Revolutionary War heroes honored with military salute, headstone

Mary Perham
Brig. General John Taylor

BATH | A Steuben County pioneer and Revolutionary War hero was honored Saturday, with fife and drum, songs and patriotic speeches.

And it only took Brig. Gen. John Taylor’s descendants 20 years and thousands of hours poring through historical records in New Jersey and Steuben County to locate his gravesite in Pioneer Cemetery.

“It’s taken a lot of persistence,” Taylor descendant Bob Worcester said.

Saturday his family placed a headstone on Taylor’s grave and paid tribute in a ceremony sponsored by the Baron Steuben DAR.

According to family members, Taylor was a carpenter and miller from New Jersey when he joined the Continental Army as a 31-year-old private in the Fourth Hunterdon militia.

He swiftly rose through the ranks, participating in all the battles and skirmishes in New Jersey, including the battles of Trenton and Monmouth, and was part of the river patrol leading up to the famous Delaware River Crossing on Christmas. Taylor mustered out with the rank of brigadier general.

A widower, Taylor and his children, also left indelible marks on Steuben County. “Emigrating” to the county in 1797, he helped literally build the area, plying his trade as a miller, along with his son George Washington Miller.  He lies in Pioneer Cemetery, next to his son, whose tombstone is severely weathered by the years.

HAMMONDSPORT| A Revolutionary War hero was honored recently at a graveside ceremony in Elmwood Cemetery in the village of Hammondsport.

Massachusetts native Nathaniel Kellogg was honored Oct. 6 by the Kanestio Valley Chapter of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution.

According to the chapter’s First Vice Regent Eleanor Silliman, Kellogg was 17 when he enlisted in Newbury Mass. for three months in July 1780.

A private in the company of Capt. Job Alvord, Col. Seth Murray’s Kellogg helped draw provisions down the Hudson River through Poughkeepsie and Fishkill to West Point.

The unit remained in West Point until they were discharged.

A year later, he enlisted again, joining the company of Captain Oliver Corry and Col. Sear’s Regiment in Rowley, Mass.

Kellogg’s regiment was sent to Saratoga to defend the country from the British troops coming down from Canada. However, while stationed in Saratoga, the unit learned the besieged British forces commander, General Charles Cornwallis had surrendered.

Kellogg was awarded a private’s annual pension of $20. While still living in Massachusetts, Kellogg also served during the War of 1812, and received “bounty land” for his service.

He moved to Hammondsport in 1835 and died in 1851.

The military salute during the ceremony was conducted by the Corning American Legion Honor Guard.

The ceremony was the second time this month a Revolutionary War soldier has been honored in Steuben County. Saturday, descendants gathered in Pioneer Cemetery in Bath to place a headstone on the gravesite of Brig. General John Taylor.