Sunday, January 13, 2013

My Revolutionary War Ancestors


As I  worked on my genealogy research over the years I  always noted in my files if an ancestor served in the Revolutionary War.   Recently I discovered that the DAR has made their Index available online which has made it possible for me to search for the record of service for each ancestor.  The Pennsylvania Archives has been an invaluable resource too.  Heritage Quest also provides Revolutionary War Records. 

So far I have found 93 ancestors... Yep, that's right, 93 men  who offered their service to the War of Independence so that this nation would be a free country.  God Bless Them!  These men represent both the Hughes and the Smith sides of my family tree. They may not have all been men who went off to battle, but they were all people who supported the effort to gain independence by pledging their allegiance and preparing themselves to answer the call to arms if and when it arose. 

My goal is to write a tribute for each of these American heroes, their families and their wives.  After all this blog is about our Grammies!

I am not sure what order I will follow,  but here is the list I will be working with in alphabetical order.

Christian Billheimer (1742 - 1826)
Bernard Bowman  (1749 - 1821)
Nathaniel Brittian (1744 - 1817)

Simon Jacob Diehl  (1738 - 1819)


Christian Eilenberger  (1731 - 1804)
Jacob Emrich (1728 - 1797)
Lamrock Flower  (1719 - 1815)

Michael Glass  (1736 - 1808)

AdamHamscher  (1736 - 1809)
Peter Hartman  (1740 - 1810)

Peter Hilliard  (1754 - 1834)
Henry Hoover 
Wendel Hower  (1720 - after 1790)
Andreas Hower  (1749 - before 1798)

Jacob Hubler  (1711 – 1789
 
John Johnson  (1761 - 1815)
Michael Kressler   (1740 - 1796)

Peter Kocher   (1740 - 1803)
George Lantz  (1757 - 1840)
Ludwick Lang  (1738 - 1795)
John George Laubach  (1726 - 1802)
Lawrence Lommason (1747 - 1810)
David Marsh  (1730 - 1798)
James Merritt (1734 - 1813)
Thomas Merritt  (1758 - 1834)
Elias Middaugh  (1756- 1819)

George Jacob Miller (1739 - 1805)
Valentine Miller   (1754 - 1834)
George Michael Mumper  (1723 - 1807)
Michael Musselman (1758 - 1827)
Joseph Norris  (1729 - 1813)

John Philip Odenwalder  (1721 - 1795)
Michael Raub (1733 - 1816)
John Reiswig (1745 - 1810)
Michael Schmell (1730 - 1838)
John Christian Schmidt  (1739 - 1806)
Johann Heinrich Seidel  (1732 - 1801)
Abraham Sewitz  (1750 - 1817)
Robert Simonton  (1717 - 1782)
Jacob Sumstine (1755 - 1812)
Abraham Van Aken   (1720 - unknown)
Frederick Vogel  (    - 1812)
John Vogel  (???? - ????)
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