Beaver Dam during the Revolutionary War

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The Dietz Massacre<br.>courtesy of the Greater Oneonta Historical Society


The massacre of the Dietz family in 1781 was the only Iroquois incursion in Beaver Dam during the American Revolution. During the War inhabitants fought on both sides of the conflict. Loyalists who supported the British left and went to Canada. Those who stayed and fought the British expected that if they won, they would either be released from their tenancy, or at the least, be allowed to purchase the land at fair market value. Instead, the new government of New York decided to honor the lease contracts of the patroons, who contributed heavily to the politicians. This led to the Anti-Rent War.

Organization of the 3rd Co, Beaverdam

(I {Glen Swartz, and no one has double checked my extract} standardize much of the formatting and spelling of the rank (but not the names), in this webpage {created by Harold Miller}, and it should be compared to the original source, has it is not a verbatim extract, and is subject to my errors of interpretation, further compounding any errors Fernow made. When in doubt, refer to the original sources)

Beaver Dam Men in the Revolution, Patriots

We are attempting to make a list of all Berne area men who served in the military during the Revoltionary War. If you know someone who served, please add their name to the list. If you know more about any of them, if would be a fitting tribute to them if you would also create a biography of them. Until then, the only thing we can share with viewers of this page is their name.


We would like to start a biography for each of these people with the basic data about their military service and anything else you care to add under one or more of the following categories as appropriate:

  • Photo
  • Birth (date, place, parents)
  • Education
  • Military Service
  • Marriage and Children
  • Occupation
  • Death (date and burial)
  • Other Media (newspaper articles, service papers, obituary, etc.)
  • Gallery (photos)


Please add a name below in alphabetical order. To do so, first register then sign in. You will see an Edit tab to the right. Click on it and enter a name in the sample format shown below. Go the bottom of this page and click Show Preview. The name should then appear in red. If it looks OK, go to the bottom of the page again and click on Save Page. If you click on the name you can then add a biography. You need not write a biography to add a name to the list.

Click on Instructions for Entering Service Personnel for additional help.

Service Personnel

Beaver Dam Men in the Revolution, Loyalists


1782 Muster roll, section 3,[1] is a list of those living in the immediate vicinity of the Switzkill (as determined by Glen Swartz, stating he used [unnamed] maps, deeds and census records).

Section no. 3. Residents who were eligible for service:

  • Jacobus Deitz
  • Adem Deitz
  • Adem Deitz, Jr.
  • Hendryck Deitz
  • Jury Ball (George Ball)
  • Hendrick Crosspile
  • Counrade Swarts (Conrad Swart)
  • William Becraft, Jr.
  • Francis Becraft
  • Johannis Eker (Johannes Ecker)
  • Nicolas Eker (Nicholas Ecker)
  • Johannis Cher, Jr.
  • Peter Snyder
  • John Tomson
  • Charles Heflig (Charles Haverly)
  • Jacob Heflig (Jacob Haverly)

This roster was taken for the 15th Rgmt, Schoharie Militia, but from Fernow, these men would have actually been assigned to the 3rd Rgmt Rensselaerwyck. This record (Roscoe) of Revolutionary Service was approved in 2006 for descendants admission to the National Society, Sons of the American Revolution.

1840 census of Rev. War pensioners

1840 census of Rev. War pensioners

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