Adams County American Revolutionary War Soldiers

Provided by Curt Sanders

From the Adams County, PA Daughters of the American Revolution...

Many names were lost and not recorded in archive books. There were possibly 200 or more recruits from Marsh Creek alone who answered the call and marched to Boston arriving on July 25, 1775. The following roll comprises about half of the strength of the then Capt. Doudel's Co., most of which were from the Marsh Creek settlement in Adams County, which was then York Co., PA:


Capt. Michael Doudel

1st Lt. Henry Miller, son of founder of Millerstown, now Fairfield, PA

2nd Lt. John Dill

3rd Lt. James Watson

3rd Lt. John Clark


Robert Armour John McCurt Alrom Lewis
George Armstong Edward Moore Josiah Minsholl (Marsholl)
John Beverly David Ramsey James Mill
Christian Bittinger Matthew Shields James McAlister
John Brown Jacob Staley Andrew Stort (Stewart)
Thomas Campbell John Ferguson Patrick Sullivan
William Cline Robert Groft Issac Sweeney
William Cooper John Griffith Tobias Tanner
George Dougherty Joseph Holbut John Taylor
John Douther Richard Kennedy Cornelius Turner
Abel Evans Thomas Kennedy William McClellan
John McCrary (McCreary)  Daniel Lelop (Delop)  

Provided by Curt Sanders

The 1886 History of Cumberland and Adams Counties, Pennsylvania, Warner, Beers & Co., 1886, Chapter VIII, pp. 31-36, discusses and mentions many names of those who participated in the War, but is unable to clearly discern who is from Adams County, since Adams was a part of York County until after the War.

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Hugh KING, son of Victor King and Martha McKEAN, is described on p. 332 of: Heitman, Francis B.  Historical Register of Officers of the Continental Army During the War of the Revolution, April 1775 to December 1783.  Reprint of the New, Revised, and Enlarged Edition of 1914 With Addenda. p 332. 
"... a 1st Lt. of Baxter's Btn., Pennsylvania Flying Camp in June 1776.  Served in army from 1776-1780.  He was captured by the British on 16 Nov 1776 upon the  surrender of Fort Washington. He remained a prisoner of war until he was exchanged on 8 Dec 1780."  Hugh King is buried in the Greater Conewago Presbyterian Cemetery in Hunterstown, PA and is listed on the "Revolutionary War Soldiers" plaque on the gatepost of the cemetery.  He is also listed as a Revolutionary War Soldier by the DAR, being listed in their publication: DAR Patriot Index.  National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution, Diamond Jubilee Administration. Mrs. William Henry Sullivan, Jr., President General.  Washington, DC: 1966.  3rd Printing, November 1969.  p 388. -- Bill Brewer

Penn Archives 3rd Series; 7th Vol. is said to have Capt Francis Boner Bonner's company from around York Springs, Huntington Twnsp, including my own Adam SIMMONS, and his wife's uncle, or cousin, a Leonard HATTON. April 1778. I've seen the officers of a 1776 company in which BONNER was Ensign. --

Henry MAXWELL Private 5th Penn. line or Regiment. Not certain whether it is line or regiment because I've seen both terms used in documentation. Henry is listed in DAR records as having served. He is also an early resident of Adams County having come to Pennsylvania supposedly with his uncle and aunt, Walter and Agnes CARSON (first bought land 1743), died in Straben Twp. 1791 or 1792. -- Josette Maxwell

Peter ARENDT, Captain William Lindsay's Company [Pennsylvania], December 7, 1781 - February 8, 1782 at Camp Security. Source: York County, Pennsylvania in the American Revolution, A source book compiled by Henry James Young, Volume I and Volume II, Volume I pages 90-91, Volume II pages 269 & 310. Books were found at the Adams County Historical Society Schmucker Hall, Seminary Campus, Box 4325, Gettysburg, PA 17325. -- Shirley Arendt

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