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  • ID: I0489
  • Name: Asa COBURN
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: 14 SEP 1741 in Oxford Twp., Dudley, Worcester, MA
  • Death: AFT 1 APR 1790 in or about Waterford Twp. or Marietta, Washington Co., Ohio, during the Indian War. of History does not tell how he died. Possibly by natural causes or by an Indian.
  • Death: in According to the book, History of Wash. Co., Ohio, Asa died during the Indian War, date not given. Some researchers believe that he was killed in Waterford by the Indians during the year of 1795
  • Burial: Near Wolf Creek Mills in Waterford, Washington Co OH (Abstract of Graves of Revolutionary Patriots, Vol.1, p. Serial: 11912; Volume: 4)
  • Event: Relationship 6th Gr. Grandparent of Debbie Noland Nitsche
  • Reference Number: 489
  • Medical Information: Asa Coburn was ill when he made the trip with the 2nd Ohio Company Associates to Marietta. He was under the care of Dr. Rev. Manasseh Cutler, who wrote about Asa in his journal.
  • Note:
    SOURCE OF INFORMATION: Early Vital Records of Worcester County, Massachusetts, to about 1850, Vital Records of Dudley, MA. (Search and Research Publishing Corp.), Dudley Births; page 32.
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    Taken from the JOURNAL OF REV. MANASSAH CUTLER, LL.D 1788 (Communicated by S.P. Hildreth, M.D., Marietta, Ohio) NEHG Register, Vol. 14, April 1860 New England Historic Genealogical Society:
    Pg 234
    MONDAY, AUG. 11.---MAJOR COBURN was very sick yesterday; I advised him an emetic of blood-root, which, operated kindly both as an emetic and cathartic. The pain in his stomach and side was still severe when I returned from meeting; I therefore opened a vein, which gave him relief, and this morning he set out on his journey.
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    Taken from the book, “1788 HISTORY OF WASHINGTON COUNTY, OHIO WITH ILLUSTRATIONS AND BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES” Publishers: H.Z. Williams & Bro. 1881:
    Pg. 556 Chapter XI Adams township. The settlement. The improvement of the territory of Adams Twp. was retarded about 4 years by the Indian war. Donation lots were drawn in 1789, and many of the owners joined the Waterford colony, or more properly the Second association, and were confined within the garrison at that place. A few others remained at Marietta-the owners of bear Creek allotment nearly all resided in Campus Martius. The settlement of Adams was contemporary with the settlement of the block-house colony on the south branch of Wolf creek, but fortunately suffered no such disaster as the murder of Sherman Waterman, although that event caused great anxiety in the frail garrison located nearly opposite the site of the present town of Buell's Lowell. The inhabitants of this garrison were four families and four single men, all of whom owned land in the vicinity and employed the time during the first summer at clearing and building cabins. The garrisoned cabins which stood near each other on the river bank belonged to, and were occupied by, Nicholas Coburn, with whom Asa, his brother, then a single man, boarded; Robert Allison, with whom Oliver Dodge boarded; Nathan Kinny and family, admitted to their cabin Joseph Simons, and William Davis, whose cabin was the home, during the first summer, of Daniel Davis.
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    The Coburn's and their descendants are prominent in the history of the township. Major Coburn, who came to Marietta in the latter part of 1788, was one of three brothers who entered the Colonial army at the opening of the Revolution. Andrew, the eldest was killed at Bunker Hill. Abraham also lost his life in battle. Asa served as captain, and after the recognition of the Government was retired with the rank of major. All three belonged to the Mass. line. Phineas, eldest son of Asa, joined the first company of Ohio emigrants. Major Asa, with his sons Nicholas and Asa, came half a year later. The burial place of Major Coburn is unknown. He died at Waterford during the Indian war. Nicholas and Asa settled on the bottom, opposite the mouth of Cat's creek, on adjoining lots. Asa died in 1827 leaving seven children, three of whom, Sibyl, Asa and Minerva, live on the homestead; Sarah, Samuel and Parsis are dead; Lucy is married to Joseph Frye, who lives on the Coburn farm. Mrs Coburn, whose maiden name was Rhoda Baker, daughter of Dr. Baker, died in 1816. Joseph Frye, father of Joseph Frye, Jr. came from Maine to Waterford, where he was one of the early school teachers. He married. Sally Becker, by whom he had 3 children; Sophronia, died young; Rhoda married. John Wilkins, of Adams Twp. and Joseph, in 1840 married. Lucy Coburn, who was b. in the year 1809. Joseph was b. in the year 1810. Their family consists of two children-Sarah, wife of Oliver Keil, of Darke co., and John W., of this Twp, who was b. Jan. 14, 1841. He married. Aug. 19,1863, Melinda Mason, who was born Oct. 10, 1840. They have four children-Henry C., Harley E., Joe W., and Nellie M. The permanent settlement of Phineas Coburn, eldest son of Major Coburn, was in Morgan county. Nicholas Coburn, after making considerable progress in improving his land, traded with James Owens and removed to Morgan county. Three daus. of Major Asa Coburn married Ohio Pioneers. Sibyl, first wife of Andrew Webster, died in Mass. Her husband & two sons- Adelpha and Asa C., belonged to the second association. Mary, second daughter of Major Coburn, was married to Gilbert Devol. Susanna was married to William Mason. (Submitted by: Karen Rouse)
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    REVOLUTIONARY WAR SERVICE OF ASA COBURN - Taken from the book, "Genealogy & History of Hugh Mason - William Bond Mason" BY: Mary Eliza Mason 1911

    1. 1775 - Private on Lexington Alarm Roll of Capt. Timothy Parker's Co. of Minute Men.
    2. 1775 - Rank of Lieutenant Col. Timothy Danielson's Regt. Capt. Silvanus Walker's Co.
    3. 1777 - 1781 Rank of Captain in Lt. Col. John Brook's (7th Reg.)
    4. Officer of 1st. Mass. Brigade (yr. not given, probabley 1782 or 3),

    COBURN, Asa of Sturbridge. Major. On a list of those who served in the war of the Revolution, "and resided in Sturbridge, and partly in Charlton and Dudly, in that part of these towns that was taken to form the town of Southbridge in 1816. Many of these persons served also in the last great French war, commencing in 1754." SOURCE: [45] Historical Collections, Vol. II, pages 45-46.
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    Massachusetts Soldiers and Sailors in the War of the Revolution, 17 Vols.

    Volume 3-----page 688
    Coburn, Asa. Receipt for mileage dated Ticonderoga, Aug. 28, 1776, signed by said Coburn and others of Capt. John Ford's co.; also, receipt dated Ticonderoga, Oct. 2, 1776, for wages due to Oct. 1, 1776, signed by said Coburn and others of Capt. John Ford's co.; roll endorsed “marched from Chelmsford July 25, 1776; discharged at Albany Jan. 1, 1777.

    Volume 3-----page 688
    Coburn, Asa, Dracut. Private, Capt. James Varnum's co., Col. Michael Jackson's regt.; Continental Army pay accounts for service from Jan. 1, 1780, to March 31, 1780; residence, Dracut; enlisted for town of Dracut.

    Volume 3-----page 688
    Coburn, Asa, Sturbridge. Lieutenant, Capt. Sylvanus Walker's co., Col. Timothy Danielson's regt.; muster roll dated Aug. 1, 1775; enlisted April 24, 1775; service, 3 mos. 2 weeks, 4 days; also, company return [probably Oct., 1775]; also, Captain, Col. John Brooks's regt.; Continental Army pay accounts for service from Jan. 1, 1777, to Dec. 31, 1779; also, (late) Col. Ichabod Alden's regt.; list of officers dated Boston, Jan. 5, 1779; also, same regt.; list of officers in camp before Aug. 15, 1777, certified at Cherry Valley, Feb. 24, 1779; also, 2d co., (late) Col. Ichabod Alden's (6th) regt.; muster roll for March and April, 1779, certified at Cherry Valley; reported on command at Fort Harkemer; also, Light Infantry co., (late) Col. Alden's (6th) regt.; muster roll for March and April, 1779, dated Fort Harkimer; reported absent by order of. Gen. Clinton; also, Captain, Lieut. Col. John Brooks's (7th) regt.; list of settlements of rank of Continental officers made at West Point by a Board held for the purpose and confirmed by Congress Sept. 6, 1779; commissioned Jan. 1, 1777; also, Col. Brooks's regt.; Continental Army pay accounts for service from Jan. 1, 1780, to Dec. 31, 1780; also, return of officers dated Totoway, Oct. 16, 1780; also, Light Infantry co., Col. Brooks's (7th) regt.; muster roll for Oct.-Dec., 1780, dated Huts at West Point; also, Captain, 1st co., Lieut. Col. John Brooks's (7th) regt.; returns of officers dated German Hutts, West Point, etc., Jan. 19, 1781-June 1, 1781; reported furloughed by Col. Putnam (also given Col. Brooks) at West Point Jan. 16, 1781, until April 1, 1781, to go to Sturbridge to bring recruits; overstayed 63 days; detained by order of Gen. Lincoln; also, same regt.; returns of officers dated West Point, Peekskill, Phillipsburgh, etc., June 8, 1781-Nov. 23, 1781; reported on command at Dobbs's Ferry in July, 1781, attending court-martial in garrison Sept. and Oct., 1781, on command at West Point Nov. 17, Nov. 18 and Nov. 23, 1781; also reported transferred from 8th co. to Infantry co.; also, Light Infantry co, Lieut. Col. Brooks's regt.; returns of officers dated York Hutts, Dec. 1, 1781-Feb. 22, 1782; reported attending court-martial in garrison Dec. 7, 1781, on guard duty Dec. 14, 1781, detailed mending roads Jan. 11, 1782, attending court of inquiry at West Point Feb. 8-Feb. 22, 1782; also, same regt.; register of furloughs; leave given by Gen. Patterson at West Point Feb. 27, 1782, to go to Sturbridge to remain until April 10, 1782; overstayed 2 days; also, returns of officers dated Hutts, West Point, Verplanck's Point, New Windsor, etc., May 24, 1782-Dec. 6, 1782; reported on duty at the Lines June 14-Aug. 9, 1782, on duty with Light Infantry Aug. 13-Dec. 6, 1782; also, register of furloughs; leave given by Gen. Washington at Windsor for 30 days absence from April 25, 1783.
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    Asa Coburn Biography from the Massachusettes Society of the Cincinnatti.

    ASA COBURN
    He was born at Oxford, Massachusetts (recorded in Dudley, Mass.) 14 September 1741 [i] ; was killed by the Indians in 1789. Asa was a son of Andrew and Jane (Allen) Coburn.

    He filed his marriage intention at Dudley, Mass. 20 March 1762 [ii] , and married at Brookfield, Massachusetts April 1762 to Mary McClure. [iii] She was born at Brookfield 5 May 1739. [iv] Mary was a daughter of James and Mary McClure of Brookfield.

    Asa was a 1st Lieutenant of Danielson’s Massachusetts Regiment, May to December 1775. 1st Lieutenant of the 5th Continental Infantry, 1 January to 31 December 1776. Captain of the 7th Massachusetts, 1 January 1777, and served to 1783. [v]

    Asa is listed among the officers in Metcalf’s Original Members and other Officers eligible to the Society of the Cincinnati 1783-1938. [vi] He is also mentioned as an “Eligible Non-Member” of the Massachusetts Society of the Cincinnati in the New England Historical and Genealogical Society Register (January 1946) 100:62.

    The following sketch for his service in the Revolutionary War appears in Massachusetts Soldiers and Sailors of the Revolutionary War (3:688).

    Asa Coburn, Sturbridge. Lieutenant, Capt. Sylvanus Walker’s co., Col. Timothy Danielson’s Regt.; muster roll dated Aug. 1, 1775; enlisted April 24, 1775; service, 3 mos. 2 weeks, 4 days; also, company return; also, Captain, Col. John Brooks’ Regt.; Continental Army pay accounts for service from Jan. 1, 1777, to Dec. 31, 1779; also, (late) Col. Ichabod Alden’s Regt.; list of officers dated Boston, Jan. 5, 1779; also, same Regt.; list of officers in camp before Aug. 15, 1777, certified at Cherry Valley, Feb. 24, 1779; also, 2d co., (late) Col. Ichabod Alden’s (6th) Regt.; muster roll for March and April, 1779, certified at Cherry Valley; reported on command at Fort Harkimer; also, Light Infantry co., (late) Col. Alden’s (6th) Regt.; muster roll for March and April, 1779, dated Fort Harkimer; reported absent by order of. Gen. Clinton; also, Captain, Lieut. Col. John Brooks’ (7th) Regt.; list of settlements of rank of Continental officers made at West Point by a Board held for the purpose and confirmed by Congress Sept. 6, 1779; commissioned Jan. 1, 1777; also, Col. Brooks’ Regt.; Continental Army pay accounts for service from Jan. 1, 1780, to Dec. 31, 1780; also, return of officers dated Totoway, Oct. 16, 1780; also, Light Infantry co., Col. Brooks’ (7th) Regt.; muster roll for Oct.-Dec., 1780, dated Huts at West Point; also, Captain, 1st co., Lieut. Col. John Brooks’ (7th) Regt.; returns of officers dated German Hutts, West Point, etc., Jan. 19, 1781-June 1, 1781; reported furloughed by Col. Putnam (also given Col. Brooks) at West Point Jan. 16, 1781, until April 1, 1781, to go to Sturbridge to bring recruits; overstayed 63 days; detained by order of Gen. Lincoln; also, same Regt.; returns of officers dated West Point, Peekskill, Phillipsburgh, etc., June 8, 1781-Nov. 23, 1781; reported on command at Dobbs’s Ferry in July, 1781, attending court-martial in garrison Sept. and Oct., 1781, on command at West Point Nov. 17, Nov. 18 and Nov. 23, 1781; also reported transferred from 8th co. to Infantry co.; also, Light Infantry co, Lieut. Col. Brooks’ Regt.; returns of officers dated York Hutts, Dec. 1, 1781-Feb. 22, 1782; reported attending court-martial in garrison Dec. 7, 1781, on guard duty Dec. 14, 1781, detailed mending roads Jan. 11, 1782, attending court of inquiry at West Point Feb. 8-Feb. 22, 1782; also, same Regt.; register of furloughs; leave given by Gen. Patterson at West Point Feb. 27, 1782, to go to Sturbridge to remain until April 10, 1782; overstayed 2 days; also, returns of officers dated Hutts, West Point, Verplanck’s Point, New Windsor, etc., May 24, 1782-Dec. 6, 1782; reported on duty at the Lines June 14-Aug. 9, 1782, on duty with Light Infantry Aug. 13-Dec. 6, 1782; also, register of furloughs; leave given by Gen. Washington at Windsor for 30 days absence from April 25, 1783.

    After the war he settled in Ohio with five other revolutionary War officers at Marietta. He was killed in 1789 by the Indians while in service as an “Indian Fighter”. [vii] He was granted a Bounty Land Warrant 1 April 1790. [viii] Maj. Coburn removed from Massachusetts to the state of Ohio. [ix]

    Children born at Sturbridge, Massachusetts:

    i. Sibbel, b. 22 June 1762. Her marr. int. was filed at Sturbridge 24 November 1784 to Andrew Webster.

    ii. Asa, b. 4 September 1764. He marr. 24 January 1799 to Rhoda Baker of Conn.

    iii. Phinheas, b. 12 September 1766; d. 29 May or 29 September 1848 at Morgan Co., Ohio. [x] He marr. (1) in 1798 to Patience Olney. He marr. (2) at Washington Co., Ohio 1 May 1817 to Polly Spen cer. [xi]

    iv. Mary, b. ca. 1770. She marr. Albert Dubal.

    v. Nicholas, b. 16 September 1772. He married Rosamond Olney.

    vi. Susanna, b. 17 March 1774. She marr. 14 March 1790 to William Bond Mason.

    SOURCES:
    [i] Vital Records of Dudley, Massachusetts, to the end of the year 1849. (Worcester, Mass., Franklin P. Rice, 1908), p. 32.

    [ii] ibid., p. 154.

    [iii] Vital Records of Brookfield, Massachusetts, to the end of the year 1849. (Worcester, Mass., Franklin P. Rice, 1909), p. 32.

    [iv] George A. Gordon and Silas R. Coburn, Genealogy of the Descendants of Edward Colburn / Coburn. (Lowell, Mass., Coruier Citizen, 1913), p. 56.

    [v] Francis B. Heitman, Historical Register of Officers of the Continental Army during the War of the Revolution April, 1775, to December, 1783. (Baltimore, Maryland, Genealogical Publishing Co. Inc., 1982), p. 162.

    [vi] Bryce Metcalf, Original Members and other Officers eligible to the Society of the Cincinnati 1783-1938 (Strasburg, Va., Shenandoah Public House, 1938), p. 88.

    [vii] George A. Gordon and Silas R. Coburn, Genealogy of the Descendants of Edward Colburn / Coburn. (Lowell, Mass., Coruier Citizen, 1913), p. 56.

    [viii] Virgil D. White, Genealogical Abstracts of Revolutionary War Pension Files, (Waynesboro, TN., National Historical Publishing Co., 1992), 1:687. (BLW # 342-300).

    [ix] George Davis, A Historical Sketch of Sturbridge and Southbridge. (West Brookfield, Power Press of O.S. Cooke and Co., 1856), p. 87.

    [x] Virgil D. White, Genealogical Abstracts of Revolutionary War Pension Files, (Waynesboro, TN., National Historical Publishing Co., 1992), 1:687.

    [xi] ibid.
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    Taken from the Genealogy of the Descendants of Edward Colburn/Coburn 1913...

    Asa Coburn was born at Dudley, Mass., Sept. 14, 1741, and died 1789; married at Brookfield, Mass., April 8, 1762, Mary McClure, dau. of James and Mary McClure of Brookfield, where she was born March 5, 1739; they dwelt at Sturbridge, Mass., and Washington Co., Ohio; he was in the Indian Wars of Ohio.
    Children:
    SYBIL, b. June 22, 1762; m. Andrew Webster
    ASA, b. Sept. 4, 1764
    PHINEAS, b. Sept. 12, 1766
    MARY, b. 1770; m. Albert Duval
    NICHOLAS, b. Sept. 16, 1772
    SUSANNA, b. March 17, 1774; d. Sept. 1, 1865; m. March 14, 1790, William Bond Mason.
    Asa was in the Revolutionar War. He was at Lexington in Capt. Timothy Parker's Co. Recieving the commission of Lieutenant, he later, in 1777, was raised to the rank of Captain in the 7th Mass. Regt. At the close of the war, he, with five other Revolutionary officers, removed to Ohio, then the far west, and settled at Marietta, the oldest town in the state. The Indians were very troublesome at that time, and he again entered the service, this time as an Indian fighter in the wars of that state.

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    UPDATE: Nov. 2004
    I now know that Asa Coburn was still living in the spring of 1790. On April 1, 1790 Asa was issued a Bounty Land Warrant, numbered 342 for 300 acres of bounty land on account of the services as a Captain of the Massachusetts troops in the War of the Revolution. No other futher information concerning him , as there are no papers on file, because they were destroyed when the British burned the War Office in 1814.
    Source: Bureau of Pensions in Washington, D. C. This is stated in 3 different letters from the Bureau of Pensions sent to various people, needing info on Asa's Military records to join DAR. These letters, signed by the Commissioner of the Bureau. were dated the years of 1912, 1917 & 1928. I have these letters on file.

    The burial place of Major Asa Coburn is unknown. It is believed that he is buried some where close to Wolf Creek Mills in Waterford Township, Washington County, Ohio. Some historians believe that he was killed in the Northwest Indian War by the Indians. I question that because he was well up there in age when he came from Mass. to Ohio, and was also not in the best of health. (See Manasseh Cutler's journal entry for Aug. 11, 1788).

    Because of this Asa has a marker placed in the Unknown Burial Plot for Revolutionary War Soldiers in Mound Cemetery, which was erected by the Marietta Chapter of DAR in 1927. His marker gives the dates of birth and death as 1741-1789.

    See the DAR Memorial Plot in Mound Cemetery at this link:
    http://hometown.aol.com/washcoheadstone/mound1.html
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    Father: Andrew COBURN b: 7 NOV 1708 in Beverly, Essex, MA. (date of baptisim)
    Mother: Jane ALLEN b: 20 OCT 1712 in Sudbury, Middlesex, MA.

    Marriage 1 Mary MCCLURE b: 5 MAR 1738/39 in Brookfield, Worcester, MA.
    • Married: 8 APR 1762 in Brookfield, Worchester, MA
    • Note:
      SOURCE OF INFORMATION: Early Vital Records of Worcester County, Massachusetts, to about 1850, Vital Records of Brookfield, MA. (Search & Research Publishing Corporation), Brookfield Marriages page 364.
      Massachusetts Town Marriage Records:
      Name: Mary MECLUER (see Maclure)
      Spouse: Asa Coburn
      Marriage Date: March 20, 1762 (Publishment of intent to marriage)
      Marriage Place: Dudley
      Source: Vital Records of Dudley
      Full Text: MECLUER (see Maclure), Mary of Brookfeild and Asa Coburn, int. March 20, 1762.
      NOTE: int. means "publishment of intention of marriage"
    Children
    1. Has Children Sibyl L. COBURN b: 22 JUN 1762 in Strubridge, Worcester, MA
    2. Has Children Asa COBURN b: 4 SEP 1764 in Sturbridge, MA.
    3. Has Children Phineas COBURN b: 12 SEP 1766 in Strurbridge, Worcester, MA.
    4. Has Children Mary COBURN b: 1770 in Strubridge, Worcester, MA
    5. Has Children Nicholas COBURN b: 16 SEP 1772 in Strubridge, Worcester, MA
    6. Has Children Susannah COBURN b: 17 MAR 1774 in Strubridge, Worcester, MA
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