|[Editors' sarcastic note: It is unfortunate that in
the oldest county in West Virginia there is no chapter of a colonial wars
society or veterans organization that has an interest in cataloging
Revolutionary War veterans and locating and marking the graves of
Revolutionary War soldiers. We appreciate the few families that have
undertaken to honor their ancestors who served. If any one or any
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Note: this file is a draft; it has not been checked
against all records. Do not assume that it is complete or free of error.
We know that there are errors in the sources we quote, but we can not
check out the entries to verify them. The names without any reference and
marked with "[?]" may have been associated with Hampshire County at some
time but served or got their pension in another county or state.
We appreciate any additions
or corrections you can supply; please include the document reference!
in the 11th VA regiment after enlisting in 1776, and was present at
Monmouth, Blueford's Defeat, and Yorktown.
Anderson, James (a.k.a. Asher Crocket)
See "Crocket, Asher below"
years under Capt. William Patterson in the 16th VA Regimnet.
months under Capt. Francis Russel and Capt. Clerland, on the VA line.
Berry, William [?]
Served in the
4th MD regiment and applied for pension from Hampshire County on Oct. 22,
Oct 1, 1777 in Hampshire County and served for nine months.
Was born in
Hampshire County, and became Lieutenant in Capt. George Jackson's company
of spies and rangers in 1778.
Brinker, Henry (Lieutenant)
Applied for pension on Sept. 24, 1832 from
Springfield, Hampshire County.
He was born
in 1756, cumberland County, PA. Lived in Hampshire County during the
Revolutionary War period.
Born Aug. 25,
1763, he applied for pension in Hmpshire County and later died there on
Feb. 10, 1843.
Hampshire County in 1760, he enlisted in March 1780 and served two years
as a preivate under Capt. Capt. Issac Parsons, Col. William Lowther, and
born on Nov. 17, 1745 in Hampshire County and became a Private in Capt.
Daniel Richardson's company after enlisting around Apr. 1781. He died in
1830 in Preston County.
Nov. 15, 1755, Hampshire County. Enlisted 8 Feb 1777 at Big Cacapon, Hampshire County
in 1776. Private and Corporal under Captain Abel Westfall, Virginia Line, Continental Service
with COL Peter Muhlenberg's Regiment; fought in the Battle of Brandywine, PA on 11 Sep 1777
with COL Abraham Bowman's 8th Virginia Regiment. Taken prisoner at Germantown, PA and sent by prison ship to
New York; exchanged on 1 Aug 1778. In Oct 1781, he was drafted for the Yorktown campaign but arrived to late;
finally guarded prisoners at Winchester. Married Mary Pugh.
Refs: WVAR; see:http://www.chenowethsite.com/chenrev.htm
Conaway, John Spann (Conway)
Born on Oct. 6, 1762, he became an Indian Spy in 1776
and stayed in that line of work for four years.
Conway, Richard (Conaway)
Enlisted in Hampshire County, in 1782 for the 2nd
1779, at the age of 16 in Hampshire county. He served in the 7th VA and is
believed to have fought under Washington.
Hampshire County around 1749, he enlisted in 1776 and became an ensign
under Capt. Issac Cox.
Cresap, Thomas (Colonel)
He was born in 1705 and lived to be almost a hundred
yeaers old. He was the son of Michael Cresap. He recieved captains
commision in the Hampshire County Malitia, even though he actually still
lived in Maryland.
Crockett, Asher (enlisted using the name James
Born in Hampshire Co. in Sep 1760;
enlisted in Continental Army in Hampshire Co. serving under Col. Hite;
married Sarah Blankinship in Montgomery Co., VA on 11 Sep 1800; filed for
his pension on 26 Nov 1832 while living in Cabell Co., VA; he died at
Millers Ford, Wayne Co., VA on 16 Jan 1845. His pension file states
"Served under the alias of James Anderson to avoid service as an
apprentice". He participated in the battles of Hanging Rock, Camden,
Cowpens, Guilford, and Yorktown. He was discharged at Winchester in 1783
by Capt. Fitzpatrick and received a pension and land warrant for his
In an affidavit for his pension file he
states, "And after the Revolution, I went out under General Clark as a
Volunteer after the Indians in Kentucky & other places as a Volunteer
for 5 or 6 years, where I had the honor of being acquainted with his
excellency Andrew Jackson, who no doubt recollects something of me".
Ref: Pension file: NARA microfilm series M805, Roll
19, Images 628 to 641, File W2533 BLWT31439-160-55 [information supplied
by Jane Ailes]
Service--Virginia Va. No. 3886
No. S. 39379. Born: 1757 Died: August, 1841
Applied for pension: 1818, Hampshire County, Virginia; pension certificate issued, October 24, 1818. Croston enlisted at Alexandria, Virginia, and served from 1778 to 1783 as a private in the company of Lieutenant Harper, Captain Thomas Hamilton, and Colonels Green and Bladford. Supporting claims by Bryan Kerken, Thomas Lewis, and Hezekiah Emery. Was probably at Valley Forge.
Refs: WVAR; research by Jane Ailes.
Cundiff, John (Sergeant)
Service--Virginia Va. No. 23100 No. S. 8272
Born, 1759, Lancaster County, Virginia. Enlisted,
Northumberland County, Virginia, 1775, and reenlisted in different periods
until 1778. He was a private and a sergeant eight and a half months under
Captain William Docuning, Captain William Nutt, Captain Christopher, in
the Virginia regiment under Colonel Thomas Gaskins, Colonel Edward
Conaway, and Colonel Windowkiner. Other officers were Lieutenant Raleigh
Colston, James McAndrews, and Ensign Gray Eskridge. Supporting affidavits
by Major Isaac Welsh, John T. Hickman, John and Jacob Vandiver, and
Nathaniel Kuykendall. Pension granted, 1833, in Hampshire County.
> He was
born in Hampshire County in 1754 and later died there on March 8, 1850.
Born in the
mid 1700's he served as a private until the end of the war. For his
service he was granted 300 acres of land on June 21, 1785. He later died
in Springfield, VA on May 7, 1830.
Is know to
have resided in Hampshire County during the Revolutionary War period.
Davis, Samuel B. [?]
Davis, Spencer [?]
Oct 17, 1746. Became a private and served in the 9th VA regiment under
Capt. John Hays. He died in Greenbriar County on Oct. 7, 1817.
He is know to
have settled at an early date in Hmapshire County, on the Great Cacapon
River. Where he lived, on the way to Winchester, a fort was erected in
1755 to protect the settelers after Braddock's defeat. This fort was named
Eskridge, George [?]
Ferryman, Stephen enlisted in Winchester, Virginia.
Certificate of Pension issued 2 December, 1818, file number 39515. On 17
August, 1820 he appeared before John White of the Hampshire County Court
and swore about his service; filed 23 August, 1820 #4740. Stephen lived in
the Junction/Purgistville area 1800-1820.
He lived in
Hampshire County and enlisted there in march 1778 under Captain Moses
Hutton and Captain Dan Richardson in a VA regiment.
Forman, William (Captain)
Served in Hampshire County and was killed in an
Indian ambush on his company.
Gwin, Andrew [?]
1758 he enlisted in Hampshire Coutny in 1778.
1753, he moved to Hampshire County sometime after the Revolution and
applied for pension on Jan. 29, 1833.
Hass, Christian [?]
Hawk, Isaac (Ensign)
lived in Hampshire County at the outset of the Revolution and enlisted on
March 1, 1777 there. (pension probably Pochontas Co.)
Hawkins, John [?]
1758, Ft. Pleasant. Enlisted in 1778 in Hampshire Co. and recieved his
pension on May 21, 1833.
Hampshire Co. from a very early age and enlisted in Hardy Co. June,
Henderson, Sampson [?]
Born in 1759
in England, he lived in Hampshire County when the Revolution broke out. He
married In Aug., 1782 and enlisted at some point. He was awarded his
pension from Hampshire County.
25, 1753 in Hampshire County. Enlisted May 1775 and served under both
Capt. John Cook and Capt. Andrew Hamilton as an Indian Spy. He served in
1780 under Capt. George Beall's VA company. Died in 1849.
Hampshire Co. on May 25, 1757, he enlisted in 1778 and died in 1841.
Jacob, John J. [?](served probably in Maryland
James, Isaac [?](pension probably Cabell Co.)
Karren was living in Winchester when he
first enlisted. He moved to Hampshire County after his second discharge from service. He
then heard of Gen. Washington's trapping Cornwallis at
Yorktown and with a company of volunteers he marched from Romney to
Yorktown where he participated in the surrender of Cornwallis's army. He
then marched to Winchester with a group of prisoners and guarded them
until he was discharged. He also mentioned in the application that he
had guarded Tories in a jail in Hampshire County. He eventually moved to Randolph
County where he filed his pension application. Names mentioned in the application that
may be associated with Hampshire County include: Captain John Nevill, Andrew
Waggoner, Col. Edward McCarty, James Staply(?), Andrew Brady & John Rian
(may be John Ryan - see below), James & John Hagarty.
For a transcription of his pension record see:
Keiskell, Adam (Captain) [ed. note: should be
"Heiskell"][Ed. note: This entry is probably in error. The name
is Heiskell and the campaign referenced was actually the campaign of
Benedict Arnold and Daniel Morgan to capture Canada at the beginning of
the war in order to bring it into the war on the side of the Americal
colonies. The campaign failed and Morgan and, possibly, Heiskell were
captured. Heiskell was buried in the Old Presbyterian Cemetery in Romney
which has since been destroyed. see: lost gravesite]
Adam Keiskell, of Hampshire County,
was recommended for a captaincy in the militia of Frederick County, in
April 1779, and qualified later. He was one of General Daniel Morgan's
company of sharp-shooters who participated in the capture of Quebec when
the French Army under General Montcalm surrendered to the forces of
in Hampshire Co. On June 15, 1781.
Keiter, who served as a soldier in the Revolutionary Army, was born in
Hampshire County, in 1757, enlisted in the army there, and died on
November 26, 1850.
Kump, Henry (Cump)
Service--Virginia Va. No. 23579 No. S. 15792
Born, 1757. Enlisted in Hampshire County, and served
as a private nine months in the company of Captains Stump and James
Parsons in the Virginia Line regiments under General Wayne. He served from
1781 to 1782. His first service was apparently a three months' "tour" as a
substitute for George Sly. He was then drafted for three months and in
January, 1782, enlisted under Captain James Eaton. He was granted a
pension in Hampshire County in 1834. His claims were supported by
affidavits of Elisha Gardner, Philip Kline, and Daniel Loy. He is buried
on the east bank of Capon River on land believed to have been granted to
the family by Lord Fairfax in 1772.
was born 21 Apr 1745 in Old Frederick Co, VA. He died 16 Apr 1816 in Hampshire Co VA. He was the son of Jacob LaRue and he was married to Elizabeth LaRue. Peter served as a Private in the Virginia Regiment - Company 8. Refs: "Shenandoah Valley Pioneers & their descendants - A History of Frederick Co, VA" by Thomas Kemp Cartmell, Chapter XVIII, page 100; [supplied by Judi Shannon]
Little, George [?]
Ludwick, Leonard: born 1730; died 1804; "Maryland; PVT; Capt Bayers Co.; Revolutionary War". [grave marker]
Born in 1752,
he enlisted in Hampshire County on May 1, 1777.
age 60 when he applied for his pension in Hampshire Co. on 27 May, 1818
and age 66 when he filed another affidavit on 20 June 1820 from Randolph
Co., VA. In his affidavits he states that he enlisted at Davis' Marsh in
Berkeley Co. (in the part that became Jefferson Co.) in 1776, "with
Lieutenant Robert White attached to a company commanded by Capt. Joseph
Mitchell in the 12 Virginia Regiment on the Continental establishment
commanded by Colonel James Wood". He states that he was in the battles at
Monmouth and Stone Point. He was discharged at Winchester, VA at the close
of the war. Robert White, Judge of the Superior Court of Hampshire Co.,
signs the affidavit and White adds a statement of his own to the effect
that Wilmore Mail's statements are accurate which Robert White signs as
"Capt. in the Virginia line on Continental Establishment". Wilmore Male is
listed in the 1840 Hampshire Co. federal census as a "free colored person"
and he is identified in this census as a Revolutionary War Pensioner.
Ref: pension file: NARA microfilm series M805, Roll
547, Images 699 to 706, File S38171; and the 1840 Hampshire Co. federal
census, Western District, stamped page 181 [information supplied by Jane
Malick, John [?](served N.J. militia)
Malone, Hung [?](served Md. line)
born in 1755, enlisted in Hampshire Co. in 1780 and later died in 1834.
in Hampshire Co. before March 17, 1779.
1749, he enlisted in Hampshire Co. in the 12th VA regiment. He died in
in Huntington Co. as a private, and married in Hampshire Co. in 1798.
on Jan. 11, 1760, Hampshire Co., he served in PA during the Revolution. He
died in Brown Co. Ohio on Jan. 13, 1848.
1774 he enlisted in 1781 and served as a private in the 1st VA regiment. He
was discharged in 1783 and later died in 1856.
Refs: RLA [note: there is
some problem with these dates due to the number of family members with
similar name; we will attempt to get documentation for this problem.]
Enlisted March 12, 1777; SAR #128748; state #5672 (Tx)
Hampshire Co. in 1786 and left again in 1791.
Hanging Rocks, Hampshire Co., under Leiut. Miller.
Neville, Joseph (General)
Was a member of the House of Burgesses from Hampshire
Co. in 1773 and 1776. Attended the Conventions on Dec. 1, 1775, and May 6,
1776. He was a county surveyor for Hampshire Co. and in 1784 he helped to
complete the Mason Dixon Line. He served as the Justive of the Peace for
the first murder case in Hampshire Co.. He also surveyed with George
Newman, John [?](served probably in Md.)
Newman, Robert (Doctor)
Born in 1770 in culpepper Co., VA, he and his five
brothers all enlisted in St. Clair's Company. Less than a year later all
of his brothers were killed in the battle of St. Clair. He, himself, was
one of the few survivors. After he retired from the service, he traveled
to Texas, where he was thought to have had some shady dealings with Burr
and Blannerhasset in their attempted coup of Texas. However, this was
never confirmed. He returned to VA and married Elizabeth Hancock and moved
to Maryland. In his later years he became a rather respected medical
practitioner and he wrote many literary materials. He helped found the
Literary Society in Romney and became a prominent citizen after his move
there. He was made a Justice of Hampshire Co. in 1837.
Niper, George (Nippers)
enlisted in Hampshire County and served from 1778-1781 in the 6th VA
Our, Searchman (Ours or Ower)
Born in 1775 in Hmapshire County. Enlisted in
Hampshire in March 1778 under Captain R. Cunningham. Died In 1844.
Hampshier County in 1778 and later married there in 1782. He bagan
receiving a pension in Hampshire County in 1833.
Parrot, Christopher (Parriot)
He was born on March 25, 1755 in MD, and after
enlisting in Hampshire County he moved up in the ranks to the position of
sergeant. He later died on Oct.1, 1820 in Romney.
born on Oct. 15, 1760 and enlisted in Hampshire County at an as yet
Payne, George [?]
gentleman began receiving a pension from having served in Hampshire County
Peters, Tunis (Lieutenant)
Born on Oct. 26, 1749, he married in 1776 and then
went on to become a 1st Lieutenant in the Revolutionary War.
Powelson made an affidavit in Hampshire County Court on 24 September 1832
for his Revolutionary War pension application. In this affidavit, he
states that he was born in New Jersey, about six miles from New Brunswick
and resided there until some time after the close of the war. He
then moved to Bucks Co., Pennsylvania for about six years, then moved to
Hampshire Co., Virginia where he has now been for 39 years. [This
places his arrival in Hampshire Co. to about 1793.] Powelson states
that he enlisted in the New Jersey militia in Somerset Co., New Jersey in
1776 and served at various times until near the end of the war.
After Powelson's death on 8 July 1845, his widow filed for a widow's
pension. In her application documents, it is stated that Powelson's
wife's maiden name was Abigail Brewer, and they were married in Bucks Co.,
Pennsylvania in 1792. A supporting affidavit states that in
1793, Henry Powelson and his wife moved to Hampshire Co. with some of his
siblings and his father, Powel Powelson.
Ref: NARA, Series M804, /Revolutionary
War Pension and Bounty-Land Warrant Application Files,/ File no. W 3,864,
Pension application file of Henry Powelson and his widow Abigail (Brewer)
Powelson, viewed at Footnote.com. [information provided by Jane Ailes]
Enlisted February 1776; made Ensign in Capt. Abel Westfall's Company of the 8th Virginia Regiment commanded by Col. Peter Mulenburg; resigned 1st March, 1777. He served in South Carolina where he was engaged in the Battle of Sullivans Island, 21-29 June, 1776. (Born 1740-42; died 25th September, 1830; lived North River Mills area)
in 1778 in Hampshire and was awarded his pension on Oct. 21, 1833.
Queen, John [?](served S.C. militia)
He was born
in 1759 and enlisted in March of 1778 in Hampshire County. He was married
on Nov. 6, 1782 to Amelia Yoakum and recieved his pension from Hardy
County in 1834. He lived there until he died on Dec. 14, 1840.
known that he recieved his pension from Hampshire County in 1819.
Hampshire County in 1765 he enlisted on Aug. 4, 1779, also in Hampshire
County, and began recieving his pension from Hardy County on Feb. 28,
Hampshire County in 1763, he enlisted in 1778 in the 1st Virginia
Regiment. He married Sarah Day in 1785 and began recieving his pension in
1823. He died on Oct. 8, 1836.
Refs: WVAR - see
born in 1759 and enlisted in in the 2nd Virginia Regiment in Hampshire
County. His pension was authorized in Hardy County in 1829.
Refs: WVAR -
The Redmans were free people of color
living in Hardy Co. by 1801 when they are first listed in the personal
property tax lists. John and Richard Redman both applied for their
Rev War pensions while living in Hardy Co., but we have no evidence of
where they were living at the time they enlisted in the Continental
Army. John Redman joined in Winchester in Dec 1777. Richard
Redman enlisted at the Fauquier Co. courthouse in 1780. [info supplied
by Jane Ailes]
Reger, Anthony (Ensign)
is known that he lived at some time in Hampshire County.
Reger, Leonard (Sergeant)
Is known to have been born in Hampshire County.
Robinson, John [?](may have served in Pa.)
Rogers, David (Colonel)
married the widow of Captain Michael Cresap and lived in Hampshire County
after the union.
Rosebrough, John [?](probably served Pa.)
He was born in
Hampshire County in 1759 and while living on Pattersons Creek enlisted in
either 1778 or 1779. He recieved his pension from Randolph County in
His will was recorded on May 10, 1801 in
was born in Hampshire County on Feb 13, 1757, he resided in Ohio by the
beginning of the Revolutionary War.
He was born
in England in 1725, but became a resident of Hardy County during the
Revolution, and he died in Hampshire County in Feb. 1798.
Lancaster County, Pa around 1750, he enlisted in Chamberstown, PA and
served a term of six months whereas he moved to Patterson Creek Hampshire
County. After that he moved on to Wood County.
NJ. Lived in Hampshire Coutny from 1772 to 1785 and served as a
Scout-Lieut. under the state of Virginia. He died in VA.
granted a pesnion in 1819 in Hampshire County.
Simmons, Asa [?]
Hampshire county in 1763 he enlisted in April of 1780 in Monongalia
recieving a pension in Hampshire County in 1820 from his service in the
10th VA regiment.
Taylor, Daniel (Mineral Co.)
Refs: WVAR (p.283)
Margaret Thatcher in 1778, then was afforded his pension in 1833 and died
in Hampshire county on May 3, 1844.
He lived in
Hampshire county on the beautiful old home of Edward Taylor, a soldier in
the Revolutionary War, which is still standing today. This home was
believed to have been purchased by him in 1806.
granted a pension in Hampshire County in return for his services in
to Hampshire County in 1780 and lived there for two or three years.
Vandiver, William (Vandever)
Born in Frederick County, VA on March 18, 1762, he
enlisted in 1781 in Hampshire County. He recieed his pension in 1833 and
died on July 17, 1833 in Hampshire county.
Vanmeter, Joseph (Ensign)
He enlisted in Hampshire county in 1776 and served
for two years in the 12th VA regiment.
Vause, William ( Captain)
His children are believed to have lived somewhere in
as an Indian spy in Hampshire County and served there for two years.
recieving his pension in Hampshire County in 1819.
1753, he enlisted in Hampshire County in 1780. He later died in 1821.
Welton, Job (Lieutenant)
Born in Hampshire County and died in Hardy County in
1820. "List of Militia paid off at Romney, H.C. VA, Rom. 8."
pension in Hampshire County in 1819 and later died in July, 1832.
in Hampshire county in 1779 and recieved his pension from there in
Is known to
have resided at some point in Hampshire County.
Scotland in 1731 he later moved to VA during the Revolutionary War. He
died in 1776.
14, 1752, he moved to America sometime around 1768 and fought for the
colonists in the Revolution. He became the 1st clerk of Hampshire Co. and
died in July, 1814.
Refs: RLA. Andrew's lost gravesite
WVARWest Virginians in the American Revolution;
Compiled by Johnston, Ross B., published by Genealogical Publishing Co,
Inc., Baltimore 1977.
The Rudolph Family of Virginia; Compiled by Mrs.
Willetta Baylis Blum and Dr. William Blum, Sr.
SOTRSons of the Revolution
The Soldiery of West Virginia; by Virgil A. Lewis;
Genealogical Publishing Co., Baltimore, 1972