My American Patriots
Most colonists came from England, some for religious freedom, some to escape prison sentences, some to discover hoped-for riches in a new world, and some to work for bosses eager to exploit untapped resources in the heretofore pristine land. The Native peoples who lived in the new land were decimated by disease, oppression, and war.
They could not win against the mighty British Empire, but after almost 200 years, the colonists did just that. Those colonists, themselves barely surviving at times, persevered and eventually flourished. Leaders and men of wisdom emerged and birthed a new world power, The United States of America.
I DO NOT wish to condone the evils of colonization and the horrendous results it had on the Native American peoples. I DO wish to honor the patriots who founded what I consider the greatest nation on earth, The United States of America.
Far from perfect, but still pretty damn good. So good in fact, that that we must control immigration so as not to dilute the values we hold dear. Tolerance, compassion, and freedom, yes. Hatred, prejudice, and totalitarianism, no. Even with our faults, no country on earth compares or even comes close to what I desire in a homeland.
In celebration of the birth of the greatest nation on earth I am honoring my own ancestors who served in the American Revolution. Some were mere boys, others were old for that period of time. Some were lowly foot soldiers, some were officers. Those who survived were granted bounty lands and spread out from the original colonies to settle and spread the American dream, even if, at that time, that dream consisted of only a few acres of land, a log cabin, and a garden plot.
I think perhaps they were more happy in their own way, even though life was hard, than many of us today. I can’t begin to imagine the fears, deprivations, and horrors they experienced, but I am thankful they pursued life, liberty, and happiness.
*There are more than those named here, especially in extended family, but those listed are documented direct ancestors.
James Hogan, 1752-1811. 4th great grandfather
James Daniel Park(s), 1756-1824.
4th great grandfather
Joseph Howell Jr, 1745-1844. 5th great grandfather
Enoch Smith, 1759-1845.
Samuel Knox, 1747-1837.
5th great grandfather
Dempsey Winborne, 1748-1809. 4th great grandfather
Raphael Wheeler, 1760-1816. 3rd great grandfather