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CPL Amasa Stephens

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CPL Amasa Stephens

Birth
Death 22 May 1780
Riceville, Fulton County, New York, USA
Burial Body lost or destroyed
Memorial ID 144861582 View Source
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Amasa Stephen, early settler and patriot, was murdered near Mayfield, NY by Sir. John Johnson and his loyalist and indian allies on a May 22, 1780 raid.

In April of 1779, Amasa was part of Captain John Littel's Company on Colonel Frederick Visscher's Regiment as a Corporal. Corporal Stephens was stationed at various times at Fort Johnstown.

On May 22nd, Colonel Sir John Johnson with about 500 Indians and Loyalists were in the Mohawk Valley burning and killing. Just about dawn the enemy appeared at the Stephens home. They broke the door in and immediately headed to where the Stephens were sleeping. The Indians dragged Stephens from his bed and took him outside. On reaching outside the Indians tomahawked and scalped Amasa and then hung him on the fence near the house. The enemy then plundered the house and then left without harming Mrs. Stephens or her children.

After the enemy left, Mrs. Stephens went looking for her husband and on going outside she discovered him hung on the fence. She took him down and took his body back into the house. Mrs. Stephens immediately grabbed her two children and headed for Fort Johnstown and she arrived there a few hours later. On arriving at Fort Johnstown Mrs. Stephens met her mother and learned that her father and brother were killed.

Amasa married Margaret Putnam, daughter of Lodowick Putnam in 1776 and they had two children, Lodowick and Clarissa. Mrs. Stephens died in 1835.


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