From "State of Vermont Revolutionary War Rolls," Rolls of the Men Engaged in the War of the Revolution, John E. Goodrich [Tuttle, Rutland, VT, 1904]. Roster headings are followed by soldiers' specific service and pay in parentheses.
Daniel Niels: "Pay Roll of Capt. John Hawkins' Company of Minute Men of Woodstock for their service in the Alarm at Royalton, with allowance of travel from their respective homes to Brookfield" [commencement of pay 16 Oct 1780; discharged, 18 Oct 1780; 45 miles, total pay 15 shillings].
David Niles*: "Pay Roll of Capt. Abm. Salisbury's Company on Otter Creek, raised in Clarendon by advice of committee of Safety and principal inhabitants of the towns of Wallonford, Clarendon, Rutland, and Pittsford, on being alarmed by the enemy's coming to Pittsford, taking some prisoners and plundering some houses. Capt. Salisbury's Company came to Pittsford on Oct. 17, 1777, went away the 28th of the same month" [discharged Oct. 23, total 12 shillings, 6 pence. Another record credits David with 6 days additional service, starting Oct. 23, for which he was paid 1 pound, 16 shillings]. Also, listed as David Miles on "Pay Roll of Capt. Thomas Sawyer's Company in Col. Gideon Warren's Regiment of Militia under the command of Levi Colvin, Ensign, in the service of this, and the United States, commencing Nov. 7, 1778" [ending Nov. 16, 10 days, 16 shillings, 8 pence]. Also, "Pay Roll of Capt. Ichabod Robinson's Company of Militia in Clarendon in the State of Vermont for the year 1780" [16 days, 60 miles, 2 pounds, 1 shilling, 4 pence]. Also, "Pay Roll of Lt. Lemuel White's Company of Militia in Shrewsbury and State of Vermont, on an Alarm, commencing June 10th, 1781" [12 days, 32 miles, 1 pound, 6 shillings, 8 pence].
George Niles: "Pay Roll of Capt. Bigelow Lawrence's Company in Col. Herrick's Regiment of Militia while in the service of the alarm, October 1780" [10 days, 55 miles, one pound, 11 shillings, 8 pence]. Also, "Pay roll of Capt. Bigelow Lawrence's Company in Col. Walbridge's Regiment for service done in the alarm at Cambridge and Saratoga in July 1781" [2 days in service, 25 miles travelled, 11 shillings].
John Niles, Sergeant: "Pay Roll of Capt. Eli Noble's Company in Col. Herrick's Regiment of Militia in the service of the State of Vermont, commencing the 11th day of Oct. A. D. 1780" [18 days, 70 miles, 2 pounds, 2 shillings, 4 pence]. Also "Pay Roll of such of Capt. Eli Noble's Company of Militia in Pownal in Col. Ebenr Walbridge's Regiment as marched in the alarm to Castleton in October, 1781, with Capt. Eli Noble" [entered service Oct. 23, 9 days, 70 miles, 1 pound, 17 shillings, 7 pence]. Also, "Pay Roll of such of the Militia in Col. Ebenr Walbridge's Regt., as tarried with Capt. Eli Noble of Castleton in Nov. 1781" [13 days, 1 pound, 2 shillings, 2 pence].
Nathaniel Niles: "True List (the names and sums of) Capt. Daniel Comstock's pay roll of himself and Company in the service of the State of Vermont, from ye beginning of the campaign, 1781, to the 30th of June in said year, inclusive, taken from the original in the Paymaster's office" [ 4 pounds, 17 shillings, 4 pence]. Also "Pay Roll of Capt. Daniel Compstock's Company in the Battalion of Infantry in the service of the State of Vermont, commanded by Saml Fletcher, Esq., Lt. Col. Commandant" [commence July 1st 1781, ending Nov. 25, 1781, 148 days, 80 miles, 10 pounds, 10 shillings, 8 pence].
Spencer Niles: "Pay Roll of Capt. Eli Noble's Company in Col. Herrick's Regiment of Militia in the service of the State of Vermont, commencing the 11th day of Oct. A. D. 1780" [12 days, 70 miles, 1 pound, 19 shillings, 4 pence]. Also, "True List (the names and sums of) Capt. Daniel Comstock's pay roll of himself and Company in the service of the State of Vermont, from ye beginning of the campaign, 1781, to the 30th of June in said year, inclusive, taken from the original in the Paymaster's office" [4 pounds, 17 shillings, 4 pence]. Also "Pay Roll of Capt. Daniel Compstock's Company in the Battalion of Infantry in the service of the State of Vermont, commanded by Saml Fletcher, Esq., Lt. Col. Commandant" [commence July 1st 1781, ending Nov. 18, 1781, 141 days, 80 miles, 10 pounds, 1 shilling, 4 pence].
According to the book's introduction, the rolls were "mostly copied from a manuscript volume in the office of the Adjutant-General, into which the original rolls were transcribed by order of the General Assembly in 1843." It's questionable whether the entries accurately reflect all the men's service. Those for my 4great-grandfather, David Niles* do not completely agree with his recollections on a pension application dated 11 years earlier .
Pension Application of David Niles of Scituate, Providence Co., RI; Rutland Co., VT; and Ashtabula Co., OH [File No. S16213, Vermont Militia]:
State of Ohio
On this 25th day of September 1832, personally appeared in open court, before the Judges of the court of
Common Pleas now sitting, David Niles a resident of Monroe in the county of Ashtabula and state of Ohio, aged 72 years, who being first 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 entered the service of the United States under the following named officers, and served as herein stated.
In the year 1777 about the 1st of June when Burgoynes army came down to Ticonderoga there was a call for one man from every class of eight, he was a resident at that time of the town of Clarendon then in Bennington County in the state of Vermont, he went out as a soldier under that call under the command of Capt. Elkanah Cook and Lieut. John Bowman of the Vermont State Troops, we rendezvoused at Castleton about Seven hundred in number and was marched from there under the command of Colonel Seth Warner of the Continental army to Ticonderoga, we remained under his command about two months, and the remainder of my engagement which was originally four months was spent under the command of Capt. Cook engaged in scouting and saving and processing forage and provisions for the army. In the latter part of July of that year we succeeded in taking about sixty head of cattle supposed to be destined to the enemy between Rutland and Castleton and drove them to Springfield on Connecticut River(?).
In the year 1878 about the first of May he volunteered in the Vermont Militia for five months under Capt. Thomas Sawyer and Lieut. Samuel Campbell, was stationed at Rutland in Vermont with other Troops under Captain Gideon Bronson of the Continental army, was engaged in building blockhouses, barracks and a picket fort and Scouting, served the term of his engagements and was honorably discharged but received no written instrument.
On the first day of April 1779, he enlisted in the Vermont State Troops under Capt. Sawyer for eight months was stationed at the post before mentioned, principally under the command of Capt. Bronson. Col. Warner called at the post occasionally, the duty was to keep the post and scout between that and Lake Champlain, at the expiration of my term I received an honorable discharge in writing on which I once made application under a former law and delivered the discharge to the Hon. Neh. King, who has now removed from the country and said discharge is now casually out of my possession and control.
About the 20th of Sept. 1780 was again called out for two months under Capt. Ichabod Robinson rendezvoused at a small picket fort at Castleton in Vermont, was detached for a few days to Mount Independence, at the expiration of the term was discharged without a written instrument, was not in any general action with the enemy, but was in occasional skirmishes with small parties.
He relinquishes every claim whatever to a pension or annuity except the present, and declares that his name is not on the pension roll of the agency of any state.
(Signature) David Niles
Sworn to and subscribed, the date and year aforesaid.
Len. Moffitt, annotate judge.
We, Henry Smith residing in the town of Salem and Earl Pierce residing in the same place hereby certify, that we are well acquainted with David Niles who has subscribed and sworn to the above declaration; that we believe him to be 72 years of age; that he is reputed and believed, in the neighborhood where he resides to have been a soldier of the revolution, and that we concur in that opinion.
(Signatures) Henry Smith, Earl Pierce
Sworn, and subscribed, the day and year aforesaid. L. Moffitt, annotate Judge
And the said court do hereby declare their opinion, after the investigation of the matter, and after putting the interrogatories prescribed by the War Department, that the above named applicant was a revolutionary soldier, and served as he states. And the court further certifies, that it appears to them that Henry Smith who has signed the preceding certificate is a resident in the town of Salem and that Earl Pierce who has also signed the same is a resident of the same place and is a credible person and that their statement is entitled to credit.
I, Sam. Hendry, clerk of the court of Common Pleas do hereby certify that the foregoing contains the original proceedings of the said court in the matter of this application of David Niles for a pension. In testimony whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and seal of office, this 25th day of September, A.D. 1832.
(Signature) Sam. Hendry Clerk
Although David's claim was not rejected, his pension file does not contain any indication he ever received a cent for his service and he is not listed on 1835 or 1840 pension rolls. As much in his life -- including his name -- this remains a mystery. David Niles was the illegitimate son of Annah Colvin and ??? He was raised by his maternal grandparents, Jeremiah and Ruth [Tucker] Colvin. As far as can be determined, the only Niles family with whom the Colvins were acquainted was that of David's great-aunt Elizabeth Tucker and her husband Ebenezer3 Niles.
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