Three Rivers
Hudson~Mohawk~Schoharie
History From America's Most Famous Valleys

The Book of Names
Especially Relating to The Early Palatines and the First Settlers in the
Mohawk Valley
Compiled and Arranged by Lou D. MacWethy
Published by The Enterprise and News
St. Johnsville, NY., 1933

Tryon County Rangers and Exempts

Exempts were men too old for active duty, but who were called out in emergencies to repel invasion. In the battle of Oriskany all were called and it was not uncommon for father and son to fight side by side. In several cases three generations were represented. Rangers were the scouts of that day. They were selected from the militia. John Frank, a pensioner, says: "the local militia were classed into classes of eight or ten and sometimes fifteen men and each groups was required to furnish one man, either on order of the governor or Committee of Safety." They enlisted for nine months and virtually "lay out" along the frontiers to detect Indian movements. They were the "eyes of the army." They went on foot, subsisted as best they could, and carried the responsibility of protecting the settlements against surprise.

Battalion of Minute Men

Enlisted Men

Associated Exempts

Enlisted Men

Rangers

Enlisted Men

Rangers

Enlisted Men

Rangers

Enlisted Men

Additional Names

The following names are found in the Oriskany roster, Vol. 1 of Green's Gateway to the West, but do no appear among the Tryon County Regiments found in New York in the Revolution. The Battle of Oriskany was fought under the direction of the Committee of Safety and before the state government was functioning. Those who were killed or wounded or disabled from further action might easily have been overlooked by those who prepared the roster of soldiers, depending on the state papers. The list of soldiers follows:

These names while they do not appear among the Tryon County Militia Regiment will be found in the Oriskany Roster.

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