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     MEN FROM THE THIRD BATTALION WHO SERVED IN THE LEVIES
BY JAMES F. MORRISON

     Tryon County not only had 5 regiments of militia for most of the war but at one time had a Battalion of Minute Men and at various times during the war raised 1O companies of rangers. Tryon County also supplied men for the Bateau Service, the Continental Line, Wagoners, Artificers, and the Levies.
     This article will deal with the men who served in the Levies from Col. Frederick Visscher's Regiment or his District (Mohawk District).
     I have found that at least four men in 1779 served in Captain Robert McKean's Company in Col. Henry K. Van Rensselaer's Regt of NYS Levies. They were John Shew as Sergeant, David Quackenboss as Corporal, William Forgason and Henry Rightmyer as Privates. Capt McKean with half of the company was stationed at a blockhouse named Fort Mike in present day Schuyler, Herkimer County. The remainder of the company under Lieutenant Walter J. Vrooman were stationed at the Sacondaga Blockhouse.
     In 178O, Col Visscher was to supply 26 men to serve in Col. John Harper's Regt. of NYS Levies under the command of Capt. Garret Putman. But men served in 3 other Levy regiments and the following is a list of the men by regiment and what militia companies they came from.

             COL. JOHN HARPER'S REGT OF NYS LEVIES

          CAPTAIN GARRET PUTMAN'S COMPANY [levy co.]

                                          Militia Co.
Captain Garret Putman                 Putman
Lieutenant Solomon Woodworth   Littel
Sergeant John Dunham                  Littel
Sergeant John Servis                     Snook
Sergeant Henry Shew                    Littel
Corporal John Eikler                     Littel
Corporal Robert Martin
                           Privates

Archer, Annias                         DeGraff
Bellinger, Chri    stian               Yates
Berry, William (taken prisoner 10/23/80)  McMaster
Billins, Incris                            Snook
Caine, Thomas                        Snook
Coplin, Samuel                       Veeder
Ellis, John                               Yates
Keech, James                         Yeomans
Kelly, Henry                              Littel
Newkirk, Jacob (taken prisoner 10/23/80)  Snook
Phillips, Jacob
Shew, Jacob                           Littel
Van Horn, John                        Snook
Van Sickler, Rynier                  Littel

        CAPTAIN WALTER J. VROOMAN'S COMPANY [levy co.]

Private William Murray

           CAPTAIN ISAAC BOGART'S COMPANY [levy co.]

Lieutenant Victor Putman                  Gardinier
                              
          COLONEL MORRIS GRAHAM'S REGT OF NYS LEVIES

        CAPTAIN JACOB JOHN LANSING'S COMPANY [levy co.]

Private Joseph French                     Yeomans

        CAPTAIN JEREMIAH C. MULLER'S COMPANY [levy co.]

Private Philip Graff                      Yates

           COLONEL LEWIS DUBOIS' REGT OF NYS LEVIES

        CAPTAIN HANS MARCUS DEMUTH'S COMPANY [levy co.]

Lieutenant William Wallace               Fonda
Sergeant Peter Harrison                    DeGraff
Corporal William Forguson               Snook
Private Richard Jones                      Yeomans
Private Cornelius Sixberry                 DeGraff

         COLONEL WILLIAM MALCOLM'S REGT OF NYS LEVIES

         LIEUTENANT JOSEPH REQUA'S COMPANY [levy co.]

Private Henry Stoner                       Fonda

     Despite the men in the levies, Continental service and the batteau service, a July 7, 178O return gives the following: 1 Col, 1 Lt. Col., 1 Major, 8 Capts., 18 Lts, 9 Ensigns, 1 Adjt, 1 QrMr, 1 Serjt Major, 3O Serjts, 6 Drum & Fife, 24 Corps and 2OO Privates.
     The following served in Col. Marinus Willett's Regt of NYS Levies for 1781.

          CAPTAIN GARRET PUTMAN'S COMPANY [levy co.]

Capt Garret Putman                         Putman
Lieutenant Garret Newkirk               Marselis
Lieutenant Victor Putman                 Gardinier
Sergeant William Laird                     A. Wemple
Corporal Jacob Shew                     Littel


                           Privates

Archer, Annias                          DeGraff
Caine, John                               Snook
Crosset, John                            Littel
Deline, Uriah                           Snook
Dingman, Samuel                     Yeomans
Ellis, John                                Yates
Frank, Andrew                        Yeomans
Guiles, Henry
Hubbs, Samuel
Kelly, Henry                               Littel
Mason, John                               Littel
Mour, George                           Yates
Prime, John                                McMaster                             
Rightmyer, Henry
Scarborough,William                  Littel


Phillips, Jacob
Tanner, Jacob                              Yates
Ulman, Frederick                        

Yates
Van Sickler, David
Van Sickler, Rynier                        Littel

          CAPTAIN ANTHONY WHELP'S COMPANY [levy co.]

Private William Forgason                   Snook

       CAPTAIN PETER VAN RENSSELAER'S COMPANY [levy co.]

Private Philip Graff                       Yates

          CAPTAIN PETER ELSWORTH'S COMPANY [levy co.]

Private John Everson                       Yeomans

          CAPTAIN THOMAS SKINNER'S COMPANY [levy co.]

Lieutenant Solomon Woodworth        Littel

           CAPTAIN LAWRANCE GROS' COMPANY [levy co.]

Lieutenant Jacob Sammons
Sergeant James Eaton                       Yeomans

                           Privates

Dunham, John                               Littel
French, Ansel
Jones, Hermanus                          Yeomans
Jones, Richard                             Yeomans


          CAPTAIN ELIHU MARSHALL'S COMPANY [levy co.]

Corporal David Putman                      Littel

     The men serving in Col. Willett's Levies in 1781 were on constant duty and were in several battles this year including the Battle of Johnstown on Oct. 25, 1781.
     The following compiled list shows what happened to them while serving in the Levies.
     First Lt Solomon Woodworth; Privates Annias Archer and John Dunham were killed, and David Putman was taken prisoner in an ambush on September 7, 1781 in Herkimer County.
     Privates Jacob Tanner and Frederick Ulman were taken prisoners on Oct. 24, 1781 near Currytown.
     On Oct. 25, 1781 a battle raged near Johnson Hall in Johnstown between Patriot and Crown forces with the following results to Visscher's men now serving in Willett's levies.
     William Scarborough was killed, Henry Guiles and John Mason were wounded.
     The following were in Col. Willett's Regt in 1782.

           CAPTAIN ABNER FRENCH'S COMPANY (levy co.)

Captain Abner French
Sergeant Henry Shew                        Littel
Corporal Jacob Shew                        Littel

                           Privates

Earnest, Jacob                             Yeomans
Guiles, Henry
Keech, George                              Yeomans
Mower, Peter
Rightmyer Henry
Van Sickler, David
Van Sickler, Rynier                        Littel
                              
            CAPTAIN GUY YOUNG'S COMPANY (levy co.)

                           Privates

Murray, William
Phillips, John                             Yeomans

     The following served in Col. Marinus Willett's Regt in 1783.

CAPTAIN PETER B. TEARCE'S COMPANY OF LIGHT INFANTRY (levy co.)
                              
                           Privates

Mower, Peter
Stoner, Nicholas                          Fonda
Van Sickler, Rynier                       Littel

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