I am currently in San Jose California researching at the Sutro Library. I have found an Index to Colonial Records which list William Wishart on Volume 14, page 506. According to Elizabeth Moreland's "William Henry Wishard , A Doctor of the Old School", Mr. Wishart was a Sergeant in Wendel Ivey's Company serving under Colonel John Proctor of the Westmoreland County regiment. This occurred during the Revolutionary War, probably 1776-1777 during the battles of Brandywine and Germantown. After these battles, William was promoted to Ensign in William Guthrie's Company of the Westmoreland County militia.
So, I should know a little more after the New Year, when I return. What confuses me is why Westmoreland County would trek across the state to enlist those living in Chester County PA. The people of Chester wanted to remain neutral during this war, and General George Washington said "He thought he was in enemy territory when he was in this county". Perhaps it was necessary to send in the troops from far away to muster up the locals?
There is another set of archives called the "Pennsylvania Archives" which lists the service records of other Wishard's, but not our William. By the way, I met a Tom Wishard where I work at Applied Materials, and will be having lunch with him on Monday.
Happy Holidays Steve,
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