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BUNCE GENEALOGY AND HISTORY, CONT'D.


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Loomis Line, cont.

  1. Mary, b. about 1620, m. (1) John Skinner of Hartford, Conn. in 1638, he d. 1650; she m. (2) Owen Tudor of Windsor, Conn. 13 Nov. 1651. She d. 19 Aug. 1680.

    A number of her descendants were Yale graduates, also several were members of Congress, several doctors and a number of ministers. There is still a Joseph A. Skinner Musuem at So. Hadley, Mass. One descendant married a Crocker, and there is still a Crocker landmark, Colchester, Conn. Skinners m. Bissells and Bissells m. Wolcott family. Skinners m. into Foote, Rockwell, Stiles, Pierce, Gridley, House, Goodrich, Goodyear, Colt, Day, Porter, Gillett, Olmsted, Welles, Smith, Arnold, Deming, Webster, Ellsworth families, etc. One Willard Skinner descendant moved to Kansas. One Foote family moved to Manhattan, Kansas.

    Ann Skinner, dau. of Mary (Loomis) Skinner was 2nd wife of John Colt who came to Hartford, Conn. in 1638. Samuel Colt, b. 19 July 1814, one of 11 children of Christopher Colt who was s. of Lt. Benj. Colt, going straight back to Ann Skinner and John Colt. Samuel Colt had one child, Jarvis Colt. One of Samuel's brothers was a minister.

    Samuel Colt invented the revolving pistol. Colts Patent Fire Arms Mfg. Co. Plant, 17 Van Dyke Ave., Hartford, Conn. houses a firm organized in Paterson, N.Y. by Samuel Colt in 1836, and removed to Hartford in 1855. "Colts Armory" was the training school for Francis A. Pratt and Amos Whitney, founders of Pratt and Whitney. Prof. Chas. B. Richards, another Colts student became Prof. of Mechanical Engr. at Sheffield Scientific School of Yale Univ. in 1884 and remained in that capacity for 25 years. Elisha K. Root, Supt. of Colts, trained many of these men and received the highest salary paid to any Hartford resident in the year 1865. Samuel Colt and wife, Elizabeth, were honored by many reigning monarchs of Europe and Asia.

    Mary (Loomis Skinner) Tudor's descendants married into the following families: Kilbourn, Porter, Welles, Kellogg, Hale, Hoadley, Tryon, Bissell, Marshall, Brown, Goodrich, Clark, Morse, Brewster, Wolcott, King, Cone, etc.

    Samuel Welles, descendant of Mary Loomis, m. (1) Anne Hale May; m. (2) Hannah Hale. Samuel was Presidential Elector in 1821; was member of the Convention which formed the present Constitution of Connecticut, etc. Had sons, 1. Samuel who drowned 28 Apr. 1818; 2. Gideon, b. 1 July 1802, d. 11 Feb. 1878, m. Mary Jane Hale 16 June 1835. 3. Thaddeus, m. Emily Maria Kellogg.

    Hon. Gideon Welles, direct descendant of Mary (Loomis) Tudor and Owen Tudor, was Comptroller of Conn.; Chief of one of the Navel Bureaus 1846-49; Secretary of the Navy in Pres. Abraham Lincoln's Cabinet 1861-69, etc. He was competent, faithful and honest. His supervision of naval warfare was creditable. Human kindness and loyalty to friends were two other traits of theirs. His wife was the only one of the cabinet wives who remained on good terms with Mary Todd Lincoln until her condition became worse. Gideon and wife's son took Robert Lincoln with him on an extended trip (around the world it is believed) when Robert became grief stricken and depressed. In the picture of Abraham Lincoln's deathbed scene, Gideon is the one sitting in the rocking chair at the foot of the bed.

    Thaddeus Welles was repeatedly a member of the Connecticut Senate and House of Representatives.

  2. John L. (Deacon), b. 1622, d. 2 Sept. 1688, m. 6 Feb. 1648/9 Elizabeth, dau. of Thomas Scott, who embarked last of April 1634 from Ipswich, England in the "Elizabeth" with his wife, Ann and 3 children, an original proprietor of Hartford, Conn. Deacon John L. Loomis was deputy from Windsor to Gen. Ct., 1666, '67, '75-'87. Had homestead at Windsor; was a contributor to the Conn. Fund for Relief of poor in other colonies, 1676. His will dated 27 Aug. 1688.

    Descendants of Abigail Loomis, b. 10 Aug. 1691, grand dau. of Joseph Loomis, believed to be dau. of Thomas, s. of Joseph Loomis.

      (1) Frederic Edwin Church, artist. There is a very nice story and pictures of Frederic E. Church in the Aug. 1975 issue of American Heritage.

      (2) John Warner Barber, b. 2 Feb. 1799, d. 1885, East Windsor, Conn., historian. He began studying maps when he was only 5 yrs. old. Devoted his life to gathering historical collections and drawing American architecture as it existed then. He pictured hundreds of cities, towns and villages, some no longer in exis­tence, including both wood and copper plates. Drew story of the Bible in pictures, religious writings; au­thor of many books, "Historical Collections" of several states. Married twice; had 1 child by first wife and 6 by second wife. His children: (1) Dau. m. Lt. Kirby S. Woodward, U.S. Revenue Serv., he drowned; (2) s. d. age 5 mo.; (3) dau. m. Capt. Chas. H. Barrett, Yale grad. She d. of cholera on board her husband's ship in the China Sea. A volume of her poems was pub­lished after her death. (4) Dau. m. George W. Jones, Prof. Math., Cornell Univ.; (5) S. d. age 24; (6) S. unmarried; and (7) S. d. age 27.

  3. Thomas, b. 1624

  4. Nathaniel, b. 1626

  5. Samuel, b. 1628

JOHN L. LOOMIS (DEACON) was b. in 1622 in County of Essex, England, m. Elizabeth, dau. of Thos. and Ann Scott 3 Feb. 1648/49. She was b. in England about 1625 and d. 7 May 1696. John L. Loomis was accepted in the Windsor Church 11 Oct. 1640. Granted forty acres of land from the Plantation on 3 May 1643, lived in Farmington, Conn. 1652 to 1660, returned to Windsor, Conn., was Deacon of the Church. His monument still stands in Windsor Burying Ground, will is in the Probate office at Hartford, Conn. name is signed "John Loomys." His thirteen children were all born at Windsor, Conn. except 3, 4, 5 and 6 who were b.at Farmington, Conn. Names of their children:

  1. John, born 9 Nov. 1649;
  2. Joseph, born 7 Nov. 1651;
  3. Thos., b. 3 Dec. 1653;
  4. Samuel, b. 29 June 1655, d. young;

  5. Daniel, b. 16 June 1657;

  6. James, b. 19 Sept. 1659, d. 14 Dec. 1669;

  7. Timothy, b. 27 July 1661;

  8. Nathaniel, b. 8 Ju. 1663;

  9. David, b. 30 May 1665, d. 24 June 1665 (less than 1 mo.);

  10. Samuel, b. 12 Aug. 1666;

  11. Isaac, b. 31 Aug. 1668, d. 12 Dec. 1668 (less than 4 mo.);

  12. Elizabeth, b. 8 May 1671, d. 11 Dec. 1723. She m. 4 Feb. 1691/2 John Brown in Windsor, Conn. Their 10 children: Elizabeth, Mary, Ann, Hannah, John, Ann, Sarah, Daniel, Margaret and Margaret. Elizabeth Loomis had many prominent descendants and from her 5th child, son John Brown, are the following:

    Capt. John Brown
    Owen Brown
    Capt. John Brown of Harper's Ferry
    Rev. De Heman Humphrey
    John Brown, President of Amherst College
    Rev. Chas. F. Hudson, author of several books
    Rev. Dr. Edward P. Humphrey, Prof. Danville Theological Sem.
    Hon. James Humphrey, member of Congress
    Rev. John Humphrey, Prof. Mor Phil Hamilton College
    Rev. Zephanjah M. Humphrey, Prof. Lane Theo. Sem., Cincinnati, Ohio
    And many other noted ones
  13. Mary, born 7 Aug. 1673, died 14 May 1675.

DANIEL LOOMIS (Sergeant) born Farmington, Conn. 16 June 1657; m. (1) Mary Ellsworth, 23 Dec. 1680, she was b. 7 May 1660, dau. of Sgt. Josiah and Elizabeth (Holcomb) Ellsworth; m. (2) Hannah Mills Drake, widow of Simon Drake, who d. 21 Dec. 1711, 9 July 1713. Hannah was dau. of Simon and Mary (Buell) Mills. Daniel d. 25 June 1740.

The Ellsworth homestead has become the home and Chapter House of the Abigail Wolcott Chapter of the Conn. Dau. of the American Rev.

Oliver Ellsworth, 29 Apr. 1741 to 26 Nov. 1807, grand nephew of Mary Ellsworth, was a Statesman, Chief Justice of the U. S. Supreme Court.

He originated the term "United States." He was great grandson of Josiah Ellsworth who came from Yorkshire, England about 1636. Oliver married Abigail Wolcott, Windsor, Conn. One of Oliver and Abigail Ellsworth's sons, Martin, m. a Joseph Loomis descendant, Sophia Wolcott. She is a descendant of Sarah, dau. of Orig. Joseph Loomis. Children of Sgt. Daniel Loomis and Mary (Ellsworth) Loomis:

  1. Daniel, b. 15 Nov. 1682;
  2. Josiah, b. 28 Nov. 1684;
  3. Job, b. 21 Jan. 1686/7;
  4. John, b. 11 Oct. 1688;
  5. Mary, b. 15 Jan. 1690, m. ______ Barbour. She was living 1740;
  6. Isaac, b. 7 Aug. 1694;
  7. Abraham, 13 Dec. 1696;
  8. Benjamin, b. 7 Feb l698/99;
  9. Benajah, b. 20 Jan. 1701/02, d. 6 May 1702.

JOSIAH LOOMIS I, b. 28 Nov. 1684, m. Elizabeth Kelsey, 22 Jan. 1707/9, b. 16 Feb. 1690, dau. of Thomas and Elizabeth Kelsey. He bought the land in Simsbury, Conn. in 1713, and was living there in 1741. Their 6 children:

  1. Josiah, II, b. 11 March 1708/9;
  2. Benajah, b. 28 Jan. 1710/11;
  3. Ebenezer b. 9 Nov. 1712;
  4. Thomas, b. 16 June 1717;
  5. Jacob, b. 26 Nov. 1720;
  6. Francis, b. 12 June 1726.

JOSIAH LOOMIS II, b. 11 March 1708/9, Windsor, Conn., m. Abigail Bacon of Middletown, Conn. 26 April 1732. He moved to Simsbury, Conn. and later to Egremont, Mass. A member of Episcopalian Church, at Great Barrington in 1770. His wife Abigail (Bacon) Loomis was baptized 8 Feb. 1712, dau. of Andrew and Mehatable (Wetmore) Bacon. Their children:  [More about Josiah's church membership]

  1. Elizabeth, b. 6 March 1733, m. Joel Crippen, Egremont, Mass.;
  2. Abigail, b. 27 Feb. 1734/5, d. 3 March 1736;
  3. Josiah, b. 19 May 1737;
  4. Andrew, b. 23 May 1739, m. Thankful Catherine, dau. of Andrew Karner, 2 March 1758. She d. 1808. He m. (2) Sibyl ______. He d. 1 Nov. 1820, without children, Lenox, Mass.
  5. Michael, b. 5 Sept. 1741;
  6. Abijah, b. 10 March 1743/4;
  7. Sarah, b. 10 Oct. 1748, d. before 1820;
  8. Daniel, b. 4 April 1750;
  9. Benajah, b. 15 July 1752;
  10. Rachel, 11 March 1755, m. 11 Nov. 1783 to Jacob Kline. She d. 11 Apr. 1804, Egremont, Mass.

MICHEAL LOOMIS (Lt. or Capt.), b. 5 Sept. 1740/41, d. 1793 at Egremont, Mass., m. Mary Karner, dau of Andrew Karner (see the Karner Line), 1758. Lieutenant Michael Loomis was one of the Minute-men in Capt. John Holms's Co., Col. John Fellows' Regt., which, in response to the alarm of 19 April 1775, marched 21 April 1775 and engaged the British troops for the first time in their fight for freedom in the Revolutionary War. Lt. Michael Loomis was great grandfather of Peter Bunce, Jr. (Various records show Michael Loomis had the rank of Captain, including the pension application of his son, Andrew, in which he referred to his father as Captain Michael Loomis.) The record we obtained shows he had the rank of Lt.) Children of Michael Loomis and Mary (Karner) Loomis:

[The following is a quotation from p. 685 of the History of Berkshire County, Massachusetts, published in 1885, by J. B. Beers & Co. in chapter XXXV by H. C. Warner on the Town of Egremont.

On Guilder Brook, five eighths of a mile north­west of Seth Newman's on the road from the hollow to Mount Washington [Berkshire Co.], where Ephraim Welch resides, Michael Loomis erected a grist mill of which in 1790 he con­veyed one third to Nicholas Race.  After a few years this mill was succeeded by a saw mill, which was abandoned twenty-five years ago.]

  1. Lodowick b. 13 Jan. 1760; d. 27 Jan. 1843;
  2. Andrew, b. 1761 (baptized 2 Dec. 1759) (this date would be wrong — probably should be baptized 2 Dec. 1761.) Andrew Loomis stated in his pension application that he was 73 years old on the fourteenth day of May l832. In this case, 1759 was the year of his birth and he would have been the first child instead of the second. This seems to indicate a number of these dates are approximate, not exact dates.
  3. Jacob, b. _____;
  4. Josiah, baptized 29 Jan. 1764;
  5. Elizabeth, bap. 20 Jan. 1766, m. Joel Crippin. He was b. 25 July 1767, s. of Joel and Elizabeth Loomis Crippin, So. Egremont. She d. 20 May 1840. He d. 8 Feb. l853;
  6. Michael, b. 1768;
  7. Thomas, b. Feb. 1771;
  8. Mary, b. 1773, m. ________ Pixley, Steuben Co., N.Y.;
  9. Josiah, b. 20 Dec. 1780.

ANDREW LOOMIS, b. 2 Dec. 1759, d. May 1837, Egremont, Mass., m. Elizabeth Coates. He was a private in the company commanded by Col. Fellows, beginning in 1775 when about 16 years of age. He was one of the Green Mountain Boys in the Revolutionary War. Andrew Loomis was grandfather of Peter Bunce, Jr. Children of Andrew and Elizabeth (Coates) Loomis:

  1. John C., b. 31 Jan. 1778, [m. 1802 Clarissa Spuir of Penfield, N.Y.];
  2. Rhoda, b. 1780, m. Peter Bunce 1800 at Egremont, Mass.  [Note:  The entry for Rhoda Loomis in the book, Loomis Family in America by Elias Scott Loomis, published 1908, is on p. 300, under number 5099.)  (See the Bunce Family);
  3. Michael, b. 18 July 1782, [m. Cynthia Snydam of Middleburg, N.Y.];
  4. Clarinda, b. 1784, m. Nathaniel Crippen [of Great Barrington, Mass.]. She d. 1863, [Great] Barrington, Mass.;
  5. Calvin, b. 27 July 1786, [m. Nancy Parsons of Egremont, Mass.];
  6. Philander, b. 1790, [m. Charity Tichnor of Wisconsin];
  7. Tabitha, b. 1793, m. Abijah Ward [of Pittsfield, Mass.];
  8. Beda, b. 5 June 1796, [(1) Mary Root and (2) Phebe Sprague of Sheffield, Mass.]
  9. Phileda, b. 5 June 1796, [m. Eunice Boardman of Sheffield, Mass.]. Numbers 8 and 9 were twins.
  10. Stephen, b. 1798, [m. Lorinda Reynolds of Worcester, Mass.];
  11. Ruby, b. 1800 m. William Remely [also spelled Remele, of Great Barrington, Mass.]. She d. 1840, [Great] Barrington, Mass.

    [Note:  Information in brackets above was added from a letter dated 7 May 1975, from Weston Morrill, then genealogist of The Berkshire County Historical Society, Pittsfield, Mass.]


Hubbel Loomis, m. Jerusha Burt of Longmeadow, Mass., Baptist Clergyman of Willington, Conn., descendant of Joseph Loomis, attended Union College for a time. In 1812 Yale University conferred upon him the honorary degree of master of arts. After the death of his wife in 1829, he settled in Ill., where he became Vice Pres. of the state anti-slavery society and was one of the prime movers in establishing Shurtleff College. Hubbel and his wife had 6 children; the eldest son was Elias. He personally attended to the preliminary education of Elias.

Elias Scott Loomis, b. 7 Aug. 1811, d. 15 Aug. 1889, m. Julia Elmore Upson of Tallmadge, Ohio 18 May 1840. She d. 1854. They had 2 sons: Francis Engelsby Loomis and Henry Bradford Loomis.

Elias Loomis was admitted to Yale College at the age of 14 and graduated in 1830. After teaching mathematics in Mount Hope Academy for a year, he entered Andover Theological Seminary in 1831. Two years later, after receiving a call from his alma mater, he returned to Yale where he taught Latin, mathe­matics, and natural philosophy. He and Alexander C. Twining of West Point carried on a series of important observations (1834) to determine the altitude of shooting stars. With Prof. Dennis Olmsted, he rediscovered Haley's Comet on its return to perihelion (1835) and again computed its orbit. He was Prof. of mathematics and natural philosophy at Western Reserve College, then located at Hudson, Ohio. Went to Paris for further study.

Returned to Western Reserve in 1837. From 1844 to 1860, except for one year at Princeton, he was Prof. of math and natural philosophy in the Univ. of the City of N.Y. Then he went to Yale where he remained until his death. He left $300,000 to Yale in his will, the largest donation up to that time.

Professor Elias Scott Loomis devised the government weather maps which were used in 1940. At that time he was a Western Reserve College mathematician and astronomer.

The sale of his textbooks provided a comfortable fortune for him. They included works on natural philosophy, astronomy, meteorology, analytic geometry and the calculus, besides other and more elementary subjects. His books were translated into Arabic and Chinese and helped greatly to make western mathematics known in the Orient.

Elias Loomis wrote a genealogy on the descendants of Joseph Loomis, first published in 1870; there were three editions, and it was revised in 1908. He listed himself as Elias Loomis, LLD, Prof. of Natural Philosophy in Yale College.

Descendants of Joseph Loomis built the Loomis Institute in Windsor, Connecticut, an endowed school for boys located at the south end of Island Road. Northeast of the main buildings is the old Joseph Loomis house (primate) in excellent condition. A girls' department was added later called Chaffee School. (A Loomis and a Chaffee married.) Elias Loomis was a major contributor to the school.

While digging for the Institute buildings, remains of a dugout cabin were found; the earliest type of refuge made by the settlers. According to records, Joseph Loomis took up his claim there in 1639 and died in 1658. It is not known whether he built the dugout, the only one remaining to modern times, or even the salt-box ell of the house. Tradition is that this was his house built before 1652 and the main part of the house was built in 1688 to 1690.

In a few instances whole families came to the U.S. The Loomis family was one that did and paid their own passage which required 5 or 6 pounds. Those who paid their own passage were among the productive groups in England's working population such as farmers and skilled workers.

Edward Preston, age 13, son of Elizabeth (Loomis) Preston, sister of Joseph Loomis, and her husband Edward Preston came to America in the "Christian" arriving 16 March 1634. Daniel Preston, age 13, his brother came over in "The Elizabeth and Ann" arriving 27 April 1635, these boys were sent ahead to prepare for the rest of the family. They arrived on the "Truelove" 19 September 1635.

There were more than 19,000 descendants of Joseph Loomis in 1880. A large number graduated from Yale and other colleges; many filled posts of honor and responsibility under the national and state governments, also in colleges and professional schools. Many of them lived to an advanced age. The 1870 census shows the number of persons in 100,000, who reached the age of 90 years and above in the New England states and for the entire U.S. as follows:

Maine86    Rhode Island51
New Hampshire108 Connecticut69
Vermont99 United States52
Massachusetts64 Loomis Family381

An interesting pedigree of one branch of the Loomis family begins with Elisha S. Loomis, Ph.D., 1852, and goes back through 75 names including William, the Conqueror, Alfred the Great, Charlemagne, Mark Anthony and Numerius Julius Caesar, the first of the Caesars. There are six Caesars listed. There are about 18 kings listed plus emperors, and those with titles such as baron, count, duke, sir, lord, and daughters and mother of royalty.

The Loomis name also appears under the form of Lanes, Lomas, Lomes, Lomis, Lomus, Loomas, Loomes, Loomiss, Lumis, Lummis, and Loomys.

Four sons of Andrew Loomis, brothers of Rhoda (Loomis) Bunce, Mrs. Peter Bunce, Sr., were leaders in the Mormon church. Information contributed by Mrs. Josephine (Josie) (Miller) Liebhardt, also a member of the Mormon Church.

Elias Scott Loomis found the will of John Loomis of Braintree, England. A copy of the will is given at the beginning of the history of our branch of the Loomis family.

PEDIGREE

  1. John Marler, b. 1389, Kelvener, England, will filed 1389 (don't understand will date).

  2. John Marler, will 1419.

  3. John Marler, d. 1450, Tallstolle, England.

  4. William Marler.

  5. Thomas Marler.

  6. William Marler, m. Margaret Parye, had child:

  7. (1) Jane Marler, m. John Lingwood, had child:

  8. Agnis Lingwood m. John Lomas (Loomis)


  1. Thomas Lummys, d. 28 Oct. 1551, Essex England, bur. Thaxteed Church.

  2. John Lummys, m. Krysten Jackson, had son:

  3. John Lomas (Loomis) d. 1619, m. Agnis (Agnes) Lingwood, dau. of John and Jane (Marler) Lingwood, had son:

  4. Joseph Loomis, b. 1588/90, m. Mary White, b. 1590; our first Loomis ancestors in America;

  5. John Loomys (Loomis), Deacon, b. 1622, d. 1-2 Sept. 1688; m. Elizabeth Scott 3 Feb. 1648/9, dau. of Thos. and Ann Scott.

  6. Daniel Loomis, b. 1657, d. 1740, m. Mary Ellsworth 23 Dec. 1680, b. 7 May 1660, dau. of Sgt. Josiah and Elizabeth (Holcomb) Ellsworth.

  7. Josiah Loomis I, b. 27/28 Nov. 1684, m. Elizabeth Kelsey, 22 Jan. 1707/08.

  8. Josiah Loomis II, b. 11 Mar. 1708/10, m. Abigail Bacon, 26 April 1732.

  9. Capt. Michael Loomis, b. 5 Sept. 1740/41, d. 1793, m. Mary A. Karner, 14 Dec. 1758.

  10. Andrew Loomis, Pvt. b. 1761 (1759), d. 1837, m. Elizabeth Coates

  11. Rhoda Loomis, m. Peter Bunce, Sr., b. 12 July 1772, d. 3 Jan. 1844/47. Rhoda b. 24 Mar. 1782, d. 27 Oct. 1852.

  12. Peter Bunce, Jr. b. 18 Oct. 1823, d. 3 Jan. 1892, m. Mary Bolender Kress, b. 22 Sept. 1822, d. 22 April 1901.

  13. Children of Peter Bunce, Jr. and Mary (Kress) Bunce: Alida Lorissa, John J., George K., Wesley M.

There are eighteen generations listed, counting no. 8, Agnis Lingwood and number 3, John Loomis, as one generation, and not counting nos. 1 and 2, Thos. Lummys and John Lummys.

The children of Alida Lorissa (Bunce) Miller, John J. Bunce, George K. Bunce, and Wesley Melvin Bunce are the nineteenth generation and in turn their children are the twentieth genera­tion, all listed elsewhere in this record. In some cases there is a twenty-first generation listed.


Andrew Loomis' Revolutionary War Affidavit

Massachusetts


Andrew Loomis

of Berkshire in the state of Mass. who was a private in the
Comp. commanded by Captain Bacon of the Regt. commanded
by Col. Fellows in the Masetts. line, for 14 months and 29 days

Certificate of pension issued on the 4th day of Nov.
1833 — — — and sent to C. Sedgwick

Mass. and Green Mt. Boys
Records completed June 12/06

Inscribed on the Roll of Massts.

at the rate of $49 Dollars and 85 cents per annum

to commence on the 4th day of March, 1831



Arrears to the 4th of Nov. '33$124.68
Semi-anl. allowance issued ending 4 M. '3424.92



$149.60


Revolutionary Claim
Act of June 7, 1832

Recorded by G. C. Stiles, Clerk

Book C Vol. 2 Page 51

[Above record copied from handwritten Andrew Loomis'
Revolutionary War pension file #Sl3771, as kept on file at the
National Archives in Washington, D. C.]

Commonwealth of Massachasetts

County of Berkshire
Town of Great Barrington

Andrew Loomis of Egremont in said County of Berkshire by trade, a mason, aged seventy-three years on the fourteenth day of May, 1832 who being first duly sworn, according to law, doth on his oath, make the following declaration, in order to obtain the benefit of the act of Congress passed June 7th, 1832. That he entered the service of the United States in the militia under the following named officers & served as herein stated.

My father Capt. Michael Loomis, late of Egremont aforesaid now deceased, entered into the service of his country in April 1775, immediately after the battle of Lexington, in a company of militia from said county of Berkshire, commanded by Capt. William Bacon, late of Sheffield in said county of Berkshire now deceased. —

My said father marched in the same company as soon as the express arrived with the news of said battle of Lexington & he was the first lieutenant of said Company under said Capt. William Bacon, & the company was stationed at Roxbury and Dorcester near Boston in the service of the United States & belonged to a regiment commanded by Col. John Fellows. In the month of August in the same year my father, being in the service, as aforesaid, sent home directions to have me take the wagon & horses from the farm & take a load of flour from the public stores in Great Barrington in said county of Berkshire & bring same to the army at Roxbury — my said father also sent word that I must come to Roxbury with a calculation to stay with the army till the end of the campaign, or when my said father's time should be out, which would be on the first of January next follow­ing. I accordingly prepared myself & took my father's wagon & horses, went to Great Barrington & procured a load of wheat flour at the public stores there & carried the same through Springfield & Worcester to Roxbury & delivered the same to the Quartermaster or Commissary there — I started from home the latter part of August 1775, arrived at Roxbury in about five days & from the time I delivered my load there, I was told by my said father that I must remain in the service till the cam­paign would be out on the first of January next. I accordingly remained & was constantly on duty carrying loads of provisions, liquors, etc. from Watertown & Cambridge to Roxbury & Dorcester to supply the army — I was particularly under the orders of my said father, who was an officer as aforesaid, I being under age, only sixteen years old, I made no contract in the army for myself but I supposed at the time I belonged to the army as I constantly quartered with the troops belong­ing to my father's company — drew my rations with them & cooked & messed with them & in every respect considered myself as one of the militia subject to the orders of the Officers. My forage also was regularly furnished me by the government during my service & I have always supposed & verily believe that, my said father considered me as belonging to the militia & that he had my name inserted on the roll of Capt. Bacon's company accordingly to which my father belonged. During the time I was in the service as aforesaid, I was wounded in the ankle & foot, by being accidentally caught in my wagon wheel, when loaded, between Cambridge & Roxbury by I was much injured & suffered great pain. For a number of weeks I was under the care of the surgeon of the army — this injury was received in the month of October 1775 & I was not able to be re­moved home till about four weeks after the injury, say the latter part of of the month of November of said year — I was absent from home about three months, but consider the time ought to be allowed me (considering I was wounded & disabled in the army while on duty) till the end of the campaign on the first of January 3, 1776, which would make four months.

I also testify that my next service in the army of the revolution & in the militia as I now suppose was in the year 1776, when having recovered from the injuries I received in the service the year before, I engaged in a company of volunteers or militia, commanded by Isaac Vosburgh of Sheffield in said county to oppose the British at the northward. I enlisted in December, the latter part, & marched in January 1776 under the com­mand of said Capt. Vosburg, to Montreal & Quebec. Our company was annexed to a regiment commanded by Col. Warner, whose Christian name I believe was Seth — I continued in that service, under said officers on that station, till the sixth of May in the year 1776 when we were marched under the command of our said Captain on our return homeward — we arrived at said Egremont the fore part of June in the same year — We had no hard fighting on this campaign but we had a skirmish with the enemy at point Chambs (so called) on the river St. Lawrence & we suffered greatly by fatigue, cold & hunger. I was absent on this campaign at least six months.

I also testify that within a few days after my return from Quebec there being a call, in said Egremont, for recruits to join the army on the North river, I enlisted again, or volunteered & joined a company of militia in said Egremont under the command of Capt. Ephraim Fitch, of said Egremont & immediately marched under the command of said Fitch to join the army there at Peekskill — I continued with the army as a soldier there in that vicinity about one month under the command of Capt. Fitch & then afterwards under the command of Capt. Enoch Noble in Connecticut & near New York till December in the year 1776, — During the campaign under Capt. Fitch we made a fortification at Peekskill. During the campaign under Capt. Noble, we were at several stations — Fairfield, Norwalk, Horseneck, Kingsbridge — at Volentines hill where we erected a fort — it was there for the first time I saw Genl. Washington — After I was with the troops at White Plains & fought the enemy at that place in October 1776 — Col. Simonds, according to my belief commanded our regi­ment & Genl. Washington was there. After the battle our said company remained in service at several places till we were discharged at a place called North Castle in the month of December 1776. The campaign under Capt. Fitch at Peekskill & on the north river & the campaign under Capt. Noble through Connecticut & near New York & at the White Plains contained a period of six months, at least, as I verily believe.

I also testify that in April 1777 I was called out with the militia of Egremont aforesaid under the command of Capt. Ephraim Fitch, & marched under his command to Livingston's Manor in the state of New York to subdue & disperse a party of British & Tories assembled there — we were out two or three weeks — the commander of the British, called Capt. Hooper (I think) was killed, several wounded, some taken prisoners & the rest effectually dispersed.

I also testify that about the middle of August in the year 1777, I again volunteered under the command of Capt. John Spooer of Sheffield, to serve in the militia, in the campaign on the North river — I marched to Stillwater & joined the army — I was in the battle of Stillwater & the battles at the taking of Burgoine, at Saratoga — our company belonged to Col. John Ashley's regiment & Genl. John Fellows brigade — after the surrender of Burgoine, I returned home with the militia, where we arrived & were discharged about the last of October or first of November 1777. This last campaign was about two months & a half.

The said Loomis says that he believes he had written discharges at the end of the different campaigns, but they were lost or destroyed as of no value. I have no documentary evidence, but refer for proof of my service, to the depositions of Doct. Baldwin & James Baldwin, Esquire & Capt. Daniel Bush hereto annexed. At this late period, nearly all the witnesses of my services are dead.

I hereby relinquish every claim whatever to a pension or annuity except the present & declare that my name is not on the pension roll of the agency of any state.

Sworn to & subscribed this fourteenth day of September A.D. 1832.

(signed) Andrew Loomis

[Note: The "depositions" for "proof of my service," which were attached to the above record, were sub­mitted by (1) Dr. Samuel Baldwin, age 74 years in 1832, who was born in Egremont, Berkshire Co., Mass. and was living at Oxford, Chenango Co., New York in 1832; (2) James Baldwin, aged 74 years in 1832, who was born in Egremont and was living there in 1832; and (3) Daniel Bush aged 78 years and upwards, who was living at Sheffield, Berkshire Co., Mass. in 1832.]


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