Unpacking History One Discovery at a Time
I like understanding how military service shaped our families.
The actual activity of the Pennsylvania Militia is a bit of a mystery. There was a revolution going on and records were not entirely comprehensive. There were mixed reviews from George Washington about how helpful and reliable they were. Certainly they were loyal to the Revolution, but they were not as disciplined as an army and many of them were farmers and believed their primary role was to defend their land from the British rather than run off to other states to participate in battles.
I have been trying to get a more personal and complete picture of what my ancestor Lt. Col. James McMasters (1735-1805) actually did in the militia during the 8 years that he served. It’s sketchy, but here is what I do know about his service:
19 Aug 1775 – First Major – Second Battalion, Bucks Co. PA
1 Jul 1777 – Signed Oath of…
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