REVOLUTIONARY WAR SOLDIERS ASSOCIATED WITH BENNINGTON, WYOMING CO, NY

* - Have descendants who have been members of the Daughters of the American Revolution

 

PICUS AUSTIN  1740 - 1828;  BURIED IN COWLESVILLE

This Revolutionary soldier's family is detailed in "A Genealogy of the Descendants of Robert Austin of Kingstown, Rhode Island ". Starting with Isaac (a Cowlesville resident in 1837) the line is John W., Picus, John, Edward, and Robert. Picus Austin was born on March 2, 1740, the son of John and Mary Sweet Austin. He served for the state of Rhode Island. He died on Nov. 30, 1828 in Bennington, NY.

 

JOHN CARTER  1759 - 1825;  BURIED IN MAPLE LAWN CEMETERY, BENNINGTON

The files of the "Republican Advocate", of Batavia, announced his death on August 17, 1825 at the age of 66 years. They said he was a Revolutionary soldier but the state for which he served is not known. His wife, Phebe died at age 70 years on Oct. 1, 1828. His son, John Carter, Jr. preceded them both in death at age 19 on Oct. 27, 1819.

 

THOMAS GRATTON / GRATTAN; BURIED IN DOVER TWP., LENAWEE CO., MICHIGAN

Thomas Grattan appeared on an 1840 pension list at age 83 years.  He must have moved to Michigan in 1840 as he is enumerated twice that year—once in Bennington, NY, and also in Lenawee County, MI.  The state for which he served is unknown. He died on May 9, 1842, in Clayton, MI, and was buried in South Dover Cemetery in Dover, MI.   Source: "Historical Wyoming" and Robin Grattan.
                       

MOSES HOLMES   1748 -  April 24, 1842;  BURIAL UNKNOWN BUT ATTICA ALSO CLAIMS HIM

Served from Massachusetts and appeared on the 1840 pension list at age 93 years. It is not known whether he is buried in Attica or Bennington. Source: "Historical Wyoming".  He owned land in Bennington in 1837, but he was a resident of Attica, NY.  He was married on June 1, 1780 to Betsey Graves.  His Revolutionary Pension record is file #W23320.  For more information on this soldier, please see "A Town of Country Folk" by Anita Ripstein.

 

CALEB KING *  1756 - 1840;  BURIED IN MAPLE LAWN CEMETERY, BENNINGTON

On May 5, 1840, at the age of 83, death came to Caleb King in Bennington. He was laid to rest where his weathered marble stone tells us he was "an officer of the Revolution". With him are two wives; Lovisa who died August 5, 1826 at age 59 years; and Catherine, who died June 14, 1835 at age 64 years. There is evidence that he received a pension as early as 1818 from what was then Genesee County. The 1833 pension list tells that he was an Ensign in the Massa­chusetts militia. He may be the Caleb King of Bridgewater, Mass. who became an Ensign in Colonel James Wesson's 9th Regiment. If he is this man then his military career began as a fifer of Minute Men when they marched at the Alarm of April 19, 1775. He is not in the 1820 Census of Bennington, NY but does appear in 1830. Source: "Historical Wyoming".

 

JOEL MAXON    1763 - 1833;  BURIED IN MAXON FARM CEMETERY, ATTICA

Joel Maxon was born in Westerly, RI on January 1, 1763, the son of Daniel and BodeIl Ross Maxon. His service was with Rhode Island troops starting at age 14 for 2 years. He died April 26, 1833 at the age of 70 years, and was buried next to his wife, Lucretia. He was a settler of Attica/Bennington in 1806. Source: "A Town of Country Folk" by Ripstein.

 

AMOS TOLLES *   1740 - 1805;  BURIED IN FOREST HILL CEMETERY, ATTICA

Amos was the son of Ebenezer and Sarah Sperry Tolles. He was baptized in Woodbridge, CT in February 1744. He was a soldier in the French and Indian War where he served for the state of Connecticut. On April 1, 1765 he married (Mrs.?) Elizabeth Cummins in New Milford, CT. They moved to Canaan and Durham, NY with their children Amos (born May 24, 1766), David, John (born May 16, 1770) who married Catherine Sibley, Samuel, Nathan, Chloe, Anna Mary who married John Eddy, Rachel, and Betsey who married Elijah Day. Amos enlisted with his son Amos in the 17th Albany County militia during the Revolutionary War. They served in Captain Elijah Bostwick's company of Colonel W. B. Whiting's regiment.

 

In about 1802, some of his children decided to move to the frontier to what is now Bennington, NY. Amos was the first white man to die in the town of Bennington in early December 1805, possibly while visiting his children. Another tradition has it that he was an early settler of Bennington. He was originally buried on a knoll in East Bennington. He was re-interred in 1879 in the Tolles family plot in Attica by his grandson, James Sibley Tolles, who also had Amos' grave marked as a soldier of the Revolutionary War. Source: The Tolles Family genealogy by James Norton.

 

 Daughters of the American Revolution lineage for Amos Tolles and Benjamin Warriner is:

 

Elizabeth Stead Kaszubski (born 1957), Arlene Fuest Stead (born 1935 in Bennington), Leon A. Fuest (born 1910), Clara West Fuest (born 1886), Jennie Jones West (born 1848), Louisa Warriner Jones (born 1824 in Bennington), Hiram Warriner (born 1802)and buried at Maple Lawn, and Amos' daughter, Rachel Tolles Warriner (born 1768).

 

BENJAMIN WARRINER * 1751 - 1823;  BURIED IN AN UNKNOWN GRAVE IN BENNINGTON

He was born on March 3, 1750/1751 (March 14, 1751 according to the new style calendar) in that part of Springfield, Massachusetts, which later was named Wilbraham. He was the son of Benjamin and Persis Willard Warriner. His father served in the French and Indian War. The valuation of the town of Wilbraham, Mass. in 1771 listed a Benjamin Warriner as a taxpayer owning the following property-- 4 cows, 3 goats and sheep, 35 acres of pasture in tillage, 110 bushels of grain raised yearly, 4 barrels of cider annually, and 9 tons of hay per year.

 

He appeared as a soldier on the Massachusetts line in his Revolutionary War pension file S44207,  which is at the National Archives. He served from February 1776 - October 1776 in Colonel Porter's Massachusetts Line. He developed a permanent sore on his leg during the war which caused him discomfort throughout his life.  He also was discharged due to this disability. He appears as a Revolutionary soldier in the Secretary of War's 1835 NY State pension roll of Genesee Co. (now Wyoming), NY. He received a pension under an Act of Congress of March 18, 1818,  listed as Private Benjamin Warrener. HIS name was oftentimes misspelled. He received an annual pension of $96, with a total received of $418.80.

 

He was married to Rachel Tolles about 1792 perhaps in Durham or Canaan, New York. He and Rachel moved to Bennington about 1806. They appeared in the 1810 census of Sheldon, which at the time Bennington was a part of. Their children were listed in his pension file, they are: Sally (born May 5, 1793) married Jeremiah Jones; Zeruah or Zerniah (born Aug. 25, 1795) mar. Alvin Jones; Chloe (born March 14, 1796) mar. Smith Rogers; Philena (born June 14, 1798) mar. Joel Crandall; Clarissa (born Apr. 19, 1800) mar. Sidney Riley; Hiram (born Dec. 18, 1802) mar. Lucinda Storm; Rachel (born Nov. 18, 1804) mar. Thomas Church; Eliza (born July 23, 1807) married Barney Crandall; Amanda (born May 23, 1809) mar. Kirkland Doty; Sophia (born Nov. 22, 1811) died 1828; and Laurinda (born Apr. 14, 1814) mar. Joel Bailey.

                       

Benjamin Warriner died on May 8, 1823 at the age of 72. His wife, Rachel Tolles Warriner, died Nov. 1, 1825.  They both died in Bennington and lie in unmarked graves in East Bennington. The only other possibility is that they may have been re-interred to Forest Hill Cemetery in Attica, NY when Amos Tolles was, but there is no marker for them there.

                       

THOMAS WEAVER       BURIAL UNKNOWN

Thomas Weaver received a Revolutionary War pension in 1819. He is said to have lived on the Darien/Bennington border, and may be buried in Darien. His wife, Sarah Lee, died in Bennington, NY on April 11, 1869. Source: Anita Ripstein.

 

Author: Elizabeth Stead Kaszubski, 1463 Fairfield Drive, N. Tonawanda, NY 14120 on May 5, 2002.

 

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