Jesse Sip, Seaman

Jesse Sip. According to his pension application #S-36316, Jesse Sip of Middletown, CT was “a black man” born in 1768 who served on the Confederacy from the Winter of 1779 to July 1781 as a mariner and waiter “during which period the ship Confederacy adventured on many Cruises, took some valuable prizes, met with many accidents, sailed in Company with the United States’ ships Dean and Saratoga and sundry other armed vessels.” After returning to Philadelphia from Martinique, the Confederacy “under went repairs, recruited and sailed again for Cape Francois where we arrived with a very valuable prise.” On the return voyage, the Confederacy was captured by a British squadron and Sip was put on board the Jersey prison ship where he remained until regularly exchanged in July 1781. In 1818 he was described as a “day labourer” who was “aged and rheumatic.” In 1818, Sip’s family consisted of his wife Tamar born in 1775 and children; Sefrona born 1804, Abigail born 1809, Ezekiel born 1811, Frederick born 1813, Chester born 1815 and a 7 month old unnamed infant. Phineas Hyde and Nathaniel Richards were declarents for Jesse Sip’s pension application.

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