Saturday, August 20, 2011

Revolutionary War (1775 - 1782)

John Wolcott (1696-1728)
He was in military service 1723-1725 and was killed by Indians at Connecticut River while returning from a hunting trip with a cargo of furs.

Samuel Wolcott (1679)
Captain Samuel Wolcott, when a youth, lived for a time with his uncle, Josiah Wolcott, Esq., of Salem, MA, who expresses a favorable opinion of Samuel in one of his letters.  The death of Samuel's father while he was yet a lad of sixteen years and the eldest of eight children devolved upon him a special charge, which seems to have interrupted his education.  He commanded a military company, was an importing merchant, and appears to have been wealthy for his time.  The items in his inventory amounts to (English monetary sign (I think it is Pounds) 5,097, 2s., 10 d.  It is reported, "that the 'Worshipful' Samuel Wolcott built and occupied the mansion (on Wolcott Hill) which afterwards became famous as the Washington Headquarters in Wethersfield, CT."  He commanded a military company during Queen Ann's War, HTFD-CNTX, and DTP Dragoons.  His tombstone, in the Wethersfield churchyard, is a handsome brown stone monument supported by five columns and bearing the Wolcott family coat of arms on the tabletop.

Henry Wolcott (1697)
Took Oath of Fidelity Apr 12, 1779; provided food and clothing for the Continental soldiers in Revolutionary War from his own fortune.

Claudius Wolcott 
Revolutionary Service, 6th Militia, 14th Regiment, commanded by Col. Charles Burrill.

Roger Wolcott (1704-1759) 
Windsor Representative in General Assembly; a Major in Connecticut Troops; a member of Council; a Judge of Superior Court; and one of the revisers of the state laws.

Alexander Wolcott (1712-1795)
Alexander graduated Yale College in 1731.  Chairman of Windsor Committee of Safety and head of a commission to examine applicants for Surgeons in the Continental Army; a creditor of estate of Joseph Denslow of Windsor, CT; accompanied his father as surgeon in expedition against Louisburg; later settled in Windsor as a practicing physician; Justice of the Peace and Representative of the town in General Assembly.

Josiah Wolcott (1720-1773)
Soldier of the Revolution.  Josiah built a house on Wolcott Hill, Wethersfield, CT in 1754.  In 1976 the house was still in use.
 
Erastus Wolcott (1722-1793)
Of South Windsor.  Erastus Wolcott settled in South Windsor, was repeatedly a Representative of the town in General Assembly and also speaker of the Lower House and Justice of the Peace, Judge of Probate, Judge and Chief Judge of the County Court, Representative in Congress, and Judge of the Superior Court.  He held rank of Brigadier-General of Connecticut militia in Revolutionary War.  An original member of the Cincinnati.  Buried with his wife in old churchyard of South Windsor.

Samuel Wolcott (1727-1809)
He was an early settler in the town of Shoreham, VT, locating in the northern part of town.  He was to receive a grant of 1,300 acres providing he recruited 20 settlers during a period of 59 years.  However, he was driven off by Indians and Tories during the Revolution.  The terms of the grant were broken and he received only 100 acres.  He also resided Goshen, VT, about 1753; Lanesboro, MA, about 1763; Shoreham, VT, fall of 1773.  After capture of Ft. Ticonderoga, he removed to Berkshire Co., MA, where he lived until 1783.
He owned and sold the property mentioned in Stile's Ancient Wethersfield (vol. 1, p. 480) to Joseph Webb, afterwards known as Webb House.  This property is claimed by Stiles to have been ancestral in the Wolcott family, having been bought by Henry of Windsor from Clement Cheplin for his son Samuel Wolcott.  Samuel Wolcott's sons all claimed to be descendants of Henry Wolcott of Windsor.  Revolutionary War Service.  With Ethan Allen at capture of Ft. Ticonderoga.

Jesse Wolcott, Jr. (1729)
He came with his father and next younger brother (Zebulon) to Goshen, MA, about 1772.  He was Deacon of Presbyterian Church for 50 years.  He was an officer in the Revolutionary war.

Simon Wolcott (1733-1784)
Served in the Revolutionary War in Col. Gay's Regiment, commissioned Jun 20, 1776.

John Wolcott (1734-1807)
Pvt in his father's Co. 1757.  Revolutionary War service Capt. Brookfield Militia 1775-1776.  He was also a Capt.

Justus Wolcott  (1735-1831)
served in the Revolutionary War as a Sgt. in Captain Brodhead's Co., Col. Hathorn's Regiment.

Samuel Wolcott (1736-1824)
He was a Revolutionary Soldier.

Wyatt Wolcott (1739-1821)
Revolutionary War Sgt. in Col. Peter Van Ness's Regt. of Albany Co., Militia (2nd Claverack District, now Columbia Co.)

Joseph Wolcott (1740-1808)
He served in the Revolutionary War as a Private in Captain Elijah Denny's Co., Col. Ashley's Berkshire Regiment.

David Wolcott (1744)
David was a Revolutionary Soldier.  He died at horse neck during the war.

Oliver Ellsworth (1745-1807)
Husband of Abigail Wolcott 
Oliver served as a judge and as State's attorney; had Noah Webster as a student in his Hartford Law office; a delegate to the Continental Congress of 1776 and to convention which framed the Constitution of the United States in 1784; one of first two senators from CT, an office he held until appointed Chief Justice by Washington in 1796; family homestead in Windsor, at which Washington and Lafayette were guests, was purchased by local D.A.R. chapter and maintained as a museum.

William Wolcott (1745-1834)
He was in the Revolutionary War.

Solomon Wolcott (1745-1811)
He was a minuteman at Lexington alarm in Capt. John Chester's Co. during the Revolutionary War.

Roger Wolcott (1746-1828)
He was appointed Lt. in 1782 in the 2nd Co. 16th Regiment NH.

Timothy Wolcott (1749-1778)
He was in the Revolutionary War as a Pvt. MA Capt. Green's MA Militia Co.  In 1775 he enlisted in Capt. Fish's Co. MA Line for 3 years, then as Cpl. in Capt. Granger's Co.  He was wounded June 1778 at the Battle of Winrock Creek near Monmouth NJ and died of his wounds in 1778.

Samuel Wolcott (1751-1825)
In 1777 he and family fled from Shoreham, VT, to Berkshire Co., MA, because of Indians.  He returned in 1783.  He was with his father at the capture of Ft. Ticonderoga during the Revolutionary War.

Erastus Wolcott (1752-1797)
As a Captain in the Revolution, he commanded a Boston Regiment of the Militia.  In 1777, he made Brig. Gen., led first brigade of CT troops to Peekskill and Danbury.

Solomon Wolcott (1753)
He was in the Revolutionary War as a Cpl MA Line, in Capt. John Woolcott's Rangers, marched from Brookfield to the alarm of 1775; applied for pension 1818 at Cumberland Co. ME.

William Wolcott (1754-1841)
Revolutionary War service in Capt. Parsons Co.

Josiah Wolcott (1755-1838)
He served with his brother Theodore in the Revolution with CT troops.  He was living in Wethersfield, Connecticut at the time of the war.    He was a soldier, Private and Orderly Sergeant or clerk, Connecticut line, under Capt. Oliver Pomeroy and Benjamin Wright, Col. Erastus Wolcott and Matthew Talcott.  He served altogether 7 months.  Moved to Bristol, CT., 1792: Farmington, OH, 1807.  He received pension Apr 21, 1837 while residing in Farmington, OH. 

Silas Wolcott (1755-1834)
He served in the Revolutionary War.  13th PA Line, April 1, 1776 to Jan 1, 1778.  He was one of General Washington's bodyguards.

Elisha Wolcott (1755-1827)
He was a hat maker at the outbreak of the Revolution and in the first flush of manhood.  Like a true patriot, he offered his service to the cause of American Independence.  He became a soldier in Capt. Hammer's Co. and participated in the conflict at NY.  After serving gallantly for some time, General Washington sent him home from the Army to make hats for the Continental soldiers.  These hats were made in a shed in the rear of his dwelling.  This house and shed were built by Samuel Wolcott about 1750.  This house stands today (1976) at 381 Wolcott Hill Road, Wethersfield, CT.                  

John Wolcott (1759-1824)
December 7, 1777, John enlisted in Sunbury, PA as a private in the First Pennsylvania Rifle Regiment commanded by Col. Chambers.  John was in Capt. James Wilson's Co.  John was captured by the British near Montgomery, PA on June 29, 1779 during the Battle of Fort Muncy.  The American forces were attacked by 200 British under the command of Capt. John McDonald and 300 Indians under the command of Hickatoo, a veteran Indian Chief of the Seneca tribe.  Fifty-two American prisoners were taken.  The old men and women were released and returned to Fort Augusta, Sunbury, PA.  The first night the prisoners were kept in an ash house.  After six months in captivity, John was exchanged by the British and rejoined the American army in 1780.  He received his discharge in the fall of that year.  In his war claim for a pension, which he received in Kentucky on October 2, 1818, it is stated he suffered three wounds during the war:  One ball through his right leg, one ball through his left thigh, and one ball which broke his left wrist.  He received his last pension in Pike's Co., OH in 1824.  From 1776 to 1778, John, Paul and Silas paid taxes in Baldeagle and Potter townships.  John was assessed with 4 cows, 2 horses, and 100 acres of land.  Another account states that Paul was assessed 1784-1788.  John also served in the War of 1812.  He received a pension from his war claim #40634 in Bourbon Co., KY in 1820.  John was living in Bourbon Co., KY in 1818 and moved to Bath Co., KY in 1820.   Before 1823 he returned from Kentucky to Findlay, OH to his first wife's children.  There he died.

George Sornberger (1759-1841)
Husband of Catherine Wolcott
Revolutionary service as a Private in Col. Roswell Hopkins's Co., Dutchess Co., NY Militia.

William Wolcott ("Walcut") (1761-1833)
William, Anna, and children came from Fairfax Co., VA, to Chillicothe, OH, in 1815.  Soon after in that same year they located on the east side of the Scioto River in Franklin Co.  There William's wife and daughter died.  William is buried in Greenlawn Cemetery, Columbus, OH, near the old mortuary.  He was a soldier of the Revolutionary War in S. M. Regiment Maryland Commandiers, 5th Maryland Regiment, Dec 10, 1776 to Oct 22, 1779, Col. William Richardson, commander, from April 27, 1781 to 1783, Major Lerin Winder.  Applied for pension Dec 24, 1819 and was pensioned May 12, 1821, II 34 to William Walcutt (Wolcott), State of Ohio, for wounds received in battle.  He was present at storming of Stony Point, at Guilford C.H. (where he was captured but escaped three days later), at Valley Forge with Washington where he spent the hard winter of 1777-78.  He was at Yorktown for the surrender of Cornwallis.  After peace was established, he located in Loudoun Co., VA, and married Anna.  When they moved to OH, the family settled in Franklin Co. except James, who settled first in Jefferson Co, and then Harrison Co.

Oliver Wolcott, Jr. (1761-1845)
Revolutionary War service from New Braintree MA, age 19 in 1780, Oliver Woolcott, Pvt. Worcester Co. MA militia.  Oliver lived at New Braintree when he enlisted and before moving to Pomfret and Brandon VT in 1792.  He settled at Pittsford VT in 1812, where he applied for a pension in 1832.

John Wolcott, Jr. (1762-1844)
He was a Pvt., MA Line; applied for a pension and received it in 1818 Rensselaer Co. NY.  His wife Lydia also received a war pension.

Theodore Wolcott (1763-1837)
Revolutionary Service.

Richard Law  (1763-1845)
husband of Lucretia Wolcott
Richard served in the Revolutionary War as a Navy Captain. 

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