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A History of Schenectady During the Revolution
Individual Records of Service W to Z

[This information is from A History of Schenectady During the Revolution by Willis T. Hanson, Jr. (Brattleboro, VT: E. L. Hildreth & Co., 1916). It is in the Schenectady Collection of the Schenectady County Public Library at Schdy R 974.744 H25, and copies are also available for borrowing.]

Waggerman, George
On January 22, 1777, he enlisted in Captain John A. Bradt's company of State Rangers, and on March 26 enlisted for the war and was assigned to Captain Leonard Bleecker's company, 3d New York Line.
Waggerman, Michael
His name appears on the rolls of the 2d Albany County Militia.
Wagner, Andrew
His name appears on the rolls of the 2d Albany County Militia.
Wagner, Michael
His name appears on the rolls of the 2d Albany County Militia.
Wagner, Nicholas
His name appears on the rolls of the 2d Albany County Militia.
Ward, Christopher
Born at Stone Arabia, July 18, 1757; died November 13, 1838. Buried in Vale Cemetery. He lived in Schenectady during and after the war. In January, 1776, he was enrolled in Captain Abraham Oothout's company, 2d Albany County Militia. He took part in the expedition to Johnstown, and in the fall of the same year was on guard at Johnstown and Switzerbergh. In the spring of 1777 he was drafted under Captain Jesse Van Slyck and marched to Jessup's Patent. This same year he served during Schuyler's retreat, at Saratoga, Stillwater and Bemis Heights, part of the time as a substitute for Harmon Peters. From March to July 18, 1778, he served as a blacksmith in the Continental Army; he then enlisted and served three months in Captain Thomas Patten's company of artificers. With this company he went to Albany, Fishkill, Fredericksburg, White Plains and Dover. In the fall of this same year he went with a detachment from Colonel Wemple's regiment towards Cherry Valley. From January to May 1, 1779, he served in a company ofartificers under Captain John Clute, and in the spring of 1780 performed three weeks' duty at Schoharie. In the summer of this same year he enlisted in Captain James McGee's company, Colonel Morris Graham's Levies. When Stone Arabia was raided by Sir John Johnson (August, 1780) he was on duty at Fort Herkimer. A pensioner under the Act of June 7, 1832.
Warn, Richard
His name appears on the rolls of the 2d Albany County Militia, Land Bounty Rights.
Warn, Samuel
On March 1, 1776, he signed an agreement with Philip Schuyler for service at Lake George and Ticonderoga. His name appears on the rolls of the 2d Albany County Militia, Land Bounty Rights.
Wasson, James
In May, 1782, he enlisted in Captain Guy Young's company, Colonel Marinus Willett's Levies.
Wasson, John
Born in the Schenectady Township, January 6, 1764. He was living in Princetown when, about July 25, 1780, he enlisted under Captain Jacob John Lansing, Colonel Morris Graham's Levies. He marched to West Point and there performed garrison duty about three weeks, then to Dobbs Ferry, where he remained one week, then to Albany, where the regiment was divided. His detachment marched to the Middle Fort, Schoharie. He was in the fort when Sir John Johnson attacked it and was with the troops that subsequently pursued the enemy. From April, 1781, to January, 1782, he served under Captain Stephen White, Colonel Willett's Levies. He volunteered with a party of twenty-eight Indians and white men for scout duty to Crown Point. From March to October, 1782, he served under Captain Guy Young, and then enlisted under Captain Jellis A. Fonda, Colonel Willett's Levies, and served three months when he was discharged from the service. He was in the battle of Johnstown and in an engagement with the enemy at Lake Schuyler in 1782.A pensioner under the Act of June 7, 1832.
Wasson, Thomas
Lived in Princetown. On September 7, 1775, the Committee of Safety applied to the Albany Committee to assign him a commission as captain of militia, and on October 20 he was commissioned captain of the 5th Company, 2d Albany County Militia. He was reappointed on June 20, 1778.
Wasson, Thomas J.
His name appears on the rolls of the 2d Albany County Militia, Land Bounty Rights.
Watson, Alexander
His name appears on the rolls of the 2d Albany County Militia.
Weller, Frederick
Born at Walkill, December 5, 1757. In the fall of 1775, when he enrolled under Captain Abraham Oothout, 2d Albany County Militia, as a sergeant, he was living in Princetown and here he continued to live for about five years after the war. He was drafted for the Canadian expedition. He marched to Fort Edward and Skenesborough but was ordered home after eight weeks' service on the news of the death of General Montgomery. In the spring of 1777 he went with a body of Vermont militia to destroy a blockhouse at Jessup's Patent. When Burgoyne invested Ticonderoga he was again called to Fort Edward. He was in General Schuyler's retreat but a few days before the battle of Bemis Heights was taken with measles and obliged to return home. When he recovered his health he performed fatigue duty under Henry Glen in transporting effects for the army from Schenectady to Albany. He served on various occasions at the Schoharie Forts and Fort Plain. On July 23, 1780, he was sent to Albany under arrest as being concerned in a plot to join the enemy or of supplying them with provisions. He was, however, on August 10 released on bail. He served when Ballston was attacked and with the troops in pursuit of Sir John Johnson, following the destruction of the Mohawk settlements. In the fall of 1781 he was at Fort Hunter during the battle of Johnstown where the troops with which he served were detailed to guard prisoners. A pensioner.
Weller, Robert
He served as a private and as a sergeant in the 2d Albany County Militia.
Welsh, John
On May 31, 1775, some of the soldiers of Captain Cornelius Van Dyck's company were boarded at his house while the company was being recruited and drilled.
Wemple, Abraham
Born about 1728; died near Albany in 1799. On September 7, 1775, the Committee of Safety applied to the Albany Committee to assign him a commission as captain of militia. On October 5 he was recommended to the Provincial Congress for the office of colonel among the field officers to be assigned to the 2d Albany County Militia, and on October 20 he was commissioned colonel, being reappointed on June 20, 1778, and serving in this capacity until near the end of the war, when he resigned from the service. On November 7, 1775, he was elected a member of the second Committee of Safety and on December 29 was appointed deputy chairman of the Board. On July 26, 1779, he was again elected a member of the Committee. Colonel Wemple served with his regiment on the various occasions when called out and was throughout the war a zealous and active adherent of the American cause.
Wemple, Barent
AKA Barnabas Wemp. Baptized in Schenectady September 3, 1738; buried December 27, 1843. On April 11, 1776, he enlisted under Captain Gerrit S. Veeder, Colonel Cornelius D. Wynkoop's regiment. On December 28 (probably 1776) he enlisted for the war under Captain John Copp, 1st New York Line. In June, 1778, he was reported as "absent without leave and supposed to be sick. " On his company roll covering the period from July to December, 1778, he was reported as "sick at Prince Town." The roll for January and February, 1780, reported him "transfered to Corps of Invalids." During the latter part of the war he became a Loyalist and fled from the Mohawk Valley to Canada leaving behind land and other property.
Wemple, John
Born at Fort Hunter, October 15, 1749. He was living in Schenectady in 1775 when he enrolled under Captain John Mynderse, 2d Albany County Militia. In January, 1776, he took part in the expedition to Johnstown. In the fall of 1776 he served at Skenesborough and Fort Ann for the purpose of guarding boats. In the spring of 1777 he went to Jessup's Patent in pursuit of Tories. He served five months during the campaign against Burgoyne, taking part in the battle of Snookkill. He was at Ballston in 1780 when it was burned and at Warren's Bush in 1781 under Colonel Willett. He performed considerable guard and garrison duty at Fort Plain, Fort Plank, Fort Paris and at the Schoharie Forts. A pensioner under the Act of June 7, 1832.
Wemple, John J.
He served as a sergeant under Captain Thomas Brower Banker, 2d Albany County Militia.
Wemple, John R.
Born April 18, 1732; died September 14, 1814. He served as a private and as a sergeant in the 2d Albany County Militia. On May 20, 1777, he testified before the Committee of Safety that his shoulder had been put out of joint and that he was therefore unfit for military duty.
Wemple, John T.
His name appears on the rolls of the 2d Albany County Militia.
Wemple, Myndert
Born December 26, 1737; died December 18, 1821. His name appears on the rolls of the 2d Albany County Militia.
Wemple, Myndert A.
Baptized February 9, 1753; died November 10, 1804. On May 27, 1775, he was appointed second lieutenant in Captain Jellis J. Fonda's company, 2d Albany County Militia. On July 10 he refused an offer of a recruiting warrant from the Provincial Congress, and on June 20, 1778, was reappointed second lieutenant. On February 25, 1780, he was promoted to the rank of first lieutenant and assigned to the company of Captain John Mynderse.
Wemple, Myndert M.
Baptized November 20, 1738; died in 1789. On May 15, 1776, he was delegated to collect wagons to carry provisions from Albany to Lake George. On April 25, 1777, he was appointed chairman pro tempore of the Committee of Safety. On June 20, 1778, he was commissioned second major of the 2d Albany County Militia to succeed Nicholas Veeder. In September or October, 1779, he commanded a detachment to Fort Plank and Stone Arabia.
Wemple, Myndert R.
Born September 30, 1742. He served as an ensign in the 2d Albany County Militia. In 1777 he is mentioned as captain of a company of batteaumen performing service in transporting provisions and stores for the troops on the Hudson and Mohawk Rivers.
Wemple, Ryer
Baptized October 17, 1703; died in 1796. His name appears on the rolls of the 2d Albany County Militia, Land Bounty Rights.
Wendell, Harmanus H.
Died previous to March 2, 1777. A merchant. He was a member of the fourth Committee of Safety.
Wendell, John Baptist
Born March 6, 1732. On March 1, 1776, he signed an agreement with Philip Schuyler for service at Lake George and Ticonderoga. His name appears on the rolls of the 2d Albany County Militia as serving under Captain John Van Patten.
Wendle, Ahasueras
Born in Schenectady, December 21, 1755; died February 22, 1848. On May 6, 1775, he was chosen a member of the first Committee of Safety. He served also on the second and third Committees. On May 27, together with Henry Glen, he was delegated by the Committee to go to Johnstown to inquire into the cause of the disturbances arising over the Sheriff White incident. On July 10, 1775, he was recommended to the Provincial Congress for the position of second lieutenant in the recruiting service. In the fall of 1775 he was enrolled in the company of Captain John Van Patten and in this company he served to the end of the war. In January, 1776, he took part in the expedition to Johnstown. On February 28, 1776, he refused to accept from General Schuyler a recruiting warrant with rank of ensign. On May 13, 1776, General Schuyler was requested to send him back from Lake George for the reason that he was employed in the Continental service without having signed the General Association. From June to October, 1777, he was onduty at Fort Edward and other forts in the vicinity. He was in command of a detachment at the battle of Bemis Heights, two of the officers being unfit for duty. In the fall of 1780 he marched with the militia under General Van Rensselaer in pursuit of Sir John Johnson, and in the fall of 1781 was with the troops under Colonel Willett in pursuit of Major Ross and Butler. A pensioner under the Act of June 7, 1832.
Wessel, Arent
Baptized June 17, 1752. His name appears on the rolls of the 2d Albany County Militia.
Wessel, Harmanus
Born in 1754; died March 10, 1813. Buried in Vale Cemetery. His name appears on the rolls of the 2d Albany County Militia.
Wheaton, Reuben
Born in the Schenectady Township in September, 1763. In the spring of 1778 he was enrolled under Captain Jesse Van Slyck, 2d Albany County Militia. He served to the end of the war, performing considerable guard and scout duty. In August, 1780, he served at Fort Plank and Fort Plain, and in 1781 was on duty when Major Ross and Butler descended on the settlements. A pensioner under the Act of June 7, 1832.
Wheaton, Thomas
He served as a sergeant under Captain Jesse Van Slyck, 2d Albany County Militia. In May, 1779, he was in command of a detail for scout duty to Sacandaga, Fish House and Mayfield, and in September to Sacandaga and Johnstown. In June, 1780, he was second in command of a detail to Beaverdam and Harpersfield, and in September in command of a detail for scout duty to Sacandaga and Mayfield. In May, 1781, he went on scout duty to Glens Falls.
White, William
He lived on Church Street. At his house on May 9, 1775, was held the first meeting of the Committee of Safety, as well as several subsequent meetings and the election of members for the third Committee on May 7, 1776. On June 27, 1775, in order to show the friendly disposition of the Board, five Oneida Indians were ordered entertained at his house during their stay in town. On July 26, 1779, he was elected a member of the Committee of Safety. His name appears on the rolls of the 2d Albany County Militia.
Wiest, Conrad
His name appears on the rolls of the 2d Albany County Militia.
Wiley, John
His name appears on the rolls of the 2d Albany County Militia and the 2d Albany County Militia, Land Bounty Rights.
Williams, Cornelius
His name appears on the rolls of the 2d Albany County Militia. In 1778 he was enrolled under Captain Jesse Van Slyck. In August, 1782, he was on garrison duty at the Upper Fort, Schoharie.
Williams, William 2d
He served as a private in the New York Line. A pensioner under the Act of March 18, 1818.
Willlams, Jacob
In 1778 he was serving as a sergeant under Captain Jesse Van Slyck, 2d Albany County Militia. In June he commanded a detail to Cobleskill, and in August, 1782, was on garrison duty at the Upper Fort, Schoharie.
Wilson, James
A merchant. On May 6, 1775, he was elected a member of the first Committee of Safety. He served also on the second Committee, on the Committee taking office June 2, 1777, and as clerk of the Committee taking office January 5, 1778. He was a deputy for the election of representatives to the first Provincial Congress.
Winne, Anthony
On August 12, 1777, he was arrested and sent to Albany as implicated in a Tory plot. He was, however, at once released by the Albany Committee.
Wood, James
Born in 1760; died February 11, 1827. On June 8, 1780, he enlisted for the war under Captain Philip de Bevier, 5th New York Line. He was subsequently selected from his company to serve in the Light Infantry under the Marquis de Lafayette and was attached to Captain Aaron Austin's company, 3d New York Line. Later in the year he was transferred to a company under Captain Leonard Bleecker. In the fall of 1780 he returned to go into winter quarters and was attached to the company of Captain John F. Hamtramck, 2d New York Line. In 1782 "when the infantry went south" he was left sick in Albany. On his recovery he was attached to the company of Captain Henry Du Bois, 2d New York Line, and in this company he remained until peace was declared. On his discharge he was honored with the badge of merit. A pensioner under the Act of March 18, 1818.
Wood, John
His name appears on the rolls of the 2d Albany County Militia.
Wright, John
He lived in Schenectady at the time of the Revolution and died here. He served as a private in the 2d Dutchess County Militia under Colonel Abraham Brinckerhoff in the company commanded by Captain Nicholas Brower.
Yates, Abraham
Born in Schenectady, February 27, 1757. He served as a private and as a corporal in the 2d Albany County Militia.
Yates, Christopher
Born July 8, 1737, at the old homestead in Alplaus; died September 1, 1785. Buried in Vale Cemetery. During the Revolution he lived in the house built by himself now No. 26 Front Street. In this house was born his son, Joseph C., first mayor of Schenectady (1798) and governor of New York State (1823-1824). Christopher Yates was a surveyor by profession and "one of the best informed and most efficient patriots in the Mohawk Valley." On May 6, 1775, he was elected a member of the first Committee of Safety and at the first meeting on the ninth was chosen chairman of the Board. On May 24 he was appointed one of a committee to go to Guy Park to deliver an answer to a speech made by the Mohawk Indians. On June 30 he was appointed by the Provincial Congress one of a committee to determine the ranks of the various officers serving in the New York regiments. On July 26 a letter was addressed to him by the Committee asking whether or not he had resigned from the Board, and on August 9 he tendered his resignation. On November 7 he was elected a member of the second Committee of Safety, and on December 29, was appointed deputy clerk of the Board. On January 13, 1776, he was appointed lieutenant-colonel of the 2d Albany County Militia, and on March 5 Henry Glen was instructed to apply to Congress for his commission. On May 7, 1776, he was elected a member of the third Committee of Safety. From the fall of 1776 to July 8, 1777, he was in command when detachments of the regiment were on duty at Fort Ann. It is claimed that about this time Yates served on the staff of General Schuyler as a deputy quartermaster-general and that he was afterwards promoted to the rank of colonel. The evidence to support this claim is contained in letters from General Schuyler, Benedict Arnold, Governor Morgan Lewis, etc., which were at one time in the possession of Judge A. A. Yates of this city. No evidence of this detail and appointment is to be found on the regimental rolls. After the evacuation of Fort Ann (July 8) he had command of a body ofSchenectady militia engaged in felling trees to stop the progress of General Burgoyne's army. He served throughout the campaign and with General Arnold selected the American position at Bemis Heights. On October 19 he was appointed by the State Committee of Safety one of a committee to repair to Albany to confer with General Philip Schuyler regarding means for checking the advance of the enemy on the northern and western frontiers. He served during the rest of the war in the Quartermaster's Department as a deputy, for the most part of the time stationed at Saratoga. In June, 1779, he was engaged in forwarding the baggage of General Clinton's brigade.
Yates, Jellis
Born March 27, 1744; died in Glenville, November 13, 1812. On June 20, 1778, he was commissioned first lieutenant in Captain Abraham Van Eps's company, 2d Albany County Militia. In August, 1778, and again in October, 1779, he was on garrison duty at Fort Plank, and in the fall of 1780 at Caughnawaga.
Yates, John
Born June 12, 1760; died December 19, 1826. Buried in Vale Cemetery. His name appears on the rolls of the 2d Albany County Militia.
Yates, Nicholas
On October 20, 1775, he was commissioned ensign in Captain Jellis J. Fonda's company, 2d Albany County Militia, and was reappointed June 20, 1778. On February 25, 1780, he was promoted to the rank of first lieutenant and served as such to the end of the war. In July, 1778, he was in command of a scout to Ballston and Galway, on which occasion he took four prisoners. During the year 1780 he was twice on duty at Fort Hunter.
Young, Benjamin
On February 10, 1776, he was elected ensign in Captain Thomas Brower Banker's company, 2d Albany County Militia. On July 11 he was elected a member of the Committee of Safety and on July 14, 1777, appointed to command a body of militia to assist in impressing wagons for the service. He is also spoken of as having served as a lieutenant under Captain Banker.
Young, Calvin
On December 27, 1777, he was fined for buying clothes of a soldier. His name appears on the rolls of the 2d Albany County Militia.
Young, Frederic
His name appears on the rolls of the 2d Albany County Militia.
Young, Guy
On June 28, 1775, he was appointed a second lieutenant in the 2d New York Line and was promoted to the rank of first lieutenant on February 16, 1776. He was subsequently transferred to the 1st New York Line, and on March 26, 1777, was serving as a captain lieutenant. From July 14, 1779, to January 1, 1781, when he was retired, he held the rank of captain. He subsequently served as a captain in the Levies under Colonel Marinus Willett.
Young, Seth
His name appears on the rolls of the 2d Albany County Militia.

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