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About Ambrose Emery

A Patriot of the American Revolution for PENNSYLVANIA with the rank of Private. DAR Ancestor # A036530


More on ancestry & descendants here at John & Anthony's Book / Emery Family Research Association

The interesing fact of his life is state in the emery book of 1890 - 'He was in the Boston Tea part'y - Did he go all they way back to Boston just to join in the fun? as by this time he was a resident of Philadelphia, Pa.!

Pvt., 6th Class 3rd battalion 1st Co. Philadelphia co., Pa. Capt. Isreal Jones


353 AMBROSE EMERY m. int. Dracut, Middlesex, Ma. 17 Jul. 1761 Mrs. CATHERINE FOSTER of Pelham, Hillsborough, NH.; m 2) REBECCA YOCUM of Pa. b. 1746 d. 1843 Jefferson , Greene, Pa.

He was a farmer and resided in Dracut, Ma. They resided at Philadelphia, Pa., Thompsonville, Washington, Pa., Mifflin co., Pa.[formed in 1789] and Greene co., Pa.

He was a soldier in the British service in the French and Indian War and was mustered into the service 11 Oct. 1756; in Capt. Butterfield's co. The Dracut, Ma. History by Colburn says the enlistment date was 26 Jul. 1756 at Ft. Edwards and listed him as being 26 and a husbandman, hired. He was in the Crown Point Expedition and was reported on one of the muster rolls of the company as "killed or taken"; this was a mistake, but he was wounded by an arrow.

He was in the Boston Tea Party [1773, it seems very unlikely that he would have traveled all the way from Philadelphia for this, but what proof Rufus Emery and others of the Genealogical committee or family had is unknown].

His home was within hearing distance of the Battle of Brandywine [Chester co.,Delaware was formed from the very southeast corner in 1789; Philadelphia co. was to the east of it and Montgomery was formed in 1784 and took in the greater portion about 3/4 of it] and in one of the winter camps of Gen. George Washington's Army his wife Rebecca cooked the soldier's rations and he furnished food and supplies to the American soldier's at the Battle of Brandywine,.

He was a private 6th class in the 3rd Battalion 1st co. Philadelphia co., Pa. under Capt. Israel Jones ordered out 16 Aug. 1780.

He d. near Jefferson, Jefferson twp.., Greene co., Pa. [Greene co. was formed from the southern portion of Washington co. in 1796].

Children b. Dracut, Middlesex, Ma.:

  • 1499 SARAH EMERY b. 14 Apr. 1762
  • 1500 RUTH EMERY b. 2 Feb.. 1764
  • 1501 DANIEL EMERY b. 2 Nov. 1765; d. 25 Dec. 1765 Dracut, Middlesex, Ma.
  • * 1502 LYDIA EMERY b. 12 Apr. 1769

Children 2nd marriage b. Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pa.:

  • 1503 JOHN EMERIE b. 4 Oct. 1771
  • 1504 CHARLES EMERY d. Philadelphia, Pa. childhood
  • 1505 JAMES EMERY d. Philadelphia, Pa. childhood
  • 1506 ELIZABETH EMERY d. Philadelphia, Pa. Childhood
  • 1507 SAMUEL EMERY b. 8 Mar. 1779
  • 1508 CLEMENTINE EMERY b. 17 Nov. 1784
  • 1509 REBECCA EMERY b. 1786; d. unm. Sep. 1869 Greene co., In.
  • 1510 JONAS EMERY b. 23 Jul. 1788
  • 1511 AMBROSE EMERY b. 23 Nov. 1790
  • 1512 NATHANIEL EMERY b. 1792; m. 1816 Greene co., Pa. ELIZABETH BOTTS; resided in Greene co., Pa. and Coshocton co., Oh. where he d. 1845 Carlisle, Coshocton, Oh. and she d. a few years later, s.p. [a census report has children listed, are they foster or adopted children or actually their children??]
  • 1513 JESSE EMERY b. 1794

Judith Elaine Burns, Revised Genealogical Records of Descendants of John Emery of Newbury, Massachuetts,The (1982, Gateway Press Inc. Baltimore, Md.), pg. 46-7.



1. Rev. Rufus Emery, Genealogical Records of Descendants of John and Anthony Emery of Newbury, Mass. 1590 - 1890, The (1890, Salem Publishing and Printing Co. The Salem Press, 1891), pg. 27.

"son of James and Ruth (Watson) Emery; married Mrs. Catherine Foster of Pelham, N.H. He entered the intention of marriage with the town clerk of Sracut, July 17, 1762. He was a farmer and lived in Dracut. He married for his second wife Rebecca Yocum of Pennsylvania. She was born in 1764. They lived at Philadelphia and Tompsontown, Pa. and also in Mifflin co. and Greene co., Pa. He was a soldier in the British service in the French and Indian War, and was mustered into serivce Oct. 11, 1756, in Capt. Jonathan Butterfield's company. He was in the Crown Point expedition and was reported on one of the muster rolls of his company as "killed or taken". This was a mistake, but he was wounded by an arrow. He was in the Boston "Tea Party". His home was within hearing of the battle of Brandywine and in one of the winter camps of General Washington's army, and his wife Rebecca cooked the soldier's rations. He died near Jefferson co., Greene co., Pa., in 1824. She died there in 1843. Children listed: Sarah, Ruth, Daniel and Lydia; second marriage: John, Charles, James, Elizabeth, Samuel, Clementine,Rebecca, Jonas, Ambrose, Nathaniel and Jesse,."

3. Pennsylvania Archives, 6th Series VOl. 1 pg. 724 & 734.

4. D.A.R. Patriot Index, pg. 221.

5. D.A.R. Application, #544781.

6. D.A.R. Application, #639845. Application Judith Elaine (McKee) Burns.

7. Vital Records of Darcut, Massachusetts to the year 1850 (1907).

8. Biographical Memiors of Greene County, Indiana; 3 Vols., 1908 B. F. Bowen & Co. Indianapolis, In., Vol. 2 pg. 473-5.

"NATHANIEL EMERY - - His grandfather Ambrose Emery served in the Revolutionary War and his wife distributed rations to General Washington's staff..."

9. Family Tree Maker Family Tree: European Origins, Vol. 1 (1999, CD #802 V802_01).

"284 PVT AMBROSE EMERY was born January 25, 1737/38 in Dracut, Middlesex Co, MA, and died 1824 in Jefferson, PA. He married REBECCA YOCUM 1770, daughter of ? YOCUM and ELIZABETH ? DEHAVEN. She was born 1746 in Philadelphia, PA, and died 1843 in Jefferson, Greene Co, PA.

Child is

  • AMBROSE EMERY b. November 23, 1790 Philadelphia PA; d. July 08, 1873 Scotland, Greene Co IN."

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Ambrose Emery's Timeline

February 23, 1739
Dracut, Middlesex , , Massachusetts
May 6, 1739
Metheun, Essex , Massachusetts
April 14, 1762
Age 23
Dracut, Middlesex , Massachusetts
November 7, 1764
Age 25
Dracut, Middlesex , Massachusetts
November 2, 1765
Age 26
Dracut, Middlesex , Massachusetts
April 12, 1769
Age 30
Dracut, Middlesex , Massachusetts
October 4, 1771
Age 32
Philadelphia, Philadelphia , Pennsylvania
Age 33
Age 35
Age 37