Posted By:sandra ferguson
Email:
Subject:Re: Richard Thompson Ireland 1731, Virginia, Ohio 1826
Post Date:March 11, 2011 at 07:44:16
Message URL:http://genforum.genealogy.com/americanrev/messages/17361.html
Forum:American Revolution Forum
Forum URL:http://genforum.genealogy.com/americanrev/

I don't think you quite understand. To 'sign up' someone at 81 was against the law. Any officer who allowed this man to enlist would have had to lie on his enlistment papers, and therefore lay himself open to court marshall and potential death, for his actions. It's MUCH more likely that this was another, YOUNGER Richard Thompson, which was, after all, a not uncommon name. It's not like, with a wink and a nudge, someone lets someone else into the fair without paying... this would be a serious matter, as I said...a court marshaling matter...paperwork HAD to be done - the enlisting officer HAD to sign his name to lies. This just makes no sense.