Thursday, July 3, 2014


Betsy Ross & the flag with a group in a sitting room

It’s that time of year again when we celebrate America, our independence from Great Britain and the rule of King George III. 

This site has a great timeline of the Revolutionary War

I am a very proud member of the Daughters of the American Revolution.  My patriot ancestor is Anthony Bowen of Virginia.

A little bit about Anthony Bowen.  He was born about 1745 in Greenbrier County, Virginia to parents I have yet to discover.  He married Alice Hamilton born about 1740, daughter of Andrew Hamilton.  

He did not serve as a soldier, but gave supplies to the troops.  Some records have him supplying mutton and corn.  The people who supplied the troops were considered very important in the war effort.  

Anthony & Alice had 8 children, Andrew, William, Anthony, Jr., Hannah Jane, Susannah, James, Mary and Betsy.

He left a will, which he signed on September 11, 1787.   The will was probated at the Greenbrier County court on October 30, 1787.  The will is located in Will Book 1, page 39.  

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There is still a lot I don’t know about Anthony Bowen and his wife Alice aka Ellis Hamilton.  If you are reading this and are a descendant of this family, please contact me.  I’d love to hear from you. 

There are other Revolutionary War patriots in our family.  I will be adding to my DAR membership once I submit the supplementary applications. 

There have been some great documentaries on TV about the revolution.  I love to watch them and imagine what it was like for our ancestors back then.  You can watch these on YouTube too.  Here is a link to one of them

Did you know that some of the people from that time in our history lived long enough to have their photos taken?  Maureen Taylor, a well known photo identification expert has published a book called The Last Muster.  I have it and it’s really fun to read about these men & women and see pictures of them.  

The Last Muster cover

Here is a link to Maureen’s blog about photo identification and a link to Amazon where you can purchase her book The Last Muster

In the meantime enjoy the 4th of July celebrations and please remember those who served and died that we might live in a free nation. 

Happy hunting,

Michigan Girl

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