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.
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
XXXXX XXXXX (Name is unreadable. Might be David something)
William Coon Jr
John Coon Jr
Benajah Crandall (Probably really Benjamin 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)
Matthew Lewis, XXXX Lewis, Asa Lewis, Randall Lewis, Paul Lewis, Green Lewis
John Burdick Jr, Jabez Burdick, William Harris Burdick, Amos Burdick
Joshua Collings, Jabez Collings, Nathan Collings, John Collings
Peter Kenyon Jr, Arnold Kenyon, George Kenyon, Wells Kenyon
XXXX (Henry?) Clark
Joshua Lanfier Jr, Rawlan Lanfier
Joshua Tanner, Nathan Tanner
Isiah Button, Rufus Button, John Bullon
Francis Palmer, Nathaniel Palmer
Ephraim Rogers, Amos Rogers
John Stanbury (?), John Stanbury Jr (?)
Briant Cartwright Jr
James Braymon, Henry Briteman, Thomas Briteman, Joseph Briteman
Elijah XXX (Miller/Millard?)
Amos Patersson (?)
Woodmon Wilber, Clarke Wilber
Joseph Cole Jr
Abraham Utter (?)
Elijah Hall, Ezekiel Hall Jr
Simeon Perry Jr
Stephen XXXXX (Millard?)
Benjamin Langothy (Probably really Benjamin Langworthy)
Here is part of the Pension Application of Elizabeth Palmer, Widow of John Palmer.
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)
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:
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.