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FOURTH REPORT OF THE NATIONAL
DAUGHTERS OF THE AMERICAN
OCTOBER 11, 1900 TO OCTOBER 11,
Approved by the National board of Management, May 8,
June 27, 1902. - Referred to the Committee on Printing and
ordered to be printed.
WASHINGTON: GOVERNMENT PRINTING OFFICE.
KANISTEO VALLEY CHAPTER
Kanisteo Valley Chapter, of
Hornellsville, 43 members, for the first time in its history reports no
contributions outside of local interests. Prizes were given to students in the
high school for the best essays on subjects connected with the revolutionary
period. This chapter has been fortunate in its researches among the family
papers of its members and has put on its chapter files records of much
importance in the early history of the town. A copy has been made of an old book
- the only one of its kind now known to be in existence - which is called "An
historical sketch of Roswell Franklin and his family." This man was a lieutenant
in the battle of Wyoming, and the book contains interesting records of personal
experiences and sufferings, as well as incidents in the lives of several members
of family who were captured by the Indians during the
In the oldest pioneer cemetery in the
valley, called the "Old Settlers Burying Ground," are the graves of the
following Revolutionary soldiers:
Bennett: Born in Connecticut, died at Canisteo, N. Y., 1823, aged 73.
He was a private in Captain John Franklin's Company in the Wyoming
John Jamieson (formerly
Jenningson): Born at Durham, Bucks County, Pa., Dec 3, 1755; died at Canisteo,
N. Y., March 23, 1836. He was two years captain in the Pennsylvania troops. A
part of the time he served under Colonel Robert Robinson. He was at the battle
of Fort Washington, being taken prisoner at that time, and sent to the prison
ship in New York harbor. At the commencement of the war he raised a company and
for the expense of this, and for the relief of himself and others under his
command, he had to draw upon his father. This was charged to his personal
account and when his father's estate was settled, John Jamieson had nothing.
Thus did he sacrifice his time, health and fortune for his country.
GROUND." Rev. Jedediah
Stephens: Born in Canaan, Litchfield County, Connecticut, May 11, 1757,
died at Canisteo, N. Y., Jan 26, 1830. He was a Lieutenant in the Pennsylvania
Troops, serving six years.
Jun.: Born in Connecticut, about 1754, died at Canisteo, N. Y., Aug. 2,
1849. A private in the Pennsylvania troops, serving from the spring of 1777 till
the close of the war under the following Captains: David Hayes, Jno. Chatham,
Jno. Morrison, Simon Spaulding.
"BAKER BURYING GROUND."
Jeremiah Baker, Sen.: Born in Litchfield County, Connecticut,
died at Canisteo, N. Y., Dec. 23, 1825, aged 78. He served as a private
enlisting in the Wyoming Valley. See pages 263 and 266 "Record of Connecticut
Men in the Revolution." His name occurs under "Additional Names appearing on the
rolls of Captain Simon Spaulding's Company for March 15, 1779." "In June this
Company was ordered to the Wyoming Valley but failed to arrive until after the
Indian attack and massacre of July 3, 1778." It remained there until the fall of
1780, joining Sullivan's expedition in the summer of 1779.
Crosby: No facts can be ascertained about this man except what is
recorded in the "History of Hornellsville and Steuben County," which states that
he served as a Captain in General Washington's bodyguard.
Nehemiah Closson: Born in Vermont, died at Hornellsville, N.
Y., April 16, 1839. He was a "Minute-Man" and served one enlistment as a private
under Capt. John Wheelock. He was with Washington when the attack was made upon
Trenton, after crossing the Delaware.
John Stephens: Born in Connecticut, died at Greenwood, N. Y.,
March 19th, 1837. He enlisted while a lad in the Wyoming
Enoch Ordway: He was a
sharpshooter in a New Hampshire Regiment.
Oliver Harding: In the New York troops his name is enrolled in
the artillery, under Hamilton. He is said to have been a native of Connecticut
and at one time in Captain Dunkie's Company.
Christopher Hurlburt: Born at Groton, Conn., May 30, 1757, died
at Arkport, N. Y., April, 1831. April 3, 1776, he enlisted in the Continental
Army and served under the immediate command of Washington. In 1780 he was
enrolled as sergeant in Capt. John Franklin's Company, Wyoming Valley,
Three women who had thrilling
experiences as Indian captives are buried in the Canisteo
Olive Franklin: Daughter of
Lieut. Roswell Franklin, and wife of John Sterms, was captured when a girl of
thirteen, in the Wyoming Valley, but escaped after a few days when a rescuing
party overtook and fired upon the Indians.
Elizabeth Jones: Captured when a child, at Cherry Valley, with
other children. Later, she with the others were returned by friendly Indians,
probably the Tuscaroras. She was the wife of Uriah Stevens, the Revolutionary
Soldier mentioned above.
Sterms: Wife of Jeremiah Baker, who is also mentioned above, was at one
time taken prisoner with her children, by the Indians. She is buried in the
Baker Burying Ground.