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Members of the SHEDDEN Family who
FOUGHT IN THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION (4)

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1 PHINEAS SPAULDING Patriot (Listed in DAR records) S707 7th generation

PHINEAS SPAULDING was born January 23,1720/21 in Plainfield, Connecticut, the son of Issac and Elizabeth (Haines) Spaulding.

The Spaulding family was living in Panton, Addison County, Vermont during the Revolutionary War. Phineas had a wife, Sarah Summers, and at least five children, four sons and a daughter. Panton is located on Lake Champlain about half way between Massachusetts and Canada.

This area was quite active during the war. A hospital had to be built there since at the time there was a retreat of the Americans from their Canadian expedition in 1776 and small-pox broke out among the soldiers. The number of deaths was so great that pits were dug into which the bodies were thrown without coffins.

There were also a number of battles fought on the lake with the American ships under the command of Arnold running their ships ashore in Panton, burning some and blowing up the others.

From about this time on the inhabitants were frequently visited by straggling bands of Indians and Tories, who plundered them of any movable property and after British’s Burgoyne came up the lake in June of 1777, these robberies were more frequent.

About October of 1777, PHINEAS SPAULDING and eleven others of Panton and Addison County were taken prisoners and kept on board a vessel in the vicinity. He was then employed to dress the animals brought on board for food. He had the opportunity to jump into a small boat lying aside the vessel; he then started to paddled to shore. Before he reached shore he was observed and ordered to return. Knowing they would fire upon him, and thinking his body too large a mark to escape, he jumped into the water and swam safely to shore amid the bullets of the British. About a week later all the prisoners were released. He was 56 years old at the time.

In the fall of 1778 a large British force came up the lake in several vessels and every house in Panton was burned but one. PHINEAS SPAULDING's farm house, known as the Swift farm, was destroyed on that November 5,1778 day. Two of his sons were taken prisoners. PHINEAS SPAULDING escaped to Rutland, Vermont, where he remained the rest of his life.

The only house in town that was not burned belonged to his brother, Timothy Spaulding. Why it was not burned is not known but Timothy escaped out the back while the enemy came to the front.

The two Spauldings that were captured were among 39 men and boys of the area that were taken prisoners. The two Spauldings were George and PHILIP SPAULDING. At the time Philip was 24 while George was 17 years old. They were taken with the other prisoners to Canada. They escaped, and PHILIP SPAULDING, with others, wandered in the woods 21 days before they reached the Connecticut River.

His brother, George Spaulding, was recaptured and put in irons. The British offered him his liberty if he would first go to Great Britian. Stopping at a port in Ireland, he went ashore and was taken by a press-gang. Nothing further is known of him.


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2 PHILIP SPAULDING 15th Regiment of the Vermont Militia S606 6th generation

PHILIP SPAULDING was born on June 23, 1754 in Cornwall, Connecticut, the son of Phineas and Sarah (Summers) Spaulding. He married Hannah Sturgess after the war on September 8, 1781 in Danby, Vermont. HANNAH was born October 15,1763.

They were the parents of eleven children, six sons and five daughters.

After being captured and escaping in 1778 (See the Phineas Spaulding Family) when he was 24 years old, PHILIP enlisted in Warren’s 15th Regiment of the Vermont Militia where he fought until the end of the war.

PHILIP SPAULDING died April 26, 1821 at the age of 66. His wife, HANNAH (STURGESS) SPAULDING applied for his pension (W20065) on October 16, 1841 from Clinton County, New York. She had just turned 78 years old the day before. According to pension records, six of their children were still living in 1841. She died between 1841 and 1845.

All of the above is in the DAR (Daughters of the American Revolution) records.


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3 WILLIAM ENNES Albert Pawling’s Regiment of New York Militia S803 8th generation

WILLIAM ENNES was born on January 10,1711 in Ulster County, New York, the son of William and Cornelia (Viervant) Ennes. He married Elizabeth Quick May 18, 1739. She was born about 1722 in Rochester, New York, the daughter of Thomas and Margrieta (Dekker) Quick.

WILLIAM was living in Sandyton Township of Sussex County, New Jersey with his wife, ELIZABETH (QUICK) ENNES, and ten children, seven sons and three daughters, during the war. He was a one-armed school teacher and over 65 years old when the War started but OAR records indicated he was a Private in Albert Pawling’s Regiment of New York Militia during the War.

Two of his sons also fought in the War.

WILLIAM ENNES died March 1804 in Sussex County, New Jersey at the age of 84. His wife, ELIZABETH (QUICK) ENNES had died April 8, 1771 about 49 years old.


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4 BENJAMIN SOULE Loyalist (British) S805 8th generation

BENJAMIN SOULE was born on August 12, 1728 in Dartmouth, Massachusetts, the son of George and Lydia (Howland) Soule.

They lived in Dutchess County, New York. Benjamin was married twice with three sons by his first wife, Abigail Howland. ABIGAIL (HOWLAND) SOULE died in Dutchess County, New York before July 21, 1751. BENJAMIN then married Elizabeth Davis, a Quaker widow. They were the parents of eleven children.

They were strong Quakers. The Soules were very loyal to the British cause and it was felt that he sided and fought for their cause. But since they were strong Quakers, I question how much he personally participated in the war effort.

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