1761 - Unknown
||Woodard, John |
||28 Apr 1761
||Livingston Manor, Hudson, Columbia, New York, USA
||18 Jan 2009 |
||___, Miss, d. Unknown |
| ||1. Woodard, Hannah, b. Abt 1791, New York, USA , d. Aft 1813 (Age ~ 23 years)|
| ||2. Woodard, Elizabeth, b. 4 Apr 1792-14 Apr 1792, New York, USA , d. 16 Dec 1868, Redford Charter Township, Wayne County, Michigan, USA (Age 76 years)|
||16 Feb 2009 |
History of the Settlement of Steuben County, New York
by: Guy McMasters 
Elder Ephraim Sanford, Josiah Bennett, Solomon Wixon, Josiah Bennett, Joshua Smith, John Teeples, Simeon Sackett, John Sackett, Sen.., and John Woodard, were among the early settlers of the town of Wayne, in 1800 or 1803. It seems, however, that this township was settled several years before. Judge Dow, of Reading, says, “I think it was in the fall of 1791, I went to view land in township No. 5, second range, (now Wayne). At that time two families only were there, Henry Mapes and Zebulon Huff. I went to the same place again in 1794, and learned that Solomon Wixon, with a large family, two of name of Silsbee, two or three Sandfords and others had settled there.”
Supplied by Victoria Miller:
Declaration in order to obtain the benefit Act of Congress passed June 7th 1832
State of New York
County of Stuben
On this 10th day of October 1832 personally appeared
In open court before the court of common pleas of said County of Steuben now sitting John Woodard, a resident of the town of Jersy in the said County of Steuben and State of New York.age seventy-one years and six months who being first sworn according to law doth in his oath make the following declaration in order to obtain the benefit of the Act of Congress passed June 7,1832. That he entered the Service of the
United States under the following named officers and swears served as having stated.
That he was born on the 28 day of April in the year 1761 at Livingston Manor in Hudson and that when deponent was quite young his parents removed to the town of Warwick, Claridge County, New York and that soon after this deponent's father died and his mother and family removed to New Concord in Columbia County, New York and resided there at the commencement of the Revolutionary War that about the fall of the year of 1776 or 7 it being the same fall that Burgoyne was taken and immediately before he was taken this deponent stood century watching for lines who were deserting and communicating with Burgoyne's Army then lying between Ticonderoga and Albany that this deponent and others stood guard as aforesaid for about the space of two weeks at night at the instance of Major Phillip Frisby that about July as this be in 1778. This deponent volunteered with Capt. Josiah Warner of the New Concord and was a stocker to a Regiment commanded by Majors Beebe and Phillip Frisby and marched as a guard to Albany to attend as such guard at the execution of seven persons at Albany. That they were at said execution at Albany and while there a alarm reached there that the Indians had broke out at Johnstown. Whereupon the regiment to which dependent was attached then commanded by Major Burke and the regiment commanded by MlYor Gheose were marched to Johnstown. That some after they reached Johnstown in an express arrived stating that the Indians had besieged Cherry Valley whereupon depondent was informed I believe that Majors Beebe and Gheose cast lots to ascertain which should go to Cherry Valley and serve. After Major Beebe marched his regiment (dependent being still belonging to the same) to Cherry Valley. When they got there depondent was out occasionally for scouting parties. Another regiment came to the relief of Major Beebe's and depondent and the of his regiment returned from having been out field one and half months on this term. About a month after depondent returned from Cherry Valley Major Beebe's Regiment was again marched to Cherry Valley and depondent went in said regiment in the company commanded by John Salsbury of Spencio town of Columbia County, New York. That at Cherry Valley they built a fort called Fort Beebe, that after they had been at Cherry Valley about one month they were joined by a Continental or Yankee Regiment commanded by Col. Olden or Ogden.that deponent remained in service at this time two months and them being discharged at the Mohawk Seige depondent returned home to Concord having been relieved at Cherry Valley by a Regiment commanded by Col. John Mc Kenster of Nobletown, Columbia County, New York. That immediately after dependent returned he enlisted with Capt. John Smith of Kinderhook for three months his company being called Rangers that deponent was elected 2nd Sargeant of his company and served out his full term of three months in said company that in this service deponent and some other members of said company took one Tory near Kinderhook by the name of Taylor who was soon after hissing at them. Major Gheoasse now in company with deponent at the taking of said Taylor after serving this time out deponent went home and remained there till following April in the Month of March 1779 deponent enlisted in such June the Continental Army at Albany under Capt. John V. Hamtammacher in Lewis Dorbar's Regiment. Genl. James Christesen Brigade marching from Albany to Johntown remained there awhile and then marched to Schenectady, then took boats and went by water to Canajaharris. There took the boats and waggons to Lake Otsego. Went near halfway down Lake Otsego and were there detained about ten days by head winds. They then proceeded to the foot of the Lake and remained there about one month and built a dam across the foot of the Lake and raised the water of the lake by these means were enabled by letting the water off to pass down the outlet 0ttP~ Hke with their boats and then proceeded to Tioga Point in Pennsylvania at which place they~en. Sullivan's Army. About two days after their arrival at Tioga The army excepting near two thousand marched North and at Chemung near New Louric(?) they had an engagement with the Indians from thence they continued North toward the Genessee River when near Coniscius Lake Col. Boyd belonging to Sullivans's Army was killed by Indians while on a scouting party. They proceeded toward three miles north of the Genesee Then and from there they marched on same route they went until they arrived at the foot of the Senecca Lake at which place deponent and other men detached from main army and marched upon the east of tbe Cayuga Lake under the command of one Col.
Butler and met the main army at or about ten or fifieen miles south of the head of the Seneca Lake. Just before they came up a great number of the horses belonging to the army had been killed for the reason as deponent informed that they could not well get on with them from this place. They continued on to Tioga Point and there joined the two thousand men leli. From there they marched 10 Milbeshane in pennsylvnnia. Depondent and others were then sent ahead of the &tnny and repaired the roads to Castun. From there to Warwick and Morristown and were: inspected by Gen. Washington at or near Morristown. They then marched to Boston and soon after in January deponent was discharged having served out his term of nine months. His discharge was signed by Capl. James Stuart. Deponent went home and remained there until the next lidl when he was called out by Co!. Asa Watennan in Capt. Issiah Warner's Company on an alarm that the Indians were burning and destroying along the Mohawk River. Had a fight with Ihe Indians at a place called Stone Robby or Stone Baby or a name something like these. Out at this time not far from one month and deponent further says total the whole lime he was in actual service in the Revolution was something over seventeen months.
That he never received any written discharge except the one above mentioned once that is lost or destroyed. That he knows of no documentary evidence (in his power) of his service in the Revolution!
That he knows of no person living near him or in this country who can tcstify to the rendition of the aforesaid services.
That he had a record of his age in his bible at home.
He hereby relinquishes any claim whatever to a pension or annuity except the present and declares that his name is not on the Pension Rolls or the agency of any State.
That about three years after the close of the Revolutionary War this deponent removed Irom New Cuncord to Black Walnut Bottom Luzarne County _. __remained there a few months he then removed to Newtown Tioga County New York that two years afterwards he returned to Frederickstown. Steuben County and that he now lives in this town or Jersy.Steuben County. State of New York and he resided there for six years or more.
That he is well acquainted with Col David Gentry Coryelle of the town or Urbana Steuben County. New York and also with Abraham Fleet and Gen. William Kerner who can all tcstily to his good character. Sworn and subscribed this day and year atoresaid betore me
M.L. Rumseyabek AK