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Henry Wanmaker

Henry Wanmaker

Posted: 4 May 2012 2:46AM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: Wanmaker, Bartolf
I am trying to see if this is my ancestor. Evidently, Wanmaker was a very popular name back in the 1700's. If this is my Henry who served in the Rev. War as an ensign in Captain Bartholf's Bergen unit, then I can qualify for a membership in the DAR. My Henry was married to Mary Bartholf and he was born in Bergen, baptised in Paramus and died in Pompton Plains in 1828. There is a Henry Wanmaker listed in The History of Bergen County by J.M. Van Valen,NJ Men of the Revolutionary War by Stryker, and was an ensign. How can I make the connection this is my Henry? Can anyone help me please? Thanks in advance.

Re: Henry Wanmaker

Posted: 4 May 2012 7:37AM GMT
Classification: Query
If by "Bergen unit" you mean a company of Bergen County militia, then "served in" is something of a misstatement.

All able-bodied free white males aged roughly 16 to 60 (varies by time and place) were considered to be part of the County militia and required to be available for active militia duty for defense within the County. Active duty could include such things as patrolling, guarding prisoners, or assisting escort of supplies bound elsewhere.

Surviving militia rosters were usually created at the time men reported for regular drill and nose-counting, and do not reflect active-duty service unless specifically stated.

If you can show that your ancestor was the only one by the name who could have been in a specific Company, that would be a step forward. Companies were generally based in specific geographic areas; you would need to find the county Court or Committee of correspondence record setting out the districts and show that your ancestor was the only one by the name who lived in a particular one. It would help to show that his neighbors as shown in land records, tax lists or other records were in the same Company. You would need to locate rosters of this Company. While Mr. Stryker is a respected author, you'd need the original records.

Re: Henry Wanmaker

Posted: 7 May 2012 2:18AM GMT
Classification: Query
Thank you so much for the quick reply. Looks like I have a lot of work to do on my end to prove this is my ancestor who served some sort of capacity during the Revolutionary War. Thank you for pointing me in the direction I need to go. I very much appreciate it. It's gonna take some time but hopefully, in the long run, it'll be worth it. Thanks again!

Re: Henry Wanmaker

Posted: 4 Feb 2013 5:51AM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: Wanmaker
I joined the SAR based on his service. It was complicated to prove. There was another Henry Wanmaker (a 2nd cousin of this Henry) who fought with a Loyalist unit in the Rev. War. Contact me for details.

Ken
Ken@GermanNames.com

Re: Henry Wanmaker

Posted: 5 Feb 2014 2:29AM GMT
Classification: Query
Hi Ken...we "spoke" a year ago about Henry Wanmaker and you said you would try to locate the records for his service in the Revolutionary War. Of course because so much time has passed, I would assume you didn't find your records, but I figured I'd give it another shot. Thanks for any help...

Sue
svesey16@verizon.net
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