An American Family History

3rd Company
First Battalion
Philadelphia County Militia


"[L]iberty must at all hazards be supported.
We have a right to it, derived from our Maker.
But if we had not, our fathers have earned and bought it for us,
at the expense of their ease, their estates, their pleasure, and their blood."

-- John Adams, 1765


Captain Andrew Van Buskirk
Moreland Township

From Journal of the American Revolution, "Drunk and Disorderly: The Dreadful Havoc of Spirituous Liquors" by Joshua Spepherd.

.... October 16, 1781 ... a fully armed company of Philadelphia County militia which was slated for discharge that day. The men were brandishing fixed bayonets, drumming the Rogue’s March [usually played when someone was being drummed out], and looking very thirsty.

At the head of the troops were Capt. Andrew van Buskirk and Ens. Jacob Stiner, who abruptly demanded that [Commissary-General William] Crispin fill the officers’ canteens with liquor in order to "carry them home. . ." Cutting lose with a storm of "indecent language," Buskirk and Stiner "swore they would have their Canteens filld, "and threatened to seize liquor by force if necessary. The scrappy commissary, who clearly took his job pretty seriously, stood his ground.  "I forbid them at their Peril to touch the Magizi"

While Crispin readied himself for an epic standoff, the confrontation was diffused by a quick-thinking Col. Benjamin McVeagh. Rather than order the mutinous rabble to disperse, McVeagh came up with the idea "of giving Money out of his Pocket to purchase Rum for them. . ."

The Manor of Moreland was composed of a tract of ten thousand acres, and was created, in 1682, by a grant from William Penn to Dr. Nicholas More. Most of the Manor was in Philadelphia County, but is now Moreland Township, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania.
A militia is a military unit composed of citizens who are called up in time of need.
Name Class    
Airs, Samuel 3d    
Ashton, Benjamin 5th    
Austin, Robert 7th    
Ayres, Charles 7th    
Bartley, Alexander 8th    
Bellow, Luke 4th    
Billew, Joseph 2d    
Billow, Daniel 6th    
Brooks, Paul 8th    
Buskirk, John 1st    
Buskirk, Joseph 7th    
Cadwalader, Isaac 7th    
Case, John 4th    
Clayton, Jonathan 5th    
Comely Randall 3d    
Comly, Benjamin 8th    
Comly, Jacob 5th    
Comly, John 6th    
Conrad, Michael 6th    
Edwards, Andrew 1st    
Fester, Casper 8th    
George, John 6th    
Grant, Robert 2d    
Howell, Daniel 7th    
Hunter, John 5th    
Hunter, Joseph 3d    
James, William 7th    
Jones, Isaac 1st    
Lytles, Robert 8th    
McCoy, John 5th    
McCrum, William 2d    
McVaugh, Charles 1st    
Michanor, William 4th    
Michanor, Thomas 4th    
Morrisson, William 2d    
Purdy, William 8th    
Roberts, Isaac 8th    
Rush, Paul 6th    
Ships, Anthony 2d    
Shoemaker, Samuel 8th    
Taylor, John 3d    
Van Buskirk, Yost 3d    
Vansickle, Philip 8th    
Warner, Isaac 5th    
Wood, John 4th    
Wright, John 1st    
Wyncoop, Gerrett 4th    
Wyncoop, Isaac 3d    
Wyncoop, Philip 2d    
Yerkes, James 8th    
Yerkes, Anthony 7th    
Yerkes, Elias 7th    
Yerkes, Elias Junr 2d    
Yerkes, Harman 1st    
Yerkes, Jonathan 1st    
Yerkes, Josiah Jr. 6th    
Yerkes, Silas Junr 7th    

The American Revolution was ended in 1783 when the Treaty of Paris was signed.



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