W. Abel about 1815. He left many descendants who were prominent in business circles of Western New York.
Born at Newport, R.I., April 14, 1757. Died at Fredonia, N.Y., July 5, 1834. Grave in Cemetery at Fredonia, N.Y. He enlisted at Little Compton, R.I., and served ten months in American army, after which he followed the army of Washington, serving as the dispatch carrier, passing through the enemy lines when necessary and doing great service. Was awarded a pension. He married Sarah Wood at Little Compton, R.I., Nov. 27, 1783. Pension allowed wife after his death. She died Jan. 28, 1851, aged 86 years.
Born at Sutton, Mass., March 26, 1752. Died at Stockton, Chautauqua County, N.Y., Aug. 14, 1832. Grave in Stockton Cemetery. Enlisted as Corporal under Capt. Andrew Elliot, Col. Ebenezer Learned. Also served under Capt. Reuben Sibley, Col. Jacob Davis. Discharged Aug. 8, 1780. Attained rank of Lieut. Married Rebecca Dwight Dec. 28, 1774.
Born at Waterboro, Conn., Dec. 4, 1762. Died in the year 1854 at Portland, Chautauqua County, N.Y. Grave in Portland Cemetery. Enlisted in 1780 at Plymouth, Conn., served in Regiment of Col. Porter. Second enlistment under Capt. Mansfield and Col. Porter. Third enlistment under Capt. Asahel Hodge, Col. Isaac Sherman, 1782. Was granted pension and mentioned in Pension List of 1840. Married Lucinda King in 1783. She died in 1854. He moved to Portland in 1810. One child Fanny.
Born 1758. Died at Fredonia Aug. 21, 1828. Grave in Fredonia Cemetery. No record of his family or military service has yet been obtainable, although during his life he was known as a Revolutionary soldier. He was a brother of Jonathan Brigham, Revolutionary soldier, who was a resident of Mayville. John Brigham became a resident of Chautauqua County at an early part of the 19th century, locating in the town of Pomfret. His father, Joel Brigham, was also a Revolutionary soldier.
Born about 1759. Date of death and location of grave not ascertained. Served as private in the New York state troops in the war of the Revolution. Was granted a pension in 1831 while residing in Chautauqua County, N.Y., and in the Pension List of 1840 is mentioned as residing with Ebenezer Baldwin in the town of Pomfret.
Born at Hartford, Conn., Aug. 4, 1751. Died at Laona, Chautauqua County, N.Y., in 1823. Grave in Laona Cemetery. He was united in marriage with Mary Stedman in 1771. She was born in 1753 and died in 1832. He enlisted in Connecticut and marched with the first troops for the relief of Boston at the Lexington Alarm.
Born Nov. 24, 1737. Grave in Charlotte Cemetery, town of Charlotte. Enlisted in American army at Leominister, Mass., in 1776, with his son. Little is known of his history. Was married Jan. 12, 1761, at Lunenburg, Mass., to Deborah White, who was born Dec. 24, 1739.
Born at Leominister, Mass., Jan. 16, 1762. Died at Charlotte, Chautauqua County, N.Y., in 1833. Grave in Charlotte Cemetery. He enlisted at the age of 14 years in Massachusetts troops, going with his father, Elias Carter, in 1776. He drew a pension.
Born about 1758. Died May 17, 1837, aged 79. Grave in Picket Cemetery, town of Charlotte. He enlisted in 2nd New Hampshire Reg't. and served in the army four years and two months. He participated in the battles of Trenton, Stillwater and other engagements in New Jersey.
Born in 1758. Died at Charlotte, Chautauqua County, N.Y., February 16, 1827. Grave in Pickett Cemetery, town of Charlotte. He enlisted Feb., 1778, in Col. Williss' Reg't., Conn. troops, serving two and one half years. His wife, Thankful Eaton, survived him, and was allowed a pension. In March, 1811, accompanied by their sons, Nathan and Oliver, Mr. and Mrs. Cleland settled in the town of Charlotte where another son, John, Jr., had settled the previous year.
Born at Chesterfield, Mass., in 1756. Died in Dunkirk, N.Y., previous to 1812. Grave in Fredonia. Enlisted May 8, 1777, and in Sept., 1777. Again enlisted for nine months and again for nine months. Served as private under Capt. Christopher Bannister and under Capt. Benj. Barney, Col. Ezra May's Reg't; third enlistment under Capt. Weber, Col. Chapin's Reg't. His wife was Celia Sanford and they settled in Dunkirk in 1805. Their daughter, Maria, married David Dodge.
Born at Boston, Mass., in the year 1753. Died at Portland, Chautauqua County, N.Y., in 1838. Grave in Portland Cemetery. He served two years in the Continental army and Government employ until the close of the war. His father's name was William and his mother's, Betsey Lowell. They came from England. He married Lovina Paterson, at Palmer, Mass., and resided at South Hadley, Mass., until 1807, then removing to Bennington, Vt., and to Portland, N.Y., in 1823. His wife died in Portland in 1852. They left eight children: John, William, Solomon, Oliver, Lowell, Martin, Lucy, Louisa.
Born at Brewster, Mass., in 1764. Died at Fredonia, N.Y., Jan. 25, 1837. Grave in Fredonia Cemetery. Enlisted Sept. 29, 1777, served as private under Capt. John Maynard, Col. Job Cushing's Reg't. Served as private in Connecticut troops and was honorably discharged in 1783. He married Hulda Gibbs. A son, Oris Crosby, born, 1790, died 1863.
Born Feb. 6, 1761, at Westerly, R.I. Died April 16, 1843, at Stockton, Chautauqua County, N.Y. Grave in Stockton Cemetery. Enlisted at Stephentown, Rensselaer County, N.Y., April 1779, served nine months under Capt. Isaac Bogart, Col. Henry Van Rensselaer, New York Militia. Second enlistment in 1781 for four months under Capt. Livingston, Col. Van Rensselaer. Battles engaged in: West Canada Creek. His wife was Thankful Crandal. He was granted a pension in 1832 and is mentioned in the Pension List of 1840 as residing with Jeremiah Curtice, at Stockton, Chautauqua County, N.Y.
Born at Worthing, Conn., March 28, 1762. Died at Stockton, Chautauqua County, N.Y., Oct. 30, 1848. Grave in Stockton Cemetery. Enlisted at Sanderfield, Mass., 1778, served as private under Sergeant French, marched through Great Barrington, Canaan, Schodack, to Albany. Second enlistment was in May, 1779, at New Lebanon, Columbia County, N.Y., served under Capt. Nobles and Lieut. Lemuel Rexford, marched through Albany to Schoharie and held garrison there under Col. Vrooman. Later was placed under Capt. Cody and dispatched to Fishkill where he served under Col. Waterman until Dec. 1, 1779. Third enlistment June, 1780, served under Capt. Gilbert and Lieut. Rexford at Stillwater and other places. He married Sally Johnson at Kensington, Conn. On 1840 Pension List.
DUNN, Capt. JAMES
Born in Lycoming County, Pa., in 1761. Died at Portland, Chautauqua County, N.Y., Oct. 23, 1838. Family records say he was a Revolutionary soldier. He married Miss Alexander at Mifflin, Pa., in 1791. She was born in South Carolina in 1771. Her death occurred Oct. 23, 1850. James Dunn was the first settler of the town of Portland, purchasing eleven hundred acres of land from the Holland Land Company in 1804 and the next year taking up his residence there in a hut or shanty in which he lived until he could build a more commodious log house in 1806. The first tavern in the settlement was opened by him in 1808. Their children were: William, Eliza, James, Davis, Rebecca, David, John, George, Polly, Jane. George was the first white child born in the town.
Born Dec. 7, 1765. Died in Pomfret, Chautauqua County, in 1842. Grave in Fredonia Cemetery. Enlisted in the Revolutionary army Dec. 17, 1782, serving under Capt. Josiah Bissell, Col. Levi, Connecticut troops. He was taken prisoner at Horse Neck and confined until 1783. He is mentioned in the Pension List of 1840.
Born at New Hartford, Conn., 1763. Died at Pomfret, Chautauqua County, N.Y., Feb. 2, 1851. Grave in Fredonia Cemetery. Enlisted at East Hartford, Conn., with Connecticut troops and was at the battle of Rhode Island, West Chester County, Springfield, N.J., Jamestown, Va., and was present at the surrender of Cornwallis at Yorktown. He married Sarah Cadwell March 23, 1784. She was born 1764 and died June 21, 1840. He is mentioned in the Pension List of 1840.
Born in Preston, Conn., 1761. Died at Pomfret, Chautauqua County, N.Y., Sept. 1826. Grave in Fredonia Cemetery. Enlisted at Windham, Conn., as drummer under Capt. Abner Bacon, Col. John Durkee, serving three years. Second enlistment in 4th Connecticut Reg't., serving until the end of the war. Was at Peekskill, later with Washington's Army in Pennsylvania, was at the battle of Germantown, wintered at Valley Forge and participated in the battle of Monmouth. Was granted a pension. He married Anna Brown at Stephenstown, N.Y., Jan. 1, 1789. She died in 1846.
Born at Thompson, Windham County, Conn., July 23, 1768. Died at Stockton, Chautauqua County, N.Y., Oct. 12, 1842. Enlisted with Connecticut troops in 1782, serving two years. He married Rachel Barnes, March 3, 1792, and after her death he was united in marriage with Mehitable Hudson, Jan. 16, 1796. His grave is in Sinclairville Cemetery.
Born in Connecticut in 1759. Died in Portland, Chautauqua County, N.Y., Feb. 20, 1837. Grave in Portland Cemetery. Enlisted from Connecticut Feb. 14, 1777, as Sergeant under Capt. Chas. Pond, Col. Return Meigs. Second enlistment under Capt. Asa Lay, Col. Heman Swift. Third enlistment in 1780 under Capt. Phelps, serving until June, 1783. Moved to Portland, Chautauqua County, N.Y., in 1830. His children were: Roe, James, John, Martin, Frederick.
Born in Connecticut. Died at Portland, Chautauqua County, N.Y., in 1825. Grave in Portland Cemetery. Enlisted with Connecticut troops as private under Captain Barton. He was for some time stationed in Rhode Island and later was in the hazardous adventure under Captain Barton which resulted in the capture of the British General Prescott. His wife was Sally Hunt. Came to Portland in 1815. Children: Simeon, Henry.
Born in Connecticut in 1748. Died at Fredonia, Chautauqua County, N.Y., January 23, 1841. Grave in Fredonia Cemetery. On his tombstone it says he was a Revolutionary soldier, but no further record of his service has been obtained. He became a resident of the town of Pomfret in 1822.
Born in Connecticut in 1762. Died at Portland, Chautauqua County, N.Y., Nov. 5, 1843. Grave in Portland Cemetery. No authentic record of his military service has been obtained although his tombstone is marked, "Was a Revolutionary Soldier". Married second wife, Malinda Palmer of Ferrisburg, Vt. Came to Portland in October, 1815.
Born at Providence, R.I., 1762. Died at Pomfret, Chautauqua County, N.Y., August 8, 1858. Grave in Fredonia Cemetery, Pornfret. Enlisted at Vellster County, R.I., as private under Capt. John A. Hardenburg, Col. Levi Pauling's Reg't., Rhode Island Militia. Was granted a pension. He was married three times. His last wife was Sally McLean, born in 1792 and died 1851. Mrs. Elizabeth Hood Perkins was their daughter.
Born in 1763. Died at Jamestown, N.Y., Oct. 31, 1826, while on a visit to his son, Forbes Johnson. Grave in Sinclairville Cemetery. He enlisted in Portsmouth, N. H., Nov. 23, 1777, was mustered into service as a private by Joseph Cilley, Mustering Master, in the company of Capt. Henry Elkins, was at the battle of Saratoga and witnessed the surrender of Burgoyne. He married Mary Nye, daughter of Jonathan Nye, who was also a soldier of the Revoluon. He emigrated to Western New York in 1813, coming through Buffalo while the ruins were smoking after the town was burned, settled for a time at Hamburg, Silver Creek, then Westfield and finally to Sinclairville where his friend and companion, Samuel Sinclair, who served in ihe same New Hampshire Reg't., had located. His wife, Mary, died Dec. 11, 1838, aged 74 years. Their daughter, Hannah, married Sylvanus L. Henderon, in 1816, and their son, William W. Henderson, born in 1828, was for many years prominent in the affairs of Chautauqua County. His death occurred in 1910.
Date of birth not ascertained. Died January 7th, 1818. Grave in Evergreen Cemetery, town of Portland, Chautauqua County, N.Y. According to the "Historical Sketches of the Town of Portland," by Dr. Taylor, he was a Revolutionary soldier and also participated in the war of 1812. Came to Portland in 1804 from some place in the Mohawk Valley, settled on part of lot 30, Portland township, and kept a tavern for two years. He was a justice of the peace in 1805 and in 1806 purchased of James Dunn a farm upon which he built a log house where he resided until his death in 1818. After his death his wife went to live with her daughter, Clara, in Erie, Pa., where she died a few years later. Their children were: Polly, Clara, Phillip, Ann.
Born at Hillsdale, N.Y., in 1756. Died in the town of Pomfret, Chautauqua County, N.Y., Nov. 1, 1848. Enlisted in Oct. 1775, for 3 months in Company of Capt. Joshua Whitney. Enlisted in June, 1778, serving in Company of Capt. Jonas Graves and Capt. Joshua Whitney. In Nov., 1778, and in Aug. and Oct. 1780, served in Company of Capt. Whitney, was at battle of Fort Plain, where Indians and Tories under Sir John Johnson were defeated. May 17, 1800, at Hillsdale, N.Y., he was united in marriage with Mary Rodmond. They had five children and the last years of their lives they spent at the home of their son, Albertus Lamont, in the town of Pomfret, Chautauqua County, N.Y.
Born about 1749. Died Oct. 21, 1828, in Westfield, Chautauqua County, N.Y. Grave in Portland Cemetery. Served as private in New York troops in the Revolutionary army, and is mentioned on the Pension List of 1819 as residing in Chautauqua County, N.Y. Little is known of his family history. Came to Portland in 1818. Children: Abigail, Jacob, John, William, Elizabeth, Israel.
Born at Amesbury, Mass., in May, 1749. Died June 17, 1823. Grave said to be in Portland Cemetery, Portland, Chautauqua County, N.Y. Enlisted May 9, 1775, served in Continental Reg't., 3rd Co., Mass., under Corp. Roger Enos. Married Sally Salvan. She died at Lamberton in 1837 and is buried beside husband in Portland Cemetery. His father's name was Moses Lowell.
Born May 26, 1764. Died February 25, 1851. Location of grave not ascertained. Was residing in the town of Pomfret in 1840 as his name appears on the Pension List: Enlisted at Lebanon, Conn., in 1782, served as teamster under Capt. Robert Patrick and was engaged in collecting stores, provisions, lumber, etc., for the use of General Washington's army at Verplanck's Point. He was united in marriage Jan. 18, 1787, to Mary Hare. Their children were: Polly, married James Frost; Charles, married Polly Eddy; Silas, married Philomela Burr; Phebe, married Stephen Titus; William, drowned in 1818; Lucy, married Britan Tallman; Ira, married Catharine Gage; Betsey, married James E. O'Neil; Daniel, married Catherine Crookshank; Marcius, died 1826; Louisa, married John C. Wright. In 1855 the widow of Silas Marsh, then 82 years of age, was granted a pension of Bounty Land.
Born in Massachusetts in 1762. Died at Pomfret, Chautauqua County, N.Y., April 5, 1857. Grave in Fredonia Cemetery. Enlisted Nov. 1, 1779, under Sergeant White, Capt. Burbank in Col. John Crane's Reg't. Discharged Dec. 31, 1780. Second enlistment, Jan. 11, 1781. Was united in marriage with Rebecca Mitchell, Oct. 19, 1783, at West Springfield, Mass. She died before 1815. Was later married to Susan Tarbox, no record of date of marriage nor death of wife. He left many descendants in Fredonia and other parts of Chautauqua County. A great-grand son, William Moore, now living in Fredonia. In 1915, Nelson Moore, aged 84 years, son of King Moore, was living at Lincoln, Neb., and was said to have been the only real son of a Revolutionary soldier at that time living in the United States west of Chicago. He was born at Fredonia when the soldier of the Revolution was in his sixty-eighth year.
Born at Farmington, Conn., July 9, 1762. Died at Portland, Chautauqua County, N.Y., Feb. 27, 1841. Grave in Portland Cemetery. Enlisted at Southington, Conn., 1778, under Capt. Woodruff and Col. Stooker. Enlisted 1779, under Capt. Hodges, Col. Russell. Enlisted 1779 under Capt. Goodrich, Col. Myer Skidmore. Enlisted 1781 under Capt. Woodruff, Col. Myer Skidmore. Enlisted 1782 under Capt. Woodruff, Col. Sanford. Married Martha Barnes at Hartford, Conn., Feb. 3, 1784. She died in Portland, Dec. 6, 1845. He is mentioned in the Pension List of 1840.
No record of birth or death. Grave supposed to be in Cemetery, town of Portland. Supposed to have been a soldier of the American Revolution. No record of personal or military history has been found.
PETERS, JOSEPH PHELPS
Born at Hebron, Conn., Nov. 7, 1761. Died at Portland, Chautauqua County, N.Y., Sept. 21, 1843. Grave in Portland Cemetery. Enlisted at Hebron, Conn., in April, 1776, under Bissell Phelps. Second enlistment May, 1779, under Squire Hill, Col. McClellon. Third enlistment April, 1780, under Lieut. Wales. Married Azuba Case in Vermont, in 1784. Married Lydia Day at Pittstown, N.Y., April 8, 1794. They came to Portland in 1825. Son by first wife died in 1801. Children by second marriage: Azuba, Joseph, David, Lydia, John, Eliza. He was a pensioner and is mentioned in the Pension List of 1840.
POTTER, Capt. JEREMIAH
Born in Rhode Island, April 17, 1765. Died August 12, 1812. Grave supposed to be in Portland Cemetery. No authentic record of his military service has been ascertained, although he is credited with having served in the Revolutionary war and attained the rank of Captain. He married Polly Barnes in Herkimer County, N.Y., Nov. 9, 1799. In 1810 he became a settler of the town of Portland, Chautauqua County, N.Y.
Born in Lyme, Conn., Feb. 1, 1763. Died at Fredonia, N.Y., Sept. 26, 1857. Grave in Fredonia Cemetery. Enlisted at Lyme, Conn., in March, 1781, under Capt. Ely. Second enlistment in May, 1782, under Capt. Morgan and Col. Wells. Third enlistment, 1783, under Capt. Comstock, Col. Wells. Was married to Charity Beckwith, at East Haddam, Conn., Aug. 14, 1784. Was granted pension and is mentioned in the Pension List of 1840. He enlisted four times, the last time in 1783, under Capt. Burnham and Col. Wells, and he became a mariner on the Privateer "Marshall." Was at the siege of Yorktown.
Born in Connecticut, Dec. 1, 1757. Died in Fredonia, N.Y., Jan. 11, 1839. Grave in Fredonia Cemetery. No record of his military service has been obtained, but family records show he was granted pension for service as Revolutionary soldier. His wife was Phoebe Bill, born 1761. They moved from Cazenovia, N.Y., to Fredonia in April, 1807, and settled on the west side of Canadaway Creek where he built a grist mill. They had 12 children, of whom 9 attained majority, some of the descendants now living in Pomfret.
Born at Lebanon, Conn., in 1753. Died in 1830. Grave in Fredonia Cemetery on lot of his cousin, Joseph Rood. He served as private with Connecticut troops in the Revolutionary war, was awarded a pension for his services and is mentioned in the Pension List of 1818 as residing in Chautauqua County, N.Y.
Born May 7, 1750, at Lebanon, Conn. Died at Fredonia, Chautauqua County, N.Y., March 31, 1843. Grave in Fredonia Cemetery. About April 19, 1775, responded to the call of Lexington, marched to Boston in the command of Capt. Joseph Hill, remained about a week and returned home. Soon after was called to New York when his brother, Jeremiah, who had enlisted, was called to New York. The illness of another brother and the infirm condition of the father caused Joseph to remain at home for a time and he then hired a substitute to take his place in the army, paying him $119. A few months later the improved condition of his brother at home enabled Joseph to volunteer to go to Roxbury in Capt. Jeremiah Mason's Company where he served three months and assisted in erecting forts on Dorchester Hill. He witnessed the evacuation of Boston. At Roxbury he had his right arm injured, was carried home and confined to the house for about four weeks. He next enlisted in the Company of Capt. Stephen Palmer, went to Providence and shortly after was taken ill with fever and returned home. He remained at home until the alarm of the burning of New London when he joined the Company of Capt. Daniel Durham, remaining in the service a few weeks. He came to Pomfret, Chautauqua, N.Y., about 1816, in company of Elijah Risley. Applied for pension in 1838, and as he knew of no one who could prove his services, his brother Jeremiah having died about 8 years previous, he refers to Rev. Lucius Smith, Doct. Squire White, Gen. Leverett Barker, Gen. Elijah Risley, Col. Thos. G. Abel, Judge Benj. Walworth, Judge Whilo Orton, Judge Zattu Cushing, Jacob Houghton, Esq., John Walker, Esq., Frances H. Ruggles, John Cram, Esq., Major Henry Bosworth, Major A. H. Walker, James Mullett, Esq.
SEAVER, ROBERT W.
Born at Worcester, Mass., July 3, 1762. Died at Charlotte, Chautauqua County, N.Y., July 31, 1836. Grave in Charlotte Cemetery. Enlisted in 1776, serving six years and eight months. Was with Washington's army and under Lafayette when Cornwallis surrendered. Received honorable discharge at end of war. His wife was Anna Edson. In the spring of 1809, he became the first white settler of Charlotte Center.
Born at New Hartford, Conn., Nov. 15, 1754. Died in Fredonia, Chautauqua County, N.Y., Dec. 22, 1841. Grave in Fredonia Cemetery. Enlisted March 1, 1776, under Aaron Austin, Col. Burrell, Connecticut Militia. Second enlistment in April, 1777, under Capt. John Strong. Third enlistment in Aug., 1778, under Nehemiah Lawrence. Fourth enlistment in 1780 under Capt. John Thompson and Col. John McCrea, serving until the fall of 1783. He married Sarah Patrick, at Stillwater, N.Y., March 20, 1783. She was born Oct. 24, 1755. He was allowed a pension and is mentioned in the Pension List of 1840. After his death pension was allowed wife. She died March 22, 1847.
Born at Deerfield, Mass., Sept. 18, 1741. Died Sept. 1, 1827, at Portland, Chautauqua County, N.Y. Grave in Portland Cemetery. Was a soldier in the old French and Indian war and also in the Revolution. Was at Bunker Hill, the battles of Bennington and others, and at the battle of Yorktown. Married Chloe Field, a daughter of Aaron Field. She died in Mass., 1781. Children: Samuel, Chloe, Sidney, Seth, Lydia, Jessie, Chester. All born in Greenfield, Mass.
Born May 10, 1762, at Nottingham, N.H. Died Feb. 8, 1827, at Sinclairville, Chautauqua County, N.Y. Grave in Evergreen Cemetery, town of Charlotte. Enlisted at Barnstead, N.H., June 21, 1777, at the age of 15 years, as private in the Regiment of his uncle, Col. Joseph Cilley. At the same time, two of his brothers, Bradbury and John, became members of the same company. He served 3 years, receiving an honorable discharge June 20, 1780, and was afterward awarded a pension. Was at the battle of Saratoga, at Valley Forge, and with Sullivan's expedition against the Indians in 1779. His parents, Joshua Sinclair and Mary Cilley, were married in Scotland and came to America about 1753. Samuel was the fifth of nine children. February 8, 1786, he married Sally Perkins at Vassalboro, Me. They had 10 children. With his family he removed to Otsego County in 1795 and later to Eaton, Madison County, N.Y. His wife died at Eaton in 1804 and was buried there. In 1805 he married Fanny Bigalow Edson, widow of Obed Edson. She was born at New London, Conn., April 7, 1777. They had seven children. In 1810 they removed from Madison County to Chautauqua County, settling in the unbroken wilderness of what is now the town of Charlotte, buying from the Holland Land Company 360 acres of land at the price of 20 shillings per acre. While residing in Madison County he was commissioned Major in the state militia and was ever afterward known as Major Sinclair. The village of Sinclairville was named after him and he was the first Supervisor of the towns of Charlotte, Gerry, Cherry Creek, and Ellington, serving six terms. His wife Fanny, died at Sinclairville, Jan. 12, 1852. Her grave is beside husband in Evergreen Cemetery.
Born about 1763. Died December 6, 1836, at Laona, town of Pomfret, Chautauqua County, N.Y. The Fredonia Censor, Dec. 28, 1836, gives notice of his death. Enlisted in May, 1781, to Sept., 1783, serving as private under Capt. Morris, Col. Herman Swift, Connecticut Militia. Applied for pension in 1818 while residing at Cazenovia, N.Y. Pension allowed. Was married April 21,I809, to Elenor, (maiden name not stated) at Cazenovia, N.Y., where wife continued to reside after death of husband. She was allowed pension. They resided with their children in their later years.
Born at South Hadley, Mass., Oct. 4, 1734. Died in Stockton, Chautauqua County, N.Y., July 6, 1824. Grave in Stockton Cemetery. He became a soldier in the French and Indian war, helping to build a fort near his father's house to serve as a refuge in times of attack by the Indians. Enlisted as private, Sept. 23, 1777, under Capt. Enoch Chapin, Col. Elisha Porter's Reg't. Discharged Sept. 29, 1777. Later served in expedition to the Northern Department, marching 120 miles. Married Remember Ellis, July 1750. Married Lucy Shepardson in 1796, who died 1808. Married Esther Harvey in 1809, who died in 1814. He was a Baptist minister, was ordained at the age of 19 and preached for seventy-two years.
Born about 1762. Date of death and location of grave not ascertained. Served as private with Massachusetts troops in the Revolutionary war, was granted a pension in 1831 while residing in Chautauqua County, N.Y., and is also mentioned in the Pension List of 1840 as residing in the town of Cherry Creek.
Born at Colchester, Conn., Feb. 8, 1759. Died at Portland, Chautauqua County, N.Y., March 9, 1833. Grave in Portland Cemetery. Enlisted at Glastonbury, Hartford County, Conn., in Dec., 1775, under Capt. Samuel Wright, Col. Samuel Wyllys. Second enlistment, May, 1777, under Capt. Elsworth Wright, Col. Swift. Third enlistment, May, 1778, under Capt. Theodore Woodbridge, Col. Sherman. Fourth enlistment, March, 1779, under Capt. Branne, Col. Enos. Married Anna Skinner at Hebron, Conn. in 1784. She was born in Hebron, Conn., Oct. 7, 1763. Pension was continued to widow after his death. Came to Portland in 1815. She died May 3, 1842. Children: Parsons, Erastus, Jared, Anna, Joseph, Dolly, Reuben, Justin, Betsy, Almon.
Born Sept. 5, 1762, at Gloucester, Rhode Island. Date of death not ascertained. Grave in Fredonia Cemetery. He enlisted at Charlton, Mass., June 17, 1778, as private under Capt. Danforth Flower, Col. Thomas Nixon, Mass. troops. Also served under Capt. Nicholas and Col. Holman. Second, served under Capt. Fowler and Col. John Greaton, also under Capt. Alton and Col. Davis. Re-enlisted March 25, 1780, under Capt. Joseph Crocker and Col. Greaton, attaining rank of Fifer. Granted a pension and mentioned in the Pension List of 1840 as residing in the town of Pomfret, Chautauqua County, N.Y. Was married twice, no names or dates.
TUCKER, Capt. SAMUEL
Born in Worcester County, Mass., May 10, 1760. Died in Portland, Chautauqua County, N.Y., Oct. 14, 1832. Grave in Portland Cemetery. Enlisted in 1776, serving six years and attaining rank of Captain. Was present and stood in line at the hanging of Maj. Andre, also participated in some of the battles under Gen. Ethan Allen. Married Anna Logan, who was born in Conn., Nov. 2, 1770 and died in Westfield, 1852 . Children: Samuel, Jr., Susannah, Anna, Orpha, David, Laura, Olive, Hiram, William, Harriet, George.
Born at Watertown, Conn., June 14, 1765. Died Nov. 27, 1847, at Stockton, Chautauqua County, N.Y. Grave in Stockton Cemetery. Enlisted March, 1778, at Harwinton, Conn., serving six months under Capt. Gillett. Second enlistment in 1779, under Capt. Howett and Col. Canfield. Third enlistment under Capt. Fenn, Col. Hopkins. Fourth enlistment in 1780 under Capt. Seldon, Col. Starr. Fifth enlistment in 1781 under Capt. Gideon Granger, Col. Wells. Sixth enlistment, 1782, under Capt. Jabez Fitch, Col. Wells. He became a Baptist minister, preaching many years at Pleasant Valley, N.Y. Name of wife not ascertained but at time of death was living with daughter, Louisa Jones, in Stockton. Is mentioned in the Pension List of 1840.
Born in Connecticut in 1755. Died at Brocton, Chautauqua County, N.Y., in 1826. Location of grave not known. Served as private in Capt. Elnathan Nichols' Company, Major Starr's 3rd Conn. Reg't. of Light Horse. He married Sarah Gunn who was born in 1761 and died in 1845. A daughter, Abigail, married Joshua Jackson.
Born at North Bolton, now Vernon, Conn., son of Ezekiel and Chloe Elsworth Webster. Date of birth not known. Grave in Webster Cemetery, town of Pomfret, Chautauqua County, N.Y. No record of military service ascertained but family records say he was a Revolutionary soldieR. In 1810, in company with his mother, brother and sisters, he came to Pomfret. He married Catherine Butler, who was a sister of the officer who had command of the fort at Pittsburg, Pa., in 1812. The children of Elisha and Catherine Webster were: Adaline Catharine, born in 1810; Charles Frederick, born in 1812; Orrin Chandler, born in 1815; Lemuel Butler, born 1819; Maria Ada, born 1820; John Butler, born 1821.
Born about 1756. Date of death and location of grave not ascertained. He served as private in Connecticut troops in the Revolutionary war, and was granted a pension in 1831, while a resident of Chautauqua County, N.Y. He is also mentioned in the Pension List of 1840, aged 83, and residing in the town of Cherry Creek.
Born about 1760. Date of death and location of grave not ascertained. He served as private with New York troops in the American Revolution and is mentioned in the Pension List of 1831, aged 71 years, and residing in Chautauqua County. There is record of the death of Mary Ann Wood, daughter of Nathan Wood, aged 16 years, which occurred April, 1829, in the town of Pomfret.