Wells Family Genealogy

The study of my Family Tree

10 Sep 2014 …. It’s genealogy road trip time again!! September 10, 2014

Yep, it’s time to hit the road again for more genealogy fun.  Every other year I drive up north from Sunny, hot and uber humid Orlando to enjoy the cooler fall weather of Connecticut and Rhode Island.

So what’s on the agenda this year?  Well, I thought I’d through out a few sites I’m planning on visiting and see if anyone has any suggestions of Wells, Rogers, Crandall, Stillman, etc, family sites to see.

In Rhode Island:

Visit Oak Grove Cemetery in Ashaway.  Time to do my check on the Wells family plot.  I’m pretty sure my grandparents stones are in need of a cleaning.

Visit the Thompson Wells Lot in Hopkinton.  Believe it or not, there are no photos on findagrave.com of this small cemetery, so I’ll stop by and snap a few pics of all the stones.  It’s small so shouldn’t take long.

Head through the woods to the Wells Lot where Randall Wells and Lois Maxson are buried.  It’s a fun hike through some treacherous underbrush, but I have a strong connection to those two grandparents seeing as they’re characters in my novels.  Besides, I heard the land the cem is on has changed hands.  Need to make sure the bulldozers aren’t on stand by …

I’m also planning on doing some hiking in Hopkinton on the Nature Conservancy trails up to Long Pond.  Absolutely beautiful trails to the most scenic spot in Hopkinton.   I’m thinking about going to Newport and wandering around as well.  I’ve driven through but have never really walked the town.

In Connecticut:

Visit the New London County Historical Society Library to see what goodies I can find.  Found tons of great stuff on the Rogers family last time.

Visit Cedar Grove Cemetery.  I got a message through findagrave.com that my entry for Moses Rogers was in error and he isn’t buried there.  thought I might go take me a looksy and see what Rogers are there.

Visit the Brown-Randall Cemetery in North Stonington.  Again, no photos on findagrave.com.  Lots of really old Randall stones.

Revisit the Burdick-Culver Cemetery in the Barn Island sanctuary over in Stonington.   Was a fun and easy hike to a lovely cemetery.  If I have time, I’ll squeeze it in.

There’s a Rogers Burying Ground in Salem I’d like to see.  No photos or map on Findagrave.com  All it says is it’s off of 82 about 1500 feet.  Gee, what a help…  Anyone know where it is?

I may also stop by the Rogers Cemetery at Mamacock Farm down on the grounds of Connecticut College.

I’ll also be doing a lot of wandering around Mystic and of course Stonington.  Since my third novel, the one about the Rogers family, mostly takes place in Stonington, I’m excited to revisit the town that inspired my writing journey.

So far, that’s all I’ve got.

So, got any suggestions.

 

5 July 2014: An Unusually Judgmental Census of 1880 July 5, 2014

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Okay, here’s something I’ve never seen noted on a census before.

I’ve been helping someone who contacted me asking for more info on her Wells family.  While poking around ancestry.com, I came across this census record that may or may not be the man in question.  She thinks that the Bart Wells listed on the 1880 Census  for Olive Township, Meigs County Ohio is Russell Barton Wells son of Barton Wells and Nancy Barnhart.  First of all, because this Fellow is much younger than the Russell we know of as the son of Barton and Nancy, this would only make sense if they had two sons names Russell.  This could be true.  I have no info on the “first” Russell beyond two census records.  He could have died before this one was born.  Putting that aside, this census says that this Bart Wells and his brother Charles are the grandchildren of George and Julia Congrove.  Unless they were Nancy Barnhart’s parents that wouldn’t make sense and since George and Julia are about the same age, well, he’s obviously not her father.

Okay, now let’s get to the really strange notation on the census ….

Next to the list of children, 6 grandchildren and one great-grandchild it says “A generation of Bastards in one house.” 

Huh?  That’s very judgmental for a census.    I’m not sure exactly who Bart and Charles Wells are.  If anyone out there knows, I’d love to hear from you.

1880 US Census Olive Twnshp Meigs Co OHIO George Congrove

1880 US Census Olive Twnshp Meigs Co OHIO George Congrove

So have you seen any strange notations on a census before?  Send me your stories and I’ll post them.  I’d love to get a little collection of oddities like this going.  You can send them to me at jegeoghan@hotmail.com

-Jennifer

Author of The Purity of Blood Novels.  Genealogy, romance, adventure and vampires.

 

24 June 2014: An exciting day for the Stillman Family! June 24, 2014

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I consider today a wonderful day for me genealogically speaking.  I finally got a reply to a request I made for the photo below.  Some good folks with the Town of Alfred NY sent me a copy of this photo of my great, great, great grandparents, Maxson Stillman (1774-1857) and his wife Esther Crandall (1775-1864).

Maxson is the son of George Stillman IV (1739-1817/9) and Esther Stillman (1740-1824).

Esther Crandall is the daughter of Phineas Crandall (1743-1821) and Ruth Rogers (1748-1783).  Esther is also the sister of Lydia Crandall Roger who married my 3rd great grandfather Russell Wells.  So this make Esther and Maxson not only my 3rd great grandparents, but also my 3rd great aunt and uncle as well!

I’m just thrilled to be able to add it to my photo collection, especially since it replaces their headstone photos as their photos in my genealogy program.

Maxson Stillman Sr and with Esther Crandall

Maxson Stillman Sr and wife Esther Crandall

The Stillmans definitely have some of the best photos in my collection.  I have to imagine they weren’t too hard up for money as they do seem to have taken quite a few portraits of the family.

Here’s a few more photos of the family.  Their son, Phineas Crandall Stillman (my great great grandfather)

Phineas Crandall Stillman Back and Front 1

Phineas Crandall Stillman (1809-1892)

This is Phineas’ daughter Pauline Rudiger (Stillman) Wells (1855-1922) and her twin sister Corinne Edgerton (Stillman) Rudiger (1855-1902)  They’re cute, but it’s a little creepy too if you ask me.  Pauline is my great grandmother.

Stillman Corinne and Pauline circa 1860 a

Twin sisters: Pauline Rudiger and Corinne Edgerton Stillman. Born 1855

Here’s Pauline all grown up.

Pauline Stillman in her wedding dress

Have any great Stillman family photos you’d like to share?  I’d love to see them.  I think it’s important for us as folks who share a love of our family history to come together and share what we have.  When families move from generation to generation, the history gets split up.  One son gets the photo album, another gets the family papers.  One moves across country and one stays close to home.  Before you know it, the family history is scattered to the winds, with each distant cousin holding only a small fraction of the family’s once proud history.

-Jennifer

jegeoghan@hotmail.com

 

Randall Wells and the Revolutionary War May 25, 2014

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One of the reasons I love genealogy is just when you think you’ve found it all, up pops something you never expected to find. While looking over the documents on http://www.fold3.com yesterday, I came across this pension application for John Button.  What was surprising was that there was a letter in his application (see below) that was written by Randall Wells himself.

What I find odd about his letter in support of the application of John Button is that he says that John wasn’t in the Militia but enlisted in the regular Army.   From the tone of the letter, I’m guessing he wouldn’t get a pension for just being in the Hopkinton Militia. The problem is, John was in the Militia. He was listed along with Randall as being in the Second Hopkinton Militia roll that I posted just yesterday. Who knows, maybe he was in both the Militia and the regular Army. I’d prefer to think that than to think Randall was stretching the truth.

Here’s Randall’s letter and the transcription below. Again I have (?) or xx’s denoting words I’m either not sure of or just wasn’t able to make out the handwriting of at all.

Revolutionary War Pension Application of John Button Page 13

Revolutionary War Pension Application of John Button Page 13

Revolutionary War Pension Application of John Button Page 14

Revolutionary War Pension Application of John Button Page 14

Revolutionary War Pension Application of John Button Page 2

Revolutionary War Pension Application of John Button Page 2

Came before me one of the Justices of the Piece for the town of Hopkinton in the County of Washington and State of Rhode Island – George Thurston Esquire of Hopkinton in said County of Washington of aged about Seventy Six years and on oath said he has been acquainted and lived in the same town and neighbor to John Button, Samuel Button + James Phillips and their family as they all belong to Hopkinton and been acquainted with them from their youth as to this time, and that he was knowing to the said John Button, Samuel Button, James Phillips all of Hopkinton Enlisting into the Army in the Revolutionary War and that they the said John, Samuel and James was absent from home for years and further remembers of their coming out of the Army towards or at the close of the war, and they was clad in the United Sates clothing remembering (?) the trimmings Button of that was on their clothes, the town of Hopkinton being located within one mile of the Connecticut line they enlisted under officers of the Revolution that lived in that state apart or all of them / and further that he was active in assisting to raise troops for the army was concerned in classes(?) when we were classes of to raise class of man and that he served many tours in the Malitia as a Captain and that the said John, Samuel and James was not in the Malitia as has been inserted on some of their applications Returned but that they were enlisted soldiers in the Revolutionary War and on the Continental Establishment, as I accepted (?) as they was a long time from home – further that they are very poor and very ignorant xxxx Remember as particular as to the service rendered as many do, the officers and soldiers whom they serve with are many of them Dead, and other emigrated to the Western Country which makes it almost impossible for them in their helpless situation to make the proof required – John Button and James Phillips application I understand is made before the Secretary of the War Department, Samuel Buttons Application has been returned, with the indication that he perform Militia duty only which must be a mistake, and from my knowing and being well acquainted with the various kinds of services rendered by officers and soldiers at the time as XXXX Malitia, State Service and Continental Service, the said John, Samuel and James did enlist into the Regular Army of the United States and was absent for a long time and I have not the least doubt, on the Continental Establishment, and I do recommend them to his Honor the Secretary of the War Department fair Claimants xxx within the manning of the Act of Congress of the 18th day of march 1818 making provision for the officers and soldiers of the Revolutionary War who are in Indigent Circumstances.

Pasonally affirmed the xxx George Thurston xxx George Thurston of the 2 Day of February 1819 and made solemn oath to the above and within xxxx xxx or deposition

Randal Wells Justice Peace

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Here is the Pension paperwork of James Stansbury mentioning Captain Randall Wells of Hopkinton.

James Stanbury Pension Paperwork Page 28

James Stanbury Pension Paperwork Page 28

Declaration:

In order to obtain the act of Congress, passed June 7, 1832.

State of Rhode Island   County of Washington

On this 4th day of September 1832 personally appeared in open court, before Judges or Justices of the Court of (Crossed out) now sitting, James Stanbury – – a resident of Hopkinton in the county of Washington and State of Rhode Island, aged 79 years, who being first duly sworn to law, doth on his oath make the following declaration, in order to obtain the Act of Congress passed June 7, 1832.

That he entered the service of the United States under the following named officers, and served as herein stated

Was born in the town of Hopkinton February 1759. We have no other XXXX But our family XXX, XXX always lived in said Hopkinton before and since the Revolution. Entered the service of the Revolution 1776 a substitute for one Jonathan Rogers. Went on the shores of Point Judith and Boston Neck Long Island Sound under Capt George Thurston, Col Jesse Maxson Three months then was drafted west under Capt Randall Wells. I don’t recollect whether Col Maxson or Noyes Command. Served X months I xxx went as a substitute for my brother John Stanbury. Went to New London State of Connecticut. Was in and about Fort Trumbull and the shores of Long Island Sound. Served six months under Capt Christopher Brown – Then I went a substitute for John Williams and served three months in Fort Griswold on Groton Bank. My time was xxx xxx before the xxx of Col Ledyard xxxx Capt William Lathom – Then afterward served as a substitute for a Mr. Homes in Fort Griswold under Capt Hull. Served one month.

He hereby relinquishes every claim whatever to a pension or annuity except the present, and declares that his name is not on the Pension Roll of the Agency of any State.

 

The Hopkinton, Rhode Island Militia May 24, 2014

Below is a list of the men who served in the Second Company of the Hopkinton Militia in the Revolutionary War. If you see any X’s in my transcriptions, they are a placeholder for words/names I wasn’t able to make out.

2nd Company Hopkinton RI Militia Page 1

2nd Company Hopkinton RI Militia Page 1

2nd Company Hopkinton RI Militia Page 2

2nd Company Hopkinton RI Militia Page 2

 

A List of the 2 Company in Hopkinton

Capt George Thurston Jr

Lieut Matthew Randall

Ensign Randall Wells

Sergt Joseph Thurston

Sergt Clark Maxson

Sergt Joseph Maxson

Sergt XXXXX Sweet

Daniel Peckham, Clerk

Caleb Potter, Drummer

Willet Clark, Fifer

Nathaniel Kenyon, Armor

Corp John XXXXX

Corp Stephen Potter

Gideon Allen

XXXXX XXXXX (Name is unreadable. Might be David something)

Joshua Coon

William Coon Jr

John Coon Jr

John Vilot

Benajah Crandall (Probably really Benjamin Crandall)

Peleg Crandall

David Crandall

Stephen Randall/Crandall (I’m thinking it looks like Randall but seeing as he comes after a Crandall and before a Randall, it could go either way)

Joshua Randall

Clark Reynolds

Matthew Lewis, XXXX Lewis, Asa Lewis, Randall Lewis, Paul Lewis, Green Lewis

Job Thurston

John Burdick Jr, Jabez Burdick, William Harris Burdick, Amos Burdick

Perry Maxson

Thompson Wells

Joshua Collings, Jabez Collings, Nathan Collings, John Collings

Peter Kenyon Jr, Arnold Kenyon, George Kenyon, Wells Kenyon

Stephen Clark

XXXX (Henry?) Clark

Joshua Lanfier Jr, Rawlan Lanfier

Joshua Tanner, Nathan Tanner

Isiah Button, Rufus Button, John Bullon

Timothy Larkin

Francis Palmer, Nathaniel Palmer

Moses Hall

Ephraim Rogers, Amos Rogers

Benjamin Colgroove

John Stanbury (?), John Stanbury Jr (?)

Asa Hill

Briant Cartwright Jr

Samuel Witter

Joshua Nie

Daniel Crumb

Samuel Perry

Caleb Nie

James Braymon, Henry Briteman, Thomas Briteman, Joseph Briteman

David Davis

Jeffrey Champlain

Jonathan West

William XXXXX

Caleb Church

Elijah XXX (Miller/Millard?)

Amos Patersson (?)

Edward Harvy

Woodmon Wilber, Clarke Wilber

Joseph Cole Jr

Phineas Crandall

David Nichols

XXXX XXXXX

Nathan Crandall

Abraham Utter (?)

Elijah Hall, Ezekiel Hall Jr

Simeon Perry Jr

Stephen XXXXX (Millard?)

Asa Coon

Paul Maxson

Benjamin Langothy (Probably really Benjamin Langworthy)

XXXXX XXXXX

Nathan Larkin

 

Here is part of the Pension Application of Elizabeth Palmer, Widow of John Palmer.

John Palmer Pension Application Page 29

John Palmer Pension Application Page 29

 

John Palmer Pension Application Page 33

John Palmer Pension Application Page 33

John Palmer Pension Application Page 34

John Palmer Pension Application Page 34

Application of Elizabeth Palmer widow of John Palmer

Dated 3 February 1853

A coppy of the declaration of John Palmer

states that in January 1776 he inlisted into the services of the United Stated at Hopkinton county of Washington and State of Rhode Island under Capt Abel Tanner, Lieut Randall Wells and Ensign Joseph Maxson of the term of six months and marched with the forces to South Kingston and at Boston neck and near those places and continued in the service in guarding the shores six months and was discharged in South Kingston in July 1776 after serving the full term of six months as a private. His regiment was commanded by Col Joseph Noyes and Major Thomas Sheffield. Col Ray Sand commanded a Regiment part of the time at the time near him. That in April 1776 he was drafted into the service of the United States at Hopkinton aforesaid under Capt Elnathan Wells in a regiment commanded by Col Jesse Maxson and removed to South Kingston and Boston Neck where he continued for the full term of three months and was discharged at South Kingston as a private discharged in July 1777, that in May 1778 he was drafted at Hopkinton aforesaid and went into the service of the United States as a sergeant under Capt Abel Tanner in a Regiment commanded by Col Jesse Maxson and xxxx to South Kingston Boston Neck and continued at and near these places three months and a half and was discharged at South Kingston the first of August or first of September 1778 after serving the full term of three months and a half was on the main land at Point Judith through the engagement on Rhode Island in XXXX XXXX that in May 1780 he received a XXXX and commission from the Governor of the state of Rhode Island and in the same month to xxx in May 1780 he continued as Lieutenant in the service of the United State at Hopkinton County of Washington and State of Rhode Island under Capt Abel Tanner, Joseph Maxson was Ensign. Cal Shenbenn (?) commanded the regiment he marched with the forces to Warwick and xxx to Bristol to Tiverton Howlands ferry and to Foglan and continued at Foglan Howlands Ferry and near their in guarding the shores six months and was discharged at Howlands Ferry in November 1780. They had no general engagement in this o any xxxx while he was in the arm. There was no continental officers stationed with him but xxxx Col Ray Sands, Col Jesse Maxson, Col Joseph Noyes and Col or Major Charles Dyer were all in the militia service while he was in the service of the United Sates

 

Deciphering the handwriting gave me a bit of an education. What looked like “Now lands Gerry” turned out to be Howlands Ferry. Which in googling different permutations of that I came across this:  http://www.preservation.ri.gov/pdfs_zips_downloads/survey_pdfs/portsmouth.pdf

State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations Preliminary Survey Report: Town of Portsmouth (January 1979)

EARLY FERRIES

In 1640, the town voted to establish a ferry, which operated at the narrows of the Sakonnet River between Portsmouth and Tiverton. Eventually it became known as Howland’s Ferry after the family which operated it through most of the eighteenth century. The Bristol Ferry, established in 1680 between Portsmouth and Bristol, was one of the most important in Rhode Island, affording direct communications between Aquidneck and Providence, and a tavern and a wharf at a public landing were established in the seventeenth century.

Okay, that explained Howlands Ferry. It was figuring out that the “F” in ferry was really an “F” and not a “G” as it looked to me that lead me to figure out that what looked like “Gagnon” was really “Foglon”. After a little googling, I found that there is a place called Fogland Point south of what was Howlands Ferry. Located on the mainland, it juts out into the water. Google maps has 3 Rod Way/Fogland Point Road as the one road that leads out this outcropping of land.

 

I had to look up what is referred to as the “engagement on Rhode Island” and when I googled it found this image:

The Engagement on Rhode Island

The Engagement on Rhode Island

 

Using the date given as the date of the Engagement, I found the following on Wikipedia and surmise that what they’re really talking about is The Battle of Rhode Island

The Battle of Rhode Island, also known as the Battle of Quaker Hill and the Siege of Newport, took place on August 29, 1778. Continental Army and militia forces under the command of General John Sullivan were withdrawing to the northern part of Aquidneck Island after abandoning their siege of Newport, Rhode Island, when the British forces in Newport sortied, supported by recently arrived Royal Navy ships, and attacked the retreating Americans. The battle ended inconclusively, but the Continental forces afterward withdrew to the mainland, leaving Aquidneck Island in British hands.

The battle took place in the aftermath of the first attempt at cooperation between French and American forces following France’s entry into the war as an American ally. The operations against Newport were to have been made in conjunction with a French fleet and troops; these were frustrated in part by difficult relations between the commanders, and a storm that damaged both French and British fleets shortly before joint operations were to begin.

The battle was also notable for the participation of the 1st Rhode Island Regiment, a locally recruited segregated regiment of African Americans. It was the only major military action to include a racially segregated unit on the American side in the war.

 

 

 

 

Randalls Wells Muster Roll for the Hopkinton Militia May 23, 2014

In honor of both Memorial Day and the publication of my latest book, I thought I’d use this weekend to get back to work on the military records I have of Randall Wells and the Hopkinton Militia from the Revolutionary War.  When I was originally gathering these records I was in the midst of writing my books and so never really gave them the attention they deserved.  So I’ll be working on transcribing some more of them and we’ll see what gems we can uncover.  To start with, here is his Muster Roll.  He is listed as an Ensign in the 2nd company (Hopkinton) Rhode Island with Capt George Thurston Jr.

I say in honor of the publication of my books becuase if you’re not aware, this very Randall Wells is a main character in the novel series I’m publishing.  I just published the third of my five novels and they are available as e-books on Amazon.com.  They are called The Purity of Blood series and can be found by typing either that or my name, Jennifer Geoghan, in the search box on Amazon.

Muster Roll of Randall Wells of Hopkinton, RI

Muster Roll of Randall Wells of Hopkinton, RI

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10 Oct 2012 – Randall Wells and the Hopkinton Militia October 10, 2012

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 One of my quests while in the DAR library was to try to find information on what my 4th Great Grandfather, Randall Wells, did in the Revolutionary War.  I know he was in the Hopkinton, RI Militia but little information is known about what his company of local Militia did during the war.  When I asked the nice gal behind the counter at the library if she knew of any books that might give me information she said there really wasn’t anything in the library that could help me but she pointed me in the direction of the computers and helped look Randall up on a website called fold3.  Fold3 has military records and I was able to find info on the Hopkinton Militia and Randall by looking at the Pension Applications of Revolutionary War soldiers.  soldiers had to fill out statements of exactly what they did in the way and in the process ended up giving little histories of the movements of certain militia units. 

So I found several applications that mentioned Randall.  They do however take some time to read and transcribe.  Below is a transcription of the pension application of a man called Daniel Knowles and below the transcription are images of the document itself.  You will notice a lot of xxx in the transcription which were parts that I was unable to make out the handwriting.  There was actually many, many more pages to Daniel’s application but I only transcribed the relevent parts.  I can tell you from what I’ve read so far of the different applications is that the Hopkinton Militia was chiefly occupied with guarding the shores of Narragansett Bay from the English.

Here are two things that I learned from this specific application about Randall and the Hopkinton Militia

November 1776: Randall Wells is an Ensign.  Militia was in Hopkinton City

March 1777: Randall Wells is a Lietenant.  Militia marches from Little Rest (now called Kinston) to Narragansett Bay and are stationed at the Bonnet Farm

There’s a lot more information here and if I was able to make out what all the “xxx”s were there would be a lot more.  So… if you’re up for a challenge, have a go at it and see if you’re able to make out anything I haven’t been able to.  Post what you’re able to make out in a comment and I’ll post an update in an upcoming blog post.  I’ll be posting on the other pension applications when I have a chance to transcribe them.  

Pension Application of Daniel Knowles of Washington in the state of Rhode Island who was a Private

Resident of North Kingston in the county of Washington and State of Rhode Island, aged 80 years (Sept 1832)

He was born in South Kingston in said county of the 10th of March 1752, his age is recorded in the family bible in the Spring of the year 1776, he marched from South Kingston into the town of Hopkinton in said County.  There he lived for years.  In November 1776, the Company of Militia to which he belonged of which George Thurston was Captain, Matthew Randall Liut and Randall Wells Ensign, was called out to meet at Hopktinton City so called.  Joseph Noyes now Colonel of the Regiment to which the Company belonged Jesse Champlin, Col, Joseph Maxson Major, Thomas Noyesxxx, xxx.  The Company xxx Post Road, where they met Colonel Noyes, xx xxxx then to forces to the South for in South Kingston, they proceded xxx it was so late they could not get there, xxx right, they gathered that night at the house of Samuel Perry and next day marched to the South Fery and quartered at different houses xxxxx stationed guards along shore until Spring, he was xxx xxxx the last day of March 1777 returned home.  Towards the end of May in that year, the Company on a … … …. …. Were again called out and marched to Point Judith xxx xxxx  month at the xxx house so called at the end of that month they were xxxx to the xxx place where they continued another month  and were discharched.  In November 1777 the company xxx of the same, of which xxxx xxx xxx was again called out, George Thurston was still Captain, Randall Wells Leit and Joseph Thurston Ensign, they were marched xxx Little Rest now called Kinston xxxx to the shores of the Bay, to join the shores and stationed at the Bonnet Farm xxxx at the house of Colonel John Gardiner in Boston Neck two months and xxxx two more months at the xxxx house near the same, at the end of that time, they were discharged.  In xxxx xx 1778, the company was again called out, with xxx of the xxxxx Joseph Noyes was Colonel, Jesse Maxson xxx Xols, Thomas Sheffield Major, the officers of the company, were the same as before, they marched to Little Rest where they made a xxx from hence to Providence, hence Petuxet xxxx for the night, the next day they went xxx xxx and quartered at a Meeting house all night, the next day they went to Boston, and were transported across Bristol Fery to Rhode Island and arrived to the American forces on the xxx xxx command of Genreal xxxx. Xxxx xxxx xxx had xxxx been called the French Stormon account of the French Fleet which was to xxx with General xxxx xxx xxx The storm lasted three of four hours was violent with xxx xxx xxx night they first landed on the island, the only other xxx his associated xxx from the rain was an orchard he got very wet and did not get dry for three days , xxx storm grew xxx xxx on the xxx the enemy xxx xxx xxxx xx on the lines an xxx xxx until the Americans xxx  xxx the island, xxx xxx were transported xxxx the xxx in boats for the xxxx and landed at xxxx neck in north Kinston, from there they marched to Hopkinton and were discharged, we has absent from hom in xxxx xx at least one month.   Whilst on the island he was one of the guards xxx the xxx of General Sullivan.  In the spring of 1780 he moved from Hopkinton into South Kingston and in August or September 1780, the company of Militia in which he was then enrolled, as a xxx of the same xxxx which he was one, was called out with most of the regiment, Thomas potter was Colonel of the Regiment, the officers of the Company were Stephen Babcock Capt, Joseph xxxx Liet and Jesse Champlin was xxx.  Were xxx at Little Rest and left encamped some days  from thence they went to Jones Hill where they staid some days from thence marched to what is now called Wickford then called xxxx xxxx from thence were transported across the Bay xxx the north end of the island of Conanicut, and landed on Rhode Island and stationed at Boston Neck, he was gone this time one month.  He xxx in the whole one year of which he is xxxx.  He never served under any xxx xxx   General Sullivan xxxx to none of the Contenental xxx officers in that expedition.  H has no documentary evidence of his service.  Solomon xxxx is xxx to most of his services he being in his xxx son Randall Family a great part of the time, and being with him xxx on the shores some xxx Sullivan’s xxxx – most xxx will likewise to his services.  He is not xxxx with any xxx, in his xxx who can testify to the xxx of his services

 

 
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