Capt. John Prunty Sr. - Claypool's Rebellion
While researching John Prunty Sr.'s revolutionary war service, I ran across some evidence that he may have also served as a militia captain under General Daniel (The Old Wagoner) Morgan during this famed commander's suppression of the little-known Hampshire County Tax Revolt on South Branch and Lost River. This summer 1781 incident(known as Claypool's Rebellion)involved British loyalists, deserters from both sides and tax shirkers, but was eventually brought to a peaceful end by General Morgan's Virginia militia companies. This may explain why Capt. Prunty was taking deserters from the Hampshire County jail to Winchester or Fort Loudoun in late 1781 and also apparently collecting taxes from citizens, when he wasn't a tax collector.
I've also discovered a website and a November 1777 muster roll that lists a Pvt. Jonathon Pronty of Virginia, who served in Capt. Alexander Dandridge's Company of the 1st Light Dragoons and was apparently stationed at Valley Forge. I'm not sure this is my John Prunty Sr., but it seems possible and would explain my grandmother's belief that he was there at one point. Any feedback?