The Tryon County Militia Rosters we will be posting this spring were the result of a four-year project carried out by the New York State Comptroller's Office from 1895-1898. As you read these reconstructed rosters you will observe peculiar spellings due to handwriting interpretation, literacy or the soldier or document condition; obvious counting of the same man twice; absence of ancestors you know or believe were in this regiment, etc. As I am unable to answer your questions about these rosters or individual men, let me interject some commentary written in 1897 by James A. Roberts, at that time State Comptroller. The italics are mine.

"During my first term of office as comptroller, the work of putting the old records of the comptroller's department in systematic order for purposes of easy reference was undertaken. This work in its progress brought to light quantities of forgotten papers relating to the services performed by New York in the Revolutionary War. These papers, long since detached from their original file packages, were promiscuously scattered through great masses of old vouchers and files....Competent men were, therefore, set at work searching out and arranging these papers, and this task, though slow and laborious, is believed to have been thoroughly and intelligently done....These papers contain the muster and pay-rolls of different organizations, and the historic value and importance of the papers is clearly proved by the fact that they alone show New York to have furnished nearly one and a half times the number of troops with which she is usually credited, and adding to these the names obtained from other reliable sources, the aggregate is more than twice the number usually credited....I therefore submit the following pages containing the names, rank and organization of these 41,633 men, whose services can be shown beyond question, with the greater satisfaction for believing that a great historical injustice, reflecting in many minds on New York's patriotic spirit in the Revolutionary struggle, will hereby be rectified, and she take her place, second only to the Massachusetts in number of troops furnished, and, under the circumstances surrounding her, second to none in lofty patriotism....It is true that lists of names of New York's Revolutionary soldiers have been heretofore published, but these were derived almost entirely from other than original sources, the state treasurer's books of account being the chief source, and their accuracy, for this reason, has been a matter of grave doubt, and therefore the results could not be accepted in historical works. The names published in this volume are derived from that highest of sources, the original muster and pay-rolls, and thus the services of the individual and the aggregate are conclusively shown....Nor do the names contained in this volume in all probability comprise all of those from New York who performed service in that great struggle....As it is, there can be little reasonable doubt that in some cases records of service have been lost, and that New York can never show the full number of troops furnished by her in the struggle. This is almost conclusively shown by the fact that the papers relating to pensions granted by the state for injuries received while in service in the Revolutionary War disclose many names which do not appear upon any roster in our possession." - James A. Roberts, "New York in the Revolution as Colony and State" Albany, N.Y., Press of Brandow Printing Company, 1898.

The muster rolls, payroll records, family or soldiers' letters, etc. that were organized to reconstruct all of the regiments of the State of New York are held by the State Archives in Albany, other historical societies, or are in the private hands of descendants of the officers. It would be extremely difficult a hundred years later to determine what specific record served as proof of your ancestor's service, how these records are archived today, or if any are accessible to the non-academic public. The recreated Tryon County rosters are being posted as a service to visitors to the Herkimer/ Montgomery Counties GenWeb. Most of them are being digitally transcribed by descendants of men in the various regiments and militias. We have no further information about the men below or the type of back-up documentation by which any individual's inclusion was merited.

Tryon County Militia - Rangers


Adamy Peter
Andrews Lewis
Anthony John
Atkins William
Bellinger Adam
Bratt James
Bush George
Bush William
Christman Nicholas
Cogdon John
Countryman Johannes
Dingman John
Embody Henry
Franck Adam
Freeman Joseph
Fritsher Conradt
Gueenall James
Hamilton James
Hayes Thomas
Heath Josiah
Hellegass Peter
Helmer Godfried
Hornung Burent
House Elias
House George
House Johanjost
House John
Jackson Joseph
Johnston Richard
Kaach John
Kennedy Samuel
Kesslaer Johannes
Kook William
Kremer Johanjost
Kronckhite Abraham

Lampford Peter, Sr.
Lampford Peter, Jr.
Leathers Ezekiel
Lepper Fredrick
Liewry Jacob
Llump Thomas
McCollum John
McDonnald John
Mackly Felix
Maybee John
Nellis Christian
Nellis William
Ogden Daniel
Pickerd John
Price Adam
Reebsamen Francis
Reebsumen Johannes
Roader Jacob
Roorey William
Scotten Josiah
Seger Fredrick
Shillip Christian
Snyder Gonlieb
Snyder Johannes
Stensell Nicholas
Stensell William
Stevens Samuel
Styne Conradt
Timmerman Jacob
Van Der Warke Gershom
Vander Warke James
VanSlyck George
Weaver Jacob
Young Richard

Tryon County Militia - Rangers


Agin Joshua
Biller Michel
Box John
Brame John
Canton John
Coplin Samuel
Coppernol Adam
Coppernol Richard
Cratzer Leonhart
Crum John
Dop John
Earl William
Empie Jacob
Fishbock Jacob
Flander Hendrick
Flune John
Fralick Felter
Freman Richard
Fry Jacob
Fuller Isaac
Fuller Michel
Getman Thomas
Hails John
Hart Conrad
Hart Daniel
Hawk George
Hodges Abraham
Hoyney Fredrick
Hoyney George
Hulser John
Jenne Christian
Karin William

Kind William
Kring Ludwick
Kufe Johannes
Leather Christian
Leather Johanes
Loux George
Miller Johanes
Mills Cornelius
Phillips Philip
Rickard Jacob
Saltsman George
Saltsman George, Jr.
Shafer Hendrick
Shuell John
Shuell Peter
Smith Bolzer
Smith John
Spankrable Johanes
Storing Jacob
Strader Nicholas
Sutes Johanes
Tusler Jacob
Vananwarp John
Vanderworkin Hendrick
Vanderworkin John
Vanderworkin Martin
Vrooman Hendrick
Vrooman Minehart
Walliser Christian
Williams Nehemiah
Wormwood Christian
Wormwood Johanes

Tryon County Militia - Rangers


Backer John
Bickerd Adolph
Dusler Jacob
Empie John
Ettigh Coenrad
Fry Jacob
Gittman Peter
Harth Daniel
Haynes George
Hortigh Andrew
House Peter

Kasselman John
Kretzer Leonard
Kulman Henry
Shuell John
Smith Henry
Smith William
Strater Nicholas
Tillenbach Christian
Vander Werke John
Walter Adam
Walter Christian

The lists of the Tryon County Rangers were typed by Tamara Wilkinson, one of the Herkimer/Montgomery Counties GenWeb's most tireless volunteers. Tammy's original query dated Sept. 30, 1997:

DEWANDELAER: Does anyone have info on this unusual surname? My great grandfather, John Adams DeWandelaer, was born in the early 1830's in Palatine (Stone Arabia.) His father was Gansevoort DeWandelaer (b. 1797? in Palatine or Tribes Hill.) And his mother was Delia GETMAN (b 5 July 1807). Gansevoort and Delia were married 28 Feb 1826. I believe Delia's parents were John Adam GETTMAN and Maria ___. John Adams DeWandelaer had one brother, James Gansevoort DeWandelaer, (b. 11 Nov 1835 in Palatine, d. 7 Dec 1901, m. Anna LAWYER?) and one sister, Georgiana P. DeWandelaer (b. 1837, d. 15 Oct 1911 in Palatine). John Adams DeWandelaer first married Nancy Catherine COPPERNOLL (b. 8 Nov 1838). I believe John A. and Nancy C. DeWandelaer had the following children:

  • Delmar J. DeWandelaer (b. 1858 d. 1940)
  • Glidden A. DeWandelaer (b. 1864 d. 1910)
  • Florence Adela DeWandelaer (b. 1860, m. WELLER)
  • Loretta DeWandelaer (b. 1862 d. 1938, m. WOCK or WOOK)
  • Lulu (Julia) DeWandelaer (b. 1866 d. 1934; m. VANANTWERP
  • Edward DeWandelaer (b. 1870 d. 1876)

I am trying to verify all of this but need help! Will gladly share what info I have. Tamara Wilkinson (wilkinson@sisna.com)

Tamara has been having good luck on our site since posting on our queries board and having her info mentioned on other items she's typed - "By the way, I've had another response to my "DeWandelaer" query! I was very excited to get more info on one of my grandmother's half-sisters!! "

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