A Revolutionary Trio: Molly Ferris Akin

An old Akin Family Association newsletter story mentioned Molly Ferris Akin. Did the young Quaker woman really sneak into the British encampment and fire a musket? If so, then she supposedly alerted the Americans to their location in Pawling, New York. The pieces of her story weren’t in one place. Verissima Productions and I traveled…

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A Revolutionary Trio: Agrippa Hull

Stockbridge, Massachusetts.  It’s a picturesque town in the Berkshires. It is home to the Norman Rockwell Museum and where the sculptor Daniel Chester French once lived. It is also where Revolutionary War patriot, Agrippa Hull resided. On a steamy summer day, myself and Verissima Productions explored the town. We weren’t there to see the tourist…

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A Revolutionary Trio: Eleazer Blake

Fitzwilliam and Rindge, New Hampshire are lovely towns situated on country roads. A blurry picture of Revolutionary War veteran, Eleazer Blake led me there. I arrived with Vermissima Productions on a typical spring New England day. It was cold, blustery, and sunny. We were hunting for details of Blake’s wartime service. We discovered many more…

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Party for New York’s Men of Revolution

Several years ago, I came across a notice in New-Hampshire Patriot and State Gazette for August 28, 1845 for a reunion of Revolutionary War veterans taking place in New York City. Daguerreotype of G.W. P. Custis, taken by Mathew Brady, 1844. Library of Congress In that month, George Washington Parke Custis, adopted son (and grandson)…

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An Inspirational Man–Benson J. Lossing

Benson J. Lossing was a man of many talents including watchmaking, writing and engraving, but it was his sense of history that brought him nineteenth century fame. Frederick Gutekunst, 1859 He felt that history of the American Revolution was being forgotten even by individuals living in towns with key roles in the conflict. With the…

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Shot Heard ‘Round the World

In celebration of Patriots’ Day, here is a video featuring work from The Last Muster Project. https://vimeo.com/209787042 I have put together a free download of 5 Revolutionary War-Related Activities that you can explore. Click the button below to get your copy. Download “5 Revolutionary War-Related Activities”   You can buy your copy of The Last Muster…

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Where are the Ladies?

For almost twenty years I’ve looked for images of individuals who lived during the American Revolution and that survived into the age of photography. While many more women than men met these criteria, it’s much harder to locate images of them.  Here’s a partial list of women that survived well into the late nineteenth century.…

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Looking for the Revolutionary War Generation In Your Family Photos

For more than a dozen years I’ve been on a quest to find all known photographs of the individuals who witnessed the American Revolution first-hand.  There are two volumes of photographs in print and a third in the works of people who lived during the Revolutionary War period and into the age of photography after…

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Oldest Living Revolutionary Widows

As of June 30, 1898 five women appeared on the pension rolls as widows of Revolutionary War soldiers. Esther Damon of Plymouth Union, Vermont age 84 Nancy Jones of Jonesboro, Tennessee age 84 Rebecca Mayo of Newbern, Virginia age 85 Mary Snead of Parksley, Virginia age 82 Nancy Weatherman of Lineback, Tennessee age 88 I’ve…

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Missing Pictures: Rebecca Mayo, Revolutionary War Widow

Sometimes the hunt for a photograph is so frustrating! One of the more than 6,000 Revolutionary War widows collecting a pension was Rebecca Mayo of Newbern, Pulaski County, Virginia. She married Stephen Mayo in 1834 when she was just a young woman and Mayo was 77. The Boston Daily Globe ran a story about her…

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