The History Channel had a program on Gettysburg. Ridgely Howard, of Baltimore, Maryland was mentioned as part of the Maryland Battalion. His father served in the Revolutionary War and served with George Washington
“His father served in the Revolutionary War” statement has been of concern to me. The time frame doesn’t match up.
So, I returned to my genealogy database, as I knew I had some Revolutionary War veterans in there somewhere.
I looked at my Howard’s, specifically Of the 8 male Howard’s, I found 3 of them married a Ridgely. Did I miss something in my first glance at my file?
Joseph Howard married Rachael Ridgely, but Joseph died in 1777.
Brice Howard married Anne Ridgely, but Brice died in 1799.
Thomas Cornelius Howard married Eleanor Ridgely, but he died in 1801
All three were sons of Cornelius Howard and Rachael Ridgely Worthington.
Note: Naming pattern.
Note: A Worthington, Ridgely, Howard connection.
Brice Howard was a Captain of the Anne Arundel Militia in 1776
Thomas Cornelius was an Ensign in Captain Brice Howard’s Company
Henry C. Paden, Jr., Revolutionary Patriots of Anne Arundel County, Maryland (Family Line Publications, Rear 63 East Main Street, Westminister, Maryland 21157 – 1992), Philadelphia Genealogical Society Library, Page 101.
So, there is some validity to the Note about an ancestor being in the Revolutionary was, but also rules out the “father” piece of the statement used in the TV program.