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Notes for Justus BARNUM


Justus Barnum served during the Revolutionary War in Captain Benedict's Company, Colonel Bradley's 16th Connecticut Regiment. (Could Captain Benedict be the father or grandfather of Justus' wife Mary Benedict?) Justus enlisted Aug 11, 1776. The Genealogical Record of the Barnum Family calls him Captain Justus; a handwritten note found in a copy of that same source states that Colonel Justus of Danbury died May 25, 1825 in New York.

The Barnum Family, 1517-1907 mistakenly shows him as a son of his grandfather.

The US Census of 1790 shows Justus Barnum, with two free white males 16 years and upwards, two free white males under 16 and four free white females, living in Danbury, Fairfield County, Connecticut; the 1810 Census shows Justus in Norwalk.

From the Wilkes Barre Gazette & Luzerne Advertiser, a Tuesday Publication Published by - Josiah Wright, Wilkes Barre, Luzerne County, Pennsylvania: 2 Sept. 1800. Was Lost Some Time ago by the subscriber, on the road between 'Squire MYERS' and James SCOVEL'S, a black pocket-book with a number of papers in it, amongst them was a certain note of hand, given for $600 by Jacob I. S. VANLONE to Justus BARNUM. Whoever will deliver said pocket-book and papers to the subscriber shall have a $2 reward. Henry HUTCHINGS. Note: $600 in 1800 dollars is the equivalent of $9,282.12 in 2005 dollars, using the Consumer Price Index.

Papers on file in pension claim #S. 22558, based upon the Revolutionary War service of Elijah Towner, show in part: While a resident of Danbury, Fairfield County, Connecticut, Elijah Towner enlisted in October, 1775, and served three months as a private in Captain Eli Magget's company, Colonel Chandler's Connecticut regiment. He enlisted April 1, 1776, as a private in Captain Jabez Botsford's company, Colonel Swift's Connecticut regiment, and Served until about August, 1776, when he was detached to serve as a marine on General Waterbury's galley, "Washington", on Lake Champlain and was in the battle of Lake Champlain where he was taken prisoner, but released on parole and returned home. He then volunteered, contrary to his parole, served four days as a private in Captain Justus Barnum's Connecticut company and was in the battle of White Plains. He also volunteered and served one tour of three days to Fort Montgomery and another of eight days to Kingsbury, officers not named.
His death notice was published 25 May 1825 in the New York Post.
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