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Happy Birthday USA! Anyone else here have relatives who fought in the Revolutionary War?

Happy Birthday USA! Anyone else here have relatives who fought in the Revolutionary War?

Old Feb 11th, 2007, 11:11 PM
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On my mother's side we had an ancestor who fought in the war. But our big claim to fame is the former family home which was used as a military headquarters for a time during the war.Benedict Arnold along with some generals planned the Battle of Saratoga there.

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Old Feb 12th, 2007, 07:29 AM
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I found lots of fighting in my family background. I did an in-depth genealogy which went back to the mid 1700's. I found among other things I already new, family from Prussia who fought the Germans, Germans who fought the Prussians, a German who fought against America in WWII, Americans who fought the Germans in WWI and WWII, an American who fought the Japanese in WWII, a few Americans who fought the Viet-Cong in the Vietnam war and a Native American who fought the American Cavalry in the American Indian wars.

Most of them decided to put their arms down and make babies. Hello world!
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Old Feb 12th, 2007, 07:39 AM
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DAR here, although we've traced other relatives to within 20 years of the Pilgrims. Funny to see this pop up in February!
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Old Feb 12th, 2007, 08:06 AM
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Spouse has guys that came over with William Penn, a few fought in the Revolution (for the Colonies). My grandparents were all born in Europe, though heritage is from Asia too.

Amazing how many poor people (spouse's family was near welfare, thank goodness we are doing much better than that) have ancestors that helped found our country.

DAR or similar was discussed once we found this out, but it appeared that it is quite onerous to join if you don't have actual memorabilia or a "known" name. Civil War is much easier to trace than Revolutionary War, got boxes of stuff from Nat'l Archives.
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Old Feb 12th, 2007, 09:01 AM
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JJ5 - One side came over between WWI and WWII - but my mom's side came over in the mid 1800's.

However, DH can claim relatives that go very far back. Actually, his family joins up with the Bush's in the 1800's, so that took us back to a bunch of ancestors that had already been researched.

One note, we have a family name that goes back to 1716 France, and it's my son's middle name! I knew it went back 3-4 generations, which is why I used it. Imagine my surprise when it appears that far back.
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