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NEW MILFORD'S BLACKS IN THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION

SOURCE: Index to Revolutionary War Service Records, transcribed by Virgil D. White. Waynesboro, TN: The National Historical Publishing, 1995.


Prince Crosley (b. ? - d. 1818)

Rank: Pvt in the 1st CT Regt

Pvt in the 4th CT Regt

Pvt in the 7th CT Regt

Pensioner: Yes

Originally from Lyme, CT, Crosley was a slave of Matthew Griswold. He was sold to a man in New Milford and enlisted there in exchange for his freedom. He returned to Lyme after the war.

Peter Middleton (b. 1760 - d. ?)

Rank: Pvt in the 1st CT Regt

Pvt in the 3rd CT Regt

Pensioner: Yes

Middleton enlisted in Middletown, CT. He was married in the Congregational Church in New Milford in 1796.
Jeruel Phillips (b. 1758 - d. 1829)

Rank: Pvt in the 7th CT Regt


Pensioner: Yes

Jeruel's grandson, Chester, was killed in Petersburg, VA, during the Civil War.
Phillip Phillips (b. 1762 - d. 1838)

Rank: Pvt in Swift's CT Regt


Pensioner: Yes

Philip enlisted in Windham CT, and married Elizabeth Phillips in New Milford in 1789.

Samuel Phillips (b. 1738 - d. 1815)

Rank: Pvt in the 7th CT Regt


Pensioner: Yes

Samuel enlisted in New Milford in 1777 and in Windham, CT, in 1780. He was the half-brother of Jeruel, Reuben and Shubael Phillips. His brother-in-law was Phillip Phillips. Also, his sister Hulda married American Revolutionary soldier Thaddeus Jacklin.
Shubael Phillips (b. 1760 - d. 1777)

Rank: Pvt in the 7th CT Regt


Pensioner: No

Shubael is shown as being in Capt. Elizur Warner's Company in Col. Swifts Regiment.
Mingo Treat (b. ? - d. ?)

Rank: Pvt in the 7th CT Regt


Pensioner: No

Treat was liberated from John Treat on July 23, 1781.
Javan Wilson (b. 1757 - d. 1827)

Rank: Pvt in the 1st CT Regt


Pensioner: Yes

Wilson married "Doria, a Negro female child born of Patience a Negro Servant of Saml. Bostwick Esq. on the 17th day of February AD 1781." (New Milford Vital Statistics Vol B, p 418) Patience was liberated by Samuel's sons Elishaand Samuel.


OTHER SOURCES:

Connecticut's Black Soldiers 1775-1783, David O. White. Connecticut Bicentennial Series, Number 4 Chester, CT: 1973.

Connecticut Revolutionary War Pensioners, compiled by the Connecticut Daughters of the American Revolution. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1987.

General Abstracts of Revolutionary War Pension Files, Virgil D. White. Waynesboro, TN: The National Historical Publishing, 1990.

List of Black Servicemen Compiled from the War Department Collection of Revolutionary War Records compiled by Debra L Newman. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Service General Administration, 1974.

Lists and Returns of Connecticut Men in the Revolution, 1775-1883, Collections of the Connecticut Historical Society, Volume 12. Hartford: Connecticut Historical Society, 1990.

Minority Military Service, Connecticut, 1775-1783, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution, 1988.

The Pension Roll of 1835, Indexed Edition, Volume I. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1992.

Records of Service of Connecticut Men in the War of the Revolution, Hartford: Adjutant-General's Office, 1889.

Rolls and Lists of Connecticut Men in the Revolution, 1775-1783, Collections of the Connecticut Historical Society Volume 8. Hartford: Connecticut Historical Society, 1899.


History of the Towns of New Milford and Bridgewater, Connecticut 1703-1882, Samuel Orcutt. Hartford: Press of the Case, Lockwood and Brainard Company, 1882.

Two centuries of New Milford, Connecticut : an account of the bi-centennial celebration of the founding of the town held June 15, 16, 17, and 18, 1907, with a number of historical articles and reminiscences, prepared under the direction of the Historical Committee by various citizens of New Milford and by the Editorial Department of the Grafton Press. New York: The Press, 1907.

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