Towns of Marcellus and Skaneateles

Submitted by Kathy Crowell

Source:  Dwight C. Bruce (ed.), Onondaga's Centennial.  Boston History Co., 1896, Vol. 1, pp. 159-162.

The old civil town of Marcellus, included the present town of the same name and the town of Skaneateles.  In the old town lived at some time about thirty-three Revolutionary soldiers who applied for pensions, as follows:

Albro, Stephen--Served during the war in the Rhode Island line, and was fifty-nine years old in 1820.  His property was then worth $67.38, in enumerating which he went so far into details as to name his cat, worth six cents.  He followed farming but was infirm from a wound.  He lived with his wife and daughter, but in 1840 resided with Maria Hinman in the town of Spafford, and still drew a pension.

Baker, James--Was sixty-four years old in 1820, a laborer whose most valuable possessions were a three-pail kettle worth $2, and a fire shovel and tongs worth $1.  He had a wife and one daughter.

Baker, Louis--Served in the Massachusetts line, was fifty-eight years old in 1820, and had fifty-nine acres of land worth $10 an acre, and a potash kettle, but he owned $455, nearly twice the value of his assets.  He had two sons and a daughter, and in 1840 lived with William Baker.

Bristol, John--Lived in 1825 in what is now the town of Skaneateles, and was eighty-three years old.  He served one year in the Connecticut troops, and had property valued at $57.61.  He was a potash boiler for Winston Day.

Cleaveland, Nehemiah--Applied for a pension in January, 1829, and gave his age as "75 past."  He served one year in the Massachusetts troops, had a lease of thirty acres on lot 36, during life, and personal property worth $50.  He had a wife and two children.  In 1840 he was living, at the age of eighty-seven, with Lewis W. Cleaveland in Skaneateles.

Coy, Joseph--Served about two years in Col. John Durkee's regiment, was seventy-nine years old in 1820, and had property worth $160.03, and debts of $56.87.  He had been a shoemaker.

Farnham, Reuben--Was seventy-one years old in 1820, and served one year in 1776 in Col. John Durkee's regiment.  His property valued at $106, was evidently honestly invoiced, as follows:  "1 mare, ringboned, $10; 1 old cow, hipped, $5; 1 small calf, $1.50; 2 small hoggs, $3; shovel, tongs, two old chairs;" etc.  He was a mason by trade, and owed $145.81 to Day & Hecox, Hall & Fynch, and others.

Gunn, Noble--Served in Col. Samuel Brewer's regiment, under General Patterson, three years.  Was fifty-eight years old in 1820, had property worth $44, and debts of $50.  He said:  "I am a miller and have been lame ever since the war, in consequence of having had my knee broken in the service of the Revolution, and am not able to labor much."  He had four sons and one daughter.

Hagar, Stephen--Served in Col. William Hull's regiment during the war, was sixty years old in 1820, and had property worth $34.02.  He owed $35.  He had a wife and four daughters.

Howard, Jonathan--Applied for a pension in February, 1823, when he was seventy years old.  He enlisted early in the spring of 1776, and served until the surrender of Burgoyne.  His property was worth $30.50.

Marble, Ephraim--Served ten months in the Massachusetts troops, was sixty-eight years old in 1820, had a wife and two children, and property worth $61.15.  He owed $46.75.

Miles, William--Was chief gunner in Col. John Crane's regiment, 3d Massachusetts Artillery.  He was sixty-three years old in 1820, and all his possessions were worth $41.60, with debts of $40.  He had three children.

Moffett, Zebulon--Served one year in the New Hampshire line, had property worth $16.13, and debts of $55.50, which included $4.50 for a coffin.  He was seventy-two years old in 1820, and his wife sixty-seven.

Northrup, David--Served one year in the Revolution, was sixty-four years old in 1820 and his wife was fifty-six.  His whole property comprised a pair of spectacles worth twenty-five cents, and a penknife worth thirty-seven and a half cents.

Norton, Freeman--Was a sailor on the frigate Warren one year, was sixty-six years old in 1820, had property worth $11.50, and debts of $29.50, with a wife and five children depending on him for support.

Rounds, Samuel--Was sixty-five years old in May, 1825, served nearly six years in different organizations, and valued his property at $61.19.  Willett and Henry Raynor, the Onondaga merchants, owed him $60 to be paid in goods.

Skeels, Simeon--Was in the Connecticut line, was sixty-one years old in 1820, his wife fifty years old, and a son sixteen.  He was a farmer on the east side of Skaneateles Lake, and his property, worth $19.81, was more than offset by debts of $25.

Smith, Daniel--Enlisted early in the war, in 1775, served a year and seven months, was sixty-five years old in 1820, and his property was worth $181, which was exceeded by his debts by $5.  He lived with his wife.

Staples, Isaac--Served in Colonel Vose's First Massachusetts Regiment, was a farmer fifty-six years old in 1820, and had a wife, a son and daughter.  He was still drawing a pension in 1840, and lived in Skaneateles.

Walsh, John--Enlisted in 1775 and served through the war, after the first six months with Colonel Van Schaick's regiment, a part of the time as sergeant.  In 1821, when he made his application, he was eighty-one years old, blind, and living on the charity of his friends.

Webber, William--Served two years and three months in the First Regiment Massachusetts line, and in 1820 his assets consisted of a Bible worth fifty cents, and a psalm book worth twenty cents, but he had debts of $35.50.  He lived with his wife and son, and in 1840 was still drawing a pension at seventy-seven years of age.

Other Marcellus Revolutionary patriots, of whom some meager information has been obtained, were the following:

Baker, Jonathan--Lived in 1840 in Marcellus with his family, was seventy-eight years old.

Barber, Job--In 1840 Job Barber lived with Erastus Whiting in the town of Marcellus, and was drawing a pension at eighty-six years of age.

Barrows, Lemuel--Was seventy-eight years old in 1840, living in Marcellus with Ezekiel Baker, jr., and drawing a pension.

Beach, John--Lived in the west end of the old town, now Skaneateles, in 1840 with Samuel P. Rhoades, and was seventy-six years old.

Bishop, Joseph--Lived in 1840 with Ira Bishop, and was eighty-one years old.

Dalliba, John--Also a member of a numerous family in Marcellus, was seventy-five years old in 1840, and lived in his latter years with Sanford Dalliba.

Dorchester, Reuben--This Revolutionary veteran was the head of a numerous family in the town of Marcellus.  He was drawing a pension in 1840, at the age of ninety-two years, and lived with Eliakim Dorchester.

Gaylord, Chauncey--Was eighty-three years old in 1840, and lived with Asaph Gaylord.

McCullock, Robert--This veteran was seventy-nine years old in 1840, and lived with his family in Marcellus, finally attaining the age of ninety years.

Smith, Jared--Settled in Marcellus prior to 1800.  He joined the army almost coincident with the battle of Lexington, was second lieutenant in a Massachusetts regiment in 1775, and in the 12th Infantry from January 1, 1776.

Welsh, David--Settled on lot 73 in the present town of Skaneateles, in 1798, was wounded in the battle of Bennington, and drew a pension.  He built the first frame barn in the town in 1800.

Wilkinson, John, sr.--Entered the Continental army at the age of seventeen, was taken prisoner and confined in the notorious Jersey prison ship nine months, when he was exchanged.  In February, 1799, he left his home in Troy, and settled on a farm one mile from the shore of Skaneateles Lake, where he died three years later.  John Wilkinson, jr., was born in Troy, September 30, 1798, and later in life became one of the leading attorneys and business men at Syracuse.

Submitted 7 August 1998