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THE general purpose of the following lists is to help preserve
the memory of the men of my native town who took a
strenuous part in those earW "times that tried men's
souls. ' ' My intent at first was of narrower scope.

Bartholomew Goyer, a picturesque Frenchman of unknown
antecedents who was the first settler on Derby Hill, had been,
according to family tradition, a Revolutionary soldier. His name
was not found with those of other such soldiers in the History of
Dublin. This omission led me to search the "Revolutionary
Rolls" of New Hampshire for his military record. The quest
proved that tradition was correct and suggested that further
examination of those volumes of New Hampshire State Papers
might reveal other unknown soldiers of the struggle for inde-
pendence. Enough additional names were discovered to double
the number given in the History of Dublin. That honor may be
given "to whom honor is due," it has seemed best to print the
complete list of Revolutionary soldiers, together with a short state-
ment of the .service of each. In .some cases brief additional items
of family history have been given, and would gladly have been
in.serted in others, had the facts been known to me. The short
notices of captains and colonels under whom Dublin soldiers served
have cost more labor than their fragmentary nature would suggest.
Corrections with regard to any fact or name in the following pages
will be gratefully received.

S. C. Derby.
Columbus, O., January i, 1901.


IT is now forty-five years since the History of Dublin appeared.
Its list of Dublin men who served in the Revolutionary War
is probably trustworthy as far as it goes. So much may be
presumed from the character of the committee who published that
work, Levi W. Leonard, D. D., Jonathan K. Smith, Lawson Bel-
knap, Thomas Fisk and Henry C. Piper. They had personal
acquaintance with many of the survivors of the struggle for inde-
pendence, were men of marked sobriety of judgment, and not at
all prone to admit unfounded claims. Still, it is now possible to
revise and increase their roll of Revolutionary soldiers from Dub-
lin, though none who took part in that war survive to-day, and
its very traditions are growing dim.

Several important sources of information upon this question
have become available since i<S55. Most important of these are
the Reports of the Adjutant General of New Hampshire for the
3'ears 1866 and 1868, and more recent, the New Hampshire Pro-
vincial and State Papers, of which twenty-nine volumes have
now appeared.

Volumes XIV-XVII inclusive, of the State Papers bear the
sub-title "Revolutionary Rolls," and contain copies of all the
muster rolls and other lists of Revolutionary soldiers which could
be found. Unfortunately much is missing ; for example, towards
the end of 1775 nearly 2000 New Hampshire militia were sent to
take part in the siege of Boston. Of these thirtj-one companies
the names of the commissioned officers only have been found.
Other important documents are also missing, so that a complete
list of continental soldiers from New Hampshire can hardly be
hoped for. The register which is given here is based upon a care-
ful examination of the Revolutionary Rolls of New Hampshire.

6 Dublin Revolutionary Soldiers.

While it would be presumptuous to claim that it is absolutely
correct or complete, many names appear in it which — so far as I
am aware — have not previously been published. Further exam-
ination of the various sources of information may add a few names
or facts to those which follow.

It must not be forgotten that some who served from Dublin
and are credited to it, serv^ed from other towns, also, at a later
date ; while still others entered the army from neighboring towns,
or from an adjoining state, before removing to Dublin and entering
the army from that town. The tax lists and census reports show
that there was an active movement and growth of population in
Dublin and neighboring towns before, during and immediately
after the revolutionary period.

The fourth Provincial Congress of New Hampshire, held at
Exeter, Maj^ 17, 1775, divided the state into seventeen districts,
each of which was organized as a regiment under the command of
a colonel whose duty it was to see that the quota of soldiers
required from his command was dul}' furnished. These colonels
were selected from the most prominent citizens of the several
districts and in many cases took the field for shorter or longer
periods. The able-bodied male inhabitants between the ages of
sixteen and fifty 3''ears formed the town's "Training Band."
Each member of that force, which was intended for active service,
was required to provide himself with the following accoutrements :
"a good fire arm, good ram rod, a worm, priming wire and
brush, and a bayonet fitted to his gun, a scabbard and belt there-
for, and a cutting sword or tomahawk or hatchet, a pouch con-
taining a cartridge box that Vvdll hold fifteen rounds of cartridges
at least, a hundred buck shot, a jack knife and tow for vv'adding,
six flints, one pound of powder, forty leaden bullets fitted to his
gun, a knapsack and blanket, a canteen or wooden bottle sufficient
to hold one quart." The "Training Bands" were required to
muster eight times a j^ear. The completeness and efficiency of
this military organization were such that New Hampshire was
more than once enabled to render notablj' prompt and effective aid
in the emergencies of the struggle for independence.

The following table gives the name and residence of the several
commanding officers and the number of male persons of military

Dublin Revolutionary Soldiers.

age (i6 to 50), belonging to each district. This organization
apparently remained unchanged for several 5^ears, except in the
case of a few colonels :


1. Wm. Whipple, .

2. Stephen Evans, .

3. Jonathan Moulton,

4. Nicholas Oilman, .

5. John Webster, . .

6. Matthew Thornton,

7. JOSIAH Bartlett, .

8. MosES Nichols, .

9. David Moore, .

10. Joseph Badger, .

11. Thomas Stickney,

12. David Hob art,

13. Samuel Ashley,

14. Enoch Hale, .

15. Benjamin Bellows,

16. Israel Morey, . .

17. Jonathan Ch.\se, .

Portsmouth, .
Exeter, .
Bedford, . ,
Gilmanton, .
Concord, .
Plymouth, .
Rindge, .
Walpole, .
Orford, . .

Total, . .

1,561 men.

1,666 "

787 "

1,665 "

609 "

712 "

1,120 "

1,252 "

1,132 "

803 "

1,345 "

37S "

1,080 "

959 "

675 "

347 "

492 "

33 "


Dublin was included in the fourteenth military district. Col.
Enoch Hale of Rindge was appointed its commanding ofiicer,
November 2, 1775. The thirteenth and fourteenth regiments
replaced the one previously commanded by Col. Josiah Willard.
The towns which composed the fourteenth regiment, with the
number of male persons of mihtary age (16 to 50) in each were :

Rindge, .

New Ipswich,







143 men Dublin, .... 64 men

188 " Stoddard, ... 49 "

88 " Washington,

112 " Marlboro, .

102 " Nelson,

40 " Sharon, .... 23 "
Total, 959.

The first commissioned ofiicer of Dublin is believed to have
been Thomas, who was commissioned as Captain of the
eighth company of the sixteenth regiment, by Gov. John Went-
worth, June 2, 1774. His successor in command was Moses
Adams. The date of his commission and the term of his service

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have not been ascertained. He was followed by Samuel Twitchell
who saw active service on several occasions and held higher rank
than any other man who serv-ed from Dublin and did duty for it
in the Revolutionary War.

The following list of Dublin Revolutionary Soldiers does not
include those who removed to that town after peace was declared,
1783. Some names about which there is more doubt are placed
at the end of the roll. Additions and corrections, based upon
documentary evidence, are desired :

1. Elisha Adams, served in Capt. Jason Wait's company,
Col. Enoch Hale's regiment in 1778, and was then 20 years old.
He was one of the six months' men raised by New Hampshire in
1 78 1 to reinforce the continental army at West Point after Arnold's
treason. He removed to Maine. Elisha Adams's brother Joseph
served from Holliston, Mass., and not long ago a fragment of the
diary which he kept during the siege of Boston v»'as found in
Dublin and is now in possession of Mr. A. E. Ball.

2. Thomas Alden, who came to Dublin as early as 1773,
was a private in Capt. Joseph Parker's company. Col. Enoch
Hale's regiment, mustered July 18, 1776. He joined the North-
ern army at Ticonderoga. He removed from Dublin subsequent
to 1787,

3. Hart Balch saw much service. From April 23 to Au-
gust I, 1775, he was a member of Capt. William Walker's com-
pany, Col. James Reed's regiment. The members of this company
were from Dunstable and vicinity. In Col. Enoch Hale's return,
1777, he is described as a nine months' man, 26 years old, from
Jaffrey. June 29, 1777, he went in Capt. Roger Gilmore's com-
pany, under Lieut. Col. Thomas Heald, to reinforce the garrison
at Ticonderoga, and served 14 days. May 14, 1778, he enlisted
for one year in Capt. Caleb Robinson's company, Col. Nathan
Hale's regiment. April 24, 1781 , he enlisted from Dublin for three
years and was a member of the 9th company of Col. Joseph Cilley's
regiment. He m. September 27, 1779, Dorcas, dau. of Isaac and

Abigail ( ) Somes, who came to Dublin, 1777. July 17, 1782,

the selectmen of Dublin, Joseph Greenwood, Moses Adams and
Reuben Morse, made Hart Balch bearer of a letter to the New

Dublin Revolutionary Soldiers. 9

Hampshire Committee on Claims, then in session at Exeter. He
was "warned out " of town, i779- Hart Balch resided in Dublin
for several years after the war ; to what town he removed is not

4. Nathaniel Bates, who was a tax payer in 1771 and
bought his farm in 1774 from Bartholomew Goyer, was returned
by Dublin, April, i777, as in Capt. Jason Wait's company. He
wis then 39 years old. He was a member ot the 3d company.
Col Joseph Cilley ' s regiment. He was killed at the first battle of
Stillwater, Sept. 19, i777- His widow sent the following petition :
"To the Honbie the House of Representatives assembled and Convend at
Exeter : vState of New-hanipshire &c :

"The memorial of abagil Bates widow of the Late Nathanel Bates of Dub-
lin Deed Humbly Sheweth that ye memorialist was Left a widow wnth two
small children and only a New Lot of Land containing forty one acres only
and but five acres Improved Labour and Provisions being scarce and Dear
Renders it Impossible to manetane hir self and children without sellmg said
Land-These are therefore humbly to vSolicit your Honrs to take itmto your
wise Consideration and s?ive orders that the same might be sold &c, &c.


" N. B. Said Nathaniel Bates was killed at Stillwater Last year by Generall
Birgines army."

Nathaniel Bates lived on the north side of the Derby Hill.
The later history of his family is unknown. John Stroud appears
to have been the next occupant of Nathaniel Bates's Httle farm
and to have come to Dublin about 177S.

5. Nathaniel Belknap, whose name appears upon the tax
list of Dublin first in 1775, was a corporal in the company of Capt.
Daniel Emerson (HoUis), Col. Hercules Mooney's regiment,
raised July, 1778, for service in Rhode Island. Mr. Belknap
served six months atid two days, and received, pay and bounty,
;^i48 45 "id. He died in DubHn.

6. Asa Bullard was in Capt. Othniel Thomas's company,
Lieut. Col. Daniel Reynolds's regiment. May 5, 1786, he gave
receipt to DubHn authorities for rations and traveling money to
Springfield, Mass., in 1781. Probably he was an older (b. 1743)
brother of Simeon Bullard. He became a physician and settled
at Mt. Vernon, N. H., where he died about 1826.

lo DuBiviN Revolutionary Soldiers.

7. Simeon Bullard, a native of New Ipswich, b. 1745, who
came to DubHn about 1770, was a sergeant in Capt. Joseph Par-
ker's company, raised in the 14th mihtary district and a part of
Col. Isaac Wjmian's regiment, which went in the summer of 1776
to reinforce the northern army at Ticonderoga ; rendezvous at
Haverhill, N. H. He died in Dublin Jan. 28, 1828, set. 82 years.
Bullard (Thorndike) pond, on whose shore he resided, the spot
still marked b}^ a magnificent elm of more than local fame, was
named for him.

8. James Chamberlain, who came from Sherburn to Dublin,
1772, was probably in Capt. Salmon Stone's company, which went
in 1777 to take part in the battles of Bennington and Stillwater ;
the name ' ' James Chandler ' ' is supposed to be intended for
"James Chamblen." April 24, 1781, he enlisted for three years,
and was a corporal in 9th company, ist regiment (Cilley's). He
died in Dublin Jan. 24, 1826, set. 86 years. He commanded the
Dublin militia compan}^ from 1786 to 1793, when the company
was divided into two companies.

9. Joseph Frost was a private in Capt. Othniel Thomas's
compan}', Col. Daniel Rejniolds's regiment. In 1781 he joined
the arm}^ at West Point. Nothing further is known of him.

10. Bartholomew Goyer, a Frenchman, whose previous
history is unknown, but who was a resident of Dublin and bought
land there in 1766, .served as a private in Capt. John Mellen's
company, which went in June and Jul}^ 1777, to reinforce Ticon-
deroga. July 29, 1779, he enlisted and received ^"6 billeting
money to Springfield, Mass. April 24, 1781, he enlisted for the
war and was in the 2d regiment, 5th compan5\ He was paid ^60
bounty. How he fared appears in the following paper. It is
likely that the experience of Bartholomew Goyer and Samuel
French found many parallels among the soldiers of the Continental
army and that the treatment of such captives did not a little to
embitter the feeling between the people of the United States and
England, whose government was held responsible for the acts of
the Indians and Tories in its service. In the Mohawk valle}^
owing chiefly to the great influence of the Johnsons and their
adherents, the hostilities were marked by extreme brutality.

Dublin Revolutionary Soldiers.


The petition of Bartholomew Goyer of Dublin in the County of Cheshire
huJ^y sWs thatin the year of our Lord one ^-^^^^^:f^
ei-hty-one, he Enlisted into the Continental army in Captain Dustin s com
ei^nt> one ^ ^^^^.^^ ^^ ^^^^ Company till

Ce^' lyt a 'I ct imefii'ng on Command at Mohaw. River he was sur-
p sed bv : partv of Indians and carried into Canada where he -mamed a
rrisonerVntm September, 1783, and as it was reported that he was killed by
s^rindilns Return was made accordingly and your petitioner was not made
up in^y roll and Consequently drew no pay dureing the whole time of his
SZ^ZZnd also after his return out of Captivity he being poor and also
not possessed of that knowledge which was requisite to direct the proper way
To obLTa recompence for his servises in behalf of his Country both he and
his faS^y hath g^^^^^^^ sufTered on that account. Wherefore your petitioner
HumS prays your Honours to take his case into wise Consideration and
^rant l^m tl e pav for his services in the Cause of his Country for which he
fias Receh^d no' Compensation and your petitioner as in duty bound shall
ever prav,

Dover June ye nth 1792 BarThoi.omew GoyER

I certify that sometime in June 17S2 Indians attacked carried and burned
a mill on Mohawk river in wiich was a Serjeant's party belonging to the
Re"h^it then under mv Command & that the bearer Bartholomew Goyer
being in the party instead of being taken was supposed o have been killed.
aXi: accordingly returned dead in consequence of - -h his pay ceased.

Given under my hand at Londonderry this 6th day of ^^^^^^

Then Lt Col Comdt 2d N Harnpr Reg.

The following paper throws more light upon the preceding

petition :

A Return of N Hamps Troops & where Station'ci
The fn-st Regt Consistuig nearly of 270 R & File fit for Duty are Station d

'' Thr^Regiment are distributed as follows (viz) : Companies at Fts
Haridnier anS Dayton their number about So R & File one Comp> a
Isq^Harkimers &'he Indian Castle R & F 30 — the Remaining part of
fhe Reot wh^ch is neariy iSo are Station'd at Fort Plain or Ransler from
^i:X^^ guards weekly to Fort Willett Parrisses Mill Moyen House
& the Ferry near the Post — ^^^ ^^^^ ^^ ^^^^ ^^^^^,^

N B this Return is taken from the Musters of May last ; Can't say that it is
so accurate as I could wish ^ Kzio

Albany ist July 82

12 Dublin Revolutionary Soldiers.

Samuel French of Hopkinton, a member of the same company,
was taken prisoner, apparently with Goyer, at Little Falls, and
held a captive by the Indians till March, 1787. French was
allowed by the N. H. authorities £g6, which was in lieu of four
years' wages, and an allowance for two years' clothing. See N.
H. State Papers, vol. XXI.

Goj-er was allowed /"so, and interest from vSept. 30, 1783, see
N. H. State Papers, vol. XXII. He lived on the Derby Hill and
removed from Dublin to North Adams, Mass., about 1796.

The localities mentioned in Col. Reid's Return were situated.
Ft. Herkimer in German Flats township ; Ft. Dayton in Herki-
mer ; Herkimer's house and Indian Castle, the residence of the
famous Indian Chiefs, King Hendrick and Joseph Brant, in Dan-
ube ; Ft. Willet in Minden ; Ft. Rensselaer in Canajoharie, and
the other posts in the neighborhood. These towns all lie on the
Mohawk, near Little Falls, and all suffered very greatly in the
Revolutionar}^ War from the frequent raids of Tories and Indians.
Nowhere were hostilities more embittered by feuds and vindicti\'e
hatred. Harold Frederic's novel, " In the Valley," gives a good
account of the struggle.

1 1 . JOvSHUA Greenwood, son of William and Abigail ( Death)
Greenwood, was in Capt. Josiah Brown's company. May 6, 1777 ;
alsoinCapt. John Mellen's company, June 28, 1777, and in Capt.
Samuel Twitchell's companj^, which took part in the Rhode Island
campaign of 1778. All three companies were raised in the 14th
regiment (Enoch Hale's).

12. Moses Greenwood, who removed to Dublin from New-
ton, Mass., 1 77 1, was a private in Capt. John Mellen's compau}-,
which went to Ticonderoga, June and July, 1777. Died in Dublin
July 2, 1827.

13. William Greenwood, was in Capt. Josepli Parker's com-
pan}- which marched to relieve Ticonderoga in July, 1776, and also
a member of Capt. Salmon Stone's corapan}', which took part in the
battles at Bennington and Stillwater, 1777. He was a brother of
Eli and Joshua Greenwood, and died in Dublin, 1830.

14. Thomas Hardy, is named in the return of April 29,
1777 ; and described as 22 years old, 5 feet 8 inches, "well set."

Dublin Rkvolutionary Soldiers. 13

He was sergeant in Capt. Benj. Spaulding's company at West
Point, 1781 ; died in Dublin, July 25, 1816. He was a native of
Hollis, N. H.

15 James Houghtox, who came to Dublin, July, 1781, en-
listed June 4, 17S2, for the war. He may have been the James
Houghton, sergeant in Col. Timothy Bedel's regiment, 1777-78.
He removed from Dublin, whither is not known.

16 Caleb Hunt when 16 years old was a private in Capt.
Samuel Blodgett's company. May, i777, Col. Nathan Hale's regi-
ment, and was left severely wounded at Hubbardston, Vt. Dr.
Abraham Downer, of Charlestown, was allowed 42 shillings for
medical care of Caleb Hunt. In 1779 he was in the 2d New
Hampshire regiment (Col. George Reid's) and is described as 5 ft.
10 in. tall, with light hair and complexion. July 18. 1781, he
enlisted from Amherst for six months, and was of Amherst in
1794, when he petitioned for a grant of state land because of
depreciation of pay.

17. Henry Hunt was a private in Capt. Benj. Spaulding's
companv. Col. Moses Nichols' regiment, which marched in 1780
to West' Point . In 1 78 1 he enlisted from Amherst for six months.
Perhaps brother of Caleb Hunt.

18 WiLLARD Hunt, who came to Dublin as early as 1774,
served in Capt. Abijah Smith's company, which went to reinforce
Washington's army near New York in September, 1776. April,
1778, he enlisted for one year. He removed from Dublin.

It' is not known from what town the Hunts came ; they may
have been relatives of Willard Hunt whose name appears upon
the Dublin tax Hst, first in 1774.

19 ITHAMER Johnson was a private in Capt. Jacob Miller's
company. Col. Ephraim Doolittle's regiment (Mass.) at Winter
Hill, Oct. 6, 1775.

20 Moses Johnson who, with his brother, Simeon Johnson,
paid taxes in Dubhn. 1771, was a private in Capt. Abbott's com-
pany. Col. Stark's regiment, at Medford, Oct. 4, i775- He .served,
also, in Capt. John Mellen's company, i777> and in Capt. Samuel
Twi'tchell's company, Rhode Island expedition, Aug. 1778.

14 Dublin Re;volutionary Soldiers.

21. Simeon Johnson was in Capt. Jacob Miller's company at
Winter Hill, Oct. 6, 1775. He removed, 1819, to Keene, O. All
the Johnsons removed from Dublin.

22. John Knowlton, a native of Holliston, Mass., came to
Dublin, 1770, and was a private in Capt. Abijah Smith's company,
Col. Nahum Baldwin's regiment. This regiment was raised to
reinforce Washington's army at New York ; it served from Sept.
to Dec. 1776, and was at White Plains, Oct. 28, 1776. John
Knowlton was a corporal in Capt. Salmon Stone's company, which
went from Rindge, July, 1777, to join the Northern army at Still-
water, and served July-Sept. In Aug. 1778, he was sergeant in
Capt. Samuel Twitchell's company in the Rhode Island campaign.
He died in Dublin, 1835, set. 89.

23. Benjamin Mason was fifer in Capt. Salmon Stone's com-
pany, Col. Moses Nichols's regiment, July 21 to Sept. 25, 1777.
This regiment was present at the battles of Bennington and vStill-
water. He died in Dublin, Maj'- 16, 1840, set. 79 years.

24. Francis Mason was a private in Capt. Samuel Blodgett's
company. Col. Nathan Hale's regiment, 1777, and then returned
by Jaffrey. L,ater he is credited to Dublin and reported as absent
from the same company. As a member of 7th Co., 2d N. H.
Regt. (Col. George Reid's) he is said to be of Dublin. He was 34
years old in 1777. His later history is unknown.

25. Joseph Mason was a member of Capt. Salmon Stone's
corapan}'. Col. Moses Nichols's regiment, which marched to Ben-
nington and Stillwater, 1777. He died in Dublin ]\Iarch 11, 1S06,
£et. 58.

26. MosES Mason was in Capt. Joseph Parker's company,
Col. Nathan Hale's regiment, 1776, marched to Ticonderoga ; he
marched to relieve same place in Capt. John Mellen's compan^^
June-July, 1777 ; in Capt. Salmon Stone's company July-Sept.
1777, he fought at Bennington and Stillwater ; he went with the
troops under Col. Daniel Reynolds in 1781 to West Point. May
5, 1786, he gave a receipt for rations and travel monej^ to Spring-
field, Mass. He removed from Dublin to Bethel, Me., in 1799,
was much emploj'ed there in public business, and died, Oct. 31,
i837> aged 80.

DuBUN Revolutionary Soldiers. 15

27. Daniel Morse sen-ed in company of Capt. Josiah Brown,
Col. Enoch Hale's regiment, and marched to the relief of Ticon-
deroga, May 6, 1777; August, 1778, he was a soldier in Capt.
Samuel Twitchell's company, Rhode Island campaign. He re-
moved, about 1800, to Queensbury, Vermont.

28. Ezra IMorse was a soldier in Col. Paul Dudley Sargent's
regiment, Capt. Jere Stiles' company, Oct. 6, 1775, and was prob-
abl5' at Bunker Hill ; he served also in Capt. Twitchell's company
in Rhode Island, August, 1778. He died in Dublin June 3, 1830,
aged 77.

29. John Morse was a corporal in Capt. Joseph Parker's
company, which went to Ticonderoga in 1776 ; in Capt. John
Mellen's company June — July, 1777, went again to Ticonderoga;
and served six months in 17S0 in Capt. Henry Dearborn's com-
pany at West Point. He died in Dublin Feb. 19, 18 13, aged 58
years. In later 3'ears he was styled " Major."

30. Jonathan Morse was at Winter Hill Oct. 6, 1775, in
Col. Ephraim Doolittle's regiment, and probably fought at Bunker
Hill ; went to Ticonderoga in Capt. Joseph Parker's company,

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