Collection: American Prisoners Of The Revolution

The Prisons Of New York

“Out of over 2600 prisoners taken on that day, in two months & four days 1900 were killed in the infamous sugar houses and other prisons in the city.” – Benson J. LossingĀ  in his Pictorial Field Book Of The Revolution Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. choose a state: Any AL AK AZ AR CA CO CT DE DC FL GA HI ID IL IN IA KS KY LA ME MD MA MI MN MS MO MT NE NV NH NJ NM NY NC ND OH OK OR PA RI SC SD TN TX UT VT VA WA WV WI WY INTL Start Now We will now endeavor to describe the principal places of confinement used by the British in New York during the early years of the war. Lossing, in his Field Book of the Revolution, thus speaks of these dens of misery: “At the fight around Fort Washington,” he says, “only one hundred Americans were killed, while the British loss was one thousand, chiefly Hessians, But the British took a most cruel revenge. Out of over 2600 prisoners taken on that day, in two months & four days 1900 were killed in the infamous sugar houses and other prisons in the city. “Association of intense horror are linked with the records of the prisons and prison ships of New York. Thousands...

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The Adventures Of A Naval Officer

In the year 1806 a little book with this title was published in New York, by Captain Nathaniel Fanning. It was dedicated to John Jackson, Esquire, the man who did so much to interest the public in the preservation and interment of the remains of the martyrs of the prisonships in the Wallabout.

Fanning was born in Connecticut, in the year 1755. On the 26th of May, 1778, he went on board the brig Angelica, commanded by Captain William Dennis, which was about to sail on a six months cruise. There were 98 men and boys in the crew, and Fanning was prize-master on board the privateer. She was captured by the Andromeda, a frigate of 28 guns, five days from Philadelphia, with General Howe on board on his way back to England.

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Memoir Of Eli Bickford

“If a difficulty arose between two of them it was settled in the following manner. The prisoners formed a circle in the center of which the disputants took their stand, and exchanged a few rounds of well-directed blows, after which they shook hands, and were better friends than before.” – Eli Bickford Eli Bickford, who was born on the 29th of September, 1754, in the town of Durham, N. H., and enlisted on a privateer, was taken prisoner by the British, confined at first on the Old Jersey, and afterwards sent to England with many others, in a vessel commanded by Captain Smallcorn, whom he called “a sample of the smallest corn he had ever met.” While on board this vessel he was taken down with the smallpox. No beds or bedding were provided for the prisoners and a plank on deck was his only pillow. He and his fellow sufferers were treated with great severity, and insulted at every turn. When they reached England they were sent to prison, where he remained in close confinement for four years and six months. Finding a piece of a door hinge, he and some of the others endeavored to make their escape by digging a passage under the walls. A report of their proceedings reached the jailer, but, secure in the strength of the walls he did not believe it. This...

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A Bibliography On the Old New Jersey

The writer of this volume has been very much assisted in her task by Mr. Frank Moore’s Diary of the Revolution, a collection of extracts from the periodicals of the day. This valuable compilation has saved much time and trouble. Other books that have been useful are the following. Adventures of Christopher Hawkins. Adventures of Ebenezer Fox. Published in Boston, by Charles Fox, in 1848. History of Brooklyn by Stiles. Bolton’s Private Soldier of the Revolution. Bigelow’s Life of B. Franklin, vol II, pages 403 to 411. Account of Interment of Remains of American Prisoners. Reprint, by Rev. Henry R. Stiles. Elias Boudinot’s Journal and Historical Recollections. Watson’s Annals. Thomas Dring’s Recollections of the Jersey Prison Ship, re-edited by H. B. Dawson, 1865. Thomas Andros’s Old Jersey Captive, Boston, 1833. Lossing’s Field Book of the Revolution. Memoirs of Ethan Allen, written by himself. Journal of Dr. Elias Cornelius. Dunlap’s New York. Narrative of Nathaniel Fanning. Narrative of Jabez Fitch. Valentine’s Manual of New York. The Old Martyrs’ Prison. A pamphlet. Jones’s New York. Poems of Philip Freneau. Prison Ship Martyrs, by Rev. Henry R. Stiles. A Relic of the Revolution, by Rev. R. Livesey, Published by G. C. Rand, Boston, 1854. Memoirs of Alexander Graydon. Memoir of Eli Bickford. Martyrs of the Revolution, by George Taylor, 1820. Memoirs of Andrew Sherburne. Mrs. Ellet’s Domestic History of the Revolution, pages...

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U and V Prisoners of The Old Jersey

The following is a list of men who were imprisoned upon the ship called “The Old Jersey” during the Revolutionary War. The tales the men told of their sufferings can be compared with those suffered by the North imprisoned at Camp Sumter (Andersonville Prison) during the War of the Rebellion. To find out more about the condition of life upon this ship during their incarceration, see the source listed below. U Surnames Urson Ullaby Thomas Umthank Benjamin Uncers Joseph Union Obadiah Upton John Usher Andre Utinett Abirnelech Uuncer V Surnames Peter Vaidel Pierre Valem Joseph Valentine George Vallance David Vallet John Valpen Nathan Vamp William Vance Thomas Vandegrist Francis Vandegrist Patrick Vandon John Vandross Eleazar Van Dyke John Van Dyke Nathaniel Van Horn William Van Horn Christain Vann Jean Van Orse James Vanoster Barnabus Varley Patrick Vasse Richard Vaugh Aaron Vaughan Andrew Vaughan Christian Vaughan David Veale Elisha Veale Toser Vegier Bruno Velis David Velow William Venable Moses Ventis Samuel Ventis Joseph Verdela Julian Verna Peter Vesseco Justin Vestine Pierre Vettelet John Vial Jean Viauf William Vibert Anare Vic John Vickery Roger Victory David Viegra Daniel Viero William Vierse Jean Vigo John Vilvee Lange Vin Peter Vinane Francis Vincent William Vinnal Robert Virnon Jean Vissenbouf Andrew Vitena Joseph Vitewell Juan Albert Vixeaire John Voe John Vonkett William Von Won Nicholas Vookly John Vorus Henry Voss George...

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W Prisoners of The Old Jersey

The following is a list of men who were imprisoned upon the ship called “The Old Jersey” during the Revolutionary War. The tales the men told of their sufferings can be compared with those suffered by the North imprisoned at Camp Sumter (Andersonville Prison) during the War of the Rebellion. To find out more about the condition of life upon this ship during their incarceration, see the source listed below. W Surnames Christian Wadde Benjamin Wade Thomas Wade (2) Christopher Wadler Richard Wagstaff Joseph Wainwright Jacob Wainscott Matthew Wainscott Charles Waistcoott Ezekiel Waistcoat Jabez Waistcoat Jacob Waistcoat John Waistcoat Joseph Waiterly Joseph Wakefield Joseph Walcot Asa Walden George Walding John Waldrick Ephraim Wales Samuel Wales Baldwin Walker Daniel Walker Ezekiel Walker George Walker Hezekiah Walker John Walker Joseph Walker Michael Walker (4) Nathaniel Walker (4) Richard Walker Samuel Walker (2) Thomas Walker (2) William Walker (3) James Wall Bartholomew Wallace John Wallace Joseph Wallace Thomas Wallace (2) Ebenezer Wallar Joseph Wallen Caleb Waller George Wallesly Anthony Wallis Benjamin Wallis Ezekiel Wallis George Wallis Hugh Wallis James Wallis John Wallis Jonathan Wallis John Wallore Edward Walls William Wallsey William Walmer Robert Walpole John Walsey Patrick Walsh George Walter John Walter Joseph Walter Jonathan Walters Roger Walters Henry Walton John Walton Jonathan Walton John Wandall Ezekiel Wannell Powers Wansley Michael Wanstead George Wanton Benjamin Ward Charles Ward Christenton Ward David Ward...

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X, Y, and Z Prisoners of The Old Jersey

The following is a list of men who were imprisoned upon the ship called “The Old Jersey” during the Revolutionary War. The tales the men told of their sufferings can be compared with those suffered by the North imprisoned at Camp Sumter (Andersonville Prison) during the War of the Rebellion. To find out more about the condition of life upon this ship during their incarceration, see the source listed below. X Surnames John Xmens Y Surnames Joseph Yalkington Joseph Yanger Joseph Yard Thomas Yates Francis Yduchare Adam Yeager Jacob Yeason Jacob Yeaston Pender Yedrab George Yoannet Edward Yorke Peter Yose Alexander Young Archibald Young Charles Young George Young Ichabod Young Jacob Young John Young (2) Marquis Young (2) Seth Young William Young Charles Youngans Louis Younger Z Surnames Jean Peter Zamiel Pierre...

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T Prisoners of The Old Jersey

The following is a list of men who were imprisoned upon the ship called “The Old Jersey” during the Revolutionary War. The tales the men told of their sufferings can be compared with those suffered by the North imprisoned at Camp Sumter (Andersonville Prison) during the War of the Rebellion. To find out more about the condition of life upon this ship during their incarceration, see the source listed below. T Surnames Anthony Tabee John Taber (2) Thomas Taber Samuel Table John Tabor Pelack Tabor Ebenezer Tabowl Ebenezer Talbot Silas Talbott Ebenezer Talbott Wilham Talbut James Talketon Archibald Talley John Tankason Caspar Tanner John Tanner William Tant Thomas Tantis Samuel Tapley Isaac Tappin Antonio Tarbour Townsend Tarena Edward Target John Tarrant Lewis Tarret Domingo Taugin Edward Tayender Samuel Taybor Alexander Taylor Andrew Taylor (2) Gabriel Taylor Hezekiah Taylor Isaac TaylorJacob Taylor (3) John Taylor (8) Captain John Taylor Joseph Taylor (3) Major Taylor Noadiah Taylor Peter Taylor Robert Taylor (3) Tobias Taylor William Taylor (3) George Teather Thomas Tebard John Teller Jean Temare John Templing Philip Temver Gilbert Tennant Thomas Tenny Henry Teppett Governe Terrene Joshua Ternewe Thomas Terrett William Terrett John Terry Samuel Terry William Terry Joshua Teruewe Zerlan Tesbard Jean Tessier Freeborn Thandick Lewis Thaxter Seren Thaxter John Thelston Robert Therey Simon Thimagun Thurdick Thintle —- Thomas Abner Thomas Andrew Thomas Cornelius Thomas Ebenezer Thomas (2) Edward...

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S Prisoners of The Old Jersey

The following is a list of men who were imprisoned upon the ship called “The Old Jersey” during the Revolutionary War. The tales the men told of their sufferings can be compared with those suffered by the North imprisoned at Camp Sumter (Andersonville Prison) during the War of the Rebellion. To find out more about the condition of life upon this ship during their incarceration, see the source listed below. S Surnames Francisco Sablong John Sachel Jonathan Sachell George Sadden George Saddler John Sadens Abraham Sage Edward Sailly John Saint Elena Saldat Gilbert Salinstall Luther Salisbury Michael Sallibie John Salmon John Salter Thomas Salter Edward Same Pierre Samleigh Jacob Sammian Stephen Sampson (2) Charles Sand Henry Sanders Manuel Sandovah Ewing Sands Stephen Sands Daniel Sanford Anthony Santis Thomas Sarbett Louis Sarde Peter Sarfe Juan Sassett David Sasson Jonathan Satchell William Saterly Johns Sathele Joseph Satton Edward Sauce Augustus Saunders Daniel Saunders John Saunders Allen Savage Belias Savage Nathaniel Savage(2) Joseph Savot Benjamin Sawyer Daniel Sawyer Ephraim Sawyer(3) James Sawyer Jeremiah Sawyer John Sawyer Peter Sawyer Thomas Sawyer William Sawyer Cuffy Savers Joseph Sayers Henry Scees Peter Schafer Melchior Scheldorope Peter Schwoob Julian Scope Christopher Scott George Scott James Scott John Scott (4) Robert Scott Thomas Scott William Scott Daniel Scovell David Scudder Nutchell Scull Lamb Seabury Samuel Seabury Adam Seager George Seager Thomas Sealey (2) Robert Seares George Seaton...

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B Prisoners of The Old Jersey

The following is a list of men who were imprisoned upon the ship called “The Old Jersey” during the Revolutionary War. The tales the men told of their sufferings can be compared with those suffered by the North imprisoned at Camp Sumter (Andersonville Prison) during the War of the Rebellion. To find out more about the condition of life upon this ship during their incarceration, see the source listed below. B Surnames Franklin Babcock William Babcock James Babel Jeremiah Babell Jean Babier Abel Baboard Vascilla Babtreause Francis Bachelier Jonathan Bachelor Antonio Backalong Francis Backay Benjamin Bacon Esau Bacon Judah Bacon Stephen Badante Laurence Badeno William Badick Jonathan Baddock John Baggar Barnett Bagges Adam Bagley Joseph Bahamony John Bailey (2) William Bailey Moses Baird Joseph Baisolus William Baison William Batho Christopher Baker Ebenezer Baker John Baker (2) Joseph Baker Judah Baker Lemuel Baker Nathaniel Baker Pamberton Baker Pemberton Baker Pembleton Baker Thomas Baker (3) David Baldwin James Baldwin John Baldwin Nathaniel Baldwin Ralph Baldwin Thomas Ball Benjamin Ballard John Ballast Joseph Balumatigua Ralf Bamford Jacob Bamper Peter Banaby James Bandel Augustine Bandine Pierre Bandine John Banister (2) Matthew Bank James Banker John Banks Matthew Banks Jean Rio Bapbsta Jean Baptista Gale Baptist Jean Baptist John Barber Gilbert Barber John Barden William Barenoft Walter Bargeman Joseph Bargeron Charles Bargo Mabas Bark Benjamin Barker Edward Barker Jacom Barker John Barker Peter Barker...

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A Prisoners of The Old Jersey

The following is a list of men who were imprisoned upon the ship called “The Old Jersey” during the Revolutionary War. The tales the men told of their sufferings can be compared with those suffered by the North imprisoned at Camp Sumter (Andersonville Prison) during the War of the Rebellion. To find out more about the condition of life upon this ship during their incarceration, see the source listed below. A Surnames Garret Aarons John Aarons (2) Alexander Abbett John Abbett James Abben John Abbott Daniel Abbott Abel Abel George Abel Jacob Aberry Jabez Abett Philip Abing Thomas Abington Christopher Abois William Aboms Daniel Abrams Don Meegl (Miguel) Abusure Gansio Acito Abel Adams Amos Adams Benjamin Adams David Adams Isaac Adams John Adams (4) Lawrence Adams Moses Adams Nathaniel Adams Pisco Adams Richard Adams Stephen Adams Thomas Adams Warren Adams Amos Addams Thomas Addett Benjamin Addison David Addon John Adlott Robert Admistad Noah Administer Wm Adamson (2) John Adobon James Adovie Sebastian de Aedora Jean Aenbie Michael Aessinis Frances Affille Joseph Antonio Aguirra Thomas Aguynoble John Aires Robert Aitken Thomas Aiz Manuel Ajote Jacob Akins Joseph Aker (2) Richard Akerson Charles Albert Piere Albert Robert Albion Joachin Alconan Joseph de Alcorta Juan Ignacid Alcorta Pedro Aldaronda Humphrey Alden Fred Aldkin George Aldridge Jacob Alehipike Jean Aleslure Archibald Alexander John Alexander (2) Lehle Alexander William Alexander Thomas Alger Christopher Aliet...

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Q and R Prisoners of The Old Jersey

The following is a list of men who were imprisoned upon the ship called “The Old Jersey” during the Revolutionary War. The tales the men told of their sufferings can be compared with those suffered by the North imprisoned at Camp Sumter (Andersonville Prison) during the War of the Rebellion. To find out more about the condition of life upon this ship during their incarceration, see the source listed below. Q Surnames James Quality (3) Joseph Quality Josiah Quality Samuel Quamer Thomas Quand Louis Quelgrise Duncan Quigg (2) James Quinch Samuel Quinn Charles Quiot Samuel Quomer R Surnames Thomas Race Antonio Rackalong Patrick Rafferty Daniel Raiden Michael Raingul Richard Rainham Thomas Rainiot George Rambert Peter Ramlies Joseph Ramsdale Abner Ramsden Jean C. Ran Benjamin Randall Charles Randall Edward Randall Jesse Randall Joseph Randall Nathaniel Randall (2) Thomas Randall William Randall (2) Dolly Randel Paul Randell Joseph Randell (2) Joses Randell George Randell Paul Randell George Randels Nathaniel Randol Jean Baptiste Rano Benjamin Ranshaw James Rant Norman Rathbun Roger Rathbun Peter Rathburn Samuel Rathburn Rogers Rathburne Peter Rattan Arthur Rawson Francis Rawson James Rawson Alexander Ray John Ray Nathaniel Ray Nathaniel Raye George Raymond James Raymond William Raymond William Raymons Jean Raynor Benjamin Read Oliver Reade Jeremiah Reardon Lewis Recour John Red James Redfield Edward Redick Benjamin Redman Andre Read Barnard Reed Christian Reed Curtis Reed Eliphaz Reed George Reed...

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P Prisoners of The Old Jersey

The following is a list of men who were imprisoned upon the ship called “The Old Jersey” during the Revolutionary War. The tales the men told of their sufferings can be compared with those suffered by the North imprisoned at Camp Sumter (Andersonville Prison) during the War of the Rebellion. To find out more about the condition of life upon this ship during their incarceration, see the source listed below. P Surnames Jean Packet Abel Paddock Joseph Paddock Silas Paddock Daniel Paddock Journey Padouan B. Pain Jacob Painter Henry Painter John Palicut Daniel Palmer Elisha Palmer Gay Palmer George Palmer James Palmer John Palmer Jonas Palmer Joshua Palmer Lemuel Palmer Matthew Palmer Moses Palmer Philip Palmer William Palmer (4) Peter Palot Moses Palot Nicholas Pamphillion Emea Panier Anthony Panks Joseph Parde Christopher Pardindes Jacob Pardley John Parish George Park John Parkard Thomas Parkard George L. Parke Joseph Parkens Amos Parker Ebenezer Parker Edward Parker George Parker (2) John Parker (4) Luther Parker (2) Peter Parker Samuel Parker (2) Thaddeus Parker Timothy Parker George Parks Richard Parks Thomas Parkson Joseph Parlot Thomas Parnell Jean Parol Sebastian Parong Dominick Parpot Gabriel Parrie Francis Parshall James Parsons (3) Jeremiah Parsons John Parsons Joseph Parsons Samuel Parsons Stephen Parsons William Parsons (2) James Partridge Roman Pascan Edmund Paschal Leroy Pasehall Richard Pass William Pass Israel Patch Joseph Patrick David Patridge Edward Patterson Hance...

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O Prisoners of The Old Jersey

The following is a list of men who were imprisoned upon the ship called “The Old Jersey” during the Revolutionary War. The tales the men told of their sufferings can be compared with those suffered by the North imprisoned at Camp Sumter (Andersonville Prison) during the War of the Rebellion. To find out more about the condition of life upon this ship during their incarceration, see the source listed below. O Surnames Charles Oakford Solomon Oakley John Oakman Israel Oat Joseph Oates John Obey (2) Cornelius O’Brien Edward O’Brien John O’Brien William O’Bryan Daniel Obourne Samuel Oderon Samuel Odiron Pierre Ogee John Ogillon Richard Ogner Patrick O’Hara Robert O’Hara Patrick O’Harra Daniel Olbro George Oldham John Oldsmith Raymond O’Larra Devoe Olaya Zebulon Olaya Don R. Antonio Olive Anthony Oliver James Oliver (5) Zebulon Oliver Ebenezer Onsware Allan Ord John Ord John Orgall Sebastian Orman Edward Ormunde William Orr John Orrock Emanuel Orseat Patrick Orsley John Osborn Joseph Osbourne John Oseglass Stephen Osena John Osgood Gabriel Oshire Jean Oshire Louis Oshire John Osman Henry Oswald Gregorian Othes Andre Otine (2) Samuel Otis Benjamin Otter John Oubler Charles Ousanon Samuel Ousey William Ousey Jay Outon John Outton Jonathan Ovans Samuel Ovell Vincent Overatt Samuel Overgorm Lewis Owal John Owen Anthony Owens Archibald Owens Barnick Owens James Owens John Owens Samuel...

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N Prisoners of The Old Jersey

The following is a list of men who were imprisoned upon the ship called “The Old Jersey” during the Revolutionary War. The tales the men told of their sufferings can be compared with those suffered by the North imprisoned at Camp Sumter (Andersonville Prison) during the War of the Rebellion. To find out more about the condition of life upon this ship during their incarceration, see the source listed below. N Surnames Ebenezer Nabb Dippen Nack Archibald Nailer Thomas Nandiva Hosea Nandus Richard Nash Jean Natalt Benjamin Nathan Joseph Nathan John Nathey (2) Nathaniel Naval Simon Navane Francis Navas Pierre Navey David Neal (2) George Neal William Nealson Ebenezer Neating Gideon Necar Joseph Negbel Michael Negg John Negis James Neglee Frank Negroe James Negroe James Negus Thomas Negus Abraham Neilson Alexander Neilson James Neilson Joseph Neilson Alexander Nelson Andrew Nelson John Nelson (2) Joseph Nelson Thomas Nelson (2) William Nelson Thomas Nesbitt Bartholomew Nestora Francis Neville Jean Neville Michael Neville Ebenezer Newall Sucreason Newall William Neward Elisha Newbury Andrew Newcomb John Newcomb Andrew Newell Amos Newell Joseph Newell Nathaniel Newell Robert Newell Nicholas Newgal Joseph Newhall Joseph Newille Francis Newman Moses Newman Nathaniel Newman Samuel Newman Thomas Newman (4) Adam Newton (2) John Newton William Newton Adam Newtown William Newtown John Niester James Nigley Richard Nich Thomas Nicher Martin Nichets Richard Nicholas Allen Nichols George Nichols James Nichols John...

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