WDYTYA – Scott Foley

Actor, director and screenwriter Scott Foley will investigate his ancestor on tonight’s episode of Who Do You Think You Are? He finds that his 5th great grandfather, Simon Wardwell, was one of George Washington’s “Life Guards” (AKA security) during the Revolutionary War. Scott also finds that he has a connection to the Salem witch trials …

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NY Family History Conference, 2015 – #9

At the recent NY Family History Conference (Sept. 17 – 19) Eric G. Grundset gave the talk “The Revolution in New York: Advice on Finding and Using Lesser-used Sources.” Eric has been Library Director at the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) Library in Washington, D. C. since 1983. He is the author of the …

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Old News – Role of Women for Independence

This editorial tells how women helped during the Revolutionary War. THE CATHOLIC JOURNAL Friday, July 2, 1915 WOMEN’S PART IN INDEPENDENCE DAY They Had Glorious Share in Winning American Liberty. It has been said that in every woman’s breast there lies the possibility of great heroism. What she can do when put to the test …

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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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