John Annis was a younger brother of Jacob Annis. "DAR Patriot Index," p. 16, gives his date of birth as July 1, but the "Annis Genealogy" (1978) compiled by Verle L. Annis, gives his birth date as Aug. 20, 1764. He died Jan. 19, 1839 at Frewsburg, town of Carroll, Chautauqua County, N.Y. not Jan. 18. 1834 as the 1966 "DAR Patriot Index" states on p. 16.
The list of men raised in Massachusetts to reinforce the Continental Army for a term of six months in 1780, pursuant to a resolve of June 5, 1780, included the name of John Annis. He was described as 16 years of age, 5 ft. 6 in. in stature, of ruddy complexion, residence - Andover. He arrived at Springfield, Mass., on July 2, 1780, and marched to camp the same day under command of Capt. Phineas Parker. This data is recorded in "Massachusetts Soldiers & Sailors of the Revolution, I, 275. During this enlistment he served at West Point, Fishkill, and Tappan, N.J., where he witnessed the hanging of Andre, Oct. 2, 1780. He was discharged at West Point, Jan. 1781, having served 6 months, 10 days.
John Annis, re-enlisted in May, 1782 under Israel Morey at Oxford, Vt., then in N.H., for six months duty on the northern frontier against Canadian Indians. His experiences in this area induced him to remain on the frontier when his service was ended. He settled in Thetford, Vt., and was responsible for numerous relatives moving from the Andover and Tewksbury sections of Massachusetts to Thetford township.
John and Sabra (Closson) Annis lived in Thetford, Vt., until after all their children were born. About 1806 they removed to western New York with their youngest children and established a new home near Batavia, N.Y. They were residing there at the outbreak of the War of 1812. John Annis served during the war as Captain of a company comprising mainly of revolutionary war veterans. His son, Harvey, was killed in action at Fort Erie in 1814 in his 15th year. Soon after the end of the war, the family moved farther west and settled in the town of Ellery, Chautauqua County, N.Y., where John lived from 1815 to 1834.
After his wife's death in 1833, John Annis moved to Frewsburg, town of Carroll, Chautauqua County, NY, to be near his son Phineas, who lived about a mile distant. John Annis died of burns received when his house caught fire, Jan. 19, 1839 and was buried in Lewis Cemetery.
Memo: from Edna Ingham, 1968: I am sure John Annis, brother of Jacob Annis, a Revolutionary soldier known to be in Lewis Cemetery, is also here in Lewis Cemetery. I checked with Frewsburg regarding John and Phineas, his son, and there is no record of either being buried in Frewsburg, though both died there. John Annis's house caught fire and he was so badly burned that he died. Apparently that was not newsworthy, as I can find no account of it in the newspapers. I have listed John and Phineas and their wives here in the Lewis Cemetery where they belong.
[Bio by Dolores Davidson, creator of this memorial.]
Sabra Closson Annis
1765–1833 (m. 1783)