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 their service.


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.


James Fox -
Loudoun County, VA. Patriotic Service. James hauled supplies for the Virginia militia and also contributed supplies to support the Virginia militia. He 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., and once again, the DAR is unwilling to admit their error and correct their mistake.


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.


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.