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posted Wed May 23 2001
In the beginning Moses Hazen's Company began under another officer's name. It was originally established as McCurdy's Company in 1758. The company was to consist of one Captain, two Lieutenants, one Ensign and three Sergeants. There was no provision for corporals with Rogers establishments. The only corporals are found in Hobb's and Speakman's Companies. They were established as independent companies originally, separate from Rogers.

On Jan. 14, 1758, John McCurdy was promoted from the 1st Lieutenant of Rogers own company, to a Captain of his own company. John McCurdy, the son of James, was from Dunbarton, New Hampshire. McCurdy's company was one of five established in 1758. Four of these five would serve in the invasion of Louisbourg.

Henry Isaac Wendell was commissioned on Jan. 14, 1758, as the first Lieutenant of the Company. This was soon changed when on March 25th he was offered his own company bound for duty at Fort Stanwix. Following Wendell's departure, Hazen would be offered the position, which is believed he accepted on April 7th. In April, 1758 John Butler was commissioned as Ensign.

The before mentioned men would be the officers of this company when they went ashore at Kennington Cove. In Burt Loescher's The History of Rogers Rangers Vol. III, Officers And Non-Commissioned Officers, these men are what we find listed. We also know from Burt's Vol. II as well as Knox's journal that this is true. But papers found in the Loudon collection show that other officers were listed on the muster roll as well. These officers were offered other positions, similar to the situation of Henry Wendell, or for some other unknown reason were unable to fill these positions. In document LO5379, we find McCurdy and Hazen's names (in this document Hazen is spelled Hezon) listed in addition to a William Moor (also spelled Moore) and Joseph Bolton. Moor was a Lieutenant in Rogers company and would retire later that year. Bolton was a Sargent in Rogers company and was never commissioned.

In document LO5389A, we find McCurdy's and Hazen's (spelled Hassan) names, as well as Joseph Waite and Joseph Schlofsen. Waite's name is marked through and Henry Wendell's name is marked in. Waite we know became a Lieutenant in Rogers company on April 7th, 1758. We already know where Wendell ended up. Schlofsen cannot be found in any of my sources.

The establishment that created McCurdy's company called for three sergeants. We find in Burt's Vol. III only three listings of sergeants for McCurdy's company: Daniel Greenough, Sanders Bradbury, and Timothy Farnham. Greenough originally entered Rogers company as a private on April 1, 1757. The company was disbanded in August of 1757, re-entered in Jan. or Feb. of 1758 as a Sargent. In Jan.-Feb. of 1760, he traveled from Quebec to Maine with dispatches. Bradbury and Farnham both were from Haverhill Mass., which is also where Hazen lived.

1758
CAPTAIN
John McCurdy
FIRST LIEUTENANT
Moses Hazen
  SECOND LIEUTENANT
John Patten
ENSIGN
John Butler
SARGENT
Daniel Greenough
SARGENT
Sanders Bradbury
SARGENT
Timothy Farnham


As far as we know, the company remained this way until Jan. 30, 1759. While stationed at Fort Frederic (formerly Fort St. John) on the St. John's river, McCurdy was killed. He was on a wood cutting detail when a birch tree fell on him. Moses Hazen was commissioned on April 6, 1759 as a Captain by Amherst. He would replace McCurdy and would later be severely wounded at the Battle of St. Foy. He would remain as a Captain of rangers until discharged on Feb. 20, 1760.

On the same date, John Patten would be promoted to First Lieutenant and John Butler was promoted to Second Lieutenant. An Ensign by the last name of Hazen would be commissioned in October 10, 1759. He would be discharged on Nov. 11, 1760. Following the Battle of St. Foy (April 29, 1760) Patten would leave the Rangers and join the 48th regiment of Foot as an Ensign. John Butler would be promoted to that position on April 29, 1760. He would be the acting commander of the company until discharged Jan. 24th, 1762.

1759 - 1760
CAPTAIN
Moses Hazen
FIRST LIEUTENANT
John Patten
  SECOND LIEUTENANT
John Butler
ENSIGN
? Hazen (comm. Oct. 10, 1759)
SARGENT
Daniel Greenough
SARGENT
Sanders Bradbury
SARGENT
Timothy Farnham


Following the Battle of St Foy, the company would travel to Montreal. Moses Hazen, Lt. Patten and it appears Sargent Greenough were missing from the company. Butler, Bradbury and Farnham will go on to the Western Forts. On page 246 of Knox's Journal Vol. II, dated October, 1759, we find a list of returns. Hazen's company is found there. We find in this listing no mention of an Ensign. We do find the inclusion of two Drummers. We cannot find any discharge date for Sargent Greenough. We know that Bradbury and Farnham were both discharged in New York on Jan. 24, 1762. This would be the actual end of service date for the company.

Butler's Expedition
December 10, 1760
LIEUTENANT
John Butler*
ENSIGN
? Waite
SARGENT
Sanders Bradbury*
SARGENT
Timothy Farnham*
PRIVATES
Sauel Jewell* James Dickey* Derry Jellison*
Daniel Webster* Ashel Andrews* William Latterly*
William Thompson* Elijah Wood* Frank Beard*
Adonijah Edwards* Paul Higgins Samuel Rose
James Campbell William Hogg Patrick Coborn
John Spear John Craig William Anson


This list of names is found in Burt Loescher's Vol. II, page 245, note number 159. The names with the asterisk are those that stayed with Butler at Fort Miamis (modern day Fort Wayne, In.) from December 10th, 1760 till the fall of 1761. All these men would be discharged in Jan. 1762. The other men on the list left at different times to escort prisoners to Forts Niagara and Oswego. These men, with the exception of Ensign Waite, are believed to be part of Hazen's company. With the ending of their duties at Fort Miamis, this would be the last recorded duty for McCurdy/Hazen's Company.
by Brian Wilson
September 2, 1999



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