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Revolution Pension Reports

The Revolution Remembered Through Pension Reports - See Names

The Revolution Remembered, John C. Dunn, 1980 .Clean, grey clothcovered
hardback, 7x10, 446 pages, very good condition save for a few very small
spots on the right hand side closed pages; otherwise, the book is in very
good condition, index, illustrations & portraits, with an excellent
chronology which prefaces the work In the book the story of the American
Revolution is told in the words of the actual participants themselves, via
their pension applications. The accounts are varied and lengthy - and most
interesting. A few snippets would include:

Jonathan Brigham b 1754 lived Marlborough MA...entered local minute company
April 1774...remained in Marlborough until 1796 when he joined the Yankee
exodus to NY. Lived in Madison until 1802, then Augusta in Oneida Co., and
to Chautauqua in 1810. Granted a pension. Each man has this type of
information.Then the eyewitness accounts: Sylvanus Wood on the Lexington
Green; Samuel Larrabee on General Arnold's transports up the Kennebec;
Ephraim Chase went to sea as a cabin boy ...lived Nantucket; Richard Vining
on Arnold's expedition to Quebec; Josiah Sabin on illicit inoculations for
smallpox; Abel Potter; Jehu Grant, Black, escaped from Tory master and
served ten months in wagon service; when he applied for a pension he was
told that because he was a fugitive he would not be allowed a pension!

William Patchin on guerilla warfare; and in the South, Josiah Culbertson, of
SC, not only served numerous tours of duty, but in 1776, with only the
support of his mother-in-law, he successfully held off a party of 150 Tories
and saved a cache of ammunition that was later used at Gen. Sumter's victory
at Hanging Rock. William Gipson, b. SC, volunteered for NC service five
times in an area unmatched for vicious brutality that was matched in no
other part of the country; the Revolution in SC and central NC was inflamed
by ethnic differences, British occupation and a large and active Tory
population. Garret Watts of Surry Co., NC, has a remarkable account as he
freely admits to being among the first to run from the field at Camden; he
describes his fear in detail and tries to analyze its cause - whatever the
cause, he surely moved around a lot after the war. Others tell of their
escape from the Briar Creek Massacre, give blood chilling yet humorous
accounts; another whose wife vastly overpaid a substitute to serve just the
last month of his enlistment. And, although there are many others, one
cannot forget Sarah Osborn, who traveled with the army and her observations
were most astute. She was a remarkable person and
received a double pension for her veteran husbands, Osborn and Benjamin, and
deserved every penny! Just an absolutely fascinating book whose contents

Illustration credits
Chronology of Events
New England in Arms
War Around Manhattan
Countering Burgoyne
New Jersey Mobilized
The Philadelphia Theater
War in the Carolinas
Virginia, to Yorktown
The Indian Frontier
Maritime Combat
Behind Enemy Lines
Other Revolutionaries

The Revolutionary War events for the above named areas are told in the
actual pension applications of :

Jonathan Brigham; Sylvanus Wood; Samuel Larrabee; Ephraim Chase; Richard
Vining; Josiah Sabin; Abel Potter; Jehu Grant; Richard Durfee; Joseph Wood;
Samuel DeForest; Michael Graham; Thomas Craige; Alheus Parkhurst; Eli
Jacobs; James Hawkins: Joseph Rundel; Joseph Parker; William Patchin;
Jonathan Nickerson; Benjamin Jones; David Holbrook; Thomas Wood; Richard
Wallace; Samuel Woodruff; Simeon Alexander; Michael Smith; John Adlum;
William Lloyd: Samuel Shelley; Thomas Brown (b. 1760 NJ); William
Hutchinson; John McCasland; Henry Yeager; Daniel Morris; Samuel Lockwood;
Charles Conaway; Josiah Culbertson; James Fergus; William Gipson; Garret
Watts; Moses Hall; John Taylor; Guilford Dudley; John Chaney; Edward Elley;
John Suddarth; Sarah Osborn (later m. John Benjamin & there is a portrait of
her at age 109 years); John Struthers; George Roush; James Huston; Anna
Oosterhout Myers; David S. Welch; John Cock; Ansel Goodman; James Thompson;
Jacob Zimmerman; David Freemoyer; Samuel Riggs; Angus McCoy; Abel Woodworth;
Elnathan Jennings; Thomas Marble; John Ingersoll; Joseph Saunders; Enoch
Crosby; John L. Mersereau; John Wyatt; William Johnson; Joseph Kerr; John
Claspy; Epaphroditus Champion; William Burnett; Edward F. Patrick; Henry
Seymour; Justus Bellamy; Jacob Francis; James Johnston; Israel Trask.

Additionally, hundred of other soldiers & persons are named in these pension
applications & may have also furnished affadavits for one of the above, &
there are portraits for a number of these veterans.

source: lyn

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