FAMILY HISTORY RESEARCH: Our Family in the American Revolution

Posted on our Facebook page, HMC Family, by John Carlisle on July 4, 2021

NOTE: John will be revising this article.

 Family Involvement in July Fourth “here is an overview of what our family did during the “REVOLUTION”
Sunday July 4. 2021
The clearest call for independence up to the summer of 1776 came in Philadelphia on June 7. On that date in session in the Pennsylvania State House (later Independence Hall), the Continental Congress heard Richard Henry Lee of Virginia read his resolution beginning: “Resolved: That these United Colonies are, and of right ought to be, free and independent States, that they are absolved from all allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain is, and ought to be, totally dissolved.”
The Lee Resolution was an expression of what was already beginning to happen throughout the colonies. When the Second Continental Congress, which was essentially the government of the United States from 1775 to 1788, first met in May 1775, King George III had not replied to the petition for redress of grievances that he had been sent by the First Continental Congress. The Congress gradually took on the responsibilities of a national government. In June 1775 the Congress established the Continental Army as well as a continental currency. By the end of July of that year, it created a post office for the “United Colonies.”
Who were these men, this Richard Henry Lee ?? Well if you are a direct descendant of Isaiah Matheny and Rachel Younger and are a “Baby Boomer’ born 1946-era then Richard Henry Lee is your 7th great-grandfather and his brother “Francis Lightfoot Lee” is our 7th great grand-uncle 1734–1797
BIRTH 20 JANUARY 1732 • Westmoreland County, Virginia, United States of America
DEATH 19 JUNE 1794 • Chantily, Westmoreland County, Virginia, USA
7th great-grandfather
BIRTH 14 OCTOBER 1734 • Stratford Hall, Westmoreland County, Virginia, United States of America
DEATH 11 JAN 1797 • Warsaw, Richmond County, Virginia, United States of America
7th great grand-uncle
These two gentlemen were signers of the “CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES” and they are our family.
Job Cooper
BIRTH ABT. 1731 • Hardin County, Kentucky, USA
DEATH 1804 • Hardin County, Kentucky, USA
6th great-grandfather
Virginia Militia, 2nd Company of Rangers, Commanded by Captain John Ashby, Sept 2,1755. Job Cooper enlistment. Fairfax county, VA.
Capt. William Van meters payroll July 30, 1777 Capt. William Van meters payroll August 177?
Job Cooper was on & off payroll several times, sometimes AWOL, but always seemed to turn up
Nathaniel Cooper
BIRTH 1755 • Frederick, Virginia, United States
DEATH 1830 • Fountain City, Fountain, Indiana, United States
5th great-grandfather
Nathaniel Cooper, Male, 6 Feb 1778, North Carolina, USA, North Carolina,
2d Battalion, Private
Post Revolution:
Nathan Cooper. 4 Nov 1793, Territory South of the Ohio River, USA, Carter’s Regiment, Militia
Capt. John Montour
BIRTH 1740 • PA
DEATH 1830 • Armstrong, Co, PA
5th great-grandfather
Canadian Volunteers 1775 8th Pennsylvania Reg’t (Revolutionary War)
Delaware Indians 1780-1781 Capt. Montour’s Co. (Revolutionary War)
Isaac Oldham Sr
BIRTH ABT. 1742 • Lancaster, PA, British Colonial
DEATH 1821 • Ohio County, Virginia, USA
6th great-grandfather
Isaac Old was a Non-commissioned officer
and private in Capt. John Van Meter’s company of Pennsylvania Rangers 1778-1783, He died in Ohio Co., VA.
Anthony Badgley
BIRTH 1733 • New Providence, Union, New Jersey, United States
DEATH 30 JUN 1803 • Westfield, Union, New Jersey, United States
5th great-grandfather
In 1777 1st Regiment Essex County Militia Unit from New Jersey


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