Revolutionary War Soldiers


Town of Spafford

Submitted by Kathy Crowell

Source:  Dwight H. Bruce, Onondaga's Centennial.  Boston History Co., 1896, Vol. I, pp. 170-171.

The records give us information of only six Revolutionary veterans who made their homes in Spafford.  One of these was the first settler in the town.

Breed, Allen--Besides the foregoing, mention is found of Allen Breed who lived in Spafford in 1840, with Rufus Breed, at the age of eighty-one years.

Burdick, Thompson--Made three applications for a pension, the first in 1820, when he was sixty-eight years old; but he was too well off then to get the relief asked.  In 1822 he tried again and the third time in 1823.  He testified to his service in the Rhode Island troops from May or June, 1775, for eight months, and he re-enlisted for a year, and was discharged January 1, 1777.  He was wounded in the battle of White Plains.  In 1820 he had thirty acres of land worth $150, and his entire property was worth $237.68.  In 1822 his land had been sold on a judgment and his assets had dwindled to $35.55, and were still further reduced when he made his third application.  He had a wife, a child and two grandchildren.  Mrs. Burdick had asthma and all she could do was to "spin a little now and then on a small wheel."

Green, Jacob--Also found in the pension records of 1840, was living in Spafford with his family at the age of seventy-nine years.

Owen, Daniel--Served one year in the Connecticut line and was discharged in 1776; was sixty-one years old in 1820, and had property valued at $103.62, but he owed $150.  He was a laborer, and his wife, a daughter and a granddaughter lived with him.

Palmer, Gilbert--Was the first settler in the present limits of the town, on the lot granted him for service in the army--No. 76.

Prindle, Samuel--Served nine months in the Massachusetts troops, was discharged, and re-enlisted for three years.  He was a blacksmith, and his property in 1820 was worth only $39.54, while he owed four times that amount.  He was living with his son, Samuel Prindle, and was still drawing a pension in 1840.

Submitted 2 August 1998