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The 1899 Membership Register
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Roll of Ancestors — P


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Following are the records of the Revolutionary Ancestors of the Members. The names here printed in CAPITALS correspond to the names printed in italics in the Roll of Members; and the names here printed in italics, being the names of Members descended from these ancestors, respectively, correspond to the names printed in CAPITALS in the Roll of Members.


JOSEPH PALMER
Born in Stonington, Conn., in 1740; died in Lenox, Madison Co., N.Y., Aug. 22, 1829; Captain of a Company that marched from Voluntown, Conn., to Boston on the Lexington Alarm, serving eight days; appointed Ensign in May, 1776, and Captain in 1779. — William Gere Cady, Gustavus Linnemann Prescott.
BENJAMIN PETTENGILL
Born in Haverhill, Mass., March 16, 1730; died in Salis bury, N. H., March 15, 1805; served in Crown Point expedition in 1757, in Col. Nathaniel Meserve's Regt. of New Hampshire; private under Capt. Ebenezer Webster, and Col. Moses Nichols of New Hampshire in 1778; participated in Rhode Island expedition; at West Point about eight months; member of the committee of Safety of Salisbury, N. H., in 1780. His brother Andrew died of wounds received at the battle of Bennington. — Howard Scribner.
AZOR PHELPS
Born in Worcester, Mass., Oct. 13, 1761; lived in Watertown, Mass.; private in the Massachusetts Militia. — Chas. Elliott Warren.
ELISHA PITKIN
Born in Hartford, March 9, 1733; died there March 19, 1819; appointed in 1770 on a committee to prevent importation of British goods into Connecticut; elected Captain of Militia, 1775; entertained Rochambeau while in Hartford, in 1781; Representative to the General Assembly from East Hartford, 1784. — Charles Hamilton McKnight.
WILLIAM PITKIN
Born in Hartford, Conn., in 1725; died Dec. 12, 1789; Major of Connecticut forces raised for expedition to Canada, in 1758; Colonel, 1762; member of the Council, 1766-85; member of Council of Safety during greater part of the Revolution; Judge of the Supreme Court 19 years; elected to Congress, 1788; in 1775, he and others of the Pitkin family began the manufacture of gunpowder for the American Army in the same mills, owned by his father (Gov. Wm. Pitkin), where the iron industries had been prohibited by Parliament 25 years before. — Charles Hamilton McKnight.
WILLIAM POPHAM
Born in Brandon, County Cork, Ire., Sept. 19, 1752; died in New York, in September, 1847; brought to this country in 1761 and educated for the ministry at Newark, N.J.; Second Lieutenant in Capt. Henry Darby's Co., Col. John Haslet's Regt., Delaware Line, from January 17, to December, 1776; served on Long Island; promoted to Captain of 2d Canadian Regt., Col. Moses Hazen, April 8, 1777; Aide-de-Camp to Gen. James Clinton, 1777-9; served with Sullivan expedition, 1779; Aide-de-camp to Baron Steuben in 1781; retired Jan. 1, 1783; was President of the New York State Society of the Cincinnati, and of the General Society of the Cincinnati in 1844. — Wm. Popham Platt.
JOSHUA PRENTISS
Born in Holliston, Mass., Sept. 9, 1744; died in Marblehead, Mass., June 22, 1837; Lieutenant of Marblehead Militia in 1773; Lieutenant in Capt. John Merritt's Co., from Marblehead, in Revolutionary War, for eight months, for which he was pensioned; Surveyor and Inspector of Port from 1804 to 1829; Justice of the Peace in 1802, 1816, 1823, and 1830. — Henry James Prentiss.
BENJAMIN YOUNGS PRIME
Born in Huntington, L. I., Dec. 20, 1733; died there Oct. 31, 1791; was a physician, a writer in "The American Whig," a public speaker against British tyranny, and the author of many patriotic songs and poems, one of which formed the basis of part of the phraseology of the Associators' Test Oath; belonged to the Sons of Liberty; was the special object of British hatred, and was compelled to flee for his life, with his wife and child, and for seven years lived in exile in Connecticut. — Ralph Earl Prime, Ralph Earl Prime, Jr., William Cowper Prime.
EBENEZER PRIME
Father of Benjamin Youngs Prime (q. v.); born in Milford, Conn., July 21, 1700; died in Huntington, L. I., Sept. 25, 1779; preached the Gospel for 60 years; was a fearless advocate of Amerian Independence; in his 77th year was driven from his home by British troops, who destroyed his library; was so bitterly hated by the enemy that, after his death, Col. Thompson (Count Rumford) pitched his tent in the Huntington graveyard, in order, he said, that he "might tread upon the old rebel" whenever he went in and out. — Ralph Earl Prime, Ralph Earl Prime, Jr., William Cowper Prime.
DANIEL PROVOST
Born in Stamford, Conn., May 9, 1753; died Dec. 14, 1832; enlisted in Capt. Ebenezer Hill's Co., 7th Connecticut Regt., July 21, 1775; discharged Dec. 24, 1775; re-enlisted March 1, 1777, for the war; discharged Dec. 31, 1781; received a musket ball in his shoulder at New London, which he carried to his grave; and was an invalid pensioner. — Charles Beale Provost.
SAMUEL PUGSLEY
Born in Westchester Co., N.Y.; died in Croton-on-Hudson, Feb. 14, 1814; private in the Third, North or Manor of Cortlandt Regiment, of Westchester Co., N.Y., Col. Samuel Drake commanding. — Cornelius Amory Puglsey.
OBADIAH PURDY
Born in Crompound, N. Y., May 14, 1747; died there March 20, 1835; enlisted in July, 1776, and served six months, with rank of Lieutenant, under Capt. James Cronkite and Col. Thomas Thomas, of New York; was in battle of White Plains; was a pensioner. — Richard Ellis.

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