Re: Eve Savage and Justus Winchell
Justus Winchell served in the Revolutionary War in a Massachusetts regiment. The pension file is available on Ancestry.com and includes some info about the status of Justus and Aphia/Eve Winchell in 1819 and later including a list of their possessions, a reference to their home burning in 1816 in letters
1- Justus was a private in Captain James Tisdale's 3rd Company with Colonel Hull's Regiment for three years.
2 – Justus, Aphia, and Roxana could not write and made their “mark” on the affidavits.
3 - Justus died 5 Feb 1838.
4 - Roxana (his daughter) married a man with the last name “Van Horn”.
5 - There was a family bible kept but a house fire destroyed it.
6 - In 1840 Aphia sated she was married to Justus in 1787, but that her memory was impaired by age. It was the year she filed for this pension and proves she was still living contrary to some who have her dead in 1814.
7 – Justus Enlisted in Westfield, Massachusetts in 1780.
8 – Justus was discharged after "the peace at West Point." - The written discharge was also destroyed in the house fire.
9 - General William Shepard (defended the Springfield Armory during Shay's Rebellion) had been acquainted with Justus since 1777.
10 - In July of 1820, he listed himself as 65 years old, his wife, Eve as being 56, and his daughter, Roxana as 16. (This conflicts with him being 18, in 1780 when he first joined the Massachusetts Line)
11 - Justus suffered from Rheumatism
12 – Justus and Aphia (also called Effe, or Eve) Savage Marriedin Westfield, Massachusetts, 9 April 1787 by Rev. Noah Atwater.
13 - Winchell is also spelled Winchel on the documents in question.
NARA M804. Revolutionary War Pension and Bounty-Land Warrant Application Files