- Note that his SAR biography says that “Peter was the son of Charles and Fannie Demoss. He was born in New Jersey, 11 Dec 1752.” He is SAR P-145738.
He was a veteran of the Revolutionary War. He is a direct ancestor of John Lansdale Jr., whose family forms one of the core trees of the site, but JL Jr. did not know of him. DAR # 203609; SAR Application as well.
According to material collected in Caughron, which she describes as from his "war record":
"Peter DeMoss enlisted at Winchester, Va, August 14, 1775, served in Captain John Neville's Company, 4th Va. Regiment, and in Colonel Charles Scott's Va. Regiment, and in Captain Waggoner's Company, Colonel James Woods' 12th Va. Regiment; was in the battle of Monmouth, after which he was transferred to the Wagonmaster's Department, and served only a short time before the surrender of Cornwallis.
"He was allowed pension on his application executed Oct. 21, 1818, at which time he was aged 66 years and resided in Pendleton Co., Ky. He was also pensioned under the act of 1832.
"In Act of 1820, soldier stated that his family then residing with him consisted of his wife, aged 62 years, and a son John, aged 18 years."
He applied for a pension on Oct. 14, 1832, at age 82; it was successful, and he was awarded $80.00 (S. 10558). He applied from Pendleton Co., Kentucky.
This record appears on the Kentucky Pension Roll of 1835:
$96.00 ANNUAL ALLOWANCE
$147.86 AMOUNT RECEIVED
DECEMBER 21, 1818 PENSION STARTED
SUSPENDED MAY 1820
RESTORED JUNE 7, 1832
In the 1840 census of pensioners in Pendleton Co. he was aged 88.
There are two other records of a Peter Demoss which might connect to the Revolution, in the AG-BI:
1. b. 174? in Virginia, though he was a Kentucky Pensioner, in vol. 42, page 320, with this reference (that needs to be checked): "Historical reg. Of Virginians in the Rev., soldiers, sailors and marines, 1775-1783. Ed. By John H. Gwathmey. Richmond, Va. 1938. (13, 872p.): 219"
2, also in vol. 42, page 320: "Census of pensioners for Rev. military services. Washington, DC. 1841. (195p.):166"
He is on the Revolutionary War page.
Names of his children are from his will and from the story of one of his children's (Samuel's) children (this recorded in Caughron 47).
Caughron records a visit to his grave, and gives transcriptions of the 14 stones in the cemetery on his property.
There is a town in Pendleton Co., Kentucky named "Demossville" which is apparently named after this family; it was chartered in 1860 (See USGenWeb for Pendleton Co., Kentucky). "The DeMoss family," according to the history of Demossville on this site, "was buried in a cemetery near the Campbell County line on the banks of the Licking River." He was reburied in Grandview Cemetery in Campbell Co. in 1965.
Note that according to Caughron there are two cousins named Peter DeMoss who were born almost exactly in the same year who both are apparently in DAR records (the other one with application to Nebraska DAR by Caughron). The other one is called "patriot, who furnished supplies to the Army, Hampshire Co., Va." He is this Peter's first cousin, the son of his father's youngest brother Charles. They are of course very confusable. [3, 4]