Re: Jacob Beeler
I just found the original Pension Application for Jacob Beeler.
Aaccording to his statement, he certainly served throughout his early life both against the Indians and also the British.
The Aronhime Papers, as well as other documents, shows both a Jacob and a Joseph Beeler being at King's Mtn. Obviously the question is, which ones served there?
The thing that keeps bothering me is that Joseph, the son of Ulrich was paid for his military service in 1832 for the battle of King's Mtn and other "skirmishes". It states that Joseph lived in Sullivan County. John Valentine's son Joseph lived in Grainger County at this time.
Another clue is that John Peters was at King's Mtn and attested that he was with Jacob and Joseph Beeler at the time of Ferguson's surreder. This John Peters was married to Ulrich's daughter Elizabeth and obviously a sister of Ulrich's Joseph and Jacob.
According to the younger Joseph's will giving some indication of his birth, he would have been only about 13 years old at the time of King's Mtn.
It really is a mystery. But the fact that we know there is no question as to John Peter's identity and that he was closely related to the older Joseph and Jacob, I tend to think it was Ulrich's sons that were at King's Mtn.
This does not diminish the valiant role that the younger brothers played in helping to settle in and protect our early frontier.
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