Friday, July 10, 2015

Lennon on Temple in the Revolution

Genealogists talk a lot about historical context, but Rachal Mills Lennon does something about it. Her 19-page article on John Temple, a Virginian, in the March 2015 NGS Quarterly uses it as a major pillar of her research and analysis and correlation of the scanty evidence available on Temple's Revolutionary War career and pension. (Also, don't miss footnote 67.)

Having read this article, I hope that something similar will help with my Pennsylvania patriot problem.

Rachal Mills Lennon, "Context and Comrades Illuminate a Silent Southerner: John Temple (1758-1838), Revolutionary War Pensioner," National Genealogical Society Quarterly 103 (March 2015): 49-67.

1 comment:

Geolover said...

Your pointing to Ms. Lennon's footnote 67 is useful. Estate lists (debtors, creditors, vendue bills) can be very helpful. When I have an opportunity I go through entire US County estate lists for pertinent time periods and have a form for noting details from those lists of particular interest when getting photocopies is difficult due to a locality's policies. Estate files can have all manner of gems of information :)