Jonathan Carley

Jonathan Carley, son of Joseph Carley (5), was born in Spencer, Massachusetts, March 16, 1760. Some of his father’s family removed with their parents during the revolution or shortly before it, to Hoosick, New York. In 1776 or 1777, when but sixteen years old, Jonathan enlisted in the revolutionary army. He was a member of an artillery company, and served faithfully, as shown by his discharge, signed by Washington himself, for a period of six years two months nineteen days. The discharge, which has been preserved by his descendants, was dated June 9, 1783, and was with honors for faithful service. He was in several of the most severe battles of the war—White Plains, Germantown, Momnouth, Yorktown and others. At Yorktown he fixed the fuse to the shells that finally caused Cornwallis to surrender. At the battle of Monmouth he stood by his cannon, loading and firing until he suffered a sunstroke and fell at his post, blood starting from his ears. At the close of the war, in 1783, he returned to his father’s house in Hoosick, and worked on the homestead until his marriage two years later, when he removed to Pownal, Bennington county, Vermont. In 1788 he removed to Whitingham, Vermont, where he and his descendants have since lived. He was a farmer; lieutenant in the militia company after the revolution; and was always known as Lieutenant Carley. He married, 1785, Elizabeth Kentfield. Children: I. Polly, died aged twenty months. 2. Rufus: mentioned below. 3. Washburn, resided in Whitingham. 4. Jonathan. 5. Betsey, born 1787, at Pownal ; married Thomas Shumway; lived in Readsborough. 6. Joseph, prominent citizen of Whitingham. 7. Polly, married David Jillson, father of Clark Jillson, former mayor of Worcester, Massachusetts, author of the history of Whitingham.

Historic homes and places and genealogical and personal memoirs …, Volume 4 edited by William Richard Cutter

“Register of members and records of their revolutionary ancestors”

JONATHAN CARLEY: Born (probably) in Whitingham, Vt., March 16, 1760; died there May 21, 1841. (Residence during the war given as Palmer and Greenfield.)

Matross, Capt. Thomas Seward’s Company,
Col. Crane’s (Third Artillery) Regiment, Continental Army, March 20, 1777-Dec. 31, 1780. Entitled to receive 200 acres of land or $20; also, Matross, Lieut. William Price’s detachment front Third Artillery Regiment ; enlistment for the war.

Certificate of his honorable discharge June 9, 1783, showing six years and two months’ faithful service, signed by George Washington, and was honored by the ‘* badge of merit,” on record in the State archives.
Info submitted by Alfred G. Carley

William Jefferson Carley is descended from Jonathan and Jenny Gray Carley, Albert A.’s brother – Judith Shrieber posted his application for Rev. War compensation in the Delaware Co. NY web site –

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