my children are descended from the same man as your John Simpson--not his father jacob but further back. I am actually an Arledge of the SC-AL Arledges which the name Aldridge had changed to in SC, but the name got changed back to Aldridge where it started about 1880 in out branch. However the Nicholas was remembered in the great great great great grandfather William Nicholas Arledge/Aldridge born 1845 in GA from whom my children are descended. The Arledges are also decended from Nicholas Aldridge. They lived in SC, GA, AL, TN and further.
Here is the story about yours.
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Tuesday, July 3, 2007
I take pride in the fact that I am descended from a man who fought in the American Revolution. His name was John Simpson Aldridge and his gravestone has "The Revolutioner" engraved on it. He was descended from Nicholas and Martha Aldridge who were the first of our family to arrive here from England in the 1670's. The family settled in Maryland and almost 100 years later on February 9, 1761, John was born in Prince George County, Maryland.
His first enlistment was in 1776...that would have made him 15 years old. Incredible! His first term of service was for a period of six months and during that time he was in a battle near Fort Washington and the Battle of White Plains. He was discharged in Philadelphia and re-enlisted in the back woods of Virginia in 1777. This time he served three years.
During that time, his name appeared on Company Muster Rolls at Valley Forge, he fought at the Battle of Brandywine and served at both Fort Laurens and Fort McIntosh in Ohio. The men who served at these Forts were in as much danger from Indians as they were the English and many of them died terrible deaths at the hands of both enemies.
He was discharged from service in 1780 in Pittsburgh and made his way to Rush County, Indiana, where he purchased land and farmed until his death in 1842. He is buried in a little family cemetery there where his grave is marked with an American flag and the inscription.
I doubt if he considered himself a hero...many men served out of necessity for food and wages...just as they do now. I don't know if he considered himself a patriot...I doubt it. But all these years later, I recognize that it was humble young men like this who helped form this nation. They went about their service and then they went about becoming pioneers and farmers in these newly formed states in the middle of the country. My father's mother was also a descendant of a soldier in the Revolution who wound his way to Kentucky.
So, Independence Day is extra special to me. I feel a personal connection to the Revolution and I always stop to consider that young man who served while this country was being formed.
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Pvt. John Simpson Aldridge
In 1777 he enlisted in the back woods of Virginia, now in Green Co., Penn., in the company of Capt. James Hook in the 13th Regiment of Col. Russell, Virginia Line on Continental Establishment, and served until 1780 when he was discharged at Pittsburgh, Penn., from the company of Capt. Uriah Springer of the 9th Virginia Regiment (Col. John Gibson). He was at the battle of Brandywine.
John Aldridge of Clermont Co., Ohio, private in Regt. of Col. Russell for three years from 1777, was placed on the Ohio pension roll at $8 per month from Oct. 4 1819 under the Act of 1818. Certificate 15674 was issued 4 Nov. 1819.
John Simpson Aldridge applied for his pension on 4 Oct. 1819 in Clermont County, OH., at age 58. He was born February 9, 1761. He married Mary LAKIN on November 18, 1783 in Maryland. John Simpson Aldridge died November 17, 1842 in Rush Co., Indiana.
Born: Feb 9, 1761
Died: Nov 17, 1842 Rush Co., Indiana
Buried: On his farm in Anderson twsp. Name appears on the Bronze tablet in the Rush County Courthouse, Rushville, Indiana.
Service: Enlist 1776, 1777 in Virginia now Greene Co., Pennsylvania
Served under Capt James Hook, Col Russell's 13th Virginia Regiment
Cpl in Uriah Springer, Col John Gibson's 9th Virginia Regiment.
Proof: Pension W 9698
Married: 1783, Mary Lakin (1760-1843)
father Joseph Lakin http://www.linxure.net/~arledge/Jeanie/d1193.htm#P1199
mother Elizabeth Fee m. 18 Nov 1783, Evangelical Reformed Church, Frederick Co., MD455
John Simpson Aldridgeb. 9 Feb 1761, Prince Georges Co., MD d. 17 Nov 1842, Rush Co., IN br. Aldridge Cemetery, Rush Co., IN
Mi. RW Soldier
b. 20 Jun 1760, MD
d. 27 Nov 1843, Rush Co., IN455
br. Aldridge Cemetery, Rush Co., IN
Joseph Lakin : 1784-1815
Rachel Plumn: Born 1786 married ____ Stiers
Rauzy: Born 1789 married Sarah __________
Eliza: Born 1791 married Rafe Stiers
Mary: Born 1793 married ___________ Smith
Sarah: Born 1795:
John: Norn 1798
Deliah: Born 1799 married ________________ Layton
Erasmus: Born 1801
Nathan: Born 1803
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Lucinda Wheeler, born 3 April 1803, possibly in Clermont Co. She married John Simpson Aldridge Jr on 22 July 1819 in Clermont Co.