How Many Patriot Ancestors?
August 30, 1999

Many people think there are only two possibilities concerning ancestors who played a part in the American Revolution. Either you had one, or you had none. And the odds of having one are not very good.

Fortunately, that is not the case. There is a very colorful past behind each of us, and it is full of numerous exciting possibilities when looking back more than two hundred years.

For instance, one of the people I recently entered into the Founders & Patriots Family Forest is now lineage-linked to twelve S.A.R.-qualified Patriot ancestors (6 from NY and 6 from MA). He was born in the middle of the last century. If he (or any of his siblings, children, or grandchildren) married someone with a similar amount of Patriot ancestry, it means there can be people today with dozens of Patriot ancestors (even without counting the spouses, who also played an important part in the birth of our nation).

I can't help but wonder how many of his Patriot ancestors might have known one or more of the other eleven Patriot forefathers. Might some of them have sat around the same campfires? What if one of those soldiers could have known then that a century into the future, one of his great-granddaughters was going to marry the great-grandson of the guy sitting next to him on the log by the campfire (or crouched next to him behind the log, dodging musket balls)?

Bruce H. Harrison
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