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Roswell Goff (P167351)
Roswell Goff, Continental Soldier from New York's 3rd Westchester Militia Regiment was drafted and assigned to Captain Daniel Delavan's Company of Col. William Malcolm's Regiment of Levies for service outside the state of New York. Malcolm's Regiment of Levies became Malcolm's Additional Continental Regiment authorized by Congress on 7 January 1777. Roswell's full service is not exactly known, but he likely entered Continental service with the Regiment on April 30, 1777 with a service requirement of three years. He likely participated with the regiment during its service in New Jersey 1777, at the defense of Philadelphia 1777, Battle of White Marsh 1777, Valley Forge Winter Encampment 1777, and the Battle of Monmouth 1778. The regiment under went reorganization and the "new companies" were reassigned to Spencer's Additional Continental Regiment on 1 APR 1779. Spencer's Regiment was part of the 1779 Sullivan Expedition, which would have provided Roswell with his first view of the Big Flats, Tioga (later Chemung Co.) New York region. Roswell at some point joined Captain Delavan's company of frontier rangers or light dragoons. He is noted by Benjamin Gunsolley's pension document by name as serving in the capacity of a ranger. In 1783, Captain Delavan's Company was designated the escort company for General George Washington as he entered New York. Roswell Goff returned to the Big Flats area as one of its early settlers. He is listed as earning bounty land rights for his Revolutionary War service. Roswell Goff is further mentioned in local historical documents of Chemung Co., New York for being instrumental in forming a Baptist Church Society as its Reverend.
Author: Clifford Jay Kent
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