|~ Bio - Private Onesimus Risdon ~|
Onesimus Risdon (Risden) was born February 18, 1760 in Stratford, Fairfield County, Connecticut.
At Bennington, Bennington County, Vermont in the spring of 1777, Onesimus volunteered for 3 months in Captain Samuel Robinson's Company of Militia. Robinson's Company marched to Manchester, Bennington County, Vermont and did duty there and on that frontier. While in Manchester on July 21, 1777, Onesimus enlisted as a Private in Captain John Warner's Company of Green Mountain Rangers, and served until December 3, 1777, when he was mustered out.
In March 1778, Onesimus enlisted in Captain Isaac Clark's Company of Colonel Samuel Herrick's Regiment of Rangers then being raised and rendezvoused at “Meshowby” (now Brandon) Rutland County, Vermont for Major General De la Fayette's secret incursion into Canada. When that mission was aborted, the Company remained in service for about 2 months defending the frontiers and scouting on the shores of Otter Creek and Lake Champlain.
In the fall of 1778, Onesimus enlisted in a Company of Militia raised from the various Companies in Colonel Samuel Herrick's 2nd Vermont Militia Regiment. Captain Joseph Briggs of Pownal, Bennington County, Vermont commanded the Company. They served at Pittsford, Rutland County, Vermont scouting the frontier the whole term. Onesimus' service commenced on the 1st day of October and ended on the November 24th when he was sent home.
On August 15, 1779, Onesimus enlisted at Bennington and served as a Sergeant in Captain Thomas Sawyer's Company then garrisoned at Rutland, Rutland County, Vermont. He was honorably discharged from this service on October 15, 1779.
During the remainder of the War, Onesimus was often called out on alarms, and continued to serve when called. In mid-October 1780, he served for 7 days in Captain John Stark's Pawlet Company in Colonel Ira Allen's 6th Regiment of Vermont Militia when called out in defence of Vermont's Northern Frontier. Later in the same month or November 1780, he served 5 days in Captain Nathaniel Smith's Company of the same Regiment.
At the close of the war, Onesimus resided in Rupert, Bennington County, Vermont. He married his wife Sarah on May 11, 1780. Onesimus and Sarah had at least one child: Hannah (Risden) Reed born September 16, 1797.
Onesimus moved to Pittstown (now Richmond), Ontario County, New York before the year 1800. He resided in Richmond until he died on March 1, 1848. He is buried in the Union Cemetery, Livonia, Livingston County, New York.
- Biographical information courtesy of Herman C. Brown