Yorkshire Revolutionary War Veteran

Bishop Coston (1759-1847)


Bishop was the 2nd of nine children born to Ebenezer Coston (b.abt. 1737 d.1820) and Elizabeth Goffe (b.1739-d.aft.1820). He was born in 1759 at Francestown, Hillsborough, NH. His occupation was that of a farmer and a sawyer.

Bishop Coston enlisted in the Revolutionary War on April 7, 1777 at Wilton, NH and re-enlisted on July 6, 1780. Most notably he served with the New Hampshire militia in the battle of Monmouth and the capture of General Burgoyne. He was discharged at West Point, NY on October 9, 1780.

Bishop Coston married Elizabeth Pelkim (b.1766-d.1843). They had one son and five daughters. Two of Bishop and Elizabeth’s daughters (Sally and Esther) married Silliman brothers (Samuel Silliman m. Sally and Ransom Silliman m. Esther).

Bishop worked in and around Francestown, NH as a highway surveyor in 1793. He later moved to Herkimer, NY, where he was listed in the 1810 census. In 1816 Bishop and Elizabeth moved to Yorkshire, Cattaraugus County, NY and purchased 33 acres of land from the Holland Land Company.

On October 9, 1818, Bishop Coston was granted a Revolutionary War pension of $8 a month.

Bishop died in 1847, under falling timbers, while helping to build a highway bridge in Pennsylvania.

Bishop and Elizabeth Coston are both buried in the older section of the cemetery at Yorkshire, NY.

Submitted by:
Donald Phillips Bond
(g.g.g.grandson of Bishop and Elizabeth Coston)

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