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Samuel Tallmadge

Birthplace: Brookhaven, Suffolk, New York, United States
Death: Died in Charleston, Montgomery, New York, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Rev Benjamin Tallmadge and Susannah Tallmage
Husband of Mary Tallmadge
Father of Mary Tallmadge; Benjamin H. Tallmadge; Samuel H. Tallmadge; Willaim B. Tallmadge; Susan B. Tallmadge and 2 others
Brother of William Tallmadge, 246; Benjamin Tallmadge; John Tallmadge, 249 and Isaac Tallmadge, 250

Occupation: Farmer
Managed by: Randy Stebbing
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About Samuel Tallmadge

A Patriot of the American Revolution for NEW YORK with the rank of LIEUTENANT. DAR Ancestor # A112647

Biographical Summary:

NOTE: The information related below contains an extracted summary of information in a fuller document. The original document contains additional details about Samuele's military service and other life details.

"...Samuel Tallmadge(1755-1825), the third son of the Rev. Benjamin and Susannah (Smith) Tallmadge, was born November 23, 1755, at Brookhaven, Suffolk county, Long Island. Although given a good education by his cultured father, he did not, like his elder brother Benjamin, go to college. (10) No doubt in keeping with his own inclination, he was prepared for a mercantile career..."

"...This first notice of young Tallmadge in the state records shows that at the outbreak of the Revolution he was still in Brookhaven and already enrolled as a soldier..."

"...The Tallmadges were listed among the "Refugees of 1776" from Long Island to Connecticut. In this experience young Samuel Tallmadge driven out of his home by the British in a ruthless manner, came to feel personally the harsh results of war, and probably in consequence was more willing to offer his services for his country..."

"...In May 1776 he enlisted in Suffolk county..."

"...On November 21, 1776, when four Continental regiments were organized in New York, he volunteered for the duration of the war as a member of the 4th New York Regiment..."

"...On January 1, 1781 , when the five New York Regiments were reduced to two of Infantry and one of artillery, he was transferred to the 2d New York Regiment commanded by Colonel Philip Van Cortlandt and served, apparently, as ensign and adjutant..."

"...From 1776 to the end of 1780-a period of about four years,--Samuel Tallmadge was attached to the 4th New York Regiment. During that time he was intimately associated with Colonel Henry Beekman Livingston..."

"...As an officer of the 4th New York Regiment from 1776 to 1780, Samuel Tallmadge apparently participated in the Battle of Long Island and the Battle of White Plains in 1776. In 1777 he was with the detachment of his regiment which participated in the Battle of Saratoga and was at Burgoyne's surrender. He was probably with his regiment at Valley Forge during the winter of that year..."

"...When the treaty of peace was concluded in 1783 the young patriot who had entered military service at an early age, was 28 years old. He had become a man inured to responsibilities, broadened by his experiences and contacts, and sobered by his devotion to a great cause. As ensign he held the lowest office and bore the brunt of the more disagreeable military tasks. He probably also had charge of the colors. As regimental adjutant he was a staff officer whose duty it was to assist the commanding officer in the discharge of the details of his military duties. He also kept the Orderly Book up to date and gave out the orders to the brigades and companies..."

"...The record shows that he was mustered out of the army in June 1783. He married, at Kinderhook, N. Y., Mary Hilton of Albany, N. Y., on July 3, 1783, and located at Rhinebeck, N. Y., as a merchant. It seems very likely that he invested his earnings in this project. Details are lacking as to how the business was started..."

"...Samuel Tallmadge seems to have resided in Rhinebeck from 1783 until about 1789. In 1786, he was appointed "Captain No.2" of the Dutchess County Militia.(44) In 1793 he was reported as "moved away"..."

"...For some reason not quite clear his business did not prosper and failure resulted..."

"..He speculated in land on the Mohawk river.." "...These dealings in land were not sufficiently remunerative to save his business, however, and he was forced to appeal for assistance to his more fortunate brothers..."

"...That he removed to Charleston in 1789 is indicated by the federal census of 1790..."

"...Samuel Tallmadge located on a farm two miles northwest of the hamlet of Riders Corners. He cleared the land and erected a log cabin of pioneer type. With the coming of more prosperous times, about 1800 he built a comfortable frame house of one and a half stories and a barn and outbuildl ings..."

"...From 1789 until his death, after a long illness, on April 1, 1825,(57) at the age of 69, Samuel Tallmadge lived on his farm at Charleston. But little is known of his activities during that period of 35 years. In narrowed circumstances, with a growing family of five sons and two daughters, no doubt he lived the life of an industrious farmer, taking little interest in either local or national. politics..."

"...He was a devoted attendant of the "True Reformed" or "Wyckafite" Church and probably satisfied his simple yearnings for social intercourse within its membership..."

"...On April 6, 1818, he appeared before the First Judge of the Court of Common Pleas of Montgomery County to make the following affidavit of his services as a Revolutionary soldier in order to obtain a pension from the national government:.."

SOURCE: The Life of Samuel Tallmadge, page 7. Retrieved online from


  1. Birth of 23 Nov 1755 in Brookhaven, Suffolk, New York, USA.

SOURCE: Arthur White Talmadge, The Talmadge, Tallmadge and Talmage genealogy: being the descendants of Thomas Talmadge of Lynn, Massachusetts, with an appendix including other families (N.p.: Higginson Book Co., 1909), 60.

SOURCE: Edward Hooker, The Descendants of Rev. Thomas Hooker, Hartford, Connecticut, 1586-1908 (N.p.: n.p., n.d.), 74; "...Samuel, b. Nov. 23, 1755; d. April 1, 1825."


  1. He worked as a Merchant in Rhinebeck, Dutchess, New York, USA.

SOURCE: Talmadge, The Talmadge, Tallmadge and Talmage genealogy, 89.


  1. Samuel enlisted in the 4th New York regiment, Continental Line in November 23, 1776 as an ensign. He served as a Lieutenant in 1777-81. He was in Sullivan's expedition to the west, and the battles of Saratoga and Yorktown. Samuel was an eye witness of the defeat of Lord Cornwallis and his surrender on October 19, 1781.

SOURCE: Talmadge, The Talmadge, Tallmadge and Talmage genealogy, 89.

  1. First Lieutenant, 2nd regiment, N. Y. Line under Col. Van Cortland.

SOURCE: Talmadge, The Talmadge, Tallmadge and Talmage genealogy, 89.


  1. Marriage between Mary Hilton and Samuel Tallmadge.

SOURCE: Talmadge, The Talmadge, Tallmadge and Talmage genealogy, 88.


  1. Death of 1 Apr 1825 in Charleston, Montgomery, New York

SOURCE: Hooker, The Descendants of Rev. Thomas Hooker, 74.


  1. Abram Davis Farm Graveyard, Town of Charleston, Montgomery County (near Rider's Corners.

SOURCE: Unknown

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Samuel Tallmadge's Timeline

November 23, 1755
Brookhaven, Suffolk, New York, United States
October 3, 1784
Age 28
Rhinebeck, NY, USA
May 24, 1786
Age 30
Rhinebeck, NY, USA
December 10, 1787
Age 32
Rhinebeck, Dutchess, New York, United States
March 15, 1791
Age 35
November 11, 1793
Age 37
Charleston, NY, USA
November 19, 1796
Age 40
Charleston, NY, USA
April 25, 1799
Age 43
Charleston, NY, USA
April 1, 1825
Age 69
Charleston, Montgomery, New York, United States