My Revolutionary War Ancestors


    These are my ancestors with Revolutionary War service that I can prove. There were probably several more, but they died before they could apply for a pension, which is often the only record of service for some veterans. Others had common given and surnames and cannot be sorted from other men of the same name. When I get a chance, I will flesh out the descriptions of the service of my ancestors.


Colonel John Barber - Tryon and Lincoln Counties, NC. John Barber was a member of the Tryon County, NC. Committee of Safety in 1775. He was a delegate from Tryon County to Halifax Convention in 1776. He served as an Assemblyman from Tryon County to North Carolina legislature in 1777. He served as a Captain, Major and Lieutenant Colonel in the North Carolina Militia from 1775-1783, most in Graham's Regiment of Tryon and Lincoln counties but in at least one other regiment, as well. He was promoted to Colonel at the end of the War. He served in several battles and skirmishes, including Graham's Fort, Great Cane Brake, Snow Campaign and Guilford Courthouse. He is mentioned in the pension applications of more than a dozen men who served under him. He is my fourth great grandfather on my mother's side.

On a side note, the DAR has incorrectly placed markers to John Barber on a non-existent grave in the Bethell Cemetery in York County, SC. He is actually buried in the Warlick Cemetery in Cleveland County, NC. The DAR has, so far, been unwilling to admit their mistake and correct this error.


William Baxter -
Spotsylvania County, VA. William enlisted at Fredericksburg, Virginia into the Continental Army in 1781. His rank and service unit are unknown. He originally served under Captain William Payne. He may be the William Baxter of Culpeper County, VA who was drafted from the county militia into the Continental Army in 1781. He was probably enlisted rank. He is mentioned in the pension application of John Redinhour, a comrade in arms. He is my fifth great grandfather on my mother's side.


Thomas Allen Beale - Montgomery County, MD. Thomas Allen Beale served in the 2nd Maryland Regiment as a private in 1778 at age 16. He served under Capt. Thomas Edmunston in the 4th Regiment, Lower Battalion, Montgomery County, MD as a private in 1780. He is my fourth great grandfather on my mother's side.

Thomas Daniel - Washington County, VA. There is little doubt that Thomas Daniel served in the Revolutionary War from Washington County. He was born about 1750 in Caroline County, VA and settled in what was later Washington County in 1771, claiming 800 acres of land on the Maiden Springs fork of the Clinch River. He was associated with several known Long Hunters. His land bordered that of William Bowen who was the captain of a militia company during the Revolutionary War. Thomas Daniel served 99 days during Dunmore's War under Lt. William Bowen and Capt. William Russell, Bowen's father-in-law, donated supplies to the militia and was in Russell and Bowen's company at the Battle of Point Pleasant in 1774. Capt. William Bowen was an officer at the Maiden Springs Fort and his brother, Lt. Rees Bowen was killed at the Battle of Kings Mountain. Spilsby Daniel, Thomas' first cousin, was Thomas' neighbor and received a pension for his service fighting Indians and at the Battle of Kings Mountain. The only mention of Spilsby Daniel's service is his pension application which was attested to by witnesses and approved. All of Thomas Daniel's close Daniel cousins served in the Revolutionary War, including Major Walker Daniel who was later the first Attorney General of Kentucky and killed by Indians in 1784. Thomas named a son for him. Unfortunately, militia rosters and records on the western frontier are sparse and Thomas Daniel died about 1825, before the pension act for Revolutionary War veterans commenced. Thomas Daniel was probably enlisted, likely a private. The search for proof of his service continues. All six of Thomas Daniel's sons served in the War of 1812. Thomas Daniel was my third great grandfather.


James Fox -
Loudoun County, VA. Patriotic Service. James hauled supplies for the Virginia militia and contributed supplies to support the Virginia militia. He also supported the Colonial government by purchasing 995 acres of land in Kentucky using two Virginia Treasury Warrants in 1778. He was in his forties at the time he gave service. He is my third great grandfather on my father's side.

Another mistake (James Fox, A041350) by the DAR has attributed  this service to James' son, James Jr. was at home as a child during the war, and once again, the DAR is unwilling to admit their error and correct their mistake.

Dudley Gatewood - Bedford County, VA. Patriotic Service. He furnished beef for the Bedford County militia. The DAR number for his service is A209506. Proof of his service may be found in Bedford County, VA Court Order Book 6, page 355. He is my fifth great grandfather on my father's side. His son, my ancestor, also rendered patriotic service.


James Gatewood - Bedford County, VA. Patriotic Service. He furnished beef, corn & "diets" for the Bedford County militia. The DAR number for his service is A209505. Proof of his service may be found in Bedford County, VA Court Order Book 6, page 362. He is my fourth great grandfather on my father's side. His father also rendered patriotic service.


John Ware - Caswell County, NC. John Ware served multiple tours in the North Carolina Militia from 1776-1781. Enlisted rank. He received a pension for his service. He is my fifth great grandfather on my mother's side.