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Josiah Heath (1747 - 1838)

Josiah Heath
Born in Salisbury, Litchfield, Connecticutmap
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Husband of — married about 1778 in Springfield, Otsego, New York, United Statesmap
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Died at about age 90 in Groton, Tompkins, New York, United Statesmap
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1776 Project
Josiah Heath served with Rangers, Tryon County Militia, New York Militia during the American Revolution.


Josiah Heath


5 DEC 1747 Salisbury Twp, Litchfield Co, Ct
Pension: born 16 Dec 1747 Sharon Ct. Eleven day dif from calendar chg.


1838 Groton Twp, Tompkins Co, NY
Tentative. Pension application from 1833


Misc Legal
3 APR 1769 Otsego Co, NY
Pickard Families NY > PA
Author: Bob Bickhart
Date: 29 Mar 2002 GMT
Conrad PICKERT, Nathaniel HEATH and Adolph WALRATH, Springfield; Conradt CLOCK and Jacob KLOCK, Palatine District; Peter HUNT, German Flats District; and Josiah HEATH, Canajoharie; all made application for land between Tunkhannock and Wyalusing, on the Susquehanna River (North Branch) in PA, 03 April 1769. Why? Who has information on these early families in frontier Tryon County NY? Looking for inter-marriages or other connections. Thanks.
Type: Milit-Beg
Date: 1 AUG 1775
The following letter was sent to Mrs. Caroline R. Fenton of Broadalbin, N.Y. and is dated May 2x (the x is unreadable), 1936. It was from A. D. Hillke, "Executive Assistant to the Administrator" and contained an abstract of the pension papers of Josiah Heath.
"The data which follow were obtained from papers on file in pension claim, S. 13347, based upon the service of Josiah Heath during the Revolutionary War.
Josiah Heath was born December 16, 1747 in Sharon, Connecticut. The names of his parents were not stated.
While residing in Springfield, Otsego County, New York, he enlisted August 1, 1775, served as a private in Captain Christopher Yates' company, Colonel Van Schaick's 2nd New York regiment, marched to Fort Edward, Ticonderoga, Isle aux Nois, St. Johns, and Chambly, where he reenlisted and served in Captain Barent Ten Eyck's company in the 2nd New York regiment, marched to Montreal and on to Quebec, where he was discharged sometime in May, 1776. He enlisted September 28, 1776, served seven months as a private in Captain John Winn's company of rangers. He served at various times in the militia; once in the fall of 1778, one month in Captain Downing's company.
He moved after the Revolution to New Hampshire, then returned to Springfield, and thence to Groton, Tompkins County, New York. He at one time lived in Massachusetts, but it is not shown definitely when he lived there.
He was allowed pension on his application granted October 5, 1832, then a resident of Groton, New York.
It is not stated that the soldier, Josiah Heath, was ever married.
His only brother was killed by the Indians during the Revolution, and he took his brother's family and moved to "Stone Roby" (Stone Arabia) on the Mohawk River, where they remained for about one year. The name of his brother and family are not given.
Nathaniel Heath was living in 1832 in Groton, New York, his relationship to the soldier is not stated.
The soldier, Josiah Heath, stated that he was well acquainted with General Montgomery and General Wooster, and that he was at Montreal when General Montgomery was killed at Quebec.
If you desire information... [who she was to write, ask about...]
Josiah Heath
Certificate #14994 [or 14884]
Issued July 27, 1833
Rate $60.00 per annum
Commenced March 4, 1831
Act of June 7, 1832
New York Agency
Very truly yours..."
The article below on the Fulton County GenWeb site shows Josiah Heath enlisting in the Rangers on August 17, 1776.
Source: Transcribed from papers donated by James F. Morrison. Microfilm Reel 78, Revolutionary War Rolls 1775-1783, National Archives, Washington, D. C.
"Tryon County Rangers
by James F. Morrison
The following article is on Captain John Winn's Company of Tryon County Rangers which was raised on August 1, 1776 and discharged on March 27, 1777.
On July 23, 1776 the Provincial Congress voted to raise several companies of rangers for the protection of different counties in the Province of New York. The following excerpts pertain to the three companies raised in Tryon County. The three companies were under the command of Captain John Winn, Christian Getman and Hannes Marcus Demuth.
"That in like manner & for the same service two hundred and one men be raised in the County of Tryon to be divided into three companies each to consist of one Captain, tow Lieuts, three Sergeants, three Corporals, and fifty-eight Privates"
"That the Officers and Privates furnish themselves each with a good Musket of firelock, Powder Horn, Bullet Pouch & Tomahawk, Blanket &Knapsack."
Captain Winn's Company finally mustered on August 28, 1776 and they were troubled from that time with several of the men fighting with each other, drunkeness, expending ammunition without orders, disobedience of orders, men not mustering because they had not received their pay or bounty nor did they want to march out of the county.
In spite of these problems the company made scouts to Lake Otsego, Susquehanna River, Unadilla, West Canada Creek, Philadelphia Bush, Canajoharie, Cherry Valley, and in October they were on their way to Fort George.
On October 31st they reached the inn of Stephen Vealue near Lake George. While the men were resting the trouble again started when Jacob Weaver from the German Flatts began to shoot his musket without orders and refused to stop when Captain Winn ordered him to stop firing.
Weaver now began to threaten Captain Winn with bodily harm and during a scuffle Captain Winn hit Weaver in the stomach with the muzzle of his musket. Weaver was attended to by Dr. Budd and he said the injury was slight. Unfortunately Dr. Bud was wrong and Jacob Weaver died November 2nd.
On the company's return to Tryon County, Captain Winn was relieved of command of his company and he was arrested and placed in the Johnstown jail. Captain Winn was later taken to the Albany Jail by order of Colonel John Nicholson and he was still there on January 15, 1777.
I've found parts of the courtmartial testimony and Captain Winn's testimony but there is a lot more missing including the verdict. Captain Winn however, never acted in a military capacity in the Tryon County Militia after this incident.
First Lieutenant Lawrence Gross commanded the company during Captain Winn's imprisonment, and part of the company in February of 1777 with other men from Tryon County Militia marched to Fort Ticonderoga to build fortifications and a floating bridge across Lake Champlain.
Muster Roll of Captn John Winn's Company of Rangers
Raised in the County of Tryon and State of New York
now in the Service of the said State of New York
John Winn appointed 1st August 1776
Lourens Gross appointed 1st August 1776
Peter Schremling appointed 1st August 1776
John McCollum apptd 10th Augst 1776
Elias House apptd 12th Augst 1776
James Gueenall apptd 19 Augst 1776
Conradt Styne apptd 8 Augst 1776
Gottlieb Snyder apptd 8 Septr 1776
Wm Stensell apptd 20 Septr 1776
Time of Enlistment
1776 Private
August 2
Jacob Lieway
3 Johanjost Kremer
4 Joannes Reebsamen
4 Conradt Fritsher
4 Jacob Weaver
4 Peter Adamy
4 Frederick Seger
5 Joseph Freeman, exchanged him for
John McDonald
5 Johannes Kesslaer
5 John Cogdon, exchanged him for
Adam Price
6 Johannes Countryman
7 Nicholas Christman
7 Adam Franck, exchanged him for
Peter Lampford Senr
7 Adam Bellinger
7 Joseph Jackson
8 Peter Hellegas
8 Jacob Timmerman, exchanged him for
William Nellis
8 John Dingman
8 Samuel Stevens
8 William Atkins, exchanged him for
John House
8 Gershom Vander Warke
8 James Vander Warke
9 John Anthony
9 William Roorey
9 Christian Shillip
10 Frederick Lepper
10 Thomas Llump
11 Godfried Helmer
12 Barent Hornung
12 Richard Young
12 Josiah Scotten
12 Johannes Snyder
12 Samuel Kennedy
12 Hanjost House
13 Richard Johnson
16 Christian Nellis
16 Nicholas Stensell
16 George Bush
16 John Pickerd
16 Peter Lampford Junr
17 John Mabee
17 George House
17 Felix Mackly
17 Josiah Heath
19 Abraham Kronckhite
19 Ezekiel Leathers
23 Daniel Ogden
23 Francis Reebsamen
23 William Bush
24 James Kauch
25 James Bratt
25 Geo Van Slyck exchanged him for
James Hamilton
28 Lewis Andrews
Septr 3 William Kook
18 Jacob Roader in place of
Henry Embody
22 Thomas Hayes
NB The alterations made was by Consent of the persons Exchanged who being unable to undergo the fatigues of the Service they were Ordered upon, procured those persons in their places; the Alterations in the Corporals, was made by the parties themselves with my Advice and Consent, those Persons formerly appointed being unable to Acct not properly understanding their duty.
The Within Muster Roll I do certifie to be True and Exact State of my Company, and that the whole Company Since the day of Mustering have been constant Duty and a Good part of them were upon Different Commands before they Mustered.
Lake Otsego 25th September 1776
John Winn Captain "
Type: Milit-End
Date: 1780
Note: 1835 Pension Roll entry per Ancestry web site:
County: Tompkins Co.
Name: Josiah Heath
Rank: Private
Annual Allowance: 60 00
Sums Received: 150 00
Description of service: New York continental
When placed on the pension roll: July 26, 1833
Commencement of pension: March 4, 1831
Age: 86
Laws under which inscribed, increased or reduced OR Remarks.: -
Type: ChurchMemb
Date: 15 JAN 1787
Place: Springfield Baptist Church, Springfield Twp, Otsego Co, NY
Note: The quote below is from page 3 of newsletter # 6 of the Walrath Family Association. It apparently was extracted from "The History of Springfield" by Mrs. Douglas Walrath: "Eventually the nine adults mentioned, Adolph Walrath, wife Elizabeth, Nathaniel Dikes, his wife Esther, Josiah Heth, wife Hanna, Juvenal Winters, Starlin Way and Henry Stancel met Jan. 15, 1787 to consider the advisability of starting a Baptist Church. [TAG: Adolph Walrath md to Elizabeth Pottman; Nathaniel Dikes and Esther (Burrell?) of Killingly or Pomfret, Windham Co., Ct.; Juvenal Winters md. Josiah's niece Amelia; Starlin Way son of Martin Way of Berkshire Co., Mass; Henry Stancel maybe son of George Stanzel who lived in the proper township. Adolph Walrath md. Elizabeth Pottman 21 Mar 1770, Dutch Reformed Church, Stone Arabia, Palatine Twp., Montgomery Co., N.Y. per newsletter #7, p. 3]
The original source notes that Sterling Way's wife Hannah was a member of a Baptist Church in Connecticut, and Lydia Way was united with the church with a letter 31 Dec 1789 from the Church of Christ at Hamton, Ct.


13 APR 1779 Cherry Valley, Otsego Co, NY
Note: from "The History of Springfield" by Kate M. Gray, 1935, published by the DAR, p. 73 comes a contemporary list of HOHs in Cherry Valley on 13 Apr 1779 when it was burned, and the number of people in each household:
George Canouts 8
Isace Coller 5
Willian Staneel (Stansel) 9
George Mayer (Myer) 5
Conrad Picket (Pickard) 10
Herry (Henry) Bradt 7
Devett Teygert 4
Adolph Wallratt (Walradt) 4
Isaac Quack 4
John Spallisbere (Spalsbury) 5
Josiah Heeth 5
Henry Dygert 5
George Bush 4
the Wedo (Widon) Davis (Davy) 4
Total 80
1790 Canajoharie Town, Montgomery Co, NY
Note: 1 M > 16, 3 M < 16, 5 F. Between Alexander Sprig and William Atkins.
1800 Springfield, Otsego Co, NY
Note: p. 57. 1 M 10-16, 1 M 16-26, 1 M 45+, 1 F < 10, 2 F 10-16, 1 F 26-45. Between Humphry Ingraham and Wm Preston. Wm Atkins on same page.
On page 58 between Orlando Orton and Seth Ives: Josiah Heath; 1 M 26-45, 1 F < 10, 1 F 16-26. Is this second Josiah son of the first? He would have a 1774 or earlier birthdate if the census data is correct. Possibly the son of Lt. Nathaniel Heath? On p. 56, Thos Crippen, 1 M < 10, 1 M 16 - 26, 1 M 45+, 1 F 10-16, 1 F 16-26, 1 F 45+. Presumably Catharine (Walrath) (Heath) Crippen and husband.
1810 Groton Twp, Tompkins Co, NY
Note: Age incorrect. 1M16-26, 1F<10, 1F10-16, 2F16-26, 1F>45+. U.S. Census, p. 27, Cayuga Co. at the time.
1820 Groton Twp, Tompkins Co, NY
Note: Age 45+. 1M45+, 2F16-26, 1F45+. U.S. Census, p. 31, Tompkins Co.
1830 Groton Twp, Tompkins Co, NY
Note: 1M 80-90, 1F 70-80.


17 JUN 1787 Baptist Church, Springfield, Otsego Co, NY




BEF 1780 Springfield, Otsego Co, NY?
Note: A Josiah and Hannah Heth were both christened same day (actually probably a baptism). Donovan Heath sent a letter to a woman who thought that this should be a Hannah Saunders, but the woman had died before then so the letter was returned unanswered.


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