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Chester County Revolutionary War Militia

1777 Battalions: 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th
1780 Battalions: 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th

1st Battalion, 1777

Commanding Officers:

  • Col. John Hannum

3rd Battalion, 1780

Commanding Officers:

  • Lt. Col. John Hannum
  1777 1780
Township (if known) Company Company
Birmingham Township 1st Company:
  • Capt. Edward Simonson
  • Capt. James Anderson (1778)
4th Company:
  • Capt. Edward Simonson
East Bradford Township 2nd Company:
  • Capt. John Underwood
5th Company:
  • Capt. Peter Strud (Strode) (died 1781)
West Kennett Township 3rd Company:
  • Capt. John Walter?
6th Company:
  • Capt. John Craig
New Garden Township 4th Company:
  • Capt. Samuel Miller (refused to serve)
3rd Company:
  • Capt. William Whitesides (appointed 1780-1782)
East Kennett Township 5th Company:
  • Capt. John Craig
6th Company:
  • Capt. John Craig (1780-1782)
Pennsbury Township 6th Company:
  • Capt. William Craif
2nd Company:
  • Capt. Joseph Mendenhall (1780-1782)
Newlin Township 7th Company:
  • Capt. Robert Cowen
7th Company:
  • Capt. Joseph Luckie (1780-1782)
West Bradford Township 8th Company:
  • Capt. Jacob Buffington
1st Company:
  • Capt. Thomas Carpenter

2nd Battalion, 1777

Commanding Officers:

  • Col. Evan Evans

5th Battalion, 1780

Commanding Officers:

  • Lt. Col. John McDowell
  1777 1780
Township (if known) Company Company
Londonderry Township 1st Company:
  • Capt. John Ramsey
7th Company:
  • Capt. David Crosby
London Grove Township 2nd Company:
  • Capt. Allen Cuningham
4th Company:
  • Capt. Francis Williamson
West Nottingham Township 3rd Company:
  • Capt. Ephraim Blackburn
1st Company:
  • Capt. Ephraim Blackburn
New London Township 4th Company:
  • Capt. John McKee
5th Company:
  • Capt. David Corray
East Nottingham Township 5th Company:
  • Capt.Joseph Gardner
  • Capt. John Bryan (1779)
8th Company:
  • Capt. John Bryan
Lower Oxford Township 6th Company:
  • Capt. David Hays
  • Capt. James Fulton (1778)
6th Company:
  • Capt. David Hays
Upper Oxford Township 7th Company:
  • Capt. John Kinkaid
  • Capt. William Armstrong (1778)
2nd Company:
  • Capt. John Kinkaid
London Britain Township 8th Company:
  • Capt. Samuel Evans
3rd Company:
  • Capt. Robert Correy

3rd Battalion, 1777

Commanding Officers:

  • Col. Caleb Davis

6th Battalion, 1780

Commanding Officers:

  • Lt. Col. Caleb Davis
  • Lt. Col. (George Pierce)
  1777 1780
Township (if known) Company Company
Ridley Township 1st Company:
  • Capt. William Price
7th Company:
  • Capt. William Price (1780)
Lower Darby Township 2nd Company:
  • Capt. Jacob Rudolph
5th Company:
  • Capt. William Smith (1780-1781)
  • Capt. Lt. Nathaniel Smith (1782)
Upper Darby Township 3rd Company:
  • Capt. Boas Mattews
8th Company:
  • Capt. William Kirk
Haverford Township 4th Company:
  • Capt. William Brookes
1st Company:
  • Capt. John Lindsay (1780-1782)
Tinicum Township 5th Company:
  • Capt. Nicholas Deihle
4th Company:
  • Capt. Lewis Trimble (1780)
  • Capt. John Quandril (1781-1782
Springfield-Marple 6th Company:
  • Capt. Thomas Lewis
3rd Company:
  • Capt. Curtis Lownes (1780-1782)
Providence Township 7th Company:
  • Capt. William Maddock
6th Company:
  • Capt. Jonathan Vernon (1780-1782)
Newton-Marple 8th Company:
  • Capt. Hugh Jones?
2nd Company:
  • Capt. Hugh Jones (1780)
  • Capt. John Quinn (1781-early 1782)
  • Capt. Hezekiah Camp (1782)

4th Battalion, 1777

Commanding Officers:

  • Col. William Evans

2nd Battalion, 1780

Commanding Officers:

  • Lt. Col. Thomas Bull
1777 1780
Township (if known) Company Township (if known) Company
Upper Coventry Township 1st Company:
  • Capt. John Hiester
Upper Coventry Township 3rd Company:
  • Capt. James Carrell (1780)
  • Capt. John Cummings (1782)
Pikeland Township 2nd Company:
  • Capt. George Irish (Eirig)
Pikeland Township 8th Company:
  • Capt. George Eyry (1780-1782)
  3rd Company:
  • Capt. Thomas Wilson
East Nantmeal Township 1st Company:
  • Capt. Abraham Beatty (1780-1782)
Pikeland Township 4th Company:
  • Capt. John Snider
Lower Pikeland Township 6th Company:
  • Capt. Andrew Snyder (1780-1782)
Vincent Township 5th Company:
  • Capt. Henry Barber
West Vincent Township 7th Company:
  • Capt. James Barber
  6th Company:
  • Capt. John McKee
East Nantmeal Township 2nd Company:
  • Capt. Daniel Griffith (1780-1782)
  • Capt. Foulkirth (1783)
  7th Company:
  • Capt. William -----
Lower Coventry Township 4th Company:
  • Capt. Benjamin Brumback (1780-1782)
  • Capt. John Shull (1782)
  8th Company:
  • Capt. Boylan (1779)
  • Capt. Griffith (1779)
  • Michael Cypher (1779)
Lower Vincent 5th Company:
  • Capt. Michael Holman

5th Battalion, 1777

Commanding Officers:

  • Col. Richard Thomas
  • Col. John Bartholomew (1779)

4th Battalion, 1780

Commanding Officers:

  • Lt. Col. John Bartholomew
  1777 1780
Township (if known) Company Company
Radnor Township 1st Company:
  • Capt. Mordecai Morgan
8th Company:
  • Capt. Mordecai Morgan (1780-1782)
Willistown 2nd Company:
  • Capt. Owen Brooks
1st Company:
  • Capt. John Harris (1780-1782)
West Whiteland, North Goshen Township 3rd Company:
  • Capt. Evan Anderson
2nd Company:
  • Capt. Evan Anderson
Tredyffrin Township 4th Company:
  • Capt. Jonathan Rowland
6th Company:
  • Capt. Jonathan Rowland (1780-1781)
  • Capt. David Wilson (1782)
East Whiteland Township 5th Company:
  • Capt.William Harris
4th Company:
  • Capt. William Harris (1780-1782)
Charlestown 6th Company:
  • Capt. William Bodly
  • Capt. Sampson Thomas
7th Company:
  • Capt. Sampson Thomas (1780)
  • Capt. Samuel Roberts (1782)
Easttown 7th Company:
  • Capt. Samuel Vanleer
5th Company:
  • Capt. Israel Moore (1780-1781)
  • Capt. John Jenkins (1782)
Goshen Township 8th Company:
  • Capt. Joseph Johnson
3rd Company:
  • Capt. Joseph Johnson (1780-1781)
  • Capt. Alexander Boggs (1782)

6th Battalion, 1777

Commanding Officers:

  • Col. Thomas Taylor

7th Battalion, 1780

Commanding Officers:

  • Lt. Col. George Pierce
  1777 1780
Township (if known) Company Company
Chester Township 1st Company:
  • Capt. David Cowpland
6th Company:
  • Capt. Edward Vernon (1780)
  • Capt. James Dinning (1782)
Concord Township (1777)
Concord and Bethel Township (1780)
2nd Company:
  • Capt. Daniel McCoy
4th Company:
  • Capt. Alexander Lockhard
Edgmont Township 3rd Company:
  • Capt. Robert McAfee
2nd Company:
  • Capt. Joseph Black (1780-1782)
  • Capt. Daniel Calvert (1782)
  • (Robert McCaffey elected 1780)
Bethel Township (9th Company, 1777)
Middletown (1st Company, 1777 and 4th Company, 1780)
9th Company:
  • Capt. Samuel Trimble
1st Company:
  • Capt. John Pitt (1780-1782)
4th Company:
  • Capt. John Hunter
Chichester Township 5th Company:
  • Capt. unknown
3rd Company:
  • Capt. John Flowers (1780)
  • Capt. James Huston (1782)
Thornberry Township 6th Company:
  • Capt. Hugh Reed
5th Company:
  • Capt. Hugh Reed (1780-1782)
Aston Township 7th Company:
  • Capt. James Thompso
7th Company:
  • Capt. James McClaskey (1780-1782)
Westown Township 8th Company:
  • Capt. John Hunt
8th Company:
  • Capt. James Ramage (1780)
  • Capt. Thomas Taylor (1780-1782)

7th Battalion, 1777

Commanding Officers:

  • Col. William Gibbons
  • Col. John Gardner (1778)

1st Battalion, 1780

Commanding Officers:

  • Lt. Col. John Gardner
1777 1780
Township (if known) Company Township (if known) Company
  1st Company:
  • Capt. William Scott
West Nantmeal Township 1st Company (was in 7th Battalion 1777-1780):
  • Capt. John Graham (1780-1781)
  2nd Company:
  • Capt. David Philips
West Nantmeal Township 2nd Company:
  • Capt. Ephraim Allen (1780-1781)
  3rd Company:
  • Capt. Alexander Fleming
Uwchlan Township 3rd Company:
  • Capt. James Denny (1780-1782)
Eastern East Caln Township 4th Company:
  • Capt. Henry Barker
West Nantmeal and East Caln Townships 4th Company:
  • Capt. Isaac Thomas (1780-1782)
Northern East Caln Township 5th Company:
  • Capt.Robert Lockhart
East Caln Township 8th Company:
  • Capt. Robert Lockhart (1780-1781)
  6th Company:
  • Capt. John Gardner
Lower East Caln Township 5th Company:
  • Capt. Robert Elton (1780-1781
  • Capt. Hughs (1786)
  7th Company:
  • Capt. David Denny
West Nantmeal Township 6th Company:
  • Capt. John Craig (1780-1781)
  8th Company:
  • Capt. David Denny
Lower Uwchlan Township 7th Company:
  • Capt. John Scott (1780-1782)

8th Battalion, 1777

Commanding Officers:

  • Col. Patterson Bell

8th Battalion, 1780

Commanding Officers:

  • Lt. Col. Matthew Boyd
1777 1780
Township (if known) Company Township (if known) Company
  1st Company:
  • Capt. Gilbert Gibbs (1778-1779)
West Caln Township 1st Company:
  • Capt. William Henry (1780-1781)
Sadsbury Township 2nd Company:
  • Capt. William March
Sadsbury Township 3rd Company:
  • Capt. William Marsh (1780-1781)
East Fallowfield Township? 3rd Company:
  • Capt. Bezaleel Bentley (1778)
  • Capt. Morras (1779)
East Fallowfield Township 2nd Company:
  • Capt. Robert Morrell (1780-1781)
Lower East Caln Township 4th Company:
  • Capt. William Witheron (1778-1779)
West Caln Township 8th Company:
  • Capt. Gilbert Gibbs (until at least 17 June 1780)
  • Capt. David Hays (1780-1781)
  • Capt. John Skiles (1782)
West Fallowfield Township 5th Company:
  • Capt. James Dunn (1778-1779)
West Fallowfield Township 7th Company:
  • Capt. Robert Cochran
  6th Company:
  • Capt. Henry Keys (1778)
  • Capt. Hector McNeal (1779)
West Fallowfield-Sadsbury Township 6th Company:
  • Capt. John Smith
West Marlborough Township 7th Company:
  • Capt. David Through (1778)
  • Capt. Tristram Moore (1779)
West Marlborough Township 4th Company:
  • Capt. Tristram Moore (1780-1781, 1788)
  8th Company:
  • Capt. George Gryst (1778)
  • Capt. Nunan (1779)
East Marlborough Township 5th Company:
  • Capt. William Newnam (1780)
  • Capt. Ezekiel Bowen (1782)