You're right that the Benjamin from New Jersey is not the right Van Cleave. In fact he was not a Captain -- that is the NJ Benjamin. Instead he was just a lowly militia member. The DAR index has the following as a reference: LIN, ABSTRACTS OF MINS OF COURT OF PLEASE & QTR SESSIONS, ROWAN, NC, 1775-1789, VOL 3, PGS 38, 65, 67 Service Description: 1) JUROR & CONSTABLE, ROWAN CO In this case the DAR member must have used the civil service as the source of membership. I have never looked up these paper so I can't give you any details on the contents. Benjamin's brother John was a member of Captain Chenoweth's company of Militia from Jefferson County. I have a cryptic reference that says "He is listed as serving on a tour of duty at the building of Fort Nelson from April 20, 1782 to May 12, 1782; in the Illinois Papers, Chenoweth's payroll." Again I have not examined the source, but I thought that John and Benjamin served together though I can't find any confirmation of that assertion. Of course Benjamin was part of the battle ofBryan's Station and later of the Battle of Floyd's Defeat.