Fort Ticonderoga Image, 1818

Last week on the Fort Ticonderoga blog they published this post that included a drawing of what Fort Ticonderoga looked like in 1818. The posting doesn’t mention it but you can click on the small image to see a much larger version of the drawing. By 1818 the once important Fort had already fallen into …

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Anniversary of the Surrender at Saratoga (1777)

On Oct. 17, 1777 British General John Burgoyne surrendered to American General Horatio Gates at Saratoga, NY. The British attempted to split the American forces along the Hudson River. Burgoyne’s was camped near Saratoga when on September 19, British troops engaged American troops at the Battle of Freeman’s Farm, or the First Battle of Saratoga. …

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Jacob Wilklow’s Military Service

Yesterday on Veteran’s Day, I was thinking about one of my Revolutionary War ancestors; Jacob Wilklow. Jacob was born in 1764 in New Paltz, Ulster Co., NY. His brother, John, joined a military unit in 1778 when he was only aged 16. In 1779 Jacob, then only 15, served a month as a substitute for …

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Happy July 4th – Rev. War Veteran

Happy Independence Day. Related to the US Independence, I would like to tell about one of my ancestor’s that served during the Revolutionary War. His story is common among those that served. He never went very far from home and saw little action. His name is Jacob Wilklow and he was born in 1764 in …

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Thank You Veterans

Today is Veterans Day. Let me tell you about my Revolutionary War ancestor, Matthew Halsey. He lived in Bridgehampton, NY on the eastern end of Long Island. He joined a Company of men from that area. The Company marched to Fort Ticonderoga which is about 350 miles to replace men that had survived an attack …

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Revolutionary War Soldiers

Happy July Fourth! This holiday makes me think of my ancestors Matthew Halsey and Jacob Wilklow that were soldiers during the Revolutionary War. Neither were in any battles but that doesn’t matter as they still were ready to fight if they needed to. I noticed another blog,¬†Genealogy and Family History(.com) has a good posting on …

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