December 30, 2013 at 6:33 pm #8663
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-RW1776January 10, 2014 at 4:25 am #8701George T, MullerParticipant
I’ve been interested in the American Revolutionary war history for quite some time now. I recently motor homed to many of the battlefields, forts and Museums from Fort Niagara east with stops in Oswego, Rome, Lake George, Montreal, Quebec, Ticonderoga, Saratoga battlefield, much of the Boston area and West Point.
I’m now wanting to join a re-enactment group to learn and participate in a few re-enactments. There are a few groups I’m interested in joining (1st Ulster NY, and 1st New York as I go to those areas when I visit Kingston, NY where is was raised.
GeorgeJanuary 10, 2014 at 7:11 am #8702
Hi George, welcome from here in Pennsylvania.
All that traveling and visiting sounds great. I’ve mostly made it to battlefields and sites from the Boston area and south, so all of those places you have been would definitely be on my to-visit list. Would you recommend any one or few in particular as worthy spots?
Near here in Philadelphia, Valley Forge is a nice park. I also always enjoy a visit to Old City around Independence Hall in Philadelphia, there is so much history all in one place.
Re-enacting sounds fun. I haven’t made the jump yet though recently came across a living history association that has over 130 members units. They are called The Brigade and their website is: http://www.brigade.org. They list the 1st Ulster and 1st New York as member units, so you might be familiar with them already.
-DanMay 16, 2014 at 5:59 pm #8735Marshall StackParticipant
I just came across this site yesterday. I have a great interest in the American Revolution, as I have several ancestors who fought for our independence – one in the Rhode Island Militia, another was an officer on Castle Island in Boston, and another who was an artillery captain and died at the siege of Fort Mifflin. Robert Treat Paine is also my 1st cousin 8 times removed. I’m also very distantly related by marriage to John Adams.
I have deep family roots in Boston; although I’m not from there, I’ve visited many times through the years. I enjoy genealogy, and have focused much of my research on 18th-century Boston.May 17, 2014 at 8:03 pm #8738
First, welcome to the site! And wow, that is some impressive family history. Folks would be excited to have just one known family tie to the period, having a few especially with such great military and government participation is incredible. I would imagine you have spent a significant amount of time on the genealogical research side of things.
Have you gotten to visit Fort Independence (previously the Fort Adams/Castle Williams) on Castle Island? Also, do you know if any of your family members were loyalists? It would be interesting to know what paths different members of the family tree might have taken.
Fort Mifflin is close to me in Philadelphia. From my knowledge of the siege, the number of defending American forces was small and they were later mentioned by British senior military officials to have fought very bravely.
Thanks for sharing, this is so great to learn aboutMay 19, 2014 at 7:52 pm #8741Marshall StackParticipant
I’ve never gotten to Fort Independence, unfortunately. It’s been rebuilt several times since the Revolution, so I imagine it looks much different from when my 5th great-grandfather was there.
The genealogy was frustrating because he and my ancestor who died at Fort Mifflin were both named Samuel Treat after a common ancestor, the Reverend Samuel Treat. Both were also Captains. The Captain Treat who died at Fort Mifflin was noted for his bravery in the correspondence of Henry Knox and by Jeremiah Greenman in his diary that became “The Diary Of a Common Soldier In the American Revolution”. The Captain Treat who was my direct ancestor spent over 20 years in the military, most of it on Castle Island.
I don’t have many details, but I’m pretty sure a handful of my ancestors either left for England or went to Halifax with the British troops who evacuated Boston in 1776. Most of my ancestors who were here at the time appear to have sided with the rebels.May 21, 2014 at 5:07 am #8742
Very cool. I could see how the search could get tricky, especially with folks having the same name and rank. Amazing he was known and noted by Henry Knox. Out of interest I looked a little more into him and found (which I am sure you have already seen):
Fort Mifflin Captain Treat mentioned in family tree (page 73): http://www.capecodhistory.us/genealogy/Treat-5.pdf
Hand-written archive record noting his service: http://wardepartmentpapers.org/document.php?id=4098
The fun part for me is seeing the connections – You connected to them, major battles, key figures, and the overall war – we often get a big picture view and getting to learn about the individuals really brings another level of appreciation to what they were a part of.
I’ll have to do a little more digging into my history as well, I doubt any direct revolutionary ties, though it would be interesting to see where the tree leads
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