“Bloody Bill” Cunningham

When the American war for independence started, William Cunningham of South Carolina joined the Continental Army as part of that state's 3rd regiment. But, by 1778, Cunningham had switched sides, becoming an ardent Tory, ruthless in his dealings with those opposing the crown. During the fall of 1781, Cunningham commanded a regiment that terrorized South … Continue reading “Bloody Bill” Cunningham

Pollard Brown, Patriot

Pollard Brown is one of my fifth great grandfathers on my father's side. He was born in 1763 in Culpepper, Virginia when the state was still a British colony. Pollard was the sixth of eleven children born to Abraham and Jane Brown. Jane was a Pollard before she married and gave her maiden name to … Continue reading Pollard Brown, Patriot

The Illustrious Wardlaws

When researching family history, you find that some families have an influence beyond their direct descendants, an influence that reaches the larger community and even the nation. Such is the case with the Wardlaw family. I'm related to the Wardlaws through my great, great grandmother Jane Moore Farlow. Her great grandfather was James Wardlaw. After … Continue reading The Illustrious Wardlaws

Pension for an Aged Patriot

Sometimes the only reason you know a member of your family served in the American War for Independence is because they applied for a military pension years after their service. Records were not kept of every person who served, especially those who volunteered in state militias. They enlisted and were discharged sometimes verbally with no … Continue reading Pension for an Aged Patriot