52 Ancestors,
in 52 Weeks
Week 22:
Military

Military Service

The military service of my 4th great grandfather, John Baldwin Osborn, is the basis for my family tree. I wrote about it earlier this year in the prompt “Beginnings.” [1] A lot of my early family research was focused on finding American Revolutionary Veterans among my ancestors. For several years I kept a running list of Veterans among my direct ancestors and shared it annually on Veteran’s Day with my family. Below is a table of my direct ancestors and their military service. If you recognize any of the names, or units, I am happy to share my research.

American Revolution

So far, I have discovered Revolutionary War military records for 29 direct ancestors. That seems like a lot, but some of the records were for providing supplies, working as a teamster, or brief service in a local militia. My 5th great-grandfather David McAnally has a well-documented American Revolution pension record that I describe in some detail for last year’s prompt “Power.” [2]

We all have 32 4th, 64 5th, and 128 6th great grandfathers. I have 121 Unknowns, 36 who never came to America, 1 immigrated after the war, and 11 who died prior to 1776 among my 224 4th, 5th, and 6th great grandfathers. That left 55 men in my tree to look at for American Revolutionary Veterans. I looked most closely at the 42 who were born between 1730 and 1760.

These are many of the surnames in my family tree

War of 1812

I have found 10 direct ancestors with War of 1812 military service. When researching War of 1812 veterans, I have focused on my male ancestor’s who were born between 1775 and 1795. I only had 16 direct ancestors who met this criteria. I featured the War of 1812 service of my 3rd great grandfather George W. Landon for last year’s prompt “Fire.” [3]

David Osborne, Discharge Paper
Fort McHenry Sep 1814

Civil War

Since childhood I have been aware of my great grandfather’s, David Osborne, Civil War service. I wrote about it a few years ago, “David L. Osborne, Civil War Soldier.” [4] My family research has led me discover one paternal and three maternal 2x great grandfather’s, plus a maternal 3rd great grandfather, who served in Union Army units. Four of these 6 men performed their service prior to the birth of their child from whom I descend. It is this sort of realization that causes me to appreciate, even more, winning the birth lottery.

Direct Ancestor's Military Service

NOTES: * Immigrant; + POW; ^ KIA; # My ancestor born before the father's service
Name Birth-Death Rank and Service M'trnl-P'trnl #Grt GF Notes
King Phillip's War
William Darby1647-1701Private in Capt Scottow's Regiment from Boston P 7x
Robert Treat1625-1710Commander-in-Chief of the Connecticut forcesP8x
French/Indian War
Thomas Pannell1730-1808 Private, under Capt. William Brown, near Pattison's CreekM6x#
Revolutionary War
David Allen1743-1823Private in Capt. Nathaniel Bowman’s Co, 2nd NJ Batt.P5x#+ DAR A001428
Lawrence Brindle1742-1809Private in Capt. Wm. Strain's 6th Batt., Cumberland Cnty, PAM5x*# DAR A014535
John Crippen1740-1801Private in Capt. Thom. Parramore's 9th VA InfantryM6x#
James M Dyer1732-1825Artificer in Capt. Jedidiah Thayer's Corps of Carpenters, VAM5x
Michael Frye1743-1787Corp. in Capt. Zimmerman's Co, Lancaster Cnty, PA MilitiaP5x*#
William Fuson1762-1835Private in Capts. Waller and Rubell's unit, VA Line, Henry CntyP4xDAR A042774
John George1704-1784Patriotic Service, Virginia, Provided SuppliesM7x# DAR A206327
Reuben George1734-1799Virginia Corps of ArtificersM6x#
Travis George 1759-1833Private, 5 & 11th VA infantry, Cpt. Fleming, Col. McClenachanM5x
Ebenezer Gilbert1734-1790Private, Ulster Cnty, Cantine's Reg., New York MilitiaM6x#
George Gillespie1745-1822Private, Washington Cnty, PA Militia, Capt. RamseyP5x# DAR A044800
Peter Haller Sr.1715-1799Patriotic Service, Virginia, Provided SuppliesM6x*# DAR A054355
Richard Hankins1749-1823Minuteman in General Francis Marion's North Carolina militiaP5x#
Conrad Hebble1752-1850Militiaman, 5th class, Capt Metzger's Co, Lancaster, PAP5x
John Hubbs1763-1844Private, Col Andrew Pickens Reg, South Carolina MilitiaM5xDAR A059456
Johann Philip Illges1752-1792Militiaman, 3rd class, in Capt. Thos. McNary Reg, PA MilitiaP4x
Philip King1748-1818Militiaman, 6th Batt. in Capt. Wilson's Reg. York Cnty, PA M5xDAR A064723
Johan Jacob Kready1748-1828Grenadier Kassel Regiment of General von Rall (Hessian)P4x*+
William Major Jr. 1740-1782Private, 14th VA Regiment, Continental Line, Col. Wm DaviesM6x^#
David McAnally1748-1834Ensign and Sgt. with Cols. Taylor, Mead and Pope, VA MilitiaM5x# DAR A074427
John Baldwin Osborn1754-1848Sergeant in Capts. Nox and Lang's 1st Regiment, NJ MilitiaP4xDAR A084491
Thomas Pannell 1730-1808Private, Capt. John Peyton Harrison's, 2nd Virginia RegM6x#
James Patterson1761-1838Private, Salisbury District, Rowan Cnty, North Carolina MilitiaM5xDAR A086392
Johannes F Rumple1735-1805Militiaman, 7th Co, 3rd Batt., Northampton Cnty, PA MilitiaM5x*#
Johan Conrad Rumple 1753-1833Militiaman, 7th Co, 6th Batt., Northampton Cnty, PA MilitiaM4x
James Longman Skaggs1734-1816Scout, Montgomery Cnty, Virginia Militia, Capt. Dan. TriggM6x#
William Sparks1740-1788Captain in Benj. Davis Reg., Westmoreland Cnty, PA MilitiaP5x# DAR A107901
William Henry Tucker1744-1779Corporal, 1st Maryland Regiment of Col. John StoneP5x*^# DAR A116750
Thomas Woolsey Jr.1760-1797Private, Botetourt Cnty, Capt. McFarland's Reg. Virginia MilitiaM5xDAR A133073
Non-conflict service (Frontier protection)
Eli Skaggs1770-1833Private, Knox Co., TN Militia, Capt. Beairds Reg., 1792-1794M5x
War of 1812
Robert Hill1780-1830Private 1st Regiment, Capt. Shelby's Mounted KY MilitiaP4x#
William Hubbs1793-1879Private 1st Regiment, Capt. Dan'l Price's unit, TN MilitiaM4x
Phillip King III1782-1846Private 2nd Regiment, Capt. James Taylor's unit, OH MilitiaM4x#
George W Landon1790-1863Private 9th Regiment, Capt. Ed Landern's unit, MD MilitiaP3x
James McCash1788-1871Teamster for the Quartermaster at CincinnatiP3x
John Osborn 1784-1839Private 3rd Regiment, Col. John Frelinghuysen's NJ MilitiaP3x#
Newman Prater 1775-1815Private 7th Regiment, Capt. Saunders unit, VA MilitiaP4x^#
Peter Shaver1790-1870Private Artillary Battalion, Capt. George Kempe's unit, VA MilitiaM4x
John Sivey1775-1849Private 2nd Regiment, Capt. James Taylor's unit, OH MilitiaM4x
Levi Tucker1774-1843Private 2nd Regiment, Capt. Hugh Flinn's unit, OH MilitiaP4x#
Civil War (These are all Union companies)
James Andrew Dyer1845-1915Private, Company A, 1st Tennessee InfantryM2x
James Koontz1840-1919Sergeant, Company F, 3rd Tennessee InfantryM2x
David L Osborne1848-1942Private, Company D, 83rd Ohio InfantryP1x+
William T Rumple1839-1912Private, Company H, 123rd Ohio Infantry M2x
Jacob I Shaver1823-1909Private, Company A, 10th Tennessee CavalryM3x#
Samuel Warbington1828-1893Private, Company G, 13th Indiana CavalryP2x#
World War II
Robert LaFara1925-2004Sergeant in the 819th Bombardment Squadron, 30th Air GroupFather

Notes:

This data is based on my research to date, June 2021. I believe this data to be accurate, but there remains a chance the original data was transcribed poorly, or the records belong to a man of the same name. 
* Immigrant
+ POW
^ KIA
# My ancestor born before his service

Military Service of Note

Nearly all of my ancestors with military service records were privates or militiamen. But, there are a few of my direct ancestors with military service records that stand out.

Charter OakMy 8th great grandfather was Robert Treat, 1622-1710, of Milford, CT. He immigrated from England with his parents when still a teenager. As an adult he became an influential person in his community. He was a Major with the Connecticut Militia in 1673 and soon received an appointment as Commander in Chief for the Connecticut Colony when they joined with an indigenous coalition against the Narragansett Indian’s during King Phillip’s War, 1675-1678. By 1683, Robert Treat became Governor of Connecticut and is credited with hiding the colonies’ charter in an oak tree when control of the colony was briefly assumed by an appointee from England. Robert Treat had a storied career that includes being credited with founding Newark, New Jersey. [5] 

Immigrant AncestorJohan Jacob Kready was my 4th great grandfather, he served during the American Revolution, but his service was for a German Mercenary unit attached to the British. Jacob was among the Hessians taken prisoner on the day after Christmas in 1776 at Trenton, NJ. He probably was pressed into service in Germany, he appears to have come from a poor farming family. As a POW, he was pressed into service as a farm laborer in Lancaster County, PA on the farm of my 5th great grandfather, Johan Jacob Frey. At the conclusion of the War, Jacob married the farmer’s daughter, my 4th great grandmother Elizabeth Frey. The Frey’s were German immigrants, so I imagine Jacob fit right in. He went on to prosper as a farmer and he and Elizabeth had nine children. It is likely he has thousands of descendants living today in the United States.

Two of my ancestors, James Dyer and Reuben George, have American Revolutionary military records that describe them as Artificers. I had not heard this term before. It is a skilled mechanic, carpenter, or other craftsmen. In this case, they were serving in a military capacity. Artificers not only built or repaired various weaponry, particularly artillery and artillery mounts, they also made fortifications, barrels, wheels, carts, harnesses, and shod horses. [6]

Union TN FlagWhen I first researched my Tennessean ancestors, I was surprised to discover that the three who served during the Civil War all served in Union Army regiments. But, then I realized they all came from Union County, TN. The county name reflects the desire of the citizens to support the Union in the lead-up to the Civil War. Although, they supported seceding from Tennessee once Tennessee seceded from the Union.

819th patchI wrote about my father’s World War II service earlier this year for the post “Air.” [7]

Conclusion

Most of my research of military service has been done online using records found on Ancestry.com, Fold3.com, the DAR online database [8] and various state libraries with online databases of veterans. I have compiled a fairly exhaustive list of my known direct ancestors’ service records. I expect that, as I break through my genealogy brick walls, I will discover more veterans and will further add to my list. Watch this space.

SOURCES:

  1. Blog post, Family Finds: Beginnings; https://barblafara.com/beginnings/
  2. Blog post, Family Finds: Power; https://barblafara.com/power/
  3. Blog post, Family Finds: Fire; https://barblafara.com/fire/
  4. Blog post, Family Finds: David L Osborne, Civil War Soldier; https://barblafara.com/david-l-osborne-civil-war-soldier/
  5. Website, The Gene Pool: Robert Treat;; https://sites.rootsweb.com/~genepool/treatrob.htm
  6. Website, Wikipedia: Armed Forces Artificer; https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Armed-forces_artificer
  7. Blog post, Family Finds: Air; https://barblafara.com/air/
  8. Website, DAR: Ancestor Search; https://services.dar.org/public/dar_research/search/default.cfm/

Frank Takeo Flucawa

Born Takeo Furukawa on 15 March 1883 in Tottori-Ken, Tokyo, Japan, little is documented of his early childhood. Family oral history stories say that the young Takeo experienced hunger, poverty and the loss of his family. Additionally, the stories tell of friendship, spiritual learning and scholarship.

David L. Osborne: His Indianapolis Homes

My great grandfather, David Louis Osborne, lived at over 20 addresses around Indianapolis between 1876 and 1942. I thought it would be interesting to see all the old buildings and homes where he lived in my hometown of Indianapolis.

The Marriage of David and Jennie Osborne

My great grandfather, David Louis Osborne (1848-1942), was a widower with two young sons in 1886 when he married Jennie Warbington (1857-1918) in Minneapolis on the 27th of May. I decided it was time to put sources to the story.

Do You See A Resemblance?

While working on a family photo project I decided it would be fun to compare side-by-side my father and his parents, at similar ages, to try and discover a family resemblance.

Probate of Jesse King 1868

Jesse King was born in Ohio (probably in the vicinity of Chillicothe) in 1805, he was a son of Philip King and Mary Leah Wright, both of Pennsylvania. Philip King was a farmer, he married Leah Wright in 1801 in Somerset, PA, they had six children, of whom Jesse was the third.

Letter from Sarah Tucker Lafary

A handwritten letter from Sarah Tucker Lafary to the then president of the United States, Grover Cleveland. It was her last appeal for a War of 1812 pension, sadly the pension was denied. The letter gives a glimpse of a woman who had no formal education, a poor farmers wife, then widow, mother of nine, she probably just wanted some independence through an income of her own.

Sarah Smith: Challenge

52 Ancestors, in 52 Weeks – Week 2: Challenge
So much about genealogy research is a challenge, perhaps the most common challenge is the ‘brick wall,’ meet Sarah Smith. 18?? – 1846

Laferre to LaFara: Unusual Name

52 Ancestors, in 52 Weeks – Week 3: Unusual Name
The surnames in my tree are typical of common western European names. However, the name that is unusual among these names is MY surname: LaFara.

Luella Pressell: Surprise!

52 Ancestors, in 52 Weeks – Week 6: Surprise!
Just when you think you know everything about an ancestor, surprise! I thought I knew most everything about my paternal great grandfather David L. Osborne, 1848-1942.

Rumple Family Photo 1895

52 Ancestors, in 52 Weeks – Week 8: Family Photo
For all of us who are procrastinating about labeling photos I have one thing to say, “Be considerate of the genealogist of the future!” My maternal grandmother was very good about labeling old family photos, and there is one in particular I found very informative.

Conrad Rumple: Bachelor Uncle

52 Ancestors, in 52 Weeks – Week 10: Bachelor Uncle
My uncles are the marrying kind, sometimes more than once!
I had to go back four generations for a bachelor uncle, my great-great-great uncle Conrad Rumple, 1833-1911.
Conrad was an older brother to my great-great grandfather on my matrilineal line, William Rumple, 1839-1912.

George Lafary and Catherine Landon: Large Family

52 Ancestors, in 52 Weeks – Week 11: Large Family
My great-great grandparents, George Lafary and Catherine Landon, had a relatively small family, three of their six children survived to adulthood. However, they both came from large families of nine siblings and nearly all survived to marry and have children.

In The Paper

52 Ancestors, in 52 Weeks – Week 13: In The Paper
It’s fun to find articles in the paper mentioning one of my relatives. Mostly they are birth, marriage, divorce and death events. But, it’s the oddball articles in the papers I like the most.

Genealogy Brick Walls

52 Ancestors, in 52 Weeks – Week 14: Brick Wall
We all have a brick wall, that one ancestor who defies all research. I decided I would work at my brick walls by generation, I broke through the last of my 3rd great grandparent brick walls, now I am working on 4th great grandparents.

Catherine Landon: Out of Place

52 Ancestors, in 52 Weeks – Week 16: Out of Place
I realized I did not have a date of death for my great, great grandmother, Catherine Landon Lafary. A fresh search uncovered the date and much more. Out of place, but once discovered, everything fell into place.

Immigrant Ancestors, Fresh Start

52 Ancestors, in 52 Weeks – Week1: Fresh Start.
The varied reasons my European ancestors immigrated to North America for a fresh start.

William and Uva Lafara: Favorite Photo

I have many favorite photos among my collection of family artifacts. Currently, my favorite photo is of two little children from 1916 who were a complete mystery to me until last spring.

Close to Home

My grandparents. Earl and Pearl, met at church, close to home, in 1914,

So Far Away

My great-uncle Frank immigrated to the United States from Japan in 1905 to further his education, so far away

Same Name

I get excited when I discover an ancestor with the same name as a friend, or co-worker, or neighbor. Maybe we are related!