Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Mohican Men in Capt. Enoch Noble’s Militia Company

Colleague Linus Leavens informed me of this military pay roll he found in Rolls of the Soldiers in the Revolutionary War 1775 to 1783, compiled by John E. Goodrich, published in 1904.  As you can see, the company was formed in Berkshire County, Massachusetts, probably October 19, 1780.  The company was on active duty for a total of 16 days.  The troops were discharged 4 November 1780.  It’s interesting to note that Captain Noble presented the pay roll to Major Goodrich so the troops could be paid on 18 April 1781. Payment was given 22 June 1781, over seven months after service.

The men whose names are in bold face were Native American.  The names whose names are also italicized were definitely Mohican.  Benjamin Ephraim was probably Native because he’s grouped with the other Native men, but confirmation needs to be made. 

There are two important points to be made.  This company was part of the Continental Army, under the command of Captain Enoch Noble.  Therefore, Mohican men fought in the Continental Army in a company completely different from the Indian Company, also called the Stockbridge Regiment, formed by Abraham Nimham in 1777.  David Naunauneek, A Concopatts, Isaac Wnaupeh were probably David Naunauneck, Abraham Konkapot and Isaac Wnaumpey who served in Nimham’s company and survived the disastrous battle in the Bronx.  

Capt. Enoch Noble’s Company, under command of Major Wm. Goodrich

A Pay Roll for the Continental Establishment for Capt. Enoch Noble’s Company of Militia from the county of Berkshire [Mass.], who marched to Bennington in the State of Vermont under the command of Maj. Wm Goodrich, to defend the frontiers on Oct. 23, 1780.

Names and Rank

Capt. Enoch Noble
Lt. Wm Ashley
Lt. Danl. Johnson
Sergt. John Huggins
Sergt. Baley Austin
Sergt. John Cowles
Sergt. Joseph French
Corpl. John Nichols
Corpl. Asa Rood
Corpl. Thos. Tilden
Corpl. Thos. Tilden
Corpl. Isaac Collins
Drmr. Phineas Royce

Thaddeus Root
Wm. Walker
Francis Hase
Timoy Cowles
Noble Smith
Alexr Gunn
Nathl. Austin.
Gilbert Olds
Martin Marble
Roger Holcomb
Uriah  Harmon
John Harmon
Jos. Churchel
Roswell Barnes
Asa Barnes
Moses Barnes
Umph Negro
Jona. Holcomb
Ebenr Barker
Lot Fuller
Roger Savage
Moses Bush
Gideon King
Ebenr Stevens
Solomon Ransford
Wm Manley, Jr.
Phineas Royce
Moses Royce
John Concopatts
A Concopatts
Moses Thangokeheek
Benj. Pye
Hendh Seekheek
David Naunauneek
Benj. Ephraim
Jos. Usesulo
Isaac Neham
Isaac Wnaupeh
Peter Tawpanpeet
Jona Attoksin
David Nesanankhuk
Jacob Naunaupetonky
Trias Charp
Cornelius Hukmuk
Cornelius Whenuppansuk

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