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The Burning of Hanna’s Town

From: https://archive.org/stream/historyofwestmor01bouc#page/n9/mode/2up History of Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania, Volume 1 (1906) By John Newton Boucher CHAPTER XII The Hannastown War Burning of the County Seat Destruction of Miller’s Blockhouse The summer of 1782 was the gloomiest in our pioneer history. Many of … Continue reading

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Wood Family in the Revolutionary War

The DAR Genealogical Review lists 463 Wood family members in The Revolutionary War (http://services.dar.org/public/dar_research/search_adb/default.cfm). Of course, Wood is a rather common name, but not as common as Jones or Smith are today. There are many paternal lines that emigrated to … Continue reading

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Henry M. Stemple 1827-1871

Henry Martin Stemple The ship “Samuel,” arrived in Philadelphia, August 30, 1737, with three generations of Stemples: grandfather Nicholas, father Johann Peter, and son Johann Gottfried. After settling in Aurora, Virginia (now in Preston County, West Virginia), Gottfried would serve in … Continue reading

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William Phillips 1731-1781

From the City of Petersburg, VA website– Major General William Phillips British Royal Artillery (1731-1781) Somewhere in the outer northeast angle of old Blandford Church, in Petersburg, Virginia, lays the hidden body of Major General William Phillips, a British officer … Continue reading

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Richard Stockton 1630-1707

from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_Stockton_(Continental_Congressman) Richard Stockton(1) (October 1, 1730 – February 28, 1781) was an American lawyer, jurist, legislator, and a signer of the Declaration of Independence. Early life A son of John Stockton, one of the founders of the College of New Jersey at Princeton … Continue reading

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Early American Exceptionalism

by Jay Steel Hackenbracht This is a story about early American Exceptionalism. Oppressed people Came to America because they had a dream that there was a better opportunity for them to excel and contribute to society. This belief was fueled by the … Continue reading

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Godfrey Stemple 1718-1798

Another veteran of the Revolutionary War was Godfrey Stemple. Stemple’s Ridge in Preston County, West Virginia, is named for him. He was the son of Jacob Stemple and Maria Elizabeth Schneider, and was born 20 Jan 1727 in Wittenberg, Germany (the Palatinate region). With … Continue reading

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Jacob Prickett

From http://www.wvpics.com/prickett.htm— Captain Jacob Prickett was born in Wilmington, Delaware, in the year of 1722. He is said to have been 5’10,” and to have weighed about 180 pounds. Jacob had “stiff” black hair, and black eyes, and it is noted … Continue reading

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John Hart, signer of the Declaration of Independence

There are many references already available regarding the signer. The short story is that he was elected to both the First and Second Continental Congress, a political leader in New Jersey for about 30 years, and a farmer at heart. … Continue reading

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Steels in the Revolutionary War

The DAR Genealogical Review lists about 135 Steels (with spellings: Steel, Steele, Steelman) in The Revolutionary War (http://services.dar.org/public/dar_research/search_adb/default.cfm). Of course, Steele was as common then as Jones or Smith are today. After the Ulster Land War of 1770, a lot … Continue reading

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