Samuel Akley served in the Revolutionary War from 1781 to the end of the war in 1783. He enlisted on the day he turned 18 and was sent to West Point, NY to serve under Capt. Thomas Jackson in Col Crane's Third Continental Artillery. His job was described as "matross." I had to look that up! It is the assistant to the gunner. A matross is the one who assists the gunner with loading, firing, moving, and sponging the guns. They also marched as guards to protect the store-wagons.
When he applied for a pension, his possession consisted of one old horse, one old wagon and one old harness valued at $26 total; One table, two chests, and one trunk values at $2.59 total; One shovel, Some ironware and table furniture valued at $3; One axe and one scythe valued at 75 cents, and eight chairs valued at $2. The total of his property equaled $34.34. This is his signature from his first petition for a pension.
My descent from Samuel is as follows:
Samuel & Elizabeth "Betsy" (Moody) Akley
Mary Jane Abbott
Fannie May Capen
Thomas Richard Carter - my grandfather