Patriots at Valley Forge

John Adams wrote, “Posterity! you will never know how much it cost the present generation to preserve your freedom!  I hope you will make a good use of it.” 

Our goal is to ensure that the sacrifices of our patriot ancestors are never forgotten.  By remembering what they did, and recalling why they did it, we can understand and appreciate our founding documents all the more.  We also begin to understand our obligations to protect and defend what they gave us.  We have an obligation to, as President Ronald Reagan stated, “preserve for our children this, the last best hope of man on earth, or we will sentence them to take the first step into a thousand years of darkness. If we fail, at least let our children and our children’s children say of us we justified our brief moment here. We did all that could be done.”

Below are the stories, as far as they are known, of the ancestors of the members of the Thomas Jefferson Chapter who sacrificed to create the United States of America.  They risked all so that we might be free.  We honor their memories.

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.

James Bohannon was born in 1742, the first child of “Captain” Elliott Bohannon and his wife, Anne Walker. Elliott was born in Gloucester County, Virginia, and amassed an estate on over 800 acres in what were then Orange and Culpeper Counties, which, when his will was probated, amounted to £156,950 (over £10 million today). Elliott and Ann were attached to the patriot cause, as were their sons.

In 1763, James 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. This arrangement ended permanently in 1775 with the start of the shooting war, and James found other activities to occupy his time.

Rev. Edward Brown, was descended from an English family that settled in Isle of Wight County, Virginia, by 1670. Edward Brown, the son of Thomas Brown and Christian Maule, was born in 1714 in Nansemond County, Virginia.

Edward and his brother John received land in Chowan County, North Carolina, from their grandfather William Maule on September 16, 1719. Edward was baptized in 1749 in North Carolina. Edward Brown married Prudence around 1750, and had six children: Edward Brown, Arthur Brown (1754), Sherrod Brown (1756), Mourning Brown (1758), Susanna Brown (1760), and Jemima Brown.

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 served as a captain in the Cherokee War of 1758, during which he made two expeditions to Keowee.

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. In October 1750, Morgan decided to join his cousin, John Hamer, Jr., in South Carolina. Morgan stayed in the Carolinas, helping to lay out Anson County from Descending Creek to the Mississippi River. In 1751, Morgan received news of his father’s death, and returned to Maryland. Since his father had died intestate, he did not inherit any land or property.

Edmund Griffith Carlisle was born around 1760 in North Carolina. He lived in Wilkes County, Georgia, which was formed in 1777 from Creek and Cherokee Indian lands. Edmund Carlisle was a Revolutionary War soldier for Georgia in the Wilkes County Militia under General Lachlan McIntosh. He also served in Morgan County Militia in Captain S. Lane’s Company.

In 1797, Edmund was listed in the tax rolls of Greene County, Georgia. Edmund Carlisle married Elizabeth Ann Whatley of Wilkes County in 1797 in Wilkes or Greene County, Georgia, and they had nine children: William Whatley Carlisle (born July 4, 1798), Elizabeth Strickland Carlisle (born 1799), James Whatley Carlisle (born 1802), Robert “Robin” Whatley Carlisle (born April 21, 1806), Edmund Whatley Carlisle (born 1808), Green Whatley Carlisle (born 1810), Michael A.J. Whatley Carlisle (born 1816), Malinda Carlisle, and Christine Carlisle. In 1799, Edmund was listed on the tax rolls of Jackson County, Georgia.

Patriot Zebediah Coburn was born October 29, 1756 at Windham in Windham County, Connecticut. He was the son of Elizabeth Durkee (1737-1826) and Zebediah Coburn, Sr. (1732- ____ ). In circa 1780, he married Luna Kendall (1762-1831).

Zebediah Coburn’s Revolutionary Pension is based on the following continental service: Zebediah Coburn enlisted in Windham, Connecticut in January of 1776 and served as a private in Captain Wills Clift’s Company, Colonel John Durkee’s Connecticut regiment; was in the battle of Trenton and Princeton. Zebediah served in Continental Regiments commanded formerly by Gen. Putnam and he appears on a return of the vacancies in the several Regiments and Companies in Col. Frye's Brigade. He was discharged at Scotch Pines, New Jersey in 1777.

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.

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