Patriot Ancestors

Edward Thayer (1764-1827)

When Edward was a mere lad of sixteen, he served the patriot cause for three months in Sheppard’s Company, a local militia unit.  On August 8, 1781, after his discharge from Sheppard, he traveled to Wrentham, MA, and enlisted in Captain John Lincoln’s Company, Colonel Joseph Webb’s Regiment, one of four regiments raised under the Resolve of June 30, 1781, as reinforcements for the Continental Army. After rendering 114 days service, he was discharged on November 29.  Following the war, Edward and his first wife, Rebecca Hack (1766-1803), moved to Conway, MA, where they made the town their life-long home and birthplace of their eight children. In 1804, he married his second wife, Lena Pratt, who bore him three additional children.

Private Edward Thayer                                                                                                1764-1827                                                                                                                  Captain John Lincoln’s Company                                                                             Colonel Joseph Webb’s Regiment                                                                         Continental Army                                                                                                Sheppard’s Company


Oliver Perkins

Oliver Perkins, one of 11 children, was born probably in the general area of Voluntown or Preston, Connecticut where his father owned land.  The family removed to “New Providence” Massachusetts, which ultimately became the town of Lanesboro in Berkshire County Massachusetts. It is surmised that by this time, most children were adults, including Oliver, who himself settled in what became the town of Saratoga, which then was within Albany County New York.

Oliver’s date of birth, date of death, and location of burial have never been identified. Oliver is believed to have been raised in a Quaker home; a faith which revealed very little information about births, marriages, and deaths. It is likely the reason very few dates of such events have been found for the siblings, spouse, and parents of Oliver Perkins.

Oliver was a tenant farmer on a parcel of ground which was part of a grant of land owned by General Philip Schuyler. He lived his entire life on the acreage he eventually purchased, lying to the east of Lake Saratoga several miles, and to the north of the Village of Quaker Springs.  He answered the call for men to join the Albany 13th Militia and was present when the Battle of Saratoga was fought in the fall of 1776.  Following the battle, he returned to his farm and resumed his agrarian lifestyle.

On his land, Oliver built a two-story, 3000 SF home in about 1784. There he raised his family of two boys and four girls, who are mentioned in his will. When Oliver died in April 1805, he was a widower. The name of his wife has never been identified for certain. His son Jacob remained in the home through his life and thereafter the property was sold to others.  Before or during the great depression, the house went vacant and remained that way save for pigeons and cattle wandering into the main level. The home was said to be filled with hay at different times. In 1992 the home was purchased by a preservationist, dismantled, and reconstructed to its original character in 2000-2002 in Washington County New York in the town of Shushan.

Oliver led a simple life, from all indications centered on God which seems to be born out in his will, which in part states “…weak in body and considering the certainty of Death after recommending my soul to the merciful protection of the divine being from whence it came do make and declare this to be my last will and testament…”

Oliver Perkins, a patriot and a God-fearing man. May he rest eternally in peace.



Jonathan Ingalls (1746-1834) 

He was born in Sandown, NH, to Timothy and Sarah Brown Ingalls.  Jonathan married Martha Jane Locke in 1767.  They would have a family of 7 children.  He was a farmer and Selectman for the town of New Chester, NH.  His name and signature appear on a petition to the “Honorable Colony Committee”, dated June 29, 1776, where he and a majority of the Selectmen and Committee of Safety members requested “…56 lbs. of Powder and 112 lbs. of Lead  and about 150 Flints and Fifteen Guns… which we bind ourselves to the honest payment of, being willing to Defend ourselves and fellow Countrymen to the utmost of our power.”

Jonathan enlisted as a Private in the New Hampshire Militia on July 23, 1777, in Colonel David Hobart’s regiment; part of Brigadier General John Stark’s Brigade during the Saratoga Campaign.  Led by Colonel Hobart, the regiment assaulted Lt. Colonel Friedrich Baum’s redoubt from the east during the Battle of Bennington on August 16, 1777.  Jonathan remained in Stark’s Brigade through “First Saratoga”, the Battle of Freeman’s Farm.  He was discharged on September 25, 1777.  His regiment disbanded on October 26, 1777 in New York.   Jonathan’s wife, Martha, died in 1785 at age 32.  By 1788, Jonathan resettled in Bridgewater, NH, where he was a Selectman and ‘Hog Reeve’ and where he would live the remainder of his life.  In 1813, at the age of 67, he remarried to Edna Hastings.  He died in 1834.


Caleb Allen (1755-1839)

Caleb Allen, Sergeant in Captain Joseph Sibley’s Company, Colonel Danforth Keyes’ Regiment; enlisted 8 July 1777; discharged 9 January 1778; service 5 months 23 days.

William Henshaw  (1736-1820)

Col. William Henshaw is credited with coining the phrase “Minuteman”. He stated “We must have companies of men ready to march upon a minute’s warming.”  Henshaw served as Adjutant General under General Artemas Ward. He participated in the Siege of Boston in 1775, the Battle of Long Island, August 1776, also the Battles of White Plains, Trenton, and Princeton. He left the Army in 1777 and returned to his farm in Leicester, MA.  After retiring from military life, Henshaw became active in local politics, serving as a justice of the peace in Leicester and as a state representative.  A more complete biography may be found by clicking on the menu link “Colonel Henshaw”.  

Israel Trow   (1737-1825)

Norman Seaver – Lieutenant, Capt. Belknap’s Co.

Randall Wheeler – Private, Massachusetts

Nathaniel Kingsbury

Thomas Jones

Jonathan Benton

Stephen Barnes

Asa Newhall

Jonathan Fisk

Jonathan Bliss Sr.

Stephen Bodurtha

Fred Hudson Woodward

John Miller

William Stone

William Davidson

Robert Andrews

Jonathan Smith

Enoch Hale

Jacob Hockensmith

Conrad Hockensmith Sr.

Abel Sprague

Nathaniel Kingsbury

Thomas Finson

Daniel Billings

Levi Everson

Samuel Hooker

Nathaniel Ball

Salmon Godfrey

James Goodwin

Elias Mason

Calvin Morse

Asa Pingree

Benjamin Tupper

Daniel Norcross

Eber Sherman

Isaac Lackey

William Pratt

Ebenezer Learned

Francis Pierce

Samuel Pierce

Peter Ward

Hezekiah Wood

Job Shattuck

Jonathan Puffer

James Black

James Wilson

Simeon Cutler

Job Moulton

Luther Richardson

Phineas Knight

Zachariah Shedd

Zebedian S. Allen

John Bowen

Samuel Prince Thatcher

Nathaniel Walker Sr.

John Goss

Ebenezer Holbrook

Samuel Phillips Sr.

Samuel Phillips Jr.

Jonathan Towle

Samuel Williams