Lineage Society, Revolutionary War history, Sources of Service

Resources on the Continental Navy

Do you have ancestors who served in Continental Navy? These books can help you learn more about their experience: References: John Lehman, On Seas of Glory: Heroic Men, Great Ships, and Epic Battles of the American Navy (New York: The Free Press, 2001), 14, 32-33. Craig L. Symonds, The U.S. Navy: A Concise History (New… Continue reading Resources on the Continental Navy

Lineage Society, Revolutionary War history, Sources of Service

What is the Court of Appeal in Cases of Capture?

Privateers played a major role in American naval activities during the American Revolution. With permission from the government, privately owned ships could attempt to capture an enemy ship. If the capture was judged to be legal, the contents and ship would be sold - and the profits redistributed to the crew. At the start of… Continue reading What is the Court of Appeal in Cases of Capture?

Revolutionary War history

Common Migration Patterns

You've gotten your ancestor back to the 1820s - and gotten stuck. You're pretty sure the family had ancestors who fought in the American Revolution. How do you find them? Pay attention to migration patterns. While it's little discussed in our study of American history, your ancestors weren't settling randomly. Instead, they were following others… Continue reading Common Migration Patterns

Lineage Society, Revolutionary War history, Sources of Service

What was the Ladies’ Association of Philadelphia?

Founded in 1780 by Esther de Berdt Reed, the Ladies' Association of Philadelphia raised money for the Continental Army through door to door fundraising. The organization raised over $7,000, which was used to clothe soldiers. Although heavily critiqued, the Association was one of the first American examples of organized political action by women. The family's… Continue reading What was the Ladies’ Association of Philadelphia?

Revolutionary War history

The HMS Jersey and the other Revolutionary War prison ships

Relevant laws and policies: 1776: The Hulks Act allowed the use of decommissioned ships as prisons. March 1777: "North's Act" suspended habeas corpus and allowed Americans to be prosecuted for treason/piracy. 1778: A policy set out the requirement that prisoners taken from a privateer were immediately to be jailed. 1779: Continental Congress moves to hold… Continue reading The HMS Jersey and the other Revolutionary War prison ships