James Bohannon was born in 1742, the first child of “Captain” Elliott Bohannon and his wife, Anne Walker. In 1763, he married Frances Booten (Boughton), whom he named his “beloved wife” in his will, and together they had twelve children.
Prior to the start of the War for Independence, James was an agent for Glasgow tobacco merchants who owned large tracts of land in Virginia, and leased them, through agents like James, to farmers who raised the tobacco. The crop was then shipped to Glasgow, where it was the basis for the fortunes of the “Tobacco Lords.”
Joseph Brown descends from an old English Family. In England, the name was originally spelled Browne. The Brownes were from Betchworth Castle in County Surrey. Joseph’s immigrant ancestor, Edward Browne V, was born in County Kent, England around 1631. He immigrated to the New World in 1655, and settled in Kent County, Maryland.
In 1750, Edward Browne’s great grandson, Morgan Brown III, left Maryland and settled in Anson County, North Carolina, very near the border with Marlboro County, South Carolina. Morgan married his 16 year old cousin, Elizabeth Clothier, the granddaughter of his father’s aunt, on 27 October 1752 in North Carolina. Morgan and Elizabeth were the parents of Joseph Brown, who was born on 15 November 1763.
Morgan Brown III descends from an old English Family. In England, the name was originally spelled Browne. The Brownes were from Betchworth Castle in County Surrey. Morgan’s immigrant ancestor, Edward Browne V, was born in County Kent, England around 1631. He immigrated to the New World in 1655, and settled in Kent County, Maryland.
Morgan Brown III was born on October 8, 1719 in Quaker Neck, Kent County, Maryland. Morgan became a surveyor around 1740. In 1748, Morgan served as a private in William Harper’s Company in King George’s War, 1740-1748.
David Cornog was born in 1693 in Llangolman, Pembrokeshire, Wales, and died on 24 April 1780 in Radnor, Chester County, PA. He married Catherine Davis in Wales. She was born in 1698 in Rhydwylym, Pembrokeshire, Wales, and died on 11 December 1779 in Radnor, Chester County, PA. David and Catherine are both buried in Great Valley Baptist Church Cemetery, Tredyffrin Township, Chester County, PA. Their children are Jane, Mary, William (1725-1780), Catherine (1731-1784), Thomas (1735-1790), Sarah (1736-1810), Abraham (1739-1802), and Daniel (1740-1802).
David Cornog provided patriotic service during the American Revolution in Pennsylvania.
John Cornog was born in 1756 in Haverford Township, Chester County, PA, and died on 3 April 1828 in Haverford Township, Chester County, PA. John Cornog was the son of Thomas Cornog and Margaret Edwards. John married Ann “Nancy” after 1780 in PA. She was born in 1761 and died on 10 November 1823 in Haverford Township, PA. They are both buried in the Lower Merion Baptist Church, Haverford, PA. John’s second wife was Margaret Litzenberg. Their children were Daniel Cornog (1784-1843), and Thomas Cornog (1787-1850).
John served during the Revolutionary War as a lieutenant in Pennsylvania, and provided patriotic service.
Thomas Cornog was born in 1735 in Radnor, Chester County, PA, and died on 20 August 1790 in Haverford, Delaware County, PA. He was the son of David Cornog and Catherine Davis. Thomas married Margaret Edwards in March of 1756 in PA. She was the daughter of John Edwards, Sr. and Ann. Margaret was born in 1738 in Chester County, PA, and died on 5 July 1811 in Haverford, Delaware County, PA. Both Thomas and Margaret are buried in Great Valley Baptist Church Cemetery, Tredyffrin Township, Chester County, PA. Thomas and Margaret had 8 children: John Cornog (1756-1828); Ann Cornog (born after 1736- ?); Catherine Cornog (born after 1756 – before 1796); Elizabeth (born after 1756 - 1796); Hannah Cornog (1759-1821); David Cornog (1767- 1834); Sarah Cornog (1769-1896); and Jane Cornog (1775-1795).
Thomas provided patriotic service in Pennsylvania.
Elias Cotton served in the Revolutionary War in the Continental Navy on board the Frigate Deane under Captain Samuel Nicholson. The Continental Navy frigate Deane was one of the most successful ships in the Revolutionary War. She sailed from Boston January 14, 1779 with Alliance for a cruise in the West Indies and returned to Philadelphia April 17, 1779 with one prize, the armed ship Viper. She joined with Boston and two ships of the Virginia Navy guarding a convoy of merchantmen and continuing on for a five week cruise which netted eight prizes, including four privateers, the packet Sandwich, and the sloop-of-war HMS Thorn.
Captain Ubaldo de Coca y Aguilar de Arteaga born in Havana, Cuba, Feb. 6, 1744, the son of Diego de Coca y Aguilar and Faustina de Arteaga y Castro-Palomino.
He started his military career in Havana, Cuba, at 19 years of age, on a Spanish militia regiment formed by young men from local aristocratic Creole families. A short time after joining he participated in the siege of Havana by the British in 1762, a military action that took place from March through August 1762 as part of the Seven Year´s War. His career quickly advanced from Distinguished Soldier in ´62, to Sub Lieutenant in ´63, Grenadier in ´68 and Captain in 1770.
George Evans descends from an old Virginia family. His parents, Richard Evans and Mary Lillington, were planters in Richmond County, Virginia, and Beaufort County, North Carolina.
George Evans was born around 1744 in Bath, Beaufort County, North Carolina (in the area which became Pitt County in 1760). His father died when he was a youth, and his brother Richard became his guardian. George Evans married Anne Hines around 1764 in Pitt County, and they had three children: John Evans (born 1765), Peter Hines Evans (born December 12, 1781), and Susannah Evans (born 1784).
John Evans descends from an old Virginia family. His grandparents, Richard Evans and Mary Lillington, were planters in Richmond County, Virginia, and Beaufort County, North Carolina.
John Evans, the son of Major George Evans and Anne Hines, was born in 1765 in Pitt County, North Carolina (in the area which became Pitt County in 1760). John Evans married Elizabeth McMurray in 1795 in Pitt County, North Carolina, and had three children: Elizabeth Evans (1799), William Parson Evans (1805), and Matilda Evans (1808).
Thomas William Gaines was born in 1738 in Orange County, Virginia. On June 17, 1776, Congress directed Maryland and Virginia to raise six companies of riflemen. These soldiers were equipped with rifles, not muskets, and specialized in long-range marksmanship. On August 30, when Thomas enlisted for three years in Captain Long’s Company, Maryland & Virginia Rifle Regiment, he was a 38-year-old farmer, married to Susannah Strother, with two small children and one on the way.
Fortunately for Thomas, the majority of Long’s company was slow to muster and depart Virginia to join Washington's army in New York. Because of this, he missed the regiment’s participation in the defense of Fort Washington, where all present were killed or taken prisoner.
Christopher Greene, the son of Nathanael Greene and Mary Mott, was born on 23 July 1748 in Potowomut Neck, Warwick County, Rhode Island. Christopher served as a member of the Committee of Public Safety in Rhode Island. He was one of the earliest commanders of the Kentish Guards of East Greenwich, Rhode Island Volunteers, which corps he helped to organize in the year 1774. He took part in Sullivan’s Expedition on Rhode Island, in which he occupied an honorable command under his brother, Major General Nathanael Greene. He was also a member of the Rhode Island state convention which ratified the Constitution of the United States.
Edward Hart was born on 20 December 1755 in Hopewell, Hunterdon, NJ, and died on 6 October 1812 in Beverley, Randolph, WV. Edward was the son of John Hart (a signer of the Declaration of Independence) and Deborah Scudder. Edward Hart married about 1777 to Nancy Ann Stout, who was born on 25 July 1756 in Hopewell, Hunterdon, NJ, and died on 25 February 1844 in Beverley, Randolph, WV. Edward and Nancy had five children: Henry Hart, John Hart, Susannah Hart, Deborah Hart and Joseph Hart.
Edward Hart served during the Revolutionary War as a private in New Jersey. Edward is buried in the Beverly Cemetery in Beverly, West Virginia.
John Hart was born on 21 February 1713 in Maidenhead, Burlington, NJ, and died on 11 May 1779 in Hopewell, Hunterdon, NJ. In 1739, he married Deborah Scudder, who was born in 1723 in Hopewell, Hunterdon, NJ, and he died on 26 October 1776 in Hopewell, Hunterdon, NJ. They had a son, Edward Hart (1755-1812), who was a private from PA in the American Revolution.
The following is taken from "Lives of the Signers to the Declaration of Independence," by Reverend Charles A. Goodrich.
THE history of the world probably furnishes not another instance in which there was a nobler exhibition of true patriotism, than is presented in the history of the American revo- lution. It was certain at its commencement, in respect to numerous individuals, whose talents, wisdom and enterprise were necessary to its success, that they could derive but little, if any, individual advantage. Nay, it was certain, that in- stead of gain they would be subjected to great loss and suffer- ing. The comforts of their families would be abridged ; their property destroyed ; their farms desolated ; their houses plun- dered or consumed ; their sons might fall in the field of battle ; and, should the struggle be vain, an ignominious death would be their portion. But, then, the contest respected rights which God had given them ; it respected liberty, that dearest and noblest privilege of man ; it respected the happiness of gene- rations yet to succeed each other on this spacious continent to the end of time. Such considerations influenced the pa- triots of the revolution. They thought comparatively little of themselves ; their views were fixed on the happiness of others ; on the future glory of their country ; on universal liberty!
Peter Hines was descended from a Londonderry, Ireland family that settled in Jamestown, Virginia, in October of 1650, having arrived on the sloop Anne Bolyn. Peter Hines, the son of Wlliam Hines and Elizabeth Gross of Montrose Planation in Surrey County, Virginia, was born in 1717 in Surrey County, Virignia.
Peter Hines married Elizabeth Edmunds, and had five children: Elizabeth Hines (1751), Mary Hines, Henry Hines, Peter Hines, and Anne Hines. Peter Hines moved to Edgecombe County, North Carolina, in 1768. He owned land on the Tar River and on the Gouger Branch, as well as a saw mill on Town Creek. Peter Hines did public service during the Revolutionary War.
Moses Lambeth was born 1754 in Davidson Co, NC, and died on 18 August 1843 in Marshall Co, MS. Moses married about 1780 to Tabitha Loftin, who was born on 31 Mar 1757 in New Bern, Craven Co, NC, and died 10 June 1836 in Davidson Co, NC. Moses and Tabitha had children: Barbara Lambeth (1794-1868), who marred Henry James Hart; Frances Lambeth, Mary “Polly” Lambeth; Sally Lambeth; and Samuel Lambeth (1783-1873), who married Mary Merrill.
Minuteman Edmund Littlefield descends from an English Family from Titchfield, County Hampshire. Edmund’s immigrant ancestor and namesake, Edmund Littlefield, was born in Titchfield, England around 1592. He immigrated to the Massachusetts Colony in 1636, and settled in Boston. He was a member of Reverend John Wheelwright’s congregation, and fled to Maine with the reverend when he was expelled by Massachusetts.
Edmund Littlefield the patriot was born on April 3, 1724 in Braintree, Massachusetts, the son of Nathaniel Littlefield and Abigail Spear. Edmund filed an intention to marry Mary Caswell on 6 October of 1750 in Weymouth, Massachusetts. Edmund and Mary had nine children: Mary Littlefield (born 1753), Edmund Littlefield (born May 4, 1755), Jedediah Littlefield (born June 18, 1758), Anna Littlefield (born August 3, 1760), Asa Littlefield (born August 8, 1762), Josiah Littlefield (born June 30, 1765), Jesse Littlefield (born August 23, 1767), Elisha Littlefield (born November 17, 1770), and Elizabeth Littlefield (born May 2, 1773).
Darius Mead I descends from an English Family. Darius’s immigrant ancestor, William Mead, emigrated from Lydd, County Kent, England, on the vessel Elizabeth to the Massachusetts Colony. He eventually moved to Connecticut, and was one of the original settlers in Stamford, part of the New Haven Colony.
Darius Mead I was born on March 28, 1728 in Greenwich, Connecticut. Darius married Ruth Curtis around 1750 and had children: David (January 17, 1752), Asahel, John, Ruth (April 16, 1761), Darius II (December 9, 1764) Betsy (June 1, 1769) and Joseph Mead. Darius purchased a farm in Hudson, New York, and moved there. After his first son was born in Hudson, Darius moved to Pennsylvania and became proprietor of some valuable lands in Wyoming County under Pennsylvania titles, which were patented for £5 per 100 acres. Darius lived near Fort Augusta (modern day Sunbury, Pennsylvania), which was a frontier trading post for commerce with the Indians.
Darius Mead II descends from an English Family. Darius’s immigrant ancestor, William Mead, emigrated from Lydd, County Kent, England, on the vessel Elizabeth to the Massachusetts Colony. He eventually moved to Connecticut, and was one of the original settlers in Stamford, part of the New Haven Colony.
Darius Mead II was born on December 9, 1764 in Wyoming County, Pennsylvania, the son of Darius Mead I and Ruth Curtis. His parents had moved to Pennsylvania from Connecticut, when both states had overlapping land claims. Around 1778, the Indians of Western Pennsylvania began to prey upon the white settlers, and Darius’ brother Asahel Mead was found killed and horribly mutilated by Indians.
Silas Morton was born on July 10, 1752 in Plymouth, Massachusetts, the son of Silas and Martha Morton. Silas served as a Minuteman in a militia company from Plymouth, Massachusetts, at the siege of Boston, 1775-1776. On January 1, 1777, Silas was commissioned as a lieutenant in the First Massachusetts Regiment, commanded by Colonel John Bailey. Silas served in New Jersey as an orderly carrying dispatches for General George Washington. He served in Washington’s Army at Valley Forge. On July 16, 1779, he was present at the capture of Stony Point. He was at West Point at the time of Benedict Arnold’s treason, and he witnessed the execution of Major John André.
John Parkinson, Esq., descends from a Scots-Irish Family from Northern Ireland. John was born around 1750, possibly in Ballymagowan, County Armagh, and immigrated to South Carolina around 1765. John Parkinson lived on a plantation named Richmount – which he may have named after Richmount Manor, Oneilland West Barony, Ballymagowan, County Armagh. John lived in the region of South Carolina that was first in Orangeburgh District, later separated as Winton District, and finally became Barnwell County.
John Pintard was born in New York on May 18, 1759, a descendant of Antoine Pintard, a Huguenot from La Rochelle, France. He was orphaned in his first year when both his parents died on a voyage to Haiti. He was raised by his uncle, Lewis Pintard. He attended the College at New Jersey (later Princeton University), but left school to join the patriot forces when the British arrived at New York. He went on various expeditions to harass the enemy. He returned to school briefly and received the degree of A.B. in 1776. He served as deputy commissary of prisoners at New York. On November 12, 1784, he married Elizabeth Brashear, daughter of Col. Abraham Brashear of Paramus, New Jersey.
Benjamin Proctor, a son of Captain Nicholas Proctor and Nannie Smith, was born in 1760 in Rowan County, North Carolina. As a young child, he was seriously maimed in both arms, which would make him ineligible for military service. After his family moved to Fort Boonesboro, Kentucky, however, he volunteered for the military in 1776 at the age of 16, and served for a year under the command of the famous frontiersman, Col. Daniel Boone, and then for four years at Estell’s Station under Capt. James Estell.
Although unable to engage in combat, Benjamin provided valuable service as a scout and spy at the request of the famed frontier military leader, George Rodgers Clark. He excelled in this capacity of finding out the movements and intentions of the Indians. Benjamin had as many as eight brothers, some of whom were with him as he performed his military service. During this time, he was also a member of a party that rescued Col. Boone after having been taken captive by the Indians.
Joseph Russell was born on December 6, 1763 in Groton, Massachusetts, the son of Ephraim Russell and Miriam Wheeler. Joseph Russell enlisted on July 27, 1780 as a private at Groton, Massachusetts, and he served under Captain John Porter and Colonel Cyprian Howe in the Massachusetts Militia. He served for two months until October 30, 1780.
After the American Revolution, Joseph and his widowed mother Miriam moved to Bingham, Maine. Joseph Russell married Elizabeth Goodridge, the daughter of Josiah Goodridge and Elizabeth Phelps, in 1790 in Bingham, and they had seven children: Rhoda Russell, Frank Russell, Lucy Russell, Elizabeth Russell, Mary Russell, Ephraim Russell, and Susan Russell. Joseph and his wife were members of the First Congregational Church of Bingham, founded in 1805.
The Sextons emigrated from Ireland about 1653 and settled in New Jersey. Timothy Sexton, Sr., was born there in 1750 and when the Revolution came, he enlisted in the Continental Army in 1777. He served in an Infantry Company commanded by Captain Henry Dickinson of Morristown, New Jersey. They were part of the New Jersey 3rd Regiment under the command of Colonel William Dayton and Brigadier General William Maxfield. He saw action in the battles of Brunswick, Amboy, Wertfield, Monmouth, Staten Island, Long Island and New York.
In 1782 he married Esther Sisel in South Carolina. They raised five sons. In 1782-83, he fought the Catawba Indians under the command of Captain James Twaddle and Colonel Hill. For his service, he was deeded fifty-five acres of land in what would become Tennessee. He settled in what is now Scott County.
Hardy Stevens, the son of John Stevens, was born about 1749 in New Hanover County, North Carolina. He purchased land in Duplin County on the east side of Great Cohairie Creek.
Hardy married Jemima Brown (the daughter of Reverend Edward Brown of Brown’s Baptist Church), and had at least six children: John Stevens (1767), Micajah Stevens, Edward Stevens (1772), Hardy Stevens II, Theophilus Stevens (25 October 1780) and Susannah Stevens.
The Woodson family comes from England. The immigrant ancestor was Dr. John Woodson of Devonshire, who came to Jamestown on the George in April 1619. He was a surgeon with a company of soldiers sent to defend the colony against Indian attacks.
John Woodson was born about 1730 in Goochland County, Virginia, the son of Josiah Woodson and Mary Royall. John Woodson married Dorothea Randolph, the daughter of Colonel Isham Randolph of Dungeness, on October 1751. They had twelve children: Jane Woodson, Elizabeth Woodson, Josiah Woodson, Isham Woodson, Susanna Woodson, John Woodson, Martha Woodson, Judith Woodson, Sarah Woodson, Mary Woodson, Lucy Woodson, and Anne Woodson.
John inherited his father’s plantation and homestead near Dover in Goochland County. John was a vestryman in 1756. John was a member of the House of Burgesses from 1769-1771. He was a member of the Conventions of 1774, 1775 and 1776. John was sheriff of Goochland County, Virginia from 1778-1789.
During the Revolutionary War, John Woodson served as a colonel in the Goochland County Militia. John Woodson died at his home in Goochland County in December 1789.