10 PA AR, Sixth Series, Vol. VI, pp. 605-606 and PMHC Digital Archives. James Bean says he was called out in July 1777, under Captain John Lowry, Worcester Militia, Colonel [Robert] Curry [5th Battalion], and they marched toward the Schuylkill and down toward Philadelphia, remaining in that neighborhood until the Battle of Brandywine when they marched to Swede’s Ford to oppose the British crossing the river. They were attached to General Potter’s Brigade and engaged in scouting until November when they were sent to Ogden’s Ferry on the Delaware River. They returned to Feather Hill in Whitemarsh Township and went into winter quarters until the 1st of March 1778. He returned home the middle of March 1778.
After returning home, James Bean served under Captain McLean, as a substitute for Lt. Paul Custer of the Whitemarsh Militia, his half-brother (whose wife was dangerously ill). They were attached to General Potter’s Brigade, continually scouting, until the middle of May 1778.
How do the two men, James Bean & Paul Custer relate. Who were James Bean's parents & who were Paul Custer's parents? Seeking identity of Paul Custer & Emanuel Custer. They were attached to General Potter’s Brigade, continually scouting, until the middle of May 1778. Paul & Emanuel Custer were in Bedford Co., MD.
In 1780 the Battalions were re-organized and the 5th Battalion became the 6th Battalion under Colonel Robert Curry and Major John Edwards. Captain Arnold Francis’ Company became the 8th Company and Captain John Lowry’s Company was the 3rd Company.
Emanual Custard Lieutenancy, Philadelphipa Co., PA. 6th Batallion, Company 6th, 5th Class Emanual Custard, 1780 Capt. Arnold Francis, Authority: C/R 6th Bn. 1780 N.D. Muster Fines: Looks like a pounds sign. Military Accounts: Militia. Records of the Comptroller General. RG-4 The Basic Record does not prove active duty.
There is another Philadelphia Co., PA. 6th Batallion, 3rd Co., Capt. John Lowry, 7th class.
Adam Custard, Lt.: 20 August 1780 Appeals by his captain to say he is an infirm man to pay 800 dollars. Authority, Appeal Book, 1,2, ?, & 8th classes, 6th Bn? 20th Aug 1780. Muster fines [a mark, can't read it clearly]. Records of the Comptroller General, RG-4 The Basic Record does not prove active duty. Inactive Militia Duty.