Monday, February 22, 2016
Did William Serve in the Revolutionary War?
To begin with, there is no indication of which part of Maryland this person is from. According to Wikipedia, the 3rd Maryland Regiment was organized on 27 March 1776 of eight companies from Anne Arundel, Prince George's, Talbot, Harford and Somerset Counties of the colony." From everything we know about our William, at this point in time he owned property and lived in Cecil County, Maryland. I also have records proving that an unrelated William Miller lived in Harford County at this time.
Additionally, according to Wikipedia, this regiment served from 1776 until 1783. We know from an extract of Cecil County marriage records that our William married Rebecca Bradford on 13 June 1778. While this marriage date does not preclude military service, I think it is unlikely that our William, 46 years old when married, was serving at this time of his life.
Finally, our William is listed in the National Patriots Index, p. 470, National No. 300007, National Archives: "Miller, Wm.: b 2-22-1732 d 1814 m Rebekah Bradford PS MD." A letter from a fellow researcher, Ann Curnow, notes that PS stood for "Patriot Service" and meant civilian service.
If anyone has further information to prove this is our William Miller, it would be great if you could comment below or email at the address to the right.
Email me at: firstname.lastname@example.org My love of genealogy started when I was a child. I remember spending hours looking through my parents' bottom dresser drawer filled with old family photos. Dad would come in and sit down on the floor with me. He would tell me of the people and places, stories of his childhood in New Braunfels, Texas, and memories of his parents and grandparents. I felt so close to these people, and this naturally flowed into a love of genealogy in later years. Thanks Dad!