Securing Our Country’s Independence

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When in the Course of human events it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed. That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security….

To those individuals who have risked their lives to declare independence and to the many who have fought to secure our country’s freedom, I say thank you.

Specifically, I pay homage to all of my (known) direct ancestors who fought valiantly in the American Revolution:

Christian Ardinger, Private, Cumberland County, Pennsylvania Militia
6th great-grandfather, paternal grandmother’s mother’s side

Elisa Bailey, Private, Virginia Militia
5th great-grandfather, maternal grandfather’s father’s side

Emanuel Carpenter, Captain, 7th Company, 10th Battalion, Earl Township, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania Militia
8th great-grandfather, paternal grandfather’s father’s side

Henry Delatush, 1st Lieutenant, 1st Regiment, New Jersey Militia
6th great-grandfather, maternal grandmother’s mother’s line

John Felix, Private, Berks County, Pennsylvania Militia
5th great-grandfather, paternal grandmother’s father’s side

William Fleming, Colonel/Surgeon, Botetourt County, Virginia Militia
7th great-grandfather, maternal grandfather’s mother’s side

Henry Francis Sr., Captain, North Carolina Militia
7th great-grandfather, maternal grandfather’s mother’s side (killed in battle)

Henry Francis Jr., Major, North Carolina Militia
6th great-grandfather, maternal grandfather’s mother’s side

John Kelsey, Private, Virginia Militia
5th great-grandfather, maternal grandfather’s father’s side

Charles King, Captain, Virginia Militia
6th great-grandfather, maternal grandfather’s mother’s side

Daniel Noel, 4th Company, 7th Battalion, Pennsylvania Volunteers
5th great-grandfather, paternal grandmother’s father’s side

William Roark, Musician, 1st North Carolina Regiment, North Carolina Militia
6th great-grandfather, maternal grandfather’s mother’s side

Abraham Sell, Captain, 8th Company, 6th Battalion, York County Militia
8th great-grandfather, paternal grandfather’s father’s side

Joseph Soper, Private, 5th Regiment and 2nd Regiment, Monmouth County Militia, New Jersey
7th great-grandfather, maternal grandmother’s mother’s line

Jeremiah Stark, Lieutenant, Virginia Militia
5th great-grandfather, maternal grandfather’s mother’s side

David Woodmansee, Private, New Jersey Militia
7th great-grandfather, maternal grandmother’s mother’s line

I would also like to pay tribute to my husband’s (known) direct ancestors who served in the American Revolution:

Johan Georg Goss (my spouse’s 6th great-grandfather, maternal grandmother’s mother’s side) enlisted in the Continental Army as a private in the 5th Pennsylvania Regiment at the age of 50. His wife, Elizabeth (my spouse’s 6th great-grandmother), joined the cause as well, serving as a nurse and cook for the Continental Army. In 1779, Abraham Goss (my husband’s 5th great-grandfather) enlisted in the Second Pennsylvania Regiment, serving as a fifer and drummer. He was 14 years old. Circa 1780/81, Johan Georg Goss was killed in battle. After his death, Elizabeth petitioned General George Washington to allow her and her son Abraham to leave military service. All the rest of her family had died in the war, and she could not bear the possibility of losing her last child. Understandably, her request was granted.

Daniel Bush, Private, Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania Militia
5th great-grandfather of husband, maternal grandfather’s mother’s side

Theophilus Crossman, Corporal, Capt. Abiel Clapp’s Company, Col. John Daggott’s Regiment, Massachusetts Militia
5th great-grandfather of husband, maternal grandfather’s father’s side

Samuel Fleshman, Infantry, Virginia Militia
5th great-grandfather of husband, paternal grandmother’s mother’s side

Andrew Hunter, Private, 7th Battalion, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania Militia
5th great-grandfather of husband, maternal grandmother’s mother’s side

William Kelly, Private, Pennsylvania Militia
5th great-grandfather of husband, maternal grandmother’s mother’s side

Isaac McHenry, Lieutenant, Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania Militia
6th great-grandfather of husband, maternal grandmother’s father’s side

Heinrich Silvius, Private, Pennsylvania Militia
6th great-grandfather of husband, maternal grandfather’s mother’s side

Charles Spangler, Private, York County, Pennsylvania Militia
4th great-grandfather of husband, paternal grandmother’s mother’s side

Philip Casper Spangler, Private, York County, Pennsylvania Militia
5th great-grandfather of husband, paternal grandmother’s mother’s side

 

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3 thoughts on “Securing Our Country’s Independence

  1. Cyndy Mack

    Henry Delatush my 6th generation great grandfather

    Liked by 1 person

    • Hi Cyndy! Welcome to my genealogical blog. It has been a year or two since we last corresponded about our shared Delatush lineage. How has your research been progressing?

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  2. Cyndy Mack

    Great! My cousin just named his new baby boy “Henry Delatush” ❤

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