Knox during the Revolutionary War

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Albany county as it existed at the time of the revolution, first organized seventeen regiments of militia, under the law of 1776.

They were numbered and officered, as found to the historical records of the state, as follows:

  • First regiment,-, city of Albany, first company, John Barclay, captain later spelled "Barckley." He was from Knox.

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.

From the Knox Sesquicentennial Booklet (1972) Knox at War

History records that Knox has always responded patriotically to the country's need in time of War.

Captain Benjamin Fowler, Lt. Henry Dennison, Capt. Elisha Williams, and James Dyer served in the Revolutionary War and rest in silent majesty at High Point Cemetery. James Dyer has the distinction of having been an orderly to General George Washington. Colonel Asa Abbot's resting place is in a small plot found at the Robert Whipple farm. Amos Torrey, Silas Blodgett, and John Saddlemire also served in this war and are buried in the Knox Cemetery.[1]

We are attempting to make a list of all hill town men served on both sides. 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.

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Knox area Men in the Militia


Hessian soldiers who settled in Knox


  1. Knox Sesquicentennial Booklet