Stewarts of New York

John Erskine

Male 1752 - 1844  (91 years)


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  • Name John Erskine  [1
    Born 30 Mar 1752  Abington, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 3 Feb 1844  South Richland, Oswego Co., NY Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried S. Richland, Oswego Cty., NY Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Person ID I39731  Stewartsnydotcom
    Last Modified 14 Oct 2019 

    Father John E. Erskine 
    Relationship natural 
    Mother Deborah Studley 
    Relationship natural 
    Family ID F14790  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Phoebe Robinson,   b. 17 Aug 1762, Winchester, Cheshire, New Hampshire, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 Nov 1858, Richland Twp., Oswego County, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 96 years) 
    Children 
    Married: 2x1. Salmon Erskine,   b. 2 Mar 1791, Winchester, Cheshire, New Hampshire, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 6 Mar 1881, Oswego, Oswego County, New York Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 90 years)  [natural]
    Married: 1x2. Azubah C Erskine,   b. 27 May 1793, Winchester, Cheshire County, New Hampshire Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Jul 1881  (Age 88 years)  [natural]
     3. Betsey Erskine,   b. 20 May 1797, Winchester, Cheshire County, New Hampshire Find all individuals with events at this location  [natural]
    Married: 1x4. Deborah Erskine,   b. 9 Apr 1789, Winchester, Cheshire County, New Hampshire Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 Jul 1829, Barton, Orleans, Vermont, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 40 years)  [natural]
     5. Gilman Erskine,   b. 28 May 1799, Winchester, Cheshire County, New Hampshire Find all individuals with events at this location  [natural]
     6. Jemima Erskine,   b. 23 Mar 1780, Winchester, Cheshire, New Hampshire, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [natural]
    Married: 1x7. Walter Erskine,   b. 8 May 1795, Winchester, Cheshire County, New Hampshire Find all individuals with events at this location  [natural]
    Married: 1x8. Pauline Erskine,   b. 25 Dec 1801, Winchester, Cheshire County, New Hampshire Find all individuals with events at this location  [natural]
    Married: 1x9. Metilda Erskine,   b. 22 Jul 1787, Winchester, Cheshire County, New Hampshire Find all individuals with events at this location  [natural]
    Married: 1x10. Susannah Erskine,   b. 1 Apr 1781, Winchester, Cheshire County, New Hampshire Find all individuals with events at this location  [natural]
    Married: 1x11. John Erskine,   b. 22 Nov 1785, Winchester, Cheshire County, New Hampshire Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Mar 1872, Richland Twp., Oswego County, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 86 years)  [natural]
    Married: 1x12. Phebe Erskine,   b. 21 Jan 1784, Winchester, Cheshire County, New Hampshire Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 1850  (Age < 65 years)  [natural]
    Married: 1x13. Sarah Erskine,   b. 3 Jun 1782, Winchester, Cheshire County, New Hampshire Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 Dec 1852, Richland Twp., Oswego County, New York Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 70 years)  [natural]
    Last Modified 14 Oct 2019 
    Family ID F14789  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • Born in Bridgewater, Massachusetts, John was one of the six children of John & Deborah (Studley) Erskine. He married the former Phebe Robinson, daughter of John & Phebe (Clapp) Robinson in Windham County, Vermont. Phebe was born in 1762 and died in 1858 in Richland Twp., Oswego County, New York. Some time after their marriage the couple settled in the Winchester region of New Hampshire.
      John first enlisted in the Massachusetts Militia in June 1775 from Winchester, New Hampshire. He was assigned to serve in Captain Oliver Capron’s Company, Colonel Doolittle’s Regiment. Other officers over him included Lieutenant Barry and Sergeant Ingells. He was immediately involved in the defense of the harbor at New London, Connecticut for three and a half months.
      In mid-1776 John was drafted from Winchester, New Hampshire. He served in the New Hampshire Militia regiment commanded by Colonel Ashley. This Regiment was headed towards the defense of Ft. Ticonderoga in New York, when on the way at Rutland, Vermont John was discharged and allowed to return home. John reenlisted at Winchester again in December 1776 serving for three months. He was at Swanzy, New Hampshire in Captain Towne’s Company, under 2nd Lieutenant Nehemiah Hutton and Ensign Hutchens in the Regiment commanded by Colonel David Gilman. John went with his regiment from Winchester to Peekskill, New York where he was stationed the remainder of this enlistment. In his pension application he recalled that General McDougal was in command there.
      John filed his pension application on 6 June 1832 from Winchester, Cheshire County, New Hampshire. He listed his service particulars in a sworn affidavit on 7 June 1832. The application was later approved and Erskine was awarded $24.99 per year going back to 4 March 1831.
      On 11 March 1844 Phebe reported her husband’s death and reapplied to receive a widow’s pension. There is no record of the delay in action, but on 18 May 1848 Phebe Erskine was awarded the same amount John had received for her life under the guidelines of the Congressional Act of 2 February 1848.
      On 5 April 1855 Phebe filled out another form reaffirming her status and applying for bounty land. She was awarded 160 acres but it is not specified where this was located. Phebe submitted pages from the family bible at this time to prove her marriage date and the births of several of the children.
      It is interesting to note that John is listed as "Lt. John Erskine” on 10 of the first 11 children’s birth records. No confirmation of this rank has yet been located.

  • Sources 
    1. [S570] Public Member Trees, Ancestry.com, (Name: Name: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc.; Location: Provo, UT, USA; Date: 2006;;), Database online.
      Record for Salmon Erskine



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