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ADAMS, WILLIAM: Settled in Schenectady about 1757. His name appears as having served as a physician and on the rolls of the 2d Albany County Militia, Land Bounty Rights.


ALEXANDER, ALEXANDER: Born February 19, 1765; died September 1, 1809. His name appears on the rolls of the 2d Albany County Militia. At the commencement of the war he was but ten years of age and it is therefore probable that he saw very little active service.


ALEXANDER, ROBERT: On March 1, 1776, he signed an agreement with Philip Schuyler for service at Ticonderoga and Lake George. He is mentioned in the state treasurer's pay book as having served as a lieutenant in the 2d Albany County Militia.


ALEXANDER, SANDY: His name appears on the rolls of the 2d Albany County Militia.


AMENT, ELDERT: Died shortly before March, 1798. A merchant in 1790, living on the south corner of Union and Ferry Streets. His name appears on the rolls of the 2d Albany County Militia. On November 21, 1776, there was an Eldert Ament serving as ensign in the 5th Company, 3d New York Line. He resigned on December 23, 1778.


BANKER, THOMAS BROWER: Born in 1729; died May 25, 1807. A blacksmith by trade. He built and lived in a house on State Street at the present location of No. 224. He and his wife, Anna Mebie, are buried side by side near the State Street entrance of Vale Cemetery, their bodies having been removed from the old Dutch Reformed Church burying ground on Green Street. On October 20, 1775, Banker was commissioned first lieutenant in the 4th Company, 2d Albany County Militia. On November 22 he received a commission as captain from the Provincial Congress and on February 10, 1776, was assigned to one of the newly organized Schenectady companies of militia. In May, 1777, he was on duty at Fort Edward. He remained there for some time, after which his company was ordered to Snookkill. He served through the campaign against Burgoyne. On June 20, 1778, he was reappointed captain, and during this year served at the Schoharie Forts and in command of a detachment under General Clinton erecting fortifications at Sacandaga. In the spring of 1779, he commanded a detachment to Beaverdam and captured seven Tories. In the summer he was in command of a detail at Schoharie and in August went with his company to Herkimer. In the fall he served at Fort Plank and Stone Arabia. In August, 1780, he went with the troops to Fort Plain after the destruction of Canajoharie and in the fall to Ballston after the raid. In September, 1781, he commanded a detachment which marched some thirty miles to the north of Schenectady "to drive back the enemy who were said to be advancing towards this place," and in October, he commanded a detachment in pursuit of Major Ross and Butler. Simms mentions an amusing incident which occurred during General Washington's visit to Schenectady in June, 1782. Washington was walking on the street in company with Captain Banker when an old negro passing removed his hat and bowed. Washington immediately returned the compliment much to the surprise of Banker, who suggested that it was not the custom of the country to notice slaves. "I cannot be less civil than a poor negro," Washington replied as they walked on.


BARCLAY, JAMES: His name appears on the rolls of the 2d Albany County Militia, Land Bounty Rights.


BARHYDT, CORNELIUS: He served as a captain of batteaumen, and in the 2d Albany County Militia.


BARHYDT, JACOB: Baptized February 9, 1753. His name appears on the rolls of the 2d Albany County Militia.


BARHYDT, JAMES: Born in Schenectady, March 28, 1762, and lived here until the year 1784. In the spring of 1778 he enrolled as a private under Captain Jesse Van Slyck, 2d Albany County Militia. He performed considerable scout and patrol duty and about June 20, 1779, as a volunteer private was assigned to a company of Rangers from Cherry Valley under Captain Robert McKean. With this company he assisted in the transportation of the stores and baggage of General Clinton 's brigade ; performing both guard and fatigue duty. In October, 1780, as a private under Captain Van Slyck he marched to Schoharie in pursuit of Sir John Johnson, Brant and Butler, and in October, 1781, he went to Warren's Bush in pursuit of Major Ross and was with the troops at the West Canada Creek when Butler lost his life. A pensioner.


BARHYDT, JERONE: Born in the Schenectady Township, October 28, 1764 ; died July 10, 1849. When called into the service he lived at the Norman's Kill. In 1779 he volunteered under Major Swits, 2d Albany County Militia, for the pursuit of Tories at the Heldebergh. In the fall of 1780 he enrolled under Captain Thomas Brower Banker and went with the troops under General Van Rensselaer in pursuit of Sir John Johnson. In the spring of 1781 he enlisted in the state troops. He served at the Middle Fort, Schoharie, and at the Upper Fort, where he took part in a battle with a party of Mohawk Indians under a Tory named Christler. After four months' service he again enlisted under Captain Banker and served to the end of the war. In the fall of 1781 he took part in the battle of Johnstown and went with the troops in pursuit of Walter Butler as far as the West Canada Creek. He performed considerable garrison duty at Schenectady and elsewhere. He received a pension which was later suspended and his widow's claim rejected.


BARHYDT, JOHN: Baptized January 7, 1739. His name appears on the rolls of the 2d Albany County Militia.


BARHYDT, LEWIS: Born in 1755; died March 7, 1829. His name appears on the rolls of the 2d Albany County Militia. In August, 1780, he was in command of the guard at Schenectady.


BARHYDT, NICHOLAS: Born November 12, 1744; died April 15, 1827. On February 10, 1776, he was elected second lieutenant in Captain Abraham Oothout's company, 2d Albany County Militia. He was spoken of as "an active, zealous and valuable officer, always ready when occasion offered to serve his country." In the fall of 1776, he took part in an expedition to Fort Edward, Fort Ann and Skenesborough, and in the summer of 1777, was with the Northern Army at Van Schaick's Island, Bemis Heights and Saratoga. On June 20, 1778, he was regularly commissioned second lieutenant, his commission being signed by Nathaniel Woodhull, president of the Provincial Congress. During the summer of 1778 he was on duty at the Schoharie Forts and in July at Fort Plain. In the spring of 1779 he again served at Fort Plain and in the fall at Stone Arabia. In the spring of 1780 he was ordered to Johnstown and there joined the forces under Colonel Gansevoort. In the fall of this same year he went on an expedition to Fort Hunter. He often commanded detachments on tours for the apprehension of Tories or on alarms when towards the end of the war the militia was frequently called out on short excursions. His name appears on the rolls of the 2d Albany County Militia, Land Bounty Rights. His widow received a pension which was, after her death, transferred to her four children.


BARHYDT, TEUNIS: His name appears on the rolls of the 2d Albany County Militia. In 1778 he was enrolled under Captain Jesse Van Slyck.


BARTLEY, DANIEL: His name appears on the rolls of the 2d Albany County Militia.


BARTLEY, MICHAEL: His name appears on the rolls of the 2d Albany County Militia.


BASTIAN, JOHN: His name appears on the rolls of the 2d Albany County Militia. He served as a private under Captain John Mynderse and as a sergeant under Captain Thomas Wasson. In 1781 he was a member of Captain John Crousehorn's company of artillery.


BATES, DAVID: On February 14, 1776, while serving as a lieutenant in the Line under Captain Gerrit S. Veeder in Colonel Cornelius D. Wynkoop's regiment, he was recommended for the office of second lieutenant in the company of Rangers to be formed under Captain John A. Bradt. He accepted this office, but on April 12 asked permission of the Committee to resign, stating that the men were mutinous and dissatisfied at Gerrit S. Veeder being appointed their captain instead of waiting for the return of Bradt. The next day Bates delivered his commission to the Committee but he was later induced to ask for its return and his request was granted with the admonition that he watch his future behavior.


BEARUP, ANDREW: He was enrolled under Captain John Mynderse, 2d Albany County Militia. In January, 1776, he took part in the expedition to Johnstown, and in the fall of 1777 in the campaign against Burgoyne. In the fall of 1779 he was on duty at Stone Arabia. He served as a batteau and fatigue man under both William Peters and Joseph Peek, and in the fall of 1780 was stationed at Saratoga. During the year 1781 or 1782 he is said to have served in the Levies under Colonel Willett. His widow received a pension.


BEARUP, JOHN: Probably from Princetown. His name appears on the rolls of the 2d Albany County Militia. In the fall of 1779 he served under Captain Abraham Oothout in an expedition to Stone Arabia, acting as a substitute for Christopher Ward. In July 1782, he went on scout duty to Harpersfield. His widow's claim for pension was rejected.


BEARUP, THOMAS: He is buried on the old Blessing farm in Princetown about three hundred feet east of the house. His name appears on the rolls of the 2d Albany County Militia.


BECKER, GERRIT: His name appears on the rolls of the 2d Albany County Militia.


BEEKMAN, JACOB: Baptized August 9, 1761; died November 4, 1817. He lived on Washington Avenue. Towards the end of the war he was appointed captain of militia to succeed Captain John Van Patten, resigned.


BERKIN, WILLIAM: Born in "Old England." On September 1, 1781, he was reported a deserter from the Levies under Colonel Willett and was described as being five feet three inches in height, brown complexion, black hair and eyes and fifty-five years of age.


BESTEDO, CLARA: On January 18, 1776, she informed the Committee of Safety that she had some intelligence to communicate relative to the proceedings at Johnstown. She was examined under oath and her information forwarded to General Schuyler, who was then on his way there.


BETH, JELLIS: Baptized August 11, 1751. His name appears on the rolls of the 2d Albany County Militia.


BETH, ROBERT: Baptized November 28, 1742. In 1777 he was serving as an ensign in Captain Abraham Oothout 's company, 2d Albany County Militia, and in the fall of 1780 was on duty at Caughnawaga.


BETH, THOMAS: Baptized January 8, 1749. His name appears on the rolls of the 2d Albany County Militia and the 2d Albany County Militia, Land Bounty Rights.


BOICE (BUYS), ABRAHAM: His name appears on the rolls of the 2d Albany County Militia.


BOICE (BUYS), JAMES: His name appears on the rolls of the 2d Albany County Militia. BOND, RICHARD A complaint lodged against him with the Committee of Safety was dismissed on May 30, 1777, for lack of proof. His name appears on the rolls of the 2d Albany County Militia.


BONNY, ICHABOD: His name appears on the rolls of the 2d Albany County Militia, Land Bounty Rights.


BONNY, JOHN: Born in 1754; died September 3, 1832. He served in the Levies under Colonel Marinus Willett. A pensioner under the Act of June 7, 1832.


BOVIE, ABRAHAM: His name appears on the rolls of the 2d Albany County Militia.


BOVIE, ISAAC: His name appears on the rolls of the 2d Albany County Militia.


BOVIE, ISRAEL: His name appears on the rolls of the 2d Albany County Militia.


BOVIE, JACOB: Born in 1756. In March, 1776, while residing in Glenville he was pressed into the service as a teamster and required to make a trip to Montreal carrying baggage and sick soldiers. During the years 1776 and 1777 he served in Captain Abraham Van Eps's company, 2d Albany County Militia, and performed garrison duties on several occasions. In September, 1777, he marched with his company to Bemis Heights and was one of the picket guard during the battle. He served later at Ballston, Caughnawaga, Stone Arabia and the Schoharie Forts, generally on draft and under various officers.


BOVIE, NICHOLAS P.: On August 25, 1776, he enlisted in Captain John A. Bradt's company of State Rangers and also served during this year under Captain Gerrit S. Veeder. He was a familiar figure about Schenectady where he came to live several years after the Revolution. He was nicknamed "Sculpennick" or "Scalped Nick," for in July, 1777 he was shot, tomahawked and scalped by the Indians at Fort Stanwix. He was taken to the fort as dead by some of the soldiers. After recovering sufficiently to perform invalid duty, he again joined the army. His widow received a pension.


BOVIE, NICHOLAS R.: Baptized August 26, 1744. In February, 1777, he enlisted at Schenectady in a company of batteaumen under Captain Reuben Symonds. He served on the North River and Saratoga Lake assisting in transporting artillery both before and at the surrender of Burgoyne. After this service he was ordered to Fort Stanwix with clothing and provisions. In March, 1778, he again enlisted at Schenectady in a company of batteaumen under Captain Cornelius Barhydt, and was discharged December 25, 1778. He subsequently served in the regiments under Colonels Du Bois and Visseher, and after the repulse of Sir John Johnson in the fall of 1780 he was one of the guards to pilot to Schenectady a boat containing a number of the wounded. A pensioner.


BOWMAN, FREDERICK: His name appears on the rolls of the 2d Albany County Militia.


BRADFORD, JAMES: Probably from Glenville. His name appears on the rolls of the 2d Albany County Militia.


BRANDT, ANDRIES: On September 26, 1776, he enlisted in Captain John A. Bradt's company of State Rangers.


BRADT, ANTHONY D.: His name appears on the rolls of the 2d Albany County Militia.


BRADT, ARENT A.: Baptized January 9, 1762; died previous to 1809. His name appears on the rolls of the 2d Albany County Militia.


BRADT, ARENT S.: Born in 1743; died February 3, 1814. Buried in Vale Cemetery. His name appears on the rolls of the 2d Albany County Militia.


BRADT, CHARLES: His name appears on the rolls of the 2d Albany County Militia.


BRADT, CORNELIUS: Born April 21, 1762; died August 16, 1814. Buried in Vale Cemetery. He was enrolled in the company of Captain Jesse Van Slyek, 2d Albany County Militia. In the summer of 1777 he served in the campaign against Burgoyne and in the spring of 1778 in an expedition to Beaverdam under Captain Thomas Brower Banker. During the summer of this same year he was on duty at the Lower Fort Schoharie and in the fall one of the garrison at Fort Plain. In October, 1781, he marched under Captain John Van Patten in pursuit of Major Ross and Butler. His widow received a pension.


BRADT, ELIAS: Baptized September 14, 1756. His name appears on the rolls of the 2d Albany County Militia.


BRADT, EPHRIAM: He was enrolled in the company of Captain Jellis J. Fonda, 2d Albany County Militia. During the summer of 1777 he served two months in the campaign against Burgoyne and in 1778 performed garrison duty at the Schoharie Forts, Fort Plain and Fort Paris. In May or June, 1779, he was with Captain Thomas Brower Banker under General Clinton, erecting fortifications at Sacandaga. From August to October, 1781, he was on guard duty at Claas Viele's Fort under Sergeant William Teller.


BRADT, FREDERICK: Baptized November 20, 1748. His name appears on the rolls of the 2d Albany County Militia, Land Bounty Rights.


BRADT, GERRIT: His name appears on the rolls of the 2d Albany County Militia.


BRADT, JACOBUS: Born in 1730; died March 26, 1801. His name appears on the rolls of the 2d Albany County Militia.


BRADT, JACOBUS S.: Baptized June 9, 1745. His name appears on the rolls of the 2d Albany County Militia.


BRADT, JOHN A.: Baptized March 22, 1741. A silversmith. On July 10, 1775, he was recommended to the Provincial Congress for the office of captain in the recruiting service. On February 13, 1776, while absent on a trading expedition to Canada he was favorably considered by the Committee of Safety for the captaincy of a troop to be raised in the district. When approached by two members of the Board regarding the possibility of his accepting the office his wife stated that "she did not know when her husband would be home and that for her part she did not approve of his going into the army, though he always did as he pleased. She was of the opinion that he would not accept the commission [and] that he was ill used last year in that respect." This report evidently did not discourage the Board, for on the same day (February 14) he was assigned the captaincy in case the organization of the company could wait until his return. On April 10 Bradt had not yet returned and it was therefore decided to appoint Gerrit S. Veeder in his place. On May 7 he was elected a member of the third Committee of Safety, and on August 10 commissioned by the Provincial Congress captain of a company of State Rangers for service in apprehending Tories in Albany County. On October 26 he commanded a detachment for service at Coxsackie and on October 30 marched with his company to Tryon County under orders to report to Colonel Goose Van Schaick. From December 16, 1776, to January 15, 1777, he was stationed with his company at Fort Constitution and in January he petitioned Congress as the men complained that such duty was contrary to their terms of enlistment. On March 27 the company was ordered discharged. On April 19, he was granted a tavern license by the Committee of Safety. On May 20 the election of a new Board was held at his home.


BRADT, JOHN S.: Born September 16, 1754; died October 19, 1804. His name appears on the rolls of the 2d Albany County Militia.


BRADT, MIDERT: Born in 1752; died June 7, 1806. A blacksmith. Buried in Vale Cemetery. His name appears on the rolls of the 2d Albany County Militia.


BRADT, SAMUEL: Born August 22, 1715; died August 3, 1799. He served in the 2d Albany County Militia previous to July 8, 1777, on which date he was relieved from further duty as being "disordered in mind and in a bad state of health."


BRADT, SAMUEL S.: Baptized April 10, 1737. His name appears on the rolls of the 2d Albany County Militia.


BRAGHAM, JOHN: Baptized October 16, 1743; died in 1820. He is buried on the Michael Brougham farm (now owned by Henry Raeger) in Princetown. The graveyard is about three hundred feet east of the house on the south bank of the creek. His name appears on the rolls of the 2d Albany County Militia.


BRAGHAM, JOSEPH: Baptized May 5, 1734. His name appears on the rolls of the 2d Albany County Militia.


BRAGHAM, SIMON: Baptized June 14, 1718; died before 1786. His name appears on the rolls of the 2d Albany County Militia.


BROACHIM, JOHN: A farmer. On July 23, 1780, he was sent under arrest to Albany as being connected with a plot to join the enemy or supplying them with provisions. On August 10 he was released on bail.


BROWER, HENRIC: Born October 15, 1731; died December 11, 1801. His name appears on the rolls of the 2d Albany County Militia and the 2d Albany Comity Militia, Land Bounty Rights.


BROWER, RICHARD: His name appears on the rolls of the 2d Albany County Militia,


BROWN, ABRAHAM: His name appears on the rolls of the 2d Albany County Militia.


BROWN, JOHN: Enlisted from Schenectady under Captain John Graham, 1st New York Line.


BURNHAM, WILLIAM: Born in 1760; died January 9, 1822. He served as a private in the Connecticut Line. A pensioner under the Act of March 18, 1818.


BURNS, ARENT: His name appears on the rolls of the 2d Albany County Militia.


BURNS, DAVID: His name appears on the rolls of the 2d Albany County Militia.


Geraldus Cambefort

ADULT FREEHOLDERS.
GERALDUS CAMBEFORT (or Comfort) was here in 1690, and owned 20 acres on north side of Mohawk. This was afterward owned by Johannes Van Eps.
[Source: History of the county of Schenectady, N. Y., from 1662 to 1886, George Rogers Howell, John H. Munsell, 1886]


Christiaan Christiaanse

ADULT FREEHOLDERS.
CHRISTIAAN CHRISTIAANSE, in 1671, had a village lot on the northeast side of Union street, adjoining the Dutch Church lot. It was owned in 1701 by Jellis VanVorst.
[Source: History of the county of Schenectady, N. Y., from 1662 to 1886, George Rogers Howell, John H. Munsell, 1886]


Peter and Joseph Clement

ADULT FREEHOLDERS.
PIETER and JOSEPH CLEMENT owned land here from about 1725 to 1755• The property afterward passed into the hands of Cornelius Viele and Hausen Toll.
[Source: History of the county of Schenectady, N. Y., from 1662 to 1886, George Rogers Howell, John H. Munsell, 1886]


Jan, Johannes and Frederick Clute

ADULT FREEHOLDERS.
Capt. JAN, JOHANNES and FREDERICK CLUTE were early residents. Capt. Jan owned the Great Island in 1671, and lands in Canastagione. He died in 1683, leaving his property to his nephew, Johannes Clute, who, in 1704, sold part of it to Frederick Clute. Johannes died in 1725. All the Clutes in this region are believed to be descended from either Johannes or Frederick.
[Source: History of the county of Schenectady, N. Y., from 1662 to 1886, George Rogers Howell, John H. Munsell, 1886]


Ludovicus Cobes

ADULT FREEHOLDERS.
LUDOVICUS COBES lived here in 1677, being schout and secretary of Schenectady. He owned the fourth flat on the north side of the river, which was afterward owned by his daughter, Maria Klein.
[Source: History of the county of Schenectady, N. Y., from 1662 to 1886, George Rogers Howell, John H. Munsell, 1886]


J. H. Crane

This gentleman, who is one of the oldest and most highly respected merchants in Schenectady City or County, was born in Amsterdam, Montgomery County, April 22, 1813. His father was Caleb C. Crane, who was born in Newark, N. J., April 17, 1768. He was but a lad at the time of the destruction of Newark by the British in revolutionary times, and with many others fled to the high ground from which he viewed the burning of the town. That was one of the most memorable days in the history of Newark, and it was with streaming eyes that many then saw their homes swept away under the torches of the ruthless invaders. But it was such scenes that fired the American heart with hatred for the oppressors of Americans, and nerved desperate men to press forward to victory. During all the years that followed, Caleb C. Crane never quite forgot the feeling of resentment which took root in his being on that occasion. When he reached maturity, being of an ambitious turn of mind, he resolved to strike out for himself in some other part of the then new country. He made his way to a point two miles north of where the village of Cranesville, Montgomery County, now is, and there, in the midst of an almost undisturbed wilderness, made a settlement.

Buying lands he improved them and made a home for himself and his family, and there he lived out the remainder of his allotted years, and died, passing into the local history as one of the pioneers of that section.

Of the fourteen children of Caleb C. Crane, J. H. Crane was the eighth born. His early years were passed on his father's farm. The common schools of the time and place supplied him the only means of education. As he neared manhood it became evident to him that he was not physically strong enough to make a successful farmer of himself, and he concluded to enter upon a mercantile career as soon as an opportunity should present itself. He came to Schenectady January 1, 1835. He first found employment for several years in a hotel, and later he kept the Givens House four years. In 1849 he formed a co partnership with Mr. Marcus N. Millard, which has continued uninterruptedly through a period of more than thirty-six years to the present time, Mr. Crane facetiously remarking that he and Mr. Miller "had yet to have their first quarrel." This business has kept pace with the public progress, and they have ever held a place among the leading merchants of Schenectady. Mr. Crane is an old school Democrat, but is not inclined to take any active part in politics. He was married in 1844 to Cordelia A. Seely, of New York, and resides at No. 24 Church street.

[History of the County of Schenectady, N. Y., from 1662 to 1886, George Rogers Howell, John H. Munsell]


DAVIS, ABRAHAM: His name appears on the rolls of the 2d Albany County Militia.


Henry Davis
Schenectady, June 25, 1755.
Deserted from his majesty's service, and from the regiment commanded by Colonel Peter Schuyler, Henry Davis, by trade a turner, and has formerly kept a school, about 5 feet 10 inches and a half high, a slender man (very sprightly and active) of a fair complexion, his nose something flatted at the end, sharp chin, wears a cap, and about 22 years of age. Whoever apprehends the said deserter, and conveys him safe to the Regiment, at Schenectady, or Oswego, shall receive Four Pounds reward, and all reasonable charges, paid by NATHANIEL RUSCO.
[Source: The Pennsylvania Gazette (Philadelphia, PA) July 10, 1755, submitted by Mary Kay Krogman]


DAVIS, JOHN: His name appears on the rolls of the 2d Albany County Militia.


DeGARMO, MATTHEW: Born in Albany. During the Revolution he lived in Schenectady. He was enrolled part of the time under Captain Jellis J. Fonda and part under Captain Jesse Van Slyck, 2d Albany County Militia. Early in the spring of 1777 he enlisted in a company of batteaumen under Captain Teunis Fisher and served until the fall (when the company was discharged), transporting stores from Albany to Lake George and other places. In January, 1778, he enlisted in the Quartermaster's Department at Saratoga under the immediate charge of Colonel Christopher Yates, and in the fall of the same year served on an expedition up the Mohawk River. In the fall of 1779 under Captain Ahasueras Marselis he went to Fort Hunter and other places along the Valley. In August, 1782, he was on garrison duty at the Upper Fort, Schoharie. His name appears on the rolls of the 2d Albany County Militia, Land Bounty Rights. A pensioner.


DEGOLYER, JAMES: His name appears on the rolls of the 2d Albany County Militia.


DEGOLYER, JOSEPH: Born at Kinderhook in the year 1762, He moved to Glenville in the year 1769. In 1778 he entered the service in Captain John Van Patten's company, 2d Albany County Militia, as a substitute for Harmanus Veeder, and performed garrison duty at the Upper Fort, Schoharie. In 1779 he served at Fort Plank, and in October, 1780, with the troops under General Van Rensselaer took part in the battle of Klock's Field. From the middle of July to the end of November, 1781, he was on garrison duty at the Middle Fort, Schoharie. A pensioner.


DeGRAFF, ABRAHAM: Born April 20, 1754; died June 1, 1810. His name appears on the rolls of the 2d Albany County Militia.


DeGRAFF, ANDREAS: His name appears on the rolls of the 2d Albany County Militia.


DeGRAFF, CORNELIUS: Born November 23, 1738 ; died July 11, 1830. He lived on the south side of State Street. His name appears on the rolls of the 2d Albany County Militia under Captain Thomas Brower Banker and on the rolls of the 2d Albany County Militia, Land Bounty Rights.


DeGRAFF, DANIEL: Born May 26, 1708; died March 12, 1790. On April 24, 1777, he was detailed as a wagoner for service from Albany to Lake George.


DeGRAFF, ISAAC: Born in Schenectady, November 16, 1757; died December 21, 1844. In October, 1776, he entered the service as a deputy commissary of issues, being appointed by Elisha Avery. He was stationed at Johnstown and served until August, 1777, when Avery resigned. He continued to hold office under various appointments until July 1, 1780, when in consequence of a change in the commissary department his term of service closed. A pensioner under the Act of June 7, 1832.


DeGRAFF, JESSSE: Born January 13, 1745 ; died August 30, 1812. In 1777 he was enrolled under Captain Jesse Van Slyck, 2d Albany County Militia. On July 2, 1779, he was appointed one of a committee of four to sell salt to the people of the district. About 1780 he served as a captain of the guard at Schenectady. His name appears on the rolls of the 2d Albany County Militia, Land Bounty Rights.


DeGRAFF, JOHN: Born in Glenville. In 1775 he enrolled under Captain John Van Patten, 2d Albany County Militia. In January, 1776, he went with the forces under General Schuyler to Johnstown, and in October of the same year was on duty at Fort Ann for one month. In the spring of 1777 he was drafted in a company mustered at Schenectady under Captain Jellis J. Fonda and performed three months' service at "West Point. In September, 1777, he marched to Bemis Heights, returning home after Burgoyne's surrender. In May, 1779, he marched with a detachment to Sacandaga to erect a blockhouse, and later performed garrison duty at the Schoharie Forts. From May to December, 1780, he was constantly on duty. His company was stationed in Glenville and at a place called Tinker's Hill erected a picket fort. His company was employed at this time in pursuing Indians and Tories and to prevent incursions of the enemy. In October of this same year De Graff marched on an alarm to Palatine, being out two weeks. A pensioner.


DeGRAFF, JOHN N.: His name appears on the rolls of the 2d Albany County Militia.


DeGRAFF, NICHOLAS: His name appears on the rolls of the 2d Albany County Militia, Land Bounty Rights.


DeGRAFF, SIMON: Born April 6, 1753. On March 1, 1776, he signed an agreement with Philip Schuyler for service at Lake George and Ticonderoga, His name appears on the rolls of the 2d Albany County Militia.


DeGRAFF, WILLIAM: Buried September 22, 1803. His name appears on the rolls of the 2d Albany County Militia.


DeLaGRANGE, MYNDERT: On August 12, 1777, he was taken into custody as a "disaffected person."


DELLAMONT, ABRAHAM: Baptized July 19, 1729; died December 23, 1792. He lived at the Norman's Kill. His name appears on the rolls of the 2d Albany County Militia.


DELLAMONT, HENDRICK: Born October 24, 1745 ; died August 20, 1820. Buried in Vale Cemetery. In 1781 he owned the lot on Union Street where the old Court House now stands. He served as a private and as a sergeant in the 2d Albany County Militia.


DENNY, JOHN: On June 20, 1775, having just returned from Canada he was cross-questioned by the Committee of Safety regarding conditions there. On February 8, 1776, he appeared before the Committee to give information against one John Freel of Johnstown. On February 29 he accepted a recruiting warrant from General Schuyler with the rank of ensign. On November 21, 1776, he was promoted to the rank of second lieutenant, 1st New York Line, and in this capacity he served until October 7, 1778, when he resigned from the service.


DeSPITZER, AARON: Buried in Vale Cemetery. In June, 1780, as a corporal under Captain Jesse Van Slyck, 2d Albany County Militia, he went in command of a detail to Beaverdam and Harpersfield. He served also in the Levies under Colonel Morris Graham.


DeSPITZER, GERRIT: Born June 28, 1758; died June 2, 1801. Buried in Vale Cemetery. On September 24, 1776, he enlisted in Captain John A. Bradt's company of State Rangers. In 1778 he was serving as a sergeant under Captain Jesse Van Slyck, 2d Albany County Militia. In May he commanded a detail to Sacandaga and in April, 1779, a detail to Ballston and Glens Falls. In November he commanded at the Upper Fort, Schoharie, and went in charge of a detail for scout duty to the Norman's Kill and Beaverdam. In April, 1780, he went on scout duty to Glens Falls and Lake George, and in June, 1781, was in command of a detail sent to Sacandaga to watch the movements of the Sacandaga Indians. In September he went to Beaverdam and Harpersfield on scout duty, and in July, 1782, commanded a party sent by the Schenectady Committee to Harpersfield to reconnoiter and spy on the enemy. In September he was in command of a scout at Sacandaga and Mayfield.


DILLENO, HENDRIC: His name appears on the rolls of the 2d Albany County Militia.


DORN, ABRAHAM: His name appears on the rolls of the 2d Albany County Militia.


DORN, JOHN: His name appears on the rolls of the 2d Albany County Militia and the 2d Albany County Militia, Land Bounty Rights. The name of John Dorn appears also on the rolls of the 3d Company, 1st New York Line. He enlisted on March 11, 1777, and was mustered to the end of the war.


DOTY, REV. JOHN: In 1773 he became rector of St. George's Church. He considered himself bound by the Oath of Allegiance to adhere to the British Government. In May, 1777, he was recommended to the field officers as "a dangerous person." He was brought before the Committee of Safety and accused of plotting against the State. He denied the charge of plotting but declared that he was loyal to England. He was committed to the Albany jail but was soon discharged. He was, subsequent to his return to Schenectady, taken from his bed by two armed men and with some others hurried to Albany where an oath (of neutrality, as he believed) was proposed to him. This oath he refused to take and notwithstanding his refusal he was permitted to return to Schenectady where he remained until the defeat of General Burgoyne, when he procured permission to retire to Canada. General Gates offered him a living of L200 per annum if he would remain, but this he refused. He was later appointed chaplain of Sir John Johnson's 1st Battalion. He retired on half pay and died in England. His property in Schenectady, which was confiscated, was three hundred and fifty-three acres of land, valued at L239; a chamber organ, which he placed in the Church for security, and a "tolerable" library.


DOUW, ABRAHAM: His name appears on the rolls of the 2d Albany County Militia.


DUNCAN, JOHN: Born in 1722 ; died May 5, 1791. He came to Schenectady in 1755, and was a merchant of considerable means, having his warehouse on the northwest corner of Washington Avenue and Union Street. Soon after his establishment he took into partnership James Phyn, a London merchant. The firm of Duncan & Phyn became widely known, and both men very wealthy. The business was later carried on by the Ellices, on the retirement of Mr. Duncan. Mr. Duncan had a city residence on the southeast corner of Union and Ferry Streets, and a country seat comprising some eight hundred acres known as the Hermitage situated in Niskayuna, of which the present estate of Mr. Welton Stanford comprises a part. He lived in Schenectady after the war and died here. On March 11, 1776, General Washington informed the Committee of Safety that he had been informed that Duncan had three hundred stand of arms. On May 21 the Board was informed that a number of enemies to the cause of liberty were gathered at his house. The Board, however, did not feel justified in taking any action, as the Hermitage was outside the Schenectady district. On December 19 he was ordered confined to the limits of his farm until further notice and required to give a bond of L500 for his good behavior and the carrying out of the order. On March 28, 1777, he was paroled by the Committee of Safety. In May he was recommended to the field officers as "a dangerous person," and on May 3 arrested in order to be taken to Albany, but was released after giving his oath that he would take up arms in defense of the country in case of any invasion. On October 16 the inhabitants petitioned General Gates for his removal as commissary for the purchase of supplies for the hospital, and on November 7 he resigned. On July 23, 1778, he was cited to appear before the Commissioners of Conspiracies to render satisfaction regarding his conduct conformable to the Act respecting persons of a neutral or equivocal character. He was unable to attend because of illness, but on August 1 appeared and requested time to consider taking the Oath of Allegiance. On August 8 he again appeared and stated that while he "conceived himself not to be comprehended within the meaning of the Act nevertheless to show his farther zeal and attachment to the State and the cause of America, he was willing and ready to take the Oath voluntarily." This he accordingly did. On August 16, 1780, he was reported as having received letters from the enemy. His name appears on the rolls of the 2d Albany County Militia and the 2d Albany County Militia, Land Bounty Rights.


DUNCAN, RICHARD: Died in February, 1819. He was living with his father in Schenectady when the war broke out. In June, 1776, under an assumed name he accompanied to Johnstown General McLean, an officer of the British service who had come to the house in disguise, endeavoring to make his way to Canada. In May, 1777, he was recommended to the field officers as a "dangerous person." He was appointed a captain in the British army and joined the troops at Saratoga, bringing with him not a few volunteers. He remained with the troops until a little while before the Convention, when with General Burgoyne's permission he left to join his corps at Ticonderoga accompanied by a number of other soldiers. The band was pursued and fired upon by the American troops but no one was taken prisoner. He was in immediate command of a company of regular troops under Sir John Johnson in his attack upon the Mohawk River settlements in 1780, and is said to have commanded "with great gallantry and success on the retreats, when attacked by a spirited regiment of the army of General Robert Van Rensselaer." He remained in the army until the reduction of his regiment in 1783. Captain Duncan "was never taxed with cruelty or severity by the settlers" and after his father's death in 1791, he resided for many years at the Hermitage, "an accomplished Christian gentleman, of extremely urbane manners and very much respected."


DUNLAP, JAMES: He served as a private in Captain Jacob Reed's company, 2d or New York Regiment of artillery. He lost his eyesight, was transferred to the Corps of Invalids and discharged April 10, 1783.


EARLEY, EDWARD: On August 20, 1776, he was serving as a member of Captain John A. Bradt's company of State Rangers. On April 19, 1777, he was granted a tavern license by the Committee of Safety. He was probably an enlisted soldier, for on September 11 he was detailed as a guard to accompany a prisoner to Albany,


ELLICE, ALEXANDER: A merchant from London in business in Schenectady as early as 1768. Known to have been an open enemy to the American cause. In May, 1775, he was said to have "harangued the people in the street and endeavored to discourage them from forming a committee of safety." In the fall he moved to England.


ELLICE, JAMES: A merchant from London in business in Schenectady as early as 1768. He remained here during and after the war. On April 13, 1776, he was given a certificate by the Committee of Safety to the effect that he had signed the General Association and that to their knowledge he had done nothing against the American cause. On May 25 he was given a pass to go to German Flats on business. In May, 1777, he was recommended to the field officers as a "dangerous person," and on the twenty-second voluntarily took oath that he would take up arms in defense of the country in case of any invasion. On May 1, 1778, he was brought before the Commissioners of Conspiracies for "speaking words that in the opinion of the Board might have a dangerous tendency and prove detrimental to the liberties of America." On July 14 he was summoned "to render satisfaction regarding his conduct as a neutral and equivocal character." On July 16 he refused to take the Oath of Allegiance and was requested "to hold himself in readiness to go off in eight days." On July 20 the matter was reported to the Secretary of State, and on August 1 he declared his readiness to take the Oath. He was not permitted to do so, however, as the law did not allow the Oath to be administered to one who had once refused to take it. He was ordered to be ready on August 14 for transportation to the enemy's lines, and on that day was taken into close confinement in accordance with orders from Governor Clinton. On May 19, 1779, the Oath of Allegiance was administered to him as authorized by the amended Act.


ELLICE, ROBERT: A merchant from London in business in Schenectady as early as 1768. On April 13, 1776, General Schuyler was informed by the Committee of Safety that he had not signed the General Association and that he was looked upon as an enemy to the American cause of liberty. On April 22 he was refused a certificate for the purpose of obtaining a passport as being an enemy. On April 24 he signed an affidavit to the effect that he had not signed the General Association and openly declared himself as a friend of the American cause for the reason that he had a great deal of property up country and that he felt such action would be detrimental to the settling of his affairs. Upon this declaration he was given the certificate of character requested.


EMPIE, JOHN: Born October 3, 1731. His name appears on the rolls of the 2d Albany County Militia.


FAIRLY, CALEB: Baptized December 7, 1735. His name appears on the rolls of the 2d Albany County Militia and the 2d Albany County Militia, Land Bounty Rights.


FAIRLY, JOHN: Baptized May 28, 1732. In 1778 he was a member of Captain Jesse Van Slyck's company, 2d Albany County Militia.


FELTHOUSEN, CHRISTOFFEL: Died in 1799. On March 1, 1776, he signed an agreement with Philip Schuyler for service at Lake George and Ticonderoga. His name appears on the rolls of the 2d Albany County Militia, Land Bounty Rights.


FELTHOUSEN, JOHN: Born in Schenectady, January 12, 1764. In 1779, when fifteen years old, he substituted for his father Christoffel and others. In the spring of 1780 he enlisted under Captain James McGee, Colonel Morris Graham's Levies, and served four months, during which time he marched to West Point, Dobbs Ferry and other posts. At Dobbs Ferry he took part in an encounter with a British brig. After this period of service he enrolled under Captain J. B. Vrooman, 2d Albany County Militia, and served to the end of the war. He went to Beaverdam twice, to Fort Hunter, Fort Paris and Johnstown, performing garrison duty at the latter places for a period of about one month each. When not out on expeditions he mounted guard at Schenectady. A pensioner under the Act of June 7, 1832.


FETHERLY, JOHN: On August 12, 1777, he was arrested and sent to Albany as implicated in a Tory plot.


FLANSBURGH, WILLIAM F.: Born in Schenectady and resided here at the beginning of the war. At the time of his enlistment in the regular troops he was only twelve or thirteen years of age. He was in the battle of White Plains and Monmouth. In the spring of 1780 he enrolled under Captain Walter Vrooman in the New York Levies, and in the fall of the same year was detailed with a company of about sixty men to destroy boats of the enemy lying on Onondaga Lake. While returning they were all taken prisoners and Flansburgh after many vicissitudes was taken to London, He was later brought back to Canada, whence he made his escape and reached Schenectady soon after the war was over. A pensioner.


FLETCHER, _ _ _ _ _: On May 22, 1775, it was reported to the Committee of Safety "by good authority that one Mr. Fletcher a schoolmaster in the Town had said that Col. Guy Johnson would come down the River with 500 Indians and cut us all off, and further that it would be right, and if he had it in his power he would do the same for we were all rebels." Fletcher failed to appear when summoned before the Board.


FOLGER, BENJAMIN: His name appears on the rolls of the 2d Albany County Militia.


FOLGER, THOMAS: Born in England, April 26, 1750. In 1774 he came to Currybush, now Princetown, and in the spring of 1775 volunteered and was assigned to the company of Captain Thomas Wasson, 2d Albany County Militia. In the fall of 1776 he served at Fort Edward. In 1777 he was at Fort George when destroyed by the American troops, and took part in Schuyler's retreat. He was discharged the day after General Gates arrived at Bemis Heights, his service having expired. He returned home and had been there but two days when he was again ordered out. He performed garrison duty on various occasions and several times went in pursuit of Joseph Bettis. In the fall of 1780 he was at the Middle Fort, Schoharie, when Timothy Murphy fired on the flag of truce as it approached the fort with a demand for surrender, and in the fall of 1781 he marched with the troops in pursuit of Major Ross and Butler, on which occasion, accompanying the party of Oneidas who followed Walter Butler, he was present at his death. A pensioner.


FONDA, ABRAHAM: Born July 17, 1715; died February 13, 1805. He lived in the house No. 27 Front Street built by himself in 1752. On May 7, 1776, he was elected a member of the third Committee of Safety, and on January 15, 1777, was appointed chairman. He served also on the Committees taking office June 2, 1777, and January 5, 1778. On August 8, 1778, he was serving as a justice of the peace.


FONDA, JACOB G.: Born in the Schenectady Township, August, 1761 ; died in West Glenville, December 8, 1859. He was living in Albany in the spring of 1778, when he enlisted under Captain Gerrit Groesbeck, 1st Albany County Militia. He performed various garrison and scout duties and was in the battle of Klock's Field with the troops under General Van Rensselaer. His claim for pension was rejected.


FONDA, JELLIS A.: Born October 25, 1759; died at Chittenango, August 27, 1834. Buried in Vale Cemetery. In 1777 he was serving as an ensign in Captain Jesse Van Slyck's company, 2d Albany County Militia. He performed service at Fort Ann, Fort George and Fort Edward, and was in the battle of Bemis Heights. In 1778 he was enrolled in Captain John Mynderse's company and attached to General Frederick Visscher's brigade. He was promoted to the rank of lieutenant. During the year 1780 he served as a lieutenant and adjutant in Colonel Morris Graham's Levies at "West Point and Harper's Ferry. At West Point he acted as brigade major for a few weeks in the absence of Major Lansing. He "was one of the 1200 men whom General Arnold (previous to his treachery) sent away to Fort Edward to weaken the garrison at West Point." During the years 1781 and 1782 he was attached to the Levies under Colonel Willet with the same rank as before. He saw service at Fort Plain, German Flats, Fort Stanwix and at the battles of Torlock and Johnstown. On November 1, 1782, he was promoted to the rank of captain. In February, 1783, he went with the expedition to Fort Oswego under Colonel Marinus Willett. A pensioner.


FONDA, JELLIS J.: Born January 13, 1751 ; died in 1839. Buried in the family cemetery in Glenville. On May 27, 1775, he was appointed captain of a company of minute men, which came to be known as "The Greens" because of the color of their uniforms. On July 10, 1775, he refused an offer of a recruiting warrant from the Provincial Congress. On October 20, 1775, a commission as captain was issued in his name by the Provincial Congress. He was reappointed June 20, 1778, the commission being signed by Governor Clinton. In January, 1776, and again in June he went to Johnstown. In the fall of the same year, he marched with his company to Stillwater where they were in camp for some time. From Stillwater they marched to Fort Ann, thence down Wood Creek to Skenesborough as guards for boats. He served with particular distinction in the campaign against Burgoyne and at the battle of Bemis Heights. He served in many expeditions and on various garrison duties during the succeeding years of the war, being especially zealous in the discharge of his offices. While on guard duty at Schenectady he was spoken of as "attending roll call and giving orders every morning at daybreak, sometimes 2 hours before day." He was actively engaged in the battle of Johnstown (October, 1781) and in the pursuit of the enemy, and on this occasion he "so highly distinguished himself that Colonel Willett addressed him a letter of thanks for his services and praising him for his intrepidity." A pensioner under the Act of June 7, 1832.


FORSETH, GEORGE: A clerk in the employment of James Ellice. On April 13, 1776, General Schuyler was informed by the Committee of Safety that he had not signed the General Association and that they looked upon him as an enemy to the American cause of liberty. In May, 1777, he was recommended to the field officers as "a dangerous person." On May 22 he voluntarily took oath that he would take up arms in defense of the country in case of any invasion.


FORT, JOHN: Born June 14, 1725 ; died in 1821. He served as a sergeant under Captain Thomas Brower Banker, 2d Albany County Militia.


FORT, JOHN D.: Baptized April 1, 1750. He served as a private and as a sergeant under Captain Thomas Brower Banker, 2d Albany County Militia.


FRANK, DAVID: He served as a private under Captain Jacob Schermerhorn and as a private and sergeant under Captain Thomas Brower Banker, 2d Albany County Militia.


FREEMAN, RICHARD: In 1776 he enlisted in a company of Tryon County Rangers and served nine months. In May, 1777, he enlisted under Captain Giles Wolcott, Colonel Seth Warner's regiment, and served until July 15, 1779, when he was taken prisoner by the enemy "on the 14 Mile Island" in Lake George after an engagement "in which the greater part of the troops were killed and scalped." He made his escape in October, 1780, and on his return found his regiment disbanded. His name appears on the rolls of the 2d Albany County Militia, Land Bounty Rights. He lived in Schenectady until 1819. A pensioner under the Act of March 18, 1818.


FRENCH, DAVID: In 1781, he was a member of Captain John Crousehorn's company of artillery. His name appears on the rolls of the 2d Albany County Militia.


FREYS, HENDRICK: His name appears on the rolls of the 2d Albany County Militia, Land Bounty Rights.


FURMAN, JOHN: His name appears on the rolls of the 2d Albany County Militia.


GARDINIER, JAMES: His name appears on the rolls of the 2d Albany County Militia, Land Bounty Rights.


GARDNER, WILLIAM: His name appears on the rolls of the 2d Albany County Militia.


GLEN, HENRY: Baptized July 13, 1739; died January 6, 1814. He was for some years a trader in company with his brother, John, and Jacobus Teller. On May 6, 1775, he was chosen a member of the first Committee of Safety. He served as a representative from Albany County in the first, second and third Provincial Congresses. On July 23, 1775, he was appointed one of a committee to go to Johnstown to inquire into the causes of the disturbances in that section. On February 10, 1776, he was appointed captain of one of the newly organized militia companies but did not serve actively as such. During the war he acted as deputy quartermaster, having charge of all supplies at Schenectady. During the spring of 1781, he pledged his personal credit to build sixteen batteaux for the service. He was appointed one of the three commissioners of Indian affairs in accordance with the Act of March 25, 1783.


GLEN, ISAAC: His name appears on the rolls of the 2d Albany County Militia. In the fall of 1777 he was at Stillwater, but returned home before the battle of Bemis Heights. On July 28, 1778, he was chosen first lieutenant in a company of Exempts formed in Schenectady under Captain Jacob Schermerhorn. font size="2" >[History of Schenectady During the Revolution


GLEN, JACOB: On April 21, 1779, it was reported to the Commissioners of Conspiracies that he had drunk "success to the British Army and wished they might conquer America with many other Expression's inimical to the American Cause."


GLEN, JOHN: Baptized July 2, 1735 ; died September 23, 1828. He was a trader in company with his brother, Henry, and Jacobus Teller. He built and occupied the house on Washington Avenue now numbered 58. He was a highly esteemed personal friend of General Washington. In 1775 he bought the tract of land on the Hudson which afterwards became known as Glens Falls. On July 25, 1778, he was cited to appear before the Commissioners of Conspiracies to give satisfaction touching his conduct during the war agreeable to the act respecting persons of neutral and equivocal character, and on August 1 took the Oath prescribed by the Act. His name appears on the rolls of the 2d Albany County Militia.


GLEN, JOHN SANDERS: Baptized January 25, 1733. His name appears on the rolls of the 2d Albany County Militia.


GOFF, ISAAC: On June 19, 1775, he enlisted under Captain Cornelius Van Dyck for the defense of Ticonderoga. He served in the Canadian campaign under Captain Barent Ten Eyck, 2d New York Line, and was at the taking of St. John's, Chamblee, Montreal and at the siege of Quebec. He returned with the regiment to Saratoga and was discharged under Captain Andrew Finck about December 20, 1776.


GORDON, CHARLES: He was living in Schenectady in 1779. His name appears on the rolls of the 2d Albany County Militia.


GORDON, JOSEPH: In 1783 his home was on Church Street next north of the Dutch Church lot. His name appears on the rolls of the 2d Albany County Militia, enrolled under Captain John Mynderse. On March 1, 1776, he signed an agreement with Philip Schuyler for service at Lake George and Ticonderoga.


GORDON, ROBERT: His name appears on the rolls of the 2d Albany County Militia.


GORDON, WILLIAM: His name appears on the rolls of the 2d Albany County Militia, enrolled under Captain John Mynderse. On March 1, 1776, he signed an agreement with Philip Schuyler for service at Lake George and Ticonderoga.


GRAVENBERT, JOHN: His name appears on the rolls of the 2d Albany County Militia. In 1778 he was enrolled under Captain Jesse Van Slyck.


GREGG, ANDREW: His name appears on the rolls of the 2d Albany County Militia.


GREGG, JAMES: His name appears on the rolls of the 2d Albany County Militia.


GREGG, JOHN: On August 6, 1777, the Committee of Safety was informed that he had drunk the health of King George the Third at Bradt's Tavern. On being summoned before the Board he "made the most humble concessions" and "out of compassion to his family he was discharged."


GROOT, ABRAHAM C.: Died in 1818. His name appears on the rolls of the 2d Albany County Militia.


GROOT, AMOS: His name appears on the rolls of the 2d Albany County Militia.


GROOT, ANDREW: His name appears on the rolls of the 2d Albany County Militia.


GROOT, CORNELIUS: His name appears on the rolls of the 2d Albany County Militia.


GROOT, ELIAS: On October 10, 1776, he enlisted in Captain John A. Bradt's company of State Rangers. His name appears on the rolls of the 12th Albany County Militia, Land Bounty Rights.


GROOT, PHILIP: His name appears on the rolls of the 2d Albany County Militia.


GROOT, SIMON: Born in 1749. His name appears on the rolls of the 2d Albany County Militia, enrolled under Captain Jellis J. Fonda. In September, 1777, he was at Stillwater but not in the battle, being out on scout duty.


GROOT, SIMON A.: Baptized October 31, 1756 ; died March 4, 1838. In the spring of 1775 he was enrolled as a private in the company of Captain Thomas Brower Banker, 2d Albany County Militia. This same year he served six months as an artificer at Lake George under Jacob Vrooman. In January, 1776, he took part in the expedition to Johnstown. He was at Ticonderoga when the fort was evacuated and at Bemis Heights under General Arnold. He took part in Sullivan's expedition and was at the West Canada Creek when Walter Butler was killed, on which occasion he took a prisoner. He performed various garrison duties and went on various details for the apprehension of Tories. He was for a long time captain of the city guard at Schenectady. A pensioner under the Act of June 7, 1832.


GROOT, SIMON C.: Baptized November 17, 1745 ; died in West Glenville, February 10, 1832. His name appears on the rolls of the 2d Albany County Militia, as serving under Captain Thomas Brower Banker.


GUTHRIE, ABRAHAM: He served as a private in the 1st New York Line.


HACKNEY, GEORGE: In 1778 he served at the Middle Fort, Schoharie, under Captain W. B. Vrooman, and in the summer of 1779 at Sacandaga erecting fortifications under Captain Thomas Brower Banker. In the fall of the same year he was on duty at Fort Paris. In October, 1781, he was wounded in the head by a tomahawk at Johnstown and confined for some time in the hospital. His widow received a pension.


HAGEDORN, HARMANUS: His name appears on the rolls of the 2d Albany County Militia.


HALL, JOHN: On October 11, 1776, he enlisted in Captain John A. Bradt's company of State Rangers. He was discharged on January 21, 1777, having returned his bounty. His name appears on the rolls of the 2d Albany County Militia.


HALL, JOHN W.: On March 1, 1776, he signed an agreement with Philip Schuyler for service at Lake George and Ticonderoga. His name appears on the rolls of the 2d Albany County Militia.


HALL, NICHOLAS: Baptized July 27, 1748; died April 17, 1828. His name appears on the rolls of the 2d Albany County Militia as serving under Captain Jesse Van Slyck.


HALL, WILLIAM: A weaver. On October 18, 1776, he enlisted in Captain John A. Bradt's company of State Rangers. His name appears on the rolls of the 2d Albany County Militia.


HANNA, ALEXANDER: He served as a corporal under Captain Thomas Wasson, 2d Albany County Militia.


HARE, PETER: His name appears on the rolls of the 2d Albany County Militia.


HARNEL (HARNER), SAMUEL: His name appears on the rolls of the 2d Albany County Militia.


HARSEY, WILLIAM: His name appears on the rolls of the 2d Albany County Militia.


HEDGET, ABRAHAM: His name appears on the rolls of the 2d Albany County Militia.


HELMER, HENYOST: His name appears on the rolls of the 2d Albany County Militia.


HENDRICK, PETER: His name appears on the rolls of the 2d Albany County Militia.


HENRY, JOHN: Born in Schenectady, February 24, 1764. In February, 1780, he enlisted under Captain John Mynderse, 2d Albany County Militia. Previous to this enrollment he performed guard duty at Schenectady. He served on several expeditions notably to Ballston in the fall of 1780, and to Warren's Bush after it was burned. His claim for pension was rejected.


HETHERINGTON, JOSEPH: Hetherington, Joseph: His name appears on the rolls of the 2d Albany County Militia.


HILTON, BENJAMIN: On May 29, 1775, he was appointed a lieutenant in a company for the defense of Ticonderoga, but on June 23 gave in his resignation and refused to serve. On January 14, 1776, a letter signed by Hilton addressed to Sheriff White and containing "some expressions very unfriendly to the American cause" was delivered to the Committee of Safety. On January 15, when brought before the Board, Hilton declared that he was the author of the letter, and that he knew he was doing wrong but never thought it would be discovered. In compliance with a resolution of the Committee he promised to cause the letter and his declaration to be published three weeks successively in "Hugh Gaines newspapers."


HOOGTELING, JACOBUS: On July 12, 1777, he was arrested by order of the Committee of Safety and sent to the Albany jail for endeavoring to persuade two men to desert to the British. There was a Jacobus Hoogteling who, judging from the minutes of the Commissioners of Conspiracies, bore a somewhat unsavory reputation and caused this Board considerable annoyance.


HOOPLE, GEORGE OR JERRY: His name appears on the rolls of the 2d Albany County Militia. In 1781 he was a member of Captain John Crousehorn's company of artillery, and in July, 1782, was on scout duty at Harpersfield.


HORSFORD, JOHN: Baptized November 4, 1758. His name appears on the rolls of the 2d Albany County Militia.


HORSFORD, REUBEN: From Farmington, Connecticut. A hatter. His name appears on the rolls of the 2d Albany County Militia, Land Bounty Rights.


HOUSE, JOHN GEORGE: His name appears on the rolls of the 2d Albany County Militia.


HOUSE, PETER: His name appears on the rolls of the 2d Albany County Militia.


HUGHAN, JOHN: On July 10, 1775, he made application to the Committee of Safety to raise a company, stating that he already had twenty men engaged. Permission was refused because many of the men enlisted had not signed the Association. His name appears on the rolls of the 2d Albany County Militia.


HYDENBURGH, SYBRANT: His name appears on the rolls of the 2d Albany County Militia,


JACQUISH, JOHN: On October 31, 1776, he enlisted in Captain John A. Bradt's company of State Rangers.


JAMES, WILLIAM: On April 19, 1777, he was granted a tavern license by the Committee of Safety. His name appears on the rolls of the 2d New York Line and the 2d Albany County Militia, Land Bounty Rights.


KEES, JOHN: His name appears on the rolls of the 2d Albany County Militia.


KENNEDY, ALEXANDER: His name appears on the rolls of the 2d Albany County Militia.


KENNEDY, JOHN: His name appears on the rolls of the 2d Albany County Militia and the 2d Albany County Militia, Land Bounty Rights.


KENNEDY, SAMUEL: Born at Currybush (Princetown) in 1760. In May, 1776, he enlisted in Captain John Winn's company of Tryon County Rangers. He served in this company until about February 1, 1777. In June of this year he volunteered in an independent company under a Captain Canute [sic] and served until the end of August, after which he volunteered under Captain Thomas Wasson, 2d Albany County Militia, and served with the Northern Army until after the surrender of Burgoyne. In the spring of 1778 he enlisted as a batteauman and served for nine months between Albany and New York. Subsequent to 1778 he served with the militia on various expeditions. A pensioner.


KINGSLEY, JOSEPH: On February 8, 1776, he stated to the Committee of Safety under examination that "he differed with them in sentiments in regard to the present dispute between Great Britain and the Colonies." He was ordered committed to the Albany jail to await trial at the next general meeting of the Committee. He returned to Schenectady on his release and on April 27 was summoned and ordered to pay twenty shillings, the amount expended in connection with his imprisonment, for a sled and two minute men to carry him to Albany. On his refusal to pay he was given the choice of so doing or of again being confined in the Albany jail. On May 1 the chairman reported the account paid.


KINSELA, JOSEPH: Born at Lisburn, Ireland, in 1749; died April 15, 1816. His name appears on the rolls of the 2d Albany County Militia, Land Bounty Rights.


KITTLE, ADAM: On December 28, 1776, he enlisted in Captain John A. Bradt's company of State Rangers. In 1778, he was enrolled in the 2d Albany County Militia under Captain Jesse Van Slyck. He died a little before October 7, 1781, and was said to have been killed in the war.


KITTLE, DANIEL: Baptized September 23, 1733. He was enrolled in Captain Jesse Van Slyck 's company, 2d Albany County Militia. In 1777 he served with the Northern Army at Stillwater and Bemis Heights, and in 1778 with a company of batteaumen under Captain Cornelius Barhydt. In 1779 he performed garrison duty at Fort Plain and Fort Plank. He served as batteauman and on garrison duty on various occasions to the end of the war. His widow received a pension.


KITTLE, DAVID: His name appears on the rolls of the 2d Albany County Militia.


KITTLE, EZRA: His name appears on the rolls of the 2d Albany County Militia.


KITTLE, JOHN: His name appears on the rolls of the 2d Albany County Militia.


LAMBERT, JOHN: Born in 1753; died July 26, 1809. A schoolmaster. He lived on the east side of Church Street, about midway between Union and State Streets. On June 19, 1775, he enlisted under Captain Cornelius Van Dyck for the defense of Ticonderoga. He subsequently served as a private under Captain John Mynderse and as a private and sergeant under Captain Jellis J. Fonda, 2d Albany County Militia.


LANSING, ABRAHAM G.: His name appears on the rolls of the 2d Albany County Militia.


LANSING, ALEXANDER C.: Baptized September 8, 1751. On March 1, 1776, he signed an agreement with Philip Schuyler for service at Lake George and Ticonderoga.


LANSING, CORNELIUS: His name appears on the rolls of the 2d Albany Comity Militia.


LANSING, GERRIT G.: Baptized February 8, 1756. On November 7, 1775, he was elected a member of the second Committee of Safety. On March 4, 1776, he was appointed overseer of batteaumen at Lake George, and on March 5 was objected to by certain persons as being too young to serve, although the objection was not sustained by the Committee. On July 9, 1777, he gave the use of a wagon for the service. He served as a private under Captain Jellis J. Fonda, and as quartermaster in the 2d Albany County Militia.


LANSING, JOHN G.: On May 24, 1775, he was appointed with John Post keeper of three hundred and thirty-eight pounds of gunpowder purchased from Daniel Campbell. On June 23, 1775, he was appointed ensign in Captain Cornelius Van Dyck's company for the defense of Ticonderoga to fill the vacancy caused by the promotion of Cornelius Van Slyck. On July 10, 1775, he was recommended to the Provincial Congress to fill the position of first lieutenant in the recruiting service. On February 28, 1776, he was serving with the New York regiments in Canada with the rank of second lieutenant. On October 7, 1776, he was serving in Colonel John Nicholson's regiment with the rank of first lieutenant. In 1779 he was adjutant in the 3d Tryon County Militia under Colonel Frederick Visscher, serving in September or October of that year at Fort Plank and Stone Arabia.


LANSING, JOHN S.: Baptized March 17, 1745. On September 5, 1776, he enlisted in Captain John A. Bradt's company of State Rangers.


LARAWAY, ISAAC: Born in 1756; died June 3, 1828. He served as a private in the 5th New York Line and in the 3d Albany County Militia. He received a pension of $96 per annum and after his death his widow was allowed $30 per annum.


LATTA, WILLIAM: On October 30, 1776, he enlisted in Captain John A. Bradt's company of State Rangers, being discharged on January 23, 1777, as unfit for duty. His name appears on the rolls of the 3d Albany County Militia.


LEWIS, HENRY: In 1778, he enlisted under Captain James Rosekrans, 5th New York Line. He served nine months after which he was discharged for "inability." A pensioner under the Act of March 18, 1818.


LEWIS, JOHN: His name appears on the rolls of the 2d Albany County Militia.


LEWIS, WILLIAM: Baptized November 5, 1720. His name appears on the rolls of the 2d Albany County Militia as serving under Captain John Van Patten.


LIDDLE, ANDREW: A native of Ireland. He was living in Schenectady when the war broke out. A blacksmith by trade and evidently prosperous as he is said to have had a home well-furnished and apprentices to aid him in his work. In July, 1777, he joined General Burgoyne's army at Saratoga and served until its capitulation. While attempting to join the British forces in Canada he was taken prisoner and confined in the Albany jail. On May 2, 1778, he was released on his entering into "Recognizance for his good behaviour and Monthly appearance" before any of the Commissioners of Conspiracies at Schenectady. All his property was confiscated "some plundered, some sold at vendue."


LIGHTHALL, ABRAHAM (ABRAHAM J. OR W.): Baptized September 12, 1753. In 1776 he served in a company of artificers under Captain Jacob Vrooman, and in 1777 two months in the Quartermaster's Department during the campaign against Burgoyne. In 1778 he was drafted for service in the Levies from Captain Jellis J. Fonda's company, 2d Albany County Militia, and served at the Schoharie Forts. In 1779 he was on duty at Fort Plank and Stone Arabia. His widow received a pension.


LIGHTHALL, GEORGE: His name appears on the rolls of the 2d Albany County Militia.


LIGHTHALL, JAMES N.: Born in 1758 ; died April 22, 1829. On June 14, 1775, he enlisted under Captain Cornelius Van Dyck and took part in the Canadian expedition. In November, when his term expired, he re-enlisted at Montreal under Captain Barent Ten Eyck. He went to Quebec and remained with the army in its retreat in May, 1776. On January 6, 1777, he enlisted in Captain John A. Bradt's company of State Rangers. He served but a short time and then enlisted for the war under Captain Aaron Austin, 3d New York Line. Upon the consolidation of the regiments he was attached to the company under Captain Cornelius T. Jansen, 1st New York Line, and in this company he served until his discharge on June 14, 1783. His discharge was signed by General Washington. A pensioner under the Act of March 18, 1818.


LIGHTHALL, JOHN: Died in Glenville, August 4, 1835. In the spring of 1776 he enlisted at Schenectady for seven months under Captain Gerrit S. Veeder, re-enlisting in January, 1777, at Saratoga for the war under Captain John Copp, 1st New York Line. He remained in this company until July 14, 1779, when Copp resigned and was then transferred to the company of Captain Charles Parsons in the same regiment. He was discharged on June 8, 1783, and "honored with the badge of merit for seven years faithful service." A pensioner under the Act of March 18, 1818.


LIGHTHALL, LANCASTER: Born May 10, 1761. On January 22, 1777, he enlisted in Captain John A. Bradt's company of State Rangers. His name appears on the rolls of the 5th Company, 3d New York Line. On April 7, 1777, he enlisted for the war and served to the end, being promoted in July, 1779, to the rank of corporal.


LIGHTHALL, NICHOLAS: Born at German Flats, August 17, 1750; died January 27, 1838. Buried in Vale Cemetery. In the spring of 1776 he enlisted at Albany for nine months under Captain John Hunn. He served in the Quartermaster's Department, transporting ammunition and provisions to Ticonderoga and other posts. At the expiration of his term he removed to German Flats and enlisted under Captain Frederick Frank, 4th Tryon County Militia. In August, 1777, he fought at the battle of Oriskany. He was on active duty at Fort Herkimer until November, 1780, when he removed to Schenectady and enrolled in Captain John Van Patten's company, 2d Albany County Militia. In October, 1781, he performed three weeks' guard duty at Tennis Swarts Fort and served with the militia in the pursuit of Major Ross and Walter Butler, A pensioner under the Act of June 7, 1832.


LIGHTHALL, WILLIAM: Died October 5, 1822. On June 12, 1776, he enlisted in a company of New York State Rangers under Captain John A. Bradt. On March 7, 1776, he re-enlisted and was attached to Captain Giles Wolcott's company, Colonel Seth Warner's regiment. He remained in this company as sergeant until November 14, 1778, when he was promoted to the rank of ensign and commissioned. Under General Stark he was "highly distinguished for his bravery in the battle of Bennington." (Sanders.) In 1779 he was promoted to the rank of lieutenant. He remained in active service until October, 1780, when at Fort George, N. Y., he was captured and taken to Canada. Here he remained a prisoner of war until November, 1782, when he was paroled and permitted to return home until exchanged. He remained on parole until the army was disbanded in 1783. A pensioner under the Act of March 18, 1818.


LITTLE, DAVID: His name appears on the rolls of the 2d Albany County Militia.


LITTLE, JOHN: On June 20, 1778, he was appointed first lieutenant in Captain Thomas Wasson's company, 2d Albany County Militia.


LITTLE, THOMAS: His name appears on the rolls of the 2d Albany County Militia as serving under Captain Thomas Wasson,


LITTLEJOHN, DUNCAN: His name appears on the rolls of the 2d Albany County Militia.


LYNE, MATTHEW: On August 16, 1776, he enlisted in Captain John A. Bradt's company of State Rangers. From December 16, 1776, to January 15, 1777, he was at Fort Constitution.


LYPORT, DAVID: His name appears on the rolls of the 2d Albany County Militia, Land Bounty Rights.


LYPORT, JACOB: Born in Glenville in 1759. He was enrolled in Captain Abraham Van Eps's company, 2d Albany County Militia, during the whole of the war. In 1776 he went on an expedition to Clifton Park and Ballston in pursuit of Joseph Bettis. From May to September, 1777 (when he returned home on account of sickness), he served with the Northern Army. From August to the latter part of November, 1779, he was on duty at the Upper Fort, Schoharie. Regarding this service one Van Patten affirms that "Lyport was a faithful soldier and did duty barefooted late in the fall." In the fall of 1780 he performed two months' service at Fort Paris until discharged in December. A pensioner under the Act of June 7, 1832.


MABB, JOHN: He enlisted early in the war under Lieutenant- Colonel Christopher C. Yates. In 1779 he served under Captain Thomas Hicks, 12th Albany County Militia, and in 1780 under Captain Lawrence Gross, Colonel Marinus Willett's Levies, to which regiment he was also attached during the summer of 1781. His widow received a pension.


MABB, ROBERT: His name appears on the rolls of the 2d Albany County Militia.


MAIN, WILLIAM: His name appears on the rolls of the 2d Albany County Militia as serving under Captain John Mynderse.


MANNING, EDWARD: His name appears on the rolls of the 2d Albany County Militia,


MANNING, JOHN: Of Princetown. His name appears on the rolls of the 2d Albany County Militia.


MARKLE, DIRK: His name appears on the rolls of the 2d Albany County Militia.


MARKLE, MATTHEW: His name appears on the rolls of the 2d Albany County Militia as serving under Captain John Van Patten.


MARKLE, WILLIAM: His name appears on the rolls of the 2d Albany County Militia as serving under Captain John Van Patten.


MARSELIS, AHASUERAS: Baptized April 12, 1740. On February 10, 1776, he was elected captain of one of the newly organized militia companies although he probably did not serve actively as such. On March 4 he was appointed overseer of batteaumen for service at Lake George and Ticonderoga. In the fall of 1779 he commanded a detachment (probably of fatigue men) to Fort Hunter and other places along the Mohawk. In 1781 he was a member of Captain John Crousehorn's company of artillery.


MARSELIS, ALEXANDER: Born September 20, 1747. His name appears on the rolls of the 2d Albany County Militia as serving under Captain John Mynderse.


MARSELIS, ARENT: Baptized November 26, 1732. On March 30, 1776, he complained to the Committee of Safety that the poll kept on February 10 by Abraham Wemple at the Widow Vrooman's for the choosing of officers was irregular. His name appears on the rolls of the 2d Albany County Militia.


MARSELIS, GYSBERT: His name appears on the rolls of the 2d Albany County Militia and the 2d Albany County Militia, Land Bounty Rights.


MARSELIS, HENRY A.: Born May 25, 1753; died August 12, 1821. On May 13, 1776, General Schuyler was requested by the Committee of Safety to send him back from Lake George because he had not signed the General Association. From April 21 to 28, 1778, he was in command of four whites and four Indians on an expedition to Harpersfield for scout duty. In October he performed the same duty at Cobleskill. In April, 1780, he went on scout duty to Glens Falls and Lake George, and in June was in command of a detail of thirty-six whites and seven Indians on an expedition to Beaverdam and Harpersfield. In July and August he served under Captain Jesse Van Slyck in pursuit of Sir John Johnson. In July, 1781, he is spoken of as a lieutenant on garrison duty at Fort Hunter. In June, 1782, he was again on garrison duty at Fort Hunter.


MARSELIS, JOHN BAPTIST: On February 10, 1776, he was elected first lieutenant in Captain Thomas Brower Banker's company, 2d Albany County Militia. He served in this capacity until August, when he was transferred as first lieutenant to a company of State Rangers under Captain John A. Bradt.


MARSELIS, JOHN J.: He enlisted at Schenectady for three years under Captain David Van Ness, 1st New York Line. He remained on duty at Schenectady until detailed to accompany a drove of cattle to Fort Stanwix. He was in the fort during the attack by St. Leger and remained there until his time of enlistment had expired. At the solicitation of his captain and other officers he was induced to re-enlist for the war and was given a commission as ensign in his company. He remained in the service until the end of the war.


MARSELIS, JOHN N.: Born January 27, 1760 ; died December 15, 1833. Buried in Vale Cemetery. He lived on Ferry Street opposite St. George's Church. On March 1, 1776, he signed an agreement with Philip Schuyler for service at Lake George and Ticonderoga. In 1777 he was enrolled in Captain Jesse Van Slyck's company, 2d Albany County Militia. He served to the end of the war. He was with the Northern Army in the campaign against Burgoyne; at various times at the Upper Fort, Schoharie, Fort Herkimer, Fort Plank, Fort Plain and Fort Clyde; and in 1778 at Saratoga in a company under Lieutenant-Colonel Christopher Yates. In October, 1780, he marched to Ballston in pursuit of the enemy after the raid, and in 1781 to Canajoharie when Major Ross descended on the Mohawk settlements. A pensioner under the Act of June 7, 1832.


MARSELIS, RICHARD: His name appears on the rolls of the 2d Albany County Militia, Land Bounty Rights.


MARTIN, CHARLES: Buried January 30, 1818. A merchant. On April 22, 1776, he was granted a certificate from the Committee of Safety that he might obtain a passport from General Schuyler. It was stated at that time that "he appeared a true friend to the American cause, although he had not signed the General Association." His name appears on the rolls of the 2d Albany County Militia as enrolled under Captain John Mynderse.


MARTIN, JOHN: On August 2, 1777, he was taken prisoner by a band of Seneca Indians and carried to the Seneca country. He escaped but was later recaptured by a party of Rangers in the British service and taken to Quebec by way of Niagara and Montreal. Here he remained a prisoner from December 17, 1777, until May 27 of the following year, when he embarked on board the ship Maria for Halifax, whence he was sent by a flag ship to Boston.


MARTIN, ROBERT: Baptized December 2, 1758. On May 31, 1775, the Committee of Safety arranged that part of the men of Captain Cornelius Van Dyck's company be quartered at his house while the company was being recruited and drilled.


McBEEN, JOHN: His name appears on the rolls of the 2d Albany County Militia.


McCALLUM, JAMES: His name appears on the rolls of the 2d Albany County Militia.


McCARTY, JOHN: His name appears on the rolls of the 2d Albany County Militia.


McCARTY, WILLIAM: His name appears on the rolls of the 2d Albany County Militia.


McCUE, JAMES: From March 1, 1777, to January 1, 1778, he served in a company of batteaumen under Captain Myndert R. Wemple at Fort Dayton, Fort Stanwix and on the Mohawk River. In 1778, he served about a fortnight under Captain John Van Patten when Cobleskill was attacked, and in 1780 was on duty when the Mohawk settlements were destroyed. His widow received a pension.


McDONALD, JAMES: Born in 1737; died in 1818. He is buried in a private cemetery on the old McDonald farm (now owned by George McClain) in Princetown. In 1781 he was a member of Captain John Crousehorn's company of artillery.


McDOUGAL, DUNCAN: His name appears on the rolls of the 2d Albany County Militia.


McDOUGAL, JOHN: He enlisted under Captain Robert McKean, 1st New York Line, and was later transferred to a company under a Captain Van Rensselaer. He was in the retreat from Ticonderoga, at the siege of Fort Stanwix, with the main army at Valley Forge, at White Plains and in the battle of Monmouth. From 1779 until his discharge in 1780 he served as a corporal. A pensioner under the Act of March 18, 1818.


McFARLAN, ANDREW: Born in 1733; died July 17, 1805. Buried in Vale Cemetery. A merchant in Schenectady as early as 1767. He resided on the west corner of Church and Water Streets. On April 22, 1776, he was granted a certificate of character in order to obtain a passport. On June 2, 1777, he was a member of the Committee of Safety, and on September 5 was elected chairman of the Board, being replaced on November 1, as it was stated that he was going abroad. On January 5, 1778, he was again elected chairman of the Committee of Safety. On July 2, 1779, he was appointed one of a committee of four to sell salt to the people of the district. His name appears on the rolls of the 2d Albany County Militia.


McFARLIN, JOHN: His name appears on the rolls of the 2d Albany County Militia.


McGINNIS, ROBERT: His name appears on the rolls of the 2d Albany County Militia.


McINTOSH, JOHN: He served as a sergeant in the New York Militia. A pensioner under the Act of June 7, 1832.


McINTYRE, WILLIAM: In 1774, he was a trader located at the corner of State and Ferry Streets. His name appears on the rolls of the 2d Albany County Militia as serving under Captain Thomas Brower Banker.


McKELLOP, ARCHIBALD: A farmer. On August 11, 1778, while a prisoner in the City Hall at Albany he was ordered removed to the fort by the Commissioners of Conspiracies because of sickness. On September 7 he was released on bail, the charges against him being but trivial. On January 5, 1781, it was reported to the Board by the Commissioners at Schenectady that he had refused to do military duty and that he was adjudged a dangerous person. On January 12 he appeared before the Board and denied the charges against him, whereupon he was released, having given bond for his good behavior during the remainder of the war.


McKINNEY, ANDREW: Born in Ireland in 1750; died November 12, 1825. Buried in the churchyard of the Cobblestone Church in Rotterdam. He served as a private in the Pennsylvania Line. A pensioner under the Act of March 18, 1818.


McMARTIN, WILLIAM: His name appears on the rolls of the 2d Albany County Militia.


McMICHAEL, ALEXANDER: Born in 1758 ; died in 1818. Buried on the old Valk farm in the town of Princetown. In May, 1779, he was on duty at Schoharie as a sergeant under Captain John Mynderse, 2d Albany County Militia. In 1781 he was a member of Captain John Crousehorn's company of artillery.


McMICHAEL, DANIEL: Born near Albany, December 15, 1758. In the spring of 1775 he entered service from the township of Schenectady under Captain Abraham Oothout, 2d Albany County Militia. Shortly afterwards he was selected by Major Wemple as his servant and remained in that capacity for a period of two years. In the fall of 1777, previous to Burgoyne's surrender, he served two weeks at Fort Edward, and in the spring of 1778 at Fort Plank. He later enrolled under Captain Jesse Van Slyck, was appointed orderly sergeant and so served to the end of the war. In the fall of 1779 he served at Fort Hunter and Fort Plain, and in 1780 served as a volunteer in a company of Rangers in pursuit of Sir John Johnson after the destruction of the Mohawk settlements. He volunteered under Captain Jellis J. Fonda when Ballston was burned, and on his return to Schenectady was ordered to Fort Herkimer. In October, 1781, he marched with the troops under Colonel Willett in pursuit of Major Ross and Butler. He served in many expeditions and once had charge of the ammunition and one of the redoubts at Fort Plank. In the fall of 1782 he went with scouts under Abraham Van Eps in pursuit of Joseph Bettis. A pensioner.


McMICHAEL, JAMES: On March 1, 1776, he signed an agreement with Philip Schuyler for service at Lake George and Ticonderoga. His name appears on the rolls of the 2d Albany County Militia as enrolled under Captain John Mynderse.


McMICHAEL, ROBERT: He is mentioned on the State Treasurer's pay book as having served as a lieutenant.


McNUTT, SAMUEL: His name appears on the rolls of the 2d Albany County Militia.


McQUEEN, JAMES: His name appears on the rolls of the 2d Albany County Militia.


MEAD, WILLIAM: Died February 1, 1829. He served as a surgeon in the 1st New York Line from November 21, 1776, to October 13, 1779, when he was obliged to resign from the service because he had expended a greater part of his property and his pay had depreciated to such an extent that he was unable longer to adequately provide for his family. He was at the battle of Monmouth. He moved to Schenectady soon after his resignation from the service. A pensioner under the Act of March 18, 1818.


MEAL, CAREL: His name appears on the rolls of the 2d Albany County Militia.


MEBIE, ALBERT: Baptized May 14, 1738; died previous to 1799. On November, 7, 1775, he was elected a member of the second Committee of Safety. He served also on the third Committee and on the Boards taking office June 2, 1777, and January 5, 1778. On April 1, 1777, he was elected fence viewer, and on August 11 was serving as captain of the town guard. On June 24, 1779, he was again elected a member of the Committee of Safety. His name appears on the rolls of the 2d Albany County Militia.


MEBIE, ARENT: Baptized in 1729. His name appears on the rolls of the 2d Albany County Militia as serving under Captain John Van Patten,


MEBIE, CORNELIUS: Born March 18, 1741; died May 10, 1789. On October 20, 1775, he was commissioned first lieutenant in Captain John Van Patten's company, 2d Albany County Militia. His name does not appear on the roster of regimental officers, June 20, 1778 (Archives, State of New York), although John Van Eps (Pension Office Records W 27862) states that Mebie was serving as a lieutenant under Captain Van Patten in the fall of 1779.


MEBIE, JOHN: His name appears on the rolls of the 2d Albany County Militia.


MEBIE, JUITER: His name appears on the rolls of the 2d Albany County Militia.


MEBIE, PATRICK: His name appears on the rolls of the 2d Albany County Militia.


MEBIE, PETER: Baptized November 14, 1742; died before 1782. In 1780 he was living at the junction of the Schoharie Creek and the Mohawk River, but removed his family to Rotterdam to avoid the incursions of the Indians. He served with the troops under Colonel Marinus Willett against Major Ross and Walter Butler in 1781. His name appears on the rolls of the 2d. Albany County Militia. [History of Schenectady During the Revolution by Willis T. Hansen, Jr., 1916, submitted by M K Krogman]


MERCER, ALEXANDER: Born in 1732 ; died January 18, 1798. His name appears on the rolls of the 2d Albany County Militia as serving under Captain Jesse Van Slyek.


MERCKER, WILLIAM: His name appears on the rolls of the 2d Albany County Militia.


MILS, CHRIS: His name appears on the rolls of the 2d Albany County Militia.


MITCHELL, HUGH: Born in 1741; died February 21, 1784. On May 6, 1775, he was chosen a member of the first Committee of Safety and on the ninth was elected clerk of the Board. On May 10 he was appointed a deputy for the election of delegates to the first Provincial Congress, and on June 27 appointed to attend the council with the Indians at German Flats. On November 7 he was elected clerk of the second Committee of Safety. He served also on the Committees taking office June 2, 1777, and January 5, 1778. On December 18, 1775, he was ordered to hold in trust L73 N. Y. C. raised for the relief of the poor of Boston until it could be transferred to Boston, and on May 25, 1776, he was appointed to receive the amount due for sleds, etc., employed in the expedition to Johnstown and to pay it out where due. On May 27 he was appointed caretaker of the papers of the Committee. On December 19, 1777, he was appointed to purchase a quantity of salt in certain states not to exceed six hundred bushels, to be paid for in flour or money. On April 4, 1778, he was appointed one of the Commissioners of Conspiracies and as such served until March 8, 1781. His name appears on the rolls of the 2d Albany County Militia.


MOORE, JOHN: Born in 1751; died April 7, 1821. He kept an inn at the comer of Liberty and Ferry Streets. In June, 1777, he enlisted at Schenectady in Captain Leonard Bleeker's company, 3d New York Line. He was afterwards transferred to the 1st New York, under Colonel Goose Van Schaick. He was in Fort Stanwix when it was besieged by St. Leger and was at the capture of Lord Cornwallis at Yorktown. He served until June, 1783, when he was honorably discharged by General Washington. A pensioner.


MOORE, WILLIAM: In the spring of 1775 he was appointed an ensign in Captain Thomas Wasson's company, 2d Albany County Militia. On August 5, 1777, he informed the Committee against one John Gregg who had drunk the health of King George the Third at Bradt's Tavern. On February 25, 1780, he was commissioned second lieutenant in Captain Wasson's company, and on April 27, 1781, was serving as a lieutenant in the Levies under Colonel Marinus Willett.


MORREL, THOMAS: A merchant. On August 10, 1777, it was reported to the Committee of Safety that he was harboring a band of Tories. His name appears on the rolls of the 2d Albany County Militia as enrolled under Captain Thomas Brower Banker.


MOYSTON, ROBERT: Born April 24, 1745; died August 3, 1798. His name appears on the rolls of the 2d Albany County Militia, and the 2d Albany County Militia, Land Bounty Rights.


MULLER, JACOB JR.: His name appears on the rolls of the 2d Albany County Militia.


MUNRO, JOHN: He was a merchant in Schenectady for some time after 1760, but previous to the Revolution moved to Albany. On May 24, 1776, the Committee of Safety at Schenectady was ordered by Colonel Dayton to apprehend and treat him as a common enemy to the liberty of America. On the next day he was summoned before the Board and sent to Albany under guard for confinement in the Albany jail. This is the Major Munro who led the attack on the settlement of Ballston in October, 1780.


MUNROE, ALEXANDER: Born in 1743; died April 21, 1823. On August 31, 1776, he enlisted in Captain John A. Bradt's company of State Rangers. On March 12, 1777, he enlisted for three years and was assigned to the 8th Company, 3d New York Line. A pensioner under the Act of March 18, 1818.


MURRAY, ALEXANDER: He served in the Levies under Colonel Marinus Willett. A pensioner under the Act of June 7, 1832.


MURRAY, JOHN: Baptized April 5, 1752. His name appears on the rolls of the 2d Albany County Militia as serving under Captain Thomas Wasson and on the rolls of the 2d Albany County Militia, Land Bounty Rights.


MURRAY, WILLIAM: In 1775 he enlisted under Captain Cornelius Van Dyck, He served under General Montgomery at St. John's, Chamblee and Montreal. In the spring of 1777 he enlisted for the war under Captain Robert McKean, He served until June 8, 1783, when he was discharged. He was in the battle of Monmouth and was at Yorktown at the surrender of Lord Cornwallis. A pensioner.


MYNDERSE, HARMEN: Baptized July 2, 1749. His name appears on the rolls of the 2d Albany County Militia.


MYNDERSE, JOHN: Born October 18, 1741 ; died October 29, 1815. On May 27, 1775, he was elected first lieutenant in Captain Cornelius Van Dyck's company. On October 20 he was commissioned captain of militia by the Provincial Congress, and assigned to the command of a company of minute men (an intermediate corps between the regular troops and the militia). This company came to be known as "The Blues" because of the color of the uniforms, and its motto, painted on the colors, was "Liberty or Death." On January 14, 1776, he went to Albany with sixty minute men under his command, and from there went with the troops on the expedition to Johnstown. From September, 1777, he served with the Northern Army until the surrender of General Burgoyne. In 1778 he was attached with his company to the brigade of Colonel Frederick Visscher, On June 20, 1778, he was recommissioned captain, and in August was stationed with his company at Fort Paris. In May, 1779, he was at Schoharie, and in the fall commanded an expedition to Beaverdam. In the fall of 1780 he marched with the troops under General Van Rensselaer against Sir John Johnson. In March, 1782, he commanded the 'guard at Fort Volunteer, Schenectady.


MYNDERSE, JOHN R.: Baptized December 25, 1743 ; died September 6, 1819. His name appears on the rolls of the 2d Albany County Militia.


MYNDERSE, LAWRENCE: Born October 12, 1751 ; died August 7, 1789. Buried in Vale Cemetery. On October 20, 1775, he was commissioned ensign in Captain John Mynderse's company, 2d Albany County Militia, On June 20, 1778, he was commissioned first lieutenant, but declined to serve.


MYNDERSE, REINIER: Born October 6, 1710; died August 6, 1788. A merchant. In 1781 he lived on the west corner of State Street and Mill Lane. On May 6, 1775, he was elected a member of the first Committee of Safety, and on August 9 was appointed chairman of the Board to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Christopher Yates. On November 7 he was elected chairman of the second Committee of Safety and served until December 29, when he was replaced by Dirk Van Ingen. On June 2, 1777, he was again elected chairman of the Board and served as such until September 5, when he was replaced probably because of his duties in attending the Senate and Assembly at Kingston. From 1777 to 1781 he served as a state senator under the first constitution. On November 1, 1777, he was again appointed chairman of the Committee of Safety and served also as a member of the Board taking office January 5, 1778. On July 1, 1780, he was appointed one of the Commissioners of Conspiracies.


NEALLY, MATTHEW: He served as a private and fifer under Captain Thomas Wasson, 2d Albany County Militia.


NEARD, CHRISTOPHER: His name appears on the rolls of the 2d Albany County Militia.


NEIGER, JOHN: His name appears on the rolls of the 2d Albany County Militia.


NESBIT, JOSEPH: On October 3, 1776, he enlisted for the war and was assigned to the 8th Company, 1st New York Line. In October, 1777, he was serving as a corporal and in June, 1778, as a private. He received land bounty rights.


NESTLE, GEORGE: He served as a private under Captain Simeon Newell, Colonel Marinus Willett's New York Levies. He was shot through the body (engagement and date not known), but not killed.


NIXON, JOSHUA: Baptized November 22, 1761. His name appears on the rolls of the 2d Albany County Militia.


OGDEN, JOHN: Buried August 23, 1801. His name appears on the rolls of the 2d Albany County Militia.


OHLEN, HENRY GEORGE: Born in London, September 16, 1758; died October 1, 1837. Buried in Vale Cemetery. He enlisted January 14, 1777, and was assigned to the 6th Company, 3d New York Line. He was promoted to the rank of sergeant on April 21, 1779. A pensioner under the Act of May 15, 1828.


OOTHOUT, ABRAHAM: Born May 27, 1744; died in July, 1822. On May 6, 1775, he was elected a member of the first Committee of Safety. He served also on the second Committee and the Committees taking office January 15, 1777, June 2, 1777 and January 5, 1778. He was a deputy from Albany County to the first Provincial Congress. He served throughout the war as a captain in the 2d Albany County Militia, being appointed soon after January 26, 1776. On June 27, 1775, he was appointed to attend the council with the Indians at German Flats, and on February 24, 1776, he was appointed with Christopher Yates to collect donations from the inhabitants to pay for sleds to transport the troops from Albany to Lake George. In the fall he was in command of a detail to Fort Ann, Fort Edward and Skenesborough. On April 24, 1777, he was detailed as a wagoner for duty from Albany to Lake George. On May 21 he was a member of a court martial at Albany. He served with the troops against General Burgoyne at Saratoga, Stillwater and Bemis Heights. On December 20, 1777, he was appointed with Abraham Fonda to purchase two hundred pounds of flour to barter for salt. On June 20, 1778, he was regularly commissioned captain, and in the summer commanded a detachment to Stone Arabia. On June 24, 1779, he was again appointed a member of the Committee of Safety, and on June 2 was appointed chairman of the Board, which office he resigned on July 8, because of the pressure of public business. On July 1, 1780, he was appointed one of the Commissioners of Conspiracies. In August he marched with the troops to Fort Plain after the destruction of Canajoharie, and in the fall of 1781 was stationed at Fort Hunter. After the battle of Johnstown he marched in pursuit of the enemy. Towards the end of the war he was promoted to the rank of colonel in the 2d Albany County Militia to succeed Colonel Wemple, resigned.


OUDERKIRK, ARENT: Baptized July 9, 1737. His name appears on the rolls of the 2d Albany County Militia.


OUDERKIRK, JOHN: In February, 1776, he enlisted at Schenectady for one year in a company of fatigue and batteaumen under Captain John Clute, but was discharged after ten months' duty. In 1777 he again enlisted under Captain Clute at Schenectady and served nine or ten months. In 1779 he enlisted at Schenectady as a boatman under Captain Peter Adair. Adair was later discharged from the service at Fishkill and Ouderkirk there enlisted under Captain John Denny as a fatigue man, boatman and laborer. He served in this capacity and also as a baker and washer for a period of ten or eleven months. A pensioner under the Act of June 7, 1832.


PASSAGE, GEORGE: Born in Philadelphia May 12, 1761. He lived at the Norman's Kill. In the spring of 1778, he enlisted in Captain Abraham Oothout's company, 2d Albany County Militia, and shortly after was ordered to Beaverdam. While the company was on parade and Colonel Wemple was reading the orders, Passage received a kick from the horse of one of the field officers which broke two of his ribs and rendered him unfit for military duty until the following spring. In the fall of 1779 he was drafted into Captain Walter Vrooman's company of Levies and performed four weeks' garrison duty at Schoharie. In the fall of 1780 he marched with the troops to Ballston when it was attacked. In the year 1781 he served one month at Fort Hunter. He often served on guard duty at Schenectady. His claim for pension was rejected on the ground of insufficient service.


PASSAGE, GEORGE, JR.: Born in 1763; died in 1840. Buried in the cemetery of the Reformed Church at Giffords. His name appears on the rolls of the 2d Albany County Militia.


PATTERSON, OLIVER: Of Princetown. His name appears on the rolls of the 2d Albany County Militia.


PATTERSON, THOMAS: During the year 1778, he served as a batteauman and carpenter under Captain Cornelius Barhydt both on the Mohawk and Hudson Rivers. In 1779 treasury certificates were issued to Patterson covering three periods; the first and second, August and October for service under Captain Thomas Wasson, and the third dated November 30 for service under Captain Jellis Fonda. His widow received a pension.


PEEK, ARENT: Baptized December 25, 1743. His name appears on the rolls of the 2d Albany County Militia as serving under Captain John Van Patten.


PEEK, CHRISTOPHER: On March 1, 1776, he accepted a commission as ensign from the Provincial Congress through the Committee of Safety at Schenectady. He, however, later tendered his resignation to the Committee because of his father's displeasure at his having accepted it. This resignation was accepted on March 11, 1777. He later served as a lieutenant and quartermaster in the 2d Albany County Militia and in 1778 received a commission as quartermaster and served as such until 1782, when he was appointed ensign in the New York Levies under Colonel Marinus Willett. This position he held until the end of the war.


PEEK, CORNELIUS: Born December 1, 1729 ; died August 22, 1802. Buried in Vale Cemetery. On May 8, 1776, complaint was made to the Committee of Safety that he was working as a carpenter at Lake George without having signed the General Association. His name appears on the rolls of the 2d Albany County Militia. In 1778 he was enrolled under Captain Jesse Van Slyck.


PEEK, CORNELIUS, JR.: Born August 21, 1763. In 1778 he was enrolled under Captain Jesse Van Slyck, 2d Albany County Militia. In August, 1782, he was on garrison duty at the Upper Fort, Schoharie, and in September on scout duty at Sacandaga.


PEEK, DANIEL: Baptized June 30, 1745. His name appears on the rolls of the 2d Albany County Militia as serving under Captain John Van Patten.


PEEK, HARMANUS: Baptized January 14, 1759. His name appears on the rolls of the 2d Albany County Militia, Land Bounty Rights.


PEEK, HENRY H.: Born in Schenectady, April 18, 1764. In the spring of 1776 he went with a detachment to the Heldebergh. In the fall of 1779 he volunteered under Captain John Mynderse, 2d Albany County Militia, for service at Beaverdam and on his return to Schenectady mounted guard under John J. Vrooman. In the spring of 1780 he regularly enrolled in the company of Captain John Mynderse, and in the fall of the same year marched with the troops under General Van Rensselaer. He served at this time one month at Fort Plain and from there marched to Fort Plank, where he assisted in burying the dead after the battle. In October, 1781, he marched with the troops to Johnstown and was with the detachment that pursued Walter Butler to the West Canada Creek. A pensioner under the Act of June 7, 1832.


PEEK, JACOBUS C. Baptized November 10, 1752. His name appears on the rolls of the 2d Albany County Militia, Land Bounty Rights.


PEEK, JACOBUS VEDDER: Baptized January 29, 1764. His name appears on the rolls of the 2d Albany County Militia.


PEEK, JAMES: He served as a sergeant under Captain Jesse Van Slyck, 2d Albany County Militia.


PEEK, JAMES H. (or JACOBUS): Born in Schenectady, August 16, 1758; died September 23, 1835. Buried in Vale Cemetery. In the fall of 1775 he was enrolled as a second lieutenant in the company of Captain John Mynderse, 2d Albany County Militia. In January, 1776, he took part in the expedition to Johnstown, and in the spring of the same year went to Sacandaga under General Clinton to erect fortifications. In July, 1777, he marched with his company to Fort Edward. He served during Schuyler's retreat, engaging in most of the skirmishes during the campaign and in the battles of Snookkill and Bemis Heights. On June 20, 1778, a commission as second lieutenant was assigned to him by Governor Clinton. During the years 1778 and 1779 he performed various garrison and scout duties, and on August 16, 1780, received a commission as lieutenant in the State Levies, being assigned to the company of Captain Benjamin Dubois, Colonel Lewis Dubois's regiment. He served three months and two weeks in the Levies, doing duty at Fort Herkimer (where he was in command for five weeks), Albany, West Point, Tappan and other posts. After this service he again entered the company of Captain John Mynderse. He often served as captain of the guard at Schenectady. A pensioner under the Act of June 7, 1832.


PEEK, JESSE: January 28, 1752 ; died June 3, 1810. Buried in Vale Cemetery. On March 1, 1776, he signed an agreement with Philip Schuyler for service at Lake George and Ticonderoga. His name appears on the rolls of the 2d Albany County Militia as serving under Captain Jellis J. Fonda and on the rolls of the 2d Albany County Militia, Land Bounty Rights.


PEEK, JOHN: On October 5, 1775, he was recommended to the Provincial Congress by the Committee of Safety for the office of quartermaster among the field officers to be assigned to the newly organized Schenectady companies, and on October 20 a commission was issued in his name. On December 9 he tendered his resignation to the Board. On March 1, 1776, he signed an agreement with Philip Schuyler for service at Lake George and Ticonderoga, On May 7 he was elected a member of the third Committee of Safety. His name appears on the rolls of the 2d Albany County Militia.


PEEK, JOSEPH: Born in Schenectady, November 25, 1755; died May 25, 1842. Buried in Vale Cemetery. In the spring of 1775 he enlisted under Captain John Mynderse, 2d Albany County Militia. Soon after he went to Ticonderoga in another company where he was employed in erecting works of defense and in the construction of boats. In January, 1776, he took part in the expedition to Johnstown, and later in the spring enlisted in a company of artificers under Captain Teunis Bradt and served the whole season building boats for service on Lake Champlain. In April, 1777, he was drafted into Captain Jesse Van Slyck's company and subsequently made orderly sergeant. He marched to Jessup's Patent in pursuit of Tories, and in the summer of the same year to Fort Edward, performing service there, at Stillwater, Bemis Heights and other posts until the surrender of Burgoyne. In the spring of 1778 he again enlisted under Captain Teunis Bradt and performed seven months' service at Coeymans. In the winter of the same year he performed guard duty at Schenectady. During the winter of 1779 he was appointed a captain on the Continental Establishment and served to the end of the war in the Quartermaster's Department, having charge of the forwarding of supplies to the frontier posts. A pensioner under the Act of June 7, 1832.


PEEK, LEWIS D. Born in Rotterdam, January 6, 1764. In 1779 he was enrolled as a private under Captain John Van Patten, 2d Albany County Militia. He was later made a corporal and served as such to the end of the war. His service seems to have been mostly patrol, guard and garrison duty, the latter at Schenectady. In 1780 he marched with the troops to Jessup's Patent to intercept Sir John Johnson after the Mohawk settlements were destroyed, and in October, 1781, he went with the troops to the "West Canada Creek in pursuit of Walter Butler. A pensioner under the Act of June 7, 1832.


PENDLETON, SOLOMON: On October 20, 1775, he was commissioned second lieutenant in Captain John Mynderse's company, 2d Albany County Militia. On February 14, 1776, he was recommended for the office of first lieutenant in a company to be formed under Captain John A. Bradt. He received his commission on March 1, and on April 12 applied to the Committee for leave to resign, giving as his reason that the men were mutinous and dissatisfied because Gerrit S. Veeder had been appointed their captain without awaiting the return of Bradt. On April 13 he delivered his commission to the Board, but was later induced to ask for its return. His request was granted but with an admonition regarding his future behavior. On October 6, 1777, while enrolled as first lieutenant in Captain Henry Godwin's company. Colonel Lewis Dubois's regiment, he was taken prisoner at Fort Montgomery. In 1778, during his imprisonment, he became mentally deranged. He was exchanged on February 8, 1781, but did not return to the army.


PETERS, HARMON: Born in Schenectady and lived here during the war. In 1832 he was a resident of Charlton. On December 22, 1777, he enrolled under Captain John Mynderse, 2d Albany County Militia. From January 10 to April 10, 1778, he performed guard duty in his regular turn at Schenectady. In the spring of 1779 he went on scout duty to Beaverdam, and in April of the same year he went to Fort Plain, where he served two months. In March, 1780, he volunteered under Captain Jesse Van Slyck, and served one month at Stone Arabia. In March, 1782, he volunteered under Walter Swits for guard duty at Fort Volunteer, Schenectady, and in the fall of the same year went on scout duty to Jessup's Patent with a detail of Oneida Indians in search of deserters from the American service.


PETERS, WILLIAM: On March 4, 1776, he was appointed overseer of batteaumen for service at Lake George and Ticonderoga. His appointment was objected to by certain persons because they considered him too young to serve. The objection was not sustained by the Committee of Safety. In 1778 he commanded a company of state troops engaged as batteaumen in transporting stores from Schenectady to Fort Stanwix. On June 29, 1781, he was appointed ensign in the 8th Company, 2d New York Line.


PETERSON, CHARLES: His name appears on the rolls of the 2d Albany County Militia.


PETERSON, HARMANUS: His name appears on the rolls of the 2d Albany County Militia, as serving under Captain Thomas Wasson.


PHILIPS, THOMAS: His name appears on the rolls of the 2d Albany County Militia.


PHYN, JAMES: Born March 12, 1742; died November 2, 1821. Buried in Vale Cemetery. A native of County Kent, England. He was in business in Schenectady as early as 1768. On April 24, 1776, it was stated by the Committee of Safety that he had resided for some time past in England. He was at that time in partnership with Alexander Ellice, who had also retired to England during the previous fall. The accounts of the firm were being collected by Robert Ellice.


POST, ELIAS: Baptized in New York, January 7, 1708. His name appears on the rolls of the 2d Albany County Militia, Land Bounty Rights.


POST, JOHN: Born January 1, 1749. On May 24, 1775, he was appointed with John G. Lansing keeper of three hundred and thirty-eight pounds of gunpowder purchased from Daniel Campbell. On January 13, 1776, he was appointed quartermaster of the 2d Albany County Militia, and on March 5 Henry Glen was instructed to apply to Congress for his commission. Some time in the fall of 1776 he was appointed commissary of issues for the New York Line, and in this position continued to the end of the war, serving at Herkimer, German Flats, Yorktown, Princeton, Monmouth and in General Sullivan's expedition against the Indians. His widow received a pension.


PUTMAN, ARENT J.: Born June 13, 1745 ; died August 1, 1830. Buried in the cemetery of the Cobblestone Church, Rotterdam. His name appears on the rolls of the 2d Albany County Militia. In 1778 he was enrolled under Captain Jesse Van Slyck.


PUTMAN, ARENT L.: Baptized July 10, 1751. His name appears on the rolls of the 2d Albany County Militia as serving under Captain Thomas Brower Banker.


PUTMAN, CORNELIUS: Baptized April 20, 1755. His name appears on the rolls of the 2d Albany County Militia.


PUTMAN, JOHN: His name appears on the rolls of the 2d Albany County Militia.


PUTMAN, TEUNIS: Baptized March 31, 1716. His name appears on the rolls of the 2d Albany County Militia, Land Bounty Rights.


PUTNAM, ARENT: He is said to have served two years in the militia and also as a butcher in the Commissary Department at Schenectady under Henry Glen. His daughter's claim for pension was rejected.


QUACKENBUSH, GERARDUS: Baptized March 11, 1721. On October 14, 1776, he was a member of Captain John A. Bradt's company of State Rangers. His name appears on the rolls of the 2d Albany County Militia.


QUACKENBUSH, JOHN: Born in Schenectady, August 19, 1750; died July 28, 1839. He lived at the junction of Lafayette and Liberty Streets. In the spring of 1775 he was enrolled under Captain Thomas Brower Banker, 2d Albany County Militia. About November 1, 1775, he was appointed a lieutenant in this company and as such served to the end of the war. His lieutenant's commission was not renewed by the Council of Appointment, but after the war he received that of a captain. He was spoken of as "always evincing the utmost alacrity, zeal and fidelity in the cause of his country." Most of his service in 1776 was that of guarding boats laden with stores from Fort Ann to Skenesborough. He marched on various alarms and was often on guard duty, especially at Schenectady, where he frequently had command of the guard, A pensioner under the Act of June 7, 1832.


RAMSEY, GEORGE: On September 25, 1775, it was reported to the Committee of Safety that he had spoken very disrespectfully of some of the members of the Board and that he was strongly suspected of being concerned in putting tar and feathers on several of their doors. On January 31, 1776, he appeared before the Committee to answer charges that he had made some reflections against the friends of the American cause in general and against one William Murray in particular, having called him "a traitor and a rebel." Ramsey admitted the truth of the accusations but said that he "only did it to put Murray in a passion as he knew he was of a quick temper." On February 12 it was decided by the Committee that he was a "high offender" against the American cause and he was ordered sent to the Albany jail to await trial. On his release Ramsey returned to Schenectady and on April 27 was summoned and ordered to pay the amount expended in connection with his imprisonment (sixteen shillings) for a sled and one minute man to carry him to Albany. This amount he promised to pay.


REIS, JOHN: His name appears on the rolls of the 2d Albany County Militia.


RIGHTER, MICHAEL: On November 22, 1777, he was reported as an enemy to the American cause. On December 1 he was arrested by order of the Committee of Safety and committed to the Albany jail.


ROBISON, JOHN: A merchant. Buried in the cemetery of the Presbyterian Church at Rynex Corners. His name appears on the rolls of the 2d Albany County Militia, Land Bounty Rights.


ROSA, ELIAS: Born in Ulster County, March 4, 1753. He was living in Schenectady in July, 1775, when he enlisted under Captain Jellis J. Fonda, 2d Albany County Militia. He served during the whole war as orderly sergeant in this company. In the summer of 1775 he was engaged in building boats and erecting fortifications at Ticonderoga. In the early fall he enlisted with the troops for Canadian service, marching to St. John's, and serving at the reduction of Chamblee, after which he returned to Fort Edward and remained there until the close of the year. In January, 1776, he took part in the expedition to Johnstown. From the latter part of May to the end of October, 1777, he was with the Northern Army, serving at Fort Edward and Fort Ann and in the battles of Fort Miller and Snookkill. In 1779 he performed garrison duty at Fort Plank and Stone Arabia, and in the fall of 1780 was on duty when Caughnawaga was destroyed. In October, 1781, he was at Fort Herkimer.


ROSA, ISAAC: On May 25, 1776, he promised a contribution for the poor of Boston. His name appears on the rolls of the 2d Albany County Militia.


ROSE, JOHN: In 1775 he enlisted for six months under Captain Cornelius Van Dyck. He was at the siege of St. John's. He volunteered under Ethan Allen and was taken prisoner on the Island of Montreal. He jumped overboard from the Gaspee, swam ashore and again joined the army under Montgomery. He was in the siege and at the storming of Quebec, where he was wounded in the arm. He subsequently enlisted under Captain Joseph McCracken, 1st New York Line, and remained with this company until the advance of Burgoyne, when he enlisted at Saratoga for the war under Captain John Copp, 1st New York Line. He served during the campaign against Burgoyne, and in 1778 took part in the battle of Monmouth, where he was wounded in the throat. In 1779 he marched with the expedition under General Sullivan against the Indians. In 1780 or 1781 he was transferred to Captain Aaron Austin's company, 3d New York Line. He was in the battle of Yorktown and there had his leg broken by a bombshell. He remained in the army until it was disbanded and received an honorable discharge at Snake Hill, Orange County, N. Y., in 1783. He received a sergeant's commission in 1778, and several times acted as a recruiting sergeant.


ROSEBOOM, JOHN: Born in Albany, October 23, 1739; died in Canajoharie, April 4, 1805. He moved from Schenectady some time previous to 1790. He is buried in the Prospect Hill cemetery, Canajoharie. A merchant. He lived on the northeast comer of Ferry and Union Streets. On May 6, 1775, he was elected a member of the first Committee of Safety. On May 24 he was appointed one of a committee to go to Guy Park to deliver an answer to a speech made by the Mohawk Indians, and on June 23 he was appointed to accompany the Rev. Samuel Kirkland and five Oneida Indians to Albany. In August, 1776, he was appointed first lieutenant in Captain Abraham Oothout's company, 2d Albany County Militia, but was not so commissioned until June 20, 1778. He served in the capacity of lieutenant until the end of the war. On January 15, 1777, he was a member of the Committee of Safety and on July 2, 1779, he was appointed one of a committee of four to sell salt to the people of the district. On July 26 he was again elected a member of the Committee of Safety. In 1780 he was on garrison duty at the Upper Fort, Schoharie.


RYKMAN, CORNELIUS: His name appears on the rolls of the 2d Albany County Militia as serving under Captain Jesse Van Slyck. In 1781 he was a member of Captain John Crousehorn's company of artillery,


RYKMAN, JOHN: His name appears on the rolls of the 2d Albany County Militia, Land Bounty Rights.


RYLEY, JACOBUS: His name appears on the rolls of the 2d Albany County Militia.


RYLEY, JAMES VAN SLYCK: Born October 3, 1761; died January 8, 1848. In 1778 and 1779 he served under Lieutenant James H. Peek at Stone Arabia and elsewhere.


RYLEY, JOHN: Born April 3, 1757 ; died April 24, 1842. He served as a private under Captain John Clute in the Quartermaster's Department.


RYLEY, PHILIP: Born in New York, April 29, 1719, O. S. He served as a private and sergeant under Captain John Mynderse, 2d Albany County Militia.


RYLEY, WILLIAM: Born November 16, 1760; died March 19, 1848. He served under Captain Jacob Vrooman in the Quartermaster's Department.


RYNEX, ANDREW: He served as a sergeant under Captain Thomas Wasson, 2d Albany County Militia, and in the same capacity in the Levies under Colonel John Harper. On October 23, 1780, he was taken prisoner by the forces under Sir John Johnson and Joseph Brant and by them taken to Canada. He was exchanged the next year and was back in Schenectady on July 23, 1781, On December 26, 1780, at a meeting of St. George's Lodge of which he was a member it was resolved "that fifty shilling, hard money, out of the funds of the lodge be delivered for the use of Brother Andrew Rynex 's family, he being taken captive."


RYNEX, JOHN: He served as a private and drummer under Captain Thomas Wasson, 2d Albany County Militia. His name appears also on the rolls of the 2d Albany County Militia, Land Bounty Rights.


RYNEX, RICHARD: His name appears on the rolls of the 2d Albany County Militia.


SACIA, DAVID: He was enrolled under Captain Abraham Oothout, 2d Albany County Militia. At various times he served as "an express rider" and on one occasion was taken prisoner by the Indians and carried to their camp. He made his escape on the following night and returned to the service. He was often on duty drawing wood to and from various posts. Once while returning from Lake George the Indians drove him from his regular crossing, and he had to swim the river with his horses and wagon. He was at the Upper Fort, Schoharie, when Timothy Murphy fired on the flag of truce sent forward by Sir John Johnson, in the engagement at Cobleskill and in pursuit of the enemy after the raid on Ballston. He performed various garrison and guard duties, being stationed from August to October, 1781, at Claas Viele's Rifts. His widow received a pension.


ST. JOHN, THADDEUS: On May 25, 1776, he promised a contribution for the poor of Boston. His name appears on the rolls of the 2d Albany County Militia and the 2d New York Line.


SANDERS, JOHN: Born in Albany, August 10, 1714; died September 13, 1782. He removed to Scotia immediately after his marriage to Deborah Glen on December 6, 1739. He lived in the Glen-Sanders house which Deborah inherited on the death of her father in 1762. In 1765, by the purchase of the other outstanding interests, John Sanders and his wife became owners of the entire Glen estate. On May 6, 1775, he was elected a member of the first Committee of Safety but immediately refused to serve. On July 30, 1777, he was ordered arrested and to appear before the State Committee for refusing to receive Continental currency in payment of a debt. His name appears on the rolls of the 2d Albany County Militia. In the fall of 1780 he was in command of the guard at Schenectady.


SAWYER, JAMES: His name appears on the rolls of the 2d Albany County Militia.


SCHERMERHORN, AARON: From August to October, 1781, an Aaron Schermerhorn was on duty at Claas Viele's Fort under Sergeant William Teller of Captain Abraham Oothout's company, 2d Albany County Militia.


SCHERMERHORN, ABRAHAM: Baptized October 21, 1721 ; died in 1811. He lived near Haverly's in Glenville and died there. During the war he suffered much from the Indians and Tories, and was compelled to flee repeatedly from his home to Schenectady for safety. On one occasion a party led by Walter Butler came to Schermerhorn 's house and after plundering it carried away two boys, one a German and the other a negro. The former of the boys was scalped but later recovered. Schermerhorn's name appears on the rolls of the 2d Albany County Militia, Land Bounty Rights.


SCHERMERHORN, ANDREW (ANDREAS): Born July 11, 1762; died in Rotterdam about 1815. His name appears on the rolls of the 2d Albany County Militia.


SCHERMERHORN, BARNHARDUS FREEMAN: Born October 14, 1739; died July 14, 1799. On June 20, 1778, he was commissioned ensign in Captain Thomas Brower Banker's company, 2d Albany County Militia. In September or October, 1779, he was on duty at Fort Plank and Stone Arabia.


SCHERMERHORN, BARTHOLOMEW: Baptized in Schenectady, August 24, 1757. He lived in Rotterdam and died July 16, 1845. In the fall of 1775 he was enrolled under Captain Abraham Oothout, 2d Albany County Militia. In the spring of 1776 he went to Fort Dayton, and in the fall of the same year with the regiment to Fort Edward, thence under Captain Jesse Van Slyck to Fort Ann and Skenesborough as a guard for boats plying between these posts. He then returned to Fort Edward. In the spring of 1777, under Captain Jesse Van Slyck, he went with the troops of Colonel Warner to Jessup's Patent in pursuit of Tories. He was with the main army at Bemis Heights. In the spring of 1778 he marched to Schoharie and Cobleskill, where he assisted in burying the dead slain by the enemy. In February, 1779, he served in a company of fatigue men under Captain Joseph Peek. On July 23, 1780, he was sent a prisoner to Albany, accused of being apprehended on his way to the enemy or of supplying them with provisions; he was, however, on August 10 released on bail. In October, under Major Swits, he marched to Ballston when it was attacked. He performed considerable garrison and guard duty, especially at Fort Plain, Fort Clyde and at Claas Viele's Rifts. A pensioner under the Act of June 7, 1832.


SCHERMERHORN, GERRIT: Born in the Schenectady Township, October 22, 1763 ; died in Rotterdam, March 24, 1848. In the fall of 1779 he enrolled under Captain Abraham Oothout, 2d Albany County Militia, and served at Fort Hunter, Fort Plank, Stone Arabia and at the Middle Fort, Schoharie. In the spring of 1780 he marched to Caughnawaga when it was destroyed and in October to Ballston after the raid. During that year he also performed six months' guard duty at Claas Viele's Rifts. In October, 1781, he went with the troops under Colonel Willett in pursuit of Major Ross and Butler. A pensioner under the Act of June 7, 1832.


SCHERMERHORN, HENRY J.: His name appears on the rolls of the 2d Albany County Militia.


SCHERMERHORN, JACOB: Born November 21, 1729; died April 18, 1814. He lived about six miles south of Schenectady, near the Norman's Kill, and is buried in Homer or East Homer, N. Y. On October 5, 1775, he was recommended to the Provincial Congress by the Committee of Safety for the office of lieutenant-colonel in the 2d Albany County Militia. On October 20 a commission was issued in his name. In November he was elected a captain of militia but declined to serve, and on January 23, 1776, he also refused to accept the commission of lieutenant-colonel. On July 28, 1778, he was appointed captain of a company of Exempts formed in Schenectady, and as such served during the years 1779 and 1780. On June 29, 1780, he is mentioned in the records of the Commissioners of Conspiracies as "Major."


SCHERMERHORN, JACOB: His name appears on the rolls of the 2d Albany County Militia. This might be Jacob, son of Arent, baptized December 20, 1752; or Jacob, son of William, baptized December 1, 1745.


SCHERMERHORN, JACOB J.: Baptized January 20, 1751. His name appears on the rolls of the 2d Albany County Militia.


SCHERMERHORN, JACOBUS: Baptized January 31, 1720; died July 28, 1782. His name appears on the rolls of the 2d Albany County Militia, Land Bounty Rights.


SCHERMERHORN, JOHN J.: Born in Schenectady, January 23, 1764. In August, 1777, being too young to enroll in the militia, he volunteered and served under Major Swits on a scout to the Heldebergh. In 1778 he performed guard duty at Claas Viele's Rifts, and in 1779, as a substitute for his father, Jacob Schermerhorn, performed garrison duty at Stone Arabia. In 1780 he performed garrison duty on various occasions at the Schoharie Forts, Fort Plank and Fort Herkimer, and took part in several scouting expeditions. He was at Ballston when the town was attacked.


SCHERMERHORN, LAWRENCE: Born in Schenectady, February 9, 1749; died in Rotterdam, March 26, 1837. In 1775 he was enrolled under Captain Jellis J. Fonda, 2d Albany County Militia. In January, 1776, he took part in the expedition to Johnstown and in the spring of the same year served at Sacandaga erecting fortifications. In 1777 he served in the campaign against Burgoyne at Fort Edward, Stillwater and other posts. From May to June, 1778, he was on duty when Cobleskill was destroyed, and in the fall of the same year he enlisted in Captain Martin Mynderse's company of artificers and served in it two years. Just previous to this enlistment he served on draft with a detail bringing military stores from Ticonderoga to Albany. In the fall of 1781 he went with the troops under Colonel Willett in pursuit of Major Ross and Butler. A pensioner under the Act of June 7, 1832.


SCHERMERHORN, MAUS: Born March 9, 1753; died January 26, 1830. Buried in Vale Cemetery. His name appears on the rolls of the 2d Albany County Militia, Land Bounty Rights. He received a land bounty in 1829.


SCHERMERHORN, NICHOLAS W.: Baptized in Schenectady, September 21, 1760. He served as a sergeant under Captain Jesse Van Slyck, 2d Albany County Militia.


SCHERMERHORN, RICHARD: Born March 7, 1755. A laborer. He was enrolled under Captain Jellis J. Fonda, 2d Albany County Militia. About January 1, 1780, he enlisted as a batteauman under Captain Joseph Peek in the Quartermaster's Department and served for one year. On July 23 he was ordered confined at Albany by the Commissioners of Conspiracies at Schenectady for being connected with a party that intended to join the enemy. On August 9, having answered "in a candid and open manner" the questions put to him under examination by the Board at Albany, he was released on bail. His widow received a pension.


SCHERMERHORN, RYER: His name appears on the rolls of the 2d Albany County Militia as enrolled under Captain John Van Patten. Through his marriage with the widow of Gerrit Veeder the property around "Veeder's Mills" later became known as the Schermerhorn "Mill farm." During the Revolution Ryer Schermerhorn built the stone house opposite the mill to be used as a fort in case of necessity. There was also a log house near the mill that was used as a place of refuge.


SCHERMERHORN, SIMON: Born January 3, 1723 ; died May 6, 1808. Buried in Vale Cemetery. He resided at the "Mills" located at the east end of State Street. His name appears on the rolls of the 2d Albany County Militia.


SCHERMERHORN, WILLIAM: Baptized November 10, 1722. On May 10, 1776, the Committee of Safety at Schenectady informed General Schuyler that he had gone to Lake George without the permission of the Board and that he had repeatedly refused to sign the General Association. On January 15, 1777, he was a member of the Committee of Safety. His name appears on the rolls of the 2d Albany County Militia, Land Bounty Rights.


SCHUYLER, REUBEN: He came to Schenectady in 1779 and lived here until 1781. He was enrolled under Captain Jellis J. Fonda, 2d Albany County Militia, and performed duty during the years of 1779 and 1780, "on all occasions when called into service either for repelling inroads on the frontier or mounting guard to defend the compact part of the Town of Schenectady. "


SHANNON, ALEXANDER: His name appears on the rolls of the 2d Albany County Militia.


SHANNON, GEORGE: Baptized March 17, 1751 ; died January 8, 1829. A farmer. On March 13, 1776, he enlisted under Captain Gerrit S. Veeder, in Colonel Cornelius D. Wynkoop's regiment, and served until February, 1777, when he was discharged. On July 23, 1780, he was sent to Albany under arrest as being connected with a plot to join the enemy or of supplying them with provisions. He was on August 11 released on bail. A pensioner under the Act of March 18, 1818.


SHANNON, JOHN: Died in April, 1821. In the fall of 1775 he was enrolled under Captain Abraham Oothout, 2d Albany Comity Militia. In the fall of 1776 he went to Jessup's Patent with the troops under Colonel Warner, and in the summer of the same year he marched to Fort Edward. He served with the Northern Army during Schuyler's retreat and was at the battle of Bemis Heights. From May to June, 1778, he was on duty when Cobleskill was attacked; during the latter part of the summer he was at the Middle Fort, Schoharie, and in November at Switzerberg near Caughnawaga. In the fall of 1779 he was on duty at Fort Paris and Fort Plain, serving during this year both as a corporal and as a sergeant. In 1781 he again served as a corporal. His widow received a pension.


SHANNON, ROBERT: His name appears on the rolls of the 2d Albany County Militia. On July 10, 1780, a Robert Shannon enlisted for the war and was assigned to the 8th Company, 4th New York Line. He deserted on October 23, was taken on November 20 and mustered to January, 1782.


SHANNON, THOMAS: Baptized December 20, 1752. His name appears on the rolls of the 2d Albany County Militia. On October 28, 1776, a Thomas Shannon enlisted for the war and was assigned to the 4th Company, 1st New York Line.


SHANNON, WILLIAM: His name appears on the rolls of the 2d Albany County Militia.


SHEARER (alias SHERWOOD), JAMES: Died December 31, 1818. He served as a private in the New York Line. A pensioner under the Act of March 18, 1818.


SHELLING, ALEXANDER: His name appears on the rolls of the 2d Albany County Militia.


SHELLY, SAMUEL: He was enrolled under Captain Thomas Brower Banker, 2d Albany County Militia. In January, 1776, he took part in the expedition to Johnstown, on which occasion he and three others constituted the party entrusted with the flag of truce. On March 1, 1776, he signed an agreement with Philip Schuyler for service at Lake George and Ticonderoga, and on September 23, enlisted for one year in Captain John A, Bradt's company of State Rangers. He held the rank of sergeant. On December 4 he was discharged as unfit for duty, but later he returned and served for nearly a year, when he was again taken sick and placed in the hospital at Albany. After three weeks he was removed to Schenectady. In consequence of his continued illness he was not required to join the army, "but he felt such anxiety for the success of the American cause that he procured one Donelly as a substitute and said Donelly served to near the end of the war when he died." In spite of his ailments Shelly again entered the service, for in the summer of 1777 he was on duty six weeks with the Northern Army, and in 1778 at Fort Plain and the Lower Fort, Schoharie. In 1779 he was at Fort Paris, and in 1780, under Abraham Van Eps, he marched to Ballston. He later moved to Saybrook, Connecticut. His widow received a pension.


SHIELDS, DANIEL: A resident of Schenectady before and after the Revolution. In 1780 he enlisted under Lieutenant Philip Conine, 3d New York Line, and was later transferred to the company of Captain George Sytez, 1st New York Line. In this company he served to the end of the war. He was at Yorktown. He received five hundred acres of land as a bounty. A pensioner.


SIMONDS, REUBEN: Born in 1736; died May 5, 1810. On April 19, 1777, he was granted a tavern license by the Committee of Safety. His inn was on the west side of Church Street and came to be a popular place for the holding of public meetings. His name appears on the rolls of the 2d Albany County Militia and the 2d Albany County Militia, Land Bounty Rights.


SMILIE, JOHN: His name appears on the rolls of the 2d Albany County Militia.


SMITH, ADAM: Baptized January 28, 1750. His name appears on the rolls of the 2d Albany County Militia.


SMITH, JOHN: His name appears on the rolls of the 2d Albany County Militia.


SMITH, ROBERT: He was enrolled under Captain Jellis J. Fonda, 2d Albany County Militia. In the summer of 1780 he was attached to Colonel Malcolm Graham's regiment, having been drafted from the Schenectady militia. He marched to West Point and while there every fifteenth man was selected to join the Regular Army. He was among those selected. He is said to have served at least six months in the Levies under Colonel Marinus Willett. His widow's claim for a pension was rejected.


SNELL, MAJOR: Born April 26, 1720; died September 24, 1818. He came from Yorkshire, England. A merchant. On September 11, 1776, he was ordered confined to the Albany jail by the Schenectady Committee of Safety. On the eighteenth he refused to sign the Association or to swear allegiance and was therefore ordered recommitted. In May, 1777, he was recommended to the field officers as "a dangerous person," and on the twenty-second voluntarily took an oath that he would take up arms in defense of the country in case of any invasion.


SNOW, EPHRAIM: He was appointed an ensign under Captain Gerrit S. Veeder, Colonel Cornelius D. Wynkoop's regiment. On April 12, 1776, he delivered his commission to the Committee of Safety, giving as his reason for resigning that the men were mutinous and dissatisfied with the appointment of Veeder as captain. He was later induced to ask for the return of his commission and his request was granted by the Board, but with a word of caution regarding his future behavior. On November 21, 1776, he was serving as a second lieutenant in the 1st New York Line. He was promoted to the rank of first lieutenant on March 26, 1779, and served in this capacity until June, 1783.


SPECK, ABRAHAM: His name appears on the rolls of the 2d Albany County Militia.


SPECK, TOBIAS: His name appears on the rolls of the 2d Albany County Militia.


STALEY, GEORGE: Born at Truxberry, N. J., July 6, 1753; died June 7, 1832. In the spring of 1775 he lived in Princetown and was enrolled under Captain Thomas Wasson, 2d Albany County Militia. He was not called upon until 1776, after which time he served to the end of the war. In 1776 after the defeat of the American forces on Lake Champlain he served with a detachment of Colonel Wemple's regiment under General Ten Broeck in guarding ammunition conveyed from Albany to Skenesborough. In the summer of 1777 he served with the Northern Army from the evacuation of Ticonderoga to the surrender of Burgoyne, with the exception of about three weeks, when he hired a substitute. He was in the encounter at Snookkill, but not in the battle of Bemis Heights, being on sentry duty and among the troops not called upon. In 1778 he served under Colonel Wemple in bringing ammunition and cannon from Ticonderoga to Albany. He performed duties at various times at Schoharie, Cobleskill, Fort Paris, Fort Plain, Fort Plank, Ballston, and in the expeditions to Cherry Valley, Warren's Bush and Caughnawaga. A pensioner under the Act of June 7, 1832.


STALEY, JACOB: His name appears on the rolls of the 2d Albany County Militia.


STALEY, MATTHIAS: Born in New Jersey in 1737. In 1776 he enlisted at Schenectady, where he then lived, under Myndert Wemple and during the year served six months. During the year 1777 he served three months under Captain Thomas Wasson, 2d Albany County Militia, being present at the surrender of General Burgoyne. In 1778 he enlisted for six months in the batteau service on the North River. In 1779 he served at Stone Arabia on draft. His name appears on the rolls of the 2d Albany County Militia, Land Bounty Rights. He lived in Schenectady and Duanesburgh after the Revolution and in 1804 moved to Blenheim, Schoharie County. A pensioner.


STANLEY, JOHN: His name appears on the rolls of the 2d Albany County Militia.


STEELEY, HENRY: Steeley, Henry: His name appears on the rolls of the 2d Albany County Militia.


STEERS, JOHN: Baptized October 15, 1732; died February 12, 1811. His name appears on the rolls of the 2d Albany County Militia and the 2d Albany County Militia, Land Bounty Rights. In 1778 he was enrolled under Captain Jesse Van Slyck.


STEERS, PETER: Baptized January 7, 1739. In 1778 he was enrolled under Captain Jesse Van Slyck, 2d Albany County Militia.


STEVENS, JOHN: Baptized March 31, 1745. On March 1, 1776, he signed an agreement with Philip Schuyler for service at Lake George and Ticonderoga. On April 1, 1777, he was elected fire master at Schenectady, and on September 11 was sent to give information to the Albany Committee regarding the condition of the army at Saratoga. His name appears on the rolls of the 2d Albany County Militia.


STEVENS, NICHOLAS: Born November 14, 1734; died September 19, 1788. On April 12, 1776, it was reported to the Schenectady Committee that he had gone up the North River to trade without a certificate from the Board. On the same day General Schuyler was informed regarding him, as it was suspected that he had or might obtain a pass through a misrepresentation. On August 8, 1778, he was summoned before the Commissioners of Conspiracies to render satisfaction touching his conduct during the war, in accordance with the Act regarding neutral and equivocal characters. He was tendered the Oath of Allegiance and granted time to consider its acceptance. On August 15 he refused to take the Oath and was cited to appear on September 5, ready for removal to the enemy's lines. On August 28 he was authorized to go to Canada, on his promise of thereafter maintaining a strict neutrality. On September 3 his name was transmitted to General Clinton that he might, if he thought proper, detain him for the purpose of an exchange. On September 8 he was ordered removed.


STEVENS, WILLIAM: Baptized September 10, 1732. On February 10, 1776, he was elected a second lieutenant in one of the newly organized Schenectady militia companies. On April 1, 1777, he was elected overseer of highways. His name appears on the rolls of the 2d Albany County Militia, Land Bounty Rights.


STEWART, DANIEL: His name appears on the rolls of the 2d Albany County Militia.


STEWART, DAVID: His name appears on the rolls of the 2d Albany County Militia.


STUART, GEORGE: His name appears on the rolls of the 2d Albany County Militia and the 2d Albany County Militia, Land Bounty Rights.


STUART, JAMES: His name appears on the rolls of the 2d Albany County Militia, Land Bounty Rights.


STUART, JOHN: In October, 1778, he was serving as a sergeant in the 2d Albany County Militia in command of a detail to Cobleskill. In 1781 he was a member of Captain John Crousehorn 's company of artillery, and in July, 1782, was on scout duty at Harpersfield.


STUART, JOHN: "At the commencement of the unhappy contest betwixt Great Britain and her colonies, I acquainted the Society [for the Propagation of the Gospel] of the firm reliance I had on the fidelity and loyalty of my congregation, which has justified my opinion; for the faithful Mohawks, rather than swerve from their allegiance, chose rather to abandon their dwellings and property; and accordingly went in a body to General Burgoyne, and afterwards were obliged to take shelter in Canada. While they remained at Fort Hunter I continued to officiate as usual, performing the public service entire, even after the Declaration of Independence, notwithstanding by so doing I incurred the penalty of high treason by the new laws. As soon as my protectors were fled I was made a prisoner, and ordered to depart the province with my family, within the space of four days or be put into close confinement, and this only upon suspicion that I was a loyal subject of the King of Great Britain. Upon this I was admitted to 'paroles' and confined to the limits of the town of Schenectady [June, 1778], in which situation I have remained for upwards of three years. My house has been frequently broken open by mobs, my property plundered, and, indeed, every kind of indignity offered to my person by the lowest of the populace. At length my farm, and the produce of it, was formally taken from me in May last, as forfeited to the State; and, as the last resource, I proposed to open a Latin school for the support of my family. But this priviledge was denied, on pretence that, as a prisoner of war, I was not entitled to exercise any lucrative occupation in the State. I then applied [March 30, 1781] for permission to remove to Canada, which, after much difficulty and expence, I obtained upon the following conditions: - to give bail in the sum of L400, to send a rebel colonel in my room, or else return to Albany, and surrender myself a prisoner whenever required. In consequence I set out on my journey from Schenectady on the 19th of September last, with my wife and three small children; and, after suffering much fatigue and difficulty, we arrived safe at St. John's in Canada. . . .I cannot omit to mention that my church was plundered by the rebels, and the pulpit-cloth taken away from the pulpit; it was afterwards employed as a tavern, and a barrel of rum placed in the reading-desk. The succeeding year it was used for a stable, and now serves as a fort." Letter of John Stuart, n.d.


SULLIVAN, CHARLES: His name appears on the rolls of the 2d Albany County Militia. His widow's application for pension gives no facts regarding his service and her claim was rejected.


SULLIVAN, JACOB: Died before February 25, 1780. On June 20, 1778, he was commissioned ensign in Captain Thomas Wasson's company, 2d Albany County Militia.


SWART, JACOBUS: Baptized October 19, 1740. His name appears on the rolls of the 2d Albany County Militia.


SWART, JAMES: His name appears on the rolls of the 2d Albany County Militia.


SWART, NICHOLAS: Died March 1, 1825. He lived in Glenville, five miles above Schenectady, near the Fourth Flat. He served as a sergeant under Captain John Van Patten, 2d Albany County Militia.


SWART, TEUNIS: Lived in Glenville near the Fourth Flat about five miles from Schenectady on the north side of the river. His house which stood on the river bank, was of brick, and during the Revolution it was stockaded and used as a fort, having as an armament a small field piece. The house was removed prior to 1873. Swart served as a lieutenant in the company of Captain John Van Patten, 2d Albany County Militia, his commission being dated June 20, 1778. He also served eight months as a lieutenant in the Levies. He was spoken of as having been a brave, active, vigilant and much beloved officer, ready on all occasions to turn out with his men. He served in all the principal expeditions up the Mohawk from 1778 to the end of the war. When the troops under Colonel Willett went in pursuit of Walter Butler he commanded the advance guard and was in the battle when Butler was killed. The claim for pension made by his two sons was rejected on the ground that Swart had died prior to the Act of 1832.


SWEET, CALEB: Born in Schenectady and practiced medicine here after the war. He died in 1823. On November 21, 1776, he was serving as surgeon's mate in the 1st New York Line. From October 13, 1779, until the close of the war he served as a surgeon in the same regiment.


SWITS, ABRAHAM: Born October 31, 1730; died August 17, 1814. On October 5, 1775, he was recommended to the Provincial Congress by the Committee of Safety for the office of first major among the field officers to be assigned to the Schenectady militia. On October 20 a commission was issued in his name. On July 9, 1777, he was under orders to march with the militia to Fort Edward, but on August 10 was ordered detained in town with his troops by the Committee because of a Tory plot. On August 11, assisted by a detachment of Continental troops, he arrested seventeen Tories. From April 7 to 14, 1778, he commanded a detachment of one hundred and twenty-five whites and a few Indians to Beaverdam to apprehend Tories. On June 20 he was reappointed major. In the fall of 1780 he served at Fort Hunter, and in October marched to Ballston after the raid. In November, he performed garrison duty at Fort Paris, and in August, 1781, a like service at the Upper Fort, Schoharie.


SWITS, HENDRICK: Baptized in October, 1762; died September 18, 1825. His name appears on the rolls of the 2d Albany County Militia as serving under Captain John Mynderse.


SWITS, ISAAC: Born in 1721; died in 1790. His name appears on the rolls of the 2d Albany County Militia and the 2d Albany County Militia, Land Bounty Rights.


SWITS, JACOB: His name appears on the rolls of the 2d Albany County Militia.


SWITS, JACOB A.: Born November 3, 1762; died November 21, 1835. He served as a private under Captain John Mynderse and as a corporal under Captain Jellis J. Fonda, 2d Albany County Militia.


SWITS, WALTER: Born in 1754; died October 31, 1823. Buried in Vale Cemetery. On May 1, 1776, he made application to the Committee of Safety to be dismissed from Captain Gerrit S. Veeder's company on a plea that he had not been fairly enlisted. On the testimony of Lieutenant Bates that the enlistment was regular the Committee, however, refused to interfere. On May 6 he complained to the Committee that the officers of the company had refused to "take a sufficient man in his place." In June, 1776, he was serving as a lieutenant in Captain John A. Bradt's company of State Rangers. About February 15, 1777, he was enlisted as a lieutenant in Captain Giles Wolcott's company, Colonel Seth Warner's regiment. He remained in this company until September, 1780, when he resigned and returned to Schenectady. In March, 1782, he commanded a company of forty-six men raised to keep guard at Forts Volunteer and Squash, Schenectady. His widow received a pension.


SWORDS, THOMAS: His name appears on the rolls of the 2d Albany County Militia as serving under Captain Thomas Brower Banker.


TAYLOR, SOLOMON: His name appears on the rolls of the 2d Albany County Militia as serving under Captain John Mynderse.


TAYLOR, WALTER: In 1777 he was on duty with Colonel Wemple's regiment at Bemis Heights, and in the summer of 1778 he performed six weeks' garrison duty at the Middle Fort, Schoharie. In the fall of the same year he performed six weeks' garrison duty at the Lower Fort. On April 27, 1782, he enlisted in the Levies, "for Cornelius Van Santvoord and class," under the Act of March 23, 1782. His widow received a pension.


TELLER, JACOBUS: Baptized March 17, 1738; killed by the Indians at Detroit, September 27, 1784. In 1764 he was an Indian trader in company with John and Henry Glen. From his father he inherited part of the Teller lot on the east corner of Washington Avenue and Union Street. On May 26, 1775, he was appointed a member of the first Committee of Safety in place of Tobias Ten Eyck, who had refused to serve. He served on the second Committee of Safety and on the Boards taking office June 2, 1777, and January 5, 1778. On January 14, 1776, he was appointed, with Harmanus Wendel, to confer with the magistrates with a view of having the watch doubled as on account of the number of strangers in town the Board feared "some roil might happen." On June 2, 1777, he was elected assessor, and on June 7 appointed one of a committee to confer with the inhabitants regarding the election of governor. On June 24, 1779, he was again elected a member of the Committee of Safety. His name appears on the rolls of the 2d Albany County Militia.


TELLER, JOHN, JR.: Born May 18, 1765 ; died March 29, 1790. His name appears on the rolls of the 2d Albany County Militia.


TELLER, WILLIAM: Baptized June 14, 1740. He served as a sergeant in Captain Abraham Oothout's company, 2d Albany County Militia. From August to October, 1781, he was in command at Claas Viele's Fort.


TEN EYCK, HENRY: Born July 27, 1755. He served as a captain in a Connecticut regiment. He took part in many battles and was distinguished for gallant service. On July 15, 1779, he fought in the advance column at the storming of Stony Point under General Wayne and was wounded in the arm by a bayonet thrust. "He became very deaf [Judge Sanders quotes this from the veteran's own lips], owing to the fact that while crawling through a cannon port-hole in the assault the piece was simultaneously fired over his body." A pensioner.


TEN EYCK, JACOB T.: Baptized February 15, 1761. A merchant. His name appears on the rolls of the 2d Albany County Militia and the 2d Albany County Militia, Land Bounty Rights.


TEN EYCK, MYNDERT: Born February 9, 1753; died October 4, 1805. A merchant. On July 11, 1776, he was elected a member of the Committee of Safety. On January 15, 1777, he was again elected a member of the Board. On May 8 he was appointed to purchase and, deliver certain boards to the barkmaster at Fishkill. His name appears on the rolls of the 2d Albany County Militia.


TEN EYCK, TOBIAS: Born August 15, 1717; died February 9, 1785. He moved to Schenectady about 1750. A merchant. He lived on the northeast corner of Governor's Lane and Front Street. On May 6, 1775, he was chosen a member of the first Committee of Safety but refused to serve. His name appears on the rolls of the 2d Albany County Militia, Land Bounty Rights.


TERWILLIGER, ISAAC: His name appears on the rolls of the 2d Albany County Militia.


TERWILLIGER, JACOBUS: His name appears on the rolls of the 2d Albany County Militia.


TERWILLIGER, SOLOMON: Baptized March 26, 1749. On February 28, 1776, he refused to accept a recruiting warrant with rank of ensign from the Provincial Congress. His name appears on the rolls of the 2d Albany County Militia as serving under Captain John Van Patten.


THOMPSON, JOHN: Born in Schenectady, June 21, 1755. On March 15, 1776, he enlisted in the Quartermaster's Department. He served nine months at Albany, Coeymans, Dobbs Ferry, Tarrytown, Dover and other places, performing guard as well as fatigue duty. He served also at Troy in preparing posts for stockades and at Saratoga erecting fortifications. A pensioner.


THOMSON, PETER: His name appears on the rolls of the 2d Albany County Militia.


THORN, SAMUEL: His name appears on the rolls of the 2d Albany County Militia.


THORNTON, JAMES: In 1775 he was enrolled under Captain Thomas Wasson, 2d Albany County Militia. In January, 1776, he took part in the expedition to Johnstown. In 1777 he performed three weeks' service at Fort George and Fort Edward, after which he was ordered to Oriskany. Dorcas Wright, his daughter, stated that her father was in David McMaster's company, 3d Tryon County Militia, and was at the battle of Oriskany. She remembered her father taking a chest containing the papers relating to the farm and some other things of value and concealing them in the woods for safety, but that notwithstanding this they were destroyed, causing him to suffer considerable loss of property. She remembered also that frequently her mother and the children spent the night concealed in the woods for fear of being molested. In the summer of 1780 he was on duty at the Middle Fort, Schoharie, and marched in pursuit of the enemy after the destruction of the Schoharie settlements, later serving at Fort Plain. In October, 1781, he was at the battle of Johnstown. His widow received a pension.


THORNTON, JOHN: Born in Schenectady in 1753 ; died here, March 22, 1819. On June 20, 1778, he was commissioned second lieutenant in Captain Thomas Wasson's company, 2d Albany County Militia. He performed service during the summer at Stone Arabia. On February 25, 1780, he was promoted to the rank of first lieutenant in Captain Wasson's company, and in the fall marched as far as Palatine when Sir John Johnson raided the settlements. On April 27, 1781, he was appointed a lieutenant in the nine-months Levies under Colonel Marinus Willett, and was attached to the company of Captain Stephen White. He served the full term in this company and in 1782 he was appointed a lieutenant in Captain Guy Young's company of Levies under Colonel Willett. He served in this company until the summer of that year, when he was transferred to the company of Captain Peter B. Tearse. In October, 1783, he was detached from this company and assigned to the command of Fort Stanwix. He continued in command there until May 10, 1784, when he was relieved and later discharged from the service. His widow received a pension.


THORNTON, THOMAS: He is mentioned as having served as a private and as a lieutenant in Captain Thomas Wasson's company, 2d Albany County Militia.


TOLL, CHARLES: His name appears on the rolls of the 2d Albany County Militia.


TOLL, DANIEL: Baptized October 27, 1751. On October 20, 1775, he was commissioned ensign in Captain John Van Patten's company, 2d Albany County Militia. He was reappointed June 20, 1778. In January, 1776, he took part in the expedition to Johnstown, and in May, 1778, was at Cobleskill. His name appears also as ensign in the 2d Albany County Militia, Land Bounty Rights.


TOLL, JOHN: Buried September 12, 1804. His name appears on the rolls of the 2d Albany County Militia.


TRUAX, ABRAHAM I.: He is mentioned as having served as an ensign in Captain Thomas Wasson's Company, 2d Albany County Militia.


TRUAX, ABRAHAM J.: Born April 4, 1737. On March 1, 1776, he signed an agreement with Philip Schuyler for service at Lake George and Ticonderoga. He served as an ensign in Captain John Mynderse's company, 2d Albany County Militia. On April 1, 1777, he was elected poundmaster at Schenectady, and on April 24 commanded a squad of forty-five men detailed for duty between Albany and Lake George. It is stated that he served as a lieutenant at the battle of Bemis Heights. On June 20, 1778, he was regularly commissioned ensign, and in the fall of 1780 marched on an alarm to Fort Hunter.


TRUAX, ABRAHAM P.: Baptized April 28, 1753 ; died March 13, 1822. Buried in Vale Cemetery. His name appears on the rolls of the 2d Albany County Militia.


TRUAX, ANDRIES: Baptized April 29, 1739. His name appears on the rolls of the 2d Albany County Militia, Land Bounty Rights.


TRUAX, CALEB: Born November 19, 1747; died in 1808. Buried on the old Van Auken farm in the town of Guilderland. The grave is on the south bank of the Bozen-Kill and about five hundred feet east of the house. His name appears on the rolls of the 2d Albany County Militia.


TRUAX, ISAAC: On April 1, 1777, he was elected a collector, and on May 8, was engaged by the Committee of Safety to "tend the watch for the ensuing year, he having performed this service the past year."


TRUAX, ISAAC I.: Born in Schenectady, July 16, 1756; died December 21, 1854. In March, 1777, he enlisted under Lieutenant-Colonel Christopher Yates and performed duty at Fort Ann and Skenesborough until January, 1778, when he was honorably discharged. In October, 1781, he was drafted under Captain Walter Vrooman and served at the battle of Johnstown. Later in the same year, while serving in the same company he took part in an engagement with the enemy under Sir John Johnson and Joseph Brant. With sixty-three others he was taken prisoner and carried to Canada, where he was confined at Buck's Island. He remained a prisoner during the rest of the war and then returned to Schenectady. A pensioner under the Act of June 7, 1832.


TRUAX, JACOB J.: Born April 4, 1737. On May 8, 1777, he was sent to Albany a prisoner by the Committee of Safety because it was reported that he had said that "he was no Tory but that he was a King's man, that he had been taken prisoner once before by the Committee of Schenectady and that he had a tomahawk ready if they came to take him again." He probably settled in Albany soon after this time.


TRUAX, JOHN: Born August 29, 1749. From March, 1777, to October, 1780, he served in Captain Giles Woleott's company, Colonel Seth Warner's regiment. He was in the retreat from Ticonderoga, the battle of Bennington and at Fort George, where his regiment was "almost entirely cut up and destroyed." Truax was paroled by his officer at Saratoga and permitted to return to Schenectady. During the years 1780 and 1781 he served under Colonel Willett in the Levies, A pensioner.


TRUAX, JOHN P.: Baptized July 27, 1755 ; died August 12, 1817. His name appears on the rolls of the 2d Albany County Militia as serving under Captain John Mynderse.


TRUAX, PETER: Born August 27, 1725; died August 27, 1797. Buried in Vale Cemetery. His name appears on the rolls of the 2d Albany County Militia, Land Bounty Eights.


TRUMBULL, JOHN: His name appears on the rolls of the 2d Albany County Militia.


TUTTLE, EZRA: His name appears on the rolls of the 2d Albany County Militia.


TUTTLE, SOLOMON: His name appears on the rolls of the 2d Albany County Militia. The name of Solomon Tuttle appears on the rolls of the 4th Company, 2d New York Line. He enlisted on May 5, 1778, for nine months and was discharged on February 9, 1779.


TYMS, MICHAEL: Baptized September 18, 1763 ; died August 28, 1804. Buried in Vale Cemetery. His name appears on the rolls of the 2d Albany County Militia.


VAN ANTWERP, ARENT J.: On June 20, 1778, he was appointed ensign in Captain Abraham Van Eps's company, 2d Albany County Militia, but declined to serve.


VAN ANTWERP, GERRIT: Born October 15, 1753; died May 10, 1809. His name appears on the rolls of the 2d Albany County Militia as serving under Captain Jellis J. Fonda.


VAN ANTWERP, JOHN: His name appears on the rolls of the 2d Albany County Militia. On February 8, 1776, as a guard he accompanied a prisoner to the Albany jail.


VAN ANTWERP, PETER: Baptized December 15, 1745. He lived at Princetown. His name appears on the rolls of the 2d Albany County Militia.


VAN ANTWERP, PETER A.: Born December 4, 1755. His name appears on the rolls of the 2d Albany County Militia.


VAN ANTWERP, SIMON J.: Born at Schaghticoke, Albany County, February 2, 1751; died September 11, 1834. He was living in Schenectady when in September, 1775, he enlisted as orderly sergeant under Captain Tacarus Vander Bogart in a company of artificers. He served three months at Ticonderoga. From March 6 to November 20, 1776, he served in Captain Ahasueras Marselis's company of artificers, with the same rank as before, employed in erecting barracks, storehouses and works of defense at Fort Ann and Lake George. He served thereafter until the end of the war, for the most part as orderly sergeant in the company of Captain Thomas Brower Banker, 2d Albany County Militia. In 1777 he served throughout the campaign against Burgoyne. He was at Lake George at the time of the surrender of Ticonderoga. He retreated to Fort Edward, then to Stillwater, where his company was stationed on September 14, when Burgoyne crossed the river. He took part in the battle of September 19, and in the battle of Bemis Heights. In 1778 he was stationed at the Schoharie Forts and at Sacandaga erecting blockhouses. In 1780 he marched with the troops under Colonel "Willett in pursuit of Sir John Johnson and took part in the expedition to Ballston. A pension was allowed him but it was later suspended.


VAN BENTHEUYSEN, MARTIN: On September 5, 1776, he enlisted in Captain John A. Bradt's company of State Rangers. On March 13, 1777, he enlisted for the war and was assigned to the 8th Company, 1st New York Line. He was discharged on November 13, 1778. His name appears on the rolls of the 2d Albany County Militia, Land Bounty Eights,


VAN BENTHUYSEN, PETER: His name appears on the rolls of the 2d Albany County Militia.


VAN DER BOGART, JOSEPH: Born November 21, 1756. He was enrolled under Captain Jellis J. Fonda, 2d Albany County Militia. In 1777 he served in the campaign against Burgoyne. From December 24, 1779, to December 24, 1780, he served as a sergeant under Captain Joseph Peek in the Quartermaster's Department. In October, 1781, he went with a detachment of militia to Fort Herkimer, where they joined the troops under Colonel Willett and marched to Jerseyfield. His widow received a pension.


VAN DER BOGART, NICHOLAS: On December 5, 1776, he enlisted for the war and was assigned to the 8th Company, 1st New York Line. On May 1, 1779, he was promoted to the rank of corporal. He served seven years and three months and received six hundred acres of land as a bounty.


VAN DER BOGART, TACARUS: Baptized March 23, 1717; died in 1799. He lived on the north side of Front Street opposite Church Street. In September, 1775, he commanded a company of artificers at Ticonderoga. On March 1, 1776, he signed an agreement with Philip Schuyler for service at Lake George and Ticonderoga.


VAN DERHEYDEN, DANIEL: Born February 22, 1760. His name appears on the rolls of the 2d Albany County Militia.


VAN DERHEYDEN, DAVID: Baptized in Albany, February 26, 1758; died July 9, 1840. Buried in Vale Cemetery. A cooper by trade. He moved with his family to Schenectady about 1780, His village lot was on the north corner of Union and College Streets. In the spring of 1776, while living in Albany, he enlisted for six months under Captain Henry Marselis, 1st New York Line. He served at Skenesborough, Fort George and Fort Ann. In March, 1777, he enlisted and served for nine months in Captain Teunis Fisher's company of state troops under Lieutenant-Colonel Christopher C. Yates. He was on duty at Fort Ticonderoga on its evacuation and served during General Schuyler's retreat and until the surrender of General Burgoyne. In 1778 he served for nine months in the state troops under Captain William Peters, employed in the transportation of military stores and in regular duty on the Mohawk River from Schenectady to Fort Stanwix. In 1779 he served four months in a company of artificers at Saratoga and later marched with the troops of General Clinton's division against the Indians. He helped build the dam across the outlet of Otsego Lake necessary to transfer the boats to the Susquehanna River. He remained at Tioga Point and there helped to take care of the sick soldiers who were left behind as the army proceeded into the Indian country. On his removal to Schenectady he was enrolled under Captain Thomas Brower Banker, 2d Albany County Militia, and with his company marched to Ballston in pursuit of the enemy after the raid. In 1781 he enlisted and served four months in the Levies under Colonel Willett. A pensioner under the Act of June 7, 1832.


VAN DER VOLGEN, CORNELIUS: Born July 25, 1731; died January 18, 1786. Buried in Vale Cemetery. On May 7, 1776, he was elected a member of the third Committee of Safety. His name appears on the rolls of the 2d Albany County Militia,


VAN DER VOLGEN, NICHOLAS: Born in August, 1722; died May 21, 1797. Buried in Vale Cemetery. A merchant living on State Street. On July 2, 1779, he was appointed one of a committee of four to sell salt to the people of the district.


VAN DER VOLGEN, PETER: Born June 10, 1733. He lived in Princetown. His name appears on the rolls of the 2d Albany County Militia.


VAN DER WERKEN, MARTIN: On December 5, 1776, he enlisted in Captain John A. Bradt's company of State Rangers. On March 20, 1777, he enlisted for three years in the 8th Company, 3d New York Line. He was discharged on March 20, 1780.


VAN DRIESEN, HENRY: A member of the third and fourth Committees of Safety.


VAN DRIESEN, JOHN: Baptized March 11, 1744. On February 10, 1776, he was appointed by the Committee of Safety adjutant of the 2d Albany County Militia, and on March 5 Henry Glen was instructed to apply to Congress for his commission. He was reappointed on June 20, 1778. In the fall of 1780 he was serving at Fort Hunter.


VAN DRIESEN, PETER: Born in Schenectady, May 4, 1763. He was residing at Palatine when he entered the service. In April, 1777, he volunteered for one year under Captain Christian House, 2d Tryon County Militia. He served seven months and then, because of his father's illness, procured a substitute who served three months in his stead, after which time he returned and completed his term of service. At the expiration of his term he re-enlisted and served to the end of the war, with the exception of three months when Dennis Holembolt acted as a substitute for him. A pensioner.


VAN DYCK, CORNELIUS: Born October 8, 1740; died June 9, 1792. Buried in Vale Cemetery. On May 27, 1775, he was appointed captain of militia by the Committee of Safety. On May 29 he was given orders for recruiting a company for the defense of Fort Ticonderoga, and on June 29 was commissioned captain by the Provincial Congress and assigned to the 2d New York Line. He served with distinction under General Montgomery and during the remainder of the Canadian campaign as a military aide-de-camp. On May 7, 1776, he was elected a member of the third Committee of Safety. On November 21 he was commissioned a lieutenant-colonel and assigned to the 1st New York Line. During this year he was at one time acting as commandant at Fort George. On August 21, 1777, he was a member of a council of war held at German Flats under the presidency of Major Arnold. He was at the battle of Monmouth (June 28, 1778), and on December 23 was in command of Fort Schuyler. He was in command of Fort Schuyler on October 25 of the following year and on April 17, 1780. He served to the end of the war, and on September 30, 1783, was appointed colonel of the 1st New York Line.


VAN DYCK, CORNELIUS H.: Baptized February 27, 1763; died August 31, 1832. In 1777 he was enrolled under Captain Abraham Oothout, 2d Albany County Militia. During the fall and winter he performed three months' service at Saratoga, and is believed to have served throughout the campaign against Burgoyne. During the year 1778 he was twice on duty at Schoharie, and in the fall served one month at Stone Arabia. He performed considerable service from 1779 to 1781 under various officers. A pensioner under the Act of June 7, 1832.


VAN DYCK, CORNELIUS N.: His name appears on the rolls of the 2d Albany County Militia.


VAN DYCK, HENRY: Baptized August 29, 1731. His name appears on the rolls of the 2d Albany County Militia and the 2d Albany County Militia, Land Bounty Rights.


VAN DYCK, HENRY H.: His name appears on the rolls of the 2d Albany County Militia.


VAN DYCK, HENRY I.: His name appears on the rolls of the 2d Albany County Militia.


VAN EPS, ABRAHAM: Born October 15, 1738. He had a farm at the Aalplaats. On February 10, 1776, he was elected ensign of one of the newly organized Schenectady militia companies. During the summer of 1777 he served in the campaign against Burgoyne as captain of militia. He probably also served previous to this time as a captain, although the first recorded commission is that granted by the Council of Appointment June 20, 1778. He was in command of various details for the apprehension of Tories and for guard duty, his ''beat" being the Aalplaats, a particularly exposed district. In the fall of 1780 he marched to Caughnawaga when the Mohawk settlements were destroyed.


VAN EPS, ALEXANDER: Born in Schenectady, February 28, 1762. He lived in Charlton. In February, 1778, he went out on scout duty twice in search of Joseph Bettis. In March, 1779, he enlisted under Lieutenant-Colonel Christopher C. Yates and for nine months performed fatigue duty at Schuyler's Mills, building boats, erecting barracks, etc. He was honorably discharged in December. In 1780 he was drafted into Captain John Mynderse's company, 2d Albany County Militia, for service at Schoharie, and in 1781 twice drafted into Captain Abraham Van Eps's company, the first time for service at Stone Arabia and the second for service at Tribes Hill. A pensioner under the Act of June 7, 1832.


VAN EPS, GERRIT: Born in Schenectady, January 30, 1764; died in Glenville, May 19, 1844. In 1780 he was drafted, assigned to the company under Captain Abraham Van Eps, 2d Albany County Militia, and detailed for garrison duty at Stone Arabia. In 1781 he was again drafted into the same company and served at Fort Plank for a period of about three months. On one occasion he served on a scouting expedition to Clifton Park and Ballston in pursuit of the famous Tory, Joseph Bettis. He was frequently out on emergency duty.


VAN EPS, JAMES: In March, 1777, he enlisted for nine months in Captain Abraham Van Eps's company, 2d Albany County Militia. He served at Stillwater. He "was also in Captain Daniel Toll's company and went from his residence, about five miles from Schenectady to Caughnawaga and served one month when Caughnawaga was burnt." His widow's application for pension was rejected.


VAN EPS, JOHN: Born in Glenville, December 27, 1764; died August 29, 1847. Buried in West Glenville. Family tradition says that he took part in the battle of Oriskany and was one of those who helped carry General Herkimer under the tree after he was wounded. In the fall of 1779 he entered service as a substitute for his father and was enrolled under Captain John Van Patten, 2d Albany County Militia. His first expedition was to Fort Paris soon after he enlisted. In August, 1780, he was on duty when Brant laid waste the country around Canajoharie, and in October of the same year he marched with the troops under General Van Rensselaer in pursuit of Sir John Johnson after the destruction of the Mohawk settlements. In October, 1781, he went with the troops under Colonel Willett in pursuit of Major Ross and Butler. He fought at the battle of Johnstown and went with the Indians who pursued Walter Butler to the West Canada Creek. He took part in numerous expeditions and performed garrison duties on various occasions at many of the forts throughout the Valley.


VAN EPS, JOHN BAPTIST: Baptized April 29, 1739; buried July 13, 1805. Buried in Vale Cemetery. He lived in Glenville. On January 14, 1776, the Committee of Safety was informed that last summer he had supplied Sir John Johnson with a quantity of powder. On May 13 he complained to the Board regarding the wrongful enlistment of an apprentice boy who was under him. On April 19, 1777, he was granted a tavern license by the Committee, and on July 9 he furnished a wagon for use in the service. His name appears on the rolls of the 2d Albany County Militia.


VAN EPS, JOHN J.: Born in Schenectady, October 24, 1751. In 1775, he was enrolled in Captain John Mynderse's company, 2d Albany County Militia, and served in it until 1777, when he was attached to the company under Captain Abraham Oothout. In 1775 he performed six months' service at Lake George in a company of artificers under Captain Jacob Vrooman, and in this company served eight months at Skenesborough in 1776 and eight months at Coeymans in 1778. In 1776 he took part in the expedition to Johnstown. In 1777 he was ordered to Fort Edward and served with the Northern Army until after the surrender of Burgoyne. He was one of the detachment that brought Burgoyne a prisoner to Albany. During the summer of 1778 he performed garrison and field duty at Fort Plank and Fort Plain when Brant laid waste the Canajoharie district. In 1779 he was on garrison duty at the Middle Fort, Schoharie, and in the fall of 1780 was under arms at the time of the Ballston raid. He performed various garrison duties especially at Schenectady.


VAN ESS, GERRIT: On April 19, 1777, he was granted a tavern license by the Committee of Safety. His name appears on the rolls of the 2d Albany County Militia.


VAN ETTEN, BENJAMIN: Born in 1757; died April 22, 1823. On March 17, 1776, he enlisted for nine months under Captain Gerrit S. Veeder, Colonel Cornelius D. Wynkoop's regiment. He served until February 15, 1777, when he was discharged. He was afterwards drafted and was present at the surrender of General Burgoyne. A pensioner under the Act of March 18, 1818.


VAN GUYSLING, CORNELIUS: Baptized November 13, 1726. His name appears on the rolls of the 2d Albany County Militia.


VAN GUYSLING, ELIAS: Died September 5, 1802. On April 1, 1777, he was elected overseer of highways. His name appears on the rolls of the 2d Albany County Militia, Land Bounty Rights.


VAN GUYSLING, JACOB: Born January 18, 1736; died November 19, 1803. His name appears on the rolls of the 2d Albany County Militia and the 2d Albany County Militia, Land Bounty Rights.


VAN GUYSLING, PETER: Born in 1744; died November 20, 1824. He lived on the north side of Front Street, his house being removed at the laying out of Governor's Lane, part of the lot on which it stood being used for the street. His name appears on the rolls of the 2d Albany County Militia and the 2d Albany County Militia, Land Bounty Rights.


VAN INGEN, DIRK: Born September 19, 1738; died February 27, 1814. Buried in Vale Cemetery. He lived on Church Street in the second house north of the Dutch Church. On November 7, 1775, he was elected a member of the second Committee of Safety, being appointed chairman on December 29. He was clerk of the Committee, taking office June 2, 1777, and served on several subsequent Committees. From May 9, 1777, to January 18, 1780 (when he was reduced as a supernumerary), he served in the general hospitals of the Northern Department, eight months as junior and the remainder of the time as senior surgeon. From May to June, 1778, he was at the Schoharie Forts, where he took charge of the wounded after the battle of Cobleskill. On June 24, 1779, he was again elected a member of the Committee of Safety and on July 2 was appointed clerk of the Board. During the fall of 1780 he was in charge of the hospital at Schenectady, where he dressed the wounds of Colonel Brown's soldiers who were brought down after the battle of Klock's Field.


VAN INGEN, JOHN: His name appears on the rolls of the 2d Albany County Militia.


VAN INGEN, JOHN VISSCHER: Born November 11, 1764; died August 30, 1839. His name appears on the rolls of the 2d Albany County Militia. In the fall of 1782 he served on scout duty at Jessup's Patent with a detail of Oneida Indians to apprehend Tories and deserters from the American cause.


VAN INGEN, JOSEPH: Baptized October 3, 1762. He was living in Schenectady when he entered service. From November, 1778, to May 1, 1779, he acted as surgeon's mate under his father, Dirk Van Ingen, at Schenectady, with the rank of first lieutenant; from June to November, 1779, he acted as clerk and surgeon's mate under Doctor Stephen McCrea, physician and surgeon-general of the Flying Hospital, Continental Army; from November, 1779, to May, 1780, he acted as clerk and surgeon's mate under his father; from May to June, 1780, as clerk in the Quartermaster's Department of General Clinton's brigade; from June to August 1, 1780, as clerk to the Commissary General; from August 1, 1780, to May 1, 1781, as conductor of ordnance and military stores under appointment from General Clinton, with rank and pay of first lieutenant; from May 1 to September 1, 1781, as first lieutenant in Captain Hale's company, Colonel Willett's Levies. He served in Sullivan's campaign against the Indians and was in the battle of Newtown. He often performed duty as a surgeon at the hospital in Schenectady, and while conductor of ordnance had charge of a United States gunsmith's or armorer's shop located on Ferry Street. Here several gunsmiths were employed for about a year in repairing arms. Van Ingen is remembered at this time as wearing "a kind of mixed coat and a cocked hat with a cockade thereon." He is spoken of as having been "actively and zealously engaged throughout the war." A pensioner.


VAN PATTEN, AARON N.: Baptized July 1, 1744. On October, 1775, he was recommended to the Provincial Congress by the Committee of Safety to fill the office of adjutant among the field officers to be assigned to the 2d Albany County Militia. On October 20 a commission was issued in his name, but on January 13, 1776, he refused to accept it. On January 15, 1777, he was a member of the Committee of Safety. His name appears on the rolls of the 2d Albany County Militia.


VAN PATTEN, ADAM: Born in Glenville, November 17, 1757. He lived there during the war and afterwards moved to Rotterdam. Early in 1776 he enrolled under Captain John Van Patten, 2d Albany County Militia, serving as a drummer. In the fall of the same year he performed garrison duty at Fort Edward and Fort Ann, and in the summer of 1777 he was at Fort Edward. He served two months during Schuyler 's retreat, after which he was taken sick and permitted to return home. In 1778 he performed garrison duty at the Schoharie Forts, and later went on several tours in pursuit of Tories. A pensioner under the Act of June 7, 1832.


VAN PATTEN, ANDREW: Baptized March 5, 1754. On May 27, 1775, he was appointed first lieutenant in Captain Jellis J. Fonda's company, 2d Albany County Militia, and on October 20 he was commissioned by the Provincial Congress, being reappointed on June 20, 1778.


VAN PATTEN, DIRK: Baptized January 3, 1724-5. His name appears on the rolls of the 2d Albany County Militia, Land Bounty Rights.


VAN PATTEN, FREDERICK: Born in Glenville, November 11, 1760. He lived there during and after the war. In November, 1776, he was enrolled as orderly sergeant under Captain John Van Patten, 2d Albany County Militia. In March, 1777, he enlisted for ten months in a company of batteaumen under Captain Myndert R. Wemple. He performed service cutting wood for the garrison at Schenectady and in transporting provisions and ammunition from Schenectady to Fort Stanwix. In June, 1778, after the destruction of Cobleskill, he assisted in burying the dead and in pursuit of the enemy. In 1780 he served two months on guard duty at Saratoga after the burning of Caughnawaga. In October, 1781, he marched to Johnstown, but was there taken sick and sent home. A pensioner under the Act of June 7, 1832.


VAN PATTEN, FREDERICK D.: Baptized February 15, 1761; died September 3, 1832. Cornelius Z. Van Santvoord stated that while he was serving as an ensign in Captain Abraham Oothout's company, 2d Albany County Militia, Van Patten "told him that he was about sixteen and prayed to be enrolled in said company, which request [was] complied with by advice and consent of his superior officers. When warned he [Van Patten] was always at his post and conducted himself with zeal and fidelity." Van Santvoord further stated that he "was with him at Saratoga, Fort Edward, Fort Plain, Fort Plank, Ballston, Schoharie and Cobleskill, said Frederick ever evincing the utmost readiness to serve his country and to risk his life on perilous occasions for her benefit," His widow received a pension.


VAN PATTEN, FREDERICK S.: His name appears on the rolls of the 2d Albany County Militia.


VAN PATTEN, HENRY: Baptized April 2, 1753. He served as a private and as a sergeant under Captain John Van Patten, 2d Albany County Militia.


VAN PATTEN, JOHN: Born September 29, 1739; died January 10, 1809. Buried in a private cemetery on the old Teunis Swart farm about one and a half miles west from the village of West Charlton. On May 27, 1775, he was elected captain of the 3d Company of Schenectady militia, and on October 20 a commission was issued in his name by the Provincial Congress. In January, 1776, he took part in the expedition to Johnstown. On January 14, he was ordered to place guards at William De Graff's, Teunis Swart 's and Lewis Peek's ''to prevent any unfriendly-persons or letters from passing upwards." On March 1 he signed an agreement with Philip Schuyler for service at Lake George and Ticonderoga. On April 1, 1777, he was elected overseer of highways at Schenectady. He served throughout the campaign against General Burgoyne, was mentioned for bravery by General Gates at the battle of Saratoga and was assigned to carry the news of the British surrender to Albany. (Family tradition.) On June 20, 1778, he was appointed "captain of the company of the Beat wherein he resided" (the Westina). Captain Van Patten's company performed guard and patrol duty throughout his "beat" during the whole of the war, this being an especially exposed position. In November, 1778, he was in command of a detail on garrison duty at Switzerbergh near Caughnawaga. In the fall of 1779 he was at Fort Paris, and in October, 1780, in command of a detachment in pursuit of Sir John Johnson. Van Patten resigned from the service towards the close of the war.


VAN PATTEN, NICHOLAS: On August 11, 1777, he was arrested by a detail of militia and Continental troops with sixteen Tories found in his house and barn with their arms and accoutrements. He was sent to the Albany jail. On August 13 the Albany Committee refused his release.


VAN PATTEN, NICHOLAS A.: He served as a corporal and as a sergeant in the 2d Albany County Militia.


VAN PATTEN, NICHOLAS H.: His name appears on the rolls of the 2d Albany County Militia.


VAN PATTEN, NICHOLAS R.: His name appears on the rolls of the 2d Albany County Militia.


VAN PATTEN, NICHOLAS S.: Baptized October 21, 1750; died in Glenville, July 15, 1829. His name appears on the rolls of the 2d Albany Comity Militia as serving under Captain John Van Patten.


VAN PATTEN, PETER: Baptized May 5, 1751. His name appears on the rolls of the 2d Albany County Militia, Land Bounty Rights.


VAN PATTEN, PHILIP: Born February 12, 1743; died September 15, 1812. His name appears on the rolls of the 2d Albany County Militia.


VAN PATTEN, SIMON F.: Baptized January 6, 1751. On October 20, 1775, he was commissioned second lieutenant in Captain John Van Patten's company, 2d Albany County Militia. His name does not appear on the roster of regimental officers June 20, 1778 (Archives, State of New York), although John De Graff states (Pension Office Records R 10947) that in November, 1778, he served under him at a place called Switzerburgh near Caughnawaga, at which time he was acting as a second lieutenant in Captain Van Patten's company. John Van Eps also states (Pension Office Records W 27862) that Van Patten occupied such a position in the fall of 1779.


VAN SANTVOORD, CORNELIUS Z.: Born in Schenectady, May 29, 1757; died March 12, 1845. He lived in Schenectady all his life. In 1776 he was an ensign in Captain Abraham Oothout's company, 2d Albany County Militia. In June, 1776, he went to German Flats with General Schuyler when he went to effect the Indian treaty. The same year he marched to Fort Ann, Fort Edward and Skenesborough. He was with the Northern Army during Schuyler's retreat and at the battle of Bemis Heights. On June 20, 1778, he was commissioned ensign by Governor Clinton. He performed service at Sacandaga under General Clinton, twice at Fort Hunter, at Caughnawaga, Johnstown, Canajoharie, Fort Plain, Fort Plank, the Schoharie Forts, Cobleskill, Ballston and Stone Arabia. The details of these duties are not available but they were undoubtedly performed in connection with the raids made at the various points enumerated. A pensioner under the Act of June 7, 1832.


VAN SANTVOORD, ZEGER: Born October 12, 1733; died April 18, 1813. His name appears on the rolls of the 2d Albany County Militia, Land Bounty Rights.


VAN SCHAICK, GERRIT: On March 1, 1776, he signed an agreement with Philip Schuyler for service at Lake George and Ticonderoga. His name appears on the rolls of the 2d Albany County Militia. In 1778 he was enrolled under Captain Jesse Van Slyck.


VAN SICE, ABRAHAM: Born November 27, 1763. In June, 1779, he enlisted under Captain Thomas Brower Banker, 2d Albany County Militia, for duty at Caughnawaga, and in August of the same year, he went to Fort Plank as a volunteer also under Captain Banker. He served at various times thereafter at Fort Plank, Beaverdam, Ballston, Schoharie, Stone Arabia, Canajoharie and on several scouting expeditions with the Oneidas, being assigned to the detachments at the special request of the Indians. In 1781 he was a member of Captain John Crousehorn's company of artillery.


VAN SICE, CORNELIUS: Born March 29, 1737. On March 1, 1776, he signed an agreement with Philip Schuyler for service at Lake George and Ticonderoga. His name appears on the rolls of the 2d Albany County Militia. In 1778 he was enrolled under Captain Jesse Van Slyck.


VAN SICE, GYSBERT: Baptized October 17, 1762. His name appears on the rolls of the 2d Albany County Militia and the 2d Albany County Militia, Land Bounty Rights. From May 1, 1779, to January 1, 1780, he served in the 3d Company, 4th New York Line.


VAN SICE, ISAAC: His name appears on the rolls of the 2d Albany County Militia.


VAN SICE, JACOBUS: Born August 19, 1733. On March 1, 1776, he signed an agreement with Philip Schuyler for service at Lake George and Ticonderoga. On December 6, 1777, he was reported as having "suffered greatly" in a late fire. His name appears on the rolls of the 2d Albany County Militia.


VAN SICE, JOHN: Born January 16, 1726. His name appears on the rolls of the 2d Albany County Militia.


VAN SICE, JOSEPH: Baptized June 29, 1755. His name appears on the rolls of the 2d Albany County Militia. In 1778 he was enrolled under Captain Jesse Van Slyck.


VAN SLYCK, ADRIAN: Baptized June 23, 1751. He served as a corporal and sergeant under Captain Jellis J. Fonda, 2d Albany County Militia, and as a sergeant under Captain John Mynderse. In 1778 he was enrolled under Captain Jesse Van Slyck.


VAN SLYCK, ANDREW: His name appears on the rolls of the 2d Albany County Militia.


VAN SLYCK, ANTHONY: Baptized April 29, 1733. His name appears on the rolls of the 2d Albany County Militia.


VAN SLYCK, ARENT: His name appears on the rolls of the 2d Albany County Militia.


VAN SLYCK, CORNELIUS A.: Born June 3, 1744; died January 27, 1799. On July 28, 1778, he was appointed second lieutenant in a company of Exempts formed in Schenectady under Captain Jacob Schermerhorn.


VAN SLYCK, CORNELIUS P.: Baptized December 1, 1736. On May 27, 1775, he was elected first lieutenant in Captain John Van Patten's company, 2d Albany County Militia. On May 29 he was appointed ensign in a company in the Continental Service under Captain Cornelius Van Dyck, for duty at Ticonderoga. On June 23 he was promoted to the rank of lieutenant and in this capacity served in the Canadian campaign, his company taking part in the siege of St. John's and forming part of the detachment that reduced Chamblee. On March 1, 1776, he signed an agreement with Philip Schuyler for service at Lake George and Ticonderoga, and on April 24, 1777, was in command of a detail of forty-five men for duty between Albany and Lake George. On May 7 he was elected a member of the third Committee of Safety.


VAN SLYCK, HARMANUS: His name appears on the rolls of the 2d Albany County Militia. On February 8, 1776, he was detailed as a guard over a prisoner under commitment to the Albany jail.


VAN SLYCK, HARMANUS A.: Baptized June 3, 1750. His name appears on the rolls of the 2d Albany County Militia, Land Bounty Rights.


VAN SLYCK, JESSE: Born June 29, 1744; died in September, 1815. On February 10, 1776, he was appointed first lieutenant in Captain Ahasueras Marselis's company, 2d Albany County Militia. He probably was appointed captain soon after. In April, 1777, he was in command of a detail which marched to Saratoga, where they joined four hundred of the Vermont militia under Colonel Seth Warner and proceeded to Jessup's Patent, where "one Morrell," sent by the British, was actively engaged in enlisting troops and erecting fortifications. He commanded a company throughout the campaign against General Burgoyne, and in April, 1778, commanded part of his company which joined a detachment of one hundred and twenty-five whites and a few Indians under Major Abraham Swits for service in apprehending Tories at Beaverdam. In June he commanded a scout of fifteen whites and seven Indians to Cobleskill. On June 20 he was regularly commissioned captain, and in July was at Fort Plain on garrison duty. In March, 1780, he commanded a detail of thirty men to Stone Arabia, and in April went on scout duty to Glens Falls with fifteen whites and five Indians. From July to August he was stationed with a company of eighty men at the Middle Fort, Schoharie, and marched in command of a company against Joseph Brant after the destruction of Canajoharie. In October he was on garrison duty at Fort Plank. He did not go with the troops under General Van Rensselaer against Sir John Johnson but remained at Fort Plain. In July, 1781, he was with a detail of thirty men from Schenectady on garrison duty at Fort Hunter, and in October commanded a company in pursuit of Major Ross and Butler after the burning of Warren's Bush, on which occasion his detachment captured twenty-seven prisoners. In October and November, 1782, he was on garrison duty at Fort Herkimer.


VAN SLYCK, MARTIN: Baptized October 20, 1748. On March 1, 1776, he signed an agreement with Philip Schuyler for service at Lake George and Ticonderoga. His name appears on the rolls of the 2d Albany County Militia and the 2d Albany County Militia, Land Bounty Rights. In 1778 he was enrolled under Captain Jesse Van Slyck.


VAN SLYCK, PETER: His name appears on the rolls of the 2d Albany County Militia.


VAN SLYCK, SAMUEL: Baptized March 17, 1738. His name appears on the rolls of the 2d Albany County Militia, Land Bounty Rights.


VAN VLECK, BENJAMIN: Born in Schenectady, January 10, 1756; living in 1837. A carpenter and wagoner by trade. On March 1, 1776, he enlisted as an artificer under Captain Jacob Vrooman and served at Fort George until December. On March 1, 1777, he again enlisted as an artificer under Jacob Van Deusen of Albany. He was stationed at Fort Miller, Fort Edward, Fort George and Ticonderoga, building boats in each of these places. He left Ticonderoga when the fortress was evacuated by General St. Clair and proceeded to within a few miles of Albany, returning later to Saratoga. He was present at the surrender of General Burgoyne. On March 1, 1778, he again enlisted as an artificer under Captain Jacob Vrooman, and served in building barracks and batteaux at Saratoga and in rebuilding General Schuyler's mills and house. His claim for pension was rejected.


VAN VORST, ABRAHAM: Baptized April 3, 1743; died about 1833. He lived near Burnt Hills. His name appears on the rolls of the 2d Albany County Militia, Land Bounty Eights.


VAN VORST, AHASUERAS: Baptized August 24, 1735. His name appears on the rolls of the 2d Albany County Militia, Land Bounty Rights.


VAN VORST, JAMES: He first entered the service under Captain Van Sice, and from the spring of 1777 to the winter of 1780 he served as baggage master under appointment from Henry Glen, being stationed at Schenectady, where he assisted in the transportation of supplies. His widow's claim for pension was rejected.


VAN VORST, JAMES J.: Born in 1763. In 1778 he was enrolled in Captain Jesse Van Slyck's company, 2d Albany County Militia. In the spring of 1779 he enlisted in Captain Silas Grey's company, 4th New York Line, and continued in this company until 1781, when he was detailed under Colonel Henry Glen for service in the Quartermaster's Department for duty as a hostler at the Continental stables in Schenectady. A pensioner under the Act of May 15, 1828.


VAN VORST, JELLIS: Born October 14, 1747; died August 9, 1823. In 1775 he enlisted under Captain Cornelius Van Dyck and served eleven months. He was at Quebec. In August, 1777, he enlisted in Captain Giles Wolcott's company, Colonel Seth Warner's regiment, and served until October, 1780, when he was taken prisoner by the enemy at Fort George. He was taken to Canada and remained there until 1782, when he managed to escape and returned to find his regiment disbanded. His name appears on the rolls of the 2d Albany County Militia. He received bounty lands from the State. A pensioner under the Act of March 18, 1818.


VAN VORST, JOHN B.: On August 15, 1778, it was certified by several of the more prominent inhabitants that he had kept a ferry for some time past across the Mohawk River at his house about a mile below the town, that a ferry was necessary there and that said Van Vorst was the proper person to keep it.


VAN VORST, JOHN JACOB: Born in Schenectady, January 19, 1741; died in Glenville, May 23, 1844. In the winter of 1775, with a detachment under Captain Jesse Van Slyck, he joined the troops destined to attack Quebec. He performed three weeks' service, probably with the force that went as far as Skenesborough and returned. In 1776, at Fort Edward, he was drafted from the ranks by the quartermaster general to serve as wagon master. He received no regular appointment as such until September, 1777, when a commission was issued in his name under which he served to the close of the war. In addition to his own personal services "at his own individual cost of L28 in specie in March, 1778, [he] furnished a recruit named John Able to enlist and serve as private in the army during the War." Van Vorst served in the campaign against Burgoyne at Fort Edward, Snookkill and Bemis Heights. The greater part of his service was, however, performed as barrack master at Schenectady, where, under Henry Glen, he superintended the transportation of ammunition, baggage and provisions to the different posts. He "was frequently employed on important and confidential occasions as an Express rider," and is spoken of as having been "a faithful and highly useful friend to his Country."


VAN VORST, PETER: Baptized February 14, 1739. His name appears on the rolls of the 2d Albany County Militia.


VAN VORST, PHILIP D.: Baptized December 22, 1745; died April 3, 1830. On June 20, 1778, he was commissioned second lieutenant in Captain Abraham Van Eps's company, 2d Albany County Militia. His name appears on the rolls of the 2d Albany County Militia, Land Bounty Rights.


VAN VRANKEN, DERICK: His name appears on the rolls of the 2d Albany County Militia. A pensioner under the Act of June 7, 1832.


VAN VRANKEN, GERRIT: Born in Niskayuna, March 10, 1757. From June to December, 1776, he was enrolled under Captain Nicholas Van de Kar, 12th Albany County Militia, From June to October 4, 1777, he served as a volunteer under Captain Nanning Visscher of the same regiment. He went to Fort Edward, Saratoga, Stillwater and then to Niskayuna, where he remained until after Burgoyne's surrender. In June, 1778, he volunteered for service at Cherry Valley under Captain Collins, and in July went to Fort Plain under Captain John Vanderburgh. During the year 1779 he moved to Schenectady and resided here for one year. He was enrolled under Captain Jellis J. Fonda, 2d Albany County Militia, and in September went as a volunteer to Stone Arabia. His claim for pension was rejected.


VAN VRANKEN, MAUS: Born in Schenectady, May 23, 1756; died July 1, 1833. He resided in Schenectady until 1830. He entered service some time in 1776 under Captain Jellis J. Fonda, 2d Albany County Militia, and served throughout the war whenever called upon. He served about nine months in each of the years 1776 and 1777, mostly with the Northern Army. He was at Stillwater, but not in the battle, being out on scout duty. He served at Skenesborough. Fort Ann, Fort George and was present at Burgoyne's surrender. He volunteered to go to Bennington but was recalled after having started because some of the officers claimed they had no right to take their troops outside the State. In 1778 he served about six months, principally at Fort Hunter, Fort Plain and Caughnawaga. On the call to Fort Hunter, Van Vranken and six others took with them a "six pounder." he volunteered to march to Fort Plain to cheek the raid of Butler and on this occasion also took the cannon, his detachment firing it as they approached the fort to alarm the enemy. They pursued the enemy for three days. He served about four months each year in each of the four succeeding years. This service was mostly in and about Schenectady, Ballston, Schoharie and Caughnawaga. A pensioner.


VAN VRANKEN, NICHOLAS: His name appears on the rolls of the 2d Albany County Militia.


VAN VRANKEN, NICHOLAS N.: His name appears on the rolls of the 2d Albany Comity Militia.


VAN VRANKEN, RICHARD: Born in Schenectady, August 15, 1763. In 1779 he volunteered under Captain Thomas Brower Banker, 2d Albany County Militia, and in August was on duty for three weeks on a tour to Herkimer and again in the fall for two weeks to Fort Plank. In the summer of 1780 he was on garrison duty at Fort Plank, and in October of the same year he volunteered to march to Fort Hunter with a party of twenty or thirty others from Schenectady. They did not, however, arrive at the fort until after the battle of Johnstown and while the troops were in pursuit of the enemy. In 1781 he was on various tours to Fort Hunter, Stone Arabia and Fort Plank. On one occasion he served as a sergeant. A pensioner.


VAN VRANKEN, RYCKERT: Buried September 12, 1805. On March 1, 1776, he signed an agreement with Philip Schuyler for service at Lake George and Ticonderoga, His name appears on the rolls of the 2d Albany County Militia. In 1779 he was in command of the guard at Schenectady.


VEDDER, ALBERT A.: His name appears on the rolls of the 2d Albany County Militia.


VEDDER, ALBERT H.: Born in Schenectady; baptized March 17, 1737; died in Amsterdam, June 21, 1800. "A man of note and a recognized patriot. He was captured by the Indians and Tories in a raid through the Valley but during the retreat to Canada escaped and returned home."


VEDDER, ALBERT L.: Born in the Schenectady Township, October 28, 1759. In October, 1775, he was enrolled under Captain Abraham Oothout, 2d Albany County Militia. In the spring of 1776 he enlisted for four months in a company of artificers under Jacob Vrooman and was employed in building boats, storehouses, etc., at Ticonderoga, Lake George, Skenesborough and Saratoga. In the spring of 1777 he again enrolled under Captain Oothout, and in the summer of the same year served under Captain John Mynderse with the Northern Army during Schuyler's retreat and until the surrender of Burgoyne. In the fall of 1778 he served two months on draft at Fort Paris, and in the summer of 1779 was at Fort Plain. When Canajoharie was burned he was ordered to Fort Plank. In the spring of 1780 he was ordered to Fort Hunter when Caughnawaga was destroyed. He performed various guard and garrison duties. A pensioner.


VEDDER, ALEXANDER: Born in Albany, February 20, 1709; died in October, 1780. A member of the Committees of Safety taking office June 2, 1777, and January 5, 1778. The election of members to the Board taking office January 5, 1778, was held at his house, where were also held many of the Committee meetings. His name appears on the rolls of the 2d Albany County Militia.


VEDDER, ARENT A.: His name appears on the rolls of the 2d Albany County Militia.


VEDDER, ARENT S.: Born August 14, 1735. He lived in Niskayuna. On February 10, 1776, he was elected second lieutenant in Captain Thomas Brower Banker's company, 2d Albany County Militia. On March 1, 1776, he signed an agreement with Philip Schuyler for service at Lake George and Ticonderoga. On June 20, 1778, he was regularly commissioned second lieutenant in Captain Banker's company. In September or October, he served at Fort Plank and Stone Arabia, and in 1781 at Fort Hunter, Fort Plank and Stone Arabia.


VEDDER, FRANCIS: Baptized August 27, 1749. A merchant. On March 1, 1776, he signed an agreement with Philip Schuyler for service at Lake George and Ticonderoga. In May, 1778, he commanded a scout to Sacandaga, and on June 20 was commissioned second lieutenant in Captain Jesse Van Slyck's company, 2d Albany County Militia. In November he commanded a detail of thirty-six men for garrison duty at Fort Plain, and in May, 1780, commanded a detail of thirteen men to Viele's Rifts to bring scows from the north to the south side of the river to prevent the enemy from crossing. In June, as an ensign, he commanded a detachment on an alarm to Schoharie in pursuit of Sir John Johnson, Brant and Butler, and on his return performed garrison duty at Schenectady. In August, 1781, he went to Viele's Rifts on scout duty with a squad of ten men, and in May, 1782, he was on patrol duty at Harpersfield.


VEDDER, FREDERICK: Born in Glenville, April 28, 1761. In 1779 he enrolled under Captain Abraham Oothout; 2d Albany County Militia, and in September performed duty at Stone Arabia and in October at Caughnawaga. On May 22, 1780, he was sent to warn out the company to go to Caughnawaga at the time the family of the Visschers was murdered. He was on duty three weeks. In 1780 he served two weeks at Fort Hunter; two weeks at Canajoharie, when the town was destroyed; two weeks at Fort Clyde, and in October eight days at Ballston. From August 1 to November 1, 1781, he was stationed at Claas Viele's Rifts. A pensioner under the Act of June 7, 1832.


VEDDER, HARMANUS: Baptized March 4, 1739. His name appears on the rolls of the 2d Albany County Militia. In 1778 he employed Joseph De Golyer as a substitute.


VEDDER, JOHN: Early in 1776, he went to Caughnawaga as a private under Captain John Van Patten, 2d Albany County Militia. On September 17 he enlisted in Captain John A. Bradt's company of State Rangers, and served in it until the company was disbanded in the spring of 1777, after which he enlisted as a minute man under Captain Jellis J. Fonda. In 1778 he served under Captain Jesse Van Slyck, and in October, 1779, was on duty at Stone Arabia. In 1781 he was a member of Captain John Crousehorn's company of artillery. His widow received a pension.


VEDDER, JOHN: On February 25, 1780, he was commissioned ensign in Captain John Van Eps's company, 2d Albany County Militia.


VEDDER, NICHOLAS ALEXANDER: On July 9, 1777, he was appointed to serve in the commissary department during the absence of the militia at Fort Edward, but on account of complaints (he being enrolled in the militia) he was later ordered to accompany the troops. He served as a private in the 2d Albany County Militia under various captains and as a corporal under Captain Abraham Oothout.


VEDDER, PHILIP: Baptized July 9, 1737; died May 6, 1822. He lived in Rotterdam. In November, 1776, he was serving as a lieutenant under Captain John Van Patten, 2d Albany County Militia. In May, 1778, he was on duty at Cobleskill. On June 20 he was regularly commissioned second lieutenant in Captain Van Patten's company.


VEDDER, SIMON H.: Baptized November 11, 1744. His name appears on the rolls of the 2d Albany County Militia.


VEEDER, BARENT: His name appears on the rolls of the 2d Albany County Militia.


VEEDER, CORNELIUS: His name appears on the rolls of the 2d Albany County Militia.


VEEDER, GERRIT (S. or N.): Born in 1751. On May 27, 1775, he was appointed a second lieutenant in a company of minute men formed in Schenectady. In July he was appointed first lieutenant in Captain John Mynderse's company, being granted a commission by the Provincial Congress on October 20. In January, 1776, he took part in the expedition to Johnstown. In February he was appointed captain of a company raised in Schenectady for the Canadian service, and on March 1 he was commissioned a captain in the Continental Line under Colonel Cornelius D. Wynkoop. On April 10 he was appointed captain of a company of State Rangers in place of John A. Bradt, and on October 7 was commissioned captain of the 8th Company, 1st New York Line. On December 5 he resigned this commission but served as a captain with the New York troops to the end of the war. In 1777 he served in the campaign against Burgoyne and had command of a detachment at the battle of Bemis Heights. On July 1, 1782, he commanded a detail of forty men to Fort Plain and Fort Plank to act as guards while the crops were being harvested. A pensioner under the Act of June 7, 1832.


VEEDER, HELMAR S.: His name appears on the rolls of the 2d Albany County Militia.


VEEDER, HENDRICK: His name appears on the rolls of the 2d Albany County Militia, Land Bounty Rights.


VEEDER, JOHN B.: Born in the Schenectady Township, November 6, 1760; died in Munroe County in August, 1847. He lived in the Schenectady Township for fourteen years after the Revolution. In 1777 he served a short time on guard duty at Schenectady as a substitute. In June, 1779, he served under Captain Thomas Brower Banker, 2d Albany County Militia, erecting blockhouses at Sacandaga. In the fall of 1779, he was drafted for duty at Fort Plank and Fort Paris, and in the spring of 1780 he went to Caughnawaga under Captain Banker. He was at Fort Plain when the Canajoharie settlements were destroyed and when Colonel Willett asked for volunteers for the pursuit of the enemy, Veeder "was the first man who spoke and expressed his willingness to go and he did go together with a large detachment." In 1781 he was a member of Captain John Crousehorn's company of artillery. He performed various garrison and guard duties and went on several expeditions in pursuit of Tories.


VEEDER, JOHN H.: Born June 2, 1718; died August 4, 1794, On March 1, 1776, he signed an agreement with Philip Schuyler for service at Lake George and Ticonderoga. On April 1, 1777, he was elected overseer of highways at Schenectady. His name appears on the rolls of the 2d Albany County Militia, Land Bounty Rights.


VEEDER, NICHOLAS G.: Born in Glenville, December 25, 1761; died April 7, 1862. Toward the end of the year 1777 he enrolled under Captain Jesse Van Slyck, 2d Albany County Militia. In July, 1778, he went on a scout to Ballston and Galway, and in November, 1779, he was on garrison duty at Fort Paris. In August, 1780, he marched with a detachment against a party of the enemy under Joseph Brant after the destruction of Canajoharie, and in October of the same year went to Ballston when it was attacked. In October, 1781, he marched to Johnstown and on his return guarded some prisoners to Schenectady. He was out on many alarms in pursuit of Tories and performed various guard and garrison duties. This is the Nicholas Veeder who is well remembered by many of the older generation as the last survivor of the Revolution in Schenectady. After the war he lived in a building known as the "Old Fort," situated in the present village of Scotia a few hundred feet north of the Vley Road and about one hundred feet west of Halcyon Street. The building was removed in 1891, A pensioner under the Act of June 7, 1832.


VEEDER, NICHOLAS P.: Born February 9, 1734; died November 11, 1807. His house was on the lot bounded by Front, Green and Ferry Streets. On October 5, 1775, he was recommended to the Provincial Congress by the Committee of Safety to fill the office of second major among the field officers to be assigned to the Schenectady militia. On October 20 a commission was issued in his name, but on January 13, 1776, he refused to accept it. He is spoken of as having served as a captain in the Quartermaster's Department during the year 1776, although the records at Washington make special mention of the fact that there is no evidence to show that he so served. On March 3, 1777, he was a member of the Committee of Safety. His name appears on the rolls of the 2d Albany County Militia.


VEEDER, PETER S.: On May 10, 1776, General Schuyler was informed by the Committee of Safety that he had gone to Lake George without the permission of the Board and that he had repeatedly refused to sign the General Association. His name appears on the rolls of the 2d Albany County Militia. In 1778 he was enrolled under Captain Jesse Van Slyck.


VEEDER, SIMON: Born in Schenectady, May 1, 1748. Early in 1776, while living at Caughnawaga, he was appointed a sergeant under Captain John Davis, 3d Tryon County Militia. In July he was drafted for the Line but hired a substitute. During the fall he was stationed at Johnstown. He was not at the battle of Oriskany but was with the troops that went to the relief of Fort Stanwix, later marching to Saratoga and being present at the surrender of Burgoyne. In October, 1780, acting as quartermaster, he went with the troops under General Van Rensselaer in pursuit of Sir John Johnson and fought at the battle of Klock's Field. During this raid of the enemy Veeder's barn, mills, tannery and brewery were burned and he "very narrowly escaped with his life, under a discharge of more than 100 guns at him." In the spring of 1781 he received the appointment of quartermaster in the 3d Tryon County Militia and served in this capacity to the end of the war, commanding a detachment of the troops that marched against Major Ross in October of that year. In May, 1782, he was again drafted and again hired a substitute; he, however, performed military duty during both this year and 1783.


VEEDER, SIMON B.: Born in Schenectady in 1753; died in 1810. His name appears on the rolls of the 2d Albany County Militia. "He was at the storming of the blockhouse at Johnstown, where his wife nursed the sick and wounded."


VEEDER, SIMON H.: His name appears on the rolls of the 2d Albany County Militia.


VEEDER, WILHELMUS: His name appears on the rolls of the 2d Albany County Militia.


VIELE, PHILIP: Born July 7, 1745; died August 7, 1797. In 1776 he was enrolled under Captain John Van Patten, 2d Albany County Militia, serving in January on the expedition to Johnstown, and in the fall performing garrison duty at Fort Ann. In 1777 he performed two months' service with the Northern Army as sergeant, which rank he seems to have held to the end of the war. He was present at the battle of Bemis Heights. During the summer and early fall of 1778 he was on duty at the Lower Fort, Schoharie, In the fall of 1779 he served at Fort Plain and Stone Arabia, and in the fall of 1781 was on guard duty at Claas Viele 's Fort. His son's application for pension was rejected.


VISSCHER, JOHN: Before the war a justice of the peace at Schenectady. On October 25, 1776, he was reported to the General Committee at Albany as "a person disaffected to the cause of American liberty." In May, 1777, he was recommended to the field officers as "a dangerous person." On May 22, he voluntarily took the oath that he would take up arms in defense of the country in case of any invasion. On July 14, 1778, he was cited to appear before the Commissioners of Conspiracies to render satisfaction regarding his conduct during the war, conformable to the act respecting persons of neutral or equivocal characters. On July 17 he refused to take the Oath of Allegiance, and on July 18 was ordered to hold himself in readiness to be removed to within the enemy's lines. On August 1 he expressed a willingness to take the Oath but was not permitted to do so, as the Act did not permit of the Oath being administered to one who had once refused to take it. He was ordered to appear on August 14 ready for deportation. On May 24, 1779, the Oath of Allegiance was administered to him in accordance with the amended Act.


VISSCHER, JOHN, JR.: His name appears on the rolls of the 2d Albany County Militia.


VROOMAN, ABRAHAM: Born in 1761; died February 5, 1815. He is buried in the old Vrooman Cemetery on the Bartholomew Vrooman farm, Albany Road. The graves are on a knoll in a small grove of evergreen trees surrounded by a fence. His name appears on the rolls of the 2d Albany County Militia and the 2d Albany County Militia, Land Bounty Rights.


VROOMAN, ADAM: Born in Schenectady, May 25, 1760. In October, 1776, he enlisted under Captain John Mynderse, 2d Albany County Militia, and served to the end of the war, during the first part as a corporal and for more than two years as a sergeant. In the summer of 1777 he was with the Northern Army during Schuyler's retreat, actively engaged in the battle of Snookkill, in the battle of September 19 and in several other skirmishes. He remained on duty until after the surrender of Burgoyne. In 1778 he performed garrison duty at Caughnawaga, Palatine, Fort Paris and Fort Plank, one month at each place except at Fort Plank, where he remained two months. He mounted guard at the three forts in Schoharie both before and after the destruction of the Schoharie settlements; also at Cobleskill and Brakabeen, In October, 1781, he marched to Johnstown. On numerous occasions he served as a scout and spy, and when not out on expeditions performed guard duty at Schenectady. A pensioner under the Act of June 7, 1832.


VROOMAN, ADAM S.: Baptized March 5, 1754; died August 3, 1808. His name appears on the rolls of the 2d Albany County Militia.


VROOMAN, ARENT: Born June 14, 1758; died February 18, 1814. He served under Captain Thomas Brower Banker, 2d Albany County Militia.


VROOMAN, BARENT: Born December 24, 1725; died November 16, 1784. He was pastor of the First Dutch Church during the Revolution.


VROOMAN, CORNELIUS: Born February 4, 1722; died in 1806. His name appears on the rolls of the 2d Albany County Militia, Land Bounty Rights.


VROOMAN, DAVID: His name appears on the rolls of the 2d Albany County Militia.


VROOMAN, HENDRICK: Born October 23, 1757; died January 30, 1813. He is buried in the old Vrooman Cemetery on the Bartholomew Vrooman farm, Albany Road. The graves are on a knoll in a small grove of evergreen trees surrounded by a fence. His name appears on the rolls of the 2d Albany County Militia.


VROOMAN, ISAAC: Born November 13, 1712; died June 1, 1807. He had a farm at the Brandywine Mills. On May 7, 1776, he was elected a member of the third Committee of Safety. He was also a member of the fourth Committee and on March 3, 1777, was elected a member of the fifth Committee of Safety. On April 1, 1777, he was elected a supervisor. In 1779 he was a member of Assembly under the first State Constitution.


VROOMAN, JACOB A.: Baptized December 30, 1747; died in Glenville, July 21, 1831. On March 1, 1776, he signed an agreement with Philip Schuyler for service at Lake George and Ticonderoga.


VROOMAN, JACOB I.: His name appears on the rolls of the 2d Albany County Militia.


VROOMAN, JACOB J.: Baptized March 30, 1755. He inherited his father's farm three and one half miles south of Schenectady. His name appears on the rolls of the 2d Albany County Militia.


VROOMAN, JACOB S.: Baptized November 13, 1723. A carpenter. In 1775 a company under his command served at Ticonderoga and vicinity, building boats preparatory for the American invasion of Canada. On March 1, 1776, he signed an agreement with Philip Schuyler as an overseer of a company of carpenters for service at Lake George and Ticonderoga. In March, 1778, he commanded a company which marched to Saratoga and remained there throughout the season, building boats and rebuilding General Schuyler's house and mills which had been burned by the British the year previous. His name appears on the rolls of the 2d Albany County Militia, Land Bounty Rights.


VROOMAN, JOHN B.: Baptized January 13, 1745. On October 20, 1775, he was commissioned ensign in the 4th Company, 2d Albany County Militia. On November 22 he received a commission as first lieutenant from the Provincial Congress, and on February 10, 1776, was assigned to Captain Thomas Brower Banker's company. In the spring he was in command of a detail for the apprehension of Tories at the Heldebergh. On April 1, 1777, he was elected overseer of highways at Schenectady. On June 20, 1778, he was reappointed first lieutenant in Captain Banker's company. On June 15, 1779, he was elected a member of the Committee of Safety. In the summer he commanded a detachment of militia and Oneida Indians to Schoharie to capture a party of runaway Tuscarora Indians. In September or October he served at Fort Plank and Stone Arabia, and in the fall of 1780 marched to Ballston in pursuit of the enemy after the raid.


VROOMAN, JOHN J.: Born in the Schenectady Township, April 5, 1763. In the spring of 1779 he enlisted under Captain John Mynderse, 2d Albany County Militia, and in the fall of that year was on duty at Fort Paris. He also acted as captain of the guard at Schenectady. From January 1 to December 24, 1780, he served in a company of batteau and fatigue men under Captain Joseph Peek. At various times he served under Colonels Dayton, Van Dyck and Gansevoort. A pensioner.


VOORMAN, JOHN T.: His name appears on the rolls of the 2d Albany County Militia.


VROOMAN, LAWRENCE: Born in Schenectady, July 26, 1757. In 1775 he enlisted under Captain Jellis J. Fonda, 2d Albany County Militia, and served as a private until 1778 when he was promoted to the rank of ensign. He did not, however, receive a regular commission until February 25, 1780. In the fall of 1776 he marched to Stillwater, thence to Fort Ann, remaining some time on duty at each place. From Fort Ann he proceeded down the Wood Creek to Skenesborough as a guard for provision boats. From September 27, 1777, until a few days before Burgoyne 's surrender, when he was taken sick and obliged to return home, he served with the Northern Army. In the fall of the same year he was appointed a deputy commissary of the Northern Department to purchase hospital supplies, and served in this capacity until April, 1778. During the year 1778 he performed garrison duty at Fort Paris, and was at one of the Schoharie Forts when Cobleskill was destroyed. He was at Fort Plain and Fort Plank when the Indians and Tories raided that section, and when the alarm gun was fired at Fort Plain he was one of the men who went in front of the cannon for the relief. In October, 1781, he was on duty at Canajoharie when Walter Butler was killed. He was spoken of as "a valiant officer."' He died before his claim for pension was granted and his son's application was rejected.


VROOMAN, NICHOLAS: On August 12, 1777, he was arrested and sent to Albany as implicated in a Tory plot.


VROOMAN, SIMON J.: Born in Schenectady, August 3, 1760; died November 10, 1841. He removed from Schenectady in 1787. In March, 1777, he entered the service in the the Quartermaster's Department under Lieutenant-Colonel Christopher Yates, being stationed at Fort Ann. He was in active service during Schuyler's retreat, in the battle of Bemis Heights and with the troops under General Arnold to the relief of Fort Stanwix. In March or April, 1778, he performed three months' service at Schuyler's Farms, building boats, and in August of the same year he enrolled in the company of Captain John Mynderse. He was stationed three months at Fort Paris, In June, 1779, under Lieutenant-Colonel Christopher Yates he went to Tioga Point with the boats conveying baggage and ammunition for General Clinton's division. He was afterwards stationed six weeks with Captain John Mynderse's company at Fort Herkimer. In August, 1780, he was commissioned a subaltern by the Council of Appointment and assigned to the company of Captain John Burnett, Colonel Lewis Dubois's Levies. He performed guard duty at Fishkill, Dobbs Ferry and later at Fort Plain, and on the approach of Sir John Johnson was sent as an express to Schenectady, returning to the fort on the third day. He was in the engagement at Stone Arabia when Colonel Brown was killed, and in the second action after the arrival of General Van Rensselaer. He went in pursuit of the enemy as far as Fort Herkimer, remaining there six weeks until relieved by the Regulars, when he returned to Schenectady. In April, 1781, he was commissioned a subaltern and assigned to the company of Captain John Gross, Colonel Willett's Levies. He was stationed at Fort Plain, and in July took part in the engagement known as the battle of Torlock, in which Captain Robert McKean was killed. He went in pursuit of the enemy after the destruction of Warren's Bush, was in the battle of Johnstown and joined in the pursuit of the enemy after the battle. His widow stated that at the close of the war Vrooman held a commission as lieutenant. A pensioner.


VROOMAN, WALTER: On June 20, 1778, he was commissioned first lieutenant in Captain Jesse Van Slyck's company, 2d Albany County Militia. In September he was on garrison duty at the Middle Fort, Schoharie. In 1779 he was serving as a lieutenant in the Levies. From August to November he commanded a company at Schoharie mustered at Schenectady and attached to Colonel Butler's regiment. On October 23, 1780, while serving as a lieutenant in Colonel Harper's Levies, he was taken prisoner by forces under Sir John Johnson and Joseph Brant and removed to Canada, where he was held until the end of the war.


WAGGERMAN, GEORGE: On January 22, 1777, he enlisted in Captain John A. Bradt's company of State Rangers, and on March 26 enlisted for the war and was assigned to Captain Leonard Bleecker's company, 3d New York Line.


WAGGERMAN, MICHAEL: His name appears on the rolls of the 2d Albany County Militia.


WAGNER, ANDREW: His name appears on the rolls of the 2d Albany County Militia.


WAGNER, MICHAEL: His name appears on the rolls of the 2d Albany County Militia.


WAGNER, NICHOLAS: His name appears on the rolls of the 2d Albany County Militia.


WARD, CHRISTOPHER: Born at Stone Arabia, July 18, 1757; died November 13, 1838. Buried in Vale Cemetery. He lived in Schenectady during and after the war. In January, 1776, he was enrolled in Captain Abraham Oothout's company, 2d Albany County Militia. He took part in the expedition to Johnstown, and in the fall of the same year was on guard at Johnstown and Switzerbergh. In the spring of 1777 he was drafted under Captain Jesse Van Slyck and marched to Jessup's Patent. This same year he served during Schuyler's retreat, at Saratoga, Stillwater and Bemis Heights, part of the time as a substitute for Harmon Peters. From March to July 18, 1778, he served as a blacksmith in the Continental Army; he then enlisted and served three months in Captain Thomas Patten's company of artificers. With this company he went to Albany, Fishkill, Fredericksburg, White Plains and Dover. In the fall of this same year he went with a detachment from Colonel Wemple's regiment towards Cherry Valley. From January to May 1, 1779, he served in a company of artificers under Captain John Clute, and in the spring of 1780 performed three weeks' duty at Schoharie. In the summer of this same year he enlisted in Captain James McGee's company, Colonel Morris Graham's Levies. When Stone Arabia was raided by Sir John Johnson (August, 1780) he was on duty at Fort Herkimer. A pensioner under the Act of June 7, 1832.


WARN, RICHARD: His name appears on the rolls of the 2d Albany County Militia, Land Bounty Rights.


WARN, SAMUEL: On March 1, 1776, he signed an agreement with Philip Schuyler for service at Lake George and Ticonderoga. His name appears on the rolls of the 2d Albany County Militia, Land Bounty Rights.


WASSON, JAMES: In May, 1782, he enlisted in Captain Guy Young's company. Colonel Marinus Willett's Levies.


WASSON, JOHN: Born in the Schenectady Township, January 6, 1764. He was living in Princetown when, about July 25, 1780, he enlisted under Captain Jacob John Lansing, Colonel Morris Graham's Levies. He marched to West Point and there performed garrison duty about three weeks, then to Dobbs Ferry, where he remained one week, then to Albany, where the regiment was divided. His detachment marched to the Middle Fort, Schoharie. He was in the fort when Sir John Johnson attacked it and was with the troops that subsequently pursued the enemy. From April, 1781, to January, 1782, he served under Captain Stephen White, Colonel Willett's Levies. He volunteered with a party of twenty-eight Indians and white men for scout duty to Crown Point. From March to October, 1782, he served under Captain Guy Young, and then enlisted under Captain Jellis A. Fonda, Colonel Willett's Levies, and served three months when he was discharged from the service. He was in the battle of Johnstown and in an engagement with the enemy at Lake Schuyler in 1782. A pensioner under the Act of June 7, 1832.


WASSON, THOMAS: Lived in Princetown. On September 7, 1775, the Committee of Safety applied to the Albany Committee to assign him a commission as captain of militia, and on October 20 he was commissioned captain of the 5th Company, 2d Albany County Militia. He was reappointed on June 20, 1778.


WASSON, THOMAS J.: His name appears on the rolls of the 2d Albany County Militia, Land Bounty Rights.


WATSON, ALEXANDER: His name appears on the rolls of the 2d Albany County Militia.


WELLER, FREDERICK: Born at Walkill, December 5, 1757. In the fall of 1775, when he enrolled under Captain Abraham Oothout, 2d Albany County Militia, as a sergeant, he was living in Princetown and here he continued to live for about five years after the war. He was drafted for the Canadian expedition. He marched to Fort Edward and Skenesborough but was ordered home after eight weeks' service on the news of the death of General Montgomery. In the spring of 1777 he went with a body of Vermont militia to destroy a blockhouse at Jessup's Patent. When Burgoyne invested Ticonderoga he was again called to Fort Edward. He was in General Schuyler's retreat but a few days before the battle of Bemis Heights was taken with measles and obliged to return home. When he recovered his health he performed fatigue duty under Henry Glen in transporting effects for the army from Schenectady to Albany. He served on various occasions at the Schoharie Forts and Fort Plain. On July 23, 1780, he was sent to Albany under arrest as being concerned in a plot to join the enemy or of supplying them with provisions. He was, however, on August 10 released on bail. He served when Ballston was attacked and with the troops in pursuit of Sir John Johnson, following the destruction of the Mohawk settlements. In the fall of 1781 he was at Fort Hunter during the battle of Johnstown, where the troops with which he served were detailed to guard prisoners. A pensioner.


WELLER, ROBERT: He served as a private and as a sergeant in the 2d Albany County Militia.


WELSH, JOHN: On May 31, 1775, some of the soldiers of Captain Cornelius Van Dyck's company were boarded at his house while the company was being recruited and drilled.


WEMPLE, ABRAHAM: Born about 1728; died near Albany in 1799. On September 7, 1775, the Committee of Safety applied to the Albany Committee to assign him a commission as captain of militia. On October 5 he was recommended to the Provincial Congress for the office of colonel among the field officers to be assigned to the 2d Albany County Militia, and on October 20 he was commissioned colonel, being reappointed on June 20, 1778, and serving in this capacity until near the end of the war, when he resigned from the service. On November 7, 1775, he was elected a member of the second Committee of Safety and on December 29 was appointed deputy chairman of the Board. On July 26, 1779, he was again elected a member of the Committee. Colonel Wemple served with his regiment on the various occasions when called out and was throughout the war a zealous and active adherent of the American cause.


WEMPLE, BARENT (WEMP, BARNABAS): Baptized in Schenectady September 3, 1738; buried December 27, 1843. On April 11, 1776, he enlisted under Captain Gerrit S. Veeder, Colonel Cornelius D. Wynkoop's regiment. On December 28 (probably 1776) he enlisted for the war under Captain John Copp, 1st New York Line. In June, 1778, he was reported as "absent without leave and supposed to be sick." On his company roll covering the period from July to December, 1778, he was reported as "sick at Prince Town." The roll for January and February, 1780, reported him "transferred to Corps of Invalids." During the latter part of the war he became a Loyalist and fled from the Mohawk Valley to Canada leaving behind land and other property.


WEMPLE, JOHN: Born at Fort Hunter, October 15, 1749. He was living in Schenectady in 1775 when he enrolled under Captain John Mynderse, 2d Albany County Militia. In January, 1776, he took part in the expedition to Johnstown. In the fall of 1776 he served at Skenesborough and Fort Ann for the purpose of guarding boats. In the spring of 1777 he went to Jessup's Patent in pursuit of Tories. He served five months during the campaign against Burgoyne, taking part in the battle of Snookkill. He was at Ballston in 1780 when it was burned and at Warren's Bush in 1781 under Colonel Willett. He performed considerable guard and garrison duty at Fort Plain, Fort Plank, Fort Paris and at the Schoharie Forts. A pensioner under the Act of June 7, 1832.


WEMPLE, JOHN J.: He served as a sergeant under Captain Thomas Brower Banker, 2d Albany County Militia.


WEMPLE, JOHN R.: Born April 18, 1732; died September 14, 1814. He served as a private and as a sergeant in the 2d Albany County Militia. On May 20, 1777, he testified before the Committee of Safety that his shoulder had been put out of joint and that he was therefore unfit for military duty.


WEMPLE, JOHN T.: His name appears on the rolls of the 2d Albany County Militia.


WEMPLE, MYNDERT: Born December 26, 1737; died December 18, 1821. His name appears on the rolls of the 2d Albany County Militia.


WEMPLE, MYNDERT A.: Baptized February 9, 1753; died November 10, 1804. On May 27, 1775, he was appointed second lieutenant in Captain Jellis J. Fonda's company, 2d Albany County Militia. On July 10 he refused an offer of a recruiting warrant from the Provincial Congress, and on June 20, 1778, was reappointed second lieutenant. On February 25, 1780, he was promoted to the rank of first lieutenant and assigned to the company of Captain John Mynderse.


WEMPLE, MYNDERT M.: Baptized November 20, 1738; died in 1789. On May 15, 1776, he was delegated to collect wagons to carry provisions from Albany to Lake George. On April 25, 1777, he was appointed chairman pro tempore of the Committee of Safety. On June 20, 1778, he was commissioned second major of the 2d Albany County Militia to succeed Nicholas Veeder. In September or October, 1779, he commanded a detachment to Fort Plank and Stone Arabia.


WEMPLE, MYNDERT R.: Born September 30, 1742. He served as an ensign in the 2d Albany County Militia. In 1777 he is mentioned as captain of a company of batteaumen performing service in transporting provisions and stores for the troops on the Hudson and Mohawk Rivers.


WEMPLE, RYER: Baptized October 17, 1703; died in 1796. His name appears on the rolls of the 2d Albany County Militia, Land Bounty Rights.


WENDELL, HARMANUS H.: Died previous to March 2, 1777. A merchant. He was a member of the fourth Committee of Safety.


WENDELL, JOHN BAPTIST: Born March 6, 1732. On March 1, 1776, he signed an agreement with Philip Schuyler for service at Lake George and Ticonderoga. His name appears on the rolls of the 2d Albany County Militia as serving under Captain John Van Patten.


WENDLE, AHASUERAS: Born in Schenectady, December 21, 1755; died February 22, 1848. On May 6, 1775, he was chosen a member of the first Committee of Safety. He served also on the second and third Committees. On May 27, together with Henry Glen, he was delegated by the Committee to go to Johnstown to inquire into the cause of the disturbances arising over the Sheriff White incident. On July 10, 1775, he was recommended to the Provincial Congress for the position of second lieutenant in the recruiting service. In the fall of 1775 he was enrolled in the company of Captain John Van Patten and in this company he served to the end of the war. In January, 1776, he took part in the expedition to Johnstown. On February 28, 1776, he refused to accept from General Schuyler a recruiting warrant with rank of ensign. On May 13, 1776, General Schuyler was requested to send him back from Lake George for the reason that he was employed in the Continental service without having signed the General Association. From June to October, 1777, he was on duty at Fort Edward and other forts in the vicinity. He was in command of a detachment at the battle of Bemis Heights, two of the officers being unfit for duty. In the fall of 1780 he marched with the militia under General Van Rensselaer in pursuit of Sir John Johnson, and in the fall of 1781 was with the troops under Colonel Willett in pursuit of Major Ross and Butler. A pensioner under the Act of June 7, 1832.


WESSEL, ARENT: Baptized June 17, 1752. His name appears on the rolls of the 2d Albany County Militia.


WESSEL, HARMANUS: Born in 1754; died March 10, 1813. Buried in Vale Cemetery. His name appears on the rolls of the 2d Albany County Militia.


WHEATON, REUBEN: Born in the Schenectady Township in September, 1763. In the spring of 1778 he was enrolled under Captain Jesse Van Slyck, 2d Albany County Militia. He served to the end of the war, performing considerable guard and scout duty. In August, 1780, he served at Fort Plank and Fort Plain, and in 1781 was on duty when Major Ross and Butler descended on the settlements. A pensioner under the Act of June 7, 1832.


WHEATON, THOMAS: He served as a sergeant under Captain Jesse Van Slyck, 2d Albany County Militia. In May, 1779, he was in command of a detail for scout duty to Sacandaga, Fish House and Mayfield, and in September to Sacandaga and Johnstown. In June, 1780, he was second in command of a detail to Beaverdam and Harpersfield, and in September in command of a detail for scout duty to Sacandaga and Mayfield. In May, 1781, he went on scout duty to Glens Falls.


WHITE, WILLIAM: He lived on Church Street. At his house on May 9, 1775, was held the first meeting of the Committee of Safety, as well as several subsequent meetings and the election of members for the third Committee on May 7, 1776. On June 27, 1775, in order to show the friendly disposition of the Board, five Oneida Indians were ordered entertained at his house during their stay in town. On July 26, 1779, he was elected a member of the Committee of Safety. His name appears on the rolls of the 2d Albany County Militia.


WIEST, CONRAD: His name appears on the rolls of the 2d Albany County Militia.


WILEY, JOHN: His name appears on the rolls of the 2d Albany County Militia and the 2d Albany County Militia, Land Bounty Rights,


WILLIAMS, CORNELIUS: His name appears on the rolls of the 2d Albany County Militia. In 1778 he was enrolled under Captain Jesse Van Slyck. In August, 1782, he was on garrison duty at the Upper Fort, Schoharie.


WILLIAMS, JACOB: In 1778 he was serving as a sergeant under Captain Jesse Van Slyck, 2d Albany County Militia. In June he commanded a detail to Cobleskill, and in August, 1782, was on garrison duty at the Upper Fort, Schoharie.


WILLIAMS, WILLIAM, 2D: He served as a private in the New York Line. A pensioner under the Act of March 18, 1818.


WILSON, JAMES: A merchant. On May 6, 1775, he was elected a member of the first Committee of Safety. He served also on the second Committee, on the Committee taking office June 2, 1777, and as clerk of the Committee taking office January 5, 1778. He was a deputy for the election of representatives to the first Provincial Congress.


WINNE, ANTHONY: On August 12, 1777, he was arrested and sent to Albany as implicated in a Tory plot. He was, however, at once released by the Albany Committee.


WOOD, JAMES: Born in 1760; died February 11, 1827. On June 8, 1780, he enlisted for the war under Captain Philip de Bevier, 5th New York Line. He was subsequently selected from his company to serve in the Light Infantry under the Marquis de Lafayette and was attached to Captain Aaron Austin's company, 3d New York Line. Later in the year he was transferred to a company under Captain Leonard Bleecker. In the fall of 1780 he returned to go into winter quarters and was attached to the company of Captain John F. Hamtramck, 2d New York Line. In 1782 "when the infantry went south" he was left sick in Albany. On his recovery he was attached to the company of Captain Henry Du Bois, 2d New York Line, and in this company he remained until peace was declared. On his discharge he was honored with the badge of merit. A pensioner under the Act of March 18, 1818.


WOOD, JOHN: His name appears on the rolls of the 2d Albany County Militia.


WRIGHT, JOHN: He lived in Schenectady at the time of the Revolution and died here. He served as a private in the 2d Dutchess County Militia under Colonel Abraham Brinckerhoff in the company commanded by Captain Nicholas Brower.


YATES, ABRAHAM: Born in Schenectady, February 27, 1757, He served as a private and as a corporal in the 2d Albany County Militia.


YATES, CHRISTOPHER: Born July 8, 1737, at the old homestead in Alplaus; died September 1, 1785. Buried in Vale Cemetery. During the Revolution he lived in the house built by himself now No. 26 Front Street. In this house was born his son, Joseph C., first mayor of Schenectady (1798) and governor of New York State (1823-1824). Christopher Yates was a surveyor by profession and "one of the best informed and most efficient patriots in the Mohawk Valley." On May 6, 1775, he was elected a member of the first Committee of Safety and at the first meeting on the ninth was chosen chairman of the Board. On May 24 he was appointed one of a committee to go to Guy Park to deliver an answer to a speech made by the Mohawk Indians. On June 30 he was appointed by the Provincial Congress one of a committee to determine the ranks of the various officers serving in the New York regiments. On July 26 a letter was addressed to him by the Committee asking whether or not he had resigned from the Board, and on August 9 he tendered his resignation. On November 7 he was elected a member of the second Committee of Safety, and on December 29, was appointed deputy clerk of the Board. On January 13, 1776, he was appointed lieutenant-colonel of the 2d Albany County Militia, and on March 5 Henry Glen was instructed to apply to Congress for his commission. On May 7, 1776, he was elected a member of the third Committee of Safety. From the fall of 1776 to July 8, 1777, he was in command when detachments of the regiment were on duty at Fort Ann. It is claimed that about this time Yates served on the staff of General Schuyler as a deputy quartermaster-general and that he was afterwards promoted to the rank of colonel. The evidence to support this claim is contained in letters from General Schuyler, Benedict Arnold, Governor Morgan Lewis, etc., which were at one time in the possession of Judge A. A. Yates of this city. No evidence of this detail and appointment is to be found on the regimental rolls. After the evacuation of Fort Ann (July 8) he had command of a body of Schenectady militia engaged in felling trees to stop the progress of General Burgoyne's army. He served throughout the campaign and with General Arnold selected the American position at Bemis Heights. On October 19 he was appointed by the State Committee of Safety one of a committee to repair to Albany to confer with General Philip Schuyler regarding means for checking the advance of the enemy on the northern and western frontiers. He served during the rest of the war in the Quartermaster's Department as a deputy, for the most part of the time stationed at Saratoga. In June, 1779, he was engaged in forwarding the baggage of General Clinton's brigade.


YATES, JELLIS: Born March 27, 1744; died in Glenville, November 13, 1812. On June 20, 1778, he was commissioned first lieutenant in Captain Abraham Van Eps's company, 2d Albany County Militia. In August, 1778, and again in October, 1779, he was on garrison duty at Fort Plank, and in the fall of 1780 at Caughnawaga.


YATES, JOHN: Born June 12, 1760; died December 19, 1826. Buried in Vale Cemetery. His name appears on the rolls of the 2d Albany County Militia.


YATES, NICHOLAS: On October 20, 1775, he was commissioned ensign in Captain Jellis J. Fonda's company, 2d Albany County Militia, and was reappointed June 20, 1778. On February 25, 1780, he was promoted to the rank of first lieutenant and served as such to the end of the war. In July, 1778, he was in command of a scout to Ballston and Galway, on which occasion he took four prisoners. During the year 1780 he was twice on duty at Fort Hunter.


YOUNG, BENJAMIN: On February 10, 1776, he was elected ensign in Captain Thomas Brower Banker's company, 2d Albany County Militia. On July 11 he was elected a member of the Committee of Safety and on July 14, 1777, appointed to command a body of militia to assist in impressing wagons for the service. He is also spoken of as having served as a lieutenant under Captain Banker.


YOUNG, CALVIN: On December 27, 1777, he was fined for buying clothes of a soldier. His name appears on the rolls of the 2d Albany County Militia.


YOUNG, FREDERIC: His name appears on the rolls of the 2d Albany County Militia.


YOUNG, GUY: On June 28, 1775, he was appointed a second lieutenant in the 2d New York Line and was promoted to the rank of first lieutenant on February 16, 1776. He was subsequently transferred to the 1st New York Line, and on March 26, 1777, was serving as a captain lieutenant. From July 14, 1779, to January 1, 1781, when he was retired, he held the rank of captain. He subsequently served as a captain in the Levies under Colonel Marinus Willett.


YOUNG, SETH: His name appears on the rolls of the 2d Albany County Militia.

Information from "History of Schenectady During the Revolution" by Willis T. Hansen, Jr., 1916, submitted by Mary Kay Krogman unless otherwise indicated.

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