Tombstone Tuesday – Independence Day Edition: Adam Link

Tombstone for Adam Link
Union Cemetery, Bucyrus, Ohio

This week, our nation celebrates Independence Day, and so I thought it only fitting that this week’s edition of Tombstone Tuesday should feature my Revolutionary War Patriot ancestor, Adam Link.  My 4th great grandfather, Adam Link is buried in Union Cemetery near Bucyrus in Crawford County, Ohio.  I went looking for Adam’s resting place a little over a decade ago, expecting it to be somewhat difficult to find.  What I found instead was a well marked grave that is quite obviously tended to with all of the respect and honor that is befitting of someone who risked their life to help win this country’s independence.

ADAM LINK: b. 14 Nov 1761 in Hagerstown, MD
                        d. 15 Aug 1864 in Crawford Co., OH

D.A.R. Plaque marking Adam Link’s grave

 I won’t retell Adam’s story here, but for more information on Adam, please see my previous posts here, here and here.  My lineage back to Adam was highlighted in this post when I finally completed my Sons of the American Revolution application.

Union Cemetery is also marked as “Revolutionary
War Cemetery”

Mission Accomplished!

I received news yesterday, just in time for Memorial Day weekend, that I have successfully accomplished one of my major genealogical goals which has also been a personal goal (actually a
bucket list item for me) for many years.  As of May 21, my genealogy has been accepted for membership in the National Society, Sons of the American Revolution!

A couple of months ago, I wrote a Military Monday post that told the story of my Revolutionary Patriot ancestor, Adam Link.  I won’t go back over his story here, but I do want to share my lineage back to Adam.

Adam LINK b. 14 Nov 1761
                     d. 15 Aug 1864
                     m. Elizabeth LINK in 1789

          Shepley Holmes LINK b. 24 Jun 1814
                                                d. 06 May 1875
                                                m. Mary DICKSON 23 Feb 1847

                         Isaac C. LINK b. Jan 1854
                                                 d. 12 Dec 1910
                                                 m. Anna BROWN 08 Aug 1873

                                  Newton Henry LINK b. 22 Nov 1876
                                                                     d. 22 Mar 1967
                                                                     m. Lola WELTY 07 May 1897
                                                Earl Celvester LINK b. 07 Apr 1901
                                                                                  d. 05 May 1967
                                                                                  m. Hannah HILL 16 Jun 1925

                                                         Suzanne LINK b. 14 Jul 1944
                                                                                  d. 27 Dec 2006
                                                                                  m. Edwin WASHLER 27 Jul 1968

                                                                      Christopher WASHLER

I have to say that getting the news that my SAR lineage was accepted right before Memorial Day is almost more fitting than I could have hoped for.  This weekend is a time for us to honor those who paid the ultimate price in service to our country, and while Adam did not die in the Revolution, to be able to honor an ancestor who truly helped to give us our freedom is a dream come true for me.

Amanuensis Monday – Revolutionary War Service Deposition

Amanuensis Monday is a blogging prompt from Geneabloggers that I thought I would try out today simply because it works well with a project I’ve had on a “side burner” for a while.  Here is the explanation from Geneabloggers:

An Amanuensis is a person employed to write what another dictates or to copy what has been written by another. Amanuensis Monday is a daily blogging theme which encourages the family historian to transcribe family letters, journals, audiotapes, and other historical artifacts. Not only do the documents contain genealogical information, the words breathe life into kin – some we never met – others we see a time in their life before we knew them.

What I have been working on that fits into this category has to do with my 4th Great Grandfather, Adam Link, whom I have written about a few times before.  Adam served in the Revolutionary War, and as part of my research, I obtained his full pension file from the National Archives several years ago.  The file has been an incredible wealth of information as you can imagine.  What I have transcribed below is the initial deposition that Adam Link gave to obtain his Revolutionary War pension as allowed by an act of Congress in 1832.  The deposition comes off as somewhat rambling and has more run-on sentences than I care to admit, but what I have put below is a word for word, and punctuation for punctuation transcription of the original text.

Declaration in order to obtain the benefit of the act of Congress passed June 7th 1832.
State of Ohio
Richland County
                On this 25 day of Sept in the year one thousand eight hundred and thirty three, personally appeared before Wells Kellogg Esquire a Justice of the Peace Adam Link a resident of the Township of Milton, in the County of Richland and State of Ohio, aged Seventy two years who being first duly sworn according to law doth in his oath make the following declaration in order to obtain the benefit of the provision made by the act of Congress passed June 7th, 1832.  That he entered the service of the Revolutionary War in the year one thousand seven hundred and seventy seven on the first of month of June of said year, and served under Captain Williamson in the Militia of the State of Pennsylvania for a period of six months, and said Williamson his Captain was, during said term, promoted to be a Colonel in said Militia, and, then this applicant was commanded by one Captain Biggs, and said tour of service were sent to keep garrison at a place called “Dement’s Fork”, and this applicant cannot now recollect the number of the regiment to which the company he served in belonged, that Williamson was the Colonel of the regiment, and this deponent further says that he is not able to now recollect the name of the Colonel who commanded the regiment before the promotion of the said Capt. Williamson – That he entered and served from the first of June 1777 and served until the first of December 1777.   That he served as above in the capacity of a private soldier for said period, when he was verbally dismissed from the service but never received any written evidence of his service from said officers, that he was drafted out to serve in the County of Washington in said State.  And this applicant further states that he again served as a private soldier in the Revolutionary Army another tour of six months in the Militia of the State of Pennsylvania that he drafted out to serve said period in Washington County in said State.  That he entered the service under one Captain Mason and was placed under the command of Colonel Williamson, that he entered in the Spring of the year one thousand seven hundred and seventy eight in the month of April.  That he served from the 1st of April until the first of October in the said year 1778 – that the number of the regiment he does not recollect – that the troops were sent to a place called Shepherd’s Fort, where they were stationed to keep charge of the garrison at said place during the time said tour of six months under the said officers above named, when he received a verbal dismissal from the service, but received no written discharge from his officers – that he entered the service in the County of Washington in the State of Pennsylvania  – and this applicant further states that he again entered the service for a third period of six months in the County of Washington in the state of Pennsylvania, that he served in the Militia of said State for a period of six months as a drafted militiaman under one Captain Noble and the Lieutenant’s name was “Ogle” and the Colonel’s name was “shepherd” – that he entered the service in the County of Washington and marched from said County into the State of Virginia to a place called “Wheeling Garrison” where they served this tour of duty at said place under said officers. That he entered the service this last time on the 15th of June in the year 1779, and served until the 20th of December thereafter, making this last tour of Revolutionary service of six months under said officers above named when he was verbally dismissed from the service by his officers, but never received any written discharge from his services – and that I was not during my eighteen months service engaged at any time in civil pursuits – that this applicant has no written evidence of his discharge or service in the Revolutionary War.  That he is now old, weak and infirm, and in is not, in consequence of impaired memory, able at this time to recollect all the particulars of his service, but the above is as particular as he is able at this time to recollect – And this applicant says he is not now, able to prove his services or any part or fraction of them by any contemporary survivor of the Revolutionary War, other than by the annexed deposition herewith exhibited.  That the soldiers who served with this applicant are now dead or reside in parts not known at this time to the applicant and cannot be had or procured to prove the services of this applicant – The names of the officers who served with me were Captain Mason, Captain Noble and Captain Biggs – Lieutenants “Ogle”, Colonel Williamson and Colonel Shepherd.
                                                                                (Signed) Adam Link
Sworn and subscribed before me
This 25th of Sept A.D. 1833
                                Wells Kellogg J . Peace


I welcome any and all corrections if you notice something that I have missed or done incorrectly on my transcription.

Adam Link (Pvt, Pennsylvania
Militia, Revolutionary War),
pension no S.1771,
National Archives, Washingon, D.C.


Adam Link (Pvt, Pennsylvania
Militia, Revolutionary War),
pension no S.1771,
National Archives, Washingon, D.C.
Adam Link (Pvt, Pennsylvania
Militia, Revolutionary War),
pension no S.1771,
National Archives, Washingon, D.C.


Sunday’s Obituary – Mary (Dickson) Link

Obituary for Mary Link
(Upper Sandusky, Ohio,
Wyandot County Republican,
23 Sept 1897

This week, my Sunday Obituary is the oldest published obituary that I have in my collection.  Mary (Dickson) Link was my 3rd Great Grandmother.  As the obituary says, she was born Oct 7, 1822 in Ohio.  She married Shepley Holmes Link on February 23, 1847.  Mary and Shepley had 14 children together. (Can you imagine?!)

One item in Mary’s obituary that caught my eye was the sentence, “She was converted under the preaching of Rev. J.V. Updike in 1875, and gave her hand to the church and her heart to God, and His grace sustained her through sorrow and affliction.”  The reason that this sentence caught my attention was that my 3rd great grandfather died in 1875.  What this tells me is that Mary may have either had a conversion moment during her sorrow over loosing her husband of nearly 30 years or that in the course of her grieving, she “found religion” and chose to convert.  One thing I have not yet discovered, is what religion Mary converted to.  That, I am afraid, will have to remain on my “Research To Do List” for a while yet.

Military Monday – Adam Link (1761-1864)

Last Wednesday, in my Wordless Wednesday post, I featured my Great, Great, Great, Great Grandfather, Adam Link.  I thought that today, I would fill in the story behind the pictures.

Adam Link is the ancestor who started me on my now decades long genealogy journey.  When I was in my 20’s, my mother showed me a packet of information that showed the above picture of Adam and a reference to a book, The Last Men of the Revolution, along with some vague lineage that attempted to show how we were related to this man.  I’m not going to detail my quest to prove this lineage here since I plan to go into that in detail once my pending application with the Sons of the American Revolution has been finalized, but I do want to share the story of Adam Link.  I think perhaps one of the best ways to do that is to share the “Adam Link” section of the book mentioned above.

In 1864, during the height of the Civil War, Rev. Elias B Hillard traveled through New York, Ohio and Maine in an effort to chronicle the lives of the last known living veterans of the Revolutionary War.  Hillard found each veteran, took their picture and wrote for posterity the stories of the last living men who had served General Washington.  What follows is taken from The Last Men of the Revolution: A Photograph of each from Life TOGETHER WITH VIEWS OF THEIR HOMES PRINTED IN COLORS.  Accompanied by brief Biographical Sketches of the Men. Hillard, Elias B, Rev. (Hartford, CT, H.S. Griffiths, 1864)

The name of ADAM LINK introduces the closing sketch of the pensioners of the Revolution. Since his picture was taken he, also, has passed away by death.

He was born in Washington county, near Hagers town, Maryland, November 14, 1761. He died at Sulphur Springs, Crawford county, Ohio, August 15, 1864. His age was one hundred and two years, nine months, and one day.

The circumstances of Mr. Link’s life were humble, and his part in the war unimportant. He enlisted at the age of sixteen, in Wheeling, Virginia, for the frontier service, and spent five years in that service, most in the vicinity of Wheeling. During this time, his, father, Jacob Link, was murdered by the Indians in his own house. Mr. Link was in no important battle of the war. The only interesting circumstance of his soldier life was his companionship with Poe, the famous Indian hunter, the incident of whose meeting with the Indian chief upon the shore of the lake whither both had withdrawn from the fight, to wash out their guns, (become foul through use) – Poe completing first the cleansing of his, and so gaining the first shot, which brought down the Indian, and saved his own life, is familiar.

At the age of twenty-eight years, he married Elizabeth Link, a distant relative of his, her age being seventeen. After this event, being fond of change, he roamed about from place to place, living but a short time in each; and so spent the earlier part of his life. At the age of sixty, he walked from his home in Pennsylvania to Ohio, a distance of one hundred and forty-one miles, accomplishing it in three days, an average of forty-seven miles a day. When seventy years of age, he set about clearing a farm, living the while in a house the main wall of which was formed by the flat roots of an upturned tree. Although always a hard worker, he was always poor, the account of which his habits, which were always irregular, partly furnishing, and part may be set down to the score of that ill luck which seems to dog the steps of some men through life. However, he cleared quite a farm after passing the limit of three score years and ten, and remained for some time on it. Finally, he went to live with his son-in-law in Crawford county, Ohio, where he resided until his death.

Perpetuating the habits of the frontier service, Mr. Link roughed it through life. His constitution must have been of iron to have endured his irregularities and excesses. He paid no attention to his manner of eating, either in quantity, quality, or time; and He was addicted to strong drink. He labored severely and constantly. Notwithstanding all, his health was good till near the very close of his life. A few years before, during a severe thunder storm, his sight was strangely affected by the lightning. For a long time, everything appeared distorted and askew; men had bent legs and bodies, chickens were twisted out of shape, and the keyhole of his trunk tormented him by the figures which it assumed. From this affection, however, he recovered, though never so as again to read. A short time before his death, he suffered a stroke of paralysis, which deprived him of the use of his limbs to some extent, and made his utterance difficult. However, it left his hearing good and his intellect unimpaired. Upon the artist (at his visit for the purpose of procuring his picture) telling him that he had come a long way to see him, he replied, “You can see me cheap now. Whatever else,” he continued, “they may say of me, no man ever could call me a coward.” He has persistently refused to have his picture taken – that given in this series being secured without his knowledge; the family fearing the proposal would provoke him, and thus defeat the attempt. In politics, Mr. Link declared himself a “Jeffersonian Democrat;” though his last vote was Republican. He said but little about the present war, frequently forgetting that one was in progress, and when reminded of it, he failed altogether to comprehend it. One of his great-grand-sons is in the army.

At the writing of this sketch, he is the last of the survivors of the Revolution known to have died.