Friday, May 04, 2012

Major George Tudor And His Men Prisoners Of War.

Major George Tudor, of the 3rd., Pennsylvania Regiment, commanded by Colonel Lambert Cadwallader, was captured at Fort Washington.  At the time of his capture he was a captain, and the following soldiers of his company were taken prisoner with him on the memorble 16th., of November, 1776.

Charles Fleming
John Wright
James McKinney
Ebenezer Stille
Jacob Leinhart
Abraham Van Gorden
Peter Daubert
William Carbury
John McDowell
William McKague
Henry Parker
James Burns
Henry Kepler
Baltus Weigh
Charles Beason
Leonard Huber
John McCarroll
Jacob Guiger
John May
Daniel Adams
George McCormick
Jacob Kettle
Jacob Miller
George Neason
James Kearney
David Sutor
Adam Bridel
Christian Mull
Daniel McKnight
Cornelius Westbrook
Luck Murphy
Joseph Conklin
Adam Dennis
Edward Ogden
William Scoonover
James Rosencrants

Major Tudor was exchanged May 10, 1778, and repaired quicky to join his regiment, then at Schoharie, New York.

Those unfortunate and devoted patriots endured the horros of the prison-ships and prison-houses of New York; nor is it known that they were ever exchanged by a kinder interposition then death.  They lived to inscribe their names high up on the sombre walls of their prison, and died martyrs for the cause of American Freedom, appealing with their fellow prisoners to their countrymen that in case American Independence should ever be achieved, a monument would be erected over their bones, which were washed and exposed on the shores of the Wallabout.

The Meaning Of The Surname Of Chapin & More.

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The Chapin name is one of the oldest and best names in France, dating from the Carloving era, going back at lest to the tenth century, perhaps earlier.  In some feudal scrimmage of the middle ages, one who had distinguished himself in the Melee, had got a sword cut across his head laying open his helmet or head-piece.  For his exploit he was knighted on the spot and dubbed Capinatus, which means "Decorated with a hat," and his coat-of-arms was made a hat with a slash in it, Thence the name Capinatus, the participle of the law-latin Capino-and then by the softening process of the Franch made Capin-Chapin.  Of course the roots is Caput, whence Cap and Chapeau.

The Chapin's fought in three wars the French and indian wars, the Revolutionary war and the war of 1812.  These names were from Massachusetts, New Hamphire, Rhode Island Connecticut, New York, New Jersey and records from the war and the navy.

As there are so many names and information this well be a look up page.  I will give a couple of examples on the kind of information you may receive.  If you would like a name looked into , just drop me a line I will be glad to help. 

Example 1. Galeb Chapin, born July 2, 1736.  He was at Cambridge in 1775, and captain of a company under General Shepard in the Shays rebellion in 1787.  He died November 10, 1815, age 79 years.  His son Cyrenus was a waiter to his father.

Example 2. Lewis Chapin was born September 30, 1755.  He was at Cambridge, Massachusetts in 1775, as a drummer in captain Enoch Chapin's company of minutemen, and was in captain Gideon Burt's company, Colonel Timothy Danielson regiment.  He died March 26, 1828, age 72 years.

Tuesday, May 01, 2012

Navy Medals of Honor, Civil War

Here is a list of navy men who received medals of honor, for the part they played in a action.  Many know their ancestor got a medal while in the navy, but couln't find out way he got it.  Now those of you who find a ancestor or a name of interest on this list well learn why.  Now there are hundreds who got medals, and of couse I can't put them all here.  If you would like me to look into a name I will be glad to, just give the title of this page and the name your lookin for, I'm sorry to say this is for the Civil War, only.

Aaron Anderson, Laldsman ( Colored ) on board of the U. S. S. Wyandank, during a boat expedition up Mattox CreekMarch 17, 1865; was reported by his commanding officer as having rendered gallant asstance, loading the howitzer while lying on his back, and then firing with such care and precision as to kill and wound many of the rebel party.

John Angling, Boy, on board of the U. S. S. Pontoosuc; commanded for gallantry, skill and coolness in action during the operattons in and about Cape Fear River, which extended from December 24, 1864 to January 24, 1865, and resulted in the captured of Fort Fisher and Wilmington.

Charles Baldwin, Coal-heaver, on board of the U. S. S. Wyalusing; volunteered May 25, 1864, in a night attempt to destroy the rebel ram Albermarle, in Roanoke River, and although it was unsuccessful, he displayed courage, zeal and unwearied exertion on the occasion.  Promoted to acting Master's Mate.

Charles Asten, Quarter-gunner, on board of the U. S. S. Signal, which vessel was attacked by field batteries and sharp-shooters and destroyed in Red River, May 5, 1864.  "He was on sick list, but did duty during the whole engagement."

Thomas C. Barton, Seaman, on board of the U. S. S. Hunchback, in the attack upon Franklin, Va., October 3, 1862; mentioned for heroic conduct.  Promoted to Acting Master's Mate.

Philip Bazaar, Ordinary seaman, on board the U. S. S. Santiago de Cuba; was one of the boat's crew detailed for General Terry.  The five men forming this boat's crew were represented to have been the only men who entered Fort Fisher in the assault from the fleet, January 15, 1865.

William Blageen, Ships Cook, on board of the U. S. S. Brooklyn in the engagement in Mobile Bay, August 5, 1864;; conspicuous for bravery, performing his duty in the powder division, at a point where the ship was riddled very muck, and in the immediate viconity of the shell-whips, which were twice cleard of men by bursting shells.

Frank Bois, Quartermaster, on board of the U. S. S. Mississippi, on board of the U. S. S. Cininnati in an attack on the Vicksburg batteries, May 27, 1863;  coolness in making signals and nailing the flag to the stump of the flagstaff under a heavy fire.

Andrew Brinn, on board of the U. S. S. Mississippi, in the attack on the Port Hudson batteries, night of March 14, 1863; commanded for zeal and courage displayed in the performance of unusual and trying service whilst the vessel was aground and exposed to heavy fire.

Robert T. Clifford, Master-at-Arms, on board of the U. S. S. Monticello; volunteer for duty on four occasions of danger, and was particlarly conspicuous in charging a rebel force near New Topsail Inlet, N. C., August 22, 1863, and in destroying a rebel schooner.  Promoted to Acting Master's Mate.

William C. Connor, Boatswain's mate, on board of the U. S. S. Howquah, on the occasion of the destruction of the blockade runner Lynx, off Washington, September 25, 1864, at night.  Performed his duty faithfully under the most trying circumstances, standing firmly at his post in the midst of a cross fire from the rebel shore batteries and our own vessels.

John Copper, Quartermaster, of Acting Reaar Admiral Thatcher's staff.  During the terrific fire at Mobile, on April 226, 1865, at the risk of being blown to pieces by exploding shells, he advanced through the buring locality, rescued a wounded man from certain death, and bore him on his back to a place of safety.  Entitled to wear a bar attached to the ribbon of the medal he had already received at Mobile Bay, August 1, 1864.

The following men also received the Navy Medal of Honor.

1. Thomas Cripps, Quartermaster.
2. Cornelius Cronin, Chief Quartermaster.
3. Samuel W. Davis, Ordinarylandsman.
4. John Dempster, Cockswain.
5. Richard Dennis, Boatswain's mate.
6. William Densmore, Chief Boatswain's mate.
7. John Ditzenback, Quartermaster.
8. John Donnelly, Ordinary Seaman.
9. William Doolin, Coal-heaver.
10. Adam Duncan, Boatswain's mate.
11. James K. L. Duncan, Ordinary Seaman.
12. John H. Ferrell, Pilot.
13. Thomas Flood, Boy.
14. William J. Franks.
15. James R. Garrison, Coal-heaver.
16. Martin Freeman, Pilot.
17. Frank S. Gile, Landsman.
18. Luke M. Griswold, Ordinary Seaman.
19. Bartlett Laffey, U. S. S. Petrel.
20. John Lawson, Landsman.
21. George Wileland, Gunner's mate.

Monday, April 30, 2012

Henry Bedinger, Virginia-Rev. War.

Captain Henry Bedinger, of the Virginia line, entered the service in June, 1775, in Captain Hugh Stephenson's Company of Riflemen, and appointed Sergeant before he left the recruiting rendezvous at Shepherdstown, Virginia.  He marched with his company to the siege of Boston, and served till his company was discharged in June, 1776.  He was made a Lieutenant July 9, 1776, in Captain Abraham Shepherd's company, in Colonel Hugh Stephenson's regiment of riflemen.  In August, 1776, Colonel Stephenson died, and Colonel Moses Rawlings assumed the command of the regiment.

Captain Bedinger, was with his regiment at the defence of Fort Washington, November 16, 1776.  He was there captured and detained as a prisoner of war "Four years wanting sixteen days."  His service is accredited to the end of the war, and he received a pension in berkeley county, Virginia, under the act of May 15, 1828, as Captain, to which he had been promoted to while a prisoner of war.

The following comes from his pension application.

Henry Bedinger, put in for a pension on June 3, 1828, but died before he received it, his executor Brayton Davenport took over.  The application states; Captain Bedinger, was a Captain in the 5th., regiment of the Virginia Line.  Bedinger, died on May 14, 1843, Jefferson County Va., His wife was not stated Children were; Nancy Swearingen, Nancy Bedinger and Mrs. Elizabeth Davenport wife of the affiant.

Henry Bedinger, wife was Rachel Strode, married December 22, 1784.  Note other dates are stated for this marriage.  From this union there were seven children who were; Betsy died 1790, Sarah died 1792, Eleanor died 1802, Maria died 1825, Elizabeth Bedinger Davenport.
Note in the records state there were two Nancy's, one had a birth date of 1790, the other 1786 and both are showing too have married James Strode Van Swearengen or Swearingen in 1811.  These Nancy's need more research.

New Hampshire Revolutionary Men.

There will not be a lot of information here but what information is here will be inportant to those who are looking into these lines.

Captain Winborn Adams, Company.
June 2, 1775.

1. John Neal, Age 33, Occupation Carpenter, Entered from Bornstead, County of Strafford.

2. Robert Leathers, Age 40,  Occupation Husbandman, Entered from Durham, County of Strafford.

3. David Cops, Age 25,  Occupation Turner, Entered from Durham, County of Strafford.

4. Charles Bamford Jr., Occupation Husbandman, Entered from Barrington, County of Strafford.

5. Tobias Leighton, Age 37, Occupation Joiner, Entered from Durham, County of Strafford.

6. Josiah Burnum, Age 23, Occupation Taylor, Entered from Lee, County of Strafford.

7. Enoch Green, Age 19, Occupation Hatter, Entered from Durham, County of Strafford.

8. Nicholas Tuttle, Age 23, Occupation Husbandman, Entered from Middletown, County of Strafford.

9. Joseph Leighton, Age 23, Occupation Husbandman, Entered from Newington, County of Rockingham.

10. Amos Fernald, Age 24, Occupation Cordwainer, Entered from Lee, County of Strafford.

Captain Winthrop Rowe's Company.
June 3, 1775.

1. Richard Weare, Sergeant, Age 23, Occupation Cabinet Maker, Entered from Hampton Falls, County of Rockingham.

2. Caleb Shaw Jr., Age 20, Occupation Taylor, Entered from Kensinton, County of Rockingham.

3. Joseph Shaw, Age 22, Occupation Husbandman, Entered fron Kensington, County of Rockingham.

4. Martin Prescott, Age 36, Occupation Cordwainer, Entered from Kensington, County of Rockingham.

5. Joseph Fogg, Age 22, Occupation Clerk, Entered from Kensington, County of Rockingham.

6. Noah Robbinson, Age 19, Occupation Blacksmith, Entered from Exeter, County of Rockingham.

7. Eliphaler Lord, Age 20, Occupation Hatter, Entered from Exeter, County of Rockingham.

8. Asa Ireland, Age 22, Occupation Sadler, Entered from Exeter, County of Rockingham.

9. James Beel, Age 21, Occupation Cordwainer, Entered from Exeter, County of Rockingham.

10. Eleazer Gove, Age 44, Occupation Fisherman, Entered from Seabrook, County of Rockingham.

Captain Philip Tilton's Company.
June 12, 1775.

1. David Tilton, Age 30, Occupation Miller, Entered from Sandown, County of Rockingham.

2. Ebenezer Tucker, Age 25, Occupation Husbandman, Entered fron Sandown, County of Rockingham.

3. Trueworthy Palmer, Age 26, Occupation Taylor, Entered from Kingstown, County of Rockingham.

4. Jacob Blaizdel, Age 21, Occupation Blacksmith, Entered from Newtown, County of Rockingham.

5. Thomas Beal, Age 30, Occupation Blacksmith.Entered from Kingstown, County of Rockingham

6. Moses Huntoon, Age 20, Occupation Husbandman, Entered from Kingstown, County of Rockingham.

7. Jeremiah Been, Age 21, Occupation Cordwainer, Entered from Kingstown, County of Rockingham.

8. Mark Purmot, Age 20, Occupation Joiner, Entered from Kingstown, County of Rockingham.

9. James Nichols, Age 38, Occupation Blacksmith, Entered from Brkntwood, or Brintwood, County of Rockingham.

10. John Sweat, Age 22, Occupation Joiner, Entered from Kingstown, County of Rockingham.