Battle of Wilton

  • Jeannine Woutersz - Town Historian

Picture: The brick home of Hugh Groesbeck and his wife, Elizabeth, stands surrounded by ancient trees on Louden Road. The property of 100 acres was given as compensation to a Revolutionary War soldier after he was discharged. Hugh died in 1840, and his wife died in 1843. They are buried in the Jaycox Cemetery. Hugh was a trustee to the Louden church.

The Battle of Wilton in 1693 has long overshadowed the Revolutionary War, because we have no written history of warfare in this area. There are accounts of two blockhouses built on the Palmertown Ridge., near the present Corinth mountain road, for the protection of settlers from Indian raids. It is said that the Loyalists of the Rev. flashed signals from that location to the British in Fort Edward.

The population was pretty sparse during those years. The Brisban brothers, William and Samuel, had served under Generals Abercrombe and Amherst during the French and Indian Wars and settled in Palmertown before the Revolution, but left when the war broke out. They returned only after the peace in 1783.

Rowland Perry, with eight sons, came to this valley in 1770 and remained during the war years. They were not considered a threat to the Loyalists, Reuben Stiles and his wife arrived in 1775 and stayed to raise nine children. Benjamin Phillips and Stephen and Ebenezer King came along and settled near Stiles Corners. At the same time, John Laing came from Scotland and settled in the present Gurn Springs. John Boyce and Robert and James Millington settled in the southeast corner of the town, known as Louden, probably because of the old road of the same name. Hugh Groesbeck, John Jaycox and John Kendrick settled near what was known as Kendrick Hill.

Some recent visitors to Canada told me they had discovered gravestones, along the St. Lawrence River, for the Jaycox brothers from Wilton, New York. The local history states that the boys served with the British Army and went to Canada after the British surrender, never to return home. The families were split by war then. As they were in the great Civil War, and as they are today.

The Revolutionary War soldiers from Wilton are listed: John Perry, Samuel Perry, Edenezer King, Solomen Brill, Zebna Day and Edward Bevins, the “Drummer Boy”, buried in Louden Cemetery.

A little research finds that Wilton did play its part in the Revolution.

Research - History of Saratoga County by Nathaniel B. Sylvester (1878)