Jacob Brumbaugh sells his grains and blankets to the Militia– a patriotic act.

Jacob Brumbaugh sells his grains

Original 1780 receipt by Dr. Henry Schnebely, purchasing agent for the Continental Army, buying wheat and rye grains from his neighbors, including sectarian non-jurors– those who, for religious reasons, refused to take the oath of allegiance to the new government– such as Jacob Brumback (aka Brumbaugh). See March 8 date, the name Jacob Bromback and the “ditto” line below it. Schnebely was Brumbaugh’s immediate neighbor and also a member of the Committee of Observation. The title of the receipt reads “Retorn of Deferent Species of Grain Purchased by Henry Schnebely in Washington County by order of a Act of Assembly April the 16th 1780.” The columns are labeled for Flower (flour), wheat, rye, and corn. The Hagerstown area was a main “breadbasket” of the colonies. Though Jacob might have been a conscientious objector, and a non-juror, having sold provisions to the Continental army, one hundred twenty years later later qualified Jacob as a “patriot” in the eyes of the Daughters and Sons of the American Revolution (DAR & SAR). An interesting paradox, don’t you think?

The receipt for blankets collected at the Zion Evangelical and Reformed Church on April 12, 1776. Jacob Brumbaugh’s name is listed twice reflecting his two blankets delivered for use of the militia. During the war, blankets became an instrument of war. So few soldiers had one and if more could be collected then more soldiers would get a better night’s sleep so they could fight better the next day. The government paid for the blankets, likely in an IOU to be redeemed later in Continental Currency. The receipt in the early 1900s also gained Jacob’s descendants admission to the DAR and SAR because both ruled that because he sold blankets to the militia, he was deemed a Patriot.

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