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The American Revolutionary War (1775–1783), also known as the American War of Independence, was a war between the Kingdom of Great Britain and the thirteen "United Colonies". The Patriots took control of every colony, expelled most royal officials in 1775, set up the Second Continental Congress, formed the Continental Army, and declared their independence as a new nation, the United States of America, in 1776. The war was the culmination of the political American Revolution, whereby the colonists overthrew British rule. By 1778 major European powers had joined against Britain. American Indians fought for both British and American sides.

Throughout the war, the British were able to use their naval superiority to capture and occupy coastal cities, but control of the countryside (where 90% of the population lived) largely eluded them. After an American victory at Saratoga in 1777, France, with Spain and the Netherlands as its allies, entered the war against Britain. French involvement proved decisive, with a French naval victory in the Chesapeake leading to the surrender of a British army at Yorktown in 1781. The Treaty of Paris in 1783 ended the war and recognized the sovereignty of the United States over the territory bounded by what is now Canada to the North, Florida to the South, and the Mississippi River to the west. (Wikipedia)

U.S. Revolutionary War Rolls, 1775-1783


Roll State: Continental Troops
Conrad STERRY; Rank - Induction: Matross; Roll Box: 118
Cyprian STERRY; Rank - Induction: 2d Lieut; Roll Box: 136
Cyprian STERRY; Rank - Induction: Ensign; Roll Box: 136
Cyprian STERRY; Rank - Induction: Q M; Roll Box: 122
Cyprian STERRY; Rank - Induction: Qt Master; Roll Box: 136
Lilas STERRY; Rank - Induction: Private; Roll Box: 127
Silan STERRY; Rank - Induction: Private; Roll Box: 127
Silas STERRY; Rank - Induction: Drumr; Roll Box: 127

Revolutionary War Officers

Alphabetical List of Officers of the Continental Army, S, Fifteenth Virginia, page 518 (Source:

STERRY, Cyprian (R. I.). Ensign 2d Rhode Island, 3d May to December, 1775; 2d Lieutenant and Regimental Quartermaster 11th Continental Infantry, 1st January to 31st, December, 1776; Brigade-Major to Rhode Island Brigade, 12th to 31st December, 1776. (Died 1st September, 1824.)

Revolutionary War Service Records 1775-83

Name, Rank-Induction, Roll Box
Conrad STERRY, Matross, 118
Cyprian STERRY, 2d Lieut, 136
Cyprian STERRY, Ensign, 136
Cyprian STERRY, Q M, 122
Cyprian STERRY, Qt Master, 136
Silas STERRY, Private, 127
Silas STERRY, Drumr, 127

U.S Pensioners, 1818-1872


Name Pension Office Rank Monthly Allowance Commencement of pension Remarks
Cyprian STERRY Rhode Island Captain 20 30 March 1818  
David STERRY Massachusetts Private 8 11 April 1818 Transferred to Maine from 4 March 1834
David STERRY Maine Private 8 31 March 1818 Died 4 April 1843 paid 1st qr 1844
Olive STERRY of Silas Connecticut
(4th July 1836)
Priv & fif__ 40 (half yearly allowance) March 4th 1831  


Record of Service of Connecticut Men in the War of Revolution
William Jr STERRY

Record of Service of Connecticut Men in the War of Revolution-Connecticut Continental Troops: Additional Continental Infantry (p256)
Silas STERRY, Residence: Preston; Company: Stanton's; Date of Enlistment: May 26, '77; Remarks: Disc. in spring of '80

Record of Service of Connecticut Men in the War of Revolution: Chapter II: Connecticut Continental Troops: The Continental Army (p74)
3rd Company
Sterry HEWET (Time Enlisted: May 6; When Discharged &c.: Dec 17)

Record of Service of Connecticut Men in the War of Revolution-Chapter V: Naval Record of Connecticut 1775-1783 (p594)
Galley 'Shark' [Built in Norwich]
Officers and crew as follows:
Silas STERRY, Serjant; Time of Entry: June 7, '76
The above galleys were ordered to New York, at the request of Washington, and two of them, the Whiting and Crane, were captured in the North River in the fall of '76.

Record of Service of Connecticut Men in the War of Revolution: Chapter II: Connecticut Continental Troops, Regiments "Connecticut Line" (p151)
HEWIT, Sterry, Residence: New London, Company: Eldridge; Date of Enlistment: May 28, '77; Term: 1yr; Remarks: Disc. Jan 12, '78

Maine Pensioners 1835 (Source:
County: Kennebec
Name: David STERRY
Rank: Private
Annual Allowance: 96 00
Sums Received: 1,529 28
Description of service: Massachusetts line
When placed on the pension roll: January 30, 1819
Commencement of pension: March 31, 1818
Age: 77
Remarks: Retransferred from Essex county, Massachusetts March 4, 1834 (p199)


Massachusetts Soldiers and Sailors in the War of the Revolution (17 vols)
(Source: Volume 14, page 937)
STERRY, David, Rowley. Private, Capt. John Baker's co., Col. Moses Little's (17th) regt.; company return [probably Oct., 1775]; enlisted May 2, 1775; age, 22 yrs.; also, order for money in lien of bounty coat dated Dec. 11, 1775; also, Private, Capt. Thomas Mighill's co., Col. Loammi Baldwin's (26th) regt.; pay abstracts for Feb. and May, 1776; also, same co. and regt.; pay abstract for June, 1776, dated New York; also, same co. and regt.; pay abstract for travel allowance, etc., on march homeward at the close of the campaign in 1776; 390 miles travel allowed said Sterry.

STERRY, Silas, Groton (also given Preston). Corporal, Capt. Nathan Peters's co., Col. Timothy Danielson's regt.; muster roll dated Aug. 1, 1775; enlisted May 12, 1775; service, 2 mos., 3 weeks, 1 day; also, company return dated Oct. 6, 1775; also, order for bounty coat or its equivalent in money dated Camp at Roxbury, Nov. 20, 1775


Revised Register of Soldiers & Sailors of New Hampshire in War of Rebellion 1861-1866
Eleventh Regiment New Hampshire Volunteer Infantry
STERRY, Charles. Unas'd; b. Yonkers, N.Y.; age 28; cred. Gilford; enl. Jan. 20, '64; must. in Jan. 20, '64 as Priv.; des. Feb. 4, '64, Camp Nelson, Ky.


New York Pensioners 1835 (Source:
County: Rensselaer
Name: Sterry HEWITT
Rank: Private
Annual Allowance: 60 00
Sums Received: -
Description of service: Connecticut continental
When placed on the pension roll: January 17, 1833
Commencement of pension: March 4, 1831
Age: 76

Census of Pensioners for Revolutionary or Military Services 1841: Census of Pensioners: New York (p94)


Rhode Island Pensioners 1835 (Source:
County: Providence
Name: Cyprian STERRY
Rank: Captain
Annual Allowance: 240 00
Sums Received: 1,544 00
Description of service: Rhode Island continental line
When placed on the pension roll: September 22, 1818
Commencement of pension: March 30, 1818
Age: 70
Remarks: Died September 1, 1824


Revolutionary War Rolls for State of Vermont: Rolls of Men (p406)
A Pay Roll of Capt. Augustin Odle's Company in Col. John Abbot's Regiment of Militia, out in an alarm from the 1st day of August to the 4th, A.D. 1781
Harry (Sterry) HEWETT, Days: 3, Milage: 10, Rations: 0 , Due for Rations: 0, Per Day: 1.4, Wages: 14/-, Miles: 50