Lieutenant-Colonel Caleb PARRY was born in 1734. A sketch of his life says he was born in North Wales and was a man of culture.
Caleb became the proprietor of a wayside inn known as the Admiral Warren on the Lancaster Turnpike, in 1767. During the second year that he was in charge, a danger threatened the inn. This was nothing more or less than the petition for license of a new house between the Warren and the Blue Ball. Parry fearing this would injure his business appealed to his landlord, Lynford Lardner, to use his influence with the Governor to prevent a license being granted to Joshua Evans, the new applicant. The protest did not avail, as the license was granted and the "General Paoli" was the result. Parry remained at the Warren for another year after the Paoli was opened, when he resigned in 1771.
From the very outbreak of the Revolution we find Caleb commissioned as Lieutenant Colonel. He served in the Pennsylvania Musket Battalion, 3d March, 1776. The battalion was recruited mainly from among the Presbyterians in the Chester and Pequea Valleys. He was active in all the military operations around New York, which culminated so disastrously to the patriot cause, and on the memorable 27th of August, 1776, in the engagement known as the Battle of Long Island, Colonel Parry was numbered among the slain, as his brother officers stated, "Dying like a hero." An account of the affair states: "The men shrunk and fell back, but Atlee rallied them and Parry cheered them on and they gained the hill at Greenwood cemetery. It was here, while engaged in an officer's highest duty, turning men to the enemy by his own example, that the fatal bullet pierced his brow." Another account relates that the colonel was wounded and taken prisoner and he was killed. He died like a hero and left at the call of his country a wife and four children in Chester Co. (Adapted from "The Wayside Inns" by Julius F. Sachse, Lancaster, Pa. 1912. Pp 50-51.)
The Battle of Long Island, (Aug. 27, 1776), in U.S. War of Independence, successful British action in Brooklyn, N.Y., against the American Continental Army. The battle initiated the British campaign of 1776 to seize control of New York and thereby isolate New England from the rest of the colonies. After the British evacuation from Boston in March, the British general Lord Howe moved to occupy New York City under the protection of a British fleet that commanded the surrounding waters. To protect his left flank, the defending American general, George Washington, stationed one-third of his troops (numbering no more than 20,000 trained soldiers) on the Long Island side of the East River, where they erected fortifications.
From his encampment on Staten Island, Howe attacked Washington's isolated wing by landing 20,000 men at Gravesend Bay, Long Island, on August 22. After four days' reconnaissance, Howe drove the Americans back and inflicted heavy losses (1,200 American prisoners were taken, and about 400 men on each side were killed or wounded). Howe might have captured Washington's entire force on Long Island at this point, but instead he elected to lay siege. The following week Washington took advantage of this delay to retreat across the river to Manhattan, a successful move that helped repair low American morale. Britannica.com
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Postscript to the story of the Admiral Warren Inn: In September, 1777, there occurred another major battle known as the Paoli Massacre that took place just south of the Admiral Warren where several divisions waited to slow the British advance while General Washington retreated with the main body of the Continental Army . Unfortunately Tory spies watched from the Admiral Warren Inn and reported to the British the exact strength and location of the Patriots. The British won the battle decisively and were then able to proceed to Philadelphia where they would remain until run out in June of 1778. (Adapted from "The Wayside Inns, page 123" and "The Battle of Paoli")
Caleb PARRY was married to Elizabeth JACOBS in 1761.
75 Elizabeth JACOBS was born in 1732. She died in 1805.
i Rowland PARRY died in 1796
ii John Jacobs PARRY In 1832 John Jacobs Parry began the legal process of filing for "Bounty Land For Revolutionary Services--Claim of Heirs, B.L.W.T.1857-450" in behalf of all twenty seven living heirs of Caleb Parry. By the end of May, 1832 all paperwork seems to have been completed. The Bureau of Land Management should have the land grant document, but due to government concerns of internet security, a copy is not available for the time being. When it becomes available again, its information will be presented here. John died in 1835
37 iii Esther PARRY
iv. Hannah PARRY died in 1827
v. Mary PARRY