Thursday, October 13, 2011

Pennsylvania Soldiers of 1776.

This page was done just for the fun of it.  I was researching some of the Pennsylvania regiments and was finding some interesting information on some of the names.  I had no plan on a subject I was just looking, but after finding some interesting facts about the names I decided that's what this page would be about interesting facts.

The James Chamers family.

It was not uncomon to find so many of one family in the same regiment, but I found it interesting.

Captain James Chamers, company rifleman.
Under Colonel William Thompson.

Captain James Chamers, promoted Lieutenant Colonel March 7, 1776.

Benjamin Chamers, private, son of Captain James Chamers, resided in Saline county Missouri, in 1832, age 72.

William Chamers, private, brother of Captain James Chamers, promoted to Second Lieutenant, resigned July 5, 1776.

Benjamin Chamers, private, brother of Captain James Chamers, promoted to Second Lieutenant, Nagel's company January 5, 1776.

John McMutrie, December 1, 1775, of Captain James Chamers company killed John Penn, by his rifle going off when he says he didn't know it was loaded-----Wright's Journal.

Captain Robert Cluggages Company.

John Kelly, September 14, 1775, one of Captain Cluggages men shot one of Captain James Chamers men through the head for stabbing him.----Wright's Journal.

Daniel Stoy, private, discharged Long Island, July 1, 1776, resided in Somerset county 1818.

Adam Anderson, private, resided in Westmoreland in 1818.

Joshua Craig, private, resided in Cumberland county 1820.

Henry McCartney, private, discharged at Long Island, July 1776; weaver, resided in Lycoming county in 1820, age 75.

David Ramsey, private, discharged July 1, 1776, reenlisted in Col. Hannum's battalion and taken at Brandwine, resided in York county 1818, age 69.

Captain William Hendricks Company.

Captain William Hendricks, killed in action at Qubec, January 1, 1776.

John McClellan, First Lieutenant, died on the march through the wildeness, November 3, 1775; he left a daughter Priseilla, who resided in Cumberland county 1787, then age fourteen, whose descendants still resided in Juniata county.

Francis Nichols, Second Lieutenant, captured at Qubce, January1, 1776; returned from captivity October 10, 1776; December 16, 1776, promoted to captain.

Doctor Thomas Gibson, Sergeant, of Carlisle; died at Valley Forge, in the winter of 1778.

Joseph Greer, Sergeant, captured, wife was with him.

Philip Baker, wounded and captured at Quebec.

John Henderson, private, wounded and captured at Quebec.

Dennis Kelly, private, killed at Quebec.
David Lamb, private, discharged July 1, 1776; died in Center county, February 12, 1837, age 83; buried in Jackson grave yard.
Thomas Lesley, private, captured, served under Gen. Forbes in 1758; enlisted with the British service after captured; deserted at Montreal, August 31, 1776, and returned to the American lines; killed on board the Pennsylvania fleet at Fort Mifllin in November 1777.
John Lorain, private, reenlisted; wounded at Monmouth, promoted ensign; resided in Allegheny, county 1822.
John McChesney, private, captured and wounded in left leg at Quebec December 31, 1777; afterwards captain in flying camp; died at Harrisburg in May of 1822.
Henry Ewen, private, enlisted July 11, 1775, captured; wounded by a bayonet through the hand December 31, 1775; paroled August 3, 1776; exchanged in 1778; died in Center county, October 14, 1823; buried at Center Hill.
Arehiald McFarlane, private, captured then made his escape and enlisted in Captain Dayle's rifle company.

Captain John Lowdon's Company.

Charles Cochran, private, enlisted July 1, 1775, promoted Corporal January 8, 1776; discharged July 1, 1776; resided in Crawford 1819.

Jacob Lindy, private, resided in Lancasfer, county 1813.

Reuben Masseker, private, enlisted June 21, 1775; deserted July 31, 1775.

Edward McMasters ( Masterson ) private, enlisted July 1, 1775; resided in Lycoming county in 1823.

John Neely, private, captured at Fort Freeland, January 28, 1779; and taken to Canada.

Peter Pence, private, died in Crawfor township, Clinton county 1827.

John Smith, private, died in service; he was a son of widow Smith, who built the first mill on White Deer Creek, Union county.

Arad Sutton, private, resided in Lycoming county in 1791, on the east bank of Lycoming Creek.

Captain James Ross Company. 

James Brown, private, reenlisted in Captain Lane's company of New Levies, and taken prisoner on Long Island August 27, 1776; subseguently enlisted in the British service, and deserted to American lines November 23, 1776.

Alexander Creighton, private, mortally wounded November 9, 1775.

Adam Egle, private, promoted to wagon-master, resided in Lancaster 1782.

Jacob Crubb, private, discharged July 1, 1776; joined Captain App's company of militia, of Lancaster county and at the battle of Germantown, reenlisted in Captain Craig's cavalry company; served to the end of the war, resided in Lancaster county 1814.

Captain Matthew Smith's Company.

Archibald D. Steele, First Lieutenant, captured, Steele was in command Smith's company on the night of December 31, 1775; and lost three fingers, he returned from captivity October 10, 1776.  He died in command of the United States Arsenal at Frankford.

John Harris, private, son of John, founder of Harrisburg, killed.

Henry Miller, private, killed at Quebec.

John Miller, private, Captured and wounded at Quebec.

William Paxang Simpson, private, wounded August 27, 1775, in front of Boston, and died a few days after.  He was the brother of Lieutenant afterwards General Michael Simpson and of John Simpson many years recorder of Northumberland.

Robert Thompson, private, subsequently in Quarter-masters department, and taken prisoner in the naval service; died in Dauphin county, in 1823.

Captain Jonathan Jones Company.

Brice Dunlap, private, in custody at Pittsford, July 13, 1776, for the murder of Corporal Kelly.  Kelly was murdered at Point Aux Trembles, May 7, 1776.

Robert Murdock, private, resided in Findly township in Washington county, 1820, 66 years old.

Captain John Nelson's Independent Company.
What interested me in this company was the number of desertions from one company.

Thomas Bird, private, enlisted February 28, 1776; deserted May 2, 1776.

Robert Brooks, private, enlisted February 7, 1776; deserted May 2, 1776.

Joseph Collins, private, enlisted February 15, 1776; deserted March 15, 1776.

Isaac Coffman, private, enlisted February 9, 1776; deserted April 1, 1776.

Valentine Clipper, private, enlisted February 21, 1776; deserted May 2, 1776.

Nicholas Easter, private, enlisted March 8, 1776; deserted March 18, 1776.

Charles Eastley, private, enlisted February 7, 1776; deserted April 14, 1776.

Samuel Fisher, private, enlisted February 10, 1776; deserted March 27, 1776.

William Love, private, enlisted February 23, 1776; deserted March 12, 1776.

David McCullock, private, enlisted February 9, 1776; killed at Fort Ann, May 29, 1776.

John Mitchel, private, enlisted February 14, 1776; deserted April 14, 1776.

Robert Mullady, private, enlisted February 7, 1776; deserted April 2, 1776.

John O'Brian, private, enlisted February 19, 1776; May 2, 1776.

George Rerick, private, enlisted February 14, 1776; deserted March 14, 1776.

John Smith, private, enlisted February 10, 1776; deserted May 2, 1776.

Michael Stuckey, private, enlisted February 19, 1776; deserted May 2, 1776.

George Tingle, private, enlisted March 9, 1776; deserted April 22, 1776.

James Wallace, private, enlisted February 12, 1776; acting as butcher at Mt. Independece. 

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