The following is a transcription of the pages of The Fitch Gazetteer: “An Annotated Index to the Manuscript History of Washington County New York, Vol 1”, by Kenneth A Perry. You can read the genealogies I have assembled from these pages here. There is more information about the book here.
Keep in mind, Dr. Fitch was gathering stories and information from those who lived these events first hand, or were the children/grandchildren of those who did. The author of this book, Kenneth A. Perry, transcribed his notes and assembled them both alphabetically and chronologically. There are bound to be errors, perhaps by fading memories or in understanding Dr. Fitch’s notes. For certain, there are errors in my transcriptions below.
In order to be accurate, I used voice recognition software (so I could just read as it was written), then went back and tried to correct the misspellings so they matched the original book. This information was taken from a variety of screen shots, much of it “out of context”, but I tried my best to arrange them in the original order.
The other issue I had was that many, many abbreviations were used in this book and I did not change the transcription to match the abbreviation. For example rem. = removed, d or dau = daughter. Not really a big deal but if I misinterpreted an abbreviation, I suppose it could change the meaning in a few instances. Think the same with punctuation and capitalization.
With that I give my standard warning: back up any information presented here with other sources if possible. If you have any questions, leave me a comment and I can try to clarify or send a copy of the page I have. If you have differing information on any of those listed here, write a comment so others can benefit from the clarification.
And finally, all my notes and comments are written in bold without exception. So assume anything else is from the book.
The following information is from the Campbell section so assume the subject’s last name equals Campbell.
___ married Rebecca, daughter Robert Campbell Jr; he was in a boat “driving the river” of logs at Hadley Falls between towns of Luzerne and Hadley, New York when it upset and he and another were drowned; his widow remained in Cohocton, New York; no children
___ resided Dwelly hill, Greenwich, New York; rented to William Reid, Esq. for a year following the Revolutionary war, sometime after Reid had sold his mills
Alexander – drew lot number 28, Argyle patent, containing 350 acres
Alexander – brother in law, Duncan MacArthur; was in Burgoyne’s camp when it was ascertained that this scalps brought in belonged to the Allen family; he left the camp to determine the safety of the MacArthur family, but was unable to find anyone at Argyle corners who is willing to accompany him; later on, he was joined in his journey by Neil Gillespie; he resided opposite his brother James on the Battenkill; the Jackson party from Salem cut into the woods near his home to locate a camp south old Duncan (white dunk); resided Jackson, New York; the Jackson party encamped near him after crossing the Battenkill, August 1777
Alexander – indicted along with four others, November 5, 1782, for adhering to “the enemies of the state”, on deposition of Thomas Collins
Alexander – March 16, 1815, Cambridge, by Sheriff; 2 or 300 acres, found north by Archibald Campbell
Alan – granted 5000 acres July 11, 1764 south of Crown Point on Putnam’s Creek, Essex County; same information, located between Crown Point in Fort Ticonderoga
Ann – drew lot number 55, Argyle patent, containing 300 acres
Ann – daughter of old Duncan; married Archibald son of Widow Campbell/McNeil, of Fort Edward, New York; he died in Fort Edward and his wife died in Canada
Mrs. Ann – wife of Duncan, of Dwelly hill, on the Battenkill; surname Balenabe; died August 10, 1777 and was buried at Fort Edward, New York adjoining Maj. Duncan Campbell Esq.; the re-interment of Jane McCrea and a grave of a granddaughter also located nearby.
Archibald – (“Archy”) “died at Centre Falls some 3 or 4 years ago; his natural son Archy, was brought at by Adam Cottrell, and is a smart young man, living now [n.d.] near or at Centre Falls”, but that he later removed to Easton, New York; he married the mother of his natural son Archy, “they lived together many years but had no more children”; he also had a natural daughter by another woman who “went off, down the river with her, many years ago”
Archibald – for some time following the Revolutionary war, Norman Morrison resided in his home; married Flora, daughter of Archibald “old Archie”, McNeil, and grandfather William McNeal, who resided southwest part of Argyle, New York: mentions six children John; Caty married Jacob Heustis; Nelly, married John Crary, Esq., of Salem; Alexander, Archibald, and Duncan. He dies Jan 31, 1808, at 69; and his wife d. Nov 1 1825, at 74. His family was in the McNauchten party that went into Burgoyne’s camp, Aug 1777. Dau Eleanor (Nelly) . Apr 5, 1804, John Crary, Esq. Their daughter Ann d. Aug 11 1777 at 4; buried Fort Edwards New York.
Archibald – merchant New York City original grantee Argyle patent grantor January 15, 1765 lot number 32 Argyle patent
Archibald – of Raritan New Jersey surveyor original Argyll patent along with Christopher Yates and Schenectady New York; surveyor Cambridge patent here noted as Deputy surveyor. Mark lots for provincial patent (Hartford New Jersey); his map dated December 14, 1764; laid out and marked the lots of Hartford containing 262 1/2 acres but not all exact – one lot contained 290 acres; he ran and measured only east – west lines in the corners formed created zigzag boundaries
Archibald – son of Duncan and Sarah Frazier kept a Tavern in New York City along with his mother he came to Argyle with his mother prior to the Revolutionary war and died here. Original owner of Lot number 141 Argyle patent occupied currently (C. 1848) by Timothy Eddy.
Archibald – granted 4000 acres October 11, 1765 along with James Grant; adjoining lands granted John Gregor, formally Albany and now Washington County $579.60 due
Archibald – grandson Jonathan Paddock born about 1809 died July 12, 1823 at 14; he was awoken Saturday evening to ride in a two horse race and at full speed stumbled over a cow lying in the road on ‘Carter Street’ town of Greenwich New York; his skull was fractured and he died 1 – 2 hours later
Archibald Junior – Drew lot number 24 Argyle patent containing 250 acres
Capt. – commanded a company in Col. Montgomery’s Highland regiment and was supposed to be an uncle of William Campbell
Capt. – Drew 3000 acre lot of military lands that included Bishop’s corner in middle Granville New York. Obtained 1000 acres more than the standard allotment for his rank
Catherine – Drew lot number 1; Argyle patent containing 250 acres
Catherine – married William Reid Esq. in Scotland
Caty – Daughter of Duncan and Sarah Frazer married William Hunter of New York City; a daughter married ____ Tearce (Tearse) and another daughter married ____ Finn
Col. – (MY NOTE: This is James Campbell, s/o white Dunk) son of Duncan who resided Dwelly Hill, Argyll, New York (now location of Greenwich); he examining each of the American guards captured at Skenesborough (Whitehall, New York) when it was razed March 21, 1780 and its defenders take into Canada according to James Rogers, all of the militia captured there were separately interrogated by him at Montréal, “the objection of this examination was to tamper with us and induce us to enlist into the British service and also to gather what information they could respecting the state of the country”; during his “protracted examination” with Rogers, he hinted at an alliance with “the Six Nations of Indians” to help put down the rebellion in New York by a planned invasion in the summer 1780 saying “as every rebel has forfeited his life, they are to search out and slay every man, woman and child who are implicated in this wicked revolt” (See Great Burning) his objective then became to enlist Rogers as a means of sparing his family, suggesting that he was just an innocent and open hearted youth who perhaps had been “deceived and misled by unprincipled designing men”; when Rogers’ replied confounded him into silence for a “full three minutes” he concluded the interview by deciding that Rogers should be confined in prison along with other captives from his post; see Campbell, James, volume 2
Daniel – son of Duncan and Sarah Frazier on impulse boarded a vessel bound for England and did not return to New York City for 21 years: shortly after his return he left again and was never heard from again.
David Esq. – resided Jackson New York; purchased his ewes from the Long Island flocks of Matlet & Titus; accompanied Archibald Livingston to a great sale of Saxon bucks July 14 1825, Brighton, Massachusetts; he decided to make bids based upon the wool samples but purchase prices soon went too high; about 1832 along with Constant Clapp and John Dobbin, had one of the choices sheep flocks in Washington County.
Gen. Donald – Argyle patent originally surveyed for him and others; son of Laughlin; Campbell’s patent (Greenwich New York) originally granted to him, but he never settled there; served in the Revolutionary war on the American side and once discovered the trunk belonging to his brother George Campbell among captured supplies; he and his two brothers petitioned for 100,000 acre grant January 5, 1763; extending from the Falls at Wood creek to the Battenkill; died in Washington DC; obituary notices Albany Register and April 5, 1803 Northern Centennial; The latter source notes his patriotism for resigning a British commission and joining the American side; reputed to be second in command to Gen. Montgomery during the assault on Québec 1775 and ordered the retreat after Montgomery had been killed
Duncan – called old Duncan (“white Dunk”); proprietor lot number 49, Scots (Argyle) patent; sons Archibald who remain neutral during the Revolutionary war; Alexander and James were both commission as Colonels in Burgoyne’s army and went to Canada; resided Dwelly Hill, on the present (1849) site of the Alfonsos Dwelly farm; his daughter Nancy married another Campbell related to widow Sarah McNeil who owned the house that Jane McCrea was taken from; his sons Alexander and James were supposed to be American officers previous to their enlistment with Burgoyne and resided in Canada not far from Lisbon New York; about 1777 he and Gerry Kilmore owned the only wagons in the Argyle patent; his family was in the McNaughton party that went to Burgoyne’s camp following Allen massacre; his wife died August 1777 of dysentery while in Burgoyne’s camp at Fort Edward; when news of the Allen massacre reached Duncan MacArthur’s house (about three days after the event) they immediately fled by night to his house and a party left from his house for Burgoyne’s house 2-3 days later; his wife’s tombstone is at Fort Edward, New York put up by his son James, stating her age and her family in Scotland; about 1768/9 Archibald and John McNeil had their bread baked at his home; while they were clearing their lands and constructing their log houses.
Duncan – “black Dunk” as he was called; resided next after Roger Read, at Fitch’s Point, Salem, New York “just over the hill below widow McDougall, at the head of the flat” his house stood between the present road and the kill (MY NOTE: Battenkill?); mentions a son William; at his request he was buried next to Archibald Campbell “on the place now (1847) owned by ‘Emperor’ Alexander; born Craignish? Argyleshire, Scotland; at age 4 or five immigrated to Pennsylvania and later to the New York Highlands; He married Mary Chambers, single woman, and member of Dr. Clark’s colony from Ireland; children
1. Jane married David Logan about 1790; removed to Alberta, Vermont or Canada
3. Catherine resided in Annsville, New York
4. Nancy, twin, married Amasa Carter
5. Mary (Polly), twin, married George Heist
6. John died 1844, Annsville, New York by the falling of a tree limb;
He enlisted in New York troops under Col. James Clinton during the French war; he returned to the highlands following the war and later removed here; his wife died 1777 of jaundice, Fort Edward, New York; his second wife was the mother of Norman Morrison; he owns lot number 36 Argyle patent died April 3, 1812 and is buried Alexander McNaughton burial ground; unmarked; his family remained in Fort Edward for a month following the Allen & McCrea massacres and quartered in the same houses as Gen. Frazer and Reidsel; his wife died of jaundice while in Fort Edward and the wife of his neighbor black Duncan Campbell also died while in Burgoyne’s Camp; he married 2) Wid. Morrison; Drew lot number 88 Argyle patent.
(MY NOTE: This entry is a little hard to understand as it runs on with the son John above. Also, I must wonder if there was a bit of confusion happening on the part of the author – or perhaps it’s my own confused interpretation. The puzzling part is italics which are not original to the book.
We are talking about black Dunk then we switch to a “neighbor black Dunc”. I think that line is referring to either Gen Frazer or Reidsel. It seems clear that black Dunk’s wife died while in camp. As a side note, White Dunk’s wife (Ann Balenabe) and grandchild also died while there (dysentery) so something was going around and/or the Dunk’s are confused.)
Here are 2 screen shots that detail this Duncan. You can decide for yourself and feel free to offer an opinion in the comment section. Click on them to enlarge:
MY NOTE: My pages jump from Duncan to Robert so I am guessing there are many pages missing in between the D and R given names.
Robert Junior – drew lot number 40 Argyle patent containing 450 acres
Robert Junior – son of Rev. Robert married his wife in Connecticut children – Ruth, Robert, Minor, Rebecca, Rachel, Bradford, and Tamar, all remained in Cohocton, New York
1. Mary m. Samuel Hunter
2. Sarah m. Edward Barker resided in Keydeross Creek
3. Esther m. Elijah Watson
4. Ruth m. Frederick Stewart
7. Rebecca m. ____ Campbell
8. Rachel m. Asa Mulligen
10. Tamar m. Solomon Campbell
11. Lydia m. 1) Elias Montgomery: 2) Elder Peck of Clifton Park, New York
Mrs./Wid Sarah – (Sarah Frazier, Widow Campbell) – owned the house from whence Jane McCrea was taken at the time of her murder; the family of Duncan “Black Dunk” Campbell sought shelter here following the Allen massacre August 1777; generals Fraser and Riedesel quartered in her home; according to Dr. Norton she was buried in New York City next to her husband McNeil being her first husband & Campbell being her second (however this information was faulty as she was buried beside Jane McCrea in the State Street Cemetery, Fort Edward, New York until McCrea’s remains were moved to the Union cemetery); the house she lived in where Jenny McCrea was taken from, was taking down 30 to 40 years ago (1807 – 1817) & stood on the same lot where Dr. Norton’s present (1847) house was built, and some 60 – 80 rods from the fort and about 150 rods from the tree & spring associated with McCrea’s massacre; about 1779 her house and the two Smyth houses were the only buildings left standing in Fort Edward; her house was 14 – 16 feet wide “& somewhat greater in length” made of rounded logs, with contiguous woodshed, constructed of slabs; it’s interior had an old-fashioned fireplace at one end without jambs and a loft overhead with the ladder or ladder like stairs; it’s door open on the east side and it had an un-walled cellar hole with a trap door S. of the middle of the floor; about 1788 was one of only four houses in Fort Edward, New York; it was located 10 rods southwest of Dr. Horton’s (1849) brick house and account of Jane McCrea’s murder, given by Timothy Eddy, considered by Dr. Fitch to be “the most authentic recital” of the incident as he finds it, takes its general facts from her recollection; according (to) her account, the Negro wench (Dina McCrea) was hid in the cellar and her baby placed under a large kettle; Widow Campbell’s appearance in only a chemise attributed to the Indians stripping off her outer clothes when out of gun shot of their pursuers; in order to cover herself, she obtained the cloak two from the Griffin family; a point believed unlikely according to Dr. Fitch, as he surmises that she may have instead sent her daughter, Polly Hunter to Yerry Kilmore’s in Argyle, with all her garments, except the most essential; this point observed as the indication of her intention to flee there, rather than go down the river with a boat offered by American forces; she was unaware of McCrea’s fate until 2 days following their abduction, until she identified her scalp among those of the Allen family & Van Vechten’s company when they’re brought into Burgoyne’s camp on a pole; see also McNeil, Mrs./widow Sarah.
Solomon – also called Saul; son of Rev. Robert; married Sarah, daughter John Andrew; had two daughters and 4 sons – Archibald, Solomon, John, and unknown
Solomon Junior – son of Solomon; probably married to Tamar Campbell, his cousin; removed to Cohocton, New York
William – son of “black” Duncan; married daughter of Roger Read; born about 1769; in 1847, narrates his family origins to Dr. Fitch and describes the flight of various local families to Fort Edwards August 1777 following the Alan massacre; while his family was at fort Edward, it was his job to watch over the cattle during the day time; one day a young Indian “3 or 4 years older than me, came and commenced quarreling with me and finally began to cuff me. I hereupon whipped him with my goad, so that he halloed out; when a great Indian ran, to us, caught me as in a vice, drew his scalping knife and shook and flourished it about my head, but a British officer now came and took my part, picked up a club and laid it over the back of the Indian, scolding him roundly and told me to whip every Indian that abused me or attempted to molest me”
MY NOTE: Misc Topic but inserting here as it belongs to the above William Campbell
Pasturing, early methods – when Burgoyne’s army was at Fort Edwards, according to William Campbell, the cows “were guarded altogether at night. By day, they were turned out, but if they got into the woods or out of sight of the fort, they were liable to be killed by Indians, or at least be milked dry by the soldiers”
William – originally came here during the French war as part of a Highlander regiment commanded by _____ Montgomery; he later resided on Wid. McDougalls place, Jackson, New York; a daughter married ____ Read; their daughter Eunice, born March 9, 1762, and married November 16, 1776, Alexander Reid; born Isle of Skye, Scotland; he enlisted at age 21, his company commanded by a Capt. Campbell thought to be his uncle and served 9 years in America; was discharged at Nova Scotia, where he married 1) Catherine Kennedy b. Argyleshire, Scotland, widow of _____ Thompson; they went to New York City and settled in. N.J.; Eligible for a grant of land in Vt., he would not settle it as it was “so entirely out of the world there”; settled the Dwelly place, a corner of Duncan Campbell’s Lot, Argyle patent; his wife had several children by her previous husband including two sons who remained in Brockville Canada; their only child Eunice, born Nova Scotia; his wife Catherine is bur. McNaughton burial ground; and he married 2) Catherine daughter Roger Reid and had a son Roger; during the early years of the Revolutionary war he resided north of the Widow French farm, lot number 257?, In the Sodom section of Salem, New York; according to daughter Eunice, a scouting party came to their home one Sabbath, perhaps in the fall 1777, after they return from Burgoyne’s camp and they “caught one of our sheep and butchered it; they came into the house with the mutton and called for whatever utensils they needed for cooking it – dug some potatoes [sic] also – then placed their meal upon the table and ate what they wanted, leaving all that remained, for our subsequent use”
Campbell patent – granted in 1763; January 5, 1763 the sons of Laughlin Campbell – Donald, George, and James petitioned for 100,000 acres in or near Wood creek between the falls there on the north and the Battenkill on the south; also W. a line 20 miles from Hudson on the east, on the east side of Lake George, and a S. line ending at the Hudson on the W; granted November 11, 1763; recommended by commissioners for patent, Cadwallader Colden, Oliver Delancey, and Alexander Colden, to grant 100 acres to each Donald, George, and James Campbell; and to Rose Graham call, Margaret Eustis, Lily Murray, Ellen Campbell, John Campbell Senior, James Calder, and John Campbell Junior, and 10,000 acres total; located on the east side of the Hudson, beginning at a small brook which empties into the Hudson opposite an island there, and continues from NW corner of grant to William Kettlehuyn, S to Battenkill and down the stream to E bounds of “Saraghtoga” patent, and along it’s bound to NE corner; and then, N along grant of Cornelius Cyler, and back to Kettlehuyn; rent at 2 shillings, 6 pence per 1000 acres; every 3 acres in 50 acres to be planted and cultivated; other specifics regarding rent payment, land-use, and pines reserved for mast for British Navy; refers patents, volume 13, pages 515 – 520; now Greenwich, New York; granted to and named after Gen. Donald Campbell
MY NOTE: Starting new surnames other than Campbell. These are not all the names listed within the given surname, just those associated with a Campbell
Robert – called “Emperor”; owned 1847 original homestead of Archibald Campbell; resided opposite and below his brother James, on east side of the Battenkill; circa 1777 some Salem New York families cross the fordway and passed east near his home site, and sheltered in a wood marsh near their following the Allen massacre; according to Robert Blake the Jackson party took shelter about 1/2 mile south west of his homesite, on a flat at the foot of the hill in near the outlet of the brook
Amasa – married Nancy, dau. Duncan and Mary (Chambers) Campbell
Carter Street – located town of Greenwich, New York; it was the road over the plain from the Battenkill to Lakeville (Cossayuna, New York;) young Archibald Campbell was killed here, July 12, 1823, in an accident that occurred while horse racing
Mary – came here from Ireland with Dr. Clark’s colony, as a single woman, and married Duncan “black Dunk” Campbell
Constant, Esq. – his nephew, _____ Youngglove, noted by Dr. Fitch as having a copy of the deed to the Schermerhorn Patent; provides additional information on Washington County wool purchasers; circa 1832, he, David Campbell, Esq., and John Dobbin, had the choicest sheep herds in Washington County; circa 1806, attempted to manufacture locally produced half–blood Merino wool, but made “wretched work” of it, all carding machines then being to course for Merino wool; he describes the appearances of Mr. Stoddard’s Paular variety of Merino, of an earlier introduced Otter variety, & an even earlier, big-tailed variety of sheep seen by Rev. war soldiers in the Yorktown, VA area
Adam – raised Archie, the natural son of Archie Campbell, of Center Falls, New York
Hon. John, Esq. – resided Salem, New York; married Nelly, daughter Archibald and Flora (McNeil) Campbell; died April 10, 1872, at 90; gave an oration on the political situation in the country at the 1801 celebration of the 4 of July, Salem, New York; married April 5, 1804, Eleanor Campbell; at Cambridge, New York, by Rev. Alexander Proudfit; daughter Esther Ann married Gen. John McNaughton; c. 1806 – 11, in partnership with Hon. John Savage
Catherine – m. Alexander, Junior, son of Alexander & Eunice (Campbell ) Reid
Alphonso – his farm (1849) located Lot 49 Scots (Arglye) Patent, orig. old Duncan Campbell’s homesite; location of Campbell’s burial; his farm was a corner of Duncan Campbell’s lot on the Battenkill.
Mr. – m. daughter William? And Caty (Campbell) Hunter, of New York City
Elizabeth – alias Campbell; drew lot number 43, Argyle patent containing 2 – 300 acres
Wid./Mrs. Sarah – (also given as Wid/Mrs. Campbell) a Negro wench (Dihnah McCrea) and her children, who were staying at her house when an Indian assault captured Ms. McCrea, belonged to Col. John McRae; a daughter married Peter B Tearse; married 3 times – 1. _____; 2. ______ Campbell; and 3. _______ McNeal; her second hat husband was a relative of Archibald and old Duncan Campbell; her maiden name was Frazier, and she claimed to have been a relative of Gen. Simon Frazier; she was between 60 – 70 years old at the time of her capture with Miss. McCrea; her house was located about 40 rods from Fort Edwards and a few rods from the river, and the main road was about 8 rods away from her door; on the day that she and Jane McCrea were captured, a party of Americans from the fort passed by, and the two women remarked upon the possibility that they soon “might get a scattering before they came back”; they continued in conversation about their loneliness and boredom, and their desire to be rescued from it and brought into the excitement of the British camp, when the sounds of an engagement about 1/2 mile up the hill came to them; in the patrol’s retreat, about half a dozen of the pursuing Indians entered the house; Norman Morrison, Ms. McCrea, and Widow McNeil all sought shelter in her cellar hole, and when her Negro servant and child (or perhaps two children, according to Dr. Fitch’s query) sought shelter there as well, Widow McNeal pulled down the trap door, telling her that there was no more room; noting some motion of the trap door the Indians went directly to it and pulled it’s three occupants out by their hair;
REID See also READ
Alexander – granted 200 acres (n.d.) along with 3 others; located E of Wood creek, adjoining a grant to Duncan Campbell; $33.36
Alexander – (son of William, Esq. and Catherine Campbell) residing Reid’s Spring, Argyle New York; m. Ann Lant; five children – Catherine, William, James, Archibald, and Anna Margaret
Alexander – his sister m. Allen Campbell
Alexander, Sr – born January 17, 1752; married November 16, 1779, Eunice, daughter of William Campbell; by Rev. Clark; children-
1. Catherine, b. September 16, 1780; m. John Moncrief; res Argyle NY
2. Margaret, b. February 4, 1782; m. Robert McFarland; res Salem, NY
3. Annie, b February 16, 1784; d.y.
4. Daniel T, b. March 1, 1786; m. Rosanna Rainy
5. John J, b. February 14, 1788; and res in Michigan
6. William, b. December 27, 1789; m. Ann King of Argyle, NY
7. Mary, b. July 12, 1793; d.y.
8. Peter, b.July 12, 1795; m. Phoebe Hutchins
9. Alexander, b. December 11, 1787; m. Catherine Dutcher; resided Lakeville (Cossayuna, NY)
10. Duncan, b. April 8, 1800; m. Polly, daughter Alexander McNaughton, Jr
11. David P, b. August 29, 1803; m. October 25, 1838, Elizabeth McFadden; and he d. March 2, 1872
Daniel T – (son of Alexander Sr and Eunice Campbell) m. Roxanna Rainy; they kept a boarding house in Saratoga Springs, NY
William – died December 1, 1837, at 67; and his wife Sarah, died April 30, 1818 at 50; (son of William, Esq., and Catherine Campbell) m. Sally Wharry; 6 children – William, physician, Rochester, New York; James, John, David, Mary, and Joseph
William, Esq. – (Read) m. Catherine ______, who was b. Broadalbin, Scotland; and she died September 14, 1793, at 55; of Scotland; m. Catherine Campbell; Lord Stirling sent for him to build a flax – dressing machine on his NJ estate, and he was first brought to this area by Philip Schuyler to build some mills at Saratoga (now Schuylerville, New York); he also built a sawmill for Dutchman at Stillwater and perhaps some mills for Judge Duer at Fort Miller before the Revolutionary War; built the first grist, 1 mile above Fitch’s point, for Jacob O’Bail; he resided here during the Revolutionary war, and built mills at Fort Miller following the Revolutionary war – “these” believed to be the first mills there; his son reports his participation on the American side at Bennington – if not, he was at least near there, having fled to that area with other Salem families; arrested by the whigs in the later years of the revolution for some suspicious conduct as a “disaffected” person, he was confined on shipboard in the Hudson, near Esopus, New York; 2 of his children died of smallpox during his confinement; his mill at the point sold to Col. Adam Martin for 900 pounds following the Revolutionary war, and he remained and resided at Dwelly hill for a year, renting from the Campbell’s; he then removed Campbell’s patent (Greenwich, New York) and constructed a small house on its north east port, south of where Tucker now (1850) resides and remained there 2 – 3 years; purchased land from Judge Duer on Moses kill, and built grist and sawmills near Reids spring; married second, c. 1808 Wid. Gage, sister of John and Alexander Taylor of Argyle, New York; no children by this wife, who died circa 1820; divided his property among his children (n.d.) and gave his place near the springs to his son, Maj. John; he then removed to the hollow east of there and raised another grist and sawmill; following his second wife’s death, he resided with William McNeill
An Account of the Allen Massacre (unknown orator)
… the white man was guarded by two Indians, while 6 or 7 of them “crept along beside the fence towards the house, till one of them reached a spot from which he could fire into the house door, at Allen, who was seated at the table with his face towards the door”; Allen was wounded when the attack began, and he, Mrs. Allen, and Catherine fled the house; according to Ann MacArthur, there were two or three shot holes in the door; Mrs. Allen and Catherine, “striving to defend the babe”, were found in the path to the barn; “both of them I believe had hold of the child when found”; the two little girls, “had crept into the bed and covered themselves with the coverlid and were there murdered and found. Where the black girl was found, I do not recollect.”; the Negro, Tom, “it was always supposed made a heroic defense he was the only one that appeared to have resisted”; when he was found, they had “had skinned both his lower and upper lips, separating the skin up to his nose and down to his chin- this I suppose was not done until after he was dead”; when Abe arrived he did not get off his horse, which “was fractions, snorting and refused to go, and in urging him along, he rode over the two women without seeing them… when he got near enough to see his brother, hanging out the door, was murdered, he wheeled the horse and rode homewards, without seeing anybody but his brother”; that third night following the massacre, Alexander Campbell who is in Burgoyne’s Army, ascertained the identity of the Allen scalps, and came to check on the MacArthur’s safety bringing them their first news of the murders; the MacArthur’s then went to their grandfather Campbell’s who resided on the Dwelly place; the day before the murders, Allen was at MacArthur’s “making some arrangement with father about shooting that, hearing the report of each other’s guns they might know it was squirrels or other game they were shooting”; it was here, that he said he wished the Indians were as thick as trees in the woods; the MacArthur’s and their party left the Dwelly place two or three days after going there, on their way into Burgoyne’s camp; passing by the Allan house, “the cap of the murdered babe, made of calico, was found on a stump beside the house, all glued together with the dried blood”.
An Additional Snippet regarding the Allen Massacre
Adam Kilmore and a group were at Fort Miller, New York, on the morning of the Allen massacre July 26, 1777 and spent the night here instead of returning home, unaware of the murders. Malcolm Morrison resided 2 miles south of here: after hearing of the Allen massacre, Alexander Campbell left Burgoyne’s camp and arrived here searching for someone who might go with him to check the house of Duncan MacArthur
Misc entry on the Jane McCrea murder
MY NOTE: This is an early version of the story but by it’s telling in 1849, it had been romanticized. This version (and probably fairly accurate), has Jane falling in love with a British Soldier in Burgoyne’s army. She did not want to move away from him with her brother’s who were fighting on the American side. Rumor, possibly truth, says that she ran away to Mrs. Campbell’s. Perhaps unbeknownst to her, Burgoyne’s Indians were sent to collect her so she could marry her fiance ___ Jones. The American’s, spotting the possible kidnapping, shot at the Indian’s but mistakenly hit Jenny. If she was scalped is debatable. Certainly if this version is true, Burgoyne would not have looked kindly on that and more importantly, they wouldn’t have done it.
The American version is that Jenny, sister of and American Col., was kidnapped, killed, and subsequently scalped by Burgoyne’s Indian’s (the British).
In these two versions of the story, Jane McCrea became a rallying cry for both the British and the American’s during the Rev War
… in the rear of the house discovered the Indians, shouted an alarm through an open window, & ran to the fort. Mrs. Campbell’s negro servant and child, who occupied the shanty continuous with the house, ran into the house, she hid her child under a large kettle & then jumped into the cellar hole. Miss McCrea and Mrs. Campbell followed her, the latter “being less agile & unwieldy”, was just getting through the trap door when the Indians burst in, pulling her out by her hair, without noticing the servant, they jumped into the cellar and lifted McCrea out; both were run out of the house & the party came upon 2 horses; McCrea was raised onto one, but Mrs. Campbell indicated her inability to ride, & was lifted by both arms, & run along up the hill; the detachment from the Fort was now firing and the Indians dropped to the ground with each volley, then got up and ran again until they were out of musket range; Mrs. Campbell was then stripped of all her clothing except her chemise and Jane McCrea was shot according to Mrs. Campbell “by a bullet casually fired from the Americans, upon the retreating Indians”; it was not until 2 days later that she knew that Jane was dead, or what had become of her, when the Indians came into Burgoyne’s camp with a collection of scalps (the pole that had the scalps of the Allen family); (MY NOTE: Following is about Jane McCrea’s life) was the only dau of a Prysbt Minister who resided or d. Lamington, NJ; following her mother’s death, she came to reside with her brothers, who were among the early settlers of Saratoga Co, NY. She resided chiefly with John on the W bank of the Hudson, 5 mi below Fort Edward; her murder was according to Dr. Fitch “is one of the most heart-touching” of the tragic events in the world’s history, ranking as one of the most affecting of “the atrocities perpetuated by the savage aborigines of the American continent”; the Jones family, said to be previously acquainted with the McCrea’s resided on the same side of the Hudson as Col. McCrea, and two of widow Jones’ sons were recruited by McCrea as militia officers in his regiment, but after pretending to go to Ticonderoga, they passed that post and joined the British in Canada; the following year, they returned with Burgoyne’s army, and she departed from her brothers house and “became domiciled” at widow Jones’; her brother frequently sought in vain to obtain her return; following a fortnight, Burgoyne’s army had advanced as far as Moss St., Kingsberry, NY; as all the whig families were now leaving the area, Samuel McCrea came up from Ballstown, to assist his brother in a evacuating to safety, “and resolving to break the spell by which the infatuated Jane seem to be bound”; taking his wagon to widow Jones’, he placed his sister’s trunk in it, and attempted to carry her back, but she “struggled, shrieked, and fainted in her arms, and he was constrained to desist”; on the following morning, Sunday, July 27, 1777, clothed in a fine dress, she took the ferry across the Hudson, and went to Mrs. Campbell’s house; from there, she was taken by a party of Burgoyne’s Indians, who were being hotly pursued and shot at by a party of American troops drawn out of Fort Edwards; as the Indians reach the summit of the hill N of the fort and opposite the block house, she was shot by the Indians; the American patrol “heard the report of the gun and saw her fall from the horse on which she was mounted”; her body was recovered the following day by a party from the fort, who found “spots of blood and some locks of cut hair, indicating that she had been set scalped”, on the west side of the road, on the flats at the top of the hill: she had been dragged about 20 rods NW of the spot, and her body was nearly stripped…
The following are the pages I couldn’t see. If you search Google books often you will recognize these “screen shots”. Instead of attempting to transcribe, I thought I would post the pics.