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1778. The British withdrew from Philadelphia with a large train of supplies. General Washington carefully followed the British and, near Monmouth Court House, ordered an attack on the rear of their train. The fight soon turned into a general engagement between British and American forces. The American lines broke until General Washington arrived and single-handedly rallied the American troops.

Wall, Joel

Sharon Gullett said,

on June 5th, 2013 at 9:36 pm

According to testimony to a court in Beaufort Co, NC in 1846, two men gave testimony they knew Joel Wall of NC and he had told them he fought with the NC troops at Brandywine and Monmouth. They said he limped from being wounded. Joel also told them he was in New Jersey for several winters. He is listed in the North Carolina military papers as soldier. He was granted 1000 acres for his service after the war. He was born about 1761 and died in 1815.
This testimony was given to support Joel’s widow, Elizabeth’s claim to a widow’s pension.

Arthurs, John

Clare Peden Midgley said,

on February 5th, 2013 at 4:23 pm

My 4th great grandfather, John ARTHURS, b. 1756 in England and died in Bedford County, PA 1848.

He was a private in the company commanded by Colonel Heath, the Marquis deLaFayette in Virginia for 3 years. He was in the Battles of Brandywine, Germantown and Monmouth.

Wells, James

Jesse Bates said,

on April 11th, 2012 at 5:50 am

My ggggg grandfather, James Wells, was at the battles of Brandywine, Germantown and Maramouth. Was wounded at Brandywine. I have his court petition for his pension from 1819. It states that he joined in December of 1776 in Fredricksburg, Virginia. He was in the 14th Virginia Regiment, commanded by Colonel Charles Lewis and in Captain Edward Garland’s Company. He was enlisted for 3 years and discharged in 1779. The battles mentioned were also stated in the petition. James Wells was born 1760 in Virginia and died 15 Jun 1841 in Breckenridge County, Kentucky.

Ralston, Andrew

RALSTON, Andrew. My gggggrandfather, Andrew RALSTON, born 22 Feb 1753, was in the American Revolution. He served in the Battles of Long Island, Brandywine, Monmouth and the Southern Campaign by Gen. Nathaniel Greene. He was wounded in the Battle of Brandywine and taken prisoner on Long Island. He mustered out at York, PA in 1785. He married on 19 Dec. 1785 in York Springs, York Co., PA to Sophia WALTERMYER who was born in York Springs, PA on 23 April 1766. Andrew and Sophia RALSTON had eleven children. As you can see, Andrew dedicated his life to winning the war. I can only imagine the hardships and agony Andrew and his fellow soldiers endured.

Janeva Frisby

Opdike, William

William Opdike (1755-1822) (alternate spelling Updike/ Opdyke / Obdyke) of Hunterdon County, N.J. was a Private in the New Jersey Continental Line. Private 3rd Battalion, 1st Establishment. Private, Captain Patterson’s company, 3rd Battalion, 2nd Establishment. Fought at Monmouth and Brandywine. Brother Robert wounded at Brandywine. Great-great grandsons of Louris Jansen Opdyck of Holland who arrived in Gravesend, Long Isaland, NY prior to 1653.

Nolin, John

My fifth Great Grandfather John Nolin fought in the Battle of Brandywine as well as Monmouth Courthouse, Long Island, and Bunker Hill.  John was born in 1753 in Karco County Ireland. He died in 1819 in Cumberland County, Kentucky. He married Ann Watkins July 21 1778 in Fredricksburg, Maryland.

John’s pension request is as follows:
State of Kentucky, 12 Judicial District and Circuit Court for Knox County.  On the 12th day of July, A.D. 1820 formally appeared in open court in the Circuit Court aforesaid, it being a court of record by Act of Assembly Proceedings according to the Course of the Common law.
John Nolin aged about 67 years, resident in Knox County, aforesaid, who being first duly sworn according to law, in addition to his affidavit heretofore made before Thurman Montgomery, in order to obtain a pension, now filed in the office of the Secretary of War, doth upon his oath declare that he served as a soldier for about the term of eight years in the Revolutionary War and was regularly discharged; that his first enlistment was for the term of nine months in the Flying camp, under Capt. Richard Smith, that at the end of term aforesaid, he enlisted for the term of three years in the company of Captain William Brown of the Artillery attached to the regiment or Battalion commanded by – – – Smallwood, one of the heroes of the company that he served out the said term and received his discharge that the corps so mentioned by him was as he verily believes part of the regular army of the United States, called the Continental Army that at the end of said term he enlisted again for 3 years in the Company of Captain Mayberry in the Second Maryland Regiment in the Continental Army as above mentioned; which term he served out and was discharged at Pittsburgh, that he was in the battle at Bunker Hill, Long Island, Brandy Wine, and Monmouth Courthouse. He declared further upon his oath that he was a resident citizen of the United States upon the 18th day of March 1818 and that he has not since that time by gift, sale or in any manner diminish it or to bring himself within the provisions of an 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 passed on the 18th day of March 1818 and that he was not, nor has any person in trust for him, any property or Securities, contracts or debts due him, nor has he any income other than what is contained in the Schedule below by him signed. Noted one hundred acres of poor land but in a small degree improved, not exceeding the value of two hundred Dollar, one old mare not worth more that 35 dollars, two cows, both not worth more than  30 dollars, and two year old cow beasts, not worth more than 10 dollars, a stock of hogs 12 in number, the whole not worth more than 12 dollars, about 22 dollars and ham, he owes about 25 dollars. Signed this day and year aforesaid in open court.
His signature- – – – – – – John Nolin

The same John Nolin at the same time upon his oath further noted, that his occupation  is that of a farmer or tiler of the ground, but that he is unable to Labor much owing to his age and infirmities, that he has a wife who is in firmed, that he is the father of seven children, namely Elizabeth, who married long since, Peter, a lunatic, aged 27 years, Joseph aged 22 years, Polly 22 years old twin with Joseph, Sally aged about 19 married, all except Peter the lunatic. Sworn to and declared by said John Nolin, on the 15th day of July A.D. 1820 before me in open Court, as presiding, Judge of the Knox Circuit Court aforesaid.
His signature- – – – – – -  John L. Bridges

The Court having heard other proof touching the verity of the schedule rendered by John Nolin, at the present term of the Court and having considered the same as well upon the affidavit as the other proof and of opinion that the said schedule is just and true and the same is ordered to be certified to the Secretary of War.
A true copy from the record R. Ballingerl, Clerk of Knox County.
State of Kentucky Knox County Court.
I, Richard Ballingerl, clerk of the Circuit Court in and for the County aforesaid, do hereby certify that John L. Bridges before me whom the foregoing affidavit was made is one of the Judges of the Circuit Court in the Commonwealth aforesaid and presiding in the Knox Circuit Court duly commissioned, qualified and acting as such and that one faith and credit should be given to all his official acts. Given under my hand and private seal ( There being no seal of office procured) this 22nd day of July A.D. 1820.
R. Ballingerl, Clerk Seal

John did not receive a pension due to the fact that he owned too much land and was able to support himself.

John was an aid to General George Washington during the Revolutionary War.

Thank you for the opportunity to submit John Nolin’s name.
I am interested in any info on John or the men he served under, any info would be appreciated.


Tammy R. Fields

Mitchell, Mark

MITCHEL(L),MARK was a private in the 10th Regiment of the Virginia Continental Line. He fought in the battle of Brandywine as well as in the battle of Monmouth and others and was with General Anthony Wayne at the storming of Stony Point. He was married to Mary Ryder in March of 1787 after his discharge and moved to Tennessee. He was my 4g-grandpa. I just returned from Tennessee where I was finally able to visit his gravesite. How I wish he could have come up, sat down, and talked for a spell.

Janet MITCHELL Aikin

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

Copple, Daniel

My gggg grandfather Daniel Copple served in Captain Daniel Burchart’s Company in the German Battalion of Pennsylvania in Continental Line and was in the battles of Trenton, Brandywine, Germantown and Monmouth. Source of this information is Pension file S.42656. My SAR Supplemental Ancestor Certificate is dated September 26, 2001. Please contact me if you have any questions.

Pension file S.42656

Gary Neal
Relationship: gggg grandfather

Agens (Ragen), James

James Agens, my great, great, great, great grandfather, fought at Brandywine in the 4th Maryland Regiment.  His name was James Agens, although he served in the 4th Maryland under the name James Ragan.  He was a colorful character.  Born around 1751, he was apprenticed to a weaver in Edinburgh, Scotland at a young age, ran away at 14 and either enlisted or was “pressed” into the British Army, was sent to Boston with his regiment at the start of the Revolution, deserted, and joined the Americans.  He seems to have been completely illiterate, and signed his 1818 and 1820 pension declarations with an “X”.  He indicated that he enlisted in the 4th Maryland as James Ragens (actually Ragan, as noted above) to avoid confusion with other men who had similar names.  He served December 17, 1776 – December 16, 1779 with the 4th, and later served with the 5th New York Regiment under his own name (also spelled Agin, Agins, Aggins, Agan, Aggans, and Agent at various times).  In addition to Brandywine, he served at Germantown, Monmouth, Stony Point, a battle near Fort Stanwix, and the Yorktown campaign.  He was wounded by a musket ball at Monmouth and a bayonet at Stony Point.

Don Johnston
Relationship: My great, great, great, great grandfather