On this day, 13 July, in the year 1799, David Woodmansee passed away. He was my 7th great-grandfather.
David Woodmansee was born on 14 Nov 1719, in Shrewsbury Township, Monmouth County, New Jersey. Formed in 31 October 1693, Shrewsbury Township spanned nearly 1,000 square miles, extending north to the Navesink River, south to encompass present-day Ocean County, east to the Atlantic Ocean, and west to the present-day border of Monmouth County. It retained its size and scope until 1750, when it was divided, and Stafford Township was formed. On 21 February 1798, a year before David Woodmansee’s birth, Shrewsbury Township officially was designated a township by the New Jersey Legislature’s Township Act of 1798.
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Tags: American history, American Revolution, ancestry, biography, family history, family tree, genealogy, lineage, New Jersey
Today marks the 236th anniversary of a pivotal battle of the American Revolution. Five and a half years after the war began on 19 April 1775, in Lexington, Massachusetts, nearly 1,000 miles away, a group of militiamen mustered in the Carolina wilderness to fight for freedom.
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.
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Tags: American Revolution, ancestry, genealogy, veteran
One of the first Gosses to arrive in the colonies was Johan Georg Goss. Johan Georg Goss (1730 – 1780) and his wife, Elizabeth (1735 – 1810), my spouse’s 6th great-grandparents. Their son, Abraham Goss (1762 – 1847), is my husband’s 5th great-grandfather.
The known patriarch of the Francis line (from my mother’s paternal line) was a man by the name of Capt. Henry Francis (my 7th great-grandfather).
Capt. Henry Francis served and died in the American Revolution. On 14 October 1780, the four militia companies of Montgomery County, Virginia, together with the North Carolina militia, met and defeated the Tories at the Battle of Shallow Ford, Yadkin County, North Carolina. Three Francis kin fought in this skirmish: Captain Henry Francis and his sons, Henry and John. During the battle, Captain Henry Francis was shot in the head and died. He was the only Patriot who perished in this battle. Son Henry was only a few feet from his father when he fell. Captain Francis was buried at the site of the battle.