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1777. After Howe had occupied Philadelphia, Washington attacked British troops at Germantown. The Americans planned a four pronged attack. The morning was foggy, and American coordination broke down. As a result, the attack failed, and the American troops were forced to withdraw.

Hoffman, John Nicholas

John Nicholas Hoffman was a soldier at both the battles of Brandywine and Germantown. I am among his numerous descendants.

Commemorative Biographical Encyclopedia of Dauphin County, Containing Sketches of Representative Citizens, and Many of the Early Scotch-Irish and German Settlers. Chambersburg, Pa.: J. M. Runk & Company, 1896, pages 116-118.

III. JOHN NICHOLAS HOFFMAN (John-Peter), was born in Tulpehocken township, Berks county, in the year 1749. He settled on the farm now owned by Benjamin Richert, near Short mountain. He was the owner of a Large tract of land, at present divided into a number of farms. He deeded land to the congregation of Hoffman’s church, for church, school and burial purposes. He was a soldier of the Revolution, and participated in the battles of Brandywine and Germantown. His life was an active, busy and useful one. He was married, April 22, 1772, by Pastor Kurtz, of the Lutheran church, to Margaret Harman, also a native of Berks county.

Laura C. McQuaid

Roberts, Reuben

Roberts, Reuben. My ancestor, Private Reuben Roberts, of the 6th Regiment of the North Carolina militia served at the battle of Brandywine on Sept. 11, 1777, Germantown on Oct. 4, 1777, and Valley Forge in the winter of 1777-1778.

Dave Schubert
New Jersey

Neal, James

Captain James Neal of the 13th Virginia [later the 9th Va].  Served under Generals Green, Muhlenburg, Col. Russell.  Fought at White Plains, Brandywine and Germantown. First settler of Wood County VA/WV, Parkersburg area.


Rick Vance

Montgomery, Hugh

Here is an 1819 pension petition of Hugh Montgomery (b.25 FEB 1755; d. 20 MAY 1830) that details his Revolutionary War service, including Brandywine. He enlisted 12 February 1777 at Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He was a private in the company commanded by Captain James Sullivan in the regiment of Colonel Russell. He served at Trenton 1777, Brandywine 1777, Germantown 1777, Valley Forge 1777-78. He then served until April 1780 around Pittsburgh in campaigns against the Indians and building Fort Lawrence and Fort MacIntosh.

[from Katie Jablonicky]
State of Ohio, Butler County
Before the subscriber Robert Tailor, an Associate Judge of the court of
common pleas for the seventh circuit in the State of Ohio and county of Butler, personally appeared Hugh Montgomery on the first day of February in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and nineteen who being duly sworn according to law doth on his oath make the following declaration for the purpose of obtaining a pension under the late act of Congress entitled an act to provide for certain persons engaged in the land and naval service of the United States in the Revolutionary War–that he will be sixty four years old the twenty fifth day of this month, that on the twelfth day of February AD seventeen hundred and seventy seven at Pittsburgh in the State of Pennsylvania he enlisted as a private soldier in the company commanded by Capt. James Sullivan in the regiment of Col. Russell in the Virginia line, he marched to Philadelphia and from there to a place called the Cross-roads near Trenton, New Jersey but on the opposite side of the river where he joined a division of the army commanded by General Greene. He then marched to the head of Elk river in Maryland state and from there to Brandywine Creek, he was present at and took part in the Battle of Brandywine, and from there he marched to Germantown and was there engaged in a battle against the British in which he was twice injured, from there he marched to the White Marsh or Valley Forge in the State of Pennsylvania where he continued until next season. He then marched to Pittsburgh Pa where he was placed under the command of Col. Broadhead and went against the Indians on the Allegany river from thence he returned to Pittsburgh again and was then placed under the command of general MacIntosh and marched to the Muskingum River and was engaged in building Fort Lawrence and Fort MacIntosh the latter at the mouth of big Beaver river he was then employed in scouting parties in the vicinity of Pittsburgh until the nineteenth of April AD 1780 when & where he was honorably discharged by Col John Gibson which discharge he has since accidently lost in the Ohio river. The said Hugh Montgomery further states that he is now a resident of the county of Butler in State of Ohio and that from his reduced circumstances in life he stands in need of the assistance of his country for support and that he now has no other evidence in his possession of having performed said services or any part thereof except the annexed affidavit of John Phillips sworn to and subscribed the day and year above written.
Hugh Montgomery [His Signature]


Meredith, Samuel

Samuel Meredith was born in 1741; died 1817. Present at Battles of Princeton, Trenton, Brandywine and Germantown and at Valley Forge. Major and then Brig General, 3rd PA Battalion; served under John Cadwalader later, 1st Treasurer of the US under the US Constitution.

Rick Reynolds
Burnt Hills, NY

Keller, Frederick

I am a descendent of Frederick Keller who served in the state of Pennsylvania in the company commanded by Captain Abraham DeHuff of the 13th regiment then commanded by Colonel Atlee and that was afterward commanded by Colonel Walter Stewart (Pennsyvania Regiment). Frederick Keller was dismissed January of 1778, being in the battle of Long Island, of Brandywine and of Germantown. He served 20 months. He died Feb 22,1847, at the age of eighty. My mother Mamie is the daughter of Oraline and David Smith. Oraline was the daughter of Jacob Keller and Matilda (Frank) Keller.

Sandra Grogan

Horton, Robert

Robert Horton: December 26, 1751, Christened St. Sepulchre, London, London, England to Drayton and Ann Horton. Bet. 1769 – 1770, Robert Horton arrived in Am. as emigrant in Bondage aboard the Justitia. February 09, 1776, Enlisted with 3rd VA Regiment in Captain John Thornton’s Company. Bet. 1776 – 1778, Served in Battles of White Plains, York Island, Brandywine and Germantown. February 1778, Discharged at Valley Forge in PA. November 1778, Married Jaley Underwood. April 10, 1818, While resident of Culpeper County VA, he was allowed a pension at age 66. April 13, 1820, Died in Culpeper County VA. 1837, Jaley, wife of Robert Horton, was last “heard from” in an application for Robert’s pension filed from Falls Township, Muskingum County, Ohio. She possibly was living with one of their daughters, Mary (Mrs. Franklin) Anderson.

Randy Horton, rtjvhorton @

Horton, Robert. Drummer – 3rd Virginia Regiment, Captain John Thornton’s Company.

Hawk, James

James Hawk was a member of the Pennsylvania Militia enlisting in August 1777. James served in Colonel William Evans’ Fourth Battalion. He also was present at Germantown and Redbanks with the Pennsylvania Line. He re-enlisted with the Virginia Line under Major Morgan and was at the Battle of Yorktown. James moved to Fayette County PA in the early 1800’s and received a pension for his service in 1830.

James Horton

Glendy, William

Glendy, William, Private in the eighth Pennsylvania regiment under Colonel E. McCoy in a company commanded by Capt. Eli Myars(?). He enlisted August 7, 1776 in Westmoreland County, and was discharged by Colonel Byard in Pittsburgh August 7, 1779. He was in the battles of Brandywine and Germantown, and Paoli, and several other skirmishes. At Germantown he received a severe wound to the neck with the ball never extracted. His discharge papers had been put in the hands of a member of the Pa. state legislature for help in securing a pension, but after several years with no reply they were given up as lost. In desperation, he went before associate judge David Drennan of the court of common pleas in Beaver Co., Pa to tell his story, with Robert Moore a member of Congress also vouching as to its authenticity. His pension of $8 a month was finally granted on February 8, 1819.

Marlys Matthews
Relationship: gr,gr,gr,gr granddaughter

Finley, Joseph Lewis

This comes from DAR records and National Archives Records when he applied for and received his pension in 1818. His name: Joseph Lewis Finley. Born February 20, 1753 in Chester County, Pennsylvania. Lived in Fagg’s Manor, Pennsylvania, quite near the Battlefield. In 1776 he was in Captain Andrew Long’s Company commanded by Col. Samuel Miles Pennsylvania Rifles, Second Lieutenant. October 24, 1776 put in the “Continental establishment” in Captain Marshall’s Company in the 13th PA regiment commanded by Col. Walter Stewart. Transferred to 8th PA regiment commanded by Col. Daniel Brodhead by Commission of Captain to take rank from October 20, 1777 later major in 2nd, 8th and 13th Pennsylvania Line. He also fought in the battles of Long Island, White Plains, Germantown and Monmouth. On July 4, 1782 in York, Pennsylvania. He died in Ohio and this is where he is buried.

Maureen Finley Slivka
Relationship: great, great, great grandfather

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