Descendants of Thomas Gunn in the Revolutionary War

Aaron Gunn enlisted on 29 June, 1777 (to 28 July) as a Private and served in Captain Enoch Noble’s company of Colonel John Brown’s1 regiment. Company ordered out by Brig. Gen. Fellows and Committee of Safety at request of Maj. Gen. Schuyler.

He also served in Lieutenant Paul Dewey’s detachment from Captain William Fellow’s company of matrosses (an artillery company), Brigadier General John Fellow’s Berkshire County brigade; from 21 Sep to 14 Oct 1777. He enlisted again on September 21, 1777 and his detachment was sent by Brigadier General Fellows to serve under Major General Horatio Gates in the Northern department. This would have put Aaron at the Battle of Saratoga, the first major American victory of the war when General Burgoyne’s army is defeated with 600 British casualties and only 150 American losses. Burgoyne and his entire army of 5700 men surrender to the colonists. He enlisted on June 4, 1778 as a Private in Captain Elijah Deming’s detachment of Colonel [John] Ashley’s Berkshire regiment. His company was ordered to Albany by Brigadier General John Fellows. (Ref MA01) [Son of Alexander. Born in Sheffield, 1753]

Alexander Gunn first enlisted on 21 August, 1777 (to 21 September) as a Private in Captain Enoch Noble’s company. His company marched to Manchester, Vermont, then to Arlington, and finally to Stillwater [where the Battle of Saratoga was fought] by order of General Lincoln. Alexander then joined Colonel [John] Ashley’s Berkshire regiment2 and marched to Bolton’s Rills [Bolton is on the west bank of Lake George]. He enlisted again on July 11, 1778 in Captain Enos Parker’s company of Colonel [Jacob] Gerrish’s regiment of guards. His company was detached from the Berkshire County militia to guard stores at Springfield for 6 months from July 1,1778 to 1 Jan, 1779. He enlisted again on October 23, 1780 to join Captain Enoch Noble’s company and marched to Bennington to guard the frontiers on an alarm. His final recorded enlistment was on August 6, 1781 when, as a Corporal, he joined Captain Jeremiah Hickok’s company of the Berkshire County regiment commanded by Lieutenant Colonel Sears from 6 Aug to 8 Nov 1781. (Ref MA01) [Son of Alexander. Born in Sheffield, 1761]

Charles Gunn was a private in Captain Orrin Stoddard’s company, Col. Joseph Vose’s regiment; and is listed in military pay rolls for November 1778 and January 1779, sworn to at Providence. [May have been a son of John. Born in Sheffield, 1758]

Daniel Gunn of Westfield was among the Westfield County Minute-men commanded by Lieutenant John Shepard that marched to Boston on April 20, 1775 on news of the British raid on Concord. He later served in Captain Warham Park’s company of Colonel Timothy Danielson’s regiment.3 [Son of Daniel Jr. Born in Sheffield, 1754]

Eli (Elijah) Gunn enlisted May 10, 1777 as a Private and joined Captain Jeremiah Ballard’s company of Colonel David Well’s regiment in the Northern army. He also served in Captain Enoch Chapin’s company of Colonel Jacob Gerrish’s regiment. His company was detached from the Hampshire County militia to guard stores at Springfield and Brookfield for 6 months from July 1, 1778. [May have been a son of Reuben. Born Westfield, 1757]

Gideon Gunn enlisted December 16, 1776 as a Private and joined Captain Amos Rathburn’s company of Colonel Benjamin Simonds’s detachment of the Berkshire County militia and, under the command of Lieutenant James Hubbard, he immediately marched from Pittsfield to Ticonderoga. He served as a scout and was mustered out at Ticonderoga on February 25, 1777. Dismissed March 16, 1777; service, 13 weeks. He also served in Captain Peter Porter’s company of Colonel John Brown’s Berkshire County regiment, 22 Sep 1777 to 8 Oct 1777; service 16 days. His company was called out by order of Major General Gates and marched to Bennington to escort prisoners to Springfield by order of Gen. Lincoln (Ref MA01) [Son of Reuben. Born Westfield, 1738]

Hezekiah Gunn of Sheffield enlisted on May 29, 1775 as a Private and served in Captain Peter Ingersoll’s company of Colonel David Brewer’s 9th regiment.4 [Son of Daniel Jr. Born in Sheffield, 1758]

John Gunn enlisted July 8, 1777 as a Private and joined Captain Hewit Root’s company of Colonel Ashley’s Berkshire County regiment and marched to Fort Edward. He also served in Captain Ephraim Fitch’s company of Colonel [John] Ashley’s Berkshire County regiment. He was probably at the Battle of Saratoga. [May have been a son of Captain Stephen Gunn. Born in Sheffield, 1753]

Moses Gunn of Westfield was among the Westfield County Minute-men commanded by Lieutenant John Shepard that marched to Boston on April 20, 1775 on news of the British raid on Concord. He later served in Captain Warham Park’s company of Colonel Timothy Danielson’s regiment. [Son of Daniel Jr. Born in Sheffield, 1756]

Noble Gunn of Sheffield joined the Continental Army on January 5, 1777. He served in Captain Josiah Jenkin’s company of Colonel Samuel Brewer’s regiment [12th Massachusetts Regiment] and in Captain Sewall’s company of Colonel Ebenezer Sprout’s regiment.5 He was at the Battle of Saratoga. His “return sworn to at Camp near ‘Valey Foard’ (Valley Forge)” on January 28, 1778. He mustered out on December 31, 1779 after his three-year enlistment was completed. [Son of Daniel Jr. Born in Sheffield, 1760]

Warham Gunn of Westfield was among the Westfield County Minute-men commanded by Lieutenant John Shepard that marched to Boston on April 20, 1775 on news of the British raid on Concord. He later served in Captain Malcolm Henry’s company of Colonel David Brewer’s 9th regiment. [Son of Reuben. Born in Westfield, 1757]

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  1. Colonel John Brown (October 19, 1744 – October 19, 1780), often known as John Brown of Pittsfield because of his common name, was a Patriot, spy, soldier, and military leader, in the American Revolutionary War. He played a significant role as a courier between the Thirteen Colonies and Province of Quebec prior to the outbreak of the war, and then participated in military actions in Quebec and the frontiers of New York, where was killed in action at the Battle of Stone Arabia on his 36th birthday. Detail
  2. Ashley’s Regiment of Militia also known as the 1st Berkshire County Militia Regiment was called up in Berkshire County, Massachusetts in July 1777 and sent for a month to Fort Edward and on September 19, 1777 as reinforcements for the Continental Army during the Saratoga Campaign. The regiment marched quickly to join the gathering forces of General Horatio Gates as he faced British General John Burgoyne in northern New York. The regiment served in General Paterson’s brigade. With the surrender of Burgoyne’s Army on October 17, the regiment was disbanded on October 18, 1777.
  3. The 8th Massachusetts Bay Provincial Regiment contained eleven companies and had an official establishment of 658 officers and men. It was commanded by Colonel Timothy Danielson, of Brimfield, who served as colonel until the end of the year. In August 1775, Danielson’s Regiment was designated “The 18th Regiment of Foot.” It served in the Siege of Boston until its disbandment. Detail
  4. The 20th Massachusetts Bay Provincial Regiment was commanded by Colonel David Brewer, of Palmer, who was dismissed from the service on October 24, 1775. The next senior officer, Lieutenant Colonel Rufus Putnam, of Brookfield, assumed command of the regiment and served until the end of the year. In August 1775, David Brewer’s Regiment was designated “The 9th Regiment of Foot.” It served in the Siege of Boston until its disbandment.
  5. The 12th Massachusetts Regiment (Samuel Brewer’s Regiment) was formed by reconstituting the remnant of the 18th Continental Regiment as a regiment to serve for the duration (less two companies consolidated with the 15th Continental Regiment, which became the 1st Massachusetts Regiment. The commanding officer was dismissed from the service on September 17, 1778. For the remainder of its existence the regiment was commanded by Lieutenant Colonel Ebenezer Sproat (aka Sprout), who had been the major of Cotton’s Regiment in 1775 and the major of the 3rd Continental Regiment in 1776. This is one of the regiments that formed the “Massachusetts Line” at the Battle of Saratoga. Detail

4 thoughts on “Descendants of Thomas Gunn in the Revolutionary War

  1. Hi.
    My name is Denise Salembier and I am a descendant of Gideon Gunn. I would like to use your story about Gideon Gunn on my family tree. I would like to ask your permission and I hope it is favorable.
    My grandmother’s middle name was Gunn, in honor of her heritage and we are direct descendants of Gov. William Bradford of Plymouth Colony. Many of our ancestors served in the Revolutionary War and I’m trying to create military pages for all who served in the Revolution and other wars/conflicts.
    I look forward to hearing from you soon. Thank you, in advance.
    Sincerely,
    Denise Salembier

  2. Hi James,

    Thanks so much for the writeup – it’s beautifully done and I’ll be sharing it with the family next week at Thanksgiving (we’re also descendants of Gideon Gunn). Just wondering if you have done any Y-DNA testing? I noticed there’s a Gunn project on FTDNA and it would be interesting to see if we match up with any of the other Gunns.
    Thanks!
    Anita

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