Guten Tage, Randall: I tried to repond earlier but the site was jammed with traffic.
The web site militia roster you found is from PA Archives, 2nd Series, Vol.XIV, p567 -- 1778 3rd Battalion, 3rd (Weisenberg) Company. Jacob's sons are also listed in PA Archives, 5th Series, Vol.VIII, p.445-7 as the 6th Battalion, 3rd Company. Since these rosters were divided into "classes" it means that these were not the rosters of called up troops (at that time), but were rather the local militia in training & readiness. Classes are not used in actual called up rosters. Also, only those swearing the OATH OF ALLEGIANCE to PA could join the militia. That precluded Quakers & some German sects from joining the militia and voting. The PA Archives are a good source for unusual information in that I found a local treason trial involving Jacob & several other battalion members during the time when the Radicals were seizing power from the old Quaker and provincials in 1776. Jacob II also submited an expense claim for chasing tories in 1780.
Dr. Richmond E. Myers, NORTHAMPTON COUNTY IN THE AM.REV.,Easton,PA: Northampton County Historical Society, 1976.
John B.Frantz & William Pencak (eds), BEYOND PHILADELPHIA: THE AM.REV. IN THE PA HINTERLAND,University Park,PA: PA State University Press, 1998.
Hannah Benner Roach, "THE PA MILITIA IN 1777," Pennsylvania Genealogical Magazine, XXIII(3), p.161-229, 1964.
William A.Hunter, PRE-REVOLUTIONARY MILITARY SERVICE IN PA, Harrisburg, PA: PA Historical & Museum Commission, 1969. Summarizes the lengthy string of colonial military conflicts & the extent of PA involvement. Discusses available documentation sources, especially the PENNSYLVANIA ARCHIVES.
One reference library which may aid your search is the DAVID LIBRARY OF THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION at Washington Crossing (Bucks County), PA.
If you are looking for battles to substantiate an application to the SONS OF THE AM.REV. (SAR), they will accept the militia roster as qualifying evidence for membership. I had to build a case from scratch back to the 1830 before finding comparable DAR links to Jacob & his brood.
Happy Hunting! -- ed --
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