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James McElherron
Birth: 1755
Death: Dec. 24, 1835
Washington County
New York, USA

In the fall of the year 1775, James enlisted at Roxbury, Suffolk County, Massachusetts as a Serjeant for the term of one year in the Company commanded by Captain Stephen Badlam in Colonel Henry Knox's Artillery Regiment of the Continental Line. Initially, James served near Boston, but soon he went to the Northern Army where he saw service in Canada and on Lake Champlain. He was discharged from this service on December 23, 1776 at Mount Independence on the eastern shore of Lake Champlain, now in Vermont. His discharge reads: "This is to Certify that James McElherron Sargant in my Company of Artillery has served as a good Soldier in defence of His Country and further more that he has received Several Wounds while under my Command which we Believe will Render him incapable of supporting his family. Given under our hands at Mount Independence this 23d day of December 1776. Stephen Badlam, Majr of Artillery - Alexander Stuart, Surjeon." While in Canada, James fought in the Battle of Three Rivers and the Battle of Lachine in which he was wounded 3 times. Back on Lake Champlain, James fought in the Battle of Lake Champlain while on board one of the ships under the overall command of General Benedict Arnold. During the naval engagement on Lake Champlain, James was also wounded.

On April 30, 1777, dispite his previous wounds, James, while residing at Rutland, Worcester County, Massachusetts, enlisted as an Invalid and Sergeant for a term of 3 years in Captain John Bryant's Company, Colonel John Crane's Artillery Regiment. During this period of service, James was stationed at the Laboratory in Springfield, Massachusetts. He was discharged from this service upon receiving a written discharge signed by John Bryant, April 30, 1780.

Later in the year 1780, on December 20th, James entered the service as a Sergeant in Captain Timothy Ruggles's Company of Guards. James was discharged December 26, 1781 having served 12 months and 6 days at Rutland.

James and his family moved to Hebron, Washington County, New York prior to the taking of the US Federal Census in 1790.

At the time of James death, he was survived by his Widow Sarah (d. 1840) and 8 children (1 son and 7 daughters): Margaret (Peggy) (bap. 1777), Betsey (1780-1860), Sarah (1784-1868), Nancy, James, Lovisa, Martha (b. 1803), and Mary.


(1) US Federal Military Pension File # S.28809

(2) "Massachusetts Soldiers and Sailors of the Revolutionary War." Vol. X, by the Secretary of the Commonwealth, 1902, page 474

(3) The Asa Fitch Manuscript Material, New York City Public Library, Section 922:

"Jas. Herron, a soldier under Montgomery. In the town of Hebron (says Capt. Daniel McDonald) a mile west of _____ Braymer's present residence, lived & died a soldier who was with Montgomery at the assault on Quebec. He was of Irish origin, and his name was James MacElherron, though his descendents now write their name Herron simply. Some of his descendants are still in the vicinity."

(4) "Cemetery Records The Town of Hebron Washington County New York" by Charles B. Moore, 1999, page 71.
Family links: 
  Fanny McCobb McElherron (1756 - 1824)
  Betsey McElherron (Herron) Wilson (1780 - 1860)*
  Sarah (Sally) McElherron (Herron) Brown (1784 - 1868)*
*Calculated relationship
Old Hebron Cemetery
Washington County
New York, USA
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Record added: Jan 28, 2009
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