Hugh L. Montgomery
Who was Hugh L. Montgomery (1755-1830)? Was there a relationship
between the original James Gageby and Hugh L. Montgomery?
Information From Katie Jablonicky
I am descended from Hugh Montgomery through his
son, Hugh, Jr. Marilyn Ramsay and I have been exchanging information
for several months now, and we both know Marion Van Tiger. Marion Van Tiger
has been pursuing a line of research in an attempt to prove Hugh Montgomery
was a friend and acquaintance of James Gageby. Hugh is somewhat of a mystery
to us but she has come up with a theory I believe is wrong. While we know
quite a bit about Hugh after the Revolutionary War, we know nothing about
his parents or when he emigrated to this country.Some believe that his
parents were Robert and Sarah Montgomery of Dauphine Co, PA, but a careful
reading of their wills proves that he is not their son, who was also named
Hugh. In fact, there were a lot of Hughs in this country at that time,
and that has been one of the problems in finding Hugh's origins.
In an attempt to get a Revolutionary War pension,
Hugh swore in the Butler Co, OH, court on Feb 1, 1819, that he was born
in Ireland Feb 25, 1755. He stated that he was in Pittsburg, PA when he
enlisted in the Continental Army on Feb 12, 1777 as a private soldier in
the company commanded by Capt. James Sulivan, in Col. Russell's regiment
of the Virginia line. It was a three year and 9 month enlistment. He stated
that he fought in the battles of Brandywine, and Germantown and spent a
winter at White Marsh or Valley Forge. Later he soldiered on the western
frontier under Col. Broadhead against the British led Indians. He was twice
wounded and discharged in April 1780.
After the war, in August 1784, Hugh married Eve Hartman
in Dauphine Co, PA. She was of German birth. They settled in what became
Beaver County, PA and there raised 13 children (I can't lay my hands on
it at this moment but this marriage is listed in a book about early PA
marriages). About 1809 Hugh moved his family to Butler County, Ohio. Apparently
they floated down the Ohio River as he testified he lost his discharge
paper in the river. They probably moved because they could make a profit
on their farm in PA and the new land in Ohio was cheap and easy for their
sons to buy. Probably their land in PA was worn out after more than 20
years of farming.
While living in Butler, Hugh and his sons Thomas,
Henry and William enlisted in the 1 Reg't Mounted (Finley's)Ohio Militia,
during the War of 1812. His son, William , allegedly died in that war.
This information can be found in a data base recently added in ancestry.com
and is also in a book about the Ohio soldiers of that war.
By 1822 Hugh and part of his grown family moved to
Decatur Co, Indiana, which had just opened up for settlement. There Hugh
tried once again to get a pension and testified in court on Oct 7, 1822.
However, he was never issued a pension. I don't know what the stipulations
were for receiving a Revolutionary War pension, but from what I can make
out from the papers, after Hugh applied in Ohio he was turned down because
he owned property. When he got to Indiana he again applied and was turned
down because they figured out he was the same Hugh Montgomery that had
been turned down once before. Then in 1825 he went to court and denounced
his eligibility for a pension. Twenty-five years after his death, Hugh's
son, Henry, went back to court and testified in attempt to get the pension
he was sure was owed to his father (Deposition of Henry Montgomery, Decatur
Co, IN 3 Jan 1855).
According to my admittedly sparce records, it was
three of Hugh's grandsons who married Gageby women, many many years after
the Revolutionary War, and as far as I can make out Hugh Montgomery and
James Gageby did not know each other before the war, did not soldier in
the same outfits, and never lived in the same places after the war.
In other words, they were never connected in any way. Marion Van Tiger
believes that Hugh may have been in the British Army and imprisoned with
James Gageby, but there is not a scrap of evidence to support that theory.
In 1903 a book titled "the Montgomerys and Their Descendants" by D. B.
Montgomery was published which included an entire chapter about Hugh Montgomery
and his descendants. It says nothing supporting Marion's theory, nor do
the DAR records of the five Montgomery cousins who joined nearly a century
ago, as far as I know. All the above facts of Hugh's life are from
I would be glad to hear from anyof you. Katie Ferguson
Jablonicky (email address email@example.com)
Information From Naomi Emmich
I'm afraid I have more questions on Hugh L. Montgomery
than answers, but I'm willing to talk to folks to try to get it all ironed
out...like was there really a middle initial in his name?... The real experts
are Katy and William Jordan (email address firstname.lastname@example.org
Mr. Jordan has posted the following on the page for Revolutionary Soldiers
MONTGOMERY, Hugh: Lived in Butler County, Ohio from
approximately 1816/17 to 1820/21. He was in Decatur County, Indiana by
Participated in the battles of Germantown and Brandywine
Born 02-29-1754, Carrickfergus, Antrim, Ulster, Ire
Died 05-20-1830 N.E. Greensburg, IN.
Married Aug. 1784 in Paxtang Twp., Dauphin Co., PA
To: Eva Hartman, born about 1763, Germany; died 08-13-1823
Both were buried at Nobbe Farm (George Watt's Burying
They had 13 Children: Mary (b. 6-4-1785; d. prior
1855); Elizabeth (b. 2-20-1787); Thomas (b. 4-24-1788; d. 9-22-1845); Henry
(b. 4-29-1790; d. 9-15-1872); Margaret (b. 6-17-1792; d. prior 1803); William
(b. 6-17-1793; d. War of 1812); Sarah /Sally (b. 9-3-1795); Hugh (b. 8-29-1797;
d.4-22-1872); Nancy (b. 6-29-1799); George (b. 4-2-1801); Margaret (b.
10-3-1803; d. after 1855); Michael (b. 3-28-1806; d. 5-12-1845); Robert
(b. 5-__ -1807; d. 5-1-1881)
1815 Butler Co OH Deeds: John Richmond Jr and wife Mary of Ross twp to Hugh Montgomery of Morgan land in sec2 T3 R1,
no witnesses, recorded 1815.
This land was still part of Hugh Montgomery's
estate in the 1836 tax assessment for Morgan twp, Butler Co OH, listed
as "Heirs of Hugh Montgomery." I think it possible Hugh's applications
for pension were both denied because of the ownership of this property. Land in Butler County was never free, was never
awarded for military service. It was for a time the object of a great deal
of "speculation". Montgomerys arrived rather late in the settlement process
but just as property values began to soar.
As the US government became more and more wealthy after the Revolution
the laws were changed and the stipulations to obtain a pension were relaxed.
The first pensions went only to widows and incapacitated veterans, then
to paupers (the requirement when Hugh made his requests) and later, I think
it was 1832 after Hugh died, that survivors were all eligible, and did
not have to provide proof of poverty to obtain a pension. Seems Hugh was
not a pauper, but if he lost property for non-payment, he was not as wealthy
as he wished, either. He wanted the Decatur Co court to believe he was
in uncomfortable conditions: 1825 pension app, says living with sons Michael
and Robert, had applied at Brookville IN for pension before 1824, denied.
"I bought of Joseph Logan 78 acres & 43/100 of land in Butler County
Ohio and the purchase money in which I was to give to Logan for said land
was $500. And after paying three hundred dollars of the said money I was
unable to pay the remaining two hundred - I was sued by the said Logan
and Judgment was obtained against me, the land was taken and valued according
to the law of that State, and purchased by the said Joseph Logan. ”
I've not yet found a legal description of this land,
to know if it was in Morgan twp or Reily twp. I recall we have a census
enumeration in 1820 for Hugh Montgomery both places. I wonder if the enumerator
listed the same Hugh at each of the locations.
Another hint that the Montgomerys and Gagebys did
not come to Butler Co OH together from PA. 1807 enumeration for Butler
Co OH no Gagebys on the 1810 tax list for Butler Co OH no Gagebys listed
Butler Co OH Marriages 1803-1812 no Gagebys listed. The on-line Miami Valley
Index shows no Gagebys listed. So here in Butler Co OH is one place we
research Hugh Montgomery and do not find any Gagebys.”
Note: On a Montgomery-Gageby relationship - In 1846
George, his brother Robert and Neil Gageby left on horseback to checkout
the new Iowa land that was available. They liked it and filed for claims
near Marion Iowa. When they returned, George sold his land to his brother
in law -- Warren Jackson. (Apochryphal evidence suggests that Betsy and
Warren Jackson were the children of President Andrew Jackson's father's
cousin -- even in one of the Decatur county histories). They arrived in
Iowa in 1847. They settled in Linn County and then moved to neighboring
Benton County in 1852.
Naomi Emmich (email address email@example.com
but changing to firstname.lastname@example.org
on 20 March 2000)
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