The Col. John McCrea (1742-1811), who was the eldest brother of Jane McCrea, was an officer in the 13th Regiment of the Albany County Militia and served on the Albany Committee of Correspondence.He later became an elected official in Washington County, NY.He NEVER served under General John Burgoyne.Quite the opposite, he fought with the American forces at both Battles of Freeman's Farm and was present when Burgoyne surrendered his army.
Jane was murdered because she refused to return to Col. John's house when he wanted to evacuate her to safety before the arrival of the British and their Indian allies.Jane was a Loyalist and engaged to an officer in Burgoyne's Army, David Jones.As the story goes, she was waiting to meet up with Jones on the morning that she was murdered.That is why she did not go home when Col. John called her.
Some of Jane's other brothers were Loyalists.Col. John had to post bail for some of his younger syblings.However, until I read Lunt's book I was unaware that one of the younger McCrea boys had actually served under Burgoyne.I just do not know which brother or half brother that may have been.Unfortunately James Lunt does not give his first name.
I recommend Lunt's book highly.I am scheduled to present a paper at the 2007 Conference on New York State History in June.So I have read every book on Burgoyne's campaign that I could lay my hands on.I like Lunt's book the best by far.