Drummers of the First Battalion, KRRNY

NAME
ENLISTMENT DATE
AGE AT ENLISTMENT
AGE AT DISBANDMENT
Robert Averil *
28 NOV 1778
14
19
Daniel Benjamin
07 DEC 1779
Unknown
Unknown
Abraham Bowman ‡‡
01 FEB 1780
11
14
Donald Brooks
02 MAY 1780
12
15
Cornelius Bulson
30 APR 1779
22
26
Elihu Cass
04 MAR 1780
12
15
Henry Casselman
03 APR 1780
11
14
Thomas Casselman
03 APR 1780
13
16
John Collison
01 SEP 1778
12
17
John Cousins
25 AUG 1778
10
15
Philip Daly
14 AUG 1779
13
17
Richard Davies
19 JUN 1776
22
29
John Dewitt
Unknown
Unknown
14
John Farlinger
19 JUN 1776
33
41
William Franks
01 FEB 1780
12
15
Winard Mitchel
02 MAY1780
15
18
John Mitchell §§
08 JUL 1783
Unknown
Unknown
Gillis McBean
19 AUG 1776
24
31
William Parker
19 JUN 1776
Unknown
Died 1780
Elias Paterson
02 MAY 1780
11
14
Joseph Pimricais
04 MAR 1780
13
17
Alexander Ross
13 SEP 1779
19
23
John Stoneburner
02 NOV 1779
07
11
Leonard Stoneburner
13 SEP 1779
12
16
George Stuart
19 JUN 1776
Unknown
Unknown
Richard Trapp §
24 NOV 1777
42
47
Lambert Van Alstine ‡‡
01 FEB 1780
13
16
Peter Young **
16 OCT 1780
14
18

The official strength was two drummers in each ten companies. Therefore, a full complement was twenty. As can be seen above, there were twenty-seven Drummers who served in the 1st Battalion during the war. This number included two men who transferred to the 2nd Bn after its formation in 1780.

Those Drummers who enlisted on 19 JUN 1776 joined on the date of the 1st Battalion's founding. Although three lads enlisted on 02 MAY 1780, the significance of that specific date is Unknownnown.

Two drums used in the recreation of the 1st Battalion were donated to the unit in memory of the Casselman drummers. One was given by Murray Barkley and the other by Ken and Cecile Paterson, who also commemorated the loss of a son with this gift.

* - Averil enlisted in the 53rd Regiment when the 1st Bn disbanded on 24 DEC 1783.

** - Young enlisted in 1777 at age 11 with Butler's Rangers and transferred to the KRR NY in 1780.

§ - Trapp served as 1st Bn Drum Major from his enlistment through to 1782. Exactly where he came from has not been determined. He was English-born, one of the 5% of the men with that ethnic background. When he left the regiment in 1782, he seems to have disappeared, as no record of settlement in Quebec can be found. It is very likely that Trapp had transferred from a Regular battalion and returned to that unit.

§§ - John Mitchell replaced Trapp as Drum Major. He is another mystery man. Where he suddenly emerged from is unknown, but he likely transferred from a Regular regiment. Due to his very late enlistment, he is not found on KRR muster rolls. His appointment was recorded in Captain Archibald McDonell's Orderly Book. Mitchell did not settle in Quebec before 1786; however, the Old UE List noted that a man of that name, who had been a Drum Major, settled at some time in RT4/Williamsburgh.

‡‡ - These men were noted as Fifers.

Drummers of the First Battalion | Drummers of the Second Battalion


 

DRUMMERS OF THE SECOND BATTALION
King's Royal Regiment of New York

NAME
ENLISTMENT DATE
AGE AT ENLISTMENT
AGE AT DISBANDMENT
John Behn Ø
12 NOV 1781
20
23
Allan Chisholm
16 OCT 1780
13
17
Henry Davis
16 OCT1780
09
13
John Dewitt
Unknown
Unknown
14
John Farlinger
19 JUN 1776
33
41
James Fitchett
22 MAY 1780
15
19
John Lambert
10 MAY 1781
10
13
Jonas Larraway Ø
12 NOV 1781
13
16
John Lower
25 AUG 1780
12
16
Samuel Lucky
21 SEP 1781
12
16
James Rankin Ø
12 NOV 1781
17
20
John Shaver
10 MAY 1781
20
23
Nicholas Schuyler
15 APR 1781
20
23
Peter Sinnot
Unknown
Unknown
14
George Sullivan Ø
12 NOV 1781
18
21
Daniel Teague
12 JAN 1780
11
15
Jonas Van Alstine Ø
12 NOV 1781
15
18
John Windecker
17 JUL 1780
13
17
Peter Winter
25 JUN 1780
13
17

By the time the 2nd Battalion disbanded on 24 JUN 1784, there were ten companies and twenty drummers, ie. a full complement.

Although Sir John Johnson received the Beating Order for the 2nd Battalion on 13 JUL 1780, the official formation date for the battalion was 12 NOV 1781 and the Officers' commission dates begin at that time, although many of them had been doing duty with the battalion a year or longer.

Ø - These Drummers had seen previous duty in LtCol Francis Van Pfister's Loyal Volunteers and two of them in Captain Robert Leake's Independent Company, which was formed from the Loyal Volunteers in 1779 and attached to the 1st Battalion, KRR and later to the 2nd Battalion. Leake's Company was officially absorbed into the 2nd Battalion on 12 NOV 81.

‡ - This man was noted as a Fifer.