Peter served as a private in the Revolutionary War as a Waggoneer. More than likely he was driving a Conestoga wagon as described here.
"The Conestoga wagon and its antecedents saw widespread use in Pennsylvania as early as 1730, and many of the wagons supplied to General Braddock's ill-fated 1755 expedition were of that type. In 1789 Dr. Benjamin Rush described the Conestoga as a 'large strong wagon, covered with linen cloth ... In this wagon, drawn by four or five horses ... [farmers] convey to market over the roughest roads, two or three thousand pounds weight of ... produce. In the months of September and October it is not uncommon to meet in one day from fifty to an hundred of these wagons on their way to Philadelphia, most of which belong to German farmers.' Similar sights must also have been common during the war." Copyright © 1999 John U. Rees. All rights reserved http://www.continentalline.org/articles/9902/990202.htm.
In testimony on the pension application for Elizabeth to receive compensation based on her husband's service, George, brother of Peter Hilliard, stated that he remembered his brother telling stories that he drove a wagon to haul the wounded and dead from the field of battle after the battle was over. George believed that this had been the Battle of Brandywine.
After the war, Peter was a member of the Pennsylvania legislature. He was allowed pension on his application executed August 31, 1832, while a resident of Upper Mount Bethel Township, Northampton County, Pennsylvania.
He is buried in the Old Union Cemetery in Stone Church, Centerville, Pennsylvania where his grave is marked each year with an American Flag to honor his service. I recently (2/21/2016) learned that Elizabeth is buried in the Milton Cemetery in Northumberland County, Pa. The stone says she died September 24, 1840 at the age of 80 years, 3 months and 13 days. This calculates to a birth date of Jun. 11, 1760.
Peter and Elizabeth's daughter Christine married Jacob Eilenberger. They had a daughter Catherine who married John Correll. Their daughter Josephine Correll married Henry Good and had a son named George who was the grandfather of Dorothy Alice Good Smith.
- Church Record of the Evangelical Lutheran and Reformed Congregation at Mount Bethel Township, Northampton Co., PA , 1914. Transcribed from the old German Record by the Rev. Dr. Wm. Wackernagel. Containing birth records from 1774 - 1890. Personal copy.
- Daughters of the American Revolution, http://www.dar.org, Ancestor #:A056250
- Find A Grave Memorial# 114640718, Elizabeth Hilgert