Capt. John Prunty - Soldier
Since I was a kid, I've been told stories that my ancestor John Prunty Sr. (the VA legislator, constitution ratifier, etc.) was a non-military patriot during the American Revolution. He was supposedly an associate of Gen. Washington and was said to be present at Valley Forge and the Siege of Yorktown as a supplier of horses and food stuffs, although the only evidence I had was that he was involved delivering prisoners at one time.
Recently a new-found cousin (Ms. Spolnicki) informed me that our John Prunty Sr. was really a military veteran of the American Revolution and she actually showed me evidence (a soldier's claim) that John Prunty Sr. commanded a company of 40 militiamen in the summer of 1779. Capt. Prunty's company took deserters from Hampshire County, Virginia to the American prison (Ft. Loudon) near Winchester, Virginia.
Now through my own research I've discovered that Capt. John Prunty Sr. is probably the Ensign John Prunty that served in Capt. Archibald Wiggins' Hampshire County Militia Company in late 1778. This unit was part
of Col. John Evans' Virginia Militia Regiment, which accompanied the McIntosh Expedition to fight the western Indians in Ohio. These soldiers built Fort McIntosh in Penssylvania and Fort Laurens in Ohio before they
returned home in December of that year. These are very interesting revelations for the descendants of Capt. John Prunty Sr. of Hampshire and Harrison County, Virginia.