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Revolutionary Soldiers
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JOSEPH GREEN,  1767 - 1853.
     Joseph Green, the son of Ebenezer Green, was born Feb. 26, 1767, in Sussex County, New Jersey.
     He enlisted in the Revolutionary War from Muncy, Northumberland Co., Penn., in Aug. 1779, to serve under Capt. Samuel Brady, for three months at Fort Brady, situated in Muncy.
     During this period he was with several scouting parties, for Tories and Indians were hostile in the vicinity.
     In May 1782, he enlisted for the war, in a company of Rangers commanded by Capt. Thos. Robinson in Col. Samuel Hunter's regiment.
     To the same company his brother Ebenezer Green, Jr. belonged, who was killed by Indians Apr. 16, 1782.
     Joseph Green did garrison duty at Minegan Fort, for three months, with occasional scouting raids, then at Fort Borley for five months, and was discharged the following December.
     In June 1788 he removed to Chesining, Tioga Co., New York, where his dwelling was destroyed by fire in 1789.
     He came to Madison, O. May 30, 1817.  He received a pension from 1837 until his death in 1853, having spent all his life as a pioneer in new settlements.
     He was a large man, of excellent character, and proud of the fact that he gave some service to his country in its struggle for independence.
     The statement was made, at the time of his death, that he was the youngest Revolutionary soldier.
ELIJAH HANKS - 1761 - 1839
     Dea. Elijah Hanks was born in Mansfield, Conn., Aug. 30, 1761.
     He served in the "Connecticut Line" in the Revolutionary War for eight months, enlisting Mar. 10, 1778 in Capt. Allen's Co., 3rd Conn. regt., of which Samuel Wylly was Colonel.
     Aug. 14, 1782, he was married to Mary Walker, of Ashford, Con., who was born Aug. 14, 1763.
     Their children were Joseph, Elijah, Benjamin and John (twins), Esther, Clorinda and Patty.
Sept. 9, 1811, they left Willington, Conn. for Madison, Ohio, arriving Oct. 3rd when they immediately went to work to put up a log house (into which they moved Nov. 8) on the same farm which ahs ever since been in the possession of the family.
     Other families coming into the neighborhood found a shelter at Dea. Hanks' hospitable home until their houses were ready for occupancy.
     He died Feb. 11, 1839 at the age of seventy-eight, and lies buried in the cemetery on the hill in sight of his home.
OLIVER HARMON, 1756 - 1843
     Dea. Oliver Harmon, born in 1756, came to Painesville from Rutland, Vt., in 1815, where he resided several years, and then removed to Kirtland.
     He married Mary Plumb, and was the father of two sons and two daughters.
     He was a Revolutionary patriot, one of the "Green Mountain Boys" of Vermont, serving in Capt. Williams' company of militia, in Col. Thomas Lee's regiment, commencing the 21st of October, 1781.
    He is remembered as a kind and benevolent gentleman, who died Jan. 9, 1843, in his eighty-seventh year, and is buried on the farm on which he lived.
     He was a pensioner.
     Alexander Harper was born in Middletown, Connecticut in 1744.  In the year 1770 he took a patent of a large tract of land and moved to Harpersfield, Delaware County, in the state of New York.
     In 1777 he received a captain's commission in a regiment of rangers commanded by Col. John Harper, the regiment having been raised by the direction of Gov. Clinton.  He was afterwards promoted to the rank of colonel, and served with distinction in the War of the Revolution.
     On June 28, 1798 he removed with his family to what is now Harpersfield, Ashtabula County, Ohio, and settled there, dying on the tenth of September of the same year.  This section of the country was then a wilderness, and Col. Harper gave the township of Harpersfield the name which it has since borne.
     It is said that soon after landing he placed his staff in the ground and dedicated a portion of the land as a cemetery, and he himself was the first to be buried there;  he being the first white person buried in the Western Reserve, whose grave can be identified.  An appropriate monument bearing an inscription with the name and date of birth and death, and recounting the virtues of the pioneer and patriot still marks the spot.  This cemetery is on the county line at Unionville village.
     A biography of this distinguished citizen and some of his first descendants may be found in an interesting history of Harpersfield, written by Mrs. Malvina Sherwood dedicated to the Hon. Elisha Whittlesey, and recorded in the records of the Ashtabula Historical and Philosophical Society by the celebrated penman, the late Platt R. Spencer.
SAMUEL HAYDEN, 1749 - 1838
     Samuel Hayden, a Revolutionary soldier from Connecticut, enlisted at Goshen, in 1775.  He was a sergeant under Capt. Sedgewick and Col. Hinman for nine months' service.  He was also with Capt. Daniel Benedict's company, Lieut. Col. John Mead's regiment, marched Aug. 12, 1776, was at the battle of Ticonderoga.
     He was a resident of Winsead, Litchfield Co., Conn., later of Concord, Lake Co., Ohio.
     He died in 1828, nearly ninety years of age, and is buried at Concord Center.
     He received a pension.
AMASA HILL, 1763 - 1847.
     A soldier in the Revolutionary War was Amasa Hill, born at Stillwater, New York, in October, 1763.  He enlisted from Spencertown, N. Y. in March 1780, for nine months, in Capt. Walter Vrooman's company, Col. John Harper's regiment.
     He was with his regiment in the battle of Cherry Valley.
     He removed to Ohio in the winter of 1809-10, settling in Madison.  The exact date of his death is not known, but his will was probated Oct. 13, 1847.
     He was buried in the cemetery near "Turney's Corners" in Madison.
     He received a pension.
SIMEON HODGES, 1768 - 1838.
     Simeon Hodges was born in Massachusetts in 1768, and died in Mentor, Ohio, June 12, 1838.
     During the Revolutionary War, when a mere youth, he went with his uncle Capt. Isaac Hodges, in Col. John Daggett's regiment, from Norton, Mass. to Tiverton, Rhode Island and return, on an alarm call, making in all eight days.
     He made several trips to "New Connecticut" as a traveling merchant, purchasing a tract of land in Newbury, Geauga Co., upon which his son Samuel settled in 1819 or 1820, and about 1822 Simeon Hodges settled in Mentor, where he spent the remainder of his life.
     He lies in Mentor Cemetery.
JOEL HOLCOMB, 1760 - 1847.
     Joel Holcomb was born in Granby, Hartford Co., Conn., in 1760.
     He was of English descent, and at the age of eighteen years enlisted for eight months in the Revolutionary War.  He served in the regular Connecticut Line under Col. Samuel Wylly from Apr. 26 to Dec. 31, 1778.
     He married Sarah Warner and moved into Massachusetts, remaining there a short time; then to Onondaga Co., N. Y. where their five children grew up, and the oldest daughter, Sally, married Elisha Patch.  Seymour, Fanny, Nancy and Marcus completed the family.
     In 1820 Joel Holcomb and Elisha Patch, with their families, made the journey to Ohio, driving an ox team, the wagon containing their goods, and the young girls Fanny and Nancy walking nearly all the way.
     Securing a heavily timbered farm in Leroy, Lake Co., Ohio, they went to work to make a home.  All the privations of the early settler were theirs.  Seymour died young, Fanny married James Wright, Nancy married Abel Washburn, and with the failing health of the father, who died in 1847, young Marcus became the head of the family.
     Feb. 27, 1833 he married Lovisa Brooks, daughter of David Brooks, of Madison, to whom were born three children who survive him; D. M. Holcomb of Madison, Mrs. D. L. Palmer of Painesville, and Dr. R. Holcomb of Perry.
     Joel Holcomb and his wife Sarah are buried in the Paine Hollow Cemetery in Leroy.
ASAHEL HOLLISTER, 1763 - 1839.
     Asahel Hollister served in the Revolutionary War from Conn. in Capt. Elijah Wright's company, Col. Roger Enos' regiment, stationed on the Hudson river, at West Point in 1778.
     In the Painesville Republican of Feb. 28, 1839 is the following notice of his death:
     "Died in Kirtland, Ohio Feb. 12, 1839, Mr. Asahel Hollister, aged 76 years, formerly from Glastonbury, Conn., a revolutionary pensioner.  Mr. Hollister made an early profession of religion, and joined the M. E. Church with which he remained for nearly twenty years, but left them and joined the Latter Day Saints (Mormons) about six years since, and died in the full faith of that doctrine.  He has left a large and respectable circle of relatives and friends to mourn the loss of one who was a pattern of piety and Christian benevolence."
     A resident of Kirtland since 1834 thinks he was buried in Waite Hill Cemetery.
THOMAS HUNTOON, 1753 - 1831.
     Thomas Huntoon enlisted in Capt. Tilton's company, June 12, 1775 under Col. Enoch Poor, later in Capt. John Calfe's company, in Col. T. Bartlett's regiment of New Hampshire troops.
     He was a resident of Sunapee, New Hampshire, and removing to Ohio became an early settler of Concord, Ohio.
     He died Jan. 2, 1831 aged seventy-eight, and is buried in the Huntoon Cemetery in Concord, Lake Co., Ohio


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