Friday, February 26, 2016

Give me time, and a couple leads, and I will tell you what your 5th great-grandfather was doing at 12:00 p.m. on a winter's day about 240 years ago

My 5th great-grandfather Major Robert Volney Lockhart would have seen the conditions in both Lancaster, PA and Winchester, VA, at the times mentioned in Part III Prisoners of War above. He was the sergeant of the day guarding the prisoners in Lancaster about this time period (I must check my notes for the exact day and description of his day). By 1781 he had married Margery Denny Wilson, a widow, who had lived in both Chester, PA and Winchester, VA. Their oldest son, Brigadier General Josiah E. Lockhart, my 4th great-grandfather, was born in 1782 in Frederick County, Virginia.

At the same time, many of my other ancestors were German immigrants. I'm not aware of any that were Hessian or prisoners of war. But some ancestors did live on Apple Pie Ridge, which was so named because the Hessian soldiers who had deserted or escaped, etc, knew they could go there for apple pie. One safe place must have been such a blessing to them. It is still the most beautiful part of the county, in my opinion, that area up there.

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