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FOUGHT IN THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION (1)
|1||VALENTINE FENTRESS||1st Virginia Regiment||G604||6th generation|
VALENTINE FENTRESS was born September 2, 1760, in Virginia, the son of Lancaster and Mary (Etheridge) Fentress.
Valentine served in the Revolutionary War, enlisting March 9, 1777, as a private with Lt. George Thompson in Captain Windsor Brown’s Company and served in Colonel Gibson’s 1st Virginia Regiment of General John Muhlenberg’s Brigade.
Revolutionary War pay records show Valentine Fentress received pay at Valley Forge, Pennsylvania, in June 1778; White Plains, New York, on September 10, 1778; Middlebrook, New Jersey, on March 6, 1779; and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on December 17, 1779.
The British had prepared a fortification at Paulus (or Powle’s) Hook, a blunt, sandy point jutting out into the Hudson River. Major William Sutherland commanded men at the fort. Once the Americans had gained entry into the fort, the garrison surrendered after a short struggle. Not a shot was fired by the Americans. Sutherland, with some 50 Hessians, barricaded in a blockhouse, refused to yield. By this time about 50 British solders had been bayoneted, and 158 prisoners taken. Only two Americans were killed, three wounded.
The news of the victory at the battle of Paulus (or Powle’s) Hook on August 19, 1777, was well received by the American Congress, who voted a thanks and awarded the participants a $15,000 award.
The account of the battle is taken from Colonel R.E. Dupay and Colonel T.N. Dupay’s "The Compact History of the Revolutionary Wars", published by Hawthorn Books, Inc., New York.
Valentine served one month less than three years and was discharged at Alexandria, Virginia, on the 9th of February 1780. Besides Paulus Hook, Valentine Fentress was with them when the Battle of Monmoth was fought, but it was reported that he was sick at the time. He was in no other general engagements but in several skirmishes. The army he was with marched through Pennsylvania, New York, Virginia, New Jersey and Delaware and some other northern states. He went back into the army in the fall of 1781 for thirty-six days and was at the capture of Cornwallis.
Shortly after being discharged from service Valentine married Sarah Elizabeth "Sally" Hogg. Sally was born in 1756, the daughter of John B. Hogg. At the time of their marriage, Valentine was 20 years old; his wife, Sally, was about 24 years old.
Valentine and Sally (Hogg) Fentress were the parents of ten children. They moved from Albermarle County, Virginia, to Breckinridge County, Kentucky, about 1805.
Valentine Fentress died March 3, 1835, in Breckinridge County, Kentucky, at age 74. His wife, Sarah "Sally" (Hogg) Fentress died there after 1850. She would have been over 94 years old.