James Orcutt, Sr.

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James Orcutt, Sr.

Birthdate: (50)
Birthplace: Albany, NY, USA
Death: September 4, 1804 (50)
Aurelius, Cayuga, NY, USA
Immediate Family:

Son of Joseph Orcutt, Jr. and Temperance Loomis
Husband of Deborah Orcutt
Father of James Orcutt; Stephen Orcutt and James Orcutt
Brother of John Orcutt; Sarah Orcutt; Benjamin Orcutt; Peter Orcutt; William Orcutt and 3 others

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About James Orcutt, Sr.

The biography of James Orcutt is derived from his Revolutionary War records and depositions filed by his wife, Deborah, in her attempt to obtain a widow's pension. In her deposition of Dec. 22, 1843, Deborah Orcutt attached a record taken from the family Bible kept by James Orcutt wherein he stated his birth date as Jan 17, 1754. Although it stated that James was born in Egremont, Mass, it's pointed the area where James was born was in the disputed area of Mass. and N.Y., and didn't become part of Mass. until 1774.

James Orcutt enlisted on April 19, 1775, in Capt. John Holm's Company of Minutemen, Berkshire County, Col. Fellows Regiment. On April 20, 1775, the day following his enlistment to an active status, James Orcutt in the regiment of Col. John Ashley, "marched in response to the alarm of April 19, 1775." This was in response to the British attack on Lexington and Concord, Mass. The action encountered on this march by his regiment is not known and James was discharged from active duty on May 7, 1775, after 17 days of service.

James continued to serve in the militia and the Continental Army during the War. His next call to action occurred May 8, 1775. He enlisted in Bacon's company, Col John Fellows regt. and was discharged August 1, 1775, after serving 3 months and 1 day. This service included the Battle of Bunker Hill. After that battle James Orcutt joined the forces of Gen. Montgomery on his march to Quebec, Canada during which they suffered greatly from smallpox.

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James Orcutt, Sr.'s Timeline

January 17, 1754
Albany, NY, USA
July 23, 1781
Age 27
July 23, 1781
Age 27
Grandville, Washington County, New York
Age 28
New York
September 4, 1804
Age 50
Aurelius, Cayuga, NY, USA