Jonathan Daniel Vines is one of my direct ancestors.
Our family has as article printed in the 1870's in an anniversary edition of theEdgefield Advertiser (Edgefield, SC). Mr. Carl Vines, my great uncle, provided the article from the 1870's Edgefield Advertiser written by Mr. B. F. Sample.Mr. Sample who knew my gr-gr-grandfather, James 'Old Jimmy' Vines, personally shared a story about Old Jimmy and his twin brother, Jabez Vines, being hidden in a pair of cavalry boots in the nearby woods by their mother to evade a raid by local Tories.Mr. Sample included in statement that she did this on her own volition because her husband, Jonathan Daniel Vines was away with Gen. Greene's Army at the time. The occasion of Mr. Sample writing the article was to celebrate the life of Old Jimmy and to commemorate his recent death at almost one-hundred years of age. Apparently Old Jimmy was something of a character in his area and his death was a sad occasion worth noting.
Like you, I have never found any documentation whatsoever of Jonathan Daniel Vines having served in any military unit during the Rev War.However, as with many veterans of that war he may have never kept any pay or discharge records, or chose not to apply for benefits.Who knows.But according to his wife and son, Jonathan fought with Gen. Nat'l Greene - and I tend to accept their testimony, though I do so lament the lack of documentation.