Jacob Wilklow’s Military Service

Yesterday on Veteran’s Day, I was thinking about one of my Revolutionary War ancestors; Jacob Wilklow. Jacob was born in 1764 in New Paltz, Ulster Co., NY. His brother, John, joined a military unit in 1778 when he was only aged 16. In 1779 Jacob, then only 15, served a month as a substitute for another man in a local militia. Then 1780 he served in another local militia for nine months guarding the western part of Ulster County. He didn’t see any action and the company was discharged at Christmas time. In spring of 1781 he joined a NY State militia company. This time in August he was involved in a battle with Indians that were raiding the small village of Wawarsing. About 400 Indians were held off by a small bunch of settlers in stone houses and the militia company that Jacob was in drove them off. In that battle, the Indians lost about 40 of their warriors. This militia company was discharged on Dec 24th. Jacob settled down to farming after that.

Jacob was married about 1784 to Elizabeth Hood and they had 5 children. She died and Jacob married Margaret Harris and they had 8 children.

In 1832 Jacob applied for a pension for his service where most of this information came from. He was awarded $60 per year. I haven’t ever found a death date for Jacob or his wives. I haven’t even found him in a census record after 1810. He must have been living one of his children.  I also haven’t found a tombstone for him or his wives.