Notes from the past…


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“… a gallant Revolutionary soldier.”

isler John Isler was my fifth great-grandfather. Prior to tonight, the only “evidence” that I had of his existence was some census pages and a vague reference in a biographical sketch of my third great-grandfather Nathan B Kennedy from a 1892 Hill County, Texas county history book. 

(Since this book was published when Nathan Kennedy was still alive, I like to think that it might possibly be accurate… at least a little)

I have developed an equally vague image of John Isler:

  • 1800 Federal Census- Jones County, North Carolina
  • 1810 Federal Census- Jones County, North Carolina
  • 1820 Federal Census- Jones County, North Carolina
  • father of Harriet Isler, born ca 1805 Jones County, North Carolina
  • Major in Revolutionary War

I’m not 100% sure that the John Isler of these census entries is my John Isler. This is the only John Isler enumerated in North Carolina during those years.

Harriett Isler’s info is from the Hill County book and from her later enumerations as the wife of John Kennedy of Sumter County, Alabama.

Fast-forward to 2010.

Tonight I was just surfing around, not actually researching anyone. I eventually landed at Footnote.com and started looking at the Revolutionary War Pensions database. My previous post tonight was a Wordle image of my ancestors who had been in the military and the wars in which they fought. WWI, WWII, Civil War… but no Revolutionary War vets… except for John Isler, the “gallant Revolutionary soldier.

So I entered Isler into the search box for the Revolutionary War Pensions database, and up popped John Isler of North Carolina in 3 images! Could it be? Have I finally found John Isler, the gallant Revolutionary soldier?

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These honored dead

“…that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion — that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain — that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom — and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.”

Abraham Lincoln
Soldiers’ National Cemetery dedication
Gettysburg, Pennsylvania
19 Nov 1863

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civil_war_quotes_notes_and_facts-25808Pvt. Thomas McBurnett (1841-6 Aug 1862)- Co B, Cobb’s Legion, Georgia Volunteers, CSA

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Brother of Pvt Joshua McBurnett
Enlisted 30 Jul 1861 at Bowden, Carroll, GA
Died at Brigade Hospital, Richmond, VA


civil_war_quotes_notes_and_facts-25808 Pvt. Joshua McBurnett (1843-30 Jul 1863)- Co B, Cobb’s Legion, Georgia Volunteers, CSA

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Brother of Thomas McBurnett
Enlisted 30 Jul 1861 at Bowden, Carroll, GA
Died at General Hospital No 27, Richmond, VA


imagesPvt. Wesley Paul McBurnett (20 Nov 1895- 8 Oct 1918)- Co K, 141st Infantry, USA

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Nephew of Thomas & Joshua McBurnett.
Killed in France during Meuse-Argonne Offensive.


350358092364_0 Capt. Jerry Roy McDonald (11 Jan 1924- 28 Feb 1945)- 338th Fighter Squadron, 55th Fighter Group, 8th Air Force, USAAF

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13 Dec 1944 – Awarded 2nd Oak Leaf Cluster to Air Medal
02 Feb 1945 – Awarded 4th Oak Leaf Cluster to Air Medal
16 Feb 1945 – Promoted from 1st Lieutenant to Captain
17 Feb 1945 – Awarded 5th Oak Leaf Cluster to Air Medal

28 Feb 1945 – Killed in Action

Flew 58 missions, crashed over Munich, Germany.

Buried at Lorraine American Cemetery, St Avold, France.


“Our debt to the heroic men and valiant women in the service of our country can never be repaid.
They have earned our undying gratitude. America will never forget their sacrifices.”

Harry S Truman
Address Before a Joint Session of Congress.
April 16, 1945