PictureBunker Hill Monument
Today is the birthday of the United States of America.  I had 3 6th great grandfathers, 6 5th great grandfathers, and 4 4th great grandfathers fight for our independence in the Revolutionary War.   These are just the ones I've been able to trace. There could have been more.  Now, add their sons, sons-in-law, brothers, and brothers-in-law, uncles, and cousins, and who knows how many of my earlier family members took up arms to defend this great land.  Of these, my 5th great grandfather, William Cheney was killed at Bunker Hill, while fighting along side of his sons, including my 4th great grandfather, Thomas Cheney. William was 58 years old when he gave his life that we may be free.

Today, I want to honor my Revolutionary War ancestors and those of every American whose forefathers fought for our country.

William Cheney, 1717-1775
Thomas Cheney, 1742-1811 or 1828
James Morris, 1763-1844
James/Nathaniel Neely, dates unknown 
Elisha Mason, 1756-1827
Joshua Hall, 1703-1789
William Hall, 1741-1824
Enoch Hall, 1764-1847
                                                                        James Raymond, 1729-1798
                                                                        Moses St. John, 1705-1785
                                                                        Henry Safley, 1759-1838
                                                                        Sebastian Mershimer, 1755-1845
                                                                        Noah Bowser, 1748-1831

Today, let us all honor our ancestors who fought to let freedom ring.  Happy Birthday, U. S. A.!




Austin Smith
07/04/2013 6:08pm

that was very good grandma you have to teach me more about the revolutionary war Im interested in all of those titanic. but you already know that..

07/05/2013 9:30am

Glad to see that you're reading my blog! Hope you're going through the archives on then sidebar and reading some of my earlier posts. There's some good stories you'll like there. Yes, I'd be happy to help you learn about the Revolutionary War. There's a regular weekly show about it on the History channel, also.


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