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Party for New York’s Men of Revolution

By Maureen Taylor on Friday, April 28th, 2017 in The Last Muster. No Comments

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. In that month, George Washington Parke Custis, adopted son (and grandson) of President George Washington visited New York City.  In honor of the occasion […]


An Inspirational Man–Benson J. Lossing

By Maureen Taylor on Monday, April 24th, 2017 in The Last Muster. No Comments

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. 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 seventy-fifth anniversary of […]


Shot Heard ‘Round the World

By Maureen Taylor on Tuesday, April 18th, 2017 in The Last Muster. No Comments

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 […]


Where are the Ladies?

By Maureen Taylor on Tuesday, April 11th, 2017 in The Last Muster. No Comments

Finding images of the widows of Revolutionary War soldiers has been a challenge. Perhaps you’re descended from one of these women? Nancy Weatherman She called Lineback, Tennessee home in 1898. She was 88. Nancy Jones In 1898 she resided in Jonesboro, Tennessee and was 84. Mary Snead In 1898, this 82 year old was living […]


Looking for the Revolutionary War Generation In Your Family Photos

By Maureen Taylor on Thursday, April 6th, 2017 in The Last Muster. No Comments

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 […]


Ask Maureen – Episode 4

By Maureen Taylor on Monday, April 3rd, 2017 in Ask Maureen, The Last Muster. No Comments

Show Notes After a dozen years of searching, there are still new photographs popping up. These men and women experienced the Revolutionary War period and lived long enough to be photographed.  Do you have one in your collection?  Listen to this Facebook Live episode to learn more about The Last Muster project. How did this […]


Oldest Living Revolutionary Widows

By Maureen Taylor on Thursday, June 12th, 2014 in Last Muster, The Last Muster. No Comments

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 […]


Missing Pictures: Rebecca Mayo, Revolutionary War Widow

By Maureen Taylor on Wednesday, November 4th, 2009 in Last Muster, The Last Muster. No Comments

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 […]


Lost Pictures: New York Gathering of Last Men of the Revolution

By Maureen Taylor on Wednesday, October 7th, 2009 in Last Muster, The Last Muster. No Comments

Searching GenealogyBank’s database of newspaper, I came across a notice for a reunion of Revolutionary War veterans in the New-Hampshire Patriot and State Gazette for August 28, 1845. In that month, George Washington Park Custis, adopted son (and grandson) of President George Washington visited New York City. There was a reception at the house of […]


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