Sergeant Abiathar Evans

Male 1742 - 1831  (~ 89 years)


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  • Name Abiathar Evans 
    Title Sergeant 
    Birth Jan 1742  Hartford, Hartford Co., Connecticut, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Military Service 1759  Hartford, Hartford Co., Connecticut, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    French and Indian Wars
    Pvt in 8th Co., 1st CT Regt commanded by Maj Gen Phineas Lyman, campaign of 1759 in Capt Edward Barnard's Co.
    Pvt in 9th Co., 1st CT Regt commanded by Maj Gen Phineas Lyman, campaign of 1761 in Capt Giles Wolcott's Co.  
    Military Service Apr 1775- 1783  Hartford, Hartford Co., Connecticut, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    American Revolution (US)
    2nd Connecticut Regiment - Col. Webb
    General Washington's Army
    Valley Forge - 1778
    Battle of Monmouth 
    • Abiathar's revolutionary service began as a Private in Capt. Cheney's Company, serving six days, "for the relief of Boston in the Lexington Alarm, April 1775."
    • In January 1776, Private Evans was under the command of Capt. Jonathan Wells' Fifth Company, in Col Erastus Wolcott's Regiment. During the reorganization of the Continental Force, before December 1775, Washington called on regiments from New England to guard lines. Three regiments were sent to Boston including Col. Wolcott's. They reached Boston the end of January, there they remained six weeks and occupied Boston after the British evacuated. Boston and the province of Mass. were free of British troops for the remainder of the war.
    • After his service in Capt. Wells' Company, on 28Feb1777, Corporal Abiathar Evans enlisted in Capt. David Parsons Company in the 2nd Connecticut Regiment, commanded by Col Charles Webb. The 2nd Connecticut Regiment was raised in 1777 for the Army of the "Continental Line," ordered assembled at Danbury in April, preparatory to taking the field and soon after went to Camp at Peekskill, NY.
    • Served there during the summer and fall of 1777 along the Hudson under General Putnam and ordered 14 Nov to join General Washington's Army in Pennsylvania. There on December 8th they were engaged in the sharp action of Whitmarsh, where the 2nd Connecticut lost a number of Officers and men, killed and wounded.
    • After leaving Whitmarsh, Washington's Army, including the 2nd Connecticut (and Corporal Evans) made their way to Valley Forge, for the harsh winter of 1777-1778.
    • From Valley Forge, they marched to Monmouth, NJ to what would become "the most scorching summer day ever known in America." There the Battle of Monmouth was fought on the 28th day of June 1778 Events from this battle include, Washington restoring control, inspiring confidence, and turning the soldiers back to the attack, after a retreat by Gen. Charles Lee, later to be court-martial for this event. Also, the legend of Molly Pitcher occurs here, as it is said she took over the cannon manned by her fallen husband, during the battle.
    • After the long and exhausting battle at Monmouth, the 2nd Connecticut Regiment was reassigned to the Second Connecticut Brigade under Gen. Huntington at Camp White Plains, where they were for the winter of 1778-1779 with the Division at Redding. They served on the east side of the Hudson in General Heath's wing during operations of 1779 and wintered at Morristown from 1779-1780.
    • In 1780 the 2nd Connecticut Regt. served on the outposts with the main Army, on the Hudson. Here on May 1st, Abiathar Evans was promoted to Sergeant. His unit wintered 1780-1781 at "Camp Connecticut Village" above the Robinson House, on the Hudson, where they were reorganized for the next formation.
    • Sgt Evans was part of the 2nd Connecticut Regt until 31Dec1781 when it was reorganized into the 3rd Connecticut Regiment, commanded by Col. Samuel B. Webb.
    • Sgt Evans enlisted in Capt Rogers Eighth Company, on 01Jan1781 and served with the Army on the Hudson, as part of the 3rd Connecticut Regiment.
    • The muster roll of 1782 list occupation and description of persons mentioned; Abiathar Evans, carpenter and joiner aged 40, 5'9" in height, born and resides in Hartford, CT; dark complexion, dark eyes, and dark hair.
    • Colonel Samuel B. Webb's Connecticut Regiment was disbanded in June of 1783 and Sgt Abiathar Evans was officially discharged at West Point,NY the same month.
    • In his pension record, Abiathar states, "discharged the month of June 1784, having served a year more than my term of enlistment." Very little is stated in his pension record about any conflicts and battles, it is all generalized. Sgt. Abiathar was allowed pension on his application executed 17 April 1818 at which time he was in his seventy-sixth year of age, and living in Pawlet, Rutland County, Vermont. He died in 1831 at the age of 89 and his widow, Mary, drew a Widows pension from 1832 until her death in 1847 at the age of 103 years
    Pension Record - Evans, Abiathar (American Revolution)
    Pension Record - Evans, Abiathar (American Revolution)
    Death 10 Jul 1831  Pawlet, Rutland Co., Vermont, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Burial Mettawee Valley Cemetery, Pawlet, Rutland Co., Vermont, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • Abiathar Evans married and lived in Western Massachusetts prior to the Revolution. However, moved back to Hartford at the time of the Revolution (his youngest son, Abiathar Jr., was born there too). Served the entire war have served in New York, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey, having seen action in several battles and skirmishes, as well as the winter in Valley Forge. After the war he moved his family to family to Pawlet, VT, where he help built the First Congregational Church in 1785. He was a carpenter and joiner by trade.
    Person ID I274  OurNorthernRoots | Andrew's Ancestor
    Last Modified 3 Feb 2022 

    Father Samuel Evans,   b. 10 Dec 1703, Windsor, Hartford Co., Connecticut, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F10894  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Mary Johnson,   b. 24 Feb 1744, Holliston, Middlesex Co., Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this locationd. 26 Aug 1847, Pawlet, Rutland Co., Vermont, USA Find all individuals with events at this location (Age 103 years) 
    Marriage 10 Nov 1766  Tyringham, Berkshire Co., Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Sarah Evans,   b. 5 Jul 1767, New Marlboro, Berkshire Co., Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
    +2. Frederick Evans,   b. 2 May 1769, New Marlboro, Berkshire Co., Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this locationd. Abt 1810, Granville, Washington Co., New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location (Age 40 years)
    +3. Mary Evans,   b. 5 Aug 1771, New Marlboro, Berkshire Co., Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this locationd. 11 Oct 1858, Hector, Schuyler Co., New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location (Age 87 years)
    +4. Phebe Evans,   b. 28 Feb 1774, New Marlboro, Berkshire Co., Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this locationd. 17 Apr 1848, Middle Granville, Washington Co., New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location (Age 74 years)
    +5. Abiathar Evans, Jr.,   b. 1779, Hartford Co., Connecticut, USA Find all individuals with events at this locationd. 12 Apr 1829, Pawlet, Rutland Co., Vermont, USA Find all individuals with events at this location (Age 50 years)
    Last Modified 2 Feb 2022 
    Family ID F191  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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    Link to Google MapsBirth - Jan 1742 - Hartford, Hartford Co., Connecticut, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMilitary Service - French and Indian Wars Pvt in 8th Co., 1st CT Regt commanded by Maj Gen Phineas Lyman, campaign of 1759 in Capt Edward Barnard's Co. Pvt in 9th Co., 1st CT Regt commanded by Maj Gen Phineas Lyman, campaign of 1761 in Capt Giles Wolcott's Co. - 1759 - Hartford, Hartford Co., Connecticut, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarriage - 10 Nov 1766 - Tyringham, Berkshire Co., Massachusetts, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMilitary Service - American Revolution (US) 2nd Connecticut Regiment - Col. Webb General Washington's Army Valley Forge - 1778 Battle of Monmouth - Apr 1775- 1783 - Hartford, Hartford Co., Connecticut, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDeath - 10 Jul 1831 - Pawlet, Rutland Co., Vermont, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBurial - - Mettawee Valley Cemetery, Pawlet, Rutland Co., Vermont, USA Link to Google Earth
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