Thompson and Relatives Revolutionary War And War of 1812 Service

A Short List of Thompson Family Soldiers, Including Relatives And A Few Union City Friends

(Based on a Union City Times article dated Thursday, June 5, 1879 and Research in Pennsylvania Archives. The article was basically a list of names. This is just the beginning of researching them.)

Revolutionary War Soldiers

Dennis Carroll. Private on Pennsylvania Line. Received pension of $48.00. Pension checks cashed by Mr. Judson, Waterford. Died March 10, 1829. Chaney Records.

Fernando Carroll. The article says that Ferdinand Carroll was a Revolutionary soldier, but Ferdinand Sr. came to American when his children were grown. Perhaps a son or another relative.

Matthew Gray, Jr. He served in the Fourth class of Andrew Bogg’s Company of the Fourth Battalion of the Lancaster County Militia. (Pennsylvania Archives, Fifth Series, Vol. 7, pages 444-445.)

William Gray. Served in the First Class of Andrew Bogg’s Company of the Fourth Battalion of the Lancaster County Militia. (Pennsylvania Archives, Fifth Series, Vol. 7, pages 444-445)

The Gray’s have marriage ties with the Thompsons. Matthew Gray, Sr., also served in these companies. Matthew Gray died in 1814 and he is probably buried on his farm on the Concord Road in Union Township. With his brother William and sister Rachel, he came to Union Township about 1803 from Huntington County. (Pennsylvania Archives, Third Series, Volume II.)

Names of the Revolutionary Pensioners which have been placed on the Roll of Pennsylvania under the law of the Eighteenth of March 1818, from the passage thereof, to this day, enclosure, with the rank they hell, and the lines in which they served, viz, p. 58.

Abel Thompson. The Pension List of 1819. Washington, 1820. Printed by Gales & Seaton, 1920. Reprinted Southern Book Company. Baltimore, 1959. p. 494.

William Black –Private – Pennsylvania

Samuel Barnes – Private-Pennsylvania

Dennis Carroll – Private-Pennsylvania

Abe Gillet-Private-Sheldon’s Dragons

Robert King – Lt. –Pennsylvania

Thomas Bowland (Boylan) – Private-Maryland Line

Thomas Thompson- Private-February 12, 1819

Epaphras Thompson – Private Connecticut Line

John Thompson, 2nd – Private-Pennsylvania Line


Robert M. Wilson, 2nd-Boatswain, Ship Washington

Andrew Wilson – Private

Robert Wilson – 2nd Pennsylvania

John Wilson – Private-Pennsylvania

Alexander Wilson – Private-Pennsylvania

David Wilson – Private-New York

Soldiers Entitled to Donation Lands (Revolutionary War)

Thomas Church – Major – Received 600 Acres. P. 624

Andrew Cook, Pvt. 200 Acres – p. 633

William Gray, Captain, 500 Acres- p. 653

Retiring Officers – January 11, 1785

William Thompson- Lt. Cavalary-400 Acres – p. 739

Joseph Thompson – Surgeons Mate – Cavalary-300 acres- p. 739

Hugh Thompson- Sgt. First Pennsylvania- 200 Acres- p. 740

Pennsylvania Archives, Second Series – Pennsylvania Pensioners-1820

John Thompson 2nd- Private-p. 707

John Thompson, Black Smith. Colonel Benjamin Floweer’s Company. General Military Stores Department and Armory. P. 383.

Pennsylvania Archives, Fifth Series. Volume IV p. 105 . Soldiers Who Received Depreciation Pay as Per Cancelled Certificates On File in the Division of Public Records – Pennsylvania State Library.

Private Hugh Wilson – Northampton County Militia- p. 365

Private William Gray – Washington County Militia- p. 401

Private James Thompson- p. 123

Private John Thompson- Fourth Regiment- Pennsylvania Continental Line- p. 133.

Thomas Church, Junior. P. 134.

Private Thomas Carroll.  P. 134.

Private John Thompson- p. 148

Lieutenant William Thompson, p. 168.

War of 1812 Veterans

Jonathan Bacon was a pioneer of Gennessee and Chenango Counties in New York and a soldier of the Revolutionary War. He died in Gennessee County in 1833. His son, Henry C. Bacon, was a native of Whatley, Massachusetts and a soldier of the War of 1812. Of his children, three survived: Daniel S., Chester W. and Wells W. Chester W. married Rosana Hale in 1840 an they had two children. Chester W. has always lived on his homestead farm in Union City and is well and favorably known among the citizens and pioneers.

Reverend Levi Barnes. Reverend Levi Barnes was born on February 25, 1796,, in North Canaan, Connecticut. In 1818, he was married to Susan Capron and in 1820 with his wife and one child homesteaded on a farm in Union City. They journeyed from Utica, New York in a sleigh.

Levi Barnes was converted when he was 18 and licensed to exhort in 1823. He was ordained a Deacon in 1853 and an Elder in 1863. The pioneer preacher always found a warm welcome at his home. He spent 57 years in Erie County, enduring many hardships. He took an active part in establishing schools, churches, etc. and in 1834 was elected, and for several years served as captain of a company of militia. His son, Levi B. Barnes preserved his sword. Mrs. Barnes after a lingering illness, died in the faith on May 10, 1877. Reverend Barnes died May 19, 1877.

Levi G. stayed on the homestead farm. His brothers and sisters were: Chares G; John Vincent; Harriet; Hannah E. Alheus; and Susan A. Nathan S. died a year and a half after his parents died. L.S. married Mary m. Shelmadine in 1857, and they had six children.

Charles Capron, Sr. He was born on February 24, 1760 and died on July 11, 1824. His family lived in Marlborough, New Hampshire and when he came of age he bought a farm in Marlboro in 1795, which he sold in 1804, and moved to Reading, Vermont. He was “warned out” at Reading in 1805 and admitted as a “Freeman” of Reading in 1808. He came to Erie County, Pennsylvania in 1819, with his wife and his son.

Charles Capron, Jr. is buried in the Old Thompson Cemetery in Union City, Pennsylvania.

Thomas Carroll. Thomas Carroll was one of the six sons of Ferdinand Carroll who settled in Union Township in the fall of 1801. Thomas grew up on the family homestead and served in the War of 1812. He settled on his own farm near the west line of Union Township. He married Elizabeth Mulvin and they were the parents of nine children. He died at the age of 64.

Thomas Church was born on June 26, 1786 and enlisted as a lieutenant in the Second Artillery, Connecticut State Troops.  He died December 17, 1864, and he is buried in Evergreen Cemetery.

James Gray was drafted and served in General Harrison’s Campaign of 1813. He moved to Warren, Pennsylvania.

William Gray was drafted and served in General Harrison’s campaign of 1813. William and Matthew Gray lived in Beaverdam and died there.

Amos Hare was the son of Michael Hare and father of James Hare. His son James settled on Oak Hill and later lived in Union City. Two of his sons served in the Civil War and were killed in battle.

William Mulvin, Sr. His wife was Margaret and they had a son named William Jr. William Sr. died April 22, 1848, at age 92 years.

Enos Northrop. He had a son named Alvin. Alvin Northrop was a member of the Presbyterian Church and in October 1854 became an elder. He was married to Suphronia and they had a son named Marquis Crane who was baptized in June 1850.

C.L. Rockwood. There is a Caro P. Rockwood in the Erie County Atlas of 1876. He was located on Tract 159 in Union Township. He was from New York, a farmer and had farmed in Union Township since 1854.

Jacob Rouse. (From the Union City Times of Thursday April 2, 1885) In the death of Jacob Rouse at the home of his son near Wattsburg last week, the last pensioner of the War of 1812 has joined the great majority. Jacob Rouse was born in 1794 and had been a resident of Amity Township since 1820. In the war of 1812, he was one of the first to enlist and was an eye witness to the burning of Buffalo by the British when the entire city was destroyed. He was much respected by his neighbors and his death was deeply mourned by all.

James Smiley. A soldier in the War of 1812 who served under General Harrison. A miller by trade, he came to Union Township in 1816 with his wife and children. He was in charge of the mills that William Miles operated. He moved to the foot of Conneaut Lake where for several years he was employed as a miller at the only mill then in existence in that section. A few years later he located permanently near Union City, Pennsylvania. He married Margaret Kirkpatrick near Carlisle, Pennsylvania in 1800. She died in Union City on July 16, 1849. He died in Union City on January 13, 1840. He is buried in Waterford Cemetery.

G.J. Stranahan. John Stranahan, a native of Rhode Island, was born in 1737 and died on March 23, 1786. In September 1752, before the Revolution, he married Lucy Bock, and settled in Cameron, New York. They had a son, Gibson, Gibson J. Stranahan was born in Canan, New York in 1785. He married Miss Dolly Deverdorf in Herkimer County for many years and there followed the occupation of a farmer. In 1803, he with his family came West and settled in Concord Township in Erie County. He died in 1839. His wife was born in Herkimer County, New York, and died in 1862 or 1863, aged 73 years. She was the daughter of John Deverdorf, a native of Herkimer County, New York. Gibson and Dilly had four children. Perry G. Stranahan was a lawyer and farmer. Daniel V. was a doctor. Franklin B was a farmer. Margaret H. was the wife of William A. mead, a surveyor and farmer of Youngsville.

Caleb Thompson was a captain in John Fulmer’s Company. It was a militia regiment commanded by Colonel John Thompson from the 9th of November 1814, when last mustered to the 5tg if January 1815. Caleb was a son of Abel and Jemima Thompson. He was born on January 30, 1790. He came to Union Township in the year 1802 with the rest of his family. He was a farmer and a carpenter and joiner who finished many of the first houses in Union City. According to the 1820 Federal census in Union Township, he was then married with two children. He died on October 15, 1863 at 74 years of age. He was buried in the Thompson Burying ground outside of Union City.

Joel Thompson was one of the five sons of Abel Thompson, a pioneer settler of Union Township. He was a blacksmith and a stonecutter. Along with his father, Abel, he found boulders in the woods and from them made grinders for the new mills in the township. Joel made most of the tombstones in the township from native stone. And he and Abel also made all of the farming and household utensils for the community. According to the county histories, Joel Thompson was a veteran of the War of 1812, serving under Perry. He also held the degree of Bachelor of Sciences. Joel Thompson was married twice. His first wife died of fever, leaving a daughter. He remarried and had eight children from his second marriage. They were William, Samuel, Caleb, John W., Chares, Hatton, Jane, and Lucilla.

Fifth Series – Volume IV- Pennsylvania Archives

p. 37. Samuel Carroll served in Captain Thomas Atkinson’s Company of Volunteers attached to the 137th Regiment, Pennsylvania Militia. Ralph Martin, Lt. Colonel Commandant from the 28th of August to the 10th of September 1812.

Second Series, Volume 12, p. 27. Captain Jacob Achey’s Company. Lt. Hugh Wilson, Andrew Wilson and James Smiley served.

Second Series, Volume 12, p. 98. Henry L. Coryell’s Company, Commanded by Col. Joel B. Southerland. Discharged January 3, 1815. Began September 5, 1814: 

James Sherwood

John Sherwood

William Sherwood

p. 109. Two Caprons are listed in Captain Samuel D. Culberton’s Company.

p. 217. Thomas Thompson is listed in Captain Peter Hartzog’s Company of drafted militia attached to the Second Regiment, commanded by Colonel Patterson. The regiment served from October 2, 1812 to April 2, 1815.

(To Be Continued)

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3 Responses to Thompson and Relatives Revolutionary War And War of 1812 Service



  2. I just found your website while looking for information about my Thompson ancestors – I think the private James Thompson might be my 6th great grandfather who enlisted in the Pennsylvania line in 1777 and served under corporal Walter Scott and Capt. Pugh. Please let me know if you think they might be one and the same and I will gladly share what little I know of his descendants.
    Thank you
    Sharon DiSanto

    • Kathy Warnes says:

      I think it probably is the same person, but the person to really check it out with is one of the Thompson descendants, Stephen Thompson. This is his email. he also has the address of the Thompson genealogist and of other Thompson relatives that could help you in your search. Good luck. His email is:

      Kathy Warnes

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