Anthony SCHAEFFER, buried in the old Schaeffer Cemetery, Burrell Township.

Source: Newspaper article “Revolutionary Veterans Buried in Armstrong County”. Leader-Times, Kittanning. Thursday, 25 May 197_. (The last number is worn.)


Peter Schaeffer, buried in a private cemetery in Gilpin Township.

Source: Newspaper article “Revolutionary Veterans Buried in Armstrong County”. Leader-Times, Kittanning. Thursday, 25 May 197_. (The last number is worn.)
“Along Schenley Road in Gilpin Township you come to Schaeffer’s Cemetery in which there is a flagpole, erected through the efforts of Robert S. THOMPSON. On a weather-beaten headstone you read the name of Peter SCHAEFFER. He was a private in Captain Peter MUHLENBERG’s Company of Lehigh County Militia in the Revolutionary War.”
Source: A Century of Historical Progress of Leechburg, Pennsylvania from 1850 to 1950.

Many years ago, some of us located an old burial ground on this road. There were sunken graves and a rose bush growing, but we never found a tombstone. K. Marcinek

SCHALL, Michael Sr.

In 1934, Michael Schall’s descendants put up a plaque on his former farm in Cochran’s Mills, Burrell Township.
It said that in 1780 he was a Sergeant in Captain Santee’s Company, 2nd Battallion
In 1783, he was a Lieutenant of the 6th Battalion, Northampton County Militia.
Born 1739. Died 1830.


John Serfas, buried in the old Schaeffer Cemetery, Burrell Township.

Source: Newspaper article “Revolutionary Veterans Buried in Armstrong County”. Leader-Times, Kittanning. Thursday, 25 May 197_. (The last number is worn.)

Update: John Serfas, buried in the old Schaeffer Cemetery, Burrell Township.
Descendants say this is John Henry Serfoos/Zerfoos/Serfas (and a lot of other spellings) and census and other records back it up. The Henry Serfas that appears in various records is actually John Henry Serfas, a veteran of the Revolutionary War buried in the old Schaeffer Cemetery in Burrell Township. On the ACGC Facebook group, a member said her ancestor was named John Henry Zerfoss and he died about 1831. Estate papers confirm a death date of 1831 or early 1832. The DAR has a death date of 1855 for the soldier John Serfas but that is not correct. He lived in the Brick Church area of Burrell Township and it now appears that there was only one soldier, John Henry Zerfas. John Serfas has a Revolutionary tombstone which reads : Byles Company 3 Pennsylvania Regiment. John Zerfosz was listed on a Kittanning Township tax in 1835. This is the son of John Henry Serfas.

I found a John Serfas and a Henry Serfas in Northampton County, Pennsylvania. Both served in the Revolutionary War, along with others of that surname. John Serfas served in the Northampton County Militia. There is a Henry Serfas listed as being in the 4th Company, Captain And’w Dapper. Lieutenant Henry Serfas also served a tour of duty in Northampton County and is listed on the payrolls of the Northampton County Militia. The early federal census shows both John and Henry as residents of Northampton County, along with George Helfferich. George Helfferich later became a neighbor of Henry’s in Burrell Township, Armstrong County. George is buried in the Old Schaeffer Cemetery also. Sources: Revolutionary War Military Abstract Card File, ARIAS, Pennsylvania’s Digital State Archives and Federal Census records.


Revolutionary War Pension File #S22989. 10 October 1833, David SHIELDS, aged 68 years, resident of Red Bank Township, Armstrong County, Pennsylvania, appeared before the Court in Kittanning to apply for a pension. He was born 19 July 1764 in Cumberland County, Pennsylvania, and he cites the source as the family bible. He entered the War of the Revolution as a militia man under his father, Captain John SHIELDS, at Fort Shields, Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania, March 1780. He lived in Westmoreland County when called into service, and now in Red Bank Township, Armstrong County. He served under General Charles CAMPBELL, Major John GUTHRIE, and Captains SHIELDS, MOORE, and HUNTER. He was commissioned a Lieutenant on 1 May 1789, in the 8th Pennsylvania Company of Foot, Battalion of Westmoreland County Militia.

I have no record of when he died or where he is buried. KLM


John Shields was granted a Gratuity of 40 dollars and an Annuity of 40 dollars on 1 April 1836. He was at that time a resident of Armstrong County. Source: Pennsylvania General Assembly, House of Representatives, Volume 48, part 2, page 226. Date:1838. Pensioners of Armstrong County, Pennsylvania

SLOAN, James

James Sloan died 1821 in Armstrong County. Source: Penna. Archives, 2nd Series, Vol. XIII, pg. 210. Elizabeth Sloan, widow of James, is listed as an Armstrong County applicant for annuitities from the state a Revolutionary War veteran.

SLOAN, Robert
Martha Sloan, widow of Robert Sloan, is listed in the 1840 census, Plumcreek Township, Armstrong County, Pennsylvania, under Pensioners for Revolutionary or military service. Although the census doesn’t prove service, direct descendants believe him to have served in the Revolution, given his approximate birth date. Robert Sloan is listed in a 1798 tax list for Allegheny Township, Westmoreland County, an area which in 1800 became the southern portion of Armstrong County. More research is needed here.
Will Abstract, Armstrong County, Pennsylvania
SLOAN, Martha of Plumcreek Township, Armstrong County, Pennsylvania
Mentions daughters Mary McCUNE, Nancy NOLDER, Martha MOOR, Rachel ELGIN, and Jane GRAHAM. Sons Samuel SLOAN and James SLOAN “in case son James SLOAN is yet living or having died and left children” and “in case he is dead and left no heirs or may never return”. Grandson Robert NOLDER. Son Robert SLOAN is deceased. Appoints Daniel ELGIN and James MOOR executors. Written 6 January 1836. Witnesses: William COULTER and William LYTLE.

30 November 1840: All real estate to son Samuel “if he survives me”. Revocation of the executors appointed. Appointed in their stead: William McINTOSH and Samuel COULTER.
Registered 8 March 1840 (sic). Will Book 1, page 244


Private John Smith, Captain Robb’s Company. 1776. 1 January 1778. Resided in Armstrong County in 1826, aged 77 years. Source: “Pennsylvania in the war of the revolution, battalions and line. 1775-1783”
Author: Linn, John Blair, 1831-1899; Egle, William Henry, 1830-1901; McClellan, Joseph, 1747-1834
Publisher: Harrisburg : L.S. Hart, State Printer
Revolutionary and Military pensioners. 1840 Census, Armstrong County, Pennsylvania
DAVIS, Henry, aged 73
SMITH, Sarah, aged 67
McCAINE, James, aged 64
SLONE, Martha, aged 77

The Sarah Smith getting a pension in 1840 is possibly the widow of John but as of now I have no proof of that. She is much younger but that isn’t unusual.

Listed as an Armstrong County Applicant for an annuity from the state as a Revolutionary War veteran is Church SMITH. Church Smith was granted an Annuity and a Gratuity of 40 dollars on 27 March 1837, for his service in the Indian War. Source: Pennsylvania General Assembly, House of Representatives, Volume 48, part 2, page 226. Date:1838. Pensioners of Armstrong County, Pennsylvania. Also on this list as serving in the Indian War is Henry Davis, Daniel Davis, and John Hawk. Church Smith applied for a pension as a Revolutionary soldier but so far all I can find is his acceptance as a soldier of the Indian War.


Isaac STEELE, Sr., born about 1754, died 24 October 1842 at Sugarcreek Township. Buried in Sugarcreek Township.

Obituary, The Armstrong Democrat & Farmers & Mechanics Advertiser, Thursday, 10 November 1842. Published at Kittanning, Pennsylvania. See Obituaries

1840 Federal Census, veteran’s list.

STITT, William

William Stitt, 1755 – 1834, buried at Truby Farm in Gilpin Township. Source: ACGC Quarterly.  Pension Certificate #11468. Private, Pennsylvania Militia. 19 September 1832–William Stitt, aged 77, of Allegheny Township, Armstrong County, Pennsylvania, appeared in Court in Kittanning to apply for a pension. Enlisted 1775. Stated he was born in Chester County, Pennsylvania, in 1755, and has a record of his age from family bible. He was living in the Conococheague Settlement, 10 miles from Chamberstown. Was in the battle of Three Rivers. Has lived in Westmoreland & Armstrong Counties since the Revolutionary War. Source: Pension File. There is a possibity that the William Stitt who settled in Armstrong County was William, Jr. Two William Stitts served in the Revolutionary War who could have been father & son. William Stitt the younger, of Armstrong County, had two known children, John & Samuel. John  married Esther Frantz. Source: Letter dated 16 March 1934, from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania State Library to Campbell Patch of Johnstown, Pennsylvania. Patch had written seeking information on William Stitt.

“Time and plow have eclipsed Truby’s Cemetery. It lies high in Gilpin Township near the cliff some folks call Lover’s Leap. It was a large plot once. Now fields of grain shield the graves of William Stitt of the Revolutionary War; William Jack and John Stitt of the War of 1812.” From Century of Historical Progress of Leechburg, Pennsylvania  from 1850 to 1950.


Tobias Stuyvesandtt, 1759 – 1841. Buried at Christ-Rupp Church in Kittanning Township. Source: Family Tradition, Peg Krecota.

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