Thursday, July 7, 2011

Revolutionary War Ancestors

This past week at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City where I serve, my zone leader asked us to give him a list of our ancestors who served in the American Revolutionary War. I did not meet his deadline, but I have put together a list of my ancestors at least in part who served.

The records I gleaned were from pension records made 50 to 60 years after their service and applications for Sons of the American Revolution. They had to prove their service by relating which battles they served in and under whose command. Our lives today would be very different without the service of those early patriots. I also found one line in which I believe to be loyalists.

My father's side:

William Goben, who was born in 1758 in Pennsylvania, served between July 1776 and September 1779.  William was a Private in Captain James Montgomery's Company of the 8th Regiment of the Pennsylvania Line initially serving under Colonel Mackey who died during the winter of 1776 near Valley Forge from the harsh weather conditions. The Pennsylvania Line is believed to have been a brigade size unit consisting of several Pennsylvania regiments.On March 12, 1777, Daniel Brodhead became the new Colonel of the 8th Regiment. The company of Captain James Montgomery consisted of 2 Sargeants and 57 men. The 8th Regiment fought in two major engagements in 1777 at the battles of Brandywine and Germantown in Pennsylvania. By November 1, 1777 the strength of the regiment was down to 351 men.

On March 5, 1778, the 8th Regiment was ordered to Pittsburgh for the defense of the western frontiers mainly from Indians. William was discharged from the 8th Regiment in September 1779 in Pittsburgh, He continued his military service in the Pennsylvania Militia in the Pittsburgh area of western Pennsylvania. Sometime during 1780, William is listed as a member of Stockley Rangers, a militia unit of Washington County, Pennsylvania that helped to guard the frontier of Western Pennsylvania.In 1782, William served as a Private in Captain Samuel Dunningham's Company of the 2nd Battalion of the Washington County, Pennsylvania Militia.

On May 1, 1783, William was commissioned Ensign in Colonel Mabra Evans Company of the 2nd Battalion of the Washington County, PA, Militia. Washington County is south of present day Pittsburgh.

Garrit Brass who was born in 1766 in Chester, Hampden, Massachusetts, enlisted as a private in 1781 and served firstly in the 1st Massachusetts Regiment. He served under Captain Banister and Colonel Newell. His service ended with the 5th Regiment under Captain Smith's company. He was discharged in New York in 1783 at the end of the war after two years of service.

Zebulon Libby was born on 1 February 1757 in Scarborough, Cumberland, Maine. He enlisted as a priviate on 15 May 1775 in Cambridge, Massachusetts and served under Captains Tyler, Parker and Lamont in their Massachusetts regiments. His service ended on
11 January 1777. He fought in the Battle of Rhode Island.

Gideon Matthews was born12 October 1741 in Cheshire, New Haven, Connecticut. He enlisted in the war on 9 July 1777 and marched to reinforce the northern army. Gideon served under Captain Nathan Rowley in Col. John Wesley's Hampshire Regiment.

Nathaniel Eggleston, Jr. was born 3 April 1712 in Westfield, Hamden, Massachusetts. He enlisted as a private in Windsor, Connecticut in 1775 and served until 1779.

John York was born in about 1748 in Cumberland County, Massachusetts. He enlisted in April of 1775 as a sergeant at  Parsontown, Cumberland, Massachusetts. Later as the state boundaries changed Parsontown became Standish, Cumberland, Maine. He served under Captain Wentworth Stuart and Colonel Edmund Phinney in the Massachusetts 5th regiment. John was never engaged in a battle and he was discharged eight months after enlisting.

My mother's North Carolina/Virginia side:

John Tuttle who was born on March 22, 1761 in Fairfax County, Virginia volunteered in Rockingham County North Carolina in April of 1778 and served for two months as a private in Captain Phillips North Carolina Company. He was then discharged and returned home. He re-enlisted in August of 1778 or 1779 as a private under Captain William Wilson and Colonel Paisley's North Carolina regiment. He was ordered to guard 18 Tory prisoners and also to guard a point on the Catawba River to prevent the British from crossing over from South Carolina. He was discharged after three months and ten days.

He then volunteered a third time in Surry County, North Carolina in January 1781 furnishing his own horse and firearms and served two months as a private of dragoons in Captain Robert Hill's North Carolina Company under Major Joseph Winston.

Isaac Barr enlisted in the Spring of 1776 in Fauquier County, Virginia as a private in Captain John Ashby's Company in Colonel Thomas Marshall's Virginia Regiment. After two years he re-enlisted and served as a trumpeter and private in Captain Pike's Company and White's and Washington's Regiment of the Calvary. He was injured in the breast by a fall from his horse and discharged in the Spring of 1781. Isaac fought in the battles of York Island, Trenton, Brandywine, Germantown, and Monmouth.

George Ray enlisted in the Summer of 1777 and served as a private in Captain C.W. Lawson's Company First Virginia Regiment commanded by Colonel James Hendricks. He is listed as an artificer which means an enlisted man responsible for the upkeep of small arms.

Daniel Scott, Jr. enlisted in Powhatan County, Virginia in January of 1777 as a private in Captain Baytop's Company under Colonel William Heth's Virginia Regiment. After serving one year, he re-enlisted for three years and was in the battle of Monmouth.

Thomas Poindexter, Jr. was born on the Rappahannock river and reared in Louisa County, Virginia. He served in the state militia from the years 1775 to 1777.  Thomas volunteered to serve in the Continental army.  He was deemed a captain, and probably led a company of men. He would have been given this position either through an election or appointment. Until the Civil War every able-bodied man was required to take one day of military training every month. The title of captain  was attained because of this training.  

Job Martin was born about 1743 in Virginia. He served under Captain Harry Terrell's  company in the 5th Virginia Regiment under Lt. Col. Josiah Parker from August 1776 to May 31, 1777. He was a fifer--someone who played the fife for his regiment.

Howell Hartgrove was born 6 February 1764 in Mecklenburg County, Virginia. He enlisted and served three different tours as private in the Virginia Troops, amounting in all to about 
10 1/2 months. From March 1779 in Captain Reuben Vaughn's company, Colonel L. Burwell's regiment; from August 1780 in Captain B. Jones' company, Colonel Fortner's regiment until the beginning of winter, which service was rendered as substitute for his father; and from the spring of 1781 in Captain Richard Whitton's company and assisted in removing the public stores on the James River. 

1 comment:

  1. The thoughts and messages you share are a blessing to so many people. Thank you for "Remembering Family."