The following was sent to the editor, and published on page 2 of the
January 30, 1889 issue of the "Chatham Courier":
SOME OLD DOCUMENTS
In looking over papers in my possession of one hundred years old
and over I find enrolled a large number of names, and twenty on the
back of the following order,
Marching orders, King's district, 8th May, 1780. Capt. JOHN DAVIS
The enemy are on the march towards our frontier. You are therefore
hereby ordered to cause one-half of your company to march forthwith to
Johnstown with eight days' provision, well armed and accoutered, there
to receive further orders.
Signed W.B. WHITING, Col.
The names that follow are the names of men of the days of 1762 to
1780, and from which many of the families now living in Columbia county
sprang. I thought it might be of interest to some of your readers to
have their names recalled to memory, who were active in those stirring
days which aid the foundation for the government which we enjoy to-day.
The names alluded to are as follow, as near as can be read:
Lieut. John T. FORD
Sarg. Mike GRISWOLD
Another paper the roll of men is as follows:
Capt. John DAVIS
Lieut. Natha'l ROWELY
Lieut. Wm. CASTEL
Lieut. David FORD
Corp. Iasiah MYERS
Corp. Isaac FORD
Corp. Smith PARKS
Corp. Reuben JONES
Drum'er Simeon BEERS
Fifer, Amos DAVIS
Serg't Abel FORD
Serg't Milo GRISWOLD
Serg't Abel WASHBURN
Serg't John HAMBLIN
Sarg't R. VALENTINE
Sargt Nathan WILCOCKS
Sarg't Wm. CROFORD
R. HOLDRIDGE, jun.
All the names as above come under the date of 1780.
Col. U. L. DAVIS
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