Pioneer Soldiers

Pioneer Soldiers



SOURCE: Uniforms of the Armies in the War of the American Revolution, 1775-1783. Lt. Charles M. Lefferts. Limited Edition of 500. New York York Historical Society. New York, NY. 1926

Little thought was given to military dress by Kentucky farmers who first formed themselves into military companies to be ready for duty at a moment's notice, or even by those men who formed part of the regular militia. Officers and men wore their ordinary citizen clothing. Each man had to provide himself with a musket or rifle of some sort, and though many had regular shoulder-belts and cartridge-boxes, or waist-belts and boxes of odd patterns, made of leather or canvas, more carried the powder 'horns and bullet pouches used in hunting. As a badge of rank, the officers wore a short hanger or sword, but of no regular patterns, or perhaps some had acquired a gorget or espontoon, but all the officers were armed the same as their men, with muskets or light fusils, which they always carried when on duty.

Excerpts from Lewis Collin's History Volume I

"The following lists comprise a large portion of those who were enrolled as
pioneer soldiers of Kentucky, between the years 1778-1781. Some of the names on
the original rolls were very inaccurately spelled, the rolls being kept by
illiterate men, who too often spelled by the sound names not always correctly

 Jan. 24, 1778 (At Harrodsburg, and the neighboring Stations)
Jos. Bowman, Capt.
Isaac Bowman, Lieut.
Abr. Kellar, 2d Lieut.
Dan. Dust, Sergeant
James Bentley
Wm. Berry
Ed. Bulger
Nathan Cartmell
Henry Chrisman
Thomas Clifton
Jacob Cogar
Peter Cogar
Patrick Doran
Henry Funk
Philip Harbin
Henry Honaker
Elijah Huston
Abr. James

Isaac Kellar
George King
George Livingston
Philip Long
Isaac McBride
Robert McClanahan
Chas. McGlack
Alex. McIntyre
Abraham Miller
George Miller
Wm. Montgomery
Barney Morter
Edward Murray
Joseph Pendergrast
Michael Pendergrast
Thos. Pendergrast
Thos. Perry
Henry Prather
John Setser
Michael Setser
Joseph Simpson
Wm. Slack
Jacob Spears
Samuel Stroud
H. Vance
Barnaby Walters
James Gonday*
Samuel Dust*
Wm. Berry*
Zeb. Lee*
*These four marked as deserters.

(In Lincoln Co., at and near Logan's Station, probably 1779)
Benj. Logan, Capt.
John Logan, Lieut.
Alex Montgomery, Ensign
Azariah Davis, Ensign
Benj. Pelton, Sargeant
Wm. Menifee, Sergeant
Roswell Stevens, Sergeant
George Clark, Sergeant
Robt. Barnet
Wm. Barton
Samuel Bell
Arthur Blackburn
Alex. Bohannon
John Bohannon
Benj. Briggs
Samuel Briggs
James Brown
John Canterbury
Caspar Casener
Wm. Casey
John Castlio
Pierce Castlio
Philip Conrad
Azariah Davis
Samuel Deason
Ogden Devers
Benj. Drake
Isaac Drake
John Drake
Jonathan Drake
John Ealor
Chas. English
Stevens English
John Fain
Bartholomew Fenton
George Flinn
Lee Garrett
John Gibson
Richard Glover
John Glover
John Grimes
Wm. Grimes
Jacob Gunn
David Hawkins
Jacob Herman
Roger Hines
Stephen Huston
John Johns
James Johnson
John Jones
John Kennedy
James Knox
Hugh Leeper
James Leeper
Wm. Logan
Thos. Loveledd
Joseph Lusk
John McCormick
John McElhon
James McElwain
John Mahone
James Menifee
Jarrett Menifee
Joseph Menifee
John Martin
Joseph Martin
Samuel Martin
James Mason
James Mason
Samuel Mayes
Andrew Miller
Henry Miller
Wm. Miller
David Mitchell
Wm. Mitchess
Alex. Montgomery
John Montgomery
Wm. Montgomery
Wm. Neal
Wm. Patton
Samuel Phelps
Wm. Phelps
Chas. Phillips
John Phillips
Nich. Proctor, Sr.
Nich. Proctor, Jr.
Chas. Runsle
James Russell
Julius Sanders
Alex. Sinclair
George Scott
John Story
John Summers
Arch. Thomas
Nicholas Tramel
Philip Tramel
George White
Wm. Whitley

(In 1780, at the Stations near the Falls, in now Jefferson and Shelby counties)
Wm. Harrod, Capt.
James Patton, Lieut.
Ed. Bulger, Ensign
Peter Balance
Alex. Barr
James Brand
John Buckras
A. Cameron
Amos Carpenter
Sol. Carpenter
Benj. Carter
Thomas Carter
Reuben Case
Thomas Cochran
John Conway
John Corbley
John Crable
Robert Dickey
Daniel Driskill
Isaac Dye
John Eastwood
Samuel Forrester
Joseph Frakes
Samuel Frazee
John Galloway
Wm. Galloway
James Garrison
Joseph Goins
Isaac Goodwin
Samuel Goodwin
James Guthrie
Daniel Hall
Wm. Hall
John Hatt
Evan Henton
Thomas Henton
Wm. Hickman
A. Hill
Andrew Hill
Samuel Hinck
Fred. Honaker
Joseph Hughes
Rowland Hughes
Michael Humble
John Hunt
Abram James
John Kenney
Val. Kinder
Moses Kuykendall
John Lewis
John Lincant
Samuel Lyon Pat. McGee
Samuel Major
Amos Mann
Edward Murdoch
John Murdoch
Richard Morris
Wm. Morris
Wm. Oldham
John Paul
George Phelps
Joseph Phelps
Samuel Pottinger
F. Potts
Reuben Preble
Urb. Ranner
Benj. Rice
Reed Robbins
Thomas Settle
Wm. Smiley
Jacob Speck
John Stapleton
James Stewart
James Stewart
Daniel Stull
Miner Sturgis
Peter Sturgis
James Sullivan
Wm. Swan
Joseph Swearingen
Samuel Swearingen
Van Swearingen
Robt. Thorn
John Tomton (or Tornton)
Bev. Trout
Thos. Tribble
Robert Tyler
Abr. Vanmetre
Michael Valleto
Joseph Warford
James Welch
Abram Whitaker
Jacob Wickersham
Ed. Wilson

April 1, 1780 (Stations near Dick's River, in now Garrard, Lincoln, & Boyle counties)
John Boyle, Capt.
Samuel Davis, Lieut.
Elisha Clary, Ensign
Barney Boyle, Sergeant
Jonathan Marshall, Sergeant
Jacob Anderson
James Anderson
Thomas Arbuckle
James Coyle
Wm. Crawford
James Davis
Robert Desha
Dennis Diven
Owen Diven
Hugh Galbreath
Evandon Gordon
Peter Higgins
John Hicks
Wm. Hicks, Sr.
Wm. Hicks Nathan McClure
Wm. Marshall
Basil Maxwell
Wm. Menifee
Wm. Mitchell
Robert Moore
Samuel Moore
Nehemiah Poore
John Poynter
James Reeves
Wm. Rowan
John Vardeman
Alex. Walker
Wm. Whitley
John Wilkinson
Wm. Young

June 10, 1779 (In Madison county, at and near Boonesborough)
John Holder, Capt.
Uriel Ark
Thos. Bailey
Bland Ballard
John Baughman
G. Michael Bedinger
James Berry
James Bryan
James Bunten
John Butler
John Callaway
Elijah Collins
Josiah Collins
Wm. Collins
John Constant
David Cook
Wm. Coombs
Wm. Cradlebaugh
John Dumport
James Estill
Edmund Fear
Davis Gass
Stephen Hancock
Wm. Hancock
John Hawiston
Wm. Hays
Jesse Hodges
Jeremiah Horn
Robert Kirkham
John Lee
Charles Lockhart
John McCollum
Wm. McGee
Ralph Morgan
Wm. Morris
James Perry
John Pleck
Samuel Porter
Nicholas Proctor
Reuben Proctor
Pemberton Rollins
Hugh Ross
Bartlett Searcy
Reuben Searcy
John South, Sr.
John South, Jr.
John South, younger
Thos. South
Barney Stagner
Jacob Stearns
John Stephenson
Benoni Vallandigham
John Weber
Daniel Wilcoxson
Moses Wilson

(In 1779-1780, at Ruddle's and Martin's Stations, near now Cynthiana)
Isaac Ruddle, Capt.
John Haggin, Lieut.
John Mather, Engisn
Joseph Isaacs, Q.M.
John Waters, Sergeant
Andrew Baker
George Baker
Andrew Bartle
John Bird
George Bronker
Caspar Brown
Reuben Boughner
John Burger, Sr.
John Burger, Jr.
Peter Call
Leonard Croft
Wm. Dehlinger
David Ederman
Thos. Emory
Paul Fisher
George Hatfall
John Hutton
Jacob Leach, Sr.
Edward Low
George Loyl
Henry Loyl
Peter Loyl
Thomas Machen
Wm. Marshall
Chas. Munger
Wm. Munger, Sr.
Wm. Munger, Jr.
Andrew Pirtenbustle
Henry Pirtenbustle
H. Pirtenbustle, Jr.
Len. Pirtenbustle
Peter Rough
George Ruddell
Stephen Ruddell
James Ruddle
Patrick Ryan
Wm. Sandidge
Wm. Scott
John Smith, Sr.
John Smith, Jr.
James Stuart
Frederick Tanner
Martin Tuffelman
Moses Waters
John Cloyd, drummer

June 23, 1780-Partial List (Stationed at the "Painted Stone," near now Shelbyville)
Squire Boone, Capt.
Alex. Bryant
John Buckles
Richard Cates
Chas. Doleman
John Eastwood
Joseph Eastwood
Jeremiah Harris
John Henton
Abraham Holt
Margan Hughes
Evan Kenton
John McFadden
John Nichols
Peter Paul
John Stapleton
Robert Tyler
Abraham Vanmeter
Adam Wickersham
Jacob Wickersham
Peter Wickersham
James Wright
George Yunt

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