Berne during the Revolutionary War

From Helderberg Hilltowns of Albany County, NY
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The Dietz Massacre<br.>courtesy of the Greater Oneonta Historical Society


The massacre of the Dietz family in 1781 was the only Iroquois incursion in Beaver Dam during the American Revolution. During the War inhabitants fought on both sides of the conflict. Loyalists who supported the British left and went to Canada. Those who stayed and fought the British expected that if they won, they would either be released from their tenancy, or at the least, be allowed to purchase the land at fair market value. Instead, the new government of New York decided to honor the lease contracts of the patroons, who contributed heavily to the politicians. This led to the Anti-Rent War.

Organization of the 3rd Co, Beaverdam

(I {Glen Swartz, and no one has double checked my extract} standardize much of the formatting and spelling of the rank (but not the names), in this webpage {created by Harold Miller}, and it should be compared to the original source, has it is not a verbatim extract, and is subject to my errors of interpretation, further compounding any errors Fernow made. When in doubt, refer to the original sources)

Beaver Dam Men in the Revolution, Patriots

We are attempting to make a list of all Berne area men who served in the military during the Revoltionary War. If you know someone who served, please add their name to the list. If you know more about any of them, if would be a fitting tribute to them if you would also create a biography of them. Until then, the only thing we can share with viewers of this page is their name.


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Service Personnel

From the DAR site:

From Landmarks of Albany County, New York

From Bradley Family Notes:

Beaver Dam Men in the Revolution, Loyalists


1782 Muster roll, section 3,[2] is a list of those living in the immediate vicinity of the Switzkill (as determined by Glen Swartz, stating he used [unnamed] maps, deeds and census records).

Section no. 3. Residents who were eligible for service:

This roster was taken for the 15th Rgmt, Schoharie Militia, but from Fernow, these men would have actually been assigned to the 3rd Rgmt Rensselaerwyck. This record (Roscoe) of Revolutionary Service was approved in 2006 for descendants admission to the National Society, Sons of the American Revolution.

1840 census of Rev. War pensioners

1840 Census of Pensioners, Albany County, New York
June 1, 1840
Name Age Head of family, with whom residing
Andrew Secor 87 Andrew Secor
John Salsburg 89 Harmon Salsburg
Evan Philips 63 Evan Philips
Thomas Frisbee 79 Thomas Frisbee
Francis Garvy 77 Isaac J. Garvy
Joseph Owen 81 Joseph Owen
Levit Head 84 Paul White
William Ball 76 John Ball
Simeon Church 89 Simeon C. Church
Esau King 77 Jackson King
Paul J. Hogstrasser 78 Jacob Hoghstrasser
Elizabeth Skinner 82 Chester Skinner

1840 census of Rev. War pensioners
  1. Family notes respecting the Bradley family of Fairfield, and our descent therefrom : with notices of collateral ancestors on the female side for the use of my children (1894), Bradley, Joseph P., 1813-1892. cn; Bradley, Charles, 1857- ed, Newark, N.J., A. Pierson & Co., printers and book-binders
  2. Roscoe, William E., "History of Schoharie County, New York, 1713-1882", Syracuse, NY: D. Mason & Co., 1882. p52