Jonathan Pridmore, Pvt.

Pack Horse Driver
Jonathan Pridmore was living in Virginia during the war. In 1778 his brother Theodore, served as a recruitment sergeant for Fort Roberdeau. He came to visit Jonathan in Virginia. During this visit Jonathan enlisted to serve at Fort Roberdeau. The regiment protected the inhabitants of the region from the raiding Native Americans. Along this pursuit they would also build forts.

He enlisted for service at the lead mines for 9 months. When he enlisted they had already begun to build Fort Roberdeau. he helped in this endeavor and remained at the fort for his entire 9 months enlistment.

He reenlisted for 3 months longer to guard the Fort. He remained at the Fort for about one month and then worked as a driver for the pack horses. He brought 800 lbs of Flour and enough whiskey for rations to Fort Roberdeau from the Standing Stone weekly. It was a dangerous job, with the enemy always lurking nearby and needed an alert man for the job. The former fellow drank so much that it was affecting his duties. Michael Crider, the commissary at Standing Stone, would provide him with the rations. He returned to Virginia for a few months. Then decided that he would continue to help the war effort.

In August 1779 he enlisted with Captain Nathaniel Lynder to drive pack horses to Fort Pitt. The journey began at the mouth of Congocheague, where they picked up a large delivery of salt for Fort Pitt. About 200 horses were loaded with supplies from the boats. Drivers took pack horses from the landing thru Chrisaps Old Town to Fort Pitt. General Ellicott commanded the pack horse company. He saw to the purchasing, collection, and loading of the horses. General Hand commanded at Fort Pitt at the time. After delivering the salt to the fort, Jonathan Pridemore returned into Bartley County. There they sold the horses. Capt. Lynder signed his separation papers.

Upon his return to Bedford County he enlisted under Samuel Thomson. He guarded the frontiers against British Native Americans in the region. He spent some of his service at Fort Wig, under the command of Col. Piper. He was a member of the force that went to rescue Captain Phillip from a local block house. It was 11 miles from where Fort Wig. When they arrived the house burned the people either killed or taken off as prisoners. Tories, Shawnee and Delaware had raided the region. Rangers pursued the raiders for about 35 miles. He acted as the pilot, guiding them in this pursuit and return. The rangers returned to the settlement to find people killed by the raiders. Some tied to trees and pierced with arrows.

Pridemore began driving again under Charles Sisney. He was the Purchaser of Provisions in Bedford County. Pridemore travelled the country buying flour and whiskey. It was then delivered to units in the county. Most of it went to Colonel Piper in Bedford County, and Captain Moore, in Frankstown. He continued working in the region until the end of the war.

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