Seven Barnard Brothers: Revolutionary War Service

The fol­low­ing mate­r­ial is from Fran­cis Barnard (ca. 1616–1698) and his Descen­dants, A Genealog­i­cal Study, Part A, by Walther M. Barnard, Ver­sion of 09 August 2009, pages 50–54. Used with permission.

Ser­vice in the Rev­o­lu­tion­ary War

Francis Barnard House Historical Marker

Fran­cis Barnard House His­tor­i­cal Marker

The house of Lt. Fran­cis Barnard, 174 Dun­caster Road, built 1760, is one of the his­toric houses listed (p. 264) in The Win­ton­bury His­tor­i­cal Soci­ety, 1983, From Win­ton­bury To Bloom­field: Win­ton­bury His­tor­i­cal Soci­ety, Bloom­field, CT. “A sign on the front of the house for many years read: ‘From this house went forth seven sons to fight in the Amer­i­can Rev­o­lu­tion.’” A pho­to­graph of the sign, with all let­ters in cap­i­tals, is given on p. 47 of that publication.

The evi­dence and cita­tions for ser­vice in the Rev­o­lu­tion­ary War by the seven sons of Fran­cis are treated col­lec­tively here. The two prin­ci­pal sources are Record of Ser­vice of Con­necti­cut Men in the War of the Rev­o­lu­tion, Hart­ford, CT, 1889, and Sims­bury Sol­diers in the War of the Rev­o­lu­tion, Abi­gail Phelps Chap­ter, National Soci­ety Daugh­ters of the Amer­i­can Rev­o­lu­tion, Sims­bury, CT, 1982.

Aaron

1775: At LEX. Alarm.” CMWR, p. 21, per Sims­bury Sol­diers in the War of the Rev­o­lu­tion, p. 40

Three days ser­vice. Included in the “List of the Men who marched from the Con­necti­cut Towns ‘for the Relief of Boston in the Lex­ing­ton Alarm,’ April, 1775”—per CMWR, p. 21.

David

Jun 1776: Sgt in Capt Ellises Co., 3rd Batt., Brig. Genl Wolcott’s Brig., Col. Sage, Com­mand­ing to rein­force Gen’l Wash­ing­ton at NY. Served in NYC & L.I. Caught in retreat from NYC 15 Sep. At Bat­tle of White Plains 28 Oct. En. Expired 25 Dec 1776.” CMWR, p. 402, per Sims­bury Sol­diers in the War of the Rev­o­lu­tion, p. 41.

Ser­jeant” in Cap­tain Eell’s Com­pany, in Third Bat­tal­ion, Wadsworth’s Brigade, Colonel Com­fort Sage, 1776. [Bat­tal­ion raised, June, ’76, to rein­force Wash­ing­ton at N. Y. S in N. Y. City and L. I. Caught in the retreat from the city, Sept. 15, and suf­fered some loss. Engaged at bat­tle of White Plains, Oct. 28. Time expired Dec. 25, ’76.]—Record of Ser­vice of Con­necti­cut Men in the War of the Rev­o­lu­tion, p. 402.

David Barnard served in the Con­necti­cut mili­tia to re-enforce the army in New York. He was born 1747 in Sims­bury, Conn.”—per infor­ma­tion given in list­ing of Mrs. Susan Lewis Sher­wood, DAR ID Num­ber 34485 (born in Fre­mont, Ohio), on Ancestry.com.

 Ebenezer

Pvt in Capt Sedgewick’s Co., 6th Batt., Gen’l Wadsworth’s Brig.” PI, p. 36; CMWR, p. 413, per Sims­bury Sol­diers in the War of the Rev­o­lu­tion, p. 41.

Pri­vate, in Cap­tain Abra­ham Sedgwick’s (Sec­ond) Com­pany, Sixth Bat­tal­ion, Wadsworth’s Brigade—Record of Ser­vice of Con­necti­cut Men in the War of the Rev­o­lu­tion, p. 413.

Abstract of Graves of Rev­o­lu­tion­ary Patri­ots, v. 1, lists “Ebenezzer” Barnard interred at St. Andrew’s Ceme­tery, Bloom­field. His grave­stone notes that he was assigned to a Cap­tain Sedgwick’s company.

[Sixth Bat­tal­ion, Wadsworth’s Brigade, Col. Chester, 1776: Bat­tal­ion raised in June, ’76, to rein­force Wash­ing­ton in N. Y. Sta­tioned at the Flat­bush Pass on Long Island, Aug. 26, and engaged in the bat­tle of fol­low­ing day; nar­rowly escaped cap­ture. In retreat from New York, and engaged at White Plains, Oct. 28. It was in New Jer­sey at the time of the bat­tle of Tren­ton, but not with the troops on that occa­sion. Time expired Dec. 25, ’76. Rolls incom­plete.]—Record of Ser­vice of Con­necti­cut Men in the War of the Rev­o­lu­tion, p. 411.

[Another Ebenezer Barnard (d. 9 May 1827 @ 76 yrs.), interred with wife Eliz­a­beth in Sec. F, Lot 137, Old North Ceme­tery, Hart­ford, is also cred­ited as serv­ing in Capt. Sedgwick’s Co. 1776 dur­ing the Rev­o­lu­tion­ary War. Geneal­o­gists have con­fused the two Ebenezers.]

 Elihu

1 Jul 1780 – 13 Dec 1780: In 5th CT Rrgt., Capt St. John’s Co., Col. Philip Bradley, Com­man­der.” CHSC, p. 204; CMWR, p. 203, per Sims­bury Sol­diers in the War of the Rev­o­lu­tion, p. 42.

Enlisted 1 July 1780; dis­charged Dec. 1780; served in 5th Reg­i­ment, “Con­necti­cut Line”—from “List of Levies in 5th Regt. In 1780” in Record of Ser­vice of Con­necti­cut Men in the War of the Rev­o­lu­tion, p. 203

 Fran­cis, Jr.

Com­mit­tee Regard­ing Officer’s Pay, 1783–1784; Fran­cis Barnard Com­mu­ta­tion (State).” PI, p. 36, per Sims­bury Sol­diers in the War of the Rev­o­lu­tion, p. 43.

Genealo­gies given in The National Soci­ety of the Daugh­ters of the Amer­i­can Rev­o­lu­tion for Mrs. Tirzah Birge Rood and Mrs. Martha Birge Doerr, for exam­ple, list these women as descended from Fran­cis Barnard (1740–1828), and note that he “com­manded a com­pany, 1775, in the eigh­teenth Con­necti­cut reg­i­ment, around New York. He was born in Wind­sor; died in Bloom­field, N.Y. [sic]”; also, he “was cap­tain of a com­pany from Syms­bury raised for the cam­paign around New York, 1775. He was born in Wind­sor; died in Bloom­field, Conn.”

 Moses

In 8th Co. Train Band 1st Reg. Mil. [CMWR, p. 623] In CT Mili­tia 1775–1779 under Gen­eral Spencer.” Sims­bury Sol­diers in the War of the Rev­o­lu­tion, p. 44.

Listed as an inhab­i­tant of the Town of Wind­sor and belong­ing to the Eighth Co. or Train Band ––Record of Ser­vice of Con­necti­cut Men in the War of the Rev­o­lu­tion, p. 623.

[Sec­ond Reg­i­ment, com­manded by Gen­eral Joseph Spencer – 1775: Reg­i­ment raised on the first call for troops by the Leg­is­la­ture April-May, 1775. Recruited mainly in present Mid­dle­sex Co., and east­ern part of the Colony. March­ing by com­pa­nies to the camps around Boston, it took post at Rox­bury and served dur­ing the siege until expi­ra­tion of term of ser­vice Dec., 1775. Detach­ments of offi­cers and men engaged at the bat­tle of Bunker Hill, June 17, and in Arnold’s Que­bec Expe­di­tion, Sept.-Dec., 1775. Adopted as Con­ti­nen­tal in July. The reg­i­ment was re-organized for ser­vice in 1776, under Col. Wyllys.]—Record of Ser­vice of Con­necti­cut Men in the War of the Rev­o­lu­tion, p. 45.

 Samuel

1775: Prob­a­bly at LEX. Alarm. [PI, p. 499; Vet. DR; CHSC. V.XII, p. 10] Pvt in 8th Co. (Train Band), 1st Reg., Town of Wind­sor with Capt David Bar­bour. [CMWR, p. 623] 1776: In Capt Robert’s Co. AR at NY Aug 24. Deserted with sev­eral other 7 Sep. [CMWR, p. 623] Sims­bury Sol­diers in the War of the Rev­o­lu­tion, p. 44, 45.

Listed as an inhab­i­tant of the Town of Wind­sor and belong­ing to the Eighth Co. or Train Band ––Record of Ser­vice of Con­necti­cut Men in the War of the Rev­o­lu­tion, p. 623.

Served in Cap­tain Lemuel Robert’s Com­pany, Eigh­teen Reg­i­ment of Mili­tia, at New York in 1776. Arrived at New York, Aug. 24; deserted Sept. 7.—Record of Ser­vice of Con­necti­cut Men in the War of the Rev­o­lu­tion, p. 472.

[Before judg­ing Samuel’s deser­tion too adversely, the sit­u­a­tion should be con­sid­ered care­fully. Dur­ing the Rev­o­lu­tion­ary War deser­tion was com­mon­place because food, cloth­ing, foot­ware, and ammu­ni­tion were often in short sup­ply. There appears to be no record of any mil­i­tary dis­ci­pline for his desertion.]

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  1. I am doing a research for a Prospec­tive Mem­ber (NSDAR) and I am con­fused as the name of her Patriot (she believes) is Edward. In the NSDAR Patriot Index book, there is an Ebenezer b. 1710 and an Edward b. 1710 also. Ebenezer is listed as a Capt. and spouse is Mary Pin­ney. Edward is a Pvt. (PS) and his spouse is Mabel Pin­ney. I am as 25 year mem­ber of the DAR and was Reg­is­trar of our Chap­ter (CT) for 13 years. After going on line to the GRC (NSDAR) site, there is no list­ing of either Barnards which makes my query quite con­fus­ing. Could you please enlighten me as to the dis­crep­ancy. I thank you for any assistance.

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