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Amasa Stephen                             
43° 6.182′ N, 74° 17.686′ W

Near this marker Mayfield pioneer Amasa Stephen was
murdered by Loyalist/Indian foragers during the May 22nd,
1780 raid led by Sir John Johnson. Stephen was a Corporal
in the Tryon County Militia.

LOCATION: Marker stands on Route 146. Take Route
146 from Route 30. Marker stands in a ditch.

Amasa Stephen, early settler and patriot, was murdered near
Mayfield, NY by Sir. John Johnson and his loyalist and
indian allies on a May 22, 1780 raid.

In April of 1779, Amasa was part of Captain John Littel's
Company on Colonel Frederick Visscher's Regiment as a
Corporal. Corporal Stephens was stationed at various times
at Fort Johnstown.

On May 22nd, Colonel Sir John Johnson with about 500
Indians and Loyalists were in the Mohawk Valley burning
and killing. Just about dawn the enemy appeared at the
Stephens home. They broke the door in and immediately
headed to where the Stephens were sleeping. The Indians
dragged Stephens from his bed and took him outside. On
reaching outside the Indians tomahawked and scalped
Amasa and then hung him on the fence near the house. The
enemy then plundered the house and then left without
harming Mrs. Stephens or her children.

After the enemy left, Mrs. Stephens went looking for her
husband and on going outside she discovered him hung on
the fence. She took him down and took his body back into
the house. Mrs. Stephens immediately grabbed her two
children and headed for Fort Johnstown and she arrived
there a few hours later. On arriving at Fort Johnstown Mrs.
Stephens met her mother and learned that her father and
brother were killed.

Amasa married Margaret Putnam, daughter of Lodowick
Putnam in 1776 and they had two children, Lodowick and
Clarissa. Mrs. Stephens died in 1835.

Body lost or destroyed

Created by: Ben & Diane
Record added: Apr 11, 2015
Find A Grave Memorial# 144861582
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