SCCSAR.ORG Somerset Cambria Chapter
Sons of the American Revolution
serving the Pennsylvania counties of Somerset and Cambria

Peter Henry

Peter Henry Sr. was born in August of 1760 in New Shannock, Somerset Co. New Jersey. He died August 19th, 1841 in Milford Twp. Somerset Co. Pennsylvania. Peter served in the Somerset Co. New Jersey Militia as a private. He is listed in his pension record as having served under the command of Colonel Schuyler, Colonel Frelinghausen, Captain Jacob Flag and Captain Lott. He was also known to be a fifer in the war.   He served for more than a year in the New Jersey Militia being called up at least six times for duty.  He was in the battles of Germantown, Monmouth, Morristown, Elizabethtown & Somerset Courthouse.  His service record began around 1778 or shortly before.

Peter later moved to Bedford Co. Pennsylvania around 1780 where he started a family.   He raised five sons and two step daughters. He is listed by the D.A.R. as having also served in the Bedford Co. Militia as a Ranger on the Frontier. He later moved to Milford Twp. Somerset Co. Pennsylvania around 1807. He received a land warrant for his service in the war.  He also received a pension for his service in 1833 of $40.00 per year until his death in 1841.

According to records Peter Henry and his sons settled in the area of western Somerset Co. PA, now known as Scullton. Peter was known as the father of modern day Scullton, which was once known as Henrytown until the post office came there in 1887.  Peter was a farmer in the area and his sons John & William owned many acres in that area. Peter's descendants settled in the area for many generations and he now has a tombstone in the Scullton cemetery next to his son John.

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