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Lt. Jonathan Pugh from Chester County

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Lt. Jonathan Pugh from Chester County

Posted: 1340951807000
Classification: Military
Surnames: PUGH, MILES
I have another post looking a Private Jonathan Pugh from the PA 5th battalion captured at FT Washington. But while looking from hi, I found a lot of information about and officer named Jonathan Pugh from Pughtown in Chester Co. His bio (mainly derived from PA Society of the Cincinnati sources).:

Jonathan Pugh, the fourth son of Jonathan and Hannah Pugh, was born near Pughtown, East Nantmeal Township, Chester County, about 1741*. The family, originally Welsh Quakers, were part of a great emigration to Pennsylvania that commenced about 1684. Jonathan appears as a landowner in Uwchlan Township in 1774, and on 16 June 1776 at the age of thirty-five, was made Sergeant in the Fourth Pennsylvania Battalion, Colonel Anthony Wayne. He steadily rose in rank as recorded in the Historical Register of the Officers of the Continental Army, being first promoted to Ensign in the 5th Pennsylvania (1 January 1777), 2nd Lieutenant (20 April 177). As a result of a serious wound and fracture of his left arm that he sustained during the battle of Brandywine, 11 September 1777, he was transferred to the Invalid Regiment. He was made Regimental Adjutant (1 June 1779) and promoted to Captain Lieutenant (November 1779) and served to the end of the war.
In Virtutis Praemium, The Men Who Founded the State Society of the Cincinnati of Pennsylvania (Rockport, ME, 1998), author John Kilbourne states that Pugh was moved to West Point at the end of 1783 to be cared for by the army and may have remained there until his death in 1785.

Pugh's circumstances at the time of his death were so impecunious that the State Society of the Cincinnati of Pennsylvania granted forty-five dollar to "Mrs. Pugh, widow of the late Lieut. Pugh, a member of the Society" (Minutes of the Standing Committee, 2 September 1785). Pugh 's certificate was signed by Washington on 31 October 1785. This is the day on which a representative of the Pennsylvania Society visited Mount Vernon to have Washington sign a large group of blank diplomas, which afterwards would have been inscribed and distributed to the individual members. This assistance continued until 1789, a grant of £7.10.0 on 14 December 1788 being "to defray the expence of her childrens education." On 9 August 1789 the lieutenant's Bounty Land Warrant for two hundred acres was issued to Catherine Pugh, the widow and legal representative.However, nothing appears to have been done about Pugh's estate until 1791 when administration was granted to his friends James McClure, Blackall William Ball and Jonas Simonds [qq.v.], the widow having apparently died in the interim. The estate was valued at a little over £183, including unimproved Pennsylvania and Federal bounty lands.

Pugh was also survived by three children: Robert, Mary, and Henry (neither son succeed his membership in the
Society). Henry's son, Charles J. Pugh (1814-1882), was the first to represent his grandfather in the
Pennsylvania Society, having joined in 1845. It being represented by General [Walter] Stewart that the children of Captain Jona Pugh are left destitute of parents & that Captain Jonas Symonds [sic] has undertaken the care of their education, under the Patronage of this Society, it was therefore moved and seconded that the sum of thirty dollars be advanced to Captain Symonds for the purpose aforesaid -... Simonds and Ball later were frequent petitioners to the Society of the Cincinnati of Pennsyl­vania for the benefit of these children.

Lieutenant Pugh may have been closely related to Colonel Samuel Miles of the Thirteenth Pennsylvania Regiment, captured at Long Island 27 August 1776 and afterwards of the State Militia (not a member of the Society of the Cincinnati of Pennsylvania).

*1941 seems late considering the relative age of his siblings, but this was reported to be his age in a report mentioning Jno Pugh by Sec. Of War Henry Knox.

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