Revolutionary War Ancestors

Discovering Ancestors

Given the number of ancestors my family has who were here before the Revolutionary War, it was clear that there must have been a few associated with the Revolutionary War, but I never realized how many. And many is the right word. I have found thirty so far, plus two loyalists.The hunt for Revolutionary War ancestors was sparked by a visit by my step-daughter to her local Georgia library to meet some members of the DAR Chapter. She knew her daughters had a Revolutionary ancestor by the name of Etheldred Futral. And how could you possibly resist knowing more about an ancestor with a name like Etheldred? The DAR members were welcoming and helpful. I immediately started looking for more ancestors for her family and hunted for mine. After more conversation and a very helpful meeting, we have started on the journey to validate our ancestors and join the DAR.

Even if you don't want to join the DAR or another patriotic group, the execise of searching for these ancestors solved two brick walls, helped me flesh out several neglected lines and fix a few more. In a short period of time, I've increased my skills in working with land and probate records in the south and identified sources for records I thought were hidden forever. Taking the time to do this has been very rewarding and we still have much more to do.

Daughters of the American Revolution

The Daughters of the American Revolution now regard anyone who assisted in the Revolution as eligible to be a DAR Patriot. This means that women can be Patriots as well those who helped by offering other types of assistance during the war. Our twenty-two ancestors include a 16 year-old drummer boy, at least two Lt. Colonels, several who assisted with money or goods, one who was massacured at the Battle of Wyoming, plus two who were born in Germany. As you can see from the list belwo, they came from a number of different states, some were father and son and the oldest was born in 1710, the youngest in 1762. The list represents a good cross section of America during the War.

List of DAR Ancestors

Name Born Died
Arthur, Barnabas 1735, Bedford County, Virginia 1815, Bedford County, Virginia, United States
Arthur, John A. 1758, Virginia 24 Aug 1850, Bedford County, Virginia, United States
Black, Lemuel Cir 1759, Pennsylvania 1826, Glade, Oglethorpe, Georgia, USA
Black, Thomas 1740 1801, , Oglethorpe, Georgia, USA
Budd, Gilbert 1736, Westchester County, New York 1813, Duchess County, New York
Budd, John 8 Nov 1730, Clinton, Dutchess County, New York 1 Oct 1813, Clinton, Oneida, NY, United States
Case, Roger 15 Aug 1746, Hebron, Connecticut 1827, Smyrna, Chenango, NY, USA
Davenport, James Glover 1719, King William , Virginia 25 Dec 1803, Oglethorpe County, Georgia, USA
Field, John Abt 1745 8 May 1823, Bedford County, Virginia
Fretwell, Richard 24 Dec 1752, Virginia 1843, Newton County, Georgia
Fretwell, William 1710, Virginia After 25 Feb 1788, Cumberland, Virginia
Gouldsmith, Josiah 10 Mar 1749/50, Southold, Suffolk CO, New York, USA 16 Dec 1835, , Cayuga, New York, USA
Hamilton, George 1745 Cir 1799, Oglethorpe County, Georgia, USA
Hewell, William 15 Oct 1756, , Frederick, Virginia, USA 1 Oct 1818, , Oglethorpe, Georgia, USA
Hurt, James 1749, Caroline, Virginia, United States After 1820, prob Maury, Tennessee, United States
Hurt, Moses 1718, Virginia 1806, Bedford County, Virginia
Husted, Joseph 10 Nov 1719 Between 3 Nov 1800 and 30 Sep 1805, of Phillips
Marvin, Jedediah 27 Nov 1748, Norwalk, Connecticut, USA 1813, Sodus, Wayne, New York, United States
Marvin, John 22 Jul 1705, Norwalk, Fairfield, Connecticut, United States 25 Aug 1775, Brookhaven, Suffolk, New York, United States
Phelps, Elijah 31 Jul 1724, Hebron, Tolland Co., CT post 1783, Amenia, Dutchess, New York, USA
Price, John, Rev. 1724, Indian Creek, Montgomery Co, Pennsylvania 27 Jan 1803, Chambersburg, Franklin Co, Pennsylvania
Stover, George, Dr. 29 Sep 1747, Brickerville, Lancaster Co, Pennsylvania 12 Jul 1826, Botetourt Co, Virginia
Stover, William, Rev. 15 Sep 1726, Staffort, Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany Jan 1800, Shady Grove (Antrim Twp), Franklin Co, Pennsylvania
Turner, Elijah 1740, , Caroline, Virginia, USA Bef 23 Oct 1820, , Bedford, Virginia, USA
Waterman, Flavius 17 Aug 1736, Norwich, CT 3 Jul 1778, Wyoming Valley, PA
Webster, Samuel 10 Apr 1749, Goochland County, Virginia 24 Jan 1823, Franklin County, Virginia
Williams, Joseph 7 Jan 1720/21, Hanover, , Virginia, USA 1 Oct 1792, Elberton, Elbert, GA, USA
Williams, Matthew Jouett 1749, Lunenburg, , Virginia, USA 8 Jul 1818, Surry, North Carolina
Zimmerman, Bernard Johann Cir 1740, Germany Feb 1822, Wilkes County, Georgia, United States
Zimmerman, Phillip 25 Nov 1762, Pennsylvania 1835, Tallapoosa County, Alabama, USA


There are many resouces for finding more information on the Revolutionary War, the records it produced and the people who lived in that time period. In fact, it can be overwhelming. A good place to start is the DAR website which includes a database of Patriot Ancestors indentifed to date, plus some descendents, as well as their library catelog, etc. For original records, Fold3, a subsidiary of Ancestry, holds military records for all the wars, including the Revolutionary War. There is a subscription cost.

Books Some of my favorite books were written by David Hackett Fischer.Though the books are long and well sourced, they read like novels.

Fischer, David Hackett. Albion’s Seed: Four British Folkways in America. New York: Oxford University Press, 1991. ———. Paul Revere’s Ride. Norwalk, CT.: Easton Press, 1996. ———. Washington’s Crossing. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2006. Fischer, David Hackett, James C Kelly, and Virginia Historical Society. Bound Away: Virginia and the Westward Movement. Charlottesville: University Press of Virginia, 2000.