Edinburg in Fulton County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
the last Revolutionary
War Pensioners in the U.S.
Samuel Downing 1761 - 1867
Stone Arabia and Saratoga SAR
Erected by Stone Arabia and Saratoga Sons of the American Revolution.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Sons of the American Revolution marker series.
Location. 43° 14.654′ N, 74° 7.389′ W. Marker is in Edinburg, New York, in Fulton County. Marker is on Tennantville Road, on the right when traveling north. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 166 Tennantville Road, Northville NY 12134, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Barker's Store (approx. 1.8 miles away); Beecher's Store (approx. 1.9 miles away); Carriage Shop (approx. 2 miles away); Covered Bridge (approx. 2 miles away); Chimney Swifts of Northville, New York (approx. 2.9 miles away); Tennantville (approx. 3 miles away); Batchellerville (approx. 3.1 miles away); Old Country Store (approx. 3.1 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Edinburg.
More about this marker. The marker is located roadside
Regarding Early Settler. Samuel Downing was the last one of the Revolutionary Pensioners". Sylvester in "History of Saratoga County" says Samuel "fought in the Revolution. Early settler in the western part of Edinburg." In 1797 he worked on Providence roads district 22 which in 1801 became part of Edinburg. According Sylvester he lived to the age of 103 years. (Note: 105 years on the stone !). On his 100th birthday he went to the woods and felled a tree to celebrate. Also supposedly he built the first frame house in the town in 1795. It was on the south side of King Road north-west of town.
Samuel Downing, born in Newburyport, Massachusetts in 1764, was enticed to Antrim while still a boy to be an apprentice of Robert Aiken, a Scots-Irish spinning wheel maker. In 1780 Samuel ran away to Hopkinton, New Hampshire to enlist in the Continental Army; refused, he went to Charlestown, New Hampshire where he joined the 2nd New Hampshire Regiment. He served to the end of the war, returned to Antrim and became a respected citizen. In 1794 he emigrated to Edinburg, New York where he settled permanently. At his death in 1867 he was the oldest recorded pensioner of the Revolution, although two others were enrolled later.
Also see . . . THE LAST MEN OF THE REVOLUTION - Samuel Downing (Submitted on October 5, 2011, by Howard C. Ohlhous of Duanesburg, New York.)
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