For the purpose of being accepted into the SAR, the following information should qualify Ozias Wilcox as being a participant in the Revolutionary War. He may have been a pastor as I believe was also his father.
The History of Middlesex County 1635-1885
J. H. Beers & Co., 36 Vesey Street, New York
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TOWN AND CITY OF MIDDLETOWN.
BY HENRY WHITTEMORE.
[transcribed by Janece Streig]
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Early in the campaign of 1777, the State of Connecticut was invaded, and during this year the services of her sons were required in other States. The following from the town records will give something of an idea of what was done here to supply men for the ranks of the Continental army, in addition to the services that the militia rendered from time to time:
"April 14th 1777.00Voted that this town will & do promise and engage to such of the inhabitants thereof, who have enlisted or shall enlist into any of the Continental battalions of infantry, raising in this State, for the term of three years or during the war, that they will take care that their families in their absence, shall be supplied with all necessaries of life, as they may stand in need of at the prices limited by law, they leaving or remitting monies to a Com'ee of supply, to be appointed for that purpose, and in case any person or persons who are unable to advance or remit a sufficient sum to support his family shall enlist they promise and engage that the deficiency shall be made up by the town, so that his family shall not suffer by his absence, and that no other or higher expense or price shall be charged to such soldiers, than the prices of the necessaries supplied as limited by law as aforesaid, and Chauncey WHITLESEY Elihu STARR, Thomas ALLIN, Seth WETMORE, Jr., Capt. Stephen JOHNSON, Capt. Ebenezer JOHNSON Daniel WHITMORE, Lieut. David TRYON, Dea'n John Earl HUBBARD, Francis CLARK, Comfort BUTLER, Joshua PLUM Timothy GIPSON Israel KELSEY Daniel WILCOX, John KIRBY, John WILCOX, John HIGBY, Dea'n Ebenezer BACON & Capt. David COE are appointed a Com'ee on behalf of the town to see that the aforesaid premises & engagement be duly kept & performed, and to receive and lay out the monies, that may be advanced or remitted for the purposes therein expressed; said Com'ee men on receipt of any sum or sums of money to give duplicate receipts for the same, one of which to be given to the soldier who shall advance such sum, & the other to be lodged in the hands of the Selectmen of the town for the time being, & each of said Com'ee men to account with said Selectmen for the expenditure of such sums, when thereto required.
"The town took into consideration the absolute necessity, of immediately furnishing their quota of the Continental army, to be raised in this State & having considered of the best method to effect the same, voted & resolved, that a Com'ee be appointed to consist of two persons ought of each school district in the town plot, & one person out of each of the other school districts in the several societies in this town and that said Com'ee be instructed & impowered.
"1st, to obtain an exact account of the numbers of non commissioned officers and private soldiers inhabitants of this town, who have enlisted into any of the continental battalions of infantry raising in this State, and deducting the same from one hundred and fifty eight, our quota ascertain the number yet to be raised.
"2ndly. To obtain and take an exact account of all male persons of the age of sixteen years or upwards in their respective districts, soldiers who have engaged in said service only excepted.
"3dly. That they ascertain the proportion of our quota yet to be raised, to each of said districts, agreeable to the number of male persons of the age of sixteen years or upwards, such districts shall be found to contain, ministers of the gospel only excepted.
"4thly. That when the proportion of each district is ascertained as aforesaid, that they divide the males of sixteen years & upwards in each district into as many distinct & equal classes, as the number of soldiers to be raised in such district, for their proportion shall amount to, taking care that the old men, middle aged & young men, rich & poor men be distributed into each of the said classes equally as may be, & notify the same accordingly.
"5thly. that it shall be the duty of each of said classes, immediately to procure one soldier to enlist, into some of the continental battalions aforesaid.
"6thly. That such of said Com'ee as live in the respective societies in this town, do call the classes in such society to meet at some suitable time and place, to procure such soldiers as aforesaid and that upon such notice, said classes do meet for that purpose.
"And it is further voted & agreed in case any detachment of men shall be ordered to be made, to complete our deficiency of the continental army, that we will use our endeavors that those classes who shall furnish their soldiers as aforesaid, shall be freed from such detachment, and that a suitable person shall be detached from each of those classes who neglect or refuse to furnish such soldiers which there can be no reason to doubt will be attended to by the military officers, entrusted to make such detachments. And that Capt. Philip MORTIMER Titus HOSMER Esqr. Joseph CLARK, Capt. Thos. GOODWIN, Lieut. Hugh WHITE, Capt. Saml. SAVAGE Ozias WILCOX, Thomas KIRBY, Capt. Roger RILEY Samuel PORTER Joseph GRAVES Zaccheus HIGBY Josiah BACON Joel ADKINS, Daniel HALL Nehemiah HUBBARD, Hezekiah HALE, Capt. David MILLER Capt. Jabez BROOKS, Elijah JOHNSON Ensign John ROGERS, Lieut. David TRYON Ensign Oliver HUBBARD, & Joseph JOHNSON shall be said Com'ee.