Wednesday, November 26, 2014
Aaron West (1763-1840)
Wests from Middlesex County, Connecticut:
Aaron West (1763-1840)
Compiled by Joy Ikelman, November 2014. Disclaimers apply. Note: The use of double dating, such as 1630/1631, reflects the difference between the Julian and Gregorian Calendars.
Background: Judah West (1765-1825) was added to West DNA Family Group #5 in 2007.  David West, Jr. (1761-ca 1855) and Aaron West (1763-1840) were his brothers. They were descendants of Thomas West (1630/1631-1720) of Essex County, Massachusetts. This is the fifth of six articles about the Connecticut line of this FG#5 family. Aaron West migrated to the State of New York, and spent his last years in Orwell, Oswego County, NY.
Thomas West (1630/1631-1720) m. Phebe Waters
- Benjamin West (1665-1733) m. Hannah Shadduck
- Benjamin West, Jr. (1696-after 1739) m. Mehitable Bailey
- David West (ca. 1736-1822) m. Judith Hills
- David West, Jr. (1761-ca 1850) m. Unknown
- Aaron West (1763-1840) m. Susannah Kellogg
- Judah West (1765-1825) m. Mary Todd
Three Revolutionary War Patriots
Aaron, David and Judah West were brothers who served in the Revolutionary War. They were sons of David West (Sr.) and Judith Hills West. Their combined service spans from 1776 to 1783—nearly the entire war. Their Revolutionary War pension applications are a rich source of information on historical events and also their personal lives. Each of the three articles on these brothers includes a brief biography, references, and a transcript of the pension application.
Aaron West was born on 3 Jun 1763  in Middlesex County, Connecticut. Aaron probably grew up on his family’s land in what is today called East Hampton, Middlesex County, CT (south of Lake Pocotopaug).  At the age of 16, Aaron West voluntarily enlisted in the service. He served through 1782. 
Revolutionary War Service
Mar 1779 – about Dec 1779 or Jan 1780. Served under Captain Joseph Blake of Chatham. During this time General Tryon’s 2,000 troops made a series of raids on the Connecticut coast, and burned Norwalk and Fairfield.  Aaron West witnessed the towns burning.
Mar 1780 – Dec 1780. Served under Colonel Samuel Webb and Major Wyllys in the 9th Regiment of the Connecticut Line. He was in Captain Walker’s Company. Aaron gave two separate depositions on his pension application. The second described this time period. This service is verified by a listing of men who served in Colonel Webb’s regiment. 
Mar 1781 – Dec 1781 or Jan 1782. Served under Captain David Starr of Middletown, CT in Colonel Canfield’s Regiment.  Aaron and his older brother David served together during this time.  In his deposition, Aaron West “recollects well of holding a day of rejoicing at West Point about the first of November of hearing of the capture of Cornwallis.” General Cornwallis surrendered at Yorktown, VA in Oct 1781. 
For this enlistment of nine months, Aaron West received a “town bounty.”  Each town or district in the Middletown region gave an incentive, usually monetary, for enlistment. The soldier could do with this as they wished; many gave it to their families.
May 1782 – about July 1782. Served under Colonel John Taylor; Captain Joseph Clark commander. That summer, Aaron became ill, and was confined to the hospital at West Point. Aaron’s term of service expired while he was there. He was officially discharged from service—he was not allowed to stay at the West Point hospital.
Family tradition says that Aaron was ill with a “quinsy throat.”  The original pension document of 1832 does not mention this. Quinsy throat was a life-threatening illness during the Revolutionary War. It is interesting that this detail came down through the family.
Aaron stated “that his brother took him from the hospital and carried him to Quaker Hill in the Nine Partners where he lay some time before he was able to go home.” The brother was David West. In late 1778, the Oblong (Quaker) Meeting House had been converted to a hospital. However, it was only used for a few months, and then it became a meeting house again.  The brothers went to Quaker Hill during the summer of 1782—three years later.
At the same time they were in Quaker Hill (Pawling Township), another West Family was living there. This family is also part of West DNA Family Group #5. The ancestor was David West (b. 1758) who married Susannah Hoag. Did the brothers know this other West family? Did Aaron stay with this family to recuperate? So far, our West Family research has not been able to link these two families to a common ancestor. 
The West Family Moves to Litchfield County, Connecticut
In 1783, Aaron’s father and mother—David West and Judith Hills West—moved the family to Winsted (in the township of Winchester), Litchfield County, CT. Winchester was considered a remote area at the time. David West “first lived in a log house at the base of Cobble Hill on Spencer Street, a little south of the site of the Joshua Hewitt dwelling.” 
Aaron and his younger brother Judah also lived in Winsted after the Revolutionary War ended. Aaron West lived on Spencer Street, like his father. He was “a grantee of the Lockwood Farm on Spencer Street on which he lived until 1787, when he is named of New Hartford.” 
Marriage to Susannah Kellogg
Aaron West married Susannah (or Susanna) Kellogg in Winchester, CT on 4 November 1784.  In her deposition for a widow’s pension, Susannah states:
. . . that she was married to the said Aaron West on the fourth day of November in the year seventeen hundred & eighty four in the town Winchester, in the County of Litchfield and State of Connecticut by John Rockwell, Esquire, a Justice of the Peace of the town of Cold Brook [Colebrook] in the County and State last aforesaid. That this marriage ceremony was performed at the house and residence of Isaac Kellogg the father of the deponent in the evening in the presence of her father & mother, Daniel and Eleanor Kellogg the brother of the deponent, & Rachel and Pamela Kellogg the sisters of this deponent . . .
Susannah’s father was Isaac Kellogg, Jr. Susannah’s mother was Martha, probably last name Merrill.  Her grandparents were Captain Isaac Kellogg and Mary Webster.  Susannah was baptized 29 Dec 1765. 
Children of Aaron and Susannah West
In 1947, family historian Ray D. West compiled a short history on this West Family, with the assistance of other descendants.  He also organized a very detailed list of names and dates up to the 1940s—almost 500 descendants. Most of the information below is taken from his publication. The second line for each child is from Aaron’s handwritten note included with the pension application.
1. Charlotte West b. 19 Apr 1785, Litchfield County, CT; d. 1 Mar 1865.
“Charlotee Born 1785 April 19” (Aaron West’s handwriting)
m. 8 Jan 1806, Eli Strong, Jr. Children: Alvin Strong, Alanson Strong, Fedelia Strong, William M. Strong, Martha Strong, Cyrus Strong.
2. Caroline West b. 1 May 1787, Winchester, Litchfield County, CT; d. 13 May 1852 in Oswego County, NY. Buried at Evergreen Cemetery in Orwell, NY.
“Charlyne Born 1787 May the 1”
m. John Reynolds. Children: Pamelia Reynolds, Calista Reynolds, Lura Reynolds, Nelson Reynolds, Philo Reynolds.
3. William West b. 19 Jan 1790.
“Williaum Born Jan the 19 1790”
m. Mary Groat
War of 1812, Claim #3762. 
4. Harriet West b. 26 Jan 179(?)—probably 1792; d. 1841.
“Hariat Born Jan 26 179(?)” (paper torn)
m. Isaac Lane
5. David West b. 3 Mar 1794; d. 19 Jun 1862. Buried at Pekin Hill Cemetery, Orwell, NY.
“David Born March 3 1794”
m. 25 Feb 1814 Ruth Simmons. Children: Charles E. West, Anna West, Alva West, Amanda West, Jennet (or Jeanette) West, Ansil West, Athilia West, Gaylord West, Gilford West, Henry West.
War of 1812, Claim # 3901. 
In 1947, the David West Bible was in possession of Edna West Herrman of Camden, NY. 
6. Wering, Waring, or Warren West b. 25 Apr 179(?)—probably 1796; d. before 1845.
“Wering Born April 25 179(?)” (paper torn)
m. Jane Race. Children: Lemuel West, Joel West.
7. Orrin or Orren West b. 1 Sep 1798; d. before 1845.
“Orren Born Sept 1 1798”
War of 1812, private, NY Militia 
8. Silas West b. 30 Jul 1800; d. 12 Feb 1883.
“Silas Born 30 July” (Aaron did not write the year)
m (1). Harriet Eastman. Children: Maria West, Sarah West, Frederick Levant West, Maria Louise West, Horatio Gates West, Alban West, Silas West, Jr.
m (2). Rebecca Davis. Children: Ezra D. West, Judson West, Charles E. West.
Silas “settled in Orwell before the War of 1812. . . in the Bennett neighborhood.” 
9. Betsey West b. 11 May 1803.
“Betsey Born May 11 1803”
m. David (or Daniel?) Balch
10. Francis West b. 12 Apr 1806; d. 30 Jun 1867.
“Francis Born April 12 1806”
m (1). Alaira (or Almira) Cable. Child: Frances Sophia West.
m (2). Hannah Balch. Children: William Francis West, Mary Etta West.
11. Julia West b. Oct 1809; d. 1887.
“Julia Born Octaber 1809” (Aaron’s spelling)
m (1). Gaylord Houghton. Child: Ethelia Houghton.
m (2). Jason Dewey. Child: Celia Dewey.
m. Ira West, Jr.  Children: Juliette West, William West, Milo West.
Moving to New York
According to his Revolutionary War pension application, Aaron lived in these towns:
Winchester (Winsted), Litchfield County, CT for 5 years
New Hartford, Litchfield County, CT
Whitestown, Oneida County, NY (originally Herkimer County) for 15 years
Redfield, Oswego County, NY (originally in Herkimer County) for 5 years
Rome, Oneida County, NY
Orwell, Oswego County, NY for 22 years  plus five more years for Susannah.
Census records show these migrations. 
These places are mostly along today’s State Highway Route 69 in upstate New York. Whitestown was located on a very large land patent belonging to Hugh White and other investors. Many of the original settlers of Whitestown were from Middlesex County, Connecticut. R.W. Bacon, editor of The Middler: Newsletter of the Society of Middletown First Settler Descendants, writes, “From this 12 million acre expanse, 28 counties and more than 400 towns were formed. By 1810 the population of this New York frontier grew from 200 families to almost 300,000 people.” 
This area was also the gateway to the Connecticut Western Reserve, a parcel that would become the future State of Ohio.  Charles D. Fitzgerald, a descendant of Aaron and Susannah West wrote:
If you wonder as I did why Aaron and Susannah West moved so many times, family traditions say he was a lumberman, and when the easy logging was done in an area, he took ax, oxen and family to a wilder, more richly forested area. 
Aaron West’s work was essential in settling the new frontier. Many families moved from Middlesex and Litchfield Counties, Connecticut, to the region. Ahead were the “rich rolling lands of the Oneida Country”:
It was a region of beauty and fertility, well calculated to excite the desires of the hard-working and ill-compensated farmers of Western Connecticut to better their lot, and to make them discontented with their own hard-featured, unproductive region. The spirit of emigration was again aroused. . . All the new towns of Litchfield County were seriously retarded in their growth by this first emigration westward, and not one of them so irretrievably as Old Winchester. The old inhabitants speak of it as “the Great Exodus.” 
Later Years of Aaron and Susannah
Aaron West is given a passing mention in History of Oswego County, as a subject of a legal matter in Redfield, NY.  He was about 47 years old when he moved his family to Orwell, Oswego County, NY. He is mentioned as an early Methodist in Orwell.  He was “elected to School commissioner for the Town of Orwell on 5 Mar 1818 in the second year of the Town’s existence.” 
Aaron’s Revolutionary War pension application was approved in 1833. He was 70 years old. He received $80 per year until his death, equivalent to about $2,200 today.  Aaron died 15 May 1840 at Orwell, Oswego County, NY. After this, Susannah applied for a widow’s pension. She died 15 July 1845. Both were buried at Pekin Hill Cemetery, Orwell, New York.
The very last item put in the pension file was a note three years later, reporting Susannah’s death date to the Department of War.  The family representative mentions the surviving children and where they lived:
. . . each of them is over the age of twenty one years, to wit William West of Oneida County, New York, Francis West, David West, Charlotte Strong, Julia West, Silas West & Betsy Balch of Oswego County New York, Caroline Reynolds of Jefferson County, New York.
A Lasting Memory
After determining that there was no headstone marking Aaron West’s grave in Pekin [Hill] Cemetery, Town of Orwell, Oswego County, NY, application was made to the Veterans Administration for a marker.
On the Friday which began Labor Day Weekend 1984, just as our 17 guest couples were settling their RVs in our south grove, a truck drove into our Snake Creek summer place in Brookdale, PA. The driver, eager to start his own long weekend by completing delivery of the last package on the truck, shouted, “Who gets the grave stone?” Our male guests shouted in unison, “Chuck!
Several weeks later, with the aid of cousins Mildred Brown, Ivonee Corse, Lois Davey and Marin Valley (all descendants of Aaron and Susannah), the beautiful granite stone was set in cement in the West plot in Pekin Cemetery. – Charles D. Fitzgerald 
The tombstone reads: “Aaron West, Webb’s Regt. Conn. Inf. Rev. War, June 3, 1763-May 15, 1840.” 
References and Additional Notes
1. West DNA Family Group #5 results are at http://web.utk.edu/~corn/westdna/west5.htm#FG5.
2. Lorraine Cook White, editor, 1994-2002: The Lucius Barnes Barbour Collection of Connecticut Town Vital Records, Vol. 1-155, Genealogical Publishing Company, Baltimore, Maryland, p. 163 (Chatham Vital Records). Also known as the Barbour Collection.
3. This was the location of the West family land in Middlesex County. Benjamin and Hannah West settled in the area in 1698. For more of this history please consult the articles on Benjamin West, Sr. and Benjamin West, Jr. on this blog site.
4. Aaron West, Private, Connecticut Line, 1779-1782. Pension certificate No. 19607, Orwell, Oswego County, New York, 24 September 1832. Susanna West (Widow’s Application) File No. W19607, 7 December 1840. National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, DC. Digital images on HeritageQuest.com. Accessed Dec 2013.
5. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Norwalk. Accessed Oct 2014.
6. Henry P. Johnston, editor, 1889: “Return of the Levies that Served in 1780 in Col. S.B. Webb’s Regiment,” The Record of Connecticut Men in the Military and Naval Service during the War of the Revolution, 1775-1783, The Adjutant-General of Connecticut, Hartford, CT, p. 252. The record shows Aaron West was discharged 4 Dec 1780.
7. Johnston, “Col. Canfield’s Militia Regiment at West Point, Sept, 1781,” p. 582. The Captain is listed as “Capt. William Starr” of Middletown. The line should read “Capt. David Starr.”
8. David West, Private (and Sergeant), Connecticut Line, 1776-1781. Pension certificate No. 16773, City of New York, 24 Dec 1819. File No. S43275, National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, DC. Digital images on HeritageQuest.com, accessed Dec 2013.
9. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Siege_of_Yorktown. Accessed Oct 2014.
10. Henry Whittemore, 1884: “Town of Chatham,” in The History of Middlesex County 1635-1885, J.H. Beers and Company, New York, p. 186. Aaron West and his cousin Hopkins West (bapt. 1756) are on a list “taken from the town treasurer’s book, of soldiers to whom bounties were paid in 1781-82.” Hopkins West was the son of Moses West and Sarah Hopkins West. Moses was the brother of David West, Sr., Aaron’s father.
11. Charles D. Fitzgerald, 1995: “Grandpa Was a Soldier . . . (But Never Fired a Shot at the Enemy!),” Heritage Quest, The International Genealogy Forum, Issue 60, November-December 1995, p. 17. Charles Fitzgerald was ten generations from Thomas West (b. 1630/1631) and Phebe Waters. He was a descendant of Aaron and Susannah’s son Francis West and first wife Alaira (or Almira) Cable.
12. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oblong_Friends_Meeting_House. Accessed Oct 2014.
13. West DNA Family Group #5 results are at http://web.utk.edu/~corn/westdna/west5.htm#FG5. Notes from the results: “It appears likely that W66 [Judah West, b. 1765] and W113 [David West, b. 1758] are from the same branch of this family that either immigrated to the New England area, or moved there from the Virginia area before 1750. W66 and W113 have values of 30 for the marker DYS 389-2, while everyone else in this group has values of 29.”
14. John Boyd, 1873: Annals of Family Records of Winchester, Connecticut with Exercises of the Centennial Celebration, on the 16th and 17th Days of August, 1871, Case, Lockwood, and Brainard, Hartford, CT, p. 289. Aaron West’s cousin, Hopkins West moved to Winchester at the same time and later moved to Cambridge, NY. (Boyd, p. 157).
15. Boyd, p. 297.
16. Barbour Collection, Colebrook Vital Records, p. 259. She is listed as “Lurannah” which is probably a visual approximation of the original written record. At the time, “S” and “L” were written similarly. Throughout the pages in the pension folder, her name is “Susannah.” Her signature (in her 70s) looks similar to “Luranna.” In 1903, Sarah West Mather, a descendant of Silas West, said that her grandmother’s name was Luranna, based on this signature. (Source: West, p. 3—see Reference #20, below.)
17. Connecticut, Church Record Abstracts, 1630-1920, Connecticut State Library, Hartford, Connecticut. Volume 077, New Hartford, CT, p. 56. This record mentions Isaac and Martha Kellogg as members of the church, but does not mention her last name. The (secondary) source that many Kellogg family researchers use is: Timothy Hopkins, 1903: The Kelloggs in the Old World and the New, Sunset Press, San Francisco, California, p. 110. In that publication, her maiden name is Merrill. Merrills had married Kelloggs before. In the Hopkins publication, the marriage information for Susannah Kellogg is incorrect.
18. Barbour Collection, Hartford Vital Records, p. 237.
19. Connecticut, Church Record Abstracts, p. 57. She is listed as “Luranna.” In the widow’s pension application of 1840, Susannah states her age as “Seventy seven years Eleven months and twelve days.” She was actually about 75 years old.
20. Ray Dayton West, 1947, compiler: Wests: Partial Lineage. “Gathered with assistance from many family members including Edna West Herrman of Camden, N.Y., Julia Widrig Wart of Sandy Creek, N.Y., Carrie Allen Wightman of Pulaski, N.Y., and Allen J. Acker of Ogsdenburg, N.Y.” Mimeographed manuscript, self-published by Ray D. West, Menominee, Michigan, 60 pages plus Index, p. 2. The publication (without original attachments) is available from the University of Wisconsin through the Haithi Trust, http://babel.haithitrust.org. Accessed Mar 2014. Ray West was nine generations from Thomas West (b. 1630/1631) and Phebe Waters. He was a descendant of Aaron and Susannah’s son David, and wife Ruth Simmons.
21. Adjutant General’s Office New York, 1860: Index of Awards on Claims of the Soldiers of the War of 1812, Albany, NY. Reprinted 1969 by the Genealogical Publishing Company, Inc., p. 528.
22. Claims of the Soldiers of the War of 1812, p. 528. “David West, Williamstown, Oswego Co. NY”
23. West, p. 7.
24. National Archives and Records Administration: Index to the Compiled Military Service Records for the Volunteer Soldiers Who Served During the War of 1812. Washington, D.C. Online at Ancestry.com. Accessed Nov 2014. “Orrin West.”
25. Crisfield Johnson, compiler, 1877: History of Oswego County, New York: With Illustrations and Biographical Sketches, Some of Its Prominent Men and Pioneers, L.H. Everts and Company, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, p. 298.
26. Ira’s parents were Ira West and Lucy Curtis. I have not discovered which West DNA Family Group he comes from. Ira was possibly born in Oneida County, NY. His sister, Chloe West, married William Strong, son of Charlotte West.
27. This is based on the number of years to 1840, when Aaron died. Susannah lived five more years.
28. All census information is from the Records of the Bureau of the Census, National Archives, Washington, D.C.
Census of 1790: Litchfield, Litchfield County, CT; 1 male 16 and over; 1 male under 16; 3 females.
Census of 1800: Not counted, or records lost.
Census of 1810: Oneida County, NY; 1 male 26-44; 1 female 26-44; 3 males under 10; 2 females under 10. The Wests probably moved to Oswego County shortly after this census was taken.
Census of 1820: Orwell, Oswego County, NY; 1 male 45 and over; 1 male 16-25; 1 female 16-25; 1 male 16 to 18; 1 female under 10; 1 male under 10. For some reason, Susannah (i.e. 1 female 45 and over) does not appear in the record.
Census of 1830: Orwell, Oswego county, NY; 1 male 60-69; 1 female 60-69.
29. R.W. Bacon, 2007: “Middletown Pioneers followed Hugh White to the ‘Mother of Towns’—Whitestown, N.Y.,” The Middler: Newsletter of the Society of Middletown First Settlers Descendants, Volume 7, No. 2, p. 4-5.
30. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Connecticut_Western_Reserve. Accessed Oct 2014.
31. Fitzgerald, p. 18-19.
32. Boyd, p. 223-224.
33. Johnson, p. 425.
34. Henry Perry Smith and W. Stanley Child, 1895: Landmarks of Oswego County, New York, Higginson Book Company, New York, p. 636.
35. Fitzgerald, p. 18.
36. The inflation calculator that I used is at http://www.davemanuel.com/inflation-calculator.php. Accessed Nov 2014.
37. Note submitted to Aaron West’s pension file, from James K. Richardson, County of Seneca, Waterloo County, NY, 26 May 1848.
38. Fitzgerald, p. 19. The cousins mentioned in this excerpt were all descended from Francis West, b. 1806. S.L. says her mother and grandmother were there that day, and that the American Legion places a flag there every Memorial Day [Source: ancestry.com]. In the first half of the 20th Century, there was still communication among many descendants of Aaron West and Susannah Kellogg West. Ray West, in his compilation of 1947, mentions the following specific individuals:
Charlotte West (b. 1785): Carrie Allen Wightman of Pulaski, NY.
Caroline West (b. 1787) Maude Richardson Thomas.
David West (b. 1794): Ray D. West, Menominee, MI; Edna West Hermann of Camden, NY, Allen J. Acker of Ogdensburg, NY.
Silas West (b. 1800): Sarah West Mather of Cazenovia, NY.
Julia West (b. 1809): Juliette West Widrig of Sandy Creek, NY.
If you are a descendant, you are eligible for Sons of the American Revolution or Daughters of the American Revolution through Aaron West, and Susan West’s grandfather, Captain Isaac Kellogg.
39. Aaron West’s tombstone is pictured at http://www.findagrave.com. Accessed Nov 2014.
Aaron West’s Revolutionary War Pension Application, Section 1
Declaration in order to obtain the benefit of the Act of Congress passed June 9, 1832
State of New York
County of Oswego
On the 24th day of September 1832 before the ____ ____ judges of the Court of Common Pleas of the County aforesaid now sitting. Aaron West, a resident of the town of Orwell in the County of Oswego and State of New York, aged Sixty-nine years who being first duly sworn according to law doth on this oath make the following declarations in order to obtain the benefit of Congress passed June 7th, 1832.
That he entered the service of the United States under the following named officers and served herein stated. That he enlisted in a Regiment of Connecticut State Troops Commanded by Colonel Ephraim Brooks of old Haddam and a Company commanded by Capt Joseph Balch of Chatham.
That he enlisted as a private for the term of nine months and as he believed about the 15th of March 1779 and or on the first of April he marched to East Haven where he was stationed until the last of June or first of July at which time General Tryon plundered and burned Fairfield and Norwalk. That he was at or near New Haven when Tryon came in that the company to which he belonged arrived at the long wharf soon after Tryon had left, that he marched directly to Fairfield and Norwalk and found them both smoking in ruins that at Fairfield he saw a Regiment of regular soldiers on the march to New Haven does not recollect any of the Regular officers names.
That after remaining at Fairfield two or three days he marched to Danbury where he lay two or three weeks and then marched to Horse Neck where he was stationed about two months. That when he was at Fairfield as above stated, news came that General Wayne had taken Stony Point on the Hudson River.
That from Horse Neck he marched back to East Haven and remained in the Neighborhood of East and West Haven until the Regiment was disbanded, which he thinks was about the last of December or the first of January.
That he enlisted again as a private in a Regiment of Connecticut State Troops commanded by Colonel Canfield, does not recollect the Colonel’s given name.
That he enlisted about the middle of March 1781 in the Company commanded by Captain David Starr of Middletown and immediately marched to Danbury and New Haven, and from there to Fishkill on the East side of the Hudson River and from Fishkill down the river to Nelson’s Point where he joined the Army and soon after crossed over to West Point where he was stationed all summer except when out on commands. That he was out on those commands two or three times down the River to within eight miles of King’s Bridge and a number of times to Stony Point on the Jersey side.
Recollects well of holding a day of rejoicing at West Point about the first of November on hearing of the Capture of Cornwallis also of assisting in December in taking up the ___ across the River opposite Fort Clinton. Thinks there were not any regular soldiers at West Point that season but he may be mistaken as to that. He was discharged the last of December or first of January.
That he enlisted again as a private on or about the first of May 1782 for the tour of three months in a Regiment of Connecticut State Troops commanded by Colonel John Taylor in a Company commanded by Captain Joseph Clark of Wethersfield that he went immediately to Middletown where the troops were assembled and marched directly to Danbury from there to Fishkill and from Fishkill to West Point. That a few days after arriving at West Point he was taken sick and carried to the hospital where he remained sick until some time after his term of service expired, that his brother took him from the hospital and carried him to Quaker Hill in the Nine Partners where he lay some time before he was able to go home.
That he has born in the town of Chatham in the County of Hartford and State of Connecticut on the 3rd day of June 1763, that he has no record of his age except one made by himself and taken from his Father’s records that he resided in Chatham at the time of all his enlistments and that he resided there 2 more years after the close of the war. That he moved from Chatham to Winchester in Litchfield County in the same State where he resided five years and then moved to New Hartford in the same County and from there he removed to Whitestown then in Herkimer County now Oneida County and State of New York where he resided fifteen years, and then removed to Redfield there in the same county where he resided five years then her removed from Redfield to the town of Rome in Oneida County that he removed from Rome to the Town of Orwell in Oswego County where he now resides and has resided about fourteen years.
That he voluntarily enlisted into the service at each enlistment; that he has no documentary evidence, and that he knows of but one person now living whose testimony he can procure who can testify to his service; that here is no Clergyman residing in the town of Orwell now nearer than nine miles of him, of the said applicant.
That he hereby extinguishes ever claim whatever to a pension or annuity except the present and declares that his name is not on the pension roll of the agency of any state.
Sworn and subscribed the day and year aforesaid – Aaron West
Aaron West’s Revolutionary War Pension Application, Section 2
Aaron West made an additional deposition on the same day. He gives information not given in the longer statement, above. He is clarifying his service of March through December 1780.
Declaration in order to obtain the benefit of the Act of Congress of the 8th of June 1832
State of New York
County of Oswego
On the 24th day of September 1832 personally appeared before the Court of Common Pleas of Oswego County now sitting. Aaron West, a resident of the Community of Orwell in the County of Oswego and State of New York, aged Sixty-nine years who being first duly sworn according to law doth on this oath make the following declarations in order to obtain the benefits of the provision made by the Act of Congress passed June 7th, 1832.
That he enlisted as a private in the Army of the United States in the year 1780 for the term of nine months and served in the 9th Regiment of the Connecticut Line under the following named officers viz Colonel Samuel B. Webb and Major Willis does not recollect the Captain’s name nor the Major’s given name. That he enlisted in the Company commanded by Captain Walker does not recollect the Capt’s given name. Thinks Colonel Webb was a prisoner in New York at this time and that Colonel Samuel Huntington Commanded the Regiment during the Campaign.
That he was enlisted at the old State house in Middletown by Sergt Elijah Bowman in the month of March and marched immediately with him to Nelson’s Point on the Hudson River where he joined the Army and there crossed over to West Point and after remaining there about a week the Brigade Commanded by General Starks or General Poor to which he was attached he does not recollect which of these Generals commanded crossed over the River again to Nelsons Point and from there down the River to King’s Ferry below Stony Point where they re-crossed the river into the Jerseys and marched own the Jersey side – to the English Neighborhood opposite New York. that he was stationed at the English Neighborhood until Arnold’s Treason and escape when he was immediately marched to West Point that he remained at West Point about ten days and then was marched back to the English Neighborhood where he remained until about the first of November when he was marched back to West Point and went to building Barracks and that after working at the Barracks a few days he was discharged and as he believes some five or six weeks previous to the expiration of the term for which he enlisted. That he was at the English Neighborhood when Major Andre was executed. That he was inspected a number of times during this Campaign by Baron Steuben.
He hereby relinquishes every Claim whatever to a pension or an annuity expect the present and he declares that his name is not on the pension rolls of any agency in any State.
Sworn to and subscribed the day and year aforesaid. Aaron West.