Following is a list of my direct ancestors who fought in the American Revolutionary War.
Format and presentation needs to be improved, but this will have to do for now.
The following numbers in parenthesises represent sources that support the individual's patriot service.
(1) DAR Patriot Index; NSDAR; Washington: 1966
(2) DAR Patriot Index, Centennial Edition; NSDAR; Washington; 1990; In three volumes Part I: A-F, Part II: G-O; Part III P-Z.
(3) DAR Patriot Index, Millenium Edition; In three volumes Part I: A-F, Part II: G-O; Part III P-Z. National Society Daughters of the American Revolution; Millenium Administration; Genealogical Publishing, Inc.; Baltimore, MD; 2003; LCCN 2003104353;
(4) DAR Genealogical Research System
See discussion notes about these sources and research methods following.
- Jonathan Underwood, Sr. (1716MA-1794VT) Patriotic Service, Vermont UNDERWOOD: "Jonathan Sr: b 1-22-1716 MA d 10-1-1794 VT m Hannah Richardson CS PS VT" (1) Vol. I, page 695 (2) pg. 3007 (III) (3) pg. 2762 (III) - Thaddeus Underwood (1760CN-1849VT) Private, Vermont UNDERWOOD: "Thaddeus: b 9-17-1758 CT d 9-8-1840 VT m Mary Farr Pvt VT" (1) Vol. I, page 695 (2) pg. 3007 (III) (3) pg. 2762 (III) - Joseph Goodale (1735MA-1829MA) Private, Patriotic Service, Massachusetts GOODALE: GOODALL, GOODEL, GOODELL "Joseph: b 6-18-1735 MA d 3-17-1829 MA M (1) Susanna (Ann) Hopkins (2)Mrs. Sarah Woodcock Pvt PS MA" (1) Vol. I, page 274 (2) pg. 1183 (II) - Timothy Stiles (1755NJ-?) Private, New Jersey STILES: "Timothy: bpt 1-3-1755 NJ d 1822 NY m (1)Anna Carter (2)Damaris Cramer Pvt NJ" (1) Vol. I page 650 (2) pg. 2813 (III) - Jasper Needham (1738MA-1821MA) Lieutenant, Massachusetts Enlisted in the regiment of his brother, Capt. Anthony Needham NEEDHAM: "Jasper: 7-3-1738 MA d 12-14-1821 MA m Deborah Fuller Lt MA" (1) Vol. I, page 491 (2) pg. 2126 (II) - Stephen Cummings (1736-est1810/1820) Private, Vermont  Capt. Nathaniel Seely's Company of Alarm Men in Col. Samuel Herrick's Regiment of Militia in the service of the State of Vermont, the 11th October, 1780.
Discussion at Stephen Cummings, Patriot
- Mathias Shuck (1759NJ-1846KY) b. 1759 NJ d 3-2-1846 KY m (1) Mary _______ Pvt VA Militia Private, VA Militia Rev. War pension application and 1835 roll at Henry Co. KY From "Abstracts of Rev. War Pension Files": "Mathias or Mathew Shuck, VA Line, S14436, sol was b in 1759 in NJ & in 1760 was moved to VA, he lived in Berkeley Co VA at enl & after the Rev moved to what is now Henry Co KY where he appl 3 Dec 1832" Not listed DAR Patriot Index although his pension application was apparently accepted. - Samuel Ingram (1740VA-1801VA) Private, Civil Service, Patriotic Service, Virginia INGRAHAM: INGHRAM, INGRAM "Samuel: b c 1740 VA d 1799-1801 VA m Anne --- Pvt CS VA" (2) pg. 1566 (II) (4) DAR Genealogical Research System / Ancestor Search http://services.dar.org/Public/DAR_Research/search_adb/default.cfm INGRAHAM, SAMUEL [Ingram] Ancestor #: A060259 Service: VIRGINIA Rank(s): SOLDIER, CIVIL SERVICE, PATRIOTIC SERVICE Birth: (CIRCA) 1740 VIRGINIA Death: (CIRCA) 8- -1801 MONTGOMERY CO VIRGINIA Service Source: ECKENRODE, LIST OF REV SOLS OF VA, VOL 1, P 235; KEGLEY, EARLY ADVENTURES ON THE WESTERN WATERS, VOL 1, P 150; SUMMERS, ANNALS OF SW VA, VOL 1, PP 648, 734 Service Description: 1) OVERSEER OF ROADS & JUROR; 2) TOOK OATH OF ALLEGIANCE 1777 Residence 1) County: FINCASTLE CO - State: VIRGINIA 2) County: MONTGOMERY CO - State: VIRGINIA Spouse Number Name 1) ANNE X Associated Applications and Supplementals Nat'l Num Add Docs Child/Spouse Number/Spouse Vol. 78251 273 JONATHAN /  BARBARA MENEFEE 101836 273 JONATHAN /  BARBARA MENEFEE 230040 358 NANCY /  ZACHARIAH CECIL 396770 471 JONATHAN /  BARBARA BENEFEE 607892 JONATHAN /  BARBARA BENEFEE 610976 JONATHAN /  BARBARA BENEFEE 566985 573 JAMES /  RHODA MENEFEE 660157 JAMES /  RHODA MENEFEE 576431 596 JAMES /  RHODA MENEFEE 679487 JAMES /  RHODA MENEFEE 683353 JAMES /  RHODA MENEFEE 692750 JAMES /  RHODA MENEFEE 697230 JAMES /  RHODA MENEFEE 706022 JAMES /  RHODA MENEFEE 730000 JAMES /  RHODA MENEFEE 730001 JAMES /  RHODA MENEFEE 730393 JAMES /  RHODA MENEFEE 757005 JAMES /  RHODA MENEFEE 756436 827 NANCY /  ZACHARIAH CECIL 474465 883 JEMIMA /  NIMROD MENEFEE 820365 887 NANCY /  ZACHARIAH CECIL 841015 925 JONATHAN /  BARBARA MENEFEE 726627 948 JONATHAN /  BARBARA MENEFEE - Jonathan Ingram (est1760-1830/1840) Samuel Ingram (Sr.) was tried for being a Loyalist, being among a number of individuals accused of "misbehavior and treason" in proceedings in August 1780 of Montgomery and Botetourt Counties. I do not have citation of the original court records, but the involved individuals are reported in the Draper MSS 5QQ73-79. He was sentenced for further trial in Augusta, but Jonathan and James agreed to serve in the American Army until December 31, 1781. Jonathan is not listed in the DAR printed patriot indices or the online Genealogy Research System. James is listed in the GRS (ancestor A060178): Continental Army: 8-1780 - 12-31-1781 But the DAR only lists individuals who have been used to obtain membership. The following has been reported: "In 1774, he [Jonathan Ingram] served a total of 130 days in the Fincastle County militia under Captains Walter Crockat and James Robertson. Subsequently, during the Revolution, he served under Captain Abraham Trigg in the militia of Montgomery County (which was created from Fincastle County in 1777). As noted above, he seems also to have served in the Continental Army under Colonel Preston about 1781. [Would probably have been 8-1780 to 12-31-1781.] He appears to have owned property (340 acres) in Montgomery County as early as 1796 or 1797, and perhaps as early as 1789, Although the 1790 Census indicates that Jonathan was in Logan Co., KY at that time." A roster reconstructed from pay lists for Lord Dunmore's War, 1774, Montgomery County, Virginia, lists Jonathan Ingram serving 108 days in Capt. Walter Crockett's Company. The reporting website does not show a source citation for the underlying pay lists. There may be another list, probably "Robertson" that may account for 22 more days. Also Trigg rolls would need to be checked, if such exist. Jonathan's service for the 1780-1781 period is contradicted. It is reported that Jonathan employed a substitute for the 1780-1781 service obligation. Draper MSS 5QQ72 extract indicates he employed a substitute. However, it is also reported that he was serving in Capt. Abraham Trigg's Montgomery County Militia April 1781. (Virginia Military Records; ...; page 225; GPC, Baltimore; reprint 2000, 2007; accessed via Google Books, full biblio. ref. obscured) There are likely more rolls in existence that may not show up on an internet search.Further citations, details and extracts are shown on the Samuel Ingram page.
- John Hudson (1739VA-1814NC) Private, North Carolina HUDSON: "John: b 1739 NC d 1814 NC m --- Allen Pvt NC" (2) pg. 1525 (II) [A059709] - Isaac Hudson (1763NC-1848MO) Private, North Carolina born Sep 19, 1763, Bute, Bute Co NC; died Aug 7, 1848, Lincoln Co MO; child #2 of John HUDSON (1739VA-1814NC) and Elizabeth ALLEN HUDSON: "Isaac: b 9-19-1763 NC d 8-7-1848 MO m Mary (Dolly/Polly) Shepherd Pvt NC" (2) pg. 1525 (II) [A059693] [May need further proof of service] - George Gordon Patton (1757-1813VA). Born 17 Jan 1757 at Inverness, Scotland s/o James Patton (1722-????) and Elanor Gordon; married 24 Dec 1784 at Overwharton Parish, Stafford Co., Virginia to Sarah Stringfellow (1766-1848); 15 children (supposedly); died 14 Oct 1813 at Stafford Co. Enlisted at Falmouth, VA in 1777 & served for the duration of the war. By that time he was a SGT. Fought in the Battle of Brandywine. His Widow applied for a pension. "PATTEN : PATTON George : b 1-17-1759 VA d 10-14-1813 VA m (1) Sarah Stringfellow Sgt VA SPNS HPNS" Codes: WPNS - Widow Pensioned HPNS - Heirs Pensioned (3) Page 2062 (Volume II) From: Virginia and West Virginia Genealogical Data from Revolutionary War Pension ... / Volume 4 -- Nabors through Rymer By Patrick G. Wardell; Heritage Books; Westminster, Maryland; 1994; page 75 PATTON George, esf 1777 Falmouth, Stafford Co, VA, in VA regiment; dd 10/1813; md 12/1785 Sarah STRINGFELLOW, Stafford Co, VA per certificate 1840 by the Co clark of court John M CON- WAY, per witness Samuel S BROOKE; wid mvd 1832 to Fayette Co, OH, where she PN 1840 ae 74; s Thornton liv 1841; Mary GRAVES AFF aec 72 Stafford Co, VA, 1841 that sol esf 1777- 78 with her bro John STRINGFELLOW in 6th VA Regiment & her bro KIA at Battle of Brandywine, per Stafford Co JP James Brigge & Co clerk of court Thomas HILL; wid res 1843 Fay- ette Co, OH; QLF 1918 from SAR agent says sol desc James B. PATTON had just applied for membership in NJ SR; QLF says sol b. Famlouth, VA; QLF 1913 from desc Mrs George W WANAMAKER, Bethany, MO, who also desc of RW sol Alexander McINTIRE of VA or MD; letter in file, dated 1894, from J H PATTON of Cincinnati, OH, to cousin James M PERRY (great gds/o sol), F-W4049 R1889 - Alexander McInteer (McIntire, McIntyre) (-1807) (4) DAR Genealogical Research System / Ancestor Search http://services.dar.org/Public/DAR_Research/search_adb/default.cfm MCINTIRE, ALEXANDER Ancestor #: A077204 Service: VIRGINIA Rank: CIVIL SERVICE Birth: (CIRCA) 1730 Death: 4- -1807 STAFFORD CO VIRGINIA Service Source: SPARACIO [author], DEED & WILL ABSTRACTS OF STAFFORD COUNTY VIRGINIA 1780-1786, P 29 Service Description: 1) JUROR TO VIEW LAND ON WHICH TO ERECT A MILL Residence 1) County: STAFFORD CO - State: VIRGINIA Spouse Number Name 2) SARAH X 3) MIRIAM BELCHER Associated Applications and Supplementals Nat'l Num Add Vol. Docs Child/Spouse Number/Spouse 640839 LYDIA /  JEREMIAH HOLMES 648264 LYDIA /  WILLIAM PATTON 713177 959 HENRY /  MARGARET X
It is presumed that the online database permanently replaces the printed DAR Patriot Index which will no longer be produced. Be aware that DAR Patriots listed do NOT include all persons that served in the Revolution, ONLY those who were documented and were used in an application for membership. The DAR will not add Patriots unless they are specifically used and validated for membership. Other sources exist to search for Patriots including the SAR (Sons of the American Revolution), various military rolls and Pension application files.
Also, in recent years, the DAR has become much more rigorous in required proof of patriotic service and of the applicant's lineage to that patriot. Patriots and lines that were accepted in the past may be rejected under current standards. The online database will indicate any such patriots and lines that are no longer being accepted which probably will include some that were shown in the printed books. Those no longer accepted may be situations where the individual or line are explicitly disproven or where proof is not sufficient and may be re-accepted with complete proof.
Researching Revolutionary War Patriots is not a simple, straightforward task. There are various places to look, they are scattered, their scope is not always clear and I am not an expert, so will not attempt to provide extensive guidance. At least for now. For researchers, the initial source of contact had historically been the printed volumes of the DAR Patriot Index. Currently, the first source to check would be the online search facility at the DAR website The website provides much more detail than the books, as well as more current information.
As noted in the discussion previously, the DAR does not list all patriots, but only those that have been used (and, consequently, documented) for purposes of membership. There are many others who have served whose service may be documented in other specialized sources and those will require additional research to discover.
A few noteworthy published sources are:
Genealogical Abstracts of Revolutionary War Pension Files; White, Virgil D.; National Historical Publishing Company; June 1993: "Selected records from the Revolutionary War Pension and Bounty Land Warrant application files" NARA M805.
Multi-volume set abstracting (I think) 80,000 pension files from NARA M805. This source is particularly useful because Revolutionary War pension applications and their full files (beyond these brief abstracts) often contain substantial information about the applicant. A copy of the files may be ordered from NARA or, I believe, those files may have been posted online.
Index to Revolutionary War Service Records; ...
Multi-volume set indexing NARA M860. I do not know scope of the index or underlying records but expect that it only indexes a small portion of existant service records.
From: email@example.com Subject: APG Digest, Vol 4, Issue 145 To: firstname.lastname@example.org Reply-To: email@example.com Date: Tue, 17 Mar 2009 01:03:28 -0600 ------------------------------- Message: 5 Date: Mon, 16 Mar 2009 17:23:23 EDT From: FamRSearch@aol.com Subject: Re: [APG] Site for Rev War soldiers To: firstname.lastname@example.org The DAR Patriot Index doe NOT list ALL "Revolutionary soldiers and other individuals who are known to have provided aid of any sort to the American side in the Revolution". Rather it lists those solders and individuals who had a female direct descendant who joined NSDAR. I am sure this is what Elizabeth meant. This means that George Washington is not listed because he had no direct descendants. Since the current hard bound index is 6 years out of date and there has been as many as 5,000 new ancestors for which a descendant has applied and been approved for membership, you can go to the DAR website (_www.dar.org)and_ (http://www.dar.org)and/) ask if the particular person you are interested has been established as an Rev War ancestor. Also remember that the DAR is only interested in people who supported the American side. Julia Coldren-Walker ------------------------------ Message: 6 Date: Mon, 16 Mar 2009 20:47:59 EDT From: MVMcgrs@aol.com Subject: Re: [APG] Site for Rev War soldiers To: email@example.com Elle, Footnote.com has the following National Archives and Records Administration [NARA] records on-line. Record Group 93: War Department Collection of Revolutionary War Records. M860: Index to the Compiled Military Service Records. [These are arranged by state on Footnote.com but are in an alphabetical listing on the microfilm] Record Group 93: War Department Collection of Revolutionary War Records. M246 Revolutionary War Rolls, 1775-1783. Record Group 15: Records of the Veterans Administration. M804 Revolutionary War Pension and Bounty-Land-Warrant Application Files. [These are arranged by state on Footnote.com but are in an alphabetical listing on the microfilm] If the person you are looking for does not appear in the digital version then double check it on the NARA microfilm which are also available through the Family History Library films. Not all soldiers had Compiled Military Service Records so another series to check is Record Group 93: War Department Collection of Revolutionary War Records. M847: Special Index to Numbered Records in the War Department Collection of Revolutionary War Records, 1775-1783. The Special Index indexes 3 series of records: M853: Numbered Record Books Concerning Military Operations and Service, Pay and Settlement of Accounts, and Supplies of the War Department Collection of Revolutionary War Records. (Record Group 93: War Department Collection of Revolutionary War Records) M859: Miscellaneous Numbered Records (The Manuscript File) in the War Department Collection of Revolutionary War Records, 1775-1790's. (Record Group 93: War Department Collection of Revolutionary War Records) THe 3rd series are the Photostatice copies of State records from MA, NC and VA. These are original/textual records and only available at NARA. If they are local court records they may still be available in the state archives or court records on film through the Family History Library. Marie Marie Varrelman Melchiori, CG, CGL Melchiori Research Services, L.L.C.
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