Sunday, May 03, 2009

Men Of The Marines

In all the years I have been doing ( Surname Researching ) I don’t believe I have done one page on the Marines, I don’t know why I just haven’t. even though I know the marine is just as heroic as any navy man. The marine faced many dangers along with the navy men and were in many of the navy battle along with the navy men, but for some reason never mention any. Although most if not all these men will be office, but none the less I know there are families looking for information on then, and I hope this page will help some of those families break down some of those brick walls.

Note. I don’t know why, but there are no official rosters for the marines or navy till 1812, and the rosters for 1813 and 1814 and 1831, are missing. There are no duty records till the year 1818.

Anthony Gale, born in Ireland.

In 1818 1819, was station to New Orleans, in 1820 was station to Headquarters.

Second Lieutenant, 2 September, 1798. First Lieutenant, 2 March, 1799. Captain, 24 April, 1804. Lieutenant Colonel Commandant, 3 March, 1819. Brevet Major, 24 April, 1814. Cashiered 18 October, 1820.

Part of a report on why he was Cashiered from the service.

The petitioner sets forth that he served in the marine corps from July 11, 1798, to September 1820, at which last period he was lieutenant colonel commandant of the corps; that previous to the last date he had become insane, and while insane, was tried by a military court-martial, convicted and dismissed from the service.

Robert. Greenleaf, Rhode Island.

Second Lieutenant, 16 March, 1801. First Lieutenant, 4 April, 1805. Captain, 19 January, 1811. Died in 1815.

John M. Gamble, born New Jersey.

In 1818 and 1820, was station to Philadelphia, in 1821 through 1824 was at Headquarters, in 1825, was under orders, in 1826 and 1827, was commanding at Portsmouth, in 1828 through 1836, was commanding in New York.

Second Lieutenant, 16 January, 1809. First Lieutenant, 5 March, 1811. Captain, 18 June, 1814. Major, 1 July 1834. Brevet Major, 19 April, 1816. Brevet Lieutenant Colonel, 3 March, 1827. Died 11 September, 1836.

Part of a report on Captain John M. Gamble.

Captain Gamble, then a lieutenant of marines, was attached to the Essex frigate, during her memorable cruise in the Pacific ocean, and was entrusted, by Commodore Porter, with the command of the Greenwich, one of his prizes; that, whilst thus commanding, he fell in with the Seringapatam, an armed ship of the enemy, of very superior force, which, after a short conflict, lie captured.

A report on John M. Gamble, February 4, 1836.

John M. Gamble, claims $20 per month for certain disbursements made and other staff duties performed, from April, 1817, to 31st December, 1822, while in command of a post in the marine corps. The committee find that these alleged disbursements were made, and that these alleged staff duties were performed by the said Gamble; they also Ibid that $20 per month, in compensation therefore, would be the proper allowance, and report the same accordingly.

The said Gamble also claims twenty-five cents for each ration furnished by him for seventeen seamen and four marines, together with six prisoners of war under his command, when left by Commodore Porter in charge of prizes in the Pacific ocean during the years 1813 and 1814. The committee find that these services were of erformed as alleged by the said Gamble; and they further find that the commutation of twenty-five cents per ration is the usual and proper allowance therefore, and report the same accordingly.

The said Gamble also claims a further allowance for house rent, which claim is disallowed by the committee; and they report thereon accordingly.

Francis B. de. Bellvue, born Louisiana.

In 1818, was station to New Orleans, In 1819, now Captain was station at New Orleans, In 1820 through 1823, was at Headquarters, in 1824, was at the West India station.

Second Lieutenant, 24 April, 1812. First Lieutenant, 18 June, 1814. Captain, 3 March, 1819. Resigned 6 March, 1824.

MARCH 8, 1842.
For the relief of F. B. Be Bellevue.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That the Secretary of War be directed to place the name of F. B. Be Bellevue on the roll of invalid pensioners, and that he be entitled to receive the half pay of a second lieutenant of marines during his natural life.

Note. The following information was provided By Claire Harris, Thanks Clair.

Thank you for your website and information. I noticed The last name is misspelled and I wonder if it was that way on the papers too. You might find the below information after your post, of interest, too.

If you're interested, here is a Marine website that chronicle's the Battle of New Orleans that Lt. F.B. DeBellevue fought in.

AND here is a 1947 radio vignette, a drama produced for a radio show in the 1940s. These are re-enacted dramas of events in the lives of Marine Corp heroes. The Marines used this as a recruitment tool. This story is about my great-great-great-grandfather, Lt. Francois Godefroy Barbin DeBellevue.

Even though they spelled his name wrong, Francis De Bellevue, and refer to him as Frank, probably to Americanize his name for audiences of the 1940s not familiar with French Creole culture, and barely give him a Creole accent, it's still good. The radio and television star, William Bendix, plays the role of "Francis De Bellevue" (William Bendix was famous & later played the title role in "The Life of Riley" series on television for you very old folks).

You have to remember that radio was the only source of info in those days. It wasn't until 1946scientists at the laboratories of the Radio Corporation of America (RCA) developed the Image Orthocon Tube, which finally made broadcast-quality TV cameras possible. This drama was aired in 1948. This Orthacoustic disc of this dramatization was produced by NBC’s Radio Recording Division and pressed by RCA, matrix HD7-MM-11941 There’s a pencil notation on the label that is was played on WMIN radio station on February 1, 1948. Most homes didn't have televisions then.

In this dramatization, Lt. DeBellevue is ordered by Gen. Andrew Jackson to go to Barataria, find the pirate Jean Lafitte, and offer him amnesty in exchange for fighting on the American side of the Battle of New Orleans. The recording is very old so ignore the warped sound of it in the beginning.

We do not know if Lt. DeBellevue actually did this act concerning Lafitte.. We do know he led the Marine company in the Battle of New Orleans after Major Daniel Carmick was wounded. We do know he served under Gen. Andrew Jackson, and we do know the pirate Jean Lafitte, did come to the aid and side of the Americans in the war.

I've always heard Lt. F.B. DeBellevue was considered a hero in New Orleans. His huge portrait that hung in the St. Charles hotel in New Orleans had a plaque with the inscription: Lt. Francois Barbin DeBellevue, Hero of the Battle of New Orleans. I've heard cousins who visited New Orleans in the 70s, showed up to a restaurant to which they previously made reservations, and had the red carpet rolled out with their dinner paid for simply because their last name was DeBellevue. The owner assumed they were related.

One always wonders if there is some embellishment of ancestors when doing genealogy research. But the fact they used his service to encourage Marine enlistment suggest he was indeed looked upon as a hero.

Here is a link to Ormond Plantation.

William H. Freeman, born Connecticut.

In 1818, was station to Boston, in 1819 through 1821, was station to Sackett’s Harbor, In 1822, was under orders. In 1823, now Captain and under orders, In 1824, waiting for orders in Boston. In 1825 through 1827, he is in New York. In 1828 through 1830, Station to the navy yard in Washington. In 1831 through 1836 station to Charlestown, Massachusetts.

Second Lieutenant, 17 August, 1812. First Lieutenant, 18 June, 1814. Captain, 17 July, 1821. Major, 1 July, 1834. Brevet Lieutenant Colonel, 20 February, 1832. Died 11 March, 1843.

1846. A petition of Francis Freeman, of the City of Boston, administrator of the estate of William H. Freeman, praying the allowance of certain claims made in set-off against a draft drawn by the quartermaster of the marine corps in favor of said Francis Freeman, for the transportation of marines to the Creek nation in the year 1836.

1848. The petitions of Wiltshire Minor, David Cook, Richard L. Scheiffelin, J. P. McElrath, and Joseph Ingle, the legal representatives of William H. Freeman.
Note. As I could not find any information on these names this may not be the right W. H. Freeman.

George W. Walker, born District of Columbia.

In 1818, was on furlough for equipment, in 1820, station to New York, in 1821, was station to the Columbus 74. ( 74 Guns ), in 1822, was at Headquarters, in 1823, was at the West India station, In 1824 was back at Headquarters, In 1825 and 1826, was station at New York, in 1827 and 1828, was station to the receiving ship New York, In 1829, was station to the Frigate Hudson, in 1830, was on furlough, in 1831 through 1833, was station to Portsmouth, New Hampshire, in 1834, was station to Philadelphia, in 1835 and 1836, was station to the receiving ship Hudson at New York.

Second Lieutenant, 10 June, 1817. First Lieutenant, 3 March, 1821. Brevet Captain and Quartermaster. Captain, 1 July, 1834. Brevet Captain, 3 March, 1831. Died 29 August, 1851.

William W. Dulany, born Virginia.

In 1818 and 1820, was at Headquarters, in 1821, was station to New Hampshire, in 1822, was on furlough, in 1823, was back at Headquarters, in 1824, was station to the West India station, in 1825, was on the Frigate Constellation at west India station. In 1826, was station to the Mediterranean, in 1827 and 1828, was station to the Frigate Constitution, in 1829 through 1833, station to Charlestown, Massachusetts, in 1834 through 1836, was station to the Receiving ship in New York.

Second Lieutenant, 10 June, 1817. First Lieutenant, 19 June, 1819. Captain, 1 July, 1834. Major, 17 November, 1847. Colonel, 26 July, 1861. Brevet Captain, 19 June, 1829. Brevet Major, 3 March, 1843. Brevet Lieutenant Colonel, 13 September, 1847. Died 4 July, 1868.

Lyman Kellogg, born in New York.

In 1818, was station to Headquarters, in 1819 was on the Frigate Guerriere, in 1820, was station to Portsmouth, New Hampshire.

Second Lieutenant, 3 July, 1812. First Lieutenant, 18 June, 1814. Captain, 3 March, 1819. Resigned 9 February, 1820.

Note. The Marine Corps. Registry of 1812 through 1836, only cover the ranks of Captain, First & Second Lieutenants, so I hunted out some lower ranks, as I know there are families looking for ancestors that were in the marines but were in the lower ranks.

The following names were taken from a report of Certificates of date issued. The Commencement dates and amount of certificates were left off this list. The ships service named here is not of the year of the certificates dates issued. The ships service would have been at the time of the Commencement dates of the certificates, this service would have been between 1777 through 1783.

Note. There may be some added information on some of this names, if you would like a look up, you can find my address in my profile.


1. John Fifield, Sergeant, ship Ranger.
2. Fortune Wall, marine, ship Queen of France.
3. Wardwell Joseph, marine, ship Ranger.
4. John Smith, marine, ship?
5. Richard Pearse, ship Frigate Confederacy.
6. John McCutcheon. Sergeant, ship Reprisal.
7. Benjamin Hutchins, marine, ship Queen of France.
8. James Sisk, marine, ship Queen of France & Boston.
9. David Williams, marine under Brigadier General Gates.
10. John Dow, Sergeant, ship Queen of France & Warren
11. Nathan Parker, marine, ship Frigate Hancock.
12. John Hastings, marine, ship Warren.
13. Phineas, Bond, marine, ship Warren.
14. Charles King, Sergeant, ship Saratoga.
15. Christopher Smith, marine, ship Providence.
16. Comfort Carpenter, marine, ship Queen of France.
17. John Long, marine, ship Alfred.
18. John Manwaring, marine, ship Raleigh.
19. Daniel Smith, marine, ship Providence.
20. John Nick, marine, ship Alfred & Columbus.
21. Eliphalet Jones, marine, ship Hancock.
22. Eseack Walker, marine, ship Queen of France.
23. Henry Kess, marine, ship Columbus.
24. John Brown, marine, ship Queen of France.
25. David Tuthill, marine, ship Confederacy.
26. Isaac Fenno, marine, ship Boston.
27. Fortune Dennison, marine, ship Queen of France.
28. George Cushman, marine, ship Providence.
29. Peter Nagle, marine, ship Columbus.
30. Samuel Thompson, marine, ship Queen of France.
31. Thomas Butler, marine, ship Queen of France & Providence.
32. Henry Doile, marine, Ship Queen of France.


33. Samuel Harvey, marine, ship Andra Doria.
34. Thomas Applebee, ship Queen of France.
35. John Colbath, ship Queen of France.
36. Samuel Tyler, ship Providence.
37. John Risdale, marine, ship Risdale.
38. John Spencer, marine, ship Queen of France.
39. Caesar Greene, marine, ship Queen of France.
40. Joseph Ravenscroft, marine, Brig Cobat.


41. James Holt, marine ship Providence.
42. Enos Nero, marine, ship Confederacy.
43. Elias Lord, marine, ship Ranger.
44. Elnathan Berdein, marine, ship Confederacy.
45. Fortune Quaco, marine, ship Confederacy.
46. John Eddy, marine, ship Providence.
47. Ephraim Finck, marine, ship Queen of France.
48. George Mew, marine, ship Queen of France.
49. John Smith, marine, ship Queen of France.
50 Thomas Low, marine, ship Queen of France.
51. Robert Lovill, marine, ship Queen of France.
52. Alexander Carter, marine, ship Queen of France.
53. William Edwards, marine, ship Queen of France.
54. Thomas Dimond, marine, ship Queen of France.
55. Thomas Wall, marine, ship Queen of France.
56. Nathan Smith, marine, ship Queen of France.
57. Henry Sheppard, marine, ship Queen of France.
58. John Elsditt, marine, ship Queen of France.
59. John Chandler, marine, ship Boston.
60. Stephen Coats, marine, ship Queen of France.
61. Christian Wilkins, marine, ship Boston.
62. Eli Berdue, marine, ship Boston.
63. Abraham Temple, marine, ship Boston.
64. William Kimball, marine, ship Boston.
65. David Morgan, marine ship Rawleigh.
66. James Gordon, marine, ship Boston.
67. John Friend, marine, ship Boston.
68. Levi Cole, marine ship Providence.
69. Andrew Gordan, marine, ship Confederacy.
70. James Haslam, marine, ship Alliance.
71. Benjamin Luce, marine, ship Boston.
72. William Hill, marine, ship Boston.


73. James Irons, marine, ship Providence.
74. John Davis, marine, ship Providence.
75. Gideon Davis, marine, ship Providence.
76. Jeremiah Davis, marine, ship Providence.


Unknown said...

I am slightly concerned about the dates you have given for the list of marines, as none of the ships you note existed after c1780 and certainly none were in service in 1792.

To take a few
Ranger was captured in May 1780
Queen of France was scuttled in the same month (and was a Pennsylvanian ship, not a Continental Navy one)
Boston - Captured May 1780




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Dave said...

What happened to the portrait of DeBellevue?