George Noteware1

M, #64055, (1755-1825)
Marriage22 Apr 1786Salisbury, Litchfield, Connecticut,
Huldah Kline.
Death21 Aug 1825South Apalachin, Tioga, New York.1
NotesNotes for George Noteware:
History of Rev. War Vet.
George Noteware
(with descendants)
Edited by:
Susan Rockwell Austin

Owego Times, Thursday, July 22, 1948, p. 12. --
Interesting History of the Noteware Family Compiled by County Historian Charles Cafferty County Historian Charles Cafferty has just compiled an interesting history of the revolutionary soldier, George Noteware, giving the line of descendants including those residing in Owego. Members of the DAR and others interested in tracing family trees will find this record outstanding. Mr. Cafferty's article follows:

...Oct. 17, 1777, at Saratoga Gen. Burgoyne's army was defeated by and was surrendered to Colonial General Gates, including nearly 6,000 soldiers. Among these were 3,116 Hessians, who were marched to Boston as prisoners of war. On Oct. 25, 1777 this cavalcade of Hessian prisoners camped at Great Barrington, Mass. Among these Hessians was one Yarre Notewire, who was desirous of remaining in America. When the prisoners continued their march to Boston, Yarre, and several others, fell out and remained at Great Barrington. This was not difficult as there was a general sentiment among the settlers and also among the officers in charge of the prisoners to absorb these prisoners into the populace.

Yarre found work in Great Barrington and diligently applied himself to the task of becoming a good citizen. He Americanized his name by changing it from Yarre Notewire to George Noteware.

George made good progress and the next year, 1778, enlisted as a soldier in the colonial army against England.

The following item appeared in 1777, during the encampment of Hessian prisoners of war at Great Barrington, is still preserved there, and is authentic and specific regarding Yarre Noteware. "Oct. 25, 1777, a large part of the captured army of Burgoyne was marched through the town enroute to Boston, and encamped in the hollow of the hillside westerly from the residence of the late Mrs. Mark Rosseter, in the northerly part of the village. A great portion of the prisoners encamped in the south part of the village, on the level ground lying west of the main street, and north of the road leading from the burial ground, toward Green River.

Depressed in Spirit

The officers, amongst whom was the Hessian General Baron Riedesel, had their quarters in the old Episcopal Church, opposite the Sedgwick Institute. General Burgoyne who was indisposed and depressed in spirit remained here several days in the Henderson house, the guest of Colonel Elijah Dwight.

During their stay, the prisoners were kindly treated, more so, perhaps, than would reasonably be expected at the hands of an exasperated people. Many of the prisoners were sick, suffering from camp fever. It is related that Capt. Truman Wheeler collected roots, boiled them down and personally distributed the decoction among the invalids, with good effect. One of the British officers presented Capt. Wheeler with a substantial token of his appreciation of the kindness shown the prisoners.

A large body of Hessian soldiers formed this cavalcade, many prisoners of which fell from the ranks and deserted, or were permitted to go at large as they marched through the country. Some of these settled in this town and became good citizens. Amongst these was Yarre Notewire, who in his later years here, on the 4th of July, and on other public occasions was accustomed to shout the orders of military drill, and "hurrah for George Washington."

Records in the war department in Washington show that George Noteware enlisted in the patriot army in the winter of 1778-1779, while a citizen of Great Barrington, Mass. He was inducted into the 1st N. Y. regiment of the Line, under Capt. John Wendell and Col. Gosse Von Schaick.

He was actively engaged in the campaign in Virginia, on the shore near the lower end of Chesapeake Bay that resulted in the surrender of Gen. Lord Cornwallis and his 7,000 soldiers at Yorktown, Oct. 19, 1781. George continued to serve in the army until the spring of 1783, when he was honorably discharged from service at New Windsor, not far distant from Washington's headquarters in the old stone house, still standing at Newburgh, N. Y.

A War Pensioner

In 1818, George Noteware, still residing at Great Barrington, made a formal application for a pension, based on his services as a soldier. In 1820 he consummated his pension application by submitting an inventory of his real and personal property.

"I do solemnly swear that I was a citizen of the United States on the 18th day of March, 1818, and I have not since that time, by gift, sale or in any manner disposed of my property, or any part thereof with intent thereby so to diminish it, as to bring myself within the provisions of an act of Congress entitled - an act to provide for certain persons engaged in the land and naval services of the United States, in the Revolutionary War, passed on the 18th day of March, 1818 and that I have not, nor has any person in trust for me any property or securities, contracts or debts due me, nor have I any income, other than what is contained in the schedule, here to annexed, and by me subscribed - schedule of property, necessary clothing and bedding, except to with Real estate, one house and two acres, and two rods of land, Personal estate, one cow $15.00, one hog, $10.00, four sheep $3.00, one ax $1.00, one hoe $.25, one table $1.00, five chairs $.50, set knives and forks $.50, one large wheel $1.00, one small wheel $1.00, one iron kettle $1.50, one tea-pot $.12, two bowls $.12, two plates, $.12, two plates $.12, totaling $84.11. He gave his occupation as a laborer, and stated that his wife Huldah, living with him, was age 59 years. His pension was granted under certificate No. 5,172.

George and Huldah Noteware

George Noteware was born in 1755 in Germany and probably in the state of Hesse-Cassel. He came to America in 1776 as a Hessian Soldier. He died Aug. 21, 1825, at South Apalachin, N. Y. He married April 22, 1786, Huldah Kline at her howe town Salisbury, Litchfield Co., Conn. Huldah was born in 1761 and died Aug. 1, 1840 at the home of her son Daniel Noteware, as a result of asthma and dropsy. Both were buried in the little cemetery on the south edge of the Noteware farm, just north of the country schoolhouse. The writer secured a government soldier's headstone and erected it and Huldah's headstone in the South Apalachin Cemetery.

Her will was dated June 23, 1840 and is recorded in the book of Wills E-2 at the Tioga Co. court house. In 1828, she was granted a soldier's widow's pension of $80. per year, her husband George, died intestate, and son, John Noteware, was executor of the estate.

Original Noteware Home

From 1777 to sometime before 1786, the year he was married, George lived in Great Barrington. After marrying, they lived in Sheffield, five miles south of Great Barrington. Jan. 11, 1796 he purchased a dwelling house and one acre and two rods of land on the western edge of Great Barrington, which they soon occupied. They later purchased an adjoining one acre of land. They were living here in 1820, and up to the time they removed to South Apalachin, which was prior to 1825.

Some of their children and their families had preceded them to New York State and they came to live with their son John Noteware when George was nearly 70 years of age. John located at South Apalachin, where later lived his son, George, then George's son, Wallace, and finally Wallace's son, Clayton Noteware, who sold the farm out of the Noteware family, to John Murphy, who now resides there. This property is one of the finest on the Apalachin Creek.

Here George Noteware died in 1825. Widow Huldah continued to live with her son John, and later with her other children. Her final home was with her son Daniel, where she died in 1840, and who was the executor of her estate.

In the Great Barrington village library the birth dates of the children were obtained as follows: --
John, June 05, 1787;
Daniel, Oct. 11, 1788;
Jacob, Oct. 06, 1790;
Rebecca, Jan. 01, 1793;
Diadamia, Oct. 17, 1794;
Norton, June 04, 1797;
Eliza, July 16, 1799;
Lorinda, Feb. 09, 1802.

Child of George Noteware and Huldah Kline


  1. Charles Cafferty, History of the Noteware Family    Owego Times, Thursday, July 22, 1948, p. 12. --,.

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