Person:Moses Gunn (1)

m. Abt 1753
  1. Daniel Gunn, III1754 - 1834
  2. Moses Gunn1756 - 1830
  3. Hezekiah Gunn1758 -
  4. Noble Gunn1760 - 1830
  5. Rhoda Gunn1762 - 1830
  • HMoses Gunn1756 - 1830
  • W.  Sarah (add)
  1. Alanson GunnAbout 1780 - 1849
  2. Moses Gunn1780 -
  3. Linus Gunn1783 - 1848
Facts and Events
Name Moses Gunn
Gender Male
Birth[1][3] 3 April 1756 Sheffield, Berkshire, Massachusetts, United States
Death[5][6][7] 17 Nov 1830 Bloomfield, Ontario, New York, United StatesCircumstantial evidence. This death date may not be for this Moses Gunn.

Massachusetts Soldiers and Sailors in the War of the Revolution, p. 952:

Gunn, Moses, Westfield. Private, Westfield co. of Minute-men commanded by Lieut. John Shephard, which marched April 20, 1775, in response to the alarm of April 19, 1775; service, 8 days; reported enlisted into the army April 28, 1775; also, Capt. Warham Parks's co., Col. Timothy Danielson's regt.; muster roll dated Aug. 1, 1775; enlisted April 28, 1775; service, 3 mos. 10 days; also, company return [probably Oct., 1775]; also, order for bounty coat or its equivalent in money dated Camp at Roxbury, Dec. 23, 1775.

Gunn, Moses. Private, Capt. Reuben Petty's co., Lieut. Col. Samuel William's regt.; enlisted Dec. 16, 1776; discharged March 19, 1777; service, 3 mos. 15 days, travel included.

One of 53 Westfield men who marched on 20 April 1775, the day after the fight at Lexington. Probably in company of minute men who where at Battle of Bunker Hill (17 June 1775). May also have been in the Quebec expedition the following winter.

Circumstantial evidence suggests that Moses (1756), his brother Hezekiah (1758), and his second cousin Charles (1758), all veterans and all from Sheffield, went together to Bennington, Vermont before then going on to Onondaga, NY. Moses's sister Rhoda may have married a man (Silas Walbridge) from Bennington and raised her family there.

Census: Moses is in the 1790 Federal Census for Berkshire County, West Stockbridge Twp, MA:
5 males under 16, 1 male over 16, 3 females. Moses would be 34 years old.

1800 Census for Shaftsbury, Bennington, VT:
1 male 10-15, 1 male 26-44, 1 male 45+; 3 females under 10, 1 female 16-25, 1 female 26-44
Moses would have been 44 years old.

NOTE: A Moses Gunn, Jr. marries Phebe Nichols in Bennington on 9 December 1802. Recorded in Bennington Marriage Records, Book 2B, page 342. See Bennington Town Clerk's website:

A Moses Gunn appears in the census records of Onondaga, NY, in 1810, 1820 and for the town of Onondaga in 1830. He may have moved to Onondaga with his brothers, Daniel, Noble and Hezekiah. A Charles Gunn (cousin) is also here in the census of 1830.

1810 Census for Onondaga, NY:
1 male 16-25; 4 females under 10, 1 female 26-44. Our Moses is not in this household in 1810.

21 Dec 1815 on a document of the Canandaigua, NY, Surrogate Court [document number 697] Moses Gunn is named co-administrator of the estate of Samuel Wright of Ontario County. [pages 123-24 of original document][4]

1820 Census for Onondaga, Onondaga, NY:
1 male 45+ years old; 4 females 10-15, 2 females 16-25, 1 female 26-44, 1 female 45+
Our Moses would be 64.

1830 Census in Onondaga, Onondaga, NY:
1 male less than 5 years, 1 male 30-39, 1 male 40-49; 1 female less than 5, 3 females 10-14, 1 female 30-39 Our Moses would have been 74. Our Moses is not here.

  1. Sheffield (Massachusetts). Town Clerk. Records of birth, marriage, and death, 1730-1810, 1843-1897: indexes to records, 1843-1897. (Salt Lake City, Utah: Genealogical Society of Utah, 1961), Secondary quality.

    Bk.1 p.116 (Original location of transcription below)[1]
    Gun, Daniel, son of Daniel Jr & wife Esther born July 26, 1754
    Gun, Moses, son of Daniel Jr & wife Esther born Apr 3, [17]56
    Gun, Hezekiah, son of Daniel Jr & wife Esther born July 15, [1758]
    [Note: Birth year follows birth pattern, but might be 1757 or 1759]
    Gun, Noble, son of Daniel Jr & wife Esther born July 17, [17]60
    Gun, Rhode, dau of Daniel Jr & wife Esther born Sept. 19, [17]62
    Gun, Daniel Jr son of Daniel Jr & wife Esther died Feb 17, [17]64

  2.   Massachusetts Soldiers and Sailors in the War of the Revolution, p. 952, Secondary quality.
  3. Kellogg, Joseph M. (Joseph Mitchell). Early vital records of Sheffield, Massachusetts, 1733-1800. (Salt Lake City, Utah: Genealogical Society of Utah, 1961), p. 116, Secondary quality.

    Typescript. Lawrence, Kansas: J.M. Kellogg, no date. R. Stanton Avery Special Collections Department, New England Historic Genealogical Society, Boston, MA. (Online database. New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2007.)

  4. Abstracts of Wills, Administrations and Guardianships in NY State, 1787 - 1835, Primary quality.

    (Online database: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2006.) Original manuscript in:Eardeley Genealogy Collection: New York State Abstracts of Wills, Brooklyn Historical Society.

  5. New York Census of 1820, Primary quality.

    A Moses Gunn is listed in Bloomfield Township, Ontario, New York.

  6. A History of the Purchase and Settlement of Western New York, pp 14-15, Secondary quality.

    A Moses Gunn is listed as among the original settlers of East Bloomfield.

  7. Probate Records (Ontario County, New York), 1830-1883; Author: New York. Surrogate's Court (Ontario County); Probate Place: Ontario, New York. Record of Wills, Vol A-B, 1830-1843. Dated 4 Nov 1830.

    This Moses Gunn leaves his property to wife Permelia and daughters Lorinda, Polly and Fanny. This does NOT seem to be the correct Moses Gunn.