MUSTER ROLL OF
CAPTAIN ABRAHAM SHEPHERD'S
COMPANY OF RIFLEMEN WHO VOLUNTEERED IN 1776
Source: "Historic Shepherdstown" By Danske Dandridge, 1910
Transcribed by K. Torp
"An Abstract of the Pay due the Officers and Privates of the Company of Riflemen, belonging to Captain Abraham Shepherd, being part of a Battalion raised by Colonel Hugh Stevenson, deceased, and afterwards commanded by Lieut. Colonel Moses Rawlings, in the Continental Service from July 1st, 1776, to October 1st, 1778."
This is the heading of the paper which lies before me, brown with age, and frail with wear, so that in some places it is almost illegible. For our present purpose it will be sufficient to give only the names of the company. Later an attempt will be made to record the fate of each soldier who fought in this famous and ill-fated company.
Abraham Shepherd, Captain.
Samuel Finley, First Lieutenant.
William Kelley, Second Lieutenant.
Henry Bedinger, Third Lieutenant.
John Crawford, First Sergeant.
John Kerney, Second Sergeant.
Robert Howard, Third Sergeant.
Dennis Bush, Fourth Sergeant.
John Seaburn, First Corporal.
Evert Hoglant, Second Corporal.
Thomas Knox, Third Corporal.
Jonathan Gibbons, Fourth Corporal.
Stephen Vardine, Drummer.
Thomas Cook, Fifer.
William Anderson -- Richard Neal.
Jacob Wine -- Peter Hill.
William Waller -- Adam Sheetz.
James Hamilton -- George Taylor.
Adam Rider -- Patrick Vaughan.
Peter Hanes -- John Malcher.
Peter Snyder -- Daniel Bedinger.
John Barger -- William Hickman.
Thomas Pollock -- Byran Timmons.
Thomas Mitchell -- Conrad Bush.
Davis Harman -- James Aitken.
William Wilson -- Moses McComesky.
Thomas Beatty -- John Gray.
Valentine Fritz -- Zechariah Bull.
William Moredock -- Charles Collins.
Samuel Davis -- Conrad Cabbage.
John Cummins -- Gabriel Stephens.
Michael Wolf -- John Lewis.
William Donnelly -- David Gilmore.
John Cassody -- Samuel Blount
Peter Good -- George Helm
William Bogle -- John Nixon
Anthony Blackhead -- Christian Peninger
Charles Jones -- William Case
Casper Myre -- George Brown
Benjamin McKnight -- Anthony Larkin
William Seaman -- Charles Snowden
John Boulden -- John Blake
Nicholas Russel -- Benjamin Hughes
James Brown -- James Fox
William Hicks -- Patrick Connell
John Holmes -- Thomas Mountsfield
Isaac Price -- Samuel Brown
John McSwaine -- James Griffith
Patrick Murphy -- James Roberts, Armourer
LIST OF MEN RAISED BY HENRY BEDINGER THAT HE
BROUGHT FROM NEW TOWN AND AROUND
MARTINSBURG, AUGUST 1ST, 1776
Source: "Historic Shepherdstown" By Danske Dandridge, 1910
Transcribed by K. Torp
Dennis Bush, 4th Sargeant.
Conrad Cabbage, Prisoner, Died Jan. 7th, 1777.
John Cummins, Prisoner, Died Jan. 27th, 1777.
Gabriel Stevens, Prisoner, Died March 1st, 1777.
William Donnally, Prisoner, Died Jan. 10th, 1777.
David Gilmer, Prisoner, Died Jan. 26th, 1777.
John Cassady, Prisoner, Died Feb. 26th, 1777.
Samuel Brown, Prisoner, Died Feb. 26th, 1777.
Peter Good, Prisoner, Died Feb. 13th, 1777.
William Boyle, Prisoner, Died Feb. 25th, 1777.
John Nixon, Prisoner, Died Feb. 18th, 1777.
The old pay roll gives the names of the following men as prisoners who died in captivity:
Robert Howard, Prisoner, Died in July, 1778.
John Seaburn, Died in prison, Jan. 15th, 1777.
Jonathan Gibbons, Prisoner, Died Feb. 10th, 1777.
Thomas Cook, Prisoner, Died July 1st, 1777.
Jacob Wine, Died in prison Feb. 15th, 1777.
William Waller, Died in prison Feb. 15th, 1777.
James Hamilton, Prisoner, Marked "Absent" after Feb. 1st, 1777.
John Malcher, Prisoner, Died Feb. 10th, 1777.
Peter Snyder, Prisoner, Died Feb. 15th, 1777.
Conrad Rush, Prisoner, Died Feb. 15th, 1777.
David Harmon, Prisoner, Died Feb. 15th, 1777.
William Wilson, Prisoner, Died Feb. 15th, 1777.
John Wilson, Prisoner, Died Feb. 15th, 1777.
Thomas Beatty, Prisoner, Died Feb. 15th, 1777.
John Gray, Killed, Dec. 27th, 1776. (The record does not say how long he was killed nor where.)
William Moredock, Prisoner, Died Feb. 15th, 1777.
Charles Collins, Prisoner, Died Jan. 19th, 1777.
Samuel Davis, Prisoner, Died Feb. 15th, 1777.
Conrad Cabbage, Prisoner, Died Jan. 7th, 1777.
John Cummins, Prisoner, Died Jan. 27th, 1777.
Gabriel Stevenson, Prisoner, Died March 1st, 1777.
William Donnelly, Died in prison Jan. 10th, 1777.
David Gilmore, Prisoner, Died Jan. 26th, 1777.
John Cassody, Prisoner, Died Feb. 15th, 1777.
Samuel Bevins, Prisoner, Died Feb. 26th, 1777.
Peter Good, Prisoner, Died Feb. 15th, 1777.
William Boyle, Prisoner, Died Feb. 28th, 1777.
John Nixon, Prisoner, Died Feb. 15th, 1777.
Christian Peninger, Prisoner, Died Feb. 15th, 1777.
William Case, Prisoner, Died March 15th, 1777.
Caspar Myre, Prisoner, Died Feb. 16th, 1777.
Benjamin McKnight, Prisoner, Died Feb. 15th, 1777.
Charles Snowdon, Prisoner, Died Jan. 7th, 1777.
James Fox, Prisoner, Died April 1st, 1777.
James Holmes, Prisoner, Died Jan. 20th, 1777.
Thomas Mountsfield, Prisoner, Died Feb. 5th, 1777.
Isaac Price, Prisoner, Died Feb. 5th, 1777.
John McSwayne, Prisoner, Died Feb. 15th, 1777.
James Griffith, Prisoner, Died Feb. 15th, 1777.
Patrick Murphy, Prisoner, Died Feb. 15th, 1777.
One of these men and only one died at his home, a prisoner on parole. This was William Seaman, the son of Jonathan or Jonah Seaman, who lived near Leetown. He was sent home to die. The date of his death is given as July 8th, 1777.
A few of this company were not in the action of November 16, 1776. Two were killed in a skirmish the day before and one, Peter Hill, in the battle around Fort Washington. Only two deserted to the enemy to save their lives. They were William Anderson, who deserted Jan. 20th, 1777, and Moses McComesky, who deserted June 10th, 1777.
The part of the company who appears to have been exchanged late in December, 1776, was drafted into another rifle company on the first of January, 1777. Adam Sheetz, Adam Ryder, Thomas Pollock, Bryan Timmons, Thomas Mitchell, William Hicks, James Aitken and John Lewis are marked "Drafted, Jan. 1st, 1777."
A few were drafted into some other company before they marched from Shepherdstown, and a very few are marked "Paid up the expiration of the term for which they enlisted," which was Oct. 1st, 1778. These were probably exchanged, or at least survived, whether in or out of prison, until that date.
One of the main objects of the writer of this volume is now fulfilled. In bringing to the notice of the descendants of the men of 76 how these martyrs suffered and died rather than betray their country, a solemn duty has been fulfilled. Should not a monument to the patriotic young riflemen of Shepherdstown and its neighborhood be erected in our Village, inscribed with the names of all who thus died the most horrible of deaths, rather than betray their country? Surely there is nothing in the record of the past of which we should be so proud.
Chapter XXI - The End of the Revolution
Source: "Historic Shepherdstown" By Danske Dandridge, 1910
Transcribed by K. Torp
[transcriber's note: Military correspondence omitted]
.... In the winter of 1782-3 Henry Bedinger raised a Company of men for the war, and a part of his muster roll is in the possession of the author. It reads:
Register Of Recruits Enlisted By Captain Henry
Bedinger 8th Va. Regiment, Pursuant To His Appointment For The Virginia Line
Jacob Houg, Age 20, Born in Germany, Resident of Berkeley Co., Enlisted November 18th, 1782.
John Harkwheimer, Born in Pennsylvania, Resident of Berkeley.
James Kirney, Born in Ireland, from Washington County, Md.
Michael Mordand, Born in Ireland, Resident of Washington County, Md.
Hugh Bell, Born in America, Resident of Berkeley.
James Brady, Born in Ireland, Lives in Berkeley.
Thomas Byrne, Born in Ireland, Lives in Berkeley.
Jacob Byrs, Enlisted by Captain Cherry from Pennsylvania, Lives in Berkeley.
John Angel, Born in Baltimore, Lives in Berkeley.
Christopher Dolton, Born in Ireland, Lives in Frederick Co., Va.
Thomas Halpenny, Born in Ireland, Lives in Washington Co., Md.
Thomas Oliver, Born in Baltimore, Md., Lives in Berkeley Co., Va.
James McGuire, Born in Ireland, Lives in Berkeley Co., Va.
---- Seaton, Born in Ireland, Lives in Berkeley Co., Va.
Henry Crook, Born in Frederick, Md., Lives in Berkeley Co., Va.
Wm. Vining, Born in Ireland, Lives in Chester, Pa.
John Roberts, Born in Ireland, Lives in Berkeley Co., Va.
Jacob Piper, Born in Lancaster, Pa., Lives in Maryland.
George Hatthivir, Born in Berks Co., Pa., Lives in Berkeley, Va.
George Shaner, Lives in Shepherdstown, Va.
A few of these men were recruited in the spring of 1783. The company marched south, but we believe the army was disbanded before they saw active service.
Out of this list of twenty-two men, at least ten were born in Ireland. It is certain that a very large proportion of the Continental troops were Irish or Irish Americans.
Shepherdstown In The Olden Time
MANY years ago a paper published in Charles Town began a series of articles under the heading "Shepherdstown in the Olden Time." I have vainly endeavored to procure all these interesting papers on the antiquities of our village. Only two of them, however, have rewarded my search. One of these articles I will give entire, although it has some mistakes, which shall be pointed out afterwards.
ARTICLE FROM THE CHARLES TOWN FREE PRESS DATED
JAN. 29TH, 1850, AND CALLED "SHEPHERDSTOWN
IN THE OLDEN TIME"
In our last we noted the legislation connected with the progress and establishment of the town. There were other laws enacted by the House of Burgesses, but we do not deem them of sufficient interest to the general reader to be inserted. The incidents and events of the Revolution are held by every American in sacred remembrance, but to many persons now residing in Shepherdstown they possess a peculiar and personal interest. The descendants of those who acted a noble part in the achievement of our liberty, are justly proud of their ancestry, and it is no wonder they love to tell of "the scenes they saw, and of the deeds they performed."
It has frequently been asserted this ancient borough furnished more officers and soldiers to the continental army, in proportion to its inhabitants, than any other town in the State, and we are prepared to prove from the records that the assertion has foundation in truth.
We are credibly informed that of the 300 privates who enlisted and volunteered there, more than 100 were citizens of the town, and that, of the latter, two thirds died in active service.
The annexed list of officers and privates has been prepared with great care, and we have no doubt that the names and services of many of them are as familiar to our older citizens as household words. We shall notice some of the incidents in their lives, and trust that the rising generation will imitate their glorious example in all things connected with the honor and welfare of our common country.
Colonel Joseph Swearingen, Colonel John Morrow, Major Henry Bedinger, Captain Charles Morrow, Captain Abraham Shepherd, Captain Thomas Morrow, Major George Michael Bedinger, Captain Christian Orndorff, Captain James Glenn, Captain William Morgan, Captain John Boyer, Captain Thomas Turner, Lieutenants Rawleigh Morgan, Cato Moore, and Daniel Bedinger; Surgeon Nicholas Shell.
William Lucas, Joseph Turner, John Pearce, John Kearsley, Michael Cookus, James Peacock, Philip Robb, Peter Staley, Jacob Smurr, Martin Ernst, Henry E. Beller, John Eskhart, Jacob A. Likens, John Randall, Henry Unseld, John Angell, George Shaner, William Wilson, Thomas Crockett, Charles Butt, Peter Fisher, John Darnheffer, George Reynolds, John Neal, Michael Delrock, Daniel Folk, Robert Hoffman and James Kretzer.
Col. Joseph Swearingen entered the army as a lieutenant in the fall of 1775, and was in active service during the entire period of the Revolution. For his gallantry at the battle of Brandywine he was promoted to a captaincy, and at the close of the war he had risen to the rank of colonel. He was the intimate friend and companion in arms of that distinguished jurist, the late Judge Robert White of Winchester. The citizens of Shepherdstown for many years previous to his death were accustomed to celebrate the anniversary of our independence near a beautiful stream on his farm called the Big Spring. In his dying moments he enjoined on his children that as long as the grounds, now hallowed by the associations of the past, remained in their possession, they should offer no obstacles to the further continuance of these patriotic assemblages. The injunction has been faithfully and generously complied with by his respected descendants.
Colonel John Morrow was a noble specimen of the gentleman and soldier. At an early age he left his home to fight in the cause of liberty, and never did a man enter or retire from his country's service more honored or beloved. In the year 1792 he was attacked by a disease that threatened his life, but he fortunately recovered. A distinguished major general in the Revolution and friend of Colonel Morrow being advised of his indisposition, in a letter to a gentleman in this county, alludes to him in the following language: "I hope Colonel Morrow's health has improved. His appearance when I saw him in June gave grounds for the apprehension that he would, e'er many months, pay the debt to nature. May the Ruler of all things in His mercy, bless society by prolonging the life of so noble a spirit and valuable a citizen." (General Gates to John Marke.) In his political faith he was a liberal, but decided republican, and was, for some time, the representative in Congress from this district. He was the grandfather of William C. Worthington, Esq., one of our representatives in the House of Delegates.
Major Henry Bedinger also joined the army when quite a youth, and distinguished himself in several brilliant engagements. He was a man of indomitable perseverance and energy of character. We shall have much to say of him when we notice the experiments of James Rumsey in steam navigation. He departed this life at the residence of his son-in-law, Col. Braxton Davenport, at an advanced age.
Capt. Charles Morrow, a brother of Col. John Morrow, was an officer of high standing. He served three years in the southern campaign with credit to himself, and honor to his country. He died deeply lamented by all who knew him.
Capt. Thomas Morrow, the youngest brother of the "three Morrows," died after a service of two years in the army of the north. He was taken prisoner at the battle of Long Island, and although exchanged in a few months, his health became seriously and fatally impaired from the effects of ill-treatment on board the prison ship.
Captain Abraham Shepherd, the brother* of the founder of Shepherdstown, was an officer of high repute in the Revolution, and when difficulties were apprehended with France in the year 1799, he raised a full company, of which he was elected captain, and James Glenn and Raleigh Morgan lieutenants. He died in 1825, and was buried with military honors. [*He was the son, not the brother, of the founder of Shepherdstown.]
Captain Michael Bedinger, the brother of Major Henry Bedinger, was an accomplished and gallant officer. At the close of the war he removed to Kentucky, where many of his descendants now reside.
Capt. Christian Orndorff distinguished himself in the battles of Bennington and Skeenesborough. He died on his farm near Shepherdstown many years since.
Capt. James Glenn volunteered as a private in the war of the Revolution, and afterwards served as lieutenant under the unfortunate General St. Clair in the army of the northwest. It was in that celebrated defeat that he bore upon his shoulders his wounded friend, Raleigh Morgan, and thus preserved him from Indian butchery.
Capt. John Boyer, the father of our esteemed friend, John Byers, served in the Pennsylvania line. He was a man of athletic proportions, and was as brave as he was physically powerful. He died in York County, Pa.
Capts. Thomas Turner and William Morgan were equally as distinguished as their comrades. The late Jeptha Morgan was a son of Capt. William Morgan.
Lieut. Raleigh Morgan was a brave and meritorious officer. He represented Jefferson County in the House Of Delegates in the year 1811. His accomplished widow is now living in Shepherdstown.
Lieut. Cato Moore was born on the Eastern Shore of Maryland, and settled in Shepherdstown at an early age. As soon as the Declaration of Independence was proclaimed he tendered his services to the Continental Congress. In the battle of Brandywine he received a severe wound which compelled him to resign and return home. He was a gentleman of many noble traits of character. His residence was on Church Street, chiefly settled by Hessians, and so great was the respect these people entertained for him that they honored him with the title of "King Moore." Cato Moore, cashier of the Valley Bank in this town, is a son of that respected and beloved patriot.
Surgeon Nicholas Shell was a native of Germany who emigrated to the colonies some years before the Revolution. He was a gentleman of fine Classical education, and was considered deeply learned in his profession. He acted as a surgeon in the army for six years, and at the close of the war returned to Shepherdstown. Being devotedly attached to his native tongue, he directs in his will "that his son shall be sent to an English school until he be proficient therein, and then to a German school until he learns to read and speak that language fluently and grammatically." He closed his earthly existence, much regretted, in the year 1803.
William Lucas, among his companions in arms, had the character of being "the bravest of the brave." Colonel Morrow often said that for coolness, self-possession, and true moral courage he had no equal in his regiment. He was the great-uncle of the Hon. William Lucas, and father of ex-Governor Lucas of Ohio.
Joseph Turner was almost a Peter Francisco in figure, and so great was his physical strength that, when on a forced march, he would frequently carry, in addition to his own, the musket and knapsack of a wearied or sick soldier. Several of his descendants now reside in the northern portion of this county.
John Pearce, familiarly known as "J. P.," taught school in Shepherdstown for more than thirty years
after the Revolution. He was a good soldier, and saw much hard service.
John Kearsley volunteered as a private with his friends Lucas and Turner, and, like the former, he possessed a spirit of determination that rendered him fit for any emergency. He was the father of our intelligent and venerable friend, Jonathan Kearsley, Esq., near Halltown, in this county.
Michael Cookus, Philip Robb, Peter Staley, Jacob Smurr, George Reynolds, George Shaner, and John Randall were out nearly the entire war. There are descendants of all of them living in and around Shepherdstown.
Daniel Folk was with Arnold at the taking of Ticonderoga, and with General Montgomery at St. John's, Montreal, and Quebec. He died in the year 1838.
Martin Ernst and Michael Delrock were Hessians who deserted at the Battle of Princeton. They joined the cause of the colonists, and proved themselves to be true and faithful soldiers. The former received a pension up to the time of his death, which occurred in the year 183-.
Henry E. Beller, although upwards of fifty when he entered the army, remained in active service to the end of the war. He died about the year 1784, near Bedington, in Berkeley County. He was the ancestor of our friend, Jas. W. Beller, Esq., the editor of the Spirit of Jefferson.
John Neal and John Darnheffer were with Captain Glenn at St. Clair's defeat.
Peter Fisher died while holding the office of toll collector on the Smithfield and Shepherdstown turnpike, in the spring of 1884. He was buried with military honors.
This is all of the article in the Free Press. It was, however, copied into the Shepherdstown Register, under the date, February 5th, 1850, when the editors of that journal, Messrs. Hardy and McAnly, enlarged and corrected it as follows:
Article In The Shepherdstown Register, February 5th, 1850
Several of our friends in the town and neighborhood having suggested to us that the foregoing list might be advantageously amended and prolonged, we have taken the liberty to append the following, gathered from various sources, though even now, we suspect, that full justice has not been done to this truly gallant and patriotic precinct.
John Angell was a private who fought in South Carolina, and was present at the battle of Eutaw Springs. He was with Lieut. Raleigh Morgan and Captain Glenn at St. Clair's defeat.
Conrad Byers was also a private. He was not of the family of Captain John Byers, as mentioned above.
Daniel Bedinger, father of our late Representative in Congress,* [*Hon. Henry Bedinger, who served four years in Congress, and, in 1853, was sent as United States minister to the Court of Denmark.] and Mrs. E. I. Lee, of Shepherdstown, joined the army at 16 years of age, and suffered great hardship and privation in the service of his country. Being taken at the battle of White Plains, he was so hard used as to be under the necessity of scraping the interior of some sugar kettles (in the Sugar House Prison in New York) to sustain life. He it was who built and resided at Bedford, now the property of Mr. E. I. Lee.
Charles Butt was never in the American Army. He was a British Grenadier, and came to Shepherdstown after the conclusion of the war. After the war he was famous as a wrought nail maker.
Baruch Butt was a private in the Revolutionary Army. Not related to the preceding. Fought throughout the South.
Colonel, afterwards General, William Darke fought throughout the Revolution, both north and south, and in the army under St. Clair (in 1791). At the memorable defeat, his son, Captain Joseph Darke, was severely wounded by an Indian chief. So profoundly did this affect the father, that, though in retreat, he disregarded the consequences, and rushing back into the midst of the savages, attacked and slew the Indian, escaping without injury. General Darke was the grandfather of the Messrs. Manning, and Mrs. John Briscoe. He lived near what is now Duffield's Station, and owned a large property there.
The Entler family were well represented in the Revolutionary army. Adam Entler, both senior and junior; Philip, father of Daniel and Joseph Entler, and Michael Entler were all in the service. The latter was chief farrier in a cavalry regiment.
Jacob Eaty, drummer.
Jacob Fachler, private.
John Hoffman, a native of the town, and grandfather of the Messrs. Shugerts here, was a private. He used to tell a story of a young man who at the battle of Germantown stood next to him, and just before going into action requested his comrades to convey a prayer book then in his bosom to his parents, in case he fell, as something told him he should fall on that day. He fell at the second fire. On another occasion, during a hot fire, a tall Yankee near Hoffman got the tip of his nose shot off, when putting his hand to his face and finding the deficiency he bawled out, "Why, durn their manners, they don't mind putting their durned shots right into a feller's face!" Hoffman saw much severe service.
Captain Jacob Haynes was a brave and good soldier. He it was who did the iron work for Rumsey in his experiments. Captain Haynes owned and resided on the pleasant estate of John Wysong.
John Haynes, private.
Thomas Johnson served under General Darke all through the Revolution. Though of diminutive size he was a brave and good soldier.
Anthony Kearney, private.
Philip and John Loar, privates.
Ludwig Myers, captain of infantry.
John Miller, father of Mrs. George Byers of this town. Lieut. Raleigh Morgan was not in the Revolutionary Army. He was with John O'Neale and Captain Glenn at St. Clair's defeat.
Medlar, was a drummer. His drum is still in Jefferson County.
Adam Moler, private.
George Ox was a Hessian, but deserted from the force under General Knyphausen, and enlisted in the corps of the gallant Pulaski, who was killed at Savannah. He was a small man, and after the war followed in Shepherdstown the business of a butcher.
George Powell served under "Mad Anthony Wayne" at the storming of Stony Point.
John Pearce, or "J. P.," served through Vermont, and he was with Arnold at the attack on Quebec. He was in Captain Daniel Morgan's company, and was captured by the British whilst bravely fighting within the ramparts of the city.
Lieut. Leonard Riger and his brother, Captain Burkitt Riger, served under General Drake.
Lewis Ronemous was one of General Horatio Gates' bodyguard. So were his brothers, Conrad and Andrew.
Jacob Smurr was not in the Revolutionary army.
Thomas Thornburg, private.
Jacob Wysong, father of Mr. John Wysong, was a drummer.
Fayette Wysong was a fifer.
Chrisley Young, private, served through the South.
These two articles, one from the Free Press and the other from the Shepherdstown Register, and both printed in 1850, throw much light on the records of the soldiers of the Revolution who lived in Shepherdstown and its vicinity. We will now go carefully over the lists of names, and correct a few mistakes. Where the Register corrects the Free Press we will make no additional correction.
First, James Glenn was not a captain in the Revolution. He was, probably, a lieutenant. In 1791 he went with General St. Clair on his western expedition against the Indians. He was appointed a cornet of horse by St. Clair, and carried the news of the defeat to President George Washington, at Philadelphia, then the temporary seat of government. He was promoted captain, I believe, in 1792.
Major Henry Bedinger was also promoted in that year. He had only attained the grade of captain during the Revolution. There were two Raleigh Morgans, one of them a nephew of the other. The elder Raleigh may have served in Captain William Darke's company raised in 1776. The younger Raleigh was a boy of nineteen when he enlisted in the company commanded by Joseph Darke under St. Clair in 1791. He was a lieutenant in this company.
William Lucas, spoken of as a private, was first lieutenant in the company raised by Captain William Morgan either in December, 1776, or January, 1777. William's brother, Edward Lucas, was second lieutenant in this company, and George Michael Bedinger was third lieutenant.
Col. Joseph Swearingen entered the company of riflemen raised by Captain Hugh Stephenson in 1775 as a private. Afterwards he was a lieutenant in William Darke's company. The rest of the account of his services is correct. He also commanded a regiment at the time of the Whisky Insurrection.
Jacob Wysong enlisted in Captain Hugh Stephenson's company in 1775 as a private, not as a drummer. Stephen Vardine was the drummer of this company. Wysong may have enlisted later in some other company as a drummer.
Captain Burkitt Riger owned a farm of 212 acres in Berkeley County at the time of the Revolution. His name is in the list of landholders we have given in the first part of this book.
A number of others could be added to these lists of soldiers from our village who fought in the Revolution. The reader will find these names, as far as we have been able to obtain the records, in the muster rolls already given, and in the appendix. One of the officers, of whom a short account appeared in the article from the Register, deserves a chapter to himself.
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