Thursday, March 20, 2008

Revolutionary War Patriot Soldiers


Revolutionary War Patriot Soldiers

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Gloria Waldron hukle said...

Today I am remembering Revolutionary War Patriot Soldiers-Reuben Robblee b. l738 at Huntington, Long Island, and his son Thomas Roblee b. l761, at Lanesborough, Mass,Berkshire Co. the surname spelled various ways, in early times Rappelyea, Robblee.
Reuben served as a private in Capt. Barnes Co. (Berkshire Co.) 1777 Sworn in at Lanesborough, Mass. Thomas Robblee served in l779-1780 in Major Coggswell's co. Mass. Both men were ancestral grandfathers-Gloria Waldron Hukle

unyg said...


What a lovely and thoughtful remembrance.

Thank you for posting this here and we encourage others to do so as well.