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Re: Any Johns in Green County, PA?
Posted by: Patricia A. Terpstra Date: February 18, 2000 at 21:24:55
In Reply to: Re: Any Johns in Green County, PA? by Pat Junkin of 1583

Well I know this much more about the Johns family (all from the Tenmile book): Jacob Johns was born in New Castle City , DE 1 October 1762. He enlisted in Oct 1780, in Philadelphia on Frigate "Confederacy" commanded by Capt. Hardy, alisas Harding, . Other officers were Lt. Gore, Lt. Gross, Lt. Land, Serg. Land of the Marines, Doctors mate Davis. Around Christmas time 1780 they sailed for the French Port Hispaniola, during which voyage they captured an English transport vessel. After their return to Philadelphia, they sailed in the Spring of 1781 and met up with a British gunman with four or five hundred blacks aboard. This they captured and sold and divided the booty among the crew, it amounting to about twenty dollars per man. Then their ship was captured and Johns was made a prisoner of war, not being released until after the end of the Revolution. He then returned home and a short while later moved to the Tenmile (Greene Co area ) and settled on Ruffs Creek, where he died 22 Aug 1845 (Nat. Arch. Pension Record W. 1192). He settled on land which had been warranted to John Wolverton in Washington Twp and acquired other tracts during the course of his life.
*****There were many Quakers in Greene Co (many of which were my ancestors), however, after the above account, I cannot believe that he was a Quaker before the war, or he would not have fought, nor would he have been involved in selling blacks as alluded in above pension. If he became a Quaker, it must have been after the War.......


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