- William (Billy) Blinn (Blin) Sr. (1731 - 1803) Pvt. Civil Service, CT, SAR No. P-116429, DAR No. A011247, Pension No. S41444.
|Ken Carlson *||
|Kevin R. Coyne||
- Noah Day (1757 - 1841), Sgt. CT, SAR No. P-145403, DAR No. A030926, Pension No. S23591. more
Served as a Pvt. in the Lexington Alarm under Capt. Elliot, Cpl. under Capt. Stedman, and Sgt. under Capt. Tilden. Fought in the Battle of Trenton
|David Crider *||
|Robert E. L. Eggenberger, Jr.||
|David O. Farrar||
|Christopher B. Fridley||
- Jean Louis Bonin (1752 - 1795) 1st Cpl. LA, SAR No. P-117469, DAR No. A011971. more
Served in 2nd
Co. Louisiana Attakapas Militia. Fought in the Battles of Manchac (1779), Baton Rouge (1779)
, and Natchez (1779).
|Gary F. Gray||
- Benjamin Edes (1732 - 1803) Lt. MA, SAR No. P-153026, DAR No. A036002. more
Served in the MA Militia and was a member of Sons of Liberty
. Edes was a printer and publisher (along with John Gill) of the Boston Gazette, and was one of the main financiers and instigators of the Boston Tea Party
Edes, through the Gazette, spread anti-British propaganda that helped inflame the colonies against their oppressors. He was eventually arrested on counts of sedition, but he escaped to Watertown, MA where he continued to produce the Gazette until the late eighteenth century. Edes, never divulged the secret list of all who participated in the Boston Tea Party
. More about Benjamin Edes can be found at the New England Historical Society
|Richard Lee Harman||
|Dale R. Harshman||
- Ulrich Harshman (1725 - 1783) Furnished supplies to the Continental Army, VA, SAR No. P-330453, DAR No. A052420.
- Peter Harshman (1745 - 1827) Soldier, VA, SAR No. P-176348, DAR No. A052419. more
He was Ulrich Harshman's son. Only sources are the family history (town records were destroyed during the Civil War
) and a county history. Peter's son, Henry Harshman, fought in the War of 1812
- Isaac Dukes (Duke) (c. 1762 - 1835) Pvt. MD, SAR NO. P-150927, DAR No. A034485, Pension No. SR3111. more
Served under Capts. Bennett, Murrow; Cols. Hopewell, Shields, Morrow; POW. Also sailor on board the privateer "Buckskin
" under Capt. George Handy.
|Eric C. Howard||
- Solomon Howard (Hayward) (1756 - 1840) Pvt. MA, SAR No. P-186103, DAR No. A058142. more
Served under Capts. Sawyer, Knapp and Hammet; Cols. Patterson and Cushing, MA Continental Line. He fought in the battles of Stillwater and Princeton
, and his pension application (S21266) mentions crossing the Delaware, "...marched to Trenton
, was in a battle there-wounded." The medical report states "...wound in shoulder, frostbite, both feet." Solomon married Cynthia Peters (Stoodley) on 7 march 1787 in either Andover or Clinton, Windsor County, VT. Together they raised a large family and Solomon was appointed Capt. of the local Militia. The family name was changed to Howard after an error occurred in the names on land deeds (it was easier to change the family name than to change the deeds). Solomon is buried in the North Windham Cemetery, near Chester VT.
|Gary Hulsey *||
- George Twilley (1743 - 1801) Pvt. (Militia) MD, SAR No.
P-242153, DAR No. A117517. more
Served in Capt. William Turpin’s Rewastico Company, Salisbury Battalion, Somerset County Maryland Militia (Maryland Militia in the Rev War p217). On 12 May 1782 he was given a receipt for furnishing pork (MD Public Service Record 1775 – 1783, p332).
George lived on the eastern shore of Maryland on what is known as the Delmarva Peninsula. He was on the roster of Captain William Turpin's Rewastico Company, Salisbury Battalion, Somerset County Maryland Militia. Established in 1639 the Maryland militia required all males ages15 to 60 to serve until 1774 when the age of required service was changed to ages16 to 50. George would have been serving in the militia since 1758.
George was born in March 1743 in Stephney Parish, Somerset County Maryland. He married Ann Bradley on 2 January 1766. George and Ann would raise 12 children over the next 18 years. He was 37 years old when listed on the militia roster and would have had 6 children. He passed away 13 March 1801 at the age of 59. The burial site is unknown and still being researched.
One of seven children, George was a 4th generation Maryland farmer, his grandfather, Robert I, arrived in Maryland probably coming from from Virginia before 1677. Stephney Parish Court records from 1681 indicate he settled on 200 acres at Rewastico Creek near present day Vienna. This record is also were we find the birth of Robert II, in 1673.
The history of George's father, Robert Twilley III is found in several Stephney Parish records. One record is a land transaction in 1751. Also recorded is his marriage in 1732 to George's mother Elizabeth Ann Weatherly. Elizabeth died in 1746 a the age of 34 after having five children in 10 years. A court record dated September 15, 1746 charges Robert of having a child out of wedlock with Ann Hitch whom he later married.
George's son, Joseph Twilley (along with three of his brothers), served as Pvts. in the 11th
Rgmt. (Pitt’s), 2nd
Div. (Eastern Shore) MD Militia during the War of 1812
- Jesse Hall (1760 - 1848) Pvt. NY, SAR No.
P-172977, DAR No. A049723. more
My 5th great grandfather Jesse was born 22 Mar 1760, in Westerly, Washington, Rhode Island, his 2nd great grandfather John Hall III having settled in Rhode Island in 1638. He died 2 October 1848, Montgomery Co., Virginia and is buried in the Barnett Family Cemetery, Montgomery Co., Virginia.
Jesse Hall's date of birth comes from his Revolutionary War pension application filed in Montgomery County, Virginia in 1833. He also indicates that his family moved from Rhode Island to Duchess Co, NY when he was very young (''He came, an infant, from Rhode Island to Duchess County in the State of New York...''). Jesse and his brother Asa both indicate they were living in Duchess Co, NY at the time of their RW enlistments (1776-1779). Jesse was 15 at the time of his first enlistment.
Jesse's date of death comes from Montgomery Co, VA Court Order Book 31:183 dated 5 March 1849: "Jesse Hall, pensioner, died 2 October 1848, leaving children Freeburn Hall, David Hall, John Hall, Charles Hall, Susanna McNeely, Lydia Martin and Polly Rumburg." The date on his grave marker is actually the date his will was written.
In his pension application dated 1833, Jesse states that his place of residence for the last 44 years had been Montgomery Co, VA. Montgomery County tax records support this. He is listed every year beginning in 1790. Jesse's brother, Asa Hall, also came to Montgomery County from New York, but it appears Asa came some time later than Jesse. Asa doesn't appear on Montgomery County tax lists until 1798. The first land record for Asa is from 1797. On 24 February 1795, Jesse bought 253 acres on the south branches of the North Fork of the Roanoke River from Thomas Wilson. On 3 December 1796, Jesse and his wife Phebe sold this land to James Bryan. On 29 July 1797, James Bryan sold the land to Asa Hall.
From his Pension we know that Jesse enlisted Feb 1776 in Capt Nathan Pierce’s company, Colonel Richmore’s (Richmon) regiment, Gen McDougal. Served at White Plains, and was discharged near Fort Montgomery Dec 1776.
1 May 1777 he was drafted into the company of Capt William Pierce, Colonel Morehouse’s Regiment, served about 15 miles north of New York. August 1777 attached with his unit under General Putnam and marched to the relief of Fort Montgomery, discharged 1 December 1777.
March 1778 enlisted in the same state and county in Capt. Johnston’s company as a regular, for the term of nine months, and joined the regiment commanded by Colonel
Gonsay (the name is spelt to give the sound, could be Gonsevoot, 3rd Reg NY) this applicant was stationed for the greater part of this term of service at Fort Plank or Blank on the Mohawk River.
A part of this tour of service was spent in an expedition to a place called Cherry Valley for the purpose of suppressing some Tories and Indians who had done considerable mischief to that neighborhood. While on this expedition he and his company were attached to a militia regiment commanded by one Colonel Clock. He returned again to Fort Plank and his nine month tour being expired he was discharged in December 1778.
Afterwards in the month of August 1779 in the same county and state he went as a draft in the service of the United States under the command of Colonel Burcham in the company of Capt Israel Veal and was stationed during the three months for which he was drafted at West Point on the Hudson, where he was discharged in the month of November 1779 having served three months from some period in the preceding August; his discharge having long since been lost.
Jesse and Phoebe had seven children Asa, Freeborn, David, Phoebe, Jesse Jr, Lydia and Charles.
- James Kain (Cain, Kane) (1747 - 1818) Lt. NY, SAR No. ?, DAR No. A133402. more
When James Kain was born in 1747 his father, Robert (1708-1775), was 39 and his mother, Mary, was 37. James married Maria Schoonmaker in 1773 in Shawangunk, NY. They had ten children in 20 years. He died on June 8, 1818, in Shawangunk at the age of 71, and was buried there. An inscription on his grave marker indicates he would have been a lawyer.
James Cain (Kain, Kane) is found on the roster of the ULSTER COUNTY MILITIA Rank Lieutenant Fourth Regiment - (Hardenburgh's). the Regiment served at different periods from Oct. 25, 1775, until 1782. Many changes were made in the officers at reorganization in Feb. 1778. On Nov. 2, 1781, Lieutenant Colonel Elmendorf resigned, but no record is found of his successor.
During the WAR of 1812 his son James was a private in Captain Thos Bruyn’s company of Coronel Samuel Hawkins 2nd Regiment US Volunteers. His Great Grandson Edgar Depue Kain served as telegrapher at US Army HQ New Orleans for the duration of the War Between the States.
|David Jackson *||
- Drury Jackson (1745 - 1795) Pvt. GA, SAR No. P-?, DAR No. A060945. Served under Col. Elijah Clarke.
|Hugh Jonson *||
|John E. Kraft, Sr.||
- Ephraim Terry (1701 - 1783) Patriotic Service, CT, SAR No. P-303123, DAR No. A113652. more
Ephraim Terry, my 7th great grandfather (and my Patriot Ancestor), was born in Enfield, Massachusetts on Oct 24, 1701. (In 1749, when the original survey errors were rectified, Enfield was annexed and became part of Connecticut).
On Sep 13, 1723, Ephraim Terry married Ann Collins, the daughter of the Reverend Nathaniel and Alice (Adams) Collins. Ann was a great-great-granddaughter of Governor William Bradford of the Mayflower. Ephraim Terry served as a Justice of the Peace for the County of Hartford, CT. from at least 1758 through December of 1776. (History of Enfield Vol 2, pp. 1790 - 1792). He was also the town surveyor, and served as Enfield town Treasurer (History of Enfield Vol 2, p. 1160).
Ephraim had five sons;
Samuel Terry (1725-1798) (my 6th great grandfather)
Ephraim Terry (1728-1807) (my 7th great uncle)
Nathaniel Terry (1730-1792) (my 7th great uncle)
Elijah Terry (1736-1807) (my 7th great uncle)
Eliphalet (1742-1812) (my 7th great uncle)
On July 11th, 1774, Ephraim Terry, his son Nathaniel, and five others were appointed to a, "Committee to Correspond with the Committees of the other towns in this Colony to Consult and adopt such measures as shall appear to be most safe & Salutary in the present Interesting and Important Crisis, that for the Relief of those persons in the towns of Boston & Charlestown who are distressed by the unhappy Consequences of the Boston port Bill we will Chearfully [sp] Contribute our mite to their support and do appoint the mentioned committee to receive such money or provisions as shall be subscribed and forward the same to Committee in Boston who are appointed to Receive and distribute the donations from this and the neighbouring [sp] Governments." (History of Enfield Vol 1, p. 446).
On April 19th, 1775, when the Lexington Alarm was sounded ("the shot heard 'round the world"), the town of Enfield was one of the first in Connecticut to respond. The morning of the 20th, 72 men of the local militia marched toward Boston in response led by Major Nathaniel Terry. Two of his cousins (Jacob Terry, Jr. and Shadrach Terry) were also in this first group.
Nathaniel Terry was subsequently promoted to Lieutenant Colonel in December 1776 and ultimately to Colonel in May 1777 and commanded the Nineteenth Regiment of the First Brigade composed of the companies from Hartford (east side), East Windsor, Enfield, and Bolton. (Connecticut in the American Revolution, pp. 438, 445, 450).
I recently made a trip to Enfield, CT and walked among the tombstones and paid my respects to these heroes. The below photos are not "Find-a-Grave" pictures, they were taken personally by me.
Ephraim Terry, Esq.
Col. Nathaniel Terry
- Jonathan Button (1750 - 1837) PVT, CT, SAR No. P-126751, DAR No. A017824. more
My 6th great grandfather;
While residing in East Windsor, Hartford County, CT, Jonathan Button enlisted (1) in the latter part of May or first of June 1776, served as a private in Captain Simeon Wolcott's company, Colonel Gay's regiment, was in the battle of Flatbush Pass (also known as Battle Pass) and a skirmish with the Hessians, length of service seven months;
"I enlisted for the term of seven months and served the whole of said term. Marched from East Windsor to New Haven from thence by water to New York. I served at New York, at White Plains and on Long Island was at the Battle at Flatt Bush on Long Island. I was in the breast work on the East River when the British sailed up the East River and fired upon the breast work. We then retreated from the breast work to an orchard and had a skirmish with the Hessians. After 7 months had expired I returned home."
Enlisted (2) in the summer of 1777, served two months as private in Captain Amasa Loomis's company, Colonel Nathaniel Terry's (19th Connecticut) regiment; enlisted (3) in July 1778, served as private three months in Captain Richard Pitkin's company, Colonel Chapman's regiment, and was in the battle of Rhode Island;
"I further disclose and say that in July 1778, I entered the United States service as a substitute for Moses Allen of Enfield for the term of 3 months and served under the following named officers in the company commanded by Richard Pitkin then of East Hartford. Col Chapman of Tolland in said state commanded the regiment, said company marched from East Windsor to Hartford, from there to New Haven, from there to Fairfield, there we tarried about two weeks, from thence we returned by the way of New Haven to Hartford. We then went from Hartford to Pomfret to Providence in Rhode Island and from there we marched to Bristol crossed the ferry onto the island [Aquidneck] and then marched to near Newport and encamped. The British were in possession of Newport. We erected forts and threw up entrenchments for our defense. We remained there for about 5 or 6 weeks. We then retreated to the north part of the island and had a skirmish with the British and at night after the battle we erected a bridge made of boats to go across at Howland's Ferry and left the island. We tarried 2 or 3 days then marched to Warwick, Rhode Island from thence to Coventry and at the expiration of 3 months from the time I joined the Army we marched to Providence and there I was honorably discharged."
Enlisted (4) in August 1779, served as private two months in Captain Jonathan Bush's company, Colonel Abiel Pease's regiment. After his discharge from the service he lived in the state of MA for fourteen years then moved to Ellington, Tolland County, CT. In 1832, he was awarded a pension for 14 months total time served. He died in Ellington, CT on 18 June 1837 at the age of 87.
1. The record of Connecticut Men in the Military and Naval Service during the War of the Revolution
2. U.S., The Pension Roll of 1835
3. Connecticut, Wills and Probate Records, 1609-1999, Connecticut State Library, Hartford, CT
4. Revolutionary War Pension and Bounty-Land Warrant Application Files, National Archives
5. Quotes from pension application deposition 14 Aug 1832
- Ezekiel Pease (1749 - 1799) PVT, CT, SAR No. P-267437, DAR No. A087277. more
Ezekiel Pease (1), my 7th great-grandfather, was the fifth son of Deacon Isaac and Mindwell (Osborn) Pease. He was born in Enfield, MA (Enfield seceded from MA in 1749 and was annexed to CT) on June 20, 1710.
He married Hannah Chandler, daughter of Henry Chandler, (one of the early settlers of Enfield), on Feb 10, 1732, and together, they bore 11 children, (including my 6th great-grandmother, Mehitabel, who married Edward Parsons).
He was a man highly esteemed as a citizen and Christian; a man of prayer and consistent life.
He was by occupation a tailor and school teacher, and for some fifteen years was the Town Clerk. He was known by the title of "Master" and "Clerk" Pease. He was also one of the Town's Selectmen, and sold salt for the town (2)
He settled in the eastern part of the town of Enfield, near "Scantic River".
He died in Enfield on June 19, 1799 and is buried in the Enfield Street Cemetery.
1. A genealogical and historical record of the descendants of John Pease, Sr., Part 1 - fourth generation.
2. The History of Enfield, CT, 1900, volume 1, p. 447.
|John E. Lauman||
- Abraham Markley Schwenk (1759 - 1843) Sgt. PA, SAR No. P-285866, DAR No. A101252. more
Served under Capt. James Haslett, 2nd Batt., Philadelphia CO Militia.
Henry S. Dotterer, in his History of the Perkiomen Region, gives the following incident as occurring during the Rev. War: "Abraham Schwenk was a tanner in Germantown at the time of the war. He was nineteen years old, tall, fine young man and was under age but because of his size the officers did not know it. At the Battle of Germantown, he went upstairs in a house as he was wounded a woman said the British are coming, he said, 'Let the devils come' and took a large stick from the fireplace and drove them back."
He served in the Revolution as a Sergeant of the 7th Class in the Company commanded by Capt. James Haslett, 2nd Battalion, Philadelphia Co. Militia, 20 Nov 1778. He is also on the class roll of Capt. Michael Gangler's Company, 4th Battalion, Montgomery Co. Militia commanded by Lt. Col. Peter Richards for the year 1786. On the same roll appears Daniel Schwenk.
This family lived in Claytonville, PA until buying a large farm in Frederick Twp, at what is now Delphi or Zeiglerville Station. In 1784 he bought 6 acres of land in Frederick Twp, which he sold in 1791 to Christopher Streecher for 33 pounds. This 6 acres was part of the Perkiomen Cooper Mine tract which had been sold at public auction in 1773.
On 13 Apr 1804, Jacob Fuchs and Anna Maria his wife deeded 150 acres to Abraham Schwenk Sr. and his brother Daniel Schwenk. On 1 Apr 1804, Abraham Schwenk and wife Fronica and Daniel Schwenk and wife Catherine sold this tract to Henry Adams.
On 6 Aug 1807, Abraham Schwenk purchased a farm of 140 acres in Skippack, from John Dehaven for $5133.33 1/3, it being the original homestead of John Powling [Pawling]. Then he bought 36 more acres from Henry Keely adjoining the land. Here Abraham resided until his death. The farm was on the east side of the Perkiomen Creek Midway between Gratersford and Schwenksville. There was no bridge across the river in these early days and everyone used a conveniently set low spot called Graters Ford to cross the stream. Here was the old homestead of Enos S. Schwenk (one of the sons of Abraham Sr. and Abraham Jr.'s brother.) Abraham built a tannery on his farm and was a tanner and farmer until he gave the farm and his business to his son, John.
Abraham and his family were members of Keeley's Lutheran congregation in Schwenksville.
Abraham's will was dated 11 Jul 1842. It was admitted to probate a month after his death on 6 Aug 1843. By this will he divided his entire estate among his 9 children or their heirs and names his sons George, Jacob and Samuel and his son-in-law George Reiff as executors. At the time of his death, Abraham and his son Samuel were occupying his farm in Frederick Twp., and the farm was left to Samuel.
- Jacob Markley (1701 - 1784) Patriotic Service, PA, SAR No. P-241489, DAR No. A073850. more
From "The Strassburger Family and Allied Families of Pennsylvania,"
by Ralph Beaver Strassburger, 1922, pp. 341-352:
Jacob (Merkle) MARKLEY, son of Abraham and Anna Veronica Merkle, was born at Wimpfen in Hesse-Darmstadt, July 11, 1701. He was a twin to Isaac, who died in infancy. The Markley chart has an error in regard to these twins. While stating that Jacob and Isaac were twins (Zwillinge) born "11 Juli, 1701," underneath the name of Isaac is "gestorben (died) 15 October, 1699." Another son named Isaac was born 1704, who also died young.
Jacob Merkle came to Pennsylvania when a young man, settling in the Skippack region, where he married February 13, 1722, Barbara Dotterer, daughter of George Philip and Veronica Dotterer, of Frederick Township, Montgomery, but then in Philadelphia, Co.
Jacob (Merkle) Markley was one of the early settlers of what was then known as Bebbers Township. Here in 1725 we find him signing his name "Jacob Märckley" to the petition to the Court of Quarter Sessions of Philadelphia County requesting that a township be regularly laid out covering this district and be given the name of "Skippack and Perkiomen".
In May, 1728, his name appears among those residents of "Van Berbers Township and ye adjacencies Belonging" who sent a petition to the Governor of the Commonwealth, asking for protection against the Indians who were attacking settlers at "Falkners Swamp & New Cosahopin." More than half of these names were written by John Roberts, an Englishman who lived near Pennepacker's Mills and we, therefore, find him as "Jacob Marieke." Apparently he was not greatly concerned about the threatened Indian outrages, for two months later, July 17, 1728, he purchased of Jost Heydt, one hundred acres, and November 28, following, bought one hundred and thirty-two acres of Nicholas Scull. These tracts were located within the limits of the present East Perkiomen Township.
In 1734, he is reported as a taxable of Perkiomen and Skip-pack township, owning two hundred acres; on January 13, 1733, he paid quit-rent on three hundred and eighty-two acres of land in Bebbers Township. In the census taken June 5, 1756, of "Parkiomen & Shippaake" township, appears the name Jacob Marcly, housekeeper; occupation, farmer, four children under 21; acres owned 150--50 acres cleared, 15 acres sowed with corn, 1 horse, three horned cattle. In 1769, he paid a proprietary tax on one hundred and fifty acres, one horse, three horned cattle; in 1776, the same amount of land, one horse and three horned cattle are still credited to him. Since he appears to have owned but one horse, when this was stolen from him it is not surprising that we find him advertising the loss in the two leading papers of the community. In the Pennsylvania Gazette of July 31, 1776, appears the following notice:
FIVE POUNDS REWARD.
Stolen from the subscriber, living in Perkiomen township, Philadelphia county, the 12th of July inst. at night a Strawberry-roan HORSE 9 years old, about 16 hands high with a white star in his forehead paces and trots, carries lofty, was shod on one of his fore feet. Whoever takes up the said horse and thief and secures them, so that the thief may be brought to justice, and the owner may have the horse again, shall have the above reward for both, or Three Pounds for the horse only, and reasonable charges paid by Jacob Merkley.
Jacob Markley subscribed to the qualifications and was naturalized September 24, 1753, thus becoming a full citizen of Pennsylvania. As he had conscientious scruples against taking an oath, he is named as a Quaker and therefore merely affirmed the terms of naturalization. Both he and his family were members of Augustus Evangelical Lutheran Church at New Providence (Trappe), where we find the following entried on the church book:
"Anna Barbara Merckle, daughter of Jacob, born October 6, 1746; baptized March 29, 1747; godparents, Abraham Merckle and wife. "April 7, 1751, in Providence was confirmed:
Veronica Merckelin, Jacob Merckels daughter, 19 years old. She can read a little. "June 1, 1760, was confirmed:
Nella, Jacob Merckels daughter, 17 years old. "In the year 1770 was confirmed:
Hanna Mercklin, Jacobs daughter, 18. "1751, April 30, Georg Schwenck and Veronica Merckelin, Jacob Merckels daughter were married.
"Jacob Merckel and wife Barbara were sponsors for Jacob, son of Jurg Schwenck and wife Euphronica, born 7th June, baptized 3rd August, 1755."
Among the members of the Congregation who promised to contribute yearly to the "Salery of the Reverd Parstor Muhlenberg" November 27, 1760, were:
Jacob Merckle, 15s
Abraham Merckle, 10s
Philip Merckle, 10s
George Schwenck 7s 6d
At the outbreak of hostilities with England, the Continental Congress, on July 18, 1775, then convening in Philadelphia, passed the following resolution:
"In Congress, 18th July, 1775.
"RESOLVED, That it be recommended to the Inhabitants of the United English Colonies in North America, that all able-Bodied effective Men, between 16 & 50 years of age, in each Colony, immediately form themselves into regular Companies of Militia, to consist of one Captain, two Lieutenants, One Ensign, four Serjeants, four Corporals, One Clerk, one Drummer, one Fifer, and about Sixty-eight Privates.
"That the Officers of each Company be chosen by the respective Companies.
"That the Companies be formed into Regiments or Battalions, Officer'd with a Colonel, Lieutenant Colonel, two Majors, and Adjutant or Quarter Master.
"That all Officers above the Rank of a Captain be appointed by their respective Provincial Assemblies or Conventions, or in their recess by the Committees of Safety appointed by said Assemblies or Conventions.
"As there are some people who, from religious principles, cannot bear arms in any case, this Congress intend no violence to their consciences, but earnestly recommend it to them to contribute liberally to the relief of their distressed brethren, in their several colonies, and to do all other services to their oppressed Country which they can consistently with their religious principles.
"That it be recommended to each Colony to appoint a Committee of Safety, to superintend and direct all matters necessary for the Security and defense of their respective Colonies in the recess of their Assemblies and Conventions.
Charles Thomson, Sec'ty."
In pursuance of this order, the citizens of Philadelphia County met and formed themselves into companies of associators and elected their field officers. The return of the First Battalion, which included Perkiomen and Skippack townships, shows that Daniel Heister, Jr., Esquire, was chosen Colonel; Jacob Reed, Esquire, Lieutenant Colonel, and Jacob Markley, Esquire, Major. Jacob Markley was now in his 76th year, and the fact that he was chosen despite his years to hold this important military office certainly is an indication that he was in most hearty sympathy with the American cause. It is not known if he accepted this office, or if at any time he performed actual service in the field. Colonel Heister's Regiment was ordered to Swede's Ford, on duty, but the Revolutionary rolls, as they appear in the Pennsylvania Archives, do not again name Major Jacob Markley, though he was known as Major Markley the rest of his life.
Barbara Dotterer, wife of Jacob Markley, died July 24, 1738. On July 29, 1739, he married (second) Barbara Rausch, who was born April 14, 1714. The third daughter of this marriage, born November 9, 1744, was christened May 18, 1745, by the pastor of the Falkner Swamp Lutheran Church.
The old Lutheran Family Bible of the Markleys was printed in Nuremberg, 1725. It contains a lengthy family record written by Jacob Markley, the original owner, Philip Parkley, his son, and George Boyer, a later descendant. Following is a copy of the earliest record:
1st A son born _______
2nd A son born on the last Sunday the 27th day, in the month of August, A.D. 1725, baptized and named Philip. his godfather and godmother were his grandparents, George Philip Dodderer and Fronica his wife.
3rd A daughter born New Years day, 1727, but died soon after.
4th Isaac Markley, Born 1729.
5th Veronica Markley, Born April 1, 1732
6th Rebecca Markley.
7th A daughter born April 9, A.D. baptized and named _____; her sponsors in baptism were her parents.
8th A daughter, born April 1st, A.D. 1732, baptized May 4th and named Fronica, her sponsors were (German and undecipherable).
9th A daughter born May 27th, A.D. 1736, baptized July 18, and named Christina.
10th A daughter born May 9th, 1738, and named Catherine.
July 24, 1738, the above named Barbara (late Barbara Dodderer) wife of Jacob Markley, died.
2nd wife, July 29, 1739, the said Jacob Markley again married to Barbara Kausch [Rausch] (which said Barbara Kausch was born April 14th A.D. 1714.)
11th A daughter born Februrary 15th, 1741.
August 29th, 1784, the above named Jacob Marckley died.
From the above record we find that Jacob Markley died August 29, 1784, in his 84th year. He made a will June 10, 1779, which was probated January 24, 1785.
(Will Book No. 1, pg. 29. Norristown, Pennsylvania.)
Although a diligent search has been made, the burial place of Jacob Markley and his two wives has not been ascertained. In all probability they were buried in the graveyard belonging to the Lutheran Church at Trappe, of which he and his family were for many years prominently associated, but if so, no tombstones are now standing to mark their graves. Or he may have been interred in the Falkner Swamp Lutheran churchyard with which congregation he later identified. Jacob Markley left many worthy descendants. Numerous of them served in the Revolutionary War and other conflicts into which the United States later engaged, while others entered professional or commercial life, many of whom attained high positions in their own particular field of endeavor.
Children of Jacob MARKLEY and Barbara (Dodderer) DOTTERER:
1. Abraham Markley, born August 12, 1723; married September, 1745,
2. Philip Markley, born August 27, 1725, d. 1800 in Norristown;
married December 16, 1746, Mary Johnson, b. about 1724, d. 1814. Their
son, John Markley, b. 08 Dec 1764, d. 28 Jul 1834, married Elizabeth
Schwenk, b. 3 Oct 1767, d. 05 Sep 1804, daughter of George Schwenk and
3. A daughter, born on January 1, 1727; died soon after.
4. Isaac Markley, born Mary 24, 1729, died 19 May 1812; married Sarah Thompson. Their children were:
i. Abraham Markley, born 01 Aug 1764, died 25 Sep 1829, married Elizabeth Boger, b. 23 Aug 1779, d. 05 Apr 1830.
ii. George Markley, born 24 Nov 1755, died 19 Sep 1816, married Betty Clemens, born 1755, died ?
iii. Henry Markley, born 17 July 1759, died 26 Oct 1828.
5. Veronica Markley, born April 1, 1732, died October 2, 1777; married April 30, 1751, George Schwenk, born 24 Feb 1728, died 24 Feb 1803. Their children were:
i. John (Johannes) Schwenk, born 5 Mar 1752, died 03 Feb 1803, married Regina Kraus, born 12 Apr 1756, died after 1803.
ii. Jacob Schwenk, born 7 Jun 1755, died 29 Jul 1825, married Eva Maria Beirly, born 24 May 1753, died 04 Mar 1835.
iii. Abraham M. Schwenk, born 24 May 1759, died 06 Aug 1843, married Fronica Bauer, born 10 Apr 1756, died 13 Sep 1840.
iv. Daniel Schwenk, born 5 May 1761, died 26 Feb 1836, married
Catherine Raudenbush, born 6 Jan 1765, died 17 Aug 1802.
v. Elizabeth Schwenk, born 3 Oct 1767, died 05 Sep 1804, married
John Markley (son of Philip Markley and Mary Johnson), b. 8 Dec 1764, died 28 Jul 1834.
6. Rebecca Markley, married Frederick Isaac (Isett).
7. Christina Markley, born 27 May 1736, married Col. William Antes.
8. Catherine Markley, born May 9, 1738, married July 13, 1757 Christian Brennemann.
Children of Jacob MARKLEY and Barbara RAUSCH:
9. Eleanor Markley, born February 5, 1741, married Tobias Boganer.
10. Elizabeth Markley, married Paulus Benner.
11. Mary Magdalena Markley, born November 9, 1744.
12. Barbara Markley, born October 6, 1746; married March 28, 1772, John Smith.
13. Hanna Markley, married January 11, 1774, Jacob Brotzman.
MARKLY, JACOB. Skippack. June 19, 1779. January 24, 1785. 1.19
To wife Barbara, bed, bedstead and bedding, pewter and earthen ware as she shall judge necessary, table, two chairs, two iron pots, teakettle and teatackling, towel, our present lodging room and kitchen for her use and the yearly interest of 150 pds. Son in law Jacob Brutzman to farm plantation as now for the third bushel. At death of wife plantation to be sold. To my daughter Eleanor, wife of Tobias Boganer, 5 shillings. All money to be divided into 11 equal shares. One share each to sons: Abraham, Philip and Isaac. One to 5 children of my daughter Zornica. One to daughter Christiana, wife of William Antis. One to daughter Elizabeth Benner. One to daughter Barbarah, wife of John Smith. One to daughter Rebekah, wife of Frederick Isaac. One to daughter Hannah, wife of Jacob Brutzman. One to daughter Caterine, and one to my two sons Abraham and Isaac for the use of ny daughter Eleanor.
Execs: Sons Abraham and Isaac. Wit: William Penevacer, Jacob Markley
Much of the information on the descendants of Jacob M. Markley comes from:
"Descendants of Jacob Markley of Skippack, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania", by Henry S. Dotterer; published by The Markley Freundschaft. 1884. From the preface of the book: "This record is not presented as a complete genealogy. It was prepared hastily, for a special purpose, from material gathered and intended for use at some future time. It is, indeed, a mere outline; and it embraces but the first six generations in this country. On account oflack of necessary information, some branches are given only in part and others are altogether omitted. However, in its imperfect state, it will serve to show the number, the distribution, the connections, and the character, of the Markley Freundschaft. It will also be a help in clearly establishing kinship heretofore indistinct or unknown."
NOTE: Place of birth could be: Bonfeld, Oberamt Heilbronn, Wurttemberg, Germany
- George Schwenk (1728 - 1803) Pvt. PA, SAR No. ?, DAR No. ?. more
Served in Capt. Michael Dotterer's Co., Philadelphia Co. Militia.
Overseerer of Highways, Frederick Twp., Philadelphia Co. (now Montgomery Co.), PA in 1775.
Bean's History of Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, 1884, pg. 838.
The following are notes taken from "Strassburger & Allied Families of Pennsylvania" by Ralph Beaver Strassburger:
George Schwenk, with his parents, landed in America on February 7, 1739 aboard the "Jamaica Galley". He was said to be 11 years of age at the time. He resided in what is now Frederick Twp, Montgomery Co., PA. It was then known as Perkiomen Twp. He was a farmer and a blacksmith. George Schwenk was naturalized at a session of the Supreme Court held in Philadelphia on 24 Sep 1755. The census of 1756 for Perkiomen Twp. showed George Schwenk having two children, 100 acres of land, and 40 acres of cleared land.
In 1769, George Schwenk was Assessor for Frederick Twp. He himself was taxed of 15 pounds, 18 shillings, 4 pence on 200 acres of land, 3 horses and 5 cows. In 1774, George Schwenk was taxed 16 pounds, 1 shilling, 4 pence on 200 acres, 3 horses and 5 horned cows. In 1779, George Schwenk was Collector of Taxes for the supply tax of that year, he himself being taxed 16 pounds.
George Schwenk is listed as head of family in the first census of the United States taken in the year 1790, Montgomery Co., Pennsylvania. (Montgomery County had previously been part of Philadelphia County.)
This family was one of the original founders of Augustus Lutheran Church in Trappe. The original building was constructed in 1743. George promised to pay 7 shillings, 6 pence yearly toward the salary of Pastor Henry Melchior Muhlenburg, while his father-in-law, Jacob Merckle, contributes 15 shillings as his subscription.
George and Fronica Schwenk lived at first in what is now Zeiglerville, opposite the old home of Andrew Zeigler, Jr. George sold his property and moved to a larger home, which was built on the North Branch of the Perkiomen Creek, about 3/4 of a mile southwest of the Borough of Schwenksville, where he plied his trade of blacksmith, making and repairing tools for the company which opened and operated a copper mine nearby.
Besides following his trade as blacksmith, George was also a farmer. His farm was for the most part in Frederick Twp. The first purchase of land for which there is any record was 100 acres in Frederick Twp, on the west side of the Old Goshenhoppen Creek. This land was secured from his father and mother, Michael and Mary Schwenk, on 2 Jan 1754. On 4 Apr 1761, George and Fronica sold this tract to Henry Boyer. On 28 Oct 1765, George bought from David Heebner 200 acres, also in Frederick Twp, which adjoined the other lands of said George Schwenk. On 2 May 1768, he sold 146 acres and 126 perches of land to Ludwick Reimer. The other lands referred to were probably a homestead tract not recorded in either Philadelphia or Montgomery County records. In the body of the deed, George's occupation is listed as blacksmith, and Ludowick Reimer is listed as a yeoman or farmer. Cost of the property was 550 pounds, 6 shillings, 3 pence. It was originally part of the land that one John Johnson, a saddler of Germantown and Agnes his wife deeded on 5 Mar 1745 to David Heebner and Mary his wife, who granted by deed to George Schwenk on 8 Oct 1765.
Another deed on record of Norristown, one that by indenture dated 27 Mar 1771, George Schwenk with his brother Nicholas purchased in 1769 a small farm in Gwynedd Twp. This tract, George Schwenk of Frederick Twp, blacksmith, and Fronica his wife and Nicholas Schwenk of Lower Salford Twp, a blacksmith, and Barbara his wife, sold to Nicholas Charles for 200 pounds. Nicholas Charles was a baker and lived in Gwynedd Twp. In the deed, originally in 1769, dated 29 Apr 1769, one William Swenck of Gwynedd Twp, a blacksmith, and Mary his wife, sold to Nicholas Swenk and George Swenk a 40 acre, 26 perch farm in Gwynedd. Nicholas and George sold the property for 200 pounds to Nicholas Charles. The deed was signed in the presence of Frederick Antes and Catherine Shuler, and signed by Nicolas Swenck, Barbara [X her mark] Swenk, George Swenck and Fronica (X her mark) Swenck. (William Swenck being Johann Wilhelm, brother of George and Nicholas.)
A third deed of record in Norristown shows that George Schwenk, on 30 May 1795, three days after purchasing four tracts of land in Frederick Twp from the heirs of Henry Krauss, conveyed these same lands to his son John, who at the time lived in Upper Hanover Twp. In this deed, George Schwenk is noted as widower, his wife Fronica having died in 1777. The price was $1415 pounds. The first of the four tracts adjoined Swamp Creek, the lands of Baltus Fouts, George Weineherd, Michael Kraus, containing 50 acres. The second of the four tracts adjoined Joseph Groff's land and the lands of George Peter Herp, Hans George Swineherd, and John Budd, containing 50 acres. The third of the four tracts adjoined Swamp Creek and the lands of John Miller, Henry Mitchel, Limerick Twp line, and Henry Draus, and containing 60 1/2 acres. The fourth of the tracts of land adjoined the lands of Hans Meiller, the great road leading from Falkner Swamp, lands of Baltzer Heidrick, and containing 6 1/2 acres.
The ownership of George Schwenk's farm has long since passed from the hands of the Schwenk family. In 1913, it was owned by Samuel Faust. The private cemetery on the farm where the family was buried, along with several children, grandchildren and greatgrandchildren of George and Fronica Schwenk, in 1929 lay among plowed fields. To save it from destruction, the Schwenk family purchased the plot of land. The tombstone of Fronica had fallen and broken. The headstones read in mostly obliterated words:
George Schwenk Fronica Schwenk
B. Feb 24 1728 Gebehren Den Isten
D. Feb 24 1803 April in Jahr 1732
Age 75 Years Storl Den 2ten October
Hier Ruhen in Jahn 1777
Vorstorbenan Ibr Alter 45 Jahr
The Schwenk Family Association erected new stones, leaving the old ones laying flat on the ground. The new ones read:
Here Lies the Body of In Memory of
the Deceased George Schwenk Fronica Wife of
Who was Born in the Year George Schwenk
1728 in March Born the 1st of April, 1732
and Died the 24th Day Died the 2nd of Oct 1777
of February in the Year 1803 Age 45 Years, 6 Months, 1 Day
Having reached the Age of
[Note: buried near George and Fronica are:
Catharina Schwenken b. 6 Jan 1765 d. 6 Aug 1802
Regina: b. 2 Apr 1756 d. 14 Aug 1805
Johannes: b. 1752 d. 1803
Georg: b. 1771 d. 1802
Anna: b. 5 Sep 1786 d. 29 Mar 1803
SWENCK, GEORGE. Frederick. March 21, 1803. Jacob Swenck, Abraham Markley, adms.
- Aaron Bisbee, Jr. (1724 - after 1778) Pvt. MA, DAR No. A010400. more
Served in Capt. Andrew Sampson's Co. under Col. Nathan Sparhawk's Rgmt. Also served with Capts. Weston and Bonney. Revolutionary War records f MA indicate that he served 2 months at Castle Island
from 17 Oct. 1778 to 11 Dec. 1778.
His wife, Sarah Soule, is descended from George Soule
who came over on the Mayflower
- John Joseph Malone (1700 - 1783)
- Michael M. Malone (1746 - 1819)
|Robert D. McNeese-Young||
- William C. Bryan (1734 - 1780) Capt. KY, SAR No. P-123774, DAR No. A016289. more
Served as Capt. of Fort, Bryan's Station
, KY, and was killed by Indians loyal to England while defending the Fort.
Son of Morgan and Martha Strode Bryan, William was born on 10 March 1734 in Chester Co., Pennsylvania and died 30 May 1780 at Bryan’s Station, Fayette, Kentucky. He married Mary Boone, daughter of Squire and Sarah Morgan Boone in 1755. William, the intrepid but tragic "Billy" Bryan whom the Moravians admired, declined the king's commission as lieutenant colonel and instead organized and led the establishment of Bryan's Station (1775–79) near the present Lexington, Ky. Daughter Mary, born 7 January 1777 in Rowan County, North Carolina; died March 1856 in Hagar Hill, Johnson, Kentucky; married Joseph Ingels, son of James Ingels, Jr..
In 1779 the land law of Virginia was enacted which turned such a tide of immigration into Kentucky, and permanent settlements were made for the first time. One of these was Bryan Station. It was founded by four Bryan brothers from North Carolina, William, Morgan, James, and Joseph, of whom William was the leading spirit, and with them was William Grant, who also had married a sister of Daniel Boone
. All five were elderly but stalwart woodsmen, and as each were blessed with a great family of children as they set out from the valley of Yadkin. They all came by way of Boonesborough, where they stopped to replenish their supply of corn, and from that fort, after a laborious march, they came to the North Elkhorn Creek, where they made a final halt at a spot about five miles northeast of the little stockaded settlement of Lexington. Here in the very heart of the neutral ground of the Northern and the southern Indians, in the choicest game park where all might hunt, but where no tribe might remain, and in that section of it was Bryan's Station planted. The new station was quickly built. It was a rude and solitary habitation, but as strong as it was rude. It consisted at first of twelve of fourteen cabins of logs with barks on, with roofs of the roughest clapboard and provided with chimneys of sticks and clay, but lighted by not one pane of glass, and all arranged as a hollow square by aid of great pickets made of the trunks of trees split in two and planted firmly in the ground. And the whole, green as the forest from which it had been hewed, was fashioned by an axe and put together by wooden pegs and pins without the help of a nail or a hinge of iron. The station was more noticed at this time for its reputation than its size. It stood on an elevated point that had been cleared of trees big enough to screen an enemy and which tapered steeply down to the southern bank of the heavily wooded creek. At the foot of the hill which hid it from the station, and facing the creek, was a spring of almost ice-cold water that issued from a ledge of rocks that jutted from the hillside.
Bryan's Station was unusually animated in December 1779 and January of 1780 in spite of the bitterly cold weather, as the Commissioners appointed by Virginia to settle land claims held their court within its snow covered walls and the pioneers gathered to get the certificates that meant so much to them, for these documents secured to each holder 400 acres of land actually settled, and a preemption right to purchase at the state price a thousand acres or less adjoining his settlement, providing that the settlement had been made before January 1, 1778; on unappropriated land, to which no other had a legal right. it was while this court was in session that the Bryans who had rested secure in the belief that they were the owners of the station land by right of settlement, met the first of a series of discouragement that caused them to abandon the place. Their settlement was found to be within the limits of a survey made in July 1774 for William Preston.
The spring of 1780 came and with it came the Indians, as they always did at this season of the year. In the month of May 1780, William Bryan was killed by Indians while he was out hunting with eleven other men from the station in quest of meat for the use of their families. With the loss of their lands and the death of their leader, the Bryan's left Kentucky in August 1780 and returned to North Carolina.
The occupants of this parallelogram of some forty log cabins withstood several American Indian attacks. The most important occurred in August 1782 during the American Revolutionary War, when they were besieged by 300 Wyandots, Lake Indians, and British Canadian Rangers plus many Shawnee and Delaware Indians, all under Captain William Caldwell and Simon Girty, making a total force of 4-500 in Col. Daniel Boone's estimation. Bryan Station was located a short distance from a spring that the camp used for drinking water. Since the hostiles secretly surrounding the fort did not realize that the presence of their large force was known by the defenders, the men allowed the women to exit the fort to retrieve water and other resources. The reason this was done was in order to prevent any change in habit that could signal that the defenders were aware of the presence of the hidden force preparing to besiege them. Historian Ranck asserts that all the important contemporary writers convey this impression: "For the men to go to the spring would be to do exactly as the savages desired and devote the garrison to destruction. If the women went in accordance with their regular early morning custom, the enemy would be confirmed in the delusion that their presence in force was undiscovered,* and would withhold their fire to insure the complete success of their plans. The suggestion was full of hope, but all the same the savages were known to be mere creatures of impulse, hard to control and regardless of sex." The Indians had no compunction attacking women, as they had done at nearby Ruddell's and Martin's Stations where even children were slaughtered two years earlier, and so the bravery of the women of Bryan Station is all the greater.
At the time of the siege the militia did not realize just how many Indians were waiting for them outside of the fort or that these Indians had some support from the British. This attack was a surprise attack and the militia in the fort were unprepared for this attack. The attackers lifted the siege after Indian scouts reported that a force of Kentucky militia was on the way. The militiamen pursued Caldwell's force but were defeated three days later at the Battle of Blue Licks, about 60 miles (100 km) northeast.
Probate: will, 23 May 1780, Rowan, North Carolina, USA. 3
WILL OF CAPTAIN WILLIAM BRYAN (See Bryan #8)
Rowan County, NC
Will Book B, pp. 36-7-8
In the name of God Amen, I William Bryan of the County of Kentucky being inn low estate health, but of sound mind and perfect memory (Thank God) and calling to mind my mortality and to prevent disputes that may arise after my death do dispose of those earthly things with which it has pleased God to bless me do make and ordain this to be my last will and testament in manner and form following, viz.
Item, I give and bequeath unto my beloved wife Mary Bryan one thousand acres of land which I purchased of Sarah Bryan, lying between Cain and the north fork of Elkhorn Creek in Caintucky County, it being part of a settlement and pre-emption due unto said Sarah Bryan in consideration off raising a crop of corn in sad County of Kentucky in the year 1776, at the discretion of my sad wife to take what part of the land she pleases. I also give unto my sad wife three Negroes, to wit. one woman named Detbey, and two men named James and Caser, also four horses, one sorrel mare called Blaze, one roan horse called Briten, one stallion and one bay colt out of a m air called Bluestreak and all the household and kitchen furniture, plantation utensils and implements of husbandry to her and her heirs and assigns forever.
Item, I give and bequeath unto my son Samuel Bryan one Negro woman due me from John Hawkins of the State of North Carolina to him and his heirs and assigns forever.
Item, I give and bequeath to my son, Daniel Bryan, all the rest of lands not all ready given and one Negro man named Goen and one sorrell stalion and all my smith and carpenter tools to him and his heirs forever.
Item, I give and bequeath unto my daughter, Phoebe Bryan, three horse kind now called hers and one Negro boy named George and two cows called hers to her and her heirs and assigns forever.
Item, I give and bequeath unto my daughter, Hannah Bryan, one Negro girl named Rachel, one bay mare called James, two cows now called hers to her and her heirs and assigns forever.
Item, I give unto my daughter, Sarah Bryan, one Negro girl named Jean and one young sorrel mare and one white heffer to her and her heirs and assigns forever.
Item, All the money due me from John Hawkins of the State of North Carolina I give and bequeath unto my children, Samuel, Daniel, Phoebe, Hannah, Elizabeth, Sarah and Mary share and share alike to them and their heirs and assigns forever.
Item, I give and bequeath unto my beloved wife, Mary, all the remainder of my stock of cattle, hogs, and sheep to her and her heirs and assigns forever.
Item, All the rest of my estate not already given what kind so ever I give to all my children, share and share alike to them their heirs and assigns for ever; and lastly I appoint my beloved wife, Mary Bryan, Executor and my two sons, Samuel and Daniel, Executors of this my last will hereby r evoking all former wills whatsoever. In witness whereof the said William Bryan hath hereunto set his hand and affixed his seal this 23rd d ay of May 1780.
William Bryan (Seal)
In presence of Joseph Bryan, William Grant, Sam. Boone
Proved 7 August 1782
A true and correct copy
--- McCubin D. C.
Death, 30 May 1780, , Fayette, Kentucky, USA.
Killed By Indians At Bryan's Station, Kentucky
- Mary Boone Bryan (1736 - 1819) Patriotic Service, KY, DAR No. A016269. more
Suffered deprivation from British and Indian attacks upon the Fort (Bryan's Station
Mary was born in Pennsylvania and was the seventh child of Squire and Sarah M. Boone. She grew up in a full house with seven brothers and three sisters. Her father emigrated from England in the early 1700s and originally settled in Pennsylvania before moving his family to North Carolina in 1750. The Boones lived their lives according to Quaker teachings.
She was about fourteen years old when her family moved to North Carolina. There, she met William Bryan, whom she married in 1755. At the time of their marriage, Mary was eighteen and William was twenty-one. William Morgan Bryan, founder of Bryan Station, a settlement that provided a haven for pioneers in central Kentucky. Three of the Boone siblings, including Daniel Boone, married a member of the Bryan family. Therefore, the two families were very much interconnected. The Bryans accompanied Boone on some of his expeditions into Kentucky. After the founding of Boonesborough, William Bryan established his namesake settlement less than thirty miles away, and just north of present day Lexington.
The French and Indian War had already begun, and, by 1759, conflicts with Native Americans were happening throughout the Yadkin Valley. William was often gone with the militia and Mary was left at home with two children. Although Mary's parents and many family members left for the safety of Virginia for several years, she and William stayed. In 1762, family members began returning home. Three years later, in January of 1765, Mary's father died, her husband left for a job as road overseer in Salisbury, and Mary bore her fifth child.
William Bryan was with Daniel Boone in 1773 on their first ill-fated attempt at settling Kentucky. William's company was in Kentucky at Boonesborough by the fall of 1775. Mary stayed at home and managed the farm and family without her husband for months at a time.
In January of 1777, Mary had her tenth and last child. By 1779, William had built homes and planted crops in Kentucky. In late July, he returned to North Carolina for his family, and about three hundred members of the Boone-Bryan families moved to Kentucky together in the fall of that year.
That winter was one of the coldest in history; Indians raided the livestock and ambushed unwary travelers. Kentucky was a dangerous place in the late 1700s; attacks by Native Americans, who felt their lands were being encroached upon, were common. William Bryan fell victim to such an ambush and was mortally wounded. He died of his injuries in May 1780.
Mary's husband and three youngest sons died within seven months of reaching Kentucky. Mary returned over the Wilderness Trail to North Carolina with her remaining family. When she arrived back on the Yadkin, the Revolutionary War was raging. General Cornwallis marched through the region, wreaking havoc and destruction.
In 1786, Mary moved to Kentucky with her family for the last time. She lived on her son Samuel's farm near Paris. By 1793, Samuel had discovered salt in northern Kentucky and the family moved to Campbell County. Samuel and his Boone family cousin, John Grant, were in the salt business together. Daniel Boone also had a business relationship with Grant (his nephew), and John's brother, Squire Grant, who was the surveyor of Campbell County in 1796. In 1818, after nearly forty years of widowhood, Mary wed Charles Smith, Sr., of Harrison County. She was eighty-two years old. Mary died seven months later, in July 1819, and was buried on Samuel's farm in Campbell County at Grant’s Lick. Mary's descendants moved her remains to the Oakland Cemetery at Grant's Lick in 1929 and erected a monument to her at that location.
- James Ingles (Ingalls), Jr. (1749 - 1815) Pvt. PA, SAR No. P-605914, Dar No. A059996. more
Served twice, from 1776 - 1777 in the 3rd PA Regt. under Col. Joseph Wood (Pvt. 2nd Cl. in Capt. Lambert Willmore's Co. 4th Batt.) and later as a Pvt. 4th Class in the Chester Co. Militia, Coventry Township.
After James Jr. purchased his father’s land straddling the Berks-Chester line in Pennsylvania he married Catherine Boone DeHart, a widow, in 1777. His land was only 20 miles from Valley Forge and 10 miles from the birthplace of Daniel Boone. Events unfolded in the colonies that drew him into the Revolutionary War.
It has been passed along in the family that James moved to Kentucky in 1782 with Daniel Boone, but we do not know for sure if they actually met. We do know that James’ wife Catherine was Daniel Boone’s niece.
It’s likely James and his family took the Ohio River from Pittsburgh, which would have been dangerous at the time as deaths from Indian raids along the Ohio River were common. There had been many deaths all over Kentucky, partly due to defense of hunting grounds, but also due to the Revolutionary War and the British arming and inciting Indians to drive out the settlers. Grants Station, a small family fort where James settled in what would become Bourbon County, was partly destroyed by Indians in 1780 and then rebuilt. The Ohio was the final dividing line that Indians defended as much as they could.
Perrin’s History page 472 states:
James Ingels, en route to Kentucky, contracted with a gunsmith in Maysville, KY to make him a gun and take pay in bacon when produced. The pioneer went on with his family, locating near Grant’s Station. He finally raised the necessary bacon and sent a hired boy with it to Maysville to make the exchange. Several years later he had a letter from the boy advising that, instead of going to Maysville, he had wandered into Ohio, had bought a house, and was doing well. The boy offered to pay the Kentucky pioneer for his bacon, horse and cart, if he would go to Ohio, but he never went.
James prospered, owning a farm and building a solid stone house next to Grant’s Station. The house existed until the late 1920s and appears on several historical maps. They had two more children making seven total (an eighth one had died in Pennsylvania). These children were Joseph, James Henry, Elizabeth, Edith, Boone (named after Daniel Boone), Nellie (Eleanor), Thomas, and John. It is John, the youngest born in 1793, who is our direct ancestor.
In 1804 Catherine died and was buried on the farm. James remarried in 1811 to Elizabeth Pullen and had no further children. After a life of adventure and pioneering, James died in 1815 and was buried next to Catherine on the farm.
Their markers were torn up in the 1920s after the farm was sold. There is a memorial to James and his wife set up across the road by the DAR (daughters of the American Revolution) with pieces of the original stones.
|Kent H. Mocabee||
|Ralph H. Nichols||
- Benjamin Paschall (c. 1735 - 1785) Justice of the Peace in Philadelphia, PA, SAR No. P-266360, DAR No. A201698. more
Signed and administered the Oath of Allegiance to Pennsylvania, denouncing King George. Was one of the few people authorized to sign a pass to re-enter Philadelphia. His house still stands at 127 Spruce Street.
|Russell T. (Tom) Oliver||
- William Oliver (1746 - 1816), Cpl. MA, SAR No. P-263048, Pension No. W15144. more
Served 8 months in 1775 as a Cpl. in the MA militia under Capt. Samuel Sprague in Col. Gerrish's regiment. Fought at the Battle of Chelsea Creek
, May 1775, and likely present at the Battle of Bunker Hill
. Also served an additional 6 months in 1778 / 1779 as a Cpl. in the Massachusetts militia under Capt. Wilder in Col. Thayer's regiment, where he was stationed at Butts Hill in Rhode Island.
|Russell P. Oliver|
-- Brendan Oliver
-- Coleson Oliver
- William Oliver (1746 - 1816), Cpl. MA, SAR No. P-263048, Pension No. W15144. more
Served 8 months in 1775 as a Cpl. in the MA militia under Capt. Samuel Sprague in Col. Gerrish's regiment. Fought at the Battle of Chelsea Creek
, May 1775, and likely present at the Battle of Bunker Hill
. Also served an additional 6 months in 1778 / 1779 as a Cpl. in the Massachusetts militia under Capt. Wilder in Col. Thayer's regiment, where he was stationed at Butts Hill in Rhode Island.
|Richard Powell *||
- David Hill (1758 - 1825) Pvt. NJ, SAR No. P-181339. more
Served as a Pvt. in Capt. Josiah Crane's Company which was an element of Col. Silvanus Seely's Eastern Battalion. Later served as a Capt. in the War of 1812
- James Nisbet, Sr. (1765 - 1845) Sgt. SC, DAR No. A082355. more
On 5 June 1786, James was issued 25 lbs for Sgt. duty in Roebuck's Battalion of the Spartan Regiment (Militia)
1781-1782 (source: Book X-part II of Indents of the State of South Carolina, page 122
). He also served in Capt. Andrew Barry’s regiment and survived the Battle of Fishing Creek
, 18 August 1780.
At Fishing Creek, Col. Sumter relaxed in his camp. His men were on the main road near the creek, and they seemed to have a good position between Fishing Creek and the Catawba River, with ravines to the north and the south.
In that afternoon, British Lt. Col. Tarleton surprised Col. Sumter as he and his troops were cooking, relaxing and swimming in the Catawba River. Looking down from a hillside, Lt. Col. Tarleton was amazed to see the Patriots' muskets neatly stacked off to one side and ordered a charge to capture them. The battle was a British victory that left 50 patriots killed, 100 wounded; and 310 captured. On the British side, there were 9 killed, 6 wounded and 0 captured. Col. Sumter, half dressed, swung upon an unsaddled horse and escaped. [Authoritative Source is a book entitled, "South Carolina and the American Revolution: A Battlefield History," by John W. Gordon, pp94-95 (U. of South Carolina Press).]
|Randall R. Wall||
- Arthur Wall, Sr. (c. 1747 - 1784) Soldier (Militia) GA, SAR No. P-329700, DAR No. A119748.
|David H. Wilson||
- George Wren (c.1760 - post 1/18/1832) Soldier (Militia) SC, SAR No. P-333010, DAR No. A001473.