Soldiers of The American Revolution buried in The Riverside Cemetery Chemung, New York

Lt. Israel Parshall PA
Sgt. Daniel McDowell PA
Pvt. Abraham Brewer NY
Pvt. Thomas Keeney Conn
Pvt. Jacob Decker NY
Lt. Christopher Denn PA
Sgt. Alexander Murry NY
Pvt Elijah Griswold NY
Pvt. Samuel Beidleman PA
fifer Stephen Savy VT

All served in the Sullivan Expedition in 1779 and later settled in the Chemung Valley.

Erected 1941 Newtown Battle Chapter SAR.

All of my life I knew of the existence of the gravesite referred to above. As children, we often wondered whether he might be related or not, since our mother's maiden name was "Savey." When asked about it, she told us yes - that some of our other ancestors were named "Savy" too, and would invariably drag out old clippings, Bible entries, registers, notations and such and point out each relative. Of course, to a small child, she might as well have been reciting Shakespeare in Greek. Only after she had passed away did I come to realized a burning interest in genealogy. Very soon, my research led me to that grave once more, and stared at the resting place of my third great-grandfather. The only details that I knew about him at the time were that he had served multiple times, and following the Revolutionary War, had returned to the Chemung River Valley, kin in tow, and settled in the lush beautiful farmland that had endeared him so. Little by little, as we grew up, more details began to surface:

American Genealogical-Biographical Index (AGBI)

SAVY, Stephen
Birth Date: 175? Birth Place: Vermont
Volume: 153 Page Number: 421
Reference: Stat of Vt: Rolls of the soldiers in the Rev. War, 1775-1783. By John E. Goodrich. Rutland, Vt. 1904. (22,2,927p.):64, 322, 462

Jan Jordan left this most interesting information on Genforum's Vermont forum in response to one of my queries:

Hi William,

On page 64 "A pay roll of Capt. Issac Clark's Company of Militia, raised by order of Major General De la Fayette, for the defence of the frontiers and on Lake Champlain, to receive additional pay from the State of Vermont:
Fifer Stephen SAVY entered service March 2, 1778, discharged May 2, 1778, total 60 days, total paid 4 pounds."

On page 322 "A pay roll of Capt. Parmelee Allen's Company of Rangers, Maj. Edene. Allen's Detachment, raised for the defence of the State of Vermont, commencing Feb. 1st, and ending the 1st of December, A.D. 1780. both days included:
Drm. Stephen SAVY commencement of pay Feb. 1, 1780, time of service 10 months, pay per month 2 pounds 4 shillings, when discharged
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On page 462 "A pay roll of Capt. Ebenezer Wilson's Company in Col. Ira Allen's Regiment of Militia for service done at Castleton, Oct. 1781:
Stephen SAVY, no. days service 10 of 17 days,
pay pr day sub 1 shilling, 4 pence, no. miles 30, travel per mile 4 pence, amount paid 1 pound 3 shillings 4 pence."

Transcribed by Jan Jordan in VT

"Rolls of Vermont Soldiers in the Revolutionary War 1775-1783" Prepared and published under the direction of Major General Martha T. Rainville The Adjutant General Vermont Camp Johnson, Colchester, Vermont 1998, Volumes I and II.

And my reply:

Jan...
Extreme thanks for your valuable input regarding Stephen Savy/Savey. It appears that he then served by joining as a fifer with the Sullivan-Clinton campaign. It is my understanding that the government lacked sufficient funds to pay many of the soldiers, and that they divided state land into plots which they gave to the men by lottery. I wonder if that is what drew Stephen and his family to return to the Chemung River Valley's lush, fertile lands? Or could it have been the raw beauty of the area alone? The more I learn about this saga, the more it intrigues me. Again, many thanks!

(Evidently, all did not go well with our valorous ancestor, and he was captured by the British and the Indians and experienced quite an adventure. The entire story exists in an Elmira, NY court document unearthed by Peggy Sperber, and written in 1832 by the very hand of Stephen Savy. The tale unfolds:)

At a Court of Common pleas held at the Court house at the Village of Elmira in and for the County of Tioga in the State of New York, commencing on the first Tuesday in September 1832, the same being a Court of Record and having a Seal & Clerk.

Present

Hon. G.B. Baldwin First Judge
“ John R. Drake
“ Darius Bentley Esquires
“ Joseph I. Darling Judges
“ Elijah Shoemaker


State of New York
Tioga County ss


Personally appeared in open court on the 4th day of September 1832 before the above named Judges now sitting, Stephen Savy aged seventy two years and upwards a resident of the Town of Chemung in the said County who being 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 7, 1832.

That he enlisted in the army of the United States in the year 1778 and served in Col. Heman Swift’s Regiment in the Connecticut line, under the following named officers to wit:

About the year 1778 on the first of January as near as he can recalled he enlisted for Three years at Newhaven in Connecticut in a company in which Thomas Converse was Captain, Lieutenants Spencer and Dimmick in Col. Herman Swift’s Regiment(in which Theodore Woodrige was a amjor) in Gen. Jedediah Huntington’s Brigade; that soon after his enlistment he proceeded to Albany where he changed places with Stephen Mix of Captain Synder’s company and took said Mix’s place in Synder company of which the Lieutenant & Ensign were Dewey & Riley: the Regiment to which the company he soes not remember, but they were called Green Mountain Rangers: from Albany, some time in the summer the said Company was ordered to Bennington to keep guard over the stores & prisoners at that place where they staid until the Spring of 1779 when they went to West Point: here the company in which he served was as he believes attached to the regiment commanded by Col. Return J. Meigs & was to do about eight months. While there a portion of Swift’s Regiment of about 240 were detached for service in Sullivan’s Indian Expedition and the deponent was of the number and were placed under the command of Capt. Lyndes.
They marched to Cherry Valley thence to the foot of Olsego lake, the outlet of which was dammed for the purpose of affording an effeciency of water to float the boats with luggage & stores down the Susquehannah.

The boats proceeded on the River while the troops marched both banks to guard against Indians, under command
??? James Clinton: apart of Morgan’s Riflemen and the said troops under Capt. Lyndes were attached to General Poor’s Brigade. At Tioga Point, the army under Clinton met Sullivan & his troops who had proceeded up the Susquehannah River from Wickerbane-The depondent continued with the said company while it proceeded with the army to the Genesee flats and back into winter quarters.

During the greater part of the next year 1780, he was at Rutland in Vermont where a fort was built and in the fall proceeded with his company to Bennington where in the following January 1781, he was discharged his term of three years having expired. He thinks his discharge was signed by Capt. Lyndes. He left it with his father in Connecticut soon after & has never since seen it.

At Bennington, Vermont in February 1781 (as he believes) he enlisted for ten months service in a company of Vermont(or New Hampshire) militia, under Capt. Parmalee Allen, Lieutenants Holmes & James Smith in a corps commanded by Maj Ebenezer & marched from Bennington to Rutland where they remained about a month thence to Pittsford where they continued in building a fort unitl the following May when the said Company proceeded to Castleton to relieve a corps pf militia previously stationed there whose term of service had expired, where they continued unitl September or October following; from whence they proceeded to Pittsford in Vermont, where his time having expired the deponent was discharged in November 1781.

In February & March 1782 at the Town of Ira in Vermont (then New Hampshire) he entered the Continental Army as a substitute for Isaac Brownsons, a drummer, in Capt. Gideon Brownson’s Company in Col. Seth Warners Regiments of Continental troops. The said drummer had enlisted for during the war, and the Deponent agreed to serve out his term. He was required to meet the Company at Bennington on the 10th or 11th of March 1782, where he repaired & joined the said Company and remained there with it unitl about the 1st day of August, when they marched to Fort George at the south end of Lake George, Col Warner in command, who soon after left the fort in charge of Maj. Brownson, who being out with a party at Sabbath day Island in Lake Champlain was captured by a party of British & Indians and carried to Canada, after which the troops in the Garrison were commanded by a Captain whose name he has forgotten.

Sometime in Noevember 1782, a small party of British Troops appeared on the plain near the Fort, when the Garrrison rallied out to attack them & being engaged in the pursuit were drawn into an ambush & surronded by a large force of British Regulars, Indians & Tories who slew a number of them & captured the remainder. They immediately took possession of the fort & mrudered many of the Garrison after they had surrendered. The deponent with others was taken to Ticonderoga & Crown Point from whence they were carried to Montreal where together with the garrison which had been captured at Fort Ann they were kept this winter. In April or May 1783 they were ordered to Quebec. On the way 25 of the prisoners (the deponent among the numbers) escaped from the guard in the night, but deponent & eleven other were recaptured the next day, taken to Quebec & put in irons.

They were soon after placed onboard the British Frigate Maria Capt. Thomas & sailed for Halifax where they arrived but did not land & were carried to Port Royalton in Jamaica where they arrived in July 1783 and staid unitl the fall of the year.

While at Jamaica Capt. Merryhew of Providence R.I. who was also a prisoner having been commander of a privateer the Brig. Washington which had been captured by the enemy ilay in port, raised a force secretly among the prisoners for the purpose of taking possession of the Brig. and making their escape in her. The enterprise was betrayed and all who were engaged in it (the deponent being one) were seized & confined in irons for about five weeks.

News of peace having reached Port Royal the deponent procurred a passage on board a merchant vessel commanded by Capt. Allen for New London, to the Island of Montserrat where he found an acquaintance, Capt. Augustus Peek of the Brig. Lady Washington, from Newhoven, who kindly took him on board of his vessel & carried him to Newhaven where he arrived about the last of December 1783 having been more than a year in captivity. That he was at the Battle of Hog Back Hill on the Chemung River in Sullivans Expedition against the New York Indians and was also in the engagement which took place with the Indians near Newtown, in August 1779. That a part of the time while in Capt. Lyndes company in his three years service the said Company was attached to Col. Meigs’ Regiment, he thinks for about 8 months and itwas also for about ten months under the command of Major Whitcomb of the New Hampshire line.

He hereby relinquishes every claim in whatever to a pension or an annuity except the present & he declares that his name on teh Pension of any agency in any State.

Stephen Savy

Sworn & subscribed to the
day & year aforesaid

Green M. Tuthill, Clk

And the said court do hereby declare their opinion that the above named applicant was a Revolutionary Soldier served or he states.

J.B. Baldwin First Judge


I, Green M. Tuthill Clerk of the Court above named do hereby certify that the foregoing contains the original proceedings of the said Court in the matter of the application of Stephen Savy for a pension. Witness my hand & seal of office the 4th day of September 1832.

Green M. Tuthill, Clk

Cover sheet:

Stephen Savy
New York
Act 1st June 1832

Suspended See letter to the Maxwell Agent
April 2nd 1833

do to do 24 Oct ‘34
“ “ “ 18 Nov ‘35

In suspense for more satisfactory proof
from book of registered & suspended pensions.


Stephen Savy
8770

Post Office Elmira N.Y.
care The Maxwell Agent

 

From: Connecticut Officers and Soldiers, 1700s-1800s, Connecticut Revolutionary Pensions, Surnames, S-T, page 128:

SAVY, Stephen, Conn. & Cont., N.H. & VT R17664

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