Following is a notice at the beginning of the list of Freedom Fighters, which appeared in the Watertown Daily times throughout 1976, to commemorate the bicentennial of our country.
"Although Jefferson County was highly strategic as a borderland in both the French and Indian Wars and the War of 1812, the area was not the site of any great battles of the American Revolution. According to the history books, the American line of defense lay mostly along the Mohawk and Susquehannah Rivers during the War for Independence, and the land of Jefferson County was much given up to the enemy due to the presence of the British fort on Carleton Island in the St. Lawrence River. Perhaps the area's greatest distinction in those days was as an escape route for many Tories on their way to the safety of Canada.
"When the new nation had been born, however, and the awesome wilderness was first being cleared, it was to Jefferson County that many of those who had fought in the Revolution moved. As a result, more than 350 Revolutionary War soldiers are buried in the county, and records of their presence provide a national heritage for today's residents.
"The list of names and short biographies of the Revolutionary War heroes of Jefferson County is presented by The Times through the cooperation of the Leray de Chaumont Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution on the occasion of this year's national celebration.
"The names were originally copied by Mrs. Frank M. Williams, a member of the local D.A.R., while in Washington, D.C., at the Archives of the Veterans Administration. Ethel Swaffer copied Mrs. Williams' records for use in the Leray de Chaumont Chapter Library.
"Members of the chapter's Bicentennial Committee are: Helen B. Walker, chairman, Mrs. Ward B. Gorman Sr., Mrs Winfield A. Fox, Mrs. Floyd L. Hammond, Mrs. Robert G. Horr, Mrs. Henry R. Hodge, Mrs. M. Merle Osborn, Mrs. William B. Eves, Miss A. Faye Eames and Mrs. Martin E. Sullivan.
"The list of Freedom Fighters follows, and will continue in subsequent issues of The Times."
Revolutionary War veteran Amasa Allen, born March 7, 1753, died Dec 22, 1820. He is buried in Old Theresa Cemetery, Town of Theresa. His wife was the former Alice Lord.
Elijah Allen, a Revolutionary War veteran, is buried in Three Mile Creek Cemetery, Town of Clayton.
Revolutionary War veteran WILLIAM ALLEN is buried in Clayton Cemetery, Town of Clayton.
Revolutionary War veteran Truman Armes is buried in Union Cemetery, Adams.
Revolutionary War veteran JEREMIAH BABCOCK is buried in Evergreen Cemetery, Champion Huddle, Town of Champion. His wife's name was Amey.
Mrs. Sybbel Parker Bacon received a pension for several years as the widow of Timothy Bacon, a Revolutionary soldier. She was the mother of 12 children, among them Deacon ISAAC BACON of the Baptist Church of Watertown, and MOSES BACON, long-time sexton of First Presbyterian Church, Watertown.
Revolutionary War veteran Benjamin Barker is buried in Kinnie Cemetery, Town of Antwerp. His wife was Tillie.
Samuel Barr married a girl named Anna and died 17 Jan 187?. He is buried in Hillside Cemetery, Champion.
Enoch Bean is buried in the Arsenal Street Cemetery, Watertown.
Jesse Benjamin's grave is in the Clayton Cemetery.
William Butterfield died 17 Jan 187? and is buried in Fairview Cemetery, Rodman. His first wife was Sally T. and his second wife was Sally N.
John Carpenter was born 22 Feb 1739, and married Mercy Morgan. He died 12 Jan 1805 and is buried in Adams Village Cemetery.
[a slightly different version found in the Fonda papers] Born 14 May 1744, Thomas Clark enlisted 24 Sep 1777, in Capt. Josiah Boyden's Co., Col. Williams' Regiment on an expedition to Bennington, Vt. in 1777. He also served in Capt. Peter Page's Co., Col. Walbridge's Regiment of Vermont Volunteers from 17 Aug 1781 to 21 Nov 1781, and went to the Alarm 24 Oct 1782 in Capt. Elijah Galusha's Co.
He was first married about 1779, and with his first wife had the following children: John, Thomas Jr., Edward, Cynthia, Betsy, and Harriet. He later married Susanna Bell, who had one daughter, Susannah, who married Nathan Taggart. Susannah Bell Clark is believed to have died in Halifax, Vt. Mary Otis became Thomas Clark's third wife 11 May 1814. She died 10 Feb 1824. Thomas Clark died in Belleville, Town of Ellisburgh, and was buried in Mixer Cemetery, Belleville.
[I do not believe this man was a Revolutionary veteran, but rather the son of William Collins, who was. I welcome any corroboration that he was a veteran] Buried in Stone Mills Cemetery, Town of Orleans.
Buried in Fairview Cemetery, Rodman.
Thomas Crook died 9 Jul 1836, aged 74. He is buried in Hillside Cemetery, Champion. His wife's name was Olive.
Buried in Pt. Peninsula Cemetery, Town of Lyme
Ephriam Doan was born in 1741 and died 20 Aug 1819. He is buried in Woodville Cemetery, Town of Ellisburg. His wife's name was Lucy.
Thomas Dobson was born in 1752. His wife was named Fanny. He died 28 Apr 1829 and was buried in Carpenter Cemetery, Town of Adams.
Peter Doxtater was born Christmas Day, 1750, at German Flats, Herkimer County. He served in the Revolution as a private under Capt. Henry Harter, Col. Peter Bellinger and Col. Frederick Bellinger, serving at various times until the end of the war. He took part in the Battles of Oriskany and German Flats.
He was married three times, first to Elizabeth Cunningham, in 1751, then to a girl named Susanne, then to Innocent Hurlburt. An account of the early life of Peter Doxtater is given on page 226 of Child's Jefferson County Gazetteer. He died 1 Dec 1842 at the age of 92, in Adams, leaving six children:
He was buried in the Rural Cemetery, Adams.
Aaron Dresser died 2 Oct 1816, at age 55. He is buried in Old Theresa Cemetery, Town of Theresa.
Thomas Dunton was born 24 Mar 1752, and married Joanna Howard. He died May 26 or 27, 1832, at age 80, and was buried in the village cemetery, Sanford Corners, Town of LeRay.
Buried in Brookside Cemetery, Watertown.
Artemus Earl died 21 Feb 1839 at age 78 and was buried in Taylor Cemetery, Town of Brownville.
--Buried in West Carthage Cemetery, Town of Champion
John Eddy's wife was named Elizabeth. He died 18 May 1839, at age 71, and was buried in Rutland Hollow Cemetery, Town of Rutland
George Edner died 18 Apr 1847 and was buried in Kinnie Cemetery, Town of Antwerp. His wife's name was Susan.
William Gardner was born 12 Feb 1758, and married Esther Nichols. He died 19 Jul 1840 at age 85. He is buried in0 East Rodman, Town of Rodman.
Abraham Gates is buried in the Champion Huddle Cemetery, Town of Champion.
Asa Gates married a woman named Mary. He died 10 Nov 1812, and was buried in the Hillside Cemetery, Champion.
Buried in Howland Cemetery, Town of Rutland.
Buried in Huntingtonville Cemetery, Town of Watertown.
Buried in Gotham Street Cemetery, Watertown
Buried in Adams Center Cemetery
Buried in Green Settlement Cemetery, Town of Adams.
Phineas (also Keith) Heath married a girl named Susan. He died 10 Mar 1832 at age 71. He is buried in Bishop Street Cemetery, Town of Henderson.
Born in 1755, Daniel Holloway married Maria Bates. He died 29 Nov 1837, and is buried in Sulphur Springs Cemetery, Town of Hounsfield. His grave was marked with the DAR emblem in 1900.
Thomas Hosner died 12 Nov 1827, aged 69. He was buried in Tylerville Cemetery, Town of Rutland.
Noadiah Hubbard, born 14 Mar 1735, was married first to Mrs. Phoebe Crowell, then to Mrs. Sarah Seward, and finally to Mrs. Phebe Thayers. He died 6 Feb 1837 and is buried in Hillside Cemetery, Town of Champion.
[Unless the dates are incorrect, there is no way this man could be a soldier of the Revolution.] Amasa Hungerford died 6 Dec 1762 aged 78 years, and was buried in Carpenter Cemetery, Town of Henderson.
Stephen Johnson was born 17 May 1762. He married Phoebe Burr and died 31 Jul 1832 at age 70. He is buried in Hillside Cemetery, Champion.
Alexander Jones died 14 Sep 1841 at age 75. He is buried in Sunnyside Cemetery, Great Bend.
Israil Kellogg died 5 May 1828. He is buried in Bishop Street Cemetery, Town of Henderson.
Buried in the meadow of Keyser School House, Town of LeRay.
Allen Kilbourn's wife's name was Rhoda. He died 21 Aug 1811, aged 67, and was buried in Hillside Cemetery, Champion Village.
Buried in Brownville Cemetery.
Seth Larabee died 1 Jun 1833, and was buried in Sunnyside Cemetery, Great Bend.
Amos Lawrence died 20 Oct 1817. He is buried in Evergreen Cemetery, Champion Huddle, Town of Champion.
Capt. James Lewis died 18 Jan 1823, and is buried in Ellisburg Village Cemetery.
Solomon Livermore was born 4 Apr 1762, and married Louise (Lois) Warren. He died 12 Jul 1849, and is married in Muscalonge Cemetery, Town of Hounsfield. His grave was marked with the DAR emblem in 1900.
John Loomis was buried in Champion Cemetery, Town of Champion.
The date of Samuel Loomis' death [sic] is not known. He married a girl named Sally and died 2 Feb 1848. He was buried in Hillside Cemetery, Champion.
Joseph McKee married a woman named Irene. He died 20 Nov 1829, and is buried in the Ellisburg Village Cemetery. His grave is marked with the SAR emblem.
Noah McNitt was buried in the Champion Cemetery, Town of Champion.
Joseph Maltby died 11 Jul 1845, and was buried in Tylerville Cemetery, Town of Rutland.
John Marsh married Rebecca and died 25 Dec 1839. He is buried in Maplewood Cemetery, Town of Ellisburg.
Capt. Joseph Martin was buried in the West Carthage Cemetery, Town of Champion.
Born in 1749, Andrew Middleton married a girl named Margaret. He died in 1835, and was buried in Rutland Hollow Cemetery. The stone is marked "In Memory of Andrew and Mary Middleton, Pioneers of 1807."
Jonathan Miller died 18 Jan 1833 in Evans Mills. He is buried in Evans Mills Cemetery, Town of LeRay.
Roswell Mills was buried in Rices Cemetery, Town of Adams.
Elisha Mix married a girl named Martha. He died 13 Oct 1835 and was buried in Calcium (Sanford's Corners), Town of LeRay.
Noah Monroe married Lucy and died 26 Jul 1838. He is buried in Underwood Cemetery, Town of Rutland.
Jabez Moore was buried in the Adams Village Cemetery, Town of Adams.
Alpheus Morse died 18 Sep 1828, and was buried in the Patrick-Thompson Cemetery, located between Adams and Rodman. The grave is marked with the SAR emblem.
Born in 1764, John Near married Elizabeth Wormuth around 1791. He died near Ellisburg in 1831, was buried in the Brewster Cemetery there.
Annials Otis died 13 Mar 1833, and was buried in the Rutland Hollow Cemetery, Town of Rutland.
Solomon Palmer was buried in the Felts Mills Cemetery, Town of Rutland.
Born in 1763 at Walpole, N.H., the son of Samuel and Sarah (Messer) Parker, Joseph Parker served in Capt. Peter Page's Co. of volunteers in the service of the state, commanded by Lt. Col. Eden Walbridge. It is known by his own statement that he was at the surrender of Cornwallis, and that he walked from there to his home in Vermont, after the surrender. He first married Judy Watts, and later married Lydia Watts, moving to Plessis. He died 25 Feb 1835, at Plessis. Lydia died 5 Sep 1843, at age 70. Both are buried in Brookside Cemetery, Plessis.
William Parkinson was buried in the Maplewood Cemetery, Town of Rutland.
Nathaniel Peck married a girl named Mary. He died 24 Jun 1839 and was buried in Hillside Cemetery, Champion Village.
Ezra Perry married Zerniah. He died 17 Mar 1832, and was buried in Honeyville Cemetery, Town of Adams.
Isaac Powers was buried in the West Carthage Cemetery, Town of Champion.
John Prentice was born 27 Aug 1734 and he married Dorothy Sexton. He died 6 Jun 1810 and was buried in the South Champion Cemetery, Town of Champion.
Born 18 Feb 1756, Samuel Priest married Susanna Hastings. He died 26 Oct 1826, and was buried in the Taylor Cemetery, Town of Brownville.
Samuel Prior was buried in the Taylor Cemetery, Town of Brownville.
Isaac Rogers married a girl named Rhoda, and died 27 Jan 1846. He was buried in Union Cemetery, Town of Adams.
Born in Londonderry, N.H., William Rogers married a girl named Elizabeth. He died 21 Feb 1842, in the Town of LeRay. He was buried in Sanford's Corners (Calcium) Cemetery.
Samuel Sargent was born 18 May 1761, and married Patty Johnson. He died 1 Oct 1830, and was buried in the Rutland Hollow Cemetery, Town of Rutland.
Abram Stevens was buried in the Stevens Burying Ground, Town of Rutland.
Solomon Jackson Tracy was born in Norwich, Conn. 7 Oct 1759, a son of David Tracy and Abiah Baker. He was the fifth generation from Lt. Thomas Tracy who arrived in New England in April 1636.
The family was living in Mill River, Mass., when Solomon was enlisted at Sheffield, Mass. He served in a company commanded by Capt. Putnam in Col. Peter's regiment in line for 12 months and eight days. His name is borne on a payroll of Capt. George King's Comany in Colonel Hopkin's Regiment when he served from 15 Jul 1776 to 4 Aug 1776, and also in Captain King's Company of Colonel Benjamin Simond's detachment of Militia from 16 Dec 1776 to 24 Mar 1777. He was also on the payroll of Captain Peter Ingersoll's Company, Colonel John Brown's Regiment from 1 Jul 1777 to 30 Jul 1777.
By 1780 he had married Caroline Mott and they were living in the town of Stillwater in Albany County. Next the family moved to the Town of Ellisburg in Jefferson County. At the time of his death, 28 Jan 1849, he was a pensioner of the United States at the rate of $40.88 a year. They had four boys and two girls, but it is believed that only Caleb and David were living in the Town of Ellisburg when Solomon died. Caleb is buried in Woodville Cemetery and Solomon Tracy in the cemetery at Ellis Village, Town of Ellisburg. Among descendants living in Jefferson County today are Tracy Skinner, Justice of the Peace in the Town of Ellisburg, and Mrs. Horace (E. Marie) Spencer of Watertown.
Adonis Trowbridge was buried in the Union Cemetery, Town of Adams.
Solomon Tuttle married a girl named Sarah. He died 1 Sep 1828, and was buried in the Middle
Road Cemetery, Town of Rutland.
The following is an addition sent in by Sid Shafer, firstname.lastname@example.org: According to his Obit (9-1-30 Watertown Regisiter and General Advertiser, which was published weekly) he died in Rutland 08-28-1830. According to the Connecticut Revolutionary War list, he served in Woodbridge Company, Connecticut Line. Additionally his NY Pension ($96.00 annually) was approved in 1818. His burial is in Maple Hill Cemetery, Town of Rutland.
Ziba Tuttle married a girl named Catherine. He was buried in the Oxbow Cemetery, Town of Antwerp.
James Waite was buried in Champion Huddle Cemetery, Town of Champion.
Joshua Whitcomb married a woman named Derusha. He died 8 May 1838, and was buried in the Union Cemetery, Town of Cape Vincent. His grave is marked with the SAR emblem.
James Whitney was buried in Corbin Corners Cemetery, Town of Clayton.
Jephapah Wilson was buried in Champion Cemetery, Town of Champion.
Moses Wright's wife was named Martha. He died in September, 1829, and was buried in the Adams Village Cemetery.
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