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“The patch knife is a standard part of any rifleman’s equipment. But what is a patch knife? A patch knife can be said to be any kind of a knife that will cut a patch and there are a multiplicity of blades, …

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PENSION APPLICATION OF JAMES FERGUS This pension was copied by John T. Misskelley, from a book in Kip Carter’s collection, called The Revolution Remembered, an eyewitness account of the war for independence. Edited by John C. Dann. Pg. 177-185. Copied exactly as …

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A HISTORY OF THE CAMPAIGNS OF 1780 AND 1781 IN THE SOUTHERN PROVINCES OF NORTH AMERICA BY LT. COL. BANASTRE TARLETON “BEFORE THE MIDDLE OF SEPTEMBER, PART OF THE STORES BEING ARRIVED, WITH A REINFORCEMENT FROM CHARLES TOWN, CONSISTING OF …

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“CORNWALLIS PLANNED HIS INVASION OF NORTH CAROLINA FOR EARLY SEPTEMBER, 1780. LEAVING 6,000 MEN TO HOLD THE BRITISH BASES IN SOUTH CAROLINA AND GEORGIA , CORNWALLIS WOULD MARCH WITH AN ARMY OF ONLY 2,200 RANK AND FILE FROM CAMDEN , SOUTH …

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Michael C. Scoggins, York County Historical Center, May 2002 It was not until June 1772 that the border between North and South Carolina west of the Catawba River was established by survey. After this survey, a large tract of land between …

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I guess it is time to share a few secrets with you. How do you find two hundred or so year old stuff to use? Well, where you start is probably not where you think! I firmly believe that it is all out …

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LACEY’S FORT Michael C. Scoggins, York County Historical Center, July 2002 Lacey’s Fort was constructed by Col. Edward Lacey of Chester County in 1780 near Quinn’s Road on Turkey Creek, in southwestern York County . The fort was also known as …

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Research by Robert I. McCann From: “A riffle Gun and what belongs to her” Wallace Gusler, Muzzle Blasts January 2003 (The gunsmith that made the Williamsburg gunsmithing program.) Joe and I both liked the article and in a discussion, Joe said …

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Nancy M. Sambitts York County Historical Center Clothing Inventory The following descriptions are from the Pennsylvania Gazette dated June 10, 1756: .A native Irishman, Hugh O’Daniel, appears to be 30 years of age, who broke out of the public jail …

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Michael C. Scoggins, York County Historical Center, July 2002 Christian Huck, commander of the Loyalist forces at the Battle of Huck’s Defeat, was born in one of the German states of Europe around the year 1748 and emigrated to America …

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Robert I. McCann Colonial Craftsmen and the Beginnings of American Industry by Edwin Tunis The Johns Hopkins University Press, about $19.00 paperback This is just a good book! It outlines American craftsmen from the mid-18th century through the first quarter of …

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by Brandon Lohr There have been several accounts of backwoodsmen and scouts upon the northwestern Virginia frontier. These accounts often tell of the lives and exploits of the “heroes” who saved the settlers of their respective areas from attacks from hostile …

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Working Class Mid Century Frontier Women The intent of this discussion is to get a handle on the clothing of the Mid 18th Century Working Class Frontier Woman. The tools of information will include runaway ads, severance allowances, paintings, prints, plates and …

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COLONEL, NEW ACQUISITION MILITIA B. September 13, 1741– D. December 1, 1816 Research by John T. Misskelley Digital photos by David Chambers William Hill, Orphan “Came into Court William Hill, a minor Orphan son of John Hill late of Chanceford …

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TRAVELS IN THE COLONIES excuse my coming away without a farewell, these adiew’s are pain- full to anyone, but must have been more so in my situation. I found myself fast a going, my health ruined by having disagreable objects …

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Michael C. Scoggins, York County Culture and Heritage Commission, June 2003 Friday, 12 May: After a siege of about two weeks, Maj. Gen. Benjamin Lincoln surrenders the entire Southern Continental Army in Charleston to the British expeditionary force under Sir …

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RESEARCH BY JOHN T. MISSKELLEY EYEWITNESS ACCOUNTS OF THE WAR FOR INDEPENDENCE EDITED BY JOHN C. DANN UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO PRESS 1980 MOSES HALL’S PENSION APPLICATION, BORN IN ROWAN COUNTY , NORTH CAROLINA HE SERVED NINE TOURS OF DUTY FROM …

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BY JOHN T. MISSKELLEY During the summer of 1999, The Culture and Heritage Commission of York County was having a fund-raiser at Hightower Hall, [an antebellum plantation at Historic Brattonsville, located near McConnells, South Carolina] to raise funds for the …

A STUDY OF GUNSMITHS IN EARLY YORK DISTRICT SOUTH CAROLINA—1790-1850 Read More »

By John T. Misskelley THE ESTABLISHED SETTLER There were two types of settlers who traveled the great Philadelphia Wagon road. The first were the established families, who had been able to pay the passage from the north of Ireland to …

SETTLERS WHO TRAVELED THE WAGON ROAD FROM PENNSYLVANIA TO THE SOUTH 1765-1775 Read More »

Michael C. Scoggins, York County Historical Center April 14, 1573: “We are given to understand that a nobleman named ‘Sorley Boy’ (Macdonnell) and others, who be of the Scotch-Irish race, and some of the wild Irish, at this time are content …

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Michael C. Scoggins, York County Culture and Heritage Commission, 2003 Origins of the Scotch-Irish Within a century of the Norman conquest of England, adventurous Norman knights began carving out small kingdoms in the ancient Celtic island of Ireland. It was …

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Copied from: http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~hookersbend/bio_colonel_samuel_watson.htm It is believed that Samuel Watson was the eldest son of William and Sarah ?? Watson, of Hanover Township. Lancaster County Pennsylvania. William’s will reflects a total of five sons and seven daughters. Samuel received ten shillings in his …

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Blacksmithing is the art and mystery of working with the black metal – iron. At ambient temperature iron is very hard. To make it plastic we heat it to almost melting so we can shape it to our needs. We use a forge …

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by Michael C. Scoggins Research Historian York County Historical Center York County Culture and Heritage Commission February 2002 © 2002 by York County Culture and Heritage Commission All Rights Reserved INTRODUCTION: THE LIVES OF WILLIAM AND MARTHA BRATTON William Bratton was …

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We met at Bob’s house Sunday, March 2nd. Present were John, Joe, Karen, and Bob. This was a very worthwhile meeting for the purpose of setting the tone of our endeavors. This committee is not going to be the cloths Nazi’s or …

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by Bob McCann 1. How are you going to cook? The pots and kettles with 3 inch or so legs seem to be for use in fire pits where the ash builds up. Those with 1 inch legs are more for use …

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