Known Revolutionary War Veterans

  1. Chaplain William Rogers, DD – 1751-1824, Chaplain in BG Samuel Miles Pennsylvania Rifles Regiment. Buried in First Baptist Church Plot, Section 112. Source: SAR, Philadelphia Continental Chapter web site.
  2. Chaplain Henry Holcombe, DD – 1762-1824, Captain during war. Buried in First Baptist Church Plot, Section 112. Source: SAR, Philadelphia Continental Chapter web site.
  3. Captain Josiah James – 1751-1820, Captain during war. Buried in First Baptist Church Plot, Section 112. Source: SAR, Philadelphia Continental Chapter web site.
  4. Brigadier General Samuel Miles – 1739-1805, led Pennsylvania Rifles Regiment. Wife and daughter buried at First Baptist Church Plot, Section 112. Miles believed buried here, but not yet confirmed. Source: SAR, Philadelphia Continental Chapter web site.
  5. Seaman Thomas Johnson – 1758-1851, last surviving crewmember from Commodore John Paul Jones’ Continental Ship of War Bonhomme Richard. Buried at Naval 2, Row 10, Grave 23, Naval Asylum Plot, GPS: 39* 56.185 N / 075* 14.403 W. Not on SAR web site.

8 Comments on “Known Revolutionary War Veterans

  1. Was Thomas Johnson the last surviving sailor of the American Revolution or were there others who outlived him?

    • –John B. Kelly–

      Seaman Thomas Johnson is the last surviving crewmember of John Paul Jones flagship, the Continental Ship of War Bonhomme Richard. As for the last surviving sailor of the Revolutionary War we have not established that. We are still researching the 1,900 grave Naval Asylum Plot for other sailors who served in the Continental Navy. We are looking at one other sailor, but so far haven’t been able to develop a biography on him yet. For Seaman Johnson, we have published obituaries and other documents that identify him as serving on the Bonhomme Richard. The other sailors at the Asylum during the 1840′s referred to him as “John Paul.”

      –Sam Ricks

  2. Captain John Ashmead – 1738 – 1818, Captain of the Brig Eagle and the Brig Molly, is also buried in Mount Moriah. He and his family’s remains were re-interred at the First Baptist Church Plot, Section 112 in 1860.

    • Hi Scott – Do you have any more information about this burial? We just recently cleared Section 112 and are starting to research those burials.

      • I am Captain John Ashmead’s (6X) grandson and have much info regarding the man, his life, his death and re-interment. He was quite the character. I’d be happy to share.

  3. Our family’s ancestor, William Bills, served with Washington at Valley Forge and NJ. According to a genealogical chart professionally prepared in 1922, his remains were removed from Old Swedes to Mount Moriah in the 19th century (1870′s – 80′s we think). Do you know where they are?

    His service in the Rev. War is well documented. The location of his grave in Mt. Moriah is the mystery.`

    • Hi David – I’m not finding William Bills in the records. There are other Bills listed – are there other family members that may be at Mount Moriah too?

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