Col. David Jameson, M.D.
At the end of the French and Indian War (1756 to 1763) Dr. Jameson returned to civilian medicine and civic life at York after having fought in many battles and being seriously wounded. Only a few years later, however, he was again called to serve in the Pennsylvania militia. When the decisive break between Britain and the Thirteen Colonies was approaching, Dr. Jameson was an early and vocal advocate of separation from the mother country. He was said to have “despoiled his fair estate near York of acres of its fine woodland, in order to contribute, without money and without price, to the aid of ‘the Grand Cause’.”
Though above the age of sixty, he again took an active military role in the early years of the Revolutionary War, with the rank of Colonel. His grandson, John Barr, Esq., stated that David Jameson
served under General Washington in the battles of Princeton and Monmouth, where he was wounded. He was a part of the time a Surgeon in the Revolutionary War, and a very skillful one; and also spent much of his money to get necessary stores and medicines for the sick and wounded: for which neither he nor his descendants ever received any compensation.
In 1776, when the British threatened New York, Jameson was in the First Battalion of Pennsylvania militia that marched to help Washington; during the latter part of that year he was surgeon to the First Regiment of the Flying Camp headquartered at Perth Amboy, New Jersey. After the reorganization of the state militia, in 1777, he commanded the Third Battalion. On November 24th of that year, at Camp White Marsh near Valley Forge, Jameson reported that he had 3 companies, 3 captains, 4 lieutenants, 3 ensigns, 1 adjutant, 1 quartermaster, 9 sergeants, and 70 men fit for duty out of a total of 165. The Pennsylvania Militia at this time were part of Washington’s army which was warily watching the British army occupying Philadelphia. Unable to attack the fortified city, Washington waited until General Howe’s army ventured out of the city at midnight, 4th December, in an attempt at a surprise attack. Washington’s army was awake and ready, however.
Johann Martin Will. View from the British Positions at the Battle of White Marsh, 1777. Washington’s right flank is at the left in the distance. Library of Congress.
The American forces met the Redcoats at White Marsh. The Pennsylvania militia on Washington’s right flank (at left in the engraving) were ordered to support Morgan’s riflemen in an advance. The militia had a short, fierce skirmish against Howe’s forces in which the militia commander, General William Irvine, was captured, but no tactical advantage was gained by either army. After maneuvering for three days, Howe returned to the comforts of Philadelphia for the winter. After that time, Jameson’s regiment was mainly occupied guarding British and Hessian prisoners at York and Lancaster. Jameson seems to have been called on primarily to function as surgeon for wounded soldiers.
The paternal lineage to the Anchorage - Berwick Jameson Family:
Dr David Jameson (1715 - 1800)
Revolutionary War Colonel
The maternal lineage to the Anchorage - Berwick Jameson family:
Zeboeth Brittain (1745 - 1790)
Revolutionary War Soldier
Elizabeth Brittain (1775 - 1829)
Daughter of Zeboeth
Mary Maud White (1797 - 1875)
Daughter of Elizabeth
Drusilla M Garrison (1842 - 1920)
Daughter of Mary Maud
Minerva Alice Henry (1879 - 1959)
Daughter of Drusilla M
Adah Blanche Bower (1898 - 1979)
Daughter of Minerva Alice
Ruth Eleanore Duke (1918 - 1983)
Daughter of Adah Blanche
- History found on rootsweb.com – Zeboeth Brittain
- Served two seasons in Washingtons Army. Fought at Fort Washington and Strandsberg / Stroudsburg, was a Summer at each place from personal family papers of Jean White
BIR-MAR: Records of Lola G. Britton (BRI LGB HIS 003) (BRI LGB HIS 005)
Early Central Pennsylvania Lineages by Fisher lq R929-F31E, p. 70
(BRI HIS 003)
Pennsylvania Families of Brittain-Britton, data taken from publications
of the Geneological Society of PA, Vol. 110, page 74, 1930 -32 with
additions by Iva Scheffel of Fairfield, IA 1963-1964 (ID Historical
Library, Boise, ID)
DAR NY Bible Records, Vol. 143, p. 56a-57 (BRI HIS 024)
BIR: "Miller and Pursel Families" A1 E5, 1939, compiled by Vida Mills Pursel,
Bloomsburg, PA , p. 11-16.
"Early PA Births 1675-1895"
BIR-MAR-DEA: "Britton Geneology, Early Generations from Somersetshire, Eng. to Staten Island, NY"
by Elmer Garfield Van Name, p 26, - Copies may be purchased from the Gloucester Co. Historical
Society, 58 N. Broad St., Woodbury, NJ 08096; BRI HIS 004); A.R. of parents submitted by Jeanne N.
Taylor, 2269 Hubbard Ave., Salt Lake City, Utah, Bonneville Stake, Monument Park Ward about 1952
show sources of PA 53, History of Columbia & Montour Co, Early PA Births, and Am Gen Vol 7, p. 259.
BUR: "Graves of Revolutionary War Patriots Vol. 1: p. 114; by Patricia Hatcher
OATH OF ALLEGIANCE: 27 Nov 1777 (BRI HIS 060)
Zeboeth served for two seasons with Washington's Army. He fought at Fort Washington and at
Strandsburg - was a summer at each place. (Miller and Pursel) He was a Revolutionary Soldier from
Northampton Co., PA (Oregon State Library; 929.1/F53le by Charles A. Fisher pub. 1948 (A to Eppler
!MIL: From 1779, Pvt. in Co. of Capt. John Nelson 1779
To 1782, Co. of Capt. Hugh Gaston, 1st Class, 3rd Co., 5th Bat. Northampton County Militia (BRI HIS
019) p. 11.
!MIL: Zebeoth may be found in U. S. Serial Set 12172 - 4. Easton is between the Lehigh and
Deleware Rivers in Northampton Co.
MIL: "Zeboeth Brittain" (so spelled in the record) was still on the pay-roll of Capt. John Nelson's
Company of Northampton County Militia in June 1779 (Pennsyvlania Archives, 5th Series, VIII, p. 659).
He was 33 years old. His brother Nathaniel was in this company at one time, but does not appear
upon this pay roll. Zeboath (sic) also appears as a private in the Chester County Militia (Pennsylvania
Archives, 4th Series, p. 271) He is said to have been in the battles of Stroudsburg and Fort
Washington. Fort Washington is North of New York and was taken by the British in November 1776.
Fort Penn was located at Stroudsburg in eastern Pennsylvania. Joseph and Elam Marr were also in
this captain John Nilson's Company. They were probably the brothers of Elizabeth Marr whom
Zeboeth married." Source: "Brittain Genealogy" p. 5 by James E. Brittain.(BRI HIS 111)
HIS: "The Revolution almost collapsed during the winter of 1777-1778. Newport, New York, and
Philadelphia were all held by the British, and Re-enforcements and supplies came to them steadily
from over the sea, while Washington's Army at ValleyForge was living miserably in a camp village of
log huts." (Alber Bushnell Hart) It would be interesting to learn where old ZEB was at this time.
Washington and Marshall over at Valley Forge, were asking where Thomas Jefferson was....Cornwallis
did not surrender until October 19, 1781, so there was some activity during all the time of his service."
"Brittain Genealogy" by James e. Brittain, p. 11 (BRI HIS 111)
HIS: On the same day, he and his brothers Nathaniel and Samuel signed up with the Colonial militia
and their younger brothers James, William, and Joseph signed with teh Loyalist brigades. He was still
on militia rolls in 1785. According to James E. Brittain, he also served in the Chester Co. PA
militia. From John Brittain (BRI HIS 030)
- Brittain sometimes found as Britton
1768: A tax of one Shilling & sixpence per pound and 13 shilings per head laid on the Estate
and Inhabitants of Northampton Co. In pursuance of an Act of General Assembly, an Act for Granting
the sum of Sixty-five thousand pounds to the King's use and for striking Thirtythousand pounds
thereof in bills of Credit and to provide a sum for the same and for Granting to His Majesty the
Additional Sum of Three hundred Thousand pounds. Zeboeth Brittian, 1 horse/mare, rated 3s 4d, 1
horned cow, rated 6s. (BRI HIS 047) P. 1.
1780. Zeboeth Brittain, Nathaniel Brytan (BRI HIS 047) P. 2
1781: An additional tax laid on the estates and inhabitants of Northampton in pursuance of 2 different
Acts of Aupplement of General Assembly of Commonwealth of PA Zebaoth Britton, farmer, 125 actes,
2 horses, value 12; 3 cattle, the whole rate 37, tax 1 pound 5 s. (BRI HIS 047) P. 2.
1782. Zeboeth Britton, farmer, 125 acres, Value 94 pounds; 2 horses, value 12; 3 cattle, value 9; 10
sheep, value 2/10; whole valuation 117; tax 4 pounds 8s 4d. (BRI HIS 047) P. 2
1787: Zeboeth Britten, 125 aces, 3 horses, 2 horned cattle, tax 10s 10d. (BRI HIS 047) P. 2.
- Smallpox in Northumberland Co. (now Columbia Co.) (Miller and Pursel)
In the "History of Columbia and Montour Co.., PA" edited by Battle, p. 186: "Zeboaeth Brittain and __
____Robbins made a visit to the region about 1782 for the purpose of buying lands. The former (ZB)
was attacked with smallpox; he died and was buried in the old Derry graveyard. His family was on the
way to join him when they were apprised of his death. They did not turn back, however, but
continued to their destination and settled east of Lightstreet, Pennsylvania (BRI HIS 031)
HIS: "So now, in 1790, old Zeb is dead at the early age of 44. I do not call him old Zeb, because he
was old in years, but because he was the first of a number of descendants of that name. He ws 30
years old when the Declaration of Independence was signed. He probably died in Northampton
County. His widow probably lived on there for many years. It is not unlikely that he had seen George
Washington during his lifetime. Thirteen years after his death, in the first administration of Thomas
Jefferson, he had a grand-son born father west in Pennsylvania by the name of John. This John kept
pushing father westward during his lifetime,and finally on the anniversary of old Zeb's birth, January
9th, John's youngest son was born on an Illinois farm in 1853. They called him James." Source: "
Brittain Genealogy, p. 13 by James E. Brittain. (BRI HIS 111)
WILL: In the Name of God, Amen, I Zeboeth Brittain of Northampton County, Mount Bethel township
and State of Pennsylvania, being very sick and low in body but of perfect mind and memory. Do
Consitute and ordain this to be my last Will and Testament in manner and form following (that is to
say) First, I Give up my soul to God Almighty who I hope in Christ will receive graciously and my body
to be buried in the Earth at the discretionof my Executors, and as to my worldly affairs which God has
blessed me with in this world, I leave and Bequeath it in manner and form following (that is to say)
Imprimus. It is my Will that my dear and loving wife Elizabeth Brittain who I constitute and appoint to
be one of the Executors of this my Last Will and Testament, have the one third of all my Estate Real
and personal as long as she remains my widow after all my lawful debts and funeral expences are
discharged, but if so be that she should marry another man, then her part of share shall fall into the
rest of the shares and be equally divided so that she shall then have an Equal share with one of the
Children and no more. Item. I do allow and will that after all my lawful debts are paid and what is
deducted as above that the remainder of my Estate be equally divided amongst all my children. Item.
I do appoint and ordain my Eldest son William Brittain and my friend John Brown in Conjuntion with
my wife to be Sole Executors of this my will. Item, as concerning my Real Estate, I do allow after my
Decease that my wife and children do live on it till my youngest. Executors. As Testimony of the
truth of the above, I affix my hand this eighth day of July in the year of our Lord one thousand seven
hundred and ninety. Zeboeth Brittian. Witnesses Present. William Hanna, Robert Richart -
Northaunberland County. Before me the subscribers Register General for the County aforesaid. on
the tenth day of July An. Dom 1790 personally appeared William Hanna and Robert Richart, two of the
subscribing witnesses to the within Will or Instrument of Writing, and made Oath on the holy
Evangelists of Almighty God that they saw Zeboeth Brittain subscribe with his own hand his name to
the same, and hear him Publish and Declare it to be his last will and Testament and that they
Subscribed their names as witnesses at the same time, that this happened in the sickness of the said
Zeboeth Brittain and that he was at the time of so doing of sound and disposing mind and memory. In
testimony whereof I have here unto set my Hand the day and Year first afore written. J. Simpson Rey
(BRI HIS 025)
INVENTORY: Some of the items in the Inventory after his death: (their spelling)
Ry in the sheaff, Wheat in the sheaff, Winde=mil, cattell, Horse, Hay, Swine, sheep, Pan and gears, Corn and buckwheat in the ground, a waggon, Old Caske, A big wheel 10 to a litle weel 8 to a litle wheel 14, A bedstead and beadin, beadin, woolen yarn, streat cote, great cote, Beadstead and beaden, Tea pot, beach iron, iron poot, fienpean, Sundrys, Fore chears, trambel, table, 2 bags, 130 acors of land at 200 per acor, Ax and mall kings, bron hons
Andreas Siegfried (1740 - 1810)
Revolutionary War Soldier
Daughter of Andreas
Son of Catharina
Son of Daniel
Son of Benjamin Franklin
Son of Albert Briton Lynn