Rev. War Soldier William Hay Discharged from War of 1812 Duty Because of Old Age

William Hay is my 6x great grandfather and is a patriot of the American Revolution, having served as a soldier. He was born 18 September 1744 in Stoneham, Middlesex, Massachusetts. However, William didn’t stay put after the war and ended up in Pittsford, Rutland County, Vermont.

I know for sure that this is “my” William because William of Vermont executed a land deed selling property he inherited from his “honored grandfather,” Peter Hay of Stoneham in 1790. At that time, he lived in Shoreham, Addison County, Vermont.

By 1802, he had removed to Pittsford and was living there as late as 1814. I found the following mention of William as Pittsford learned of the attack on Plattsburgh, New York in September 1814. The print is very easy to read, so I won’t transcribe it, but in the second image, William is excused from service because of old age.


VT Historical Magazine 3:943-944

Since William was about 70 years old when he apparently tried to sign up, I take that as a sign that he still didn’t have warm and fuzzy feelings towards the British!

This is the last mention I find of William. He may have died before the 1830 census.



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