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Delaware Archives



REVOLUTIONARY WAR

IN THREE VOLUMES



VOLUME III AND INDEX



Published by the Public Archives

Commission of Delaware

by authority



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WILMINGTON, DELAWARE

CHAS. L. STORY COMPANY PRESS

1919



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MILITARY CORRESPONDENCE 1045

War Dcp't Pension Offif:c

April 21, 181S.
Sir,

Finding that great impositions are likely to be practised upon the Government
(without the possibility of detection, — the original records having been destroyed
some years ago) in relation to revolutionary claims to pension under the law of
Congress of the 18th of March ultimo; I have the honor to apprise your Excellency
that it would be highly desirable for this Department to possess the original, or
transcript-pay rolls of the Continental Army belonging to the line of Delaware;
together with such other information touching the services of these revolutionary
claimants, as your Excellency may suggest, and which perhaps can only be derived
from the records of the several Executive officers of the state of Delaware within
your control.

With great respect & consideration,
I have the honor to be, Sir,

Your Most obt Servt

J. C. CALHOUN.
His Excellency

The Governor

of Delaware.
(On the back of the paper:)

From the Secretary of W^ar requesting information respecting services rendered
by applicants for pensions under the act of Congress of 18 March 1818. 21 April
1818.

Office of the Secretary of State,

Dover Del., 7 Nov. 1818.
Sir.

I am directed by the Governor to reply to the letter, in which you express to him
a "desire to possess the original or trans-pay rolls of the continental army belonging
to the line of Delaware &c

The following are the only pay rolls of the continental army belonging to the
Delaware Line that can be found in the public offices of this State, viz.

of Captain John Learmouth's company for the years 1777, 1778, 1779, & 1780

James Moore's " " 1777, 1778, & 1779.

John Patten's " " 1777, 1778, 1779 & 1780

Peter Jacquet's " " 1777, 1778, 1779, & 1780

John Wilson's " " 1778, 1779, & 1780

« Enoch Anderson's " " 1776, 1777, 1778, & 1779

" Rober Kirkwoods " " 1777, 1778, 1779, & 1780

« Thomas Holland's " " 1777,—

John Corse's " " for March 1780

Cord Hazzard's " " 1777 & 1778.

Major Joseph Vaughan's " " 1778, 1779, & 1780

Lieut. Col. Charles Pope's " « 1778, 1779, & 1780

Col. David Hall's " " 1778, 1779, & 1780

Lieut. Daniel P. Coxe's " « 1778,—

" John Rhode's " " 1778.—



1046 DELAWARE ARCHIVES.

These pay rolls are generally made for each month in the year, and are therefore
very voluminous, altho' none of these extend down to the close of the revolutionary
war. The Governor, altho' feeling every disposition to furnish the papers asked for
does not think that he should be justified in sending the originals, without the sanc-
tion of the legislature: to copy them all will require much time and great labor — and
as it is likely that there are but few applicants from this State for pensions under
the act of Congress of the 18 March last, of those who served in the Delaware Line,
and as it is presumed that those who do apply always state the Company to which
they belonged, the Governor has directed me to suggest, whether the object you have
in view might not be fully accomplished by your stating the payrolls of the particular
companies and for the particular years of which you need copies — and the copies of the
pay rolls thus particularly designated shall be immediately transmitted to you.

If however the plan thus suggested should not be satisfactory, on information
thereof, copies of all the pay rolls of the Delaware Troops in the regular army of the
United States during the revolutionary war, that can be found in this State, shall be
made and sent to you.

The Executive Department of the Government of this State will at all times,
with great cheerfulness afl^ord to the General Government or any Department thereof,
any information it may possess in relation to any subject on which inquiry may
be made.
The Honorable f I have the honor to be

J. C. Calhoun. J with great respect.

Secretary of War, | your mo. ob. sert.

Washington ( H. M. Ridgely.



In the case of Samuel Oliver, a petitioner for a pension under the act of Congress, of
the 18th March 1818 entitled "An Act to provide for certain persons engaged in the
land and naval service of the United States, in the Revolutionary War:"

Office of the Secretary of State— Dover— 29th January 1819

I certify that there are not in this office, nor elsewhere, to my knowledge, any
pay rolls of Captain Nathan Adams' Company which belonged to and formed part of
the Delaware Regiment in the service of the United States during the revolutionary
war: But there is in this office, and now before me, an original paper purporting to be
' 'A muster roll of Captn Nathan Adams Company & Delaware Regiment of Conti-
nental troops commanded by Colonel John Haslet & now in the service of the United
Colonies in barracks at Dover the twelfth day of April 1776," from which it appears
that a man named Samuel Oliver "was enlisted into the said company on the 12th
day of February 1776, and continued therein as a private soldier, and at the time of
the date of the said Muster roll said 12 April 1776. This muster roll is the only
paper in this office relating to Capn. Nathan Adams Company.

The troops, composing the Delaware Regiment on the Continental establish-
ment, in the service of the United States during the revolutionary war, was more
commonly known and distinguished by the name of the "Delaware Blues."

H. M. Ridgely.



MILITARY CORRESPONDENCE 1047

Sam. Oliver — Of Capt. Natlian Adams company — certified from the Muster roll of
Capt. Adams of 12 April 1776.



James Smith — of Capt. Henry Darby's comp — certified from the muster roll of Capt.
Darby's comp. of 12 April 1770.



Office of the Secretary of the State of
Delaware.
Dover— 1 June 1819.

There are in this office no pay rolls, nor Muster rolls of any company commanded
by Captain Paul Queenault. There are however in this office pay rolls of Major
Joseph Vaughan's company of foot in the service of the United States on the Con-
tinental establishment and which belonged and was attached to the Delaware Regi-
ment commanded by Col. David Hall during the Revolutionary War, from the
month of September 1778 inclusive to the month of March 1780 inclusive & also a
muster roll of the same company for April 1780, from which it appears that a person
of the name of Jacob Furbee was enlisted in the said company on the 20 July 1779
and that he continued to serve as a corporal in the said company from the time of his
enlistment aforesaid until and during the month of April 1780. There are no other
pay rolls or muster rolls of the said company in my possession.

It further appears from a "Muster roll of the non-commissioned officers drum-
mers and fif ers and rank and file of the late Delaware regt. (then) the first company
of the second Battalion in Col. Williams Regiment serving in the Southern army of
the United States" dated "Hillsborough N Carolina Sept. 1780" and which muster
roll is in this office and now before me, that a person of the name of Jacob Furbee
then belonged to and was a corporal in the said last mentioned company and that he
was serving on the 16th August 1780.

Certified at the request of the U. S. War Department.

H. M. Ridgely.



Since writing the above I have inspected a paper in this office, purporting to be a
"muster & size roll of Recruits inlisted by Lt. Paul Quenouault for the Delaware
Regiment 1779," from which it appears that on the 20th July 1779 the said Paul
Quenouault enlisted for the said Regiment a person named Jacob Furby, who at the
time of his enlistment was 20 years of age, five feet nine inches high a farmer by
trade, a native of Murderkill Hundred Kent County & State of Delaware and
resident there at the time of his enlistment.

H. M. Ridgely

June 1819



1048 DELAWARE ARCHIVES

[Letter from Wm. B. Cooper to Henry M. Ridgely].

Dear Sir,

Mr. Mitchell Lecatt has this day been with me and informs me that Major
Hitchins Belonged to Captn Kirkwoods Company and Jesse Royall to Peter Jacquetts
this information will perhaps relieve you from some trouble in searching the pay Rolls
&c.

Respectfully your obdt. Srt.

Wm. B. Cooper.

June 23d 1819.

[At the bottom of this letter in the handwriting of Henry M. Ridgely occurs this entry :]
"In the case of Major Hitchins the pay rolls of the following companies have
been carefully examined & his name does not appear in any of these viz — Capt.
Patten's, Kirkwood's, Learmouth's Wilson's, Hazzard's Col. Hall's, Capt.
Anderson's."



War Department

Pension OflSce

February 28, 1834
Sir.

I herewith enclose to you the papers of Davis Shockley and will thank you to
inform me whether his name is found on the rolls of service during the revolutionary
war, in your office, and also, if not found, whether you have any rolls of Captain
Perry's company.

Captain Perry's company was stationed at Lewistown, Delaware, for the pro-
tection of Pilots &c.

Be pleased to return the papers to this Department at as early a period as
possible.

I have the honor to be

Very respectfully

Your obt. Servt.
J. L. Edwards.
James Rogers Esqr.
Secretary of State
New Castle

Delaware

On the back of the paper:

From the Comr. of Pensions in relation to the claim of Davis Shockley —



DELAWARE MILITIA 1777 lf)49

BATTALION OF DELAWARE WHIGS

Scheme for raising 600 Militia in the Delaware State for the Protection and
Defence thereof, to be called the Battalion of Delaware Whigs, and to continue
in Service two Months, unless sooner discharged by the Commander in Chief.

300 Non-commissioned Officers and Privates to be raised in New Castle County,
and to consist of 6 Companies of 50 Men each, (Viz) 2 Sargeants, 2 corporals. 1
Drummer, 1 fifer, and 44 Privates, and to be commanded each Company by 1 Cap-
tain, 1 Lieutenant, and 1 Ensign. 200 Do. in Kent County — and 100 Do in Su.ssex
County, to be officered in the same manner. The Captains in New Castle County
appointed to this service are as follows, (viz) James Black, John James, Thomas
Wattson, Isaac Lewis, William Moody and William Rankin.

Major General Rodney to appoint the 4 Captains in Kent County, and Briga-
dier Dagworthy is to appoint the 2 Captains in Sussex. Each of the 12 Captains
is to have the Nomination of his own Sub-alterns.

The whole Corps to be commanded by 1 Brigadier General, 1 Lieutenant
Colonel and 2 Majors. Names of said Officers, Brigadier Patterson, Lt. Colonel
George Craighead, 1st. Major to be named by General Rodney, & 2 Do. by Brigadier
Dagworthy — The Staff — Surgeon, Doctor William Patterson, who is to nominate
his Mate. Adjutant, Matthew Aiken-Quarter Master, William Clark, Brother to
the Sheriff, Commissary, William McClay.

GENERAL ORDERS for the DELAWARE STATE

The above Scheme is to be carried into Execution with the utmost Expedition;
each Company in the respective Counties to furnish their Quota for such County,
according to the Numbers in each Company, and if the Levies cannot be procured,
any Volunteer from any place whatsoever to be received. Each Man to furnish
himself with a musket &c. and a Blanket, and if any Arms or Blankets are wanting,
they are to be taken, in the first place, from such persons as the several Captains
shall think Disaffected or not well affected to the Independence of the State, and
afterwards wherever they can be had — the Intention being in this decent manner
to disarm our internal Enemies — All arms & Blankets thus procured to be valued
by two judicious Freeholders, and a receipt for the same to be given to the owner
mentioning such value; the private to whom such Arms &c. are delivered, is to
return the same to his Captain on the Day of his Corps's Discharge, or to pay the
appraised Value, for the use of the Owner. — Each Company as soon as it amounts
to 40 Non-commissioned OflBcers and Privates in the County of New Castle, is to
march instantly to the place of Rendezvous at the Town of Newark, and from the
other Counties, at Middletown in New Castle County. All the rest of the Militia
to be discharged, except Captain William Peery's Company in Sussex. If a guard
should be desired by the General Assembly at Dover, whilst they sit, or should be
thought necessary at any other time, it may be ordered by Majr. General Rodney. —
The whole Corps to be paid monthly. All OflBcers civil and military are requested
and directed to be Aiding and assisting in carrying these Orders into Execution, as
they will answer the Contrary at their Peril.

From the Example of the States of Maryland, Virginia and Pennsylvania from
which the Militia march'd to join General Washington, (at the time when Genl.
Howe and the Army of the Enemy were in New-Castle County) in order to defend
the County, it is impossible to suppose that the Inhabitants of the Delaware State
can have so little Sense or so little Virtue, had they no regard to Law, as to decline



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DELAWARE ARCHIVES



Marching to any place within the Same for their own Security; especially when the
Commander in Chief assures them they shall not be required to go any where
out of it.

This Body of Troops must be at the Posts assigned them as a general Ren-
dezvous as soon as possible; and the farthest off before the first day of November
next; At these Posts they will receive further Orders.

THOS. McKEAN,

October 14th, 1777.

A MUSTER ROLL OF CAPT. JOHN BOGGS COMPANY OF MILITIA FROM

THE DELAWARE STATE IN THE SECOND BATTALION

COMMANDED BY COLONEL COUCH ESQ.





Commissioned OflBcers






Capt. John Boggs






1st. Lt. George Reynolds






Ensign James Kerr




Serjeants




Drummer


David Kirkpatrick




Charles Anderson


John Kerr






Edward Armstrong




Fifer


James Anderson






Privates






Jas. Russel


Jno. Dearmond




Wm. Russel


Simon Nevil




Robt. Wallace


Thos. Donaldson




Jas. Musgrove


Thos. Bradly




David Moody


Jno. McClean




Timothy Corram, left sick


James Hamilton




David Kinkead


Robt. Russel




David Nicholson


Wm. Ogle




Saml. Woodbridge


Allex Ogle




Patrick McClean






Ezekiel Eaton






Henry Gam







I do Declare on Honour that the Officers & men who Appeard this Day in my
Compa are Bonafida Engaged in the Service of the State & receive Pay According
to the Rank they hold on this Role Likewise the Time of entring into & Present
Service is assertained on the face of this Roll Also Timothy Corram whome we Left
Sick on the Road is effective when in health.

JOHN BOGGS Capt.

Mustered Then in Capt. Boggs Compa The Capt. one Lieutent one Ensign Four
Serjants one Drummer & Twenty Privates Allowing one Private Sick to Pass Un-
respited he being Certified Effective This mu^er is taken from the Seventeenth of
December to the 27th Boath Days Encluded.

NATHL. DONNELL, Dept. Must. Mast.
War Dept. Washington, D. C.

(Note — This Roll has no date, but as Nathaniel Donnell was Muster Master
in 1776, it would make the date about that time.)



DELAWARE MILITIA 1776



1051



A MUSTER ROLL OF CAPT. WALTER CARSONS COMPANY OF MILI'l lA
OF THE FIRST BATTALION OF THE DELAWARE STATE COM-
MANDED BY MAJOR THOMAS DUFF, ENTERED INTO
THE CONTINENTAL SERVICE 18th DAY of DECR. 1776





COMMISSIONED OFFICERS

Capt. Walter Carson
1st. Lieut. Thos Rankin
2d. Lieut. Joseph Steel




Sergts.
1st. Sergt. John Smith
2d. Do. James Simpson, Sr.






3 Ebezr. Copner

4 Geo. Gillespie

5 Charles Graham

6 Robert Hamilton

7 Alexr. Inglis

8 Jacob Moor

9 Robert Moor

13 Robert Rankin

14 Jas. Rankin

15 Obediah Sargeant

16 John Sargeant

17 Allen Steel

18 William Simpson

19 Jas. Simpson

20 John Scott

21 Saml. Work

22 John Donnaly, Dembr 20

23 William Cra\vford, Do 20
William McSparron, Do 18







I do Declare on Honour that the Officers & men who Appeared This Day in my
Company are Bona fida Engaged in the Service of this State & Recieve pay accord-
ing to the Rank they hold in this Role Likewise the time of Entering into and Present
Service is Assertained on the Face of This Role.

WALTER CARSON Capt.

Mustered Then in Capt. Carsons Company The Captn. Two Lieutent Two
Sergant & Eighteen Privates NB Mm. McSparron Joyned after the Muster this
muster is Taken from the Eighteenth of December to the 26 Do Boath Days En-
cluded.

NATHL. DONNELL Dept. Must. Mast.



Original — Historical Society of Del.



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DELAWARE ARCHIVES



A MUSTER ROLL OF CAPT. THOMAS WATSON'S COMPANY OF MILITIA
From the DELAWARE STATE, first Comp. of the Second Battalion, Com-
manded by Col. Thomas Couch.



Entered into Service






the 27th, 1776


Commissioned Officers
Capt. Thomas Watson
1st. Lieut. AUexr. Thompson
2nd. Lieut. Nathaniel Carr






Ensign Stephen Eynon




Serjeants


Corporals


Drummer


Thomas McCrea




William Eynon

Fifer
John Watson


Privates


Privates




David McMahen


Shem James




Matthew Knox


Thomas Jones




James Jones


Mosis Mynor




Enoch Jones


John McCune




Richard Thomas


Joseph Wolkner




Thomas Galacher


Malcomb McAntire




Nathaniel Chesnut


William Camolon




William Galacher


Evan Davis




James Galacher


James Ore




Daniel Jones


Morgan Jones




Thomas Thomas


Anther Austin, Dec. 26




William Warnock


Hans Miller, do 26




Matthew Jack


Richard Williams do 26




David Morgan






Andrew Boyd







I do Declare on Honour that the OflScers & Men who Appeared This Day in
my Comp are Bonafida Engaged in the Service of This State & Receive pay Accord-
ing to Rank they hold in this Role Likewise the time of Entring into the Present
Service is Assertained on the Face of this Role.

THOS. WATSON Capt.

Mustered Then in Capt. Watson's Compa The Capt., Two Lieutents, one
Ensign one Serjant one Drumer one Fifer & Twenty Six Privates Encluding Two
Volenteers.

This Muster is taken from the Seventeenth of December To the 27th Do Boath
Days Encluded.

NATHL. DONNELL, Dept. Muster Ma.

NB Three Privates Joined after the Muster whose Time of
Entry is 26th. December.

NATHL. DONNELL.

War Dept. Washington, D. C.



DELAWARE MILITIA 1777



1053



A MUSTER ROLL OF CAPTAIN WILLIAM PEERY'S COMPANY OP
BATTALION









William Peery, Captain








Hugh King , first Lieutenant








John Sheldon Dormat


, 2nd Lieut.








John Hazzard, Ensign








Sergeants


Corporals


Drummer






Robert Flood


John Bar


Richard Hilford






Emmanuel Russel


John Vent








James Vent


John Dutton








Robert Prettyman


Joseph Darby






Enrolled


John Tam


18 Spencer Lacy






18th of Dec.


Constant Marrinor


28 Thomas Bostridge






1776 do


James McNiell


18 Aaron Srowden






do


John Clampitt


do Alexander Mcllvain






do


Moses Marriner


do Shephard Mcllvain






do


David Stephenson


do Jacob Notinhgam






do


Samuel Wiltbank


do Samuel Dodd






do


James Coulter








do


Archibald Hopkins








20th


Elephaz Dazey








18


Thomas West








do


Clark Notingham








do


John Young








21


Robert Stephenson








18th


William Hazzard








19


Zael Hall








18


William Coulter








do


Abraham Conwell








do


John Hopkins








do


Thomas Coulter








18


Thomas Harris








do


John King








do


William Hopkins








19


Oliver Pride







I do declare on Honour that the Officers and Men who appeared this day in my
Company are Bona fide Engaged in the service of the United States and Receive
pay according to the Rank they hold in this Roll likewise the time of Entering
into the present service is assertained on the face of this Roll : Also Samuel Stephen
(Torn out).

WILLIAM PEERY



Mustered Then in Capt. Peerys Company One Captain Two Lieutenants One
Ensign Four Sergeants Four Corporals One Drummer and Twenty Eight Privates
Allowing one Private sick to Pass Unrespited he being Certified Effective. This
muster is Taken from the Eighteenth of December to the Eighth of January 1777
Boath Days Encluded.

NATHL. DONNELL Dept. Must. Mast.



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A LIST OF THE OFFICERS APPOINTED IN THE DELAWARE BATTA-
LION BY JOHN McKINLY ESQUIRE

President of that State, at the Desire of his EXCELLENCY GENERAL
WASHINGTON, who promised to commission them accordingly, & as there was a



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