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Tuesday, July 3, 2018

#52ancestors Post Twenty-Seven: Independence Day

This unused postcard, from my personal collection, was one of
many in the National Song Series published about 1910.  

Known as the Fourth of July or Independence Day, this day has been celebrated as the birth of American independence since 1776 when, during the American Revolution, the delegates of the Continental Congress adopted the Declaration of Independence. 

I now know of three of my ancestors who served as patriots in the American Revolution.

  • Ralph Regan, my 4th great-grandfather, was in the N. C. Militia and was known to have fought as a lieutenant in the Battle at Moores Creek Bridge. 

  • John Giddens, another 4th great-grandfather, served in the N.C. Minutemen. He received land grants in Duplin and Wayne Counties. 

  • Benjamin Reed (aka Read), also a 4th great-grandfather, enlisted in Massachusetts on April 21, 1775 to serve as a minute man in the Lexington Alarm. He fought continuously until discharged on November 29, 1777. 

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Family photographs and documents from the collection of Diana Bryan Quinn.

July 4th — Articles, Video, Pictures and Facts. (n.d.). — History Made Every Day — American & World History. Retrieved July 4, 2013, from

Moss, B. G. (1992). Roster of the Patriots in the battle of Moores Creek Bridge. Blacksburg, S.C.: Scotia-Hibernia Press.

Office of the State Comptroller, Military Papers - Revolutionary War Army Accounts, State Archives of North Carolina, Volume V, Page 40, Folio 3.

Reed, John Ludovicus. Reed genealogy: descendants of William Reade, of Weymouth, Mass., from 1635-1902.  Internet Archive. Web. 27 Apr. 2018. <>.

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