Joseph King (1741-1814) was a soldier in the American
Revolutionary War. He was in Capt. Elisha Kent’s Company on the first call of
the Lexington Alarm. Afterward, he was in Col. Joseph Spencer’s Regiment of
Captain Oliver Hanchet’s Company. His brother Eliphalet King was Ensign. He was
later in Brig. Gen. Erastus Wolcott’s Brigade at Peekskill, Col. Belden’s
Regiment, Captain Edward Griswold’s Co. from April 7 to May 11, 1777. Later on,
for eight months, he was in Capt. John Hancock’s Co. of Suffield (May 27, 1777
– Jan. 1, 1778). Later, he was in the 4th Regiment, Connecticut Line, and
finally in Sheldon’s Light Dragoons. Dragoons did not fight on horseback as the
cavalry did. They used horses to move quickly and then dismounted to fight.
Capt. Simeon Sheldon was born in 1726 in Northampton, MA, and died in Suffield,
CT in 1813. Sheldon commanded a company when Tryon invaded the CT Colony, 1779,
at Guilford and New Haven.
One page, 6” x 7”, Colonial Document: “The Colony of Connecticut to Joseph King, Dr.
“To Transporting Abiah Gardiner from Suffield to Springfield by a warrant dated at Hartford Dec. 17, 1765 signed Thos. Seymour, JP – 0. 6. 0.
“To paid for her Entertainment at the tavern – 0. 2. 0.
“To a copy of the warrant left at Springfield – 0. 0. 9.
“Suffield, Dec. 25th, 1765
“—Joseph King, Constable
“Authorization from the Colony Treasurer to pay King the above amt. signed Sam’l (?)
“To Joseph Tallcott, Esq.
“Please to pay the above acct. to Mr. Simeon Sheldon, and you will oblige your humble serv’t – Jos. King, 3rd”
Simeon Sheldon has signed on verso as having received the payment.
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