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1.1. Michael Hugh COOLEY 1.2. Lonnie Rae COOLEY
2ND GENERATION
2. Allison Claude COOLEY 3. Billie Dell HOGUE
3RD GENERATION
4. McCabe COOLEY 5. Marie Henrietta HENNEQUIN 6. Hugh Wallace HOGUE 7. Birdie Nina MCDOWELL
4TH GENERATION
8. Joseph William COOLEY 9. Araminta D JOHNSON 10. Louis Francois HENNEQUIN 11. Marguerite STEWARD 12. Robert Irwin HOGUE 13. Nancy Joanna FOSTER 14. William Ellis MCDOWELL 15. Euphemia Ruth ASHENHURST
5TH GENERATION
16. Greenbury COOLEY 17. Amelia Mohler PETTIT 18. Wesley Phillip JOHNSON 19. Susan Isabel FISK 20. Louis HENNEQUIN 21. Maria Theresa DRAVIGNEY 22. John Joseph STEWARD 23. Fanny LAURENT 24. John HOGUE 25. Ann R SIMPSON 26. John A FOSTER 27. Martha Jane STRUTHERS 28. William Erwin MCDOWELL 29. Maria HART 30. Oliver Taylor ASHENHURST 31. Sara Eva SOUTHERN
6TH GENERATION
32. David COOLEY 33. Laurinda AIKEN 34. Joseph PETTET 35. Elizabeth MOHLER 36. Elijah JOHNSON 37. Anna Jane FOSTER 38. Edward Curtis FISK 39. Arminta D WOOD 40. Xavier HANNEQUIN 41. Marie Magdeleine BELOT 42. Pierre Joseph DRAVIGNEY 43. Marie Thérèse GILBERT 44. Joseph STEWARD 46. Jean Baptiste LAURENT 47. Jeaninne Henriette VANDERMEULEN 48. James HOGUE 49. Margaret IRWIN 50. Isaac SIMPSON 51. Elizabeth RICHARDSON 52. Samuel FOSTER 53. Nancy ____ 54. James STRUTHERS 55. Elizabeth SAVILLE 56. John MCDOWELL 57. Anna CURRY 58. Joseph HART Sr 59. Susan PICKENS 60. Oliver ASHENHURST 61. Euphemia BISHOP 62. Charles William SOUTHERN 63. Ruth Ruema HOOVER
7TH GENERATION
64. John COOLEY 65. Sela WRIGHT 66. William AKINS 67. Rebecca MCCLINTICK 73. Ruth ____ ? 76. John R FISK 77. Mahala KEMP 78. John WOOD 79. Charity CORSON 85. Jeanne Claude DRAVIGNEY 86. Josph GILBERT 87. Agathe LANGARD 102. Matthew RICHARDSON 103. Ann STOCKTON 104. James Couples FOSTER 105. Jane MORROW 108. William STRUTHERS 109. Janet LINDSAY 110. Robert SAVILLE 111. Deborah ____ 112. John MCDOWELL 113. Jane ERWIN 116. Edward HART 117. Nancy Ann STOUT 118. John PICKENS 120. William ASHENHURST 121. Nancy ASHENHURST 122. Peter BISHOP 123. Eleanor ____ 124. John SOUTHERN 125. Elizabeth DUNCAN 126. John HOOVER? 127. unknown
8TH GENERATION
128. Edward COOLEY 129. Martha RAPER 130. William WRIGHT 131. Martha MORGAN 132. William EAKIN 133. Mary WALLACE 134. John MCCLINTICK 135. Mary Jane MCDOWELL 152. Richard FISK 154. William KEMP 155. Sukey DAMANT 158. Eli CORSON 159. Christianna THOMPSON 206. Richard Witham STOCKTON 207. Mary Ann HATFIELD 210. Samuel ? MORROW ? 218. James LINDSAY 219. Margaret WATSON 220. Samuel SAVILLE 221. Ann BOOTH 224. John MCDOWELL 225. Esther HARRISON 226. William ERWIN 227. Mary ERWIN 232. John HART Signer 233. Deborah SCUDDER 234. St Leger Codd STOUT 235. Susannah SIMPSON 248. William SOUTHERN 249. Magdelaine FORD 250. Charles DUNCAN 251. Margaret KIRK 252->255. unknown
9TH GENERATION
256. John COOLEY 257. poss Sarah MATTHEWS 258. Thomas RAPER 259. Martha HAM 260. Richard WRIGHT Sr103 261. Ann 262. James MORGAN 263. Mary DAVIS 316. Jacob CORSON Jr 317. Charity STILLWELL 318. Benajah TOMSON 319. Prudence ELDREDGE 412. Samuel STOCKTON 413. Rachel STOUT 414. Joseph HATFIELD 415. Phoebe CLARK 442. Robert BOOTH 443. Ann GASTON 452. John ERWIN 453. Jane WILLIAMS 454. Francis ERWIN 455. Jane CURRY 464. Capt Edward HART 465. Martha FURMAN 466. Richard Betts SCUDDER Jr 467. Hannah STILLWELL 468. James STOUT 469. Mary Ann CODD 496. John SOUTHERN ? 497. Margaret KIDD ? 500. Charles DUNCAN 502. John KIRK Sr 503. Margaret BROOKS 504->517. unknown
10TH GENERATION
518->823. unknown 632. Jacob CORSON Sr 633. Naomi 634. Nicholas STILLWELL 635. Sara HAND 824. Richard STOCKTON 825. Susannah WITHAM 826. Col Joseph STOUT 827. Ruth BRYMSON 828. Abraham HATFIELD 829. Phoebe OGDEN 829. John CLARK 904. Edward ERWIN 905. Frances FRANCIS 908. see 904 909. see 905 910. William CURRY 911. Sally YOUNG 928. John HART 2nd 929. Mary HUNT 930. Josiah FURMAN 2nd 931. Sarah STRICKLAND 932. Richard Betts SCUDDER Sr 933. Hannah REEDER 936. see 826 937. see 827 938. Capt St Leger CODD 939. Mary HANSON 1000. John DUNCAN 1001. Dinah BRADFORD 940->1035. unknown
11TH GENERATION
1036->1263. unknown 1264. Jan CARSTENSEN 1265. Maria Elias DAAS 1268. John STILLWELL Jr 1270. George HAND 1648. Richard STOCKTON 1649. Abigail ____ 1650. Robert WITHAM 1651. Ann HOAG 1652. Jonathan STOUT 1653. Anne BOLLEN 1654. Daniel BRYMSON 1655. Frances GREENLAND 1856. John HART 1st 1857. Mary ____ 1858. Ralph HUNT 1859. Elizabeth JESSUP 1860. Josiah FURMAN 1st 1862. Edmund STRICKLAND 1863. Hannah ____ 1864. John SCUDDER Jr 1865. Joanna BETTS 1866. John REEDER 2nd 1867. Hannah BURROUGHS 1876. Col St Leger CODD 115 1877. Anna BENNETT 115 1878. Col Hans HANSON 1879. Martha Kelts WOODARD 2002. John BRADFORD 2003. Mary MARR 1880->2071. unknown
12TH GENERATION
2072->2079. unknown 2528. Carsten JANSEN 2529. Barbara 2530. Elias DAAS 2536. John STILLWELL 2537. Elizabeth PERRIN 2540. Thomas HAND 2541. Katherine STUBBS 3296. John STOCKTON 3296. Eleanor CLAYTON 3304. Richard STOUT 3305. Penelope VAN PRINCIS 3306. Capt James BOLLEN 3307. Anne VAUQUELLIN 3308. William BRINSDON 3309. Margaret ____ 3310. Dr Henry GREENLAND 3311. Mary BAREFOOT 3312. Thomas HATFIELD 3313. Anna 3314. Cornelius MELYN 3316. John OGDEN 3317. Jane BOND 3718. Edward JESSUP 3719. Elizabeth BRIDGES 3720. John FURMAN 3728. John SCUDDER Sr 3729. Mary KING 3730. Capt Richard BETTS 3731. Joanna CHAMBERLAYNE 3732. John REEDER 1st 3733. Hannah THORPE 3734. Jeremiah BURROUGHS 3735. Hannah WAY 3752. Col William CODD 115 3753. Lady Mary ST LEGER 115 3754. Gov Richard BENNETT 3755. Mary Ann LONGWORTH113 106 3756. Andrew HANSON 3757. Annika ____ 4006. John MARR Sr 3758->4143. unknown
13TH GENERATION
4144->4159. unknown 5072. William STILLWELL 5073. Hannah 5074. Daniel PERRIN 5075. Elizabeth 5080. John HAND 5081. Elizabeth GRANSDEN 6592. John STOCKTON 6593. Eleanor CLAYTON 6608. John STOUT 6609. Elizabeth BEE 6614. Robert VAUQUELLIN 6615. Jeanette 6622. Walter BAREFOOT 6632. Richard OGDEN 6633. Elizabeth HUNTINGTON 7456. Thomas SCUDDER 7457. Elizabeth LOWERS 7458. William KING 7459. Dorothy HAYNES 7460. John BETTES 7461. Mary BIGGS 7462. Rev Robert CHAMBERLAYNE 7463. Elizabeth STOUGHTON 7466. William THORPE 7467. Garthered BLITHE 7468. John BURROUGHS 7469. Johanna JESSUP 7470. James WAY 7504. William CODD 7505. Hester LAMPORD 7506. Sir Warham ST LEGER115 7507. Dame Mary HAYWARD115 7508. Thomas BENNETT 7509. Anstie Tomson SPICER 7512. John HANSON 8012. Daniel MARR 7511->8287. unknown
14TH GENERATION
8288->8319. unknown 10144. Nicholas STILLWELL 10145. Ann 10148. Pierre PERRIN 10149. Andrienne JUBRIL 10160. John HAND 10161. Joan SIMMONS 10162. Henry GRANSDEN 13624. Edward OGDEN 13624. Margaret WILSON 14912. Henry SCUDDER 14913. ____ LOWERS 14914. John LOWERS 14920. Alexander BETTES 14921. Joan LARKYN 14926. Rev Thomas STOUGHTON 14927. Katherine 14936. Jeremiah BURROUGHS 14938. John JESSUP 14939. Joanna KERRICH 15012. Sir Anthony ST LEGER 115 15013. Mary SCOTT 115 15014. Sir Rowland HAYWARD 115 15015. Katherine SMYTHE 15016. Robert BENNETT 15017. Elizabeth EDNEY 15024. Col. John HANSON 15025. Frances PRICHARD 15026->16575. unknown
15TH GENERATION
16576->20289. unknown 20298. Jean JUBRIL 20299. Juvine LOMBARD 20326. William GRANSDEN 20327. Ann 26528. William OGDEN 26529. Abigail GOODSALL 26530. Richard WILSON 26531. Margaret 29792. William de STIRKELAUNDE 29840. Robert BETTS 29876. Francis JESSOP 29877. Frances WHITE 30024. Sir Warham ST LEGER 115 30025. Lady Ursula NEVILLE 107 115 30026. Sir Thomas SCOTT 115 30027. Elizabeth BAKER 115 30028. George HAYWARD 30029. Margaret WITHBROKE 30030. Sir Thomas SMYTHE 30031. Alice JUDDE 30032. John BENNETT 30033. Margery 30034. John EDNYE 30048. Thomas HANSON 30049. Janet G GLEDHILL 30050. John PRICHARD 30051->33151. unknown
16TH GENERATION
33152->33279. unknown 53056. Richard OGDEN 53057. Mabel de HOOGAN 53058. Henry GOODSALL 59584. William de STIRKELAUNDE 59752. Richard JESSOP 59753. Ann SWIFT 59754. Alexander WHITE 59755. Eleanor SMITH 60048. Sir Anthony St LEGER 111 60049. Agnes WARHAM 112 60050. George NEVILLE 60051. Lady Mary STAFFORD 60052. Sir Reginald SCOTT 115 60053. Emiline KEMP 115 60054. Sir John BAKER 115 60055. Elizabeth DINLEY 115 60056. John HAYWARD 60060. John SMYTHE 60061. Joan BROUNCKER 60062. Andrew JUDDE 60057. Agnes GLOVER 60096. John HANSON 60097. Agnes SAVILE 60098. John GLEDHILL 60099->66303. unknown
17TH GENERATION
66304->66559. unknown 106112. Robert OGDEN 106113. Joan 106114. Johannes de HOOGAN 119504. William JESSOP 119505. Emotte CHARLESWORTH 119506. Robert SWIFT 119508. Thomas WHITE 119510. William SMITH 119511. Katherine PORTER 120096. Ralph St LEGER 120097. Anne HART 120098. Heughe WARHAM 112 120099. Mary Ann COLLES 120100. George NEVILLE 120101. Margaret FENNE 120102. Edward STAFFORD 120103. Eleanor PERCY 120104. Sir John SCOTT 115 120105. Anne (Amy) PYMPE 115 120106. Sir William KEMP 111 115 120107. Elynor BROWNE 111 115 120108. Richard BAKER 120109. Elizabeth DYNELEY 120110. Thomas DINLEY 115 120112. William HAYWARD 120113. Agnes BALLY 120122. Robert BROUNCKER 120192. John HANSON 120193. Catherine BROOKE 120194. John SAVILE Esq. 120195. Margery GLEDHILL 120196->132607. unknown
18TH GENERATION
132608->132608. unknown 239020. Thomas SMITH 239021. Margaret CLARKE 239022. Augustine PORTER 240192. Ralph ST LEGER 240193. Anne PROPHET 240194. Sir Edward HART 240196. Robert WARHAM 240197. Elizabeth ____ 240198. Geoffrey COLLES 240200->240207. Royal Lineage 107 240208. Sir William SCOTT 115 240209. Sybil LEWKNOR 115 240210. Reginald DE PYMPE 115 240211. Elizabeth PASHLEY 115 240212. Sir Thomas KEMP 111 115 240213. Emelyn CHICHE 111 115 240214. Robert BROWNE 111 240215. Mary MALLETT 115 240218. Thomas DYNELEY 240224. William HAYWARD 240225. Elizabeth BROCKTON 240226. William BALLY 240384. John HANSON 240385. Cicely RAVENSHAW 240386. John BROOKE 240390. John GLEDHILL 240391->265215. unknown
19TH GENERATION
265216->266241. unknown 480384. Ralph ST LEGER 480385. Margaret TYRREL 480400->480415. Royal Lineage 107 480416. Sir John SCOTT 480417. Agnes BEAUFITZ 480418. John LEWKNOR 115 480420. Sir William DE PYMPE 115 480421. Elizabeth WHETEHILL 480422. Sir John PASHELY 115 480423. Lowys GOWER 115 480424. Thomas KEMP 111 480425. Beathris LEUKENER 111 480426. Sir Valentine CHICHE 480427. Philippa CHICHELEY 480428. Sir Thomas BROWNE 111 115 480429. Alianor DE ARUNDEL 115 480430. William MALLETT 115 480448. William HAYWARD 480449. Jane WILCOCKES 480450. William BROCKTON 480768. John HANSON 480769. Cicely DE WINDEBANKE 480770. John RAVENSHAW 480826. Vincent CHICHELE 115 480827->530431. unknown
20TH GENERATION
530432->960767. unknown 960768. John ST LEGER 960769. Margery DONNETT 960824->960829. Royal Lineage 107 960830. Sir Walter D'EVEREAUX 107 960831. Elizabeth MERBURY 107 960832. William SCOTT 960833. Isabella HERBERT 960834. William DE BEAUFITZ 960842. Sir Richard WHETEHILL 960844. Sir John PASHLEY 115 960845. Elizabeth WYDVILLE 115 960846. Sir Thomas GOWER 115 960848. Sir John KEMP 111 960850. Sir Thomas LEUKENER 111 960851. ____ HOO 111 960854. Robert CHICHELEY 960858. Sir Thomas DE ARUNDEL 115 960859. Joan MOYNE 115 960896. John HAYWARD 960897. Margery WEVER 961536. John HANSON 961537. Alice WOODHOUSE 961538->1060863. unknown
21TH GENERATION
1060864->1921537. unknown 1921538. James DONNETT 1921648->1921661. Royal Lineage 107 1921662. John MERBURY 107 1921666. Vincent HERBERT 115 1921688. Sir Robert PASHELY 115 1921689. Philippa CERGEAUX 115 1921690. Sir Richard WYDVILLE 115 1921691. Elizabeth LYONS 1921696. Raulf KEMP 111 1921702. Sir Thomas HOO 111 1921716. John DE ARUNDEL 1921717. Elizabeth DESPENSER 115 107 1921792. James HAYWARD 1923072. Henry DE RASTRICK 1923074. Henry DE WOODHOUSE 1923075->2121727. unknown
22ND GENERATION
2121728->3843075. unknown 3843076->3843327. Royal Lineage 107 3843328->3843375. unknown 3813382. Sir Thomas TUNSTALL 3843376. Robert PASHLEY 115 3843377. Anne HOWARD 115 3843378. Sir Richard CERGEAUX 115 3843379. Philippa FITZALAN 115 3843382. Sir John LYONS 3843432. John FITZALAN 3843433. Alianor MALTRAVERS 107 115 3843436->3846143. unknown 3846144. John DE RASTRICK 3846148. Alexander DE WOODHOUSE 3846149. Beatrice TOOTHILL 3846150->4243455. unknown
23RD GENERATION
4243456->7686151. unknown 7686152->7686655. Royal Lineage 107 7637760. Sir William PARR 7637761. Elizabeth de ROS 7686754. John HOWARD 115 7686756. Richard CERGEAUX 115 7686757. Margaret SENESCHAL 115 7686758. Edmund FITZALAN 115 7686759. Sibyl DE MONTEGU 115 7686864->7686865. Royal Lineage 107 7686866. Sir John MALTAVERS 107 7386867->8486910. unknown
 
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I'd been aware of the following article for decades, but never saw a copy until I visited the DAR library in Washington, DC during July, 2012. It was included as proof in the DAR application of Margaret McQuiston Milne (3William Hugh McQuiston, 2Elizabeth Hogue, 1James Hogue), and is filed as document #6612457. The following points should be noted:

  • James Hogue's birth year does not match up with the arithmetic of his stated ages, as spelled out in the first paragraph. The Battle of Quebec occurred in December, 1775. If James was born in 1754, he would have been about 21, not 16 or 17, as inferred here. It would make better sense if he had been in Pennsylvania for seven or eight years rather than days.
  • A James Hogg is found listed in the "Battalion of Riflemen" and is noted as having been captured. The entry in Pennsylvania in the War of the Revolution further states that he was living in Cumberland county, PA in 1794, which doesn't agree with James's account.1
  • There was a well-known Thomas Walker, whose story somewhat dovetails James's. Although also captured, he was a relatively important person—apparently a politician rather than a soldier—and would not have been handled in the same way James was. There was an enlisted private of the same name in Col William Thompson's company, also noted as being captured.2
  • James Hogue married Margaret Irwin. Her parentage is unknown but it has long been suspected she was a sister of James Irwin (1758-1847), who received a pension for his service, and who had children Ann, John, Mary, Jane, James, Robert, William, Nancy, David S, and George. If the following was taken down by David, he was then a nephew to James Hogue.
  • The narrative would have been fifty years old when it was published in 1878. Did the original copy travel from Ohio to Illinois with the Hogues or (more likely) with the McQuistons? Is there any chance that the original might still exist?

There is virtually no genealogical information in James's narrative, but it makes for one hell of a yarn. To help determine its veracity, I've linked to further information. Those nouns and terms that I've not been able to identify are italicized.

Narrative of James Hogue

Who Served in the Revolutionary War Five Years and a Half

(Written by D. S. Irwin, Jan. 7 1827, and published in the Monmouth Atlas, May, 1878.)

I was born in Ireland, in the year of 1754. At the age of fifteen, I came to America. When I was about sixteen, I went to Carlisle, Penn., to reap. After I had been there seven or eight days [years?], I enlisted in Captain Henricks' Rifle Company. In three days we set out for Boston; and in a few days after we arrived in Boston we were drafted to Quebec.3 We got scarce of provisions—so scarce that each man had but one pint of flour to subsist on for thirteen days. While in our distress, there came a drove of cattle, of which we killed some to eat. After we had refreshed ourselves, we marched on again until we arrived at Quebec. After we had laid there two or three weeks, Gen. Montgomery arrived with an army and laid siege to the upper part of the town; at the same time, Gen. Arnold (the General under whose command we were) laid siege to the lower part of the town. The battle then commenced, in which Gen. Montgomery and his aid-de-camp were killed, and his army retreated.

When the British saw that Montgomery was dead, and that his army had retreated, they took us prisoners.4 When we were taken, the British General, whose name was Charlton [sic], took down the names of all the English, Irish and Scotchmen, and told us we must go to England and be hung, or enlist with him and fight against America. So we chose to enlist with him.5

As soon as the Americans had left Quebec, we were sent to Montreal, to keep garrison. We had not been there more than two or three weeks, till Thomas Walker and I deserted. We had not traveled far till we parted. Soon after I had left him, I was taken by five Englishmen. I escaped from them, but they followed me about thirty miles and took me again, and put me in a Quebec jail. There were twelve of us in one room. I had not been long in till we broke jail; six of us made our escape and left six in jail. After I escaped jail, I went to Walker again.

We lived one summer with the French, and then we were taken again and sent to Montreal, tried by a court martial, and sentenced to be transported to Bay Baudoras, to cut logwood. But we were not sent, but sent to Quebec again, put on board a ship and sailed for England. While were were sailing, we became very intimate with some of the sailors, so that we might desert when we came on shore.

When we landed at Portsmouth, we were kept on board for eight days. So on a day when there was a fair in town, the captain sent three of his men, with fixed bayonets, to take us to prison. When we were going through the crowd, we escaped from them and ran through the town till we came to an old cellar, and stayed there till night, took off our soldiers' clothes and put on our sailors' clothes. As soon as it became dark, we left the cellar and got on the road that led to London.

We traveled all that night; in the morning we got our breakfasts, which cost us twelve pence, which was all the money we had. After we had traveled some distance, the Duke of Glouchester [sic] (the King's brother) overtook us, and asked us a number of questions and inquired what ship we belonged to. We told him that we belonged to the Montreal frigate. He asked us how we came to leave our ship. We told him that we were left sick in the hospital, and had our choice to travel by land or water, and that we chose to travel by land to see the country. So he gave me a guinea and Walker a crown piece to get shoes for myself and bear our expenses to London, and told us to stop at a certain tavern in Kingston and get our dinner on his account, and then he left us.

When we came to Kingston, we were afraid to stop for fear we would be taken up. But when we came to the tavern at which we were to stop, the landlord called to us and asked us if we were the men who were to dinner on the Duke's account. We told him that we were. Then he took us in and gave us our dinner and a mug of porter to drink. After we had refreshed ourselves, we went on toward London, and arrived there that night.

When we came into the town, we thought it best not to lodge at any public house for fear they would ask us too many questions. So we stopped at a widow's house and called for some refreshments. While we were sitting at the table (taking our refreshments) that stood near a window that fronted the street, the press gang came by the window and saw us. When they observed our dress, they came in and took us prisoners and put us in the Savee. After we had been there about two weeks, we made our escape. We had not gone far till Walker and I parted. He said he would go back to London and try to get on a ship that was going to America; but I said that I would never go to London again unless I was compelled to go. So he went to London, and I went toward Willedge, a little town on the Thames river.

When I got some distance, I saw a man on a gibbet, and a man watching him, lest any person should give him bread, so the senty [sic] told me that if I would go up opposite the town and hail a boat, they would come over for me. Then I went up and called for a boat and there come one over for me, but I had no money to pay them. So they said they would not ask anything. They asked me what ship I wanted to go to. I told them a merchant vessel. Then they took me to one and asked the captain if he wanted to hire a hand. So he offered me £4 s. 10 per month and the river wages; but the boatsmen told me that I could get higher wages at another ship. So they took me to a bomb ship. When I went on board, I found the wages lower that I was offered on the other ship; but I soon found that I was obliged to stay. The name of the ship was Vesuvius.

In three or four weeks she sailed round to Portsmouth. I took the fever while at Portsmouth and was put into a hospital. After I recovered I was put on board the guard ship. Soon after, I was drafted from the guard ship to the Robust, a ship-of-war, of 74 guns. In a few days we sailed, in company with forty-nine other ships, for Halifax. Soon after we came to Halifax, we sailed to New York, took in the English soldiers that were at New York and sailed to Charleston, S.C. We had not been long at Charleston, till the whole ship's crew took the scurvy and some died with it. After we had laid three or four weeks at Charleston, we sailed again for Halifax, and after we landed I went and engaged with the captain of an English privateer.

We went out, and after some time we fell in with an American privateer, and we fought with them two hours and five minutes, and they took us prisoners. After we were taken, I told the captain my narrative. So he told me that if I would work my passage to Boston, he would give me a discharge, to go into any part of America that I wished.

When we landed at Boston I went to the captain for my discharge; but he told me that he could not give it without the permission of the Governor. So there came to the ship a lieutenant of the Trumbull frigate, and asked if there were any that would enter on board with him for three months or the first intended port. So I said I would enter with him. We set out and sailed to New York, from that to Baltimore. When we came to Baltimore, there came out two English ships and chased us up as far as New Castle, Delaware, and then left off to follow us. When they left us, the captain told us that if we would take the ship safe to Philadelphia, that he would give us our discharges.7 When we landed at Philadelphia, I went to the captain time after time for my discharge; but he still put me off.8 So I soon started without my discharge; but after I had passed through Lancaster and Middletown, I was taken up by Captain Smith, who was obliged to take any soldier that had no pass. So he locked me up in his house, and I laid down and slept until morning.

About the break of day his two daughters came to me and told me to get up, take some refreshments, and start away before their father would be up.6 So I set out again and traveled on till towards evening; but I began to be hungry, so I stopped at a house and asked the landlady for something to eat. Then she asked me if I had a pass. I told her that I had none. Then she said I must be taken up. So she called to her husband, who came and told me that I must be taken to Esq. Green. I asked him if he ever knew a sailor to have a pass. Then he concluded that it was best to let me go, so I arrived home in about two days after.

After some years, I went back to Philadelphia to get my pay. I got a ticket of forty shillings for my service on the Trumbull frigate, which was all the pay I got for five and a half years of service.

I was some years home before I was married. About the year 1784, we moved from Pennsylvania to Kentucky.

In 1808, we moved to the state of Ohio; and now I reside in the state of Ohio, the County of Butler; and I am now about seventy-two years old. As my memory is now bad, and having kept no journal, I can give but a brief narrative.

James Hogue


1. Linn, John Blair, and William H. Egle, M.D., ed., Pennsylvania in the War of the Revolution, Battalions and Line, 1775-1783, vol. 1 (Harrisburg: Lane S. Hart, 1880), 25.

2. Linn, 41.

3. Prowell, George R, Continental Congress at York, Pennsylvania and York County in the Revolution (York, PA: York Printing Company, 1914), 161. "An expedition had been planned to invade Canada. The story goes that this expedition was suggested by Benedict Arnold, then considered a skillful soldier, who held the commission of colonel in the army around Boston. One thousand men were to be detached and sent under Arnold through the wilderness of Maine to Quebec. On September 5 [1775] the company under Captain Smith, of Dauphin County, and the company under Captain Hendricks, of Cumberland County, were ordered to parade upon the Boston Common, preparatory to joining Arnold, and they united with his expedition the following week."

4. Linn, 24. "Captain Hendricks was born in Cumberland county, on the place long known as Tobias Hendricks', near Oyster's Point, two miles, west of Harrisburg. He was buried at Quebec, in the same inclosure [sic] with General Montgomery, on the south side."

5. Linn, 7. "These companies led the advance under captain, afterward Col. Daniel Morgan, through the wilderness, and participated in the attack on Quebec, on the morning of the 31st of December at Palace Gate, where, as the dispatch of the day reads, 'that excellent young officer, Capt. William Hendricks, of Pennsylvania, fell,' and the rest of the command after desperate fighting, were forced to surrender. The survivors were paroled on the 7th of August, 1776, and after being exchanged, for the most part, reentered the service..."

6. James served with a Captain Smith. I think it's unlikely that this is the same man. But if he had already known the family, it might explain why Smith's daughters help him escape.

7. This might have been the Trumbull's engagement with the British letter-of-marque Watt, June 1, 1780. But that was not a light affair. There were heavy losses on both sides. However, this accounting may be more like his arrival on the Trumbull: Budd Hannings, Chronology of the American Revolution: Military and Political Actions Day by Day, 418. Entry for July 27, 1780: "The frigates Deane (Captain Samuel Nicholson) and the Trumbull (Captain James Nicholson), neither carrying a full crew, depart from Boston en route to the Delaware River to join with the frigate Confederacy (Catain Seth Harding) and the sloop Saratoga (Captain John Young).

8. Judging from the narrative this was before the Trumbull was captured on 28 August 1781. The captain was James Nicholson. The lieutenant at the time of the capture, Richard Dale, had just come aboard at Phildelphia, where James's journey ended. Henry Simpson, The Lives of Eminent Philadelphians, Now Deceased, 280. "In July of this year [1781], [Richard] Dale sailed from the capes of Delaware as lieutenant of the Trumbull frigate, Captain James Nicholson. When at sea but a few hours, they fell in with a British frigate and sloop-of-war. After a severe engagement in a dark and stormy night, the Trumbull, having been crippled by the gale, was compelled to strike her flag to a force vastly superior. Lieutenant Dale was severely wounded in this encounter. In a short time he was put on Long Island a prisoner on parole; he was soon afterwards exchanged, and, in November, 1781, returned to Philadelphia." The Trumbull arrived in Natusket, near Boston, on June 14, 1780 [citation] and was in Philadelphia during the first part of 1781. This jibes closely with James's account of his travels back in America.



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