~ Wynkoop

Kindly submitted by Molly May

William Wynkoop Smith, born 1866.  Paper read to the Bucks County Historical Society on the Wynkoop family with considerable interesting information. For example, Judge Wynkoop and Alexander Hamilton were together as members of the First Continental Congress; Washington wrote a letter to Judge Wynkoop arranging for Munroe (then Colonel) to stay at his home while Munroe recovered from wounds from the battle of Trenton. Elias Ely Smith,M.D. and Susan B. Wynkoop were my great-grandparents and lived in Bucks County. So that's where the Wynkoop family ties in. The paper isn't dated but the writer speaks having "served over three years in war of '61-4".

page 250 JH Battle History of Bucks County

The recommendation of the first congress and the county committee that the people should associate "to improve themselves in the military art" was not received with general favor, and in September, 1775, Henry Wynkoop reported the number of associators at 1688, and the number of those refusing at 1613, notwithstanding the provincial authorities had adopted a resolution to consider such as public enemies. Bucks county was early represented at "the front," however. Early in 1776 John Lacey recruited a company of sixty-four men, with Samuel Smith as first lieutenant, Michael Ryan as second, and John Bartley and James Forbes as ensigns, for Anthony Wayne’s regiment. Robert Sample, of Buckingham, commanded a company in the Tenth Pennsylvania regiment; Augustus Willett was a captain in Colonel Bull’s regiment; Alexander Graydon, of Bristol, was a captain in Colonel Shea’s regiment, and Samuel Benezet was major in the Sixth Pennsylvania. Beside these regiments, that of Colonel McGaw drew many recruits from Bucks county.



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