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Biography: John Amonette born 1757 Revolutionary War soldier

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Revolutionary War Soldier

(ca. 1757-1834)

Madison County, Alabama

John Amonette was a Frenchman born in Amelia County, Virginia. He was a soldier of the American Revolution and after the war lived a few years in East Tennessee until 1811 when he moved to Madison County, Alabama. He was aged 81, and a resident of Madison County, Alabama when he died in 1834.

He was a private in the Virginia Continental Line and was enrolled on January 5, 1833. He enlisted November 21, 1776, and served in Captain Franklin’s Regiment for three years. He was discharged Nov. 7, 1779, and was in the Battle of Germantown. Under the act of Congress of June 7, 1832, he received payment for his service from March 4. 1831; annual allowance, $80.—(Revolutionary Pension Roll, in vol. xiv. Sen. doc. 514, 23rd Cong., 1st sess., 1833-34)

He married Bathsheba Rogers near Memphis, Tennessee and they had the following known children:

  1. Lucy Ammonette – died young
  2. Martha Ammonette – married Nathan Smith Feb. 13, 1813
  3. Charlotte Ammonette – married Apr. 8, 1819 Levi Donaldson
  4. Ann Ammonette – married James Kelley on Dec. 6, 1828
  5. Elijah Ammonette – also a Revolutionary War Soldier
  6. John Ammonette died in Hazel Green, Madison County, Alabama March 30, 1833 and is buried at Donaldson Cemetery in Hazel Green.

The Democrat, Huntsville, April 11, 1833, contained the following obituary:

“Suddenly at his residence in this county, on the 30th of March, Mr. John Amoint (sic), in the Eighty-second year of his age—thus another revolutionary spirit has sunk into its rest —Rarely are we called to record the death of a more virtuous man.—He has been a citizen of this county upwards of twenty years.

In the domestic circle, he was a kind and tender father, and affectionate companion, a social and obliging neighbor, much beloved by numerous friends, and enemies he had none.

In youth, he boldly met the foe and nobly defended the cause of liberty—few have ever so well prepared for their last great change—he settled his earthly concerns—ate a hearty supper— called his family around him—addressed the throne of grace—lay down in perfect composure —fell asleep in the arms of his Saviour, and awoke in the Paradise of his God. Thus died Mr. Amonit, without a groan, and left a wife, four children, and numerous friends to mourn their loss, which is his infinite gain, and he now reaps the just reward of his labors.”

*Note: This name is variously spelled as will be noted. It is also found as Amonet, Ammonet, Amonnet, Amonnette, Ominett, Ominet, Aminet


  1. History of Alabama and Dictionary of Alabama Biography, Volume 3 By Thomas McAdory Owen, Marie Bankhead Owen
  2. Revolutionary Pension Roll, in vol. xiv. Sen. doc. 514, 23rd Cong., 1st sess., 1833-34.
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