Affidavit of Charles Atkinson
State of Ohio Monroe County
Personally appeared before me Amos B. Jones an Associate Judge for said County, Charles Atkinson of the County aforesaid after being duly sworn deposeth and saith that he was in the Continental service under the Command of General Sullivan in the year of 1779 and served a tour of six months and went up the North Branch of Susquehannah river as far as to Tyoge (Tioga?) Point and that he saw Ephraim Jones several times during this campaign and believes that the said Jones was out during this campaign of six months the whole time and that he belonged to Capt. John Morrissonís Company and that were employed in boating provisions up the river for the use of the army a considerable part of the time, and also he knows that Jones stuck to his country while the war lasted and did not leave his post like many others done during the 5 or 6 years that the war lasted in that quarter. And that said Jones lived at the time in the town of Sunsbury in Northumberland County and State of Pennsylvania. And that I was acquainted with him for some time previous to the war and ever since and know that he is speechless and has been for some time past, and also believes that Jones was out more than the one campaign but does not know certain of any particular time other than the above. In testimony where of I do set my hand this 19th day of December 1832. (Signed)Charles Atkinson
Affidavit of Phebe Jones
State Ohio Monroe County
Personally appeared before me Amos B. Jones an Associate Judge for said County Phebe Jones wife Ephraim Jones of the said County who deposeth and saith the she was married to said Ephraim Jones in the year 1773 in the Township Woodbridge County of Middlesex and State of New Jersey and that she has live with the said Jones ever since and according to his account he gave her, he was born in the aforesaid Township of Woodbridge August 12th 1751. And that in the forepart of the Revolutionary War they removed to Sunsbury Northumberland County Pennsylvania and in which place they resided till after the close if the revolutionary war and that her husband Ephraim Jones was out as a soldier several times the first time was in the company of Cap. John Black and Regiment of Col. Hartley and went up the west Branch of the Susquehannah river some distance above the Big Island and was quartered in a waste house and that she recollects that he started with Cap. Black and returned with him this tour but does not recollect how long if was. And the next tour she believes was in General Sullivans Campaign of tour, up the North Branch of the Susquehannah river under apt. John Morrison and that she recollects he went in the Spring and did not return till cold weather set in the following fall or winter, but does not recollect any certain time, or whether enlisted or volunteer in the militia. And also he was out a number of times in scouting parties against the Indians but does not recollect how much, and that he resided in Northumberland County till 1796 when he removed into the limits of Monroe County where he has resided ever since, excepting about two years on the east side of the Ohio river State of Virginia and further that he is not on any pension roll whatever. Sworn and subscribed this 20th day of December 1832. (Signed with mark)Phebe Jones
Affidavit of John Jones
State Ohio, Monroe County
On the fourth day of January 1833
Personally appeared before me Amos B. Jones an Associate Judge for County of Monroe aforesaid John Jones of the said County and after being duly sworn deposeth and saith, that of Ephraim Jones of the aforesaid County, and that he knows that his father has lost the use of his speech so that he is incapable of doing anything for himself and has been for two years and upwards past. And also while his father lived in Sunsbury Northumberland County Pennsylvania he recollects of his father having been out in the service of the U.S. against the Indians several times but does not recollect how long at any one time. But knows he went under Capt. John Black one tour, and a tour in General Sullivanís campaign and also that he was out against the Indians for several summers but does not know how many or what officers he was under, and also he recollects his father having been kept in the town of Sunsbury some of the time as a guard for the town a part of the time, and saw him help bring in those that had been murdered and wounded by the Indians to the town, and recollects seeing him and others bring in an Indian prisoner at one time. And he believes his father was employed in the service of his country nearly all or quite his whole time during the summer seasons while the war lasted in that quarters for 5 or 6 years, and also recollects of no one that knows as to the exact length of time that his father was employed, and also that he believes his father was always a volunteer with the exception of once or twice.
In testimony whereof I have here into set my hand the year and date aforesaid. (Signed) John Jones
Response of the War Department
War Department, Pension Office, Sept. 28, 1833
The papers in the case of Ephraim Jones are herewith returned. The statement respecting his service is entirely too indefinite. If from the loss of the claimantís speech he cannot specify his service, and no one can specify the same for him, a pension cannot be allowed. The enclosed printed sheet will point out particularly what is required, and the rules so far as they are applicable to his case must be rigidly adhered to.
Your obt. Sevt.
J. L. Edwards
Notes on the papers (SJH):
Source: Petitions and memorials referred to the committee of Revolutionary Pension (HR 23A-G17.1) Records of the U.S. House of Representatives, National Archives, Washington D.C.
I have used the spellings in the documents and added a few commas to what are basically paragraph long sentences.† I omitted the cover page and the copy of the regulations.
Amos B. Jones a long time resident of Monroe County was born in Tolland County Connecticut in 1790 so probable is not a relative of Ephraim Jones.
You will not find Sunsbury in Pennsylvania, the name of the town is Sunbury.
Ephraimís wife was spelled Phebe in these papers and Phobo or Phebo on the marriage license.
The reason the affidavits refer to the Indians is that the fighting in Western Pennsylvania and New York was against the Indian tribes which were allies of the British. One of the causes for the revolution was that the British were trying to keep European settlements on the east of the Allegheny Mountains which the colonist didnít like but the Indians did.
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Links to names and events in affidavits:
Military: Rev War: ORDERLY BOOK.† Gen. Sullivan's Expedition. June 19th, 1779, to July 30th, 1779. Pennsylvania Archives, Sixth Series, Vol. XIV, pages 23-65
JOURNAL OF LIEUT. ERKURIES BEATTY IN THE EXPEDITION AGAINST THE SIX NATIONS UNDER GEN. SULLIVAN, 1779
CEDAR LEDGE MONUMENT