Two Men Named Joseph Hand
Joseph Hand born in East Hampton, New York on December 20, 1755, signed the Association in East Hampton in 1775 along with other men from the town. This was a statement that the signers would defend their homes against the British.
Source: NY in the Revolution and the War of 1812, Refugees from Long Island to Connecticut, 1776 Surnames G-H
Joseph Hand, at age 20, lived in East Hampton, New York. He was 5 feet, 8 inches tall, had light complexion and his occupation was listed as a weaver. This comes from a list of Revolutionary War soldiers published in New York in The Revolution and the War of 1812.
At the bottom of this list are the following words:
“I do hereby certify the within named Officers and Soldiers belonging to Captain Ezekiel Mulford’s Company have been mustered by me and Examined and accordingly to the best of my knowledge the are sound Healthy and able bodied.
East Hampton July 25th 1776
Signed: David Mumford Muster Master of Said Co.
Source: NY in the Revolution and the War of 1812, Refugees from Long Island to Connecticut, 1776, Appendix G
Joseph Hand, of the East Hampton Hand family, served in the 4th New York. He remained in New York throughout the Revolutionary War. Our Joseph Hand served in North Carolina for 18 months during the Revolutionary War.
Source: NY in the Revolution and the War of 1812, Refugees from Long Island to Connecticut, 1776
Joseph Hand, born in East Hampton, New York, was well-educated and was able to sign his name. He knew the exact date of his birth. Our Joseph Hand from Virginia signed documents with “his mark”, an X. Our Joseph did not even know the year in which he was born.
On July 1, 1833, Joseph Hand appeared in court in Henry County, Georgia to apply for his Revolutionary War Pension and gave his testimony under oath. What better source of information could we have than Joseph Hand’s own words?
He swore that he was born in Virginia and was a resident of Guilford County, North Carolina when he enlisted in the summer of 1780 with the rank of Private. He was about 25 years old at the time. He was a substitute for someone who did not wish to serve and was paid by the other individual to take his place. The length of that service was three months. In 1781, Joseph Hand enlisted again and served 18 months as a Private. His total length of service was 21 months.
When asked his age in court, Joseph stated that he was about 78 years of age “as near as he can tell”. That would mean that he was born about 1755. He also signed papers with his mark, an “X” signifying that he was illiterate. There were many people in the 1700s who were educated and there was no disgrace in not having an education.
The first record of Joseph Hand in Pendleton District, South Carolina was in 1790 when he was witness to a land deal between two other men. Records show that the other Joseph Hand was in Suffolk County, NY, but in South Hampton, not East Hampton, by 1790.
Joseph (1755 Pittsylvania County, VA—1835 Henry County, GA) was in South Carolina, where he married Kizziah in 1792.
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