Friday, April 18, 2014

Holbrook line: Alexis Lemmon, soldier in the Revolutionary War

Alexis (probably Electius, but we'll go with the usual spelling) was born on February 26, 1746 in Baltimore County, Maryland.  His parents were Alexis (probably Electius) Lemmon and Martha Merryman.  He was one of at least 8 children, but since he carried his father's name, perhaps he was a favorite.  (His older brother, John, was named for his grandfathers, both paternal and maternal, and John, as the oldest son, was the executor for his father's estate). 

Alexis's father was apparently rather well to do, and there are some sources that state that his father had been a member of Parliament, but I haven't found proof of that.  The family seems to have come from Ireland, but I don't know whether they were there for just a generation or whether they had been there longer. 

Alexis would have been 29 years old when the earliest battles of the Revolutionary War were fought, and he was 30 when we first find him as a captain in the Maryland Militia, on February 4, 1777.   (Archives of Maryland, Volume 16, page 114).  The rank of captain indicates that either he had prior military service, or that he was of an influential family, or possibly both.  Other sources say that he had actually been appointed Caption of the Baltimore Militia, or Horse Troop on January 4, 1777 and was still in service in February of 1782.  I have not been able to trace his military experiences as of yet, but it is likely that he was not sitting at home twiddling his thumbs all this time.  His older brother, John, served in the war, as did the brothers of his wife, Rachel Stansbury.

 Alexis and Rachel were married November 29, 1771 in Baltimore County. She was the daughter of  Thomas Stansbury and Hannah Gorsuch.  Alexis and Rachel had nine children: Sarah, Ruth, Elizabeth, Mary, James, Rebecca, Jane, Rachel, and Temperance.  The children were born between 1772 and 1786, so once again, mother Rachel was a busy, busy lady. They lived on a plantation in northern Baltimore County called "Eight Sisters".  I haven't been able to find him in an 1800 or 1810 census, but several of his brothers "owned" slaves in that period, so it is likely that he did, too. 

As the children grew up and moved away, several of them moved to the area of Richland (now Morrow) County, Ohio.  Rachel died in Maryland in 1823 and after she died , he and daughter Rachel went west to join them.  He would have been 77 at the time of the move, and he lived another three years, until January 2, 1826.  Our Revolutionary War Hero is buried at Shauck Cemetery, Mount Gilead, Morrow County, Ohio. 

Our line of descent is:

Alexis Lemmon-Rachel Stansbury
Sarah Lemmon-Abraham Hetrick
Isaac Hetrick-Elizabeth Black
Alice Hetrick-Louis Stanard
Etta Stanard-Loren Holbrook
Gladys/Lois/Ray/Howard
Their children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren