Have Fun Researching Your Revolutionary War Ancestor
Today I am adding sources to my online family trees. I focused on my Revolutionary War ancestors. I enjoy collecting as many sources as possible. There is no such thing as too many sources. When a holiday comes around I often interrupt my major research projects by re-looking for sources online for a specific family, brick wall ancestors, or those who participated in a specific military campaign.
Today, I was delighted to add more sources to Ebenezer Coe, Jr, my 5th Great Grandfather. He was born on July 24, 1735 in Stratford, Connecticut. He served in the 1st Stratford company in the 4th regiment of the Connecticut militia. He had been taken prisoner in the battle of Long Island but escaped to Harlem Hills on September 25, 1776. He was on the path to be alerted about the advancing British by the famous Sybil Ludington. On April 21, 1777, in the Battle at Ridgefield, he suffered a musket shot through his head. He lost part of his ear and his right eye. He was also stabbed in the side. He survived and lived to be 85 years old. He wasn’t able to serve on the field after these injuries, though. I found some of this information in the invalid pension files on ancestry.com. I found all of the census records for Ebenezer on familysearh.org.
Not only I am thankful for his service, I am thankful that I can find records that help detail his life. When I can find sources about my ancestors, I am able to picture what their lives were like. Don’t forget to attach sources to everyone in your family tree. Happy Ancestor Finding!