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The story of our family is the story of the United States. Among the first settlers to the new world, from battles and wars to science and aviation, our ancestors have participated in many significant events in our country's history.
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Many of our ancestors joined the military, some on opposing sides.
Conrad Cuntramann (Countryman) was acknowledged by Ripley's Believe It or Not for having 26 sons and grandsons serving in General Washington's army. Another son, Jacob, was a Tory.
Samuel Staples had been married twice and had 11 children and several grandchildren when the British soldiers arrived in Kittery, Maine. Samuel was in his 60s. The British grabbed him and forced him to serve on a war ship. He must have been more trouble than he was worth because he was shot and thrown overboard, never to see his family again. This enraged the community and many young men in the area joined General Washington's forces, including 2 of Samuel's sons.
Reuben Sutton joined Union forces on 30 Mar 1865, saw the closing of the Civil War, including at least 8 battles, Lee's surrender, and Lincoln's assassination. He was killed after 38 days of service.
Joshua Staples served 6 years 2 months in the Revolution as a private and a corporal,including the brutal winter at Valley Forge. He was well-thought of and served honorably. His discharge was personally signed by General Washington and he received the Badge of Merit.
James Allen and Ebenezer Eddy answered the call from Paul Revere at Lexington and Concord.
During the Civil War, Moses Friend Long was mortally wounded at the Battle of Fredericksburg, William Meade Dame fought heroically for the Confederacy. Peter Fort Countryman enlisted when Lincoln called, but was sent home after 3 months with severe diarrhea.
George Dame was a Loyalist and fought on the British side during the Revolution as a Lieutenant of the 8th Regiment of Foot. He lost his home in New Hampshire and his possessions when they were confiscated by American forces, but at wars end he was granted 3,000 acres in Bertie, Ontario from the King. His cousin, George Dame was rewarded by the Continental Congress for providing aid to the Continental army.
Deborah Sampson fought during the American Revolution disguised as a man.
See Ancestors Serving Our Country" for a list of all military-related ancestors.
This website uses dates from the Gregorian calendar (New Style), unless otherwise noted.
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