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A Very Interesting Document From the Revolutionary War

I stumbled across this today while researching my 6x great-grandfather Tristram S. Folsom (1761-1811).  Here’s a short bio of Tristram as recorded in the book “Genealogy of the Folsom Family: A Revised and Extended Edition, Including English Records 1638-1938)” by Elizabeth Knowles Folsom:

Tristram S. Folsom (Capt. Benjamin, Nathaniel, John), b in Deerfield, N.H. 1761; d. in New Sharon, ME 10 Apr 1811, ae 50; married first abt 1784 Mary Gordon (Ithiel, Daniel, Thomas, Alexander), b 17 Oct 1761 in Raymond, NH; she died and he married Sarah Gordon, sister of his first wife, d 1845.  He served in the Revolutionary War in Captain Simon Marston’s Company, Col. John Waldron’s Regiment in the Continental Army until April 1st 1776 (NH Rev. War Rolls, Vol. XXX, pp 455, 456).  Also in Capt. Nathan Sanborn’s Company, Col. John McClary’s Regiment of Militia, joined General Start at Bennington, 8 Sept 1777; also, in same Company, Col. Stephen Evan’s Regiment at Saratoga, 1777 (NH Rev. War Rolls, Vol. 2, pp 300, 302, 305, 309).

Children by 1st wife:

Peter, b 29 Oct 1785
Gordon, b 10 Oct 1786
Tristram, b 9 Sept 1788

Children by 2nd wife:

Joseph G. b 1804; drowned in Bartlett Pond, Livermore, ME, 5 Sept 1813 ae 9 years.
Hannah, b 5 Jul 1807; married Henry Wood of Augusta, ME.

So, one of the items of interest is that Tristram was present (at the age of 16) at the Continental Army’s victory at the battle of Saratoga in October of 1777.

Surrender At Saratoga, 1777

Surrender At Saratoga, 1777

I started looking for records of his service during the Revolutionary War, and came across a payroll document from Capt. Sanborn’s Regiment from 1777.

“Pay Roll of Captain Nathan Sanborn’s Company in Colonel Stephen Evan’s Regiment which [..] marched from the State of New Hampshire [in] September 1777 and reinforced the Northern Continental Army at Saratoga”:[Click on the image to enlarge or download]

Pay Roster, Capt. Sanborn's Company, 1777

Pay Roster, Capt. Sanborn’s Company, 1777

What I found extremely interesting about this document are the following items:

Jeremiah Prescott, Lieutenant, enlisted 8 Sept 1777, discharged 15 Dec 1777.

Simeon Fogg, Corporal, enlisted 8 Sept 1777, discharged 15 Dec 1777.

Jonathan Fogg, Private, enlisted 8 Sept 1777, discharged 30 Nov 1777.

Samuel Prescott, Private, enlisted 8 Sept 1777, discharged 15 Dec 1777.

John Batchelder, Private, enlisted 8 Sept 1777, discharged 15 Dec 1777.

Tristram Folsom, Private, enlisted 8 Sept 1777, discharged 15 Dec 1777.

Jonathan Judkins, Private, enlisted 8 Sept 1777, discharged 15 Dec 1777.

I am related to the Prescott and Fogg families directly [Nancy Prescott is my 4x great-grandmother] and through marriage [Fred Thomas Sr. married Irene Fogg after my great-grandmother Delia Bacon died], so that is of mild interest.

More interesting is that my 6x great-grandfather, Jonathan Judkins (1753-1830), who was from New Hampshire, married Elizabeth Batchelder, my 6x great-grandmother.  It seems likely that, if the Jonathan Judkins listed above is my grandfather, his wife may have been related to the John Batchelder listed above who served with him.

Having seven people who are possibly related to me on one roster is quite amazing, and could explain a lot about how these families came to be related through marriage.  War bonds men together like very little else does.  When they came back from battle, perhaps they stayed in touch and the families ended up being joined by marriage too.

 

 

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