James Canopus Sirrine

Dutchess County, New York, USA
Death unknown
Burial Body lost or destroyed
Memorial ID 97744190 · View Source
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Voices of the Past Come Alive at Shrub Oak
By Carolyn Surine

An old Revolutionary War veteran, James "Canopus" Sirrine once lived at "Scrub Oak Plains," not far from Capt. John Paulding, who was one of the captors of the traitor Major John André. In fact, Canopus and Paulding often shared a mug of cider together after the War.

What is the significance of the name Canopus? James Sirrine was born in 1758 in Canopus Hollow, in what was then Dutchess* County, and this location "identifier" serves to separate him from other men by the same name. None of them, however, have such a remarkable life story and service to the American cause that we can document. Canopus, in fact, is referred to with some reverence because he was a proud 102 years old when he executed his request for a pension based upon his War service.

The Sirrine family has other ties to Yorktown and the surrounding areas, including living just across the border in Putnam Valley and the Red Mills area. Some also lived in villages a little further north of the Westchester border, residing in hollows and near lakesides, while some settled in towns in Connecticut. Canopus' mother Mary at one time lived on a farm on Stoney Street in Shrub Oak, which she purchased from Caleb Morgan, a Tory during the Revolution. She conveyed this property to her youngest son, Elisha, then bought a farm from Sylvenus Sillick, which Canopus had previously sold to him in Somerstown. Mary is buried in St. Peter's churchyard at Van Cortlandtville. At the cemetery of the Methodist Church of Shrub Oak lie Canopus' brothers John and Elisha and their wives, as well as other family members.


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  • Created by: Suzi Dewsnap Terrell
  • Added: 25 Sep 2012
  • Find a Grave Memorial 97744190
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for James Canopus Sirrine (1758–unknown), Find a Grave Memorial no. 97744190, ; Maintained by Suzi Dewsnap Terrell (contributor 46902002) Body lost or destroyed.