spoke about him recently to a local DAR chapter. As far as I know he was a practicing Quaker, and that is probably why he chose to support the revolution as a drummer instead of fighting. He was one of many veterans who found themselves in dire financial circumstances late in life, and he had to work his way through government bureaucracy for a pension that finally arrived the year before he died.
After Moses I move forward almost 100 years to the American Civil War. My great-great-grandfather Cornelius Gottschalk Sellers volunteered to serve in another New Jersey unit. Cornelius was underage, so his father Franklin had to sign a note granting him permission to volunteer. His unit was at Fredericksburg and Gettysburg, and even at Appomattox for Lee's surrender, and he was in the hospital twice. He did not survive long after the end of the war, passing away in 1877 at a young age.
On a collateral line are the only career military men I know of in my family. Edwin Elias Sellers served in the U.S. Army. He fought in the Civil War and was one of the Guard of Honor over the remains of President Lincoln while his body lay in state in Philadelphia from April 22-24, 1865, en route to Springfield, Illinois for burial. I don't know if he was miffed when his son David Foote Sellers joined the Navy, but David had a long career there. He participated in the Spanish-American and Philippine-American wars and World War I, and served as Commander in Chief of the United States Fleet and later as Superintendent of the U.S. Naval Academy.
Neither of my grandfathers was able to serve in the military. My paternal grandfather had a leg amputated when he was 13 years old, and my maternal grandfather had flat feet. But my maternal uncles were both in the armed forces, one in the Army and one in the Air Force. And my stepfather was in the Air Force during the Vietnam War.
My stepson served in the U.S. Army for nine years, which included three tours in Iraq. My daughter-in-law was also in the Army.
These are the veterans who are particularly dear to me, but everyone who serves has earned our thanks today.
Genealogy is like a jigsaw puzzle, but you don't have the box top, so you don't know what the picture is supposed to look like. As you start putting the puzzle together, you realize some pieces are missing, and eventually you figure out that some of the pieces you started with don't actually belong to this puzzle. I'll help you discover the right pieces for your puzzle and assemble them into a picture of your family.
Sunday, November 11, 2012
Honoring the Veterans in My Family
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I am also related t o Moses Mulliner and his brother Joe.ReplyDelete
I am the great great grand daughter of Martha Murdock....ReplyDelete
Karen, thanks for writing, and welcome to the family! And what a coincidence — I just learned about Martha Murdock's connection to my family. If you are interested in joining a brand-new Gaunt/Gauntt family group on Facebook, send me a message at firstname.lastname@example.org. — JaniceDelete
Moses Mulliner was my 7th great grandfather. I have been laboring over this family tree for over 35 years. I might just mention that the Mulliners were not Quakers.ReplyDelete
Thank you for writing! I hope you will tell me more about the Mulliners not being Quakers. I have not had time to do in-depth research on this family line yet, but what I had found indicated they were. Assuming they weren't, why would Moses be a drummer at his age?Delete