|Birth: ||Mar. 15, 1751|
Believed to be interred in this cemetery. Married Margaret Ann George abt 1778. Father of Philip J. b. 1 Nov 1779, Bartholomew b. 1781, Margaret b. 1786, Barbara b. 17 Mar 1788, Michael George b. 20 Mar 1789, Abigail b. 1793 and James J. b. 10 Apr 1797.
Revolutionary War Veteran.
MILITARY-Revolutionary War, Capt. Andrew Hines "Flying Camp." National Archives File S23778.
PENSION APPLICATION FOR JOHN LONGSTRETH
Declaration in order to obtain the benefit of the Act of Congress, passed June 7, 1832.
State of Pennsylvania
and County of Bedford
On this 23rd day of August 1833, personally appeared (in open court) before John F. Davis, a (County) Justice of the Peace( ) John Longstreth, a resident of Belfast Township in the County of Bedford, and state of Pennsylvania, aged eighty one years, who being first duly sworn according to
Law, doth, on his oath, make the following declaration, in order to obtain the benefit of the Act of Congress passed June 7, 1832.
That he was born near Philadelphia in the State of Pennsylvania A.D. 1751 or 2, came to reside in Bedford County in said State previous to the revolutionary war where I resided at the time I entered the service and is now the place of my residence.
That he entered the service of the United States under the following named officers and served as herein stated.
Entered the service (volunteer) in later end of Sept. or beginning of October 1776 in the Flying Camp under Capt. Andrew Hines as scout( )Handcock town state of Maryland (tour of service for three months). Marched rapidly through Hagerstown, York, Lancaster, Philadelphia, Trenton, Princeton, Brownswick to Amboy, thence to Dosses Ferry on the North River, our Company there joined the brigade (of) General Bell, Coln. Mifflin, Lt. Coln. Kingfrock.
Marched in the night to Fort Lee expected to cross the river early in the morning to assist at the Battle at Fort Washington, while taking a little breakfast, an armed vessel came up the river, took command of the Ferry, prevented our crossing. Ft. Washington was taken that day in our view. A day or two after our army repaired to Hackensack Bridge, there halted, was drawn up and formed, expected to be attacked by the Brittish; after a day or two marched to second river bridge, thence to (Taralten) Bridge, thence Princeton, thence to Trenton and crossing the Delaware River our Army halted (the cold December far advanced) and such whose term of service was nearly expired marched to Philadelphia (before we arrived at Philadelphia we had good offers in case we would again engage in the service & return to our Army, but declined), was discharged at Philadelphia & returned home to Bedford County.
Again entered the service in the militia, drafted for two months in the fall of the year of 79, assembled at Bedford. Capt. Rush commanded our company.
Marched under Major Longstreth, guarded arms & ammunition carried on pack horses out to the twelve mile ( ) Lagonier Valley, returned to Fort Lagonier thence marched back to Bedford County and on expiration of the term or tour, was discharged and returned home. Again entered the service in the Militia, drafted for two months (being then a Lieutenant and served a two months tour in that capacity) in June of 81 assembled at Frederick (Stortzes), Belfast Township, then Bethel. Capt. Davis commanded the company. Marched to Pipers in said County of Bedford. Served there five weeks, then marched to Bedford and there joined an army composed of Militia & Volunteers (Capt. Davis remained at Pipers with a small number of his company), the command disolved and, applicant being then Lieutenant of said company and marched under Coln. Davison (Coln. Martin & Capt. accompanied the party called the grand scout), traversed a wilderness in search of hostile Indians, crossed the Allegheny mountain, the head water of the Cone------ & Blacklick, crossed the dividing ridge between said waters & that of the Susquehanna River, thence to Chart creek, thence over Clearfield, crossed the Alleghaney Mountains to Fredricktown & thence to Pipers. Found no Indians, the country being explored was uninhabited. The term of service having expired, was discharged & returned home in Bedford County. Has since joined in some searching excursions, none of them for more than six or seven days at a time after the Indians during the revolutionary war. That he has no documentary evidence of this service and that he knows of no person whose testimony he can procure who can testify to his service.
He hereby relinquishes every claim whatever to a pension or annuity except the present and declares that his name is not on the pension roll of the agency of any state.
Sworn to & subscribed the 23rd of August 1833
before me. John F. Davis, J.P. John Longstreth (his mark)
I do certify that John Longstreth here in named an applicant cannot from bodily infirmity attend the Court, that his answers to the interrogatories ordered by the War Department was put to him, answers chiefly enbodied in dictation.
Before me, John F. Davis, J.P.
We, Moses Starr, a Clergyman residing in Belfast Township, Bedford County and Jacob Mellott, Sr., residing in the same, hereby certify that we are well acquainted with John Longstreth who has subscribed and sworn.
Declaration in order to obtain the benefit of the Act of Congress passed June 7, 1832.
State of Pennsylvania
and County of Bedford
On this 15th day of November 1833, personally appeared before John Dickey, a Judge of the Court of Bedford County, John Longstreth, a resident of Belfast Township in the county of Bedford and State of Pennsylvania, aged eighty-one years, who being first duly sworn according to Law doth on his oath make the following declaration in order to obtain the benefit of the Act of Congress passed June 7, 1832.
That all the statements and traditionary evidence exhibited in the Declaration made before John F. Davis, a Justice of the Peace, dated the 23rd day of August 1833, to which this additional evidence is now attached, thereto are just and true and further---------.
That previous to said applicant's entering the service a Lieutenant in June 1781, he had received from Philadelphia his commission as Lieutenant, signed, but cannot recollect by whom it was signed. That being absent from home three years and enlisted soldier under General Wane against the Indians in 1794-5, said applicant returned home, the commission was lost and has not seen it since.
That three persons (viz) Jacob Molott, Daniel Dannels and George Sipe, Senior, as privates, served in the same company this two months tour of Malitia duty whose testimony in now procured and will testify that said applicant was their Lieutenant during that tour.
He hereby relinquishees every claim whatever to a pension our annuity except the present and declares that his name is not on the pension roll of the agency of any state.
Sworn to and subscribed the day and year foresaid
before me. John Dickey John Longstreth(his mark)
(Now listed in order is John Longstreth's service record as written on other paper concerning his
We, Jacob Molott, Sr., Daniel Dannels and George Sipe, Sr., residing in Belfast Township, Bedford County, hereby certify that we are well acquainted with John Longstreth, who has subscribed and sworn to the preceding and above declaration, that we believe him to be 81 years of age. That we saw him in the service an officer in the Revolutionary War. That in June of 81, being drafted Malitia for 2 months tour, which tour we served under said applicant and being our Lieutenant during the term of two months, and do concurr in the statements made by him relative to the officers of the company, Coln. Davison commanding the Grand Scout (so called)-------------------------------------and in general all the circumstances as connected therewith as related by said applicant.
George Sipe being personally with him in all that -------------tour, exploring near the Susquehanna River and uninhabited tract of Country, and returning into the inhabited part of Bedford County, was discharged. Jacob Molott and Daniel Dannels was not along in the grand scout, but do hereby concurr in all the certificate exacting that relating to that matter.
Sworn and subscribed the day & year aforesaid
before me. John Dickey Jacob Mellott
Was granted a pension of $40.00 per annum.
An interesting account of Longstreth was reported in a 1922 newspaper article. Some details were changed in the oral telling of the story over 100 years, but the account was still being related in this century.
THE LEGEND OF JOHN LONGSTRETH AS TOLD IN FULTON COUNTY
There is a grave in the Sideling Hill Baptist Cemetery of a veteran of the Revolutionary War which is unmarked except by a crude marker placed there by some of his friends. He was John Longstreth, and the sacrifices he made surely deserve a better marker at his resting place. His death occurred in the John Pittman home. He bought what is now the land of Harvey Strait (1922). He cleared some land, planted an orchard, and was making a comfortable living. He had been married about a year when the war broke out and he was called to leave his young wife. For seventeen years thereafter no tidings of him had been received. In those days there was no mail service and communication was almost impossible. During those seventeen years, the young man, it later developed, had undergone every hardship except death. His wife, thinking him dead, remarried. Years afterward, an old man with all the marks of a tramp came to her door (once his) asking for something to eat, which was refused him, as was his request to stay overnight. He then asked permission to get an apple, which was also refused, whereupon he remarked that it was hard to be refused an apple from an apple that he had planted. This remark led to his recognization by his wife and she insisted upon his staying, but he said "No. You have a husband and children, and I will give all I have to you," so he went away, giving up his home, wife, happiness and comfort. He was a physical wreck. He lived his few short years in the home of the above mentioned, and his body now lies in the Old Sideling Hill Cemetery.
Margaret Ann George Longstreth (1760 - 1837)*
Philip J. Longstreth (1779 - 1853)*
Bartholomew Longstreth (1784 - 1824)*
Margaret Longstreth Adams (1786 - 1845)*
Barbara Longstreth (1788 - 1846)*
Michael George Longstreth (1789 - 1861)*
Abigail Longstreth Moody (1793 - 1871)*
James J Longstreth (1797 - 1879)*
Sideling Hill Primitive Baptist Cemetery
Created by: Robert "Rob" Weller
Record added: Oct 16, 2001
Find A Grave Memorial# 5847538