An ancestor of mine – 2nd Lieutenant Jonathan Pugh’s service history lists him as being wounded at Brandywine 11 Sep 1777 in the “Historical Register of officers of the Continental Army During the War of the Revolution” by Francis Heitman.
This service history lists him as part of the the 5th PA under Col Magaw until capture at the Battle of Fort Washington Nov 16, 1776. Released at the end of 1776, it is unclear which unit he was attached at Brandywine.
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My great grandfather (8 generations) John Platt (Plott). He was in Capt. Gelwick’s 1st co. 8th Bn. and was injured at the Brandywine Creek Battle. In the retreat he stepped on a bayonet point which rendered him unfit for further duty. He was from York Pa. Both he and his brother Joseph fought.
There were several NC Regiments as part of the NC Continental Troops at Brandywine, Germantown, and Valley Forge.
Hereâ€™s a history of one member of the 9th NC Regiment, William Polk:
William Polk was a major in the 9th Regiment, North Carolina Line, one of the regiments engaged in the Battle of Brandywine that month (Sept. 1777) and afterward in the Battle of Germantown, where he was seriously wounded. He and his regiment were with Washington at Valley Forge, following which the North Carolina regiments, weakened from illness and expiring enlistments, were reduced in number from ten to three, and William Polk was rendered a supernumerary office.
“The Papers of Archibald D. Murphy” William Henry Hoyt (editor), North Carolina Historical Commission, Raleigh, 1914, vol II, pp. 400-410. (“… containing William Polk’s autobiographical reference to being in both the Battle of Brandywine and the Battle of Germantown, where he was wounded.
One of my g-g-g-g-uncles Thomas Francisco was a Private in the 9th NC. He died in the spring of 1778 from sickness contracted at Valley Forge.\
I am a 6th generation descendent from Otey Prosser who fought in the battle of Brandywine and wintered at Valley Forge. He was from Virginia and I assume he was in one of the Virginia regiments. Tradition has it that he assisted Lafayette from the battlefield after he was wounded. Lafayette met Otey again during his tour of the United States in 1824. Supposedly Lafayette gave Otey a warm French greeting (embrace and kiss on both cheeks). Otey was born in Henrico County, VA in 1761 and died in Washington County, GA in 1839 at the age of 78.
Lee R. dePersia
Preston, Nathan. One of my ancestors was at Brandywine. He was Pvt. Nathan Preston 14th (10th) VA Continental Line.
J. R. VanHoose
Preston, Aaron. 3 or 4xggrandfather. Several sources indicate that he was wounded in the BattleÂ of Brandywine and that he died New Haven, CT, while attempting to reach his home in Litchfield Co., CT.
Nothing further is known.
Polhemus, John – I am a member of The Sons of the Revolution. I descend from a Major John Polhemus, 1st New Jersey Regiment or The New Jersey Blues. According to his memoirs, it was Major Polhemus who first came to Lafayette’s aid when he was wounded at Brandywine. John Polhemus married Susanna Hart who was the daughter of John Hart, signer of The Declaration of Independence.
Adam Polhemus Flint
Pearson, John – served in PA line, survived to take part in Yorktown campaign, lieutenant.
Jacob Payton was my gggrandfather. Heroes of 1812 p 146-7 Nebr. Soc. dau. of 1812: It was family tradition that Jacob and William Payton’s father [my ggggrandfather Payton, whose first name is unknown] was present in the battle of the Brandywine. It was presumed his people were early arrivals in Virgina. The family crossed the Ohio River from Bourbon Co. Ky. and other members of the family reached S.W., Ohio where they grew up. Jacob and William [Payton] enlisted in 1812. After the War, they located in Indiana. (Note: I have been told that the contributor of this article was a Mabel Kimble who ultimately was trying to get bounty land for William Payton’s service in the War of 1812.) Jacob Payton b 1787’s d 12/10/1876 Woodhull, IL obituary states “When quite young, his parents moved to Hamilton Co. Ohio. His father died, when he was 5 or 6. From that time he was left to struggle up to manhood alone.
The computer data base at Valley Forge lists a Reubin Payton VA 1st Dragoons; VA 28974, Pvt. Col. Theobald, support brigade to cavalry. He is the only Payton listed at Valley Forge. It is my understanding that after the Battle of the Brandywine, the army went to Valley Forge. It may be likely
therefore that my ggggrandfather was at Valley Forge. I have no evidence that my ggggrandfather might be this Reubin Payton.