This year, for Veterans’ Day, I thought I examine the military service of my wife’s direct ancestors. She has seven known Revolutionary War patriots (most in North Carolina) and one ancestor who served during the French and Indian War.
|Grandfather||Robert Harry Darling||1943-1944||World War II|
|Great-grandfather||James Ashley Hobbs||1863-1864||C.S.A.[i]|
|4th Great-grandfather||William Price||1780||Revolutionary War|
|4th Great-grandfather||William Rose||1781||Revolutionary War|
|4th Great-Grandfather||David Swayze||1776-1781||Revolutionary War|
|4th Great-Grandfather||James Walter||1777-1782||Revolutionary War|
|5th Great-grandfather||Robert Bryan||1777||Revolutionary War|
|5th Great-grandfather||William Price||1778||Revolutionary War|
|5th Great-grandfather||William Rose||c. 1780||Revolutionary War|
|6th Great-grandfather||Thomas Price||c. 1760||French & Indian War|
As I looked at the list, I realized it is incomplete. I know her Great-grandfather, Peter Fletcher Howell, also fought for the CSA during the Civil War. That he was missing from my basic filter and sort of ancestors with military service, concerns me. I probably need to go through and determine or confirm military service for her ancestors. (Another “Do-over.” Sigh…)
Besides these ten known individuals who served, she has another 47 uncles, aunts, and cousins who served as well. The most recent was her half-uncle, Robert Harry Darling, who died while serving in Vietnam.
Today, I remember both her’s and my ancestors who served their country, particularly those who served during wartime.
[i] I have mixed feelings regarding ancestors who fought for the CSA and against the Union.