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4300-4308 Canal Rd
Spencerport, NY 14559
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Site of home of Alexander Milliner, drummer boy in bodyguard of George Washington. Later, soldier in Revolutionary War.


By the County of Monroe — 1959

What was there

The home of Alexander Milliner, Revolutionary War and War of 1812 veteran. Here he lived as a farmer with his wife, Abagail Barton, and died at the age of 105.

What is there now

The Milliner estate, which was passed on to Alexander’s son, Hon. I. P. Milliner, and then to other families, is no longer there. A modern suburban lot exists in this spot. Some of the buildings from his era still exist in Adam’s Basin, such as the adjacent church and the red brick school house on Canal Rd.

More information

  • Alexander Milliner was born on  March 14, 1760 in Quebec, Canada and died on March 13, 1865 in Adam’s Basin, NY. He is buried at Mount Hope Cemetery in Rochester, NY.
  • Although throughout his life, he had claimed to have been recruited as General George Washington’s drummer boy at the age of 9, and told many stories about it, a 1976 article in National Geographic disputed this claim with official records.
  • He was married for 62 years. His wife died two years before he did.
  • Milliner fought in the battles of Brandywine, Monmouth, Saratoga, White Plains, and Yorktown.
  • Milliner served in the War of 1812 on the U.S. Constitution
  • Last Men: Article about Milliner

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