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John Finton
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Birth: May 8, 1752
Orange County
New York, USA
Death: Feb. 14, 1839
Seneca County
New York, USA

Last name also recorded as Fenton. John Finton's second wife was Elizabeth Roberts. Their known children were: William R. 1789-1846, Amy 1793-1872, Esther 1797-1853, James D. 1799-1871, Asa 1801-1852, Emily 1802-1823, Alvah R. 1806-1867, Josiah J. 1810-1853, and possibly two more daughters born between 1783-1788 -- Phebe and Ann.

John Finton's previous wife was Phebe Wells. Children attributed to that marriage were: John 1781-about 1815, Elijah S.unknown-after 1851, and Mary unknown-before 1851. Some have stated there was another marriage to Huldah Smith with John and Elijah as children of that union.

The tombstone for John Finton is broken off and propped up behind the marker for daughter, Emily. His name is just barely legible along with Died and the date Feb 14 1839.

From the last affidavit of John Finton, dated 24 July 1837 for Revolutionary War Pension and Bounty Land.

On this 24th day of July 1837 personally appeared John Finton
County of Seneca a resident of the Town of Romulus in the County of Seneca & State of New York aged eighty five years on the 8th of May last who being first duly sworn according to law doth on his oath make the following declaration in order to obtain the benefit of the provision made by the Act of Congress passed May 15th 1824. That he entered the army of the United States in the year 1776 under Capt Blair at Warwick as a volunteer and served 2 months. I next served one month in the city of New York under Col. Martin, cannot recollect my other officers. I next volunteered under Col. John Haythorn [?]. We marched to a place called the English neighborhood in New Jersey where we expected an engagement but it did not take place. I continued in this detachment about 3 months. I was in the army in the city of New York when it was taken by the British & evacuated by the American Army. I also served under a Capt. Wolverton 9 months or more at various places on the these lines? between the armies and served as orderly sergeant. I was in the battle of Fort Montgomery. I being a blacksmith, I assisted in making the great chain that was streched [stretched] across the North River. I also helped to get the cannon up the mountain to Fort Put above West Point. I enlisted in the New Jersey Line. I was born at Deer Park in the year 1752. It was at that time a wilderness land in the western part of Orange County. At the commencement of the war, the people of the back town mostly left their homes to get nearer the North River for safety. I was frequently out on scouting parties against the Indians and had several skirmishes with them in the region of Peenpack on the Delaware. I was about 24 years of age when I first entered the army at the beginning of the war, was frequently transferred from one detachment to another during the revolutionary war at the end of which I was regularly discharged and have long since lost that discharge. I received in 1830 a land warrant for bounty land for 100 acres but did not get located that I know of or have I ever received from the United States or any of the individual states any pension for service rendered during the revolutionary war.

At the conclusion of the war I settled in the County of Orange in this state and remained in said county until 1804 when I removed to my present residence in the Town County & State aforesaid . Once 6 or 8 years since I made a declaration which I supposed sufficient that was filed in the pension office at Washington. I never [k]new why my claim was not answered until lately since which time my health light and memory have failed me much.

Signed John X Fenton (his mark)

The reason of the above named John Fenton not appearing in open court is his total inability to be removed to any court of record holden in said county. I have been acquainted with and a neighbor to Mr. John Fenton for the past thirty three years who has during that time sustained the character of a moral man & good citizen and believe that he is what he claims to have been a soldier of the revolution. He is at this time so much deprived of eye sight as to be unable to write his name, therefore made his mark in my presence.

Signed/ Jonas Seely one of
the Judges of the Court of Common
Pleas for Seneca County

We have been acquainted with and near neighbors to Mr. John Finton for thirty years or more who has during our acquaintance with him sustained the character of a man of truth and veracity and is reputed to have been a soldier of the revolution.
Signed/ Wm. W. Folwell John Sayre

Sworn to and subscribed July 24, 1837
before me Jonas Seely
one of the Judges of the Court
of Common Pleas for
Seneca County.

Transcription by jbancestors from copy at National Archives, obtained by R. M. Cousins.
 (bio by: jbancestors) 
Family links: 
  Elizabeth Roberts Finton (1765 - 1821)
  Amy Finton Swarthout (1793 - 1872)*
  Esther Finton Wyckoff (1797 - 1853)*
*Calculated relationship
Note: Many thanks to the Sons of the American Revolution for installing a new marker for this patriot.
Kendaia Cemetery
Seneca County
New York, USA
Created by: jbancestors
Record added: Jul 03, 2006
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John Finton
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John Finton
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