"Who are their People? My grandmother used to ask me this whenever we discussed anyone. She wanted to know family connections. Like her I want to know "My People". This blog is about that discovery.

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Fighting With "The Swamp Fox"

Picture Credit: University of South Carolina Library
 While celebrating Independence Day I started thinking about my ancestors that were Revolutionary War Soldiers. I remembered that I had at least one that fought alongside his famous cousin Francis Marion "The Swamp Fox".
 My 6th Great Grandfather, John Marion, Jr. (1738-1780), and many others of the Marion family fought side by side with the man who is called the father of Guerrilla  Warfare.
   In looking at my data base, I saw several others who were of age to serve. Could they have served with General Marion?
 I found this great resource on line and started looking.

The Swamp Fox: Francis Marion and the Men who Served with him

I found four more:

Lt. John Fierson (1727-1797) 5th Great Grandfather
Capt. Samuel Ervin (1748-1803) 5th Great Grandfather
Henry Richbourgh (1737-1810) 6th Great Grandfather
Philip Roberts (1763-1854) 5th Great Grandfather



Mural of Francis Marion and his troops prepared to fight the British
Picture Credit: Swamp Fox Murals Trails Society, Clarendon County, SC

 There were others that had the same names as my ancestors but I do not know if they are the same person. Some are last names that could be connected to my lines but I don't have the proof needed.The names of cousins, brothers, and uncles of my people and the names of friends and neighbors appeared on the list as well. It seems that many of my ancestors, along with those they knew and loved. joined up to fight for our country's freedom with "The Swamp Fox".

  In 1969 The Wonderful World of Disney produced a T.V. series called The Swamp Fox. I remember watching it as a child. I didn't know I was watching the story of my ancestors!
I need to go to youtube and watch it again.







© Cheri Hudson Passey

2 comments:

  1. Cheri, What a great discovery! This is so exciting, and if you're not in the DAR now, I think you could get in soon with only a little paperwork. I've heard about Francis Marion all my life, and one of my uncles was named "Marion" for him.

    I've got some Friersons somewhere in my tree, and I'll have to look into your resource. Maybe this is the link that makes us 8th cousins or something . . .

    Hm, I didn't know he was called the father of Guerilla Warfare, but that certainly sounds right.

    Great post!

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    1. It was a lot of fun looking up the names. I think I have more, just not enough proof yet.
      Thanks so much for taking the time to read my post!
      Maybe the Frierson's will be the link!

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