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Thomas Kyle – Minister and Revolutionary War Veteran

A few days ago I published some Mercer County marriage returns by a Rev. Thomas Kyle.  I have found that he was also a Revolutionary War soldier, and is buried in the Old Mud Cemetery, along with many other veterans.  Thomas Kyle was a son of James Kyle and Mary McArthur, of Pennsylvania.  At the young age of seventeen he joined the Revolutionary army and fought in many battles.  He came to Kentucky about 1800.  The following is his request for pension for his military service.

State of Kentucky – Mercer County Court

On this 6th day of May 1833 personally appeared in open court Thomas Kyle, Sr., a resident citizen and clergyman in Mercer County and State of Kentucky, aged seventy-five years, who being first duly sworn according to law, doth on his oath make the following declarations in order to obtain the benefit of the Act of Congress passed June the 7th 1832.

That he left home in July 1775, then in his seventeenth year, and entered the army at Bunker Hill and in a very short time thereafter we fought the battle, this was his own voluntary act, he belongs to no particular detachment in this battle, he then remained with the main army until the Battle of Long Island when I became detached to General Putnam and rode as an express for him until the Battle of White Springs, after which we were driven out of the York State and through the Jersey State across the Delaware into Pennsylvania, when we received reinforcements and re-crossed the Delaware and came up with the Hessians at Trenton and defeated them with dreadful loss, and in a few days after we defeated the British at Princeton from which place we marched to Kingston and tore up the bridge and got to Somerset that night and the next morning we drew rations the first that we had got for three days.  General Washington then went into winter quarters with the main army at Morristown and Putnam with his detachment at Princeton.  Then I returned home to rest and get some clothing.  And in the winter of 1777, I volunteered for a militia tour under my friend and acquaintance Captain James Gibson of Cumberland County, Pennsylvania, and marched to Philadelphia and got our arms repaired and from thence we marched to Princeton and I saw General Putnam whose headquarters was in a Stockton brick house, and remained with him upwards of

four months when we were honorably discharged by General Putnam from his brigade, and we returned home.  The British having come around and landed at the head of Elkton and marched in the direction of Brandywine.  I without delay joined the detachment of General Armstrong and marched and we met the enemy at Brandywine when we were defeated.  I remained with the army until after the Battle of Germantown, both which battles were fought in 1777, after which I returned home, and in the year aforesaid, I cannot recollect the month, I joined Captain Crouch’s Company of volunteers and served a militia tour of three months during this tour we were marched to a place called White March Mills above Germantown, from this place we marched under General Irvine and attacked the British at Chestnut Hill and were defeated with the loss of General Irvine taken prisoner and 15 or 20 killed and wounded and we retreated into this country and our tour of three months having expired we were discharged at Lancaster in Pennsylvania and returned home.  And in the year 1778 or 9, I cannot recollect which, I volunteered with Captains Brady and Campleton and marched up the western branch of the Susquehanna, when the Indians had broke out and were committing murders and depredations upon the inhabitants and succeeded in rescuing the inhabitants.  During this time we suffered very much being exposed to all kinds of weather.  Again in the year 1779 I volunteered and under Captain Campleton a tour of three months our principal station was at Wallace Mills.  We marched up the eastern branch of the Susquehanna and acted as security and spies against the Indians and built stockades and block houses and gathered in the inhabitants.  He states that he would have had sufficient evidence of his service during the War of the Revolution, but he met with the

loss of having his house burned up together with money and papers he will recollect of having his discharges filed away in his desk, and that he has no documentary evidence of his service.  He hereby relinquishes every other claim whatever to a pension except this present and declares that his name is not on the pension roll of the agency of any state.

Sworn to and subscribed the day and year aforesaid.

Thomas Kyle

We, Jesse Head, a clergyman residing in Mercer County, and Peter Huff, residing in the same county and state, do hereby certify that we are well acquainted with Thomas Kyle, a faithful and pious clergyman, who has subscribed and sworn to the above declaration that we believe him to be the age he states himself to be in his declaration, and we do know that he is respected and believed in the neighborhood where he resides to have been a brave and faithful soldier of the Revolution.

Sworn to and subscribed the day and year aforesaid.

Jesse Head, Peter Huff

Mercer County May County Court 1833

And the said Court do hereby declare this a pension after the investigation of the matter and after putting the interrogation prescribed by the War Department that the above named application was a Revolutionary soldier and served as he states and that the Court further certifies that it appears to them that Jesse Head, who has signed the preceding certificate is a clergyman resident in Mercer County and that Peter Huff, who has also signed the same is a resident citizen in said county and is a credible person and that their statement is entitled to credit, and we do further certify that Thomas Kyle, the applicant for a pension herein, and Jesse Head, a clergyman, and Peter Huff, severally came into Court and swore to the statements by them respectively subscribed.

I, Thomas Allin Jr., Clerk of the Mercer County Court, do hereby certify that the foregoing contains the original proceedings of the said Court in the matter of the application of Thomas Kyle for a pension.

In Testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal of office this 6th day of May 1833.  Thomas Allin, Jr., Clerk Mercer County Court

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Statement shewing the service of Thomas Kyle, Mercer County Kentucky

Entered July 1775, private, given one year of service.  Fought during the battles of bunker Hill, Long Island, Trenton, Princeton, Brandywine and Germantown.

Thomas Kyle, Private, General Putnam’s Brigade, Pennsylvania Line, Revolutionary War.  1757-1846.  Bunker Hill, Trenton, Germantown.  Old Mud Cemetery, Mercer County, Kentucky.

Pensioners for Military Service – Mercer County, Kentucky

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What a great list of Revolutionary War veterans – in Mercer County, Kentucky!  This must have been the area that many veterans moved to after the war.  About 25 veterans are buried at the Old Mud Cemetery, 8 are buried in New Providence Church Cemetery, and I’m sure there are many others throughout the county!  That would be a good project – to make a complete list of Revolutionary War veterans for Mercer County!  We are blessed with such a rich history!

This is a list of Mercer County Pensioners for Revolution and Military Services as returned under the Act for Taking the Sixth Census in 1840.

Name of Pensioner . . . . . . . . . Age in 1840

  • Samuel Hackney – 79
  • Mary Pipes – 81
  • Henry Sparrow – 79
  • William Kelly – 84
  • Timothy Corn – 84
  • James Rains – 82
  • Leonard Taylor – 83
  • Matthew Colter – 81
  • George Gabbard Sr. – 79
  • Henry Hamner – 81
  • Lewis Webb – 83
  • Henry Deshazer – 81
  • John Sneed – 86
  • Christian Snail – 89
  • Rebecca Verbyck – 83

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  • Cornelius O. Vanarsdale – 80
  • Edward Willis – 78
  • Ebenezer Cary Sr. – 83
  • Charles Brown – 88
  • Robert Jones – 78

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  • John Comingore – 90
  • Elias Fisher – 87

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  • Peter Huff – 85
  • John Grant – 85
  • Jane Shelton – 82
  • Claiborne Bradshaw – 83
  • John Rice – 78
  • Susanna Jordan – 79
  • Mary Wilson – 76
  • Elizabeth Moore – 75
  • Martha Sandefer – 83 (living with Jackson Roberts)
  • Thomas Grahm – 78

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  • Thomas Kyle – 83
  • Edward Houchins – 80
  • Philip Board – 80
  • James Galloway – 84
  • Sarah Bohon – 76
  • Isaac Follis – 77
  • Reuben Smithy – 85
  • John Polter Sr. – 79 (living with John Polter)
  • Charles Hart – 81

Note:  Women pensioners were widows of veterans.

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Revolutionary War Heroes – July 4th Celebration!

Before we begin our fireworks display for this Fourth of July – let’s think back to our country’s beginnings and the many men who fought for our independence.  Many of us can trace our roots back to a Revolutionary War veteran – and those that can’t most likely have one in your line – you just haven’t found him yet!  As a tribute to all these men I have pictures of the plaques from the Old Mud Meeting House cemetery in Mercer County, Kentucky, dedicated to the Revolutionary War veterans buried there.

Abraham Banta, Pvt 2 BN York County, General Mercer’s PA Militia, Revolutionary War, 1745-1793.

Peter Luyster, Private, Somerset County, New Jersey Militia, Colonel Van Dyck’s Regiment, Revolutionary War, May 31, 1761 – January 5, 1830.

Lawrence DeMott, Private, Somerset County Militia, Colonel Quick’s 2nd New Jersey Regiment, Revolutionary War, October 14, 1719 – May 14, 1800

Daniel Coovert, Private, Captain Baird’s Company, Monmouth, New Jersey Militia, Revolutionary War, June 1758 – December 1848

James Westervelt, Corporal, Colonel John Freer’s 4th and 5th Regiments, Duchess County, New York, Militia, Revolutionary War, August 15, 1755 – June 1, 1826, Brooklyn Heights

Cornelius O. Vanarsdall, Private, Colonel Vroom’s New Jersey Regiment, Revolutionary War, November 14, 1760 – February 24, 1843, Spy

Cornelius A. Vanarsdall, 1st Lieutenant, Colonel Vroom’s New Jersey Regiment, Revolutionary War, July 5, 1748 – January 5, 1840, Millstone, Monmouth, Springfield

Abraham Banta, Private, 2 Bn York County, General Mercer’s Pennsylvania Militia, Revolutionary War, 1745-1793

Thomas Kyle, Private, General Putnam’s Brigade, Pennsylvania Line, Revolutionary War, 1757-1846, Bunker Hill, Trenton, Germantown

Peter Huff, Private, Colonel Taylor’s Regiment, New Jersey Lint, Revolutionary War, March 10, 1756 – November 11, 1840, Monmouth, Springfield

Peter DeMott, Private, Colonel Quick’s New Jersey Line, Revolutionary War, April 14, 1758 – October 15, 1832

John Comingore, Private, Colonel Vanarsdall’s Regiment, Pennsylvania Line, Revolutionary War, September 16, 1749 – October 6, 1845

Henry Comingore, Private, Colonel Vanarsdall’s Regiment, Pennsylvania Line, Revolutionary War, September 16, 1749 – January 29, 1836, Yorktown

Samuel Brewer, Private, Colonel Vance’s Regiment, Pennsylvania Line, Revolutionary War, 1757 – January 31, 1835, Spy and Scout

Daniel Brewer, Private, Molyan’s Dragoons, Pennsylvania Line, Revolutionary War, July 5, 1719 – January 15, 1791

Gerardus Ryker, Ensign, Colonel Dey’s Regiment, New Jersey State Troops, Revolutionary War, November 16, 1740 – September 15, 1781

Francis Adams, Trumpeter, Colonel Washington’s Regiment, Virginia Line, Revolutionary War, 1751 – January 11, 1837, Yorktown

In memory of John Demaree, Private, Jefferson County Militia, Revolutionary War, 1762 – May 14, 1839

Thomas Gaunt, Sargent, Captain Kincaid’s Company, Illinois Regiment, Revolutionary War, December 17, 1842 – August 19, 1782

James Stagg, Captain, New Jersey Militia, Revolutionary War, September 18, 1738 – May 3, 1826

John Moore, Private, Captain Harrod’s Company, Illinois Regiment, Revolutionary War, 1757 – June 26, 1836, Kaskaskia, Vincennes

Barney Smock, Private, Pennsylvania Militia, Revolutionary War, October 5, 1738 – September 1812

Samuel Moore, Private, Captain Prather’s Company, Kentucky Militia, Revolutionary War, 1759 – August 8, 1780

In memory of John Banta, Sr., Drummer, Captain Campbell’s Company, 2 BN, York County, Regiment, Revolutionary War, March 15, 1757 – October 7, 1815

Thomas Moore, Captain, General Clark’s Virginia Regiment, Revolutionary War, 1754 – February 25, 1835, Kaskaskia, Vincennes

Simon Wan Arsdale, Major, 4 BN York County, Pennsylvania Militia, Revolutionary War, December 6, 1746 – 1802

Can you imagine the stories these men could tell?  There was a drummer, a trumpeter.  Some of these men were at Yorktown at the end of the war, some at Bunker Hill, Germantown, Trenton,Vincennes, Kaskaskia.   Samuel Brewer was a spy and scout!

Daniel Brewer, 1718-1791, Private, Pennsylvania Militia

In memory of Peter Vanderveer, 1760 New Jersey – March 12, 1823 Kentucky, Private, New Jersey Militia, Revolutionary War

In memory of Jacob Sortore, 1730 New Jersey – 1824 Kentucky, Private, Alarm at Raritan, Revolutionary War

John Smock, 1739 New Jersey – 1812 Kentucky, Private, York County Militia, Revolutionary War, A leader at Old Mud Meetinghouse

In memory of Simeon Moore, 1734 Maryland – 1814 Kentucky, Battle of Kaskaskia, Revolutionary War

In memory of Francis Montfort, 1746 New Jersey – 1825 Kentucky, Private, York County Militia, Revolutionary War

In memory of Samuel Britton, 1754 New Jersey – 1834 Kentucky, Private, New Jersey Artillery, Revolutionary War, 1776

In memory of Samuel Banta, 1753 New Jersey – 1833 Kentucky, Private, Scout, Revolutionary War, 1776

Let us ever remember why the revolution was fought – for our rights to Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.  Let Freedom ring!