Thursday, July 28, 2005

Ancestry Daily News

Revolutionary Pictures

In 1864, Reverend Elias Brewster Hillard, a Congregational minister from Connecticut, set out to immortalize the lives of the remaining living patriots of the American Revolution in his book
The Last Men of the Revolution
(1864 reprint Barre Publishers, 1968).
Amazing as it might seem, as of 1864—81 years after the eight-year war ended—there were still men collecting pensions for their Revolutionary War service. Of course most of them were over 100 years old!

Inspired by Hillard, I am trying to locate photographic evidence of Revolutionary War patriots who lived between the advent of photography (1839) to when Hillard began his project (1864). David Lambert, a librarian at the New England Historic Genealogical Society, is assisting in this endeavor.
According to the 1840 Census of Pensioners, hundreds of Revolutionary War soldiers lived into that time period. Now all we have to do is try to find these "missing" images.

Many photographs still exist in museums, historical societies, and family collections. It's possible you have a photograph of a Revolutionary War patriot and don't realize it. Help us preserve this part of the past by re-examining your family pictures. If one of your photographs fits the following criteria you might have a picture of an eighteenth century ancestor.

Maureen A. Taylor

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