Descendants Stories from our SAR Members

These are the Idaho Society Members Stories of their Patriot Ancestors, which each member was required to prove their individual lineage to become a SAR member 


David C Gibbs (Patriot Joshua Gibbs, Private; 1st New Hampshire Regiment)


Jesse Jones (Patriot was North Carolina Militia Felix Matsinger who served Francis Marion "The Swamp Fox" Felix was the "Eyes of the Swamp Fox"

SAR Member Jesse Jones  reading his Ancestors Story - Felix Matsinger/Motsinger (Eyes of the  Swamp Fox)

Line from Felix Jackson Motsinger to Jesse Jacob Jones


Felix Jackson Motsinger/Matsinger (PATRIOT)  (Eyes of the Swamp Fox Francis Marion)

                         Jacob Motsinger (Sr.)    (Swift Legs of Swamp Fox Francis Marion) he was 14 years old)

                                             George O. Motsinger

                                                               Felix Motsinger

                                                                           Marion Felix Motsinger

                                                                                        Edna Marie Motsinger

                                                                                                     John James Jones

                                                                                                    Jesse Jacob Jones


The Matzinger family originally came from Marthalen, Switzerland located near the Rhine River. The emigrant ancestor was Jakob Matzinger who was Christened at Marthalen, Switzerland in 1701. Noted on the ship (Mercury) entry list at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1735, Jakob was age 37 and his son, Felix Matzinger (PATRIOT), was age 8. Jakob's wife, Magdalena, was his second whom he married 13 May 1734; but, the mother of his children, Margaretha Fisler, he had married in February, 1723. Felix Motsinger was married in Pennsylvania and his first wife died there. In 1765, Felix purchased land in North Carolina on both sides of the Drains of Abbotts Creek located in Rowan County, NC from Joshua and Dorothy Teague. Felix later owned 1200 acres of land. In 1790, Felix married Elizabeth, widow of John Long, a Revolutionary War Soldier by whom she had four children. Felix Motsinger died in 1791 before the birth of his son, Felix Jackson Motsinger, who was born in the fall of 1791 in Rowan County, North Carolina. Felix Jackson Motsinger was buried in Abbotts Creek Primitive Baptist Church Cemetery his plot was plowed over in 1920.  Photo below


Jacob Motsinger Sr. the son of Felix who fought in the American Revolution at 14 years old went on to fight again in the War of 1812, he passed away in 1851 Washington County, Indiana, USA. 

FELIX and JACOB’s American Revolution Contribution

SWAMP FOX” how Francis Marion got his name. And how Felix and Jacob became his Swamp foxes Felix and Jacob were North Carolina Militia who engaged across North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia with Francis Marion “The Swamp Fox”.


After the Battle of Camden and the subsequent defeat, and departure of the Continental Army from South Carolina, Francis Marion already a lieutenant colonel commanding the Williamsburg Militia in the Pee Dee area used his militia force of 20 to 70 men to harass enemy forces and disrupt supply lines. Marion and his militia operated primarily in South Carolina, between the Pee Dee and Santee Rivers throughout 1780. Unlike the regular army Marion's Militia used guerrilla warfare to engage and harass both the British Army and the Loyalist Militia's in the area.


Marion's Militia was made of citizen’s farmers and slaves from the surrounding countryside, due to the lack of war materials available these men provided their own armaments, mounts and food.


In return they were allowed to join the militia and leave freely at any time at their own discretion.


Felix Matzinger/Motsinger (48) and Son Jacob Matzinger/Motsinger (14) Fought under Francis Marion the “Swamp Fox”. Felix and Jacob were part of the 35 Men and Boys which interrupted supply lines and ambushing Cornwallis’s munition wagons and forces Cornwallis to remain in South Carolina. Also, Felix was considered the “Eyes of the Swamp Fox” and Jacob was called the “Swift Legs of the Swamp Fox” The Swamps Foxes are considered the 1st Special Forces  and Snipers of the Military, using ambush tactics which changed the way we fight today. 


Felix Motsinger served in the Revolutionary War with Francis Marion—The Swamp Fox. This is documented by the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) and the Sons of the American Revolution (SAR) and appears in the National Society of the American Revolution.

Felix and Jacob Motsinger are very well respected in the

Sons of the American Revolution Society.”

Modified Kentucky Flintlock cut to shorten barrell for Swamp and other heavily foliage that the Long version hampered moving thru these Environment 

Felix Jackson Motsinger was buried in Abbotts Creek Primitive Baptist Church Cemetery his plot was plowed over in 1920.  


Randall and Joel Hudspeth  (Patriot was Capt. Jonathan Hanby, Virginia Militia)

SAR Member Randall Hudspeth reading his Ancestors Story - Capt  Hanby

Capt. Jonathan Hanby, Virginia Militia (5th great grandfather of Randy Hudspeth, 6th for Joel Hudspeth)

Family history.  Jonathan’s 2x great grandfather, Richard Hanby b.1626 in Westminster, England  came to Virginia in 1652 after he was given a land grant for 2500 acres on the North Side of the York River. When he died in 1682, his eldest son, William Hanby (1652-1702), Jonathan’s great grandfather, inherited the plantation. When he died in 1702, his eldest son, John Hanby Sr.(1680-1734), who was Jonathan’s grandfather inherited all of the land. During his lifetime he sold the land and move west to Pittsylvania County where be bought 500 acres.  When he died, his only surviving son, John Hanby Jr. (1705-1766) inherited all the land.  By 1766 he had amassed a large plantation of over 2500 acres in Pittsylvania County and mostly grew tobacco. Upon his death, his 2 sons,  Jonathan Hanby (1741-1817) and his brother David Hanby (1745-1827) each inherited half of the plantation land.  Jonathan Hanby’s land bordered on Peter’s Creek.

In 1775, the Pittsylvania County Militia Officers were nominated.  Captain Jonathan Hanby, for a term of 9 months in 1777, and in 1778 for 5 months.  He again led troops as Captain and fought at the “Siege of 96” across the border in North Carolina with General Greene,  Major John Ward and Colonel George Waller of the Virginia Militia. 

After the Rev War ended he developed his land and Pittsylvania County was divided to make Henry County and the plantation land was in Henry County. In August 1779, Jonathan Hanby, along with Patrick Henry and several other prominent men, was recommended to His Excellency, Governor Thomas Jefferson, as a proper person to serve the Commission of the Peace of Henry County. In 1790 Patrick County was formed from western Henry and that is where his plantation land was.  In 1792 Jonathan Hanby was named Justice of the Court of Patrick County.


He married Sara Dalton, daughter of Samuel Mayo Dalton, (also a SAR Patriot) who was the wealthiest man in the region.  Jonathan & Sara had 10 kids, 6 girls and 4 boys.  Only 3 sons, Samuel, Gabriel and the youngest William, survived him when he died in 1817, but his wife lived until 1844.  His youngest son, William Hanby, married the granddaughter of Colonel George Waller, and he died in 1841, before his mother who was living in his home and was the beneficiary of income from the Jonathan Hanby plantation.  William’s two sons, Gabriel ( my 3x ggf), age 22, and Henderson, age 18, wrote a letter explaining to the Patrick Co. magistrate that they needed to resolve their grandmothers land holdings and detailed all of the relationships.  This letter became the basis for my proof of the link back to Jonathan Hanby, because one of these two grandsons became my 3x grandfather.  He left Patrick Co. and migrated to Northwest Arkansas where they own thousands of acres of forest land and became known as the lumber barons on Nothwest Arkansas.  Today in Berryville, Arkansas, the Hanby lumber mill and lumber yard is still operational.


Jonathan Hanby died in Patrick Co. Virginia  in 1817 and is buried at Greasey Chapel on Peter’s Creek south of present day Stuart, VA.  His headstone was replaced in 1982 during a commerative ceremony by the Patrick County DAR chapter.  My second cousin, Carol Hanby, got her DAR membership through Jonathan Hanby.  She worked with our second cousin, 3x removed, David G. Hanby, a g. grandson of Henderson Hanby, was the Patrick Co. Clerk and he located the original 1841 letter in the county archives.  I used her DAR application and the letter from my 3x great grandfather to support our SAR application.

Randall Hudspeth standing at the Grave of Jonathan Hanby (Patriot)

Grave Marker of Jonathan Hanby (Captain American Revolution)